Monday, June 25, 2012

Flower Power

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful;
they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.

I love flowers! Spring and Summer are special because of all the wonderful
blossom that are available to bring inside or enjoy outside. How can you not
help but feel happy when you look at a flower blooming!
Come join me and I will share some of the
flowers that are making me "happy" around my house!

Outside my front door

Flowers don't worry about how they're going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.
Jim Carrey

I love geraniums

Can you smell the gardenias?

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
Claude Monet

These were blooming by the mailbox.

I love to mix herbs with cut flowers for the filler.
(Anslee, I love my vase you gave me)

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
Emma Goldman

These hydrangeas started out from a cutting. They are HUGE now!

Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?
Maurice Maeterlinck

Sometimes just green is nice!

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.
Author Unknown

Orchids are my favorite inside plant

I like to take them outside during the summer months

Polka Dot Beauty

Orchids like to breath. They need a pot like this with good air flow.

Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers - and never succeeding.
Gian Carlo Menotti

Flower Pots are so much more appealing to the eye, if they have
mixed plantings.

Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration.
Lou Erickson 

This little fellow stays busy clipping herbs.

Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.
Author Unknown

Johnny found this unusual hummingbird feeder. It sits
in a plant I got several years ago in Mt. Brook, Al.
It is called a hummingbird plant and reseeds itself each year.

Gardens are a form of autobiography.
Sydney Eddison, Horticulture magazine

I bought these succulents this year when I went to Mount Brook, Al. for
the decorator showhouse. Showhouse blog post They are planted in
an old birdbath.

A fox is a wolf who sends flowers.
Ruth Brown

Mr Tortoise is slow and lazy. Kinda like I am when it is in the 90's!

Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires.
Marclene Cox 
This pot of fern and pot of herbs both made it through our mild winters of
the past few years.

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem or saying a prayer.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Remember the gardenia bush earlier in this post? Well here is where
they went after they were picked!

I hope you have enjoyed my home and garden tour!
What can you find to pick outside
to bring in?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Interior Design Across the Pond

What is it about Americans and our fascination with all things British? Last week we were glued to our televisions and computers following Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.

I hope you got to watch the Concert for the Queen. It had a great line up of some incredible talent. It was estimated there were over 100,000 revellers
partying along the Mall and into St James's Park.

It ended with the most increible fireworks display!

In honor of the Diamond Jubilee I want to share with you some of the
things that are on the British Design scene.

The  Union Jack logo is showing up all over the design industry.

 Trunk End Table



This fabric is from a British company Sanderson

This distinctive tufted and buttoned traditional leather sofa   
is known as the Chesterfield. It was named after the 4th Earl of Chesterfield.

               Fun wallpaper using iconic British emblems.

 A very special wallhanging to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
was created by The Rug Company.

         The Rug Company also designed the rug for the Royal Rowbarge the Gloriana.

Diamond Jubilee Pillows by Jan Constantine.

The Diamond Jubilee is showing up in other areas such as fashion, jewelry and
gourmet goodies too.

God Save the Queen and Happy Diamond Jubilee!

Isn't she cute!

If you would like to hear the Queen's message

sources: Chameleon Interiors, Huffington Post, Party Resources, Sanderson Fabrics,
Stacy Sheppard, Tatler, Vogue

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Interior Design finds at Spring High Point Market

I got so busy with the showhouse tours last month, that I am behind in giving you a Spring Market Update! But better late than never.....

This years Spring Market Week was April 21st - April 26th. The vendors, buyers, designers and bloggers were all in attendance to see what was new and exciting in the furniture and interior design industry. So why don't we go peek in the showrooms and see what to expect!

Don't sit down! There is a lot to see!
Hickory Chair
A number of designers had new lines that they introduced at this market!

Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair

Thomas O'Brein for Hickory Chair

 Phoebe Howard for Sherrill Furniture

Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

Bunny Williams

Bunny Williams
I am going to hear her speak at ADAC this week!

Charleston Forge Showroom

Century Furniture Showroom

Curry and Co. Showroom

Drexel Heritage Showroom

Global Views Showroom

Habersham Home Showroom

Halo Style Showroom

Hooker Furniture Showroom

Wildwood Lamps

Wesley Hall Showroom

That wraps up our tour of the High Point Market. There are 10-million-square-feet of showrooms, packed with more than 2,000 exhibitors. That is a lot of territory to cover! Hopefully this will give you an idea of what you will be seeing in the stores soon.

Image Source: Apartment Therapy, Design Lines, Dovecote Decor, Material Girls, Tartanscot, Wanda S. Horton