Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Growing Up with Historic Influence~

Gorgeous and historic sites were as close as my backyard growing up near the designated National and Historic site of The Dearborn Inn.

Built by Henry Ford, the inventor of the automobile and his son Edsel, was designed by the architect Albert Kahn in 1931. Last November the beautiful Georgian style hotel celebrated it's 81st

Having this gorgeous place in my neighborhood growing up was so special and over the years my guy and I have had the privilege of staying here many times. The influence of it's grandeur always encouraged me as a decorator. Over time, renovations have taken place but the original character and style have been preserved and maintained.

Some time ago I had an opportunity to visit again and took these pics to share. From the beautiful chandeliers to the floors and the outside gardens, every inch is elegant.
Next fall we will stay in this gorgeous Inn once again and I look forward to the visit.

The reception area with beautiful grand piano. I was honored to play this gorgeous instrument while on my stay.
The keys feel like silk.

Beautiful sun rooms flow outside to gorgeous gardens.

Sitting areas and living areas  to relax with family and friends.

Stunning ceilings with grand chandeliers.

Comfortable living rooms overlooking the fireplace with a beautiful painting of Henry Ford.

Gorgeous flower arrangements
grace large gathering tables.

The Dearborn Inn,
a beautiful place to stay, visit and enjoy
 the history of days gone by in a special place I called home.

See you next time.
XO Celestina Marie

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

French Chic Dining and Happy Birthday My Love!

Finishing French Chic Dining with a little elegance, a little farmhouse and a lot of heart to completion.

I love nothing more then the accomplished feeling that comes from a hard days work and the outcome turning into my vision. Years ago when I studied interior design, I had my own way of starting a project and planning it to the finish. You see, I see it finished, before I start. This just works for me. Oh sometimes plans have to be tweaked here and there, but I pull my steps from my vision and sometimes a design board.

The hutch turned out better then I thought it would and after adding some carved wood details, it seemed to change into an entire new french inspired treasure. Thirty years old and now given a new life.

Here are the before and after pics with the final wood details.

On the glass doors, I took out the window pane style panels which gave it the country look and replaced the door knobs with ivory ceramic pretties.

For each side of the hutch, I found these very old and distressed arched windows with inside iron. They were perfect to continue the style I was going for. Adding to the finish of chippy paint and layers of love, I painted over with antiquing to enhance the worn areas. For the background, I took an old vintage lace curtain, cut it to fit the arches, and then stapled it to the backside for a lacy look and add some interest. The reason I did not paint the arches black was for balance. When you use black in a room, and the heavy pieces are to one side, I did not want the room to be off scale and feel heavy to that side of the room. The arches left light in color, help with this. The opposite side of the room displays a side buffet to balance the room.
The windows of three are dressed with gorgeous lace in an antiqued color. They look tea stained and pick up the color in the arched windows old worn and chippy wood.

On this wall, is a very old treasure I found when I had my shoppe in an antique mall many years ago. I stenciled the doors with a french design and the buffet is draped with a french script table runner. Above the buffet is a wall shelf painted black with ivory pegs to coordinate to the hutch. I placed the pegs two each, close together to design a long stem glass holder. It turns an ordinary peg rack into a stem glasses display piece.

Here are a few pics of the full view. Hard to photograph with the bright window light, but you can see the idea. I love glass in a room to accent and on the table I used a dozen gorgeous red rose buds for a pop of color in a beautiful glass vase given to me from one of my dearest friends. Just some faux flowers until my outside flowers bloom and I can bring in a pretty bouquet.

I am still searching for a rug for under the table. Haven't found it yet, but I will!

The iron dress form stands in one corner and the scarf around the neck was my mothers. It is a gorgeous ivory with a black and white rose design. It has her initial to one side. I love it here to enjoy and view everyday.

To the right is the entryway and my Faith Curio Cabinet. I have shared this before, and if you remember, the wood was a stained oak. Well this piece got a redo too adding a pretty and soft finish of cottage ivory that looks nice with my cross collection. Painting around all the glass was a huge challenge.

Remember the walls here were a sage green and shades of lighter sage in the entry. I have never been so happy to see a color go away. LOL. I added an accent custom color called chocolate curl to the lower wall under the chair rail for contrast. The new wall color is Acapulco sand.

The above decorators ledge is also chocolate curl and I added a stencil in Fleur~Di~Li's all across to a total of 20.

Thank you for staying to this point and letting me share my update. Enough reading now, lets just look at the pics.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit my dining room redo. Tonight I will have a special birthday dinner for my best guy with family and enjoy the dining room for the first time since completion.

Happy Birthday My Love and thank you for all the help with this room. Together we have redesigned many a space and always enjoyed the process. With your talents you make all our dreams come true. It is your special day and I wish for you continued good health and may God bless your path always. With love forever. Yours truly!

Blessings to you my blog friends and see you soon.
XO Celestina Marie

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Friendship from Italy~

Last week was so busy and this week is starting out to be as well, but the sweet surprises along the way keep one looking forward.

As I walked to the mail box, little did I know I would be met there with a surprise gift from Italy sent from my dear friend from Sicilia, Lilybets. She has a beautiful blog and loves roses, creating pretty treasures and all the things that make us kindred spirits. Lilybets is so giving, kind and inspiring.

Even the envelope was special~

Lilybets sent a gorgeous linen towel with the map of Sicila in it's bright and bold colors on a crisp white background. It is beautiful!

Included with the linen was a special postcard pic of the Old Capital of Malta, which is one of the most must-see sights on the island.

And to relax, Lilybets sent some luscious shower gel which is fabulous.

Special gifts from Italy that I will remember and hold dear always. Friendship is such a gift and I have been very blessed by dear friends that make my life complete.
Thank you so much Lilybets for this special gift. I just love it and the meaning behind it will always be dear to my heart.

Visit HERE and say hello to Lilybets. Tell her I sent you.

Have a wonderful winter day my friends.
May you always be blessed with special friendships.
XO Celestina Marie

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