Friday, March 29, 2013

The beauty of lilies...



Since it's Easter weekend, I thought all of you would enjoy seeing these pink lilies on my desk. They're lovely, aren't they? I hope those of you with holiday plans enjoy your egg hunts and dinners with family.
Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend...


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

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Soothing seafoam...




There's something about this seafoam color that keeps drawing me in. I find it so soothing and invigorating at the same time. It's one of my new favorite colors. It feels like a fresh start, and I love that. Color in your surroundings can be so important to your mood. I've found that one of the best things you can do for yourself and your living space is to put a new coat of paint on your walls or some old furniture. There's very little paint can't improve and when you pick out a color that makes you feel good when you see it, well, that's always a good thing. Think of it as a fairly easy and inexpensive way to get going on a fresh start.
These photos are from my home ideas stash on my computer ~ again, I should have saved the links because now I have no idea where they came from. If anyone happens to know, please let me know so I can credit them.
Wishing all of you a lovely end to the week...

I am linking to:
Thursday Favorite Things at Katherines Corner
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Blue Monday at Smiling Sally

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring!




Happy spring, everyone. The season of renewal is finally here. May Mother Nature get to work quickly warming up those of us who have spent the winter freezing, like me. I'm looking forward to warmer days and getting my hands dirty digging in the yard planting beautiful blooms. Of course, in the meantime I have my favorite tulips, so that's some consolation.
We have big plans here for spring. I've picked out a new color for the front door and front step ~ it's going to give the house a whole new look. I can't wait to show you that. We've also got a huge yard sale to plan. Moving last year showed us that we have a lot of stuff we simply don't need anymore. And there are flower beds and a vegetable garden and an herb garden to plan, all in a backyard that's in desperate need of some serious landscaping and attention. We're going to be busy, busy.
What about you? Any big plans for spring?


I am linking to:
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Homemaking at Hope in Every Season
Home at Rose Chintz Cottage
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The beauty of iron beds...



Does anyone else keep a house ideas/inspiration folder? I used to pull photos out of magazines and keep them (and sometimes still do), but most of my inspiration photos these days are digital, pulled from my travels on the Internet. I was cleaning out that folder and came across these lovely bedroom images, all of which feature iron beds. And that gave me pause. I do not own an iron bed, but on some level I must think I should as these are the only bedroom inspiration photos I have stashed. (I have no idea where the photos came from; I wish I had saved the links with them.) Do you think my subconscious is trying to tell me something? I absolutely love each of these beds and the rooms.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Signs of spring...






Spring will be here next week, thank goodness. It's still cold where I live, particularly today, but there are signs that spring is near. This past weekend I found snapdragons and geraniums at a local garden center ~ so pretty and bright ~ and a lovely hanging basket with a burst of yellow. And our back yard is brimming with clover and little blue wildflowers. I can't wait for the weather to warm up so we can really get to gardening.
Wishing all of you a lovely weekend...

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fabulous vintage brooch napkin rings...



A dear friend of mine gave me one of the coolest gifts ever ~ napkin rings she created using metal rings and vintage brooches. For a jewelry lover and napkin lover like me (we always use cloth napkins in my house), could there be a more perfect gift? I absolutely love them. So much so, in fact, I've put them in a little bowl on display in my dining room even when not in use. I keep my other napkin rings tucked away in a cupboard and pull them out when I'm setting a proper table, but these are too fabulous not to be seen every day.
If you're wondering how she made them, she hot-glued the brooches to the metal napkin rings. A little tricky and you have to make sure they attach well, but she said it wasn't overly difficult. She had been collecting the brooches for awhile; the hardest part was finding the right napkin rings. So if you have a collection of old brooches and you've been wondering what to do with them, you might want to give this idea a whirl. As you can see, it's a wonderful way to enjoy something beautiful that might otherwise just be stuck in a box for most of its life.



I am linking to:
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Homemaking at Hope in Every Season
Home at Rose Chintz Cottage
Thursday Favorite Things at Katherines Corner
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The beauty in pursuing a new path...


“I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.”
~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Starting anew. It's a daunting and thrilling prospect, isn't it? For me, starting anew is something I've been mulling over for awhile now in an abstract kind of way. Lately, several people close to me have been suggesting that I should do something else career-wise. (This is after listening to me moan for a few years now about not being fulfilled by my current career path.) I've listened half-heartedly, the whole time thinking it would cost too much, take too much time, etc. Basically I just couldn't imagine starting on a new career was really feasible since I've been at this one for nearly 20 years.
And then last week, all that changed. I won't bore you with the details, but I suddenly realized beyond a doubt it was time for a new direction. That same day, the universe offered up a way to make it happen.
After I had made up my mind it was time to pursue something I loved again (decorating, design or something of the like), I started browsing the website of a local college looking for potential classes. It was then I came across an interior decorating certification program that I had no idea they offered. I have always wanted to study interior decorating; houses and design have interested me ever since I was a little girl. And while I've read tons of books and magazines on the subject and been told I have a natural flair for it, it's not quite the same thing as actually studying it and learning the ins and outs. 
I called the college to double check a couple of things and found out the program takes a year or so to complete. I could afford the classes and manage the timetable while still keeping my full-time job. I hung up, thought about it for a few minutes, talked to my significant other and then called back and registered. Just like that. The same day. I knew in my gut it was what I needed to do. I already design my own fabrics and wallpaper for fun, and this fits in perfectly with The Pink Home. Everyone I've told so far has practically yelled in excitement for me, saying it's what I should have been doing all along. My first class starts the 18th and I'm ridiculously excited. 
So here I am, starting anew, heading back to school to pursue a passion and hopefully turn it into a new career path. How funny that this all happened in the month I set aside to blog about starting anew.
A note about the photos with this post: I bought these gorgeous red tulips Sunday and they're simply beautiful in my living room, so I had to share. They also seemed appropriate since tulips symbolize newness to me. Since it's nearly spring ~ prime tulip season~ and I love tulips, you're probably going to be seeing a lot of them on my blog this month. I hope you don't mind.
Wishing all of you a lovely weekend...


P.S. If you're a tulip lover like me, click here to see more of my recent tulip photographs.

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Exactly...


I came across this somewhere a few days ago (I think it was on Facebook) and I pulled it aside to share with all of you because it's so true. This really is what decorating is all about to me. It's so much more than creating pretty rooms and taking pretty photographs of them ~ it's about embracing beauty in such a way that your home speaks to your soul every time you walk in the door. Decorating should be about comfort and beauty and creating a wonderful quality of life for you and your loved ones. So decorate the way you want, in a way that makes you feel at home.

I am linking to:
Homemaking at Hope in Every Season
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tulips in the twilight...


These tulips sit in the front window in my living room. They change so much with the light that I can't seem to stop photographing them; they're enchanting. I love taking photos of flowers, but tulips are my favorite to photograph. There is just something about them and how they change with the light.
The photo above was taken at twilight. The photo below was taken when it was bright and sunny. The same bunch of tulips, just different angles and light.


I am linking to Sunlit Sundays at My Little Home and Garden.

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Saturday, March 2, 2013

A seasonal switch...



March is here, which means spring is less than three weeks away. I can hardly wait for it to arrive. After six years of basking in the California sunshine, I forgot just how dreary and cold winter can be here in the Carolinas. But winter, for all its faults, has its own beauty.
Take these poinsettias for instance. I bought them to decorate for Christmas and nearly three months later, they're still lovely. Even so, I really wanted them out of the house because they seem a little too “wintery” to someone who's ready for spring. I couldn't bring myself to throw them away, though ~ I mean, they're still so pretty ~ so I decided instead to move them to our sun porch on the front of the house. Since the porch is enclosed, they're somewhat protected from the elements and out there they don't seem quite so seasonal, if you know what I mean. It's funny how switching their location seems to have given them a whole different type of beauty. They really brighten the porch and give it a bit of a greenhouse feel.
Since March is going to be all about starting anew here, I guess this is a good way to kick off the month. Do you have anything you could switch up around your home that might give you a feeling of a fresh start?


I am linking to Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully