The Foyer for Christmas

For the first decorated room/area reveal this Christmas season is the room/area

that you first see when you enter my home . . . The Foyer for Christmas.

This year, rather than filling the house with many of my Christmas treasures that

I have collected over the years, I am trying to embellish the things that I already have.

This way I do not have to banish lots of accessories into the attic.

Now it is not to say that I am not using many of my Christmas treasures,

just scaling down a bit.

Christmas Foyer-Housepitality Designs

[Read more…]

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

[Read more…]

A New Year’s Blue and White Sunroom

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful start to 2017!

My start to the New Year in my home is a New Year’s Blue and White Sunroom.

Actually I should say accents of blue and white,

as the wicker is a celery green in color.

But what goes well with green? …. blue!

Blue and White-Sunroom-Housepitality Designs

[Read more…]

I Have A Blue Christmas in the Master Bedroom

Whenever I hear Blue Christmas, it reminds me of that song by Elvis.

You know the one, “I’ll Have A Blue Christmas Without You” …

That being said, I have a blue Christmas in the Master Bedroom this year.

I did not use the Winter Birds bedding this year.

I thought I would do something different and I did.

Master Bedroom-Christmas 2016-Housepitality Designs

[Read more…]

It all began with a Garden Stool

A couple of weekends ago, I was in Richmond, Virginia

attending one of my hubby’s tournaments.

Between games, I did the usual.

I looked up the nearby HomeGoods from my phone and off I went.

I do love shopping in HomeGoods in other cities

as I do find things that my local stores do not have.

Garden Stool - Housepitality Designs

[Read more…]

Changing an Area from Winter to Pre-Spring

Changing an area from Winter to Pre-Spring was on the agenda

when I replaced the blue accessories in the sunroom to red.

The blue items shifted to another room which caused the usual domino effect.

Great Room Blue and White Vignette - Housepitality Designs

[Read more…]

How To Use Vintage Items For All Of Your Planting Needs

Why buy new things to contain your plants and flowers

when you can make the plants or flowers even prettier by using vintage items.

So today, I will show you how I use vintage items for all of my plants and flowers.

Orchid in vintage pitcher-Housepitality Designs

You know those orchids that you can get quite inexpensively at the grocery stores?

The containers are not all that interesting, so remove the orchid from the container

and place it in a wonderful vintage pitcher

or any other vintage container that will beautifully accommodate the plant.

Boxwood Topiary-Housepitality Designs

When I buy preserved boxwoods or other faux topiaries

I usually remove them from their department store containers.

This particular one, I placed in a vintage McCoy flower pot.

Vintage Ironstone/Kitchen Vignette-Housepitality Designs

As the ones shown here that I purchased from HomeGoods

and placed them in vintage ironstone sugar bowls.

Vintage tureen plant container-Housepitality Designs

This tropical plant sits in a vintage ironstone tureen

that was purchased at a great price because it did not not have a lid.

Faux topiary in live plant-Housepitality Designs

I am now experimenting with adding faux to real plants.

I took a faux boxwood topiary ball . . . attached it to a stick . . .

and placed it in the center of the live plant that is in a vintage ironstone commode.

Vintage transferware urn/settee-Housepitality Designs

This vintage transferware urn previously contained faux evergreens.

Removed the faux with a pretty green tropical plant (that I call an umbrella plant).

Antique blue and white transferware commode-Housepitality Designs

For as long as I can remember, I have had a plant

in my treasured blue and white transferware commode

a gift many, many years ago from a friend. It was a family piece.

Olive Bucket/Dining Room-Housepitality Designs

Many of us place a plant in these olive buckets.

I just love the difference in the textures. Great juxtaposition of natural and rusty metal.

I am making a conscious effort to “go green” with my plant containers.

Maybe that will give me more of a green thumb!

To use the gently used treasures of the past.

On another note . . . I was in Florida last week. Another season of bleachers and red clay.

While I was there, I met up with a sweet lady!. . . . A blogger that I have not met in person,

however, feel that I know her.

Shirley/Sherry/Merry

That’s me on the left, Sherry from No Minimalist Here, and my friend Merry.

Sherry is a joy!…We had lots of fun and she took us to her favorite antique places.

So happy that I finally got to meet her and can’t wait to see her again at Haven.

It is always so wonderful to be able to meet fellow bloggers and get to know them.

Have a most fabulous day!

How to Upcycle A Dried Miniature Cypress

When decorating for Christmas, I love to use many natural elements including small norfolk trees,

rosemary topiaries, and small cypress trees.

While I can later plant some items like rosemary, some of my plants just didn’t make it,

partially due to it just not being a typical houseplant.

I had one that just did not make it. It dried and however, kept its color.

Cypress Topiary Vignette-Housepitality Designs

[Read more…]

A Christmas “Greenscape” in the Dining Room

I thought I would change out my china this year for the Christmas table . .

~ ~ but I love it so much that I used it again this year.

My Lenox Holiday Tartan.

If I am feeling energetic, I may try another tablescape later 🙂

For today, the table is set, a “greenscape” . .

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

~ ~ a little less sparkle and a little more green this year.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

The tree of fruit stems and garlands sits in the corner as it did the years past.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

I placed a garland of greenery and added topiaries, cardinals (our state bird), ornaments and candles.

~ ~ the bird has such a serious look!

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

The place setting of Lenox Holiday Tartan . .

~ ~ Green charger by Franciscan.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

A gift package ornament is placed on the napkin . .

~ ~ it is filled with a “surprise” that my granddaughter has placed in it.

We were told “not to peek”!!

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

I utilized the bread and butter plate as a “coaster” for the stemware.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

A beaded pear is placed in a vintage sherbet/custard glass.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

I also used the same glen plaid table runner that was on the table for Thanksgiving.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Taking you around the room . .

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

A new Pottery Barn “winter birds” pillow sits on the antique bench I purchased at the Country Living Fair.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

The tree in a “different lights”

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

A wreath of guilded and beaded fruit and ribbon.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

The vignette on top of the dining room hutch..

~ ~ just added a couple of stems of silvery green leaves.

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

I placed an ornament “upside down” in a silver creamer . . it resembled a “tree”

Christmas 2013 Dining Room

A vignette of trees of fruit and a Byers Choice Caroler.

A few more rooms to be “fluffed” for the holidays ..

~ ~ definitely “trying” to keep the decor more simple this year . .

Thanks for visiting ~ ~ Have a beautiful day!!

I am joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

The Foyer {A Reflection of You}

It is said that your foyer should be a reflection of you…

…..when you enter a home, the foyer should set the tone for who lives there.

So I gathered some items for my foyer table that I thought reflected this house.

However, I must say that it would be mainly me…or there would be a baseball glove on that table!!

DSC_0473

DSC_0445

My stained glass piece in the foyer is not only indicative of my love for old architectural things…

…..but it is also a very sentimental piece…a gift from my hubby….

……….and you can read about my very “sentimental gift” at this previous post.

DSC_0434

DSC_0435

Always wanted my home to feel warm and inviting….for family and friends.

I bought this “Bless This House” sheet music book over a year ago at an antique fair…

DSC_0441

And of course there are my favorite crystal pineapples on this table…

…..one of them was a birthday gift from my mom.

DSC_0437

DSC_0461

My treasured “Home Sweet Home” book by John Howard Payne, dated 1882 ….

…..I purchased this book about 20 years ago and paid $25 for it.

I thought back then I was paying a fortune for it..

……….but could not pass this book up and happy that I didn’t!

DSC_0444

Added a favorite pic of my son and his family…a stack of books that reflect my style…

DSC_0450

A classic lamp for a reflection of my traditional style…..

…..and one of my favorite flowers (hydrangea) nestled in a jadite bowl…

………..which reflects my love of vintage dishes.

DSC_0458

There’s that pineapple again….

…..and you can see how I discovered why I love pineapples so much in an upcoming post on Sunday.

DSC_0468

Then there is my total fondness of topiaries…

DSC_0455

DSC_0446

DSC_0448

This topiary is nestled in a special blue transferware chamber pot…

…..this was a gift from a friend/former co-worker of mine many years ago..

DSC_0475

So…is your foyer a reflection of you…your home…your family?…

Hope you enjoyed my foyer vignette today…a reflection of our home and what we love.

Have a wonderful day!!!

I am joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday

DIY by Design for Sizzle into Summer Party

French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday

Katherine’s Corner Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

Homework Wednesday