Memorial Day is Near

IMG_6545-1Memorial Day Weekend is coming up (unofficial beginning of summer)! As I think about how I want to dress the house this year, I always enjoy looking back at what I’ve done before. It’s fun to change things up, so I’ll use prior years as a guide and try to give it a new twist.

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IMG_6542 IMG_6568DSC_0019-1024x685IMG_6540IMG_6564Do you dress your house to fit the holidays? As one of our friends said, you could drop a foreigner in our neighborhood and they would know what holiday we’re celebrating if you look at my house.

Flags will be flying here soon!

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Magnolia – Weston Farms

bluejayurnThere is one green that is my “go to” during the holidays….and that’s magnolia. It certainly holds a certain Southern charm for me and I love its hearty, sturdy, green/brown leaves. It’s perfect on a mantle, along a sideboard, tucked into bookshelves or stuffed into a champagne bucket. And, it lasts!

No one is growing it more beautifully than Erin Weston of Weston Farms in Raleigh, North Carolina. 14 years ago, Erin left a publishing career in NYC to try her hand at farming in her native state. It was a smart bet, as she now grows more than 10,000 trees and is turning those magnolias into stunning garlands, lush arrangements and statement wreaths that are heralded by Traditional Home, Southern Living, Garden and Gun, interior designers and event planners across the country.

Lucky for you…she ships! And, even luckier, her arrangements make a luxurious, impactful, thoughtful gift for those folks on your list that you just haven’t gotten to yet. Perhaps you’re struggling with what to get them. I know I’d be thrilled to open a box of Erin’s designs. Her magnolia will dry and age and be able to be used again and again, so it’s really a value compared to what you would pay for an arrangement or poinsettia that just won’t last.

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Sometimes the prettiest things are the simplest. Simply beautiful, like these magnolias by Weston Farms. Time to dress up your mantle!

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Happy Halloween

img_4500Who else is relieved Halloween is on a Monday?! I’m all for the fun, but it does make it a little easier knowing that it’s on a school night!

One exciting event happened in our house last week that will make this a Halloween to remember….my youngest got his braces off, after having them on for 4 years. And, he’s a big fan of all those gummy things!

As one son has outgrown trick-or-treating and the other is nearing the end of that childhood right of passage, I thought I’d take a trip through the years and the costumes.img_1095dsc_0045 dsc_0103img_7632 dsc_0051 dsc_0017 img_0426 img_4568 img_7626 img_0357Whether you’re dressing up little ones or handing out candy….may it be a fun and safe Halloween. And, I wish you a few pieces of your favorite candy!

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