29 October 2018

Heartsease: Fabulous Functional Pretty Finds





Heartsease (noun):  free from stress and anxiety. My goal to create an uncluttered home … a home and environment that has less stress and anxiety caused by misplaced objects, clutter, and leftovers. But my efforts can be thwarted by love of beautiful objects… Over the past couple of years, I have not brought too many new objects into the home, because our home is small. But what if the item is functional? I love country French, Swedish, and Italian style… I love simplicity… These images show some of my fabulous functional finds that create heartsease. This French market basket holds reading material. This idea resulted from the piles of books on the floor by the door. If they did not make it into my unattractive tote, it may be true, that they piled up on the floor until, I put them away. Now the books sit on the chair in this basket with a linen towel covering the contents, and a bag of dried lavender. When I leave for my destination my books are ready, and I remove the lavender. (The galvanized tray came from Target's Smith-Hawken line, and it holds keys and charging phones. The French market baskets can be found online.)







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Do you enjoy folding laundry? This large wire basket from Hobby Lobby makes clean laundry look so pretty sitting on the console (wink). Not shown in any photos is a wicker basket with one of these gray/white throw rugs covering its contents. Granted, the corner of the back porch, where the washer and dryer are, looks somewhat attractive when unattended. In the meantime, I can feel like I am on vacation until I get to it.









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Recycled bottles and jars, simple vases, and buckets are the aesthetic for bouquets that go with the style created in this home. Bottles and small yogurt jars work well for smaller bouquets created from our backyard garden. Just outside the kitchen is a carport. At one time, I had a china cabinet there, but I gave it to my daughter for books. This opportunity gave me the chance to push for the original plan, A, because all the stuff was on the floor outside the door. So upon request, my spouse built these shelves. Now the area is an attractive visual extension of the kitchen with a place to shelve plant containers. I must dust and rinse the container when I bring it in, but it solves the issue of limited space in a small house.










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I love simplicity and I apply that to baking and food preparation as well. The Wilton six-inch, five pan set, uses one cake mix. It makes two small layer cakes here, because I use two layers for each cake. (The fifth usually gets eaten by the family as soon as it comes out of the oven.)  This is my recipe; I take an ordinary cake mix and replace a cup of water with a ½ cup of wine, rum, or brandy and reduce the water to ½ cup.  These little cakes take just 15 minutes in the oven. After they cool, sprinkle with powder sugar and decorate. Yesterday, I placed one on this Italian cake stand, and added basil and a rose from the garden for decoration. The wonderful aspect is that it makes the perfect size cake for a small family, and in any event, I can freeze the other two or gift a small cake to a neighbor or friend.

Heartsease created by fabulous functional finds for the entry, laundry, and kitchen that are pretty when responsibilities need disguise. Do you like pretty objects that make your home more functional?

Thank you for reading.

xoxo 

Su





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29 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous home and incredible pics.

    I love your style and taste!

    And your teacup is stunning.

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    1. Thank you so much, Michele. It's a vintage teacup that I found at a second-hand store. xoxo Su

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  2. I always love seeing your home Su. Everything is so beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Kris, the feeling is mutual. xoxo Su

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  3. So pretty - as always! Did you know that another name for pansies is Heartsease? Love your style! xo

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    1. Thank you, Anne. I did. It is such a cute noun. xo Su

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  4. Such lovely pictures. Yes, one does have to be very creative living in a small or tiny house. I have both, an 8x18' tiny home and a vintage 570' farmhouse. I adore the farmhouse style with dashes of french and Italian decor. Living in a small home does present challenges and too often cute overrides practical in my little farmhouse. Like you, I use all sorts of ways to hold, store and hide clutter. Stress and anxiety free is certainly the way to (try) and live. Clutter breeds confusion, (ask me how I know). My motto and goal is - "Live a sunny, simple life". I have a rule now.. one item in five items go out. It keeps me from being a hoarder.

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    1. Thank you, Tonita. I like your one in five out! I don't know if I could do that, I probably would have to cut it to two! I do one now, but I could do way better, because I have to account for other people too. Yes, clutter and confusion when there is no place for it, and it seems it is ongoing project. How adorable! I didn't realize that you had a tiny home and the petite one. I love your motto!

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  5. Forgot to tell you how adorable those sweet petite cakes are. I will have to try making a sugar free version. Your home is amazing and always love your posts. You are very talented.

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  6. I love your ideas. Your home is lovely and your garden too. :-)
    I love the idea of the cakes. I will copy that.
    Thank You,
    Carla

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  7. Everything is so pretty. Lovely photos.

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  8. I might need to steal your idea about the books and use that for my library books! Your entry area has so many nice ideas and is so pretty! I also want to try the cake idea. So pretty, and I bet it's delicious!
    xo,
    RJ

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    1. Thank you, RJ. I really like those small cake pans. They also make a set of 4, so slightly larger.
      xoxo Su

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  9. Your home is so beautiful! I love these little glimpses you give us.
    blessings
    ~*~

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  10. I love your home. Each peak at it inspires me! I too recycle jam jars, mason jars and anyother bottle for vases and for holding little things. Thank you for your pretty pictures and for giving me the inspiration I need to get my mud room in order.

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    1. Thank you so much! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo Su

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  11. You do everything with such perfect beauty! Even a simple layer of cake turns pretty in your hands.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear. That is so kind of you to stop by and tell me. Have a wonderful weekend. xoox Su

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  12. Your post left me feeling peaceful and longing for more heartsease.
    Thanks for talking back at Harvest Lane Cottage.

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura. I hope the coming week is a good one for you. xoxo Su

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  13. Your home is so cozy and beautiful
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you, Alessandra. I have a beautiful weekend. xoxo Su

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  14. I have so much of an emotional attachment to things that it's hard for me to get rid of them, but I think I've improved a lot. I recently went through every room and put away or got rid of anything that I didn't adore. It might still look cluttered to some, but my rooms give me heartsease now :)

    Of course, your home is gorgeous as always and I love those baskets... all of them!

    xoxo,
    rue

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    1. I understand that emotional attachment. It happens in our library. Between my daughter and I we love those little vintage or second hand things you pick up and just so sweet that they belong in the china cabinet or tucked between some books. I sort of confine it to there, and it works. Yes. So going through it and finding what you don't adore is a good thing. A lot of times, it is good for a donation center where someone else will find it and enjoy for awhile. I am a basket nut, and they hold stuff and music books. xoxo Rue

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  15. It seems we do the same because we both live in small houses. I love your laundry basket. In my kitchen the window shelf has a display of beautiful teapots and coffeepots and sugar bowls. In reality each of them hold something useful like coffeefilters, cookie cutters...

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    1. I love your kitchen, Magali. It's magical. And it is so much nicer, to store something in something pretty. Thank you for visiting. xoxo Su

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