Monday, April 19, 2010

~serious eye candy~

hello everyone!

hope Monday has treated you all well....

for me....very well!

I got an email from Tracey at 6:34 am congratulating me that I won

I'm thrilled & promise to show you
straight away as soon as I receive it!

I was browsing all my pictures today &
came upon these tucked in a little folder...
{are they tucked in a little folder when they are in your hard drive??:)}

I'm sure many of you have seen this blog...
but just in case you haven't...
you are in for a treat!

Her name is Gua, and she's from
Iceland!  But now resides in Sweden.

her style is really wonderful~
and she is as sweet as can be...
to read her blog is like
reading a letter from an
old friend!
And her style is quite contagious...if there is
such a thing!

it seems I am going to be painting everything
in our house white or grey!!
anyone else in the same boat?

what's really amazing to me is to think
it was only this LAST summer
that I started blogging...
and just basically discovered this whole
swedish~nordic style!
not that I wasn't already knee deep
in white slipcovers....and french flea market style...
...but this just seems to take it to a whole new level...

a whole new level of fabulous-ness!
 what did I ever do for
inspiration before blogging???

oh yeah, I was a magazinaholic.....
but now I've found, I can't get the same inspiration
from my old favorites...
Country Living ~ yeah ok but just ok.
Cottage Living ~ gone...
Country Home ~ gone but not that good before it died.
now it's from all of you!
all the different blogs I visit...
all the fabulous ideas I find...
I am so serious ~ I cannot believe
the amazing creativity all you girls possess!!

it really has been a wonderful journey!
thanks for all your friendship
and support!
{{hugs & kisses}}


and now for a.....

~project update~

1)  haven't decided on the arborvitae yet...
found out it's best to transplant in the fall...and now I'm wondering about a few cecile brunner climbing rose bushes instead?? apparently they grow 20 feet tall! anyone experienced these "house eaters?" as in...can grow to ginormous proportions!!!
2)  waiting and waiting and waiting to get
bid back on our stairs.....oh those contractors!! thinking about bribing my dad to come visit & "help" us do them....he's quite the diy guy!
3)  spackle is out, paint is purchased & ready to begin Mackenzie's room~

{here she is last spring helping me plant 100
baby boxwoods!! sweetie girl!}
it is currently a buttery yellow, and I am just so saddened that she would rather go with a creamy white! :)
4)  and about those 100 boxwoods we planted last spring? well only 57 left to prune.....{ words necessary.....} felt a little like Edward Scissorhands....but they do look darn cute all spruced up w/ their little haircuts!
5)  sites are set on redoing my previously redone
frenchy here to see what they look like I'm thinking dropcloth fabric....

and now....I need to set my sites on
fixing dinner....

talk soon!




Anonymous said...

Serious eye candy indeed! I love the shutters in that first photo. Yes, I think the blogs have put a lot of pressure on magazines. The talent out there boggles the mind!

the gardeners cottage said...

I am in complete agreement w/you regarding the talent that "we" bloggers have. I'm serious too when I say that. It floors me everyday the beauty that we create. Because most of us are not professionals and yet we could be. IMHO.


Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Congrats on your uber fabulous win!!! I'm positively green with envy! :-)


Mary said...

Gorgeous...gorgeous...gorgeous! LOVE every photo! Thanks for sharing!


Debra@Common Ground said...

I totally agree, blogging has so much more inspirtation! Congrats on the wonderful win!

Privet and Holly said...

Yes, I'm WITH you!!! My magazines are collecting DUST in a basket. I'm taking a trip this weekend, so maybe I'll catch up with those since I'll be up in the air and won't be able to get my blog FIX!! I love Swedish Country, too! There is just SOMETHING so yummy about it. Your garden is looking great and I'm jealous that you are making such headway on your lists! In a good way!
xx P&H


Shellagh ~ I didn't know you had just started blogging last summer. It is funny, when you are a new blogger, (I started late January), everyone's sites seem so established. Congrats of such a great and beautiful blog.

And you won a prize ~ what fun.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Now I would have thought that was your house! :) You always find the best inspiration - and your creations are an inspiration too.

DustyLu said...

Congrats you deserve it! I love that blog! Amazing! Your blog is amazing too! ~Lulu

Gracefully Vintage said...

Oh My how i love your blog- you'll have to go see mine, i just re-upholstered a vintage mini sofa- in white- black and white toile and ticking -or what i could find to resemble it.. Love the pics, i love them but could nevr live in a home like that... Just admire..
Great Blog- cant wait to see more..

Cathy said...

All of these images are absolutely gorgeous!

Congrats on your are one lucky lady to win such a wonderful giveaway!


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Beautiful pics...thanks for sharing them and congrats on your WIN!


I’m having a GIVEAWAY…come by and check it out…I think you will like it!

Sarah said...

Congratulations on your win. I'll look for the future post. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos. I could live in those spaces! LOL

Auntie Cake said...

Dang, now you have me trying to figure out how on earth I am going to talk my hubby into hanging curtains around my clawfoot bathtub! And how exactly does one go about hanging curtains directly from the ceiling anyways??? But I soooo need those in that bathroom. So need those!

And congrats on your win! Lucky girl, but I am so glad you won, Tracey has the best stuff!

The Flying Bee said...

My last comment didn't go through...just wanted to say congrats on winning Tracey's giveaway and thanks for sharing these great pics!


Tamarah said...

Shellagh how you TORMENT me with those GORGEOUS grey/white pics...I feel torn I really do....I must be strong though & stay on my Shabby Vintage Junk path which is WELL SUITED to endure the likes of my GRUBBY Mr SVJ & fur shedding pussie cats....!!

Tamarah :o)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Congratulations on your fabulous win!! You are have softened the blow by sharing these gorgeous grey and white images... definitely eye candy!!! have a great day... xx julie

Deb said...

Congratulations on your win, that's a great way to start a Monday! Love all those beautiful pictures, eye candy indeed!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Congrats on your win! This is a gorgeous home and I love the claw foot tub. Thanks for sharing.

raggygirlvintage said...

Beautiful and white and inspiring!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I grew a Cecile Brunner rose when I lived in Cal. and it quickly outgrew the heighth of the trellis. It was really beautiful, but plan on some strong supports for it.
Congrats on your giveaway win! I'm so excited for you!
About two years ago I didn't know what a blog was and I thought only people in magazines lived in beautiful white rooms. How quickly things can change! Now I'm trying to sneak white, burlap and linen in just about every room in my house. And blogging...forget about it. I love it so much I don't think I'll ever go back to scrapbooking (my old hobby)!
Happy gardening, show us lots of pictures!! :)

junkdreams said...

Hi Shellagh,
I must say that before blogging I had no idea the fabulous decorators that lived in Sweden...I have gotten sooooo much inspiration from many of the Swedish blogs I follow AND yours too, of course. Thanks for sharing another great blog from Sweden with us!
Happy day!

FEDERICA said...

Oh my! All these images are gorgeous!!! I want to live there!!!

ZAIRA said...

Many congrats Shellagh, show us how you display the lucky winning!!! And you're right, all these ladies from the deep north has something unique in their way of decorating. I was astonished myself when I discovered it by blogging!!

Wish you a nice day!! Zaira xx

di bianco e d'azzurro said...

Hi Shellagh, congratulaton for the winner!!
These environments are adorable!!!
Hugs from me Annamaria

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Hey Shellagh, winner, you! Love the pics! I have 'files' in my computer too...try to keep them organized! I always say that going through my fav blogs each day is better than a magazine...and new stuff available all day long!

Have fun with your us a pic real soon!


theoldboathouse said...

Well done on your win!! Love the pics and I so agree about the magazines... they don't seem to fill me up like they used too, hope you are having a lovely day, cheers Katherine

Crystal said...

Congrats on the givaway!!! I'm really excited for you!...... I know what you mean about inspiration! I'm obsessed with others' blogs and yeah rethinking all my color choices. Need to repaint the entire house grey or white!!

Mara said...

Hi dear Shellagh! congrats on the winning! you're right! blogging also opened my eyes on a new fab interior design world: the nordic atmosphere! I really love white but I barely have imagined that this colour would be so warm and welcome for houses. But that what we see in all the fantastic homes such as Gua's, is wonderful!
Have a nice day!

frankie said...

Just beautiful!!! I was a magazinaholic too..
but your right , you can find so much inspiration from everyone else who is blogging.. love it!

A Cottage Muse said...

My goodness...heaven on earth!! Thank you for sharing!!


I am the same way, I get so much inspiration from blogs maybe to much, I can't make up my mind what I want, although I am loving this look and will probably go with this style in my family room. I had my walls painted in the gray but I changed it to a cream color, the gray just wasn't working for me although I can appreciate it in others homes just not mine (; Love the pic with the greean shutters!!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Shellagh.....I just recently found your blog and I am thrilled! Such wonderful photos and interesting decorating topics! I am following you now! Please stop by for a visit...would love to have you!~Patti

sweetpea said...

shellagh, love your blog design. just gorgeous. congrats on winning the giveaway. lucky lucky.



donna...@d.reyne's said...

You are so right! Until I started blogging...I didn't know alot about the Nordic Style...I love it so much...still love my french stuff too!
I just love it more paired down now with more white than ever before...and I was a whiteslipcover junky before!
Congratulations on winning Tracey's french give-away! It will be fun seeing what wonderments she is sending.
Have a wonderful day!

Lisa said...

Congrats on the win Shellagh! You always find the most breathtaking photos. Thanks for sharing. Lots of beautiful ideas in those pictures.

It's me said...

Congratulations with your price !! i read it yesterday..........!! so nice pictures....but the link is not working to her site.............can you post him by me please??

Have a great evening hugs from me...............Ria said...

I'm loving the white/gray that blogs have shown me! I just had to redo something that way, so started with my bathroom, since it was a small room.
But that just makes me want to do more rooms this color!

Vintage Junky said...

100 baby boxwoods?!? You are my kind of lady! Those photos are just wonderful... love the bath with the checkboard floor!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I don't normally go for all white rooms, but I must say these are just beautiful! Very soft and romantic looking.

WhiteWhispers2u said...

G'Day My Sweet Friend~

Simply Beautiful!
I hear you, it is pure and simple and just simply a fabulous style..............

I am also hooked on blogs and can't get enough inspiration.The best part of it, it's Free!

No, Not really the best part of it is all these fabulous friends I have made!

How does Friday sound to you? Let me know..........Sat Tarte sale again? ~Cheers Kim

KathyB. said...

I very much love, love, love this type of decorating. I discovered all these lovely blogs ( including yours) after I began gravitating toward this type of decorating. Just re-enforced what I love and gave me more great ideas to use! Thank-you!

Robin said...

Thanks for the great site to check out. It feels like I've won a jackpot.

I was just having a conversation with my mom this past weekend telling her how much I enjoy reading blogs and how little my magazines are inspiring me these days. I find so much more on blogs. Funny you should write a post about the same thing a few days later!

Have a great day.

sissie said...

Congratulations on your win!
I love these rooms and the Swedish look has inspired me to lighten up my home more. I love it all!


Gúa said...

You are just too sweet..:)

Thank you over and over for your kind words about me and my home! I´m so honored and so happy, and just full af gratefullness!
Thank you so much!

All my best to you, always.
And HUGE hugs as well..:))

Take care

Beach House Living said...

Congrats on your fabulous win and for a new blog to visit.

Anonymous said...

How I love the birdbath in the bathroom idea!!! I'm off to bring mine indoors!

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