Sunday, July 24, 2016

All About Hydrangeas


Hi there!

Are you staying cool from the summer heat? It’s hotter than blue blazes (as my mother-in-law would say) here in Louisiana.

As for hydrangeas…well with the heat, they struggle this time of year. I have to water them twice a day. They started blooming in early June, and are pretty close to the end of the blooming season.


I planted several varieties of hydrangeas about three years ago. I have white hydrangeas, pink, annabelle, and vanilla strawberry. I also planted two hydrangea trees that take full sun.

I’ve learned that they like a lot of water, and morning sun only. The ones that get sun after 11 a.m. begin to wilt.

You can see below, that some of the white hydrangeas never turn white…they actually stay green.


Also, it’s been my experience that the vanilla strawberry don’t turn pink. I’m not sure if it’s because it gets so hot here, but they stay white for me. 


One of my favorites is the annabelle hydrangea…it has huge white blooms that are so sturdy and healthy.


Have you ever cut hydrangeas to bring inside, and placed in water, to find that they just began to sag and wilt overnight? That’s exactly what happened to me the first time.

Then I heard about the ALUM trick! I always wondered how people had hydrangeas that stayed so fresh and full for so long. Then I found out the secret to keeping them fresh is the spice ALUM. You can purchase the spice ALUM in the grocery store spice section. And follow these easy steps for clipping hydrangeas:

Clip the hydrangea at a diagonal.

Dip the cut end in water, and then in ALUM.

The ALUM coats the exposed end and allows the hydrangea to stay full and fresh longer.







My flower gardens just wouldn’t be the same without hydrangeas! I adore the pretty round blooms, and the varieties…making them one of my all time favorite flowers!

So…what’s your hydrangea growing tips? Do you know of anything I forgot or left out here? Please leave me a comment and let me know Smile

Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS to JULIE MAIER for winning the $75 voucher to JORD watches!


Monday, July 11, 2016

Simple Summer Table

Hi there my friends! Welcome to my blog!

I’m so glad you’re here!

Today I am sharing how I created a simple summer table setting.

I used my own ironstone and fresh flowers…paired with napkins & a table cloth from

Rough Linen.


I wanted this table to be simple, with a summery feel. I made it casual, with the napkins just lying softly next to the plates.

Rough Linen offers these beautiful Orkney Napkins in White FOUND HERE. I added small bread boards atop each place setting.


This is the Orkney table cloth in White FOUND HERE, which has a beautiful elegant, yet casual style. There are several other colors available as well.


Don’t you just love white table settings…it makes all the flowers and wood just pop. I also used mixed match silverware.


The flowers are a mix of lavender, dusty miller, and phlox.


The Rough Linen Apron FOUND HERE is perfect for working in the garden, or in the kitchen. I hung it from the vintage ladder leaning against the wall in the dining room.




Our little English bulldog, Jovi B had to come in and check out what was going on. She loves to get in on the photo shoots.

I added a vintage bucket with lavender at the end of the table.


This is the kind of table I love gathering around with my family. Not too fancy…just perfect for a summer night inside, out of the heat.

Have you been setting summer tables lately? I’d love to hear about it…

And please remember to ENTER the JORD watch $75 GIVEAWAY HERE  by July 17!

Here are a list of sources of other items in our dining room:

Rug from RugStudio HERE

Artwork from DeAnn Art Designs HERE

Rainboots from Hunter Boots HERE

Small Bread Boards from We Are Caribou HERE



(This post is a product review for ROUGH LINEN, and they provided the napkins, table cloth, and apron…however, opinions are all my own.)


Saturday, July 9, 2016


I am so excited to share this natural wooden watch I received from

JORD WOOD WATCHES! I adore wooden jewelry…and Jord has some of the prettiest watches to choose from.

It was hard to choose, but I decided on the Zebrawood & Maple watch.


The zebrawood is a gorgeous contrast to the light maple face. It looks nice paired with a bracelet too! And Jord offers watches for women AND men! If you are looking for a unique gift, a wooden watch would definitely be a great choice. Each watch comes packaged in the prettiest little wooden box. Our Jovi B was very interested in seeing what was going on!

Jord watch


I’ve shared a couple of photos of the watch over on MY INSTAGRAM account HERE. Be sure to follow JORD WOOD watches on INSTAGRAM HERE.

And the best part…I’ve partnered with JORD to give away a $75 gift card to one lucky winner! Even the “losers” who sign up for the giveaway, will receive a $20 coupon code that will run through November.

Are you ready to enter the GIVEAWAY?


To enter the GIVEAWAY, CLICK HERE TO enter your email address, and you’ll be entered to win!

The contest will CLOSE on July 17, at 11:59 pm…so, you have one week to enter!

Best Wooden Watch


I can’t wait to see who wins! Thank you all for visiting me here today, and joining in our



Jord provided me with a natural wood watch to review, and all my opinions are my own.

Best Wooden Watch

Thursday, June 30, 2016


I love baskets…baskets of all kinds. They are so versatile in decorating a home, aren’t they? Used for storage, planters, laundry, eggs, blankets, flowers…and the list goes on & on.

So, I thought I’d give you a few pointers on what I look for in a basket.


A basket must be useful…a have a few go-to baskets that I can grab on my way out the door to gather flowers from the garden. The basket above is from Vivi et Margot, an online French decor shop.

The basket below, is from Ivy and Stone Home, a local shop...which will be opening an online shop soon. I like how this one looks as a centerpiece holding herbs and fresh hydrangeas.


I adore a galvanized basket, or one with a cool handle. You can find this one below HERE.

It makes a great space for corralling dishes or spices, and has great handles.


Vintage baskets are probably my favorite…especially a hand woven one. 


This harvest basket below is perfect for displaying fresh cut branches or stacks of quilts and blankets in the winter. It is one of my larger baskets, and makes quite a statement.


Lastly, market baskets are all the rage right now…of course! They have a soft look, perfect for any cottage or farmhouse decor. This one below is from The Freckled Hen Farmhouse, and there are so many different styles available. Market baskets have many fabulous uses, in addition to gathering veggies at the market.



So what do you look for in a basket? I’d love to hear your favorites Smile

Thanks so much for visiting me here today!

Please leave me a comment or visit me at MY INSTAGRAM account HERE.

Have a lovely weekend!


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Refreshing the Dining Room


Last weekend, I was browsing my PINTEREST boards HERE, and got inspired to refresh the dining room. I always love a good vintage hook rack…and thought I’d hang one over our buffet table.


This vintage hook rack came from Chartreuse Pear in Ruston, Louisiana. I moved our big buffet table back to this large wall from the family room. It was serving as a sofa table for several months.


The beautiful large vintage pot and dough bowl came from Ivy and Stone in Bossier City, Louisiana…where I’m excited to announce I’ll be joining their shop crew on Thursdays. So, if you are local, come visit this fabulous farmhouse style shop and say HI! AND, if you aren’t local…that’s OK, they are launching an online shop sometime this summer. These two pieces are in the FOUND collection.


The vintage dough bowl has the most gorgeous hand carved details and is a perfect size for storing all of my grain sacks.


And did you spot those adorable handmade bread boards? They're from an ETSY shop called We Are Caribou. They make the best sandwich boards. Perfect for serving.


Our hydrangeas are still blooming! I’ve had to clip some almost everyday…and the white ones have a pale pink and green hint to them. I use this fabulous market basket from Freckled Hen Farmhouse to gather my fresh flowers in the garden.


If you are new here, you may not know that my husband and brother built this buffet table. They used vintage wood and designed it themselves. And then I painted it. This table has been a great piece for our home.


And the vintage scale? That one came from Canton Trade Days. It’s one of my favorites.

Well, thanks so much for visiting my blog today! I would love for you to take a minute and leave a comment about which room you love to refresh for summer. And if you have any questions about anything you see in my photos, please let me know.

You can also FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM HERE to get daily updates and ideas.

Have a lovely weekend, and stay COOL!


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