Monday, August 7, 2017

Cottages and Bungalows Magazine

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by. I am so excited to invite you into my home to have a cup of tea and  share with you a peek into the fabulous August/September "easy seaside style" issue of Cottages and Bungalows annual coastal issue focused on all of the sensory experiences of summer.  I am honored and thrilled beyond words that my beach-cottage style home was shared with their readers in an article "Art Imitates Life".  The beautiful article was written by Meryl Schoenbaum, photographed by Bret Gum, and styled by the very talented Editorial Director/Editor Jickie Torres.  Please note  that all photographs were taken by the talented Bret Gum and styled by Jickie Torres and were published with their permission. I ask that you kindly not use their photos.



Bentley, my studio assistant, is waiting to share a few of the photos with you.

I love primary colors and use white walls and white slip covers to tone down the bright colors in my art and accessories - and throw in primitive wood antiques, baskets, metals and wooden boxes to add texture and interest.


I collect blue and white china and use it throughout my home to add a touch of harmony. I adore and grew up with books and use them throughout to add height to tables and lamps. Everything in this room except the lamps, slip covered furniture and throw pillows was collected over the years at flea markets, garage sales or picked up on side of the road.

                         The mirror came from Ballard Designs an was sanded to add a little age.

Mirrors are used in the dining room, living room and kitchen to reflect light and bring the outdoors - indoors.
Fresh herbs in the kitchen are used year round for cooking and are always available to snip for tea or food preparation.
Sunflowers are my signature flowers that appear in most of my paintings along with the ever present blue and white china.

The August/September issue has  more photos of my cottage as well as lots of charming homes, cottages, porches and seaside style and can be found in the magazine section of most stores.





The magazine also has several photos of my art studio. Thank you Jickie, Bret and Meryl for the beautiful article.



Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits,  comments, e-mails and those following my blog.  I hope to get back to more regularly posting soon.  I was diagnosed with an auto immune issue in June and have been going through IVIG and struggling to get back on my feet.

                         "The earth is full of the loving kindness of the Lord. "   Psalm 33.5

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Early Summer Garden Tour

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of tea for a few minutes while I share my early Summer small space garden with you.

Bentley, my Studio/Garden Assistant, is waiting to show you around.
The vintage metal market basket is located inside the front gate to welcome visitors and is filled with seasonal flowers.


Our small space garden is divided into little rooms filled with vintage finds. The first room is pea gravel lined with a brick sidewalk.






The blue bicycle basket is also filled with season plants/flowers.  Flags and flag pillows come out around Memorial Day and stay throughout the summer months.



The seating area is located across from the front porch. Our neighborhood is located about two miles from the Newport Bay and Pacific Ocean where small lots are a trade off for ocean breezes and located within a bicycle ride to the beach.  Our lot is small and every inch is used to maximize its use - most of the flowers are planted in containers which make it easy to change around seasonal plants .
A vintage sap bucket welcomes visitor to the seating area.












I painted faux flagstones to create a walkway around the garden rooms.  This one leads past the potting bench to the little table where we have lunch or afternoon teas.



"Blossom" the vintage dress form watches over the garden - she is a fashionista and changes her outfits often.













This is my favorite reading nook - located in a corner across from the dining table.


The path leads behind the house to the Sunflower Garden that gets sun all day.


Bentley loves this part of the garden and likes to nap in the sun.




The path leads to the kitchen garden where we grow herbs for cooking and is the perfect place to have tea in the morning.




Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, comments, e-mails and those following my blog.  You can follow me daily on Instagram or Facebook by clicking on the icons on top of my blog post.

Have a joyful week.  Blessings, Erin

"Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord." Psalm 144:15



Friday, May 12, 2017

Sunflower and Hydrangea Painting Inspirations




Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of tea while I share with you inspirations for my art.  This time of year I have a lot of request for Sunflower paintings with flowers in season and I have been busy in my studio painting.

Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, to share with you a few inspirations for recent paintings.




Our California Farmer Markets seem to have Sunflowers year round and my container Hydrangeas and Sunflowers are just starting to bloom.  I love the yellows and purple/lavender colors together and especially love how they look combined in a vintage Mason jar.








I also added a touch of pink Hydrangea to this painting for an extra pop of color.












I used the blueish/lavender Hydrangeas in this painting and also added the little garden bird.








I painted this one on a pre-printed newsprint canvas for a different look.




Thank you for stopping by.  I sincerely appreciate your visits, comments, e-mails and those who follow my blog.  You can follow my daily posts on Instagram and Facebook by using the shortcut buttons on the right hand corner of my blog.

Have a lovely day,  Blessings,  Erin

May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word.  Psalm 119:74