Friday, July 10, 2009

This and That and a Little of the Other ... and Pink Saturday!

Wow - it's been a whole week since I've posted ... that's some kind of record for me. I guess summer activities and events have just taken over. That's kinda funny, since I never feel as if I'm doing anything!

Everything is getting back together in my kitchen of horrors. The painters just left. I wish this is what they were painting...

Alas, nothing so exuberant or detailed. Two colours. That's it. Though they are pale yellow and sherbet orange ... so there's a little exuberance!

Speaking of exuberant and extravagant, isn't this 18th century Ventian armchair a real beaut! I want it! ... actually, I want FOUR of them! To see more of this kind of fine period furniture, check out the sales here and click on "warehouse sale." Lots of treasures to make you feel like a royal!

While on the subject of treasures and royals, how about this wall of crowns and tiaras! I'm impressed that they've found such a sleek and modern way to display these beauties.

I really like the shape of this one ... it almost looks like a crown version of a Victorian ladies hat!

But this is my favorite...each one of the jeweled flowers is separate and 'hinged' so they will move as they are exposed to breezes - or people's hands. Now, that's interactive!

Bleak House has always been one of my favorite Dickens novels (right after Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities), so I was a little leery of the 6-hour BBC mini-series. It's always hard for me to see characters already very familiar to me ... and I certainly know how they're supposed to look! However, this was a real delight. The art direction was spot on target - everything looked exactly right ... from the grand homes of Lord and Lady Dedlock to the miserable squalor of Joe and Krook. Tulkinghorne and Miss Flite are perfectly cast - as are Skimpole and "Shake me up" Smallweed. Indeed, it's kind of wrong to single out anybody, as the entire cast is delightful. A special surprise was Lady Dedlock as portrayed by Gillian Anderson - a lovely rendition of this tragic character. If you are a Bleak House fan - or if you've never read it and are discovering it for the first time - this is a must-see for fans of Dickens - or costume drama - or sociological commentary - or puzzling mysteries! Well worth the six hours!

Even though I'm obscenely tardy, I wanted to show off my pink finds for Beverly's Pink Saturday! Anybody need to do some bathroom decoration?!

Be sure to check out Beverly's Pink Saturday to see many more people who are posting their pinkalicious photos of the week!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend - I'm off to watch the finale of Harper's Island. I'm ready for this show to be wrapped up. It was fun for awhile - but it's getting tiresome!

Remember - be sure to make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥


Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Tristan. I'm glad you're getting everything back in shape at your place.

I would like to remodel our bathroom, but I'm not thinking pink. ;-) Of course it would be nice to have a place to display my tiara - if I had one. I must not be living right.

Paul said...

I LOVE the pink bathrooms! Remember the pink bathroom I had in the big green Victorian house? I miss that house.

Anonymous said...

hard to beat the pink & black bathrooms - the one with the b & w tile floor, tub with pink tile surround is my fav.. would be a fine place to spend reading a book!

Juliette. said...

I've been obsessed with Bleak House as of late...I loved the shots and Gillian Anderson, like you said, did a wonderful job. :)

peggy gatto said...

I am in love with those crowns!!!!
But of course, I also loved watching "queen for a Day"!!!

Valarie said...

Tristan,,,, I am so glad you are back to blogland, I must admit I was a tad bit worried about you. I love the pink bathrooms, although some look like my Grandmas house. I am taping Harpers Island, my son is gone tonight, and we watch it together. I am ready for it to wrap up also, altho I was sad to see Chloes life end so tragically. Have a lovely Pink Saturday. xxoo Valarie

Sue said...

Hey Tristan, great to see you back! Missed ya!

Those crowns and tiaras are fabulous, as is the chair. Will have to check out the link you gave. I'm in the mood to drool.

The sixth pic down of pink bathrooms is totally identical to the bathroom in my daughter's apartment in Toronto (even the floor is the same). Cool

Glad to hear that you are enjoying the summer and your kitchen is almost back in order.

Gossamer Creations said...

Oh you are a little late today.......I visited you early today and no post...but wait... your post says Friday....I'm a little confused. Anyway I love those crowns, any one will do...I can wear it while I clean. I hope you are having a wonderful sounds like you are. Happy Pink Saturday,

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be fun to have a wall full of those tiaras :-)

I like the wall of the 1st and 8th picture of the bathroom - the same yes? :-)

Happy pink Weekend

Tamerie Shriver said...

I wish you were having your kitchen painted like the first picture as well. That would be a really pretty kitchen! Can't wait to see the yellow and orange sherbet.
I've missed reading your posts.

Unknown said...

That period chair is beautiful, indeed! I love that the upholstery is in place too, and it looks oh so great!


Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...

Happy PINK to you, Tristan

Glad to hear that your kitchen is well on it's way to recovery! The chair is divine..totally fit for a King or Queen..I'll have to go check out that site.

You know I posted about Pink Kitchens last week and also found the site for "save the pink bathrooms"...our minds are on the same path..I've got the "Save the Pink Bathrooms" button on my blog..LOL

Have a great day and let the pink follow you through your week,

Anonymous said...

Yep, I am one of those few who just love the pink retro bathrooms. We have one that is turquoise with blue tub etc. I love it!! I'm not one for modern anything....
Glad you are back!! Missed ya'!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Tristan dahling...
I have missed you! But you have come back with a bang and you are smashing as ever! Merci for all the crowns...were you thinking of me? :)
I have been drowning in thesis writing and wrapping up my Master's program. I want to create something beautiful, but have no time! Thanks for the inspiration and bring it post so beautifully. Anita

paperbatty said...

Hi, Tristan. I would have been here sooner, but I fell asleep in a bubble bath. I love those chairs too: Look at the legs; they are just so delicate with that twist of gold. I think crafters should wear tiaras the way chefs wear those big poofy hats.

zizzybob said...

Pink bathrooms are so 1950s and more pink than I can handle. I am so glad we finally remodeled my 1956 pink and blue bathroom.

William Bezek said...

Yikes! Those pink bathrooms look like my Great Grandmother's when I was a boy, except they are missing her ever present pink douche bag hanging from the tub curtain rod. I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Kaerie Faerie said...

Love the Pink Bathrooms, I have had several in my life, can anyone get those weird pastel colors for the Lu, love it anyway, Hey where have you been on Vaca?
Glad your back

Anonymous said...

WOW!...great to see you back, Tristan...been too quiet in here!
.. we missed ya.

Love those crowns and tiaras!

Frieda Oxenham said...

Glad to hear you've got the kitchen sorted out and also for sharing another wonderful selection of pink pictures with us!

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Your eye candy is FABULOUS! I can always expect to be delighted by your photos! =)

Bill said...

I had no idea so many pink bathrooms existed! The one with the foil wallpaper is a little too much for me, but I actually like the last one with the pink, black, and white. Nice contrasts!

Baroness Bijoutery said...

You found some great Pink bathrooms..So why shouldn't you take a week off..Everyone seems to be out enjoying summer and I can't blame them...Summer is a short season and Winter is sooooooooooooo long...Go enjoy Tristan...

Ingrid Mida said...

I was starting to wonder what had happened to you. A whole week without a post is like a week without sunshine!!
If only tiaras were still in fashion, I'd have one for sure....LOL!

Unknown said...

Wow, that chair is lovely and I am really diggin' those crowns!

studioJudith said...

So happy to hear you're working through the kitchen nightmares and finally seeing the light ( and color!)
at the end of the tunnel ---
Totally agree with you on Bleak House.
I was hesitant, but found it to be spectacular.
And -
another BBC recommendation-- - we're currently immersed in Cranford. Not quite six hours ---- but, an absolute delight!!