Saturday, January 8, 2011

Something To Make You Smile


Last year when I designed her landscape her kitchen was sheet rock. Last week, below, still unfinished it's already fabulous. Sheepishly, she said, "I know it's ridiculous but it makes me happy to look at my new chandeliers."


A wise observation. Over a decade ago, in Penny McHenry's garden, I realized the same thing about things that made me smile. Her garden, tastefully, had many.

Near my front door, above, the cat. I bought the cat for no other reason than it made me smile.



Go ahead, give yourself permission. Choose things that make you smile.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

13 comments:

Bruce Barone said...

I love that kitchen!
I love your words of wisdom!
I photographed something for you this morning so stay tuned :)

Divine Theatre said...

That's why I chose you!
As an aside, I just noticed that the word verification below (to prove I am not a spambot) is "dorknest". LOL!

Desert Dweller said...

Cool. Our warming trend is going to make me smile as I look onto the courtyard, even if it gets interrupted for the 1st part of next week.

Cher' Shots said...

Your little cat made me smile too. The reflection off your chandelier is beautiful. I see patterns in shadows ... just an observation - I see things! lol
p.s. I think I'll buy myself some lace shoes too :)
'hugs from afar'

Linda in AZ * said...

* I can see WHY her chandies (beauuuuutiful!), AND the cat statue, make her happy n' give her a reason to just smile! (I feel the same about my huge cement dog statue AND a large, monkey-based cement end table on the patio... we N*E*E*D to indulge these "FUNSIES"~~~ they make OUR homes truly "OURS"!!!

Anyhoooo, simply CHARMING!!!! Many THANKS, as always!!!
Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

Linda in AZ * said...

P.S. What a SUPERB, RELAXING VIEW she gets to enjoy from her kitchen window!... Best again, Linda *

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Those are great chandeliers! They would make me smile too. This is my decorating philosophy...buying and making what makes me smile. I talked a little about you on my blog today.

Annie@A View On Design said...

I always buy stuff that makes me smile - totally agree!

La Petite Gallery said...

Love the look,
I would smile too. That is a wonderful kitchen.
yvonne

Magpie said...

The best reason to buy anything! If only everything we buy could do that...

The fat cat makes me smile too!

Laguna Dirt said...

i'm still smiling at those chandeliers. so warm and they have a nice sense of restraint! lucky woman!

Lisa said...

I'm interested in knowing the source of the chandeliers- they are beautiful!

Lisa said...

Oh! And love your blog!