Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Romantic Homes- April 2015 Review

Is it 
FINALLY APRIL?
Did we all survive the worst of the winter?
For many of us it is still 
COLDER than an BAD Witch's Heart.
Yes-Yes- I know there are 
good witches with WARM hearts but that is
another story for another day.

TODAY
We are going to look at the 
April issue of 

Do you LOVE ironstone?
If you do there is a 4 page spread on it.

The cover might set you drooling!
We won't get fresh strawberries locally 
until early June (if we're lucky)
But I COULD make this!
Lavender Lemon Rolled Shortbread
The recipe is on Page 24.
OHMYGOODNESSGRACIOUS
It is too pretty to eat!

Janet Parrella-Van Den Berg 
has shared with us 
the most gorgeous photos of her home.

Then~
Alex Deringer
shares 10 pages of beauty
that ends with the master bedroom.
GORGEOUS home!

Here is
 12 page spread of  her farmhouse.
It is full of life and color and  
has a charming kitchen.
By:Sharon Parsons/Richard Gadsby/Photographer

Feeling inspired now?
How about a sweet topiary for your home?
You can find instructions for this one 
on page 88.

Isn't that the sweetest thing ever?
Oh- Wait-
There is something 
EVEN SWEETER HERE!
image
That mighta been MyHero 
practicing on his cousin, Peggy...
just sayin'.....
~You just never know~
-he's gonna kill me-I just know it!
your photo name

52 comments:

  1. Lots of inspiration and that last picture is adorable!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  2. I have that issue.. lots of pretty inspiration! Umm,, if you make that shortbread thingy.. make sure you invite me over! lol!
    have a great day!
    xoxo
    vivian

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  3. That last picture is so adorable! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos - I really love the kitchen with the soft blue cabinets - no surprise there, right? Happy Easter, Diana!

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  4. Someday my bedroom will look like that, I hope. It's a far cry from that right now, that's for sure! Darling pic at the end!

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  5. Oh, I love it all. Such cozy rooms. Hope you are feeling better.

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  6. Oh, that dessert! I had to dig up the recipe and share! Find it here.

    That sweet boy is your hubby? What an adorable picture!!

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  7. That desert looks so GOOD! My teeth are already hurting!
    Lovely photos.

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  8. I always look forward to my peek at the newest Romantic Homes....thanks for sharing! Have a blessed Easter...hugs..

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  9. Beautiful, beautiful!! Rainy here in Missouri! Hope the sun is shining on you :0! Be Blessed!

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  10. Yes, he isssssssss going to kill you!!!!! -evil giggggles-

    And I am just soooooooo relieved! -wipes perspiration off of brow- Concerning cold and Witches.... There is another old saying... And if you had used _that_ one, he really would have killed you!!! Teee-heee-heeee...

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  11. You're history, girl, with that last bit! Lol!

    Mm-mm, fun exploring today!

    Hugs,
    Kelley~

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  12. Diana, Poor Hero..LOL.... I love this issue of Romantic Homes. That huge bedroom is fabulous...I would never want to leave it. Gosh, I hope we get a warm up. It was beautiful yesterday and today is going to be rainy but warm...then chilly again, then maybe, just maybe...spring. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  13. Dianna,
    I loved this issue too!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! The neighbors are long time neighbors that are just totally oblivious of their actions and what happens because of them!! It always amazes me that people could be so stupid!! LOL!!

    Have a great Easter!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  14. Oooh ~ I need a copy of this issue now! Wishing you a Blessed Easter!!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  15. I do hope Your Hero doesn't read all these things you say about him! Although Im sure the things you put in writing are nothing compared to what you say aloud...when there's no transcript to be used against you later! Haha! Happy Easter!

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  16. That last ironstone pitcher I have! It is a very old family piece. Happy Easter!

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  17. That last pic is adorable!!! Love it! And how pretty is that ironstone?! Beautiful! I never thought about not being able to buy fresh strawberries until summer time. We pretty much have them year round here. Just one more thing I learned from your blog. :) In fact, my store has them on sale for .97 cents a pound and I'm going to buy several pounds tomorrow. Wish I could have you over for some fresh strawberries with whipped cream!

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  18. Diana I always delight in reading your reviews. The Lavender Lemon rolled shortbread looks heavenly, OMGosh if it is half as yummy as it looks it will become an annual Springtime treat. But first I've got to get my kitchen finished!
    Love how wicked you are ... kissing cousins!!!!
    xoxo
    Vera

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  19. I hope you are still living after that last shot at your hero. :)

    Love the ironstone. I can never have enough of that. xo Laura

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  20. Love love love that ironstone china! So pretty! What a chuckle on the last picture.... lol! No local strawberries here for us either until June... but the ones from California will do, for now. Have a wonderful day!

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  21. That kitchen...dreamy!! I love the beams and the color. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  22. ooooooo, you are going to be in so much trouble!! But the ironstone is beautiful.
    Have a great day! xo

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  23. This was is a great issue. I love the look of the lavender shortbread. Sooooo pretty. The last picture gave me a smile today. Thank you for that. Too fun and cute.
    Kris

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  24. Looks like another pretty issue! I love the pretty living room...I want that rug! Adorable last photo!

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  25. Diana, I MUST get this magazine, Romantic Homes. I haven't seen it in awhile, and look at all the inspiration that's inside! That first picture with the pink roses and white ironstone is gorgeous. I have a gravy boat that's similar to this. And oh my, the lavender lemon shortbread......now, that's one fine looking dessert.

    Have a fun day, good friend.

    love, ~Sheri

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  26. That last picture is just priceless and reminds me of my childhood!

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  27. I used to religiously subscribe to RH. But then I stopped. If a magazine doesn't seem worth keeping, and have more in it that I like than what I don't like, I won't buy it anymore. Although, I can see they do have beautiful things still in their magazine.
    Brenda

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  28. The lavender shortbread are too pretty to eat! Gorgeous with all that sparkly sugar.
    Beautiful rooms that you shared!
    If your Hero hasn't killed you yet, I think you are safe.
    I know you'll keep pushing on,,,LOL! xo

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  29. I think I might be a little green...thanks for all the links. I will check them out at some point.

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  30. Your entire post very nice and and well done. However, the last picture wins the prize hands down.

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  31. Diana you always make me smile! You have such a fun loving spirit and it really shows through in your blog posts! I do not have that issue yet but looks like I'm going to go get it fast as I can. Love that bedroom and kitchen. Makes me look around and wonder why my bedroom doesn't look that pulled together!
    Cute photo of the little tots.

    Happy Easter.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  32. Oh yes...just my style Diana...I am going to pick up a copy of this...totally inspiring! Thank you for sharing today!!!

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  33. I loved the April issues. Can you believe it, my May copy came the other day? I do believe the magazine is getting better. For awhile there I was not happy with it. Well, I am NOT happy that they are only publishing 10 issues now per year. But after I contacted Romantic Homes and told them of my dismay (wow, I sound so melodramatic, don't I?!), they assured me that I would still be receiving the entire amount of issues that I paid for when I renewed my subscription. That cousin kiss? Let's hope your hero is long over that stage, hahahaa!

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  34. Oh those pictures - I love them all - would like any of them here!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the last photo!

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  35. What a beautiful post, D! I always enjoy Romantic Homes and your pictures are stunning. That last one is precious!

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  36. ohmygosh.
    loved each one. the master bedroom especially.
    oh my.
    and that little kiss. how absolutely adorable is that!!! his little hand on her face... wonder if they grew up and got married and lived happily ever after. uh. no. wait. that was your hero's COUSIN you said! well. YOU'RE the one that lived happily ever after with him.
    if you live to tell about it that is. LOLOL. XOXO♥

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  37. I haven't bought a new issue of Romantic Homes in a while. I always enjoy seeing your features though!

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  38. Another issue I need to buy.

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  39. that is beautiful, I need to look for this magazine,,,, your poor husband,,, thats all I can say, lol,,,,

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  40. there's a place that sells south carolina strawberries when they're in season. I got some once but I never knew the difference in taste between it and those from California and Florida.

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  41. Well if the picture is not of the kissing cousins...It's still adorable! I seldom buy Romantic Homes any more...I love that you share the highlights

    Carol

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  42. I just got my May issue and it's all about roses. They need to make the print darker, Sometimes it's hard to read, especially when the print is a light pink.
    I hope that wasn't your hero planting a kiss on that little girl LOL
    xxoo Mary

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  43. HA!!! You never know is right!!! That had me rolling!!! The inspiration here is gorgeous my friend! My 2 favorite things up there are the brick in that kitchen and that stunning chandelier in the bedroom....makes me want to ditch the yucky ceiling fan in our bedroom like right now! Wishing you a beautiful Easter with your sweet crew!! Nicole xoxo

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  44. This seems to be a wonderful issue! Love the photos ~ especially the lavender shortbread and that incredible bedroom. I'm so tired of my bedroom not being "finished" ~ :/ Wanna come help me? I'll have fresh strawberries for you!

    xo
    Pat

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  45. Oh Diana, such Loveliness abound!!! Yup, and that last pic of your Mr. .....Oh My!!!! <3

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  46. Oh Diana, such Loveliness abound!!! Yup, and that last pic of your Mr. .....Oh My!!!! <3

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  47. That kitchen stole my heart!

    Have a lovely weekend with your family Diana.

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  48. Great fun and beautiful homes! Always my pleasure to be here with you my sweet friend!

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  49. Such a gorgeous roundup Diana! Think I might spy that recipe for lavender shortbread. I made it a few years ago and I actually liked it.

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  50. Love all of these images - but that last one?
    Priceless !!!!!!!!!!!!
    THAT should be in a frame !
    Happy Easter Diana !
    xoxoxo

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