Decking the Halls

I have been busy decking the halls, but no boughs of holly . . . yet.

I thought that this year I would scale back on the number of trees

that I would decorate for Christmas. However, so far, I have done three

and possibly one more if time allows.

I thought that I would show you some snippets of what I have been doing.

First a peek at the dining room tree.

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Elegance and Style

Hello everyone. I am back!

I was in Washington D.C.  last week and took a little break

to meet up with my friend Mary Alice of Chateau Chic.

We had great fun visiting and shopping together.

One thing that we did one day was to travel to Bethesda, Maryland

to see our friend Loi at his exquisite antique shop, Tone On Tone.

Mary Alice had never been there so it was an extra treat for her to see

the shop and finally get to meet the sweet and talented Loi in person.

Loi is the definition of Elegance and Style.

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Simple Kitchen Decor Using Ironstone

The kitchen has been de-cluttered and somewhat staged.

I know rule of thumb to stage a kitchen

is not to have many things on the counter to accomplish a clean, fresh look.

However, as I have stated before, I take it up a notch or two,

needing some pretties to adorn a room and make you smile during the day!

I did pack away a lot of items that were on the kitchen counters

and this is my simple kitchen decor using ironstone.

Breadboard-Ironstone-Housepitality Designs

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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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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 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.

Summer Vignette-Japanese Fishing Floats-Housepitality Designs

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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.

Dining Room Table Vignette-Housepitality Designs

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Something I Could Not Pass Up

During my travels last month, I had the pleasure of making an overnight stop

on our way home ( in-between trips) and visit our friends

who live on St. Simon’s Island. As soon as we arrived, we were treated to lunch

and a visit with their beautiful grandchildren and daughter in law.

After lunch,  the grands headed back home and JoAnn and I hit the roads and went shopping,

The guys took the bikes and biked on the beaches of Jekyll Island.

While the guys got their exercise from biking,  we get ours by running  . . . . .

in and out of shops!!!  My kind of exercise!

It was on my shopping adventure with JoAnn that I saw something. . . .

Something I Could Not Pass Up!!!

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Lavender Love

I’m home …. Home Sweet Home.

It was so wonderful being able to spend over 12 days with my mom.

Prior to traveling to be with my mom while my brother and his wife were away,

I was in Florida for 6 days. I had one day between trips.

So it is safe to say that I have spent most of the month of March away.

Glad to be home, but there is so much to catch up on . . .

the house of overdue chores, doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping,

cleaning up my layers of pollen on my porch and patio furniture

and catching up on the blog work.

Today I will share with you some Lavender Love.

Lavender-Ironstone Foot Bath-Housepitality Designs

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Tidbits of Spring in the Kitchen

Hope you all enjoyed your First Day of Spring yesterday.

I have been traveling and a bit in the vacation mode.

While my hubby holds down the fort, I will be visiting my mom while

my brother and sister-in-law are away, as she lives with them,

so my posts may be a bit sporadic the next couple of weeks

and will include some happenings with my mom.

Good thing she does not mind getting in front of the camera.

Today, I shall bring you some Tidbits of Spring in the Kitchen.

Ironstone-Breadboard-Calla Lillies-Kitchen-Housepitality Designs

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