I am a mom, photographer, blogger, and enthusiastic home entertainer. I love cooking, decorating and making the most of life’s moments – big and small. I invite you to join me on my adventures as a designer, stylist, home cook, decorator, crafter, DIYer, party hostess and more!
Yesterday, my mom, my daughter and I visited my Aunt’s horse farm. Although I rarely get to visit her (she lives about three hours away from me) it is one of my “happy places.” This farm has been in my family for all of my life and I spent many, many happy summers here riding horses and getting to experience farm life. I’m sure it’s a big part of my driving desire to have a small farm. For me this is five acres of heaven. I was very excited to bring my daughter here and watch her get to experience a taste of farm life too.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Last Friday I shared my Blue & White Garden Tablescape with you (thank you all SO MUCH for your super kind comments by the way!!), and today I’m showing you how I made the Blue and White tablecloth overlay. Best of all, it’s a no sew tablecloth, all you need is some fabric, scissors, glue gun and ribbon. And depending on your fabric and ribbon choices this can be a really budget friendly project too. This fabric for example, was a remnant and I paid less than $10 for two yards!!
The hydrangea bushes are blooming in my parent’s backyard and they look so spectacular this year, I just knew I had to capture them with a special table setting. I have been holding on to a couple of yards of this blue and white fabric for a while now, waiting for the just right project for it, and I knew this was it! And so, a Blue & White Garden Tablescape was born! I have filled the table with practical items for entertaining and a few treasures too.
OK, just pinch me already. My sweet, little hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia is the location of the Southern Living 2015 Idea House! I’ve been to it, and I still can hardly believe it. Y’all know how much I love Southern Living, right? Of all the magazines I’ve had the supreme pleasure of working with, they were the first national magazine to put my work on the cover! They will forever hold a special place in my heart for that… Anyway, back to today’s story. Every year (for more than two decades) when the idea house issue comes out, I would settle in and study every. single. detail. of the homes. The idea houses are always chock full of, well, ideas! I would dream of getting to tour the homes in person but they were always states away from me, and I never made the journey. But this year is like a house-apalooza pour moi, because not only is it within driving distance (it’s just a few miles from my house!!), but it is also decorated by one of my all-time favorite interior designers Bunny Williams, who also happens to be from Charlottesville!! Best of all, (could there be more good news?) I got to go to a special party before the house opened to the public!
This post is brought to you by Costco Wholesale.
My hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia is a really cool place and we are constantly getting on those “best places to live/work/visit/whatever” type of lists, but there have been a few holes in our retail/restaurant world which have been a bummer to me. We have no Olive Garden for example. If I see one more commercial for their “endless soup, salad & bread sticks” I’m going to cry (you see, I have a weakness for their Zuppa Toscana…sigh). Why, oh why, can’t we get an Olive Garden?!?!? I often lament. Another long term frustration has been that we don’t have a Costco. We’ve had to drive to either Harrisonburg or Richmond (which are about 60 minutes or 75 minutes respectively) but we’ve made the trip faithfully. Well, no more do we have to head out on the highway because we are finally, finally getting our very own Costco!!!!
Ah, cheese. Cheese is seriously one of my most favorite foods on the planet. It is so versatile. It can be sharp or sweet, crumbly or creamy… it pairs with meat, fruit, vegetables, you can start a meal with it or end one with it. It’s allure is irresistible. I loved that scene in French Kiss where Meg Ryan is on the train eating cheese even though she’s lactose intolerant, it was just that good!
I hope you enjoyed the Lavender Summer Table I shared the other day. Do you recall the cute little ribbon letter place cards? I told you I would try to make a video tutorial for them because they are so simple to make. Well, over the weekend, I did! It’s not perfect, there are a couple of blurry close-up spots as I’m learning the ropes of taking video with my camera, but I think you are able to get the gist of the project which is the important thing. I truly hope you like it, because I’m hoping to make more videos in the coming weeks (and hopefully get better at it!). So without further ado, I present my Ribbon Letter Tutorial.
Did you join my daughter and I on our tips for picking wild flowers walk yesterday? If so, then now you get to see what we did with our blooms – we created a fresh and crisp Lavender summer table! I had a bouquet of lavender already but not nearly enough for a centerpiece so we really needed to round up some more posies. And I think the frill of the Queen Anne’s Lace and other blooms lend the perfect wild romantic air to the table, don’t you?
I got a bee in my bonnet that I wanted some flowers to decorate our table, so my daughter and I ventured out yesterday to pick some wild flowers. As we were wandering, I thought it might be fun to take you along with us and share some tips along the way! I love all kinds of flowers especially roses (I now have 7 varieties of roses in my small back garden-good grief!) but there are times when you want something a little wild and unruly looking and you just can’t beat what grows along the hedgerow.
This sandwich is my go-to lunch right now. Especially since I’ve started this “REAL FOOD” adventure (some days are more “real” than others, if you know what I mean…) I love this because it’s PACKED with nutrition, tastes delicious, and can be pulled together in just a couple of minutes – a total win-win-win! Best of all, it really doesn’t “taste” healthy. It tastes sweet, savory, and just flat out delish! A very satisfying lunch indeed.