Decorating with nature or natural elements in our homes seems more important than ever, given the rise of technology in our lives. Fair warning: this blog is picture heavy with so many beautiful examples of decorating with nature. These photos, culled from client work, the store and other sources, illustrate some simple ways to add a little nature to your home and create a visual break from the technology that bombards us all. Now, more than ever, we need nature… Read More
With a few spring cleaning tips and some light, summer decorating ideas, you can look forward to an easy, breezy summer ahead. Invest in a little work now, then kick back in a cleaner, lighter and brighter environment for summertime enjoyment and relaxation. I don’t always have Martha-time to implement all these summer decorating ideas each and every spring, but just picking one or two can go a long way toward summer-izing your home. 1/ Open the windows! Yes, you… Read More
Business has been brisk for vintage Christmas decorations. I love merchandising this time of year with color themed areas, lots of ornaments and entertaining goods for the home. The season has begun and Mr. F&F and I began this past weekend with a wine tasting, the kick-off for our season. We head to the mountains tomorrow for a fun-filled six days with our whole brood (yes, college boy, you’ll have to endure us for that long). Hoping to catch a movie…perhaps… Read More
Decided to start my time in Asheville with a summer kick-off party, inviting a group of eclectic, wonderful women. Had to get things in order before the party. Back in the day, I actually considered myself a gardener with a vegetable garden and all when the kids were younger. These days I’m more of the “instant-gratification-type” gardener. Planted some window boxes with annuals back in May. I cheated with some lovely palms from the big box store. These days I’m… Read More
Didn’t want to do the Southern Ideal Home Show Tablescape Competition again for the spring show, especially since I participated in the fall show which I blogged about here. I did not want to appear greedy but my design group was desperate for participants and I have a problem saying “no,” so there you have it. There were six tables in the fall but we only have four this time and, if I do say so myself, they are lovely and unique. We… Read More
This was the year of Moneyball, Jingle Balls, soon-to-be New Year’s Eve ball drops…or in the case of Alec Baldwin, very “Schweddy Balls” on a recent flight….I’d like to call this the year of Christmas Balls. I got balls. Bowls of balls, balls on shells, balls on trays, birds and balls (borrowed from BHG? Real Simple?), balls in hand…let the pictures speaketh for themselves. Have a ball and Merry Christmas “Eve” y’all….
Having these three all home (after college boy arrives December 18th) is all I want for Christmas… So, Merry Christmas to me.
Christmas at Form & Function West…and some Holiday Decor Part 2 at Oddfellows in Asheville, NC.
Christmas and holiday decor at Hunt & Gather, Form & Function style…lots of balls-in-a-bowl…my favorite way to display vintage ornaments… Some vintage toys, puzzles, cradle and primitive highchair mixed in… Candy land in vintage pitcher and bowl set… And other vignettes…
The tablescapes competition at the Southern Ideal Homeshow where F&F collected two prizes-Best in Show and Most Inspiring-from Dina Manzo, HGTV host and former reality star on Housewives of New Jersey. Here’s a few shots of my tablescape, reflecting the muted fall theme with natural and eco-friendly elements. I was travelling so look who collected tablescapes prize on behalf of F&F. I don’t think he minded.
I don’t care that it was hotter ‘n hell out there today, I am thinking fall decor anyway…seriously…it was like New Orleans in July this morning! When will this oppressive heat and humidity end? Nevertheless, it’s post-Labor Day so time to gear up for autumn…put away white shoes and break out leaves, pumpkins and such. Perhaps, I’m willling it. Click your ruby red heels and repeat after me: “There’s no time like fall, there’s no time like fall, there’s no time like fall.”… Read More
I would love fresh flowers in the house every week but realistically speaking there are budget constraints and frankly, I’m not the type of person to change the water, keep them fresh-looking and pruned. So I’ve resorted to other ways to add color and natural decor year round, as in the preserved hydrangeas above. I’ve had them for four years and they look as great as the day I bought them. Recently got this mossy cachepot with feathers at one… Read More
Maybe it’s the on-again, off-again warm weather, but I’ve got decorating with shells on my mind. I went crazy for this inspiring shell display on my trip to Savannah. And now I’m seeing shells everywhere. Shell boxes are fun (these two examples are from some of my “neighbors” at Hunt and Gather). And shell mirrors are hot again but these are NOT your granny’s shell mirror. Check out these easy, relaxed centerpiece ideas. How about a shell wall shelf? I love, love, love all… Read More
Spring decor ideas at Form & Function. There are so many spring decor ideas in stock right now, but I thought I’d take you on a tour of my current favorites. This hot pink table will “heat” up your covered porch or mudroom. Lost ladies need a home. Lots of vases and flower frogs in stock. Spring decor ideas diet should include lots of iron. Get a “head” start on all your gardening. Let’s “sea” about some coral. And finally, take a… Read More
Happy Valentine’s Day, from my home to yours!
So many expectations surround Valentine’s Day. Couples need reservations for a special dinner and single folks feel bad. There are hearts everywhere. I like staying home and sharing the love with my family. My romantic dinner is often a “party of five” and that is okay with me and my valentine. We opt to do dinner the following week or a week ahead or whenever. Like New Year’s Eve, there’s too much pressure for one night and what’s one night… Read More
Snowed-in in the mountains. Enjoying the snow covered trees, the icicles on my neighbors’ houses, and lots of hot cocoa! Snow, snow, snow, snow!!
The Christmas season doesn’t start for me until I take the annual home tour in the historic Oakwood district of Raleigh. I have done the Oakwood home tour every year, all twenty-three of them, living in my adopted hometown. This year the weather looked pretty grim, and I was considering a “no-show” when my husband called on his way home with college boy. Perhaps in a crazed, euphoric vision of home-cooked meals and a good mattress, college boy begged to join me on the… Read More