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Aqua Blue Wine Glasses and Soft, Warm Sand…Ahhh, How I Do Love Summer!

Seabird for a Nautical Beach Table Setting

Welcome to the 517th Tablescape Thursday! Recently Cyndi left this lovely comment on my 5 Creative Tables for Summer post: All of your summer tables are beautiful, but my favorite is the “Shades of blue” as it does put one in mind of water and beaches. I like your chargers, but LOVE your sea shell chargers the best! Please do a table with them and the large hurricane lanterns, love those! My shell chargers and hurricane lanterns are on my table now with my … [Continue Reading...]

Protecting Vachetta Leather & Giraffe Manor Featured in Harper’s Bazaar

Louis Vuitton Reverse Pochette Metis

Before we get into today's post, little reminder that this next Monday (August 27th) is our 500th Metamorphosis Monday party! Wowza! So amazing that 500 weeks have passed since Met Monday got first started, yet I haven't aged a day! ;) har har. I bet you haven't either! :) For next week's Metamorphosis Monday, if you would like, please share a photo (or two) of  5-10 of your most favorite "Before and Afters" that you've posted in the past on your blog, along with … [Continue Reading...]

A Plain Brick Home Gets The Most Beautiful Transformation! Love!!!

Plain Brick Exterior Before Dramatic Transformation

Welcome to the 499th Metamorphosis Monday! Ever pass by a beautiful home, a home that's solid and well-built but just feels like something is missing? Here in the south we have a lot of clay soil, so brick homes are everywhere. You'll find entire neighborhoods filled with homes made of brick in many different shades and colors. Sometimes the brick will vary greatly in color and add so much interest and personality to the home. Other times, the brick will be one … [Continue Reading...]

The End-of-Summer Sales are Awesome Right Now

This past week has been a lot of fun as I've been visiting with my son, daughter-in-love and grandsons. We've been doing a lot of grilling since my son upgraded to a Big Green Egg this summer. Any BGE fans out there? I've been so impressed with the flavor of the food he's been cooking. It has me thinking about getting one if/when I move one day. Amazing all the things you can make on this grill, even pizza! If you have a Big Green Egg and have any great tips or … [Continue Reading...]

5 Creative Tables for Summer

5 Tables for Summer-2018

Welcome to the 516th Tablescape Thursday! I can't believe it's already August! Thankfully, it will still be warm here in the south for another month or two. My heart is still in summer, fall will get here soon enough! For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm sharing a few of the tables I've set this summer.   Click on any title below to view that table setting in more detail. Happy Summer to you! Dining Outdoors for Summer: A Mostly … [Continue Reading...]

Tour the Museum of Style Icons in Ireland, Part II

Green Suit Worn by Tippi Hedren as Melanie in Hitchcock Movie, The Birds

On Monday we began a tour through the Museum of Style Icons, a museum owned by Newbridge Silverware in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. It was a wonderful, unexpected highlight during my trip to Ireland last year. In that previous post, I shared this pretty cocktail dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's.   That dress was displayed near several other dresses worn previously by Audrey, including a pretty yellow floral dress worn in … [Continue Reading...]

A Visit to the Newbridge Museum of Style Icons

Newbridge Silverware Style Museum, Ireland

Welcome to the 498th Metamorphosis Monday! I've been away the past few days visiting family. As I was thinking about what I might share with you today, I remembered a fascinating stop we made during my trip across Ireland last year. I think it was on the same day we visited Blarney Castle. As we were heading back to our manor home for the night, we stopped for a little shopping excursion inside the Newbridge Silverware Factory. We saw a lot of beautiful silver … [Continue Reading...]

Limelight Hydrangeas, Butterflies and Birds: A Summer Table Setting On The Porch

Sweet Bird Hiding in Limelight Hydrangeas

Welcome to the 515th Tablescape Thursday! The Limelight hydrangeas in front of my home are still blooming, so I couldn't resist using them again in a summer table setting here on the screened porch.     See that big gap, one hydrangea fell over and I didn't notice it until I was done taking pictures.   While I was setting the table, little birds flew in and nested down inside the hydrangeas! ;)   So you may … [Continue Reading...]

When Smeg and Dolce & Gabbana Conspire, Something Wonderful Happens!

Dolce Gabbana Stand Mixer

I always have a running list in my head of things I want to share with you. Today I'm finally sitting down to share them all in one place. They run the gamut in price, some are super affordable while others are pricey but just too good to not share. This morning I purchased a pair of these L.L. Bean Sport Shoes for myself and my daughter-in-love. I think they will be great for the hiking trips we go on whenever I visit. I should probably buy another pair to just … [Continue Reading...]

It Took a Year to Get It Right, But Finally This Makeover Is Complete

Minwax Polycrylic Finish in Matte Finish

Welcome to the 497th Metamorphosis Monday! Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments on Saturday's post. It was so heartwarming and encouraging to read your comments and stories! You shared so many of the same thoughts I have and I truly appreciate each and every comment. I was so surprised by how many of you had actually had the opportunity to visit A Classy Flea in person! I know a lot of folks mentioned they had hoped to visit and were disappointed … [Continue Reading...]