Southern Style Stylewall Grouping

Vintage Floral Painting Canvas
The wall grouping is still part of my work in progress, but I wanted to blog about it anyway while I wait for the final piece. The grouping can be found in the hallway right outside our bedroom. It is so lovely to see it every morning when we wake up.

I placed the crackled art in a Michaels shadowbox at (50% off).

To secure it in position, I just used one of the tiny pearl-headed screws that came with it:

I’ve found that I love a piece that is a little feminine/vintage. It’s best to balance it with something modern/contemporary. Kevin hasn’t spoken it but I believe he appreciates this type of balance.

The beauty of this particular shadowbox is the depth. I was able to display some items in a completely different way. I brought up a couple blue &white bowls from downstairs. They added dimension to the ensemble.

The tray with hand-painted flowering dogwood trees on it comes from the same fleamarket that the crackled canvas painting.

It was marked at $12, and then reduced to TWO DOLLARS. Is that not amazing? I did not notice the dogwoods on the pieces until a few weeks later. It was a wonderful discovery. The original handle of the tray was made of orange-toned oak, but I decided to paint them with some of the “Rosemary Gallery”. This would allow them to blend in better with my collection.

I’ve had the white plate for forever (it came from a flea marketplace find, too), so I’m excited about adding a tiny vinyl graphics to it when it arrives later.

I had a lot of fun keeping the grouping to a “front yard” theme. It needed to be this type of vibe.

The “Front Porch Farmer”, book and the old flat-sawn porch baluster were found at a local fleamarket a while ago. The book was on our Christmas mantel.

The “tone-nut” in me loves the fact that book pages are the exact opposite color to the baluster – LOL!

The vinyl graphics I’m adding will have something to with sweet tea…I’ll be back on Wednesday and share how it turned up!

Fake Florists That Look Real

I don’t know the reaction of my master gardener mother who sells plants and flowers for a living, but flowers are essential to me. I share this because it is an affordable way to have flowers every day. I don’t know what my mother, a master gardener who sells plants and flowers for a living, thinks about this post. However, I do believe that flowers are necessary in every day life.

First, a fake flower stem is necessary. This was the faux flower stem I purchased (which I believe to be an Apple blossom) from Michaels during their Spring clearance sale for 99c.

This stem is my favourite for a few reasons.

1) The edges of the leaves should be “toothed”, and not smooth. Amazingly realistic.

2) The vein pattern of each leaf is extremely detailed. Super realistic.

3) The blossom petals are off-white and not bright white. #Realistic

4) The stamen (in center of each blossom) are fabric and not plastic. They’re not shiny but matte.

5) The color of the branches is a muddy brown and not warm chocolate brown as I see it so often. I love a branch that feels real and is both texture-wise and color-wise.

Next, you will need to find a vessel in which to place your stems/branches. Some people may have one in their home already, but it’s a good idea to get one. This cutie cost me less than $5.

It’s called Quick Water. It’s called Quick Water and I found it at Michaels. It was purchased at Michaels and is basically fake water that will hold your arrangement in its place…and look real.

After the mixture was in a separate plastic container, I poured it into a vase. To hold my stem (which I actually divided into two), I used pencils as well as painters tape.

Here’s a tip. If you do this, your stems may shift and your “water” will fill with a million tiny bubbles. #TrustMe

These photos clearly show that Quick Water from one box did not make enough water to fill my vase. It was too big for the bottom. If I could do it over again, I would probably mix up another half a box.

7 Awesome Design Tips That Blown My Breath Away

Instagram has some of the best design-related photos. I thought I’d share a few here just in case you missed them or don’t have IG!

I gasped so hard when I saw this DIY chandelier over Olive and Ford on Olive & Ford’s feed.

It is an off-the shelf crystal chandelier from Home Depot and an orb of rusty, aged barrel straps. Isn’t this gorgeous?

I was also stunned at this image in Kate’s Twitter feed.

This fixture is made with jute twine. HULA HOOPS What cool is this! It’s so cool!

When the next picture appeared in my feed, I nearly lost it all.

Kristine from The Painted Hive posted this photo. Here’s another image she took of the piece on Instagram:

…and because she knows you’ll be curious to learn how she did this, here’s her how-to!

I also stared at Kristine’s next Insta photo for a long time.

So sweet, and wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a DESK AMP on the walls! #genius

I was shocked to see that the carrara-look counters were actually LAMINATE when I looked at Jess Wasserman’s caption. Boom! Boom!

I was shocked to discover that her stunning “wood” floors are laminate and also available at Lowes.

(I’ve been looking for flooring to fit Kevin’s parents’ needs, and Jess’s rave review convinced me that it’s the right choice. It’s called Handscraped Hickory. Swiftlock made it.

Farmhouse For Four wallpapered refrigerator pic

2 Super Smart Ideas For Design

  1. Have you seen these Smart Tiles before?

I’m so intrigued!

Smart Tiles claim they are suitable for use in bathrooms and kitchens (on backsplashes only, not in the showers) as well as being resistant to heat from stovetops. They are lightweight, easy-to handle, cut, and maintain. They can also be easily installed on a smooth surface in minutes.

Cristina from Fuji Files applied the subway-style tiles over her existing travertine tile floors:

She stated that they are often found in Wayfair sales, as well as at Lowe’s. She would recommend them if you’re looking for kitchen renovations on a tight budget, or if a renter is looking to make a permanent improvement to your home.

  1. Claire Brody used window coverings to make her living room more cohesive by combining different-sized windows.

What did she do? This woman is smart! She raised the curtain rods to the crown molding. Then she placed her window shades on their outside so they look identical in height and width. Floor-length (Ikea or floor-length) drapes can be a finishing touch that ties it all together.