Inspiration from a Magazine Cover

I love my shelter magazines.

As a teenager, I would forego buying a tube of lipstick and buy a House Beautiful or a

Better Homes and Gardens magazine instead.  It brought me hours of joy dreaming of interiors

I hoped to have someday.

I must admit, I am a magazine hoarder and keep special issues or boxes of a favorite magazine.

Ironstone Pitcher of Hydrangeas - Housepitality Designs

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I Couldn’t Leave Them Behind, So I Broke My Own Rule

I couldn’t leave them behind, so I broke my own rule.

My rule of trying to re-design my interiors, using what I already had in the house.

I was doing pretty good, until I saw these.

Temptation set in, and it won.

Blue and White Ginger Jar Lamp - Housepitality Designs

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The Power of Flowers

The power of flowers.

Flower Power as they described it in the 60’s.

They impact our lives in so many ways.

Flowers are one of the great things in life that are truly powerful.

Powerful in that they can put a smile on your face, change a mood, or

make a meal more tasty when you gaze upon the simplest of arrangements on a table.

Flowers turn a gloomy day to sunshine, make a mundane task like washing dishes

not so bad, as you look at a beautiful vase of flowers strategically placed by the sink.

I love flowers, as you all do, and always have them in my home.

Transferware Pitcher/Flowers - Housepitality Designs

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The Little Projects You Never Get Around To

For me, it is the little projects I never seem to get around to,

as I am thinking about the bigger projects that seem to make a bigger impact.

But these days, it is the little ones that I can tackle.

The little ones that frankly, I can handle with no lifting or major movement required.

It’s been a slow recovery process, but this too shall pass.

Iron Lamp - Housepitality Designs

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Less is More

Less is more . . . did I say that?

Well, while still fidgety recuperating . . . (and I must say that I am feeling somewhat better),

I roam the house. Being unable to do all that much, I just set my sights on what I can do

to start on my quest of “less is more”.

I started in the sunroom.

Oh wait, did I say less is more? I did buy this Spring trio of tulips, daffodils, and a hyacinth

and repotted it in a vintage McCoy flower pot. But it was a “replacement”

of flowers that were previously there.

Spring flowers - Housepitality Designs

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A Little Fluffing ~ A Great Seat Cushion

A little fluffing done here and there about the house,

that’s about all I can do these days, trying to recuperate from “The Shingles”.

There should be a horror film, titled, “The Shingles” as it is truly “horror-a-ble”.

I am not one to sit . . . I get fidgety.

I was sitting on the sofa, looking around to see what I could do

that would not take much energy or movement . . . the key word being movement

and not get the attention of the resident Hall Monitor.

Ah ha! The light bulb moment.

Monogrammed Grain Sack/Settee - Housepitality Designs

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Happy Mother’s Day ~ Beautiful Irises from the Garden

Happy Mother’s Day!

I just wanted to wish you wonderful moms out there a most wonderful Mother’s Day.

Unfortunately, I am unable to be with my mom today, but hope to see her soon!

I admire her never ending positive attitude on life,

never wanting for much . . . just the company of her family

and just glad to be alive and rise early each day to see the sun rise.

I wish I had just a smidgen of her amazing positive and happy attitude.

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There Are Shingles in the House!

There are  Shingles in the house but not the kind you may think.

Not the kind that are made of an asphalt type material,

or those that are made to look like beautiful slate or cedar.

Although the cedar shingles/shakes would smell lovely in the house.

No, not those Shingles.

Tea Time - Housepitality Designs

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Bramble Showroom ~ High Point 2016 Spring Market

When I know that my schedule will only allow for  one day to go to the High Point Spring Market,

Kristen and I head to the Bramble Showroom as soon as we arrive.

The Bramble furniture collection  offers a great variety of styles from classic to trendy,

or should I say, the updated classics.

It is a very warm, colorful and happy showroom. The staff is always pleasant

and willing to help and answer any questions.

Welcome to Bramble.

Love the arrangement with the mix of the magnolia leaves, hydrangeas and lemons.

Great horse too!

Bramble Showroom 2016 - Housepitality Designs

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A Spring Porch and a Fountain

It was time to refresh the front porch for Spring.

I knew I wanted a new look.

The vintage wagon with the background of the vintage door

has been a staple on the porch for a while now. Time for a change.

Spring Porch 2016 - Housepitality Designs

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