Rustic Stone Inspiration & Random

My husband has a secret dream to learn stone masonry, and I have a secret dream that my husband will learn stone masonry! đŸ™‚ There is just nothing like this rugged construction material for adding rusticity, age, texture, heft, and richness to any number of interior and exterior projects. The images you’ll see here are from a brand new release from Rizzoli that may inspire you!

©Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, Rizzoli New York, 2018
©Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, Rizzoli New York, 2018

Rustic Stone Inspiration

Gorgeous New Book!

Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, contains 25 projects around the globe which celebrate this design element. Inside this new title, you’ll find homes hailing from an island off the coast of Maine as well as in Switzerland, South Africa, Scotland, and Ireland.

©Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, Rizzoli New York, 2018
Courtesy of RizzoliUSA. ©Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, Rizzoli New York, 2018
©Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, Rizzoli New York, 2018
Image courtesty of RizzoliUSA. ©Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, Rizzoli New York, 2018
©Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, Rizzoli New York, 2018
Courtesty of RizzoliUSA. ©Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, Rizzoli New York, 2018
©Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, Rizzoli New York, 2018
Image courtesy of RizzoliUSA. ©Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, Rizzoli New York, 2018
©Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, Rizzoli New York, 2018
Courtesy of RizzoliUSA. ©Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, Rizzoli New York, 2018
©Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, Rizzoli New York, 2018
©Stone Houses: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes by Linda Leigh Paul, Rizzoli New York, 2018

Random

Brene Brown Goodness

And now for the random. I watched an interview with Brene Brown the other day that resonated. It’s here, and if you take the time to watch it, it gets especially interesting when she discusses BRAVING. Even though this is a topic of hers from a couple of of years ago, I never looked closely at the acronym she uses to define and develop trust. So I’m including her infographic (below) as well. People need help in learning to have constructive conversations. Here’s a lovely place to begin.

BRAVING - The Anatomy of Trust by Brene Brown
PIN ME! Braving – The Anatomy of Trust by Brene Brown

Lovely Finds on Amazon

Cost Conscious Finds

One reason is to take advantage of limited time bargains and savings on essentials I planned to buy on Amazon (go here!) anyway. As in…the stuff in my cart right now…what stuff?

1. These Louis ghost chairs. I have one pair and need another. They are so great for entertaining, for bringing outdoors, for extra seating at the dining table, and for stacking easily to store. They’re also easy to wipe off and take up no visual space! 2 chairs with free shipping is hard to beat.

Hmmmmm. Another clear object in my cart. I love these! A set of 12 Bormioli Bodega 7.5 oz tumblers for which I find endless uses. Desserts, wine, juice, yogurt…

Bormioli Rocco Boedga 7.5 oz glasses
Bormioli Rocco Bodega 7.5 oz glasses, set of 12

Can’t you just visualize this French bistro looking piece piled with linen throw pillows outdoors or inside?

I have been wanting to blog about this awesomely-priced superfood I have been consuming in the past year. This organic blend is my favorite way to easily add more nutrition to my diet. No gluten, 45 calories, neutral flavor, and perfect for stirring into yogurt, oatmeal, guacamole, smoothies, recipes, or anything else you can think of.  I’m always looking for ways to get more green tea, and here is an easy one. You get 30 servings in the bag, so we’re talking a month’s supply of superfood for a low price. I feel better tummy-wise when this is a part of my day, and if you have been missing your old waistline, maybe start with this healthy shift in the right direction to increase your energy for exercise.

Better Body Foods Organic Livfit Superfood Blend with Protein
Organic Better Body Superfood: FIND HERE

Acquainted with Parker Palmer? I have read most of his stuff, and he has so much wisdom for us. This is his new book On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity & Getting Old.

And here’s a chandelier I am considering for our laundry room which has one of those $10 flushmount lights at the moment.

July has been a hard month for our family.

Faith helps, walking helps, looking at trees helps, reading poetry and playing music helps. Small gestures of kindness to myself and to others help. For example, more meditation and quiet. Lunch with friends. Indulging in a mid-day nap if I’m tired. A small kindness may be as simple as indulging in the convenience of a Prime Membership (go here!) and a couple of books from Amazon (go here!) pointing me to higher ground.

I have shared my MUST READ favorite book when you are in the throes of despair before, but in case you missed it…here it is:

The Little Tern by Brooke Newman, Illustrations by Lisa Mann Dirkes
The Little Tern by Brooke Newman, Illustrations by Lisa Mann Dirkes

This book is often out of stock. I know this because I have bought so many copies for others. So I buy used copies all the time – who cares if the corners are bent? The very sweetest antidote for depression I have ever found? Doing something kind for someone else. Period. If there’s no time to volunteer or do some sort of act of service, then words (a card, an email, a call) would be the next best thing. Or a gift. Amazon is my go-to source for finding the perfect something since they have it all.

Audio Books

I have kind of a personal anecdotal thing to share with you about audio books. Our younger son experienced a significant trauma a couple of years ago, and as both our sons often do in times of strife, he turned to books…audio books. They carried him over a rough patch like a balm, like a friend, like gentle relief from psychic pain. I know you get it. We’re wired for story, friends. Stories heal and mysteriously mend us. They can restore hope or awaken a calling. A book can be a doorway to a new point of view or shine a light on truth or beauty. Which reminds me. Do you know why you frequent this site for beauty? Because it is what you are made of. Beauty calls to you because it is indeed a reflection of YOU. Where was I?

Find it here…it’s shampoo/snacks/laundry detergent delivered to your door. There’s a free 30-day trial membership and also if you’re a new customer, $10 off a $40 order with free shipping. Find it here: Prime Pantry Membership (go here!). Do you have experience with this yet? I am excited to get started with it!

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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10 Comments

  1. Shelby Allen
    July 12, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    Lisa Dirkes, illustrator of “The Little Tern”, was my friend. She was a wonderfully talented and sensitive illustrator. A single mother of five beautiful children, she passed away several years ago from breast cancer. Her children carry on her legacy and her work can be found on her Facebook page.

    • michele
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 4:17 pm

      What a gifted artist she was – I learned of her work a decade ago via Rachel Ashwell, whom I know she worked with. Thanks for this update, and I will certainly seek out that FB page. đŸ™‚

  2. Tracy
    July 12, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    Thanks Michelle for all the great hints and products. You are a blessing to your readers. I’m sorry your July has been hard for you and I pray for peace right back to you!

    Ps. I too hope your husband learns masonry. Could you incorporate it into your lovely existing home? I’ll bet you could. đŸ˜‰

    • michele
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 4:15 pm

      Thank you so much for the encouragement. xox

  3. Teresa
    July 12, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    I am so happy that I found your blog. I look forward to reading your posts. You add so much to the lives of all your readers. Thank you for what you do.
    Brightest Blessings ALL-Ways!

    • michele
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Blessings on you too. Thanks for reading.

  4. Kathy
    July 12, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Love and prayers to you and your family, Michele. Thank you for always brightening my day. I love to check my messages and see something from Hello Lovely.

    • michele
      Author
      July 12, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Grateful for you and the prayers. Thanks so much for the kind words.

  5. July 13, 2018 / 7:52 am

    I’m going to look into The Little Tern to send as gifts! Thanks! I also love those terra cotta pots, they look old and French. Great ideas, have a happy Friday:) Better days are ahead.

    • michele
      Author
      July 13, 2018 / 5:14 pm

      It is a powerful story of insight with the sweetest watercolor art. Thanks, friend. xox

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