01 February 2016

Effortless Sunday

This afternoon, I wanted to take some pretty photos. So I headed to my favorite nursery, which has beautiful plants and a beautiful shop with new and vintage finds. I love how the painted door is placed sideways.









I love their living room. The walls look like old adobe, and the floors look like cement. 
I love that they have botanical prints out for spring and faux eggs.
That's a sweet sign, but a little too threadbare for my taste.
The person that decorates this shop is really talented, and makes it look effortless. You feel like you are in someone's home, though years ago, it was the owner's of the nursery's home.











Over here, I loved this cart vignette with the wrought iron scale weighing "birds" and topiaries.
I also love all the various shades of gray in this photo.











On the way back, I stopped and bought a bunch of flowers for the table.











Next, I made this simple chocolate cake with a box mix. I substitute half the water with rum, which gives it subtle added flavor. It has five layers, but it is made with a Wilton set of five pans, which makes it so effortless, and it only takes one box of cake mix to fill five pans. The cake fits perfectly on this tiny glass cake stand.

I hope your weekend was wonderful.
Thank you for visiting.
P.S. The she shed cottage is finished here.

Su


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57 comments:

  1. Hi Su - Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Judy

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    1. Thank you, Judy. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  2. Good morning darling Su !
    What lovely shop your favourite nursery is, what a lovely way they use to show their plants, their living room is so beautiful !
    Your chocolate cake is truly ... gorgeous, what a tenptation !

    Have a new week blessed with joy, sweetie,
    sending love and gratitude to you
    Dany

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    1. Thank you, Daniela. A wonderful week to you too. xoxo Su

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  3. Mmm...your chocolate cake is so yummy!!!! Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures and things
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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  4. Hi, like a Alessandra. Uhm... this cake, like it. Wonderful images. Have a great Carnival. BYE. NI

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  5. Sounds like a relaxing and fun Sunday!

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  6. Su to wander around the home and see all the lovely items for sale must be enchanting, the photo with the scale you captured lovely tonal greys. Yum your cake looks pretty, all those layers just satisfy the sweet tastes! Come visit and meet Alfred.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  7. I want that metal cart! It's amazing. And your chocolate cake looks delicious and makes me want to cut a bit slice!

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  8. That chocolate cake looks so luxurious! When I saw the photo I assumed you'd photographed it in a shop.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. It is the easiest set of cake pans I have ever used! xoxo Su

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  9. What beautiful photos Su! So inspirational and no wonder you like to visit it often :)

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  10. What a fun photo shoot. :-)
    I will take a slice of cake.
    xx oo
    Carla

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  11. Pretty pictures, but oh, that cake!! :)

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  12. What a lovely shop and oh my, your cake is spectacular! I must try that. Now I am off to look at your she shed.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  13. My, my, my that cake looks so good and I'm not a chocolate eater. Love the door sideways too, also love the fabric on the door panels. Lovely photos!

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  14. I'm in love with that yummy chocolate cake Su. How tempting.

    Beautiful nursery too.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Janet

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    1. Thank you, Janet. Have a wonderful week. xoox Su

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  15. What a lovely Sunday, my friend. And that cake...yes, please! Hugs to you!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Stephanie. I hope your week is wonderful xoxo

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  16. The nursery looks like an inspiring place to visit, Su. It looks as though you could sit and sip tea by the fireside!

    Yummy chocolate cake! I made one for my hubby's birthday, but it's in a cake pan and not at all cute like yours.

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    1. Thank you, Vicki. I hope you have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  17. Your chocolate cake is wonderful! Though I never use box mixes because I have sensitivities to the additives. But it is easy for me to bake from scratch, so I will try this cake, homemade. xx

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    1. Thank you, Kerrie, I am the only one who eats chocolate cake, and I usually crave it once or twice a year. Unfortunately, my scratch chocolate cakes, unlike other types that I have made, have not come out well. I think I do something wrong. It is either not chocolate enough or not right do to a mistake. xoox Su

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  18. Love how imspired you were with this home shoot, and I too would have loved to have wondered about.
    Your cake looks divine, I hope you save me a piece.
    I am inspired to make a 5 layer fudge cake, rum I'm flavor.

    See you soon dear.

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Thank you, Dore. Have a wonderful week. I look forward to your inspiration. xoox Su

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  19. Good morning, Su.
    One of the things I miss living here in the mountains is the ability to pop into shops like these. So lovely!
    And your cake & flowers? Scrumptious! :)
    Have a happy one.
    xo,
    Lin

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    1. Thank you, Lin. I love shops even just to look. My idea of a someday small home would be outside Santa Fe or Sedona, but alas it is too expensive now due to Hollywood and tourists. xoxo Su

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  20. I was doing great on my February diet until I saw that cake!

    I love the metal cart and the scale.

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  21. That nursery is gorgeous, Su and you took beautiful pictures of it.

    Love the rock fireplace mantel :)

    xoxo,
    rue

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    1. A lot of it is original. The kitchen is not, but it works. The walls are curved and walls. xoox Su

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  22. Oh I love the photos, Su! What a fun and charming place. That cake looks fabulous. I'll have to check out the Wilton set of pans, for I'd love to make more layers without having to slice them apart - which is always a failure. :-)

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    1. Thank you, Judy. They work great. A couple of months ago, I bought them for making a birthday cake, so I have used them a few times. This time I used a mixed and they rose a little curved so I trimmed the top to make it flat, but other than that, it is so simple. I use to do the layer cake by cutting too, and I would so often crack a layer or two. xoxo Su

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  23. What a lovely shop and your cake looks so beautiful and I bet it was delicious. I hope you have a nice week. Julie

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    1. Thank you, Julie. Well, my daughter would of loved macaroons. I am the chocolate cake nut. xoxo Su

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  24. I have a major crush on that painted door. Wow! Pretty cake. xo ~ Nancy

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    1. I have to say that I didn't even see the lump, until I looked at the photo. :) I thought it was fine, because I made it the day before. Oh, and I loved that door, but had to resist, because I have no room. xoox Su

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  25. I love unique shops. I haven't found any around here so I probably should go 'exploring'. Enjoy your week. Any cake left? heehee! Hugs!

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    1. I have been eating away at it. You know, I only make it once or twice a year, because I am the only one who eats it. xoox Su

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  26. I love visiting nurseries!
    I can't wait until my favorite one opens for Spring!
    Thanks for showing us this one!
    So pretty.

    I ADORE that cake!
    The simplicity of its look is perfect.
    I'm hungry!
    ;)
    xoxo

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  27. Beautiful pictures, the person in charge of this nursery decoration is very talented.

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  28. I can always count on you, Su, to bring some wonderful whimsy into my life! Your pictures are beautiful, and your cake looks scrumptious!

    xoxo
    Poppy

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  29. WOW, Butterfly....that is a ROCK STAR CAKE....

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  30. Su, the cake looks DELICIOUS!! I would have come home with arms full of treasures from that wonderful store!

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  31. Beautiful photographs! I love the sideways door idea! Your cake looks scrumptious...thanks for the rum tip!

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  32. You have so many charming treasures that fill the spaces of your little bungalow so beautifully! I love visiting! Blessings, Cindy xo

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  33. How fun having a shop with plants and home decor! Your cake looks YUMMY!
    Hope you are having a great week!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  34. I love a shop like that - full of ideas, and at the end, a pretty bouquet to take home.
    The cake - well, it just looks scrumptious!

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  35. Nice field trip to the nursery. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos with us! The cake sounds downright sinful....I want some.

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  36. I am always inspired by a trip to the nursery and this one has many tempting things. Wouldn't we all wish to have a feminine shed, I know I would.

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  37. What great photos! Your little cake looks wonderful!
    I enjoyed the post about the She Shed also! A dream come true!
    Debbie
    xo

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  38. What great photos! Your little cake looks wonderful!
    I enjoyed the post about the She Shed also! A dream come true!
    Debbie
    xo

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  39. That cake looks like something that a person spent half a day on! Yum.

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  40. Beautiful photos. Love your cake. Im sure it taste heavenly.
    Hugs from here

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  41. Beautiful photos. Love your cake. Im sure it taste heavenly.
    Hugs from here

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  42. I adore going to places like this! In fact, I have been yearning to hit a fun nursery in our area that has décor as well. A half an hour away and I have been super busy this week. Maybe I'll make it there next week. It ties me over till Spring.
    hugs,
    Jann

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Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a kind message today. I love to visit your blogs too, and I do when I can link back. xoxo Su