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

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Porch style...

My sun porch is one of those spaces that always seems to get reworked. Do you have rooms like that, where you just keep moving things about? In my case, the reason for so much change has to do with changing furniture ~ the porch seems to get a lot of leftovers. In anticipation of eventually moving my current kitchen table out here, I decided to get rid of my old coffee table. That meant a rework. Here’s what my porch looks like now:

I feel like I may still need another chair, probably where this stack of pillows is in front of the fireplace. But for now, it’s fine.
Below you can see my fab pink flamingo metal sculpture, a gift from one of my dear friends. We’ve had a thing about pink flamingos for years. They are suddenly becoming more popular, which I’m not sure I like. I’ve never been overly in love with trends. Of course, I only found that fab pink flamingo pillow for my favorite chair a couple of weeks ago ~ the upside to the sudden popularity of pink flamingos.

So that’s my current porch style. If you’d like to see what my porch looked like before, with the coffee table, click on the Sun Porch button to the left. 
Wishing all of you an enjoyable week...

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy Fourth!

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! We are enjoying the sunshine this weekend, as well as a barbecue and some fireworks this evening (the city we live in puts on a big show). Naturally, Tilly is in the spirit of the holiday. She has her patriotic gear on to greet everyone, as you can see.

I always enjoy the view of the flag from the side yard but as you can see this year, Ralph, my limelight hydrangea, really should have been trimmed back. But since he’s about to bloom, I’ll leave him be until the fall. He’s sort of wonderfully enthusiastic in all his growth, which is beautiful in its own way. And he is going to be full of those gorgeous pale green blooms. There are worse things than an overgrown hydrangea.

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday!

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Summer garden...

Just thought I’d share a few photos of my cottage garden in bloom for the summer. Roses, gardenias, lilies, impatiens, geraniums and more are a tumble of pretty color right now.

Wishing all of you a lovely weekend...

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully