Decorate A Dreamhouse - English Country Cottage + Afternoon Tea Biscuits Bonus Recipe

Written By: Patricia Lynne

Editor: Sarahjoy Crain

In my current SB Journal entry "Decorating A Dreamhouse" I'm imagining I'm living in a thatched-roof, English-country cottage, like the one at left. 

The cottage:

* is wonderfully comfortable and welcoming
* abounds with overstuffed sofas and chairs
* has lots of snugly woolen shawls to toss over one's shoulders at the first sign of a chill

The Gardens:

The gardens that surround English homes, including
my own cottage, are so important to the English landscape - they are their own art form. Famed author Andy Garnett has stated,

"The Italians have their opera and the French their cuisine, but for the English, it will always be the garden."

Thus in my daily life here I always have at the ready my favorite sun bonnet, sweater and basket of pruning tools.

The garden in the front of the house is slightly more subdued. The cottage's rear yard garden is less so, it is more free form.

I love excellent design and architecture derived from generations of living and learning from the land, as in, English country cottage thatched roofs. Woo-hoo!

We're going inside now, so join me as I decorate my Dreamhouse English Country Cottage.

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A Something Beautiful Thought - Rumi

"Raise your words,
not your voice.
It is rain that grows flowers,
not thunder."
~ Rumi

About Rumi:

Popularly known in the U.S. just as 'Rumi,' Muhammad alal ad Din is a 13th century Persian poet, jurist, theologian and Sufi mystic. He has been greatly appreciated spiritually by Iranians, Turks, Afghans, Tajiks and other Central Asian Muslims as well as the Muslims of South Asia in the past seven centuries.

Rumi's importance has transcended national and ethnic borders. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world's languages and transposed into various formats.

In 2007 Rumi was described as the "most popular poet in America".

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America: We Own Western Art, It's OURS

"There are few things in this world that are unique to this country. 

"The Western genre as a whole and the cowboy in particular go hand in hand as symbols that represent everything that is American. The cowboy that rode across the American West helped to settle this country. He braved Indian attack, wild horses, stampedes, drowning and every other form of horrible death imaginable. The cowboy’s time came and went, but it was glorious while it lasted. While it was a period of danger and death, it was also one of loyalty and honor."  ~  Matthew Pizzolato    

American Western Art is highly-valuable, collectible art, and moreover, it's entirely in rhythm with the heartbeat of America.

Two Cowboy Sculptures & & Christie's Auction House:  

Christie's is the largest art business and fine arts auction house in the world. In 2007, Christie's Auction House sold Frederic Remington's "Bronco Buster" sculpture, cast number R8 bronze, standing 23-1/2" tall for $482,500.00.

Again, in 2008, Christie's sold Remington's "The Outlaw" sculpture cast number 14, bronze, standing 23" tall, for $662,500.00. 

The Bucking Bronco Sculpture And the Presidential Oval Office:  

The Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, is the official office of the President of the United States.

Presidents generally decorate the office to suit their personal taste, choosing new furniture, new drapery, and designing their own oval-shaped carpet to take up most of the floor. Paintings are selected from the White House's own collection, or borrowed from museums for the president's term in office.

At left, Frederic Remington's "Bucking Bronco Sculpture," lives in the Oval Office, In The West Wing of the Official Office of the President of the United States.

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MODA = New Pantone Colors & How To Use Color Trends And Bonus Recipe Sex In A Pan Dessert

Pantone Home + Interiors has introduced a number of style, substance and color major trends and directions for 2014, this one is entitled MODA. 

Red dahlia interacts with Blackberry Cordial and Wood Violet all accented by Amber Green. Corsican Blue meets with Magenta Haze and an expressive Linden Green, while Rich Gold waits in the wings for the appropriate moment to add a glimmering finale to any of the combinations.

At left we see Blackberry Cordial and Rich Gold.

Below right, check out the visa versa doors both in
color and design detail, left one is Red Dahlia, right door is Blackberry Cordial.


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10 Ways To Be Happier In Your Home + Tartelette Lemon Cakelets Bonus Recipe

Found this list on and was inspired! Hopefully it will inspire you too!
1. Make your bed.
The book The Happiness Project, explains that this three minute task is one of the simplest habits you can adopt to positively impact your happiness.
2. Bring every room back to “ready.”
I learned this trick from Marilyn Paul’s clever book, It’s
Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys. It’s a known fact: Clutter causes stress; order creates a haven from it. This mood-boosting routine is simple: Take about three minutes to bring each room back to “ready” before you depart it. (Unless you have a toddler, or a partner who likes to simulate earthquakes, three minutes should be sufficient.)
3. Display sentimental items around your home.
One reason that experiences (and memories of those experiences) make us happier than material
things is due to the entire cycle of enjoyment that experiences provide: planning the experience, looking forward to the experience, enjoying the experience, and then remembering the experience. Make your home a gallery of positive memories.

A Something Beautiful Thought:

"When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings." ~ Dean Jackson

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A Something Beautiful Thought:

"Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know."  ~  J. Keats

John Keats is a wonder of the world and I love to learn about wonderful, beautiful things.

John Keats (1795 - 1821) was an English Romantic poet, one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work only having been in publication for four years before his death.

Not well received by critics during his life, his poems' reputation grew after his death; by the end of the 19th century he had become one of the most beloved of all English poets. He had a significant influence on a diverse range of poets and writers. Jorge Luis Borges stated that his first encounter with Keats was the most significant literary experience of his life.  (Wow!)

The poetry of Keats is characterized by sensual imagery, most notably in the series of odes. Today his poems and letters are some of the most popular and most analysed in English literature.

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Decorating A Dreamhouse A German Equestrian Estate

Written By: Patricia Lynne
Editor: Sarahjoy Crain

In my current SB Journal entry I'm imagining I'm "Decorating A Dream House" A German Equestrian Estate.

My Dreamhouse is a generous two stories including a third level attic with two dormer rooms. Ground level has room for parking three automobiles, almost unheard of in Germany.

My Germany Dream House also includes horse breeding and training facilities.

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Decorate A Dreamhouse Basel Switzerland

Written By: Patricia Lynne
Editor: Sarahjoy Crain

In my current SB Journal entry "Decorating A Dreamhouse" - - I'm imagining that I'm living in a three-story cottage house like the one at left, in the charmingly, colorful City Of Basel, Switzerland

The City of Basel Switzerland is beyond a doubt absolutely like no other!

Basel has a beautiful medieval old town center housing its historic City Hall here daily markets are held, making for a lively inner city and romantic old town. These street caf├ęs, patisseries, sweet shops and traditional neighbourhood restaurants all provide unique opportunities to really become acquainted with the Swiss lifestyle.

Basel is a German speaking area, and being an American ex-Pat, non-German speaking,  I was pleased to learn that both English and French are spoken enough so that many people are able to communicate 'comfortably' in everyday interactions . . . and will gladly work to understand you.  Ahhhh!  My sincere gratitude!

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Decorate a Dreamhouse - Mallorca Island

Written By: Patricia Lynne
Editor: Sarahjoy Crain

My dreamhouse location requires a roomy beach bag, a straw topper and a major tan; my whimsical place will be on the beautiful Island of Mallorca! 

My notes for this Dreamhouse state create a design scheme consisting of white walls with much natural materials and color. This is the journey of adorning the interiors of my imaginary seaside abode.

Bit of Background: 

Mallorca is the largest island in the Balearic Islands archipelago, in Spain, with a population of 869,067 covering 1,405 square miles.

People choose the Island of Mallorca (as we call it; the Spaniards call it Majorca) to find their own oasis of calmness, to escape from their otherwise hum-drum of everyday life.

But one must understand, it is with the native people of Mallorca where the real magic resides, the native people's unchanging, traditional values. Oh to be able to fit that lil' piece of sanity into a world gone crazy. If you're an expat in Mallorca, you've chosen to exchange a hectic, pressurized life for a free, alternatively-happy one in the Mediterranean.

Now, Full Steam Ahead, Join Me As I Go About Decorating My Dreamhouse On Mallorca Island 

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Chic Camping, Cabanas, Outdoors-y Living Styles

Darling, Please Put Up The Tibetan Tent

The Tibetan Tent And Mount Everest - Sandy Hill has been climbing since she was a teenager, and with her Everest ascent she became only the second American woman to have climbed the Seven Summits.

In Chris Casson Madden's book,  "A Room Of Her Own," Sandy Hill is profiled for her tent private sanctuary and her accomplishments.

Sandy Hill is a former cable television executive, contributing editor at Vogue, and uses her Tibetan tent located on her Connecticut home property to unwind and work. For more info on her climbing accomplishments, click here.

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