How To Enjoy The Outside While You Dine

What if you were just having a few friends over for dinner and you wanted everything to look beautiful, but effortless. You want your friends to feel special, but not fussed over.


I'm sharing a dinner party set up that I shot several weeks ago, when it was still bearable to be hosting outside. Truth be told it's been hot and rainy lately so our outdoors will be mostly spent in the pool for the next few months. Here come some photos and I hope you read on and see!


Hi friends and happy Saturday! Based on views I think that you liked the new series that I just started last week citing some inspiring Instagram accounts, so let's go for round two today. I hope on to Instagram a couple of times a day to post, and I admit that it can be like falling down the rabbit hole of inspiration. Kind of like the old days of Pinterest when we would post and look for just pretty pics and things that might sway a decor decision. Now...lots of graphics and maybe not so much charm. Will Instagram go that way or the way of Facebook? Platforms change in a flash, but I promise to always seek and share beauty for you here on the blog. Today it's all about designers who don't follow trends but set them. Go visit and also my other friend who I share with on our ongoing blog series HOMESTYLE SATURDAYS!


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Hosting A Beautiful 4th Of July Celebration

Sometimes you just have a few girlfriends over and summer is such a fun time to celebrate outdoors! With the 4th of July holiday coming shortly we are going to spending much of it poolside and the food and drink will be light and refreshing.

beautiful buffet table with pink coupes

I'm so excited to be partnering with Total Wine & More today and have always had the best experience shopping at their store right in my neighborhood when I'm planning something fun!

5 Simple Summer Entertaining Tips For A Coastal Look

Ahh, summer and the ease of it all with entertaining lightly in terms of the table and the menu! As I was getting this table ready for an informal dinner at our beach home you can't see what's on the other side which is still being updated and is getting close to completion. I'll be sharing that with you soon and all of the fun new things that I've been adding in.


Today I'm excited to be joining in with some inspiring bloggers in a series put together by our hosts. I'll be talking about and sharing links to their beautiful stories for you in just a read on for lots of inspiration...

How To Completely Change Your Home Exterior Quickly

The front exterior of our home is pretty typical for this suburban south Florida neighborhood that was built along a series of canals in the early 1960's. Block and stucco construction due to strict hurricane building codes, cement tile roofs, decorative coral rock and of course plenty of ubiquitous palm trees. Plain but pretty and newer homes tend to have a totally different and more modern look.

front doors mint green miami

I was first attracted to our home by the well established area, tons of mature trees and the school district. Our first starter home that we purchased before we were even married was in a new neighborhood of wood frame homes and since my husband is in construction he had been fearful of those homes being like matchsticks in hurricanes. Turns out...

5 Amazing Instagram Accounts That Inspire- Flowers

I'm all about sharing and spreading joy and today I'm starting a new series to introduce you to some of my very favorite Instagram accounts. Are you on Instagram? I love the platform and am there daily and you can find my account Shabbyfufu HERE. It doesn't matter how large or small...I'm sharing what inspires me and I hope that you visit them! Let's get started with a floral fantasy...

blush pink peonies

This is from my friend Tricia at A Rosy Note who inspires with her feminine photography of florals.

How To Live With White In A Casual Home

White is one of the most classic of interior design looks, as it's quiet, serene and doesn’t demand attention. White is so stylish and inviting and sets the base for so many looks from coastal to farmhouse to elegantly chic.


White can be a challenging color to live with when sticky handed children, muddy paws, wine and food are taken into decorating consideration. Don't let that deter you's a gorgeous base and that I have loved for years! Here are my top tips on how to live with the all-white look...
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