Easter, Visits, and Garden Plans

Happy belated Easter weekend! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram (If not, you really should!) you probably already know that we had family visiting for the holiday weekend. A great way to end our Spring break week. 

The girls loved dying eggs and hunting for them around the house with their grandparents. And I loved the extra cooking. I know, sounds funny, but sometimes cooking for just two extra people can cause me to splash out a bit more than I would for just John and our two picky girls. Feels more festive.
Some of the highlights from this weekend were: Edie's cheese tortellini soup, Ree's baked french toast, and Ina's Provencal Lamb.

It wasn't all celebration this past weekend, we managed to squeeze in a bit of work, too. I'm sure you are relieved. 
My parents are both avid (and opinionated) gardeners, so we really picked their brains when it came to our new kitchen garden. Concentrating on both plant placement and aesthetics, we tried to incorporate a lot of what they suggested. Along with some of our own ideas, of course. What would a family get together be without at least a tiny bit of disagreement :)

Parents suggestions:
1. Table moved to the back of garden, under the fig tree. We won't be growing anything back there anyway! Replace the table in the center with a large urn filled with blooming flowers.
2. Remove the potted rosemary so they won't block the new hedge.

Our ideas:
1. Add a hedge to outline the beds, potentially camouflaging a seasonal fence.
2. Trim the neighbors tree to allow for more light and more growing space.
3. Add some plants!

Speaking of plants, here's our rough outline for plantings. Completely not to scale and a bit rough, but you get the idea. Right?
Over the last couple of years, we've decided that gardening is all trial and error. In other words, we'll give this a go and if it doesn't work out, we'll try a new layout next year.

Any experienced Southern gardeners have any advice they'd like to share - I'm all ears, in the comment section below. 

Hope you had a great holiday weekend!

until next time,
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A Week on Folly

Hi y'all! Thanks for bearing with me while we snuck away for our Spring Break beach trip. Hope you didn't miss me too much.
I had intended on stopping in once or twice on our week away, but we didn't have wifi at the house and I used that as a good excuse to take a much needed tech break.

Never fear though, because I was thinking of you, all my friends out there, the whole time. Truth is, I could not wait to share some of our trip with you. Not the boring stuff for you, like stories of our walks on the beach, kite flying with the kids, sandcastle building and cocktails on the deck overlooking the ocean, but our thoughts on our destination. 

Folly Beach, South Carolina.
Just outside of Charleston, Folly Beach could easily be one of the most unusual, eccentric, laid-back, surfer beach towns I have ever visited. 

Folly Island isn't as developed as some of the other Charleston area beaches. There aren't a lot of resorts, golf courses, or tennis courts, but the upside is more beach front accommodation at all price points. Hotel rooms, condos, smaller beach huts and grander homes all hold a place oceanside. If you've never had the luxury of staying directly on the beach ( like us, previous to this trip!) this could be the place to make that happen. 
Side note: we used this company to find our beach house.

Day 1, we happened upon Bert's Market (not much of a website, but their Facebook page should give you a good idea of what they are all about), which looked like your average corner shop on the outside but really caught us by surprise on the inside. Organic smoothies, fresh sushi daily, small batch olive oil, fresh ground peanut butter while you wait, everything you could ever need when you're away from home. This store seriously had it all, 24 hours a day. 
I had to grab a bumper sticker, because they summed up their patrons (and the island) way better than I ever could.

Another surprise, the food on the island was way better than we expected. We tried out Taco Boy, twice. That should tell you what we thought. In other words, don't miss it. 
We also stumbled across the Lost Dog Cafe. They had a breakfast menu that made us forget all about the cold temps on our last day. International eggs benedict with fried green tomatoes - um, yeah, it was good. 
By far the best and most unique dining experience was brought to us by The Smoking Pot. These guys come to your house, cook all the food outside (on their own burners, in their own pots) while you watch. They provide all the tables, chairs, linens, cutlery, and do all the cleaning up! It's like a dream. Not to mention the oysters. Local steamed oysters served on their custom made oyster shucking tables. They do small and large parties and their prices are very reasonable. Definitely something to check out if you're visiting Folly or the surrounding area.

Speaking of food, buying and cooking some of the fresh local seafood was also a real treat and something we had looked forward to enjoying together.  We loved Crosby's Fish and Shrimp (again, not much of a website, but their Facebook page does them justice). Located in the marsh on James Island, just before you cross over to Folly Island, the views from their spot are second to none. We enjoyed local tilefish, shrimp, and blue crabs as well as stone crab claws.

Yup, it was a good week that we were fortunate to share with both family and friends. There were times when we thought Folly was definitely not for us (read Spring break + beach festival = every college co-ed in sight. Beach parties ending at 4am), but in the end Folly really won us over. It's eclectic, cool, surfer vibe was a great change of pace that we all enjoyed.

Planning a visit anytime soon? let me know if I can help. I'm always available via the comment section below.

until next time, 
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Ya'll my search for perfect lighting continues. I've seen a lot of options, at a lot of price points. But, the more I search, the more I come back to this light.

It's dramatic, that's for sure.
Most wouldn't consider hanging a pendant in the middle of a den - a safer option would be a flush mount or semi flush at the most. But not this girl. This girl loves her drama. Have you seen my foyer paper? Plus, there's little risk of bumping into a fixture with the 3' square coffee table below it. 

I think it would look stunning in the den. At 24" in circumference, the oversized style will only help to make the room feel more cozy. And against those dark walls? Love.
Of course, it would mean a new mirror over the mantel, but I think I could handle that.

Framed by the built-ins in the living room, the capiz shell pendant would really draw your eye through to the den. 
Of course, with heavy afternoon sun streaming through the den windows, maybe there's a reason the previous owner had an overhead fan. Only time will tell on that one, I'm afraid. 

Yes, it seems to have everything I am looking for. But, one question remains. Is it timeless? Will I love it in the many years to come? 
Tell me your thoughts - persuade me in the comments below.

until next time, 
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