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Monday, July 20, 2009

Mary, Mary quite contrary

How does her garden grow? Quite beautifully!


Coming down the street I instantly knew which house was Mary's. It was by far the most enchanting.


Everywhere you look there are magical details such as this European post box.


Mary is warm, gracious and above all bubbly. Would you like to come in?

The front room was filled with treasures lovingly selected and placed. Every piece tells a story. The fabulous ottoman was built by Mary's dad.





Here's a closeup of a hutch that is the perfect shade of a meadow. Mary has an extensive collection of exquisitely beautiful vintage clothing.




I simply adore how two starfish hold up a beautiful piece of lace across each of her windows.


Originally from the east coast, Mary has placed little touches of the sea within many of her rooms.



I could gaze for hours at her truly gorgeous kitchen. Isn't the jadeite lovely?





Love lives in every piece.


The open shelves are eye candy at its best.




Here is a sweet little cabinet that houses gold rimmed glassware and such.




Another shelf is filled with vintage molds and the cutest cookie jar ever!




Mary painted one wall with chalkboard paint. Simply brilliant!




Walking down the hall I admired her wonderful shelf system. It allows Mary to rearrange the art groupings whenever the whim strikes.


This is Mary's daughters room dressed for a happy occasion.




The striped curtains on the window evoke vintage seaside memories. The flamingo was simply fabulous.

Look at the lovely shade of the water ski against the summery blue striped walls.



Here is a cozy corner filled with perfect pink yumminess.




When Mary showed me my bed tears came to my eyes. I imagine it was because I truly felt so loved...welcomed.


Love does truly live in the details.


Here is the attached bathroom. The crinoline over the window is a perfect vintage valance.

This oil painting made me want to do a pirouette full of happiness.




Perfect placement.


Now I have to show you one of the most adorable elements in the home. It is located in her children's bathroom. It a a perfect entry for her precious pooches.
Look at that original tile!



Mary is indeed a keeper of dreams and most importantly memories. I so admire that quality in her. She sees beauty everywhere.


My heart is full and happy.
All images contained in this post are from my own personal collection. Copyright laws apply. The images are for private use only. For information on using any of the above photos, please contact me at decortoadore@hotmail.com Thank you!

43 comments :

Lorrie said...

What a lovely tour through Mary's home. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your weekend. It sounds like you had a fabulous time.

Lorrie

LiLi M. said...

Thank you and thank Mary for showing us around. I love this place! Cannot wait to see the creative space and your projects. Lucky girls!

Gina said...

Wow!!!! What an amazing place of inspiration you visited, thank you so much for taking us along with you. I just adore what they have done, beautiful.

Terri and Bob said...

I waiting for my breath to catch up. That was so awesome. I love it. I need a place to decorate like that. Very chic.

kimberly said...

A truly amazing place. What a blessing for you to be there and for us by sharing it. Thanks, it was a delightful tour.

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

What a charming home and such creativity! Thank you for sharing Mary's home with us! Looking forward to all the projects you worked on!

blessings
mary

Tamara Jansen said...

Wow! I am speachless.....what an amazing place. Thanks for the photo tour!!

ScrappinAway said...

Wow! I have never seen anything like it and I want that doggie door for my pooch so bad!

marty39 said...

Such a lovely home and what a wonderful tour. I look forward to seeing all your creations. Hugs, Marty

Susan S. said...

oH MY GOSH....I love that whole house. Every detail was wonderful...Thank you SO much for the tour. the dog door is precious.

Tanya said...

I just loved the tour of Mary's house. What a creative person she is. Her home seems very inviting. What a nice treat to stay there!

melissa said...

Beautiful home, wonderful pics. What a gracious hostess she looks like!

Audra Lynn said...

Wow. Amazing.

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

What an adorable home!

Anonymous said...

It was such a pleasure meeting you this weekend - you have a wonderful soul and are so talented.

You really captured the magic of Mary's home in your photos.

Hope to meet up with you again, Gypsy Girl!

xoxo
Christi

Really Rainey said...

What a great tour! Thanks Laura! Stay Cool!
Have a great week!
~Really Rainey~

Emily B said...

man that is the MOST whimsical, charming, and fuuuun boho cottage EVER! I wish it was a B&B so I could book a room!

Kass said...

Im SO JEALOUS.. how did I miss out on that fun adventure!!! What an adorable dream cottage home.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

What perfectly gorgeous uses of space and a delight in every photo! I love it! Blessings.

Multiple personalities.. said...

Wow!! These photos are gorgeous! I felt like I was skimming through one of my favorite mags, Cottage Living. That home looks so dreamy and cozy, and I love that every piece seems to have a lovely story behind it. Please tell your friend her home is so lovely!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog tody!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This was a lovely tour of a lovely home, Laura! So many charming details. Thank you for taking us along with you!

XO,

Sheila :-)

honeysuckle said...

That must have been a wonderful time together. Isn't it fun when someone else enjoys the same things that you do? Such a charming home! Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

So very charming! Thanks for sharing.

Whimsical Creations said...

What a beautiful home!! Just gorgeous!

The Bella Cottage said...

Charming and cozy! I love your blog so I'm following you!

tile said...

Thank you for invite me to come in

mindy said...

You took such great shots! I had so much fun this weekend! It was so nice to meet you and feel your zest for life! I hope we get together again! Keep "rollin" on the river" gypsy girlfriend!

Mindy

Bonnie said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for the tour!

Patrice said...

What a beautiful tour of Mary's home. Mary is indeed a very good friend of yours. She's very hospitable. Love the bathroom and the bedroom.

Jennifer said...

How very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Christine said...

Wow - I am in love with so much of her decor! Thanks for sharing these great pictures. Great inspiration!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Hello from SITS! I love touring other people's homes! I always come away with at least one great idea.

Tania @ Larger Family Life said...

Oh my I love it! Love, love, love the kitchen. In fact, I just love everything.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Wow what a free spirit...very bohemian almost. Makes me feel like my decorating style is a little stuffy. I think I need to reevaluate. Thanks for sharing.

Peterson Family said...

What a beautiful house! I love all the extra touches that make it so inviting! (the crinoline over the window is simply adorable!)

Stalker v1.5 said...

Beautiful tour of beautiful things. Happy SITS day!

RamblingMother said...

Interesting. Stopping by from SITS, congrats on your day.

Hannah said...

Thanks for sharing the photos of Mary's home. She is certainly talented.

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Tina Gilliland said...

WOW!!! As I am just stopping by from SITS, I cannot believe this home! How gorgeous!!!! Lucky you for getting to visit there. I bet you felt like a fairy princess! I cannot imagine cleaning all the nick nacks though. LOL Beautiful beautiful!

Amy B. said...

I have that same IKEA frame that's in the last shot. Now I have and idea for what to do with it!

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

What a fun tour. I think you are a lucky, lucky guest!

Eileen @ Star's Fault said...

Mary's space is lovely. I especially like the open shelves in the kitchen... and the crinoline curtain in the bath, PERFECT!!!

Blessings ~ Eieen @ Star's Fault

Why S? said...

Mary has a lovely and unique sense of style. And she seems like a lovely person. Thanks for posting this.