Thursday, October 28, 2010
When I think of the comforts of home, I think of old worn sweaters, soft and faded with time. Sitting by the fire, wrapped in a beautifully pieced quilt that my mother made so many years ago. On the sofa beside me, the colors of the quilt I’m stitching, bright in comparison. A pot of tea, steeping in a favorite tea pot, sitting on a table nearby.
Throughout my home there are many framed photographs on the wall, and placed casually among my belongings. Many of family and friends that are a part of my present, others of family no longer with us, but never forgotten.
In my home, I’m surrounded by glimpses of my past as I sip my tea from the antique cup and saucer that once belonged to my grandmother. The fragrance of the potpourri simmering on the stove, reminiscent of holiday get-togethers, and mingling with memories of my mother’s kitchen during the holidays. The lit candles, with their rich and spicy fragrance, cast soft shadows around the room, lighting up corners with memories of familiar voices and laughter.
The comforts of home reach out from the past and wind their way into those of the present. They are our own distinct style, with a touch of nostalgia mixed in. A place we create for ourselves that is warm and inviting and will one day become a comforting memory for our loved ones.
Come visit the boutiques at Make Mine Pink for all the “comforts of home.”
Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink
Photo Contribution 1: The Vintage Linen Press | Photo Contribution 2: Forget Me Not Dreams
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. I’m just getting settled back into my regular routine and enjoying some of the nesting that naturally comes with the season.
A long hot bath at the end of a cool autumn day is just the stress reliever I seem to enjoy the most. The desire to rush and get every minute out of each and every day, has passed with the summer season. The bath becomes my sanctuary, and scents of honeysuckle and rose surround me, soothing away the stress of a busy day.
The shelves in my bath are lined with scented candles and delightful bath gels and oils. Vintage glass bottles that once held perfume and special oils, now display a single rose. A glass tray, once boasting the most magnificent hand-painted roses, now holds beautiful, decorative soaps. Lace trimmed towels, drape casually over the vanity stool, and add just the touch of luxury I now have the time to enjoy.
My bedroom undergoes some seasonal changes as well. The light and airy lace sheers, are now replaced with heavier silks and brocade panels. Some etched with the finest roses, providing beauty and warmth as well as my own escape from the outdoors.
Eiderdown comforters and antique quilts are freshened up and stacked at the foot of the bed. Beautiful hand-stitched pillows, now out storage, and covering every sitting surface. My Vintage hankie collection, framed above my bed, a reminder of the gentle women from my past.
No matter how busy you find yourself, adding a few special touches to your bedroom and bath will make you feel like you’ve escaped from the everyday worries, even for just a few moments. Surrounding yourself with some of your favorite treasures and scents, will create a sanctuary of your very own.
Please visit the boutiques at Make Mine Pink to help you create your very own escape for your Bed & Bath.
Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink
Photo Contribution 1: Savon Marie
- Tres Belle Boutique
- Lake Geneva, WI
- Tres Belle Boutique is located in beautiful downtown Lake Geneva. Tres Belle Boutique is a women's apparel and gift boutique. Our boutique is filled with beautiful merchandise from designer women's apparel to the perfect gift for someone special. Very beautiful, as the French names implies, is just what Tres Belle has to offer. Whether a picture of the Eiffel Tower or a beautiful piece of jewelry that originates from France, you will feel the French influence throughout the store. The boutique offers garden and home decor, specialty gifts, jewelry, handbags, accessories, lotions, and vintage chic repurposed furniture. If you are looking for an outfit to set you apart from the rest or a special gift, Tres Belle Boutique is a must for distinguished shoppers. We would love for you to stop in if your in town or if not check us out on our website, www.tresbelleboutique.net
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