Monday, November 15, 2010

A Blissful Afternoon


 Hello everyone,
     We had a beautiful sunny Sunday here and so I enjoyed some a blissful hour or two relaxing and getting some Christmas decorating inspirations from some of my old Victoria books. If you know me you know how much I love Victoria.
  The sun was beaming in this small bedroom and I thought I would enjoy my afternoon of rest right here.
 you have probably noticed I love toile and though I have read you should only use touches of toile I have thrown caution to the wind and surrounded myself with it. I think I also read rules are made to be broken!!!
I also love lace and flowered china.
old christening gowns




Of course I needed a cup of tea.
But then I remembered that I had made my husband's favorite dessert -bread pudding, so I snuck a little bowl of it too.



 and now for the books- some inspiration for you too!
Isn't this beautiful???


I sure did enjoy my hour (or two) of bliss!.

Today I am joining Sandi for Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage and Kathy at A Delightsome Life for her celebration of Victoria.
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Thank you for visiting me,

Carolyn

41 comments:

Shelia said...

Hi Carolyn! How nice you had such a restful inspirational afternoon. I love this bedroom and I love your pretty green toile!! Your bread pudding sounds so good! My husband loves it too.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kim@My Fairytale Cottage said...

Carolyn, I Love the toile. Beautiful room!
-Kim :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

A toile fairytale! What gorgeous soft images!
Yvonne

Mariette said...

Dearest Carolyn,

It was hard to tell which were the pages of Victoria and which not... Your place looks so romantic, especially this little room. Don't blame you to sit in the sun and do the reading there, while savoring such dessert over tea!
Hope the sun stays with you this week.

MariettesBacktoBasics

Susan said...

Loved sharing your enchanting Sunday afternoon, Carolyn. And the bread pudding was quite delicious. Thanks for sharing. Susan

Sandy at Teacup Lane said...

What a beautiful room! I love everything in it. And I love toile too. I have it in our Master bedroom/bath!

A Garden of Threads said...

Perfect place for tea,with all the lovely toile. I love bread pudding...Are you will to share the recipe?...it sounds so yummy. Take care:)

June said...

Carolyn this room makes my heart flutter. It is so gorgeous. Looks like it came straight from the pages of Victoria itself!!!
hugs to you...

Lounging with a Latte said...

Another beautiful room, full of elegant and pretty things. Glad you could enjoy a couple of hours of bliss!

Hélène GLEHEN said...

A perfect romantic sophisticated place to relax and dream of a white Christmas. Enchanting as always.

♥ Hélène Glehen - a French artist, fond of roses and romantic stuff ♥

Johanna said...

Hello Carolyn,
I love how you surround you with toile. That looks very charming. All the rooms are so romantic decorated.What a wonderful break to sit there, sipping tea and treat yourself with the yummy pudding. Nice idea.
Greetings, Johanna

Alba Linea said...

this looks soooo romantic! love the room very much! best wishes and a happy day! di
;0)

Pétales de fées said...

Oh la la je ne me lasse pas de venir chez toi voir ces intérieurs absolument divins !
Bisous

KATHY said...

Hi Carolyn, I love all that gorgeous toile!! I could never get enough of it!The bedroom is so gorgeous. I don't think i would want to leave it.Oh do i love the vintage bed.

Kathy

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

What a beautiful room to sit and read or rest or just sit and take it all in.

Maddy said...

Il mio commento di oggi?
Identico a quello di ieri !!!

Baci...

Maddy

La Table De Nana said...

Jacques loves bread pudding..I love pretty.:) So I come and visit..I have my grandfather's Christening dress hanging in the guest room also..My girls wore it..too..

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Carolyn, it would be bliss for me too in that room! I adore all the green toile in there and that bed is dreamy! I too love bread pudding but I don't make it very often. Your tea is very lovely and the magazine is fabulous! Beautiful post; thank you.

Blessings,
Sandi

Pamela Gordon said...

Carolyn, I love this bedroom. It is so pretty with all the muted toile. You have some very pretty christening gowns too. Also, I have never seen a bed like that before with the curved foot board. We are getting rain here this morning and it is foggy as well. I'm ready for some snow - are you?
Pamela

Kathy said...

Carolyn, what a beautiful room! Love your use of toile! Just perfect the bed is exquisite. I'd love to spend some time there! I love dreaming and being inspired by Victoria's wonderful books What a blessing to have them,
Thank you for joining me this week at A Return to Loveliness,
Kathy

mary said...

you had me at bread pudding
that is a wonderful room!

maría cecilia said...

Dear Carolyn, I´ve been browsing through all the posts I have missed and really I have no words left to express the beauty you have created at your wonderful home!!!
I love to see all the lovely and most pretty details you create with such a great taste and sensibility of yours.
muchos cariños
maria cecilia

NanaDiana said...

Carolyn, That is an absolutely beautiful room. I don't think you can overdo toille myself! At least not in this soft, beautiful color. A perfect room to sneak away to and hide in! Hugs- Diana

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Carolyn,
Wow! I am in l-o-v-e with your bedroom...It's everything I adore and more! it's so pretty Carolyn.
And what a wonderful way to pass away the hours reading your favorite Victoria and sipping on tea and eating bread pudding..(would you like some company)LOL.
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

Cabin and Cottage said...

I love this dreamy room! Especially the colors. I'm so glad you share your special places and collections. Love looking at them. Jacqueline

Cindy said...

Soooooooo lovely! What else can I say, I love your decorating style, it is so relaxing and perfectly lovely.
Hugs, cindy

Raffaella said...

I would like there to take tea with you... have a nice week!

racheld said...

How charming and blissfully restful!! Just a wonderful place to be on a sunny afternoon, with tea, a bite of something sweet, and all those luscious magazines.

That's my idea of a spa-day!

The Summer Porch said...

Hello Carolyn, Your rooms are so beautifully romantic. Your atmosphere is magical!
Rosemary...

Garden Girl said...

I love your list of favorite things! I agree with everything you wrote!

So glad you enjoyed your time of bliss. It's so restorative, isn't it?

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Such a beautiful room... you truly live in a dreamland! ♥

~CC Catherine said...

Hi Carolyn! This room is absolutely stunning! I love white on white/ivory rooms like this. The bed is so chic and romantic, I really like it. Any visitor would really welcome staying at your home in this room. Love it! ~CC Catherine

Bohemian said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Bread Pudding is one of my fav desserts too... your photography is always so beautiful, I could practically taste it! *smiles* And those Bedrooms look so relaxing and inviting... I could languish there forever and a day!!!!!!!!!!!!!! While eating Bread Pudding... *wink*

Dawn... The Bohemian

Katty's cosy cove said...

Hi Carolyn! Your bedroom is beautiful and inviting. Thank you for sharing.

Georgianna said...

Sounds like an ideal afternoon in every respect, Carolyn! I love toile, too, although I don't have any in the house currently. But relaxing in that cozy room of yours with Victorias and bread pudding has to be the ultimate luxury! As much as I can imagine such an afternoon, I rarely get to put it into actuality. Thank you for letting me share yours. – g

Beverly said...

I can't imagine a more beautiful place to enjoy some inspiration and quiet bliss.

Alex aus dem Gwundergarten said...

Hi Carolyn
Funny I just heard about toile the last Sunday. You were right to broke the rule, it looks gorgeous. And mmmh, the dessert looks delicious but as I can see the bowl is empty and I don't need to desire for it :o). I hope it was as delicious as it looked.
Take care
Alex

Sanna said...

Hi Carolyn,

This is a beautiful bedroom. I wouldn´t mind napping in that gorgeous bed!

Have a nice day,
Sanna

Jennifer said...

Oh I could so be here, restful, dreamy....perfecton in a few moments. Thank you for the blink into bliss. Jennifer jennsthreegraces

Rita M said...

So romantic, so beautiful :)

Liz said...

Hi Carolyn I didn't realize this and the other blog we both by you! I love this room...I can see a young lady with a white cotton dress and a beautiful soft bow on the back of her head, hair pulled up with long finger curls...enjoying a cup of tea and reading a book...or sewing on a piece of linen for a pillow!