Monday, May 2, 2016

Making Guests Feel Welcome

How do you make guests feel welcome in their bath away from home?
 Have you ever been the guest in someone's home and felt that perhaps you were an after thought when it came to the guest bathroom?

That has not happened to me many times, thankfully, but the thought has made me conscious of how I make guests feel welcome in my home.

So, take a look at what I do in hopes my guests will want to plan a return visit.

This guest bath is quite small so making the most of what space I have is important.
This is the way the room looks most days.
 I love the use of silver and the angels with their silver plate wings add such a lovely touch.  They also compliment the polished nickle fixtures.
Having disposable hand towels is convenient for visitors.
For overnight guests, I remove the decorative items and replace them with more practical items such as containers for Que-tips, facial pads and disposable cups.
Toothbrushes and toothpaste as well as lotions and soaps are in the top drawer.
I also have a hair dryer.
Extra space in lower cabinets is available for make-up bags or whatever they might want to leave there for convenience.

I am using a silver cake stand to elevate the items and also allow more surface space beneath.
A set of fresh linens is out so they don't have to guess where to find them.
  There is also an assortment of toiletry items for their convenience.
One important thing to remember is to have a fresh roll of toilet tissue and replacements where they can easily be found.
Nothing says "Welcome" like fresh flowers and special touches.  I want my guests to know they were anticipated and planned for.
Thinking about what you would like made available for you in a guest bath, is a good starting place when planning yours.

You may want to visit Poppy at With a Dash of Color to see her ideas for using some inexpensive items to dress up her master bath.  She has done a beautiful job.

In the comments, I would love to hear what you do to make your guests feel welcome. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Monday Link-up of Links

We are on the road again, so I have prepared a couple Monday posts in advance.  I will share the trip with you at a later date.  In the meantime....

Check out the following Links.  You may enjoy them as well.

1.  Need closet organization ideas?
South Shore Decorating Blog: 50 Favorites For Friday #119:
Click the link below

2.  This is a blog I really enjoy
and I especially like her blog header.
 It is a blog about fashion, lifestyle and beauty, and if you have a love for all things French, then you will also enjoy this blogger.  And this philosophy is one reason I enjoy it:

"Women as they age are wiser, even more beautiful and more self-confident. We can all lead lives that are infinitely enriched; all we need is a little inspiration and the know-how."

So check her out.  You are sure to find something that interests you.

3.  Need Inspiration?

Oh to have the energy and spirit of this delightful 105 year old Texas lady.

4.  And Now this!
Taken with my Canon Rebel T5i and zoom lens

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Treat for the Eyes

In lieu of Wednesday Hodgepodge today, I thought I would share with you some eye candy and neat ideas from some favorite bloggers.

What an entrance!
How about a Spring Outdoor Luncheon - Source
Pinhole Press photo book
A Great Idea for Mother's Day - Source

Chip's Breakfast - Source

Wow! A little spray paint can completely transform a home decor piece. Now it so fits into a French Farmhouse style!
A Thrift Store Makeover - Source

A we will close with another grand entrance.  This house is for sale in our city for almost $2 million.  Takers anyone?
Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Birds & Bees & Flowers

On a beautiful spring Saturday afternoon, I, my camera and zoom lens explored outside my house.
This is what we found -
God's Amazing Creation!
 "By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see."  Hebrews 11:3

Linking up with:
Amaze Me Monday #159 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Grilled Cheese Anyone?

I'm joining Joyce From This Side of the Pond and our weekly community of Wednesday Hodgepodgers.  Click on Joyce's link and see how some others answer these questions.  Thanks for visiting.

1. What's the last thing you did that could be described as 'taxing'?

I skipped this question to begin with and now after trying to answer #6, I can truthfully say that was one of the most taxing things I've done recently.

2. If you could plant a garden of anything, what would be in it?

Been there, done that!  No gardens at my ripe old age and lack of garden space.  But, I'll play the pretend game and say, tomatoes, lettuce, green beans, squash, and herbs.

3. April 10-16 is National Library Week...will you celebrate with a visit to your nearest library? When did you last make a trip to the library? What are you reading right now? What's one title on your want-to-read list?

I have not been to a library in years.  I mostly read Kindle books on my iPad.  If there is a particular book-book we want, we order it from Amazon.

I am currently reading "Clever Girl" by Lauren Kessler.
It is the true story of Elizabeth Bentley, New England-born, conservative, Vassar-educated, introvert who eventually began directing operations of the two largest Russian spy rings in America.  She defected in 1945 and told her story.  It is an interesting read.

On my to-read list is a book a friend gave me, "Praying Effectively for the Lost" by Lee E. Thomas.  She says this book has changed the way she prays about everything.  I look forward to spending time with it soon.

4. Share a saying or an old wives tale you heard while growing up, you believed to be true or that you paid attention to 'just in case'?

One of our favorite places to eat in the Carrollton/Plano area is "Mama's Daughter's Diner".  The walls are lined with "Mama said" quotes from the 50's and 60's.  I can relate to everyone of them.  For instance:  "Because I said so"  (I hated that one!); "Don't make me say it again"; "Your face is gonna freeze like that"; "Look at me when I'm talking to you"; "Were you born in a barn?"; "Enough is enough!". And one of my favorites not on the wall:  "If you swallow those watermelon seeds, you'll grow a baby in your tummy!"

5. Are you a fan of onions? Garlic? Ginger? What's a dish you love that contains one, two or all three items listed?

I like sauteed or roasted onions but not raw.  I like some garlic in almost everything.  I don't use a lot of ginger in my cooking.  In the south, we call the mixture of onions, garlic and celery the holy trinity because it is used in so many recipes.  I cannot possibly pick just one dish.  Okay, maybe gumbo.

6.  Where does nurturing end and indulging begin? What are some skills or qualities you think a person needs to possess in order to be viewed as mature?

Oh my goodness, Joyce, I was skating along pretty well until I got to this question.  You are challenging me on this one.  I will venture to say that nurturing ends and indulging begins when we knowingly enable someone to not be independent in both their thinking and actions.  I have seen parents who seem to need to be needed and therefore fail to transfer decision making to the child along the way.

In my opinion a person needs to possess the ability to take responsibility for their own decisions.  They are open to others opinions and weigh them carefully, but in the end stand firm on what they decide.  They put others first.  Show leadership qualities and skills in making people around them feel secure and respected.  Are able to provide for themselves.

7. What leading figure in any field would you like to hear speak, and why?

Our son recently heard Payton Manning speak and said he was one of the best motivational speakers he has ever heard.  I think I would enjoy hearing him as well.

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Did you know that Sunday was National Grill Cheese Sandwich Day?

Time, the once leading magazine recently did a survey and they claim that people who love grilled cheese sandwiches also have more sex. I know, go figure!  Now they tell us.

We need to remember that this once popular magazine is now occasionally found in dental offices under Golf Digest and The Saturday Evening Post, and the general mature population couldn't care less what they think or write about any more.  So why even mention it!

I actually can't think of a good answer to my own question, except to suggest that you might want to take advantage of this National Day for the rest of the week and see what happens.  I personally think a far more relevant topic would be whether those who enjoy their grilled cheese sandwiches cut diagonally are just better people.  (Of course they are!) 

Have a great week!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Black Pants, The Basis for a Uniform

Do you wear a uniform?

Since my life is much more relaxed since retiring, I find that I am drawn to much more relaxed and comfortable clothing.  That doesn't mean I want to look sloppy - but it does mean that I have paired down my closets and am relying on some of the basics I find comfortable and yet versatile.
Hence, the uniform idea. 

I thought it would be fun to start with my favorite pair of black stretch jeans by Liverpool and show you how one pair of basic pants can give you so many different looks.

Black + White Is Always Right

Black and white is always up to date and trendy.  It’s a must have in your wardrobe, like bread and milk go on your grocery list.
Black and white stripes make for a cool combo and they are very Chanel-like.

I will admit that black and white are not my best colors but I love wearing them.  So there!

I love this stripped top and wear it often.  I may add a strand of pearls or a more colorful necklace or even top it with a colorful sweater.
How about this sassy little variegated strip?  It is extremely light weight and the open arms make it perfect for hot summers.
Here I've combined a wider striped tank and coordinating cardigan, both from Target.  I chose one of my favorite statement necklaces to dress it up a bit.  It gives some interest closer to my face.  This would be a perfect outfit for lunch with the girls or dinner with your Hubby.
I will even combine this otherwise casual duo with my more dressy palazzo pants for a more formal outing.

I recently found this wonderful jacket at my new favorite little (and I mean tiny) boutique, Hudson's, here in Shreveport.  I find it to be so versatile.  It can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.  Here I've simply paired it with the stripped tank and added a nice necklace.  It would be fun to mix it with a more colorful top and white pants, or even blue jeans and tee.
And don't you just love the collar?

 Not crazy about a lot of black and white?

How do you feel about

Black + Brown?

I happen to love the combination.

Here are a few ideas.
These covers are other Hudson finds that have become staples.  I love this long, pocketed linen one.
 The deeper brown open cover drapes so nicely.  I wear it often with a black top as well.  Adding a colorful scarf helps tie the two colors together and fills in the neckline.
Or, how about adding your favorite color with your black pants? 
I happen to love orange with black even though it's not Halloween.
For those occasions when I need a light wrap, I've added this very light weight, off white loose cardigan.  These two pieces are also from Target.  I haven't shopped there for clothes until this spring, but found that you can't beat their prices for items such as these.
These are just a few combinations to get your juices flowing so you too can find creative combinations in your own closet.

So what are your favorite things to wear with black pants?

Amaze Me Monday #158