Monday, July 21, 2014

Dining Al Fresco

                      outdoor dining under the shade of trees 
What could be more wonderful than dining al fresco under the trees? This photo, 
found on, has been so inspiring as I work on transforming my backyard 
this summer. The fresh and simple palette, lines of shade trees, gravel floor surface, and 
rustic table remind me of being in a lovely Parisian park. 

Visually, the linear trees create the sense of a dining room without walls, which is 
not only a clever way to define the space, but it also provides dappled shade for the table.
I imagine that the gravel underfoot makes that terrific crunchy sound, and I can also smell 
the lemony sole meuniere being prepared in the kitchen, can't you?

Enjoy the beautiful summer, and I hope you enjoy my inspirational photo find!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fairytale Chandeliers and Sconces

Inspirational Chandeliers and Sconces; Nora's Nest

While visiting one of my favorite home decor stores in Dallas called Vintage Living, I was floored by these exquisite crystal chandeliers and sconces and was delighted to be able to photograph them for Nora's Nest. These one-of-a-kind pieces usually come from French chateaus, their rarity and beauty making them pieces fairytales are made of!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Stars for the 4th of July!

Starfish Arrangement; Stars for the 4th of July; Nora's Nest

Hope everyone is having a lovely 4th of July!! When planning decor for this fun summer holiday, images of stars and the beach came to my mind. Combine those two images, and I got starfish!!

Fourth of July Decor

Fourth of July Mantle Decor; American Flags; Nora's Nest

Happy Fourth of July!!! This holiday, I decorated my mantle with traditional flags, yellow flowers fresh from my garden, and of course, blue coral.
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