It's Friday and it's Fabulous...Porch Love

 

We hope that you get to spend some great time outdoors this weekend...

Wouldn't this be a fabulous spot?

 

 

 

Design by Julia Blaylock and Segreto Finishes...they do fabulous work...

 

Do you have the new book Segreto Secrets To Finishing Beautiful Interiors by Leslie Sinclair?

 

 

 

One of our favorites!

Happy Weekend!

 

 

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Sunday Supper...Happy 75th Birthday!!!

Happy Mothers Day!!

I'm late publishing this Sunday because it's been a whirlwind around here for the past few days...We celebrated our Mother's 75th birthday with a surprise party last night...

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Sister and I have had a great time pulling it all together...

Hydrangeas are in full bloom right now...so they were the inspiration from the beginning...

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Tara (Talenas's daughter) is very creative and just loves invitations...so she took care of those ...and they were really beautiful...

Love the reverse side of the invitation as well...So for security reasons...we'll just show one side...

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We had about 50 guests...and it was a seated dinner. We passed wine and the appetizers on trays...it really helped with the flow.

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It was a family affair getting everything ready for the party to begin...

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These little mini individual layered dips were so cute and much easier than trying to hover over a bowl with a large crowd. We placed them on small plates with extra chips around them.

 Click here for the recipe.

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After the crowd had time to enjoy wine and appetizers we played a video that we had produced of Mother's life chronicled through both funny and serious photographs taken through the years set to music...It was about 15 minutes long and the music varied from big band sounds that had everyone tapping their feet...to Kenny Rogers "Through The Years", that had us wiping the tears away.

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Then it was time for dinner...

On the menu...

Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin...

2 pork tenderloins

Bacon

½ cup soy sauce

3 tbs. grated onion

2 tbs. cider vinegar

¼ tsp. pepper

3 tbs. sugar

3 cloves garlic, minced

Place tenderloins side by side in large roasting pan. Wrap bacon around tenderloins, tucking ends beneath. Combine soy sauce, onion, vinegar, pepper, sugar, & garlic; pour over top. Bake at 300º for 1 ¾ - 2 hours. Baste often with juices during cooking. Marinate several hours or can be cooked immediately.

We did 20 of these...

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Tossed Green Salad with Black Peppercorn Dressing

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Green Beans Supreme

Just before we popped them into the oven...Click here for the recipe.

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Cheesy Potato Casserole.   We did these in two crock pots, because even with two large ovens, there just wasn't enough room to cook all of this food at the same time. They were delicious...

Click here for the recipe...

Dessert was birthday cake...

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Chocolate with creme cheese frosting.

 Unfortunately the ice cream is still in the freezer...don't you just hate it when that happens?

After dinner...it was time for the band to play...The Drugstore Cowboys.

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This 3 piece band is made up of a group of retired pharmacists. They sing "Country"and "Gospel" music and are phenomenal. They played for over an hour...it was delightful  to just sit and listen on such a wonderful evening outside..but at times the crowd just had to get up and dance...

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Mother and Daddy...they have been dancing together for over 50 years...

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It started getting a little dark for the guys to read their music...so we hauled a lamp out from the family room...we dubbed them the "French" Cowboys...

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The weather teased us all day long...literally up until the party started we were still afraid it was going to rain...but the Lord blessed the crowd with a beautiful evening and we were able to enjoy the party both inside and out...

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Happy Birthday Mother...and Happy Mothers Day too!

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A Bit of Blue

We're working on a really fun new design incorporating a touch of blue through out the home. The fabrics are coming together beautifully. Everything is very light and fresh...

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Initial Inspiration for the kitchen...we've chosen Benjamin Moore Sea Pine for some of the cabinets and the Butler Pantry...

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Barstool finish and fabric...

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The family room is open to the kitchen..

Sofa fabric...

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Fabric for a large ottoman rather than a coffee table...

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Dining Room Inspiration...We've ordered similar chairs in a vintage sand velvet.  We're reupholstering the clients own higher back throne chairs in a tone on tone velvet in the same hue for the host and hostess chairs...We've chosen a beautiful linen for the drapes..

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Drapery fabric...it's gorgeous!

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Side Chairs...

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End Chairs...

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More inspiration for the clients living room.

 Similar vaulted ceilings with beams...Love this chandelier!

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Notice the subtle addition of blue ...

But...You don't have to start completely over to inject  fresh color into your own space.

We've gathered lots of lovely images to inspire you to make some changes...

Choose a fresh color that blends nicely with what you already have.  There are so many shades of blue that adapt easily to most spaces, so today it's all about ...a bit of blue...

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What do you think?  

It's your turn.  Let's talk!

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French Country Charm...

It's hard to believe that we're just getting around to doing a complete post about our project that was featured in At Home in Arkansas this month.  We collaborated with Bill Parkinson of Parkinson Building Group and his wife  Jessica on their own new residence.  We thought you might enjoy details through out the process, and we needed the time to pull it all together...

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 Let's go back...way back to the construction phase...

From the very beginning we planned to incorporate special architectural features and planned for antique or unique lighting...

Starting with the dining room...

The candlestick sconces were purchased before the plans were even complete...the lantern was another great find from an antique shop in Dallas...

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Here's a shot right after move in...

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You can see we recovered the chairs flanking the sideboard with a sculptured blue velvet, added another linen skirted bench and interesting cane back chairs at the ends of the table.  We also changed out the art on the opposite side of the room that reflects in the mirror for an older oil landscape.  We added the hand painted crests and a beautiful warm rug.  The candelabras that remained on the dining table have been in the family for years.  They are really beautiful.  The other accessories were the finishing touch.  This is one of our favorite rooms in the house.  

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Between the dining and kitchen is a beautiful little butler pantry...

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We found these fabulous lanterns at Round Top for the groin vault ceiling in the gallery that connects the public and private living spaces...

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OK...maybe this is one of our favorite spots...We love the wonderful thick wood shelves at the end of the hallway...The stained concrete floors, wonderful French doors leading to the covered porch, beautiful iron railing,antique French chair and painting of our client's great grandfather.  

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Lot's of planning went into the kitchen on the front end...

These fabulous old found shutters became cabinet doors on either side of the plaster hood...

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We also found the old stone corbels, then...the hood was designed around them...

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The kitchen is really beautiful with the combination of gray weathered cabinets, stained wood, brick and stone...and the beams in the kitchen and family room are fabulous!

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The iron chandelier is an old piece that we found had re-wired and added natural beeswax candle sleeves.  

Maybe this is our favorite?

In the breakfast room we recovered and skirted in linen inherited wing backs for end chairs.  The side chairs were originally dark wood.  They were  painted and recovered.  The chandelier with the burlap shade is the icing on the cake.  It pairs beautifully with the old iron chandelier over the island.

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The kitchen and breakfast area are open to the family room...

Here's a before...right after they moved in.

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After...

This room is another mix of old and new...reupholstered and repainted.  

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The powder room is filled with unique features..The iron console sink base is an old piece from Europe. The old sconces were rewired and mounted to the shutters on either side of a window rather than hanging the traditional mirror above the sink.  An antique round mirror hangs on a side wall...

This is definitely in competition for the favorites.

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The Master bedroom is still a work in progress...Here is the Before...

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After...

The bedside tables are actually an antique painted game table that we split in half and mounted to the wall.  They are now fitted with linen gathered skirts to hide the cords and give them a unique look.  We had neutral linen drapes installed and the direction of the entire room will eventually be much lighter...for now we removed the green and chocolate pillows and duvet at the end of the bed.  Painted mirrors replaced the old art and new lamps and accessories were added.

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It turned out so lovely they are going to take a break before going to the next phase.

The Master Bath...

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Another antique chandelier.

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Beautiful paint finish on the cabinets and old sconces rewired and mounted on the mirrors..

The covered porch needed a lot of attention.  The Parkinson's spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying the wonderful view...

Before...

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After...

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Custom made ottomans will add to their comfort...

We even had the coffee table made...

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We can never thank Diane Carroll editor of At Home in Arkansas, enough.  She works tirelessly to get the perfect shot and is a joy to work with.  If you haven't seen the magazine I hope that you willclick here to view the feature on their site.  We can't do it justice with our scans and the other pictures we took ourselves.

This was a true labor of love...we had fun leaving messages back and forth with Bill and Jessica about our new" favorite thing" as the project progressed.  Luckily we have the opportunity to work with Bill on other projects and have fun creating "favorite things" for their homes too.

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite thing?

It's your turn.  Let's talk.