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.

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.

How To Design A Table Centerpiece With Wisteria

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

How To Add French Farmhouse To Your Mantel For Spring

There are a few essentials that I find give the look and feel of a (deep in the recesses of my mind) previous visit or two to France. Truth be told in the spring I always have a hankering for travel and that wanderlust to get over to my favorite place to visit.


I don't live in a farmhouse and I'm not even sure that there are any in Miami, but I have been fortunate to have visited several lovely FRENCH FARMHOUSES with my visits to France in the past. You might be interested in reading about THIS ONE (exquisite!) and then you might just recognize the name of

Styling A Floral Centerpiece For Spring Entertaining

how to style flowers

I promised another floral arranging tip in my last post, as when I have an abundance of flowers that are not in their prime anymore I usually recycle them. Here's how...

How To Pamper Your Mom With Gifts

As women we all love a little bit of pampering and at any age self care is so important to how we feel and look. I'm so glad that I tried my best to take care of my skin in my teen years and beyond, especially living in the land of eternal sunshine.

My daughters and I enjoyed the rituals every so often when they still lived at home of...

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hanging out and doing facials and mani/pedis together and now that they are grown we sometimes head to a spa for treatments. So much fun bonding and beauty gifts are what they seem to love most.

The Ease Of Black And White In Fashion

I'm not a great over thinker when it comes to fashion at home or in dressing myself. Give me some neutrals in both cases and then I simply take it forward from there with accessories to suit the season or my mood.

When it comes to personal appearance it really doesn't matter if I'm working around the house or blogging from my home office or if I'm traveling or out on the town. My self imposed number one rule and probably yours as well is COMFORT and yet I do take care to look chic and age appropriate. Black and white being the basis of my wardrobe makes it fairly effortless to create looks that accomplish all of that with little effort and cost.

Celebrating A Life Well Lived Today

Hi friends...happy weekend to you all. 

I am over on beautiful Sanibel Island and we are celebrating a life well lived with family and friends, so I'll be keeping this brief. If you know me from Facebook or Instagram then you may know that we have been coming over to Sanibel Island for many years now. My husband's parents

20 Best Ikea Hacks For Your Home

Did you ever have a piece of furniture that you felt was just too plain and had no real style to it? You love it, because it's so functional...but it's somewhat blah and bleh.


That would have been me with this white bookcase that I'm looking at as we speak. I should I speak, because I'm writing and hopefully you are reading :-) I've talked about my French Modern Home Office that was done on a tight budget in this REVEAL POST and in the UPDATE POST and I think that you'll find them interesting. There are lots of tutorials associated with this office for you to learn from...including SEWING to

Comparing Today's Kitchen Countertop Materials and What I Selected

The progress in our beach home kitchen remodel is slow going, but it is moving forward as best as can be expected for our part time home. Since my husband's business is located several hours away, we can only be up here on weekends and that makes it difficult to get much done. Besides, who wants to work when the beach is just steps away and right out the door!

purple stock flowers in sink

How To Create A Garden Tablesetting For Free

I've always been a recycler and it's not so much about protecting the environment to the best of my ability, more because I often find uses for pieces that others trash. Like my husband has a tendency to do. Although I have tried to train him and he's gotten much better about letting me see what he's tossing. With the exception of my aqua beach cruiser that he tossed into a dumpster because the wheels were bent. Let's not go there...I'll never let him live that one down.

But this is about something that I spied headed for the trash just in time...


I recalled saving a table setting image via Pinterest a couple of months ago and thought that it might inspire a summer look. A table full of greenery and with the Panetone color of the year being GREENERY it was an easy find.