Tuesday, June 27, 2017

from my iphone 6/2017

I have been out of the country, on a couple of road trips and generally running around all over the place.
So a quick catch up via my phone pics seemed the easiest way to recap June
 before July is upon us... WHAAAAAT??        


First up, 
I went to Honduras for the 4th consecutive Summer.    
It's the best 8 days ever!!
I had a little Delta hiccup and came close to staying an extra day - OOPS!
But all is well - I came back with the team after all.    
We look like a hot mess in these pics cause... well, it was hot. Really hot this year.
 We got to deliver a wheelchair to this little girl Mollie met last year!

We hired an ice cream guy to bring ice cream to every child in the school - 130 ice cream cones. He rode his bike/ice cream cart miles and miles for this job. 
Most of the children had not tasted ice cream before. 

It was such a fun afternoon!

The kids love Mollie and bring her farewell gifts they have made :)


Last year they asked for a mural in the Kindergarten. 
This year we came ready to paint.

And this is what you get when you go shopping with the Young Adults in Honduras:


Mollie and I spent a night in Winston Salem. 
We had dinner right downtown at a great local hang out 
and felt completely comfortable at night in the city.
We are big fans of staying in the heart of a city and seeing what their downtown evening life is like. Why stay right off the interstate when you can really get to know a city?
We walked around Wake Forest and I, of course, took pictures of the gorgeous hydrangeas. 

What a gorgeous campus!


We also popped off I-85 to visit The RockHouse Antiques. 
Such a fabulous shop.
We wanted all the bamboo and blue and white.
Oh, and all the pillows at Wheaton and Whaley Designs!



Just a minute or two off the interstate. 
Pop in if you are passing through Greenville.
Actually, stay the night. Downtown Greenville is fabulous. 
We've stayed downtown and had dinner along the Reedy
 and enjoyed the park and trails there.
           
            And we have been out "finding" good stuff. 
More on that soon but in case you didn't see these on Instagram:


  


Look at this beauty:

And then look at the price on the Chairish ad.
#dontiwish

I'll sell mine for $1100.00!! 
#dealoftheday  


I'm obsessed with these:


More info soon on what's about to happen here:


And here comes July!!
The Summer is flying by!

Friday, June 23, 2017

National Pink Day!!

A whole day about the fabulous color pink!!?
That's the "pink of perfection."


Pink has been big in this house for 26 years!!
(It was big for me before that, especially during my years at UGA -
 back in my day pink IZODs ruled!)
But pink became huuuuge when Mollie arrived!
Our neighbor called her "the pink of perfection!"
He had 2 boys!

Lilly Pulitzer at home in Palm Beach
You can't talk about pink without thinking about  the iconic Lilly Pulitzer.
Plenty of Lilly in Mollie's closet.


We love blue and white - that's for sure 
but this pink transferware is a fun tabletop addition 
and perfect for the "pink and red" holidays!!

I went with pink accents in my last One Room Challenge!


I painted a Pagoda Pillow and hand stamped some IKEA curtains 
to mimic the fabrics I love at Les Indiennes.
I used Ruby Shade - a gorgeous pink from Sherwin Williams!






Couldn't resist the $5 outdoor fabric Flamingo pillow for my porch.
Flamingos because.. you know, pink.

I love all the pink Audubon birds. 



I love the pink inside of a seashell.
I carried large conch shells home from the Bahamas. 
I've been a shell collector my whole life.
#bornonthecoast 
I can't resist them.


I use pink at Christmas, too.

And pink is my first choice for Poinsettias! 


So think pink!!
Image result for sherwin williams pink paint colors 


Friday, June 16, 2017

I Love a Good Garden Center.

I love a good garden center.
To me that means it is charming and has paths, looks landscaped not like plants for sale on a bunch of big box store shelves and they don't care if I wander. 
I like atmosphere and ideas I can use.
You just know it when you come around the corner and spot one of these special places.


A couple of weeks ago I was visiting my parents 
and my mom directed me to the cutest garden center ever, Liberty Landscapes.





If you are anywhere near Bedford VA it is worth the trip. 
(The D-Day Memorial is in Bedford and it's amazing. 
Make the trip and see it, then go buy a plant. Or two.)
 #yourewelcome

(See - not your average garden center!! It's gorgeous! #backyardgoals)

This place is like wandering around a really pretty backyard on a garden tour. 
Except it's big and fabulous.
It is housed in an old coal and ice warehouse and railroad yard 
right along the railroad tracks.

 I could just move in.

(original, real deal sliding doors!)

It's good from the old rusty truck out front that announces they are open 


(don't you want to find an old, rusty truck now?)

all the way through to their social media presence
They post a plant of the day every day on IG with an informative blurb.  



Gardening eye candy and you learn something too.
#winwin




They are so nice.(Ask for Ashby - he's awesome!!)
 And obviously talented so be sure to go.
I tried to convince them to serve refreshments to me in the garden.
#umbrelladrink
#betterlucknexttime







I wanted all.the.plants.
I did buy a plant even though I was traveling.
The displays are irresistible!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Pagoda Pillow

I love a good Pagoda Pillow.

I found this one by Society Social when working on my last One Room Challenge.
It  is perfection.
I love it.

Chinoiserie Chic Hot Pink
It is $96.00.
I'm sure it's fabulously worth it but not in my budget.


I found this pillow cover on Etsy for about half the price of the one from Society Social.
I love this fabric.
Lee Jofa Willow Pillow Cover, Pink Blue Chinoiserie Pillow Square, Made to order Pillow Cover, Throw Pillow, Toss Pillow, Pagoda
PopOColor on Etsy
Robert Allen Neo Toile  Floral Pillow Cover Bird  Pillow Asian Pillow Pagoda Pillow Throw Pillow ONE COVER
TrendyNest on Etsy
 You know we are fans of Neo Toile around here.

And @wheatonwhaleydesigns has quite a few good pagoda pillow options.



I used this fabric (below) on a lampshade in my Black Library ORC!




But that first Pink Pagoda pillow had my heart.
So, I decided to try and make my own reasonable facsimile.
#morecreativitythancash

I had this pillow cover from IKEA.
And more of the Sherwin Williams Ruby Shade paint that I used for my IKEA curtains.
I explain the hand stamping method for the curtains here.





So, I just took a paintbrush and painted a pagoda on my pillow cover. 
And I stamped the same design as the curtains on the back. 
That makes it reversible!





It's not as refined and elegant as the Society Social version
 but I think it adds a lot to the pillow mix on the daybed.
I'm ready to paint a blue one now!
I just have to find a spot for it first.

It was quick and fun - try painting a pillow!