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!

Monday, June 16, 2014

~Design Inspiration~

Have you ever come across a photo of a room and immediately felt as if you could live there? While spending some time on Pinterest this weekend, I came across several pins of a home that just spoke to me. They were from Southern Lady's website and an article that featured the home of Interior Designer, Anita Rankin. 

 I was drawn to the rich colors and the mix of fabrics and patterns...not to mention the pops of leopard print, in each room. 

Rankin Design Bedroom

Through her design philosophy, this lovely lady felt like a kindred spirit. She believes in surrounding herself with beautiful things; and actually using them as a part of everyday living.

Rankin Design

There is something very elegant and gracious about her home; yet, it's still very warm and inviting. It exudes that Southern charm. I love the ferns and lanterns at the front entry.

Rankin Design Kitchen

I know the trend has been leaning to light and bright; but, I still love my persimmon red kitchen, the light, natural maple cabinets (rustic and unfinished), and the pot rack with the copper pots. When I saw this kitchen, I knew I would not be painting any time soon. Each time I've tried moving toward a more neutral palette, my family nixes the plan. I guess we just love color! In fact, when we have guests, the first thing that we are complimented on is the warm color palette.

What about you? Have you ever seen a photo of a home or room that just captured your attention? I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by; and have a great day!

Linking to:
Our Home Away From Home-Tuesdays At Our Home

Monday, June 9, 2014

~The Fifi O'Neill Photoshoot Has Happened!!~

Happy Sunday, everyone!! Hope you've had a great weekend! I've been keeping a little secret; and I am so excited to finally be able to share it with you! 


Author, Editor, and "Stylist Extraordinaire", Fifi O'Neill
was here to shoot our home yesterday!!

Check out her blog..."Chez Fifi"

You may be familiar with Fifi's publications and books such as 
French Country Style Magazine...

Dream Come True

(The latest publication features Kim's lovely home, of Savvy Southern Style, on the cover.)

Romantic Prairie Style...

and Romantic Country Magazine...


The week that I got the notification from Fifi, her crew had just wrapped a shoot with my sweet friend, Shirley of Housepitality Designs...


 Imagine my surprise when I got word that Fifi wanted to come here...
to shoot our home! 
"But, my style is more of a 'gumbo'!
"I'm not sure it's what she's looking for." 

Well, as it turns out, Fifi was shooting for a new publication, due out this fall! So, I guess, 'gumbo' filled the bill.

On Friday morning, I knew it was real when this box arrived, via FedEx, at my front door...

It contained FiFi's signature flowers, ready for the shoot on Saturday...

As requested, I removed them from the box and placed them in buckets and vases. The house smelled amazing!

Fifi arrived at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, in all of her "Frenchy fabulousness", carrying bags of fruit for props... 

accompanied by her AMAZING photographer, 
the famous Mark Lohman!
Mark was assisted by his handsome son, Taylor.

(I'm intentionally blurring these photos...don't wanna reveal too!)
(Fifi and Mark reviewing shots on the computer.)

Check out Mark's GORGEOUS website here.

We toured the house; and Fifi and Mark decided where they would begin. The lighting in each room had to be just right! 

(Prepping and Tweaking...)

Mark is quite the comedian; and he and Fifi played off of each other all day! You can tell that these two have worked together for years. They can practically read each other's minds!

(Fifi, at the kitchen sink, creating her gorgeous arrangements.)

Around midday, we gathered around the kitchen table and had one of THE funniest lunches that I have ever prepared ok...catered. 
And sweet tea was a's a Southern thing!
(The entire time, I was thinking to myself, "Is this for real? Is this famous duo really sitting at my kitchen table right now?!" Lol!)

Very few of my items were moved for the photos...with Fifi and Mark giving me the "ultimate compliment" of making their jobs easy! (So, we're all best buddies now, ya know? Lol!)

(Our 'retro' shot...Yep! Hair slicked back in a makeup! Hey, it was 96 degrees outside; and it's hard work watching other people do all the!)

(See? I can clean up pretty well!)

This dynamic duo was such a joy to work with; and made the process so easy. It was so interesting to see how they style the rooms that we see in those gorgeous magazines. They were here well into the evening hours.

Even though it is only June; I am eagerly waiting for Fall! Lol! I will let you know as soon as the publication becomes available.

I also want to give Shirley (Housepitality Designs), a very special "THANK YOU". She was such a sweetheart throughout the entire process; and we enjoyed many phone calls, emails and text messages back and forth.

Just goes to never know what your blog may lead to!

Thanks so much for visiting; and have a great day!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

~Front Porch~

Happy Sunday, Everyone! I hope that you are having a great weekend! Today, I decided to share my front entry, since we are supposed to have rain for the next couple of days. 

The flowers are just beginning to "take off". The large urns are planted with sweet potato vines. They do really well for us every year; so, we tend to stick with what works. Behind the urns, on a couple of pedestals, are Boston ferns, to add a little Southern flair. The small urns up front are filled with vincas. They are very drought tolerant and will spill over the top, as they fill out.

The two vintage cast iron chairs, flanking the front door, belonged to my grandmother. My girls surprised me by bringing the set, from Louisiana, for Mother's Day. I had always wanted it; but, just never got around to getting it out of storage. I've always loved the grapevine motif and wanted to use these pieces at our home, somehow. There is something so romantic about these sets in white. 

(I forgot to take a 'before' pic; but the pieces were very dirty and rusty, and looked very much like this photo I found on the internet...except with a bit more rust. )

Since all of our outdoor furnishings are black, I took these out to an empty spot behind the house and gave them a good cleaning and a few coats of Rustoleum spray paint. These photos are after the first coat went on...

Remember these garden sets? My grandmother had hers sitting in the front yard, in front of her Snowball hydrangea bush. This furniture is extremely heavy; and you don't have to worry about it blowing over! They don't make outdoor furniture like this anymore!  This set is close to 100 years old.  Now, the chairs sit graciously at our entry. The matching loveseat is in the garden out back...

The flags are out for Memorial Day; and the hubby and I will be celebrating 24 years of marriage tomorrow!

On this Memorial Day weekend, let's remember and honor all of those who have served to protect us and our country. They have made the ultimate sacrifices on our behalf; and our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families!

Have a great day!!
The Dedicated House

southern hospitality

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Linking to:
Dimples and Tangles-Best Of The Nest
My Romantic Home-Show and Tell 
The Charm of Home-Home Sweet Home
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
Imparting Grace-Grace At Home
From My Front Porch To Yours-Treasure Hunt Thursday
Ivy and Elephants-What's It Wednesday
RowHouse Events and Interiors- Wake Up Wednesday
DIY by Design-Swing Into Spring
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
A Stroll Thru Life-Inspire Me Tuesday
Our Home Away From Home-Tuesdays At Our Home
Not Just A Housewife-Show Me What You Got
House on the Way-Twirl and Take a Bow
Worthing Court-The Scoop
Knick of Time-Knick of Time Tuesday
Coastal Charm-Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Between Naps On The Porch-Metamorphosis Monday
The Dedicated House-Make It Pretty Monday
Under The Table and Dreaming-The Sunday Showcase
Southern Hospitality-Thrifty May Treasures
Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home-Amaze Me Monday
One More Time Events-Share It One More Time
It's Overflowing-Share Your Creativity
Life On Lakeshore Drive-Bouquet of Talent
Three Mango Seeds-It's A Party

Friday, May 16, 2014

Part 2~More Of The Back Porch/Patio Area

In my last post, I shared a snippet of our back porch/patio area. You can view it here.  Some of you asked to see more of the seating area under the covered portion. So, here it is...

This is the view, looking back toward the house. The covered portion has a seating group and a dining space. There are ceiling fans over both areas, which help to keep the space cool. The flooring is Oklahoma flagstone.

The armoire was purchased at an estate sale. It had a pine finish; but, my daughter and I painted it with an exterior paint. Then, Dear Hubby, added the iron details to the doors. They were purchased at Hobby Lobby, during a 50% off sale. The wooden knobs were replaced with iron 'fleur de lis' knobs, also from Hobby Lobby. It houses a tv that we purchased for outdoor use.

Behind the seating area, just off the kitchen, is the covered dining area. This space is great for enjoying meals, even when it is raining. There are outdoor speakers in each corner, for our musical enjoyment. All of the grilling is done just to the left of here.

There is another table, with an umbrella, that can be used in the open space...and another table for four, near the shade tree in the rear left corner. So, we can comfortably seat a lot of people out back. I love the 'U-shape', with brick walls on both sides. I wanted the feel of a Southern courtyard.

The seating group came with neutral cushions; but, this year, I decided to do a mix of cushion and pillow patterns...The botanical pillow is from Pottery Barn and the green and white cushion is from Garden Ridge. 

I've had the yellow and white pillows for a couple of years now. I got them at Pier One. The green and white striped pillows are from Pottery Barn.

So, that's the rest of the patio...for now. I wanted it to feel like the outdoor spaces that I grew up with in Louisiana. The armoire, iron racks and shelves are great places to display leftover accessories, not being used in the house. It really feels like an outdoor room; and we'll enjoy it while we can. In a few weeks, it will be too hot to sit out past 10 a.m.!

Thanks so much for stopping by; and I hope you have a great day!

**Note: For those of you who visited my post yesterday and left your sweet comments, I sent personal thank you notes to you all. However, my email keeps bouncing my notes back to me; so, I am not sure if you are receiving my emails or not. Please know that I appreciate your visits and comments!**

Linking to:
The Dedicated House-Make It Pretty Monday
Imparting Grace-Grace At Home
Ivy and Elephants-What's It Wednesday
DIY by Design-Swing Into Spring
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
Not Just a Housewife-Show Me What You Got
House On The Way-Twirl and Take a Bow
Confessions of a Plate Addict-The Scoop
A Stroll Thru Life-Inspire Me Tuesday
Coastal Charm-Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home-Amaze Me Monday
Three Mango Seeds-It's Party Time
It's Overflowing-Share Your Creativity
Life On Lakeshore Drive-Bouquet of Talent
One More Time Events-Share It One More Time
Chic On A Shoestring Decorating-Flaunt It Friday
From My Front Porch To Yours-Treasure Hunt Thursday
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
The Charm of Home-Home Sweet Home

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

~Sprucing Up The Back Porch and Patio~

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Hope you're having a great week. We have been busy sprucing up the back porch/patio area; and it all started with a lovely gift from my family for Mother's Day.

Do you see it??

See it now???

I saw some lovely fleur de lis fountains, in Louisiana, last fall; and my sweet hubby took a "secret" trip to get one just for me! He met up with our daughters and they set out on the mission! He brought it home; and it has been hiding in the garage!

The covered porch has been a lovely place to sit and enjoy the sound of the fountain. The curtains have been hung; and the ferns are blowing in the breeze...

It is such a lovely spot to relax and enjoy my new magazines. These two have lots of inspiration for outdoor living. I especially love this specialty publication, "Spring in the South". It is from the publishers of "Southern Lady".

Hope you are enjoying these early days of Spring! I'll post Part 2 of this post tomorrow!

Thanks so much for stopping by!