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… just looking at the exterior of THIS home, featured recently in the New York Times – here’s the one _I_ wouldn’t mind inhabiting:

exterior

Writer Elaine Louie‘s article is accompanied by nineteen photos – though most of them treat objects found within this Stockton, New Jersey home. How I wish they had included more interior shots of whole rooms. Although antiques are lovely, and antique-hunters will be glad to see the ‘from where,’ ‘how purchased’ and ‘prices,’ the rooms of this place would have been more meaningful!

The exterior shot shows the balance exhibited by this facade. How inventive to included ONE brown door. It really propels you up the walkway and to the “front” door. As do the twin – very big, very bold – lamps. Can almost see the candles flicker in them, from this distance.

What melts my heart, though, is the stone work. There is a town in the southern part of our state that is quite famous for its stone buildings: CHESTER DEPOT, Vermont. On the National Historic Register!

So, I was already predisposed to enjoy the looks of this property.

The owners – John and Judy Hobday – date the house to 1810. Hear the clop of hooves…? The swish of skirts, and the click of boots on the walk…?

outbuilding

Even their “outbuilding” has great character — something of that wistful “enchanted cottage” look, especially with the creeping vine.

 

 

 

 

simon pearce handblown lamp

And, inside, a Simon Pearce Handblown Lamp – One of the main Simon Pearce sites being located in Windsor, Vermont (in the southern part of our state).

Spring and Summer is a time of year that MANY municipalities encourage owners of historic or unusual houses to open their doors for viewing. I cannot say that this home is open for visitors, but I did run across a listing – another New York Times article entitled (appropriately!) Gawkers, Welcome. Tickets prices run the gamut of not-bad to pricey – but their list encompasses the whole country. How could it not start off in the Metro area, but it does then meander up to New England (brief stop in Vermont), down to the south, and over towards the west.

I encourage readers of The Inside Scoop at CellularWindowShades to “show & tell” about YOUR dream place. It may be a locality – it may be an architectural style. You can include a photo, or a link – but especially, tell the story of “why you love it”. Give us something to add to our Pinterest boards, for instance What’s Your Style? or Favorite Places & Spaces.

 

 

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This year, to honor ARBOR DAY, our company has decided upon planting a tree

CellularWindowShades.com has been in our “new” home three years now, and our plot of land has slowly taken on a new character. There are a couple of keen gardeners in our midst! So among the thoughts on what type of tree we might plant came such thoughts as:

  • I’d like to see something flowering.
  • It must produce something edible – cherry? pear? apple?
  • It should be something that can survive with little maintenance; it must be something that survives long and cold winters.

Current thoughts are leaning towards this little beauty:

apple blossom

One WordPress Blogger has this particular specimen in the garden. I was so happy to find Gardening in the Lines: A Diary of Gardens because I have so little desire to garden, but LOVE looking at the work of others. Flowers, shrubs, quiet spaces in cool corners – all call to me (though do I heed that call by doing anything myself?? Does raking in the fall count?). Alas, it may not be an active blog – but the photos are still there for all to see.

Some of my favorite pins on Pinterest involve “the garden”. Our board for “GARDENS & FLOWERS” shows a broad range of applications, from potted plants and cut arrangements, to vast public gardens. And don’t discount the whimsical: find our hollowed log planter or mosaic stone swirl walkway. FUN!

There is one thing about being in the window shades business: Windows look out on the world. And whether you cover your windows for light control or privacy, when you look out you hope to see something that makes you smile…. And flowers – with their bright colors and pungent scents – are the ticket. Here in Vermont we’ve had a recent snow storm, but we’re told that “spring is just around the corner”. Our Arbor Day Tree — whatever variety it might in the end be — will soon herald that blossoming season: spring cleaning, new decorating, open windows, garden parties.

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 arbor day

 

Here in the north-eastern United States (CellularWindowShades is located in Vermont), the landscape is looking more like this

philadelphia in snow

Philadelphia in snow

than this

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Aussie Xmas

So, when I came across this “pin” this week, a deep sigh escaped my lips: Such a luscious green garden is too many months away!

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beautiful photo, by Andrew Renn (via houzz)… The dappled sunshine lays lightly over the foliage; the bright-white “gothic arch” door, with that fabulous lattice-opening that beckons you to stroll through to the opposite side; the chill touch of the black, iron ring latch. Even the scents of the hedge and flowers tickle my nostrils, as I type.

But, remember, north-east: Snow, Cold, Damp, Biting, Sunless, Grey are our watch-words at present.

PRESENT, how that word calls to mind this “Season of Giving”!

A friend in England LOVES gathering clippings of holly and diverse evergreens, mistletoe and pine cones, in order to decorate the interior of her home. She brings a bit of the outside indoors each December! And that is the one thing _I_ can think of to brighten the day as the shortest day of the year approaches. Here’s a sampling, from Pinterest:

xmas mantel

Blushing roses bring a nostalgic whimsy to this fireplace decoration of leaves, vines, ivy, sprays, and candles.

xmas evergreens planter

Various greens, intermixed with shiny Christmas bulbs, make a “welcoming” entry.

xmas holly

Submerged berries provide color and interest in these clear bowls, which then float a lighted tea-light.

xmas cookies

When all else fails, bake and eat your ivy, cones, and evergreens!

xmas yule log

A decorative “Yule Log” dresses up even those spaces without a fireplace.

Finally, I get some time to take a look at some new websites, blogs and magazines – and do a little updating on Pinterest.

And it was while reading “The Adventures of Elizabeth“, that I felt the urge to learn more about “Where Women Create” — and found WWC’s fabulous Pinterest boards, including my personal favorite: STUDIO SPACES & PLACES!

So many times, on the phone with CellularWindowShades.com customers, I have heard the whispered phrase, “We’ve just replaced our windows….”. They, of course are shopping for new window shades; but you can’t help but wonder: What gets done with all the old windows?

STUDIO SPACES & PLACES has some answers! My favorite is the biggest project, found at the end…

studio

shed

recycled conservatory

Now that SUMMER is officially here, I’ve been trying to find more websites with home decor content — nothing like a “new” season for a bit of “fresh air” in the home!

So here’s a few new-to-me blogs (and an old friend or two) that I’ve found to be worth visiting.

HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE

rustic cottage

With categories like “Home Furniture & Accessories“, “Bungalows & Cottages” (where this little beauty pictured above resides), and entries for every room in the house; construction tips and renovation ideas; household – and even moving advice, HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE is a great one-stop-shop for everything relating to house and home. Highly recommended!

DESIRE TO INSPIRE

desire to inspire

A photo fest for design and decor, DESIRE TO INSPIRE will give everyone something to ooh and ahh over.

LET ME BE INSPIRED

let me be inspired

Household “goods” never LOOKED so good – like this sleek bathroom sink. With a predilection for the purity of white, LET ME BE INSPIRED offers product photos, apartments portfolios, and even vacation rental advice.

HABITUALLY CHIC

habitually chic

Again, a fest for the eyes, but with short and insightful content. Punctuated with a New York – Europe sensibility, the style of HABITUALLY CHIC will have home-dwellers running to change up their own rooms. I’m heading back for a little Jefferson in Paris. Come join me!

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As usual, CellularWindowShades is open Monday through Friday for calls, email, and live chat (we’re in the eastern US time zone). Our website is open 24/7 — so, while I’m in PARIS, strolling with Jefferson, do take a last chance to shop for shades with our free Smoothy Continuous Cord upgrade (a $30 savings). On sale through Sunday.

With temperatures here in the Northeast topping 90-degrees today (whew!), I thought I’d post a few “summertime” kinds of activities for the upcoming week-end.

(5) Set up a string hammock:

hammock

(4) Haul out the ice cream machine:

whitemountain

(3) Let your kids paddle in the ol’ wash tub:

washtub

(2) Plan a picnic at your local State Park:

grandisle

(1) Enjoy a movie the old-fashioned way,
at a Drive-In:

ten-commandments-drive-in-theater-1958

How timely to read on houzz an article about FLAGS, seeing as today marks the cusp of a three-day holiday weekend here in the States: for Memorial Day.

flagsAuthor Alison Hodgson’s own decorating scheme is shown in the photo: a pleated fan above the door; flags line the walkway.

The building my mother lives in has a flag pole — flag flaps in the breeze all weathers, all hours. So it is a surprise to read that although the ‘inclement’ weather indicative should be observed, the lowering at sunset has looser restrictions. If the flag is illuminated it can fly at night.

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There is a website for up-to-the-minute HALF-STAFF notifications, but the major half-staff dates are:

* May 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day

* September 11

* (early October) Sunday of Fire Prevention Week

* December 7, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

The article discusses the pertinent information for flying the U.S. Flag: which flag takes precedence if flying more than one, which way is “right side up” etc.

Pity there’s so little history of the flag. Websites do exist. And what would talk of the flag be without talk of Betsy Ross! so here is some additional information:

The rule of thumb for FLYING YOUR FLAG Memorial Day is: Half-Staff from sunrise until noon, then Full Staff the rest of the day.
Here at CellularWindowShades.com we are having our own MEMORIAL DAY celebrations: our 20% off Skylight Shades Sale continues through Monday, May 27th.

20-percent-off-skylightsStay COOL & CUT your Summer energy bills!


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