Sunday, January 14, 2018

Ready For Spring

Ready for Spring anyone?

Now that Christmas has come and gone the house is feeling a little bare. I always have torn feelings after Christmas, part of me is ready to sad to see it go but another part of me just wants to get back to my daily routine. Just before Christmas I bought a huge bookcase that is the focal point of my living room and now its completely empty. It's a daunting task. So, whenever I'm in a decorating funk, I go buy flowers. In my opinion, flowers are natures beautiful jewels. Don't get me wrong, I love a diamond but there is something that makes my heart swell when I see flowers!

So I was working on this post until 1:00AM last night and I didn't get to capture all of the photos I wanted so I needed to keep them looking perfect until the next day. 

I'll tell you my favorite flower tips below...

  • Tulips are cold weather flowers. When the day is done, I put them,vase and all, in the refrigerator overnight. Ice cubes and ice water help too. 
  • Hydrangea can be finicky. They love water. I've notice that sometimes my hydrangea start to wilt too soon. Sometimes as soon as I cut them and put them in water! I immerse my whole hydrangea in water overnight and in the morning, Voila! Brand new!
  • Orchids are another one of my go to flowers that can be finicky. It's all about the watering and the roots. Don't pull off the roots on top, that's how the breathe. Leave them root-bound in the container. They love it. Take them to the kitchen sink and run water generously through the soil. They don't like their leaves wet. Occasionally, you can use special orchid fertilizer if you like. Run it through the roots after you have watered it well. Let drain well in sink. Put back in a pretty container and cover the roots with green moss. Leave it alone until the same day the next week! I actually set a reminder on my phone.

So, remember I was saying that I needed to keep my flowers looking photo ready for today? Well, what do you think?

I think it worked pretty well!
Aren't these open tulips gorgeous!

I would love to hear any tips or tricks you know to keep your flowers happy! I want to get a Maiden Hair fern next! Advice anyone? 

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Happy Decorating,

Monday, January 1, 2018

Blue and White New Year!

Happy New Year!!!

So here is a long does it take you to start writing 2018 instead of 2017??? 

On a more serious note...
I wish you all the best for the coming new year! And with the new year brings in the talk of new resolutions! Personally my goal for 2018 is to get more organized with my blog. This year has been a lot of learning and just trying to figure out how to blog. Let me tell you it's a rabbit hole! However, I'm finally feeling that I have a grasp of the basics and I'm ready to take it up a notch! (I hope I didn't just jinks myself)

You can look forward this year to regular (fingers crossed) posts on Sat & Sundays and maybe Wednesdays. I would love to hear what your favorite type of posts are! 

Moving on to our New Years dinner..

I just wanted to share a few pictures of our New Year's tablescape!

 I'm a huge fan of blue and white. So this year my sister-in-law made me beautiful monogram napkins and placemats for Christmas. LOVE!!! And who doesn't love monogram? Its just so elegant! 

I'm crazy over the blue with the soft heather grey colors. It works with my color-scheme though out the house. And they work beautifully with my Spode Blue Room Collection!

So lets talk dishes for a minute...

I love blue and white. I started a collection of dishes many years ago. Spode is the go to in my book for blue and white dishes. But over the years I discovered a few others that I really enjoyed as well. Mainly Johnson Bros. Most of my favorite patterns are discontinued but they are other ways to find them. With a little patience of coarse. If you are interested in blue and white dishes check the following out. If  not scroll on down to my advice and keep reading.

Here are some goodies I found for your collection:
Get started with Spode click here
Also, Johnson Bros is another great company and works well with Spode. Some of my favorite Johnson Bros patterns are no longer made. A great place to find these are:
I even have some Queen's English Scene mixed in. Check it out here.
Honestly, I think I found some of my first plates at Marshalls and Tuesday Morning. 

My advice is to mix some of the new patterns with some of the old  It's more work but trust me the results are worth it! 

It's so much fun to see how one little addition can spark a whole cascade of wonderful change. From the new placemats and napkins I was able to pull out my blue and white Spode, from there blue  hydrangea and white tulips, then the placecards, then my cobalt blue glasses and vases and on and on!

I made these placecard holders a couple of years ago to go with a nature theme Christmas. I think they look fantastic together with the table and I've secretly been dying to find more opportunities to use them. ( Mom is trying to steal them;-) I practice chalkboard lettering off of Pintrest so I can write my names sorta, kinda well!

 In the kitchen I was able to use some more of my plates and cobalt blue vases. It's taken me time to collect what I have. And once again, I have mixed some expensive pieces with inexpensive pieces to make it look like a million bucks! My suggestion to you this year is start a collection of anything you love.

 It doesn't have to be china, it can be anything you love!!! In fact, that sounds like a great next post. Wonderful things we collect!

Happy New Year's and thanks for letting me share my dinner decor with you. If you liked this post please comment below...I want to know if you collect anything? And I always welcome questions and feedback. 
~ Sharing with a friend is the biggest compliment~  

Happy Decorating,