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 - How To Use Lilacs In Your Home Decor

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.

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.