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.


Wish we  had the before 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...


More ideas for old armoires...

A lovely bar?.....


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


Great for Sewing or Crafting Storage...

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Great for extra linens...


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.


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


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


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

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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...


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


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


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.


To the screened in porch...

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


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..


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


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.


 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...


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

The large palm also serves as a visual separation.


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

Love the new outdoor rugs from Pottery Barn..


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


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


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.


The doors that lead to the back yard...


All so pretty...


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


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


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


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


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.

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