Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July 4th

Well are you getting ready for the 4th?!  It's almost here so I am sure you have your plans or maybe you are already on your trip and perhaps checking your phone for your favorite bloggers!  I hope you have a wonderful time whether you go to the beach.




Or to the lake.


Stay at home and play on your back porch.

Stay inside and stay cool.

I hope you enjoy our day that represents our freedom.

Aline and C.F. Garon
Maybe you are going on a picnic.

Or staying in bed with a cutie.

I hope you enjoy your July 4th!


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy With Glory

"We prefer to remember the '90s in all its decadent, overdone glory"  said Better Homes and Gardens.  I agree with glory, I love these rooms!  Let's take a peek.

Forever Summer in this room with many patterns just like outdoors.  Galvanized metal will stay in the garage.

There's no plain Jane here.  Grey didn't dare enter, it's a vibrant spot for breakfast.  The light fixture appears to have a frosted glass so you don't endure the bare bulb look.

Blue ginger jars used here and are still going strong.  Hmm....I wonder how flowers go out of favor?  Are they not allowed to grow in the garden as well?

White walls and white ceiling are grounded by fabrics.

Wonderful!  Red, white and blue.  "Decadent, overdone glory." Yes to glory!  Decadent?  overdone?  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  I see comfort and beauty.

Pattern and color.  You wouldn't need a bleach pen for this sofa.

Wallpaper unifies the large closet.

What a fun look!

The yellow is a bold choice and it works for many homes.  The drapes are wonderful.

Lots of red with light wood furniture.  No distressed furniture here.

Loving this room!  The blue is calming and so complimentary to the wall color.   Beautiful art on the mantel and over the shelf that sits above the glass doors.  You see a lot of blue in today's decorating.

I see a great idea with the plates surrounding the mirror in the bedroom.

This is inviting and feels almost like sitting outside except with no mosquitos or heat. The rug adds a luxurious feeling.  I don't understand no rugs.  They can bring a room together so well.  Go buy a rug!


On The Porch Again

I thought we could celebrate this July 4th week with a little porch gratefulness.

Hey there!  Today I am on the porch, it’s just too pretty to be inside today.  What are you up to?  I want to show you this quilt I have had a few years and love the bright colors in it.   It’s just right for spring and summer!  Well….I like it in the winter too, it’s a mood picker upper!  There’s a few pillows I have collected over time  and of course a glass of tea.

Do you ever think how lucky we are to live in this time?  A lot of things are bad in the world, I know, but there is so much more opportunity now in ways we never could have thought of in our youth.

 It is truly amazing to me when I see where  my readers are from.  That as a blogger I do communicate and share ideas with people all over the world is so amazing to me.  That we live in a time that we can share our talents, thoughts, wishes, regrets and prayers with one another as if we were sitting beside one another.   There are no barriers here, I see no age, color, gender or past.  It shows how much we have in common, that we are all drawn to the infinite gems of beauty surrounding us and we are driven to share with one another.   That what I bring to the table is encouraged and delighted by you, feeds my heart and makes me so grateful.   I am truly grateful for my readers, everyone of you.




Monday, June 22, 2015

The Coffee Table

Hello!  How are y'all doing today?  Good!  I wanted to talk with you about styling  your coffee table.  Do you?  I do when I have a post showing my living room.  Of course I need to add interest so you will come back and see me!  But for everyday it can be a kinda sorta thing.  You know maybe a few books out and some faux/fresh flowers.  I don't feel like I HAVE to though.  Let's go look at these rooms and talk about it.

Bunny Williams ~ Wonderful warm room with warm texture from the wood and fabrics.  The bookcase is absolutely perfect.  It really warms the room and is visually a cocoon!  Now let's talk about the coffee table.  There's nothing on it but a few books.  There is absolutely no reason or need for anything more in this room, she would probably take away from the space by adding anything more.  When you have a room that is visually this 'full' you don't have to worry about styling the coffee table.  'Full' is to fill your eyes and mind with color, pattern and texture as if you were eating a hearty meal and then you don't have room for dessert.

One Kings Lane ~ The room is giving you a beautiful sofa to start with.  I am in love!  Notice the pillows that don't 'match' it, perfect!  There is the patterned rug and artwork directly behind the sofa with shelves suggesting a bookcase.  No styling the coffee table here.  The books are stacked giving an allover feeling of English clutter which you see in many homes and I adore it.

Carolina Irving ~ Let's just say this looks like the most inviting space.  Can I please come over?  Beautiful light coming in with the blue and white striped rug and collection of art hanging.  The bookcases just make you want to stay for a day.  This coffee table is higher and is usually viewed as a more formal look but is perfect here giving you a spot for your tea.

Elle D├ęcor ~ Beautiful color and pattern!  No styling needed although it would show better with a throw and a few books.  A few kids and popcorn with a dog asleep on the sofa and it's home.

Cathy Kincaid ~ No need for it here!  A comfortable room with an amazing window showing nature outside.

Caroline Irving ~ Same room as the Caroline Irving shown earlier but on the other side and taken at a different time.  The fabric on the table goes wonderfully and 'fills' the space.  Books around a floral piece.

Southern Living ~ I do like the green apples and floral arrangement here.  Pillows with a little more color on the sofa would be better, taking  that color from the arrangement and it would be more pleasing to the eye.

The liberal use of color and the pattern on the rug, along with the bookcase and valance insures no need for clutter on the coffee table unless wanted.

Charlotte Moss ~  She added books and beautiful roses.  Visually stunning anyway and  just an option.

Me ~ The table had greenery with red berries which was left from Christmas.  It was an option but as you see the room is very 'full'.

Harper's Bazaar ~ I do appreciate the way this table is featured.  The basket with the greenery ties in beautifully with the room's colors and adds more texture.

Kitty Bartholomew ~ She added fresh fruit to the table but it was an option, not necessary.

Penny Morrison ~ Do you see how much this room looks like Kitty's? Look at the wall color!  The colors in the drapes and Kitty's red checked chairs!  Timeless colors!  Looks like she is serving tea but again it's an option.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Fathers Revisited

Hello, I ran this post last year and thought you may enjoy it again.  I hope you have a great weekend.

Very Old Family Bible

Tokens of Lives Lived

A Birth Remembered

Old Roses in a French Press

Cup For Shaving Cream

Time Has Long Past

He Smoked a Pipe