Imitation . . . The Sincerest Form of Flattery

I think it was George Bernard Shaw that said,

“Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery,

it is the sincerest form of learning.”

And that is what I did today . . . learn . . . from some of the best.

I did it again . . . I took a magazine cover and I tweaked it for a summer vignette.

Summer Vignette - Housepitality Designs

[Read more…]

Vintage Chippiness

I wanted to have another table surface in the kitchenette of the Media room.

So what do you do? You shop the house and the attic too!

I remembered I had a painted vintage drop leaf table in the attic

that was left over from the antique booth days. I measured and it was perfect.

So down it came.

Vintage Screen Door - Housepitality Designs

[Read more…]

Toile and Leather

Toile and leather . . . a happy combination?

Recently two chairs were removed from the media room

and given to my son to use in his new home.

They left a bit of a space for me to fill.

Rather than buying new chairs for now,

I brought in my hubby’s favorite chair that was in his office and  used to be in the family rooms

of our past 3 homes. It is dark in color, a classic flame stitch pattern,  and I wanted to obtain chairs

of a lighter fabric to brighten up the room. However for now, this chair will be just fine.

Media Room - Housepitality Designs

[Read more…]

What I Have Been Up To and Part One of Our Kentucky Trip

It seems like I have been like a little hamster on a hamster wheel.

Going, going, a little stop, and going, going again.

That is why my posting has been so sporadic.

With lots of travel and family commitments, there seems to be little time

to sit and chat with you!

Today, I will take you on Day 1 of our Trip to Kentucky.

Woodford Reserve - Housepitality Designs

[Read more…]

How To Turn A Garden Container Into A Water Feature

A couple of months ago, on a trip to my favorite garden center I came across a fountain

that I thought would be wonderful on my front porch.

I love the sound and appearance of flowing water.

The fine folks of Smart Pond contacted me and asked if I would create

a pond/water feature in my garden. I gladly accepted; however, I wanted to do something a bit different.

I got that epiphany, that “ah-ha” moment when adding water to my fountain on the porch.

Garden Container Pond - Housepitality Designs

[Read more…]

Which Would You Choose?

I have come to the decision that rather than buying some chairs,

I will have my Ethan Allen Martha Washington chairs

that I purchased at an estate sale recovered.

My dilemma ….. Do I go super neutral or do I chose a pattern?

These are the chairs that will be recovered:

Dining Room Sitting Area - Housepitality Designs

The chairs are currently in the dining room sitting area,

however, that does not mean that they will remain there.

I have moved one of the  chairs to a corner of the room

so that you can see the choices a bit better.

The chair as it is now:

Dining Room Sitting Area - Housepitality Designs

Here is it with some pattern and color. Love that buffalo check.

The same check that is in my Master Bath (click on “master bath” if you missed this post).

Dining Room Chair - Housepitality Designs

I know the appearance of the examples of pattern/color vs. totally neutral is a bit unflattering

with the folds and wrinkles, but I hope you can get the idea.

Dining Room Chair - Housepitality Designs

Now, this is not to say that these are the patterns/colors that I will choose for the chairs.

Just trying to make a decision on fabrics. Go with pattern and color or totally neutral.

So what would you choose? Would love to hear your opinion.

In the meantime, I have many, many projects on my plate.

From my sweetie’s total room (which is practically empty now) re-do,

to the media room, in which two chairs were removed and given to my son.

Stay tuned next week for my DIY porch project!

Have a wonderful weekend! I will be watching our Boys of Summer!

How to Add Softness, Pattern and Pretty Texture to the Master Bath

Adding softness,  pretty texture and pattern to the Master Bath

was on my mind for quite some time.

One way to do that would be to add some pretty drapes

if you have a large window in your bathroom.

I have a large window; however, I have sconces flanking that window

which makes adding drapes a problem.

So what did I do? I added drapes to the shower doors!

Master Bath - Housepitality Designs

[Read more…]

Grand ‘Ole Flags in Blue and White

Hi there! I am back from a little vacation adventure

celebrating our anniversary in the beautiful countryside of Kentucky.

I have lots of photos and stories (a haunted one too) of our trip

to share with you next week.

In the meantime, when I got home, in-between many loads of laundry and those chores

that need to be done after being away for 5 days, I adorned by coffee table with

the Grand ‘Ole flags.

Patriotic Vignette - Housepitality Designs

[Read more…]

Summer Touches in the Sunroom

I could not decide how I wanted to decorate the sunroom for summer.

Do I go coastal?

Do I adorn it with a summer garden theme?

Do I extend more of the blue and white into the sunroom?

Oh the decisions.

Summer Sunroom 2016 - Housepitality Designs

[Read more…]

The Master Bedroom for Summer

On the way home from a tournament in Tennessee,

my hubby obliged me with a bit of a detour to  stop in Lake Lure, NC

for lunch . . . and a stop at the Pottery Barn Outlet in South Carolina.

What more can you ask for than a beautiful lunch by the water’s edge of Lake Lure

and a stop at a Pottery Barn outlet to finish off the weekend.

Master Bedroom Summer 2016- Housepitality Designs

[Read more…]