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May 22, 2016

Let's Talk Fashion Today


When the new season's fashion catalogs arrive in my inbox or mailbox I start scanning them to see what I already own and can restyle to this season's new look. 

From black slacks, skirts, and dresses to shorts and jeans surely I can have a new wardrobe by just shopping my own closet. ha! 

I am a "pack rat"...and keep my clothes forever! That gives me lots of mix and match options over time. Take a look.

source, chicos.com
This outfit is from Chicos. I have almost the same exact pieces, except that my jeans do not have rips. But I have a similar green sweater, and a similar necklace. I do own the Chicos wonderful no iron 3/4 sleeve white blouse. Ta Da! New outfit at no cost. ha. 

I am doing the same thing with my clothing that I do with my house and accessories. I scan online catalogs, blogs, and pinterest to see what I can create using what I already own. I just look for new ways to mix and match accessories, etc. 

source, Chicos.com
I can come close to putting together this look also. Jeans, straw hat, gold tone jewelry, and a neutral blazer. How about you? I bet you have similar items in your closet too. 


source, Chicos.com

Jeans and a black button up blouse and gold jewelry. Check! Another snazzy outfit. I am still a jeans girl and will be till I die most likely. ha! 

How many of you are happy that gold jewelry is back in style? Me. Me. Me. 

source, Chicos.com

I have dark crops and a large print sweater. While this outfit uses a jacket, I believe I could get the same look with belting my printed sweater. Again, a new outfit with no spending because I have similar pieces. I love to see ideas for using clothing pieces that I already own. 

source, Chicos.com
Another cool look. Jeans. Tank. Straw hat. Scarf. Neutral jacket.

source, Chicos.com

Always classic, a white blouse and black pencil skirt with black pumps. I am guessing many of you have these pieces too. 

source, Chicos.com

Black shorts...YES! I love the knee length short because my short legs don't look great anymore. 

I wear a lot of black in my wardrobe, no matter the season. However, I did order two items in ultramarine blue from Talbots when they were having their friends and family sale: A tee shirt and The Perfect Crop. 

Being short I have to shop places that carry some petite sizes, and Talbots does. (I am not affiliated with Talbots, except for being a customer.) 
Talbots.com, Ultramarine Blue Tee

Talbots.com, Ultramarine Blue The Perfect Crop

Talbots' The Perfect Crop, Curvy is my favorite summer pant. I buy the curvy fit and find that since I carry my weight in my hips and thighs the curvy fit is perfect. (I am so tired of trying to squeeze my curves into straight pants.)  

I bought a couple of perfect crops last year and want to add to my collection this year. You know how it is when you find something that fits really, really well! Multiples, yes!



On another topic... Good Reads

While I was on Chicos.com I clicked over to read their blog and found a Spring Reading List... The titles look interesting in case you are looking for some new reading material. 

Now, I need to go do some work in my closet and drawers to put together some new combinations/outfits!

Thanks for visiting!






Blog links May 23, 2016

Linking with...  
Love of Home, Sundays at Home party (Sat 8 pm linkup)
Our Southern Home, Inspiration Monday (Sunday afternoon linkup)
I Should be Mopping the Floor, Inspiration Monday
Life and Linda, Dishing It and Digging It Link Party
Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday
Marilyn’s Treats, Over the Moon Monday
Dedicated House, Make it Pretty Monday
Celebrate and Decorate, Share your story Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesday
Marilyn’s Treats, Wonderful Wednesday
DIY By Design, Swing Into Spring Party (tues pm linkup)
21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party
The Dedicated House, Before and After Wednesday
In The New House Designs, Inspiration Thursday
+Marilyn’s Treats, Thursday Favorite Things Party
Between naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
Peonies and Orange Blossoms, Favorite Things Thursday Blog Hop
At Home With Jemma, Thoughts of Home on Thursday Party
Poofing the Pillows, Thoughts of Home on Thursday
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays (linkup thurs)
Oh My Heartise Girl, Wonderful Wednesday
Oh My Heartsie Girl, Friday Features
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday and Everything Else Friday
Charm of Home, Home Sweet Home Party Friday
My Turn For Us, Freedom Fridays
Ms Toody Goo Shoes (Friday p.m.)
AKA Design, Weekend Retreat Link Party
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
Friday linkup Designthusiam, Share it one more time party, Friday linkup

Sits Girls Saturday Sharefest

May 19, 2016

Still Singing the Blues

I am still stalking inspiration images for incorporating blue into my house. I am always looking for ideas...ha! And since so many of you love to see great images of traditional design I am sharing! ...Enjoy!

In the living room...
Splashy blue and white chairs are the feature, with blue being repeated around the room in Chinoiserie pieces.

Today's images are from a Traditional Home feature of Dennis Basso's home in the Hamptons. Each room uses blue. Some more and some less. 

Gorgeous secretary!
I have a secretary like this on my wish list! 
Maybe Santa will read my blog and make a note.


The dining room...

This beach house has a great mix of elegant and casual. Note the elegant lighting and the casual shiplap. For me, opposites often attract. 



Polished silver always adds elegance to any room! You cannot go wrong with displaying your silver, whether it is a single piece or a full tea service. 


I saved this picture mostly because I need some built in book shelves, and I like the way these are trimmed out. 

I used to tear pictures out of magazines, and now I save digital pics in a file. ha! 



There are so many things that I love in this picture! The natural rug, the gorgeous wood table, and the oversized Chinoiserie pieces. And look at the window treatment fabric in the back of the pic...Chinoiserie!  And...Who is ready to incorporate brass fixtures again? 

A bedroom...

I am hesitant to paint my walls blue, so I am also looking at using a neutral on walls and bringing in blue in accessories. The article says that this room has grass cloth wallpaper. I love grass cloth, but I am not sure that I am ready to go down the wallpaper path again. (How about you all?)

The roman shades on the French doors repeat the natural wall color. It's the details like this that make a room look so pulled together.

The kitchen...

This white kitchen makes me think about painting my yellow kitchen walls  all white. While this kitchen is very traditional, it is so fresh, so au courrant.

I love the square light fixtures above the island. The shape repeats the black tiles on the floor. I love to study pictures to see all of the details. 

There is less blue in the kitchen, but what is there ties in to the blue Chinoiserie around the house. 

A bathroom...

I left a tub similar to this in the house we built. 
I really miss it! There is not a lot of blue in the bathroom, except for a tray on the vanity. 

On the back porch...

The blue and white color scheme was carried out to the back porch also. Just gorgeous.

Thank you to Traditional Home magazine for permission to use their beautiful images.

To read the complete article about this wonderful Hamptons house click here



Now, you can think and dream about which design idea you would like to incorporate into your house.  

For me...it is painting my yellow kitchen walls white, and then adding in a few of my Chinoiserie pieces. What do you all think about my painting my yellow kitchen walls white? (I have the white cabinets and black counter tops already.)

I also really, really like the use of neutral, natural fiber rugs. 

Do you see an idea that you would like to use in your house?

Thanks for visiting!





Blog link parties May 23, 2016

Linking with...  
Love of Home, Sundays at Home party (Sat 8 pm linkup)
Our Southern Home, Inspiration Monday (Sunday afternoon linkup)
I Should be Mopping the Floor, Inspiration Monday
Life and Linda, Dishing It and Digging It Link Party
Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday
Marilyn’s Treats, Over the Moon Monday
Dedicated House, Make it Pretty Monday
Celebrate and Decorate, Share your story Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesday
Marilyn’s Treats, Wonderful Wednesday
DIY By Design, Swing Into Spring Party (tues pm linkup)
21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party
The Dedicated House, Before and After Wednesday
In The New House Designs, Inspiration Thursday
+Marilyn’s Treats, Thursday Favorite Things Party
Between naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
Peonies and Orange Blossoms, Favorite Things Thursday Blog Hop
At Home With Jemma, Thoughts of Home on Thursday Party
Poofing the Pillows, Thoughts of Home on Thursday
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays (linkup thurs)
Oh My Heartise Girl, Wonderful Wednesday
Oh My Heartsie Girl, Friday Features
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday and Everything Else Friday
Charm of Home, Home Sweet Home Party Friday
My Turn For Us, Freedom Fridays
Ms Toody Goo Shoes (Friday p.m.)
AKA Design, Weekend Retreat Link Party
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
Friday linkup Designthusiam, Share it one more time party, Friday linkup
Sits Girls Saturday Sharefest




May 17, 2016

A New Home for Another Rescue

Population explosion!

Yes, our family has another new pup! 

Meet Thunder, another rescued Turkey Dog (via Adopt-A-Golden Atlanta.) 

Thunder, with his new mom.

For his young age (under two years) Thunder, a flat coated retriever, has led a hard life. But all of that is changing because he has joined the pack at my brother and sil's house. 

Thunder is still adjusting to his new life...as upon his arrival in Atlanta he went pretty much straight to his new home. 


Thunder's Passport Picture
Thunder was crated in Turkey to make a flight to Ireland. Crated and made a flight to Atlanta. Not my idea of a great trip...but he made it to his new home and is settling in. 

My impression is that he has been working through some stress related to his travels in a crate for such a long time.  I would be too!

If you look at his eyes in the pic above you will notice a problem in Thunder's right eye. It seems that sometime before he left Turkey he was shot with "birdshot"  as revealed by his new x-rays. A pellet entered his right eye and blinded him, in that eye. (That pellet, along with several others are still in his body.) He even has one in his ear flap. Poor boy!

My brother has had him to various vet specialists for his issues. The discussion is that it may cause more trauma to try to remove the pellets. My SIL feels that my brother is really stressed about the pellets, and that someone did this to a dog. I would be also. 


Thunder accepting cuddles and hugs from his new mom.

My brother told me that Thunder has been catching up on sleep and learning his new routines. He is getting along well with his new brothers CeeJay and Cooper. And Thunder loves people, their cuddles and hugs! 

Thunder and his brothers live in a controlled environment and are never allowed to run off of their own property unless on a leash with a person. Thunder is lucky to have this new family as my brother and sister-in-law love dogs and they will care for him and keep a close eye on any medical issues. 


L to R, CeeJay, the eldest.
Thunder, the new kid.
Cooper, the middle kid. 

Take a look at this puppy pile from a pic my brother sent me today. Thunder looks like his has found a place in the pack with his brothers. 

If you are interested in reading about the Turkey Dogs via AGA Atlanta just click here. Other golden rescue organizations around the country are now rescuing Turkey's goldens that have been abandoned to the streets. The Turkey dogs do not interfere with the the adoption of U.S. born goldens as there is a large demand for goldens. And why not?...they are so sweet!

Here is some golden swag if you are interested in browsing. I have no affiliation...just sharing. 


Golden human apparel



 Shop here for more golden stuff to support Turkey Dog rescues!

Since our sweet Mikey passed away almost a year ago, I have been doing posts about my brother's dogs. All three of them are rescued boys!

More posts about the my brother's rescue dogs...

Cooper Comes to America

The Upside Down Golden, CeeJay

If you want to read about our Mikey, type Mikey in the search box and/ or go to the footer of the blog and click on Mikey's photos for some of his story. 

Thunder and I thank you for visiting! He is a good boy who just wanted a family to love and take care of him. He got his wish!


Thunder, says thanks for visiting me
 

Blog link parties May 23, 2016

Linking with...  
Love of Home, Sundays at Home party (Sat 8 pm linkup)
Our Southern Home, Inspiration Monday (Sunday afternoon linkup)
I Should be Mopping the Floor, Inspiration Monday
Life and Linda, Dishing It and Digging It Link Party
Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday
Marilyn’s Treats, Over the Moon Monday
Dedicated House, Make it Pretty Monday
Celebrate and Decorate, Share your story Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesday
Marilyn’s Treats, Wonderful Wednesday
DIY By Design, Swing Into Spring Party (tues pm linkup)
21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party
The Dedicated House, Before and After Wednesday
In The New House Designs, Inspiration Thursday
+Marilyn’s Treats, Thursday Favorite Things Party
Between naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
Peonies and Orange Blossoms, Favorite Things Thursday Blog Hop
At Home With Jemma, Thoughts of Home on Thursday Party
Poofing the Pillows, Thoughts of Home on Thursday
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays (linkup thurs)
Oh My Heartise Girl, Wonderful Wednesday
Oh My Heartsie Girl, Friday Features
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday and Everything Else Friday
Charm of Home, Home Sweet Home Party Friday
My Turn For Us, Freedom Fridays
Ms Toody Goo Shoes (Friday p.m.)
AKA Design, Weekend Retreat Link Party
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
Friday linkup Designthusiam, Share it one more time party, Friday linkup

Sits Girls Saturday Sharefest

May 15, 2016

A Little Weekend Mischief


I had no special plans on Saturday morning. 

But then things changed. 

I found a little mischief, or the mischief found me. ha!


If you recall from a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I wanted to refresh, or redesign, or tweak our great room. Hubby and I talked about doing this or that but it was just "talk." :-)

This past Saturday I began moving and rearranging some things. It was time to go into action. This was not planned...I just started moving furniture, rolling up rugs, and causing general mayhem in the great room while still in my PJs. 


When you rearrange a room it is kind of like playing chess, or checkers. One change necessitates another change, whether you are moving a centerpiece or a piece of furniture. 


Here is one of the changes that I made on Saturday. 

I have a crooked hall and I am always looking for some way to improve its appearance. There are no windows...so very little light. (I lightened the pics some to help.)

While I was moving the great room furniture on Saturday morning I decided to move my black painted chest to see if it would work in my crooked hall. 

At 18 inches deep it takes some of the walking space, but I think it will be fine. 


The next step was to decorate the top of the chest. Vignette time!!!  I love to decorate tabletops. 

I began with one of my baskets into which I put some pieces of filler and greenery. It is hard to tell from the picture, but the honey gold of the basket looks quite nice in contrast to the black. 


The next option was a brass bowl with pears. While the colors were nice, the scale of the bowl was not right to my eye. 




I tried this larger arrangement, and the scale is much better. The chest is 4 feet long/wide. 


The lamps were on the the table that was there before. And the round mirror was already in the same place too. I did not even have to raise or lower the mirror. Yay! No more nail holes!


Here is a closer look at the painted detail. I picked up this chest in Lexington several years ago and I continue to love it. I store placemats, table runners, and pretty tea towels in it. 


I love the brass ring pulls too. Look at the detail.



The lamps are very curvy and I think work well with the very heavy square chest. 


Still playing with the vignette arrangement ...because I just love to play with accessories, etc. 


I brought the black and white spotted pups to my chest in the crooked hall. 


I do believe they add just the right touch!

I spent the reminder of Saturday morning moving other furniture in the great room, but moved all of it back to its starting place, except for a pine blockfront chest that we brought from a bedroom. 

Hubby always likes to ask me where I want to put this or that. I cannot honestly say where something will go (and look good) until I try it. Trial and error you know. 


What kind of mischief did you get into this weekend?

Thanks for visiting!






Blog link parties May 23, 2016

Linking with...  
Love of Home, Sundays at Home party 
Our Southern Home, Inspiration Monday (Sunday afternoon linkup)
I Should be Mopping the Floor, Inspiration Monday
Life and Linda, Dishing It and Digging It Link Party
Dwellings, the Heart of Your Home, Make it Pretty Monday
Marilyn’s Treats, Over the Moon Monday
Dedicated House, Make it Pretty Monday
Celebrate and Decorate, Share your story Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesday
Marilyn’s Treats, Wonderful Wednesday
DIY By Design, Swing Into Spring Party (tues pm linkup)
21 Rosemary Lane, Share Your Style Party
The Dedicated House, Before and After Wednesday
In The New House Designs, Inspiration Thursday
+Marilyn’s Treats, Thursday Favorite Things Party
Between naps on the Porch, Tablescape Thursday
Peonies and Orange Blossoms, Favorite Things Thursday Blog Hop
At Home With Jemma, Thoughts of Home on Thursday Party
Poofing the Pillows, Thoughts of Home on Thursday
Rooted in Thyme, Simple & Sweet Fridays (linkup thurs)
Oh My Heartise Girl, Wonderful Wednesday
Oh My Heartsie Girl, Friday Features
Rattlebridge Farm, Foodie Friday and Everything Else Friday
Charm of Home, Home Sweet Home Party Friday
My Turn For Us, Freedom Fridays
Ms Toody Goo Shoes (Friday p.m.)
AKA Design, Weekend Retreat Link Party
The Boondocks Blog, Sweet Inspiration Friday
Friday linkup Designthusiam, Share it one more time party, Friday linkup
Sits Girls Saturday Sharefest

 

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