Tuesday, July 17, 2018


It really is unbelievable to me that we only have a few short weeks left in the summer. My first day back in the classroom is August 2nd, and the students will come on the 8th. I still have so many closets to clean out (as in I have done a grand total of ONE). Although it has been short, it's been a good summer. The best part for me was a family vacation. We managed to get all three kids and their significant others together--finally!!

I picked up these shells one morning in Orange Beach, and that prompted this post. I was trying to decide the best place to keep them so I would always be reminded of our trip together.

They ended up in this gold trimmed, glass storage box from Hobby Lobby. I found the box earlier in the summer for half price. It's the perfect home for my shells.

Looking around to decide where to keep them, I realized I use lots of bowls and small vases for all sorts of things. I'm showing you a few today.

I asked the question on Instagram, "What's in your decorative bowls?" And it turns out, we all use our bowls and dishes for pretty much the same things.

Almost everyone said FRUIT, real or faux.

In my dining room I use a blue and white oval dish to store NAPKIN RINGS.

Many of my Instafriends said they keep the REMOTES in a bowl. Us too!

CANDY was another top answer. We have mints in milkglass at our house; although, a giant bowl of peanut M&Ms would make me much happier. :-)

On our coffee table I have a basket/tray holding a few random things like coasters, books, a plant, and bowl of POLISHED ROCKS. They are from a field trip I took years ago with my youngest son. He was in elementary school. This week he's taking his senior portraits. Time--it flies.

We were at Desoto Caverns. They give you a little velvet bag and you can fill it with your own rocks. This is what I came home with.

One other Instagram answer was 3-D PUZZLE PIECES. I don't have puzzle pieces anywhere in a bowl, but I do have Tic-Tac-Toe pieces.

And last, but nowhere close to least, is a bowl with a strand of PRAYER BEADS made and given to me by two former, super-talented students--Anna and Leah Johns. Anna (now Walters) is also a wonderful colligrapher. You can see more of her work here.

Now, what about you?

I'd love to hear from you! Tell me below in the comments what you keep in your bowls.

Thursday, July 5, 2018


Green is not usually a color I use much in my decorating, other than a plant here and there, but lately I've been seeing green used in some really pretty, inspirational ways. From painted furniture to kitchen cabinets, it can be used in every room in the house. And yes, it does feel like I'm cheating on my blue and white to post this. :-) But sometimes it's nice to get a glance at something fresh and a little different. 

Here are a few pieces that have been painted. This first one is gorgeous! I love the simplicity of the decorating on top, and the gold pulls are so pretty. It feels like the perfect combination of old and new.

Second Changes by Misty Etsy Shop

The picture below inside the empty frame is a great idea.


I see dressers like this one all the time on FB Market Place. I need to remember how great they look when painted and given new life.

A Simpler Design

Swoon. I couldn't commit to this, but these next few kitchens and one bathroom that use green sure are stunning.

Emily A. Clark

Jaclyn Peters Design

Any thoughts on upper and bottom cabinets being a different color like the one below?

Elle Decor


Style Me Pretty

Better Homes and Gardens

Judith Balis Interiors via Domino

Fabric is certainly an easy way to add the color green. Plus, so many other colors are easily combined with it.

Southern Living

The Glam Pad

Home Bunch

Sue Ellen Gregory via Pinterest


Life On Virginia Street 

Something about a green sofa... instant elegance!

Photo: Artist Residence via Pinterest

Southern Living

Better Homes and Gardens

Alice Lane Home

Mark D. Sikes
I do have some green and white plates hanging in my kitchen, and like I said above, a live (and faux) plant or two, but that's about it for the green in my house. Have y'all used green in your home?


Friday, June 29, 2018


ONE - A sweet friend tagged me in this article. Of course I loved it. 

TWO - I bought my first fiddle fig plant (tree?) at the grocery store last week for $10. I know they're risky, so I've been reading up on how to care for them. Do you have one?

THREE - I just downloaded this book. Lots of people talking about it. Last week Jenna Bush Hager mentioned it on The Today Show.

FOUR - An Instagram account to follow, and a her beautiful blog full of doable home decorating ideas.

Image The Painted Hive

FIVE - Some cute ideas for the 4th in this older BuzzFeed article.

Talk to you next week!


Tuesday, June 26, 2018


If you're following me on Instagram, you'll remember that my son and I went to New Orleans on a field trip with his AP Language class back in January.

It was such a great trip. His teacher, Mr. Ray, did a fabulous job of making sure we took full advantage of every minute we were there. When we got home, it was all we talked about for days. I'm pretty sure it made my husband slightly jealous. So earlier in the summer when my son was vacationing with his girlfriend's family, we took our own trip to the Big Easy.

I took lots of pictures and hope to show them to you eventually, but today I'm just sharing the hotel we stayed in. The historic Hotel Monteleone.

It was purchased by Antonio Monteleone in 1886. It has undergone five major expansions and is one of the few family-owned hotels in the nation.

From the moment we walked in, I was in love. This is the foyer. This rose arrangement was stunning.

We checked in behind the clock around 12:30 AM. Unfortunately, our train was over four hours late leaving. We should have been there around 8 PM.

The chandeliers were beautiful. To say it was ornate is a bit of an understatement. Gold trimmed much of the ceiling

Here is one sitting area in the lobby. You can see the gold trim around the light fixture in the ceiling a bit better in the second picture.

Another spot in the lobby.

Some of the prettiest mirrors were hung throughout. This was an alcove in the downstairs area.

And here is the one in our room.

Our room was on the smaller side, but it was perfect for the two of us. 

The view stepping off the elevator.

Those were all snapped with my cell phone when I had minute, so the quality isn't the best.

But here's a great seven minute video with all the historical background and other views of the hotel if you'd like to see more of this lovely place nestled in the middle of the French Quarter in New Orleans.