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Saturday, May 31, 2014

june in bloom...

With the arrival of June comes the abundance of flowers in gardens both north and south. The June issue of Romantic Homes magazine is the much anticipated Rose Issue.
Here is a peek at my article form the June issue of
Romantic Homes magazine... 

 I was so happy to share a local landmark...
The Ford and Edison Winter Estates. Of course it is known for the legendary owners Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. But I was so taken by the ladies...Mina and Clara. In many ways they were as responsible for the beauty of the property as their remarkable husbands.

 Both gals grew up in the North surrounded by beautiful gardens. Although the South was a new climate and terrain they found ways to surround themselves with familiar flowers from home.

I hope you had a chance to see the article. Even better, if you would like to visit the Edison and Ford Winter Estates you can click here for more information...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

dining alfresco

The picnic season has officially begun! Here are a few ideas for decorating an outdoor table in style...and on a budget!
Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose

Use what you have...

I removed the wax residue from old candles
and created this garden inspired glass hurricane.

Place a votive sized cup inside a 3 wick candle holder.
Fill the gap with moss and add a candle.

Layer mix and match green Transferware.

For an uncomplicated but dramatic centerpiece start by gathering a basket, pots, bottles, garden cuttings, small plants and moss.

Fill the basket with plants and cuttings...

Fill the gaps with moss and voila...

Upcycle old garden items like this metal sprinkler
into a candle holder!

Even Pea is amazed at how good the table is starting to look...

Dress your outdoor tables with the same attention to detail
that you give your indoor settings...

I hope you are inspired to dine alfresco this evening!

Monday, May 12, 2014

gardens under glass

I am so happy to be a guest blogger...aka the Domestic Diva...
at Garden Variety.
 To read a short tutorial on making terrariums,
I hope you will jump over to GV to take a look.


I couldn't help myself...I had to add a few seashells!

I hope you are inspired to make a mini garden under glass...