Sunday, May 21, 2017

Porch Sitting, yes please

It's been raining
 and 
my porch is the best place
 to enjoy the showers.

With every rock I rock 
 and
 every sip I sip, 
it's like  taking
 relaxing to another level.

One thing a southerner
 "must have"
 is a porch. 
 It completes the ideal home.

We southerners enjoy porch sitting,
especially
 at night with a glass of tea or lemonade.

If we say so ourselves, 
porches
are great spaces to socialize with neighbors.

We take pride in greeting ALL passers-by.
 It's not important to know the name, 
we just speak.

I will admit, 
the humidity does limit
 my time outside in
 July and August.



My southern design porch comes 
with comfy black rockers 
dressed 
with throw pillows




 My go to colors are black, white
 and fuchsia. 
The pillows are Hobby Lobby finds.
I purchased the rug at Targets summer end sale last year.






I added white geranium 
to complete the scene.


Versus investing in new lanterns,
 I spray painted to match the rockers
and
removed the broken glass.  
I love the larger size and shape.

My opinion,
if it works, keep it.
It may become a conversational piece. 





The smaller candles are timer candles I used
during winter,
especially
  Christmas season.







Thanks for sharing a few moments
 with me.  
Until next time,

Susan

Monday, May 8, 2017

Moments with mom. The color yellow

I have a super mom to tell you about!

I must admit, she was awesome.

She  loved all ten of us unconditionally.
She spent quality time with each of us recognizing our individual strengths and areas of need.

Her hugs, her kisses, her love
are all memories we continue to treasure.
Mom always shared!

To know mom is knowing her children, her grands and great grands.
A piece of her lives on in each of us.

She deserves recognition.
  Being a Mom of ten, which included 2 sets of twins,
 she loved her job
and
exceeded all expectations of motherhood.

She wasn't  selfish
She wasn't abusive
All that unconditional love!
She provided us with a safe haven.

Being a mom of ten, she had the skills:

Time management
Organizational
Communication
Listening
Motivational
Leadership
and
Multi-tasking

I remember the color yellow.
  It was her inspiration  for styling our 4 bedroom home.
  She had an eye for design.

I remember the times we gathered
 as she played the piano.
  
Our yard was surrounded with pecan
 and
 crepe myrtle trees. 
 Her favorite annual flower was Zinnias.

My mother's day tablescape is a tribute to our "MOM"

That's our mom.















I'm sure I left out something.

Before I forget,
 we lived in a white house in DC.
 (Duplin County)

Mom thanks for being you. 

Happy Mother Day to all you moms!

Susan

Friday, April 21, 2017

Adding extra flair to serving cart


Do you have that one purchase
that has never served its purpose?

 Although it's  labeled as outdoor use, 
my serving cart has never spent a second on my deck

The question of today, is it serving its purpose?

  If it makes you smile, it's serving its purpose.

 My cart has traveled throughout my home.
It's as though we have a special relationship,

you lead the way and I will follow.
I love to create vignette. 

Soon we will experience another season change
and I'll frequently
say,
grab a glass of cold sweet tea.

Until then,
grab a cup of coffee
and
let's check out this cart.

You'll find flowering dogwood branches, 

Allow me to pat myself on the back:
when the blooms died, I was able to use the greenery in another photo.

You'll  find fresh flowers
 a must have.
texture
color
decorative box

It's obvious I love a decorative box just as much
as a decorative pillow or two.  
They are just a part of my unique style.






























Celebrating my style with a smile.
As always, my pleasure to meet again.

Susan

Tablescape that screams spring



Very few things can top the
 instant inspiration  as a bouquet of fresh flowers.

Yes, yes, yes,
I really enjoy starting my day with a simply thought of a change in my home, like moving a pillow
 from one chair
to another
or changing candlesticks.
  
Maybe I'm addicted  to changes,
 but
I do know how amazing it is everyday I get to choose.

Something as simple as should I take the indoor outdoor
 or
 outdoor indoor or what color scheme.

Today, it's indoor living in my kitchen.
  This is where my day begins.
  It's a showstopper every morning. 
 Coffee and me and my blush pink.

I had a vision for my table that would suit
either
 outdoor or indoor, except my runner was not outdoor
 material  and it would only be a short stay outside...

My recent purchase of these colorful bottles
from Targets is such a lovely centerpiece
 and
 how they scream spring.

Guess I grab a cup of coffee and enjoy my indoor living.

Thanks for joining me!

























  Hope you were inspired.
Love the company.

Susan




Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spring Around The Fireplace


Hello Houz friends, 
What would you think if I told you
 springtime makes me smile. 

Do I see a smile?

I am one of those with a lot of nervous energy 
and spring is the season for someone like me. 

I have the option to work indoors or outdoors.

It feels so good to add color,
 remove heavy coverings 
and add a few sprigs of flowers throughout my home.  

OMG, 

How I love fresh flowers and plants, and shrubbery, and ground coverings.
Did I miss anything?

I love to decorate  with candlesticks,
 so I am using several  I purchased at the end of the winter season.

I love pillows,
I love black and white
 and with a little color.

Not only am I  sharing my spring fireplace, I am sharing a secret.
Don't  tell!
I feel confident that you can keep a secret.  Right?
These sprigs are not from my yard. 
I only have dogwood trees in bloom.
But,
 today, I build up enough nerve to ask for a few clippings ...
It was easier than I thought. 
 I smiled all the way home thinking of the possibilities
 and
 inspiration. 

I styled, stood back for a view, edited and admired and waited for the sunshine to peek through  the windows.

Welcome to my 
spring styled fireplace.









Keep smiling as you do the things you enjoy this season.

Thank you for stopping by.


Susan

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dress The Table For The Occasion




The table is crowned with "love".

Happy Valentine's Day














Whether it's  a V -breakfast, 
 lunch or dinner, enjoy the LOVE
 that surrounds you this day.


Susan