Had a wonderful evening last night - my daughter made an amazing Mexican feast - fresh salsa, homemade guacamole, fajitas (sans tortillas for me - on week 2 without wheat. Not feeling a huge difference, I gotta tell you, though I am down 3 pounds...that could be from all the whining..)
First things first:
This morning I dressed in a dress as I was taking my father out for a drive. My dad is not well - he lives in a nursing home and has advanced Parkinsons Disease and now dementia. We like to get him out whenever we can, and since I had not worn this dress yet this summer, I slipped it on. It shows a tremendous amount of cleavage and i am frankly not in love with it. It was an impulse buy a couple of summers ago and is by Nougat London.
Despite how I am holding my stomach, no I am not pregnant, but it sure looks like it in this shot! I am telling you, taking pictures like this is really giving me great willpower to dump the last 10 pounds!!!
This afternoon, I am starting on the clothing. However, AJC (who is away camping - I am praying for nice weather and few bugs for her) asked if I would post some photos of my house. I thought I would do so over the coming weeks.
Things you need to know:
1) I have a small house
2) I have a "more is more" approach to decorating (in other words, all of you wonderful minimalist/clean line people, be prepared to weep!) Magazine quizzes tell me that it is traditional/eclectic, bordering on eccentric I think!
3) I chose the dining room to start with as it was clean!
So here goes: the Dining Room of WMM and Co:
This room was originally the living room of the house. We had to make it our dining room as it contains our massive dining room table, which seats 10. It is oak, hand carved and was my Great Grandparents dining room set. The carvings at the top of each chair are grapes, which is appropos, as we drink a lot of wine at this table. It makes me very happy to sit here, as I imagine the 130 years of my family sitting around it, telling stories, eating great meals!
It took us a while to find a chandelier for this table. It needed to be heavy looking, if you know what I mean (there must be a decorating term for that) and one day we saw this chandelier on sale with, guess what, carved grapes on each arm. Perfection!
The buffet is oak with velvet linings in the drawers. It is always stacked with plates and things I love..
....like wine, little eiffel towers, a painting by my great grandmother, an antique clock with none of the workings, etc...
To the right of the buffet is my little liquor corner. We are not people to store wine, since we are people to drink wine...The hard liquor can last awhile....
To the left is a little antique cherry table which has been in my family for eons... and another chair (they are everywhere - they seem to multiply at times!)
Immediately to the right is a hutch. It was not expensive at all - it came from Wicker Emporium, which many of my fellow Canucks will be very familiar with, but matched nicely with the set! And look - another chair!!!
At the far end of the room is a chaise, another chair stacked with books and an antique windsor pub chair, that my grandmother, who was an antique dealer, bought VERY cheaply in London in the 1950s (you can see part of it below in the picture of my husband). Above the chaise is a painting by an artist friend of mine (you can't tell, but it is of a woman curled up in the fetal position), some antique bird prints and some new bird prints by a talented artist located in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Stephen Smith.
The chaise is too big for our house, but I had to have it.
To the right - my dining linen storage chest, some glasses, some vintage University of New Brunswick steins and the portrait of my mother by Jack Humphrey, who was a famous artist..
The chaise is used mostly by himself:
King of all he surveys (and he surveys a lot) Indy. You may note the hummingbird feeder outside - we have 3 that are always with us each summer and he never notices them. Either that or they have some kind of co-dependency thing going on..
Last but not least, my beloved husband. I have not wanted to put in any photos of my family to protect their privacy, but he wants you all to see how good looking and fun he is. I think he is both!
Have an awesome Sunday - hope you enjoyed the little tour!