It's All In the Details...

Gustave Flaubert, the French writer best known for his novel Madame Bovary, is generally  attributed with the saying, "Le bon Dieu est dans le detail".

Over the years this expression has morphed and changed but the simple message remains the same...and that is… that whatever we do, should be done thoroughly and to the very best of our abilities.

The details are what make all the difference...

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Details can be very simple or extremely elaborate. The complexity is not the point...

It's as Gustave Flaubert tried to convey...that whatever we do, should be done thoroughly and to the very best of our abilities.

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New Uses For Your Old Armoire...DIY

Flat screen televisions have sent a lot of beautiful armoires to the garage or a spare bedroom as people opt for more modern pieces to either hide the TV or just mount it on the wall. 

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Why not re-purpose these pieces and use them in unconventional ways in other rooms in your home?

Sister recently did a complete overhaul on an armoire that had been in her daughters room since she was in high school.    She and Tara decided to use it for both storage and a changing table in the babies nursery.

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Wish we  had the before shot...it was a rough wood with solid doors. (Looked like it came from Mexico, ugh.)  Talena's husband cut the panels out and added the wire mesh grids.  Talena painted the cabinet inside and out...changed the hardware and added fabric panels behind the grill.

Also wish we had a picture of the unit open.  It has a shelf with  pad for changing diapers and a cute mirror hanging above it.  Baskets on lowers shelves organize everything that is needed to keep baby happy.

Just to give you a sense of how lovely it fits into the nursery now...

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More ideas for old armoires...

A lovely bar?.....

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How about removing or changing doors out and incorporating  into the bath for a unique cabinet?

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Great for Sewing or Crafting Storage...

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Great for extra linens...

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Great for home ofice space...

Love how creative someone got with the wallpaper inside this old piece...This would be darling with the adition of hooks and possibly a partition and use as a locker in the back hall or laundry area.

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On a large blank wall in a dining space...fill it with dishes and serving pieces...

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The ideas are endless...  I would love a beautiful armoire similar to this one near the front entrance for Guests coats and scarves...

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Hopefully this inspires you to look at  something you may have become tired of in a unique way.  What inspiration will you share?

It's your turn.  Let's talk!

Images from our files, House Beautiful and Pinterest.

A Beautiful Screened Porch...

I promised pics of Sister's screened porch ...  they won't disappoint, and there's a whole lot more ...

A little background...She and her husband built their home 16 years ago.  It's a gorgeous Southern Traditional ..

The front of Sister's house...

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Recently the base of the fountain cracked and was leaking.  I think it is even more beautiful planted...

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This was our Father's Day celebration for Daddy, so Sister had white sangria waiting for us when we arrived...

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Isn't the breakfast area beautiful?

It's hard to believe this is the original paper from 16 years ago.  It's a Boussac and is just fabulous.  She added the pendant light fixture a couple of years ago.

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To the screened in porch...

This is everyone's favorite spot... the swing...now with new cushion and pillows...

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The porch is 12 ft. wide and 45 ft. long.  That's a really big porch.  This seating area is across from the swing on the end of the porch off the kitchen..

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These rockers are comfortable as well.  They're older and really comfy.  Very Southern vs. newer and trendy.

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This is the view of the landscape from this end of the porch.  You can sit in the rockers or the swing and hear the gentle sound of the fountain and look out at the lush garden.

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 The center of the porch also centers with double screen doors that lead to the back yard.

The dining table with candle lit chandelier separates the two ends of the porch...

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Two large iron and glass etageres flank the double doors just across from the table...

The large palm also serves as a visual separation.

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The far end of the porch is just off the Master bedroom...

Love the new outdoor rugs from Pottery Barn..

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We found the concrete pedestal table on the way to the lake Memorial Day weekend...

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Lot's of details...  Love the cloche..this dainty wire one with the bird on top is so pretty...

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Have you noticed the gas lanterns?  There are eight of them that cast a soft glow in the evening the length of the porch...The tongue in groove ceiling also adds a nice touch.

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The doors that lead to the back yard...

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All so pretty...

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Just a few inside shots...we'll share more later...

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Sister had this stunning lamp made from a really old piece of statuary...love the custom  shade... the scale for this room is just perfect...

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The family room...mood lighting not exactly the best for  photography...hey we're here for a party...

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The formal living room...Another fabulous old lamp with custom shade...

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That's all for now...  We'll show more later, I promise...I've got to get back to the party...My sangria is waiting.

It's your turn.  Let's talk!

A Few Summer Changes At Our House...

I read somewhere once that your home is like a child... constantly changing, growing, and maturing into what you want it to be.  I agree.  Each new season has me re-evaluating, tweaking and planning changes.  It's a good thing I don't have more extra time than I do ..., my husband couldn't take it.

Thought you might enjoy seeing a few things  I've been working on lately...

First, the front porch. The pots have been empty since the Christmas decor came down.  Even with them planted, I felt it needed something more... 

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Now...

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I planted boxwood, pink ivy geranium, Englsh ivy and pink petunias in the urns on the columns.  I added the scrolled iron planter filled with the same, plus blue salvia and licorice plant.  I love this planter and it  adds that something extra.  It also breaks up the two pair of planters.  There are matching long planters filled with boxwood on either side of the front doors.

I continued the pink theme indoors...

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Dining Room Sideboard

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Kitchen Island...

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I've recently re-arranged the back porch.  Ordered a rug and had two custom ottomans made.  These are just some quick unstaged pictures I took...

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This is one view of our porch before.  Lovely, I agree.  The problem is we never ate there and never really just lounged there either.  Just not comfortable sitting around the table.

Now...

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I had two ottomans made out of Sunbrella fabric.  They are on small casters so they can easily be moved around.  One is in the center of the four chairs. Another slides easily over when we need it.

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There was really nothing on this end of the porch except for an iron console against the bank of windows.  We moved the zinc top table to this corner with a couple of slip-covered French chairs and the other ottoman. Now a cozy place to eat and look out at the patio and back yard.

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Here's the iron console...Funny thing.  We had it in our inventory for a couple of years and it never sold so it ended up here.  Go figure!  It's made from a really old balcony, and is fabulous. The top is stained concrete.

You may recognize the cherubs.  We used them at the designer house.  Everyone wanted to buy them.  No way!!    Love these, we even used them on a table at my niece's wedding reception.

The other end of the porch...

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  This is really a mix...The old farm table was the casual dining table in our last house.  The rest of the of the slip-covered dining chairs are used here.  These chairs are upholstered in a horrid red stripe velvet underneath the slips.  We bought the antique iron piece from Marshall Clements before we finished the house.  That wall was just screaming for something really big.

The wicker chairs are from Lloyd Flanders.   We've had them for years.  They were originally dark green and have been painted a grayed brown.

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We love succulents.  They are so low maintenance.  But...  they love sun and just don't get enough under a covered porch.  My secret is out.  These are NOT real!!!  They are even planted in dirt.  No one has ever been able to tell the difference.

So excited about the new rug.  Sister found this resource online.  Sisal Rugs Direct. This is an indoor outdoor piece and you cannot tell the difference.  You can literally hose it off.  We're thrilled with it.

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The chandelier adds the finishing touch.  There are ceiling fans close to the ceiling on either side for air circulation.

I can't tell you how much we use this space since we've made the changes.  It's hard to get me inside at night.

One more change.  This has literally happened while I've been typing this post...

We've had this dark rug from our old house in the back hallway off the garage.  Pretty, but just not in keeping with the other rugs that we bought for this house...

Our foyer rug typical of the other rugs in our home..

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This rug just doesn't go...

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This is a back hallway.  If I had told Don that I wanted a new rug, he would think I'm crazy.  He would see nothing wrong with this rug because there isn't.  I just don't like it anymore. 

I got an e-mail from Pottery Barn last weekend about a sale on natural rugs...thought I would check it out.  They had a 6ft. jute round rug on sale for $129.00.  I just had to try it.  The doorbell rang while I was working on this post...

I love it!

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It's perfect.  So funny...Don came back to tell me something, was standing on it and never said a word.  Hmmm, wasn't sure what to think.  He came back again and said ...I love the rug!!!!

I'm just so thankful...

for a husband who allows me to do what I love...

for friends and clients that welcome us into their homes...

and for a Sister who is my best friend...

we are blessed to share this fun together every single day!

What do you think?

  It's your turn.  Let's talk!

A couple of side marks..1)The before porch image was a beautiful shot taken by At Home in Arkansas last summer when they featured our home thus a big difference in the pictures that I have taken and posted here.  2)Our back door is heavily distresed via our 14 year old puppy Cappi who is horribly afraid of thunderstorms.  We think it adds a lot of character.