Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wingback Chairs

Last year we remodeled our living room and dining room.
Since then I've been looking around for ideas
to reupholster our wingback chairs.
Today I thought I would share my favorites so far
for a little eye candy.
 Traditional Home
 Nell Hills
 Nell Hills
Nell Hills
I think the blue and white from Nell Hills is my favorite,
but I already know I love blue and white toile
from the loveseat I have (now in storage)
so that would be a bit of overkill.
How about you ~do you have a favorite go to fabric style?
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Southwest Summer Send Off

For my final summer table this season
I setup a southwest send off on the porch.
This beautiful pepper plant was the inspiration
found at Fresh Market by my sweet husband.
I paired terra cotta chargers
found at Horchow online
with my turquoise fiesta ware
and red fire king salad plates.
For whimsy I added in these salt and pepper
cowboy boots and hats
along with  a cowboy boot plate
all from Cracker Barrel.
I wanted the table to stay simple so 
I bundled mixed sets of flatware up in
buffalo check napkins

and placed them in aqua ball canning jars.

The matching pepper Mary Lake Thomspon 
towels add a break in all the colors.

I hope this last "official" weekend of summer
finds you relaxing and staying cool.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Visit to Boxwoods Atlanta

Last Labor Day weekend Miss Bee and I
went on a Southern shopping trip
in Knoxville, Atlanta, & Charleston.
I shared our shopping visit to White Rabbit Cottage on the blog already.
Today we visit Boxwoods located in
the Buckhead neighborhood outside Atlanta.
Approximately 1/2 way home on our drive from Charleston to Kentucky
we stayed overnight at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead.
This provided a delightful respite from driving with
a night of room service and movies.
The next morning we drove a few minutes from the hotel
over to Boxwoods, which is located in a neighborhood
setting nestled between some of the finer homes in Atlanta.
Boxwoods is actually two buildings, Boxwoods Home
and across the street Boxwoods.
We headed into Boxwoods Home first -pictured above.
Each room features a tabletop design 
and accompanying pieces related to the color scheme.

 Lots of blues and greens to add to your collection.

 They offer a mixture of price range from
some high end pieces to melamine ware and
paper products for entertaining.

 You can see above Miss B holding some
of the things we found that day.
 Boxwoods also sells antique pieces
including these beautiful china cabinets.

  There are several levels of the store
in the basement were Tuscan theme items.
 Located next door are floral items and seasonal decor.
   Next time you are in Atlanta you must add
a trip to Boxwoods to your shopping day!

A note to my readers: as I mentioned Boxwoods Home is
multi level so if you have a challenge with stairs
that is a consideration.  Overall the stairs are wide
and deep with a railing so I was able to manage slowly.
The parking lot is in front of the store, only a few steps away.
Boxwoods is located in a suburb, just a few minutes
from the Lenox Mall, so restrooms and many nice
places to eat are available in the area.
Check store hours before your visit -we stopped by there
this past July on our way thru to Florida
and they were not open.
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Touring on Blogland

Last week Patti introduced me on her feature of Touring on Blogland at her wonderful blog PandorasBox.  Her blog features great ideas, photography and lots of food ~yum!  Be sure to read all her posts on her stunning MacKenzie Childs collection.  Thanks for inviting me to share a little about myself.  Here's my answers for the questions. 

What am I working on right now? Right now I'm planning for fall decorating, entertaining and of course tables!  I have an idea for using my new milk glass collection in my design in the dining room this fall.  Also, I have an idea for some cute painted flatware for Halloween.  Finally, my daughter is getting married in fall, 2015 so we are just beginning planning for her big day.

How does my work differ from others in this genre?  I think my work differs because I like to use a combination of vintage and new items to set tables and entertain.  I think entertaining should feature both pieces you have inherited by family or find and easy to clean up pieces such as dishwasher safe and paper items.  I am not a total DIY girl, I like to mix in a few pieces I've crafted along with items we can buy at the store and then vintage pieces.  Finally, I think my work is in a price point that most people can afford, which makes it more accessible to everyone wanting to just add a new piece or two each season.

Why do I write / create what I do?  I began blogging in 2009 as a way to creatively share my ideas for parties, decor and entertaining.  My daytime job is in the accounting profession and therefore entertaining and decorating allow me to express myself in a creative way totally different than my career.

How does your writing process actually work?  I would like to say all my posts are planned out weeks ahead of time and scheduled accordingly, but in actuality my posts generally are written organically from ideas thru reading on the porch, points of inspiration in my travels, based on the seasons or in great pieces I buy at antique stores and estate sales on the weekends.

Patti also featured Poppi at With a Dash of Color.  Please be sure to visit her blog this week too!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Whooo's ready for fall?

Are you a summer lover and wish it would last forever~
or a you ready for fall and cooler weather?
I'm definitely ready for fall
mostly because I do not take the heat very well
and have to hide indoors, but also
because I love the colors and textures of fall.
 Today I took a little me time to sit down
with my cutie pie owl tea for one pot
and a place set for a bite of dessert to enjoy,
 while reading a few fall inspiration books
and magazines.
 I love Carolyn Roehm's ideas and style.
Her Fall Notebook is a great planner and inspiration tool.
The napkin and plate were both found at 
Cwonder online.
The napkins are no longer available, but the plates 
are on sale!
The flameless candle is a QVC find
online here.
If you have not read Ms. Roehm's blog and books
you should check them out as they are a great source
of inspiration!
Hope you are enjoying the season -or anticipating the next one
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Floral Journey

As I mentioned in last week's post
the icing on the cake of my table last week
was the centerpiece arranged
 Earlier this summer I purchased a copy of 
and in addition read one of my favorite
weekly blog authors, Ms. Hoffman DePiano's
on an arrangement she had prepared.
 I have always wanted to do my own flower arranging.
Feeling inspired as I often do after 
reading many of my favorite blog authors,
I was determined to create the centerpiece for this table.
I had the depression glass compote selected,
purchased roses and floral foam
and embarked on my creation last Sunday.
Typically my centerpiece style is dump and fluff
or select a non floral item such as a decorative piece.
I even posted some ideas for this style
in my post Dump and Fluff in 2010.
 Pick and vase and buy some flowers or
 select items like pumpkins
 and roosters
 sunflowers or roses to hilite the theme of the table.
Even though I was armed with inspiration, flowers and tools
it became a big hot mess!
I can only share my creation with you, my friends,
as I know we support one another in a non-threatening creative
environment ;)
Needless to say I have learned to leave the arrangements
to the professionals until I can spend some time
in floral classes (which Oberer's offers)
after I complete my CPA certification exams.
This should make my local florist happy
and shield you (and myself) from future 
hideous attempts similar to the arrangement above!
What new hobbies or interest are 
you trying out this fall?

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Freshen Your China

 Do you have an inherited or 
estate sale find set of china hiding in your cabinets
you are not sure how to use because the colors seem drab?
This week I setup a "dress rehearsal" for an 
upcoming luncheon I'm planning early fall.
I pulled out this set of china purchased last winter
in basement back shelf of an antique shop.
I wanted to freshen it up a bit so I added a few table items
that you might try too with your set.
First a picked bright colors -
pink and yellow here -to perk up the colors in the china.
Then I mixed in some vintage glassware in sunny yellow
The two drinking glasses and these baby juice glasses
with a yellow daisy pattern I used for votive holders.
I used new covered butter pat dishes
on top of the saucers that came with the set
since they had no tea cups.
I also used these brown rod iron
bee napkin rings.  You know I love bees!
 Finally I perked it all up with these matching
placemats and napkins I bought on clearance
at One Kings Lane.
 I love how all the colors pull together!
 The icing on the cake was the floral centerpiece
I asked my local florist Oberers to put together
working off the placemat and china colors.
 I took in this yellow depression glass compote
and they were able to make my arrangement
in one half hour!
 Here's the back of the china in case you are curious.
Next post I will share more about my 
attempt to floral arrange like a professional.
I setup another fall lunch table last year
with my Grandmother's china here.
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