A Most Fetching Friday

fetch·ing

/ˈfeCHiNG/

adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

I thought I would bring back my A Most Fetching Friday series for the spring and summer season.  Today’s spring and summer fetching Friday kicks off the series with a collection of images drenched in color and seasonal decorating inspiration.

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Friday-will-be-fabulousRedbook

Lucille-BallHarper’s BAZAAR

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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Do Drop In: Entertaining With Ease

The welcome mat at Places In The Home is working overtime. Several of our family members are taking to the spring holiday road, and our house is do drop in central.  Good visits begin with good hosting and good hosting begins with a stress free host or hostess.  Entertaining is supposed to be a fun for guests and hosts alike, isn’t it?  I know I have a much better entertaining experience if I access and assign a theme, go with the entertaining with ease flow and keep the focus on comfortable surroundings, inviting touches and relaxing times.

Texas_bluebonnet_plant_lupinus_texensis_with_dark_blue_flowers_with_white_topTexas Bluebonnet

Texas times and family memories will be a hot topic of conversation.  Our company’s travels begin in Texas Bluebonnet country, and with Texas being the common denominator of our family tree, I played it up in theme and setting. Farmhouse chic makes an effortless foundation to build your theme upon.

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A simple arrangement of carnations mixed with greenery and placed beside an even simpler arrangement of apples and bananas in a milk glass center bowl provides a nice centerpiece in a farmhouse chic kind of way.

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Fresh flowers from the floral department of the local grocery store are my weakness, and when the word clearance enters into the picture my shopping cart runneth over.  You really get your money’s worth with carnations. Carnations can last for weeks with an every other day water change and a quick stem trim.  I use tepid water, scale back leaves from the stems to prevent contact with the water, and place a couple of drops of food coloring in the water.

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From recipes to table setting decor, I like to source from within meaning I like to use what I have on hand.  A great home decor clearance sale and dollar store items purchased in bulk can provide all the entertaining with ease elements needed for a well designed themed tablescape.

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kitsch
art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

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Into each case of design and decorating a little if kitchen kitsch is wrong, I don’t want to be right will fall.  The method to my madness lies deeply rooted in the from which I came from principle. I picked up several sets of rooster dish towels at the local dollar store back during the holidays knowing full well they would come in handy. Paired with copper napkin rings I found on clearance at Dillard’s a couple of years ago, the dish towels made great dinner napkins.

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The Places In The Home gang comes from a long line of hen on nest dish collectors.  The women of our family felt no respectable kitchen and/or breakfast room decor complete without the addition of at least one hen on nest dish.

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On the menu front I aim to please.  Round our dinner table, quality rules over quantity which lines up perfectly with easy menu planning.  As long as the iced tea is sweet and I keep the serving sizes in just a bite territory it is all good and tasty. The culinary rule of KISS (keep it salad simple) always applies.

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I set up a salad buffet for first course serve yourself ease.  Individual Mason jar salads layered with shredded iceberg lettuce, fresh tomato, chopped ham, green onion, Feta cheese crumbles, homemade buttermilk dressing and a dash of kosher salt and fine black pepper were a hit with the just a bite crowd.

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Biscuit BLTs with Peach Mayonnaise bring back memories of summers spent in Texas at my great-grandmother’s house.  Traditions tastes so good!

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Entertaining goes hand in hand with spring and summer, and entertaining with ease goes hand in hand with y’all come back now, ya hear!

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Lilly In April For May

Everything is right on Target for graduation and Mother’s Day gifts fresh in Lilly Pulitzer colors bright and pattern right.  The limited edition Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target will be available April 19th.  Can you tell I’m excited about this collection?   I read this fabulous remark the other day and found it to hit the bullseye.  The cure for spring fever is spring shopping.

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I have several selections from the Lilly look book in mind for our son’s girlfriend who is graduating from university next month and a special Mother’s Day gift recipient on my the gift is in the giving list.  Allow me to share with you my favorites from the collection.

 

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For chic summer evenings ~

 

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-women_embroidered-clutch---goldEmbroidered Clutch ~ Gold

 

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For a touch of Pulitzer Pattern on the Patio ~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_drinking-glasses---set-of-4Drinking Glasses ~ set of 4

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-glass-hurricane-candle-holder---nosie-posey-10Nosie Posey Glass Hurricane Candle Holder  

 

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For the after graduation getaway or summer beach vacation~

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Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_beach-towel---giraffing-me-crazyGiraffing Me Crazy Beach Towel

 

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For the home~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_napkins-with-pom-pom-trim---set-of-4Set of 4 Napkins with Pom Pom Trim

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Ceramic Mugs with Gold Caddy

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Nosie Posey Floor Cushion

 

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Mark you calendars for the arrival of the Lilly Pulitzer Collection for Target gift ideas.

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Good Friday

The wonder of beauty is that it is a gift to be appreciated, admired, marveled at and shared.  With spring’s arrival, colors on Easter parade and a holiday weekend of reflection to enjoy with loved ones, I wish you a beautiful and Good Friday.

pink-hydrangeas-gardenCountry Living Magazine ~ Kathryn Kleinman/Jupiter Images

Dr. SuessGood Housekeeping

carolyne-flowers-craving-casualStyle at Home

pink-roses-hydrangeaSave On Crafts

lemon-layer-cake-blueberry-lavender-buttercreamLemon Layer Cake with Blueberry Lavender Buttercream

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Easter 2015 Plans, Prep and Pastels

Recently I was interviewed for an interior design and decorating publication. One of the questions asked was how would I describe my design style. Traditional with a classic twist answers the question.  Confused?   Allow me to clarify with a visual explanation starring the Easter egg.  Featured in our Easter 2015 plans, prep and pastels is a selection of the traditional plastic pastel Easter egg.

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The following two impressive examples of interior design, decorating, home decor and home furnishings that illustrate the new traditional with a classic twist Easter egg point.

pink-green-dining-roomHouse Beautiful

Pretty makes the perfect dinner guest.

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Our Easter Sunday dinner menu is almost finalized.  Numerous do you/will you eat ________  phone calls have been made to the picky eaters collective.  Dave the Builder submits his requests early in the menu planning stages, our son specifies his desire for his favorite dishes to at least make one plated appearance during his visit home, and the youngest nephew wants only one thing- my Vanilla Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce.  It’s almost a side dish at this point, and I no longer regard it as the star of the dessert table.

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I guess I should be more selective with the way I frame the topic of dessert with The Places In The Home gang.  The look Dave the Builder and my mother had on their faces when I informed them we will be going naked for dessert was priceless.  Naked cake, silly.  This naked cake recipe from Just Destiny is right up my alley.  It’s easy, made from the box and the can, and a delicious excuse to feature fresh flowers.  Destiny advises bakers and cake decorators not to get caught up in perfection.  I like her style.

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Smart and savvy diy projects always catch me eye.  These terracotta pot napkin rings from Cottage at the Crossroads will set a stylishly spring is here table.  The tutorial for this project is easy to follow and the materials list is not expensive.  Click here for all the how-to information.

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I’m contemplating making up a few how does your garden grow themed favor baskets.  A quick trip to the dollar store will provide the essentials- individual packets of assorted seeds, garden gloves, gardening tools and couple of packs of mini terracotta pots.  A cute print out of the terracotta pot napkin ring tutorial will complete the baskets.

Easter 2015 Plans, Prep and Pastels

 

All colors are fair game for Easter decorating.   I love using pastel colors in my Easter decorating color scheme, and a soft and serene shade of pale blue is simply one of the best.

Eggshell-blue-paint-colorsBetter Homes and Gardens

Speaking of an Easter decorating and tablescaping dollar store run and the color blue ~

We need another set of plates in our kitchen cupboard like we need a another set of plates in our kitchen cupboard.  Can you say obsessed?  Simple and understated dinner plates have their place on our Easter dinner table.  I prefer to let the crystal, linens, flatware and centerpiece live out loud.  I am one of the last Southern hostess holdouts when it comes to monogramming the vintage linen dinner napkins my mother brought me back from her last trip to Tennessee.  I’m still on the fence about committing this particular set of napkins to a permanent applique and color choice. Thank goodness for hemstitch cocktail napkins.

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The jury is still out on Martha Stewart’s getting bunny with it napkin fold decision for this year’s Easter tablescape.  It’s got the look, and the men of our family, including our adult son and two nephews, have absolutely no qualms voicing their wishes and requests for traditional holiday menus and decorations. I kid you not, these men like the details.  I’m in the memories business, and far be it from me to buck with the traditional practices of all things house that make a home.   Be it ever so humble…

bunny-fold-napkinMartha Stewart

 

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Spring Into Spiff Up, Organize and Declutter Action Suggestions

Happy first day of spring.  That looks so lovely on the page I believe it worthy of retyping.  Happy first day of spring!  Traditionally, spring is the season of making things fresh and new, house to home speaking.  Today I am sharing with you spring into spiff up, organize and declutter action suggestions for spring cleaning-open the windows and doors-age of Aquarius-let the sunshine in results.

open-windowsCountry Living Magazine

While nature is doing its natural thing getting the outdoors gussied up for the color parade is the perfect time to spiff up, organize and declutter the spaces and places inside your home.  All things house that make a nice, neat, organized and tidy home starts spring off on the right note.  Here are a few spring into spiff up, organize and declutter action suggestions.

Holden-Arboretum-Midwest-Living  The Holden Arboretum ~ Midwest Living

An accent table is a stylish option for extra storage in a bathroom or powder room.  There is a vast selection of small accent tables available in the home decor marketplace to fit all space needs and price points.  A well placed accent table serves a twofold purpose: (1) a storage companion to the vanity countertop and linen closet, and (2) an unexpected feature of furniture placement brilliance.  Unique furniture placement is often the sole design element responsible for creating the focal point of the space.

bathroom-tableHouse Beautiful ~ Photography: Simon Watson

That’s a crock, pitcher, coffee tin, soda crate- you get the idea. My kitchen utensil storage selections do not runneth over, but they do stand pretty, poised and ready for KP duty.

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Kitchen utensils and cooking wares displayed in brand spanking new containers or repurposed vintage treasures from yesteryear place practicality within the cook’s reach while adding personality to a kitchen countertop.

storage-islandHouse to Home

Vanity closets and dressing areas are in vogue at the design and decorating moment.  You don’t have to be keeping up with the Joneses, a cast member of the Real Housewives of wherever, a Hollywood leading man or music mogul power couple to get fashionably organized.  Select an area, pop a couple of rods up, maybe add a chic rug or chandelier and let the in vogueing begin.  Yet another space primed and ready for the addition of an accent table.

planter-antiqueOne Kings Lane

Decorative planters, dresser trays, decorative objects, saucers and bowls from garage sales or thrift shops make excellent jewelry holders.

storage-closet-BHGBetter Homes and Gardens

Get creative with the look and the purpose.

jewelry-display-ideasPOPSUGAR Home, Good Housekeeping, Martha Stewart

When style pairs with function the result can be a chic and organized thing.

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If you’ve been using the excuse that decorative storage solutions are too expensive the jig is up. Inexpensive storage and organizing solutions do exist.  It doesn’t get any less expensive than lidded jars and curbside boutique finds.

mason jar storageBetter Homes and Gardens

I’ve noticed several home decor sales events in my online sourcing rounds this past week.  Sale is the four letter word of the season, but clearance makes my money saving heart race with consumer delight.

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I’ve moved away from the constant state of showroom perfection to the life is messy, pick it up-clean it up phase of housekeeping.  Decorative baskets and wall hooks lead the charge against clutter, and make decluttering your home an almost effortless endeavor.

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Spring cleaning tips pair well with spring into spiff up, organize and declutter action suggestions.  All things house that make a home tidied up and in their rightful place goes with spring like design goes with decorating.   Julia Millay Walsh authors the wonderful article for Domaine, “How to Clean Practically Everything.”  From a lamp shade to glass shower doors to a mattress, this article provides useful tips on how to clean, well, practically everything.  Click on over to read her how to get the job done.

Enjoy the first day and weekend of spring.

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Paging Friday, March 20th: First Day of Spring 2015

Paging Friday, March 20th.  I don’t believe I’m going out on a limb here when I say most of us are more than ready for the first day of spring 2015 to make an appearance in weather reports, gardens, flower beds and home decor accessories. Gloomy days and frozen nights of late make a very good argument for the hurried anticipation of spring’s arrival.  North, south, east and west- it’s time for spring to get to springing. I’m for less of this…

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and much, much more of this.  Blooming trees, color on parade flowers and budding plants, warm temps, sunny afternoons and swing time works for me!

First Day of Spring

Have you ever seen the movie Waking Up in Reno?

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This silly rednecks on a road trip resonates with our crowd in a we know people exactly like that kind of way.  One particular dialogue exchange between Billy Bob Thornton (as Lonnie Earl Dodd) and Patrick Swayze (as Roy Kirkendall) in regards to the customized Chevrolet Suburban they would be traveling in hilariously hit home.

Lonnie Earl: Nothing’s too good for my friends.  We’re gonna be ridin’ and stylin’ and profilin’.

Roy: It smells loud.

Lonnie Earl: That’s probably that Corinthian  leather, is what that is.”

My uncle, a Southern gentleman of few words and good taste, was in the carpet and flooring business for years before embarking on his career as the cinnamon bun king of central Florida.  Loud was his word of choice when describing busy colors, bold fabrics and pungent foods.

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The MacKenzie-Childs Flower Market Outdoor Butterfly Chair is exactly that, loud. Subdued in its statement it’s not, but then again, neither is the beauty of spring. This chair captures the iconic look of the brand with the perfect amount of funky fun, live out loud color flair, and unique interpretation.

bee-tea-potZulily

Speaking of loud, the buzz of the bee is the sound of nature at work. The bee makes spring things happen in the great outdoors as well as indoors with a gorgeous result.

bee-finialQueen Bee Finials

wallace-Napoleon-Bee-FlatwareWallace Napoleon Bee Flatware

Thibaut and Sunbrella bring classic style and outdoor durability to spring 2015 with the Portico collection.

Thibaut-Sunbrella-fabricsPortico ~ Thibaut

The Portico collection offers fabric selections in a gallery of vibrant colors and patterns synonymous with patio, deck, porch, courtyard and sunroom fun in the sun and shade style.

spring-flowers-purple1            Midwest Living ~ Architectural Digest

LilacLilacs ~ courtesy of Better Homes and Garden

We’ve got less than a month to go.  Hold on, the loud and lovely spring band will soon be Marching in.

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All’s Well That Weekends Well

A late week project opportunity came about at the last minute, and to say I’ve been otherwise engaged is an understatement.  No complaints, but I made a promise to myself and Dave the Builder I would stop and smell the roses, or in this case, magnolias this weekend.  My fingers may have been crossed behind my back just a wee bit, but I’ll do my best to take the weekend off.  After all, all’s well that weekends well.

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Southern Magnolias make a beautiful “it’s the weekend” arrangement. Grab a crystal vase, silver bowl, mason jar or ironstone pitcher, fill  it with warm water ( yes, warm water) and add whatever fresh  flowers you wish.  It’s guaranteed happiness at home.  Fresh flowers and maybe a Margarita with Citrus Salt.  All the delicious details of this tempting recipe from Jad Driggers the chef, husband and Mr. Mom behind New South Food Company are featured over at  How to Decorate from Ballard Designs.

Citrus-Margarita

Still loving the Waterlogue app.  I am seriously considering having  personalized stationery made using this image.

Waterlogue (2)My nephew wrote these words down on notebook paper when he was eight years old.  His dad saved the scrap of paper in his wallet all these years.  When my nephew recently married, his dad took the piece of precious paper to the printers and had refrigerator magnets made for each member of the wedding party and family members.  A faded piece of paper with profound words from an eight year old boy made a priceless keepsake.

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I hope your weekend is restful and full of joy.

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I Spy Summer: Summer Trends

Home and garden sites, magazines, retailers and home improvement stores are summer trends central.  I say if you can’t beat ’em, roll your sleeves up and play I spy summer.  I believe it’s safe to assume we all hope the extreme polar storms of this past winter prove to be weather exceptions and not rules.  Although the arrival of spring is not without a few twists and bumps, the current weather is more like it.  My dad always says if the weather was like this year round the property values would skyrocket. The mild afternoons and evenings that come with this time of year really do come close to sheer perfection.

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We had a late afternoon out of nowhere burst of spring showers yesterday. As walking luck would have it, my mother and I had the distinct pleasure of experiencing the showers first hand.  We channeled our inner Gene Kelly and made the most of it as we sprinted back to the house. What I’d tell you about twists and bumps!  Like a really good movie trailer, those drops of liquid sunshine, warm breezes and summer trends build home decor and entertaining anticipation. Bravo, summer! You have succeeded in guaranteeing I will be buying a ticket to the best outdoor show in town better known as summer.  Here’s a selection of summer trends to get the beach ball rolling.

Non-Alcoholic Sangria Recipe from The Kitchn

2012_04_27-sangria3.jpgA great summer soiree is only as good as the refreshing summertime beverages served.

Outdoor Retreats 

outdoor-vintage-sofa-and-coffee-tableIf imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I will be flattering the heck out of interior designer team of Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe and House Beautiful in my summer space styling suggestions.

Copper Accents

copper-torchesLight up those summer nights with the elegance of copper.  Piazza Copper Torches from Frontgate.

Seasonal & Seasoning Lagniappe

cornCorn on the cob is a summer sides staple.  Why not dress up the summer delicacy with  a set of these silverplate corn on the cob holders.  All that will be left to do is stick a corn on the cob holder in it, they’re done!

summer trendsMetal cage string lights from Smith & Hawken up the style ante.  Getting into the swing of summer is almost a required tradition on lazy afternoons.  It’s a Kirkland’s 2-for-1.  No, not a coupon or promo code, but a one shopping trip, two summer decor items 2 for 1.  Great looks coming your way with this distressed floral concrete planter and formal yet casual welcome mat.

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The Places In The Home gang can’t wait to try The Ultimate Smoky, Sweet Ribs recipe featured in Southern Living.

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Isn’t the watermelon the official fruit of summer? If it’s not it comes mighty close.  Watermelon makes a nice  light dessert, and the presentation is part of the wow factor process. Serve it to guests in summer fashion on this watermelon dessert plate. Complete the theme with coordinating paper napkins in watermelon tribute.

monogram-pillowLast but certainly not least, the addition of outdoor throw pillows is both a preached and practiced way to update for the season.  I stepped away from sourcing the obvious choice of bright and light colors to demonstrate the decorative effectiveness of a classic color combination choice.  Seasonal color done right is not always taken from the page of the expected.  The color black makes a statement regardless of space or decor style- it’s a solid choice of color.  Pair black with beige and elegance is born.  Talk about pop of color and classic style, picture the pillows sitting pretty on the white swing.  Summer swoon worthy!

What summer trends are coming in as favorites in your game of I Spy Summer?

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Sharing Spring In Full Bloom Splendor

Gorgeous is as gorgeous grows!  The wonder of nature is all around us sharing spring in full bloom splendor.

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I love the Alice Walker quote from The Color Purple, “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.”

Dallas-Arboretum-Botanical-GardenDallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

spring-bouquetBetter Homes and Gardens

Classic blue and white by nature’s design carries through to our beautiful indoors.

blue-and-white-porcelainTraditional Home

8 Biggest Mistakes You Make With Fresh Cut Flowers from Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping

 Pink dogwood trees in full bloom splendor are a fixture here in the South, the calling card of spring.

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Lovely lantana.  Just add spring.

LantanaBetter Homes and Gardens

Happy Easter week!

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