French Antiques Warehouse

When I travel with my hubby, and the Boys of Summer to tournaments,

I try to research the antique shops in the area.

I grabbed a Knoxville travel information guide at the Tennessee Welcome Center.

Under the places to shop I noticed an ad for a shop that specialized

in French antiques. We had some time before a game and my hubby kindly

took me  to this French Antiques Warehouse, called Willow Creek.

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Simple Summer Blue and White Vignette

Before I left for Tennessee last week to join the Boys of Summer,

I re-potted some topiaries into blue and white containers.

I had been wanting to do that for a while now, and finally got around to it

as I wanted to create a simple summer blue and white vignette

for the French buffet in the foyer.

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Summer House

As I fluffed the Great Room for summer I could not help but think about

how I need to stage my home to get it ready to place on the market.

I certainly do not need to bring in any things, but take away . . .

take lots of things away. I love furniture and the pretties that give

a room its personality . . . mine!

In the coming month, lots of things will be stored away or donated,

but in the meantime, I will enjoy my Summer House.

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The First Summer Vignette That’s Slightly Coastal

In-between trips with the Boys of Summer,

I am refreshing my decor to reflect the season that crept upon us so quickly.

I began in the sunroom and added the pretties of summer. . . . of shells, sea glass,

and summer colors of soft blues and greens. If you missed my summer sunroom,

you can see it HERE.

In the meantime, today I am presenting the first Summer vignette that’s slightly coastal

in the Great Room.

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Let the Summer Decorating Begin

Where has Spring gone?

The older I get, the more I tend to savor each season,

as they go by so quickly. So in a blink of an eye, Spring has passed us by

and Summer is here.

Therefore . . . . Let the summer decorating begin.

For some reason I always start in the sunroom.

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How Houseplants Can Enhance Your Decor

I have always loved plants in my home.

The feeling of bringing the outside in, is not only just pleasing to the eye,

but very healthy too,  as they actually can clean the air!

When others need pet sitters when they travel,

I need plant sitters! I have many!

When watering plants the other week before leaving on a trip,

I realized how houseplants can enhance your decor. It truly does mine.

I love the color and texture that they add.

Let’s start in the foyer.

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Do You Love All-American Decorating and Timeless Style? – A Giveaway

Do you love All-American decorating and timeless style like I do?

Then you would love this book that I featured in my last post

of my High Low Project inspired by this “Beautiful” book.

Love the style of Mark D. Sikes so much that I want to share it with you.

I decided to purchase another copy of his book and share one with one of my readers.

Yes, I am personally giving away a copy of the book to one of my readers, 

“Beautiful, All-American Decorating and Timeless Style.” by Mark D. Sikes

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A Vignette Inspired By A Beautiful Book, My High-Low Project

I love beautiful home decor books.

I came across this book, “Beautiful” by Mark D. Sikes

while reading a review on it by the lovely ladies of Design Chic.

I ordered this book right away and was totally immersed in the magnificent

rooms and decor featured in his  book.

While reading this book, I  came across a vignette on a skirted table

that I knew I could somewhat replicate on a budget, by actually shopping the house.

So I began to collect those items and I created

a vignette inspired by a Beautiful book,  my High Low project.

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Vignettes Tell A Story and A Winner

Do your vignettes tell a story?

Mine always seem like they do. 

Whenever I gather things to place on a table or a surface/area I am styling,

I think of each piece and the story behind it.

Whether it be a memory of a friend, a place that I traveled to, or a shopping experience

with friends or family. There is always a story. Stories of  fun times and

sometimes bittersweet, because  that particular memory is that of a person who is  longer with us.

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French Door Love. What Were We Thinking?

As my hubby and I pour over house plans with one in particular,

we discovered that we definitely are not only downsizing in square footage,

but downsizing in the amount of windows and french doors.

We have French door love. What were we thinking?

Yes, what were we thinking when we installed 7 sets of french doors in this house.

We were thinking that they bring in so much light and are just beautiful.

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