Our Fall Mantle and Hearth

It's on it's way...my favorite season of the year!!! I love all the color and warmth associated with the autumn, so much beauty and inspiration. It's like Mother Nature's version of a Mardi Gras celebration before she moves us into the colder cooler colors of winter.

This year I am also thrilled to have my new mantel to work with. It is so much more substantial and brighter that what we had before, not to mention I have a full 10 inches in width to decorate.

I wanted to keep the display on the top of the mantel simple yet colorful, so I grabbed my two treasured white swans and added a little faux bittersweet around them.

Then I filled some glass vases with pretty faux pears, kumquats and wine corks. And also added a few silver touches to give the display a little bling.

This burlap wreath I made last year using a wire hanger. To read how it was done just click here.

I purchased this beautiful basket to hold wood at our local Home Goods for only $20. The galvanized vases I picked up at Walmart for $5 each, then just filled them with some faux foliage. Those sweet pumpkins I have been collecting for years.

Are you thinking Fall yet??? 
Wishing you a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

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Find Out What Your Design Style is...Take this Quiz!!!

How about a little pre-holiday fun?

I love whenever a home magazine tosses out a quiz to figure out exactly how your tastes run. This is Better Homes and Gardens design style quiz and, to be perfectly honest, a few friends have taken the quiz and have reported the results as spot on!
 Just click on the image above to be whisked on over to the quiz.
What was my style you ask???
Polished Casual
You love to mix and match your favorites from several styles, so Polished Casual is the best way to describe your look. Crisp, fresh, and always comfortable, this approach anchors itself in neutral, subtle hues and furniture that isn't fussy but isn't slouchy either. Pair your clean-lined sofa with a dark leather wing chair or a weathered metal table—anything goes, but simplicity is key.

Have Fun!!!


A Look Back at Summer 2013

Gosh can you believe we are now just 4 days away from the Labor Day weekend? I know a lot of kids are going back to school this week, ours start a week from tomorrow. But with that being said it was a fun packed and very full summer here at 21 Rosemary Lane, so lets take a look back at some of the travel, activities and projects of Summer 2013.

This year we hit the ground running as the last day of the kid's school year was the first day of our first trip. We headed out camping on Assateague Island.

Then on to Cape May N.J.for the fourth!

The kids swam A LOT and even made a few dollars on their lemonade stand. Michael celebrated his 9th birthday and Grace was a finalist in the National American Miss Pageant.

I even got a few projects done between all of our travels and activities.

Then at the end of July we were off to Canada and Niagara Falls.

Grace and Michael swam in the Great Lake Huron and finger lake, Lake Skaneateles.

The summer was filled with fun in the sun and plenty of ice cream!

I bid a fond farewell to summer 2013, it surely was a fun packed one. But I am looking forward to the fall with it's crisp air and all the beautiful colors it brings. 
Ahhh such inspiration!!!



Images from the Side of the Road

Last month while Mr. Rosemary Lane was driving us through Upstate New York to the Falls and then on into Canada and up to Lake Huron, I was busy snapping away pictures of the beautiful farms and vistas along the countryside. Here are a few of my favorite images captured from the side of the road. Some pictures were taken while the car was moving and others I just had to get out and take a moment to absorb the beauty!

I just couldn't get over the beauty of this northern land. The sky was amazing and the farms were pristine as well as stunning!

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Happy Ninth Birthday Michael!!!

Today our little man turns 9 years old. My how the time has flown by since we brought him home from Kazakhstan. He is growing into such a handsome young man...having you with us has been such a blessing.

Happy Birthday Michael...so proud to have you as our son!

Mommy and Poppy


Kicking Around the Color Blue for My Dining Room

House Beautiful

I am done with the red and am ready for a change in our dining room. So this afternoon I've been hopping around between Pinterest and Google Images collecting pictures to get some idea of where I'd like to go with this thought of blue. 

                            House Beautiful


We do have a chair rail in the space so I could go two toned on the walls.



Our furniture is cherry wood. I'd probably go with more of a colonial blue.


Look at the ceiling in this next pic...isn't it gorgeous?



To me his next room to me is very Ralph Lauren. I suppose it is because of the bold blue and white stripes on the chair along with the huge horse pic on the wall. Notice the different tones of blue on the wall above the chair rail?


This next room just caught my eye, it's so fun and funky. I find the blue color on the walls very striking.


Ahhh some food for thought over the weekend! 
Hope you all enjoy a fabulous one!!!



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