Our Blue Balcony

June 29th, 2012

My 2012 Home Goal #6 is officially checked off the list!  We have a new outdoor space all done up in shades of blue and just in time to enjoy summer outdoors.  We don’t have any travel plans in July – instead we’ll be spending it at home chilling in this new blue balcony space with a great view of the yard.

centsational girls blue balcony

 

It’s a tight space and there was no room for a coffee table when people sit, so instead I added small wicker end tables all around for drinks or reading material.

blue balcony left side view

 

 

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Fabulous Online Fabric Sources!

June 28th, 2012

I’m up to my ears in fabric right now stitching up outdoor pillows, curtains for my daughter, and pillows for the new window seat too, and all of the fabrics I’m working with were purchased online.  This week, my sewing machine is certainly earning its keep! 

Fabric possesses that magical power to transform a space, and brings beautiful pattern, interesting texture, soft comfort, and always great style.  Visiting a fabric store with a beverage in hand is my idea of a perfect afternoon!

villa nova pink and gray living room

  source:  Villa Nova Fabrics

Textiles instantly establish the mood of a space, and I’m a huge fan of using bold bright colors or patterns and also layers of subtle colors that play well together.  I just love when designers mix various fabrics with abandon.

calico corners fabrics

source:  Calico Corners

 

I was working on a giant list of favorite fabric sources to save on my computer for future use but then thought I’m sure many of you could use a great list of online fabric sources too!  Here are some of the best online sources for modern designer fabrics for decorating around the home (that ship to or are available the USA).       

   

online sources for home decor fabric

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1.  Fabric.com

fabric.com selections

 

2.  800 Fabrics

800 fabrics

 

3.  Hawthorne Threads

hawthorne threads

 

4.  Tonic Living

tonic living

 

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Scenes from the South

June 27th, 2012

Brace yourself, this is one of those meeeeellion images posts cause I just gotta share.

Okay.  We haven’t taken a real hop-on-an-airplane family vacation in five years, so ever since we started planning the Haven Conference last year and ever since my brother and his family also moved to Savannah a year ago it made perfect sense to book a flight to Georgia with the whole family and spend the week. 

The trip was personally meaningful to me because my older brother who serves in the military is headed to the Middle East for six months in September so this was a real opportunity to spend time with him and his family before he departs for his tour of duty (so proud of him and our troops!).  Having spent the week, I shall have Georgia on my mind and in my heart forever and ever amen.   

We arrived at my brother and sister-in-law’s house in Savannah, and I haven’t seen them in over a year so it was instant hug/melt/hi y’all have a drink relaxation from the moment we walked in the door.  My sister-in-law who I adore is one of those gals who decorates her home with what she loves and doesn’t give a hoot about what’s in the latest shelter magazines and still her home has so much comfort and style because it’s all about the needs of her family and the things she loves.

sis house

I love that kind of decorating philosophy – it makes one feel instantly welcome. 

Our first night was spent on her screened porch which I totally failed to photograph, but imagine pretty white siding and stylish comfortable seating and plants in containers galore with a ceiling fan blowing you as you sip sweet tea and your cares melt away, and quite frankly it’s a little piece of heaven on earth. 

She made us fried green tomatoes and baked garlic cheese grits on our arrival, wow, such southern hospitality!

fried green tomatoes and grits

 

At daylight we headed to Fort Pulaski to give the kids an education! 

fort pulaski cannons

 

We adults also wanted to get a dose of Civil War history so we toured the Fort and learned a few things from this guide like how “invincible” Fort Pulaski fell in under two days due to a more advanced weaponry. 

tour of fort pulaski

 

We arrived in time to see the cannons fired – I made a little slide show for all of you who love history – I find Civil War history so fascinating and this was a definite highlight (which required covering your ears for the “boom”.) 

cannon fire

 

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