Today’s A Most Fetching Friday opens up the window to let the sunshine in. A glorious spring day sun kissed by nature and seasonally blessed with pleasant temperatures is made for open windows and a let the sunshine in attitude.
The Places In The Home Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 guide features gifts that run the gift giving gamut from color, pattern, texture, all in good taste, in the garden, kitchen or spa to spring to summer chic footwear, treats for the sweet and all things house that make a home accessories.
A thoughtful, gracious or funny Mother’s Day card shows and tells your mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, like a mother to me, sister moms, and best friends how much she is loved, admired and appreciated.
Mama Places In The Home became a great-grandmother this year, and the amount of photos she has collected over the last few months is mounting.
She is one proud Grand Meme, and rises to every occasion to conduct her own “let me show you a picture of my great-grandson” show and tell. Special moments and milestones make up our this is the life snapshots.
Today’s A Most Fetching Friday greets the first day of fall by welcoming you all into my home for a fall autumn home tour.
I try not to complicate the art of seasonal decorating. Decorating is meant to be an enjoyable experience, after all. Natural elements, seasonal fruits, vintage china, antique porcelain figurines and regional items familiar to the landscape of our small Southern town never disappoint the eye or occasion.
Simple, neutral, and inspired by nature hit the high notes of this less is more fall autumn home tour.
Dried hydrangeas (dead hydrangeas as my Mother so eloquently puts it) and ginkgo leaf holdovers from fall autumn home tours of past accentuate the crimson and gold Anjou and Bosc pears found in the produce section of the local Kroger, lending a simple yet elegant touch of fall to the dining room buffet.
This so simple it’s delicious spice cake with maple syrup flavored frosting follows through with the less is more for fall theme. I’ll share the recipe with you next week. I’ve also got a fantastic serving suggestion for the pears to share with you.
If you would have told me a week ago a wasp nest would factor into my fall autumn home tour decor I would not have believed it, but…
My brother sent this wasp nest to me with the express intention of it being incorporated into my fall decorating plans. It is oddly beautiful and quite unique- a step away from the expected.
A pair of vintage porcelain figurines seem to fall frolic among Loropetalum branches and magnolia leaves.
Welcome home, fall! Hope you all have a most fetching Friday and a lovely first weekend of fall.
Love is Blue wedding week officially kicked off yesterday when the bride and groom to be dropped by to put a bow on last minute it’s all in the details wedding planning. They love the wedding week themed accents and decorations on the dining room table and sideboard- save the date cards for both weddings (local and Canada), photos from family weddings past, and custom wrapped wedding gifts.
Vintage ivory and wedding white lead the color palette, and a subtle hint of light blue celebrates the baby boy coming into our oldest nephew’s family this August.
Light blue ruled the color scheme of the 1960s and 1970s wedding. As I primped and prettied the wedding themed vignettes, the phrase love is blue popped into my head. Boy, does that bring back a fabulous memory!
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Howard ~ June, 1975
These Happy Wedding Days are Yours and Mine
I have always loved the song “Love is Blue” by Paul Mauriat. The beautiful instrumental was a favorite song of a childhood friend. Each time I heard the song over the years my thoughts immediately went back to times spent at her house- one of my favorites in our neighborhood and one I spent countless hours in when growing up. I had no idea a come full circle moment was in my future.
Who knows why I was coming over to my parents house on this particular late Tuesday afternoon in the summer of 1986, but it turned out to be a fabulous decision to do so. As I was getting close to my parent’s house (now our home) I noticed a U-Haul truck backed up to the garage of the house referenced above. Flippers can spot a potential flip property a mile away. This time I spotted a property a block away that maybe, just maybe we could buy, remodel, and call home. I hit the back door heading straight to the kitchen Trimline telephone (no cell phones at the time) to place a call to Dave the Builder. The Trimline telephone was about to put a new home in our remodeling hands.
That phone call was a life changer for us, and the call to action fished out the information I was hoping to hear. The owner (the father of my childhood friend) retained ownership of the house when the parents divorced. He lived in the house a few years, eventually turning the house into rental property.
Financial issues caused the one and only family to rent the property to vacate without notice (the owner learned of their departure when Dave called to inquire about the property). Being in the right place at the right time opened the door for us to put in an offer to purchase the property.
Be careful what you ask for, because you might just get it. Don’t get me wrong, we were thrilled with the house however, disrepair is the best way to describe the interior of the house when we purchased it. A state of disrepair proves a powerful bargaining chip in real estate negotiations, and being seasoned flippers we were unfazed. The ink wasn’t dry on the closing papers when Dave and the crew got down and dirty with the demo. Once the nasty carpet, outdated parquet floors, tacky paneling and biting fleas went bye bye, it was time to make things pretty again. Working, measuring and consulting demands concentration, and I concentrate so much better when music is playing. Standing deep in color fan deck thought, the sound of music pulled my attention toward the Nutone intercom upon the wall.
As if on cue from an afternoon in 1967, “Love is Blue” began to play on the radio.
Whatever it was, the impact of this love is blue very special moment stopped me in my tracks of joyous tears. Special milestones such as realizing your dream of home ownership, celebrating the weddings of a son and a nephew, and the arrival of a new baby have a way of doing that.
My posting plan to bring you the companion piece post to Do You Know What It Means to Love the Decorating Styles Characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District didn’t quite make it to deadline. Deliveries, issues and solutions have taken priority over my normal posting schedule, but that’s the way it goes with major home improvement projects.
Home improvement projects are not without problems, delays and contractor issues. Don’t you just hate that?
We are now back on track, and from the looks of things it’s time to get things started up on the roof.
Lawn and garden cleanup is on schedule.
Dave reminded me, “if you think this is loud, wait until the roofers get started.”
A good suggestion for surviving major home improvement projects is to always be prepared.
Storm clouds are hanging heavy over our part of the world this week. What’s up with this weather pattern? Houston, we have a problem took on a whole new meaning and a whole lot of water Monday morning. Everything is bigger in Texas, including this most recent flooding event. My mother, channeling her inner Jim Cantore, kept me informed of the worsening weather conditions and rescue situations in the Greater Houston area throughout the day.
Funky weather conditions can dampen even the sunniest of dispositions. We’ve had just about all the sadness we can take around here lately, making the distract and deflect act I have become abnormally good at a necessary part of a cloudy day. Lighting plays such a significant role in our moods and energy levels. The right amount of the right kind of lighting can promote a calming, serene and pleasing atmosphere. Sunny days and the pristine natural lighting are favored, but not a 365 day reality.
What to do, what to do with the cloudy one at hand?
I know. Let’s take a gander at what’s going on with our feathered friends on a cloudy afternoon.
Dave the Builder put out bread and filled the chandelier bird feeder pots with seed late Sunday afternoon. We kept watch to see how well the birds would respond to this first feeding of the spring season.
Robins, blue jays, doves, cardinals, mockingbirds, sparrows –
You would think a rainy, cloudy day would keep them away, but it seems the weather was just right to entice these creatures to turn out to feed and frolic.
See the tilted and empty clay pots?
Meet the culprit.
Never underestimate the will of an alpha squirrel and the king of the yard swagger that goes along with it. This greedy gut and his partner in squirrel crime worked in tandem to tip each of the full clay pot feed holders over. This was one seedy ground game. A determined blue jay with expert aim dive-bombed the spotter squirrel and it was game on from there. Mr. & Mrs. Cardinal and the sparrows circled the wagons, and the doves noshed in couldn’t care less fashion. Victory was declared by the feathered finishers, and a pair of crestfallen squirrels cried “fowl” and retreated to the neighbors yard.
Food, cooking, and the gathering together of family and friends is an essential source of sustenance and life beyond the kitchen and dining table. Consider the role food plays in our all things house that make a home life. Over the prepping, preparing, plating and partaking of a meal we connect with family and friends, build and strengthen personal and business relationships, indulge in the art of expression and discovery, and create delicious and lasting memories. Food for thought.
J. Kenji López-Alt, author of The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, debunks five common Southern cooking myths over on the Garden & Gun blog Daily Shot. I was surprised to learn… Click on the link below for details.