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Monday, June 29, 2015

Frances Palmer

I was watching a video from one of my favorite blogs Quintessence about a ceramic artist by the name of Frances Palmer. She creates the most beautiful vases and dishes. I just love her work and her garden. Watch the video and see why I watch it every week!

Frances' work

One of my favorite vases from Frances

Frances Palmer

(photos via Google)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Bruschetta Bread

I found this wonderful and easy recipe from my favorite blogger Mrs. Nikki. Her blog At Home with Nikki is full of great tips, recipes and advice. I have always wanted to try this so when I saw it on her Youtube channel I could not resist!! The bread was so delicious and easy to make. It will be a winning dish when I entertain!

Bruschetta Bread

* French bread

* 2 tomatoes

* Olive oil

* Garlic powder

* Salt and pepper

* Basil (I used the bottle kind)

* Crumbled cheese

Bake the bread first in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. Then take it out, drizzle it with your olive oil, top the bread with the tomato mixture, then add your crumbled cheese, basil and then your done! 

My bruschetta bread

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Peony Beauty

Well, it is finally peony season here in Indiana. There is only one florist that I know of that has peonies available to purchase. So when they tell me that they are available I go every week and buy about 2 bouquets for work and home. They are just so beautiful and hard to resist! Last year was the first time I had peonies. See my entry here about those.

I have been to our florist about 4 times already!!! But I really enjoy flowers in my home. There is just a simple beauty that they bring to your life.

My peonies and hydrangea bouquet 

My bouquet at work

The peony arrangement from my husband

(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Elegant Wingback Headboard

I have been trying to find a new bed set for the longest time! Last year my husband and I did some furniture shopping for our home (see that entry here). This weekend we went to a store called At Home. They sell wonderful home decor items for excellent prices!

We found our new bed set there. It is called the Alexander Wing Back bed set. We love it!!! I am trying to get rid of some of the dark colored furniture in our home and bringing in some clean bright colors.

Our old bed

Our new bed

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Peep~Toe Satins

I have been doing some online shopping lately and found these sensational satin peep~toe heels. I have been wearing them everyday for a week straight! They are very comfortable and chic.

(photo via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Receiving Guest Properly

As most of you know, I am a huge fan of the Daily Connoisseur. Jennifer L. Scott has become one of my favorite authors!! Recently, she discussed a very important subject: Receiving Guest Properly. I thought this was wonderful because I think we all need to be reminded of how to greet our guests when they arrive at our homes. I love Jennifer's guidelines on how to accomplish this. See her guidelines below and watch the video. It is superb!!!!

1. Get accustomed to using your best- If you use your best on a daily basis, it won't feel awkward to do so when company comes over. 

2. Shed your insecurities and don't apologize- While it's important to get your home ready for guests, don't obsess about the details. Let their knock on the door be a signal for you to drop any insecurities that you may have about the state of your home or whether or not they will like your cooking. Don't apologize for yourself, your skills or your home. Your guests are most likely just happy to have been invited over!

3. Designate a space for their belongings- Let your guests know where they can place their handbag, coat and umbrella, or place their belongings there for them. 

4. Always offer a drink to your guests upon their arrival- It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of seeing your friends, but don't forget to offer them something to drink when they arrive. They might be really thirsty or would really appreciate a strong cup of coffee.

5. Provide food if your guests are visiting during a mealtime- If you are inviting people over during a mealtime (noon or 7pm, for example) you must provide them with a meal. 

Provide beautiful food and use your best

Organize your space, make it beautiful

(photos via Pinterest)

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Beautiful Life...

“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.” 
― Roman Payne

(photo via Sferra)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Chinoiserie Inspired

I absolutely love chinoiserie! If you want the pronunciation listen to it here (just click on the speaker button and it will pronounce it for you). My husband and I have been looking into the chinoiserie wallpaper but it is so expensive!

So one option I have been looking into is chinoiserie photos and decor. I found these gorgeous chinoiserie inspired pillows at T.J. Maxx! I love them! They are a great substitution for the wall paper.

(photo via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Faux Flowers from Pottery Barn

I just can't get enough of faux flowers. I saw these beauties at Pottery Barn. If you missed my entry from Hobby Lobby about shopping for faux flowers see it here.

(photo via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, June 8, 2015

Brown and White Transferware

Brown and white dishes are just as chic as the blue and white. I first learned about brown and white transferware from Martha Stewart.  I thought it was beautiful so I went and purchased a giant brown and white transferware pitcher from Ebay. I use it for flower arrangements. Martha has an excellent video of how she displays her transferware. See it below. Enjoy!!!!

To watch the video of Martha's Collection Display click here.

(photos via Google)

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Beauty of Blue and White

I am starting to really love blue and white decor. I especially love blue and white dishes. You can see my small collection here. I was looking at some of my old magazines and saw this beautiful article from Atlanta Home Designer Dan Carithers. He and his wife decorated their beautiful 1937 cottage in blue and white. It is just stunning....

The beautiful cottage

(all photos via Goggle)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

My Life in France

I love reading. I also love classic movies. I was going through Netflix and came across Julie & Julia. I watched it and loved it! I ended up purchasing the movie and I have watched it a million times already!!

I love the scenes, the clothes and the food. Meryl Streep is a fantastic actress! I then "googled" Julia Child's books and saw My Life in France. This is a wonderful book! I downloaded it onto my Kindle and I just can't get enough of it. Julia Child tells the story of how she and her husband Paul lived in France. 

Her husband Paul wrote letters to his twin brother and Julia wrote letters also. No one threw anything away so you have all of this beautiful information that has been put into the book. She gives such vivid details into their lives and the food! This is such a delicious book! Here is a passage from the book that I read recently....

"It was near lunchtime, and though we were hardly used to such elegance, we looked at each other and said, "Why not?' There weren't many patrons yet and we were seated in a gorgeous semicircular banquette. The headwaiter laid menus before us, and then the sommelier, an imposing but kindly Bordeaux specialist in his fifties, arrived. He introduced himself with a nod: "Monsieur Henocq." The restaurant began to fill up, and over the course of the next two hours we had a leisurely and nearly perfect luncheon. The meal began with little shells filled with sea scallops and mushrooms robed in a classically beautiful winy cream sauce. Then we had wonderful duck dish, and cheeses, and a rich dessert, followed by coffee". 

Just wonderful and so is the video of the movie below. Enjoy!

Julia Child in 1970

The book 

Meryl Streep in Julia Julie

(all photos Google)

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Scent of Lilac

A dear co~worker of mine brought me in some lilac from her yard. I was ecstatic! My office smelled wonderful!! I planted some of my own lilac bushes this spring and I cannot wait until they return next year!

My lilac at work

My lilac bushes at home

(photo via Mrs. Shockley)