Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dreamy Whites: Open At Last

Photo: Maria Carr

Photo: Maria Carr

Maria's house is filled with the secure beauty that comes from a real, lived-in home.  Filled like the tangy scent of lavender that wafted from the box before I even opened it, with the little lilac-tinted bottle I ordered from her new online store for $24.  Isn’t it bliss receiving packages from independent boutiques like Dreamy Whites?  If only I’d thought to take pictures of every one I’ve received.  Just marvel at her sympathetic use of color.  I’ll proudly use the velvet bow in my pooch Zuzu’s hair.

The first time I came across Maria Carr’s heavenly blog Dreamy Whites I marveled at her use of textured walls, wondered where she got her chandeliers (the Alameda Flea Market), and assumed her home was in Scandinavia.   I went through every page of her romantic blog and saved many of her pictures in my inspiration folder.

Imagine my surprise when I read she lived on a horse farm in California with five kids.

Another surprise came on a recent snow day where I got to watch The Nate Berkus Show, and there she was!   I’d noticed she went to Manhattan in my Blogger Dashboard, but it was during the holidays and I was way behind reading my favorite blogs (still am).   Maria demonstrated how to get stains out on a ‘How to do White Right’ segment.   They showed the picture of her bedroom with salvaged doors for a headboard, and Nate gushed over her ingenuity.

I’m so proud of Maria, for she’s a humble, gentle artist with a fear of public speaking yet she came off relaxed and confident on national television.   She attributes that to the support of her sister and daughters watching the taping in their green room at CBS.   I clearly remember the kind of nervousness one experiences before stepping onstage for The Nate Show--I tried to bring my dog Zuzu to help me get through!

So, what are you bloggers and future store owners out there waiting for?   Send your best pictures out to shows and print media.   I want to be pleasantly surprised again.

Hurry over to Maria’s shop.   French décor galore: lots of pitchers, grain sacks, lavender products, and spiritual transport to Provence.   C’est ravissant.

Until next time, stay shabby!

I’m sharing with White Wednesday at Faded Charm  – c’mon over for the pale party!

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lara from air kiss said...

Hi Sandy!
Oh my goodness what a beautiful package she puts together! She made very nice enclosure cards as well! Definitely dreamy! :)

Karen said...

Hi Sandy,I adore Dreamy Whites, I've spent way to much time drooling over her gorgeous new store. Have a great weekend.

It's me said...

Hi Sandy...wishing you a happy love love

Cindy said...

I want the ARMOIRE!!! Beautiful!

Deborah said...

Inspiring to the brim!
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story with us!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

You and Maria are such rock stars!
Y'all were both brilliant on Nate. :-)


High Street Cottage said...

I enjoy Dreamy Whites so much too. As soon as her shop opened I ordered the pretty red and white toile lavender pillow, it works so well in my home. It came wrapped so pretty with a kind note from Maria, as well as a beautiful poste card. I still have not seen a link to the actual episode with Nate, I had to work that day, and missed it originally, so if anyone has a link they can share it's much appreciated. Sandy, hope you have a wonderful Sunday, xoxo tami

Anonymous said...

I love Maria's blog - I've been following for a while now. And her new shop is gorgeous!!!

It's so sweet of you to spread the news, Sandy! I hope you are staying warm & happy.


Tabbyroo said...

I have passed on 'The stylish blog' award to you for your beautiful blog, the details are on my latest post Linda :)

Jacqui said...

Absolutely beautiful!


That armoire is absolutely beautiful and what an inspiring post.

Mariette said...

Dearest Sandy,

Thanks for posting this about Maria! It speaks highly of you.
Wishing you a great week and lots of love,


red ticking said...

i am so happy to have found you... xx pam

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Pretty, pretty! Any of those items would be dreamy here in ma maison. Thanks for sharing, Sandy.

Haven't heard from you for a while, hope things are great on the book front!

meandering pearl said...

you say such beautiful things about their blogs, i cant wait to read them all too!!! hope you're having a gorgeous week lovely!!!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

It's all so gorgeous, and it's so nice to receive such a beautiful package! Thanks for sharing!


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