I was trying to help a reader with a decorating dilemma customer yesterday and recommended that she check out the blog of Stephanie Jones at Mr & Mrs Jones paint finishes because I knew that Stephanie had designed a stencil that may be the solution to my readers problem. A little later I found myself with a few free minutes and decided to spend them checking in with the aforementioned Mrs Jones. Imagine my suprise when I found that a current post showed a very pretty and unusual use of our own Chinoiserie Tree stencil. Now I have seen photographs of other projects that Stephanie has created with this stencil, it is a pricey one so I am glad that she is getting lots of use from it. Fabulous chandelier ... I am experienceing sparkle envy. I met Stephanie at a stencil convention in Memphis TN a couple of years ago have mentioned her blog on a couple of occasions, it is always a treat.
Regina Garay at Fauxology gives us delicious champagne inspired decorative finishes for a fizzing New Year.
Di Overton at Designer's Block shares alternative festive decoration ideas with leopard spot cake and a life size lichen covered tree in the lounge.
I was going to link you to Angela at Spinach Tiger's recipe for anniversary red velvet cake but chose blue cheese with purple potatoes instead. Dribble, enjoy.
Melanie Royals author of DesignAmour visited a stencilled house over Christmas (no it was not mine). She stayed with her family and gave us a tour of the lovely finishes that were achieved in their home with a handful of stencils and a great deal of flair.
Pink Bow brings us beautiful images of a north east English winter in her Christmas post. See circus acrobats, outdoor movies in our city's streets, steaming coffees and tree decorations. The ordinary made extraordinary...drrreamy and gorgeous stuff.
Whilst I am having a couple of days of over New Year I shall be visiting more of my favourite blogs and finding out what other creative friends are working on, but for now I am closing the office for the weekend, putting on my coat and visiting the winter carnival in Newcastle. Happy New Year.