Tuesday, May 31


I'm really loving the look of cloches...you know, the glass dome placed over an object such as a plant or piece of fruit.


Pretty, huh? Sometimes the glass cloche is placed directly on a table surface, or sometimes it rests on a wooden or glass base. I've seen these over the last year or so at Pottery Barn, West Elm, Ballard Designs and more. They can be a little pricey...like this beauty from Wisteria:


They have three sizes ranging from $79 - $99. Holy moly...that's a lot of moola for a glass dome.  Needless to say, I haven't bought one.

Until last week...when I spied a glass cloche at the thrift store. For $4.84. That's right...less than $5. I knew immediately it would come home with me. Now, in all fairness, it's a bit smaller than the above cloches, but it's so darn cute and just perfect for a small object, in this case...avocado...

Pretty cute huh?  Go thriftin'! You just never know what you'll find!

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I love front porches. When I bought my very modest bungalow 18 months ago, one of my first requirements was a front porch. There's just something comforting and welcoming about a front porch. Which brings me to this delicious porch...

I mean, really? Can you imagine coming home to THIS every day. I swoon! I just keep looking at this photo and I love all of it. The only thing that makes me sad is that I don't have the keys to open that front door. And speaking of the door...oh how I adore the pale aqua door with white trim and the oiled bronze hardware. OH MAN! Makes me want to paint my front door! I love the container garden and the lanterns and the painted wood floor and the rug. UGH. I die.

When I bought my house it had the green outdoor carpet that looks like astro-turf. GAG. I ripped it up immediately, but the concrete didn't look so great, so I had charcoal gray outdoor carpet installed. I love it. I have a white house with gray trim and the gray carpet is super pretty. Here's some before and after:

Then about a month ago, I brought my patio chairs to the front porch to create a cozy seating area:

Looks better than the astro-turf, right? I've since added a few container flowers and plants. It's getting there. It's nothing like the beautiful photo at the top of this post, but this porch is all mine. Come join me on my porch...I'll make lemonade!

Sunday, May 1

...mason jars

If my personality could be summed up by an object, my personality would be MASON JAR. I love, love, love mason jars of every size and color. I can't seem to get enough. Every time I go to a thrift store, I keep my eyeballs peeled for mason jars. They are just so functional. As you can see below, they make a lovely window vase on a rainy morning. I just love that they are so utilitarian. I use them for everything from drinking glasses, to vases to storing craft items. You can usually find them at thrift stores and yard sales for less than a dollar a piece. Pick up a few today. You won't be sorry. Oh, and of course they can be used for canning (duh), but since I don't cook, I find other ways to use them. Yay!