lovely june days







Can you believe it is June already?  This time last year I was living in Utah - time sure flies.  I'm still so happy to be back in my home. I don't even care if we take a summer vacation, I'm fine with staying put.

I thought I'd share a few photos of how the living and dining areas are looking these days.  I know you must all be sick to death of these same old shots but I also know how much I love seeing the interiors of my favorite bloggers homes too.  I got my good camera up and running and even used the tripod. It took me over an hour just to get these few photos.  I'm so rusty at this and spoiled by the ease of my iphone.  The weather has been stunningly beautiful.  Gorgeous sunshine with cool ocean breezes making their way inland to Redlands, provides the light for these photos.  




The horse print on the left was my anniversary present.  It's a very old print but the antique dealer could not make a definitive connection to Sweet William so it was very reasonable - lucky me.  I still call him Sweet William even if he isn't.







I love that my $5 thrift store stall mucking boots are at the ready and my allergies are over!  They make wading through hip-high ferns and rose thorns so easy.




Fresh cut chamomile looks lovely with the cut crystal decanters.






More cut branches from the garden here too.  I'm telling you it was the biggest take-away from the Country Living shoot.  So as you can see, nothing drastic in the way of change.  Same old thing.  A few of you have asked if I would do a detox post on each room of the house.  I am working on that. But as far as these 2 rooms goes, it's quite easy.  I always just wipe down the furniture with a slightly damp cloth and clean the mirrors with a 50-50 mix of vinegar and water.  I open the windows and doors every chance I get and always have something from the garden inside to help purify the air.
So nice chatting with you.  Have a wonderful day. xo

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  1. I love the beautiful simplicity of your living room and your love for older pieces. It all comes together so peacefully.

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  2. Any suggestions for attaining clean, streak-free windows? Love your home, always have. Never tire of the pictures because there is always something I missed...such as, the tiny lamp next to the crystal decanters. WHERE did you find that little gem?

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    1. i use the vinegar/water solution on my windows too. but i'm not as fussy about them as my mirrors.:) i've had that little lamp for years! of course it came from a yardsale for $1. lol xo

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  3. What are you cleaning or conditioning your wood pieces with?

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    1. i just use a damp cloth. i don't condition any of the wood pieces but if i felt they were dried out i would most likely just use some paste wax or olive oil. maybe someone else will have a better solution.:) xo

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  4. I never get tired of seeing photos of your home! Thank you for continuing to share them.

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    1. Kathy's right. Your home is such a lovely place! Thanks for taking the extra time to get your good camera running. What a treat. ;-) I'm always looking forward to your blog posts.

      Tanja

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  5. I could never tire of seeing your home interior photos Janet! I love everything that you have done....your thrift shop and garage sale finds all so carefully curated look exceptionally elegant. When I see that you have a new blog post I instantly smile.
    Thank you for sharing your photos and thoughts with us.

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  6. I never get tired with seeing your beautiufl home, Juanita. After being away from it for so long I imagine even now you're thankful for every moment you're able to spend there.
    I love the horse painting - he reminds me some of Stubbs' work, often seen adorning the walls of posh stately homes here in the UK. xxx

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    1. thank you vix. i believe stubbs is credited for painting sweet william. i could be wrong tho. xo

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  7. Your house really truly is a breath of fresh air. It is so ethereal and invigorating. Your branch takeaway was also a takeaway for me and it's just spectacular how easy and cheap (as in free!) it is to deliver impact. It's funny that you always say everything's the same when you tweak so many things. Love seeing your styling fluctuations.

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    1. thank you SA. glad you got something from CL too.:) branches are quite a bit easier than house plants! xo

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  8. Hi, Janet. Glad to hear your allergies have simmered down. I, too, north of you, have been so glad to get the later-in-the-day breeze. It cools us down at night. When I lived for a time on the Gulf Coast, that's what I really missed because, there, it never cooled down. Nights were sticky and hot. There was never relief.

    I don't ever tire of seeing the rooms of your house OR your exterior shots. Thanks for taking the time to share with us. Your rooms right now look very summery, relaxed; I get so many good ideas from you. What I notice is that your decor/rooms have great symmetry. An example: I love the way the iron legs of the one console (bar cart?) sort of thread up through its top and right into the diminutive dark lamp as if they're connected. You have a really good eye.

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    1. aww thanks vicki. that is an old luggage rack holding up the bar. CL gave that to me. and i strive for symmetry but never quite get it just right. lol xo

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  9. Your house is one of my all time favorites. I never tire of seeing what you've been up to with room arrangements and such. Great photos.
    Karen

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    1. oh karen you are so sweet, you have such a great eye for design. thank you! xo

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  10. Your home is my favourite! June is my favourite month and it looks like it is beautiful in California too. I love snipping things from my garden for the house, brings it all indoors and adds some fresh greenery, and it's not a plant so I can't kill it. ;) Your floors are always so clean and shining, are you using a damp cloth to clean them as well? XOX

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    1. thank you dani. all i use is a damp mop or cloth. i've never used a floor cleaner on them! xo

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  11. Well your efforts with the tripod have paid off, Janet, the quality of the photos is superb, it looks like the magazine photographer has been shooting again! I'm pleased you've kept the flowered cushion covers on the sofa, they look like little puffs of summer. So lovely.

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    1. thank you so much. i love those cushion covers too. i got the fabric in london. (i just love saying that! lol) xo

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  12. Lovely pics as always. The combination of white and beautiful timber furniture makes the whole room pop 😊

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    1. thank you sweet kim, so kind of you to say. xo

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  13. So pretty! I spy my favorite magazine, Veranda! Do you and Larry share meals at this table, or in the kitchen?

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    1. thank you paula. we usually eat breakfast there and dinner in the kitchen. you'd think it would be the other way around right?! xo

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  14. love your home. I love staying at home too these days, I cannot believe how social I used to be!! I long for home xx

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    1. thanks k. your home is drop dead gorgeous so i can understand you not wanting to leave it. i also think the older we get we love home more and more. at least that's the way it is for me. xo

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  15. Hi Janet,
    I was reading an old post from How to be Chic and one of your replies came up. It had to do with exfoliating. You said shaving was the best exfoliator and you do it every day. Did you mean legs or face? Thanks, Kathleen from Oregon

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    1. oh gosh kathleen, that would be legs. and i get pretty lazy these days esp in the winter.:)

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  16. Very serene all around. You are ready for summer indeed!

    Jane

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  17. Hi Janet,

    We will be staying put as well, no vacation planned this year. Your house is looking great as always. I have an overgrown Boston Fern in a large urn so when I prune it I'll have to try putting some of the cuttings in a vase!

    Linda
    xo

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    1. Us, too; no vacation here this year (or any year of late). I hear about people taking summer vacations and get a bit pea-green with envy!

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    2. hi linda! oh yes, the cut ferns can last weeks in water! we have to go to vegas for a conference for work and we may try and take a side trip to the grand canyon - so that might happen but that's about it. xo

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    3. Janet, I've had tons of tons of gladiolas in the garden this year and, you know, if you don't stake them, they fall over. I used to just sacrifice them but I've started taking your advice, trimming them down and sticking them in a vase. I had no idea they'd last for so long in a vase of water, and it has made the house so pretty, plus they don't have scent which bothers my sinuses. Great tip!

      How IS your father-in-law doing these days, by the way? Getting along okay-better?

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  18. I never tire of seeing photos of your home Jane. I love it and honestly, it is one of my favorites in all of blogland.

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    1. thank you angela, so sweet to say b/c there are zillions of gorgeous homes in blogland. what an honor! xo

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    2. thank you angela, so sweet to say b/c there are zillions of gorgeous homes in blogland. what an honor! xo

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  19. Dear Janet,

    Your home and garden is one of my favorites up there in blog land too - ever. Your blog is my favorite because of the incredibly soothing way you write. It inspires me to organize and decorate. It is very comforting.

    This time last year we had moved in with my mother. She had to have someone with her around the clock. Last November her health had improved enough for us to move back to our house. I am so thankful she is better and so thankful to be living back at our home - even if it is just one mile away.

    Question: How do you disinfect your kitchen, bathroom and towels and washcloths? I am still using diluted Clorox or Hydrogen-Peroxide for this- until I find something less toxic that kills germs. Also, I have found that wiping the windows and mirrors with a cloth(preferably microfiber) dampened with plain tap water will clean windows better for me than vinegar and water. Then I wipe them with a dry cloth(got that tip from a professional cleaner on HGTV years ago.) They get much cleaner and shinier than when I used to use commercial window cleaner.

    Sincerely,
    Debra from SENC

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  20. I love your home and always love to see photos of it. Never ever tired of it, it's a peaceful lovely cottage.πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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