Springtime Means Guests

Springtime means guests in our house.

Whether it be family or friends.

So time to spruce it up a little to make it comfortable

and hopefully a bit of home away from home.

Guest Room - Housepitalty Designs

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I Couldn’t Let It Go {The Love of Blue and White}

I couldn’t let it go . . . go to the great land of Replacements that is.

It was headed to Replacements land if the beautiful Pre World War II Noritake blue and white china

that belonged to Martha’s hubby’s mother did not sell at the moving sale.

It did not sell . . . and that china pulled at my heart strings.

Was it because I knew I could give it a good home. Yes indeed!

Noritake China/Ironstone - Housepitality Designs

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The Beauty of Spring in the Kitchen

It was time to add the beauty of Spring in the kitchen.

A room where I spend, like  most of you I am sure, the most amount of time,

of any room in the house.

Whether we are cooking for our family or friends,

or having a leisurely lunch . . . this is where the heart of the home is.

Speaking of lunch, I am joining 5 amazing fellow French Country design blog friends

to present a theme of “Noon”.

My kitchen is filled mainly with vintage items

from the good ole’ USA, France and England,

such as these English crocks filled with old silver spoons.

Dundee Marmalade Crocks - Housepitality Designs

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I Got a Kiss and a Hug Over This Antique Piece

I got a kiss and a hug over this antique piece. He loves it.

He has never reacted to an antique item that I brought home before.

Well, except for the antique wood and iron shutters in the background.

Oh, he would always say it was very nice and then ask where are you going to put it?

It is an item that I have always wished I had, admired from afar,

but never found the right one. Until Martha had her moving sale.

Antique Baker's Rack - Housepitality Designs

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Repeating A Pattern

They say, that there should be one pattern in a room or area,

repeated 3 times.

They, as being the designers of classes that I took way back when.

I try to follow that rule, but it has lately gotten away from my decor.

Kitchen Bar Stool Seat Cover - Housepitality Designs

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I Hope He Is Right!

I hope he is right! He being Punxsutawney Phil.

I hope that he truly did not see his shadow, as I am so ready for Spring!

There have been too many days of being house bound due to the icy weather.

I long for pretty flowers and the projects of Spring.

So I can use this:

Potting Bench - Housepitality Designs

The potting bench now is pretty sad looking as it is in the cold

and not adorned with flowers.

But I want to remain positive and “bee happy”

Flower Pots/Potting Bench - Housepitality Designs

Happiness is rocking in the rockers on the veranda with a great glass of tea.

Veranda - Housepitality Designs

Happiness is watching the flowers grow and hoping my hydrangeas bloom this year!

Back yard - Housepitality Designs

Happy is seeing the lovely green and the hanging ferns again

and also filling the window boxes on the upper porch with spring flowers.

Rear view of house/Veranda/Upper Porch - Housepitality Designs

Vintage Schwin Bicycle - Housepitality Designs

However, in the meantime, I shall plan on creating Spring vignettes.

Spring Vignette - Housepitality Designs

Of birds and flowers . . .

Spring Vignette - Housepitality Designs

Silver and Daisies . . .

Spring Vignette of Silver and Daisies - Housepitality Designs

and moss covered bunnies.

Ironstone and bunnies - Housepitality Designs

Now the good thing about being house bound is that you get to carry out

that domino effect. Coming soon.

Are you ready for Spring or do you embrace each season as it occurs as

Mother Nature wants us to?

Have a beautiful winter’s day!

I Didn’t Shop the House

I didn’t shop the house,

but I shopped someone else’s house!!! ….. My friend Martha’s house to be exact.

I presented a beautiful red transferware pitcher to you the other day

which was also a purchase from Martha who is moving

and downsizing her beautiful collections and antiques.

Antique Scottish Scale - Housepitality Designs

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I am back and wearing new colors!

In my last post of the sunroom, I refreshed it with more red accents

using a vintage grain sack and accent pillows.

While I was refreshing the sunroom the other day, thoughts went through my mind

on how I can re-arrange the furniture.

The other day, I got up a 6 a.m., grabbed my first cup of coffee

and was just staring into the room……I set down the coffee cup and went to work.

Sunroom antique chest vignette - Housepitality Designs

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A Sugar Bowl Is Not Just for the Kitchen

A sugar bowl is not just for the kitchen or dining room, right?!!

That was my answer when my hubby asked why there was a sugar bowl

on the table in the great room.

Ironstone Sugar Bowl - Housepitality Designs

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Organizing and Refreshing the Dining Room

Organizing and refreshing the dining room was on my list

of small projects after the Christmas decorations were taken away.

I have been on the lookout for some storage items for this room too.

The dining room for the winter is also acting as a mini greenhouse

for plants that are waiting to be brought back out on the porch in the Spring.

Dining Room sitting area - Housepitality Designs

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