1. ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Decor

    December 20, 2014 by Beth

    Don’t you just love a House Tour?

    Well, you’re in luck because you get to see some great holiday decor in this sweet house.

    My girlfriend did an outstanding job of decorating her home for Christmas and I just couldn’t resist sharing it with you.

    Enjoy all her holiday ideas and walk through a winter wonderland as you enjoy your morning coffee.

    Bring on the bells and holly as we visit the kitchen first…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    She has the cutest vignettes!

    Now on into the den and sun room…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The dining room is beautiful as well.

     

     

     

     

    There’s even a touch of Christmas on the back porch…

     

     

     

    Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

     


  2. A Christmas Tea

    December 9, 2014 by Beth

    The house was the perfect setting for a Christmas Tea with its’ traditional southern architecture, lovely grounds and two dogs to welcome you to the home.

    And with a little help from the Cape Fear Garden Club, this beautiful home was transformed into Christmas in just two days.

    The lady of the house requested roses, so you will see them featured throughout the home.

    Nothing is artificial, all the plants and flowers are real and living, most of all gorgeous.

    So join me as we stroll through and enjoy Christmas in this stately home.

    Keep your mind open to new floral ideas you might be able to use in your own home this holiday season.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  3. Can’t Get Enough of that Pumpkin Crisp!

    November 25, 2014 by Beth

    My very first “real”  job out of college was with Duke Power Company as a Consumer Education Representative in their Marketing Department.

    I worked with the public teaching about conserving energy and how to operate and cook with a microwave among lots of other things.

    The best time of the year were the holidays when we would have presentations featuring items in our annual calendar filled with energy tips, craft ideas and great recipes.

     

     

    One of the chosen recipes we all loved was our famous Pumpkin Crisp!

    I recently made this delicious dessert for supper club and promised to share the recipe, so here you go!

     

     

     

    PUMPKIN CRISP

    16 oz. can pumpkin

    15 oz. sweetened condensed milk

    1/2 cup sugar

    1/2 tsp. cinnamon

    3 eggs

    1 box yellow cake mix

    1 cup chopped nuts

    1 cup butter, softened

    Frosting:

    8 oz. cream cheese

    3/4 cup Cool Whip

    1/2 cup confectioners sugar

     

    Line bottom and sides of a 9 x 11 inch pan with waxed paper. Mix pumpkin, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and eggs and pour into pan. Pour dry cake mix over the above mixture. Put nuts evenly into dry mixture. Spoon melted and cooled butter evenly over nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes; invert on tray. Remove waxed paper.

    Mix frosting ingredients. Frost and refrigerate.

     

     

    Enjoy your Pumpkin Crisp and may it fill you with yumminess all this Thanksgiving.

     

     

    Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday!

    Feeling…

     

     


  4. Gourd Thanksgiving Times!

    November 15, 2014 by Beth

     

    I know you all think it’s Christmas already with all the decorations in the stores and holiday music playing on the radio.

    But wait … it’s still November, football is still in play, there’s a nip in the air and we first have to pause and be thankful for our blessings.

    So in honor of the almighty heirloom pumpkin and gourd, we stop to give a salute.

     

     

    I couldn’t decorate for fall without these lovely beauties.

    Their unique shapes and colors are beautiful examples of the earth’s bounty this time of the year.

    Gourds are from the cucurbit family which is also known for squashes, pumpkins, melons and cucumbers.

     

     

    Some enjoy drying gourds to the point where the seeds can be heard rattling inside.

    Once their moldy skins are removed you can even rub them with a bit of wax shoe polish and group them in a big wooden bowl or shallow basket to show off their natural beauty.

     

     

    With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought I’d share a beautiful fall arrangement you might want to try.

    And of course it uses a gorgeous gourd!

    To craft your arrangement, simply choose a gourd that will be stable when sitting on a tabletop.

    First, cut an opening in the top (or in the side of a “reclining” gourd).

    Size the opening to accommodate a small jar, which may be necessary to make the gourd waterproof.

     

    Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, remove the seeds and fibers from the cavity.

     

     

    Arrange flowers in the gourd. Place a loose ball of chicken wire or a needle frog inside the gourd, if desired, to hold flower stems in place.

     

     

    To include tiny gourds among the flowers, push the pointed end of a wooden grilling skewer into a gourd, then cut the skewer to an appropriate length.

     

     

    Add the skewered gourds to the bouquet.

     

     

    And voila – a beautiful gourd vase with gorgeous flowers just perfect for a Thanksgiving banquet!

    Enjoy your arrangement, but be prepared, it make just steel the spotlight from that pumpkin pie.

     

     

    Feeling

     


  5. Let’s Go To The Country Living Fair!

    November 7, 2014 by Beth

    I know, I know…it’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me. I gave myself the summer off to recharge my batteries, move my oldest to New York, my youngest into a college apartment and return to the Empty Nest way of life.

    So, here we are and it’s November! One of my latest excursions was to Atlanta for a Girl’s Weekend AND to attend the Country Living Fair at Stone Mountain!

    We had a the best time and the fair was awesome, a little chilly, but awesome!

    Here are some fun pics so you can visit too. Enjoy!!

     

     

    There’s one thing for sure, burlap is still HOT!

     

     

     

     

    These long boxes were popular and would look fabulous filled with all kinds of things down a long dining room table!

    Maybe I’ll try and make one…

     

     

    Check out this bra bunting!!! Hilarious!!

    It certainly was a clever way for customers to remember this booth!

     

     

    We read lots of hysterical signs that kept us laughing all along the way!

     

     

     

     

    Someone really loved owls to make this chair!

     

     

     

     

    This is on my list to make too and would be perfect for next year’s Witch’s Brew Party, don’t you think?!

     

     

    I’m falling in love with feathers!

     

     

    How cute is this guy?!

     

     

    These were the cutest witches!

     

     

    Lunch on the lawn … a warm place in the sun!

     

     

    Aren’t these the greatest painted pumpkins?!

     

     

     

     

    There were a bunch of these little campers that had been “pimped” up!

     

     

    Ok, this made me swoon….love this architectural piece but it definitely wouldn’t fit on the plane home. :(

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bring on Christmas!

     

     

    I’m on the lookout for an old ice cream churn. Let me know if you find one and NEED to give it to me!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Until next time!

     

    Julie & Perri


  6. Coastal Living House Tour

    May 3, 2014 by Beth

    Hi Friends,

    Last summer I had the privilege of visiting my sister-in-law at Isle of Palms, South Carolina and had a wonderful girls weekend.

    One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the Coastal Living 2013 Idea House located on Daniel Island, SC.

     

     

    Since summer is right around the corner, thought you all might enjoy a little island house tour to get you in the coastal decorating mood.

     

     

    The first room we toured was a den with a built-in bar for entertaining.

    The decorators were not afraid of COLOR and used some beautiful fabrics!

     

     

     

    Around the corner was a wonderful walk-in pantry.

     

     

    The kitchen had awesome lighting and opened up feeding into the den area.

    Love the backsplash tile!

     

     

    Beyond the kitchen was the den filled with gorgeous colorful furniture and great art.

     

     

    Off to the side was one of my favorite areas – the kitchen table overlooking the back yard and waterway.

    Don’t you just love all these windows!

     

     

    A half bath awaits in the hallway.

     

     

    Bedroom number one…

     

     

     

    Bedroom number two…

     

     

     

    I fell in love with this chest and wonderful piece of art.

     

     

    No coastal cottage would be complete without a deck off the master bedroom…

     

     

    Check out this clever storage under the stairwell.

     

     

    Bedroom number three…

     

     

     

     

     

    This little alcove housed some great storage solutions while allowing the home owner to show off some coastal items as well.

     

     

    Nice view, hey?

     

     

    The back porch was one of my favorite spots…

     

     

    A nice pier and great outdoor furniture.

     

     

    And of course there’s Coastal Living corn hole to pass the lazy days of summer!

     

     

    This home also has a beautiful guest house/office with an outdoor kitchen.

    Come check it out…

     

     

     

     

    Beautiful blue interior walls and great photos make up the great room in the center of the guest house/office.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ready to sit by the fire and gaze out over the water?

    Let’s just pop by for a visit!

     

    Happy Spring!


  7. Spring Gardens at their Finest

    April 17, 2014 by Beth

     

    Spring Gardens are peaking right about now.

    And in case you didn’t make it to the Azalea Garden Tour last weekend, thought you might like to take a stroll with me.

    Enjoy the tour and all the beauty it holds.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Weren’t they great???

    I’m ready to get my hands dirty and add some beautiful flowers to my garden, how about you?

    May you and yours have a wonderfully blessed Easter weekend.

     


  8. How to Paint Sea Glass Bottles

    April 3, 2014 by Beth

    One of my favorite things to do is walk the beach and collect sea glass.

    Don’t you just love the beautiful colors of sea glass – the blues, greens, whites and browns?

     

     

    I’m not one of the lucky ones that happens upon large pieces of sea glass, but I just adore the look.

    So, I took it upon myself to do a little research to see if I could mimic the look of sea glass with paint.

    Sure enough, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

     

     

    This painting method is SIMPLE and EASY!

    All you need are a few items, but first collect some bottles.

    They can be simple or with raised emblems, whatever you like.

     

     

    Additional items you will need:

    • Mod Podge in a Matte Finish
    • Food coloring
    • Decoupage brush
    • Newspaper or wax paper
    • paper plate or bowl

     

     

    Directions:

    • Pour some Mod Podge on your paper plate and add food coloring. You can play around with the colors, but I used the following formula for my bottles: Light – 4 drops blue, 1 drop of green, Mid range – 4 drops of blue, 4 drops of green, and the darkest shade has 10 drops of blue, 4 drops of green.
    • Mix your lightest shade first and then add more drops for the darker shades.
    • Wash and thoroughly dry your bottles first. Then to paint, just add a small amount to the brush and stroke down the bottle. A few lines will be visible and it may look streaky, but they will dry smooth.

     

     

    Here are both bottles painted and wet.

    They dry pretty quickly.

     

     

    And here they are dry…

     

     

    Amazing, right?!

    I love my sea glass bottles, even if I didn’t find them sparkling in the sand on the beach.

    Here are some other sea glass bottles and interesting ways to display them.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Don’t limit yourself to bottles. A friend of mine painted a clear bowl to hold shells. Isn’t it pretty?

     

     

    Happy Painting!

    Spring is here!!!

     


  9. Living Room Makeover

    March 21, 2014 by Beth

    It’s March Madness and blogging has taken a back seat.

    But fortunately, decorating has not.

    My Atlanta trip “find” has made its’ way to the living room…and here it is.

     

     

    I fell in love with this beautiful African textile!

    Fabric large enough to frame, make pillows or cover an ottoman.

    I couldn’t bring myself to cut this beauty, so over the stool it went.

    Combined with the cow hide rug that had already replaced the oriental, our living room was quickly taking on a manly feel.

    Of course the men in my house were all in favor of a room of their own.

     

     

    So, on the search I went to find accessories that spoke to my men.

    I used a shadowbox to frame a childhood belt buckle of my hubby’s…

     

     

    …and coins from our trip to France.

     

     

    Framed maps and a sketch of our church hang on the wall, replacing the children’s portrait they called their awkward stage.

     

     

    Every room needs a touch of green, don’t you think?

     

     

    But here’s my real “green” find – a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree from Home Depot.

    These trees are all the rage in the decorating world and I feel so lucky to have found one at such a great price.

    Isn’t he a beauty?

    And he fills up the corner very nicely.

     

     

     

    I’m a firm believer in trying to use what you have, but sometimes you just need an update.

    After moving the brass lamp to the other table, I still needed light and happened upon this one at Target.

    I love the black linen shade and it fit perfectly under the wall clock.

    Plus, I like that it gives off a bit of a modern look to an otherwise traditional room.

     

     

    Here’s another Target treasure that had just been marked down on clearance!

    This sturdy woven stool is from Target’s Threshold line and gives the room some wonderful texture.

     

     

    This table was a find a couple of years ago and was just hanging out in the garage.

    After a couple of coats of black paint, it became living room worthy and now houses lots of manly goodies.

    How do you like the Federal mirror?

    Eagles make a manly statement, don’t you think?

     

     

    The red floral curtains that were originally hanging were not living up to the new vision for this room.

    So, down they came and up went white linen curtains that match the ones in the dining room.

    Now, more light comes in and the Fiddle Leaf Fig should be happier.

     

     

     

     

     

    So, what do you think of the new living room makeover?

    Leather, cowhide, African textiles, eagles, antlers and bourbon – what else could a man want?

    I’m hoping we’ll spend more time in here now that it’s been updated.

    We’ll see what the boys say when they come home!

     

    Happy Spring!!

     


  10. Atlanta Antiquing At Its’ Finest

    February 14, 2014 by Beth

    Happy Valentine’s weekend!

    Hope you’re having a great time with your loved ones.

    I’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to Atlanta spent with my girlfriend and her sweet family.

    Other than seeing her new house, which was fabulous, the highlight of the weekend was a trip to Scott Antique Markets.

     

     

    This was my second trip to Scott. The first one was so overwhelming and thrilling that I didn’t purchase a thing.

    So, I was out to make amends this go round, not to come home empty handed!

    Here are some of the items we saw trending this month.

    Enjoy the eye candy!!

    First – antlers of all size, shape and color are definately hot items.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Suzani fabrics and pillows were absolutely beautiful!  Love these!

    Here’s a bit of history:

    Suzani is a type of embroidered and decorative tribal textile made in TajikistanUzbekistanKazakhstan and other Central Asian countries. Suzani is from the Persian سوزن Suzan which means needle. The art of making such textiles in Iran is called سوزنکاریSuzankāri (needlework).

    Suzanis usually have a cotton (sometimes silk) fabric base, which is embroidered in silk or cotton thread. Chainsatin, and buttonhole stitches are the primary stitches used. There is also extensive use of couching, in which decorative thread laid on the fabric as a raised line is stitched in place with a second thread. Suzanis are often made in two or more pieces, that are then stitched together

    Popular design motifs include sun and moon disks, flowers (especially tulipscarnations, and irises), leaves and vines, fruits (especially pomegranates), and occasional fish and birds. [1]

    The oldest surviving suzanis are from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but it seems likely that they were in use long before that. In the early 15th century, Ruy Gonzáles de Clavijo, the Castilian ambassador to the court of Timur (Tamerlane), left detailed descriptions of embroideries that were probably forerunners of the suzani. [2]

    Suzanis were traditionally made by Central Asian brides as part of their dowry, and were presented to the groom on the wedding day. [3

     

     

     

     

    Cow hide rugs and covered stools, chairs and ottomans were also hot on the list.

    We learned the best hides come from Argentina, or so we were told.

     

    Love how these are layered over other rugs.

     

     

     

     

    We saw lots of African masks and sculptures on metal stands.

    They would certainly make for interesting conversation!

     

     

     

    Acrylic and lucite pieces seem to be making a come back.

    I’ve seen several in magazines lately and they were in abundance at Scott as well.

    What do you think? A piece here and there to add a little modern vibe?

     

     

    Looking pretty cool on those cow hide rugs too!

     

     

     

     

    Other fabulous items we saw…

    Pages upon pages of beautiful things to frame.

     

     

    Beautiful spritzer bottles.

     

    Old books to treasure.

     

     

     

     

    Anyone need a table or a chest?

     

     

    Mirror mirror on the wall…

     

     

     

    I loved all the old textiles and French grain bags that were sold at Scott.

     

     

    It was interesting to hear of all the vendors that travel to Europe to purchase their wares.

    The stories they could tell…

     

     

     

    So what did you think? Ready for a road trip to Scott?

    It’s something to behold and an experience you will never forget!

    Call me and I’ll be more than happy to tag along. :)

     

    Hugs and Kisses,