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.

Austin’s Southern Living Idea House – 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!!)

Friday, August 3, 2018

Bamboo Friday and It Smells So Good

I have been wanting to put a diffuser in my family room for quite some time. 
But I didn’t want it to look like a diffuser. 
I wanted it to “blend.” (My Cousin Vinny, Anyone?)

Mollie has been using Young Living Oils for ages 
(Christmas gift from me three or four years ago 
and I'm still messing around looking for a diffuser! Seriously!)

And then I found this one on Amazon a few days ago. 

How perfect that it's simple and BAMBOO!!

I put it on a little blue and white saucer on a side table in our Family Room 
and just plugged it in!
(We use those little saucers as coasters all over our home!)

It's obviously not a vintage item and still stands out a bit but it's working for me. 
Some are quite modern and large so this is better than most. 
It's wonderful to be able to add some oils to this diffuser 
and have our whole downstairs smell wonderful. 
Plus there is the added benefit that we can choose oils that help us relax or feel more energetic or even combat germs (no worries this Winter!)

If you follow me on Instagram you know that right now our family room
 is full of sweet scented roses!
But once they fade I'll be diffusing oils non-stop!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Bamboo Friday - Beach Edition

I went to the beach last week. 
It was fabulous. 
I had a folding canvas beach chair I bought at Goodwill.
No complaints. 
But, then I saw this .

I now have #beachgoals.

I saw this on IG @elizagranstudio
Originally from@condenasttraveller

Friday, July 20, 2018

Bamboo Friday July 20,2018

I’ve seen this image “floating” around (see what I did there?) IG* and Pinterest.
And I’ve come to some conclusions....

I need this amazing floating bamboo tray. 
And I need a fabulous turquoise-y pool.
With lush tropical foliage. 
if someone wanted to put that delicious spread on it and float it on over to me,
well, I’d be fine with that too!

*I found the image on @lovefordesigns

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Summer Memories

A bamboo shelf.
Blue and White.
Inherited seascape oil paintings.
Photos of beach vacations through the years.
A glass float purchased in Charleston.
Hand painted bowls from mission trips.

A few of my favorite Summertime memories.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Bamboo Friday!

It's been a while since I posted on "Bamboo Friday" 
but when this daybed popped up in my feed...

Well, I'm in love.
I want it now!!
I would have to rearrange my entire house but who cares?!
It's too much fun!

Honey Rattan Daybed

Well done, World Market!
It is $549.00 (plus oversized shipping)(plus plus you still have to get a mattress)

It is much less expensive than other bamboo/rattan daybeds I have seen lately.
And can't you just imagine lounging around on it with a good book 
and a drink in your hand?? 
Perfect nap spot for sure! 

Imagine it piled with gorgeous pillows and a soft throw...
(Here's some inspiration - as if I needed ANY! I'm already in love!)

Lorenzo Castillo courtyard in Madrid - Indigo upholstery on vintage 60s bamboo daybeds, breezy and bright summer luxury

Sweet, Rattan Dreams

Monday, July 2, 2018

Current Room Crush

I am currently obsessed with this small (800 sq. feet it says) apartment
 located in Charleston SC.

I was born in Charleston and head to the Lowcountry every time my landlocked self gets a chance.
 I consider one of my greatest parenting successes to be that I raised Mollie to be in love with Charleston and everything about the Lowcountry 
(except the extreme Summer heat which I do not mind but she does!)

Anyway - back to this room. It is in the latest issue of House Beautiful.
It belongs to J.P. Horton, a local Charleston decorator.
 He is renting. Doesn't look like the rentals of my past!

There are so many things I love but the first thing that caught my eye was the turquoise curtains.
I have been considering putting these turquoise curtains 
(along with bamboo blinds) at my family room windows for at least a year and a half.
 Yep - I'm speedy on these types of things.
SANELA Curtains, 1 pair IKEA The thick curtains darken the room and provide privacy by preventing people outside from seeing into the room.

 My curtain choice is obviously the low end of a high/low knock off situation. 
Believe me I will post a picture on my IG if I pull the trigger any time soon.

Other things I love that could be pulled from this room on a budget are:

1.The Palm   I love big plants, I cannot lie.
I've never met a palm I didn't love.
The one in his apartment is a Banana Palm. 
I have blogged about my love for them before.
Isn't this botanical of the Banana Palm fabulous?

Image result for banana palm

The palm is elevated on a wooden stand and in a huge glazed pot. 
Palms are currently everywhere in Atlanta and are available for $10.00 to $30.00 depending on size. If you have to go smaller with the palm then you could simply place it on a taller stand to give it more impact. 
Small tables and plant stands can be found in thrift and vintage stores.

Pots are available in every size, color and finish in every price range at discount stores and home stores like Home Goods and At Home.
Of course, I think you could put it in a blue and white chinoiserie planter as well!

2. That Picture centered over the neutral couch! It is a framed piece of hand painted wall paper and I'm sure a bit pricey. One way to have something similar is to find a scene online that is free to the public and can be reprinted without copyright infringement. Then you can upload and print in a large format. I use a site called Poster My Walls. You can quickly design and download a large scale printable. I send it off to my local Walgreen's and have it printed 24 x 36 for under $20.00. If you go with black and white you can do an engineer print for under $6.00. Spray an inexpensive poster frame with gold spray paint like I did here and you've got a pretty good knock-off!

This image is an instant download from an Etsy seller.
Find something you love on Etsy or the many copyright free sights and print it in a large format!

There are lots of options to give you a look similar to the one in the inspiration room.

3. Ghost Chairs  IKEA has some great looking clear chairs for under $100.00. I've seen them in person and they are nice and not flimsy or wobbly.

This chair is only $39.99. I've never seen it in person but what a price for a clear chair!

It is from Classroom Essentials.

I love so many things about this gorgeous, elegant and inviting room. 
There are so many great elements to examine and use for yourself.
I can't stop looking at the room and finding new details to love and use in my own home.
What's your favorite detail?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

School's Out For Summer!!

In our area school will get out at 12:30 today and it is officially SUMMER!!

I love. love. love Summer and it seems to take longer to get here every year!!

This is what I would like to do ALL Summer!
Are you a beach person or a mountain vacation person?

This year's beach hat is fro the Dollar Spot at Target!

I'm Team BEACH all the way!

We are not sure where we are going yet!!
I can't believe I just wrote that! 

We have been waiting to see if perhaps, just maybe, our condo that was flattened
 last Fall by the hurricane might, just maybe, be ready by July.


I'm headed out to spend my June 
living out of a backpack on Mission trips but believe me - Mollie is on it!!
She is a researcher extraordinaire and she is determined to find our little July spot
 in a paradise somewhere. :)

We are going to (practically) throw a dart at Florida, 
find a place to hang our (beach) hats 
and have an adventure!

Maybe it will be as funny as the one I talked about here.

Where are you going this Summer? 
Like, I really want to know! 
I want to know about great places to visit!!
So dish!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

One Room Challenge. It's A Biggie! Week 6.

Week 6 is Reveal Week. 

One Room Challengeâ„¢

I have been missing from the ORC since Week 2.

Sadly, I had to step away due to situations beyond my control. 
Two different out of town trips, new responsibilities at my "day job" 
and an unexpected hospital stay for Mollie (she's on the mend!)
meant the room had to take a back seat. 
Another challenge with this challenge was that it was not at my house - it's a 30 minute drive. 
On a good Atlanta traffic day!

But I am determined to finish this room for the clients to enjoy.
I have a storage room full of goodies I'm planning to use!
I will post on my Instagram when I get going again and when I complete it!
I hope you will follow along on IG and see how it all finishes up!

My previous, completed ORC's are my entryway,  my guest bedroom (again),  my master bathroom, our library (formerly a dining room)mollie's bathroom - a fun mother/daughter project, and my first ORC, my guestroom - the first time, many lessons learned. 
Six One Room Challenges (excluding this failed attempt).
 Five rooms greatly improved and now functioning beautifully for the way we live. 
I'm still a fan of the ORC - such a great motivator!

And now I'm going to work my way through all the inspiring rooms
that are completed!!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

One Room Challenge - It's A Biggie! Week Two.

My tombstone will probably say: 
"She painted everything white. Everything!"

Luckily Mollie helped. 

We quit counting how many coats of primer and paint.
Sometimes it's better not to know :)
They don't call it a One Room "Challenge" for nothing!

Hopefully we can get all of that red and yellow covered
 with white fresh white paint and move on to the fun stuff.
Please come back and see.
It's going to get better. Promise.


Thursday, April 5, 2018

One Room Challenge - It's a Biggie.

Literally and figuratively.

I'm thinking out of the box on this one.
Again, literally and figuratively.

My One Room Challenge space is not at my house and it's definitely got the "challenge" part covered.

My "room" is in the basement of a church.
It houses the offices of a non-profit that serves the homeless and transient population in our area as well as families that just need a little help to get "back on their feet."

The room I've chosen (or maybe it chose me!) is supposed to function as a client waiting room and gathering spot before classes, meetings or appointments.

But no one ever "gathered" there. 
Wonder why? 

 This is not trick photography.
I'm not trying to make it look worse :)

The floors are dingy "white" and turquoise checks (They are clean-ish just old. Really old.)
and the walls are painted bright yellow with red trim.

What the room does have going for it is that it is big so we can create a couple of useful areas within it. It has a lot of windows and light considering it is the basement of a huge, old church AND they have given me free reign to do whatever I wish.
 I guess they figure there is no way I could possibly make it worse :)

There is zero budget for this and a long way to go. 
I do have access to the donation center affiliated with this program and can pull lamps, frames, possibly a chair or two from there.
I have also already put a couple of things from my house in the storage room over there that I plan to freshen up and use. 
And there is a 5 gallon bucket of WHITE paint.

The blue velvet couch is staying. I'll be cleaning that baby ASAP. 
The matching chair has wandered off since I took these pics but that may not be a bad thing. 

And I have a plan! 
Ans some inspiration pictures, too!!

Rugs are the only hope for the floor. It can't be changed or repaired so I have to work with it or ignore it and cover it up. I'm planning to find a BIG rug and cover as much as possible and hope the eye is distracted from the ugly floor!
A gorgeous warm Oriental rug would be great with the blue "velvet" couch.
Bodrum Persian 4-Foot x 6-Foot Vonda Area Rug in Pink

And a friend from church was downsizing 
and gave me these two amazing, beautiful, family antiques.

                I have plans for these!

And there are 4 windows so I will use my old trick of turning sheets into curtains.
(Tutorial here.)
 I'm thinking about something like this:

And I've gathered some art for a gallery wall, some fabric from Goodwill for pillows and I want to add books and magazines. There will also be a TV with movies that they can watch before or after appointments and meetings.
The plan is to make this so inviting that people will actually use it!

I'm thinking  something like this:


Wall Around the World: A Gallery Wall Series by Little Gold Pixel • Part 4: Upcycled Eclectic Gallery Wall in England • Modern, glam, thrifted • #hometour #decorideas #interiors

Who Says Neutral Is Best?: Rooms Featuring Sofas in Every Color

Let's see if  this place can be transformed in 6 quick weeks 
(and as usual I'm out of town twice during this ORC!!)

It can only get better! Am I right?