Saturday, 10 April 2010

Enjoying a cup of tea

After a busy week I was happy to have my latest issue of Somerset Life arrive in the mail on Friday morning. Perfect time for having a nice peaceful cup of tea and a flick through the magazine.
I was sitting at the kitchen table and looked up and saw a great reflection in the bottom of the mirror.

It was the reflection of my Family Photo wall.
I love seeing this wall of everchanging photos of my family.

Pretty cup and seaglass from my local Mt. Martha beach on the kitchen table

Love the colour of this wall

I often change over the photos in the frames.
The top 3 photos are wedding shots.
On the left is my parents wedding which was a double wedding shared with my mothers sister.
The middle photo is of my own wedding
The last photo is of Max's Nanna and Pops wedding
The wall to the left of my Family Photo wall has on old meat safe cupboard against it.
I have been tempted to paint it white but so far I haven't done it.
I love the painted canvas on this wall that has a lovely quote on it.
Family Faces are magic mirrors
Looking at people who belong to us
we see the past present and future.
I can't remember where I first saw this quote but I loved it and painted it on the canvas.
Lots of visitors have copied this quote and done it for their own homes
There is a photo of my son Michael taken when he did his army training
Love this old table I use in the kitchen.
Got it for $5.00 at a garage sale. As you can see by all of the cuts and splashes in the table top it was used in a shed as a work bench
I love all of its imperfections
Love the timber and paint left on the legs
Hope everyone has a great weekend


Anonymous said...

Hi Alison,
I am in love with your home, the colours, the furniture, the photos, the quote on the canvas, all of it! What a gorgeous place to live.
Hope you are having a great weekend, having worked today I am looking forward to doing not much tomorrow.

Pineapple Villa said...

Oh Alison - those are some beautiful shots. I love it and i love the wall colour too! Mel xxx

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Isn't it amazing how the smallest details can bring such great inspiration! Glad I found you!

Connie said...

Sometimes it's the "little catch-your-eye" things than can be serendipitous with your morning tea/coffee/cocoa, sugar. You've just proved that. I loooooooooooooove that mirror by the way. I'd love to find one like it.

Lori said...

Alison, i love the soothing colors you have in your home...the family picture wall is wonderful...i love the quote you have painted on the canvas...beautiful!!!

Irene ~ RE~VINTAGED said...

Isn't it wonderful to be able to enjoy the simple things!
Beautiful moment!
Irene x

Cindy said...

What a lovely area! It is very serene and I love the color of the one piece, balances out and is perfect with the other colors. Great family wall, I need to do the same, great canvas/quote! And I love your little tea cup! :D


Sherry said...

Your family photo grouping is gorgeous! It is really neat the way you can see the reflection of the pictures in the mirror. Your surrounded by love!


Katrina said...

Hi Alison, I love the rich choc wall and the frames. They really stand out. I have always been a big fan of the 'cluster'. You are so lucky to have such a gorgeous family. You should be very proud. Hope you have a great week.

Katrina x

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

what a lovley spot to have a cuppa!

Victoria - Florence and Mary said...

Your home looks fantastic and perfect for relaxing with a magazine and cup of tea!

Victoria xx

Anonymous said...

Love the photos of your home Alison. I appreciated your comments. Love the quote and can see why people would want to incorporate into their own homes!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Loved the tour of your room Alison, especially the photo wall. I had a photo wall in my old house and haven't done one here. Seeing your lovely photos in the white frames has me thinking perhaps I should.
Bet you enjoyed that magazine too!!
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Sweet Alison~ do you realize how much I'm loving EVERYTHING you've shared here?!? Love the mirror (of course!) and love the reflection of that fantastic wall of photos. The wedding collector in me is sooo loving your using yours, your mom's and the grandparents wedding photos all grouped together!! THen there is that fantastic old table in the kitchen!!!! You lucky girl!!

Come take a peek at my silver wall when you get a chance!

Happy Silver Sunday!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents said...

I love family photos as well Alison. That table is just fabulous.

The Pink Poodle said...

Hi Alison.....

Love the wall photo ART display...& of course the colour..
(similar to some of my walls)..

& it all looks beautiful alison..

jee wiz...i wish i had your photogrpahic ability!!!

xx this colder weather...grrrrr!!

Kellie Collis said...

WHat a beautiful way to enjoy tea. Some gorgeous finds too xx

barbara said...

Such an inspiring post ... thank you, Alison

The Tin Rabbit said...

Alison...Your home is just the wall of photos! Inspires me to do the same~ Have a Great week~

Sarah said...

What a great table! I love all the imperfections. The family picture wall is inspiring - I have been mulling over doing something like that myself.

Roberta said...

Family joy and so many ways to celebrate! Funny how a glimpse in the mirror inspired a post! Darling little redhead your granddaughter is! Sweet! xo

Unknown said...

I agree with Sarah, everything loks great!

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Alison

I love the colour you've painted your wall, was it like that when I came around?'s prefect for your house!
Beautiful photos

The pole down near our house, yes they did it on purpose at 2.30 in the morning, kept driving up and down the street trying to run street signs down - as you would! LOL!...must have been a stolen car.

My chair slip covers, I bought a massive big bag of them from a garage sale years ago, unfortunately I used them for other things along the way and only have four left, otherwise I would have given you as many as you wanted....why did I not think to keep at least 20??

paige said...

i love your little vignette of seaglass
and the family frame wall
& that gorgeous mirror!!
all so beautiful

Natasha Burns said...

That's a great quote Alison, I love what you did there. Your family wall is so beautiful :)

Pink Slippers said...

I love your decorating style!

Amy M. said...

What a lovely post! I can't think of anything nicer than drinking tea, reading SOMERSET LIFE and reflecting on your lovely family.

Crafting by Candlelight

Fete et Fleur said...

Lovely photos of your home.


Secondhandrose said...

The photos look so good against that wall color. Not too long ago, I painted my family room a similar color and love it everyday. Come for a visit.
karen said...

Alison I love your family wall and love the colour! Glad to see you drinking tea from china!!! Rachaelxo

Pearl Maple said...

Thanks for taking us on tour around your lovely home, so many little details to appreciate the warmth and welcome.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog, it makes me so happy.

Your post today is just wonderful!

Agneta, the swedish one;)

Anonymous said...

your home Alison is so gorgeous, love the wall of family photos x