Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Be Inspired Showcase and Hometalk's Country French Pinboard

So many great links last week! The warmer weather is getting us in the mood to redecorate, freshen our outdoor spaces, and find the weekend shows for some great shopping. Here are the Top Three Visited Links from last week, and let me just tell you, if you haven't read these following posts from the original blog, then you will for sure want to take a minute and click over to visit. So many great photos and inspiration in these wonderful links from Be Inspired last week!

from Housepitality Designs
(I have an old cedar chest that I've been wanting to transform.
This may be my inspiration)

at MT Tails
(you'll love the fun crate display on the back wall)

from Hymns and Verses
(Doreen was worried about painting this, but wow, it's fabulous!)

thanks ladies for joining the party!

Hope you'll join in tomorrow around 11:00 am Central Time.

Now, on to some more fun from Hometalk and Pinterest.

Do you get weak in the knees when you see images like the following?
Does your heart skip a beat at a curved table leg?
Do you want to take a trip to the French Fleas for some fabulous finds?
Do you love to browse Pinterest for inspiration?

if so, you might be a French Country Decor addict...

I know that I am!

Well, now you have a chance to be an "honorary pinner"
with some of the rest of us gals over at Hometalk.

French Country Cottage
and enter, for the chance to share your love for French Country!

see you over there!


A Vintage Flower Wagon

I've been seeing photos of some adorable vintage children's wagons being filled with flowers this Spring; some planted, others just holding the pots. I had this little guy, here, that I found a few years ago to fill with pumpkins and mums, but it was just sitting in the garage all forlorn, so I brought it out to the deck and decided to liven it up a little.

It's just not Summer without Red Geraniums, so I had to include a few of those, then Million Bells, Petunias, Lobelia and Marigolds. I wanted it to be bright and colorful, since the wagon itself is black.

It's not but just a few inches deep, so I had to use peat pots for the Geraniums and some of the others that were larger plants with more root base. Then I just filled the whole wagon with potting mix to help hold it all together. My husband drilled a few holes for drainage before starting, and that will help this Fall too, since water always collected in the bottom around the pumpkins.

My picket fence gate from the sunporch came out as a photo background.

Here it is last Fall on the front porch, and then a few others 
from my Pinterest Board, Wheelbarrows, Carts and Wagons.

LOVE the idea of using one for Herbs.

 I just have a few other things to get potted, 
most of it is done.
Now, I just get to wait and see them fill out.

I'll show you how it's growing in a few weeks.
Hopefully it will be spilling over the sides to cover up the pots.

It's been nice having more room on the deck now that the Monster Gas Grill has been adopted by the kids. We went to Academy Sports and Outdoors and found a little charcoal grill on sale yesterday. My husband said that he'd never thought of me as a "cheap date" until that purchase. Hey, doesn't take a lot to make me happy...sometimes.We grilled filets, and they were heavenly. But we've decided not to tell the kids that we went "cheapo" on the cooker. Bigger is better in their minds. Not me, I just want a steak that tastes like "steak".

joining in with these party gals:

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspiration Exchange at Ella Claire

Hope you're start of Summer was a good one!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Marketplace: Etsy and Online Boutique Showcase

Hi Everyone,
and Welcome to The Marketplace!

Hope you're having a great Memorial Day Weekend. Our weather has been beautiful and we've been able to get a lot of our outside clean up done. Pool opened, flowerpots planted, outdoor furniture cleaned and ready. Now we're worn out, but glad to get things done. 

Here are a few great links from last week. Since this is the start of summer, we know the 4th of July will be here before we know it, and patriotic items start to show up for decorating our spaces in the summer months. This first one is really great...

Red Hen Home

Vintage Goodness 1

from Nostalgic Artifacts

The Nest at Finch Rest


And in today's Sponsor Spotlight

Kits and Eco Friendly Supplies for
reusing, recycling, and reinventing

Paper Posies

French Flea Market Poppies

Bundle of Vintage Green Fabrics

Thanks so much Jessica!

Time to link up to three of your items that are For Sale. Please have a direct link to the individual item if possible. You don't have to have a blog to join in, but if you do I'd love for you to be a follower of Common Ground and grab the image below for somewhere on your blog, just to let your readers know about The Marketplace. If you have a blog post about your products that's great too, just needs to be about "shopping" and goods.

Thanks so much for joining in,
have a great rest of the weekend!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

A little weekend randomness...

You all know we've been spending a lot of time in St. Louis for hubby's doctor appointments (hopefully, they will be winding down soon), but when we're there we are so blessed to be able to stay with our daughter and her husband, oh, and can't forget Vinnie, the grandpuppy.

Pic of their 100+ year old home taken last Fall.

I wanted to share this guest room that doubles as Erin's dressing room. She has a relaxed eclectic style; mixing traditional, vintage, and modern pieces. She's not a "fusser and floofer" like me, she loves antiques, but isn't into shopping flea markets. She would like her vintage goods and antiques to magically appear for her decor pleasure. (sometimes I'm her "picker") She's not into clutter, piles of junk, or white chippy furniture. What?...I know.

I've told her that if this white set of vintage monogrammed luggage goes missing, 
that it probably came home with me by "accident".

When the Ritz Carlton in Clayton was renovated a few years ago they bought several sets of Birds Eye Maple furniture with king size beds for their guest rooms for a song. 

Aside from the great mix of pattern, color, and comfort, I just love how she's used this tiny children's suitcase  (or doll clothes case?) to corral some of her jewelry on the nightstand.

They are bulldog lovers and over the years they've found some fun bulldog collectibles, that are scattered throughout the house. If you look closely you can see a set of glass dogs that were popular in the '50's. Keith is an "all things tobacco" aficionado, so she also has this wonderful little Dunhill ladies lighter from the 40's here too.

I neglected to take a photo of her shoes on display.
She's a heels kinda girl, and let me just say that
she has quite the hoarding and shopping gene when it comes to fabulous shoes.

photo by Kortni Wu 
(for more great photos click above)

And for a little inspiration we stopped by The White Rabbit (click here for their blog and shopping) LOVE this store! I could hang there all day, but we were on our way out of town so I kept my visit short, but just had to grab this photo of a wall of moss in the garden area. so wonderful.

And one of our fave spots for a relaxed dinner is Pi. "On the Loop". President Obama had pizza there a year or so ago, and he gave it a rousing thumbs up. yummy. This license plate art is hanging on the wall. It's a good sized piece, and since it's reflective, everything else showed up black on this phone pic. pretty cool.

This will be a working weekend, hopefully we can get the pool opened and the patio furniture out and cleaned up. Our other son-in-law is our right hand man when it comes to jobs around here.
Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend.
I'll be here for The Marketplace on Monday as usual.
Come by for a visit in between cookouts and family fun!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Ranch


Friday, May 24, 2013

Be Inspired #141 Perfectly Shabby

Hello Everyone,
and welcome to this week's Be Inspired.
Here are some inspiring links from last week's party:

I fell in love with this beautiful bedroom...
Romantic, comfortable, feminine..."shabby";
just a few words that describe this wonderful space.

Morning Inspiration from Becky at One Shabby Old HouseHer bedroom has so many wonderful touches, you'll love what she's done to embellish the footboard on the bed.

such a cozy and comfortable space!

Olive Out creates a beautiful setting with her red transferware in a 
Patio Supper Tablescape. Olive has perfected the art of the "Near Tablescape".

Anne of White Lace Cottage shares her beautiful collection
of Sea Glass bottles.

transformed a standing Jewelry Armoire with Duck Egg Blue.
She has some other pieces of the same paint finish that are fabulous!

You'll want to see this Gorgeous Garden Chandy
and her mother's garden, from Amanda at One Girl in Pink

and Erica from Be Book Bound
took us to a family friend's "Country Wedding".
This post is full of wedding inspiration and ideas.
LOVE this adorable sunflower cake!

thanks ladies, for sharing the inspiration!

Today's Be Inspired is brought to you by French Bleu Vintage,
where you will find the most beautiful and unique vintage home goods and decor.
Dee has some wonderful new pieces in the shop that you'll want to check out.

thanks Dee!

Hope you'll join in today, and share what's been inspiring you from this last week. Please have a link back to Common Ground to be featured. Be Inspired is now open to all inspiring posts, not just "vintage". And I finally have a "I've Been Featured" image for you...sorry it's so late. Please feel free to grab it if you've ever been featured here at Be Inspired or Vintage Inspiration.

and while you're out partying please join in with my Friday Party Pals.

 Have a wonderful weekend,
and thanks so much for joining in!

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