Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Whole Lot of Color


I have been a busy bee lately doing random things, but the common thread seems to be color.


I spent way too much time changing things in the entry


only to change things right back to the way they were.


I might have gone a little overboard at the nursery.


An old high school friend is in town and is dropping by for lunch today

so I have been working in the garden.


Baskets filled with flowers brighten things up


and later this week they will get planted.


Last week I brought an old ottoman down from the attic and made a cover for it to match the slipcovers.


Steve and I can both sit on the sofa with our feet up when we're watching movies now.


The ottoman triggered a series of changes in the living room, but I'm only ready to share the ladder


which is all decked out with my bucket collection.


Actually every flat surface in the living room received a fresh look, but I only managed photos of the ladder.


I'll photograph the rest of the living room updates after I find a place to hang the harpoon Steve gave me for Mother's Day.


I've been taking a lot of photos and the tulips my son and his wife sent me were a perfect prop.


Someone else thinks she's a prop too.


Now I need to get busy and start looking for ideas on how to set the table


and what to serve for lunch - I do know that we'll be eating outside in the garden.


I titled my post "A Whole Lot of Color", but I think I could also have easily swapped the word "flowers" for color.

40 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

A whole lot of colorful flowers! I know you and your friend will have a lovely lunch surrounded by them.

Wonderful photos as always.

Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

Jewels said...

Just lovely - you do a great job at "putzin" and I LOVE your Beatles themed hand pointing - how cool is that :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Everything is cute, cute, cute!!!

Maria Elena said...

Love all your pretty flowers. Have a great lunch with your friend! xxx Maria

Keity said...

Really nice post with fantastic photos. Lovely living room! Thank you for sharing:)

Curtains in My Tree said...


I like how the ladder is a book case type thing or shelving I should say
I have 2 ladders very similar however no more wall space so they are going in yard sale next week

your room is so attractive and cute

Linda said...

Love, love love all the beautiful pops of colour and those flowers!!!!!Love!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I need a trip to the nursery now that I've seen all your flowers. So pretty. Enjoy your lunch with your friend. It's been gorgeous here and not too hot yet!
hugs,
Linda

Laurie said...

It's always so pretty at your home. I like the oar over your window. I have one that I'm going to hang in the upstairs bathroom to hang towels on.

Susie said...

Carol, I am loving all the color, especially your flowers. I really like the pail collection too. Blessings for a fun week. xoxo, Susie

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It looks beautiful.
xoxo Su

Sarah said...

Can never have too many flowers! Love all the color in the baskets. I need to add some more color to the terrace. It's all just shades of green at the moment, though the front garden is bursting with color. The dy lilies are in full bloom, and their golden heads greet us as we come and go. I know your lunch was beautiful. Hope you'll share some photos.

Connie said...

Good Morning Carol, Your friend is going to be blown away with your garden and no, I do not think that you can go overboard shopping at the nursery. I'm headed there today to look for a vine to plant in front of the well house. I am so impressed with your ottoman slipcover, I suppose you made the ones for the sofa too. If you lived closer I would try to hire you to give be a slipcover sewing lesson. I love the way you added the pipping . . . you are sooooooooooooooo talented. Last, but far from least . . . that harpoon . . . isn't it wonderful to have a husband that knows you well enough to look for a gift that is so special. It reminds be of the wagon wheel that my Steve bought me one year for my birthday. I say, "We are blessed with thoughtful sweethearts".
Have a lovely time with your girlfriend.
Connie :)

Jeanna said...

There is whole bunch of HAPPY color here. I love that Steve gave you a harpoon for Mother's Day, it will be interesting to see what you do with it.

Enjoy your lunch :)

bobbie said...

LOVE the harpoon!

Enjoy your beautiful flowers ~

Daniela said...

I so love this post of yours, dearest friend, actually I'm so charmed by every photograph of yours, how much color and how much joy and cheerfulness, thank you for sharing !

May the remainder of your week be blessed with joy,
sending my dearest love to you

Dany

cynthia lee designs said...

I love all your pretty flowers!!
~Cindy

Leslie Harris said...

Everything looks so pretty and cheerful Carol! You've been busy haven't you? I wish I could sew, that ottoman looks amazing--and so comfy too. I've been meaning to stop by and catch up with you. Last week I flew back home and stayed with my parents. My Dad's resting heart rate had dropped to the low 40s and he needed a pacemaker asap. It was an exhausting week but everything turned out well-thank you Lord. And I'm back trying to get caught up with life. just went grocery shopping last night hahaha... So glad your rash is better maybe we can finally get together soon :)
xo
Leslie

Down by the sea said...

Your posts always put a smile on my face! Lovely to see so many pretty flowers and your latest make over. The buckets and spades are great too! Sarah x

Rita C. said...

Carol, love so many things here - your new flowers and the riot of colors, those ruffled napkins (which I've seen before, but just sayin'..), Lulu & the tulips, and that bowl of cherries vignette is awesome! Do tell, why did Steve select a harpoon as your Mother's Day present? I do the same thing as you - spend a lot of time and circling right back to the way I had things before. That's a good lesson in, "if it's not broken, don't try to fix it".

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Lulu just doesn't quit making me LAUGH! She knows the camera is on, she knows she better take full advantage of the moment and JUMP IN! teeeheee

Carol! Your ottoman, I love it! And you made the cover? Did you use a pattern or did you "eye ball it?"

The cottage looks splendid. We too are changing things around in our garden. We planted some evergreens about 8 years ago now that have become SO HUGE that we are going to pull them out and replace most of them with boxwood. Our goal is to have a sea of boxwood to mimic those gardens in France. That plant seems to do well for us, and we're up to the task!

School is almost out. I want to spend every day in a book, with my camera, writing, gardening, just loving my part in this life.

a breath of fresh air said...

Carol

Its so nice to return to blogger and your be the first one I read in a while.
Its lovely to see you lovely home and see what you have been up to. Hope all is well.

Casa Mariposa said...

Beautiful! It all looks like a magazine layout. :o)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Love all the color in your post. The flowers are beautiful and I love how you change things up in your cottage. I have to agree with the above comment - it does look like a magazine layout.

Looking forward to seeing the rest of your living room.

Have a great week.

Mary

20 North Ora said...

LOVE all of your brilliant colors in everything you have done. So pretty.

Judy

Pam Richardson said...

Carol, I love seeing all the color, your flowers are stunning! Happy gardening! Pam @ Everyday Living

Lorrie said...

Color and Flowers are practically synonymous! Love how summery everything is looking. Hope you enjoyed your lunch in the garden.

bj said...

the flowers are all just gorgeous...not quite ready to plant a lot here yet...high winds right now and not pleasant to be out.
Hope you had fun with your friend. :)

Jann Olson said...

Oh my Carol, only you would love a harpoon for Mother's Day. Surely made me smile! I'm getting some of my furniture sand blasted and powder coated to match the wedding colors. Haven't gotten it back yet, so it will be a late gift. You know I love color as much as you. Love your buckets on the ladder. I only have two. Hmmm, may need to change that. lol!
hugs,
Jann

Dottie E said...

Hello, and so enjoyed this email...very comfortable, colorful and beautiful flowers. However, that wooden handled item hanging on door with the pointed edge, is it safe with your dear little dog....vibration it could fall off, open the door, same.... I too have beloved pets and am aware of hanging items too. Have a beautiful day and until your next email wishing you a beautiful journey.....dottie

The French Hutch said...

Love your bounty of garden flowers, they are always such joy to me when I do this. Funny how one little change can trigger a whole room makeover! Love your pretty colors and I think your collection of buckets is adorable. I am finding a lot of inspiration here………..

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Your bucket collection is my favorite. It's so perfectly you.
You may be the only mother in America that got a harpoon for Mother's Day. Aren't you proud? It's awesome!

craftyles said...

Beautiful flowers. I love the ottoman for the couch. I'm sure it's great for watching tv and movies.Your house is looking good!

Daytona Damsel said...

I envy your ability to make slip covers. I have never tried since such a large project. Gorgeous pictures as always. Debbie

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Well I love all of your color everywhere, as always, but I had to laugh at Lulu being a prop and what a wonderful job you did on the ottoman!! Gorgeous.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love your children's bucket collection! Some of them brought back memories of buckets I had as a child. Going overboard at the garden center is a good thing --they w will be very colorful in your yards!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Lovely as always! I was so taken how you just mentioned that you made a slipcover for an old ottoman....it looks professionally made! Everything is so pretty. I love your bucket collection...what a great thing to collect.

Patty Antle said...

I wish I could be that friend coming for lunch! I'd love to see your cottage in person. Looks lovely!

Lavues said...

It looks refreshing with the colours and beautiful arrangement. :)

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The ottoman makes the room look so comfy!