Monday, April 29, 2013

A Summer Ready Porch

Summers are for enjoying our porches, and I just found out it doesn't take a lot of effort or cash to get one ready for the warm days ahead. (Why didn't I do this five years ago upon moving in, that's what I'm asking myself now!)


Early Friday evening, after a quick trip to the nursery to pick up a few colorful plants, a box from Target containing my new happy red bistro set was waiting for me at the front door.



It took all of ten minutes to unpack and set up. I do love Target... and my RedCard with its 5% off all purchases and free shipping! Can't beat that.



Then it was on to potting the colorful plants that I thought would look festive alongside the bright red table and chairs. Yes, it was an exciting Friday night around our house. 



Earlier I'd taken the remaining primer and spray paint left over from the Target table update and breathed new life into an old planter I had on hand, a perfect container for the blooming lavender.



We've already enjoyed the porch a few times this weekend and I know it'll be a great spot on lazy summer days as the kids play in front of the house. Easy, fast and affordable; the best kind of home update!

Friday, April 26, 2013

A Fun Read & A Big Congratulations To The Author!

I am so excited to share this book written by Pauline Wiles, what an accomplishment - to actually write  a book! I've worked with Pauline over the last couple of years, as she wrote several articles for House of Fifty, with her last contribution being a holiday short story. So when she mentioned a book was in the works I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and thoroughly enjoyed the read!


Written in the "Chick lit" genre, it's a fun read with a main character that wins you over from the first page.

Chick lit is genre fiction which addresses issues of modern womanhood, often humorously and lightheartedly.[1] The genre became popular in the late 1990s, with chick lit titles topping bestseller lists and the creation of imprints devoted entirely to chick lit.[2] Although it sometimes includes romantic elements, chick lit is generally not considered a direct subcategory of the romance novel genre, because the heroine's relationship with her family or friends is often just as important as her romantic relationships.[3]       
       
Pauline self-published this first novel of hers through Amazon with it becoming a 
Quarter finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
To read the first chapter for free, visit here.

Visit Pauline's site to learn more about the book and,
 to order a print or digital copy hop on over to Amazon here.

A big congratulations Pauline!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

And Speaking Of Versailles...

I've been to Versailles on previous occasions, but this last trip took me by surprise. In the past I was so taken by the "big picture" that perhaps I didn't stop to notice the smaller details. Like the gold detailing on molding in yesterday's post, an idea that has the ability to be applied with a modern touch. I also noticed graffiti on the mirrors - yes, in the Hall of Mirrors, on a little section tucked behind the door on the left when you first enter the space - and I just had to capture it on film. Looking at my camera to see if I'd been successful, I saw what was reflected in the mirror; my daughter in colors that fit the scene perfectly!


 I asked if she'd hold still for a moment, capturing a few shots I absolutely adore.



And then the hardware, striking!


From a style with surprisingly modern lines (I can see this design in a contemporary home)...


... to the expected ornate.



I want to go back, poke around and see what else I've missed!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

It's A Small {Design} World

When the below Pin, suggesting gold paint as a great way to accent moldings, caught my eye...


... I immediately thought of the doors I shot during my recent visit to Versailles!



Clicking on the Pin to its original source, Lonny, I shouldn't have been surprised by what they had to say about the panels highlighted with gold:

"Use gold paint to accent moldings. This elegant, affordable method can lend a touch of Versailles."

Yes, it certainly is a small {design} world!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Amazing Color Inspiration From Nature This Earth Day!

On this Earth Day I wanted to celebrate the fabulous color inspiration 
nature provides us on a daily basis!


I nearly forgot my camera when heading out to visit the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Tulip Fest this past weekend. Happily I remembered to grab it at the last moment as the most stunning array of color greeted us, in beautiful contrast to the gray skies.



Equally stunning up close and from afar.


"And remember, we are here for you to look at, not pick darling! 
Visit the shop on the way out if you wish to take some of us home."


Does't this dog look handsome posing next to a field of tulips?







And no decent tulip festival would be complete without a good selection of wooden shoes to try on, 
with craftsman on hand to crave you a pair should that should strike your fancy!




 A fire engine red vintage truck, waxed and polished, does it best to stand equal with the flowers.





Kid's look pretty good as well, captured running through the rows of color.





Vicki's Tracker, pink in support of breast cancer alongside the lovely pink tulips it helped grow.


If you find yourself in need of color inspiration and ideas for fresh color combination, 
simply step outside and explore this wonderful world.

Friday, April 19, 2013

A Little Paint Love

Ah, nothing like a little paint to get a pretty update and fast.



Inspired by a pin of an identical bargain table from Target, one that was looking quite a bit more lovely than mine with its coat of yellow paint...



...I picked up a can of Rust-Oleum primer and another can boasting a pretty green color, (formulated to bond to metal) and took advantage of the one sunny day in the week's forecast and started spraying.





before


after


Is there anything better than a quick, easy and cheap update that brings in an extra dose of cheery?