Just wanted to wish all my friends Happy Valentine’s Day! Sending hugs and kisses your way! This a Prickly Pear cactus paddle in the shape of a heart. You can find love in all kinds of places including the desert!
If you still need something sweet (and somewhat healthy) for Valentine’s, try this recipe from Kate Scarlata’s blog, Chocolate Covered Pineapple. Any fruit covered with chocolate is so delicious! (Picture courtesy of Kate Scarlata’s blog)Enjoy your day! Spread some love!!!
Love you all!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
Today I had so much fun putting together our gifts to take to my daughter-in-law’s family in Japan. I couldn’t resist sharing. Here they are!
In last week’s post, An Easy Gift Idea, I talked about the items to be included. To make things a little more personal I used Google Docs to translate the notes I attached to each gift into Japanese. With the Prickly Pear jelly is a translated article about the native SW plant and its use in recipes. Google’s translations better make sense! If not, I hope it will be a reason for a few good laughs.
Of course, I have to carry something for our kids. Here are their small packages with Merry Christmas translated into Japanese, メリークリスマス!
Celebrating a holiday in another country will be a new experience. But wherever you are, keep the spirit of Christmas alive. Goodwill to all! Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
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How do beautiful salads and Paul’s new iphone relate? Here’s the answer.
Recently Paul became an iphone convert. His droid was due to be replaced so he made the switch. So far no regrets (thank goodness). So, because both of our phone contacts had expired, I also got a new iphone 5e. Well, what does this have to do with gadgets for salads? In setting up my new phone and purging over 10,000 pictures (ugh!) I came across this video we made at the MSLL store to promote two amazing products. Although I no longer have the store and sell these products I thought it was worth sharing this video and these tips for peeling and slicing fruit and veggies. I can’t live with out these two gadgets for making fruit salad, green salads, tarts and what ever requires thinly sliced fruit or tomatoes. Makes prep so easy!
There are two items mentioned in the video. The first item is fairly common and made by many different companies. It looks like a regular vegetable peeler but with close examination you can see the serrated edge of the blade which enables it to gently peel soft fruit and veggies. Here is the close ups of the soft fruit peeler and its serrated edge. It can be purchased in many kitchen gadget departments or online. Here is a link to the Amazon site for Oxo Soft Fruit Peeler I use. Reasonably priced and functions very well.
The next gadget is the Queen of soft fruit slicing, the Genu Tari Slicer. Chef Yvonne Hoffman and I found this in the gourmet products at the Atlanta market. I use mine all the time. Cutting strawberries, peaches, grapes, hard boiled eggs, mozzarella cheese and more is so easy and fast! If any of these soft foods have a tougher skin, like tomatoes and peaches, using the soft fruit peeler prior to slicing insures good results. It is functional, easy to clean and produces amazing thin slices. All of this makes it well worth the price just in time for peach and tomato season!
Sooo…here is the Video! Don’t laugh too hard I am not a video star. You can no longer stop by my store to get a demo but you are welcome to see these gadgets in action at my house anytime.
Hope this video with the tips will help you make beautiful summer salads and desserts. I can almost taste the Caprese Salad shown above. Show me what you can do with this gadgets. Let me know if I can help answer any questions about how I use these products.
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles-Working with you to create your lifestyle!
NOTE: I have not been endorsed or paid by the manufacturers of these two products. I just love how they simplify my food prep! Pictures of the products were collected from the manufacturers’ websites.
Paul and I just returned from five days in Santa Monica visiting Jake and Elif taking in all the beautiful weather and surroundings.
Our first outing is always a walk through the neighborhood to brush off the road weariness. The streets are lined with a mix of old and new homes. I always enjoy the small front gardens and plantings. We stumbled across this amazing sidewalk garden. It is full of succulents, annuals and a comfortable spot to sit and reflect. An unexpected thing like this is what makes me love California. The plague on the tree is a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Peace cannot be achieved through violence. It can only be attained through understanding.” How fitting for today’s turbulent times.
The next day, we walked to the beach at the Santa Monica Pier where there is a sign that says this is the original location of Muscle Beach. Love the broad wide beach, great bike path and fun people watching.
On Saturday we boarded the new Expo Light Rail in Santa Monica to travel into downtown LA. What a wonderful transportation addition. An upbeat train station, colorful train cars and easy travel to LA was a real pleasure.
Our train travel took us to the California Science Center to see the Endeavor Space Shuttle exhibit. It is a very interesting and informative display about the space shuttle’s history. The Endeavor completed 25 missions from 1992 – 2011. It was originally constructed outside of LA and was brought back to its permanent location through a parade through the streets of LA in 2012. This is an exhibit well worth a visit.
Jake and Elif have been raving about this new ice cream parlor in an eclectic Venice shopping district called Abbot Kinney. We strategically scheduled our visit to make sure we had plenty of room to enjoy this wonderful creamery. The Salt end Straw far exceeded our expectations. Out of many different combinations I chose the Slumptown Coffee with Comparte Lovenuts ice cream. OMG! Click here to learn more about the Salt and Straw.
What a great weekend! We visited so many of our favorite spots and explored many new ones. We cooked several dinners from Green Chef (organic Food Delivery), watched movies and walked many steps. Perfect long weekend with bright blue skies and 75 degree temps! Thanks Jake and Elif for a great time!
I think this may have to be my new ride for our next beach visit. What do you think?
As many us of travel through the summer feel free to comment and share some of your favorite journeys.
Wishing everyone sunny blue skies!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
Summer Squash & Carrot Spiralizer Salad
2 Large Carrots
2 Med. Yellow Squash
1 medium to large chopped Tomato
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
(can substitute regular balsamic but it colors the noodles)
1T Olive Oil infused with Garlic (regular olive can be substituted)
1T Dijon Mustard
1T Honey (or more to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped fresh basil and “good” tomatoes to garnish!
Spiralized onion, squash and carrots using the small noodle blade. Keep each in separate bowls.
Saute spiralized onion until soft in a small amount of olive oil in large sauce pan.
Add yellow squash and barely cook, keeping noodles el dente.
NOTE: Squash is mostly water and can overcook quickly. Zoodles cook down so make plenty. I do about 2 medium zucchini per person. The zoodles can be sautéed but they can also be cooked in the microwave. Check often for slight tenderness but do not over cook or they will become mushy.
Cool for 15 minutes in refrig.
Add spiraled carrots (keep carrots raw for the crunch)
Toss and chill before serving.
Garnish with fresh basil and tomatoes for color!
Serves 4 as a side salad.
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
I have a friend who loves to check out model homes. Over the last year we have seen several. When I reviewed my pictures I noticed all the bedrooms, master or guest, looked so much the same. I will highlight a few of my likes and dislikes. There is definitely one common characteristic-TOO Neutral!
This has a nice accent touch with the blue!
“Greige”-can’t decide whether it wants to be grey or beige. Have always liked the woven textured headboard.
I like the crisp contrast of the white headboard and duvet with the black pillow details. The simple banding accent on the wall really frames the headboard nicely.
I have never been a fan of a “winged” headboard. Wings belong on a chair (or not at all)!
The faux fur throw is so dated and way too heavy looking in the space.
I like the persimmon accents on the duvet and pillows. It adds some life to all the neutrals.
This is the only room that added more color to the bedding. I like the use of the print accent fabric on the headboard. Repeating that fabric would have enhanced the ensemble. The draperies feel a little “airy” for the other bedding fabrics.
Neutral bedding again but nice embroidered detail. I love the tete-tete bench at the end of the bed.
Finally, a bedroom with some color. The vibrant red-orange accent wall and coordinating fabrics breathe some life into the space.
So what have you learned not to do: Neutrals are nice and safe but oh so boring. Karate chopped pillows are way over done. Duvets, though practical, always look a little unkempt. The bed scarf is trending out. Any fur, faux or not, should be left in the zoo.
So here is what to do: Add some color wherever you can, in pillows, trims, paint, and seating fabrics. Stop beating on your pillows (no one really lives with these chopped pillows). Create high contrast like the white with black accents bedding. Mix up texture for added interest. Bedside tables do not always have to match. Lamps for reading are a must by each side of a bed. A comfortable bench at the end of the bed is always welcoming.
Maybe in the future as I explore other models with my friend I’ll have more exciting design options to show you.
Regardless of trends that come and go, make your bedroom your sanctuary where you come to end your day and rest well!
Until next time…
Working with you to create your lifestyle!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
Last week you heard about the time we spent with Aaron and Kiori in Scottsdale for their Canal Convergence exhibit. In just a short five years of marriage they have developed a strong personal and business relationship with their company, Purring Tiger. They collaborate on their interactive art installations in a remarkable way. They are approaching their 5th anniversary so I thought I would share several of our most popular blog posts that revolved around their wedding cake.
Their wedding was very simple in Hernshead, a very peaceful location in NYC Central Park.
Their wedding reception was a picnic on the lawn. For this very casual setting they requested that I make a wedding cheesecake (their favorite “mom’s” dessert). Undaunted I set out to make this cake in NC and transport to NYC. Click here to read the story.
It was a real challenge but I was up for it. So, if you ever need to make a wedding cake cheesecake here are the details complete with the basic recipe.
I have used this same recipe over and over again adapting it from mini cheesecakes to a four layer wedding cake. The past few years I have modified the crust of the recipe to be gluten free. If you would like more information about GF options please leave me a response. Here is recent rendition of a mini-cheesecake with a GF chocolate cookie crust, raspberry sauce, and creme fraiche. Yum!
If you make this cheesecake please let me know how it came out. Don’t worry if it cracks or is not perfect. Berries and toppings hide everything. The pleasure is is n the taste. Enjoy!
On another note (and topic for a future post) I had a great fused glass experience last week. I made a 27″ tall glass totem piece. It has not been fired yet but maybe by next week I can share.
My best to all,
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
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At long last I am ready to share our new home-The Sherwood Hacienda. It has been a little over six months and bit by bit it has come together. The layout of the great space was certainly a “divide and conquer” process. Often when down sizing you are trying to squeeze in furniture. We were lucky enough to have a very large open floor plan to work with. 🙂 How to efficiently divide the space became the challenge. Here is the floor plan:
Here is the BEFORE of the great room:
I love how the great room came together. As I have always said: start with a “given”. My “givens” for this space were the Company C River Bend rug and the ivory club chairs. We re-purposed a beautiful glass shelf (shipped in error from a previous project) to anchor the flat screen TV. We added the sofa, a trio of benches and accessories. Here is the great room AFTER:
The dining room was a total search and find mission. I left my favorite dining table and chairs at the lake house so I had to replace all the dining room furniture. I have talked about the table and the storage units in previous posts. Here are the links to the earlier stories: Table and Hutch . I absolutely love the new table! It is a real departure in style for me but no regrets! The display cases and chest really gave me lots of needed storage.
Adjacent to the kitchen I created a little lounging area for an evening glass of wine or reading. It is one of our favorite spots. I love the large art by our son, Jake, that pulls it all together. Also, the small table belonged to my grandmother and is very special to me. Here is the blog about its transformation.
The master bedroom revolved around an over scale mirror (ordered for another client) which was damaged in shipment. The only wall large enough for this piece was in the MBR. Read about the creation of the headboard in this earlier post-Headboard. The color inspiration for the accent wall was discussed here-Paint. I am very pleased with the finished effect. Since this photo I have added some art over the chests which really tied everything together so well
A little unexpected area I created with pieces that hadn’t found a home was this little garden table with mirror for my garden hats and gloves right inside the back door.
My new office is doing double duty as my work space and additional guest sleeping. The desk folds up and converts into a queen Murphy bed. This is one of the brightest and best views in the house. I’m a lucky girl to have such a great space to compose these blogs and work on projects.
Recently our oldest son, Aaron, and his wife, Kiori, visited. Aaron says: “This house is such a departure from the lake house but you have added the right touches to still make it feel like our home.” 🙂
There are so many details I have left out and still more areas to address but this is it for now. I hope you have enjoyed your tour and see my style coming through in our new Southwestern abode.
Looking forward to hearing your comments. Tell me what is your favorite space.
Love to all!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles-working with you to create your lifestyle.
From our first visit to Oro Valley (our new town) I was amazed at the magnitude of public art displays. It has been a true joy to see various artistic expressions in unexpected places i.e. the parking lots at Ace Hardware, Safeway and Home Depot and roadways throughout the area. Here is a brief description of the program which has placed such a high value on community art:
“In 1997, the town established a 1% Public Art Program which requires that commercial developers set aside one percent of a projects total budget for the creation of public art. By passing the public art mandate, Oro Valley signaled an ongoing commitment to create beautiful surroundings that enhance the quality of life for all who live, work and play in the town.” (Quotation from Oro Valley website).
Each day I observe and discover more ways this program enriches our lives. Here are examples of installations in our neighborhood. My favorite is the “Tree of Knowledge” at the Oro Valley Library.Look closely between the tree roots in the book below the tree to find these words of wisdom:
The more you read, the more you know
The more you know, the more you grow
The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice
When speaking your mind or making your choice!
“Reading the News” Sculpture
“Swinging Sis” sculpture
“Girl stopping traffic” sculpture.
Highway privacy wall.
Sculptural family of Javelinas, boar- like native animals
Fitness man sculpture at Sun City Oro Valley.
Performing artists sculpture at Sun City Oro Valley.
There are many more and I will share as I have an opportunity to photograph them. What a wonderful community incentive program! Thank you town of Oro Valley!
Do you have a favorite? Let me hear from you!
All the best!
Working with you to create your lifestyle!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
This year we travel to “Santa” Monica for our Christmas celebrations. It is one of the few times the immediate Sherwood family is all together. 🙂 This year we will have the joy of Paul’s sister and husband joining us right after Christmas day.
Here is the family picture from last Christmas at the lake house. I remember this fun time and insisting on the group shot despite objections of “Oh Mom!”
We are driving to Santa Monica this year. Close enough not need an airplane ticket. 🙂 I believe our son Jake has a Christmas photo in mind involving two JCW Mini-Coopers. You’ll just have to wait to see that one.
On another note, my friend, Lori, and I took the hotel crawl to see holiday decorations, particularly two life-size gingerbread houses. My favorite GB house was at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson to benefit juvenile Diabetes.
This life-size Gingerbread House at Hilton El Conquistador Tucson AZ is truly a labor of love and work of art!
It is all in the details with the embellishments of this life-size gingerbread house!
The walls were all made of gingerbread by the resort’s bakers. It took them 3 weeks to do all the baking. The decorative details are amazing.
Here is a “little” life-size gingerbread house trivia:
- 420 lbs. of flour
- 420 eggs
- 12 gallons of molasses & honey
- 120 lbs. of egg whites
- 550 lbs. of powdered sugar
- 718 lbs. of sugar
- 2.317 gum crops
- 120 lollipops
- 600 candy cane
- 15 lbs. of sprinkles
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Be safe in your travels and enjoy all your family and friends!
Love to all!
Note: This is the last post until after the New Year! Look forward to a re-cap of our holiday on January 6th.
I started working on a small house project in our new neighborhood. It will not be used as a full time dwelling but more like a weekend hide-a-way! The plan was to keep it simple but it continued to grow (as they all do). We are updating the entire 1000 sf but this week I focused on the kitchen. The client wanted white cabinets, white stone countertops and white subway tile. Somewhere along the way a 30″ red Viking range jumped into the plan. So cool!
Here are pictures of the exterior, the “BEFORE” and the proposed “AFTER”. There is still much to do but this is a start on the plans. Walls will be painted, hardware to select, etc., etc., etc. In case you are wondering; a few walls will be removed and the existing laundry room will be turned into a refrigerator/pantry space with counters for buffet service. More on that part of the project later.
Exterior of this small home for weekend get-a-ways!
BEFORE-Kitchen that has to go!
Perspective of new kitchen with RED Viking range!
The white kitchen needed that RED pop! It was the client’s idea. I can’t take credit.
Do you love or hate the red range? What would you do to add color to the space? Let’s hear your thoughts!
Happy dreaming and scheming about your next project!
PS: For the next two weeks I am traveling to NY, VA and NC including LKG. Really looking forward to it. After visiting our son in NY, my brother and family in Blacksburg, my BFFL, Patsy, for the High Point Furniture market I will take a few days to rest and recuperate with friends at Lake Gaston. 🙂 With all of this I will post a little on FaceBook but can’t promise the weekly blog (we’ll see). Until next time don’t stop reading and sharing this blog. I love your comments!!!!!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
There is never a dull moment as we create our new lifestyle. We have been busy exploring new things, trying different food and working up our stamina for our upcoming hike in Glacier National Park the first part of September. Our newly found favorite hiking spot is Catalina State Park just about 5 miles from our home. 5 AM sunrise hikes help us beat the heat. Here is a recent picture of one of our favorite areas in the park.
Although we have found time to play and enjoy our new surroundings, project work must go on. Several months ago we told you about our project here in Tucson at Dove Mountain. If you missed that post or want to read it again here it is: http://marysherwoodlifestyles.com/design-inspired-by-the-mountains-of-the-southwest/. We are still working on additional furnishings and finishing touches. Here is a sneak peek of a few of the areas as they are coming together. (Please remember they are not finished and the photography if from my phone).
The living room fireplace wall is expansive with 20′ ceilings and great built-ins around the fireplace. The client wanted to bring in more light and color. The bookcases did not have lighting. The dark wood shelves and rich mocha brown walls did not work in the scheme of lightening things up. First the walls were painted with Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque. I thought the back off the bookcases needed some oomph! I found this beautiful Candice Olsen wallcovering by York to add just the right amount of light, texture and sheen. Next came the installation of LED ribbon light strips on the underside of each shelf. WOW-what an impact. We are still working on the accessories. We used many of the owner’s glass art pieces. The placement and assortment will be tweaked and added to as we proceed. I will elaborate more on the fabrics, rug, etc. in a future post when I have better photography and the shelves are FINISHED.
Here is a small area which we bumped up a notch or two with another Candice Olsen wallcovering by York. This pale “aqua/teal” textured wallcovering set the tone for the rest of the bedroom fabrics, accessories and rug. We were lucky to find the accessories we used here in the owner’s stash. The only thing new in the niche is the wallcovering. Just goes to show what an impact wallcovering can have.
Here are close ups of these stunning wallcoverings. The pictures really do not capture the depth, sheen, texture and detail of these wallcoverings.
LR Wallcovering with metallic accents.
MBR Niche Wallcovering with raised texture.
That is all for now. So much more to come.
Thanks for joining me here this week. Love the recent comments! Keep them coming!
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This Design Wednesday Wisdom is a not much about design but a lot about my career in interior design.
I write this on the cusp of a new beginning for Mary Sherwood Lake Living. As of Friday, May 15, the business will change ownership. Charlotte Smith plans to keep the MSLL traditions alive as she takes over as the new owner. I am sure the business will evolve over time, but for now look forward to a re-stocked showroom, a new special events calendar and other great things. We will keep you updated over the next few weeks as the changes occur. I will remain here during the transition and to complete existing design projects, so don’t say your goodbyes just yet!
Many of you have read about my background on the bio page of our blog, so I am not going to bore you with all those details. Let’s talk about some of the steps that lead me to where I am today.
As early as age six or seven, I was cutting room images and pasting design ideas together from my mother’s McCall’s and Better Homes and Gardens magazines. These became my first color boards or “mood” boards. I still have the scrapbook and would love to share some of it with you, but I don’t know where it is stashed. I didn’t know then but I know now that I was destined to be an interior designer.
After exploring a nursing career and later starting a small folk art mail order craft business, I decided to get serious about exploring design. I took one course and I was hooked. Never did I dream it would turn into this wonderful life experience.
Here is a picture of the model, built to scale, I created as a budding design student in 1985. We fabricated every piece that went into the room. Actually, for that stage of my career, it doesn’t look too bad.
MINIATURE MODEL, 1985, STUDENT PROJECT
In 1987, I opened a small design studio over “The Shop”, a hair salon in Roanoke Rapids. Murphy Doyle, the owner, was my best form of advertising. She sent all her customers upstairs to my studio. What a blessing in disguise! When I started this venture I bargained with my husband, Paul. I asked that he not pursue relocation for his career for at least two years to give me time to spread my “design” wings. He never asked me to move. He has supported me all the way!
FIRST STUDIO/SHOWROOM IN 1987
We quickly outgrew our 400 square foot studio. So I made the big move to the “very quiet” Lake Gaston in 1991. My Roanoke Rapids customers felt like I was moving out to the “Wild, Wild West” of the lake county. It was the best move we ever made.
OUR LAKE GASTON SHOWROOM-1993
I also became a contributor to the Cruisin’ Round Lake Gaston published by C-Line Graphics in 1991. That was truly my first endeavor as a writer.
CRUSIN LAKE GASTON MAGAZINE OF THE EARLY ’90’S
That inspired me to start our monthly newsletter which was sent out by “snail” mail. Some of you may remember this, The Best of Lake Living. It contained design tips, special event details and company happenings such as the birth of the first baby amongst our staff family. This newsletter was published for many years until it became too costly to print and stamp for distribution.
OUR FIRST NEWSLETTER-2002
Then we entered the digital age! We progressed on with the Mary Sherwood Lake Living website. Just a few years ago Design Wisdom Wednesday (DWW) was born. DWW is opened regularly every week by many loyal followers. I am so touched by your loyalty.
I have been very fortunate to be a contributing columnist to the monthly The Lake Magazine. Each month it is a challenge to find a topic and photos to make it an “enjoyable” read. Thanks to The Lake Magazine, published by the Daily Herald, for the opportunity!
So technology has changed our world but not our approach to our customers and friends. There has never been a time when I haven’t welcomed seeing you walk through our door. (Well “almost” never…except when deadlines were looming.) We have remained small in numbers but big in heart and soul.
After opening the first design studio in 1987, we have moved, expanded and grown in so many ways. Some of you have seen us through all the changes since the very beginning. It is all of you that have made this such an incredible journey! Thanks cannot express my appreciation enough!
So, look for exciting new beginnings for Mary Sherwood Lake Living and for Paul and I as we embark on new adventures.
Love to all of you!!!
There are so many ways to take a piece of furniture and make it your own. I am not a big Pinterest user but that is a great resource for inspiration.
Here is a fun piece made by Hooker Furniture that we had in our showroom a few years back that may give you inspiration on how to “make it your own”.
Paint, wallcovering/fabric, interesting hardware and creative application are the supplies.
Happy “make it your own”.
All of you probably know how crazy I am about tulips. I dutifully order in the fall, pre-chill in our extra refrigerator until late December or early January and plant on the first “not too cold” day. Tulips need several months planted in cold, dark soil. Because of our unpredictable winters, pre-chilling helps to give them the “cold” they need to produce in the spring. But don’t wait too long to plant or they will not have enough time to set their roots. You can also plant earlier but who has time before the holidays!
Tulips and Pansies love a little cold weather to be able to shine bright in the spring!
So today, I “tiptoed through the tulips” and created this spring bouquet.
A simple “5 minute” spring bouquet of tulips, hellebores and a little purple heart will brighten your home after a cold and wet winter!
Another find in my garden this time of year were a few Hellebores, commonly called a Lenten Rose. These grow only in shade and pop up around Easter. I have very little shade and often forget to look in this spot for these little gems. Spied them this year!
Hellebore, also called a Lenter rose, pop up right around Easter.
Sometimes I like to play with the tulips and make them look like red poppies. Watch the video to learn how!
Leave me a comment and tell me how you are enjoying the spring flowers and send pictures of how you use them in your home!
Happy, glorious Spring!
Recently we completed a wonderful master bath suite renovation which included this amazing “closet to die for”.
Here is the picture of the “before” closet desperately needing some organization.
The closet floor plan had several angles which made building-in the space a real challenge. After measuring, assessing the contents and interviewing the owners here is the plan we developed.
The highlights of this closet installation include the double stack of jewelry drawers, the pull out ironing board with electrical outlet, and the deep and shallow drawers, long/short hanging, and lots of shoes shelves (not shown).
My favorite design element in this closet is the LED lighted closet rods.
No more will you need to guess whether your slacks are navy or black. Other lighting features include the remote motion sensor that turns the LED lights on as you walk into the space. The LEDs turn off automatically after 3 minutes without motion. Four recessed can lights provide general illumination and are controlled by a dimmer switch.
Here is the finished project with “HIS” and “HER” sides!
What do you think?
Do you agree this is a “closet to die for”?
More to come on the bath of this master suite.
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Paul and I are posting our lake home for Sale by Owner. Please take a look at the link below. If you know of anyone that may be interested please share the link. We really appreciate anything you can do to help us.
The asking price is $695,000. The web site lists the details and shows lots of pictures.
Sherwood House for Sale by Owner
Thanks again for everything!
Mary and Paul
I always get excited about exploring future trends. Based on High Point photos from October here are a few trends I see going forward in 2015. Some of the highlights of the following pictures include textures, colors. natural elements, and multi-tasking furniture.
These furniture pieces have several of the elements above-color, texture and multi-tasking. I love to use chests of all sizes and styles because they are so versatile. A chests can be used as a night stand, entry console, and table linen storage, just to name a few. These chests have texture, color, style and so much more. Chest A, from Couture, is made with a mother-of-pear veneer in a leafy tropical design. Chest B, from Couture, has an egg shell blue melange inset which has amazing visual and tactile texture, color and pattern. Chest C, from Palu, with it’s ribbed vertical texture, is available in several custom color choices. How would you incorporate a chest into your design scheme?
Trendy, preppy, traditional styles with throw backs to the 60’s and 70’s are evident in these two bedding collections from Thibaut and Eastern Accents. The Asian elements, fretwork, topical motifs and colors of pink and green are cropping up in many areas of home fashion. Are you ready to go back in time with this new version of pink and green?
The application of vertical trims and contrasting fabrics in upholstery is just beginning. Look for more ways to mix it up with this and other upholstery details.
Large art and animal images continue to be shown, coming forward from 2014.
Greenery in the form of succulents and tropicals are the latest in permanent botanical trends.
Looking back and looking forward shows an unending movement of the trends. What do you see as some of the upcoming design trends to watch?
As a gardener, although it is the middle of Winter, some days you just have to get outside and get your hands in the dirt. Sunday afternoon the skies had cleared and the sun was shinning. I couldn’t resist.
Most of you probably have enjoyed our tulip display in the Spring in our large flower box under our sign. Those bulbs were planted the first of January after chilling a few months in my extra refrigerator. I didn’t quite finish the tulip planting chore that day and stuck the rest back in the frig. Finally, I had a day to finish the planting and hope I didn’t get them in the ground too late.
Here is a picture of the Fall window boxes attached to the front of our building. They were planted in October with some hardy and some tender plants that I knew would not survive the first frost. I liked the combination and knew some could endure(the pansies and ornamental cabbage). With the colder temperature the ornamental peppers and spider plants gave up the ghost.
I planned to used these boxes and plant the tulips around the hardier plants but I had a lot of open bare areas showing. Years ago my friend Patsy Cuthrell showed me the reindeer lichen growing along many of our roads. It’s also called reindeer moss and often used in floral arrangement and terrariums. Reindeer moss is really a lichen: a combination of a fungus and algae that have a symbiotic relationship and form a new plant. The moss is spongy when moist, but dries out when removed from its natural habitat. It can be preserved with glycerin and dyed with fabric dye. How to Preserve Reindeer Moss Since I was just using it for a short time in the boxes I left it natural.
I am lucky to have access to this lichen right at the end of my road. Harvesting the plants is so simple because it spreads on top of the other ground cover. Here is my harvest spot and bounty. It took all of five minutes to collect.
Some years I have better luck than others with the tulips in these boxes because they do not get a lot of sun in front of the building and the deer find them very tasty. Here is a picture of the boxes in 4/2012.
Next I cleaned up the dead plants out of the flower boxes and planted twelve tulips in each of the three planters.
Here is where I used the reindeer lichen to dress up the boxes and hide the bare spots until the tulips poke through and do their thing.
Keep your fingers crossed I didn’t plant the tulips too late.
On the warmer winter days do you head to the outdoors? What do you do? Garden, exercise, hike? Let us hear about your winter outdoor adventures around Lake Gaston. I am sure some of you sneak in a leisurely boat ride on the lake while the sun is bright! Send us your Winter outdoor pictures to share.
Happy Winter! I have visions of the Spring to come!
As I anxiously await the arrival of our sons and daughters-in-love I am reminded about how important family is at Christmas. I am so very fortunate to have such a loving and close family. We are spread out across the country but we make the effort to be together for Christmas. I am truly blessed. Here is my playful family last Christmas at Lake Gaston!
Over the years my family circle has grown. The MSLL gang is a large part of that circle. This is the gang at our annual Christmas dinner along with our new addition, Ethan Campbell Wenger (being held by Ryan, his proud Dad)
My extended family goes much further than just our team. It encompasses the wonderful friends that grace our showroom, our design clients that invite us into their homes and all the talented contractors that support us. We get to know them and their families as part of our amazing family circle.
So whether you spend Christmas with family, friends or neighbors it is the people that make Christmas magical. Embrace the moments!
Merry Christmas to you and all your family circle!
Love to all,