Home Sweet Home

It is always nice to get away for a little vacay and R & R

and some business mixed in between.

I have been away for almost 2 weeks and it was certainly a great change of pace,

but you know that saying, “there’s no place like home.”

Zion National Park - Housepitality Designs

Our trip began in Las Vegas where my hubby had a softball tournament and

his team was playing for the National Championship.

While in Vegas, we took a couple of side trips in-between and after games.

The above photo was taken at Zion National Park in Utah. Magnificent.

And here is our team after they lost the Nationals against the “West”

however, still very proud of them winning the Eastern Nationals and getting this far.

Carolina Cobras Softball - Housepitality Designs

Took a side trip to Red Rock Canyon . . .

Red Rock Canyon

And there’s no place like home too.

Blue and White Planter - Housepitality Designs

So I can water my plants!

Great Room - Housepitality Designs

And give my neighbor a break . . . I have a lot of plants!

However, I will miss the gorgeous sunset at Big Sur.

Big Sur at Sunset - Housepitality Designs

And having dinner and a great glass of wine and taking in this amazing view.

Big Sur - Housepitality Designs

The restaurant with this incredible view is called Nepenthe Restaurant, at Big Sur.

So glad that Kathysue of Good Life of Design recommended this amazing place!

Big Sur, California - Housepitality Designs

We couldn’t get enough of the view.

Needless to say, we ate our dinner very slowly!

Yet, there’s no place like home.

Sunroom - Housepitality Designs

So I can place fresh flowers in the house.

Velvet Pumpkin in Ironstone Creamer - Housepitality Designs

And place more velvet pumpkins about the house.

But what could be better . . .

Lone Cypress

Than taking bad selfies . . . of me with the Lone Cypress behind me.

Sunroom for Fall - Housepitality Designs

No place like home, so I can add more Fall decor to the sunroom.

Sunroom - Housepitality Designs

And keeping the blue and white for Fall.

Blue and White Fall decor - Housepitality Designs

However, I cannot say that I left my heart in San Francisco,

as our trip there was cancelled as we cut our trip short due to the impending weather

that was possibly coming our way.

But I did leave my heart with the spectacular sunsets of the California Coast.

Sunset at Big Sur, CA - Housepitality Designs

And hopefully one day soon, I can say that I did leave my heart in San Francisco.

Happy to be home.

Worked on my front porch when I got home and will be sharing it soon!

Have a wonderful day!

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  1. Beautiful shots and always good to be back home. I’m sure you will get to San Francisco some day and I would love to go back if I could get you know who to go.

  2. Looks like you had a wonderful vacation! Congratulations to your husband’s team for making it out there to compete! Going to Big Sur sounds so fantastic. I’ve only seen pictures but I’d love to see the real thing!

  3. You certainly did have some beautiful views in sight! Sounds like a great trip! And as always, your home is gorgeous! Welcome back to the East Coast! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  4. Welcome home! We just went on a cruise last week so I understand how you feel. Seeing the world is wonderful but home is always better.

  5. Oh wow, just beautiful! I hope you make it to San Francisco too; it remains one of my favorite spots to visit. Love the mini pumpkins in the wood bowl! And it’s always good to get back home. Sounds like you had a great time. Hope your week is going well.

  6. Hi Shirley, looks like an incredible time and congrats to your hubby and his team for making it to the west. Your photos are amazing and you captured some great areas. Love your little selfie. My hubby was in SF a few weeks ago. I will try and go back with him when he returns. Beautiful vignettes in your home for fall. Welcome home! cm

  7. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Scenery was beautiful…love all that rock in Utah! You will have to go back to see San Francisco…it’s one of those must see cities! 😉

  8. Beautiful pictures, Shirley, so glad you had such a wonderful trip! I agree, it is always good to get back home. I have missed you and your posts!!! Can’t wait to see the porch!!! Welcome home!

  9. Looks like you had a beautiful time! Gorgeous pictures!
    But you’re right…There’s no place like home!

  10. Shirley what a great trip with the hubs! I have to say I can never get enough of the 17 mile drive and that phenomenal view!! Walking back in the front door at home is always a joy though!

    The Arts by Karena

  11. Fun trip and I agree, always good to be home.

  12. Beautiful photos, Shirley! Congrats to hubby’s team for making it so far! Wish you didn’t have to cut your much needed R&R short, but you have such a wonderful home to return to and decorated so perfect for Fall! XO, JoAnn

  13. Beautiful photos!!!! Glad you had a nice trip even if you did have to cut it short. Can’t wait to see what you are working on!!!

  14. Ah, yes, nothing like Home Sweet Home…..What a nice trip though. Nice pictures including that selfie. Congrats on Hubby making the team to the west coast.
    Have a Great Day….

  15. You’ve been missed, but it’s nice to know you had a lovely, well-deserved break in such a gorgeous place! Wow! The views you showed us are spectacular, but no matter what, it’s always nice to come home.

  16. Big Sur is a wonderful place and the coast line is spectacular and so is the sunset. Sometimes I go out and sit in the garden and watch the sun set. It is so beautiful.

    Sounds like a great R & R and once you visit SFO you will fall in love with it.

    Welcome home and have a great week.

  17. I like to get away too, but it is sooo true that there is no place like home. Thank you for sharing your happy memory making xo P.S. love your Autumn decor,pinned!

  18. Welcome Home…I’m glad you had a great trip. Isn’t Red Rock Amazing
    I live very close and often take my morning coffee and the dogs for a early am walk.
    I saw many of the soft ball teams eating lunch at local hang out Charlie’s Down Under, maybe you were one of them?
    another interesting fact is that I too was trained by IRIS and incorporated the art of redesign into a business
    just little fyi’s of life…
    Happy Grandmaing

  19. I’m a reader of yours from Vegas. So glad you were able to see some of our beautiful secenery. Lots of times people visit the strip and that is all they see. I’very been to all the places you visited and I have to say Zion is a must to see. Just amazing don’t you think? I lived all my life in the south until a few years ago and I miss it dearly, but I have seen so much of God’s handiwork here in the west. So glad you were able to enjoy it too.

  20. Congratulations to your husband’s team for making it so far! What an accomplishment! You visited some of may favorite places. I love Pebble Beach and Big Sur! Mike and I traveled down the coast of California many years ago and had a blast. It’s beautiful, but you’re right there is no place like home! Your home looks so festive and ready for Fall!

  21. welcome home although I wish you stayed a bit longer, i was enjoying your pics on IG. We should do a girls trip to Napa or San Fran…my favorite places ever. welcome home.
    ps- not a bad selfie

  22. Hi Shirley, I’ve been MIA but have seen all your fall touches and they are gorgeous as always. Looks like a beautiful and fun trip. It’d always nice to get home to your own bed and surroundings. I think you took a good selfie.


  23. Beautiful pics Shirley sounds like a wonderful vacay! Welcome back!

  24. Hi Shirley!

    I love how your post goes back and forth between your vacation and your home (which is lovely!). Love Vegas but have never been to Utah or really anywhere in that area. Good for you for planning some site seeing. The pics are beautiful and I think selfies are always cute!!

    I’ve never been to your blog although I’ve seen your comments at blogs we both visit. I smiled when I came to this post, we just returned from a vacation, too, and I felt so happy to be home again as well. I’m trying to get organized so I can decorate my porches. I’ve always had pumpkins and mums much earlier than now. I guess it’s true…there’s no place like home!

    Jane x

  25. I love San Fran! Such a gorgeous place! What a nice vacation!

  26. So glad you are back home safe and sound! Your travel pics are great! What views! For sure. Of course I always support the use of blue and white, no matter the season! Your porch will be great …I just know it.

  27. Beautiful scenery Shirley! That gorgeous sunset at Big Sur takes my breath away… We haven’t been to Ca in a couple of years but when you visit it makes you understand why folks withstand the risk of mudslides, fires, earthquakes, and drought to live there. Glad you made it home safely and had a great trip!

  28. It is so nice to get away especially with hubby… Lovely autumn decorations…

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