Thursday, April 2, 2015

Romantic Homes- April 2015 Review

Is it 
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.

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.
It is too pretty to eat!

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

Alex Deringer
shares 10 pages of beauty
that ends with the master bedroom.

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 
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


Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Lots of inspiration and that last picture is adorable!

vivian said...

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!

JoAnne said...

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!

Cranberry Morning said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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

Kimberly~Nutbrown Cottage said...

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!!

Sylvia said...

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

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

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

Down On The Farm said...

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

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

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...

Kelley said...

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

Mm-mm, fun exploring today!


Susie said...

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

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

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!!


Susan Freeman said...

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

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Stephen Andrew said...

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!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

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

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

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!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

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!!!!

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

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

SpicingUpIdaho said...

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!

Kim said...

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

Kathy @ Smile for no Reason said...

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

Junkchiccottage said...

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.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

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

Red Rose Alley said...

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, that's one fine looking dessert.

Have a fun day, good friend.

love, ~Sheri

Grandma Kc said...

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

Cozy Little House said...

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.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I need to pick up a copy. Nice rooms.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

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

Vee said...

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

LV said...

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

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

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.


Estelle's said...

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

Donna said...

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!

Chatty Crone said...

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

lynn cockrell said...

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

tammy j said...

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♥

Kelly said...

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

Renee said...

Another issue I need to buy.

Anonymous said...

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

Adam said...

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.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

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


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

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

My Garden Diaries said...

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

Gypsy Heart said...

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!


Kelly said...

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

Kelly said...

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

Doreen@househoneys said...

That kitchen stole my heart!

Have a lovely weekend with your family Diana.

Annesphamily said...

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

Feral Turtle said...

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.

Suzan Sweatman said...

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

Gay Van Beek, Canterbury Cottage Designs said...

Thanks for the great review gf.