Can you have too much blue and white?

The other day I was strolling through my favorite consignment store, Always Home,

with some friends and I spotted something.

It caught my eye right away and I scurried over to it

as it sat so beautifully on a table.

I then thought to myself . . . Can you have too much blue and white?

As I looked the item over, I thought, now really Shirley . . .  do you really need this?

I walked around a little more, and realized, there is no such thing

as too much blue and white!

Blue and White Lamp-Ironstone-Housepitality Designs

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Guest Room Refresh

While I was eliminating a few large items in the Guest Room,

and doing some general de-cluttering and staging.

I could not help but think if I should refresh the room

with Summer decor? Or should I just do a Guest Room Refresh? Refresh I did.

 When packing up some pillows, I kept a pillow aside,

knowing I would use it in one of the rooms for the summer.

A faux grain sack pillow, Summer House.

Guest Bedroom-Grain Sack Pillow-Housepitality Designs

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Summer Porch of Cool Blues and White

Hope you all had a most wonderful 4th of July,

celebrating our Nation’s Independence Day.

We had a great day of celebration with friends.

Today I present to you my upper Summer Porch of Cool Blues and White.

Yes, the porch got a little bit of de-cluttering and staging too,

keeping the space pretty and simply stated.

Blue and White-Summer Porch-Garden Stool-Housepitality Designs

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You’re A Grand ‘Ole Flag

As the 4th of July, Independence Day, approaches,

I am always reminded of my childhood. Of sparklers and firecrackers.

Of sitting on top of the hood of my parents car watching fireworks at the park.

But most of all, I am reminded of songs. Songs of patriotism that my dad would sing.

Oh he loved to have sing-a-longs in the car.

One of the songs was, You’re A Grand ‘Ole Flag.

Flags in blue and white-Housepitality Designs

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Dining Room Changes

I guess you can say that every room in this house is going through a change

in that there is a room with less. Less items to create a more spacious feel

and then there is the more . . . taking things away means more to pack away.

Speaking of less, I will be keeping the centerpiece on the dining room table simple.

 However, simple does not mean you cannot have a bit of elegance too.

Today I present my dining room changes, starting with the simple, yet elegant centerpiece.

Orchid in Blue and White-Housepitality Designs

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The Lighter Sunroom

By now, most of you know that I have been purging, packing and staging my house.

I am methodically moving from one room to another.

The Great Room . . . . done!

Then on to the Sunroom . . . and I can now say . . . . done!

So here is The Lighter Sunroom.

Sunroom-Summer 2017-Housepitality Designs

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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.

French Buffet-Foyer-Blue and White-Housepitality Designs

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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.

Great Room Vintage Settee-Housepitality Designs

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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.

Sunroom Summer Decor-Housepitality Designs

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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.

Foyer-French Buffet-Housepitality Designs

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