As you may know from my previous posts, my newborn granddaughter Daisy is facing several health challenges. I am happy to report that while testing is ongoing, Daisy is thriving at home with Emily and Nick. Daisy is so deeply loved by so many! A few weeks ago I attended an intimate baby shower given for the proud new parents. Hosted by Nick’s mom Julie Anne and a dear family friend, Miss Diane, it was a lovely affair with many heartfelt and thoughtful details. I couldn’t resist sharing a peek…
Once again I’ve been drawn to my watercolors lately. I really enjoy the spontaneity and freedom that comes with simplicity of watercolor paints, a pen, and my sketchbook. This week’s subject is also a simple one ~ eggs. Remember when we all thought eggs just came in two colors, brown & white (except at Easter of course)? Thanks to Martha Stewart and the plethora of backyard chickens now being raised, we can all see that eggs come in many beautiful shades. It almost seems a shame to crack them open. Almost…
I took my inspiration for this week’s painting from Father’s Day. To all the fathers and father figures, they may wear different shoes but they walk the same steps to raise children with strong values, big dreams, and steadfast principles.
This Spring the Junior League of Boston celebrated the 45th Anniversary Show House in at the Nathaniel Allen House in Newton.
Years ago I participated in the Arlington Show House in Boston and created the “Make Way for Ducklings Nursery”. Participating in a show house project is a perfect way for seasoned and new designers to gain attention and recognition for their designs. Each show house is an event and typically there are several parties, media days, and press as well as opportunities to mix and mingle with fellow designers and landscape artists.
I have attended the last couple of Show Houses as a guest and went again this year with my dear friend Paul..and we both agreed, things have changed.
This is the house as I entered…
Visiting with my new granddaughter (and her parents) is now my favorite thing to do. Early last week we celebrated Daisy’s homecoming after many long weeks in the NICU. Despite the challenges ahead, to say that we are thrilled is a complete understatement!
Once again I brought my watercolors on my trip and had a chance to do a bit of painting. This week’s painting features one of the loveliest “friends” in Daisy’s crib ~ a Monique Lhuillier designer doll from Pottery Barn Kids. Emily’s wedding dress was a Monique Lhuillier design as well. How perfect! I think the words of this lullaby by Carly Simon fit perfectly as well…
This week’s painting was originally created for the latest Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge, “What Women Want”. I am truly blessed and grateful to have so many wonderful and supportive female friends in my life. A heartfelt thank you to all my “BFFs”! What more could a woman want…
Happy Memorial Day! Along with being the unofficial start of Summer, Memorial Day is of course a day to remember those we’ve loved and lost, particularly while serving our country. At 18 years old my Dad served in World War II and it forever changed his life. Whenever I see the grand display of American flags around this time of year I think of him and his service.
Recently I was part of a presentation given to the Hingham Newcomers Club at La Petite Maison in downtown Hingham. La Petite Maison owner and Francophile extraordinaire, Nanette Walsh, invited me to speak with her in her shop. The evening included not only decorating and entertaining tips, but also French wine and cheeses and a handsome French sommelier. Ooh la la! Here’s a peek at our presentation and some of our best tips for entertaining and creating a stylish and personalized home.
This weekend I celebrated my birthday. I was once again reminded of the many blessings, good friends, and loved ones that are in my life. I thought this cupcake painting was appropriate for this week :-).
I continue to work on my painting skills in my latest class. We have painted quite a few still life compositions and I am becoming more comfortable working on a larger canvas. I love the soft colors paired with the bold brushstrokes in this week’s painting. This week’s poem attempts to capture that contrast as well. What do you think?
As you may know, my granddaughter Daisy was born several weeks early. She is currently gaining strength and weight in the NICU and we are all counting the days until she comes home. When I visited my daughter last week I saw first hand that Daisy’s nursery is not only ready but also beautiful, with plenty of “friends” awaiting her arrival.
I’ve had the most incredible weekend meeting my precious new granddaughter, Daisy. I am head over heels! I was inspired to create this week’s painting by a photograph that my daughter Emily posted when she was home on bedrest. Her two adorable pups made sure she was following doctor’s orders by placing their sweet heads on the edge of her bed and watching over her while she worked on her computer. They are sure to be wonderful big “sisters” for Daisy as she grows up!
Today’s painting was created especially for my daughter Emily’s baby shower invitation. I was filled with so much brightness and love when I created this ~ and to match it with this quote made me smile. We planned the shower for this past weekend but little Daisy just couldn’t wait to meet her Mom and Dad.
Even though Spring has barely begun, I’m already dreaming of beach days. Maybe this is because I’m fortunate to have an ocean view out my window ~ or maybe just because I love Summer so much. Either way, this week’s painting is full of retro glam and ready to lounge under a striped umbrella sipping a fruity cocktail!
This week’s poem (excerpt) is from a 17th century English poet…
I Love Painting Gowns! xo https://t.co/4jGMN2K3sW
— Pamela Copeman (@pamelacopeman) April 11, 2016
Although the calendar says Spring, this week’s painting is a throwback to Winter. Considering that we had several inches of snow just last week, I think it’s fitting. I love decorating my chandelier with silver and gold ornaments around the holidays. I can’t resist the sparkle and glam! I love the way the light reflects and brightens everything.
This week’s painting is an oldie but a goodie. This was one of my first attempts at combining mixed media and oil paint. It turns out I must’ve done something right because this artwork was so popular it was licensed and sold as posters and giclées. I am now working on a gown series~ large format, 24″x36″ ~ and I couldn’t be more excited. If you are interested in a particular color let me know and I will be happy to paint it for you (or your client/friend/sister etc.)! In the meantime, here is this week’s fittingly titled poem…
I’ve always loved being an Interior Designer. Little did I know when I started Posh Palettes, my Interior Design blog, all of the wonderful opportunities that would present themselves. One (well actually, two) of the most exciting results of writing this blog has been being invited to attend BlogTour Modenus ~ first to Italy, then to Las Vegas. Veronika and her team organized amazing trips and we took in endless inspiration from both our travels and exhibits and events featuring top notch vendors in the design field. However I think the greatest gift I took away from BlogTour was the friendships that were forged walking the ancient streets of Venice & Milan. Two of my best (and most talented) friends from BlogTour are Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole of Kandrac & Kole Interiors.
Last month I visited the beautiful country of Mexico with a friend for some much need rest and relaxation. It seems like a lifetime ago now but if I close my eyes and allow my mind to drift, I can go back to that warm, beautiful, and inspiring place. While in Tulum one of the sights I especially enjoyed was the displays of handmade pottery. Such artistry! Today’s quote reminds me not only of the artisans of Mexico, but of so much more…