Saturday, May 23, 2009

Inspiration Everywhere

Floral Bouquets

Last weekend….well pretty much every weekend….we go to the Sacramento Farmers Market to replenish our stock of fruits and vegetables. This time of year is absolutely the best. As soon as I find a place to park and enter the market…an almost overwhelming feeling of giddy wellbeing enters my body. The booths are overflowing and the the early morning crowds with their rolling wire shopping baskets and reusable shopping bags throng the asphalt parking lots shaded by the freeway overpass. Where during the week, a sea of grey concrete is the expected scene, I see color and texture and movement.

This is one of my “happy places”. There is something about looking over all of the bounty and picking out my own treasures, taking out my coins and handing them to the vendors as they hand me a bag from the scale that pleases me to no end.

I find inspiration here……and I imagine rooms in the colors I find:


Floral Bouquet by Veronica Swanson Beard from Elle Decor , June 2009, Photo by Simon Upton


Purple Onion


Purple Onion by Jeffrey Bilhuber from House Beautiful, March 2009, Photo by Julian Wass




Strawberries by Jeffrey Bilhuber from Defining Luxury


White and Red Cherries


White and Red Cherries by Alessandra Branca from Elle Decor, May 2009, Photo by Joshua McHugh




Asparagus by Jeffrey Bilhuber from Defining Luxury

I hope you have an inspiring weekend!


Linda/"Mom" said...

* This is, WITHOUT A DOUBT, one of the most BEAUTIFULLY put-together, creative, incredibly-photographed blogs I think I've seen, Sweetie!

Aware that "drooling" does NOT flatter me, I TRIED n*o*t to, but the foods were toooooo scrumpdeliciously tempting NOT to... THENNNNN, I was DROOOOLLING at the pics of the inspired spaces, too!!! (My goodness, I need a NAPKIN!!! Monogrammed of course! Grins!)~

The first pic w/ the unique base is much like the tree-trunk I saw in the ground & had dug up ~ a fabulous master wood craftsman refinished it. We topped it with very THICK, ROUND 72" glass, and "my dining table dream", that's been in my MIND & HEART for YEEEEARS, is now in my dining room, and I have been "a happy camper" ever since!~~~~~~ What I NEVER thought of, tho, was pairing it so casually with "the whites" (& the Ikat looks terriffic too!)~~~ Hmmmm... anyone interested in some magnificent, custom-made mesquite chairs???

THANK YOU, my friend~~~~ something in THIS particular blog has just left me "FEEEELIN' GOOOOD"!!!!

Big thanks & warmest wishes for a lovely weekend holiday (Memorial Day's a BIG THING in our home!),

Linda in AZ *

La Maison Fou said...

love the comparisons.....
the color inspirations!
lamaisonfou blog

Renae said...

Oh how I love a farmer's market! And, great minds think alike, I did a post yesterday showing Alessandra Banco's LR!
Have a super weekend!

pam said...

beautiful, beautiful post! loving the cherries and Alessandra Branca's room. pam

mary said...

This post is so inspiring. Nothing is more beautiful than nature's beautiful spring colors...all so yummy. The associated rooms are to die for. Thank you for making the connections for me.
Have a great week-end.

Sanity Fair said...

I want that twig chandelier! Lovely.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Terrific as always.

whimsicalpam said...

Amazing pics and very creative post! Thanks for such enjoyable inspiration:)

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

What a fun and creative post! Like popping into your clever mind for a moment or two!

Thanks for that!

Style Redux 2 said...

Such gorgeous photos-really lovely. I might have to borrow a couple of these photos for my Chinoiserie Chic blog, linking to you of course. A great post.

Renee Finberg said...

great images.

have a nice weekend and some of that asparagus !


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, I can so relate. My heart beats faster just thinking of the colourful stalls at my wholesale flower market. Better than any jewelry counter on the planet!!

Happy holiday weekend, Katie!

Katherine Lee said...

Those purple onions are so beautiful! I can imagine a gorgeous textile inspired by their color and shape. I just love that you are able to find the best inspiration in the most unexpected places, you certainly inspire this little Urban Flea my dear.
xo Katherine aka. Urban Flea :)

Ann said...

I so love your images...they are bursting with colors and have such great eye to put them all together in one post. Oh and the table on the second image is just so wonderful.

Kellie ~ Ada and Darcy said...

Aren't flower markets amazing!!!

DIY claire said...

White cherries...why have I never come across them before???

vicki archer said...

I love the way you have imagined your fruit and vegetables with your interior images - a perfect match, xv.

CBell said...

So fabulous to see the Veronica Beard dining room post..they did an amazing job.Lots of calls on the winter woods chandelier..your blog is terrific

CBell said...

So inspirational-love the vibrant fruits..Veronica Beards dining room is terrific..they did such a great job..getting tons of calls on the White Woods Chandelier

Whitney Gray said...

i am enamored.

GTA snow salting services said...

Lovely those asparagus stick bundles. They are very delicious when made as soup.