Collections

Collections are an extension of memories in tangible form.

When something piques interest, evokes special and sentimental memories, connects thoughts to tangible objects, and brings immense joy to a collector a collection is born. 

Extraordinary Collections : French Interiors · Flea Markets · Ateliers (Hardcover)

Extraordinary Collections : French Interiors · Flea Markets · Ateliers (Hardcover)

Summer is right around the corner, and if treasure hunting did in fact have a season I honestly believe we are entering said season.

Tucked away antique shops, flea markets, estate sales, fairs and festivals, and the 127 Yard Sale immediately spring to mind as treasure troves to visit.

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Country Living Magazine – Photography by Becky Luigart-Stayner

From great works of fiction to classic novels to great poetry works to cookbook special editions and all reads in between, bibliophiles (those who collects books) recognize the volumes of worth found in a prized collection.

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Mixed Set of 4 Vintage Antique Books

Numismatists get their money’s worth in the find and fulfillment of collecting coins.

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Vintage tools create a workable collection.

In our auction days we often purchased box lots brimming with vintage and antique tools. There was always some level of demand for them, and the wonder of provenance and purpose made for an excellent history lesson.

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Photo by Todd Quackenbush on Unsplash

Collections featuring pottery pieces from such companies as McCoy and Hull have long been in high demand among collectors.

Unique shapes, distinct designs, and matte pastel finishes make these pieces instantly recognizable as well as increase the desire factor of these collectibles that remain both affordable and sought after treasures.

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Martha Stewart – Photography by Noe Dewitt

Intrigue fuels fascination when it comes to a  stamp collection.

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Photography by Kevs 

Geography, art, culture, and history are just a few points of interest that prompt collectors into amassing an impressive stamp collection.

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Photography by Amin Hasani 

Beautiful craftsmanship together with timeless style often is the foundation of a timepiece collection.

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Country Living Magazine – Photography by Brian Woodcock

Halloween collectibles continue to be highly sought after by collectors.

Charles Kirchhof founded his Kirchhof Patent Co. in 1852.  Making and developing patents, Kirchhof Patent Co. specialized in toys and Christmas candleholders eventually trademarking tin ratchet Halloween noisemakers.

Kirchhof Patent Co. added rattlers, whistles, clangers, and tambourine noisemakers to the market much to the joy of kids and collectors alike.

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New England Home Magazine

‘Tis the season of seashells by the seashore souvenirs turning into collections.

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FOLK

Hesitation on buying this appealing jug when I first saw it resulted in me missing out on acquiring it for my collection.

As it goes more often than not in the treasure hunting game you will learn the best time to buy antiques is when you first see them.

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Distinctive architectural aspects of hotels and motels, for that matter, often play host to the moments and mementoes responsible for making a lasting impression of a memorable stay.

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One of my favorite historical landmark hotels, Hotel Bentley, is a hometown legend.

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Built by timber baron Joseph Bentley at a cost of $700,000, Hotel Bentley is a stunning hometown testament to classic Renaissance-style with its opulent grand foyers, crystal chandeliers, and marble staircases.

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Designed by architect George R. Mann, Hotel Bentley is arguably the architectural gem of DeSoto Street.

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I marvel at the history, architecture, design, interiors of grand hotels.

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Notable guests in its 116 year old history include Major General George Patton, Lieutenant Colonel Omar Bradley, Colonel Dwight David Eisenhower, and Henry Kissinger.

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When the last owner decided to shutter Hotel Bentley I was able to acquire a few of the items to add to my collection of hotel silver and dinnerware. 

Welcome additions to my collection include an etched seltzer bottle,  lithograph from the hotel art collection, and a dinnerware charger from the Venetian Room. 

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The Mirror Room

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A collector of matchboxes or matchbooks

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Even with non-smoking laws and policies in place, matchbooks remain a highly collectible item.

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This very small collection of matchbooks collected from Las Vegas hotels and restaurants we frequented over the years remains a well guarded matchbook collection.

Power outages, fire pits, birthday candles, or barbecue grills need not apply- these vintage matchbooks are for admiring purposes only.

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“I like for rooms to feel collected—not decorated.
I always say that perfect is not perfect.”

— Mark D. Sikes

Collections become an integral part of our overall decor aesthetic, introducing a sense of you to the personality of the space.

Our homes should reflect our personalities, and collections touch upon that.

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Summer’s Simple Entertaining Season

Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer’s simple entertaining season.

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Country Living Magazine  – Photography by John Kernick

Whether it’s a bountiful gathering of friends for a summer soiree, a floral garden party, or an evening under the stars built for two, the ultimate party goal is an easy, stylish, enjoyable, delicious, and relaxing time.

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Photo by Silvia Mara on Unsplash

Guests usually take the party lead from the attitude of the host and/or hostess which sets the tone for a comfortable let the good times roll atmosphere.

Who remembers when the crudité tray ruled the appetizer course?

Natural Wood Square Tray by Ashland

Natural Wood Square Tray by Ashland

Summer simple appetizers such as small bites and nibbles make the perfect edible complement to a cold beverage.

Natural wooden trays and crates packed tight with fresh seasonal veggies accent the natural goodness of summer style.

Paintable Wooden Tray with Handles

Paintable Wooden Tray with Handles

Simply add chic ’tis the season plates to serve summer bites upon.

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Summer Red Strawberry Paper Plates

Summer Red Strawberry Paper Plates

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Mikasa Set of 4 Green and White Melamine Plates

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Bee & Hive Melamine Dinner Plate

Iron folding tables in super cute summer colors and patterns come in mighty handy on the patio or porch.

Summer Iron Outdoor Folding Table

Summer Iron Outdoor Folding Table

Set a vase of fresh seasonal flowers on a tabletop and invite the scents of the season to the party.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Erica George Dines

Summer Blue Glass Texture Frosted Vase

Summer Blue Glass Texture Frosted Vase

Saw this on social media, and does it ever apply to summer days and nights.

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TIKI Large Table Top Studded Glass Oil Lamp

Entertaining well doesn’t mean entertaining extravagantly (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but it is summertime and easy rules the outdoor living way of summer life.

“Cooking well doesn’t mean cooking fancy.”

—Julia Child

Warm Brie with Raspberry Pepper Jelly

Warm Brie with Raspberry Pepper Jelly Recipe

Good barbecue is what we call summer stock.

Dressed up with gourmet fixing or plain and simple, summer and the classic hamburger reign summer supreme.

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Best Hamburgers

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Doris Day’s German Potato Salad

Ingredients

6 medium-sized potatoes

1 large stalk of celery, chopped in small pieces

3-4 scallions (white part only), thinly sliced

4 slices lean bacon, cut in small strips

2/3 cup water

½ cup cider (or wine) vinegar

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

Cook potatoes in their skins until tender.  Cool slightly, peel and slice into a large bowl.  Add celery and scallions.  Fry bacon in saucepan until crisp.  Add water and vinegar.  Pour over potato-celery-scallion mixture, toss lightly.

Cover and marinate thoroughly (several hours or overnight) before serving.

Serves 4.

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Tropical fruit salad is keep it summer simple easy with a side of pretty presentation, and that’s what counts.

Tropical Fruit Salad

Ingredients

2 cans tropical fruit, drained

1 can pear halves, drained

1 pint blueberries

juice of one(1) lemon

1 small container plain Greek yogurt

2 Tablespoons honey

Directions

In a mixing bowl, toss together canned fruit with juice of one lemon. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Add honey to Greek yogurt and you’ve got the dressing.

Sparkling Spiked Peach Lemonade

Maureen Petrosky

Kick off the summer sippin’ season with a cool beverage featuring fresh summer perfect fruit.

Sparkling Spiked Peach Lemonade

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1 cup of water

3 large peaches

6 cups sparkling water

1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1 ½ cup vodka

Directions

In a small pot, combine the sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Remove the skins from 2 of the peaches, reserving the third.  Cut an “X” in the bottom of each one, and place them in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds. Transfer the peaches to an ice bath, and peel when cool enough to handle.  Slice each peeled peach in half and remove the pits. Cut peaches into cubes, place them in the blender or food processor, and puree until liquified.

In a large pitcher, combine the pureed peaches, the cooled simple syrup, the sparkling water, the lemon juice and the vodka.  Stir to combine.  Add ice and stir again.

Cut the remaining peach into thin slices.  Stir a few of the slices into the lemonade and use the others to garnish the glasses.

Serves 4.

-The Kitchn

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Rainbow Waffle Sandwiches Recipe

Who’s ready for summer’s simple entertaining season?

Enjoy this Memorial Day weekend, practice the entertaining rule of KISS by keeping it summer simple, and bon appétit.

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Lovely Mother’s Day Gifts

Lovely Mother’s Day gifts emphasizing the beauty of all things mom make up this gift-giving ideas list.

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Mother’s Day recognizes motherhood and the love a mother exemplifies by setting aside a day to celebrate mothers.

Dainty Mama Necklace by Caitlyn Minimalist

Dainty Mama Necklace by Caitlyn Minimalist

Mother with long dark hair and Baby

Mother with Long Dark Hair and Baby

May flowers have long been considered a Mother’s Day favorites, however, not all flowers bloom from the stem.

Rose Stepstone Dark Walnut

Rose Stepstone Dark Walnut

Mini Bifold Wallet

Mundi Mini Bifold Wallet

Small Straw Crossbody

Small Straw Crossbody

Bijoux Bar 2 Inch Flower Stud Earrings

Bijoux Bar 2 Inch Flower Stud Earrings

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David Austin Roses

LEGO Cherry Blossoms Celebration Gift, White and Pink Cherry Blossom

LEGO Cherry Blossoms Celebration Gift, White and Pink Cherry Blossom

Papier 150pg Recipe Journal Orange Tree

Papier 150pg Recipe Journal Orange Tree

 

The-Pioneer-Woman-Heart-Shaped-Ceramic-Baking-DishThe Pioneer Woman Heart Shaped Ceramic Baking Dish

Mediterranean Honeysuckle Eau de Parfum Travel Spray

Mediterranean Honeysuckle Eau de Parfum Travel Spray

Flower Show Travel Mug Flower Show Travel Mug

Blowfish Malibu Sadie Sun Sneaker

Blowfish Malibu Sadie Sun Sneaker

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk 5-Piece Bath and Body Collection

Beekman 1802 Pure Goat Milk 5-Piece Bath and Body Collection

Blue and white and beautiful.

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Blue Willow Teapot

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Harney & Sons Tea Bags – 20ct

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Time and Tru Women’s Cotton Eyelet Midi Skirt

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Made In Italy Ginevra Flat Mules

Adelaide 16-Piece Blue and White Dinnerware Set (Service for 4)

Adelaide 16-Piece Blue and White Dinnerware Set (Service for 4)

Garden goodies for the mom who enjoys life in the garden ~

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Bunny Williams: Life in the Garden

Save The Bees Wild Flower Seeds Collection

Save The Bees Wild Flower Seeds Collection

Flower Show Garden Tool Set, 2-Piece, Created for Macy's

Flower Show Garden Tool Set, 2-Piece

Wildflower Seeds Shaker - Hummingbird and Butterfly Mix

Wildflower Seeds Shaker – Hummingbird and Butterfly Mix

Fresh bouquets are lovely, and for the mom who loves to get to growing consider a fragrant flowering plant paired with a gathering basket.

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 Liana Mikah

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  Natural Decorative Rattan Hanging Basket

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 Square Decorative Moss Birdhouse by Ashland®

Summer is soon to come, and mom will be in summer chic style in one or all of these seasonal accessories.

Natural Woven Summer Tote - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Natural Woven Summer Tote – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

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Flower Magazine – Photography by Mary Craven Dawkins

Beach, poolside, afternoon on the patio, or a fabulous garden party- summer style essentials gifts make a big splash.

Flower Show Picnic Basket

Flower Show Picnic Basket

I hope the Places In The Home Isn’t She Lovely Mother’s Day Gifts guide does in fact guide you to the perfect gift.

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What’s Your Interior Design Style?

Going back over the years, trends, styles, and blog posts, here is one worthy to be refreshed and revisited. From trends to practicing tastemakers to the tastes of the times and all the choices in between, what’s your interior design style?

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Southern Living Magazine – Photography by Laurey W. Glenn

Building on today’s topic is this most profound piece of wisdom-

“An empty room is a story waiting
to happen, and you are the author.”

—Unknown

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Chauncey Boothby Interiors

Individual style is one of the most crucial components of interior design and decorating.

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Flower Magazine – Photography by Emily Followill

Is your interior design style best defined as traditional?

Mad for modern?

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 Zoe Feldman Design – Photography by Stacy Zarin Goldberg

When time and trend of the early to mid-twentieth century gave life to  monochromatic color palette, clean lines, natural materials, and natural light, modern design was born.

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 Aker Interiors – Photography by Michael Clifford

Do your decor choices take a stand against the cookie-cutter effect of interior decorating- firmly debunking the myth that you are a complete and utter failure in life if your decor doesn’t emulate the style or tend of the moment?

Steeped in colors mirroring the lush natural greens and classic floral patterns, do these lovely examples of life at the cottage intrigue and inspire?

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Veranda Magazine – Photography by Simon Brown

Are you a student of the school of thought that the first rule of interior design and decor is that there are no rules?

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

“The first rule of decoration is that you
can break almost all the other rules.”

—Billy Baldwin

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Munger Interiors

Visual impact is heightened through the blending of two interior design styles in traditionally unexpected yet well-received.

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Birmingham Home and Garden

Such is transitional interior design style-the result realized by grouping traditional design together with modern elements.

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1stDibs – Sean Anderson Design – Photography by Haris Kenjar

Does the high style from the low country guide your tastes as they translate from outdoor rustic to indoor beauty?

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Luxe Interiors + Design – Photography by Dustin Peck

Contemplating the sleekness and the current of contemporary style?

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Tatum Brown Custom Homes

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Melanie Morris Design

Does rebel with a color my world cause best suit your penchant for the bold and the beautiful?

Elle Decor – Photography by Kirk Davis Swinehart

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 Liz Caan Interiors

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 Mallory Mathison Design

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1stDibs – Summer Thornton Design
Photography by N. Johnson, B. Ambridge, J. Thornton

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 Style at Home 

Layering the canvas in textiles, treasures, and touches of trend, does the allure of Bohemian style capture both heart and eye?

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 Domino – Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Taking stock of your individual design style, do you conclude your preference lends itself to farmhouse in rustic form?

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Country Living Magazine – Photography by Nick Johnson

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Wildflower Home Blog

Modern farmhouse to reflect the trending tide?

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Amber Interiors Design Studio- Photography by Tessa Neustadt

May it be more on the end of the sliding industrial scale?

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Luxe Interior + Design – Photography by Kerry Kirk

Do you describe yourself as an embracer of the eclectic?

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Miles Redd – Ballard Designs on Pinterest

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One Kings Lane – Photography by Rachel Robshaw

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Anna Spiro – Homes to Love

Perhaps style spotter extraordinaire dancing to the beat of a different but very decorative drum describes your preferred style leanings.

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Possibly one who adores the colors, patterns, and textures closely associated with the nature of coastal design?

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Flower Magazine – Photography by Carmel Brantley

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Veranda Magazine – Photography by Carmel Brantley

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Coastal Living

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Architectural Digest – Photography by Nelson Hancock

When home decor ideas are flowing but the home decor budget is not, do you take no for an answer or prove imagination knows no boundaries?

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Are you influenced by chic and stylish accents, accessories, and home decor, but in the end design and decorate to impress and inspire your taste?

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Country Living Magazine – Photography by Lara Resen

There’s no question that staying true to your tastes and decorating your home with that in mind while making no apologies whatsoever for those unique choices is always the interior design style rule to follow.

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In the Garden Goodies

April is National Garden Month, and the timing grows perfect for digging into a seasonal vegetable or flower garden with in the garden goodies.

This is how we make a garden and a gorgeous video!

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Photography by Erda Estremera

My gardening skills this past weekend consisted of lopping off the top of the Sago palm and cheering on my neighbors who planted, gardened, and curb appealed with the best of them.

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Sage advice!

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Happy Gardens on Facebook

Accents and accessories decorate the spaces and the places in the home, lawn and garden.

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Spring Welcome To Our Garden Coir Door Mat by Place & Time

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DIY Terra-Cotta Wreath How-To

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Staub Ceramic 16-oz Petite Tomato Cocotte – Cherry
Vintage Corn Casserole Dish

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Personalized Metal Garden Sign

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Gardening Apron

Vegetables, fruits, and flowers thrive in growth and production when watered properly with a slower watering period.

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Antique Shoppes At 1100 Barksdale

Optimum watering time for your garden is in the morning as it allows the water to soak into the soil before the heat of the day sets in.  Watering in the late afternoon works well too. Always avoid watering your garden in the heat of the day so your plants will not run the risk of burning.

Water plants at their base. Try your best not to wet the leaves or vegetables/fruits in order to prevent mildew. Leaves that develop a yellow to brown edge indicate overwatering.

Checking the soil with a soil tester can help to rule out gardening disaster.

AirExpect 2 Pack Soil Tester

AirExpect 2 Pack Soil Tester

When it comes to watering herbs use enough water in order to moisten the root zone at least 6 inches deep.

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On the subject of herbs, garden goodies, and not so garden goodies let’s look at herbs and flowers that are not only delicious, aromatic, and colorful but help to naturally repel unwanted guests who wreak havoc in the garden.

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Rosemary

Known for its distinct woody scent, rosemary naturally repels mosquitoes slugs, moths, and flies.

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Mint

Menthol present in mint serves as the natural mosquito and company be gone repellent as it is an unpleasant scent to pesky mosquitoes, ants, and spiders.

Fresh and aromatic to humans, mint makes an effective and pleasing natural mosquito repellent. Simply gather mint leaves, crush, and rub on your skin.

Pairing this spring fresh leaf with your garden is mint to be.

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Mother-in-law’s Tongue

Also known as the snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue is a super easy plant to grow. It takes well to indirect sunlight, and thrives well as a houseplant as long as it receives partial sunlight.

Durable and tough to kill (my kind of plant), I call it an auto pilot plant as it doesn’t require much attention to flourish, and only needs a drink of water every 7-10 days or when the soil has completely dried out.

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Marigolds

Marigolds come in as the best and most colorful choice of insect repelling plant. The strong scent emitted by marigolds repels garden pests such as mosquitos, aphids, and wasps.

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Folding Garden Kneeler Seat with Tool Pouch

Successful gardening begins with beneficial tools and helping hand solutions for maximum results.

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deVOL Kitchens

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Around the Places In The Home dinner table we do love good conversation and fresh tomatoes.

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Photography by Nadine Primeau

Tomato tips:

Tomatoes at room temperature release more flavor compounds when cut up compared to the taste of tomatoes that have been refrigerated.

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Twisted Jute Twine, Natural

Boxer Brown Breathable Fabric Planting Containers and Pots with Handles

Giant Belgium Pink Tomato Plant

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Tomato Ladders, Set of 3 from Gardener’s Supply Company

Tomatoes and other salad must haves such as cucumbers and melons seem to produce their best yield when grown in a support system such as a trellis, ladder, or cage.

Ring Tomato Cage

Ring Tomato Cage

Keeping the fruit from making contact with the ground keeps the plants healthier and promotes a cleaner grow.

Patio Raised Garden Bed Grow Box Kit with Watering System and Casters in Evergreen

Patio Raised Garden Bed Grow Box Kit with Watering System and Casters

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Outdoor Wooden Garden Potting Bench

Outdoor Wooden Garden Potting Bench

Totes Ladies Clog

Totes Ladies Clog

Faux Bois French Inspired Oversized Chair

Faux Bois French Inspired Oversized Chair

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Atelier de Campagne LLC

Estate and garage sales, antiques markets, and vintage shops become garden supplies treasure troves for finding planters, tools, and decorative garden statues.

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Louisiana Gardeners

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Tools

Ozark Trail Heavy Duty Steel Folding Shovel

The Pioneer Woman Geo Print Women’s Nitrile Gardening Glove

Fiskars Designer Stainless Steel Pruner and Snip Set

DeWit Tulip Trowel

EG Expert Gardener 12.6 inch Steel Cultivator

Get to Growing

Expert Gardener Tomato & Vegetable Garden Plant Food Fertilizer

Preen Garden Weed Prevent + Plant Food

Large Capacity Black Growing Bag Raised Garden Flower Planter

30 Packs Assorted Heirloom Vegetable Seeds 30+ Varieties

Supplies

The Pioneer Woman Goldie Decorative Hose Hanger, Teal

Expanding Garden Hose

Gilmour Heavy Duty Multi-pattern Circular Sprinkler

Expert Gardener 2-Gallon Plastic Watering Can, Green

In the Garden Goodies

12″ Spring Iron & Terracotta Caterpillar Yard Stake by Place & Time

13 Gallon Spring Garden Grow Bag by Place & Time

Women’s LC Lauren Conrad Scalloped Straw Floppy Sun Hat

Round Cement Stepping Stone

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One of the best parts of the vegetable and flower garden process is the garden to table recipes and dishes reaped from the harvest.

Counter Art Glass Cutting Board Our Farm

Counter Art Glass Cutting Board, Our Farm

Spring into summer salad season is here, and I love to serve a simply delicious salad on a garden themed plate.

Flower Show Melamine Salad Plate, Created for Macy's

Flower Show Melamine Salad Plate, Created for Macy’s

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Honeycomb Embossed Appetizer Plates, Set of 4

4pk Melamine Appetizer Plates - Threshold

4pk Melamine Appetizer Plates – Threshold

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Hummingbird Nectar 

Ingredients

granulated white table sugar

Water (tap is fine)

Directions

Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water (for example, 1 cup of sugar with 4 cups of water) until sugar is dissolved.

Do not add red dye.

Fill hummingbird feeder with the sugar water mixture and place outside.

Any extra sugar water can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Change feeders every other day and thoroughly clean them each time to prevent harmful mold growth

To prevent the growth of mold, a hummingbird feeder should be cleaned and refilled at least twice a week in hot weather and at least once a week in cooler weather.

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USDA – Photography by Lance Cheung

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt,
head in the sun, heart with nature.
To nurture a garden is to feed not
just the body, but the soul.”

— Alfred Austin

Honey Bee Hand Wash

Honey Bee Hand Wash

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Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream

Here’s to good gardening times!

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Spring Curb Appeal Enthusiasm

Warm weather and longer days put us one stepping stone closer to spring curb appeal enthusiasm.

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HGTV Magazine – Photography by Ball & Albanese

Exterior charm rates key in the overall design flow to create curb appeal.

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Updates, changes, additions, and refreshes to the exterior of your home don’t have to break the bank.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Bob Stefko

Spring into summer color combinations such as bright and bold or classic château chic neutrals put an emphasis on welcome.

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Spring Flowers on Brown Coir Door Mat

'Come In' Coir Doormat Natural - Threshold™

‘Come In’ Coir Doormat Natural – Threshold™

Seasonal colors make a most effective statement.

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Southern Living Magazine – Photography by Alison Miksch

Front yard flower beds and planters are ripe for the planting in an elevating  by cultivating way.

Better Homes and Gardens offers their readers an informative how to mulch guide here.

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Spacious Brown Copper Metal Wall Mounted Mailbox

Natural Elements Lawn Plaque with Stakes

Natural Elements Lawn Plaque with Stakes

Round Cement Floral Stepping Stone

Round Cement Floral Stepping Stone

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Outdoor Faucet Bird Shaped Spigot Solid Brass Antique Finish

Large-Terracotta-Red-Concrete-Planter-Pot

From the curb to the front door, color on parade is both a preached and practiced way to instantly pump up the spring curb appeal enthusiasm.

Alyssum Seeds

Alyssum Seeds

Ember Gray Resin Planter

Ember Gray Resin Planter

Better Homes & Gardens 8in Plant Bracket

Better Homes & Gardens 8in Plant Bracket

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Design Toscano Japanese Koi Piped Spitter Statue

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 Alyssa Rosenheck

Creative Co-Op Gold Cast Metal Butterfly Door Knocker, Antique

Creative Co-Op Gold Cast Metal Butterfly Door Knocker, Antique

Knock, Knock!

Who’s there?

Theodore.

Theodore who?

Theodore knocker is beautiful!

Bronze door handle fist & ball door knocker

Bronze Door Handle Fist & Ball Door Knocker

Ressi Victorian Scroll Iron Outdoor Rocking Bench

Ressi Victorian Scroll Iron Outdoor Rocking Bench

Portside Dark Roast Outdoor Rocking Chair with Cushion

Portside Dark Roast Outdoor Rocking Chair with Cushion

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Burchett Acacia Wood and Wicker Outdoor Club Chair

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, in what direction will your garden hedge design grow?

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Gabriela Herman

Train up a vine in the way you want it grow, and when it thrives it will beautifully create curb appeal.

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Espalier is the art of growing a plant along a flat surface.

1 : a plant (such as a fruit tree) trained to grow flat against a support (such as a wall)

2 : a railing or trellis on which fruit trees or shrubs are trained to grow flat.

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Collins Interiors

Click here for a great diamond patterned trellis vine wall tutorial.

copper-lanterns Better Homes & Gardens

Simple changes such as the addition of new house numbers, exterior lighting, and decorative fencing can produce big results.

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Casa Marseille Textured Black Outdoor Wall Light

Warwick 28 in. Aged Copper Finish Hardwired Outdoor Wall Lantern Seeded Glass

Warwick  Aged Copper Outdoor Wall Lantern Seeded Glass

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Butter Wakefield – House & Garden Magazine

Santa Barbara Dark Sky 1-LT Outdoor Wall Lantern

Santa Barbara Dark Sky 1-LT Outdoor Wall Lantern

Luxury Industrial Chic Outdoor Wall Light

Luxury Industrial Chic Outdoor Wall Light

Here’s to  decorative and affordable curb appeal ideas that create spring curb appeal enthusiasm.

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Easter Table Decor Suggestions

Easter table decor suggestions are in the spotlight this week.

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Invariably at this season of the year my thoughts turn to the bunny discovered in our flower bed.

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Cottontail, as he affectionately became known, instinctively knew when it was time for my husband to come in for the day.  He would sit in the driveway close to Dave’s parking spot waiting for him to arrive home.

Cottontail hopped to it, following his human best friend into the house. He would wait ever so patiently at Dave’s feet to be picked up and held.

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One rabbit themed piece of decor seems to hop its way onto my Easter table decor suggestions in honor of Cottontail.

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Vintage Rabbit Figurine, Resin

Adding to my Easter table decor suggestions bag of tricks is using a vintage glass basket for garnishes.

FENTON ART glass Rose Colored Open Basket With Handle, Ruffled edges

Fenton Art Rose Colored Open Basket With Handle, Ruffled Edges

Recipes Upon The Spring into Easter Table:

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Asparagus Tart with Gruyere and Tarragon Recipe

Iced tea is the house wine of the South.

We steep, sugar, and serve the stuff year round.

Bridal and baby showers, brunches, luncheons, holiday dinners, and other celebratory general fancy-schmancy occasions call for upping the iced tea recipe game.

Governor's Mansion Summer Peach Tea Punch

Governor’s Mansion Summer Peach Tea Punch

Ingredients

3 family-size tea bags

2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves

1 (33.8-oz.) bottle peach nectar

½ (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

½ cup Simple Sugar Syrup (see recipe below)

1 (1-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled

1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled

Garnish: fresh peach wedges

Directions

Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add tea bags and mint leaves.  Boil 1 minute; remove from heat.  Cover and steep 10 minutes.

Discard tea bags and mint.  Pour into a 1-gal. container; add peach nectar, lemonade concentrate, and Simple Sugar Syrup.  Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.

Pour chilled tea mixture into a punch bowl or pitcher.  Stir in ginger ale and club soda just before serving.  Garnish, if desired.

Simple Sugar Syrup

Ingredients

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

Directions

Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  Boil, stirring occasionally, 4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and mixture is clear.  Cool to room temperature (about 30 minutes).

– Southern Living

Heirloom Basketweave Pitcher

Heirloom Basketweave Pitcher

Spring Rock Candy Sugar Sticks

Iced tea served with a rock candy stick adds an extra kick of sugar sweet swizzle and stir.

Lemon Buttercream Cakes

Lemon Buttercream Cakes Recipe

Delicious desserts have become works of culinary art.

Floral Porcelain CAKE PLATE

Floral Porcelain Cake Plate

Vintage pieces possess charming features, distinguishing colors, and delicate patterns able to gracefully stand alone or easily mix with new traditional favorites.

Hertford Set of 4 Bread Butter and Appetizer Plates,

Hertford Set of 4 Bread Butter and Appetizer Plates, Service For 4

Easy-to-download free printable Easter gift tags from the talented Ann at On Sutton Place beautifully enhance any Easter basket or gift, and make a wonderful addition to the Easter table as a napkin tie or place card.

Click here to be taken over to On Sutton Place for download instructions.

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This photo serves no purpose other than being just a pretty reminder of the in full bloom splendor of spring coming to a lawn, garden, planter, or centerpiece near you.

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Fresh, faux, or a mixing of both, remarkably gorgeous flower arrangements need not be expensive.  Some of the most impressive flower arrangements are simple in nature and elegant in statement.

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Begin in your yard and garden, and build your arrangement from there.

Hershey's Solid Milk Chocolate Cross Easter Candy, Gift Box 1.8 oz $1.24/oz

Garden roses mixed with dusty miller, bridal wreath, fern fronds, and fresh seeded eucalyptus brings spring beauty to your dining table or sideboard.

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Hull Woodland Ewer Pitcher Green Pink Pottery Vase

Hull Woodland Ewer Pitcher Green Pink Pottery Vase

Vintage Hull Art Pottery USA Two Handled Flower Vase

Vintage Hull Art Pottery USA Two Handled Flower Vase

Container ideas range from serving bowls and art pottery baskets to faux or fresh ornamental cabbages and decorative planters.

Pink Woodchip Basket

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Cabbage Arrangement

Large Cabbage Head by Ashland®

Large Cabbage Head by Ashland®

Figural Leaf Bowl

Figural Leaf Bowl

These Easter table decor suggestions invite simple yet elegant charm to the spring get-together and Easter celebration.

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Spring On The Beauty

Spring on the beauty time is here, and my heart is full of expectation for the best of the season to show up and beautifully show out.

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It’s time for spring.

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Southern Living Magazine – Photography by Hector Manuel Sanchez

Officially.

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Grapevine Interiors

Yellow may be color blocking the best of spring at the moment, but without a little pollen the vibrant and pastel colors accenting spring’s palette wouldn’t be.

And without bees…

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Treillage Serene Sky Fabric

New spring blooms provide a pretty in pink landscape throughout the neighborhood.

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Fresh flowers, delightful fragrances, visually stunning table settings, and the scent and sight of spring’s calling card in the late afternoon or evening gorgeously set the scene, mood, and table for spring entertaining.

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Country Living Magazine

Recently I rewatched the episode of “Sex and the City” I Love a Charade – my idea of a spring on the beauty garden party and the essentials for success.

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Butterfly on Lilac

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Good friends.

Seasonal dishes.

Smooth tunes.

Beautifully accessorized tables.

Lilacs.

Butterflies.

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Comer Wheelbarrow Salad Bowl

Spring influences salads, sides, and sweets.

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Colorful Vegetables

What’s in a garden salad?

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Benjamin Moore Tomato Red
Benjamin Moore Mayonnaise
Behr Asparagus
Benjamin Moore Cucumber

Spring Crudités Board with White Bean-and-Pea Dip

Spring Crudités Board with White Bean-and-Pea Dip Recipe

Tory Burch Home lettuce ware dishes

Tory Burch Home

Many evenings we’ll dine al fresco on the patio or front porch for the spring of it all.

Cabbage Oval Platter

Cabbage Oval Platter

This is the sweet spot time before mosquitoes and humidity become unwelcome guests at the dinner table.

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English Pea Salad Recipe

We design and decorate spaces and places in the home for the season with great anticipation.

Why not carry the theme through to spring cuisine?

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Frosted Lemon Sugar Cookies Recipe from Butternut Bakery

Color, texture, pattern, and taste repeats throughout chosen spring favorites.

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Butterfly Meadow Gazebo Cookie Jar

Wares and decorative pieces inspired by spring set the loveliest of tables and trays.

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Eden Pitcher

Our senses alert us to spring’s arrival, and color-rich gardens treat the eye and heart to the beauty of spring.

How I love a season that shows out!

Enjoy!

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