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Tour a 1730 Historic Stone Cottage That’s Storybook Perfect

Cozy window seat in historic 1730 stone cottage

Welcome to the 387th Metamorphosis Monday! Greetings! How was your weekend? I think a lot of folks must be on vacation around here because traffic has been much lighter for the last few days. Maybe they got a head start on the long 4th of July weekend that's coming up. I don't have a Before and After to share this week. If you saw my "list" in Friday's post, you'll know I've kinda been on a "Before and After" spree for the last 6-7 weeks. … [Continue Reading...]

Add Color & Whimsy to the Garden with Colorful Planters and Sculptures

Garden Shed

Happy Friday! Have any plans for the weekend? I hope to do something relaxing this weekend, feel like it's time to stop and smell the roses gardenias that are blooming in my yard right now. The last month and a half has been a whirlwind of activity around here. I sat down the other day and listed all the things I had gotten done since returning from the Netherlands the first week of May. Here's how that list looked: Painted and replaced 19 … [Continue Reading...]

Celebrate Independence Day With a Nautical-Themed Table Setting, Plus An Amazing Find

4th of July Table, Sakura, Warren Kimble Colonial Dishware

Welcome to the 405th Tablescape Thursday! I have to start off this week's Tablescape Thursday with an incredible find. You know this nautical, sailboat flatware you've seen me use so often in table settings?   I just found it available this morning for $26.99 for a 20-piece set!!! I know I paid way more than that when I purchased it several years ago. I think I paid $99. I've never seen it for $26.99 for a 20-piece set! So if … [Continue Reading...]

Tour a Coastal Dream Home Designed by Historical Concepts, Palmetto Bluff

Palmetto Bluff Home Designed By Historical Concepts_wm

This morning I fell down a rabbit hole, a fascinating, although slightly bitter-sweet, rabbit hole. I came across this beautiful home designed by my favorite design firm, Historical Concepts. I love their designs more than words can say.   If you don't already have their book, you'll want to check it out HERE. It's wonderful! I hope they write another book one day, I'll preorder it the moment I hear about it, if they do! Back to … [Continue Reading...]

Periwinkle Blue for a Whimsical Potting Bench

Periwinkle Potting Bench With Three Shelves

Welcome to the 386th Metamorphosis Monday! When I ordered this potting bench, I had plans to give it a few coats of marine varnish. (Potting Bench can be found here: Potting Bench.) But somewhere along the way I changed my mind and decided to have a little fun with it. I wanted to paint it, but what color? I searched online for painted potting benches and found lots of cute ones, but still didn't see a color I really liked. Then I came … [Continue Reading...]

How To Make a Tiered Planter From Terra Cotta Saucers

3-Tiered Terra Cotta Plant Stand

Yesterday for Tablescape Thursday, I shared a table setting featuring a 3-tiered planter or plant stand as the centerpiece.   Today I'm sharing detailed instructions showing how I made the planter, in case you would like to make one, too. This is one of the easiest DIY projects I've ever made and it only took about 1-1/2 hours to make. Well, maybe a little longer for the jute part, more on that in a sec.   I first … [Continue Reading...]

Spring Table Setting with Ma Maison and a DIY Tiered Planter Centerpiece

Summer Garden Party on the Porch

Welcome to the 404th Tablescape Thursday. Happy springtime to you!   We're out on the porch for this week's Tablescape Thursday.   You've been seeing these butterfly napkin rings a lot lately. They seem to be my favorite choice for the tablescapes I've been creating this spring. I must be in a "green" mood right now. Maybe it's from all the gardening I've been doing. lol   I pulled out my favorite … [Continue Reading...]

GE Slate Appliances Showcase the Beauty & Not the Fingerprints

GE Slate Appliances, Beautiful with Painted Cabinets

Stainless steel appliances have been a really popular choice for kitchens over the last few years. It's a great option for some kitchens, but it wasn't quite the look I had in mind when I completed my modest kitchen renovation a few years back.   Since there were not a lot of other choices besides stainless steel back then, I went with a white finish for all my appliances. White has worked fine for my kitchen, but recently I … [Continue Reading...]

How To Find the Center of a Ceramic or Clay Saucer

How to find exact center of a clay saucer

Things are looking very purplie around here, Dahlia purple to be exact. I've finished painting the potting bench, now I just to need to assemble it. I'll start work on that this evening.   Today I've been shopping for the supplies I need for another little project, one I think you're going to really like. You would think the potting bench project was enough to having going on at one time, right? lol This one is somewhat related and … [Continue Reading...]

A Change of Mind

Potting Bench

Welcome to the 385th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Something very weird happened to me this weekend. I think I must have gotten a knock on the head. ;) Remember the potting bench that I ordered recently?   I had planned to give it a few good coatings of this marine varnish.   It's the same thing I used on this potting table that lives downstairs under my deck. (Directions for building this potting … [Continue Reading...]

Random Stuff & My Favorite Finds

Potting Bench Assembly

I have a bunch of fun, random stuff to share, including some awesome finds, so I've put them all together in one post. This arrived today. I've used this spar varnish before and it's super durable. (I ordered it here: Spar Varnish)   I'll be using it this weekend to seal the various parts of the new potting bench I ordered recently. (Potting bench is available here: Potting Bench)   There are a lot of parts! … [Continue Reading...]

Here Comes the Sun!

Sunflower Summer Tablescape on the Porch

Welcome to the 403rd Tablescape Thursday! Today I made a visit to Whole Foods and just outside their front door I saw these: pots of beautiful sunflowers. Each plant had 2-3 flowers already open and was covered in buds, so there should be plenty more flowers on the horizon. I couldn't resist creating this week's table around these happy flowers.   I haven't used my sunflower plates in a table setting in quite a while. This was … [Continue Reading...]