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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Breaking Point {Spring Sprucing}

I reached my breaking point. The point of no return. The very last time I could stand to look at the sad, dead shrubs sitting on our front porch.

Sure it's early Spring, and it's been a long Winter, but that's just no excuse for dead plants on the front porch. I mean, what kind of domestic goddess would I be if I let that slide one more day?

In case there's anyone out there that thinks my house is perfect all the time and I never make a mistake … for the record, I kill plants. All the time. Just look at these hollies…something about needing more water and/or sunlight. For some reason I had them shoved way back into the recesses of the front porch. Not a hope for light back there... note how the shape of the root base never even altered from the gallon tub they came in.
Never stood a chance.

Ideally, I'd like to replace them but it's a bit early in the season for that, so I took the easy route and went for frost resistant pansies. It's hard to believe we could have another frost, especially with the 80 degree temps we've been enjoying this week. But, our Home Depot only had 6 flats of pansies left, a sure sign that Summer is right around the corner.

Tip: Pansies are a sun loving, cool weather flowers that can bloom all winter in warmer climates. They like to be watered often and placed in well draining soil. Once the weather gets warmer, they can become "leggy" and are usually replaced with Summer annuals.

Also on the "breaking point" list was the massive Egyptian themed planter that used to reside on the front walkway, thanks to the previous owner (you can see it in the first picture). I wasn't having much luck getting anyone else to dispose of it, despite my constant pleas to John, the landscaping crew who aerated the front yard back in the Fall, and the landscaping crew who regraded the back yard a couple of weeks ago. I guess I'm not the only one who thought it was pretty ugly :)

While everything inside me wanted to smash it into smithereens, I put on my big girl pants and did the responsible thing by removing all the old plants, soil and gravel and rolling it out to the curb to be collected as part of our special garbage collection. 

Some of the older violas (aka smaller scale pansies), which had also survived the winter, were transplanted into pots on the side porch. A good example of the "leggy"-ness I referred to above. They aren't perfect, but they do add a nice pop of color until it's time to update the pots with Summer annuals.

Tip: A good rule of thumb for planting is to wait until the last chance of frost has passed for your region, generally this is after Easter. Of course, pots can always be transferred to the garage or an interior space if a chance of frost is reported. 
Not that I ever remember to do that, but I see other, more dedicated gardeners do it all the time. 

I had to include this pic of the girls, who love to "help" with the planting, mostly to show off Eloise's rainbow hat. She has been wearing it daily. For over a week. She's very excited for our upcoming trip to the beach for Spring break. 

Hope you are enjoying a bit of Spring in your area, too.
Making any updates? I'd love to hear all about them in the comments section.

until next time,
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Progress Report: Kitchen Garden Foundation {DONE!}

Y'all, it was a crazy weekend around here. With our schedule starting to stack up…like busy weekends from now until June, we knew we had to complete the foundation of the kitchen garden this weekend. It was a tough one, but we did it!

Breaking protocol and going right into the after shot here. What can I say, we are super proud that we were able to visualize, design, and ultimately complete our dream kitchen garden. 
Before I get too ahead of myself, I'll go back to where we left off. 

We finished off the stack stone wall. You can read more about that here. And quickly realized that we needed more dirt to backfill against the wall. Back to HomeDepot to order another cubic yard of top soil. While I was there, I ordered 300 bricks to create the bordered paths from our inspiration images and picked up the stomper tool. Yup, not sure what that's technically called. 

Saturday morning proved to be rainy, but mild so while the girls played in the garage we pressed on by laying out the paths with landscape fabric, outlining them, rolling the fabric back, digging down, leveling, and stomping the pathways.

Between rain burst, the girls came out to help. They managed the fabric pining process and oversaw the brick placement for outlining the paths. 

Ultimately, we settled on 2 crossing - 3 foot wide paths and 1 - 1.5 foot horizontal path all meeting on a center circle. I had initially been pushing for a union jack style layout but it didn't really fit the space. We decided that if some of the gardens were a little too big to access from the pathways, we will use stepping stones. 

The next morning, we were at it again - starting in by hauling all the crush & run into the pathways. The crush & run not only helps to hold the fabric in place, but acts as a solid foundation for the crushed stone that will cover the paths. 
I should also mention that we used the stomper to flatten the crush & run before adding the final layer of crushed stone.

Hauling in the crushed stone and leveling it with a flat rake filled out the remainder of Sunday. Leaving us with only a short window to enjoy a well deserved, cold beverage. But, man, did that drink taste good!

Of course, the designer in me got a second wind which led to finding some of our long-stored garden accessories in the garage and playing around with them in the garden. Originally, we were leaning toward a large urn in the center of the garden, but John suggested moving the table there and we kind of like it. 
Cocktails in the garden, anyone?

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