Friday, July 19, 2019


Guess what? This is blog post #300 for me!!  Thank y'all for hanging around and being so sweet and encouraging to me in my little corner of the Internet! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and may we all have an early fall. This heat is about to do me in!!

Here are the links for this edition of Friday's Five. 

2. I hope you know Kim at Savvy Southern Style. You'll want to meet her if not. She never sits down! Every time I stop by her blog, she has just painted something or rearranged something else. She wears me out! Ha. She has one of the prettiest homes. It's Southern with a French twist.

3. A beautiful portfolio to explore: M + M Interior Design 

Image via M+M's portfolio

4. Beautiful ideas for summer home decorating from Yvonee at Stone Gable.

5. My friend Staci told me about this book. It's pretty good so far. I just wish they didn't want me to exercise so much...

Now, on to the weekend!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019


I really like the look of big, bold greenery. It's eye-catching and statement-making.

Philedendron leaves are an easy way to get that bold greenery look.

Ballard Designs

I'd been thinking I wanted to add some large leaves to my d├ęcor, and I came across this photo from One King's Lane back in September. Then, dear blog reading friends, I looked at the price tag. Needless to say, I was inspired to shop my house and create my own version.

One King's Lane

And that's just what I did.

Hobby Lobby sold me the two leaves. These may or may not have been 50% off when I bought them. September was a long time ago, and I can't remember. :)

I already had the glass vase (also from Hobby Lobby from years ago), and I already had the rocks. I was using them both for another arrangement that I was ready to be done with it, so it was the perfect vessel for my DIY project.

The finished look:

Not too bad!

If you'll remember I painted this room a few springs back, and I really hadn't done anything to this spot until I made this arrangement. I added the plates to finish it up the wall. Because blue and white makes every area better.

Here are a few more inspiration pictures using bold greenery in home decorating.

J K Kling

House Beautiful

via Pinterest 

via Pinterest

via Pinterest @trellishomedesign

Austin Patterson Diston Architects

I love the mix of blue, white, and green in this room. 

Caroline Gidiere

Enjoy your day,


Wednesday, July 3, 2019


Last week I shared a few things that I found at the antique malls over the past month or so. You may have seen them already if you follow me on Instagram, which I hope you do! Today I'm showing you what I did with some of my haul.

I told myself I would never leave a large tray/basket behind again, so this one came home with me. It has a few broken pieces in the weave, but nothing so bad I can't use it. The plates were from two different vendors. I paid $8 for one and $2.50 for the other one. That's the thing about thrifting, if old stuff is your thing, you can find lots of things to love at great price points. And once you start thrifting often, you know what's a good price and what you should leave behind. I found the milk glass earlier in the summer. My favorite find of the day was the silver-plated bowl that I bought for only $2. It was tarnished terribly, but I knew it could easily be revived.

First things first.

I had to clean and polish the little silver bowl. This is what I use on silver and silver-plated objects. It is the best stuff and so easy to use. It comes with a sponge, and all you do is rub it on generously and rinse it off. For harder to clean objects, like my new old bowl, just go through the cleaning process twice. Try it for yourself here.


Once the bowl was all cleaned up, it only took me a minute to decide what to do with it--coffee filters. I'd been wanting to create a coffee station by the coffee pot, and when the filters fit in the bowl, I was on my way.

I started with a tray from Target that I'd had for a while. The trim is white, but the inside is a pretty natural wood shade.

After realizing the filters fit perfectly in the bowl, it started coming together. Look how well the tarnished bowl cleaned up. I bet if the vendor who sold it for $2 had polished it first, he/she may have gotten a bit more than $2.

I added our coffee to a candy jar, thrifted of course, that I found sometime around Christmas last year.

I added a few of my favorite old coffee mugs (OLD, OLD, OLD coffee mugs) that I drink from almost every day. Notice they have just a touch of blue. :)

Next, I added this flower vase from another spot in the house....

... and swapped out yellow tulips for these red ones I was using in the foyer.

Then I added the thrifted Churchill plate, the rose pink and white version of Blue Willow.

Now everything is at my finger tips when it's time to prepare and drink my coffee.

If you like this look, you can shop for similar accessories below to help you create your own organized coffee station.

Red Tulips  //  Silver Bowl  //  Tray   //   Coffee Mugs  //  Glass Jar  //  Red and White Plate

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a wonderful 4th!


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