Monday, January 11, 2016

Spring Window in January

Even though it is January and there is snow on the ground, that doesn't mean you can't have Springtime in your kitchen window.  This window is above my sink. At this time of year, there is not too much to see outside, so I decided to add cut flowers in small vases, a bird clock, cherubs, and  house plants in decorative urns to my windowsill.
I chose pink carnations and baby's breath for my small vases. These flowers are beautiful, smell wonderful, and are long-lasting.

        A simple and beautiful way to add a little Springtime to your January.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Beautiful Christmas Projects

Oh, Come Let us Adore Him
Christ the Lord!
I wanted to share a few of my current Christmas decorating projects. We all have our favorite decorations, some old and some new. Below is one of my favorites. It's a simple manager scene we put out every year.

The pieces are very small and scene usually goes unnoticed in the room.
Not too long ago, I found the above items on sale at one of my local stores. I loved the shapes and different sizes, but hesitated on buying  because I had no idea what I was going to do with them.
So, I bought them anyway.
Then it hit me, these are perfect for Christmas decorations!

I filled  the stand with a little natural excelsior for hay.

A perfect setting for a manger.

With some ribbon,  French lace and two large angel candles on each side...

The Manager Scene does not go unnoticed any longer.
A beautiful way to display the greatest Christmas gift of all time.

The next project was very simple.
I placed one of my vintage bottle brush trees inside the round glass container and it looked like this.

Simply beautiful in my kitchen window.

Then I thought I would try something else. Why leave well enough alone?

I added a vintage choir boys figurine.

I think I will keep the choir boys, I can almost hear them singing,
 "Hark the Herald Angels Sing,
Glory to the New Born King!"
Merry Christmas.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Beautiful Finds from Robin King Designs

As you know, my website Robin King Designs is where you can purchase my decoupage creations. Each item is handmade and features my signature crackle finish. Every design has been inspired from my antique paper and fabric collection.  However, I do have a section where I sell acquisitions that will look beautiful in your home. The inventory is always changing and many items are one-of-a-kind. The beautiful floral needlepoint pillow shown is an example. Click here to see more Beautiful Finds.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Roses in Basket Tissue Box Cover and Wastepaper Basket

Even though the roses are almost done blooming until Spring, you can still
have a beautiful basket of blooming roses where ever you choose in your home.
Roses in Basket Tissue Box and Wastepaper  Basket by Robin King Designs.
The oval wood wastepaper is as beautiful on the back as it is on the front.
 The wood tissue cover will work in every room in your home.
A beautiful way to have roses all year long.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Beautiful Living with Flowers

"There are always flowers for those who want to see them"
- Henri Matisse
Sophie taking time to smell the flowers.

How nice to see the world through flowers.

 The beauty of walking along a path of flowers.
I hope there are many flowers in your world today. A beautiful way to live.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Let Sleeping Dogs (and Frogs) Lie

Today, I sat down at my computer to send a few emails. As I was experiencing my daily dose of  "writers block" I glanced underneath my desk and this is what I saw.

So, I very quietly reached for my camera.

As you can see, the shot was clearly staged.

However, not by me.

Sophie the pug takes all the design credit on this one.

There must be way too much talk of color coordination, scale and balance around here. It's even getting to the dog.

However, I must say that she seems to have a great eye for color and a natural sense of balance.

Perhaps, I will put use her creative direction in my next photo shoot.

I did, however, follow the age old of advice of letting sleeping dogs ( and frogs) lie.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Summer Reading

As children we were told not to forget our "Summer Reading" as we left school for a few months of freedom. When I was a child, Summer Reading was not on the top of my list. My Summer list included going on a family vacation to the mountains, swimming, sunbathing with baby oil, staying up late with my sisters to watch Bonanza reruns and of course, sleeping in.  With all that going on, reading was going to have to wait until the school bell rang again. 
As it turns out, now I wish there was more time for Summer Reading.  I even created a space in my backyard just for this purpose. It 's a simply pleasure to flip through pages of books while listening to birds chirp, watching squirrels jump and hearing the many sounds of Summer.

Do you have a favorite place you like to read in the Summer?

While were are on the subject of Summer Reading, below are a few of the books I have been reading this Summer. (and not one Bonanza rerun yet, sorry little Joe)

Toiles de Jouy
French Printed Cottons
by Sarah Grant

Fifth Avenue Style
by Howard Slatkin

Queen of Fashion
by Caroline Weber

The Book of Acts
by Luke

The Grammar of Ornament
by Owen Jones

Flowers are starting to loose some of their luster, the days are getting shorter and soon Fall will arrive before we are ready. Soon we will be asking ourselves, where did the Summer go?  Make sure to make time for some Summer Reading of your own.