"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Monday, September 23, 2013

Mop Philosophy Monday


 I just don't think you can ever go wrong with potatoes.  I've never met a single person who doesn't like them.  Have you?  If so you must tell and we need to hear the whole story.
 Besides buying three more bags of delicious potatoes at the grocery store I picked up these little gourds.  So autumnal.

I've definitely been going through one of those nesting phases.  My furniture has been taking many trips back and forth to the upholsterers.

How do you like MrBP's "new" reading chair?
 I sourced the chintz from the Designer Fabric Outlet in Toronto.  In the end I needed nine yards!  Bigger patterns will do that.

I rescued an old broken-down chair:
 I wish I had taken a "before" picture as this was in terrible condition.  It was covered with a hideous green velvet and had springs and other scary things sticking out of it everywhere.
It is clear to see that the Blue Inspiration came from the rug.
 Other news in nesting: Autumn Smells.  I have just discovered Diptyque candles and it was love at first smell.  Have you had a sniff of this one, Feu de Bois?  It smells exactly like a roaring fireplace.  How they do that I have no idea.

Of course you can't go wrong with cookies to scent the whole house with fabulousness, with the added benefit of cheering everybody up immensely.
Lyle's Golden Syrup Cookies

 I hope your week is off to an excellent beginning.  Doing any nesting?  Embracing autumn?
xoxDani




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  1. I love the Feau de Bois from Diptyque. I used to burn it next to my (fake) gas flame fire... it definitely added to the atmosphere in the room. Funnily enough, I've just changed over my scented candles as we're now experiencing mild Spring weather (at last). The scents of cedar and spice have been replaced with Verbena and Grapefruit... and I'll break out the Fig in another month or two - it always shouts Summer to me. xx

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    1. Heidi well that was a good idea! Our fireplace was coal burning and can't be used, I do wish we had one, at least this candle provides the smell and quite convincingly! I'll keep your spring and summer scents in mind...

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  2. Chair looks fab!! Wish I knew a great upholsterer. Am thinking of taking a course bc it's sooo expensive here...but nest as I might my home is still a site so envy your sprucing!

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    1. Hi Naomi, oh my gosh your home is a site, I read part of that post but I was interrupted, I must go back to finish it and comment. You'd save a load of money if you could find a course, and refreshing furniture with fabric is so satisfying. Too bad I can't send my Mr. Lewis across the pond, he's a character too, you'd love him!

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  3. love this Dani - Mr. BP needs all the comfort he can get these days! I need to re-upholster a couple of chairs - I keep putting it off and spending the money on me!

    I just love those fabrics - they make me swoon. I don't have any of those candles yet; funny - we lost our power yesterday and I lit some candles and have vowed to light candles regularly all winter!

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    1. WMM, the other amazing candle house is Cire Trudon - stunning smells and incredible packaging/design.

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    2. WMM I also light candles in my dining room, 3 of them, in fact I've removed the side lamps entirely and replaced them with candles. I'll have to post the candle sticks I found at William Sonoma, they are quite fetching, and to balance out the expensive Diptyque in the living room I buy the plain white pillar candles at Target, 3 for $6!!
      Yes that MrBP, worked all weekend and well into the night, counting the days until this case wraps up...
      And Tabs I've not hear of this brand, I'll look it up!

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  4. What a lovely Monday post, Dani. I really love the blue upholstery that you chose, and it suits that beautiful chair perfectly.

    I am embracing autumn, it is one of my favourite seasons. I am starting to think about autumn cooking. I'm also doing some nesting and getting our house ready for guests, as the fall always seems to be visiting time. Time to transform the guest room from our all purpose room and dumping ground to a hospitable space!

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    1. Hi Abby, fall guests, I have some arriving tomorrow as well, well it's just my little brother but I rarely see him as he lives in Tofino BC. I have the study prepped for guests, I just have to sew the new curtains today. Nothing like a deadline to get us going!
      Thanks I'm happy with the way the chair turned out, and it is a family piece so it had to be rescued!

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  5. Oh Feu De Bois is in my November to January ( Myrrhe for Decmber it's amazing) Diptyque library, I have ones for different seasons.
    CSW is right, upholstery here is a small fortune, I dread my sofa fabric wearing down. I just got my throw back - thank God I wasn't paying, it was eye wateringly expensive.
    Oh and I love the blue and white fabric.

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    1. Tabs I shall look into Myrrhe for Christmas time straightaway. I just recently found a source for Diptyque here in Ontario and they ship them as well. They really are as good as all that.
      Aren't you so happy to have things straightened away in your house again!

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    2. Dani, it's a must, I light it for one hour every night from December 1st, it's my advent candle.
      Throughout the year, I save my other ones for cocktail hour at weekends.

      Oh, having the house back to normal is so wonderful.

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  6. I can't think of anyone who doesn't like potatoes either. I need to dig ours this week; I grow amazing purple ones called Magic Molly ( sounds like an illegal drug) and French fingerlings. Have been making salads with them, but now it's time for roasted veg.

    Love those chairs-- very clever of you! My bathroom is done except for covering my chair and ottoman ( for winter reading esp) as I am balking at the price. I love Lee Jofa "Althea" in the mostly green colorway, but I need to find someone who will order it for me and not mark it up 100%. Or find something else. Can't believe you found that fabric at an outlet! MLane says, just do it.

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    1. Lane I guess you will just have to go for it!
      I think if you can source the fabric yourself and hire an uphosterer it might be less expensive, well that was my strategy. Mr. Lewis my upholsterer doesn't have a fancy shop but he also doesn't have fancy prices.
      Once more your green thumb amazes me!!

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  7. Em does not like potatoes. She does like french fries (I know, potatoes) but nothing else. Weird...Tyler doesn't like chocolate. Really weird.

    I can not do the candle thing. With having two kids, three dogs, two cats at one time, and a bull in a china closet husband I am in fear of setting the whole house on fire. Candles only when eating in the dining room or when alone in the bath.

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  8. Blue Booby based on that description of your household I would agree that candles are best avoided!
    Tyler doesn't like chocolate? Not even a Snickers bar?!

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  9. Dani,
    Love all the fabric you chose.The thing I like the best is that you reused a family chair and brought it back to life. Today to many people throw out family treasures . Furniture is just not made the same now a days and besides the stories that chair could tell are priceless. Your entire home seems so cozy between the food you cook and the love you share towards your house. Happy Monday!! Keep inspiring us Dani! Now Imust get to work ,never enough hours in a day!

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    1. Thanks Anon you are kind. That chair is so heavy and even though it is low to the ground it is quite comfy, especially after Mr. Lewis replaced the springs etc. I agree some things should be saved! Have an excellent day.

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  10. Hi Dani-I can take or leave potatoes and most of my kids are the same way-unless there is a tasty gravy involved. I absolutely love, love, love your fabric choices, especially the blue and white. There is no telling what my house would look like if I was left to my own devices. I am making cookies tomorrow and some soup perhaps.Only sign of nesting here is that the furnace man is supposed to come tomorrow and give things a going over before the cold weather comes knocking on the door.

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    1. David, yes my Rascals will fight over a gravy bowl. Thanks for reminding me, I need to get a furnace guy in too, of course ours is already on as it is cold at night!

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  11. This is a great post Dani. Your furniture look great, I love the colors You have chosen. I also love very much that you have rescue furnitures, old furnitures have so much to tell and share... And your post is so yummy, it make me really hungry now! I have been very busy as I was traveling to den Haag from Wednesday to Friday and I will be flying to US this Wednesday, all this for work... I wish you a great week.
    Take care.

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    1. Steph I hope you have a good trip, you are doing so much travel for your work this year. Take care and stay safe.

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  12. I love potatoes and the re-upholstered furniture looks great. What with all the cookies and candles your house is really inviting. I may have to stop by on my way to WMM's!

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  13. Comments eaten twice! You will forgive brevity. Love the fabric choices. Both Irish children hate potatoes, I keep making them anyway. Diptyque Verveine more effective than citronella against outdoor pests in summer. I expect the company is unaware. This has sealed my husband's dislike of smelly candles. Off to France soon, shopping list short due to aforementioned husband's aversion to fragrance and my advanced age, at which I'd rather pay more on this side of the Atlantic! There are benefits to the global economy ;). Happy fall, Amy

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    1. Amy how can it be that your Irish kids hate potatoes? It can't be! Yes keep making them. You're off to France? I must know more!

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  14. Dani, You've got me wanting to scent the house now with some lovely cookies and candles. I just got back from the store with some colorful goards and I can't wait to put out pumpkins. I can't believe you did the chairs yourself. You are very talented and great the fabric choices. Exactly what I'm loving right now-blues and florals! Gorgeous. Have a good week!
    xxKim

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    1. Kim now you know I didn't do the upholstery I just bought the stuff! Pumpkins... I was looking at those today. I like to go to a field to get them with MrBP, a pick-your-own farm, it never fails to bring out the little kid in MrBP.

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  15. HAVE A SEAT Dani, three cheers for Diptyque candles and any scrummy baking made with Lyle's Golden Syrup. I think you might like Jo Malone candles as well, like the Blackberry and Bay. Worth a stop at Holt's for scent samples. In Target, also try looking for Caldrea products (the parent co. of Mrs. Meyers). They don't have all the scents here yet, some I find overpowering, but others good.

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    1. Hi GF, yes I've had a sniff of those candles at Target but they set off my smell headache! Hmmm just like some of the Mrs. Meyers stuff does.
      Will definitely look for the Jo Malone counter at Holt's, good tip.

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  16. There's no better gastronomic complement than a potato. Scent of a roaring fireplace? Yes, please! Thanks for the recommendation.

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  17. I am in love with the blue and white wooden chair. It is so fresh! I am doing a little autumn nesting myself these days. So much planning to do it is making my head spin at times.

    My husband does not like potatoes at all and will seldom eat them no matter how they are made. I love them so we are at odds now and again. We are both fine with pasta, rice and other grains as a side so it's usually only during summer barbecue season that it becomes an issue because I love them roasted on the grill with Vidalia onions, which are incidentally the only kind of onions he will eat. Picky eater that man.

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    1. xoxo you must be very busy and you have the ultimate reason to nest right now! I hope you're feeling well.

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    2. xoxo--picky eaters are raised by mothers who cater to them! Just my opinion of course.

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  18. The chair is so lovely. I like the pattern very much. Mr. BP must enjoy resting there. I have similar rugs, kilims, and I often do as you and take colors and inspiration from them.

    DH and I could live on potatoes. The current favorite is potato knish from a bakery a few miles away. Heaven. I must find the roaring fireplace candle, since we don't have a fireplace!

    Fall is not nesting time in the desert. It's the opposite. We all creep out of our air conditioned enclosures to enjoy the mild temperatures and the bright sun. We're taking long walks, gardening (it's amazing the vegetables you can grow once the heat abates) and sitting out on our neglected patio.

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    1. DF it sounds magical! Yes I recommend this candle, the fireplace smell is amazing. Our rugs are my favourite things in the house, so beautiful, made with such care and useful too. I like it when they fade and age, they truly get better with time!

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  19. I love potatoes but I do get tired of them if I eat them too often - I rotate between potatoes, pasta, rice and other starches.

    The fabrics that you chose for your furniture are beautiful, and the end results are fantastic. I would love to nest but these days, all of my energy is taken up with trying to get a new career going and taking evening classes. My house is a disaster!

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    1. Louise I've had loads of time on my hands so I had better use it to get things done. You are at such a hectic stage of your life and you need to give yourself some slack!

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  21. I absolutely love your upholstery fabric choices. They are so charming. Would you share a photo of the room with these pieces in it?

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