Friday, August 28, 2015

Adding Romance to a Room

Hello everyone!

I recently moved this statue out of my powder room and into my family room next to the fireplace.  I love the romantic style of it and with it being grey (cement) it coordinates perfectly. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Share Your Style Party #28

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the 28th week of Share Your Style.  This week, Lynn from The Vintage Nest is your host.  I hope you will take a look at some of the great features she's sharing from those of you that linked up last week.  I'm looking forward to seeing more inspiration this week!

My name is Lynn and I am the author of the blog, The Vintage Nest, and today I am your host for the

 Share Your Style party

 Welcome! ~~~~~  Share your link on one blog and it will also be on seven others....great exposure for your blog and inspiration.   We love that you are here and delight in all that you SHARE with us.   We hope that you will visit other blogger post.  You may find a new recipe that you just have to try, a new bloggy friend,  a project to do this week, or inspiration for an Autumn vignette.  And please add a link back to the party on your post.  :)

This week on a blog post I explained a little bit about pickling, white washing or liming furniture.  I took you thru the process that I use on a vintage pine cabinet.  I hope you will check out the post here.

As always, it's terribly hard to pick out just a few features for you.  I spent hours looking at all the beautiful posts.  Here are a few that really caught my eye.  Enjoy and if you were featured please grab the button below to post on your blog.  :)


On the blog Bringing French Country Home, Pat shares some late summer blooms  in her garden.   My garden is waning right now, especially with no rain lately, and I enjoyed her post and beautiful photos so much.  Thank you Pat.

Is this the cutest vignette ever??  Michelle of Dandelion Patina, shared how she made a lounger out of hay bales.  How charming for your front porch for Fall, right up on to Thanksgiving.  Thank you Michelle for this charming inspiration.

Sarah gave us the basics of canning.  With summer's bounty coming in in full swing right now, I loved that she shared her knowledge with us.  It's so healthy for you!  Not to mention so pretty sitting on the shelves in your kitchen.  You can find her post on her blog  Must Have Mom.

LZ of Summery Umbrella, shows us how to make the cutest branch ladder.  Perfect for an Autumn  vignette on your front porch or yard, on a screen porch holding some throws for those chilly nights or just as she shows,  which family photos.  It's so cute LZ.

And Briana of the Bargain Briana blog, shared with us how to make this adorable crayon wreath.  Now, wouldn't your kids think you are the best Mom on the block with this on the front door for the first week of school or on a school teacher's class room door?  Thank you Briana for this delightful project.

Monday, August 24, 2015

What To Do When Your Orchid Has No Flowers

Hello everyone!

I hope you're having a nice Monday so far.  After a long week of rain here, it is nice to see the sun shining once again.  My allergies are starting to improve too.  I think I will continue to take my Zyrtek throughout the Fall months so it will not come back.  It seems to be helping.  

Do you love orchids as much as I do?  I have had good luck growing them (somehow).  I am not an orchid specialist but what I do know about them is that they will only flower part of the year.  So don't think they're dead if they stop flowering!  When your orchid looks like this it's still alive but not   too pretty though.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Decorating with French Style Accessories

Hello Everyone!

Or rather, should I say, Bonjour!

That's about all the French I know.  I chose Spanish over French in school, so I'm not going to be able to write a true "French" post!  However................

I love French style decor.  So, when I found these pretty accessories in the store, La Bella Maison, I knew I had to bring them home.  One of my favorites, is this pretty candle holder. It looks just like a small crown.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Share Your Style Party #27

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Share Your Style!  Are you ready to show us what you've been up to lately?  I can't wait to see!  This week, Rosemary from 21 Rosemary Lane is your host.

Hi Everyone and welcome to another fabulous Share Your Style Par-tay!!! 

It's me Barbara from the blog 21 Rosemary Lane, and I am your host for this week's jamming party.  Wow can you believe that the summer is almost over? Gee whiz it went by fast didn't it? Well before we get this party started let me share with you some of what I have shared here this month at 21 Rosemary Lane.

After I returned from helping my parents pack up their Florida home to move north, I posted their gorgeous bridal Edelstein Bavarian China set my mother so sweetly gifted to me. We are also in the throws of Updating our Screened-in Patio so I shared phase one of this process. And if you like loaded potato skins or just loaded potatoes, stop by to check out this wonderful recipe on how to make A Very Loaded Potato Salad. Finally I shared our new Guest Bedroom's Summer Linens

I'd like to invite you all to stop by sometime and visit me over on 21 Rosemary Lane. 

There was another ginormous turnout for last week's party so thanks to all who came by to link up!

Alrighty then, without letting another second go by here are 
First up is this absolutely stunning kitchen transformation from the beautiful blog Edith & Evelyn Vintage. See how a tired 1970's kitchen was dramatically taken 40 years into the future. It is truly amazing!

OK this post caught my eye because I have to be the Queen of used candles. I must have at least a dozen and a half sitting around the house that I just couldn't bring myself to throw away. Barb from Sparkles in the Everyday linked up this wonderfully detailed tutorial on just what to do with them!

And yes I am getting geared up for my favorite time of the year, Autumn. This link from Still Woods Farmhouse is filled with beautifully unique ways to adorn your door for this most nostalgic and colorful season.

Barb from The Everyday Home put together 10 wonderful tips for organizing your laundry room. Thank you Barb!

The blog Anne's Entitled Life shared a yummy Sidecar Cocktail Recipe. The last time I had this classic drink had to be years ago so I plan to give this recipe a whirl!

And finally Sally from Cottage Fix shared her struggle with selecting curtains for her pretty blue family room. I think she hit a home run with this lovely lace and toile combination.

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 Remember when you share here at Share Your Style, your link will be seen on 8 different blogs!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Shopping at La Bella Maison

Hello everyone!

While my husband was away on a guys camping trip over the weekend, I took advantage of some shopping.  That is standard protocol isn't it?!  I took some pictures to share with you so you could see how pretty this store was.  This store had everything in it that I love.  Check it out!

Friday, August 14, 2015

What Browsing in a Store Can Lead To

Hello everyone!

The other day, I stumbled upon these pretty draperies in a soft grey and white pattern.  As soon as I saw them I instantly thought of my kitchen.  I have a lot of white in there with some grey accents.  So, I thought these draperies would be another way to bring in some grey along with a soft pattern.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Share Your Style Party #26

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Share Your Style this week!  Can you believe that it's already mid August?  I'm actually happy that this month is flying by.  That means we're getting closer to Fall.  I can't wait to see what you all have to share this week.  Debra from Common Ground is your host.

Hi Everyone, 
Welcome to Share Your Style #26!
We're so glad you're here to join in for the fun.
and I'm your host for this week's party!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Thank Goodness Monday is Over!

Hello everyone!

Well, I can rest a lot easier now that my colonoscopy is "behind" me!  (Sorry for the pun.)  The reason I had it done, was partly due to my age (50) but mainly because of my ulcerative colitis.  I have had it now for 9 yrs and was having some mini flare-ups.  I didn't know that's what I was having until the doctor saw that my colon had some inflammation.  So, she increased my meds and that should solve the problem.  She also took some biopsies and will let me know how those look in a few weeks.  Other than that, I'm good!  Whew!  

So, I was relieved to know I could resume my normal diet yesterday.  My husband whipped up the best tasting pork chops, so I thought I would share that with you today.  It's called pan seared pork chops in a white wine sauce.  It was VERY easy and not expensive.  I will provide a link to the recipe at the end of this post.

First, you will need these ingredients.  (We deviated slightly using a different meat seasoning though and used vegetable oil not olive oil that is shown.) 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Relaxing in the Family Room


Are you glad that the weekend is just about here?  I know my son is.  He just started back to school yesterday and is ALREADY counting down the hours till the weekend.  What a slacker!  For me, personally, I'll be glad when the weekend is over since I have to prep for a colonoscopy on Monday.  So, Sunday will be b.o.r.i.n.g!  

In the meantime, I will be relaxing in my family room.  I made a few changes to the sofa pillows and the coffee table.  Nothing extreme, but I was ready for a change.  

I brought in my weathered grey wicker tray and added a bucket of flowers and prayer beads to it.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Share Your Style Party #25

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Share Your Style.  Are you ready to link up some great inspiration for us?  I can't wait to see what you share today.  Sherry, from No Minimalist Here, is your host this week

Monday, August 3, 2015

Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs

Hello everyone!

Are you looking for something easy and delicious to make for dinner tonight?  Well, look no further.  This is one of my favorite recipes and it's great for summer because it's cooked on the grill.