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.

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

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

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

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Collins Interiors

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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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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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Decorating In Shades of Green

Befitting St. Patrick’s Day, today’s post shines the spotlight on decorating in shades of green.

Decorating in shades of green associates a natural beauty with a tangible balance that easily flows from space to space and shade to shade, complementing the core elements of design and décor.

Powerscourt_Waterfall_IrelandPowerscourt Waterfall ~ Wicklow, Ireland

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Lismore Castle – House & Garden- Photography by Andrea Jones

History proves blue the color originally associated with St. Patrick’s Day under the reign of Henry the VIII who claimed Ireland a kingdom in 1542.

Henry VIII of England, by Hans Holbein

With the formal creation of a new Kingdom, Ireland was appointed a coat of arms in the design of golden harp on a blue background.

It wasn’t until years later as a result of the Irish Rebellion in 1798 that green officially took notability as the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day.

Decorating In Shades of Green

“What color should be seen
Where our fathers’ homes have been
But their own immortal Green?”

— Author Unknown

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House & Garden – Photography by Simon Brown

Here’s a bit of color trivia:

Emerald green, a brilliant blue-green color, dates back in popularity to the mid-1800s.

Inexpensive to manufacture and therefore cheap to purchase, emerald green was a popular choice of household paint, and was widely used for patterned wallpaper.

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Ceara Donnelley Charleston Home – Photography by Brie Williams

Soon it was discovered one of the main components of the paint was arsenic, a chemical element when in an inorganic state proves severe.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photography by Adam Albright

Damp spaces promoted the mold living in the wallpaper paste together with the arsenic to turn into a gas, creating a toxic environment.

It is believed Napoleon’s death in exile on St. Helena quite possibly was accelerated by his exposure to the Emerald green wallpaper decorating his favorite room.

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Some perceive the color connection between St. Patrick’s Day and the color green to the lush landscape of the Emerald Isle.

Saaltee Island, Ireland

“A color is as strong as the impression it creates.”

—Ivan Albright

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House & Garden – Photography Robert O’Byrne

I reached out to The Irish Aesthete, Robert O’Byrne, to ask his permission to use his photo of the marquetry floors in the grand salon at Ballyfin.

The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland

The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland by Robert O’Byrne

He could not have been more gracious, and his knowledge of Ireland coupled with his visually stunning book, The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland by Robert O’Byrne, is quite impressive.

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Marquetry Floors of the Salon at Ballyfin, County Laois – The Irish Aesthete

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The Ruins of Kilcrea in County Cork – Robert Byrne

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Sarah Winchester Studios

Decorating in shades of green lends versatility and depth to the primary palette choice.

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Martha Stewart

“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite
form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”

— Oscar Wilde

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Gabriel & Co.

“Green is the prime color of the world,
and that from which its loveliness arises.”

— Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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“A color is as strong as the impression it creates.”

—Ivan Albright

Clifden CastleClifden Castle, Ireland

May the sun shine all day long
everything go right
and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes
you wish come true.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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A Fetching Friday Wish for Peace

Today’s Fetching Friday is centered on a wish for peace.

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Peace is essential to heart, soul, mind, and country.

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Hope and Peace Wall Art

We seek it, pray for it, will it, support it, encourage it, stand for it, speak out for it, imagine it, design and decorate around it, protest for it, inspire it, thrive from it, die for it, and fight for it.

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Elle Decor

Peace is a heartfelt feeling so many of us appreciate, embrace, salute, and earnestly desire for the world.

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“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits
of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

—Desmond Tutu

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Country Living

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“Peace is our gift to each other.”

— Elie Wiesel

iCanvas "John Lennon" by Aged Pixel Canvas Print

iCanvas “John Lennon” by Aged Pixel Canvas Print

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“Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace,
to live peace… Peace will be the last word of history.”

― Pope John Paul II

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“Happiness and peace will come to earth only as the light
of love and human compassion enter the souls of men.”

— David O. McKay

Carl Vilhelm Holsøe (Danish, 1863–1935)

“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability
to handle conflict by peaceful means.”

—Ronald Reagan

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This wish for peace is not politically motivated, but one from the heart extended to each and every one of you.

I hope you have a wonderful Friday filled with love and beauty, joy at the signs of spring, and blessings of peace.

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Spring Season 2022 Accents and Accessories

Spring season 2022 accents and accessories are creating quite the buzz.

March arrives and just like that busy bees and designing decoristas thoughts turn to seasonal updating their abode with touches of the corresponding season.

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Count me in as one of the new season, new look loyal ready to let the sunshine in and the spring color, texture, and pattern seasonal updating begin.

Spring season 2022 accents and accessories

Today’s post is a first of the season show and tell tailor-made to excite those of us ready to refresh, renew and pretty up around the house for a new season.

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Late winter camellias floating in a vintage tureen serves up a preview of garden party blooms soon to come.

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Mother Nature has been giving us a preview of warm afternoons to come, and the talk among local meteorologists is we are now in a pattern of after 6:00 p.m.  sunsets.

Things are looking positively sunny, friends!

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Speaking of positive outlooks…

My mother took a tumble last week which resulted in her breaking her hip.  She will be convalescing at Places In The Home, and we’ve got all kinds of fun activities planned to make the best out of a less than wonderful situation.

Discovering new playlists, popcorn and movie viewing classic favorites compliments of TCM 31 Days of Oscars, new recipe development and taste testing (the best part of the process), and perusing retail and vintage sites for what’s new spring 2022 finds.

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I spy with my decorating eye a preview of spring 2022 décor finds that have my decorating interest piqued, present colors that typify the season, and prove to be show and tell worthy.

As the fictional character Bob Ryan asks, “is that something you might be interested in?”

If so, you’ve come to the right places in the home.

spring 2022 décor finds

Scallop Basket – Threshold™

C. Wonder Women’s Conversational Smoking Flat

Place & Time Spring Sweet Bee 20 Count Beverage Paper Napkins

Cotton Gingham Kitchen Rug Light Blue – Threshold™

Blue and White Mini Dragon Jar

Large Ceramic Bunny – Threshold™

Way to Celebrate Sentimental Tabletop Easter Egg, Grace

Spring Strawberries 20 Count Lunch Paper Napkins

5oz Easter Egg Figural Lily of the Valley Green – Threshold™

Light Woven Vase – Threshold™ designed with Studio McGee

Mauve Floral Framed Wall Canvas – Threshold™

Artificial Eucalyptus Wreath

Floral Framed Wall Canvas art prints - Threshold

Floral Framed Wall Canvas Prints – Threshold

Can you believe these lovely little flora with a lovely big look for the upcoming season and beyond come in at ten dollars each?

Barbara King Dancing Bunny Garden Sculpture with Planter

Barbara King Dancing Bunny Garden Sculpture with Planter

Lately my sleep pattern is all over the place, and as a result I’ve been watching way too early morning TV.

Channel surfing during commercials, I caught the presentation of this Barbara King Dancing Bunny Garden Sculpture with Planter on QVC.

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Cement Rabbit Planter & Saucer – Set of 2 – 3R Studios

Still a favorite spring is here accent, this Cement Rabbit Planter & Saucer by 3RStudios is one of those items that is wonderful in its intended use as well as a charming addition to a spring themed tablescape or home bar as a flatware or garnish holder.

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No new season color, texture, and pattern revival is complete without the fluff and fresh of favorite in house or new to your linen closet linens.

Linens of crisp comfortable cotton in pastel palettes and enchanting patterns remind me of springtime visits to Minden, Louisiana to spend a week with Dave the Builder’s aunt.

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Laura Ashley 300 TC Cotton Bed Sheet Set

Aunt Rush’s decorating aesthetic was the personification of what is referred to in today’s design world as cottagecore.

Printed Design Cotton Collection 400 Thread Count Light Blue Toile Bed Sheet Set

Printed Design Cotton Collection 400 Thread Count Toile Bed Sheet Set

Unpretentious.

Cozy.

Delightful to eye and heart.

Cottagecore to the core.

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Southern Living – Photography by Robbie Caponetto

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Resin Bloomsbury Sit Bunny 8″ Set of 2

Spring may not be here yet, but I’m ready for it in all its splendor to arrive.

Until it officially makes it presence known, I’ll enjoy sourcing and sharing spring forward finds sitting pretty at the ready to update your home for the season.

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Lemon Influenced Home Décor

Lemon influenced home décor pieces lend a bright and fresh energy to a space, showcasing natural beauty and inspiring a simple yet elegant design style.

Ten years ago dates the original publishing of this blog post.

After a quick revisit and the on-trend popularity of lemon influenced home décor accents and accessories, I feel a bright and fresh refresh is in order.

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 Parkes and Lamb Interiors 

Nature’s wonder citrus fruit, the lemon inspires a zest for befitting colors, fragrant aromas, delicious tastes, and divine home décor finds.

Lemons Note Cards with Envelopes

Lemons Note Cards with Envelopes

With spring in the air the beauty of lemon influenced home décor and home furnishings spring to mind and space.

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 M House Development 

Isn’t there a saying about life, lemons, and lemonade?

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Lemon Balm Lemonade

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Citron 3-D Lemon Pitcher

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Shades of lemon brighten mood and space.

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Sherwin-Williams Lemon Twist SW 6909

Not feeling the bold and bright of traditional lemon?

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Houzz

Opting for softer shades, hues, and tones remain close to the color family and allow for broader decorating interpretation.

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When you realize the spaces and places in our home have a unique personality you discover the design style to highlight.

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EBTH

Accentuating a fresh and bright personality is easily accomplished by adding fun, chic, classic, and new-traditional lemon influenced home décor accents and accessories to the decorative scheme.

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Meyer Lemon Platter

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Meyer Lemon Napkins

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Lefton 597 Lemon and Orange Canisters
Fresh Lemons Giclee Canvas Art
Hello Sunshine Lemon-Print Kitchen Shears, Created for Macy’s
Boston International Lemon Drop 3-Piece Bowl Set in Yellow
Lemons Comfort Kitchen Mat – Threshold™
Grove Co. Ultimate Dish Soap Lemon & Eucalyptus
Lemon & Mint Liquid Hand Soap – Everspring™
Tempered Glass Counter Saver / Cutting Board Watercolor Lemons
Stoneware Small Scallop Plate Yellow – Threshold™

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Hello Sunshine 3-Pc. Container Set, Created for Macy’s
Lemon Fresh Figural Platter
Hello Sunshine 4-Pc. Figural Lemon Server
Citron 3-D Lemon Covered Bowl

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Southern Living- Photography by Hector Sanchez

Soon it will be spring, and with the arrival of a new season comes seasonal updating home and garden to reflect the fresh, new, bright, and color awakening nature and retailers gift the decorista with.

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Safavieh Callista Yellow Rattan Club Chair

Small touches make big visual impressions.

Cake stands, porcelain bowls, silver compotes, a simple dinner plate all perfect for displaying a “bouquet”  of fresh lemons.

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deVOL Kitchens

Simple in form yet sophisticated in natural beauty, the lemon embodies the best and the brightest taste and aroma of spring things to come.

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Now on to…

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Lemon Twist Print by Barry Seidman

Lemon Twist Print by Barry Seidman

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Lemon Printed Glass Coolers
Lemon Cocktail Stirrers
Citron 3-D Lemon Pitcher
Lemon Napkins
Rare Vintage Hand Painted Lemon Server Nappy Plate Signed Ida Strother 1959
Williams Sonoma Skinny Cocktail Mix, Yuzu Meyer Lemon
Lemon Salad/Appetizer Plates

Style at Home

If perhaps the addition of literal lemon influenced home décor doesn’t fit your scheme and style, freshen up a space with splash accents and accessories in bright and fresh shades of traditional lemon yellow.

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Jenna Stacked Ball Yellow Table Lamp (Set-of-2)

Decorative Girl Statue Planter Pot

Decorative Girl Statue Planter Pot

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Yellow Scalamandre OUTDOOR Zebra Decorative Pillow Cover

Warhol influenced color at play brilliance serves a color, texture, and pattern modern take with a lemon twist.

Lemon Drop Damask Customizable Fabric

Lemon Drop Damask Customizable Fabric

Over the past few years nursery design and décor has made great strides in the big style for little ones game.

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 Sabbe Interior Design

Lemon influenced home décor takes beautifully to the growing stages of a little ones room.

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Citrus Grove Fruit and Leaves Removable Peel & Stick Texture Wallpaper

LEMON BLUE Area Rug By Kavka Designs

Lemon Blue Area Rug By Kavka Designs

Fun footwear fashioned for treasure hunting.

Soludos Lemon Platform

Soludos Lemon Platform

Desserts rich in lemon flavor treat the taste buds to a cool, refreshing, and light ending as lemon is an ideal flavor balance to complement a meal.

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Easy Creamy Lemon Tart Recipe with Almond Crust

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Lemon Cookies with Lemon Cream Filling

I find the same thought process applies to a rich décor balanced with complementing lemon influenced home décor accessories.

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