Tuesday, May 26, 2015

~Come With Me To Savannah~

Hello everyone! Hope you're having a great Memorial Day weekend! Dear Hubby and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with a romantic trip to Savannah. While Charleston is my all-time favorite city, Savannah ranks a close second.  I love the moss-covered trees!


Yesterday, we decided to take an early morning stroll around the historic district. Jones Street was my favorite. The weather was sunny and mild; and the area was very serene. I thought I would share some of my favorite pictures with you. 

This was the very first courtyard that we saw. We got lots of great ideas from this one! I loved all of the boxwood plants, along with the potted flowers. The jasmine was trained on an iron trellis above the doorway.


Even the large crepe myrtles were draped in moss! The fountain was so soothing.


I loved the iron gate on this little side entry...


I was also enamored with all of the red doors that I saw...


Here's another one...


And another...I am seriously thinking about changing my black door to red!


We also took a stroll to Forsyth Park. There was a cool breeze blowing and plenty of places to picnic. 



It was so romantic to stroll beneath the moss covered trees. (Wouldn't this be a beautiful place for a wedding?)


The Forsyth Park Fountain was the main attraction...


The Forsyth Park Inn was just across the street.


The neighboring homes were charming, as well.


We also visited a lot of the boutiques in the area. There were so many pretty things to see (and buy). But, since we are making some changes to our courtyard area this year, it's the gardens that really have me captivated.


I can't wait to get out tomorrow to see more of the city!
Hope you're having a great holiday weekend!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

~Spring in the Garden~

Wow, I can't believe how much time has gone by since my last post! I was caught up in my Spring cleaning; and then, the girls were home for Spring Break. They brought a few friends home; and we had a full house. It was so nice to have such lively spirits around for awhile. Now, our focus has shifted to sprucing up the outdoor areas. In my last post, I shared the courtyard at our local Restoration Hardware. This year, we are trying to change things up a bit. Lately, I have been obsessed with ivy and boxwood combos, in a courtyard setting. These are a few of the inspiration images that I had saved to my files...

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As seen here, boxwoods also look great in a fall setting with mums and kale. They provide a nice touch of green throughout the winter months, as well.

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I have seen these next images pinned all over Pinterest; and I immediately recognized them from one of my favorite blogs...


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Jan, at The French Tangerine, does a magnificent job with her signature pots of boxwood and ivy! Her backyard layout is very similar to ours, and has been a huge inspiration!


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Dear Hubby scored some great boxwoods, last week, for $5! He planted several, around the perimeter of the yard, to create a new hedge. Then, we started a few in pots. These are the ones that are left. (There are about ten of them.) In the next few days, we will be potting these as well, with some ivy trailing out. We've also put out new rosemary and lavender plants; and Dear Hubby has started his vegetable garden. 


Dear Hubby also picked up a few pots of beautiful geraniums...



They add such a nice pop of color to the space. 
Also, as usual, with early Spring, the knockout roses are in full bloom...



As well as the clematis...



And the lamb's ears are spreading like crazy. In fact, we divided them and planted some in other areas. There's nothing like shopping your own backyard for free plants!



The potted pansies, from the fall, are still going strong...



And, I'm especially happy that this pot of mint has come back! There is nothing like a sprig of fresh mint, in a glass of iced tea!



With everything starting to bud, the pollen is crazy, right now. As soon as it settles down, we'll be able to hose everything down and really spruce up the space. Right now, we're just focused on getting the gardens cleaned up and everything planted.

What about you? Have you begun your spring planting yet?

Thanks, so much for stopping by! Hope you're having a great day!

Monday, February 23, 2015

~Dreaming of a Courtyard~

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! We've had such crazy weather here. For the past few days, we have been in the upper 60's and 70's. This morning, everything is covered in ice, following a winter storm overnight. So, what am I doing? Dreaming of Spring! On Valentine's Day, Dear Hubby accompanied me to two of my favorite shops, Williams-Sonoma and ZGallerie. While we were out, we decided to pop into Restoration Hardware, as well. The courtyard was so serene and beautiful, that we started making plans for Spring! Dear Hubby snapped these pics with his phone as inspiration...


Isn't the courtyard lovely? The ivy covered walls, the mirror, and the water feature were so pretty. I loved the boxwoods and the potted succulents, as well. I think we'll be doing lots of these this year! With the water restrictions in place, we need things that are pretty drought tolerant. They also had several rosemary plants. The scent was awesome!


In another section of the courtyard, was this sitting area. I loved all of the lanterns scattered about.


We are determined to copy the tree decor. I love the lanterns hanging from the branches, with ropes. Can't you just imagine the white lights, on the tree, all lit up at night?


There was also another seating area that featured this amazing light fixture...


I love how beautifully it has weathered...


I'm so excited for Spring!



Have you started making plans for your outdoor areas yet?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

~An Unconventional Valentine's Tablescape~

Are you getting ready for Valentine's Day? Since it's only a few days away, I've been giving some thought to how I would like to celebrate with my hubby. I wanted something a little different from the traditional red and white. I envisioned a relaxed setting around the coffee table, in front of the fireplace.


When dressing a table, I love to start with a great tablecover. For this setting, I chose one of my faux zebra throws from ZGallerie.


I raided my stash of chargers and decided to go with the gold ones, especially since gold is so trendy right now. I've had these for years, but I see stores like Michael's and Hobby Lobby selling them for a couple of bucks each.


I layered the chargers with some retro, black onyx, octagonal plates that I have had for years. Last year, ZGallerie had a plate that was almost identical. (I did a post about it that you can read here.)
It was so interesting to see that something I've had, since the late 80's, was suddenly trendy again.


The octagonal plates were layered with a trendy black and white salad/dessert plate, that I also got at ZGallerie last year. (Can you tell that I LOVE that store?) 


To coordinate with the black plates, I also pulled out some retro black wine goblets and champagne flutes. (I think they are an old Mikasa pattern.)  I saw a similar style of Onyx stemware on the ZGallerie website. 


I also used gold flatware to coordinate with the gold chargers. The plates are layered with gold, harlequin-patterned napkins. I love to mix lots of patterns and textures.


I simply finished the setting with a cluster of red roses, for a small pop of color and a little candlelight...perfect for a cozy evening together. 


The setting doesn't scream "Valentine's Day"; so, it's perfect for a quiet evening anytime!


That's it for today! Hope you've enjoyed your visit!

Monday, January 12, 2015

~Glazing Natural Maple Cabinets~

Well, hello, everyone! Hope you had a great holiday season! For many of us, a new year always presents an opportunity to make some changes. I have always loved the look of rustic kitchen cabinets, in a Tuscan-style kitchen. There is just 'something' about the look of cabinets glazed to a warm, burnished hue, that gives the kitchen a really warm feel. I love the finish when it is left matte, without a glossy finish. 


For inspiration, I love to look at the local MLS listings to see what others are doing with their decor. The rustic glaze used on these cabinets was exactly what I had envisioned.
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So, what's a girl to do? I went into my stash of glazes and went to work! Over the course of three days, I brushed and wiped glazes all over my kitchen cabinets. For anyone who has ever tackled this sort of project, you've got be all in, once you start. 
There's no turning back!

My cabinets were originally a raw, unfinished maple, that I have loved for years. But, I wanted something different. The cabinets took the first layer of glaze very easily. 

(This is a project that I took on in the fall, just before the Christmas decorations went up...hence, the fall decor still scattered around.)
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(Please excuse the poor quality of the photo. It was a quick snap with my cell phone, at night...with low lighting.)

I let the excess sit in the grooves, before wiping with an old t-shirt. I used a mocha glaze for the first layer...


Then, to get the rustic depth, (and to keep the cabinets from looking 'orange'), I brushed on an oil-based glaze from Sherwin Williams in Van Dyke Brown...


Now, the kitchen feels very warm and inviting; and it has the rustic feel that I have wanted. When the girls came home for Christmas, they loved it!  I am still in the process of tweaking things; but, I wanted to share a peek at what I have been up to.

Do you have any projects planned? I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!!

Linking to:
Coastal Charm-Show and Share
Thrifty Decor Chick-January Before and After

Monday, December 15, 2014

Our Christmas Tree 2014

Happy Monday! I hope that you had a great weekend. The Christmas fluffing is basically finished around here. Today, I'm just doing a short post, sharing our Christmas tree . This year, I wanted to celebrate a classic Christmas, with lots of traditional red, green and gold, with plaid accents.


This year, the tree is filled with all of our collectible ornaments. There are many memories on this tree. I also added in a few pinecones and red berries, as well as my signature fleur de lis and poinsettia ornaments. 


The topper is a cluster of pine branches, red berries and pinecones. I finished the tree with trails of plaid ribbon. 


A gold banner hangs from the lower branches of the tree that says, "Seasons Greetings". It hangs above a vintage wicker sleigh that holds all of the greeting cards that we receive.


And that's our tree for 2014!


I'm basically finished with decorating around here. Hopefully, I'll have the kitchen and dining room photos ready to share soon. The plaid continues in the dining room; and the tablescape is being built around these plaid plates from Williams-Sonoma. Here is a sneak peek...


I hope you're enjoying the holidays!
Thanks so much for stopping by!