Mar 28, 2012

~ plant refresher

I got home Sunday night from Florida, unpacked Monday, and I could not wait another second to get to the store for ivy and plants! Spring is SO HERE and I can't even believe it. I replaced plants inside and spruced up outside as well. My entire backseat was full of ivy. I needed plants everywhere!

The dining room,

the living room,

the family room,



in the kitchen,

the back hall, 

and on the patio.

How could I resist this orange?


More ivy and more orange!


Pretty pink on the patio...

A few pansies in the front pot...


And I added ivy and pansies to my yellow ensemble from last Spring!


I just couldn't be happier about Spring!


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Mar 21, 2012

~ family room update

Remember, months ago, I showed you my new charming antique kitchen chairs? Here's the post, if you've completely forgotten. I had almost completely forgotten! I mean, upholstery takes time, I get it, but this was getting a little weird. FINALLY, my kitchen chairs are back, and can I please tell you? They are as wonderful as expected. I love all the fabrics, and am thrilled to have kitchen chairs again!

Here they are in all their glory...

 Remember, this is what I had before.. fine, but not antique and not french and not charming.. just fine. 

Then, I upgraded to these beautiful antique chairs from Rousset Antiques. Loved them so much and hoped the fabric would work, but it just wasn't right. And I definitely didn't like the white backs. 

Now, I am so satisfied it's not even funny. 
Just take a look at the attention to detail! 

Love the use of different fabrics!





We also had cushions made for a set of four chairs I've had for years...  Just to pull up as needed. We used the acorn fabric also used on the sides of the kitchen chairs above...


I am obsessed with the ballerina ties on the back of the chairs!



Just so happy with how everything is coming together!


Just after the chairs arrived, and I was thinking my day couldn't get any better, a small package arrived at the door. Surprises do not show up in the mail very often... like straight-up presents, out of nowhere. Not until I opened this darling goldfish-in-a-bag soap did I remember... A TFT reader promised to send me one... just for fun. It's the best seller in her line of Clearly Fun Products. HERE


And if that gesture of kindness wasn't enough, (it was) she also included these adorable little numbers! Can you believe? She used the tangerine from my logo, and my favorite little treasures from artist Patricia van Esche, and created adorable soaps!

And if that wasn't enough, (it was) she included this package of charming egg soaps.. just in time for egg season!

Just a little care package full of sweet things for no reason at all...

Thank you Dawn Brooker, 2008 Georgia Small Business Person of the Year! Thank you so much for taking the time to send me such thoughtful little treats!


Clearly Fun Products doesn't do retail - wholesale only. They do lots of custom soaps for businesses, fundraisers, and the like. Visit Dawn's website, Clearly Fun Products... After a peek, you will clearly see how fun these products are!

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Mar 18, 2012

~ a lilly closet


Spring is in the air, and I'm loving it. The sun has been shining, the temperature has been steady, (in the 70's!) and my goodness, the birds have been chirping! Have you heard the birds? It literally sounds like they are having some sort of rejoicing celebration about the coming of Spring.

Along with the enthusiastic chirping going on outside, Lilly Pulitzer definitely puts me in the mood for warm weather and cheery color.

My friend Mimi, who is about the cutest thing ever, as you can see, is a lover of Lilly Pulitzer. And when I say lover, what I really mean is LOVER!! 


Mimi owns a Lilly Pulitzer Via Shop, Under the Palm Tree, in Overland Park, KS. You may remember my mention of Mimi's shop in a post last Spring. (HERE) And don't miss the fact that she's a sponsor in my sidebar ~ You can click over to her shop anytime and do a little Lilly shopping!

I am so excited to share her delightful Lillified closet.  

You see, Mimi and her Lilly closet were recently featured in 435 South MagazineInside My Closet is a series in the magazine highlighting local women and their savvy closets and lifestyles. You can see the feature on Mimi HERE

I love the bright and bubbly color in this closet.. Surely, facing that kind of color each morning would ensure a solid good mood for the entire day. 


Oh dear Lord, I almost forgot about Lilly, the family pet Bichon Frise, who has been appropriately (and safely) pink-dyed. 

Thank you to Laurel Austin, photographer extraordinaire, for sharing her images with us! I was so excited about the article, but even more so when Laurel shared never-before-seen photos of Mimi and her closet! 

And of course, thank you to Mimi, for opening up her charming closet for all of us to enjoy. And envy.

And now, I am feeling a strong pull to organize my closet. Possibly weed out some of the grays and browns... 

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Mar 15, 2012

~ bay design store

In my last post, I promised to share a store I just discovered this year, although I believe it has been there for years... eight of them actually. 
What a fun surprise to walk into this home design heaven where I wandered from room to room with such anticipation. The prints that adorn each and every wall are especially fabulous. The furniture and accessories are fab as well, but the prints, oh my...













Love this pair of mirrors...

And these prints... oh, if I only had wall space!


















Tina, (Enchanted Home) do you need another pair?




Tangerines find me wherever I go!








Hours pass quickly while in this store. Around every turn, around each corner, there is another display of something wonderful, another vignette with a special touch. Thank you to the Bay Design Store, for allowing me to snap photos and share! Please call the store if something caught your eye...
(239) 649-0906
Visit their website HERE. I just did and found more gorgeous (and more professional) images!

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