Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mother’s Day Brunch

Or should I just call this post a “Mother’s Day Table”? I don’t know why I used the word BRUNCH, except that it sounds kinda fancy, doesn’t it?

I wanted to create a simple, Spring-inspired Mother’s Day table…perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Making the MOM in your life feel special is what it’s all about, right?

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Keeping a table setting simple is always my main focus. So, I started with a vintage hemp linen table runner, and added place settings of china and ironstone mixed. The gorgeous white linen napkins are from Rough Linen, and are my favorite! Keeping with a neutral color palette, I added pops of color with the fresh flowers.

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The pretty white pillar candles are part of our candle line, hand-poured by the sweetest couple in Texas. The white ones are named Shiplap, with the fragrance of White Ginger. They smell amazing, a subtle sweet scent…and will be available in our online shop (opening soon).

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My favorite little detail on this table is the tiny vintage juice glasses. I used them as vases for pink hydrangeas at each place setting. Notice the variation of colors in the hydrangeas…and they came from the same bush! That’s another reason why I adore fresh flowers.

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So, let’s talk about Mother’s day…if I’m honest, it’s not really my favorite. I lost my mom to ovarian cancer in 2009. So, as you can guess, I don’t look forward to Mother’s day without her. However, I’m a firm believer in being thankful for my blessings. And I have three wonderful kids who still have their mom! I also have several ladies in my life who support and love me like crazy. I’m blessed to be a mom, and I do not take that for granted. And to all of you ladies out there who are heartbroken around Mother’s day, I send big hugs…due to inability to have kids, or losing a child, my heart goes out to you!

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I sure would love to invite all of you ladies (moms or not) over…and we could sit around this table enjoying coffee and talking about decorating our homes. Wouldn’t that be fun?

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Dried Florals

It’s May already? Where in the world did April go?

I love May! It’s always a relatively pleasant month here in Louisiana. The flowers are blooming and the temperatures are usually warm, but not too hot. And, for us this year, it means summer vacation is just around the corner!

So…I received an order of beautiful dried floral bundles to sell at our shop in Canton, Texas. I thought it may be helpful to share a few ways to use dried florals around your home. In place of fresh or faux flowers, dried florals are a fabulous option if you’re looking to add color and texture.

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This is pink Larkspur…and is a beautiful pop of color on the farm table. Placed in an antique watering can, three bundles of larkspur make a pretty centerpiece.

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Have you ever seen dried peonies? I hadn’t until these arrived. The pale pink and creamy white colors are so beautiful. And they still smell amazing! I placed all eight bundles in this vintage ice cream freezer bucket. The soft florals make a pretty contrast to the grey walls and rustic dresser. The petals almost feel like tissue paper.

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And one of my favorite ways to display dried florals, is to hang them from a French crate. I have a crate hanging above our kitchen island. So, I hung a few bundles upside down from the crate. The florals look so pretty hanging over our island. And when you walk into the kitchen, they all smell so good. It’s like Springtime in the kitchen!

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And I have placed some dried oregano bundles in this vintage crock, below. It can also be used as a centerpiece, or hanging from a crate.

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Lastly, some pretty limelight hydrangea bundles make a great buffet centerpiece in a French market basket. Of course, what doesn’t look amazing placed in a market basket? The limelights are such an eye-catching color!

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Dried florals make a great addition to any home decor…especially during spring and summer when you want to add a pretty pop of color that  lasts longer than fresh flowers.

Tell me, what are your favorite dried florals?

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Blessings

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Happy Spring

 

Happy Spring everyone! I’ve been so busy lately with our small shop space in Canton, Texas that I haven’t been able to do a Spring home tour this year. So, before I do a home tour, I thought I’d share one of my favorite spring decorating tips.

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One of my favorite ways to bring the outdoors in during Spring time is with blooming branches. I know there is a growing trend of “faux blooms” coming back into interior decorating, but there’s just nothing like having the real deal, don’t you agree?

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I guess if I had to name an all time favorite spring blooming flower, it would probably be the purple wisteria growing in front of my MIL’s home. It’s gorgeous! The blooms smell so fragrant and sweet…and the bees are covering the whole bush. The bees make clipping a few branches an interesting event. So, I have to clip and leave quickly.

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I make small bouquets and large ones too. It’s fun to place them all around the house and enjoy the scent for a few days. Of course, after a few days, the blooms start to fall and make quite a mess for me to vacuum. But it’s way worth it!

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It doesn’t really matter what type vase you use. I love using French jars or ironstone for fresh flowers. But you can use glass vases, ball jars or even galvanized buckets.

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Of course, fresh flowers look fabulous simply sitting in the kitchen sink, or in a market basket.

What is your favorite Spring bloom? Have you brought any inside yet to enjoy?

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I’ll share a mini Spring Home tour soon…and more fresh flowers will probably be the highlight of my spring decorating.

I hope you enjoy your week! Thanks so very much for stopping by my blog today!

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Blessings

Friday, January 27, 2017

Valentine’s Table

Welcome to the Styled + Set Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour, hosted by Lory from DESIGNTHUSIASMI’m so happy to be included with these talented ladies!

If you’re coming over from Finding Home Farms … thanks so much for visiting my blog today! Laura used beautiful tulips,  and she always has such great ideas!

At the bottom of this post, you’ll be able to visit all of the bloggers who are participating in the Blog Tour.

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Isn’t Valentine’s Day just the sweetest of Holidays? Although I don’t usually do any entertaining for Valentine’s, I do enjoy setting a simple table for a romantic dinner. I also try to make Valentine’s special for my own family with at least a yummy dessert. I’ve said it many times, and I’ll say it again…I LOVE setting a table! For this little romantic table, I used the palest of pink tulips and ironstone.  And the beautiful heart bay leaf wreath smells so good!

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This isn’t our kitchen or dining room table…it’s just a small enamel farm table, that I thought would be a nice little setting for a romantic dinner. I simply added the blue French shutter door as a backdrop, bistro chairs, and a few favorite vintage finds.

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We received this pretty China when we got married 24 years ago. And I can remember being in LOVE with each little piece. It’s crazy, but we still use it. I’ve never put it away in a cabinet. The blue is a perfect match to the blue French shutter door.

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The vintage flax table runner was made by my sweet friend…and will be available in our booth in Canton, Texas (Canton First Monday Trade Days) next weekend Feb. 2-5th. We will also have a few heart-shaped bay leaf wreaths! If you are looking for a fun weekend…come shop with us and find something for your Valentine!

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And before you go…take a minute to leave me a comment…I’d LOVE to know how you entertain for Valentine’s Day! Please remember to visit my blog friends below to see some beautiful inspiration.

 

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 ZDesign at Home | valentines table scape with white and pink roses pink snap dragons gray washed dining table white dishes eternal gold flatware

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Becky Cunningham Home

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Eleven Gables

 Eleven Gables Valentine's Table

The Wood Grain Cottage

 Valentines Day Table by The Wood Grain Cottage

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Are You Ready to See Your Fixer Upper?

If you’ve not had the opportunity to read The Magnolia Story yet…get ready to fall in LOVE with Chip & Jo even more than before!

I had the pleasure of just finishing The Magnolia Story, so let me tell you a little about it.

Their addictive design show, Fixer Upper, airs on HGTV, and is proven to be one of America’s favorites. Their fun personalities, faith, and commitment to one another shine through all they do…in design and in life.

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In the book, they share the cute story of how they met, where they worked, and how different their personalities have always been. Joanna even calls Chip “her very first Fixer Upper”.  I enjoyed how the book is written as a conversational style…with Jo speaking and Chip chiming in with his take on events.

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It’s really cool to read how their past experiences were preparing them to be stars on the series Fixer Upper. And it truly gives us “regular, non-famous” people hope that the Lord is working things out for our good. I admire them for giving God the glory!

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I also felt a huge connection to Chip & Jo, while reading this book…in that they remind me of me and my husband. We work so well together, we love DIY home projects, and my husband keeps me laughing!! One day we sure would LOVE to meet the famous design duo that has brought faith and family back to TV…but until then, we’ll enjoy them on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

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And speaking of Joanna Gaines… she partnered with Loloi to bring this amazing line of pillows that add such rich texture to any space. These are gorgeous IVORY textured pillows crafted by Loloi. You can purchase pillows from this line HERE at Magnolia Market.

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You will adore the pillows! There are so many beautiful colors and textures to choose from!

Also, you can purchase a copy of Chip & Jo’s book, The Magnolia Story HERE.

I hope you are getting ready for Christmas! If you’re all set, I truly envy you Smile 

I have SO MUCH to do!!

Blessings to you all!

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