My new book, “Salvage Style” has just been released by Sterling Publishing.. The subject is decorating with recycled and reclaimed materials. For the second time I partnered with Country Living Magazine. The first book with Country Living was Aged To Perfect. Salvage Style is filled with photographs and interviews with homeowners all over the country who are passionate about recycling and repurposing material and objects to infuse their homes with character. Read More
My New Year’s resolution is to de-clutter my house, a little at a time. The idea was that with just a few minutes devotion to this task, by year’s end my house would be an organizational thing of beauty. All possessions and things that had lived past their prime will have been replaced. Perhaps many of you want to start the year with a clean slate that involves getting rid of stuff. I find no joy in this endeavor, even though current magazines tell us otherwise.
Custom designed 10-inch wedding invitation plate created from the original invitation and designed with cutout prints to reflect the flowers from your wedding.This plate was designed for a Nantucket couple getting married in Key West, FL. The flowers were part of the invitation and remind me of old-fashioned wallpaper. See more designs below. Call for custom order info. 508-221-5564 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweet, romantic, designer cottage for two. Minimum 2 nights ($375 per night). Perfect location just a block off Main St. In off-season gas burning fireplace makes it cozy and warm, in season there’s AC. Modern, well-equipped, open floor plan, lvg room/galley ktch/dining/ full bath WD down. Upstairs, charming queen bdr. and 1/2 bath. Private outdoor deck surrounded by gardens. Outdoor shower too! All amenities for a carefree getaway.(new mattress and good bedding a must!) Beach chairs, tote, umbrella, beach towels, etc. Hair blower, iron.
I love designing wedding invitation plates. Most of them are 10-inches square, but lately I’ve been expanding to platters. Most are 16×20 inches because the invitations are getting larger and there are so many activities with printed programs included. Also, more and more, couples are creating little booklets of events, names of everyone in the wedding party as well as cute maps, “save the date” cards, and lots of other printed material. And then there’s the shower invitation that I usually put on the back.
Let’s face it, there isn’t a whole lot of time left – maybe a few hours to wrap up your gifts. I am a great believer in recycling when possible. I take great pains to neatly fold the wrapping paper I’ve carefully removed from holiday packages and re-roll ribbon for another use. I cut Christmas cards into package tags and punch holes in one corner, then put them into a greeting card-size box to be used next year. I don’t think I can remember when I last bought holiday gift tags. The ones that aren’t specifically holiday-ish I save for birthday presents. It isn’t frugality that provokes these actions,
Leslie signing copies of “Nantucket Cottages & Gardens”
at Marine Home Center during Stroll Weekend. (some still available)
This week has been a busy one for everyone. It seemed like we had lots of time to get decorated and ready for Christmas and suddenly we don’t. Or at least that’s the way it seems. The Festival of Wreaths was a big success. Always a good kick off to the season. Then we had Stroll Weekend and now a round of holiday events. Every year I attend the party at The Homestead – always joyful. Music by the ShepCats – makes the party quite lively. What I like most about this yearly party is that it reminds us of how our community reaches out to all generations and doesn’t forget the elderly.
How did this happen? November came and went in a flash. And now we’re into the Christmas month with too much to do. But before I get onto Christmas stuff, here’s a rundown of the Lightship Basket Museum Yard Sale. If you missed it this year put it on your calendar for next year and if you’re off island make it a “next year must do”. I have a summer friend who returns to the island with three or four friends for a ladies weekend that centers around this big event.
To put my money where my mouth is, I actually followed my own advice and took stock of my chair situation before turkey day. I was shy one chair. I got a sweet little wooden side chair with a perfect caned seat for $10 bucks! Bought 4 Lloyd Flanders wicker chairs for $15. Each. Perfect condition!