Category Archives: HOME SWEET HOME

Good Gourd!

I’m suffering from gourd guilt. I bought them to add a bit of atmosphere to the homestead, but now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, they’ve been summarily rejected for greens and glitter.

However, before giving them the heave ho, I have to stop and stare at them.

Seems only fitting (gourd guilt) that I honor their memory with a few last glimpses into their short-lived lives.

Rest in peace gourds!

See you next year!

Four Musketeers

“All for one.  One for all.”

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Banana bread and smoothies kind of week.

Worth the wait

Intelligent Design

I’ve never seen a cocoon like this.  Hats off to the architect/builder for using little sticks in the design.

And it’s on there.  I don’t know what that white stuff is (weblike material), but it’s firmly attached to my stool.

Does anyone know its origins?  Spider?  Wasp home?   Whatever it is, I’m impressed by such a resourceful designer.

We could learn from these little members of our planet.

Update to post: Just added this picture. Even more detail. 🤓

Hair of the Dog

He wears it well. 


 

Bring Outside In

These are parsley blossoms. They look delicate, but they have staying power. Parsley grows so easily here in North Carolina. And it grows in abundance so I let it bolt.  They make for lovely arrangements indoors, too. 

Even next to my fake, purple flowers on the mantle. 

Plants are back. With a vengeance. And it’s not just ferns and fig trees. It is everything: twigs, oak leaves, evergreens.  And it’s beautiful. 

You don’t need a green thumb. They do pretty well on their own. 

A nice privacy screen and setting for my porch.  Instant relaxation.  

That rose has seen better days though.😬

“Welcome Home, Office.”

Patiently, my client and I waited for the day we could return to her home office and finish what we started.

She called me for some help to make her home office feel more inviting and peaceful.   When you work from home, as I often do, you know it’s important to have a space that adds to your day.  One that encourages happiness, which in turn, produces greater creativity and productivity.   After all, it’s not about decorating stuff.  It’s about finding you.   Your best you.

In this case, we started in a lovely room with high ceilings,  pale blue walls with cream, crown molding in the far corner of her first floor.  Truly it already felt private, but it was lacking that connection you need with a space you spend lots of time in.

And one must be inspired to be productive.  The most important question:  What makes you happy?

You must bring it.

She loves everything about the beach.  The colors, the sounds, the shells, the memories.  The place to go with her husband and daughter.  Years of diligently collecting, organizing and displaying these seashells is a passion they share.   Many a wave was taken for a shell.  And I’ve never seen such beautiful shells of all sizes and shapes.   It was clear that we needed to bring the beach home.  In the office, the place they all like to use.

Your bookshelves are that space for you to tell your story, provide memories and inspirations.  In this redesign, we used everything she already had in her home, with exception of some baskets and magazine holders.  The biggest change is once again…paint color.  Thanks to an amazing job by Juan Jimenez , those shelves are alive and telling lots of stories.

Check out the transformation in this slideshow.

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My client texted me early this morning.  She couldn’t wait to start work today.  ❤

That is music to my ears.

Cheers!

Stephielou

Paint color:  Sherwin Williams, Dove White