Wallpaper: A Classic Choice

Wallpaper is a classic choice décor element showcasing color, pattern as the featured focal point, and texture a tactile experience.

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Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design

Contemplating what to do with a room/space is the first stage of artistic creativity.

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Photo by Valentina Ivanova on Unsplash

Look at it this way; the walls of the space serve as a blank canvas, and your vision in unison with your personal style stamp the design elements that create the palette.

Decorative vision factored in with personal style creates the palette, and when wallpaper makes the design cut the visual impact is magnified through distinct colors, patterns and textures.

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Heather Chadduck Interiors and Textiles – Photography by Alison Gootee

I’ll let Martha Stewart and Company explain How to Hang Wallpaper (click on the link for instructions), and I’ll cover the differences between traditional and removable aka peel and stick options.

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Application options grant homeowners and renters alike decorating freedom.

Traditional wallpaper wins out in the following categories:

Overall quality of the product.

Staying power.

Ease of positioning on the wall during application.

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Most traditional wallpaper comes pre-pasted. To activate the paste, the wallpaper is soaked in water.

Unpasted paper requires the application of clear wallcovering adhesive to the back of the product.

Removal of traditional wallpaper is not a quick process when compared to the rather easy removal process of peel and stick paper.  From personal experience I learned using a wallpaper steamer to remove traditional wallpaper is the way to go.

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Removable wallpaper is peel and stick apply today, easy removal tomorrow.

Renters sing the praises of peel and stick. DIY friendly in many cases, it lives up to its peel and stick label with no pasting or soaking required, but application does require patience and precision.

Correcting placement once applied proves a bit of an issue with the need to remove the panel and begin again almost a guarantee.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles – Photographed by Erica George Dines

Peel and stick pattern options rival those of traditional papers.

More times than not you can easily locate a peel and stick version of a traditional pattern.

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Mama Places In The Home and I were having a conversation the other evening about first one thing than two when the focus of our chat turned toward why we favor the design styles we do.

Traditional with a fresh perspective pretty much best describes my preferred design style.

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Bowood by Colefax and Fowler

Factors to consider when deciding on a pattern, texture, and type basically involves personal style preferences and what space the paper will be used in.

Of course scale, flow, and balance in regards to the neighboring rooms must be taken into consideration when selecting patterns.

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Lauren DeLoach Interiors – Photography by Emily Followill

Matchy-matchy isn’t necessary, however, pattern power clashing gets awfully busy with the eye, and runs the risk of overpowering the intended design statement.

Visual flow works to deliver a harmonious result.

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Ottoman Fantasy

Trends and pattern popularity may ebb and flow, but at its core wallpaper stands as a timeless design element.

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Norwall Floral Laurel

Dainty Stripes Wallpaper - Soft Blue And Greens By Danika Herrick

Dainty Stripes Wallpaper – Soft Blue And Greens By Danika Herrick

Speaking of trends, my eye and my heart welcomes the return to pretty.

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Anna Louise Wolfe, Ltd.

We’re seeing it in the still going strong grandmillennial style, the gaining steam coastal grandmama, and the cozy with a twist cottagecore.

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One Kings Lane – Becky Boyle Interiors

Rhododendron Script Floral Pre-Pasted Strippable Wallpaper Roll

Rhododendron Script Floral Pre-Pasted Strippable Wallpaper Roll

Where classic coastal hues of blues and greens merge with Nancy Meyer influenced neutrals is where you find the grandmother coastal aesthetic.

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Cyclical perhaps, but cozy chic depicted through colors, textures, and patterns of days gone by welcomes cottagecore style home.

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Laura Ashley Aveline Rose Wallpaper

New spins on classic favorites isn’t exactly a new concept in the design and decorating world.

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House & Home

There will always be room at the design and decorating table for this perennial design style.

Lenox Hil ScenicToileTrees Wallpaper, In Black, Metallic Gold, & Off-White

Lenox Hil Scenic/Toile/Trees Wallpaper, In Black, Metallic Gold, & Off-White

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Etched Arcadia Mural

What a modern adaptation has the ability to do is suit today’s personal decorating preferences while acquainting the eye with a fresh take that immensely enhances the core design style.

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Magnolia Canopy by de Gournay – Photography by Rebecca Reid

Gorgeous!

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Barringtons Grisaille by Susan Harter Muralpapers

“Use wallpaper in unexpected places:
on the ceiling in a paneled room,
in closets, hallways, and small foyers.
A great pattern or texture in small spaces
can be a prodigious twist!”

—Lindsey Coral Harper

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 Creative Tonic

Greek Key Foil Gunmetal Wallpaper

Greek Key Metallic Shine Foil Vinyl Wallpaper

Modern take.

Nikki Chu Grey Zulu Signature Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Nikki Chu Grey Zulu Signature Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper

The once a flipper, always a flipper side of my brain together with my decorating eye spies the divine flooring and thinks flip that beauty from floor to ceiling with this choice.

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A-Street Prints Carriage House Wood Wallpaper

Dynamic decorating duo.

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Taftan Oasis Tribal Geometric Area Rug

Color, texture, and patio patterns set a spring into summer scene into motion.

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Anthony Cochran Design

Iconic pairing of color and pattern, the instantly recognizable banana leaf design Martinique wallpaper designs and decorates the equally famous Beverly Hills Hotel.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel

You had me at pink and green.

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Martinique™ Green Wallpaper

Martinique™ Green Wallpaper

Giving a modern twist to the traditional keeps the look fresh and the style on trend and in demand.

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Steve Cordony/Stylist

York Tropics Banana Leaf Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

York Tropics Banana Leaf Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

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Mardan Light Green Banana Leaf Wallpaper

Rules apply for balance and form, but consider this- the unexpected use of color or well thought out and very intentional placement of a design or décor element in a “I would have never thought of that” place keeps things interesting.

Roseate Spoonbill Bird Wallpaper

Roseate Spoonbill Bird Wallpaper

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Flower Magazine- Interior design by James Farmer – Photography by Jeff Herr

Put pattern to play with whimsical choices.

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Lucy and Company

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Library Bookshelf Wallpaper

As noted in my Lemon Influenced Home Décor post, nursery through to kids room design and décor has made great strides in the big style for little ones game.

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Forêt noire designed by Nathalie Lété Heidi Caillier Design

Woodland Animals Navy Paper Strippable Roll

Woodland Animals Navy Paper Strippable Roll

Charcoal Terrene Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Charcoal Terrene Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Fae Sage Woodland Paper Wallpaper

Wallpaper adds interest, a punch of personality, and the all important and essential pop of color.

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Garden & Gun – Photography by Morgan & Owens

On first thought I love the idea of wallpaper as a focal point for a statement wall as represented in the New Orleans home of Alexa Pulitzer

Of special interest to my gotta have it list, I need those beds.

Enchanted Forest Wallpaper Mural

Enchanted Forest Wallpaper Mural

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House & Garden – Photography by Paul Massey

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Alice In Wonderland

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Lemon Grove by de Gournay WallpaperDina Bandman Interiors

Lemon Option #1

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Citrus Grove Fruit and Leaves Removable Peel & Stick Texture Wallpaper

Lemon Option #2

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Lemon Twist

If we’re talking traditional wallpapers, the conversation turns to texture and grasscloth wallpapers.

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 Summer Thornton Design

When farmhouse/modern farmhouse design style flooded the screens and scrolls of the design and decorating loyal, textured and the look of textured found a resurgence in popularity.

Grey Salvaged Wood Vinyl Strippable Wallpaper

Grey Salvaged Wood Vinyl Strippable Wallpaper 

Many associate textured wallpaper with commercial installs, and though it is true you will find it a decorating darling of commercial spaces for the sake of durability in both style and quality of product, textured wallpaper conforms to residential use in spectacular fashion.

Clarabelle Stripe Wallpaper by Danika Herrick

Clarabelle Stripe Wallpaper by Danika Herrick

Grasscloth wallpaper hangs around the scene for one stylish and obvious reason-its natural texture and durable function keep the spotlight on it.

Schumacher Shantung Silhouette Sisal Gold On Jet Wallpaper

Schumacher Shantung Silhouette Sisal Gold On Jet Wallpaper

I’ve installed, suggested, and used grasscloth many times over the years in properties we flipped, commercial and residential design jobs, and in our personal homes to rave reviews.

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A-Street Prints Carriage House Wood Light Grey
York Quarter Sawn Wood Brown
Ozone Taupe Texture
Scalamandre Shantung Grasscloth Lapis
Manhattan Comfort Elmhurst Vinyl Grey Horizontal Faux Grasscloth
Seabrook NA205  Java Grass 

Scalamandre Zebras - Zanzibar Wallpaper

Massucco Warner Miller

Instantly recognizable iconic patterns identify the hallmarks of classic brands and enduring trend leaders.

Safari Brown Zebra Safari Self Adhesive Wallpaper

Stand-alone style standouts, if you will.

Scalamandre Zebra Safari Wallpaper

Scalamandré Zebras

Scalamandré Zebras in the self adhesive/ peel-and-stick option or the traditional cut and paste application option.

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 Maddie Hughes Design

The investment in an iconic pattern is for the life of the space.

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Veranda

Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches Blue Wallpaper

Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches Blue Wallpaper

Instant focal point wow factor comes to the back of cupboards and bookcases.

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Liz Caan Interiors

Sand Drips Blue Painted Dots Wallpaper

Sand Drips Blue Painted Dots Wallpaper

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 Erin Gates Design

Amplify the beauty of an antique piece by lining the drawers in a fabulous designer pattern.

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Veranda – Photography by Alison Gootee

Pastel colors, blue and white texture combinations, and timeless toile patterns naturally bring spring to mind.

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Brooke Crew Interiors

Old World Toile Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

Old World Toile Paper Strippable Roll Wallpaper

Jungle Toile Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Jungle Toile Peel and Stick Wallpaper

Hey gang, here’s a DIY project tutorial for bringing a curated look to an IKEA room divider.

Click on the link below for the details.

IKEA Room Divider DIY Project

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Classic patterns coupled with durable function make wallpaper a quality  choice of product that remains a timeless design and home décor choice.

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Fetching Friday: Peaceful Easy Feeling

Today’s Fetching Friday revolves around lovely images, wise words, and the peaceful easy feeling a Friday evokes.

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Relaxing and thoughtful is a Friday theme I believe we can all identify with.

Today’s post serves as a permission slip for taking a moment to scroll and enjoy.

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Jeune femme lisant dans un jardin  by Henri Lebasque

“Flowers lead to books, which lead to thinking and not thinking and then more flowers and music, music.
Then many more flowers and many more books…”

—Maira Kalman

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Pinterest

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales
and I like them best of all.”

― Audrey Hepburn

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Pinterest

“The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.”

—Mary Kay Ash

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Baccarat

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful;
they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

—Luther Burbank

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Belinda Fewings – Unsplash

“Spring: the music of open windows.”

– Terri Guillemets

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Pinterest

“Give every day the chance to become
the most beautiful day of your life.”

—Mark Twain

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House & Garden – Photography by Michael Sinclair

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul.

Psalm 23: 1-3

Wishing each of you a most fetching Friday and a lovely weekend filled with that peaceful easy feeling.

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Kentucky Derby Party Ideas

The first weekend in May means it is Kentucky Derby time, and that my friends means Kentucky Derby party ideas.

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Racing at Churchill Downs

Horse racing enthusiasts, socialites and celebrities will flock to Churchill Downs this Saturday to view the Run for the Roses.

Racing the Wind Horse and Jockey Wall Décor

Racing the Wind Horse and Jockey Wall Décor

For those of us not making the jaunt, an excellent opportunity to get down and get derby is just a julep jubilee away.

In other words, if you can’t be live and in person at the Derby create your own Kentucky Derby extravaganza.

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Churchill Downs

Kentucky Derby party ideas revolve around traditions, red roses, mint juleps and fascinating fashions.

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Mint Julep Cup

For her

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Red Golden Rose Embroidered Mesh Midi Skirt

Red Golden Rose Embroidered Mesh Midi Skirt

For him

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Men’s Horse-Bit Silver-Tone Stainless Steel Cuff Links

Derby dazzling accessories in gold and silver for Kentucky Derby Day and beyond.

Patricia Nash Gold-Tone Horse Cameo Pendant Necklace

Gold-Tone Pavé Horse Bit All-Around Collar Necklace
Horse And Carriage Stud Earrings
Patricia Nash Gold-Tone Horse Cameo Pendant Necklace

Now let’s switch gears and show and tell Kentucky Derby party ideas.

And they’re off!

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Hobby Lobby

Working with a theme makes coming up with ideas an easy exercise in Derby decorating.

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Horse races are run on dirt courses and turf races.

Dirt is not something I recommend dressing out a lovely party food table in. I mean come on, who wants to decorate a party food table with dirt?

Anywho…

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Emulate the look of a turf race with a faux grass table runner.

Spanish and/or reindeer moss pairs well or as stand alone centerpiece additions.

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Red roses rule the Run for the Roses and make a strong show the next day for Mother’s Day.

See where this getting a lot of bang for your buck decorating logic is going?

Polystone Horse Head Sculpture

Polystone Horse Head Sculpture

Red Rose Floral V Wreath Wreath

Red Rose Floral V Wreath Wreath

Centerpiece equation solved with one horse head sculpture/statue sitting in the middle of a red rose floral wreath is Kentucky Derby divine.

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Pick up several faux stems of roses to fill in bare areas, and voilà!

Simply dismantle the centerpiece after your Derby party and use the wreath for your Mother’s Day brunch-lunch-dinner centerpiece.

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Look at you, you decorating smarty designing and decorating a smashing Derby party.

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Over on the Kentucky Derby website is this tutorial for making a DIY Garland of Roses Table Runner.

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Coming Down the Homestretch 

For extra Run for the Roses Derby flair, I clip several roses from front yard flower bed and float in clear bowls.

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Decorative Clear Glass Bowls

Warm water works best, and I drop a low dose aspirin in the water to prolong the life of the roses.

Artificial Flowers Silk Rose Flowers

No real roses?

Red Rose Kissing Ball

Red Rose Kissing Ball

No real problem.

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Design Toscano The Six Stallions of the Hippodrome

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Michael Partenio

Faux rose bouquets placed in striking vases, champagne buckets, on trays, or in trophy cups works beautifully as well.

Nickel Etched Trophy

Nickel Etched Trophy with Handles

Super stylish option.

Light Brown Magazine Leather Basket

Light Brown Magazine Leather Basket

Incorporating the traditional aspects of horse racing into my Kentucky Derby party ideas such as riding boots, horseshoes, and a riding helmet or two is not as difficult as one would think.

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Women’s Riding Boots

Spring is a great time of the year in retail sales to locate a pair of riding boots on sale or clearance.

Riding boots will work perfect in my Kentucky Derby party ideas scheme.

Saturday’s centerpiece will become my new fall fashion boots.

Now that’s getting your money’s worth.

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Charlotte Moss – Photography by Brittany Ambridge

Several small arrangements of cut roses set on tabletops continues the Run for the Roses theme.

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House & Garden

A combination arrangement of red and white roses perfectly fits in with the Run for the Roses motif.

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Party decorating goes with a clever DIY project, and my list of Kentucky Derby party ideas includes one that is relatively simple to execute.

Fully sanded-ready to paint wood cutouts painted in your choice of color(s) carry out the horse racing theme.

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Growing Tree Gallery on Etsy

Scatter about tabletops, prop and position around serving trays, centerpiece embellishments, cake toppers, monogram with party attendees initials as take home favors- you get the idea.

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Garden & Gun- Photography by Margaret Houston 

Horse racing reigns supreme in Louisville, and the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby is the Mint Julep.

Ingredients

½ oz. superfine sugar

1 oz. hot water

8 mint leaves, plus one mint sprig

2 oz. bourbon

Directions

Dissolve the sugar in the water in an old-fashioned glass or Mint Julep cup.

Add mint leaves and gently press with a spoon.

Add the bourbon of your choice, fill the glass with crushed ice, and stir.

Place mint sprig in the ice alongside a short straw, and serve.

-Garden & Gun

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Acopa Alchemy 16 oz. Stainless Steel Mint Julep Cup with Beaded Detailing

Mock Mint Julep (non-alcoholic julep)

Ingredients

2 cups cold water

2 cups granulated sugar

8 fresh mint sprigs (for syrup)

½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

32 ounces Ginger Ale soda, chilled

8 cups crushed ice

8 fresh mint sprigs for garnish or more to desired taste

Directions

In a large saucepan, bring, water, sugar, lemon juice and mint leaves to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until sugar is completely dissolved.

Allow mixture to cool.

Strain cooled simple mint syrup and discard mint leaves.

Fill your mint julep cups with crushed ice, ½ cup Ginger Ale soda, and ½ cup mint syrup.  Stir to incorporate flavors.

Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

Makes 8 servings.

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Arthur Court Designs Horse Pitcher

Leather Round Decorative Serving Tray with Handles

Leather Round Decorative Serving Trays with Handles

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Horse Drink Stirrers

Horse Drink Stirrers

Please drink responsibly.

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Here’s a fun serving idea for other beverages requiring ice cubes- rose petal and fresh mint ice cubes.

Gently remove rose petals and fresh mints leaves from stems and lightly wash to remove any debris.

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Place rose petals into each water filled compartment.

Enhance the flavor of mint ice cubes by also adding a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the water.

Better yet, use sweet iced tea infused with fresh lemon juice instead of water.

Freeze and enjoy.

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Pick up several nickel-plated serving trays from Dollar Tree in assorted shapes and sizes to use for servings mint juleps and appetizers.

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Pimento cheese is a Derby delicacy.

Adding a dash of Creole seasoning or Louisiana hot sauce along with a handful or two of chopped walnuts to store bought pimento cheese brings the c’est si bon to the party.

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Stirrup Hors d’oeuvre Forks

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Spode Woodland Thoroughbred Horse Dinner Plate

Going through my media files for this post I spotted the gorgeous bowl I sourced for my Mother’s Day Gift Ideas post.

Antique RS Germany Cabbage Leaf Porcelain Bowl

Antique RS Germany Cabbage Leaf Porcelain Bowl

Encore presentation worthy for sure, I feel confident in suggesting the use of vintage beauties such as this one for Kentucky Derby party pieces.

Kentucky Hot Brown open-faced sandwich

The Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich, a Kentucky original recipe created in 1926 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, is a perfect Derby Day menu choice.

This recipe from SheKnows plates turkey, bacon, Parmesan cheese, tomatoes and a heavy-handed dollop of bechamel sauce together in all its delicious, rich and Kentucky tradition glory.

Click HERE for recipe.

Butter Pecan Praline Cake

Heather of Sprinkle Bakes recipe fame comes in first place in the winner’s circle with her recipe for Butter Pecan Praline Cake.

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If baking does not fit into your party schedule or itinerary, consider picking up your favorite cake at a local or grocery store bakery and adding embellishments of choice.

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Pecan Delight Pie

Pecan Delight pie works, too.

Keep your eyes out for riding helmets and equestrian accents at antiques and resale shops.

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Green Velvet, Horse RIDING HELMET/Hat COVER

Perhaps a tip of the hat to a more formal affair prop.

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Rio ‘Kentucky Derby’ 16 X 16 Decorative Throw Pillow

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Linen/Wood/Foam Equestrian Footstool

Avalon Solid Monogram Wool and Cashmere Throw Decor H Blanket

Avalon Solid Monogram Wool and Cashmere Throw Decor H Blanket

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Kentucky-Derby-Decor

Kentucky Derby Party Ideas Checklist:

Scrapbook paper in 12×12 sheets found at craft stores make perfect Derby party placemats

OFF TO HORSE RACES TRIPLE CROWN 2PCS SCRAPBOOK PAPER DOUBLE SIDED

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Fresh or faux roses

red knockout roses

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White & Multi Spiky Rose Trim

Rose Trim-Tulle

Mint julep cups – a Derby must.

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Mint Julep Cups

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Silver Horse Cocktail Picks, Set Of 4

Lovely!

Roses Are Red Disposable Lunch Paper Napkins 3-Ply 60 Count Napkins

Roses Are Red Disposable Lunch Paper Napkins 3-Ply 60 Count Napkins

Fresh mint clippings for mint juleps.

Simple and fragrant, float fresh mint sprigs in clear cut glass bowls slightly filled with warm water.

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Dollar store trays with the look of silver.

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Tractor Supply meets the Derby need with nickel plated horse bits to use as napkin rings and horseshoes in packs of 4.

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Diamond Plain Bronco Horseshoe, Size 0, Pack of 4

Here’s to traditions and celebrating the Run for the Roses with win, place and show-stopping Kentucky Derby party ideas.

Love your style!

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Mother’s Day Gift Suggestions

May flowers, fun in the sun, pattern rich accessories and gifts a little off the beaten path make this year’s Mother’s Day gift suggestions list.

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Beach weather is here for some and right around the corner for others.

Fun in the sun days go with outdoor activities, and sun worshippers know how harsh the sun can be, ergo the floppy sun hat.

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Summer Wide Brim Sun Hat 

Scarlett O’Hara immediately came to mind when I first sourced this as it reminds me of the hat she wore to the barbecue at Twelve Oaks.

Scallop Straw Floppy Hat

Women’s LC Lauren Conrad Scallop Straw Floppy Hat

Our next option fits swimmingly in with the scallop trend for summer 2022, and how lovely it will accent and accessorize the one who rides in style.

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Huffy Women’s Panama Jack 26″ Cruiser Bike – White

Other spring into summer activities to style such as berry picking or sweet garden times.

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Photo by Daiga Ellaby on Unsplash

Assorted Berry Crate by Ashland®

Assorted Berry Crate by Ashland®

For the gardenista who loves to garden, these Mother’s Day gift suggestions include the Assorted Berry Crate by Ashland® with divided compartments perfect for holding gardening tools and woven baskets for hunt and gather time.

Round Woven Wicker Basket with Handles

Round Woven Wicker Basket with Handles

Tapered Oval Seagrass Braided Basket Natural - Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

Tapered Oval Seagrass Braided Basket

Gardening through the generations builds a lifetime of memories and traditions.

Traditional Linen Apron

Traditional Linen Apron

Absolutely loving this traditional linen apron with hand embroidered roses for a unique Mother’s Day gift.

Printed Floral Botanical Pattern on Textured Faux Linen with Corner Tassels

Appeal to the unexpected surprises aspect of Mother’s Day gift suggestions by presenting Mom this printed floral botanical pattern throw pillow cover as a Mother’s Day card.

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Every garden needs a fairy to accent nature’s bounty and beauty.

Samantha Willow Fairy Home Patio and Garden Statue Figurine in Bronze Patina

Samantha Willow Fairy Garden Statue Figurine in Bronze Patina

Yum!

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Beloved Strawberry & Brown Sugar Whipped Body Scrub

Precious times and perhaps announcements of surprise delight grandmothers and grandmothers to be.

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How To Babysit A Grandma

Gifts of time.

Bulova Womens Two Tone Stainless Steel Leather Bracelet Watch

Bulova Womens Two Tone Stainless Steel Leather Bracelet Watch

Diamonds by design.

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18k Two-tone Yellow Goldplated Diamond Accent Greek Key Bangle Bracelet

Dreams.

Coach Dreams Eau de Parfum Spray

COACH Dreams Eau de Parfum Spray

Midi and maxi dresses currently reign as the super hot style for oh, those summer nights out on the deck, porch, balcony or patio.

Light Green & White Gingham Tiered Midi Dress - Women

Light Green & White Gingham Tiered Midi Dress

Premier Amour 34 Sleeve Off The Shoulder Floral Maxi Dress

Premier Amour 3/4 Sleeve Off The Shoulder Floral Maxi Dress

Summer is coming, and this little black knit ballet dress is super cute option at a super price.

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Women’s Sleeveless Knit Ballet Dress – A New Day™

Options aplenty.

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Straw Oval Top Handle Tote Handbag – A New Day™ Natural

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Scoop Women’s Large Straw Crescent Crossbody Bag

Bamboo Elisabetta Raffia HandbagBamboo Elisabetta Raffia Handbag 

Live a great story and make sure to take note of the people, places and things along the way.

One Question a Day for Moms: Daily Reflections on Motherhood - by Aimee ChaseOne Question a Day for Moms: Daily Reflections on Motherhood 

Pearls have long been a traditional choice of Mother’s Day gift, and when traditional meets new trad the look created is fresh and chic.

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T. J. Maxx

Flowers come in all colors and styles for Mother’s Day gift suggestions inspiration.

KAS Avalon Aubusson 5'3 x 7'7 Area Rug in Ivory

KAS Avalon Aubusson 5’3 x 7’7 Area Rug in Ivory

floral Stainless Steel Tumbler

OCS Designs 17oz Stainless Steel Tumbler

Antique hand-painted porcelain bowl

Antique Hand-Painted Porcelain Bowl

Antique RS Germany Cabbage Leaf Porcelain Bowl

Floral and Frill Maxi Skirt green and pink

Floral and Frill Maxi Skirt

SA Cecelia by Lila Floral Slides

SA Cecelia by Lila Floral Slides

Charlotte-Moss-Flower-Magazine-roses-in-basket

Charlotte-Moss-Flowers-bookCharlotte Moss Flowers

Flower Drop Earrings

Flower Drop Earrings

Roses Painting, Flowers Still Life

Roses Painting, Flowers Still Life

Winky Lux Cheeky Rose Blush

Winky Lux Cheeky Rose Blush

Glam-Gold-3-light-Ceramic-Flower-Chandelier-Hanging-Pendant-for-Dining-Room

Modern French Country Chandelier with Handmade Ceramic Flower

Rose Stepstone Dark Walnut

Rose Stepstone Dark Walnut

Metal Frame with Floral Border and Stones

Metal Frame with Floral Border and Stones

The Pioneer Woman Timeless Beauty Enamel on Cast Iron 3-Quart Dutch Oven, Pink

The Pioneer Woman Timeless Beauty 3-Quart Dutch Oven in Pink

Well folks, there you have my Mother’s Day gift suggestions.

Happy gifting!

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Lasting First Impressions: Create Curb Appeal

Interiors float my boat, but exteriors rate key in the overall design flow to create curb appeal.

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 Jennifer Barron Interiors

What is the first thing seen by neighbors, guests or potential buyers?

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Morning, afternoon, and evening- the back of the house may be the brains, but the front of the house curb appeal packs the decorative brawn.

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Mom’s Design Build

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House & Garden

SAFAVIEH Outdoor Living Karoo Beach House Blue Bench

SAFAVIEH Outdoor Living Karoo Beach House Blue Bench

Round Aged Ivory Cast Stone Large Floral Step Stone

18 in. Round Aged Ivory Cast Stone Floral Step Stone or Wall Plaque (set of 3)

Late last week we began the create curb appeal process with the removal of the large oak tree in our front yard.

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Springtime is the right time to spruce things up around the old homestead.

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Days tend to be comfortable, longer than those of late winter, and conducive to activities that promote seasonal beautification.

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We’re not quite at the point in the removal process to share photos, but thankfully we are at the point where when wind gusts of hurricane season blow we won’t be more frantic than usual.

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Future DIY project pieces.

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Let’s look at a few big impact, small investment ways to create curb appeal.

espalier

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.

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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 Brandon Architects

Front door fabulous is not difficult or expensive to achieve.

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 Mel Bean Interiors 

New door hardware, a decorative entry door kick plate, security door bell, and/or house numbers instantly attract the eye and welcome style home.

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 Alyssa Rosenheck

Lush and lovely.

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Southern Living – Photography by Laurey W. Glenn

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Princeton 2-Light Antique Brass Outdoor Wall Lantern Sconce
St. Charles 2-light Aged Brass Outdoor Wall Mount Wall Lantern Sconce
Signature Hardware Griggs Solid Brass Keyed Entry Single Door Handleset
Spacious Brown Copper Metal Wall Mounted Mailbox
Darlene Door Knocker
Schlage Brass Kick Plate

Unique door knockers enhance the look of an exterior entry door.

Bronze door handle fist & ball door knocker

Bronze Door Handle Fist & Ball Door Knocker

Knock, Knock!

Who’s there?

Theodore!

Theodore who?

Theodore knocker is beautiful!

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 Massucco Warner Miller

Fantastic lanterns!

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 Munger Interiors

Wonder what caught my eye with this door knocker?

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Darlene Door Knocker

Painting an existing front door is a sure way to create curb appeal as is the addition of a new or refreshed mailbox.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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Sarah Berry – DecorPad

Outdoor planters add color to your front porch and walkways.

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Southern Living – Photography by Robbie Caponetto

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TEA2 Architects

Take the create curb appeal party from plain to front porch palette perfection with a can or three of spray paint in your favorite designer color.

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Curb appeal is not strictly a spring or summer consideration.

As seasons change, so do outdoor décor options.

Bright colors with a whimsical twist take to a summer color palette, but they also keep beautiful company with the classic neutrals and deep rich tones of fall outdoor accessories.

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Ricco Style Interior Design

Color source of information Domino reports Yardzen’s 2022 Outdoor Living Trends report indicates searches for houses painted in shades of dark dusty blue jumped 200 percent year over one year.

Newburyport Blue HC-155

Newburyport Blue HC-155

Benjamin Moore’s Newburyport Blue is the leader in the color trend search.

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Hann Builders

Exterior lighting adds ambiance, direction, and safety to an entryway.

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Solar walkway lights, landscape lighting, hanging pendants, LED flush mount outdoor ceiling lights and wall mount lighting can be found at home improvement and discount retail stores in a large variety of finishes to coordinate with the style flow you are trying to achieve.

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We love the look of the LED flush mount ceiling light we installed a couple of years ago.

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Southern Living- Photography Laurey W. Glenn

Shutters and trim hardware frame windows resulting in a finished look. 

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First impressions make lasting impressions.

Investments to the front of the house create curb appeal interest and brings impressive results.

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Easter at the Table: Easter Decor Tablescaping

Easter décor tablescaping can rival fashion’s finery for the spotlight in the Easter parade.

bhg centerpieceBetter Homes & Gardens

To look upon a beautiful Easter décor tablescaping as a work of art is no over eggaggeration of the term.

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Central to a lovely tablescape, creating a centerpiece of fresh flowers and/or greenery from nature’s floral department aka our own yards broadens the field for artistic interpretation.

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Martha Stewart

Begin with a vase, jar, tureen, pitcher, decorative coffee can- any type container that floats your boat or flower frog will do.

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Fern and magnolia leaves, camellias, hydrangea, knock out roses, palm fronds, daffodils, dogwood branches, bridal wreath spirea, azaleas and  lilies- all eggscellent centerpiece options.

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Inspiration lives in the great and colorful outdoors.

Easter decor tablescaping

I like a good word within a word moment.

Take the word tablescape for example.

The word escape is within the word tablescape, and that discovery became the subject of the blog post, Seasonal Update: Turn Your Tablescape Into A Table Escape.

When we tablescape we escape through creativity, and right in the middle of the word creativity is the word that is the reason for tablescaping in the first place- eat.

Now that I think about it, when we tablescape we decorate, and the last three letters in decorate spell ate.

I’m on a roll, and speaking of roll, the GO Home Rabbit Butter Dish (great price at Lowes) is a butter get this one for your Easter tablescape.

GO Home Rabbit Butter Dish

GO Home Rabbit Butter Dish

As many of you know from reading my blog and social media posts, I’m big on selecting and purchasing items capable of many uses.

Getting more bang for your decorating buck is just the smart and savvy way to go.

Several Easter tablescapes ago I started a serveware tradition using this rabbit statue as a salad bowl.

Butter lettuce, sliced fresh Louisiana strawberries, chopped walnuts, red onion rings, and honey-apple cider vinaigrette springs to mind.

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Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette

¼ cup vegetable oil

½ cup sugar

2  tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2  tablespoons corn syrup

2  tablespoons honey

½ teaspoon honey mustard

generous squeeze fresh lime juice

½ teaspoon celery seed

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon paprika

Directions

In mixing bowl or glass jar with lid, combine vegetable oil, sugar, and apple cider vinegar.

Whisk or shake, blending all together.  Add remaining ingredients, stirring or shaking well.

Place salad greens in mixing bowl.

Top with sliced strawberries, red onion slices, and chopped walnuts.

Drizzle vinaigrette over mix in small amounts until you reach the desired amount.

Toss together and serve.

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Vintage China Pitchers – Set of Three

Consider using a vintage creamer or pitcher for a salad dressing/condiment server.

Oval Debossed Floral Stoneware Platter with Reactive Crackle Glaze Finish

Oval Debossed Floral Stoneware Platter with Reactive Crackle Glaze Finish

First comes Easter, then comes Mother’s Day, then comes summer soiree entertaining at play.

Gingham Plaid Salad Plates - Set of 4

Gingham Plaid Salad Plates – Set of 4

One purchase, infinite occasions to set an impressive table.

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Cottagecore is presently having a moment in the décor style world, and it comes to the table ready to impress through color, texture, and pattern.

Set of 4 Flower Salad Plates

Set of 4 Flower Salad Plates

10 4pk Stoneware Rockwood Dinner Plates - Threshold™ 10″ 4pk Stoneware Rockwood Dinner Plates – Threshold™

Dollar store deal of the day glassware grants a great look at a great price.

Our local Dollar Tree lacked these in their inventory, so Dave the Builder picked up a dozen of them on his way home from a remodel project.

He’s a good egg.

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Ions ago I hit a super sale on a boxed set of 12 Godinger Dublin iced beverage glasses for a ridiculously low price of $30.00 + tax.

Dublin Set of 4 Iced Beverage Glasses

Dublin Set of 4 Iced Beverage Glasses

Twelve glasses this lovely for $30.00 qualify as a gotta have it find!

For the look, weight, and quality, the today’s $5.00 each price point still comes in as a steal.

fresh eggs

Who needs Easter egg dye when nature lends a hand.

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Pink Easter grass paired with blue and white tulle and net saved from last year will fill the Easter basket I made in 2019.

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In the words of a famous rabbit, that’s all folks.

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Spring Garden Goals

Spring garden goals are taking root with many of us who love to lawn and garden.

spring-garden-goals

Designing a garden begins with a spring garden goals plan.

Garden Journal

5 Year Garden Journal

Homesteading - (Back to Basics Guides) 2nd Edition by Abigail Gehring

Homesteading – (Back to Basics Guides) 2nd Edition by Abigail Gehring

I dig (ha!) spring garden goals advice from one of the top sources of info, Better Homes and Gardens.

8 Vegetable Garden Layout Plans to Boost Your Homegrown Harvests supplies oodles of summer and spring garden goals plans.

spring garden goals

Illustrations by Gary Palmer

Knowing what to and when to plant according to the area you live aka your planting zone gets things to growing.

Here’s the link to the USDA Planting Zone Map for U.S. Growing Zones.

Balance of nature best describes the early planting vs. late seasonal frost dilemma we face here in Louisiana and our neighboring states.

April-garden-checklist

Following Facebook friends and garden gurus such as Mississippi State University Extension Service and LSU AgCenter keeps me in the know when and what to grow zone.

farmer's-market-Mississippi

Safe bet vegetables to plant in March and April (early spring) include corn, cucumber, summer squash, tomatoes, radish, lima beans, mustard and collard greens, eggplant, cushaw, okra, snap beans and watermelon.

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Establishing what veggies to plant is easy, gardenistas!

Plant what you love to eat.

Crisp, colorful with the taste of home grown goodness,  vegetables fresh from the garden are ripe for the spring into summer grilling, roasting, stir-frying, sauteing and steaming season.

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Successful vegetable garden growth is dependent upon well-drained soil.

Raised or planter box gardens tackle the excess water issue well allowing water to properly drain out of the bed.

Ainfox Wood Raised Garden Bed Planter Box

Ainfox Wood Raised Garden Bed Planter Box

Essential to the harvest, sunlight aids maximum growth in plants and flowers.

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Factor this key component of garden growth success into the placement of your garden.

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Good soil garners a good garden.

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All-purpose garden soil establishes a good soil structure while aiding with drainage.

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For raised bed or garden box gardens, potting soil is a good fit as it enhances soil and encourages moisture.

Be careful in the amount you use so the garden will not hold too much water.

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Midwest Living

Fresh vegetables steal the spring centerpiece show, and put the wow in unique and easy arrangements.

Grab a vintage pitcher, woven basket, mayonnaise jar, bucket or watering can.

Arrange to please your eye with greenery clippings, raffia, ribbon, or simply arrange to showcase the shapes and colors.

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Decoristas who garden do so in stylish comfort.

For her

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Women’s Denim Overalls with Utility Pockets
Ross-Simons Italian Sterling Silver Bee Drop Earrings
Garden Trowel Charm Earrings
Tapered Oval Seagrass Basket Natural 

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Western Chief Waterproof Mid Rain Boot
Joules Navy Vegetables

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Green & White Polka Dot Chicken Crewneck Tee – Women & Plus

For him

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Gardening Bee Whisperer T Shirt
SLM Mens Clogs Perforated Slingback Sandals Water Garden Shoes 

Spring garden goals include a producing vegetable garden complete with flowers planted within for dimension and floral arrangement beauty.

Roberson-Farms-zinnias

Companion garden flowers perfect for planting in your vegetable garden include nasturtium, marigolds, zinnias, lavender, and catnip.

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Carefully collect the flowers, placing spaced apart in a box or on a tray. Refrigerate flowers until ready to use.

When ready to use, gently wash off your gathered flowers including any garden variety debris. Next, remove the reproductive parts of the blooms which house pollen.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Decorate your selected salad, dish or dessert and enjoy!

pansies-in-garden

Pansies offer loads of color, plant and prosper rather easily, and make a fantastic visual and flavorful splash when added to salads and spring desserts.

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Iron We’re in the Garden Sign

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Color plays a vital role in everything from the palette to plate to potting bench.

Benjamin Moore supplies garden green colors inspiration.

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Outsunny Brown Fir and Wood Potting Bench

gray potting garden bench

Gray Wooden Shed Potting Bench Work Table

Wooden Farmhouse Rustic Outdoor Workstation Potting Bench Table with 4 Storage Shelves and Side Hook

Wooden Farmhouse Rustic Outdoor Workstation Potting Bench Table

Indoor/Outdoor Rustic Wooden Potting Hutch with Shelves and Drawers

Indoor/Outdoor Rustic Wooden Potting Hutch with Shelves and Drawers

DIY potting bench table project ideas are plentiful, and here’s another one to ponder.

Befitting the overall outdoor garden vibe, I find a rustic style table in your choice of height and finish a good fit.

Simma 59 in. Rectangle Rustic Oak Wood Top Counter Height Table

Simma 59 in. Rectangle Rustic Oak Wood Top Counter Height Table

Add gardening theme wall hooks to the apron of the table (front, back, sides) to hang and house garden tools, supplies, and the like.

garden themed hooks

Bee Metal Wall Hook

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Turn this helping hands planter into a potting bench container perfect for housing garden supplies.

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Abbott Hands Planter

Planting, potting, and playing in the dirt is good clean fun, but messy all the same.

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Carrots
Lemons
Classic Blue and White

Drop in a hammered copper sink, plumb it all up, and say hello to my little anything but garden-variety potting bench friend.

garden sinkPremier Copper Products Oval Vessel Hammered Copper Sink with Handles

Handmade 20 Vessel Hammered Copper Sink

Handmade 20″ Vessel Hammered Copper Sink

How fabulous are these personalized planting tools in a copper and wood grain finish?

Personalised Luxury copper garden tools

Personalized Luxury Copper Garden Tools

garden-cart-rolling-work-seat-storageCostway Garden Cart Rolling Work Seat for Planting w/Extendable Handle

Easter basket goody for the gardenista.

Rabbits Potty Feet, Set of 3

Rabbits Potty Feet, Set of 3

No yard, no problem.

Plant and pot veggies and herbs in a decorative planter.

White Washed Brown Composite Faux Woven Planter

White Washed Brown Composite Faux Woven Planter

My mint harvest is a treat for the senses.

mint-basket

Iced tea with mint.

Green peas with mint.

Carrots with mint.

Mint sprigs floating in a bowl.

Looks, tastes, and smells like spring into summer.

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Another centerpiece idea in play with your food fashion.

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Prince Fairy Frog lends a helping hose holder hand and a bit of whimsy to your spring garden goals.

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Frog Prince Iron Hose Holder Green

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Tools

Ozark Trail Heavy Duty Steel Folding Shovel

Floral Duck Canvas Glove – Smith & Hawken™

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

Patina Steel Hose Pot

Costway 50 FT Expanding Garden Hose

Gilmour Heavy Duty Multi-pattern Circular Sprinkler

Metal Watering Can Copper – Smith & Hawken™

Goodies

Wind & Weather Decorative Metal Butterfly Hose Guide

Summer Bow Straw Foldable Hat

Oval Seagrass Braided Basket Natural

12 in. x 12 in. Leaf Decorative Garden Stone

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As I sliced into a fresh tomato this afternoon the freshness jumped off the cutting board.

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fresh-diced-tomatoes-green-onions

This tomato smells so good brings the tomato lovers running.

Duke's mayonnaise

In our house the perfect tomato sandwich is a spring into summer delicacy.

Fresh sliced home grown tomatoes, Duke’s mayonnaise, a dash of salt and a sprinkle of fine black pepper- it doesn’t get any better.

Heirloom Tomato Ricotta Tart

Heirloom Tomato Ricotta Tart recipe from Foolproof Living

Indulge in fresh vegetables featured in delicious recipes perfect for the best of the season menu.

Click on the link under each photo for the recipe.

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Asparagus, Chicken, and Green Pea Salad with Mint

Asparagus, Chicken, and Green Pea Salad with Mint

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roasted-carrots-recipe

Roasted Carrots Recipe – Southern Living- Photo by Jennifer Davick

Flavors from the Garden Heirloom Vegetable Recipes from Roughwood

Flavors from the Garden : Heirloom Vegetable Recipes from Roughwood

Season seasonal dishes and drinks with the fresh taste of spring and summer herbs fresh from your garden.

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Get it growing activities work up a mighty thirst.

Permasteel 80 Qt. Furniture Style Patio Cooler - Green

Permasteel 80 Qt. Furniture Style Patio Cooler – Green

Roll out this patio cooler to the garden, pop or twist a top, and enjoy a cool beverage while taking in the fruits and vegetables of your labor.

Into The Garden I Go To Lose My Mind And Find My Soul Poster

Into The Garden I Go To Lose My Mind And Find My Soul Poster

Gardening is a beloved tradition of master and amateur gardener, an exercise in fruitful happiness.

Container, patio or parcel of fertile ground, what are your spring garden goals?

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Now That Spring Is In Sight

Our local weatherman just made my spring is in sight day with the forecast that pays- sunny with an expected high of 76 degrees.

“The first blooms of spring always make my heart sing.”

—S. Brown

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Foodiesfeed

The first day of spring didn’t necessarily bring spring like weather to some, but let’s look at the glass of lemonade half full.

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The Tommy Chair

Since the weatherman and the calendar have established spring has sprung, one’s thoughts naturally turn to spring activities, colors on parade, how does your garden grow planning, curb appeal and outdoor living ideas.

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Veranda

Now that spring is in sight, what colors do you see in your spring into summer color palette future?

Let’s look at a few ideas in the all things that make a home spring color mix.

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Bedding in spring and summer appropriate colors, textures, and patterns is about as let’s spring and summer update inspiring as it gorgeously gets.

Jardin Toile Bedding

Jardin Toile Bedding

Graceful additions in the season’s color palette replete with pattern reminiscent of ocean waves tops the spring is in sight must have list.

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Wallace 26″ Ceramic LED Table Lamp, Blue/White by JONATHAN Y

Spring color, style, and price perfection.

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This season’s color crush is brought to you by Mother Nature and the spring into summer salad season.

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salad-paint-colors

Set a seasonal farm to table scene with vegetable shaped serveware.

vegetable-shaped-dishes

Cabbage Oval Platter, Beige

Cabbage Serving Bowl, Green

3D Carrot Platter

Tomato Box

Lilypad Cake Stand

Melon Bowl

Strawberry-Shaped Tureen

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spring-bouquet-flowers-color

spring-tablescape-green-white

Victoria Magazine

Dishes and dishes of the spring season.

Livia Dessert Plate

Livia Dessert Plate

Chicken-Salad Cheesecake

Chicken-Salad Cheesecake

Found these flower embroidery placemats at Shein.com and think they are just so pretty- perfect for a spring luncheon.

Might have to order these for Mother’s Day brunch.

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Spring is the season for freshening up exteriors through eye-catching curb appeal updates.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

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Off-white Cement URN

Valley Forge 3-Light Matte Black with Copper Accents Outdoor Hanging Pendant

Black Floating or FLush House Numbers 

Granite Stone Lattice Pot

Wakeford Collection Antique Copper Outdoor Small Wall Lantern Light

Copper Finish Metal Mailbox Wall Mounted Birdhouse

Oh Hello Doormat Natural – Threshold™

1 in. to 3 in. 30 lbs. Mixed River Pebbles

Isn’t this spring color rich Outdoor Essentials 12 in. x 12 in. Leaf Decorative Garden Stone lovely?

12 in. x 12 in. Leaf Decorative Garden Stone

12 in. x 12 in. Leaf Decorative Garden Stone

Accents and accessories in fresh, lively, and warm colors of spring renews our interiors and exteriors, elevates our moods, and brushes away the heaviness of winter.

Do you know the main reason interior decorating choices begin and end with color?

Color is a design and decorating tour de force in the way that it makes a visually powerful statement in a beautifully unpretentious manner.

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