Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Serving Trays and a Style Crush

I have been inspired lately by the many uses of serving trays. They are more than just a place to pass drinks during a party. They can be used in any room of the house from the kitchen to the bathroom. They are a jack-of-all trades decorating tool and no one can style a tray better than Mary Carol Garrity of Nell Hill's!

I first came upon Mary Carol's style in her book Feather Your Nest. It was there that my style crush began! I absolutely fell in love with her decorating style and her use of everyday serving pieces to create jaw dropping vignette's. Lucky for me, she has a Facebook account where I can get my fix of all things Nell Hill!

The base for many of her vignette's are tray's of all sizes shapes and textures.

Here she uses both a silver tray and a rustic wicker tray in a place setting.
In her home she uses a large silver tray on a coffee table to create a pretty vignette with books, a wooden box and small dishes. By corralling everything onto a tray there is still plenty of space on the table for a guest to place a drink.
Nell Hill's
A sideboard is used to create a makeshift bar for entertaining. A wooden tray is used to hold bottles of wine.

Bathrooms are another area where a tray can come in as a handy decorating tool. Bath salts and oil's in pretty glass container's, rolls of fresh white towels, fresh flower's and a pretty candelabra on a silver tray create a relaxing oasis.

Nell Hill's

A tray is used as a flat surface to hold glasses transforming this tufted ottoman into a coffee table.
Tiered trays are great to hold many items at once. A tiered tray is used to hold essentials such as salt, pepper, sugar and cream in the kitchen or on a coffee and dessert bar.

Style at Home by Mary Carol Garrity

Again, more than one tray is used in this vignette. In the living room, a tiered porcelain tray placed on top of a black tole serving tray showcases a pretty collection of antique pill boxes.

 I dream one day of going to Kansas City to visit her flagship store Nell Hill's and tour her beautiful home during her tri annual Open House.

Have you been to Nell Hill's?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mantel Monday ~ Spring Edition!

Recently, I showed you my mantel all decked out for spring in this post. Well, I couldn't leave well enough alone, so I moved things around a little to make way for my chicken feeder dressed for Easter.

Please excuse the ugly watermark. I was trying something different in preparation for the closing of Picnik and I made a BIG mistake I can't seem to undo!

Please enjoy the pictures anyway!

I moved the blue and white that was on my mantel to the console.

Out came the cloche and a nest along with my ornament tree and mercury glass Easter eggs.

Are you busy feathering your nest?

View this post to see how the chicken feeder looked in the Fall!

Come see all the spring goodness at:

Savvy Southern Style - WOW Us Wednesdays

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Going Dutch

Warm temperatures and spring cleaning has me wanting to throw open the doors to let in some fresh air! Speaking of doors...wouldn't it be lovely to have a dutch door? I can imagine one of these on a cute farmhouse or little beach cottage. The fresh cut grass and salty air filling the home with its intoxicating scent! The sound of the wind drifting over the open fields ...the crashing of the waves in the distance...

Come along and dream with me...

I love the punch of blue on the open door against the blue pillows on the window seat. Can't you just taste the salt air?
Coastal Living

Eddie Ross
Cottage Living
Delaware Governor's House
Dutch-style door
This Old House
Coastal Living
If I can't have a dutch door on my house, maybe I can add one to my garden shed...errr...ummm...if I had a garden shed!

What are you dreaming of?

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Tisket, A Tasket, A French Door Basket!

Welcome Spring!

The beautiful weather has me dressing my door to welcome visitor's and nothing says *Spring* like  sunny yellow forsythia!

I can use this french basket during many season's just by changing the flower's placed in it. I have a pretty white assortment for the summer and come July, I add flags for a patriotic look.
I absolutely love the way it looks on my front door!

My front door can be a little hard to see from the street with the porch over hang shading it a bit, but the yellow certainly helps to add a cheerful look and it really dresses up the door!

I love this basket and enjoy the personality it adds to my home!

Welcome Spring!

Look here to see my french door basket dressed for Fall.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Wee Bit of Ireland!

In honor of St. Patrick's Day and all things Irish, I bring you beautiful Irish homes as featured in  Romantic Irish Homes  by Robert O'Byrne and The Irish Country House by Knight of Glin and James Peill.

WARNING: The following images just might have you making a cup of tea! Enjoy!

Romantic Irish Homes
Romantic Irish Homes
Romantic Irish Homes

Romantic Irish Homes

Romantic Irish Homes

Romantic Irish Homes

The Irish Country House
The Irish Country House
The Irish Country House
The Irish Country House
I leave you with this my friends!

An Irish Blessing

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring Cleaning Outdoors

As the weather has warmed up to summer time temperatures, now is a good time to take your spring cleaning outside. After raking and picking up all the debris in the yard left by Old Man Winter, now is the time to clean the deck or patio before bringing out the furniture and pretty pillows!

Remove grime, pollen, fungus and mildew with a store bought deck cleanser or this homemade formula:

Add one cup of powdered laundry detergent to one gallon of hot water and a 1/2 cup of chlorine bleach.

The bleach will help kill the moss or mildew.

 A power washer with a reservoir for adding a cleaning solution will make this job easier. If you don't have a power washer, then the cleaning solution can be added to a deck sprayer. Once applied, be sure to rinse with a hose. This can also be used to wash the dirt and cobwebs from the house too.

Dedicate one day to cleaning the exterior of the house and outside areas and your reward will be a nice clean yard ready for relaxation and summertime entertaining!

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