Wednesday, June 2, 2010

around my house ~ things that make me smile

Do you know Danielle over at Hello Owl? Each week she hosts a 'My Place & Yours' bloggy get-together. She lives in the bush...I think she likes the company...go and visit! When I saw that this week's theme for My Place & Yours, chosen by Hayley from Our Unique Journey, was things in your home that make you smile...I thought I'd have a go...and to be honest work has been so full on I didn't have any other post up my sleeve. Are you ready for a glimpse into the tranquil townhouse and the style that makes me smile? Well, I smile at:
  • colour, pattern and texture...

On my coffee table, a carved stone box I bought in Vietnam, a cloisonné bowl from a trip to Beijing, a little pot from Oxfam, and a glass thingy I made with my very own hands in a course at the Canberra Glassworks...I love that place. And under it a rug from Iran [I didn't travel for that one] and an embroidered velvet footstool. 
  • whimsy...

My 'of course they can fly' pig. It's a cast iron money box but no money I'm afraid. Strange as it may sound, I think if my house was burning down I'd want to save him...even though he's as heavy as all get out. I'm sure it's a him. Maybe not...what do you reckon? P.S. the brown woodwork does not make me will be going to paint heaven very soon.
  • the classic beauty of blue and white china...
I had more but I got rid of a lot when I downsized...I think I may have to start collecting again...there's space on those shelves for sure. And yes there is blue and white in the bottom left pic if you look very closely!
  • reminders of my travels...
Vintage mongolian wall hanging...I bought this when I was lucky enough to work in Mongolia for a few weeks in 2005. It's hand embroidered (this one sewn in 1958) and signed by a woman, or perhaps it was a girl whose name means Honey in English. I liked that. These hangings are used to line the inside walls of the gers (yurts) lived in by nomadic Mongolians.
  • flowers (and candles) in the bedroom...

Flowers and candles anywhere really...but there's something special about having them in the bedroom I think. And I love my black wall. I always smile when I see it and congratulate myself for my bravery!! Isn't that right Jules...go see hers here??
  • funnily enough...
My John Denver autograph. Oh stop laughing! John and the pig are getting saved if the house is on fire. Hey, maybe I should call the pig Denver?! If you're a true tragic like me you can read my post about John here. It has lots of pretty pictures :)
  • buddhas...
Yes, bloggy peeps it's not called a TRANQUIL townhouse for nothing. I have lots of buddhas...they're serene. I mainly have enigmatic ones like these but I do have a couple of laughing buddhas as well. This is a collection I will definitely be keeping and growing. Fashionable or not!
  • last, and definitely least...
Capturing the vampire slayer in a very unflattering pose! Oh yes, that is smile worthy. Laughable actually.
Thank you Danielle for hosting My Place & was fun taking a look at things around the place from a different perspective. I had lots more I could have included...the 22 year old for instance...who sometimes makes me smile...but not last night when he spilled red curry all over the carpet! That was more a grimace than a smile. And the MGM when he visits of course...he's very funny so it's more laughing than smiling.
Come back tomorrow for my weekly picks of the top ten images since last Thursday. Oh the blog stalking I've been doing for those! Gasp-arama-ness.
all images taken and picnicked by me


  1. Once again a lovely post Kerry. I think the best thing I love about your blog is that it shows who you are now,where you are coming from and a glimpse into where you are going to. Each item in your pics shows a part of you to all of us. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. love Mary

  2. LOVING your new header......looking good around here...XOXO

  3. Great post, lots of fun as usual. Love the pic of the vampire slayer!

  4. I loved seeing all your beautiful bits and pieces. You style everything so well Kerry!

  5. What a lovely collection of things that make you happy Kerry! Thanks for sharing them with us. xx

  6. I love that pig! And is Miss Slayer yawning or preparing to attack in that pic? So funny.

  7. post kerry - love all the personality in your home. really gorgeous treasures! jx

  8. You have some beautiful's a lovely insight into your personality. I think the pig is a him too..Rachaelxx

  9. You'd save Buffy too, right mum! Mum?

  10. Great post Kerry...the last shot says it all!!
    What a scream :)
    I like your little rock 'faith', I have the same and it says
    Two little words say it all :):)

  11. Just found your blog! Love your style and your writing. Cheers! :) Christy

  12. Too funny that you posted about what you love around your house, as my post tomorrow is very similar. I love all the ethnic boho things around your house. We are always bringing back things from our travels as well, although they often seem to be serving bowls.

  13. Wow your house looks like all the shops I enter and dream shop in, no way I could keep anything whole with 4 kids. Also have you noticed how many smiley people have cats this week.

  14. What a fun post Kerry!
    I absolutely love your header, especially that gorgeous pear:o)

  15. Such pockets of loveliness in your very tranquil townhouse. They made me smile too - particularly the vampire slayer. Lee :)

  16. Awesome post as usual, love how much of your personality is reflected in your gorgeous home. Oh, and you realise sweet little Buffykins knows how disparaging you are - so undeserved! Look how she's trying to laugh along with you, poor little powder puff! I'm so with you on the blue and white front - you'd die if you saw my mum's collection (note to self - future post) and I adore that little pig - so Babe! K xx

  17. I think John Denver the pig is singing 'take me home, country roads' and trying to fly, fly away. i do love the pig. and the rest of course, but you had me at the pig!!! (-:

  18. What a wonderful peek into your world. Your home looks beautiful and I love your sense of humor.

  19. I'm smiling now, I can't get the pig from "babe"s voice out of my head, mixed with take me home country road.Kerry you have a lot to answer for!!!

  20. Love the vignette with the orchids Kerry! and I really like the Buddhas.. they make the place very zen -like.
    ahahahah ,the vampire slayer is so funny..and sweet..yes yes, sweet!
    xxxx Flaviana

  21. Hi Kerry
    Well I love this post.. my favourite things are travel related also... such great memories.. and even places we haven't travelled.. great dreams.

    Love the blue& white. and love the buddhas ... great pic of Buffy.. and really .... that pig is something else!! Have a great week.. xx Julie

  22. hahahaha -- love that last pic of the Vampire Slayer! Your home is so beautiful and I really love the buddhas -- we have so many in our house and I love how serene they are! I love this post . . . I just may have to copy it!

  23. I think we need more tragic celebrity crushes in the world. If you guess who my fave is I think I might just have to send you something xx

  24. Okay, I love the styling in the first image. Is that a rug? An ottoman? I love it. Everything looks so unique. I love it!

  25. Thanks so much for the comment doll! Sorry to hear work is a bit poo! But good to see you make time for your blog, it's therapudic. Yeah, it's past 41 now.. and only within 2 days!! It's really coming along well. Better than I thought, actually! Thanks again!


  26. Loved the tour of the things you love, cherish and make you smile. They fit you to a T!!
    Thanks for sharing and thanks for being such a wonderful blogging buddy!!
    Love you!

  27. I love your house Kerry! Love it! We have similar tastes, I have little silver trays, blue and white china and buddhas, too! Oh, and we have a cat, 3 in fact, honestly, they're what really makes the house a home! Loved this post!

  28. I love that you have so many things from your travels and everything has a story.
    That is what your home should be about - your life and happy moments :)

    great blog!

  29. I love your eclectic collections. And I think it's cool you don't follow a particular fashion. Actually, that is regarded very fashionable at the moment!

  30. I love cloisonné. My mother brought back two cloisonné bracelets for me from China 21 years ago and I still have them and love them!

  31. I love how you have so many meaningful pieces in your home Kerry - I think your pig is really cute and I love that you have that autograph framed. I haven't joined in My Place and Yours for a little while but you've inspired me to take part again soon. Hope you're having a good week x

  32. Hi Kerry,
    I love this post about things that make you smile around your home. I would be smiling to have John Denver's autograph too, that's really cool. It's great to be able to look around and relive wonderful memories too.
    Thanks for your kind comment on my blog and the stamps I used are by making memories, I got them at a scrapbooking shop a few years back.
    Have a wnderful weekend.

  33. What gorgeous lovelies Kerry, I can see why they make you smile:)~ Tina xx

  34. Very pretty vignettes. It's always so fascinating to see what has meaning to others and how they arrange that in their homes. Thanks for inviting us all in. If you need a glass vessel sink for your powder room, stop by and get in on our giveaway. Jane F

  35. Hey treasure - missed the part about the black wall!! you're a dear : )

    and yeah, i feel part of the cool group now - love black walls. loooong time!

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