Archives for April 2014

Adding Texture & Color to the Master Bathroom

After discussing the photo shoot of my home with the editor . . .

I asked if there was anything she recommend that I do.

She made two suggestions . . . one was to add something to my master bathroom . .

~ ~ that would add some color and texture to an area in the room.

Master Bath

Master Bath

Could it be in the details of the accessories? . .

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Or in the color and texture of flowers that can be seen outside the bathroom window ?. .

Master Bath View

Another view from the window . . oops!..I guess I did not draw the blinds up very evenly!!!

Master Bath

Or is it in the color and texture of an orchid or a fluffy monogrammed towel??

Master Bath

Master Bath

Have you guessed ??? It’s the rug!..My new Dash and Albert rug . .

~ ~ I love the beauty and quality of Dash and Albert rugs.

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The editor was right . . the rug added just the perfect touch of texture, color . . .

~ ~ and warmth . . and the great part about this rug other than its beauty . .

~ ~ ~ ~ is that it is an indoor/outdoor rug . . perfect for a bathroom.

Have a wonderful day!!!

Note: This is not a sponsored post for Dash and Albert, all opinions are my own.

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Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

Spring Front Porch 2014

Last week was pretty exciting for me . .

~ ~ as many of you already know, my home was photographed for a shelter magazine.

This week, I shall be catching up on my “Spring To Do List” . .

~ ~ and one of them is my front porch.

If you missed my Upper Porch . . you can view it here.

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

I chose to go with lots of yellow this year…such the happy color!

(The right side of the porch)

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

The left side of the porch . .

Spring Front Porch 2014

I love filling my vintage child’s wagon with flowers . .

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

My friend Julie, a floral designer . . and my antique booth partner . .

~ ~ made these beautiful wreaths for me . .

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

I love how they look on the doors. . .

Spring Front Porch 2014

Spring Front Porch 2014

The flowering hanging baskets are in front of the master bathroom window…

~ ~ I love seeing these flowers from the inside of the house.

Spring Front Porch 2014

So happy to enjoy the flowers of Spring!

Spring Front Porch 2014

Hope you enjoyed my Spring Front Porch today . . .

Spring Front Porch 2014

And to choose to “Live Everyday In Abundance”

~ ~ for as my mom would say, “It is a great day as I woke up and saw the sun” !!!

Have a beautiful day!!

I am joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Imparting Grace for Grace at Home

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

StoneGable for The Scoop

My Awesome Day . . . The Photo Shoot of my Home

I am sure that all of you with a passion for decorating have this one common dream ~

~ ~ to have your home photographed for a publication . .

~ ~ ~ ~ a shelter magazine.

Well, my dream has come true . . .

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The most incredible team that I have dubbed “The Dream Team”

Sunday ~ ~ The “Divine Stylist”

Richard and Russ – – The photographers

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Sunday working her magic . . with Russ lending a hand ~ ~

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Sunday and Richard perusing a shot . .

I found it so amazing how well they all worked so wonderfully together . .

~ ~ truly “the dream team”

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Russ trying to get the perfect shot 🙂

~ ~ I felt as if I have known this fabulous group of people for years..

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Russ and “his helper”….

~ ~ showing my granddaughter how they take and edit photos through the computer.

She was fascinated!

Photo Shoot

This is the only photo I took of “part” of a “styled area” by Sunday . .

~ ~ it took my breath away.

I cannot say enough about what an experience I had . .

Photo Shoot

They were the utmost talented professionals and a wonderfully fun group!

And . . while Sunday was preparing to style an area . .

~ ~ she came across a basket of old Romantic Homes magazines . .

~ ~ ~ ~ yes, folks, “My name is Shirley and I am a magazine hoarder” !

Sunday ran to me to show me an old issue that I had saved . . (May 2002)

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It was her home on the cover . . and her cat!

How “twilight zone” is that!!!

It was an incredible day . .

And to end this day . . it was a thrill for my granddaughter . .

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As Russ let her push the computer key to take the last photo of the day . .

~ ~ so she can say “IT’S A WRAP” !!!!

French Wine Bottle Picnic Basket and The French Country Style Magazine

Hope everyone had a most wonderful Easter! . .

We had our traditional Easter Egg Hunt . . .

~ ~ and I promised my granddaughter that we will have a “re-play” with her friends.

Easter 2014

I have been busy “fluffing the house” for an upcoming event . . .

~ ~ that I can tell you all about on Wednesday.. .

~ ~ ~ ~ and bringing in more of my French finds into the decor . .

French Wine Picnic Carrier

A French Wine Bottle Picnic Basket

French Wine Picnic Carrier

French Wine Picnic Carrier

I placed a plant in the area where possibly a plate of fruits and cheeses would go . .

I have never seen a basket like this before and glad I purchased it.

French Copper Pots

And finally hung these two copper pots that I also bought in France.

And now . . . I want to give a big shout out and congratulations . . .

~ ~ to my dear friend Kim (Savvy Southern Style) for this:

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She got the cover!!!! . . .

And I have to mention that my friend Linda made that pillow on the chair!!

~ ~ so her pillow is famous too!

I could not wait to get my copy of the magazine . . I bought several! 🙂

Country French Style Magazine

They nailed the Title . . Effortless Elegance is right!

I remember the day when Kim bought this gorgeous piece…

~ ~ we were at Queen of Hearts when she spotted this . . love at first sight!

We could hear the choir of angels sing, “Take me home Kim” . . and she did!!

French Country Style Magazine

French Country Style Magazine

And her “famous” sunroom . . .

French Country Style Magazine

As you can see and many of you know, Kim’s home is elegant, yet so cozy and warm…

There are many, many gorgeous homes featured this issue…a must, must to buy!!!

Have a most beautiful day!!!

Buffalo Checks in the Dining Room

Hello everyone!

I have been a bit M.I.A. recently . . .

~ ~ working on my projects for an upcoming event.

Today, I want to show you a bit of “buffalo” in the dining room . .

It all started with this:

Dining Room

Dining Room Bench

A pillow that my friend Linda made for me . . as a gift . . .

~ ~ with leftover fabric (from Ikea) from another project you will soon see.

And, I shall reveal on Monday, why a pillow of Linda’s is famous!!

French Linen

My inspiration also came from this French linen tea towel . .

French Linen

A tea towel that I purchased in France last year . .

~ ~ at a fabulous fabric store in Normandy.

Buffalo Check Valance

I needed a bit of a softening effect on the windows . . .

~ ~ however, did not want to obstruct our view and do not need privacy . .

~ ~ ~ ~ as no one can see us but the deer and maybe a golfer or two.

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So again, Linda to the rescue!!…and she whipped up my valances in no time!

Dining Room

The colors of the fabric also go so well with the Pottery Barn side chairs.

Dining Room

I love the new look . .

~ ~ and glad that the windows have that “blown out look” . .

~ ~ ~ ~ as you would probably have seen the window washer!!

Wishing you all a great weekend and a Happy Easter!!!

I am joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

High Point Market Spring 2014 {Bramble Company Furniture}

I was only able to spend one afternoon at the High Point Spring Market . .

~ ~ so one of my “must sees” was the Bramble Company Furniture showroom.

Before Kristen (Sophia’s Decor) and I met up with Courtney (French Country Cottage)..

~ ~ we made a “bee-line” to Bramble . .

Here is the eye candy we saw:

~ ~ you may notice a bit of a trend coming back . .

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

Purchased these candlesticks last year in a different color…

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

Love that light fixture!

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

This one too!

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

Seeing any trends???? ~ ~ ~

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

There was no lack of food and snacks there . . .

~ ~ that I certainly took advantage of!!

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

Loved these chairs…

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

Had the opportunity to buy one of these at a great price . .

~ ~ but passed on it . . . and had severe remorse when I got home!

High Point Market Spring 2014 Bramble Showroom

Saw these very cool and beautiful stands for vases. .

I cannot wait to see the Bramble Showroom in the Fall…they never disappoint!

Did you notice a bit of a comeback?…Saw many “unpainted” beautiful pieces . .

~ ~ of both furniture pieces and accessories.

Kristen, Courtney and I later met up with Amy (Atta Girl Says) . .

~ ~ and Suzy (Worthing Court) for a dinner and had a great time.

Stay tuned for more of High Point Spring 2014 . .

~ ~ ~ and someone who I was thrilled to meet!

I am working away on my projects here at home . . .

Have a wonderful, wonderful day!!

A Series of Changes {Slipcovered Ottomans}

Well it’s official…

~ ~ I had to place my friend Linda (Kristen’s Mom) on the payroll.

I am truly keeping her busy these days on my sewing projects!

Today, you will see one of 4 projects she is doing for me . . .

Great Room

Great Room

I have three ottomans under my sofa table . .

Great Room

These ottomans along with the furniture are 9 years old…

~ ~ a little “ho hum” . . so definitely in need of a fresh new look!

Great Room Ottomans

Ta Da!…so what do you think?…

Great Room Ottomans

We debated about the length of the skirt . .

~ ~ however, it was unanimous . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ that having the shorter skirt “showing legs” would give it a more casual feel.

Great Room Ottomans

I love the fact that it is slipcovered . .

~ ~ so that you have the option of changing it out.

Great Room Ottomans

I am so happy with the new look!…thanks Linda!

Stay tuned for Project #2 . .

And, I had the pleasure of touring Linda’s home yesterday . .

~ ~ I can tell you that the apple does not fall too far from the tree…beautiful!

Have a most wonderful day!!!

I am joining:

A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

StoneGable for The Scoop

Upper Porch for Spring 2014

The moment the temps reached the 70’s . .

~ ~ I was off and running to Lowe’s to get some plants for the upper porch.

The upper porch was truly sad with the lack of flowers.

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

I found the yellow and taupe outdoor pillows at HomeGoods . .

~ ~ thought that they would go well with the yellow walls on the porch.

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Go figure…when I am ready to take pics, it rains!

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I feel like this owl..”Oh no!”…it’s raining . .

~ ~ and it is going to be like this for 2 days…welcome Spring!

~ ~ ~ ~ However, “April Showers Bring May Flowers”

Upper Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Wish there could be a “Carolina Blue Sky” today . .

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

However, with all this rain, hopefully it will wash all the pollen off the trees!

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

My “little lady” welcoming in Spring . .

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Spring . . . OH JOY!!

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Upper Back Porch for Spring 2014

Hope you enjoyed my first outdoors “Taste of Spring” . .

One porch done . . . two more to go!!!

Have a wonderful day!

I am joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

Prairie Style Magazine Is Back by Popular Demand!

It is well known among my family and friends that I am a magazine hoarder!

Yes, I have magazines dating back to the 70’s. . .

~ ~ ~ and many that are no longer in print 🙁

Today, I am so very happy to announce that PRAIRIE STYLE MAGAZINE . .

. . . IS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!!

Prairie Style Magazine is created by the ever so talented Fifi O’Neill . .

~ ~ ~ a distinguished author, stylist and editor.

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There are 144 pages of beautifully photographed stories . .

~ ~ and 9 fabulous homes from Coast to Coast and Canada . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ all printed on high quality paper.

Here are some of the fabulous features:

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The talented and beautiful Fifi O’Neill . .

~ ~ one day I hope to meet her. I can honestly say that she is truly fabulous!

I am sure you are in awe of the sneak peeks . .

~ ~ that Fifi has so graciously allowed me to present to you!

I am here to say this is a magazine you do not want to miss out on!!

This magazine hits the newsstands in early May . .

However, so not to miss out on this . .

~ ~ ~ you can preorder a single issue for $9.99 HERE

There is also the option to order 10 or more copies at $4.99 each HERE

~ ~ go to the tab “bulk orders” to order the quantity of 10 or more.

Quantities are limited so order now!…

Note: I have not been compensated for this post…

~ ~ ~ just excited to shout this out as I love this magazine and Fifi!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ all opinions are entirely my own!

Have a most wonderful day!!!

New “wheels” in the Media room

I have been busy . . .

~ ~ and somewhat in a “mini panic mode” . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ preparing for something exciting to come in a couple of weeks.

Done my fair of shopping these past couple of days. . .

~ ~ and there are some new “wheels” in the media room!

Warren Pulley Task Lamp

Can you guess what this is???

Pottery Barn Warren Pulley Task Lamp

Getting close? . .

Media Room

I gathered my Pottery Barn bucks, gift cards, and coupons . .

~ ~ and woo hoo . . I got this Warren Pulley Task Lamp for a little over $30.00

Love those Pottery Barn bucks!

Media Room

I was trying to decide between this lamp and another . .

~ ~ but hubby really loved this one. . .

~ ~ ~ ~ you know . . you have to throw them a bone every now and then! 🙂

Folk Art Uncle Sams

My folk art Uncle Sams . .

Media Room

Now, if they could only invent a way to make the cords invisible!!!

~ ~ and there are a few more additions happening in this room . .

Pottery Barn Bolton Lantern

We took down the fan and replaced it with the Pottery Barn Bolton Lantern

Media Room Monogrammed pillow

Adding some new pillows in the room like this one made by my friend Linda . .

~ ~ a.k.a., Kristen’s mom.

You are going to see the fabric in 2 other rooms soon! Keeping Linda busy!

So stay tuned for more changes happening around here!!!

Have a wonderful day!