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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Giveaway- Romantic Style Book giveaway

Blogging for inspiration is wonderful, but nothing beats sitting in a comfy chair with a beautiful decorating book. Large, clear images in true color and the feeling of the thick glossy pages as you thumb through again and again to find your favorite image.
I recently purchased the Romantic Style book (by Selina Lake, Sara Norrman, & photographed by Debi Treloar) and I absolutely love it! The second I opened it and had a quick glimpse, I was immediately thrilled with my purchase.
Here's a little peek inside:
Pictures below are from Powder Blue's home, which is featured through out Romantic Style.
Click here, to read more about Powder Blue.

Romantic Style is a versatile book that offers techniques that will harmonize with a many decorating preferences by "using a mix of contemporary, antique and flea-market finds, Romantic Style gives any home an elegant, serene and gently feminine feel." (inside cover)

Grouping lamps is one of Powder Blue's signature design techniques.

A recurring theme in Romantic Style is showcasing beautiful new or vintage clothing and accessories as an art form in the home.

To enter this the Romantic Style book giveaway:
You have three chances to win:
(available for all readers around the globe)
*Leave a comment below for one entry.
*Visit Powder Blue's {Debbie}blog and become a follower of Powder Blue for a second entry.
*Share this giveaway with your friends in a post or on your blog's sidebar with a link to this post for a third entry.
Please leave a separate comment below for each of your entries to ensure that all of your entries are included.
Giveaway closes Wednesday, March 2nd at midnight central standard time.
**A big "Thank you" to Debbie @ Powder Blue for donating this lovely book for this giveaway.**
This giveaway is closed.

All images taken in Powder Blue's Home; Photography by Debi Treloar, © Ryland Peter's & Small and are featured in Romantic Style by Selina Lake

Monday, February 21, 2011

Powder Blue~A Beautifully Hidden Corner in the Blogosphere

This was the image that drew me in. Settled on the top of Powder Blue's blog sidebar with the caption "Home on Display."

It was in that moment, I knew that I had discovered something incredibly special and beautiful.
I immediately left a comment and sent Debbie an email requesting an interview and blog feature. I had to learn more about this talented artist and her home.

Here are some interesting facts about Powder Blue {Debbie}:

*Debbie currently lives in a small village in South Leicestershire Countryside in the UK.

*She is currently renovating a Gothic, Victorian home and garden which is featured in the book, Romantic Style.

*Her hobbies include renovating old houses, sourcing, collecting, and gardening.

*She attended St. Martin's School of Art and specialized in illustration.

*Her home has been featured many British publications including BBC Homes & Antiques and Country Homes & Interiors.

*10 years ago, she opened Powder Blue Interiors and Lifestyle shop, which is still caters to clients around the world & many of her items can be found in her online store.

These images are of her current home.

She has cultivated such a romantic abode. I can only imagine what it's like to live within these walls.

A lovely Tiffany Blue dresser accented in gold-and unexpectedly topped with an empty paint can under a cloche-So divine.

Powder Blue is my new favorite discovery-her style is romantic, glamorous, with an aged-appeal. Because I know so many of you will love her style as well, I will be hosting a give away of the book, Romantic Style, in my next post. It's a book that you will swoon over. Promise.

All images styled by Powder Blue in her current home and photographed by Simon Whitemore

Friday, February 11, 2011

Spring, Please Check Your Inbox

Dear, Spring,
It has been a year since we've seen one another. Why must our time together be so transient? You are welcome to arrive early this year, as I am anxiously awaiting your warm embrace, refreshing showers, and anticipating the smiles donned by the fields, meadows, and flowers as they bring forth new life upon your return. The back yard, swing, and neighborhood cats long for Amelia's frequent visits and resounding laughter. My garden feels forlorn as the icy winter's touch has made me to stay indoors. Please hasten.

I am prepared for your arrival:
*I am making preparations for a garden makeover with many beautiful plans in mind. (Thanks to Parisienne Farmgirl's Potager classes.) I think that you shall find it pleasing.

*I have done my spring homework- Spring cleaning and declutter.
*I have already begun planning Amelia's 3rd birthday party, so the month of May shall not find me ill-prepared.
*And I am wearing my newest shade of pink lipstick.

Printemps, tu me manques terriblement. {Spring, I miss you terribly.}

And I am sure I am not the only one.

images by à la parisienne