Monday, October 27, 2014

~The New "Tuscan Home" Magazine Is Out Now...And We're In It!~

Hi everyone! Hope you're having a great weekend! We sure are! You may recall that Author/Editor/Stylist Extraordinaire, Fifi O'Neill, came to photograph our home, back in June. (You can read that post here.) Well, the new publication is on newsstands now!


The magazine is called, "Tuscan Home"; and it is filled with gorgeous, glossy pages full of Tuscan inspiration! I actually had no idea that it was out! My BFF, Donna, had picked it up at the grocery store, to read while getting her hair done. Imagine her surprise when she stumbled upon the spread of our home! She immediately called me; and I grabbed my keys to run out in search of a few copies...lol! It was so surreal to see our home in print! We have a 12-page spread that starts on page 116. These are just a few of my favorite images...


As you can see, not much of our decor was changed, with the exception of a few fresh flowers and fruit, for props. Fifi also gathered up some of my extra pillows and throws to add texture and additional pops of color.


You have seen many of these rooms, here, on the blog; and there are a couple of rooms that I don't think I've shared before.


I will be forever grateful to Fifi for selecting our home for her premier publication! She and photographer, Mark Lohman, were a joy to work with!

Hopefully, you will be able to pick up a copy at a store near you!

Thanks so much for sharing this experience with me!



Thursday, October 16, 2014

~Pottery Barn Tablescape in Charleston~

While going through some of the photos of our recent trip to Charleston, I came across a couple of photos that Dear Hubby took; and I decided to share them with you today.

While enjoying the shopping mecca that is King Street, we had to make a stop at Pottery Barn. I was immediately drawn to this gorgeous tablescape and asked Dear Hubby to take a pic. I love the warm, rich colors; and the white dinnerware, in the background, just pops! I had found my inspiration for my Fall kitchen decor!



Here is a closer look, at the table. The turkey plates are on my list of things to get, in the next couple of weeks; and I love this mix of cream, white and green pumpkins.



I've been busy with lots of projects around the house; but, I just wanted to pop in to share these photos. Hopefully, you've found some inspiration for your Fall tablescapes.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Decorating!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

~Thanks, Charleston, I Had A Blast!~

Well, Dear Hubby and I have just returned from an awesome trip to Charleston, to celebrate my birthday! Charleston is my all-time favorite city; and this trip did not disappoint. The weather was warm; but, not too hot. Perfect for walking around and snapping great pics! Our hotel was in the heart of the historic district; so, everything was very accessible! Today, I am sharing just a few of the photos that I took while strolling thru the historic district...










I also took several of the mansions along The Battery, on the waterfront...








The courtyards were beautiful, as well. 



I haven't had a chance to go through all of those photos, yet. Hopefully, I'll have those available to share soon.

Finally, in my last post, I shared my obsession with paper guest towels, for the powder bath. I found these in downtown Charleston, in a cute little boutique called, "C'est La Vie", and HAD to get them!



I loved the crowns and the VIP logo; but, it you look closely at the background, you can see a rendering of one of the single homes in the historic district, complete with wrought iron railings and window boxes. I thought these were really cute!

Well, that's it for today! I am prepping for weekend houseguests; but, I wanted to share a few of the sights from this past weekend.
Hope you're having a great day!
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, September 8, 2014

~Sometimes, It's The Little Things~

I'll be the first to admit that it's "the little things" that make me happy! One of the things that I look forward to, every year, is seeing all of the seasonal decor. However, each year, I run to Hobby Lobby for these...


and these...



Ok, I have a confession. I am obsessed with pretty, paper napkins! I know it's nothing special; but, seasonal napkins just make me smile. I like to keep a stash, in a basket, in the pantry. They are fun to have on the breakfast table, when you are not using linen napkins; and they are nice to have, for guests, in a powder bath.


The napkin assortment, in the pantry, is as varied as the seasons/holidays; and they really come in handy for those impromptu gatherings with friends and family.  Our guests always notice that I "just happen to have" the perfect napkins for the season or occasion.


A great way to accumulate a nice collection is to purchase them, at the end of each season, when all of the decor is on sale! However, Hobby Lobby has them with their seasonal decor all the time. Usually, they are 40-50% off. Of course, I have been known to pay full price, when I've seen a pattern in a boutique or gift shop that I just couldn't resist. Because they're so inexpensive, I don't feel too bad about it!


So, feel free to splurge on the "little things" to add a touch of the season to your decor!



Hope you're having some fun with your Fall decor!
Happy Decorating!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

~It's A European Harvest~

One of the great things about decorating for Fall is being able to enhance the decor on the fireplace mantel. The accents of autumn provide beautiful color and texture. I've been envisioning a mantel reminiscent of a lush, European harvest.


In my last post, I brought in lanterns and green photinia clippings from the courtyard. The greenery just required the addition of some fall accents. As it continues to dry, it will develop some beautiful reddish, brown leaves.


I simply added a few sunflowers, artichokes, fall leaves and pumpkins. 



I love adding white pumpkins to soften things a bit...



I also added a few pumpkins and photinia clippings to the hearth,




A fall swag enhances the iron embellishment, above the metal container, filled with Fall accents...




And that's the Fall mantel for 2014...



 I'm in the process of setting up a few vignettes around the house; and I hope to share those soon.
Hope you're enjoying a little taste of Fall where you are!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Decorating!

Linking to:
Worthing Court-The Scoop
My 1929 Charmer-Sunday's Best
Life On Lakeshore Drive-A Bouquet of Talent
It's Overflowing-Share Your Creativity
The Journey Back-Welcome Fall Linky Party 
Three Mango Seeds-It's Party Time
One More Time-Share It One More Time
My Romantic Home-Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
The Charm of Home-Home Sweet Home
Imparting Grace-Grace At Home
From My Front Porch To Yours-Treasure Hunt Thursday
Ivy and Elephants-What's It Wednesday
The Style Sisters-Centerpiece Wednesday
DIY by Design-Sizzle Into Summer
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
House On The Way-Twirl and Take a Bow
Not Just A Housewife-September Linky Party
Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home-Amaze Me Monday
The Dedicated House-Make It Pretty Monday
A Stroll Thru Life-Inspire Me Tuesday
Our Home Away From Home-Tuesdays At Our Home

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

~Transitioning Into Fall~

Every year, around this time, I get a little itch to start some Fall decorating. However, it's really hard to get in the mood, when the temp is still in the triple digits! Dear Hubby went out to gather some of the veggies from the garden; and it immediately made me think of Fall harvests! The veggies were so pretty that I wanted to create a simple little vignette, on the coffee table.








I placed a lantern in the center of a tray...



Then, I went out back and snipped some fresh greenery to use as a backdrop...



I added a couple of mercury glass votives...



And, my simple little vignette was done!



As Fall approaches, I can simply let the greenery dry out and mix in my Fall accents...pinecones, pumpkins, etc.
Easy, peasy!



Are you getting ready for Fall?

Thanks, so much, for stopping by today!
Happy Decorating!

Linking to:
Not Just A Housewife-September Linky Party
It's Overflowing-Share Your Creativity
One More Time Events-Share It One More Time
Life On Lakeshore Drive-Bouquet of Talent
The Charm of Home-Home Sweet Home
Dimples and Tangles-Best of the Nest
Between Naps On The Porch-Tablescape Thursday
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
Imparting Grace-Grace At Home
Ivy and Elephants-What's It Wednesday
The Style Sisters-Centerpiece Wednesday
RowHouse Events and Interiors-Wake Up Wednesday
DIY by Design-Sizzle Into Summer
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
Dwellings-The Heart Of Your Home-Amaze Me Monday
Our Home Away From Home-Tuesdays At Our Home



Monday, July 7, 2014

~A Citrus Tablescape~

Hi everyone! I hope that you're having a great Fourth of July holiday weekend! This weekend, we are having such pretty, sunny days that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to do a new tablescape in the dining room!


A couple of months ago, I shared some of the things that were inspiring me for Spring/Summer. One of the things that I loved was this set of "Botanical Citrus" salad/dessert plates from Williams-Sonoma...

New Arrivals

Sold in sets of four, I promptly made my purchase. I love that each plate is different. This room gets such great light around mid-morning, that I thought it would be fun to set a brunch table for the family...


With all of the bright sunlight, it was such a pretty time to just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. These citrus plates just make me happy! The white dinner plates are "Quadra" from ZGallerie, the wicker chargers are from Cost Plus World Market, and the beverage server is from the "Grape" collection by Arthur Court.


In lieu of a floral arrangement, I just dropped my peace lily into a large urn. It has about 5 blooms on it right now...


The grapes and lemons bring out the colors beautifully...


On the other side of the table, I used oranges and peaches...


The coordinating napkins are also from Williams-Sonoma; and the sunburst napkin rings are from ZGallerie. The fleur de lis salt and pepper shakers were part of a recent gift bag from Dear Hubby. 


There is just something so refreshing about citrus colors in the Summer! They are so bright and cheery!


I hope that you've enjoyed your visit today! Thanks so much for stopping by!