On A Spring Into Summer Laundry Day

Sometimes all it takes to set memories in motion and give ideas for a blog post is a photo putting a fresh spin on the household necessity we call laundry day.

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Country Living Magazine – Brent Darby Photography

As sunny days and warm breezes become the norm, I look forward to the spring into summer activity of hanging freshly washed clothes out on the clothesline to dry.

Linens especially smell so summer sweet when line dried, and instantly take my thoughts back to summers sleepovers at Dave the Builder’s aunt’s house, where life in a Northern Louisiana town imitated that of your favorite episode of The Andy Griffith Show.

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North Prints

Today’s laundry room design and decor is anything but rinse and repeat.

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Marie Flanigan Interiors

My laundry room falls into the category of not ready for prime blog time, but it is the little space that could.

Currently, the space lacks loads of style, but makes up for it in cabinets, countertops, shelves, and storage space that aid in getting the job done.

Back in our antiques shop days, Dave the Builder unearthed a vintage soda display stand from an old store, brought it home, and promptly placed it next to the washing machine as an absolutely perfect storage display for laundry soaps, fresheners, softeners, dryer sheets and the like.

This began an appreciation for display fixtures for home use.

Retail stores going out of business will usually sale display tables, cabinets, and racks for a song.

If this is not a feasible route, check out big box retail and home improvement stores.

3 Way Clothing Rack - Boutique Ivory

3 Way Clothing Rack – Boutique Ivory

Inexpensive surprises and common sense laundry day tips never cease to amaze me.

Ocean Scented Liquid Dish Soap - 10 fl oz - Smartly™

Ocean Scented Liquid Dish Soap – 10 fl oz – Smartly™

Smells like the ocean (a super lovely scented ocean) liquid dish soap is the go-to laundry detergent alternative I use for washing pillowcases.

Several drops added to a medium to high water level load does the trick, and the clean fresh scent is amazing.

Ocean Scented Liquid Dish Soap

Let’s just say getting clothes out of the dryer as soon as the cycle stops is not one of my laundry day strong suits, however, I love the way sheets and pillowcases smell fresh out of the dryer.

A spritz or two of homemade linen spray refreshes, and the light and lovely scent sets the tone for a good night’s slumber.

Linen Spray

Ingredients

1 ½  teaspoon essential oil of your choice

2  Tablespoons witch hazel or vodka

4  cups distilled water

32 oz.  spritz bottle

Directions

Mix witch hazel or vodka and desired oils in a bottle.  Add the distilled water and shake to combine.

The witch hazel or vodka aids in dispersing the oil evenly throughout the liquid.

Shake bottle gently before each use.

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Spring into summer is the prime clothesline drying season, and this clothespin bag from Mary Beth at The How-To Home is an easy DIY project perfect for clothespins storage.

Vintage Wire Collapsible Laundry Basket Hamper

Vintage Wire Collapsible Laundry Basket Hamper

Dirty laundry is just a fact of our all things house that make a home life.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Easy DIY projects, fresh scents, comfort of the known, sunny days and warm breezes go a long way toward making laundry day a little easier.

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Fetching Friday: Mother’s Day Recipes Inspiration

Today’s most fetching Friday offers Mother’s Day recipes inspiration.

Mother's Day Recipes InspirationBe it breakfast in bed, dining table set to impress, or a picnic spread enjoyed in springtime splendor, a deliciously edible and visually stunning Mother’s Day meal stands as a time-honored gathering held in celebration of Mom.

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Picture and pitcher perfect for this special day, colorful vintage pitchers packed full of fresh flowers and cuttings strike a commanding pose.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Kritsada Panichgul

For your Mother’s Day recipes inspiration consideration, I’m featuring traditional favorites from my traditional favorites, Better Homes & Gardens and Southern Living Magazine.

Strawberries and Cream French Toast

Strawberries and Cream French Toast

Ingredients

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1¼ cups heavy whipping cream, divided

¼ cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons strawberry jam

¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar

3 large eggs

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 (16-ounce) loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch-thick slices

Sugared Fruit (see recipe below)

Maple syrup

Directions

Spray an 11×7-inch baking dish with baking spray with flour.

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, ¼ cup cream, and granulated sugar with a mixer at medium speed until smooth.  Stir in jam; set aside.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together remaining 1 cup cream, brown sugar, eggs, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Dip bread slices in cream mixture. Spread one side of each bread slice with approximately 2 teaspoons cream cheese mixture.

Place bread slices upright, side by side, in prepared dish.  Pour any remaining egg mixture over bread slices.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.

Preheat oven to 375°.

Remove casserole from refrigerator, and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Bake, covered, for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until center is set and bread is golden brown, about 30 minutes more.

Spoon sugared fruit over casserole before serving. Serve with maple syrup.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Sugared Fruit

Ingredients

1½ cups quartered strawberries

1 cup raspberries

1 cup blueberries

1 cup blackberries

¼ cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons bourbon

Directions

In a large bowl, stir together strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, sugar, and bourbon.

Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

-Victoria Magazine

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Southern Living Magazine – Jennifer Davick

Cranberry Chicken Salad

Ingredients

3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken (from 1 rotisserie chicken)

½ cup chopped celery (from 2 stalks)

1/3 cup dried cranberries

2 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

½ cup mayonnaise

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

Directions

Stir together all ingredients in a large bowl until well incorporated. Garnish with additional chives, if desired.  Serve immediately or, for best results, chill, covered, at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours before serving.

-Southern Living Magazine

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Melanie Acevedo

Royal Heritage Bone China Cup and Saucer - Pink Rose

Royal Heritage Bone China Cup and Saucer – Pink Rose

Hibiscus Punch

Ingredients

¼ cup sugar

2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

6 whole cloves

4 hibiscus tea bags

1 ½ cups orange juice

1 ½ cups grapefruit juice

Ice cubes

2 limes, thinly sliced

Directions

In a small pot combine ¼ cup sugar, 2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger, 6 whole cloves, and 2 cups water.

Bring to boiling over high; cook and stir 1 minute or until sugar dissolves.

Add 4 hibiscus tea bags. Let cool to room temperature.

Strain through a sieve into a large pitcher.

Stir in 1½ cups each orange and grapefruit juices.

Chill up to 24 hours. Serve with lime slices.  Serves 8.

-Better Homes & Gardens

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Dana Gallagher

Lemon Verbena Ice Cream Pie

Ingredients

Lemon Verbena Ice Cream

1 cup milk

½ cup fresh lemon verbena leaves or 4 teaspoons lemon zest

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¾ cup sugar

3 egg yolks

1 ½ cups heavy cream

2 teaspoons vanilla

Ginger Shortbread Crust

½ cup butter, softened

1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup sugar

2 tablespoons finely chopped candied ginger

1 teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Herbs and edible flowers, such as lemon verbena, phlox, and/or roses

Directions

For Lemon Verbena Ice Cream:

In a medium saucepan heat milk and verbena or zest just to a simmer over high.  Remove from heat; let steep about 30 minutes.  Stir in salt.

In a medium bowl whisk together sugar and egg yolks until thick and pale. Return milk to a simmer.  Gradually whisk 1/2 cup milk mixture into egg mixture.  Continue whisking until smooth.  Slowly add egg mixture to saucepan, stirring constantly.  Cook and stir over medium-low until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and just starting to bubble.  Stir in cream. Press through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl; discard solids.  Stir in vanilla.

Set mixture in an ice bath to chill, stirring occasionally.  Transfer to a 2-qt. ice cream freezer.  Freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.

For Ginger Shortbread Crust:

Grease a 9-inch pie plate. Preheat oven to 350°F.  In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds.  Add flour, sugar, candied ginger, ground ginger, and salt.  Beat until a soft dough forms.

Press dough evenly into prepared pie plate.  Line with a double thickness of greased foil.  Fill to top with pie weights.  Bake 25 minutes.

Remove foil. Bake 10 to 12 minutes more or until dark golden brown. Let cool completely.  Freeze at least 1 hour.

Spread ice cream into crust.  Freeze at least 4 hours or until ice cream is firm.  Let stand at room temperature 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Top with herbs and edible flowers.  Makes 10 servings.

-Better Homes & Gardens

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Southern Living Magazine – Photo by Antonis Achilleos
Food Styling by Torie Cox – Prop Styling by Kay E. Clarke 

As easy as they are pretty, this recipe for Mini Confetti Cakes is Mother’s Day perfect.

Mini Confetti Cakes

Ingredients

1 (15 1⁄4-oz.) pkg. vanilla cake mix

3 tablespoons pink candy sprinkles

Homemade Whipped Cream (recipe below)

Edible flowers (such as violas, tuberous begonias, English daisies, and pansies)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare cake batter according to package directions, stirring pink candy sprinkles into batter. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch baking pan. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 28 to 33 minutes.

Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Invert cake onto rack; cool completely, about 45 minutes.

Prepare the sweetened whipped cream.

Cut out 15 mini cakes from cooled cake using a 2 1⁄2-inch round cutter.  Slice each mini cake in half horizontally, making 2 layers per mini cake.

Using a small offset spatula, spread sweetened whipped cream on half of layers, and top with remaining layers.

Cover tops and sides of cakes with whipped cream.  Press edible flowers directly onto cakes.

Homemade Whipped Topping

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoons unsifted powdered sugar

Directions

Beat cream and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until foamy.  Gradually add powdered sugar, and beat until stiff peaks form.

-Southern Living Magazine

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, mother-in-laws, like a mother to me, sister moms, and best friends we celebrate and appreciate.

I hope these Mother’s Day recipes inspiration gift you with ideas for preparing a delicious treat to complement your Mother’s Day celebration.

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Sink Oh D (as in Design) My Oh Kitchen Sink Styles

In interior design and decorating celebration of Cinco de Mayo on this 5th day of May, may I present a collection of stunning sink oh d (as in design) my oh so lovely kitchen sink styles.

marble-kitchen-sink Remodelista

Kitchen sink styles qualifying as house favorites include those made of marble or natural stone.

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If not of marble, then at the very least surrounded by.

Gorgeous!

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Douglas Vanderhorn Architects

Marble and natural stone sinks impress the eye with a timeless and tasteful touch of luxury balanced with performance capability.

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 Lonny

Chiseled Rectangular Natural Stone Vessel Sink in Almond Brown

Chiseled Rectangular Natural Stone Vessel Sink in Almond Brown

The porosity of natural stone makes this material easily susceptible to stain which gives pause to some when considering the use of these types of sinks.

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Vintage Compass Stone Kitchen Sink ~ House Beautiful

Pretty is as pretty does applies to the design, finish, and performance of kitchen sink styles.

A commitment to upkeep comes with natural stone sinks.

When considering selecting a natural stone sink, factor in that acidic and oily substances will penetrate the surface of the natural stone, leaving a stain to deal with.

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 SHM Architects

Over time, the patina of these sinks rests and becomes a perfectly imperfect design feature, one that accentuates the natural beauty of the stone.

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Vintage chic carries through to kitchen sink styles, as unique has become a design and decorative requirement in the world of kitchen design.

Retrofitting an antique sideboard to accommodate a kitchen sink results in an impressive design and decor addition to the kitchen triangle format.

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Nikki To Photography

Salvaged porcelain kitchen sinks meet today’s your kitchen-your style requirements.

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Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Eclectic sink options illustrate what one person considers to be functional obsolescence another considers a distinct design feature.

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Salisbury Artisans

Vintage beauty merges with modern function in the home of Braxton Dixon, the master builder behind the iconic homes of country music legends Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette.

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Implementing one-of-a-kind architectural elements into the design of his houses sets these works of building and designing art apart from other exterior and interior standard house designs.

This is most prevalent in Mr. Dixon’s choice of a kitchen sink in his Tennessee home.

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Large Candy Kettle Chocolate Pot

Large Candy Kettle Chocolate Copper Pot

A vintage copper candy kettle becomes an architectural showpiece, kitchen sink and unique focal point all-in-one, while remaining true to the original integrity, storied provenance, and design style of the home.

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Better Homes and Gardens

What do real estate and sink placement have in common?

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The optimum placement for a prep sink is adjacent to or across from the stove and refrigerator and for good reason; it’s the area of the kitchen where the prep magic happens.

Rivera Kitchen Prep Sink

Rivera Kitchen Prep Sink

The prep sink is the single most helpful kitchen design feature I have ever become dependent upon in the context of cooking, baking, and recipe creating.

Convenience and usefulness alone make it easy to understand why I am a huge fan of the prep sink and consider it a kitchen design necessity.

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Home Bunch

Necessary to the convenience, purpose, and design style of a butler’s pantry aka the second kitchen and its cousin scullery is the features implemented into the design.

Extra deep sinks benefit both the purpose and the design.

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Butler’s Pantry at The Madison – Jean Stoffer Design

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House & Garden – Photo by Ngoc Minh Mgo

Focal point fabulousness is the visual point when going for the gold with a super chic gold sink.

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gold apron front sinks

Brass Tone Gold Stainless Steel Double Bowl Farmhouse Apron Kitchen Sink
Rivage Stainless Steel 36 in. Single Bowl Farmhouse Apron Kitchen Sink

Blakes London marble kitchen island

Blakes London

Visually stunning in presence and performance, Paonazzo marble features a distinctive white to ivory to ash gray background with black, caramel, and gold veining.

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Cassidy Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet in Champagne Bronze
Oletto Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in Gold

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Il Granito

The big brass band makes a beautiful case for metallic kitchen sink styles, faucets, finishes, and accessories.

deVOL Basket Waste Strainer & Overflow Kit in Brass

deVOL Basket Waste Strainer & Overflow Kit in Brass

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Kathryn Scott Design Studio Ltd

Apron-front sinks combine utilitarian practicality with decorative adaptability.

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DecorPad

The look is yesteryear traditional, but the appeal is all modern day kitchen sink must have.

farmhouse-sink-push-out-casement-windows DecorPad

Although these sinks come in both single and double bowl models, the features of the single bowl model seems to make it the most preferred, especially when it comes to the ever popular farmhouse design style.

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 OXA Architecture

Percy Farmhouse Apron-Front Crafted Stainless Steel 32 in. Single Bowl Kitchen Sink

Percy Farmhouse Apron-Front Crafted Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Sinkology Adams 33" Farmhouse Apron Front Sink in Pure Antique Copper

Sinkology Adams 33″ Farmhouse Apron Front Sink in Pure Antique Copper

Sink size does matter in the day-to-day KP duty routine we all endure, and the width of the farmhouse sink is a natural fit feature able to hold dishwashing court with pots, pans and bake ware of varied sizes.

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Marble Apron-Front Sink

Let me also clue you in on another well known design advantage of the farmhouse sink.

When there’s too much dish at the end of the day, the depth of the apron-front sink works fabulously to your advantage as it conceals many a dirty dish.

That’s my kind of sink oh d (as in design) my oh kitchen sink styles celebration!

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Mother’s Day Gift Giving Ideas

As May approaches Mother’s Day gift giving ideas come to mind.

Mother's Day gift giving ideas

Rose Stepstone Dark Walnut

Rose Stepstone Dark Walnut

Delicate.

Delightful.

Distinctive.

The Pioneer Woman Floral Nonstick Cast Cakelet Pan

The Pioneer Woman Floral Nonstick Cast Cakelet Pan

Flowers and a mother’s love share a common thread.

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Patterned Satin Scarf in Cream Floral

Inspiration for this post begins with The Art of Flowers from the editors of Victoria Magazine.

Victoria: The Art of Flowers (Hardcover)

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Victoria: The Art of Flowers (Hardcover)

4oz Glass Jar 3-Wick Mom Candle - Opalhouse™

4oz Glass Jar 3-Wick Mom Candle – Opalhouse™

Winky Lux Cheeky Rose Blush

Winky Lux Cheeky Rose Blush

Gorgeous carries through from garden to table.

House and Garden Indoor Outdoor Hydrangea Bouquet Tablecloth

House & Garden Indoor/Outdoor Hydrangea Print Tablecloth

Petal Fiber Flower-Shaped Placemat

Petal Fiber Flower-Shaped Placemat

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Rose Coasters in Classic Blue and White

April showers bring this May flowers canvas art print perfect for a lasting Mother’s Day gift.

Painted Potted Flowers Canvas Art Print

Painted Potted Flowers Canvas Art Print

Dearfoams Women's Reba Mama Bear Clog Slippers

Dearfoams Women’s Reba Mama Bear Clog Slippers

NEST New York Mini Perfume Oil Set

NEST New York Mini Perfume Oil Set

Rifle Paper Co. Garden Party Recipe Box

Rifle Paper Co. Garden Party Recipe Box

Nordicware Wildflower Loaf Pan

Nordicware Wildflower Loaf Pan

Simple yet stylish, the very cute and affordable Women’s Backless Printed Loose Strap Dress wears well for a spring or summer day out and about.

Women's Backless Printed Loose Strap Dress

Women’s Backless Printed Loose Strap Dress

lonna & lilly Gold-Tone Pavé, Mother-of-Pearl & Leather Flower 26" Adjustable Necklace

lonna & lilly Gold-Tone Pavé, Mother-of-Pearl & Leather Necklace

Absolutely gorgeous accurately describes these Nicola Bathie Austen earrings.

Nicola Bathie Austen Earrings

Nicola Bathie Austen Earrings

Once a theme is established, the ideas begin to flow.

I hope one or more of these Mother’s Day gift giving ideas results in a gift she will love.

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What Sells A House Information

What sells a house information, coupled with keywords and preferred design styles, qualifies as essential information for buyers and sellers alike that find themselves in today’s housing market.

Updated for striking while the housing market iron is hot sake, the purpose of this post is to provide relevant, useful and informative information.

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A quick walk around our neighborhood confirms what those in the real estate biz know; the market is flush with houses listed for sale, and said houses are indeed selling.

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In the last three weeks, four houses on the street next to ours hit the market.

Under contract and/or sold signs pop up in no time, and as of this past Sunday three of the four houses are being moved into.

What Sells A House Information

The online real-estate marketplace Point2Homes conducted an in depth study of listing keywords most used in the real estate listings market.

Once considered a bonus luxury, multi function outdoor living spaces have moved into the must have outdoor home feature column.

Top used keywords in listing descriptions throughout the entire database of listings, price points, and the 65 million words analyzed in the study come should come as no surprise.

Home

Room

Bedroom

Bath

Flooring

Kitchen

New

Covered patio

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Amy D. Morris Interiors

The National Association of Home Builders report, What Home Buyers Really Want, shows a walk-in pantry as the most desired feature by prospective first-and second-time home owners, with 91% of buyers choosing separate laundry room as the top amenity.

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Humphrey Munson – Photo by Paul Craig

In the Domino feature, How to Pull Off Faux Laundry Room Built-Ins for Less Than $400, DIY blogger Ursula Carmona shows us how she takes her laundry room from outdated to updated chic.

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In regards to the features and amenities you seek, decide early on in the process what is a deal maker and what is a deal breaker and go from there.

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House & Garden – Photo by Michael Sinclair

A design to function trade off may be one you’ll be required to make.

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If the property has no walk- in pantry, but offers plenty of cabinets and perhaps a pantry closet to accommodate the need, consider incorporating a piece of furniture such as this European wardrobe into the kitchen or space adjacent to satisfy the need vs. want portion of the home buyers show.

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European Painted Wardrobe with Egg and Dart Cornice

Money well spent on the primary spaces and places in the home produces a huge return.

Home improvement is just that- home improvement.

It is not difficult to discern what features and design styles are in demand, trending, and able to be implemented at a project and budget level you are comfortable with.

I find the results of the dream wedding vs. dream home down payment report conducted by Homes.com a very enlightening read.

The price point the report works with is a $20,000.00 wedding.

Projected cost per couple for a 2021 wedding comes in at $22,500.

When you compare that to the average home down payment of 6% with a national median home price of $346,800, the math is in the neighborhood of $21,000.

Results of the dream wedding vs. dream home down payment report showed out of the 1,200 people surveyed, 81% would rather put money toward a down payment instead of an all the bells and whistles wedding celebration.

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Reception venues can be an expensive part of the wedding ceremony after party plan, costing $10 -11,000.00 or even more in most cases.

That’s a lot of cheddar for a few hours of party fun.

Now price compare that to the addition of a nice-stylish-high performance kitchen island that is a great choice of utilize now/resale value later feature to go with.

Consider the fee of a wedding planner (approximately $1500.00).

Now consider that the price of a kitchen backsplash will run you about the same amount of money.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Edmund Barr

Listed below is a sampling of the features and amenities used by agents over the last couple of years that remain applicable in the current market.

Granite countertops

Hardwood floors

Open floor plan

open floor plan Michael Robert Construction

Michael Robert Construction

Fenced backyard

Covered patio

New roof

Natural light

Top Searched Interior Design Styles in the U.S. for 2020:

Modern Farmhouse rates popular in Arkansas, District of Columbia, Idaho, Maine, Montana and South Dakota.

Lococo Architecture

Lococo Architecture

I certainly can see why if it’s based on this stunning design and interior by Lococo Architecture that gorgeously answers yes to the question, “does the modern farmhouse decor style have staying power?”

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Domino – Photography by Nathan Kirkman & Anna Knott

Cottagecore is in the top position in popularity in Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Vintage art

Delicate tones

Crocheted and lace accessories

Romantic ambiance

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The popularity of the cottagecore aesthetic thrives during these pandemic stay-at-home times as cozy has become a pampering priority.

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 Phoebe Howard

French Country is the top trend in New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Industrial places first in top search interior design styles in Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Nevada.

Penthouse Industrial Loft

JAB Design Group

On-trend decorating styles

Specific features

Must-have amenities

Bear in mind what sells a house information, keywords, and decorating trends serve as a barometer of the features and styles we’re most in the market for.

Key to entering into the buying and/or selling process is an informed understanding of current housing market trends along with what’s hot in design and decorating style demand.

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Every-Day Beauty: Decorating with Flowers

As far as adding a touch of spring flair and fragrance goes, decorating with flowers is by far one of the loveliest, easiest, and visually delightful ways to bring the very best of the garden to the spring and summer decorating scheme.

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Charlotte Moss Flowers

Interior designer and tastemaker Charlotte Moss newest book, Charlotte Moss Flowers, is a delightful grab a cup or glass of tea-curl up with a good book guide to bringing in-full bloom beauty to house and home.

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Charlotte Moss Flowers

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
—Henri Matisse

Wedgwood Blue Jasperware pitcher

Wedgwood Blue Jasperware

With the garden as her muse, Charlotte Moss celebrates the season of fresh and fragrant through inspired ideas for floral arrangements, tablescapes, and containers ideal for every-day living picture perfect placement around the house.

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Charlotte Moss Flowers

Inspiration truly is everywhere, especially at the movies.

Turner Classic Movies is featuring 31 Days of Oscar; a month long homage to the best of the best Academy Award winning Hollywood movie classics.

Multitasking at the movies is the activity I’ve mastered of late.

On monitor screen left is my blog post dashboard while on screen right is the feature film du jour.

Charlotte-Moss-blue-and-white-accents-roses-in-vaseCharlotte Moss Flowers

Classic blue and white in two lovely presentations.

Elizabeth Taylor Giant dining room gardenias

I get completely caught up movie set interiors and location choices, so much so I go from writing to capturing scenes for my photo portfolio courtesy of Windows PrtScn.

Of particular design and decorative accents visual interest is the breakfast scene from the movie Giant.

Chippendale, crystal, porcelain, and silver frame the scene, but the bowl of fresh gardenias steal the show.

Gardenias in a bowl will forever be a simple yet elegant decorating with flowers showstopper.

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Flower Magazine

Are you a fan of incorporating fresh from the garden (or floral department) flowers into your every-day decorating touches?

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Fetching Friday: Exterior Entryways

Exterior entryways welcome distinctive style to house, home, curb, and post this fetching Friday.

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Exquisite exterior entryways go the extra mile when the objective is creating superb curb appeal.

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Jeffrey Dungan Architects

What defines exquisite is subject to personal design style preferences.

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Southern Living – Robbie Caponetto

To me, exquisite is exterior entryways flanked by landscaping that rivals classic works of art.

Tuscan home exterior

Energize Builders, Inc

Less is more is thoughtfully achieved through well-appointed and well- positioned accents.

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Milieu Magazine- Jeffrey Dungan Architects – Photo by Leslee Mitchell

Long Acre Farm

PJS Building & Maintenance Ltd

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles – Photo by Chris Little

The beauty of uncommon design lies within the details.

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Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights

Symmetry promotes a pleasing balance.

D. Stanley Dixon Architect

D. Stanley Dixon Architect

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Peter Zimmerman Architects

Exquisite exterior entryways standout as the focal point feature that most contributes to the desired effect of curb appeal- an aesthetic that beautifully welcomes style home.

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Get To Growing Garden Goodies

Get to growing garden goodies grow a long way in the beautification process of the spring flower and vegetable garden.

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We’re in for an “Easter snap” at the end of the week, but the temps will remain friendly to the tradition of Good Friday gardening.

The tradition of planting cool and warm season crops in the South is common practice with many farmers and gardeners who believe Good Friday to Easter represents a symbol of fertility and rebirth.

Get to growing garden goodies inspiration often comes from a flower or vegetable garden sight to behold.

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House & Garden Magazine is a phenomenal source for lawn & garden inspiration, and it is my pleasure to share these enchanting examples.

English cottage gardens visually fascinate me.

Dave the Builder and I designed and planted a small one outside our bedroom at our last house, and although small in size, it commanded a large presence among the total landscape.

Osmanthus Tea Olive Shrub with White Fragrant Flowers

Planted in the garden right outside our bedroom window was a sweet olive tree.

Fragrant scents floated through the late afternoon into evening air, making spring into summer deck sitting times an aromatherapy session of sorts.

fragrant

adjective

having a pleasant scent or aroma; sweet-smelling; sweet-scented:
a fragrant rose.

delightful; pleasant:
fragrant memories.

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In regards to planting your own English cottage garden, there’s no need for a large parcel of land or sprawling estate.

Better Homes & Gardens offers plans for creating the perfect cottage garden suited to your taste, zone, and design vision.

Here’s the link:  Garden Plans for Cottage Style 

Garden Plans for Cottage Style

Illustrations by Mavis Augustine Torke 

Aim to create a quaint garden space rich in color, fragrance, and charm.

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Knee High Mix Sweet Pea Seeds

The design objective of the cottage garden is refined undesign.

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“I am rooted, but I flow.”

— Virginia Woolf

Quote means something altogether different, but I thought it fit the occasion.

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Hollyhock Indian Spring

Laying out the design of a cottage garden is similar to styling a coffee table.

High, medium and low is a working concept with considerations to factor in.

When I’m styling a coffee table I sit down on sofa, chair, etc…  and choose the primary sight line.

X marks the center spot- the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.

The outer areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow, theme and visual engagement.

Border Charm Peony Roots

Border Charm Peony Roots

Color bursts runs intertwined in greenery grandeur.

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Hyacinths Bulbs Easter Basket Blend (Set of 12)

Mix and mingle annuals with perennials, textures and patterns, the shabby with the chic.

Contrast produces an informal, romantic, distinctive and visually pleasing aesthetic.

Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea White Flowering Shrub Bare Root

Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea White Flowering Shrub Bare Root

Weave unique planters, chippy garden statues, and accents of interest throughout.

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

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Antique Shoppes At 1100 Barksdale

Strategically place, tuck and trellis seating and accents.

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Stas Spiral Iron Gothic Trellis
Rose Stepstone Dark Walnut
Fiberstone Pot Planter

Woodland Excelsior Foxglove (Digitalis) Mixture Live Bareroot Perennial Plants (5-Pack)

Woodland Excelsior Foxglove (Digitalis) Mixture Live Bareroot Perennial Plants 

Sunday Lilac (Syringa) Live Deciduous Plant Purple Flowering Shrub

Sunday Lilac (Syringa) Live Deciduous Plant Purple Flowering Shrub

When planting and placing, work with the design rule of odds.

Groupings of three or five fashion the essential casual yet elegant design concept of the cottage garden.

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Fencing of wood, iron, or hedge complete the desired intention of creating an intimate space.

Dark Green Metal Garden Fence (9-Pack)

Dark Green Metal Garden Fence (9-Pack)

Montebello Wrought Iron Garden Edging

Montebello Wrought Iron Garden Edging

Knockout roses.

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Climbing roses.

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Garden roses.

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“There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Grand Freesia & Ranunculus Bulb - Set of 25

Thankfully, the ice storm spared both the flowering quince and azaleas.

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Did you know azaleas are classified as an evergreen shrub?

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Harsh winter weather was cause for concern with so many of our plants and shrubs; however, these Southern Indica azaleas are rated for down to zero degrees fahrenheit.

Spring’s in full bloom gift graces the vases and tabletop places in the home.

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Our Deep South planting soil to temperature zone indicates the essential need for particular plants to be planted in the ground and growing by Easter in order to be strong enough to survive the heat of this region.

Some planting zones, climates, and soils ready for spring gardening quicker than others.

My steadfast rule and suggestion to fellow gardenistas is to first consult a zone map to know the best time for planting vegetables and/or flowers in your part of the world.

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Two gardening go-to sources I consult is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and the Louisiana Vegetable Planting Guide from the  LSU AgCenter.

Links to both provided above.

In this area April is the time for planting eggplant, okra, squash, cucumbers, peppers, snap and lima beans.

Based on information gleaned from a host of gardeners in the know,  azaleas, jasmine, viburnum, camellias, and flowering quince are prime for pruning as soon as they finish flowering.

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I shared this picture of the viburnum that did not fare so well during during and after the ice storm.

What, how, and when to cut back to promote new growth is the question I called the extension service with.

Our local extension service is a get it growing source of valuable lawn & garden information and get it growing tips.

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Beauty and the bee is all the buzz, and you know I’m all about the theme.

SHORT HEIGHT PRINTED WELLIBOBS

Short Height Printed Wellibobs – Yellow Bees

Garden shoes for your ready, set, grow activities 🐝.

bee plates WSBee Salad Plates

Marble Honeycomb Salad Servers

Marble Honeycomb Salad Servers

garden fresh salad ingredients

Pass the buttermilk dressing.

La Rochere Napoleon Bee Verdigris 10 oz. Tumbler, Set of 6

La Rochere Napoleon Bee Verdigris 10 oz. Tumbler, Set of 6

Super cute outdoor pillow set at an unbelievably great price.

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Mainstay Bee Script Outdoor Pillow

Safavieh Hand-hooked Chelsea Aubree Country Oriental Wool Rug

Outdoor spaces decked (porch or patio) out in color, texture, and pattern invite the look of the season to sit in style for awhile.

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Safavieh Hand-hooked Chelsea Aubree Country Oriental Wool Rug

“In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

—Margaret Atwood

Getting garden ready involves getting garden dirty.

Honey Bee Hand Wash

Honey Bee Hand Wash

“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

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Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream

Gardening can be hard on the hands.

After a get to growing gardening session, treat your hands to a post gardening at-home hand spa treatment

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Griffin Products 38 oz Green Hand-blown Glass Hummingbird Feeder

Griffin Products 38 oz Green Hand-blown Glass Hummingbird Feeder

I ordered this hand-blown glass hummingbird feeder today for a friend who is an avid hummingbird watcher.

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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.

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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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House & Garden – Photo by Andrew Montgomery

Bee & Willow Home Garden Tools Set

Bee & Willow Home Garden Tools Set

MOLLY MID HEIGHT PRINTED RAIN BOOTS

Molly Mid Height Printed Rain Boots – Khaki Chickens

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Gardening Goodies

get it growing garden goodies

Tools

Fiskars® 3pc DuraFrame Garden Tools Set
Ames Poly Scoop
Barebones Living Small Garden Scissors
3pc Garden Tool Set – Smith & Hawken™

Planters

White Washed Brown Faux Woven Planter 
Green/Grey Ceramic Artichoke Planter with Saucer
Cast Stone Ornate Low Urn in Aged Charcoal
Fiberstone Pot Planter

Watering Cans

2 Qt Gray Elephant Watering Can
Hunter Green Watering Can with Copper Accents
Place & Time Spring Watering Can – Gold
Achla Designs Haystack Pitcher Watering Jug

Garden Goodies

Cast Stone Leaf Stepstone Dark Walnut
Pure Garden Rolling Garden Work Scooter w/ Tool Tray
Orbit Irrigation Zinc Adjustable Impact Tripod Sprinkler

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House & Garden – Photo by Johannes Mueller

Crisp lettuce.

Tom Thumb leaf lettuce seeds

Leaf Lettuce “Tom Thumb” Seeds – Butterhead 

Home-grown tomatoes.

Beefsteak heirloom Tomato

Beefsteak Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Fresh from the garden vegetables deliciously complement spring and summer grill it up favorites.

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Edible Plants

Preparing spring fresh dishes and treats can be a messy undertaking.

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Scrolling through the home offerings from Dillard’s resulted in this new pretty for spring purchase.

new spring apron

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Wicker Vegetable Basket

Vegetable themed serveware sets a stunning from the garden tablescape.

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Vintage Vegetable Shaped Italian Majolica Serveware

CORNERRUBY INTERNATIONAL carrot bunny figurine

Cornerruby International Carrot Bunny Figurine

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National Garden Clubs Inc. 

There’s a whole host of reasons for gardening.

Gardening is:

Therapeutic.

Relaxing.

Visually gratifying.

Expresses creativity.

Early spring is an excellent time to plan, plant and Easter parade your flower and vegetable gardens accented with get to growing garden goodies.

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