Monday, August 22, 2016

Summer flowers...

My limelight hydrangea (known as Ralph) is a glorious huge beast this year, and putting out a plethora of simply gorgeous blooms. I cut a large bunch for myself and another bunch just as large for a friend of mine, and I didn’t even make a dent in his beauty. Long may he live.

Photo by The Art of Living Beautifully

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A new look...

I thought it was time for a different look on the blog, so I redesigned things. I always think I’ll go ultra minimalist, but I never do. (I’m sure some of you can relate.) This is much more of a pared-down look, though, and I’m really loving it. Hope you like it.

Friday, August 19, 2016

The beauty of a single rose...

One of the perks of working in a creative field is you are a part of making something creative, something beautiful. Sometimes that means you come back to your desk to things like a single rose, left for you and the other women on the team after a photo shoot. I brought mine home and put it in an old handblown vase from my mom’s china cabinet ~ given to me, of course, because it was pink. It is now sitting on my desk, looking quite lovely, so I thought I would share its beauty.

I am linking to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Sunday, July 31, 2016

On my bookshelf...

I have a stack of magazines and books waiting for me to get to them. I’m hoping to make a dent in them today. Wishing all of you a peaceful Sunday...

Photo by The Art of Living Beautifully

Friday, July 29, 2016

My pillow obsession...

Am I the only one who gets a little obsessed with pillows? I was sitting on my sofa the other day, thinking how wonderful it was to have finally found the perfect pillows for this room. I like the pink floral one so much I bought another for the bedroom. I love the filmy cream rose pillow, too, though I have had that one for awhile. Until my next pillow find...

Wishing all of you a lovely day...

I am linking to Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Before & After: Side yard garden...

As you know, we have been working on our house and yard ever since we moved back to the Carolinas. The front yard landscaping is now officially finished with the completion of my side yard garden.
Here’s what the side yard looked like before:

Not much to look at, right? I had a few goals in mind when I started redoing the space. First, I wanted to create a hedge that would block the chain link fence running the length of the yard ~ it belongs to my neighbor and I simply hate looking at it. Second, I wanted to create a destination for the path that winds around the front of the house ~ a pretty spot with a little bit of privacy. 
Here’s what the side yard looks like now that it’s finished, minus a few stepping stones I’m going to add coming off the path and some new grass:

It’s a big change, isn’t it? I planted a variety of evergreen shrubs, some roses, azaleas, daylilies, a butterfly bush and some shade-loving plants. My camellia bushes came back to life after being cut all the way back and there are a few other goodies tucked in there. I created the bed outline from bricks we found on our property as we cleaned it up. I liked the informality of using the old brick.

The red brick down the side of the house was painted to match the front of the house, and then I created a little garden with some perennials, including a beautiful pink hydrangea. I chose to put this one in a big colorful pot rather than try to kill myself getting those old pavers or whatever they are out of the ground. I decided to embrace them and give them a splash of color instead.

The fabulous trellis was a gift from a friend. It helps give this area a bit of a focal point when your looking at it straight-on.

For a final touch, I spray painted my old black outdoor furniture to add a punch of color. I chose this color for the furniture and the hydrangea pot because I used something similar on the porch ~ it helps create a cohesive feeling for the outdoor spaces.

What do you think?

I am linking to:
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully