5 Amazing Instagram Accounts That Inspire - France

Hi friends...Saturday has gotten here quickly and I'm actually up in Atlanta at the moment at the Haven Conference. If you'd like to see more I'm sharing live video snippets on my Instagram Stories, so hope that you pop over there! Today it's time again for my Saturday series sharing some beauty from Instagram and my friends over at Home Style Saturdays, several of whom I'm hanging out with in person right now. Here we go...

5 Amazing Instagram Accounts That Inspire - France

Eiffel Tower Balloons

I'm not sure how I originally came across her feed, but we've been Instagram friends for a couple of years. An American photographer living in Paris and traveling Europe who captures Parisian life so well is Rebecca Plotnick.

How To Make A Unique Book Runner - And FREE Book!

Call me old fashioned, but I love a good book in hand, on the nightstand or sitting on my coffee table. I do have an iPad but I'm just not one who enjoys reading that way. Maybe it's because my very first job as a teen was at a library and it gave me that love of vintage pages of well worn reads and the musty aroma.


With a couple of weeks behind me at the beach I plowed through a couple of novels and am smack dab in the middle of another. Nothing on the educational side but books that I purchased where I do most of mine...at a thrift shop. They tend to smell like a heady mix of stuffy apartment combined with sea air and dusty attic. Maybe a candle scent should be concocted for those like me who appreciate that;-) Now I have a confession to make...

Affordable Compromise Kitchen On A Budget

Tada! I am happy to report that FINALLY we are finished with our kitchen remodel of the beach home kitchen and I'm giving us a woo hoo and some back pats! It's been difficult to do a basically DIY remodel long distance and not sure that I'd want to take that on again. We recently spent almost 2 weeks enjoying the place, being out on that beach and not working for a change (and didn't hate it;-).


It's nothing super fancy, but a huge improvement and looks so nice and fresh. When you do a remodel I feel like you need to do it for yourself and make yourself happy and not the internet. After all...YOU live there and not everyone else.

5 Amazing Instagram Accounts That Inspire - Farmhouse

I've been slacking off on my Instagram series but am back today with more and also sharing Home Style Saturdays. Always so much to see here and I'm deep in the throes of getting ready to do double duty this coming week as both a mentor and a teacher of photography! I'm looking forward to seeing some of my blogging friends in Atlanta and catching up...but without further ado let's get started on what I have for you today.

5 Amazing Instagram Accounts That Inspire - Farmhouse


A sweet Instagram friend who is an avid DIYer and a mom of 4 and a blogger....meet Cami's Tidbits and head on over to her feed to see more.

How To Build A Hidden Coffee Station and Microwave

With many of today's kitchens having an open concept, there can be several things that distract my eye from seeing total beauty. I'm just one of those people I supposed that notices every. single. thing. and my family does not. I'm the one picking up after everyone when the fam jam is around and when it's just my husband....ditto. Besides life's little messes are one thing and honestly I don't mind, but when it came to designing our beach home kitchen something major did bother me in the before.

How To Build A Hidden Coffee Station and Microwave

The "in your face" microwave and although I do use a microwave for mostly just heating up things, I have never wanted to see it when it could be hidden. You'll see it below...

How To Give A Bedroom A Dose Of Sophistication

It all starts with the bed in a bedroom, which is probably an obvious point to make...but it's the largest item in most cases. We have been upscaling our beach home as I've been chatting about here for last few months and the master bedroom came into play after the kitchen. I'll be sharing the full reveal on the kitchen soon and can't wait to share my thoughts!


With this view I have always felt that I could do better and give the room the look I felt it deserved. Quiet and calm with a hefty dose of inspiration from my love of French antiques and coastal charm. Nothing too over the top fussy though and easy to keep clean, as I have allergies and we have dogs. Combine that with the fact that we don't live here all of the time (yet;-) so clutter is not a great thing because that means dust bunnies.

The Longest Vacation Ever and Home Style Saturdays

Happy Home Style Saturday! I've been hanging out at our beach home for over a week now and finally headed back home and back to serious work tomorrow. We have been coming to this area for many years now and have had this place for going into the 15th year, and this 10 day trip is the longest that we've spent here...ever. It's been speaking to us and my husband who has endless boundless energy has even had thoughts of slowing down his 30+ year career. We shall see how things play out and trusting in a plan...

shabbyfufublog beach house living room
Via iPhone

Yesterday I shared a post with some artwork and you'll find that linked below. Slowly and with the help of some generous brand partners we are making this home into our vision. I'm so excited to show you more soon!

How To Ace The Artwork To Update Your Home

I hope that you have been enjoying this holiday week so far friend! I've been enjoying relaxing for a change, which is really nice and not something normal for the deeply driven. It's great to be up at the beach home and just hang out enjoying some great east coast beach weather, good food, friends, the dogs and cocktails.

pair of cavalier king charles spaniels

 Please mom and dad...we never want to leave this place, so can we just stay at the beach?

How To Take Amazing Day And Night Photos In A Nutshell

In a nutshell, styling and photography does not come easy or overnight and if it's something that you are passionate about...takes a ton of practice. You know...just like when you were learning to play piano as a child, except perhaps more fun;-)


For the next week or so you may not hear much from me because I'm up at our beach home working and playing. The playing will be fun, and the working is fun for me too...because it's a passion! If you are a blogger and planning on coming to The Haven Conference I'll be teaching styling and photography and I'm working on putting together my course right now.

This Chandelier Will Make You Think About Circles

My husband and I have had more discussions than I can even begin to recall over the years about circles. Circles just make us run around in circles sometimes...pun is intended. You see...he is the kind of guy who thinks in straight lines, coming from an engineering background and part of his daily existence. On the other hand, that's not me and I love things rounded off.

blue and gold beach house design

Maybe that's why we do well together....but some decisions are tough to come by whether it's in home design or even cars.

How To Easily Add A Fire Fountain In The Garden

How could it be possible to combine the relaxing and seductive powers of both water and fire into one feature for the garden? I readily admit that I have never heard of a fire fountain before and now I'm completely smitten with the idea of mixing water and fire into one compact piece.

I am that girl who sits and blogs facing my garden with my channel of zen music playing on Pandora and my essential oil mister spritzing away. At home I have a whitenoise machine playing ocean sounds to help lull me to sleep and at the beach place leave the window open for the real deal.

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 TIPS...so 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!


studio mcgee instagram

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 minute...so 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 though...it'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...

Dare To Be Different In Decorating - And Life

A sun washed view and progress being made with the beach home this weekend! You can see how the light pours in here first thing in the morning from the beach and the barstools look so good now that they've been painted white. Before and afters live in this post if you are curious. 


Some months back I had my heart set on some other barstools after seeing this style in cafes all over France for years and recently on several websites.

Beautiful Bloggers Summer Home Tour Round Up

If you could only see inside a few rooms in our home right now, you might know why I haven't worked on a full summer home tour post this year. I'm waiting for a friend to make up her mind if she wants to take some pieces that I'm clearing out to put on consignment, so they sit...cluttering up my living room and master bedroom. But here's something nice to look at from the past.


Not only is it honestly messy now, but the last few weeks have given us some brutally hot and humid weather and my husband has had a hacking, sneezing, wheezing and snoring cold the likes of which I've never seen him have before! So things aren't getting done and today we head up to the beach retreat to get some work done on our remodel up there. Such exciting things happening there and I'm so grateful to be partnering with some amazing brands!

How To Make Realistic Paper Garden Flowers

It's been raining non stop for the last several days and that has me inside drinking tea and working on a variety of projects. Do you notice anything about this flower arrangement that I put together today?

floral arrangement with david austin roses

It can be rather frustrating when the rest of the country has gorgeous garden flowers growing or available at the grocery store or wholesale flower market and here it's slim pickings. I have to get creative and am going to share a tutorial today on an easy craft that I think you flower lovers will enjoy!

Saturday At Home With French Bistro Finds

With summer unofficially here after Memorial Day weekend, everyone seems to be turning their attention to outdoor living. I suppose that the difference in living where I do, it's summer year round and we always live outside!  So in our weekly edition of Home Style Saturdays I'm sharing a much loved post below that will show you how to make your own OIL LANTERN CANDLES in just a few minutes time.

But first I put together a look book for you of affiliate products that are all FRENCH BISTRO INSPIRED for outdoor living. Please enjoy and you can click on any of the links to shop the look...

Fresh Updates On The Beach House Kitchen Remodel

It's been a whole lot of fun seeing this kitchen at the beach house come together and we spent a few days up there this past weekend mostly working. Right now you might think that it looks like the White House, but color will be added to varying degrees as we move along further.


No full reveal just yet, but here are a few updates that we made this weekend and for more...I'd love for you to follow along on my Instagram feed for live videos and more daily shots! Here's what's new...

How To Create A Tropical Garden Look Anywhere

I've been posting a lot of outdoor settings in our yard and gardens lately and I hope that you've been enjoying them and finding inspiration for your garden. Since I live in a very tropical climate, my garden is quite green and lush year round.

pink ginger flowers in a pot

I love how I can go out and clip something from my garden year round like these Pink Ginger flowers. You can often find these in the floral department of some grocery stores and not just down here in Miami. Roses...ours are so different and nothing like yours.

Why Patriotic Decor Doesn't Have To Be Bold

Dislike bold color? Pastels can be a bit of a gutsy move when it comes to decorating for a patriotic holiday, but I feel that subtle statements are always best.

I'm a flag waving patriot as much as the next guy and with both Memorial Day and the 4th Of July coming up I will be hanging that American flag proudly on our front porch. When it comes to the inside of my home, I prefer pastels and I wanted to share what I've put together to inspire you.

5 Easy Outdoor Entertaining Tips To Impress Your Guests

When I'm a guest in someone's home, I'm easily impressed if they are genuine and try and make me feel as if they've put just a little bit of effort into having me there. Do you know what I mean? Honestly I don't need a marching band full of monkeys, but even paper plates can be brought to a higher level with some thought and planning.


No surprise that I was inspired for this tablescape by flowers and right now the garden roses from my local florist are killing it with immense beauty! Today I'm joining with a few friends to bring you some summer ideas, sponsored by Amara. Be sure to visit the other posts linked at the bottom of this post. But first...let me share some of my entertaining tips for summer with you today, outdoors on my covered porch.

How To Get An Amazing Night's Sleep

Do you have issues getting a good night's sleep like many of us do? The party seems to be over once we start having kids when we have to keep an ear open for that crying baby at night. Then as women age and menopause comes along, sleep deprivation turns into a steam room that gets us out of bed to cool off!

white bedroom shabbyfufu

It seems to be a one sided deal and men aren't as affected which is totally unfair! Right?

Easy and Delicious Gluten Free Zucchini Lasagna

The ease of dinner for two these days often entails a simple protein and a salad and sometimes a husband filling side dish. I love salads and can eat them all day long and stuff them with all sorts of leftovers! When time permits I do still enjoy cooking and mostly healthy food.


 I don't feel the pressure though to cook a nightly full meal as I generally did when the kids were growing up. Perks of the empty nester! 

5 Ways To Make Your Home More Photogenic

Do you consider your home to be photogenic? What if I were to knock on your door today and tell you that I've been sent on assignment to photograph it?

white kitchen with stainless steel

While I've been working on some projects in both of our homes I often stop and look around with a second set of eyes. As a freelance photographer I just can't help thinking about camera angles, lighting and all of that! One of my favorite tricks in room styling is to

Rooms You Don't Like To See And Why

Living in reality there are those rooms that we don't like to see sometimes when they are our own. I know...I have them, and in a Pinterest perfect world it might make you feel a little bit house poor.

bathroom with granite counters

The Girl's Bathroom

A Fascinating Find Inspiring My Beautiful Summer Palette

This past weekend we visited our sweet girl in Austin for Mother's Day, which happened to be just by coincidence as that was one of the few free weekends she had. Always on the agenda is antiquing, because HELLO...Texas has such great antiques and vintage for some crazy reason!


We stopped at an always favorite shop that you may know of already...

Focus On Practical Table Setting Ideas For Sizable Results

It's not really as intimidating as it seems to set a quick and lovely table, and with the hot weather that has taken over I'm moving indoors today to the dining room to share a couple of fast ideas.


There were some simple flowers available last week at the market and with Mother's Day and our anniversary I had a full house. Did I ever tell you that since we were married on a Mother's Day the flowers that my sweet mother-in-law had arranged for were few and far between? My wedding bouquet was...

Love Of Simple Table Setting And The Week In Review

Just popping in really quickly with a preview of one of next week's posts that will have some ideas for simple table setting that you can enjoy daily.

Love Of Simple Table Setting

In case you missed any of this week's posts, here is what they were and where to find them!

How To Create Easy Farmhouse Floral Arrangements

We are in Texas this weekend visiting our youngest daughter while the oldest takes care of our children of the furry kind! I felt just a little bit guilty leaving with a house full of abundant floral arrangements, but before heading out I shot a few photos to share some tips today that I think you'll enjoy...

lilacs in french wine demijohn bottles

It's no secret that I love flowers and they make me happy and always have. I would imagine that you are feeling the same way about floral love, especially when they are all in full bloom at this time of year! The vintage wicker encased wine bottles are French and came home with me on one of my trips overseas. They are the most simple and rustic way to showcase a single branch filled with flowers.

Obsessed With Beautiful Lilacs In The House

Do you believe in superstitions and old wives tales? I have read that it's a bad omen to have lilacs in the house and what's that about? I was so excited to find out that my favorite florist had a very limited supply of this purple beauty over the weekend and couldn't call them fast enough to get my hands on some!

lilacs in the sink shabbyfufublog

Stylish Summer Scents with Grove Collaborative + Caldrea

There are so many things that I love about this time of year, and one of them is being able to grab fresh clippings from the garden to bring indoors. I'm not really sure what this one is, but we live in the tropics and there is such a variety and abundance and the coconut palms are dropping delicious fresh coconuts to add to our healthy lifestyle. 

For many years now I've been incorporating healthy choices into our home and with everyone getting older here I can see some of the payoffs. 

Stylish Summer Scents with Grove Collaborative + Caldrea

One of the choices that I made when my kiddos were young and I became more informed was to eliminate as many harsh chemicals as I could out of our lives. I am very sensitive to chemicals and recall some of the simple choices that were used back in my grandmother's time and cleaned just as well without harsh side effects and risks. Just a simple bar of castile soap worked wonders.

How To Add Sophistication To A White Bedroom

Your haven and sanctuary and the place where you go not only to sleep, but to grab some peace and quiet and escape from a hectic day. A white bedroom is just so peaceful and versatile in terms of adding accents to that white base. 

There are a few things that I think keep any white room from looking too sterile though, so here are today's thoughts and tips.

20 Things That Any Woman Would Love

It's pretty rare for me to go to the mall these days, or out to shop for things like home products, cosmetics and clothing. I'm not sure if you'd call it being lazy, but there is so much to do in daily life and with on-line shopping growing by leaps and bounds things have definitely changed. Have you noticed that in many stores you find something that you like, but not in the color or size that you're after?

Inventory is at an all time low and it's just a fact of life that I think we need to adapt too. Since I work at home I'm able to get much more done by having things delivered. Some of the every day things like

French Farmhouse Decorating For A Relaxed Retreat

This week is going by quickly and I've been focusing on wrapping up some details for the beach place, although we won't be headed up there this coming weekend in order to get caught up on things at home. My husband is working with his cabinet designer here in town to turn the pantry closet into a combination coffee bar, microwave and food storage center...which I think I mentioned to you before.


Our inspiration...

Doing remodeling long distance isn't the easiest thing, but so far there haven't been too many mishaps...thankfully.

How To Create The Perfect Dining Space

Dining rooms come in a variety of shapes and sizes and in some open concept homes you simply have to create your own. Our Miami house doesn't have a dedicated dining room and that's possibly the smartest thing that the builder did.


Keep in mind that our home was built in 1962 and we've done updates since we purchased it, but the dining area has not moved. Maybe it's the fact that we live outside as often as possible in Florida and...

How To Easily Build An Inexpensive Farmhouse Style Table

We often have a want or need of something over budget, and I'd say that we had both with our muse going on strong with this project. A table at the Restoration Hardware Outlet that we frequent caught our eyes and yet the budget would not allow. Read on and I'll show you how we built our own French Farmhouse table with lots of visuals, because honestly I'm better at following pictures when it comes to building.

Renovation Of The Beach House White Kitchen

It's so exciting to renovate a space and to me as a homeowner the kitchen is the most exciting room for seeing dreams come to fruition for sure. I have just a quick peek shot today, because we still have work to do and this shot has something blatantly wrong!


I'll tell you more when I do the full reveal, so stay tuned for that. Soon...I hope. It's difficult to get a lot done at the beach home since we are only up here a couple of days at a time and doing much of the work ourselves. 
Still on the to do list:

5 Easy Ways To Refresh Your Home For Spring

Spring is here and the sun is shining, flowers are blooming and we want our homes to look light as the air outside! Today I'm sharing 5 of my favorite ways to quickly add a light and breezy look to your home and refresh your decor...


Decor Ideas: Table Setting for Your Mother's Day Table

When the weather turns great in your neck of the woods you probably will be heading outside to enjoy some meals outdoors. Dining al fresco is such a long standing tradition in the the bistros and cafes world wide and here are a few tips that can help you create a beautiful party of your own.

beautiful romantic table setting

Start with the furniture, which may be obvious but if you have a choice I'd suggest seeing what isn't too difficult to bring outdoors. We have been enjoying our pea gravel patio built under the shade of some trees and hope to be out here as much as possible this summer!

Revealing A Secret Space In The Garden

Give me a quiet spot out in the garden and I'm a happy camper. We love being out here in our back yard garden so much, and if you've been following along this is the year that we've decided to give our beloved patch of land some extra fix-up love!


In the morning I'll often bring my cup of coffee outside and clear my head before starting the day. In the afternoon it might be some iced tea (unsweet) and I'm happy to be partnering in this post with Bealls Outlet where I've found the perfect outside drinking glasses and more.

Luxury White Kitchen Remodeling You'll Want To See

I love this kitchen for several reasons and perhaps most importantly is that I don't get to share anything from the homes that my husband and his company work in. He has a high end residential remodeling company and has been at it since college days and I have a fun anecdote to share today.


When he first started out in construction he did much of the work himself and learned the trade and the ropes. Thankful to say that although he does what our daughter mentioned below, he still knows how to work a saw like nobody's business! But here's what you'll want to see and maybe grab some tips from...

How To Easily Beautify A Plain Blah Cake

I must confess...I sometimes (okay...oftentimes) just cannot do it all. Last weekend we had so much going on around our home and with Easter and some entertaining, I was truly feeling overwhelmed. I suppose that if I suffered from anxiety it would have hit me hard, but thankfully I don't and just accept the fact that I'm not perfect and do what I can to make things right. Like in baking and dessert time...

pink roses cake

And this Chantilly Cake that isn't perfect but it is pretty. It didn't start our particularly pretty and here's why (shocker!)...

Teaching Photography and Mentoring Bloggers

Today I have some exciting double news to share with you, so let's get right to it! In just a moment that is, because I'm going to fill this post with a few pretty photos for you too.

I'm sitting in my living room (above) as I type this out and if you are coming over here from my friends Kim Six's blog I welcome you in! I'm talking today about the Haven Conference

5 Things To Love About Outdoor Entertaining

This has been the year of outdoor dining and entertaining at our home, and we are enjoying it more than ever since making some changes and updates! I can't believe that it took so long to get going with these real estate revisions, but it's kind of like potato chips.

You get on a roll and can't stop at one chip! What's not to love about being out here, but you can take any small space and create a haven and here are my favorites.

A Table Centerpiece With Wisteria and Growing It

The last few days as I've been walking the neighborhood with the dogs I've noticed a profusion of flowers, and for some reason many of what's in bloom here at the moment are lavender in tone. There is one bush in particular that I've been stalking at a neighbor's home, and I believe that it's Florida Wisteria. I helped myself to a teeny branch today...(oh come on, they won't notice:-) to use in a quick floral centerpiece.

wisteria floral arrangement

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