Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Green, Black and White table for Dinner Group

We hosted our dinner group on Sat. night. I made a fresh arrangement for our centerpiece and set the table with one of my favorite color combos.I didn't use a tablecloth, preferring to see the beautiful wood of the table and have a liighter sense for summer. I placed a green and white placemat, then a round black and white placemat, a square white dish, a green dinner plate and a black and white scrolled dessert plate for my stack.
 My black handled flateware was perfect.
 I gathered some EARLY limelight hydrangeas, fresh grapes, limes, apples and lettuce.


 A couple of pears were also added.



 We were missing one couple but had a fun night.
 We ate our hors d'oevres out on the patio then came in for dinner.





 I hadn't made a fresh arrangement in quite awhile but while at the gracery store had a light bulb moment:)

 Wish you all could have been here, it was a lovely night.
 
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

An Early Birthday Present!!!!!

The other day, UPS delivered a HUGE box! I had no idea what it was and asked Joe, "what did you order?" He said, "You'll see"!!! OMG! I have wanted this for several YEARS!!!! AS soon as I saw it at Kim's at Savvy Southern Style, I fell in love.  We have had this picture for almost 30 years, it hung on the fireplace at the old house FOREVER!!!! So, now I have a new mirror to take it's place!
 I do still like this picture and may find a spot for it somewhere in the house.....
 The mess of redecorating! But, it leads to......
 TADA!!!! OMG, I love it!!!!! The glass is like antique glass so not clear but I love that! That is the box it cam in!!!!

 The view from the foyer.


 I LOVE my gift and am so happy that Joe decided to order it! Thanks, honey!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
And thanks to you all for visiting. XO, Pinky
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

~~~New Birdbath and Pond Shots~~~

Good morning. This past Friday, Joe and I took a little daytrip up to Lancaster county. Our search was for a birdbath, and we had a specific nursery in mind. They have a large selection of plants, flowers, pots and birdbaths. Joe fell in love with this one as soon as he saw it.
 I love the shape and the colors on it. The fake alligator is to scare away herons or other predators:) It may move.....
 And the detail in the birdbath

 Even though we have the pond only a few birds have ventured in to get a bath or a drink, so now they will have this too.
 The water hyacinths are blooming now too.
 I will share more pictures of the pond and new cushions for the furniture that just came on Friday too in another post. Thanks so much for stopping by.
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~~~Summer Mantle~~~

I have had the mantle decorated for Summer for awhile but am just getting to share it with you. The living room is light, bright and sunny for Summer!
I am looking for a Summery picture to replace this one for the seasons.
Last year I just had all white flowers in the bottle vases. This year I added the blues.
This container is made to look like a shell, love it!
The candles are flameless, on timers. Love the soft glow at night.
The hearth is simply dfone with baskets and birds.


This house really feels like HOME now. I can't believe it will be 2 years in October!!!!
This is the view from over by the kitchen.

Still in love with my Ralph Lauren blue and white pillows. I also love pairing them with the rusty colored ones.
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer House Tour, Part 2

Let's continue the tour! It is hard to believe that summer is half way over but I wanted to show you what I have been up to. We will go upstairs to the guest room and bath then take a little stroll outside! This is the guest room as you see it from the doorway. I wanted to do blue and white and tan up here.
 This new shell pillow is from Kirklands this year.

 This bedside table has a shell and the other one....
 has my 1 piece of blue coral. I got this MANY years ago, probably almost 30 years when I first started collecting shells.
 This was a free dresser from as friend who was getting rid of it. I like the charm of it. It is old but it kinda speaks to me. We have plans to get new bedroom furniture in the master so our furniture will come up here one day (soon, I hope)!!
 Just 1 shell added to this vignette.

 In the bath I have these coral embroidered towels from Pottery Barn last year.
 LOVE this shower curtain from Target!!!

And a summery piece on the wall.
 Now we are outside at the pond. We have about 30 fish now and they seem to be very happy. Joe has made a wondeful habitat for them. They even have their own tunnel made from flue liners that they can hide in or just swim through.

 We had water lilies in the pond at the old house but never had any blooms because there wasn't enough sun. Now they are BLOOMING and we love them!!!

 This hydrangea only has this one bloom right now but it is HUGE!!!!!!!! I have never seen a bloom this big, ever! I am going to amend the soil so that I will have BLUE hydrangeas. I miss the 15 bushes I had at the old house!
 This is a gardenia. It started out as a tiny plant in a 4 inch pot and now it is a BUSH! The pink you see behind it is a geranium in a pot on the patio wall:)
 2 buds right now that should open any day.
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