Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Hello everyone!
I hope you are all having a great week.
I have a number of things to share with you in this post....
So be prepared it is very random....
I used a picture of dried lavender to try and break up each topic....

First off...
I received this french mustard jar in the mail last week from a good friend....
It was the inspiration behind my mantle redo.

I just love this sweet little jar!
I will have more pictures of my mantle on my blog next week, along with some other fall decorating pictures.

Speaking of Tracey I wanted to inform you about a book and a magazine that I bought from 
Tracey's online shop....

The book is called Lev Vackert.

It was written by Ingela Brolings and Petra Eriksson.
Both girls have beautiful blogs....

It is really a beautiful book.
It is almost 200 pages long, and is filled with so many decorating ideas. 

My friend Aina, from Modern Country, is featured in the book as well.
Congratulations Aina, your home is beautiful!

The book can be purchased in the U.S. at French

The magazine I bought from Tracey is called Jeanne D' Arc Living.

I only discovered this magazine last spring.
I have been hooked ever since.
This fall issue I think is my favorite issue.

It is filled with beautiful fall decorating ideas.
To make images larger... double click on the pictures.
She has the most beautiful home.

On another note...

I wanted to congratulate Stanna.... 
Stanna is the winner of the Lee La La giveaway.
Lindsay would like to generously offer my readers a 20% discount to anyone who
enters Dreamywhites20 at checkout of her etsy shop...
The offer ends November 1st.
Lindsay's etsy shop is called
Thank you Lindsay!

On a final note...

Cabbages and Roses is having their first giveaway on their blog....
They are giving away a pair of their handmade wellington boot socks.
They are knitted in England from organic wool from sheep raised on the H.R.H.
Prince of Wales' Duchy Farms.

Please be sure to visit Cabbages and Roses!
Don't you just love Cabbages and Roses!

Hope you all have a great week!
Thank you for taking the time to stop by!
Take Care,


Home and Lifestyle said...

What a lovely post...about so many blogs! I also have JDL magazines and the first book of Ingela and Petra...maybe I ask their second book for Christmas :-)!

Have a nice day! Warm regards, Ingrid (Home & Lifestyle)

Irene b said...

maria, your post are always so inspiring! thank you for all your time!

Unknown said...

Maria, I'm loving your blog right now (not that it wasn't my favorite before). The picture's are AMAZING!

katja-Mariska said...

What a beautiful blog!
I have the magazine JDL too and i love it.
Have a nice day.
Best regards Katja

Between You and Me said... these images....

I can't get over how beautiful your chair in that header picture turned out!

just beautiful!

Hope you are doing well....staying busy, I'm sure, with all those sweet kiddos!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

I love your header it's so pretty... thanks for sharing about the book and magazine I will definitely have to check it out! Blessings~~~ Daphne

vicki archer said...

That is such a lovely vignette with the mustard jar....enjoy the week, xv.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Maria,
Love your little mustard jar.
That book looks great...thanks for bringing it to our attention.
Have a wonderful day!

Hannekie(Sisterly) said...

hi maria
i am new here and i just love your blog. i am a big fan of jeanne darc living and at my birhtday in december i hope to recieve the lev vackert book.
so you see that this post is the one i really loeve
hugs hannie

love lives in the kitchen said...

dear maria,
it's always so cute to jump into your blog! beautiful pictures and today also a lot of good reading!
thank you for sharing and wish you a very sweet day!

traci said...

i have a stack of magazines and books from tracey to look through but i am waiting til i go to the cabin tomorrow so i can dream in peace. thanks for a little sneak peek.

how do you like your new lens?

Tammy said...

Hi! I love that little mustard jar...sweet. Thanks for sharing all the info on the books they both look yummy! and the other blogs...going to check them out now!
Have a great day!
Tammy :-)

paige said...

i ordered the holiday jeanne d'arc magazine from tracey & i can't wait for it to arrive!

love your vignette

& your taylor swift song too. her new release is wonderful :)

Unknown said...

You're a sweetie and a very good friend Maria!!!!! I LOVE your mantle shots and can't wait to see more!!! You've always got the magic touch!

Love ya ~

:) T

Tricia said...

Love your new header Maria!!

AnthonyRose'sShabHome said...

your posts are always so dreamy thanks for sharing and Traceys is also to die for

ChiPPy-SHaBBy said...

I too LoVe the Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine... Just received the French Inspired Christmas Issue - Best!*!*!
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

designchic said...

Love all the inspiration in you blog...fabulous!!

Monica said...

It is ALL so beautiful! Love the magazines and will go over to Cabbages and Roses! How FUN!

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

~*~What a dreamy post Maria..LOVE your new header image too!~~*Hugs,Rachel~*~

La Dolfina said...

I adore your mustard jar!

Anne Marie said...

Hi Maria! yes, i do know about cabbages giveaway! those socks are the snuggliest looking.....and what a great new shop to look at !!

(like your new header!)
anne marie

Servies en Brocante said...

I love your lamp, is it a necless around the lamp or is this the lamp..

Beautifull pictures again!!
Nice evening

Lindsay said...

Thanks Maria! :) HUGS

It's me said...

What a beautiful post here !! a lot of pretty things!!...i really like the magazine from Jeanne D'Arc.....and that book from Petra and Ingela ...owww they are great !!!,........happy Ria.....

Anonymous said...

Nothing short of fabulous Maria!! Have a fabulous Wednesday! xoxoxo

Melanie@TheOldWhiteCottage said...

The book looks great and I love your little jar. What a beautiful home you have.


Anonymous said...

Hi Maria,
Your mantel redo looks fabulous! Love the vintage mustard jar and books... so lovely!!
I've been wanting to get a copy of that book... hopefully one day soon. :) I have the autum issue of JDL, too, and just love it! Being the sweety that Tracey is, she offered to send me one for my giveaway on Nov. 1st! I recently ordered some beautiful things from Tracey's shop, and I'm so looking forward to getting them!
Hope your having a good week so far! :)
Hugs ~ Jo

NanaDiana said...

Love those random posts- I always enjoy visiting and seeing what new treasures you have to show. Can't wait to see the full mantle;>) Diana said...

I Love 'ramdom' posts like this:) Yours is aways so beautiful.
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Inspiration i vitt said...

Dear Mary, I'm so incredibly happy that you have purchased our book live Beautiful from Tracey and you are so sweet that you write so well about it, thanks so much for that.
We are trying to redistribute the book over large parts of host and currently sold in many countries.
Your blog is beautiful and your home is incredibly beautiful too.
I love watching your blog and see what you doing.

Hope you enjoy the book and that it fills your heart even though it is written in Swedish, I wished that you had it translated.
I have now added you as a Follower so I never lose you.
Many many warm hugs to you / Ingela.

Anne Lorys said...

Beautiful randomness, Maria!
And I love your new header!


The Moerks said...

The book and magazine look drool worthy I will be sure to check them out.

Lara said...

That mustard bottle is adorable! Your pictures are scrumptious.. love the old frayed books - great touch!!!!
:) Lara

Lulu and Co. said...

Maria, beautiful pictures! wishing you a wonderful week too,


Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Maria,
I love Tracey's shop. Everything she carries would be perfect here in my home. I've got a tote reserved over there that's gorgeous. I want that book and of course, Jeanne d'Arc Living is amazing. Love Cabbages & Roses too, entered their giveaway, wouldn't those socks be great right now since it's getting cold here?

Happy night!

Anonymous said...

Hi Maria,
Beautiful post, I love your mustard jar, it's just fabulous and it looks great on your mantle!
Have a great night.

Sarah {abeachcottage} said...

hello lovely maria

sounds like you are very busy!

wow I just lurve lurve your chair and your sweet little jar...sooo lovely

happy days


Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hello Maria ~ love that little jar and the new vignette it inspired!

Have a wonderful day!

Catherine said...

Hi Maria

That little jar is the sweetest! I can't wait to see your whole mantel because that one part is just to die for..I hope I am still breathing after the complete reveal!



Vær våken said...

Such lovely collection of pictures! Love your new header :)

Kristin xx

Onna said...

Im very inspired of your writings and photos :)

Rozmeen said...

Hi Maria,

Lovely post!

I am hooked on the JDL as well!
Did you get my email as a reply on yours?

I posted about our bedroom today! Thanks for the inspiration.


vosgesparis said...

I felt in love with the book of JDL early 2007 when it was not populair at all out of Denmark Later there was JDL magazine and now even in English. I have some very old issues of the magazine but am not buying it atm.... guess I like things a bit less shabby now then three years ago ;)

If you ever come across the book have a look in it. it is called franske stemninger ;)

Unknown said...

Beyong stunning... I love these random images. Always so inspiring.

Little Leslie said...

Great mustard jar pics. Can't wait to see your mantel!

Giosy said...

I just love your blog and your beautiful pictures :)

Unknown said...

Hi sweet Mary!!! I'm just so very tankful and glad that you purchased our book live Beautiful and that you write so nice about it!!!! Thats really warm my and I absolutely also think Ingelas heart!
I really hope that you like our book and that it fills you whit inspiration! A lots of hugs from me to you!

Anonymous said...

the books are beautiful! thanks for sharing some peeks inside! and i cant wait to see some of your fall decor!

Anonymous said...

Hi I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I am also very much looking forward to your store opening. Can't Wait

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love all your random thoughts today :) In love with your new header too!

Elyse said...

hi maria,

loving your random post.

cabbages and roses has such beautiful things. i bought a pillow and laundry bag back in the spring and they are so pretty and unique.

as always, your photos and decor is wonderful. thanks for sharing all the great publications, too.

have a safe 'n yummy halloween!


Unknown said...

I love your blog and have just discovered all of your blogger friends. I am a designer from the coast of Georgia who loves white and uses it in so many projects. I thank you for the etsy store links for I am always on the look out for special things.Jane Coslick Designs and Restorations is my website and blog and store. I am ordering the book and headed to the etsy sites. thanks again.

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Hi Maria,
Such lovely randon photographs....I have that mustard pot along with some similar marmalade ones. ....and, Jeanne d'Arc Living is my avourite interiors magazine....EVER !! There is only one place that sells it in the UK and I have been buying it for ages now. I know all of the blogs that you have mentioned and they are all, indeed, delicious !!
Have a lovely weekend, m
Maria. XXXX