Creating A Spring Scene

Picture perfect moments, colors, subjects and samplings worthy of creating a spring scene catch the eye, stir interest and offer seasonal inspiration.

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Being in the right place at the right time had its advantages for a I got a Nikon camera, I love to take a photograph blogger and a spirited blue jay with a bird bath all to itself.

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This creating a spring scene scenario went on for a good fifteen minutes. Nature provided a magnificent matinee, and the star of this one bird show appeared ready for his or her close-up.

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While we are on the subject of blue, I am quite impressed with the pale blue green color palette selections of The Naturals by Barry Dixon from C2 Paint.

Barry-Dixon-paintThe Naturals by Barry Dixon from C2 Paint

Snow Sky  ||   Well Water ||  Fauquier Spring

That crazy blue jay has the right idea about spring activities.  A refreshing dip in the pool was just the ticket to recharge his battery, and a spring road trip will be just the ticket to recharge mine.

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“Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink”

– Lilly Pulitzer

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Hydrangea Centerpiece

I was referencing violets and pansies in a yet to be published blog post. Walking past the kitchen table on the way to afternoon coffee, I glanced down to see the April issue of Better Homes & Gardens opened to the feature In Praise of Violas.  How’s that for happenstance?

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I’m not a practicing member of the ladies that lunch club, but I love the idea of it and the Southern Living feature The New Ladies Lunch. Planning the Mother’s Day menu is soon to be the task at hand, and the Neiman Marcus Cheddar Cheese Biscuits look to be a Southern scrumptious must make.

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Neiman Marcus Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

Ingredients

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup (4 oz.) freshly shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 cup buttermilk
Parchment paper

Directions

Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl.  Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles small peas and dough is crumbly; stir in cheese.  Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 to 4 times.  Place dough in a bowl; cover and chill 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Pat or roll dough to 1-inch thickness; cut with a 1 1/2-inch round cutter, and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.  Bake at 350° for 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown.

Unbaked biscuits may be frozen up to 1 month. Bake frozen biscuits as directed for 26 to 28 minutes or until golden brown.

~Recipe from Southern Living – My Recipes

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Spring is all about the new, the fresh, the green.  There is something so classic, Southern chic, and spring front porch perfect about a Boston fern hanging basket.  My brand new, full to the spring green Boston fern basket is the curb appeal accent piece hanging around the front porch creating a spring scene.

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Feathered Friends On A Cloudy Afternoon

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.  We watched the following rescue unfold live, amazed at Mother Nature’s power and the strength in numbers good Samaritans who saved this stranded trucker’s life.

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.

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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 –

Feathered Friends On A Cloudy Afternoon

nature is well represented right outside our kitchen window.

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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.

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See the tilted and empty clay pots?

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Meet the culprit.

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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.

Just a view from my window on the world.

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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!

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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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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.”

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

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

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 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.

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Happy Easter week!

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Good Things and Warm Temps: Spring Is In Sight

Our local weatherman just made my day with the forecast that pays- sunny with an expected high of 78 degrees. Can I get a spring is in sight! The first day of spring didn’t necessarily bring spring like weather to some, but let’s look at the iced tea, water and lemonade glass half full.  Good things and warm temps will come to those who patiently bundle up this week.

beverage stationWedding Chicks– Photographer: Fondly Forever Photography

Now that the weatherman and the calendar have established that spring is in sight, one’s thoughts naturally turn to spring break vacation, daycation and backyardcation destination ideas.  There’s places to go, people to see and parties to plan.  I received an email from our friends at Pinterest inviting me to create a place board of my ideal dawn to dusk daycation.  Any guesses where we’re going?

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Times have definitely changed and styles have evolved, but fun in the sun with our SPF50+ on is still highly recommended.

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What colors do you see in your spring into summer color palette future?

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This season’s color crush is brought to you by Sherwin- Williams Aloe and Sherwin-Williams Bunglehouse Gray.  I love any excuse to contemplate and coordinate bedding with spring and summer colors and textures.

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The Barbara Barry Poetical Celadon Collection is about as let’s spring and summer update inspiring as it gorgeously gets. If the color blue had a scent Pure Grace by Philosophy is it.  The fresh and light scent makes a nice linen spray, and it’s my summer in a bottle scent suggestion.

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An acquaintance of ours has recently purchased a beach property in need of a decorative update or two.  Too many miles between us and certain time constraints makes this project a prime candidate for my edecorating services. I’ve been perusing shops and sites for furnishings and accessories that say beach chic.  I’ll share the design board with you all soon. Your comments are always welcome!

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On This First Day Of Spring 2013

It’s here! Today marks the long awaited first day of Spring 2013. I am welcoming the season with a raised glass of sweet tea, a luscious new hanging fern for the front porch, and the A/C set to comfortable. Spring doesn’t stay around very long in Louisiana, but while it is here it is made to feel right at home.

outdoor kitchen diningEl Mueble

Think happy thoughts- 3 words that come together to plant the seed of a smile and a positive outlook.

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Color wakes up exteriors, interiors, landscapes, and home decor accessories. I am really loving this living area. It is comfortable, color rich, and has great lighting- both natural and recessed.

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Fresh fruits and vegetables are coming from a farm to a market to a table in seasonal freshness and goodness. What is on your list?

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Neutral color palettes need not be color deficient, especially in one with natural light, open doors, and crisp white curtains.  Throw pillows easily infuse seasonal color, pattern, and texture into the space.

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The Natural World dessert plates from Anthropologie seem to call out spring  is now being served with a side of whimsy in favorite spring colors and an English garden party vintage vibe.

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There’s a whole lot of spring going on in this kitchen!

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Never miss an opportunity to color your world every chance you get.

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A pop of spring bouquet-inspired color palettes  from PopSugar suggest romance is in the air and soft colors should be on our walls, ceilings, furniture finds, etc…

spring paint palettesClockwise from the top: Rich Pink, Whipped Cream, Ambrosia Afternoon, Fresh Green

The Places In The Home welcome mat is out on this first day of spring 2013 welcoming the beauty, color, freshness, and light of spring 2013.

Spring Home Decor Ideas

Color, texture, edits and updates usher in spring and spring home decor ideas. The colors of spring take winter’s edge off our interiors and fashions- the mirror images of style.  Pantone’s  fashion color report for spring 2013 colorfully illustrates that  exact point.

 

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Home decor items in decorative and colorful choices spring up everywhere this time of year. Regardless if your seasonal update involves a major weekend color infusion paint party throwdown or a more subtle approach of the decorative throw pillow, lampshade, and decorative accent kind, inspirational and affordable ideas abound.

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That’s a moiré wallcovering! Designer Jamie Drake selects a silk moiré wallcovering that not only exemplifies optimum pattern and color choice, but highlights the accessories in the always spring appropriate fuchsia. I like how the balance between feminine and masculine in this bedroom tips the scale toward perfection.

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Hydrangeas in full bloom housed in a porcelain pitcher or galvanized metal bucket never fail to take my thoughts back in time to Saturdays spent at my grandmother’s antique shop.

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A bouquet of hydrangeas sitting atop an oak server, walnut dining table, or mahogany parlor table brings out the natural beauty of the flower and the furniture.

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How spring does love the classic and timeless color combination of pink and green!

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The Featured Designer room at Lee Jofa in New York City features the color inspired brilliance of Nick Olsen. The  Cheshire Tight Back chair is upholstered in Lee Jofa Ayla Trellis in fuchsia red. Bold colors in big doses too much  for your tastes?  My advice for that is to practice the ABC’s of impact- Adjust Big Color.  A seasonal splash of color through spot accessories can achieve just as big of an impact as color drenching the entire space.  Big and colorful things do come in small packages.

Let’s Go Shopping For Spring Things~

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1.  Morrocan 18-inch Embroidered Blue Decorative Pillows (Set of 2) ~ Overstock: $58.99

2.  Trina Turk Needlepoint Shanghai Links~ Layla Grayce: $58

3.  Grand Estate Pillow ~ Kirkland’s: $14.99

4.  The Room Essentials 2-Piece Outdoor Decorative Throw Pillow Collection~ Target: $19.98

5.  Greek Key Orange Reversible Square Decorative Pillows (Set of 2) ~ Overstock: $31.49

6.  Azzure Gold Square Throw Pillow ~ Overstock: $28.09

Look what was spotted on Home Goods Facebook page last week. I am soooo jealous of those of you who have a HomeGoods in your town!  I’ll be HomeGoods happy when and if  we ever get one.

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Welcome spring, friends, and family with color!

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From  left to right~

Pink Spring Floral Doormat from World Market: $16.99

Life’s a Beach Doormat from Overstock: $33.49

Pink Poppies Doormat from World Market: $16.99

Spring Blocks Coir Doormat from Overstock: $33.49

Beautiful Sunflower Doormat from Overstock: $27.49

 

How do you welcome spring into your home decor?

 

The Vase Is Half Full: Winter and Spring Flowers

Last week during the torrential rain storms here in Louisiana I noticed a pale yellow film standing on the tops of water puddles in the driveway. Enter the time of year when the cold for Louisiana temperatures rise signaling a call to bloom to both winter and spring flowers.

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With what appears to be the first signs of an early spring comes a mixed fertilizer bag of jubilation and dread. Into every flower bed and decorative garden planter a little dusting of bright yellow must fall.  It’s the annual trade-off  we must endure in order to bring forth the colors and blooms of the season.

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Pollen is the necessary ingredient (evil) in nature’s bud and bloom recipe. I could live without the yellow calling card it leaves everywhere during the creative process, but the plants could not.  With that being said, I focus on the lovely end result of nature’s process and the beauty it creates spring after spring.

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In the spirit of winter and spring colors, today’s positive attitude is brought to you by the glass vase is half full with water and totally full of gorgeous camellias and azaleas.

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Camellias infuse color and a spring preview into what winter we do have in Louisiana.  Even though winter is still with us,  spring is already waving a color packed hello. I’m beginning to gather ideas for my Easter tablescape and dinner presentation, and this one is being added to the must make list!

Floral ice cubes

Floral ice cubes make a pretty presentation, don’t you think?  This spring fling party in a glass floral presentation looks relatively simple to achieve. From the May 2011 issue of  Martha Stewart Living:

To suspend flowers in the cubes, work in layers: Fill an ice tray (one that makes large cubes so the ice will last longer) a quarter of the way with water, add flowers facing down, and freeze. Add more water to fill halfway, and freeze. Fill to the top, and freeze again.

For ice that’s especially clear, use distilled water that has been boiled and then cooled. This limits impurities and air bubbles, which make ice cloudy.

Use only edible flowers, such as orchids, nasturtiums, pansies, and snapdragons, that have been grown to be eaten (to ensure they haven’t been treated with chemicals).

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Nice winter driveway look we’ve got going on at Places In The Home. Tidying it up is on Dave the Builder’s going to get to it list now that the rain has stopped and the temps are mild.  The lazy days are in season all year round for Fatty Cat.  And so it goes…

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The Seasonal Influence of Color Awakenings Through Spring, Space and Color Palette Choices

The seasonal influence of color awakenings through spring and space are upon us.  Warm mid-afternoon breezes,  hints of pastel petals, the yellow dusting of pollen (you want pretty flowers, don’t you?),  the hum of lawn mowers and thoughts of strawberry pie. Spring offers wonderful inspiration for making color palette choices.

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The colors of the season shake off the last of winter’s remnants. Granted it was not much of a winter here in Louisiana, but enough of one to make me appreciate the fact it is almost a memory.

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Spring moves the clock forward, seems to think it is the perfect time for us to clean, and wakes up the color all around us. You know how I love my world to be colored!

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An easy and affordable way to make a colorful impact on your surroundings is through exterior and interior paint, accents and accessories.  Throw pillows are a guaranteed burst of new color energy with maximum results for minimal money.  Who doesn’t like that?

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Wallpaper has the power to quickly transform a space by infusing color, pattern and texture. Using wallpaper or fabric as the wallcovering on only one wall can automatically pack a space with immediate focal point potential. There will always be the question of wallpaper vs. paint.  In certain situations, coupled with certain tastes, here’s where I stand on the matter…why not both?  Decorative harmony is a beautiful and colorful thing!

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A gorgeous wallpaper pattern in equally gorgeous spring colors~ Masquerade from the Gazebo collection by Thibaut.

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“Only those who love color are admitted to its beauty and immanent presence. It affords utility to all, but unveils its deeper mysteries only to its devotees.”

Johannes Itten

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Subtle in nature and brilliant in execution, white does indeed make a strong and complementing canvas for the space to show its true colors.

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The different shades and tones of gray in the distressed headboard, chandelier patina and wallpaper all come together as the foundation to build upon. Gray is no longer associated with lifeless, sterile and unimaginative interiors. I really am embracing it more and more as an accessory color. The more I study this image and the influence gray has on bringing out the pinks, the more I am fascinated by the result.

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Color wakes up a space in the same manner that spring wakes up color from its winter hibernation. As shown above, furnishings and accessories are the means in which color is portrayed as the star of the space.  Balance is perfectly achieved between the neutral walls, rug and curtains and the strategic points of color. Color breathes life into the space to freshen and renew the look.

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How do you color your world?