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Some Great Memorial Day Sales This Weekend!

Plant Wall Hanger in Window Box Style

Yesterday a friend and I visited two garden nurseries in Atlanta: The Family Tree Garden Center and Grower's Outlet. I didn't buy any flowers but I came very close to purchasing some hydrangeas at Grower's Outlet. If I didn't already have a gazillion boxwood shrubs to plant (and I just bought 5 more yesterday!) I would have purchased some hydrangeas. I took a few photos while inside The Family Tree Garden Center. Loved this planter they have … [Continue Reading...]

Two New Benches for the Front Porch

Bench shipped from Grandinroad

A few days ago I blogged about ordering a couple of the Luciana benches from Grandinroad when they were having a good sale on their outdoor benches. (View that post here: Whimsical Garden Bench for the Front Porch)   As mentioned in that previous post, my front porch was built from this photo found in a Southern Homes magazine many years ago. This is the beautiful historic home at Gainesway Farm. I loved everything about this porch … [Continue Reading...]

Nautical Dinnerware for Summer

Summer Beach Themed Dinnerware, Pottery Barn 10

Welcome to the 401st Tablescape Thursday! Since I knew I wouldn't be able to put together a table this week (the two tables I normally use are out of commission at the moment as seen HERE) I stopped into Pottery Barn to see what they had in for spring and summer.   They had their patriotic vibe in full swing! The cherry plates and the pretty blue and white swirl plates are available here: Summer Dishware   I like … [Continue Reading...]

Progress is Messy!

Boxwood Shrubs in the Landscape

I think it's official, I have just a few too many irons in the fire. lol If I write something completely nonsensical in the next few days, just know it's because there's a lot of stuff going on here and my brain may be on overload. It's good stuff, but it's going to get crazier before it gets better, I'm afraid. Today I went to visit my bushes. If I go to Pike Nursery one more time, they will probably call the authorities to come take me away. … [Continue Reading...]

A Beautiful Beach House That Comes With Its Own Lighthouse!

Beach House, Fenwick, Old Saybrook

Imagine buying a beach house and along with it you become part owner of your own lighthouse! See that little light house waaay out there, standing so bravely, a bright shining sentinel to all who sail by. If I read correctly, That's the Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse at in Fenwick Point and I believe it's the lighthouse that's included with the beautiful home we're touring today.   The person who purchases this beautiful Victorian … [Continue Reading...]

A Whimsical Garden Bench for the Front Porch & Some Landscape Updates

Luciana Bench in Blue

See that chart below? Yay, for sunshine! Finally, the re-varnishing of the screened porch floor can start tomorrow. It was scheduled for almost two weeks ago, but the weather has not cooperated. Finally, we have sunny days ahead.   Boxwood Shrubs for the Front Yard Landscape While I've been awaiting sunny days, my focus has returned to the front yard. Remember this photo of Frances Schultz's adorable house, Bee Cottage? I had a … [Continue Reading...]

AncestryDNA: My Surprising Results Are Back

DNA Email

If there's one thing I've learned during this process of having my DNA analyzed with AncestryDNA, it's the more you learn, the more you realize how complicated and involved this whole tracing your DNA heritage can be. The more you learn, the more questions you have. This stuff is intense, but every day the process is getting better and better. So here's how this process went for me: I ordered the kit back on April 9th and it arrived the … [Continue Reading...]

The Happiest Tablescape Ever: A Sunny Limoncello Celebration

Sunflower Centerpiece for Limoncello Table Setting with Lemon Dishware

Welcome to the 400th Tablescape Thursday! Wow, can you believe this is our 400th Tablescape Thursday! Tablescape Thursday has been going on now for almost 8 years and I love it today as much as I did that very first week back in August, 2008. Thanks so much to each and every talented dearheart who has participated over the past eight years by either linking their tablescape to the party or by sharing photos of your beautiful table with me, so … [Continue Reading...]

My Favorite Bags for Summer & a Fun Bag Story

Monogrammed Draper James Overlook Straw Bag

When it comes to fashion, my weakness is handbags and shoes, pretty much in that order. I love me some bags and shoes! Maybe it's because when I gain a pound or 10, all my handbags and shoes still fit just as they did before...no problem! ;)   Summer bags are so playful and fun! I've always loved straw bags and Draper James, owned by Reese Witherspoon, has a really cute one out this year. This bag was available last year with an … [Continue Reading...]

Shell & Sea Glass Chargers for Beach Inspired Dining

Shell Charger Plate with Blue Sea Glass

Welcome to the 381st Metamorphosis Monday! Wish I had a porch update to share with you, but unfortunately due to the off-and-on rainy forecast last week, the flooring company wasn't able to come out and re-varnish the porch floor. So frustrating when every day predicts rain (except on the weekends when they don't work) and half the time, it never materializes.  If/when we get a clear forecast, they should be able to get started. So frustrating … [Continue Reading...]

A Storybook Cottage Home Tour: Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel by the Sea Cottage Living Room

Happy Weekend to you! I'm a happy camper today. Got my computer back and the issue was a bad graphics card. So I'm back in business and so happy to be working from my real computer with full size screens instead of my small, travel-size computer. Has it been as gorgeous where you live as it has been here? This wonderful spring weather has me motivated to get cracking again on the landscaping I've put off for way too long. I'm planning on … [Continue Reading...]

On Safari: An African Safari-Themed Tablescape

Giraffe Etched Glasses from Giraffe Manor for Safari Table Setting

Welcome to the 399th Tablescape Thursday! When I was on safari in Kenya last September, I stayed in romantic Giraffe Manor for one of  the nights I was there. Giraffe Manor, built in 1938 in the style of a Scottish Hunting Lodge, is truly like something out of a storybook. The Rothschild Giraffe is endangered and the good folks at Giraffe Manor are doing what they can to increase the population. Did you see the new baby that was born … [Continue Reading...]