High Point Market Spring 2014 {Bramble Company Furniture}

I was only able to spend one afternoon at the High Point Spring Market . .

~ ~ so one of my “must sees” was the Bramble Company Furniture showroom.

Before Kristen (Sophia’s Decor) and I met up with Courtney (French Country Cottage)..

~ ~ we made a “bee-line” to Bramble . .

Here is the eye candy we saw:

~ ~ you may notice a bit of a trend coming back . .

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

Purchased these candlesticks last year in a different color…

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

Love that light fixture!

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

This one too!

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

Seeing any trends???? ~ ~ ~

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

There was no lack of food and snacks there . . .

~ ~ that I certainly took advantage of!!

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

Loved these chairs…

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

Had the opportunity to buy one of these at a great price . .

~ ~ but passed on it . . . and had severe remorse when I got home!

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

Saw these very cool and beautiful stands for vases. .

I cannot wait to see the Bramble Showroom in the Fall…they never disappoint!

Did you notice a bit of a comeback?…Saw many “unpainted” beautiful pieces . .

~ ~ of both furniture pieces and accessories.

Kristen, Courtney and I later met up with Amy (Atta Girl Says) . .

~ ~ and Suzy (Worthing Court) for a dinner and had a great time.

Stay tuned for more of High Point Spring 2014 . .

~ ~ ~ and someone who I was thrilled to meet!

I am working away on my projects here at home . . .

Have a wonderful, wonderful day!!

A Series of Changes {Slipcovered Ottomans}

Well it’s official…

~ ~ I had to place my friend Linda (Kristen’s Mom) on the payroll.

I am truly keeping her busy these days on my sewing projects!

Today, you will see one of 4 projects she is doing for me . . .

Great Room

Great Room

I have three ottomans under my sofa table . .

Great Room

These ottomans along with the furniture are 9 years old…

~ ~ a little “ho hum” . . so definitely in need of a fresh new look!

Great Room Ottomans

Ta Da!…so what do you think?…

Great Room Ottomans

We debated about the length of the skirt . .

~ ~ however, it was unanimous . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ that having the shorter skirt “showing legs” would give it a more casual feel.

Great Room Ottomans

I love the fact that it is slipcovered . .

~ ~ so that you have the option of changing it out.

Great Room Ottomans

I am so happy with the new look!…thanks Linda!

Stay tuned for Project #2 . .

And, I had the pleasure of touring Linda’s home yesterday . .

~ ~ I can tell you that the apple does not fall too far from the tree…beautiful!

Have a most wonderful day!!!

Upper Porch for Spring 2014

The moment the temps reached the 70′s . .

~ ~ I was off and running to Lowe’s to get some plants for the upper porch.

The upper porch was truly sad with the lack of flowers.

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

I found the yellow and taupe outdoor pillows at HomeGoods . .

~ ~ thought that they would go well with the yellow walls on the porch.

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Go figure…when I am ready to take pics, it rains!

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I feel like this owl..”Oh no!”…it’s raining . .

~ ~ and it is going to be like this for 2 days…welcome Spring!

~ ~ ~ ~ However, “April Showers Bring May Flowers”

Upper Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Wish there could be a “Carolina Blue Sky” today . .

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

However, with all this rain, hopefully it will wash all the pollen off the trees!

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

My “little lady” welcoming in Spring . .

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Spring . . . OH JOY!!

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Hope you enjoyed my first outdoors “Taste of Spring” . .

One porch done . . . two more to go!!!

Have a wonderful day!

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Prairie Style Magazine Is Back by Popular Demand!

It is well known among my family and friends that I am a magazine hoarder!

Yes, I have magazines dating back to the 70′s. . .

~ ~ ~ and many that are no longer in print :(

Today, I am so very happy to announce that PRAIRIE STYLE MAGAZINE . .

. . . IS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!!

Prairie Style Magazine is created by the ever so talented Fifi O’Neill . .

~ ~ ~ a distinguished author, stylist and editor.

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There are 144 pages of beautifully photographed stories . .

~ ~ and 9 fabulous homes from Coast to Coast and Canada . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ all printed on high quality paper.

Here are some of the fabulous features:

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The talented and beautiful Fifi O’Neill . .

~ ~ one day I hope to meet her. I can honestly say that she is truly fabulous!

I am sure you are in awe of the sneak peeks . .

~ ~ that Fifi has so graciously allowed me to present to you!

I am here to say this is a magazine you do not want to miss out on!!

This magazine hits the newsstands in early May . .

However, so not to miss out on this . .

~ ~ ~ you can preorder a single issue for $9.99 HERE

There is also the option to order 10 or more copies at $4.99 each HERE

~ ~ go to the tab “bulk orders” to order the quantity of 10 or more.

Quantities are limited so order now!…

Note: I have not been compensated for this post…

~ ~ ~ just excited to shout this out as I love this magazine and Fifi!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ all opinions are entirely my own!

Have a most wonderful day!!!

New “wheels” in the Media room

I have been busy . . .

~ ~ and somewhat in a “mini panic mode” . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ preparing for something exciting to come in a couple of weeks.

Done my fair of shopping these past couple of days. . .

~ ~ and there are some new “wheels” in the media room!

Warren Pulley Task Lamp

Can you guess what this is???

Pottery Barn Warren Pulley Task Lamp

Getting close? . .

Media Room

I gathered my Pottery Barn bucks, gift cards, and coupons . .

~ ~ and woo hoo . . I got this Warren Pulley Task Lamp for a little over $30.00

Love those Pottery Barn bucks!

Media Room

I was trying to decide between this lamp and another . .

~ ~ but hubby really loved this one. . .

~ ~ ~ ~ you know . . you have to throw them a bone every now and then! :)

Folk Art Uncle Sams

My folk art Uncle Sams . .

Media Room

Now, if they could only invent a way to make the cords invisible!!!

~ ~ and there are a few more additions happening in this room . .

Pottery Barn Bolton Lantern

We took down the fan and replaced it with the Pottery Barn Bolton Lantern

Media Room Monogrammed pillow

Adding some new pillows in the room like this one made by my friend Linda . .

~ ~ a.k.a., Kristen’s mom.

You are going to see the fabric in 2 other rooms soon! Keeping Linda busy!

So stay tuned for more changes happening around here!!!

Have a wonderful day!

Some things that make me happy . . Flowers and a Feature . .

What makes you happy?….

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas

Happy is a great pot of hydrangeas when your hydrangea shrub . .

~ ~ is just a sea of sticks right now.

Spring Vignette

Spring Vignette

Spring Vignette

Happy is cute moss covered bunnies prancing across the table . .

Flowers and silver

Happy is a silver pitcher full of flowers and crystal pineapples :)

Spring Vignette

Spring Vignette

Happy is a new magazine issue like Romantic Country . .

Spring Vignette

Happy, happy is a little girl waiting patiently behind the scenes . .

~ ~ when Grandma is taking pictures . .

~ ~ ~ ~ so she can play with Lala Loopsy on the table. :)

And one of the definitions of a happy dance . . .

IS BEING FEATURED AT RHODA’S OF SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY TODAY !!!!

Hop on over and see my feature!! :)

Have a wonderful day filled with lots of things that make you happy!

A Room That “Laundry is a Pleasure” {Vintage Laundry Room}

My philosophy is that a room that’s designated for “daily chores” . . .

~ ~ should be happy and and a pleasure to be in . .

~ ~ ~ ~ well maybe, most of the time.

Laundry Room

Loved ones with dirty clothes!

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

When we relocated many years ago from Florida to NC . .

~ ~ I did not sell my vintage laundry items . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ knowing I wanted to keep a vintage look in my new laundry room.

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

Vintage laundry items collected over the years . .

Laundry Room

Vintage laundry items corralled in an Ikea hanging basket . .

~ ~ items gained from a friend and gift from my sister.

Now moving to the other side . .

Laundry Room

A top was made so that I would have a space for folding clothes . .

~ ~ and most importantly, have a space to house my “pretties”

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

This blue and white 1971 plate with a laundry theme was a great find!

Laundry Room

My cute clothes sprinkler lady….

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

My washer eats socks!!!

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

I purchased this print when I was in Charleston not too long ago. .

~ ~ It reminded me so much of my mom hanging clothes on the clothesline . .

~ ~ ~ ~ always wearing a “house dress”

Laundry Room

And I hope that I will never have to revert to using these!!!

Thanks so much for visiting the room where I spend lots of time in . .

Gotta go and do another load of laundry, as “loved ones are nearby” ! !

Have a great day!!

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Dreaming of Flowers and a Feature

For many of us, we had a break this weekend . . .

~ ~ a break from rain and cold.

However, it started again on Sunday . . rain and cold.

Today was beautiful with a cloudless Carolina blue sky . .

I can only dream of flowers that will come . . .

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Like the ones in my back yard last Summer . .

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Or the ones that were on my front porch in the Fall.

But for now, I have to enjoy these:

Great room flowers

Flowers from the grocery store . .

Tulip Arrangement

And flowers from a sister, “just because”….

And if you want to see some of the rooms these flowers are in . . .

Hop on over to Katherine’s Corner as she is featuring me today!

Have a wonderful day!!

How to turn a Garden Stool into a large vase

I have a pair of cream colored reticulated garden stools.

They used to be at the top of my bookcases.

Now one is here:

Garden Stool

Sits next to the chair in the Great Room.

I have another one and had an “epiphany” . .

~ ~ to turn it into a large vase!

Garden Stool

I placed some felt pads on the top to stabilize it . .

~ ~ as the top will be the “bottom” of the vase.

Garden Stool

Turned the garden stool upside down . . .

Garden Stool Vase

Added some ivy, twigs and branches from my Forsythia bush . .

Garden Stool Vase

Replaced the faux boxwood wreath with an moss covered letter . . .

~ ~ ~ oh so, Common Ground’esque!

Garden Stool Vase/butterfly basket

Garden Stool Vase/butterfly basket

I added my Lenox butterfly reticulated basket to the vignette . . .

~ ~ I actually ditched the original pic of this and took this one this morning . .

~ ~ ~ ~ when the morning sun was streaming through the room.

Garden Stool Vase/bunny

On the other side of the vase is my “special bunny” . . .

~ ~ This was actually the first item I bought from what is now HomeGoods.

Years ago, whenever we were in Atlanta, I would visit this particular shopping area . .

~ ~ that had a Bombay Outlet and a Calico Corners.

One day I noticed that a TJ Maxx and More was added to the shopping center . .

~ ~ the “More” was the addition of a tremendous amount of “home goods” .

Then later it spun off to “HomeGoods”…

Garden Stool Vase

I only had time to buy one thing as just as I walked in . .

~ ~ my hubby called me and said he was ready to be picked up from his client’s office.

However, the very next time we were in Atlanta, I made sure I had hours to be the store!

Garden Stool Vase

Garden Stool Vase Vignette

I love re-purposing items . .

~ ~ all the while I was creating this arrangement in the “garden stool” . .

~ ~ ~ ~ my hubby was looking at me as if I had two heads.

And when all was said and done . . he gave me the thumbs up! :)

So what have you re-purposed lately?

Have a most wonderful day!!

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Simply Spring Mantel 2014

Because I have a very “busy” item above my mantel . . .

~ ~ I try to keep the mantel decor simple.

I shopped the house . . .

~ ~ and came up with this “mantelscape”.

Spring Mantel 2014

I started out with a vase of twigs and blueberry branches and a touch of white . . .

~ ~ with a pair of pineapple finials on each side.

Spring Mantel 2014

Spring Mantel 2014

Spring Mantel 2014

What’s a Spring Mantel without birds . . .

~ ~ so a pair of creamware bird plates on gold plate stands were added.

Spring Mantel 2014

Spring Mantel 2014

A pair of tall candlesticks from Pottery Barn finishes off the vignette . . .

Spring Mantel 2014

I love a challenge of shopping the house to create a new vignette . . .

~ ~ ~ so, have you been shopping the house lately?…

Have a wonderful day and Happy Spring!!!!

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