Monday, May 31, 2010

Bella Luna at Being Ruby & give-a-way from J. Beaudetart

Do yourself a favor and stroll on over to la blog della mia bella amica Julie and see why I continually maintain her as my Featured Artist here.  You will be treated to a series of bella fotografia (beautiful photograhy) of la luna Italia (the Italian moon)You have a few more hours to win her give-away of more lovely photography as well...

Il Colosseo di Roma (Coliseum of Rome)

Further stroll over and support Jennifer Beaudetart's first give-a-way of one of her original pieees of art - your choice. Two very talented women. 
Give-a-way closes June 4, 2010

This is my choice.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Belle Give-A-Ways

May 20th post. Give-a-way chosen on May 31st.

Sharon from My French Country Home is giving away this lovely handmade linen bag and lavender sachet hand-made by her neighbor, Patricia.  Did I mention she lives in Normandy, France? 

Entry to the giveaway is open to all who comment on this post.Please mention BellaRustica sent you!
(Closes May 30, 2010 heure de Paris)

May 15th post.  Give-a-way chosen on May 31st.

Julie at Being Ruby is offering three photos you will see in her post...
Three variations of her rose image - Bloom. All professionally printed on 8x12" archive paper ready for framing.
Entry to the giveaway is open to all who comment on this post.  Please mention BellaRustica sent you!
[closes midnight Monday 31st May Sydney time]

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Layering with texture

A broken twig chandelier, linen slipcovers, burlap, faded shutters, an aged map, a set of oars from my childhood Summer home, and a "found" (literally) object come together perfectly imperfectly to create the look and feel I define as rustica. This is my dining room in our new home on Saint Simons Island, Georgia.  I am finally unpacked and am enjoying layering and texturing the same items in a new home that I had in our Coronado, California home.  The fact the same items can look so differently in another home reminds me to always be willing to have fun and experiment.  I encourage you to do the same.

When last in Italia I purchased an antique map of Firenze (Florence).  The paper was aged in that lovely, imperfect way so I "floated" it over burlap and mounted both in a rustic frame.  

I initially set a manzanita branch into a crock I found thrown away and I placed both items in front of a set of faded shutters.  I walked away satisfied right past those darling oars when it occurred to me I had a new home for them.  I scooted the linen slip-covered No.3 chair (for my three Labrador Retrievers) under a pine pedestal table that sits in the middle of the room atop a heavily knotted seagrass rug. You might already suspect the rest of the chairs don't match perfectly (different fabric on the seats).  What fun would that be? The key to not creating a room that looks mis-matched is to keep your color palette subtle. 

Here is another view of the corner and the wall with another set of faded shutters which I simply allow to lean on the wall.