Welcome, dear friends! Can you believe that the autumn season has arrived? Oklahoma’s weather must have missed the memo, because we are breaking records with temperatures in the upper 90s and low 100s. The past few days, I have been trying to bring out some of my fall decor. However, with temperatures that high it feels too much like summertime to do so. I hope that wherever you are, you are beginning to enjoy cooler days.
Last week, Mr. Bleu and I took a vacation to Highlands, North Carolina. Our anniversary was in June, but with everything going on this summer we decided to postpone our celebration until early September. North Carolina was beautiful, and the weather sure did spoil us. We had a most wonderful time! We stayed at the Old Edwards Inn, and I highly recommend it. It was a gorgeous inn, and the hospitality was exceptional.
As you may remember from my last post, I promised to show you the new sitting room. However, in true fashion, everyday living delayed the tour. You may recall that I was taking care of my husband who had Covid. As luck would have it, I became sick as well. Then my two younger children followed suit. After being sick for 12 days, I started to feel even worse. Then, my fever returned. A secondary infection had set in. My youngest was only sick for 3 days with the virus, but 20 days later he also ended up with a secondary infection.
The entire month of August was spent recovering and taking care of my family. The fatigue was terrible. I have never felt so tired in my whole life. Without my family, I do not know what I would have done. I am so blessed to live close to my parents and in-laws. My mom and dad, mother-in-law and father-in-law, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law made sure we had plenty to eat. My heart was truly grateful for all of the delicious meals and supplies that they sat on our doorstep. I love them all so much and could not have made it without them. I am happy to report that we are all feeling so much better. Good health is definitely something to be thankful for.
Since it is so warm outside, I will invite you in for some iced tea and a tour of my new sitting room. This room is the perfect spot to have a wonderful visit and enjoy a tall glass of sweet tea. It just feels like a happy space with all of the glorious sunlight shining through the windows.
Last winter, I painted the room Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore. It is one of my most favorite interior wall colors. After painting the room, I decided it was time for a change in furnishings. However, I had a few pieces that I wanted to keep and work into the space. Once again, I decided to visit Nell Hills in Kansas City to find items that would work with my existing furnishings to create a new look.
The tufted settee in blush pink is by CR Laine and is my most favorite piece in the room.
The pillows were made by Nell Hills to coordinate with the furnishings and room.
The coffee table was an estate sale find. If you have followed me for any time, you know I love a collected over time look. Mixing antiques with new traditional pieces helps me to achieve that look that I so much adore.
Both of the chairs are French antiques. The floral chair is covered in a Charles Faudree fabric and was a birthday gift from my parents and husband a few years ago.
The French parlor chair was a recent online auction purchase. I chose to cover it in a pink buffalo check fabric.
The botanical prints flanking the pink settee are from Nell Hills. Botanical prints are timeless pieces that I have been seeing a lot of in decor. I love anything floral, so I have been collecting these prints for years.
The small tables as well as the Chinoiserie lamps are from Nell Hills. When I saw these lamps, I just had to have them. I love that they are pink and Chinoiserie in style.
The raspberry plaid settee belonged to my beloved grandmother. She adored pink, and I know that she would have loved this room. The fabric was in excellent condition. Therefore, we were able to leave it as it was and just add some custom pillows to compliment the other colors in the room.
Lastly, new roman shades in a pink houndstooth were made by Nell Hills to complete the room.
Sweet friends, I am so happy that you were able to visit me today. Your visits and kind words make my day. I hope that you have a most wonderful day doing the things that you love. I am going to try and get my fall decorating finished. Hopefully, cooler temperatures will arrive soon!