Oct 31, 2015

Enchanting Fall!

 I had announced last night on social media that I will be taking a break from publishing. Since starting school this fall I was left with very little time to put out new publications. But I had worked on a fall dining shoot that I enjoyed working on so much, it would be pity not to share.

While puttering in the dining room Ariel decided to lounge in the chair and observe. Well, for a while anyway. The sun spilling in through the windows was warm and sweet classical music was playing so she dozed off... I would have too if I sat down!

The table is set with my favorite blue and white ware. I used candle sticks and holders to display mini pie pumpkins. My hearty pumpkin and squash soup is served in a white stoneware tureen!

Spiced apple cider and tea are fall favorites for me and the kiddos so they are certainly included, as well as bread puddings and pumpkin bread. 

Apples are a staple in my house, always have been. My three children enjoy their apples in packed school lunches and snacking on them through the day. So why not include them in my table center piece. 

I don't have a complete collection of blue and white tableware. All pieces are different, either special gifts or treasure finds from thrift and antique stores. But set all together they still pulled together a magnificent table. I certainly do love the elegance of blue and white while adding a few leaves and moss to add warmth.

As the sun was starting to set, the room shifted into a romantic mood from the glow of the candles but the primitive lanterns and candle holder also add nostalgia to the setting which is very enchanting to me. 

Photos such as these and more would have been included in my new publication but alas, I simply can't find the time. School work and studies do take up most of my time as well as raising my children, they do come first. But I am also a creative person wishing to at least be able to share few photos here on my blog  Instagram or Facebook. I hope you stick around and see what I'm up to.

Creating Vintage Charm magazine is full of inspiration and I feel that talent and creativity is never outdated so all past issues will remain available on sale through MagCloud. So if you ever feel like looking through a seasonal past issue, feel free to purchase HERE.

Thank you for coming by to visit my blog and wish you all a wonderful and cozy fall.


Jul 29, 2015

A Visit With Shannon: Her Shabby Chic Ranch

When I was approached by Shannon on social media, I was thrilled. She lives only about an hour drive from me, here in North Carolina. She invited me to her ranch for some photography staging fun. 

I made the trip to Shannon's about three weeks later and wow!... was it fun!? Yes, it sure was. Not only staging photography on her property but her home is just gorgeous and very unique style of a shabby chic, ranch combination. So if you ever thought, you couldn't pull it off... well Shannon did!

Shannon and her family moved to the ranch only recently and as she explained, it is still a work-in-progress. Very understandable, but its all off to a great start.

Take a look for yourself...

Dining Room

Living Room

{A cute vintage white bike hangs over the rail that goes over the living room, adorned with a vintage aqua ball jar holding flowers.}

{Shannon owns 10 horses, so saddles and harnesses are also displayed throughout the home.}  

{A peaceful spot on the living room's bay window seat is a perfect spot for early morning meditation}

It was such a thrill connecting with Shannon. She is a sweetheart and I am glad to have found a new friend in her. We enjoy home decorating  and we will certainly be having more fun styling. 

I hope you enjoy this peek into Shannon's home.