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Favorite Greens, Rhoda Style

Monday, March 15th, 2010

You can’t escape the color green, it’s everywhere, and rightfully so !  Perhaps it’s because I’m so drawn to botanicals, but I tend to surround myself with all shades of green.  Green is the color of all seasons.  Green is nature.  Green is serene.  Green is the perfect color to welcome into your home, especially this spring !  

I adore every shade of green, from the richness of olive to the softness of sage.  I especially love when green gets social, and mixes with neighboring shades on the color wheel.  Mingle with yellow and green becomes lemongrass, or inject it with blue and you’re looking at teal.  What’s not to love ? 

So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, and in a very roundabout nod to my Irish heritage, I’ve invited a few of my favorite bloggers to share their insight on the color green in a series called “These Are a Few of My Favorite Greens”.   First up is my dear friend Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, who I met at Blissdom last month, and who shares a love of decorating, thrifting, cooking and gardening !  I always tell Rhoda, I wished I lived closer, cause I’d be in her kitchen sharing her recipes and hopping in her car on the way to thrift stores and yard sales. 

rhodas greens

Take it away Rhoda !  

“Thank you SO much, Kate, for asking me to guest post at your beautiful blog. I’m so honored and excited to be here.

When Kate asked me to share my favorite pics all about the color green, I knew instantly that it would be an easy thing for me, since my favorite color is actually green. I’ve had green in my home since the beginning, in one particular shade or another. Green is such a happy color for me and I love having it in my home. So, we’ll get started with my faves:

One of my favorite things to do is yardsale and scour the thrift shops and I picked up this classically bound book, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, and the green cover is so pretty. This is one of my favorite all time books too, so it’s perfect for me to display with its aged green cover.

Books

Several years ago, I began a collection of Bordallo pottery and these bunny dishes caught my eye. First, I love bunnies and this soft green was the perfect complement to them, so there started my collection, which keeps growing yearly. This shade of green is very soothing to me.

Bordallo pottery

When we moved in our house, the laundry room was a big white box and I was determined to spruce it up and make it a happy place. So, I set out with the perfect lime green paint color, ‘Grasscloth’ by Behr and it was, indeed, instant happy. From there, I added some garden accessories and now my laundry room is one of my favorite spaces in the house.

LR shelf

These pears on my living room mantel were collected one at a time and I love their varying shades of green. One of them was bought at TJ Maxx and the others were found elsewhere, one a gift from a thrifting friend and the other from a yard sale. I repainted one of them to enhance the green, but I love how they all relate to each other even though they were found at completely different times. A perfect accent on the mantel.

pears

An apron is something that every domestic diva should have, so I just picked up my very first one at an antique mall. Just call me June Cleaver! In my favorite shade of lime green, the floral print really called to me.

apron

Another favorite paint color in my kitchen, ‘Laura Ashley Olive 4’, has been with me for several years and I still love it. Hanging on the wall is one of my most favored yard sale finds, the primitive painting found for $1. I love the colors and texture in this piece and it works in my multi-colored kitchen, with green as the main color.

Thrift painting

Growing hydrangeas in my garden is right up at the top of my fun list and drying them at the end of the season helps these highly prized blooms to linger longer and the soft muted green is just the most beautiful hue.

Dried hydrangeas

Another yard sale find, the green patina on this brass armillary grabbed my eye immediately. It’s the sort of piece that just gets better with age.

Armillary

 

Thank you so much Rhoda for sharing all of your favorite greens – I’m inspired by all of these choices, aren’t you ? 

Stay tuned, later today another favorite blog coming up !  Here’s a clue – she’s a blonde from the south and she’s married to Kevin, reading her blog is a small slice of heaven ! 

So tell us, how much green do you use in your home ?

Use The Force

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I know many of you are blanketed in snow, and part of me wants to be frolicking in a big pile of it right now.  Yet out here on the west coast, we’ve been blessed with a hint of spring.  I was in a euphoric trance this morning as I walked through Lowe’s garden department.   Rows and rows of tulips and daffodils.  Oodles of fresh new plants budding for spring !

It’s still cold around here, but the cherry blossom trees have just started to bud.  Just two days ago, I clipped a few branches off our mature cherry blossom tree, then I brought some branches indoors to force them to bloom.

I’ve never had real  cherry blossoms budding in my house – I’ve always enjoyed the fakes from Pier One.  But these beautiful pink blossoms are making me smile today.

“They’re real, and they’re spectacular.”

forced cherry blossom branch

I simply followed these steps by Better Homes & Gardens.

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