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

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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

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Beautiful Blue and White

Beautiful blue and white makes me happy.

It was a dreary day yesterday and there was a bag from HomeGoods in the corner of the room

staring at me, saying, “let us out!”

And I did.

Great Room - Housepitality Designs

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The Guest Room Is HomeGoods Happy

The guest room has been going through a transformation for a while.

Shopping and planning . . . planning and shopping.

I get an idea, then I change my mind.

However, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, in decorating the hutch.

It was just a matter of finding the right items. . . and I did.

Cue the HomeGoods Happy Song!

Guest Room Hutch-Housepitality Designs

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Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal

OK…I have teased you enough with my “sneaky peekies” of my bedroom.

You have seen a “sneak peek” of the fabric and pillows . . .

~ ~ some of which were made by my friend Linda.

So without further adieu . . .

Here is what I have been doing in the master bedroom.


I found the duvet cover while at the Pottery Barn in Atlanta . . .

~ ~ it was on super clearance and it had to come home with me.

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Sneaky Peekies of a Bedroom Makeover and Farmer’s Market Love

No…it is not my granddaughter’s space…still working on it . . .a slow process.

It is “MY” bedroom . . .

~ ~ while in Atlanta for the Haven Conference, Kim and I went to Pottery Barn . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ no surprise on that!

I found bedding that was on super clearance.

I have had it for a while; however, I needed to find some coordinating fabric for pillows.


So my friend Linda to the rescue…making the euro shams and 2 pillows for me.


There are a couple of additions in the room from HomeGoods.

Sunroom-Housepitality Designs

There will be lots of changes coming up next week, like this area in my sunroom.

Farmers Market-Housepitality Designs

I made a trip to the Farmers’ Market yesterday to gather items for my front porch area.

Farmers Market 2014

And guess who I met there???….the pretty Lauren from The Endearing Home…

~ ~ She did a post today on beautiful pics of the Farmers Market . . so hop over and see!!


My friend Sherri took a pic of us….

~ ~ we were on a mission to get as many items in my van and do it in 2 hours.


We filled every inch of the van with 18 large mums and countless pumpkins.

Farmers' Market Pumpkins-Housepitality Designs


This weekend I am decorating my porch for Fall . . .

~ ~ for the upcoming Fall Porch Linky Party!

2014 Fall Porch Party-Housepitality Designs

So link up your wonderful Fall Porch to this great party on Monday, September 22nd!!

2014 Fall Decor-Housepitality Designs

Happy Fall decorating!!!….and have a wonderful weekend!!!

Plate Inspired Fall Mantel

The last area to “fallify” was the mantel . . .

~ ~ however I did not want to add much fall foliage . . . just a simple vignette . . .

~ ~ ~ ~ to include the warm colors of Fall.

A bit of a departure from a past Fall Mantel.


I started with this small platter by Myott & Sons, England/Banff, that I purchased for $5.00 . . .

~ ~ in an antique shop in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Sunflower Inspired Decor

The other day, I was “on the hunt” for a new pillow for the great room.

I really did not have anything in mind . . . other than it had to coordinate with a gold throw.

Sunflower Decor

The pillow is crewel work of a pretty gold and brown flower . . .

~ ~ it reminded me of the colors of sunflowers.

Sunflower Decor

Found the throw at HomeGoods too . . it has a “furry” texture on one side . . .

~ ~ and a velvet texture on the other side.

Sunflower Decor

After I left HomeGoods, I went directly to Trader Joe’s to purchase some sunflowers.

I grabbed my red transferware pitcher that I purchased on my France trip and arranged the flowers.

Sunflower Decor

Sunflower Decor

My newly purchased ironstone tureen (my Pennsylvania deal) holds red apples for added color to the table.

Sunflower Decor

I changed out the garden stool that stood beside the chair and added the French Wine Picnic Basket . . .

~ ~ another find from France.

Sunflower Decor

Sunflower Decor

Funny how a item such as this pillow can inspire you to change things about . . .

~ ~ to keep the room fresh and interesting. Pretty changes . . . a good thing.

Have a wonderful day filled with inspiration!

I am joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday

My High Low Project

I have been an Ethan Allen fan all my life…still am..

I wanted new lamps for the living room…I have had my eye on these wonderful lamps at Ethan Allen.

They were on sale…however, even on sale, they would have been over $700 for the pair..

So I left the store…..Leaving those beauties behind.

Looking sad 🙁 I asked my hubby if he would not mind driving me by the new HomeGoods..

…..that was just around the corner.

He obliged…what a guy!


I walked into HomeGoods and headed straight to the lamp section…

Que the choir of Angels…!!!


Yes, this has been the week of lamps around here…

I wanted the look of those lamps that are made from vintage porch posts or balustrades …


Ones that would blend in well with my other architectural elements in the room…

…..and the colors in my chair.


Mission accomplished…

AND, the price was right!!!…$700 vs. just a tad over $100…

Lamps by Raymond Waites….Happy Dance by HomeGoods.


I was lucky that I walked into HomeGoods when I did…I think they just put those lamps out…

…..and as I was wheeling the cart around..many asked, “are there more of those”???

“Sorry”…(Que the Violins)…I did not see anymore of these…but we have 5 HomeGoods in our area…

And that’s a good thing!

Hope you have a great week of finding wonderful deals and treasures!

I am joining:

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

A Taste of Carolina Dinner Party Tablescape

We are a part of a Dinner Group consisting of wonderful friends…

…..who I must say are fantastic cooks and gracious hosts.

So, this week was my turn…

…..with my hectic schedule lately, I decided to do something different.

TAKE OUT!!! 🙂 🙂

From many of my favorite restaurants and deli’s…


Simple Centerpiece of 3 “North Carolina” Beverage Glasses of Flowers…


At the end of the evening, they will be given to my guests.


My chef announcing the theme of the dinner….



Place card holders with the names of the “food origins”…




Flowers from Trader Joe’s….North Carolina Beverage Glasses from A Southern Season.





Have you noticed “peaks and valleys” of fabric on the plates?




So what’s a Lifesaver doing on a napkin?


Ta Da!!…The “Water Lily” napkin fold needed something in the middle of the flower…

… the Lifesaver mint doubles as decoration for the napkin and an after dinner mint!

I will be posting the napkin tutorial soon.


The original place setting was going to be this one….Dinner Plate, Lenox Butler’s Pantry.

Salad plate and bowl is Noritake Summer Estate.

The actual table setting was meant to be simple…along with the meal…

… I thought a “pretty folded napkin” would add some character to the table.


Tablecloth and napkins by Ralph Lauren (HomeGoods).



It was a wonderful evening of food, drink and great conversation with wonderful friends.

I am joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays