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Monday, November 14, 2016

feeling fall

As the leaves are changing and the air is cooling across most of's still 80 degrees and sunny on this tiny island. Sometimes my heart yearns for cool nights, warm blankets and apple cider. So to make me feel a little less homesick, I try to warm my heart and home with the colors and scents of fall. Here are a few pictures of my kitchen as seen in Romantic homes magazine...
The fall transformation all began
with this beautiful plate as the inspiration.

The pale blue and orange colors are perfect
for a southern fall color scheme.

I gathered blue and brown transferware,
dried hydrangeas and tiny orange gourds
to begin the transformation.

It might seem a little unconventional
to use vintage garden wares as part of a tablescape
but I am the queen or unconventional decorating.
I always throw the decorating "rules" out the window
when it comes to personalizing my home.

Fill your table with the things you love!!!

And don't forget to dress the part!
I love to be a girly girl
and I never miss the opportunity
to embrace the season.
Whether it's decorating my home from front door to back
or from dressing from head to toe!!!

Now I can believe that fall is here
and Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

I hope you too will follow my lead
and throw decorating rules out the window.
Decorate your home in a way that will bring you joy!

Don't forget to pay attention
to the smallest of details.
It will give the room an overall
cohesive finished look!

Fill your home with the joy and beauty of every season.
It will warm your heart and your home!

I try my best to "warm up" my home
and at least make it feel like fall...
even tough I can till see palm trees swaying outside my windows.
I can step outside and pick up seashells at the beach
then come inside and feel like I am back home in West Virginia.
The only thing missing are my family and friends!
Sending love, hugs and sunshine to everyone back home...

Monday, October 17, 2016

have a peek...

I decided to style and photograph my home
this year for my fall Surroundings article
in Romantic Homes magazine.
I love to share my personal style
and let people into my little world.
These are a few extras from the photo shoot.
I hope you will have a peek!
Although my home has a primarily neutral palette
I like to add a color or two each season.
This year it is blue and orange...

I love this dollhouse
and it made a lovely addition to the entry...

I can finally place my prized dry hydrangeas
front and center!
(who said you can't grow hydrangeas in south Florida)

Yes, my addiction to Ironstone is real!

Less isn't more.
More is more!
My antique French dress form
is getting into the spirit of autumn too.

For me, flowers are in season all year long...

These deep purple hydrangeas are perfection...

Here is my inspiration and my
"reason for the season"...
and his name is Pumpkin!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit
my blog and my home!
I sure hope autumn is warming your heart
and you are enjoying the season...

Friday, September 30, 2016

warming up to fall

As the air gets cooler and the daylight grows short,
it's time to get cozy inside.
Warm things up by scenting your home
with the aromas of autumn.

Candles are always a good idea.
Add a beautiful ribbon or lace embellishment...

Potpourri is another wonderful way to introduce scent.
"Decorate" ready made potpourri by adding dried flowers
or fruit that coordinate with your home's color scheme.

Cozy up with a hot cup of tea...

Add cinnamon sticks for an aromatic warmth
and extra sweetness...

Extra cinnamon sticks can second as a simple and charming centerpiece when piled in a beautiful basket.  

Orange peels also add to the scent
and flavor of a hot cup of tea...

Warm up your home and heart as the weather gets cooler.

Just remember to appeal to all the senses!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

the end of another chapter

Tomorrow is the first day of Autumn...
And beautiful inspiration is all around.
My version of fall changes every year.
I tend to be drawn to unconventional
seasonal color palettes.

This gorgeous page, out of an old book of poetry,
is so beautiful and inspirational.
It is a perfect yet unexpected autumnal palette!

Although I now live in a place where I am able to garden all year long, I will always cherish my fond memories of fall in my garden. Trying to harvest every last flower was a passion and I knew that it would be months before I could dig in the dirt again.

I remember cutting countless bundles of lavender
and hydrangeas to dry for my shop.

I will forever associate this beautiful window of time
as the season to put my garden to bed
and collect the fall harvest.
Dried lavender is an amazingly special scent.
It soothes the mind, body and soul...
Sachets make lovely hand-made gifts.

French milled lavender soaps and scented sugar scrubs
are perfect for pampering. 

Little Peanut loves her lavender bow...

This fall, look all around for your decorating inspiration.
Even in the pages of beautiful old books!

As they say...
when one door closes another one opens...
summer is ending but autumn is right around the corner!

Have a very happy First Day of Autumn,

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

lace lanterns

I'm so glad that my little lanterns are a hit!
I had a number of phone calls and messages
about the lace covered lanterns from my last post.
I'm more than happy to share the how-to instructions...
but you really won't believe
just how simple they are to make!
What you will need...
canning jars
galvanized wire
scraps of lace
needle and thread
scissors and needle nose pliers
1. Wrap wire around the neck of the jar.
2. Twist ends together and tuck the sharp end toward the jar.
3. Make the hanger using wire 1" longer than the desired finished length (an upside-down U shape).
4. Feed each end of the wire hanger into the wire around the jar neck (between the glass and the wire)at opposite sides of the jar.
5. Using the pliers, bend the wire hanger ends up to create a loop and crimp the ends to secure.
6. Cut a piece of lace as wide as the height of the jar and as long as the circumference of the jar.
7. Wrap the lace around the jar and stitch in place.
Fabric glue works well too!
*For a finished look, tuck the edges under
and hem prior to wrapping around the jar.
The finished jars can be filled with water and fresh flowers
or put some sand in the bottom with a candle for a stunning lantern. As the candlelight filters through the lace
even the garden fairies will be impressed.

Lace can be used throughout the garden in so many different ways.
Just remember to use linens that already have stains, holes or tattered edges. Never use precious heirlooms or valuable collectables that will be damaged by the elements.
This project and many other ideas for using lace in the garden were first featured in Flea Market D├ęcor a few summers ago...

Thanks for the questions...keep 'em coming!