Winner announced and news break

Hi there! Happy Wednesday.

As a testament to the wonderful reviews on the web of Dear Carolina, I had lots of comments this past week.  I promise we were fair and impartial with the drawing.  {Not to sound overly cheap, but I just couldn’t bring myself to pay Rafflecopter $13 for one drawing; if I hosted giveaways with regularity I’m sure I’d feel differently}  The winner is:

Sheila, of My Kentucky Living  Congratulations!  Send me your mailing address (you can find my email at the top of the header on my blog page ‘CONTACT US’) and I’ll send you the book.

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Now on to a bit of personal business.  I’m taking a little break.  There’s been a health setback for Mr. B.  Nothing we can’t handle, it will just involve surgery and some recovery time and I want to be sure I’m focused on getting him back in the saddle, so to speak.

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I’m going to my happy place with positive thoughts, battling stress and worry.  I hope you won’t forget me, and that you’ll revisit in a month or so once we’re back to the new normal.

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Garden, Home and Party: Winner and newsbreak

Meanwhile, I read a useful article on “40 Little Things in Daily Life that Bring Us True Happiness”.

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See you in a bit.  Keep my place in line, okay?  :-)

♥Karen

Reading rooms and a book giveaway

Hello my friends!  Happy Wednesday!  Today I am offering a copy of Dear Carolina, by Kristy Woodson Harvey.  As you may remember, I posted a review last week.

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To add to the giveaway fun, I’m going to share some pretty rooms (indoors and out) that I consider a worthy location for a good read.  In addition to sitting to read a book, I enjoy Audible, which provides me with an unabridged version of almost any book in downloadable form. For me, that means on weekends, when I have garden work or household chores, I can listen to the book while multi-tasking.  I understand most public libraries have CD copies of books as well, if multitasking is essential in your world. :-)

Let’s start with this French farmhouse…everything about it says “relax, stay awhile” to me.  I’d select the chair with the ottoman for a reading break, but that’s just me.

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While we’re talking ottomans, doesn’t this corner appeal to you?  Plenty of natural light, a throw and extra pillow at your disposal.  I might fall asleep before completing one chapter in this chair! {It’s been known to happen}

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There’s nothing like a corner library to invite one to sit and read awhile.  This one is a favorite for its display, art-lighting and books.

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Is that a fire in the fireplace?  I sometimes wish I lived in a colder climate where a fireplace would be required daily…like England, maybe? :-)  This is a beautiful American Farmhouse featured some time ago by Joni over at Cote de Texas.

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Now this is pure luxury.  Can you imagine the prunish skin you’d have after a relaxing bath and a good book here?  Still, such an elegant place to bathe and read!

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Since summer vacation is on the horizon, the one time when most of us can relax and catch up with one of the twenty books you’ve put on your list of “must read”.  I feel my blood pressure going down just looking at the image!

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I can’t quite resist the allure of a room with a fire in the grate.  I see myself settling in with a cup of tea and my current book.

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This time of year, once the weather entices you to be outdoors, this setting is lush and green and fun for unwinding with your book.

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Now for the fun part.  I have a copy of Dear Carolina to giveaway.  All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me your favorite spot to read.  Indoors, outdoors, at the beach, in a mountain cabin, whatever.  Mr. B. will be blindfolded and randomly select a winner from names in a basket.  I’ll announce the winner next week.  Good luck, Dear Carolina is a wonderful story and I think you’ll love it.  Now I can’t wait for Kristy’s second novel!

Where do you like to read?

Dear Carolina: A great read authored by a talented friend

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If you are a fellow blogger you have undoubtedly marveled at the friendships that develop across the miles.  The people one “meets” through the blog world, while seldom face to face, somehow become friends that enrich us, much like our best friends we see regularly.

This is how I feel about my friend Kristy Harvey Woodson.  She is a talented designer and now a published author.  Her book, Dear Carolina released yesterday, May 5th. I’m so happy for her success, something that until recently, she said she only dreamt of.

Garden, Home and Party: Dear Carolina-must read

I was thrilled when Kristy asked if I would read and post a review of her book. Once I started reading I was drawn not only to the storyline, but to each of the characters. The story is about two women and their journey through childbirth, family life and the love and understanding that each come to share.  Khaki, one of the two main characters, is easy for most of us who enjoy home decor to relate to.  She is a talented designer and a kind and thoughtful person.  Jodi, the second of the two main characters, is a smart woman with an unfortunate past.  Her talents are just waiting to reveal themselves with a little motivation from the right set of circumstances.  The contrast of these two women is what brings the narrative to life.

Garden, Home and Party: Must read Dear Carolina

Khaki’s story, in addition to her wishing for a second child, details her design business and the upcoming release of her much anticipated book. Kristy keeps this part of the tale as entertaining as the main story of Khaki’s juggling home life in North Carolina, a shop and thriving design business in New York, and struggles with getting pregnant.

Garden, Home and Party: Must read Dear Carolina, Kristy Woodson Harvey

Jodi’s life is much different from Khaki’s, filled with a history of trials and unfortunate personal choices.  You quickly realize she is determined and very strong and you are compelled to pray she can find her way from the very beginning. An unplanned pregnancy for Jodi becomes a blessing for both women.  Khaki and Jodi’s story is one of love, friendship and the baby that intertwines their lives will touch you and bring you to tears.

Garden, Home and Party: Must Read Dear Carolina

Kristy weaves an uplifting tale that draws you in and makes you care very much for the entire family, but especially the outcome of the two main characters.  The story is told as each woman writes to Carolina, the baby they share, journaling their thoughts and love for her. In the end the tapestry woven is complete and emotionally rewarding.

Although I have never been to North Carolina, I was drawn to the area through Kristy’s detailed and colorful descriptions of Kinston, where most of the story takes place.  The story involves the lives of a family, some by blood, some by marriage.

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The relationship-driven story would make this a wonderful Mother’s Day present, but I believe it’s such a heartwarming story that you will want extra copies for yourself and your friends.

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina. She blogs at Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life and loves connecting with readers at kristywoodsonharvey.com. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism and holds a Master’s in English from East Carolina University. She is a regular contributor for The Salisbury Post, Domino magazine and Houzz. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three-year-old son.
You can order Kristy’s book from your favorite bookstore:
but wait, there’s more…
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 Kristy and her mom, Beth, [Design Chic] have a shop filled with wonderful decorative treasures.  During Dear Carolina’s launch week (now) they are offering a $1,000 Shop Design Chic Shopping Spree to one lucky winner. To enter: Send proof of purchase of Dear Carolina (photos are fine!) to readdearcarolina@gmail. Every book is an extra entry!

The lucky winner will also receive a free e-copy of the Dear Carolina Companion cookbook, full of favorite Southern recipes from renowned bloggers and family members, and Dear Carolina printable quotes just for entering!

The importance of being blue

Happy Wednesday! Before I begin on my topic for this weeks post I want to share some exciting news.  I’m sure you already follow the wonderful blog, Design Chic (authored by mother and daughter talents Beth (mom) and Kristy (daughter)) which provides us with fabulous design and fashion features each week.  Kristy is publishing her first novel next week.  I was privileged to get an advanced copy, and I’ll be sharing my enthusiasm for the book on next week’s post, but I wanted to give you the advanced link to order, Dear Carolina

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Garden, Home and Party: The importance of being blue

The colors blue and white are classics where home decor is concerned. There is no shortage of this color combination featured on blog sites, in magazines and books.  I’ve talked about my love of the fusion of the the pairing at least four times on Garden, Home and Party, [1, 2, 3, 4and since repetition seems to be a curse in the blog world, I’m going for it once more.

Blue is an alluring color even when the focus isn’t on home decorating.

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Have any of you grown blue tulips?  Are they truly this blue?

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So buckle up…let’s look at a few rooms I’ve recently found online, starring the one and only blue and white.

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This bedroom almost looks like a painting to me…its so perfectly inviting.

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Oh, for this view.  It’s even relaxing for the dog—nap time?

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Do you have any blue and white in  your home’s decor?  

Gardening through a drought

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Garden, Home and Party: Gardening through a drought
I have been a garden enthusiast since I was a child, working beside my mom in our garden was always fun for me.  My maternal grandmother used to say she thought we picked up our love of gardening from her mother, my great grandmother.  I’m passing my joy for the garden to my granddaughter(s). {Olivia loves working in the garden with grandma, Fae, at 6 months is still young but I hold great hope she will have fun too}.
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Olivia and I planted these petunias on her last visit in March.  They have really taken off, it’s been fun sending her pics of the flowers as they’ve grown.
Garden, Home and Party: Gardening through a drought
Long time readers may remember that a friend and I had a small gardening business for many years.  Cottage and English gardens were are speciality.  I still love boxwood borders, roses, lavender, penstemon, camellias, all varieties of perennials.  Borders of primrose, pansy or violas in the cooler months and impatiens or lobelia in the warmer months were icing on the garden cake. Seasonal bulbs and other plants that catch my eye at the nursery are also welcome.  
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Garden, Home and Party: Gardening through a drought
Changes may be coming to our garden.  We are in the 4th year of a severe drought. Many, who study such things, say this has happened before.  I remember!  Having lived in SoCal all but 2 years of my entire life I can remember carefully cutting back on water usage indoors so that I felt less guilt watering my garden.
I have a neighbor who has taken advantage of our water district’s rebate plan.  If you remove grass and replace it with drought tolerant plants, they will reimburse a certain amount of money per square foot.  Our water bill is calculated using a tiered plan.  If you go over the amount of water usage they have calculated for your lot, you are charged a premium, each tier (overage) raising your rates higher.
Below is a recent pic I took of my neighbor’s yard. There seems to be several plants in bloom each month of the year.  The plan she’s installed is thriving and looks good.
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Here’s my issue.  I don’t think I’ll be happy with xeriscape, and budget constraints insist I stay the course.  I simply need to think “drought tolerant” when I buy new or replacement items.  I’ve started a list of plants that will be happy in my garden and crave less water.  This is only the beginning…I hope to learn more throughout this season and into Fall.  I’ll keep you posted.
For a starter list I visited the Sunset Magazine hit list of drought tolerant plants.  I was surprised and pleased to see that for my particular zone ZONE 24: Marine influence along the Southern California coast [as the crow flies we are about 6 miles from the ocean, but there is a ridge of hills blocking us from the full blown coastal influence], I can grow some of the same plants I currently have, in some cases certain varieties are stronger against drought than others, but it’s an easy fix.  Such as:  Lavandula multifida [a variety of lavender, common name ‘Spanish Eyes’] that will grow 3′ wide.
This was growing in and among the roses last year.  I unsuccessfully transplanted it, so I will have to buy another few for the garden this year.
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Another plant that caught my eye off the Sunset list:  Salvia Clevelandii [common name ‘Winifred Gilman’] This beauty really doesn’t want it’s feet to be wet so it must be planted in well drained soil or even on an embankment (we don’t have an embankment, but we do have one sunny spot in the back yard that drains very quickly). You can order this plant from Annie’s Annuals.
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There seems to be a recurring theme of purple…I guess I’ll have to search out alternate colors to mix things up a bit.  Next on my watch list is: Agastache rugosa [there are a wide array of plants in the species and in a variety of colors]  The plant is know for attracting hummingbirds.  All good by me!  :-)
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Since this post is already longer than most, I’ll share one more plant that looked promising:  Nassella tenuissima [common name ‘Mexican Feathergrass’This grass seems to blend beautifully with other blooming plants and I may need to try some proven winners in this drought condition.
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If you would like to check out Sunset’s list visit HERE.  Otherwise, maybe I’ll just do this:
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I’d try showering less time each day, but I don’t think that would be nearly as much fun as the Champagne idea!

Cottage Living

Hi, Friends.  How is your spring going so far?  Some of you are just now getting a taste of the season.  Isn’t s p r i n g wonderful?!

I think I may have mentioned, I’ve been paring down.  Mr. B. and I are trying to weed out items that we no longer use, neither family or friends want, and just generally getting rid of stuff we often wonder why we purchased it in the first place.  {Does that ever happen to you, or am I the only compulsive buyer out there?} :-) Our home is more cottage than castle and we love it, but it has been stretched to it’s limit storage-wise so it makes sense to create a little more space through elimination.

Even when I realize that storage is critical to an organized life, I lean towards liliputin sized spaces.  A tucked away corner brightened by family heirlooms and a bouquet.

I used to attend the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design.  The event provides funding for community music programs.  Often the homes were historic mansions, and they were beautiful, but invariably, when one existed, I fell in love with the carriage house.

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The romantic in me imagines living in a cottage the likes of which you might see in England or other historic European or U.S. locations.  I wonder if I’ve pared down enough for one of these beauties…

Parts of Carmel, California offer cottage lovers a community of pure and simple cottage-paradise.  One of my favorite areas in this seaside village is the Comstock Historic District.  The wavy roof shingles provide a thatched roof feel and I absolutely love the charm they provide the cottage.

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{The Grant Wallace Cottage}

Another treasure in the picturesque village of Carmel is the Tuck Box.  I could live in this cottage.  It was designed and built by Hugh Comstock, famous of his cottage structures. It is believed he used the Tuck Box as either his office or home (or both) when it was completed in 1927.  It is now a garden and gift shop has been in commercial operation since 1930.

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{Tuck Box, Hugh Comstock}

Before we leave the west coast, the final cottage from Carmel is the ‘Hansel’ designed and built by Hugh Comstock.  This was his first cottage.  You can read more about it HERE.  The half timber, slightly crooked, stone fireplace is charm in itself.

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{Hansel, Hugh Comstock – Carmel, California}

I’m moving on…The Holiday cottage, rom-com enthusiasts will recognize.  This isn’t even a real cottage but a shell made for the 2008 movie.  I don’t care! It embodies the image of an old cottage somewhere in the U.K. (where it snows a bit for the holidays) and is equipped with 2 fireplaces, who could ask for anything more?

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{The Holiday – Kate Winslet’s cottage}

This English storybook cottage seems, from the exterior, roomier than most cottages.  Ivy on brick is wonderful and the cottage garden is icing on the cake for me.

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Thatched roof, rose covered walls, leaded pane windows…do you think this might be too small?  Maybe, but how cute is this?  I’ve heard it used to belong to 7 dwarves. :-)

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I believe I could be happy on the east coast of the U.S.  Jeffrey Bilhuber, designer, found (or rather it found him) this charming cottage on Nantucket (as a summer retreat for himself) as a result of an interview with Architectural Digest.  Picket fence, shingled facade, and more rose covered walls…swoon.

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 {The Rose Cottage – Jeffrey Bilhuber – Architectural Digest}

The barndoor on this sweet cottage in Siasconset, Nantucket would be very inviting.

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Here are a few rooms I can imagine within any of the cottages above. The plaster walls and the rustic ceiling make this living area seem like it could be part of a cottage.

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A cozy corner of a room where you can pen a note or sip a drink.

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A small, but well planned kitchen with a dine in space.

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Could you live in a cottage?

If cottages capture your heart, like they do mine, visit Once upon a time…tales from Carmel by the Sea, you won’t be disappointed.

A Designer to Love: Joy Tribout

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There are homes that you can view online, via a magazine, or in person, and appreciate their beauty.  Then there are homes that speak to you, to your idea of a home you could love and live in.  Designer Joy Tribout has a style that appeals to me.  I’ve selected some of my favorite rooms from her portfolio.

Her use of black and white is stunning, never cold, Joy manages to keep a certain liveable warmth to each space.  The rooms I’m sharing today are from two separate homes but just happen to feature a black and white color palette.

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The black trim on the window is a favorite touch in this mostly white room.

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Garden, Home and Party: Designer Joy Tribout

Her design point of view is a simple one, but often challenging for many of us novice decorators.  Tribout believes “…one’s home environment should elevate living on a daily basis…”  It’s something that we all try to accomplish—making our homes inviting and comfortable.

Garden, Home and Party: Designer Joy TriboutMy fondness of equine touches in a living space is part of what attracted me to this particular home in her portfolio.  {I must have raced horses in another lifetime!}  :-)
Garden, Home and Party: Joy TriboutShe recently launched her own line of furnishings, the Joy Tribout Home Collection.

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Her signature pillow design features an ‘X’. The pillow above has been adorned with a broach or some metal adornment.

The bed below features another of her pillows with the X.

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In all of her dining spaces, whether its a kitchen or dining room, her chairs are swoon-worthy.
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…another pair of signature pillows
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The cabinets in the kitchen below resemble an antique piece of antique furniture by the way they are finished.
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Garden, Home and Party: Designer Joy Tribout
…I love these kitchen chairs.
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The mural on the powder room wall gives this room all the art it needs.
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Such a beautiful dining room.  Once again, love the chairs.  I also like the dark walls in the room, it’s dramatic but has enough natural light to make a striking impact.
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Garden, Home and Party: Designer Joy Tribout
I hope you’ve enjoyed the work of Joy Tribout.  Visit her site for more beautiful rooms.
Have a happy Wednesday, my friends.  I always enjoy our visits.

Easter with Beatrix Potter 2015

No tricks, even though it is April 1st.  I’ve never been very good at pranks.

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Easter is on my mind.  I’m not hosting Easter this year {Thank you, Sarah and Kevin} I still enjoy putting out a few Spring/Easter decorations.

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I set my table using my grandmother’s china…it reminds me of my grandma, and the violets are such a pretty representation of spring.  The runner was made for me, and the fabric seems like it was made to go with these dishes. {Thank you, Gretchen}

With two granddaughters in our family, my thoughts have gone to Beatrix Potter and her cast of wonderful rabbits.  When our sons were very young I collected, obviously more for me than for them, many of the Beatrix Potter Royal Doulton figures from her stories, as well as a complete set of her books.  I would pick them up when I could find them at thrift stores or used bookstores.  I eventually collected the entire set, although the final 4 needed are the new white cardboard covers rather than the little green books with slip covers,  that I love.

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The concrete planter is made to look moss-covered.  I planted sweet pea, violas and lobelia to create the center piece.  I move the planter to our atrium during the day to keep it happy, and provide a little sunshine.  It lasts several weeks and then I plant the plants in my yard. Dual purposing, always good, right? :-)

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Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2015

The little silver bell is Peter Rabbit and has the sweetest ring.  {Thank you, Debbie}

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Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2015

Last year we had Easter at our house and I put together this 3-tiered tray of goodies for family…

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This year’s version of the  little rabbit tags can be found HERE.

The little galvanized cups holding the violas are from Trader Joe’s.  They held something else a few years ago and I saved them, glad I did!  :-)

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Garden, Home and Party: Easter 2015

Happy Easter, my friends.  I hope you have wonderful plans to be with family and friends.  May the sun be shining on you wherever you are.

It isn’t easy being green, or is it?

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all…I hope the snow has melted enough for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Crazy winter this year, right?

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In addition to St. Patrick’s Day, the first day of spring is nearly upon us.  Friday, March 20th!  {as Chris Erskine so aptly stated, “life blasts by, bring a helmet!”} 

Maybe we should plan a parade for a time when the calendar says it’s spring.  Mother Nature, and her weather wizard, can’t be far behind.

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Since I can’t toast either occasion in real time with you, I thought I’d share some scrumptious visions of green.

Come along…

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My history with green goes back some years.  When Mr. B. and I first married white laminate parsons tables were very popular.  Being a young 23-year old, I hadn’t quite figured out what my design perspective was.  I purchased a white parsons table and promptly announced I wanted to paint our guest room walls kelly green, and use my white parsons table.  Mr. B. said, “are you sure?!”  With blind confidence that only a young, not yet experienced design enthusiast could muster, I declared, “I am positive!” I painted the room, with my mother’s help, and within 3 months, regretted the bold decision. :-)  Mr. B. teases me about that room to this day!  This is the look I was going for…I may have missed the mark just a bit…

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Early on, in our current house, with sharper focus and greater clarity, I used hunter green throughout.  I enjoyed that for over a decade, but at some point, ended my affair with green and left it behind (forever?).  Still when I see a room dressed in green I pause…

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Green can be symbolic of St. Patrick’s Day and invariably describes some part of the season we eagerly await, but it can also be soothing and fresh, whether it’s in the landscape or within the home.

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Then there’s green and white toile {sigh}
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Garden, Home and Party: Spring, St. Patrick's Day

 

 

Porch lights

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Happy Wednesday!  How are you?  Is anyone, besides me, shocked that we’re 10 days and counting into the month of March?!  Yikes, slow down, father time.  On that note, daylight savings time is here…so we’ll get an extra hour of daylight.  {I’m not sure I’m happy about this, it’s coming too soon and I’m not ready for the warm weather that usually follows. I know the east is overdue for some warmth.  Can I send you some of ours?}

Still, you can always make room for pretty porch lights on the front of your home, right?

Oh how I’d like to call this stone beauty home!

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I want to talk about (and share) some pretty porch lights.  It’s the little things that contribute most to a first impression, don’t you think?  Where a home’s entrance is concerned, porch lights {or garage door lights, as Mr. B. likes to call them when they flank the garage door} can not only capture your attention, they can steal the show.  Lighting adds so much to the front of a house.

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Our porch lights have been up a long time.  We had to have an electrician install the porch light on the right side of the garage.  California tract houses, you gotta love them.  They put a porch light on the left side of the house and one by the front door, but called it a day after that.  Symetry, people!

This isn’t the greatest picture but the light on the right is the one we had to add.  The one on the left, hidden in this picture by the ivy around it, matches the one we added as well as the one up by the front door.

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Oh, to live in a stone house with this front door surround!

Garden, Home and Party: porch lights

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My personal leanings seem to be towards a pair of lanterns, but Kevin (our younger son) and Sarah have these beauties on the front of their house and I really like the way they look with their paint color and the architectural details of their home.

Garden, Home and Party: Porch lights

Garden, Home and Party: porch lights

The details of the fixture and wonderful oil-rubbed finish, coupled with the glass makes these especially stunning. {Good job, Sarah!}

Garden, Home and Party: porch lights

I notice there are a lot of pictures in this post with black doors.  I believe I’m partial to dark doors on light houses! :-)

Garden, Home and Party: porch lights

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Garden, Home and Party: porch lights

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Garden, Home and Party: Porch Lights

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Even this impressive entrance is enhanced with beautiful entry lighting…by all accounts Ralph Lauren always gets it right.  I agree!

Garden, Home and Party: Porch lights

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…and his Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles location

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I digress, Ralph Lauren stores aren’t what this post is about.  It’s about the inviting appeal of porch lights on residential abodes.

This wall lantern on a West Palm Beach home in Florida is attractive. I like the back plate and the unique design of the light itself. {I also love the stone dog!}

Garden, Home and Party: Porch lights

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The overhead lantern in addition to the small lanterns on either side of the front door and side lights is ideal for this large front porch.  So pretty with the transom windows, and {ahem} another dark door.

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A simple fixture on this shingled house suits it very well.  Don’t you love shingled houses? Charming.

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The French Country house below might be my favorite in this group.  Donald Lococo Architects did an amazing job with the exterior elements of the home.

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Do you have a preference when it comes to porch lights? You’ll use it 1 hour less now that we’re in Daylight Savings Time, unless you live in Arizona, Hawaii or Indiana!

 

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