Thursday, 28 June 2012

Fooling Around in The Bedroom...

It's definitely a sign of age, when fooling about in my bedroom consists of rearranging a few cushions and a table...

I was making my bed this morning, and had temporarily thrown a few cushions onto a chair, when I was suddenly struck by how pretty this 'accidental' little arrangement looked. The small table by the window (which serves little purpose other than to look nice...) looked incredibly pretty with it's jug of deep red roses from the garden. The roses looked particularly good next to the faded print on my Cabbages & Roses cushions...and I felt compelled to take a photograph...or six!

It's nice to find beauty in simple and unexpected places - especially when doing chores...

Oh if only the ironing board were as attractive - or as fun to play with...

...OR cleaning out the fridge smelled as sweet!

Some famous rose quotes...

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." - William Shakespeare

"There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted." - Henri Matisse

"Thorns and roses grow on the same tree." - Turkish Proverb

"Oh, my love is like a red, red rose, that's newly sprung in June; Oh, my love is like the melody, that's sweetly played in tune." - Robert Burns

"But he that dares not grasp the thorn. Should never crave the rose." - Anne Bronte

"The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose." - Kahlil Gibran

"Can anyone remember love? It's like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never smell the perfume." - Arthur Miller

...and one to make you smile...

"I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall." - Eleonor Roosevelt

Okay...enough fooling around...back to housework!

Happy Thursday!



  1. The Roosevelt quite made me chuckle! M x

  2. Funnily enough, I was just thinking about my hideous ironing board yesterday and wondeirng about covering it in that Hatley Raspberry C and R fabric. I LOVE it!!

    Isn't it nice when an arrangement comes together entirely by accident? Your bedroom shenannigans look lovely!


  3. Love your C&R cushions, I have that wallpaper pattern in red in my bedroom, just love it :)

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  4. Ok here I am still reeling from Glenda's post and here you come, scrumptious photos, the wonderful floorboards, the paintwork. the C&R beauty it screams English Country House at it's loveliest. You are a lucky lady.

  5. No, no more housework when fooling around is so much prettier!!! Love your roses!


  6. Hello Paula

    I am so glad you stopped to smell the roses today.
    What a delightful post and so many beautiful words about the rose.

    Your room is beautiful and I love the floor


  7. Love the roses, and love the Eleonor Roosevelt quote!
    Have a lovely day.

  8. I wish I could see the beauty in the middle of housework! (You are quite right though, beautiful pictures.)
    Try using lavender water to dampen the ironing, still a rotten job but at least it smells nice.

    Thank you for your sweet comments Paula, the one about wearing that corset for a meal with hubby made me roar :o)))
    Oh, by the way it's the 'skip find' that I never seem to see despite loking in every one I pass ;o)
    Rose H

  9. This is a truly charming post, Mrs Sutton and the photos with it are a feast for the eyes. You are so right with what you say... Christa

  10. Your home is drop-dead gorgeous beautiful! Even if I only see wood floors, window, chairs and pillows! Thanks for sharing, it makes me want to CLEAN!!! from one sweetie to another....Roxie

  11. Hello Mrs Sutton, I love the Hatley print of your cushions! Love your quotes too, I had heard the Eleanor Roosevelt one before but forgotten it, it's great! Xxx

  12. It is quite a pretty arrangement, and I love those pillow shams! So pretty and perfect for summer!~

  13. Oh yes fooling around takes on a whole new meaning as we age. Love the little impromptu grouping, love fabric with cabbage roses and I adore Eleanor Roosevelt's dry sense of humor. Ironing boards? Well they just need to go away:) Bonnie

  14. Well, my favorite rose quote from your bouquet was from Matisse, though I could appreciate all of the other selections.

    I just love the view through that window.

    Best wishes.

  15. Hi! Now that's my kind of fooling around! Shhh, don't tell hubby! beautiful pictures, such a lovely room and I really enjoyed the quotes!

  16. What a view from that lovely window, I would 'fool around' a lot more there too with the lovely light.

    Love your chair & cushions - they just look perfect together with the deep red rose.

    "Thorns and roses grow on the same tree." - Turkish Proverb .... so very true.

    Dee at the Carlton

  17. What a perfect little space!

  18. Dear Paula,
    Indeed the 'by accident' arrangement looks so very good!! And the cushion fabrics are so beautiful!! I am sure your bedroom looks pretty!
    This morning I was bringing in some roses from our garden into the home! I so love roses and I love to sniff their wonderful perfume!
    Beautiful quotes you posted!
    Have a wonderful weekend Paula!

  19. Ooh it looks utterly gorgeous!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend,
    Essie x

  20. Beautiful PAULA!!! HELLO THERE! your title....

    Your home is looking wonderful. The country life and what is inspires is a daily joy EVEN in the housework! Which reminds me, I best get back to mine.....have a CREATIVE DAY! Anita

  21. Hello, Paula -
    Don't you love doing housework? :) I love it so much.....taking my time....putting it off....oh maybe next week. Your cushions and checks upholstered chair are divine. Beautiful roses, too!! A perfect English country vignette!! Have a great weekend!!

  22. I was almost afraid to read on when I saw the title of this post! Well worth postponing the housework to take these lovely pictures. I like the Cabbages & Roses cushions very much, and your floorboards are gorgeous.

  23. Don't you just love happy accidents...and that last quote was too funny!

  24. Hello from your newest subscriber!
    What a fabulous blog, am loving it!
    Best wishes from the Isle of Anglesey! x

  25. I love all those bitter-sweet quotes. But thank God, you added that humorous one at the end ; just too funny, especially when you conjure up a picture of Eleanor Roosevelt in your head !x

  26. SO funny!!! LOVE the post title, you're brilliant! I always smile reading your posts :) Your photos are GORGEOUS! Adore your cushions, (hope to have them myself soon!) and your little painted tables that you have are SO cute. Are your roses from your garden, they're heavenly and go so well with your cushions. As for your rose quotes, they are fabulous - I'm collecting them for my website!!!!!! thank you now I've got some new ones!!! Big hugs, Sharon xxxx

  27. What a lovely little reading nook! Love the fabrics of your pillows and the dark roses look splendid in the white jug.

    Have a lovely week, Paula!

  28. Hi Paula - thank you so much for your comment on my blog on the post I did about my trip to London. Sorry for such a delayed reply - I am a bit of a struggler on blogger on my phone! Your blog is stunning! Consider me a devoted folllower :) Laura -

  29. I loved your accidental and beautiful arrangement, so pretty! The roses are gorgeous, I can just imagine the scent...and the cushions look perfect on that little chair in front of the window. Thank you for visiting my blog recently, it's a pleasure to discover your gorgeous blog and I am off to read much more of it now!
    Helen x

  30. Morning! How are you? Mmmmm, the sweet sweet scent of roses in the bedroom, one of summer's greatest joys. So glad that you are easily distracted from housework...nice to meet a kindred spirit!
    There is a new Susie Watson shop in Tunbridge Wells, had a little nose and thought of you,

    Sarah -x-

  31. So pretty and restful! Love the quotes.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I look forward to exploring yours.

  32. Pillows in the bedroom Paula, now there's a whole months bloggie posts. Every night he whinges about having to take them all off the bed, stack them to my exacting standards & then reverse the process in the morning. He reckons he's the only bloke in the word who's subjected to this. Have I got news for him! I think you are remarkably restrained, unless you have another 20 or so of those beauties lurking out of frame! Thank you for your lovely message of welcome to our sweet baby Grace.
    Millie xx

  33. That last quote made me laugh!
    Loving seeing photos of your elegant country home - the cushions are pretty against the checked chair, just perfect, as is the simple table and pitcher of roses.
    Your last guests comment made me smile - men just do not like cushions do they? My husband loathes them!
    Gill xx

  34. Your roses look beautiful in that white pitcher. They are such a lovely pick-me-up. I actually just purchased a similar pitcher as a housewarming gift.


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