Friday, September 21, 2018

Bamboo Friday

Oh my gosh!!
No words needed!

I, obviously, think this rattan sofa is
The question arises: Would it be confortable?
I do not care. 
I would just stand and look at it all day long!

PS. If you buy it please invite me over to gawk at it in person.
Thank you.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

"Fall"ing For Orange

Fall is officially here!
Orange is big in nature in the Fall.
I personally don't use orange mums in my Fall decorating or garden.
And I prefer white pumpkins over the orange ones...

But, apparently, I do love a little orange Chinoiserie here and there!

This chair is what orange Chinoiserie dreams are made of!!

It's nice how the color orange moves around the room.

And these bamboo side chairs? Perfection!

All images above from Honey Collins portfolio.

I  have a little touch of orange Chinoiserie going on in my Master Bathroom.
If you followed along during past One Room Challenges you may remember this fabulous lamp.

And a couple of gorgeous orange Chinoiserie jars in the china cabinet 
that I use as a linen closet in my Master bathroom.

Happy Fall!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Bamboo Friday with Olives

Many years ago I bought bamboo handled flatware for us to use as newlyweds. 
Those wore out long ago but I  replaced them 
and to this day we still use bamboo handled flatware - especially when we entertain on our porch. 
I purchased my last set here.
(Wait for a sale! They can be purchased for great deals!)

Now on to the yummy part.
Blistered Olives!!

Last week was my husbands' birthday and he wanted to stay home,
 watch football and have a charcuterie board. 

One of our favorite new additions to our "noshing"  evenings 
are these "blistered" olives. 
I found them on Pinterest (this is the original link.)

They are soooo delicious and easy. They are a great addition to any snacking event - Happy Hour, apps before dinner, charcuterie boards. Anytime.

This is all you have to do. It takes 5 minutes.

You will need:
 1 large jar of green olives stuffed with pimientos, drained.
1 Tbsp of olive oil
1 Tsp of red pepper flakes ( I use a tad more :) We are zesty like that!)
1 Tbsp of fresh garlic, finely chopped. I cheat and use the fresh chopped garlic in the jars from the refrigerator section of the grocery. Up to you. 
Zest of one fresh lemon (don't omit - adds a freshness)

Just put the oil and spices in a saute pan and heat slightly over medium heat.
 Add the drained olives, toss to coat and cook for about 5 minutes - just until they start to brown. We like them a little bit more "blistered" so I do an extra minute or two, tossing occasionally.

Serve with your other snacks and enjoy.
They are YUMMY!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Friday, August 31, 2018

Bamboo Friday with James Farmer!!

So excited!!
I had the great luck to go hear James Farmer speak last night.
He's fabulous. 
Southern. Very.
We are both unapologetically Southern.
We share a love of "Carl" :)  That's the color coral if you don't have a deep Southern drawl.
He decorates in the most beautiful, timeless way.
I gave his last book as a gift to my mom. Who loves it!!
He uses my beloved bamboo in so, so many of his rooms!!
(and blue and white and the Audubon flamingo!)

Look closely and you'll see a touch of bamboo in most of his rooms.

Here are a few images from his Instagram:

A wonderful bamboo sideboard with two fabulous Chinoiserie lamps on the right.

The bedside table above is a great looking small scale bamboo chest.

Three matching bamboo bookcases hold all kinds of treasures.

 This all time favorite bedroom has it all -
the dream faux bamboo bed, animal print
and that fantastic caramel colored print fabric used for window treatments and pillows.

AND he has the cutest pooch!!

@doodlesamp on IG

Be sure to go see him speak if you have the chance- they called it a "lecture" but it was far from it.
So entertaining!
Be sure to get his books - there are so many and there is a new cookbook that sounds fabulous in addition to the interior design book he published last Fall.
And definitely follow his IG feed for non-stop inspiration!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Blue and White Garden Thoughts...

I've always been a fan of blue in the garden.
After white flowers, blue hydrangeas and morning glories are my favorite.

(A bloom from this year's garden.)

We had a bumper crop of hydrangeas this year 
even though our weather was crazy last Winter
 and it has rained so much this Summer.
(I don't mind when they are a bit purple-y either!)

I also like blue and white in the garden in other forms.

Here are a few goodies from my IG feed.
I love a blue and white garden stool anywhere.
 This one is in good company- look at those woven chairs and fabulous topiaries. 

And this is perfection:
Fabulous fish bowls planted with pretty pink blooms and on amazing wooden stands.
 (Notice the designs on the bowls aren't matchy-matchy)

And if you are not familiar with the intriguing story of Jim Thompson then here is a link to a good article. But be forewarned you may end up down a rabbit hole of googling about Jim Thompson because the story is full of mystery, speculation, Asian art, blue and white, the silk trade and more!!

Not technically "outside in the garden" but this conservatory is fabulous. 
I found it on M.O.Endres  amazing IG feed.

And this is quite the entrance. 
How would you like to see that every time you come and go??
There's more blue and white fabulousness (indoors and out)
 on Elizabeth's blueandwhitehome IG account.

So, blue and white in the garden gets a (green) thumbs up!!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Bamboo Friday- Confirmation That Bamboo IS Best!

The blog world is RAVING about the 2018 Southern Living Idea House in Austin.

AustinĂ¢€™s Southern Living Idea House Ă¢€“ Honestly WTF

I'm joining in.
The interior designer, Meredith Ellis, did a beautiful job and used some fabulous (you guessed it) bamboo pieces in more than one room!!

So Bamboo Is Best is confirmed.
I'm a Southern gal through and through.
If it's in Southern Living or Garden and Gun then we have it on pretty good authority.
So, even though I knew Bamboo Is Best in my heart of hearts, I have O-fficial Southern undeniable confirmation!
Thank you Meredith and Southern Living!

PS. There is also a CEILING FAN in every room. I have blogged about this before. 
Even though ceiling fans have taken some pretty negative press in the blogging/IG/Pinterest world the last few years, we NEED them in the South. 
They save us through the 4 or 5 months of very warm days 
(which I love but would not want to do w/out my friend the ceiling fan!!)