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 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 Summer Celebration Party

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...

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! See how and keep reading:

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...