Monday, July 18, 2016

~Louisiana Memories~

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

While here, in Louisiana, I love to drive around to look at my favorite old houses, to see how they have evolved over the years. I shared this one on my instagram last week, as my all-time favorite, since childhood. 


I have always loved the setting of this home, with its stately columns and large wraparound porches.
The huge crepe myrtles are in full bloom; and everything is so lush and green.
This was just a quick snap with my iPhone; so, it's not the best quality. (I felt like such a stalker!)

I really like this home, also. It's the Lewis House, which is now a Victorian Bed and Breakfast.


The 2005 Southern Living Idea House was also located here...


This building is City Hall. It also houses the Civic Center, in the back, where Dear Hubby and I got married 26 years ago, in front of 300 of our closest friends and family...lol! We also had our reception here. It has not changed a bit.


I am really enjoying my time here. Last week, I introduced you to daughter #2, as she celebrated her 22nd birthday. This week, it's all about Daughter #1.


This will be a busy week of packing, as she prepares to make her move back home. She is leaving her current job as a Critical Care registered nurse, to begin her dream job in ICU.  I shared with you, in a previous post, the purchases we've already made for her new place.

The rug...


The ottoman...


The counter stools...


And some of her accessories...


Since that time, her living room furniture has been delivered. We just need to swap out the pillows, that came with the sofa, for something more chic...with fluff, bling and pops of color.





I also located her coffee/end tables, to be picked up next week. They are octagonal in shape, but the bases are similar in design to this...


We are also looking at some canvas artwork to incorporate. She really liked these...


I'm also envisioning some pops of orange...


So, we are full steam ahead now. I hope to have more to share with you soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I may not be posting for the next few days; but, I will be popping in to see what you're sharing!

Wishing you a great day!!



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Thursday, July 14, 2016

~Celebrating In Louisiana~

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Hope you're keeping cool in this hot, humid weather!



Yesterday, I decided to hop across the state line, to visit daughter #2, for her 22nd birthday. We've never spent a birthday apart; and I was not about to start now!


We had a blast eating our way around town! Who could resist these?


We got them while they were HOT!


No trip home is complete without a stop at Southern Maid Donuts!
However, dinner really threw our healthy eating out of the window!


We enjoyed these delicious seafood platters at Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar. The huge shrimp were so fresh; and the jalapeño hush puppies were awesome. The waffle fries and sweet tea were just the icing on the cake! Of course, everything was fried! Lol!

Obviously, we can't eat like this everyday. So, today it was back to salads.

By the way, if you are active on Instagram, feel free to follow my new page there, as well!
That's where I'm spending lots of time these days!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you're having a great day!








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Monday, July 11, 2016

~Aesthetic Content Candles~

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend!

If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I have a great love for luxury candles. When Aesthetic Content asked me to give theirs a try, of course, I jumped at the chance! Aesthetic Content is a Dallas-based company; and their products are sold in over 150 boutiques nationwide and internationally. Crafted in the USA, their candles are a cosmetic grade soy wax blend, with clean burning metal-free wicks. They contain no dyes, pesticides, sulfates or parabens; and they are free of major allergens. These room-filling fragrances are derived of fine essential and fragrance oils.


The candles are packaged in a white glass container, with a sustainable cork lid; and they are packaged in a crystal-clear BPA-free gift box. They're beautiful indulgences to give or to keep!


I received two fragrances to try. The first was "Timo Tangerine".
"This beautifully balanced scented soy candle zings with white tea leaves, tangerine peel, bergamot, cut thyme and zesty lemongrass."



The second fragrance was "Midnight Brezza".
"This moonlight breeze conjures red cedar, sandalwood, and exotic vetiver with alluring musk, spiced clove, cumin and green cardamom."
 

For the first burn, as suggested, I trimmed the wicks to 1/4 inch. The suggested burn time was 2 hours to achieve the desired melt pool. Both of these were beautiful fragrances. To put them to the ultimate test, I tried both in our family room, which is very open, with 20 ft. ceilings; and the fragrances quickly filled the room. I even walked upstairs; and the scent was wonderful!


I would highly recommend these wonderful candles! If you are in the Dallas area, the Aesthetic Content candles can be found in stores such as Urban Manor, Life of Riley, Blue Print and Nicholson-Hardie. They can also be purchased from their beautiful website:







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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

~The Fun Has Begun~

Hi Everyone! Hope you had a great Fourth of July!!

Our daughters were home for the weekend; and we took a couple of hours to drop some recent purchases off at our oldest daughter's new place. Her new living room furniture will be delivered today; and we wanted to get her rug in place, prior to delivery. One of our favorite places to shop for quality furniture, at great prices, is Weir's Furniture. My daughter purchased this ottoman for her bedroom. We will place it at the foot of her bed, once the bedroom furniture is delivered.



Love the tufting and the nailhead trim. It also opens for additional storage.


When we went to the Weir's customer pickup location, to get the ottoman, we realized that they also have an outlet center on site. We decided to take a look at their rugs, hoping to find the perfect one for her living area. We were so excited to find this one...


Love the pattern; and the size fits the space perfectly! It's beautiful with the hardwood floors. While we were at the apartment, Dear Hubby assembled her counter stools. She found these online at Kohl's.


We also dropped off all of the accessories that she purchased a couple of weeks ago. The branches from ZGallerie worked perfectly as her statement piece on the island.


Once the living room furniture is delivered this afternoon, we will probably go to shop for the coffee table and end tables. Things are moving along pretty quickly; and I hope to have some additional pictures soon. You can also follow along with me on my new Instagram page.

Hope you are having a great day; and thanks for stopping by!!






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Monday, June 27, 2016

~ A Light Tuscan Setting~

Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope you're having a great weekend! One of the things that we look forward to is Sunday dinner in the dining room. Previously, it was the one room that was seldom used...aside from holidays and other special occasions.  However, it is light and bright; and a welcome change from the breakfast area. Since the lighting was especially nice today, I decided to take a few pics, as I prepared for dinner.


Come on in and join us!


Since Italian food is on the menu today, I decided to go with a light, Tuscan feel, using items that I already had. Instead of the heavily embellished Italian dinnerware in my stash, I decided to go with something in basic white. This pattern is called, "Wedding Band" by Mikasa. It is layered on wicker chargers from Cost Plus World Market. This feels a bit lighter for Summer. Each place setting was embellished with fresh rosemary from the garden.


I also brought in a finial from one of the tables outside.
It is the symbol for "Welcome".


The centerpiece is a bowl of green hydrangeas...


The gold Tuscan vase will hold the breadsticks...


 The wine bar is ready for the selection of the day...


Fresh tomatoes from the garden are ready to be sliced...


Everything is set and ready to go!


Hope you're having a great day!


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

~Deals, Steals and Thrills~


Happy Wednesday, everyone! Yesterday was the day for deals, steals, and thrills! A couple of posts back, I shared that my oldest daughter is moving back to the area; and I will be helping her decorate her new place. She has been here for the past couple of days; and we have been shopping for accessories for her new apartment. Her design style is very similar to this...contemporary and glam. This photo was taken at ZGallerie.



Our first stop was I.O. Metro Outlet. (It is now called, Erdos At Home.) We were in search of counter stools and accent tables. These were the first stools that we saw...



A couple of stores down, we saw this one...


We also saw one table that would fit into our design plan...



Our next stop was Hobby Lobby. We are planning to use a mix of metals; and Hobby Lobby has most of their accessories on sale this week. We knew that they had quite a selection of gold items. We came away with a couple of good deals.
First, my daughter bought this lamp @ 50% off. The regular price was $89.99; but, at 50% off, it was $45. The finial was on the clearance rack for $8.00.


However, our true steal of the day, also found at Hobby Lobby, was this decorative sphere. My daughter saw one almost identical to this at our favorite store, ZGallerie. It retails for $29.95.  We found this one randomly in the store, without a tag, and inquired about the price.  An associate informed us that it came from the clearance section (where everything was 80% off). She said it was originally about $15.99. She took it to the back and put a clearance sticker on it. She marked it down to $3.39!!!! SOLD!!!!!



Our next stop was at another favorite, HomeGoods. My daughter loves this coffee table vignette at ZGallerie, with the cluster of gold and white accents. 


While accessories at ZGallerie can be a bit pricey, when you are shopping for multiple items, HomeGoods had everything that we needed, at a fraction of the cost.
These six items ranged in price from about $7.00 to $14.99.


She also found this tray at HomeGoods...


We loved the black mirrored inset...


Our final stop was at our favorite store...ZGallerie. If you are looking for modern, glam inspiration, this is the place!!


Of course, we came home with a couple of these pillows!


My daughter also loves the big, white floral stems. I think we're going back for more...



This mirrored console is on the "maybe" list...


As well as this bar cart...


We were also admiring this tray...


Her final purchase was the "White Branch Tree In A Pot". This will be her statement piece on the large kitchen island.

 

The branches are set in a box of white stones...


We'll be mixing in some white accent pieces; so, this will be perfect.



We are still in the market for the right coffee table and end tables...and a washer and dryer. The seating has already been purchased for the living room, along with a large area rug. We also have the bedroom furniture. So, we are making great progress!

I hope you'll continue to follow us on this journey, as we get closer to the finish line!

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

Linking to:
The Charm of Home-Home Sweet Home
Imparting Grace-Grace At Home

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