Thursday, September 1, 2016

~Beautiful Blooms of Summer~

Summer is a time when I can have as many fresh blooms in the house from my garden as I want.  Although today is already the first of September, I'd like to recap some that I've enjoyed over the past few months.

Old fashioned roses that grow on an arbor in the garden, not only look beautiful on the dining room table, but they smell heavenly too!  

These are one of the many different kinds of hydrangeas I grow and all my bushes were loaded this year. 

I especially like this variety early on with a little bit of pink and purple color to the petals along with chartreuse green. They are similar to the limelight hydrangea when it first starts to bloom.

They will turn more white as the season progresses.

This pinkish red variety were gorgeous out in pots in the courtyard area of the garden mixed with the greenery of angel vine, boxwoods and succulents this year and I can't wait to see how these will end up drying.

The blueish purple bush I planted a few years ago in the back yard behind our patio and this is the first year it has had more than just a few blooms.

And these lavender hydrangea blooms you see here are what the first ones I shared in the bathroom turn out looking like by end of Summer.

I bought a few more lavender plants to add to my yard and another butterfly bush as well.

The dried lavender usually ends up in my bathroom because I love the aroma.

Daisies grow abundantly out in our garden area along the fence.

Along with this lovely Queen Anne's Lace.

There are always plenty of flowers potted around my potting shed and in the window boxes.

And also in this area of our basement patio along with hops growing over the pergola.

I'm sad to see the hot Summer days gone and it is much cooler here with rain the next few days, but usually some of September is warm and sunny.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

~On the Porch~

Welcome to my front porch. It gets afternoon and evening sun, perfect for reading a good book and is a favorite place to be in Summer.

I've added some chippy white pieces and lots of pots filled with greenery. 

When we painted our house white last Fall, I decided to paint the front door a lovely grey color called Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore which I think is a nice addition to this area along with some shutters i already had painted a similar color.

I love the simplicity surrounding my front door and these topiaries that I found at Lowe's last Spring

I took some photos of these wonderfully fragrant old fashioned roses earlier this summer and enjoy these old terracotta pots filled with plants. 

We've had some cool and cloudy weather here the past few days, but the forecast is calling for 90's by the weekend, which I'm okay with because I'm no where near ready for Summer to be over yet...I have a lot more porch sitting to do!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week.

Monday, July 25, 2016

~Tips for Brightening your Home~

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and I'm happy to be part of a Bloggers Home Tour put together by Summer at She Leaves a Little Sparkle where we are talking about "Tips for Brightening your Home"  Welcome all of you who are coming from CC and Mike's wonderful blog where I love her photography skills!

I'm using this opportunity to share a few photos from my youngest daughter Brenna's room.  She had cleaned it so nicely one day(which being 16 years old is a feat in itself)  and I had these lovely blue lace leaf hydrangeas blooming that I thought would look so pretty, so I grabbed my camera before all the clutter reappeared!

Her room sits on the sunny side of our house and has white walls along with mostly white furniture....which in my opinion always brightens everything:-) The blue and white striped bedding adds some color along with these beautiful blooms.

I think fresh flowers brighten not only your home, but your mood as well and I love to add them everywhere in my house especially in the Summer months. 

On the wall opposite her bed sits this white slip covered chair with a pillow for another pop of color in the room and we put ruffled sheer curtain panels which allow lots of light to be able to spill inside.

I added slip covered sofas in the living room a few years ago and was amazed at how much brighter this space became.

My last tip is adding ironstone to cupboards and shelves for a clean and bright look

I hope I helped give you some ideas on brightening even a small area of your home that you were having trouble with and I hope you take the time to stop by Kellie's beautiful blog Gratefully Vintage 

"Please visit my other friends' blogs for more lovely home pictures and great tips!"

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

~Simple Cleaning~

I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend.  It's back to reality around here and my home is in need of some cleaning with all the activity of the kids being home all Summer.

Do you ever come across cleaning products that you love and want to share it with everyone.  I had been hearing about Murchison-Hume and once I tried their products, I was hooked!

Not only are they great, there are many different products to choose from and they come in these lovely brown bottles so you don't even have to hide them underneath the sink.  I love the grapefruit scent and Murchison-Hume is graciously offering 20% off their products to my readers.  Just hop on over to their website and add the code "Charm20" to your order.  

On another note, I've really been enjoying working outside in my garden lately and am missing all the peonies I had this year.  My hydrangeas are starting to bloom though and I love this stage when they first start out.  It's always fun to watch them change color as Summer goes on. 

I also recently came across an amazing website Vivi et Margot Charlotte has some amazing French products.  I started a new collection of French cheese molds and this one is from her store.  Love it for both holding soap or on this shelf in my bathroom where this air plant fits perfectly inside. I highly recommend stopping by and browsing all of her wonderful items. 

Enjoy your week!