We love our porches here in the mountains, and we certainly put ours to good use during the summer. I showed you all the front porch last week, so I thought we would go around and see the back porch today.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
I always anticipate getting the porches ready for summer, despite the amount of work it is, and after a week of hard work pressure washing, re-staining decking, painting railings, and moving and repainting furniture -- then getting everything back in place, I am happy to say the porches are cleaned, styled and ready for our family to enjoy.
Monday, May 11, 2015
I shared some of the outside blooms last week, so I thought I'd share what's "blooming" inside the house.
I stripped everything back to lots of white after Christmas with a few hot pink accents, and the bright color really grew on me, so I kept adding more and more.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
I have to admit there are many times in the spring I look around and see only the *huge* amount of work that has to be done to get the house and property back in shape here. Then I am reminded of how thankful I am to live in such a magical place, and that's when I stop and take notice of all those beautiful things that are right under my nose:-)
Monday, May 4, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
I love houseplants -- real ones, and I have noticed that different varieties seem to go in and out of "style" over the years. I still love my ivy, from the Christopher Lowell Show 1990s, and have finally figured out how to keep it alive, but I wanted to add something a little more retro and found a larger leaf variety of Schefflera I wanted to try in the corner behind my couch.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
I am so pleased to announce the winner of a free 16 x 20 canvas from CanvasPop is Tammy Mabe Joyce!
There were 38 total entries between the blog and facebook page, and Tammy's first entry was number 2, which was chosen by a random number generator.
Thank you all who entered! Don't forget, you can still get 35% off at CanvasPop by entering the code ABOVERUBIES35 upon checkout.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
When we finally get to sit down to Easter "dinner" at our house, it will be after months planning and intense musical rehearsals, which will have culminated in a 1 1/2 hour long celebration service at our church. We will be exhilarated and exhausted at the same time, so as much as I want our lunch to be special, it also needs to be simple. I really wanted to do something "fancy," but I kept leaning toward simple, and that's what I went with.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Have I mentioned how much I love pink?? I've been using it in all different shades for the past few years and could not be happier seeing it this season in my favorite magazine, Veranda, and from some of my favorite designers. It must be hot this spring -- and I, for one, could not be happier about it.
Friday, March 27, 2015
My "pink for spring" theme is certainly coming along in the house. I love how simply changing a few things can make a big difference. I mentioned wanting to use the antique Chinese silk I inherited this spring again, but I wanted to play up the bold pink color instead of going with the softer shades I have in the past. I decided to add a modern/retro print in a large floral pattern, and oh how I love it:-)
Saturday, March 21, 2015
I rarely have the opportunities others get to work with sponsors and companies, and with my ridiculously low budget, it means that I *really* have to pound the pavement and do lots of research to find a good deal that is also good quality. Y'all know how I love my Turkish rugs, and you also know how expensive a real one can be, so finding the right one has been a bear -- to say the least. Let me say, if I had the budget, I would message my friend Gokay at Yellowstar Carpets in Adana, Turkey where I purchased my two Yahyali rugs, and be done with it, but we are in ministry now, and we don't work for Joel Osteen:-) All kidding aside, Gokay has supplied gorgeous handmade carpets to the highest ranking U.S. dignitaries, defense personnel, celebrities and designers for years, and if you have the budget for the real thing, there is no better.
But back to my reality, I was really excited when I found ecarpetgallery on ebay. They have gorgeous handmade rugs and had some unbelievable deals on their ebay site that were not listed on their regular website.
As for ebay, the way I shop there, generally, is to "watch" what I like, but not purchase until the price goes down, which it invariably does. Not so at ecarpetgallery. After buying one rug from them, then missing out on another one I wanted, I messaged them about relisting that rug, but when they relisted it, the price, which had originally been $278 marked down to $180, suddenly jumped to $363. They did reduce it to $235, but it's hard to buy something that you could have gotten for $55 less.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
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Thursday, February 5, 2015
gray 1 |grā| ( Brit. grey)
adjective1. of a color intermediate between black and white, as of ashes or anovercast sky : gray flannel trousers.• (of hair) turning gray or white with age : a gray beard.• (of a person) having gray hair : a gray, fatherly gentleman.• informal relating to old people, esp. when seen as an oppressed group: gray power.• (of the weather) cloudy and dull; without sun : a cold, gray November day.• (of a person's face) pale, as through tiredness, age, or illness : a few people, their faces gray and bitter.2. dull and nondescript; without interest or character : gray, faceless men |the gray daily routine.3. (of financial or trading activity) not accounted for in official statistics :the gray economy.Looking at the definition of "gray" one would think it's the most boring color ever, but the color gray could not be hotter in decor these days.