Southern Drawl


 

Make an Entrance!

  The ENTRANCE to your home sets the tone.    It starts at the Front Door like a Preface to a good book that sets the stage to the story that follows within         (It really doesn’t matter what size or style the home is, “the rule” still applies)       So….Why Not? The Foyer sets that “Make an Entrance” which certainly welcomes guests to your home. It’s like the first few pages of that same book – it either draws you in for more. or you lose interest in the story that follows. Am I […]

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What Goes Around Comes Around

  I think it’s a little interesting how some trends recycle back around and  there are times, it’s just funny to me!     What you’ve seen before may just cycle back around.   If you are in my “age group”, you may see the humor, too in the first couple of examples.   When I was in college, the “hot thing” to have in your dorm room was a terrarium.  And that trend lasted for several years and then it faded away for years, but it’s back!  Have you noticed?  I am intrigued at the fascination with the containers, the […]

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A Southern Trend Gets Traction

Have you ever heard of “Haint Blue”?   Well, it’s the “nicknamed color” for the ceiling paint on a Southern porch and appropriately named to keep evil spirits away.  It dates back with generation after generation passing this tradition and in the Charleston area in particular, it has historical significance…..       And it goes Coast to Coast?   Yes, the idea of painting the porch ceiling an appropriate color blue is spreading to other areas of the country, not just in the South!  Of course, the color blue selection depends on the area of the country, too.  There […]

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Pot Filler Convenience or Luxury?

  Are you familiar with a “pot filler” for your Kitchen?   I’m wondering if you have contemplated the function it can add to your cooking tasks and needs……   If you are a busy cook, you will certainly enjoy this convenience!         A pot filler is another faucet in your Kitchen that is placed, usually around the cook-top or the coffee center or both, depending on the areas that are in need.  Would you benefit from installing one in your Kitchen too?   We use ours a lot, especially for those large pots that need to be filled! […]

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The Kitchen Window

  Window shopping can be more than just browsing in shop windows for the latest and greatest………   The Kitchen Window is a special part of the heartbeat in your home.   What makes this particular window in the house so special?             The Kitchen is the heart of the home and those windows speak to the real character of your interiors!  Can’t you just visualize the complete picture?          We spend a lot of time at the Kitchen sink; it needs to be a very pleasant spot, with a nice view! Let the […]

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A Perspective of Spring

  It’s the 1st day of SPRING!    Let’s start celebrating with the Top 5 Needs for “Porch Love’ at your home by rolling out the Welcome Door Mat!       (Carolyn Roehm knows how to add love to a porch…. Classic!)   …..and perhaps making it a little more special for you and your guests may be a personal favorite on the introduction of Spring and the prelude to Summer!     Comfortable pieces of furniture for “sitting a spell”, entertaining, and relaxing. Conversation areas depend on your space.             Color – definitely […]

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Do you have a Kitchen Sink Dilemma?

    Everyone has a favorite “look”……         Right?    Do you know what your Kitchen, and specifically your Kitchen Sink would be if you had the opportunity to make that change for the better?         “Personal details are important. How many times have you seen a gorgeous house in a shelter magazine that looks absolutely soulless? Everything’s right but it’s really not. That’s because everything matches perfectly and the designer didn’t incorporate the client’s personal style–or any of those messy real things that people acquire.”  Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa           But […]

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Wishing for Spring!

I like this quote.       I am so ready for some warm sunshine on my face and a Spring to my step!  I bid February goodbye and don’t let the screen door slam your backside on your way out!!!   Let’s put a positive spin on these chilly days and dote on some Springtime Inspirations and reminders!         Daffodils blooming are a good introduction to Spring.       Ours are popping up but waiting on permission from Mother Nature to burst into bloom. And yes, this translates into the first signs being just around […]

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Get the Real Dirt Here

Do you ever get your Laundry completely done before it stacks up again? I don’t.  I will get just about through several loads and then someone deposits dirty laundry in the bag!  I never catch up and therefore I spend a lot of time with the Laundry Room.  I have mine decorated with special touches on the wall – even pictures of children’s artwork that I’ve framed.   It makes me happy….             Here’s my list for the best Laundry Room!   I want it Nice, Pleasant, Enjoyable! (if I’ve got to work in there, […]

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Fish or Cut Bait

  Fish or Cut Bait!  Have you ever heard that phrase?  I’m sure it’s a Southern thing, that basically means – get off the fence and make a decision.  My husband brought that to my attention many, many years ago (along with quite a few others), because his mom used these phrases a lot.       Joanie (my mother in law) and her spunky personality always rang out in conversation with these phrases that made you stop and think and sometimes just laugh out loud right then and there.  She would say “I’m as nervous as a cat in […]

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