Tuesday, July 21, 2015

An interior design project...


One of my aunts is moving into a new lake house. She and my uncle are in the process of updating the house, which is full of charm. The house has some lovely views and plenty of space and they are planning on staying there for quite a while.
Since they are not really into decorating, and I am, my aunt asked if I would help her. Of course, I leaped at the chance. Since the house is in New Jersey and I live in the South, I have been sending colors, furniture recommendations, window treatment ideas and inspiration photos for each room by mail. I visited the house a couple months ago so I could get a feel for it and take photographs.
In the top photo you can see the rattan window treatments I think would be perfect in their house ~ they can stand alone or pair wonderfully with drapes. In the bottom photo, I was working on picking out blue paint chips to send them to choose from for a room.


As you can see, I have had plenty of help with my project. Since I have had everything spread out on the floor at various times, Miss Emily has decided it is fine for her to get right in the middle of things.


Below, you can see the round table I am recommending they buy for their dining area ~ the style would be perfect in their house. And their family room downstairs looks very similar to the one shown bottom right ~ I sent that along as a furniture arrangement suggestion.



All in all, it’s been a fun project so far. I am hoping to get to share before & after photos with you at some point.
Wishing all of you a lovely day...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

An afternoon stroll...


On a recent visit to my parents’ house, I spent some time in the yard one afternoon, wandering around, taking pictures. There were some lovely peonies...


A tree with some moss in the shape of a heart...


A lovely spot to sit and relax...


And some gorgeous hostas, taking refuge in the shade...


Before we go, there’s a daddy longlegs that wants to say hello (you can see him at the bottom of the photo, starting to come out)...



And here he is...


Wishing all of you a lovely day...

I am linking to:
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The beauty of dahlia blooms...


The dahlias I planted in my new cottage garden beds have begun to bloom. The flowers are so pretty I just had to share. I am looking forward to seeing the plants grow over the next few years and put out lots of blooms.


Wishing all of you a lovely week...

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Miss Emily in the flower garden...



Miss Emily likes to keep up on things, so when I go to check on the new flower beds in our front yard, she often accompanies me. Mostly I think she likes to see what the neighbors are up to ~ and if anyone is around, she has to go say hello. She also seems to like the zinnias, partly because she thinks she can hide behind them.
Regardless of her motives, pretty blooms and Miss Emily are an adorable combination, so I had to snap a few photos to share.


Wishing all of you a lovely day...

I am linking to:
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The beauty of a blue flamingo...



This adorable blue flamingo plant decoration was a gift from a friend. We have sort of adopted pink flamingos as the mascot of our little group. And while this one isn’t pink, it is fabulous, isn’t it? I put it in the pink geranium right by the front step so everyone can see it. I just love it.


I hope this little bit of whimsy brightens your day. Wishing all of you a lovely week...

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Sunday, July 5, 2015

What a lovely sight...


Look at that ~ hydrangea blooms! After being transplanted last year, it looked like this very old hydrangea wasn’t going to make it. Following the advice of a master gardener, I was able to get it to survive the season but I wasn’t convinced it would come back this year. But it did. And even though it is much smaller than it used to be, and the blooms are no where near as numerous, it is blooming! I have never been so relieved to see a plant bloom ~ I just didn’t want to be the one that killed this wonderful old hydrangea, especially considering I moved it to save it.


Do you see that window above the hydrangea? My desk where I do my blogging and other computer stuff is right there. I look forward to the day when the plant is so big I can look over and see hydrangea blooms right outside my window.



Wishing all of you a lovely day...

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy Fourth of July...



Happy Fourth of July! Tilly is all decked out in her Fourth of July outfit, as you can see. My grandmother made all sorts of outfits for Miss Tilly ~ there seems to be one for every occasion. I can’t wait to show them all to you as the year progresses.
Wishing all of you a lovely and safe holiday...


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

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully