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Friday, May 29, 2015

A Whimsical Garden

While I was scanning through the pages of Traditional Home, something captured me. This beautiful, whimsical garden. I was just telling my husband how I wanted the front of my house to have a whimsical elegance to it.

So when I saw this garden I thought, "Wow, there it is, my dream garden." This was in the October 2009 issue of Traditional Home magazine. I have just been studying it and staring at it for weeks! The garden was created by a man named Stan Fry and apparently it's a series of gardens unified together. See the photos below and click on this link here to see the original article.  I hope you love it just as much as I do.


The photo that started it. 




















Just spectacular!!!





The front of the home, need I say more. 





(all photos Traditional Home.com)


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Anthropologie Tea for Me

I took another visit to Anthropologie and what did I spy with my little eye? Another great tea cup! I just had to have this! It is really big and looks wonderful on my desk at work. I have used it multiple times already. If you missed my Anthropologie store tour see it here.



This cup was in the clearance section of the store.




(photo via Mrs. Shockley)


Monday, May 25, 2015

My Floral Sandals

Looking for floral sandals this season has been hard! I love floral prints, especially sandals!! My ideal summer wardrobe is a white lace shirt, black skirt and floral sandals. I just think that look is so fresh and chic.

I did a long and hard search on Amazon and stumbled across these beauties. I was a bit apprehensive about ordering them but I have been so please with the way they fit and how they look that I am considering ordering a second pair! They are just lovely.





They are called the Brieten Rhinestone Sandal
They come in 4 different colors.







(photo via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Best Way to Make a Hamburger

I love hamburgers!! But then again who doesn't... check out this wonderful video from Southern Living.





My hamburger at home








(video via Youtube)




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Perfume Dos & Don'ts

We all love perfume and have our favorites but there are some do's and don'ts that you should know. I came across an article in the December 2008 Better Home and Gardens magazine that gave 5 reasons about how to wear perfume.

* Don't
Over-douse yourself. Spritzing yourself over and over in the morning doesn't make a fragrance last all day. Instead, reapply sparingly at 6-hour intervals. And as a rule, perfume should never be noticeable beyond an arm's length.

* Do
Combine your scents. Mix up your fragrance wardrobe by layering different aromas-a lovely, original scent may emerge.

* Do
Store perfume with care. Most fragrances will last for years, provided you keep them away from extreme temperatures and heat, which can alter and "turn" the scent.

* Don't
Buy a fragrance because you liked it on someone else, Scents smell different on each person, depending on her body chemistry, how dry or oily her skin is, and even what she ate for dinner the night before. Try it on your own skin if possible.

* Don't
Buy perfume on the street. You can't be sure of the source or even if it's the real thing, turning a bargain into a blunder quickly.







(photo via Pinterest)








Monday, May 18, 2015

Dipping Oil from Williams~Sonoma

Williams~Sonoma is a place I just love to visit! My husband and I always stop in to smell whatever they are cooking in the test kitchen and to see what new items they have. I love looking at all the dishes. My husband enjoys looking at the different types of seasonings they may have.

He stumbled on to the dipping oils. We purchased two and love them both!! You have to try them. They are absolutely wonderful with warm french bread and if you don't know what french bread to try see my blog entry here about that. Enjoy!!!









(photo via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Spring Dresses I Love

Alright, spring is official here! I am so happy to leave my home without a coat! It has been marvelous! Of course, I just received my Summer Buck List magazine from Talbots.

I skimmed through it right before dinner and found some of the cutest dresses for spring.





































(all photos via Talbots)






Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pier One Starburst Mirror

Okay, these mirrors have been the rave for awhile now. I must admit I have been wanting one for sometime now but I have had the hardest time find one. When I would find one it wouldn't be the right shape or the price would be astronomical!

I try to visit Pier One once a few months just to see what new items they have. So, when I walked in and found this I almost passed out!! The perfect starburst mirror. I absolutely love it! It is the size of a 9 inch dinner plate but it is perfect.




Pier One calls it the Gold Burst Wall Decor







I love the way it looks in our family room. 





(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Mom Lunch

I saw this lovely video on Youtube and just had to share it.
















(photo via Style Me Pretty; video via Youtube)




Friday, May 8, 2015

The Symphony of Elegance


My necklace from Von Maur



To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common - this is my symphony - William Ellery Channing

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My Spectacular Visit to Restoration Hardware

This past weekend my family and I took a small trip up to our fashion mall. I was shopping at another store when my husband called my cell and said, "You have to come to this store"! I journeyed up the stairs and then down another set of stairs and came to Restoration Hardware

All I have to say is, WOW!!! Just look at my photos.....











































Outdoor Living Space




























I loved this chaise lounge.











Another photo of the birdcage chandeliers & framed maps








They had dinnerware






I loved the fabric headboards.








Leaving the store, ahh just beautiful.....





(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)



Monday, May 4, 2015

My Kitchen Chandelier

I have been wanting a kitchen chandelier for the longest time! Now that we have a new home I can splurge on different decor items and experiment more.

I found this gorgeous chandelier at Lowes.  I absolutely adore it!















(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)


Friday, May 1, 2015

My Facebook Page

I started a new facebook page for my blog. I will post things that I find while shopping, past entries, and anything else that may inspire me. If you wish to follow my page just click "like". Thanks for reading!!!!



My kitchen at home



https://www.facebook.com/AHomeforElegance










My Strawberry Tart

I love trying new recipes! I saw this on Julie Blanner's Lifestyle Blog. It is absolutely delicious and easy!

The recipe is below and visit Julie's blog. It's fantastic!!!


Ingredients
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 c strawberries, sliced
  • ½ c sugar
  • fresh cracked salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Roll thawed puff pastry sheet on a sheet of lightly floured parchment paper.
  3. Add a cup on strawberries. If desired, use a cake pan & a pizza cutter to create a circle vs rectangle.
  4. Sprinkle sugar over top. Add 3 cracks of salt.
  5. Fold edges over & bake 15 minutes or until edges are slightly





My Strawberry Tart. I used pie crust.
I could not find the pastry puff in my store!








I added Cool Whip! It was amazing!!








(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)