July 8, 2008


One of my oldest and dearest friends Mia did a post this week that was about being content with what you have.  She was inspired to write the post from a blog she was reading~ Grace Violet. Both of these ladies made a photo collage of things they love and already have in their homes.  It was inspiring!

While walking around my home with the purpose of capturing the things in my home that I love, satisfaction flooded over me.  I did not look at an item and think 'should I move it or change it somehow'.  No, I walked around and saw the beautiful and meaningful items that I have and I was content! What I already have is more than enough!

So girlfriends, here are a few my favorite things~ 

A crystal chandelier that hangs over Bella's bed

Sink and Faucet, in Zsa Zsa bathroom

A lamp in our foyer, what I love about this is lamp is the broach that finishes off the sash.  It was Vito's Great Grandmothers

One of MANY mirrors that hang in my home.  This one is above my desk.

Old stain glass windows, that rest inside a window in my bedroom

An Antique Armoire.  This is the first piece of furniture I ever purchased.

Another of the many mirrors in my home.  But this one is extra special because Vito had it made for me as a birthday present. 

Paintings that Bella and I did together

A treasured piece, not just because of it's beauty, but because of the dear friend who painted it for me.

My family room~ I love every bit of this room!

Bella Mia, Mr. Man, and Giovanni (Gio)
My family
Nothing compares to them

Now I would really be content if one of you computer savvy ladies could teach me to make one of those beautiful photo collages.


mamamia July 8, 2008 at 5:50 PM  

You have always had such great taste. I love all of your favorite things. Did you see my big mirror? I love big mirrors too.

I hope your friends will look at my blog and play along with us. This is fun!


mah-meeee July 8, 2008 at 6:05 PM  

beautiful! so seriously, you really need to come by and help me decorate my house! you have great taste!

aweosome pix of the family... love bella's facial expression! gio must have just licked her! :)

redmaryjanes July 8, 2008 at 6:16 PM  

You have stunning taste! Your home is very beautiful.

Tami July 8, 2008 at 6:35 PM  


I was JUST posting on my blog (I know, it's been a while) when your sweet comment came through, and to top that, I had JUST finished thinking to myself I would LOVE to learn how to 'collage' photos, so the photos don't run down the post too long!!!! WOW...is that errie (in a good way) or what?!

Regarding your post.....Can you come to my house and help me decorate....PLEASE??!!!

mamamia July 8, 2008 at 8:45 PM  

Nobody wants to play with us. What is up with that?

missy July 8, 2008 at 9:15 PM  

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. I'm glad to have found yours. You have a lovely family and a lovely home. I would be content, too : )

As for collages, go to www.bighugelabs.com

Have fun creating many creative collages! It's fun : )

Michelle July 8, 2008 at 9:28 PM  

Such wonderful treasures!!! I love the idea of looking at all we already have and appreciating. We indeed are so Blessed!!

Lauren and Ed July 8, 2008 at 9:40 PM  

You have amazing taste, and that was a great blog post! Thanks for sharing!

Ronda July 8, 2008 at 10:37 PM  

I have had so much fun catching up on your last few posts. I LOVED reading about your "Get Real" post-you and I have many things in common. You so deserve a blogging award-I always enjoy reading your inspirational words and the kind comments on my blog. Can't wait to get home and resume my normal daily blog stalking =).

Denise C July 8, 2008 at 10:58 PM  

BEAUTIFUL! I love your taste!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!
My favorite is Zsa Zsa's sink! Oooo-la-la!
Now...for the collages...perhaps I can help....Google "Picasa2" and download the "Free" program....then you can import your photos to this program...then select the photos you want to collage and click "hold" at the bottom of the page...then click "Collage"...it will magically do it for you!

Email me if I can help you more!
Also...I'd love to add you to my side bar of Blogs I Love...would that be OK with you???


Barbie July 8, 2008 at 11:38 PM  

What a beautiful idea!! I may have to steal it. Contentment is such a hard thing to have but when you do have it you find such peace.

PS I make my collages through Picassa. It is a free program you can download.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! July 8, 2008 at 11:40 PM  

What beautiful things....I agree with Denise....love that sink and the broach on the lamp....what a cool idea!

I still have not figured out the collage thing yet either!

Your right...no material thing can compare to your family....they are so precious!

I love the name Gio.....our China Baby was going to be Giovanna, or Gia for short.....I think we have changed our minds during this long wait!

Cyndi July 9, 2008 at 12:04 AM  

What a great post. I love your favorite things in your home. I have had four boys over for the past two nights so soon as I get a chance I will post my favorites. Thanks for sharring and when you learn how to do the photos share with me.

Patty July 9, 2008 at 12:17 AM  

Love the header picture on your blog. Thanks for stopping by and saying "hello". You are so right about sometimes not being content with what we have..

Nicole July 9, 2008 at 12:19 AM  

What a beautiful home you have! Can I move in? or maybe I could hire you to come decorate my bland home... I adore the pieces you photographed!

Jana July 9, 2008 at 11:08 AM  

Thanks so much for commenting on my blog. I've only had a minute to peruse yours, but I LOVE what I've found. I can't wait to get to know and your beautiful family better!!


Michelle July 9, 2008 at 11:56 AM  

What beautiful taste you have! Your home is lovely. I just LOVE the look on Bella's face with her daddy and doggy. Love it!

Daniella July 9, 2008 at 5:25 PM  

Your have awesome taste. Beautiful!

mommy24treasures July 9, 2008 at 8:07 PM  

beautiful! I love the bottom one best;)
Here is another idea for collages

Meredith July 9, 2008 at 10:18 PM  

beautiful pics of the pad! I too love your living or family room!!!! Very tropical. :) :)

Mom To Six July 9, 2008 at 11:51 PM  


You have BEAUTIFUL taste! I especially love that sink. :)

You have a beautiful family. Aren't we amazingly blessed?



sara July 10, 2008 at 5:13 PM  

Thanks for the tour. Now, on to getting you out to Colorado -what's that gonna take???

I don't know if you got your collage info; but here's the way I have found the FASTEST & EASIEST:

First upload pics you want to collage to flickr (easy & free, but there is a capacity limit)

Next, click on this website that you upload pics directly from flickr to make your collage..SOOOO Easy!


I want to see one now!! Email me if you have trouble!


Colleen July 11, 2008 at 1:56 AM  

Gorgeous! Love it all......what a beautiful sink. Thanks for letting us take a peak at your favorite things.
Looks like you've already had lots of help with making collages....can't wait to see them!

Ashley & Mike July 15, 2008 at 12:35 PM  

Where do you live? I need you to drive over to my place and rearrange my whole house! I love the pictures and everything looks so pretty.


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