Thursday, February 24, 2011


In the midst of a long, cold winter, I find that I tend to spend more time reading than any other time of year.  I recently purchased the book "Romantic Style" by Selina Lake and Sara Norrman.

There isn't much NOT to LOVE about this book ~ especially if
you're a die-hard romantic such as myself!

Inspiration = Tweaking Time at Suburban Retreat!

With Sping just around the corner, I've decorated the top of my
china cabinet in a Romantically Gardenish style!

I hung my rose print just above my cabinet, filling in that narrow
space between the crown molding and the top of the china cabinet.

I draped some pretty silk hydrangeas over the edge ...

And used a tall wire cloche.

Throw in a couple of cement garden pheasants ....

And there you have
Romantically Gardenish Style!
Chris from "Red Gate Farm" is visiting her daughter Krysta from "Dropped Stitch Knitter".
Chris is from Washington State, USA and when I learned she would be traveling to the Greater Toronto Area, well, I was EXCITEDChris was one of the first people from Blogland that extended a helping hand to me and we've been Blog Buddies ever since!

So obviously ... lunch was in order!

Failte Irish Pub

Mrs. Red Gate Farm Herself!

Chris came with her daughter Krysta and Krysta's boyfriend Sten!

Krysta - Dropped Stitch Knitter
The food was delicious, the conversation was lively and the afternoon was fabulous!  It was my pleasure spending time getting to know these lovely people and Sten, we're all anxiously waiting for you to jump into Blogland with both feet!

Sten ... Future Blogger???
I understand he brews a mean Beer!

There were plans underway for a couple of other Bloggers to get in on the fun but unfortunately, life gets in the way sometimes.

I would love to do something like this again so if anyone out there would be interested in a Blogger's Get-Together in the GTA, feel free to contact me and maybe something can be arranged again, when the weather improves!

Cheers ~ Lisa


  1. I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one who couldn't make it. I felt like I was being a bit of a party pooper. I'm up for making plans again though. I love your wire cloche up there. I have some chicken wire that's dying to be made into one of those!

  2. Hi Lisa~ Just loving your romantic garden design! Your print is perfect up above your shabby cabinet and the cloche is darling!! Sounds like so much fun meeting up with fellow bloggers! Wish we lived closer so we could meet up too! Hugs, Courtney

  3. Lisa, I really like your rose print. The cabinet is pretty too. I also have the Romantic Style book. This is a good day for reading,, it's rainy. Catch ya later. judy

  4. Hi Lisa,
    I love the cabinet and how you decorated the top of it!!! Just so sweet!!!
    Enjoy your day!!!
    Suzann ~xoxox~

  5. Hi Lisa, I would love to come visit you sometime! That would be so much fun! I love your Romantic Garden pretty. The wire cloche is my fav!! xogirl talk to you soon, kathee

  6. I was so sorry to miss the get together! I'm glad you had a great time, snow and all.

  7. Hello Lisa! Oh, I love your romantic garden style! The print looks perfect above your Shabby cabinet!

  8. I thought Chris was going to meet up with glad she was able to and that you had a great time! I have yet to meet any of my blogging friends but certainly hope to in the future. It is funny that I feel Icould pop in on anyone I have met through blogland and feel right at!

  9. I absolutely love the display and sounds like a great time!

  10. I adore the newly decorated hutch. The chicken wire is hugh this spring, even chicken wire looking fabic. The cloche is really neat. Gorgeous as ever!

  11. so spring! lovely Lisa!
    and just a thought since you like meeting fellow bloggers...
    i know you've a softspot for our drummerboys ~
    mine will actually be doing an eastern tour with band,'LesJupes', that includes guelph and TO on their way to austin for sxsw festival! TO is mar 11th at the Garrison. don't know if that's anywhere near you or of interest but wanted to at least let you know... more info and audios at

  12. Hi Lisa...I have been so busy with orders and the baby shower plans that I have had little time for blogging. You are putting me in the decorating mood with your lovely Spring decor:)! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  13. This is definitely my kind of book and my cup of tea!

  14. Your hutch looks so pretty...I am in love with the wire cloche; I must look for one. The combination of elements you put together are perfect ~ very romantic! I think that after people see this, there is going to be a rush on this book.(-: Have a great weekend.

  15. Good Morning Lisa Sweetie...
    Oh how beautiful your cabinet looks. (I spy with my little eye some beautiful head vases in there as well.) Love the rose photo, and the wire cloche, how exquisite that looks. Love, Love the use of the hydrangeas as well. They really pop in front of those cement pheasants. So pretty Lisa. Just a beautiful peaceful setting you have created.

    Now how exciting to get to meet a blogging buddy. It is always so much fun to really put a personality along with a face on our blogs each day. I just know you all had a great time, and it sounds like we are going to get a blogging guy mixed in the bunch soon. We'll be watching for ya Sten.

    Lisa my sweet friend, have a glorious weekend. Thank you as always for sharing a romantic vignette that you created. You are so talented sweetie. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  16. Hi Lisa, I like your romantic stylings, especially that pretty rose print in its distressed wood frame. Have a great weekend!

  17. Hi Lisa,
    Don't you just love fab books to get your decoration tweaking going? Your changes look terrific. Love your crown molding, too.
    So lucky you got to meet fellow bloggers. I hope to meet some in my area this spring & will be sure to post about it.
    - Susan

  18. Hi Lisa! The top of your hutch looks wonderful! The rose print fits so perfectly there! What fun to meet up for a blogger luncheon. I am glad you had a great time! And thank you for visiting me and my little French post ;)
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  19. that looks like my kinda book! i love the romantically gardenish vignette you created!

  20. I just love how you decorated the top of your china cabinet! Especially like your wire cloche!

  21. I totally love what you've done with above the cabinet. That is just gorgeous. Your taste is just scrumptious! I'm following you now, too!

  22. Hi Lisa,
    I'm back visiting again. I had noticed in one of your previous posts that you have the same Santos doll I recently bought. Aren't they great? I tweaked mine a bit because I love blue/gray so much, and just posted about it.
    Hope you had a great weekend,

  23. Hey Lisa...

    I am loving the new "home" you found for your rose print. The entire vignette goes so well together....

    How fun meeting blogging buddies! Wish it were you and I. I know our day will come!

    Take care,

  24. How fun that you guys got together! Poor Chris really got a varied taste of Ontario weather while she was here. Glad you guys had a get-together, that's great.

  25. Hi Lisa ~ I love your romantic garden decor! It's so springy! That wire cloche is awesome! I also wanted to thank you for your kind words concerning my mom and nephew. It's comforting to know that there is so much love and support out there for them. ♥

    xoxo laurie

  26. I finally posted! Hopefully now it will become a more regular thing...

  27. Lisa, I just love your transformation of the top of your hutch. The rose print is stunning and I love the color of your walls.
    And how special to get to meet a fellow blogger in person!!
    How exciting!!
    Thanks so much for all of your visits!!


  28. RE; HOT PINK IS IN? yep, according to my sources it is in! this year it's the new bold colour, just like last year they predicted aqua to be the IT colour. the beauty is, that these colours look fantastique! together! thanks for always visiting my blog and commenting and leaving your sweet words! i appreciate YOU!

  29. I think that cabinet would still be pretty bare naked but it's even better all dressed up. I love the garden pheasant! Great job! I need to be moving some things around here myself!

  30. Hi Lisa, love the romantic magazines too! Nice decor pieces on your cabinet. That is so nice that you got to have lunch with a blog friend.
    Hope all is well!
    Have a great week.
    ~ Julie

  31. Just know Lisa, that you made my heart sing, just with such a sweet comment, thank you for visiting my blog, see you soon,
    Maureen x

  32. Your Romantically Gardenish Style is just delightful, I love all of your new touches!


  33. Thanks for the tip on the book! I just requested it from the library! Just took Barbara's book back last week! She's full of surprises! Have to say I liked the new barn house the best.

  34. Oh, that book looks fab! Your garden inspired display looks like it is a pic from the book! LOL
    Have a great weekend.

  35. Hi Lisa, love your romantic garden decor! Fabulous, great job!


  36. Lisa, my friend, I LOVE romantic style decorating so you know I'm lovin what you've done here! Fabulous!! How fun that you bloggers were all able to get together! Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comment about my grandbaby. Wishing you a lovely weekend.


  37. Hi Lisa
    How great that you got to meet up with a fellow blogging friend! Isn't it funny, when we meet it is like meeting old friends? I had the pleasure of meeting Debbie at Love of the Sea back in December, when we both were in Quebec City. It was a real treat!!! I adore your gorgeous china cabinet, and your spring themed display! How romantic!!


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