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How to love your exterior color

Fifteen very different homes. Not a single white/black color scheme among them.
I think each one of them has the right color selection.
Why?

The color designer followed these rules:

     1) respect for the type of architecture
     2) consideration of fixed elements
     3) establish color harmony
     4) proper use of the color white
     5) proper use of color contrast
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Trend Alert: The Very Latest in Countertops

Pure countertop

PURE countertop at Z-Tile, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

The new sushi restaurant in Rosemary Beach, Florida, sports “PURE” glass counters.

image via Facebook

image via Facebook

The PURE countertop type is so new that it isn’t to be found anywhere on Google.

And, the only fabricating company that I know of installing this product is

in northwest Florida.

A quick check to the staff at Aqua Sushi confirmed that they all “love it.”

It just looks so fresh and clean.  

I am going to say this new product is a keeper.

(A similar product that I have been keeping an eye on is called Nano,

but I am hearing that PURE is a better product).

Bossy granite is what I try to steer clients away from.

Bossy granite = lots of color and/or movement.

“Bossy” elements dictate every other design decision.

Even though granite was all the rage for the last 15 years (after the Corian trend played out),

More and more people are asking, “what can I use besides granite?”

Suzy, the owner of Z-Tile, where I first saw PURE, is Green-Certified. She says that PURE is

considered a very environmentally-friendly product.

I predict we’ll be seeing a lot more of PURE.


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Spring cherry

Yoshino cherry tree

Yoshino cherry tree

Still waiting for spring. It is still very cool and rainy here in Alabama.

I have a trio of Yoshino cherry trees in front of my house.

They are at peak, but need a little sunshine to set them off.

A Viburnum is just behind the pictured cherry.

viburnumpeak

Its lime-colored globes (which will later turn white)

are gorgeous in back of the pastel pink cherry.

The spring colors of nature.

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One chandelier or two?

If you have noticed that many shelter magazines are showing not one, but two,

chandeliers over a dining-room table, you are picking up on something.

And, that something is a trend.

Not just a trend, but a trendy-trend.

For a classic, timeless, look, stick with a single chandelier over your dining room table.

Save the pair for a long hall .

Trust me on this one.

This is a trend, it will not last, and in five years it  will announce:

“I decorated my dining room in 2013.”

Save the two chandelier/two lantern look for something like the above.

That is a timeless look that never goes out of style.

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Welcome, Happy Morning!

THANK YOU, LORD,

for the gift of Your love.
May I be a shining
example of that love to others.
Amen.

Welcome, Happy Morning!

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My Easter Menu

Eastertable

My Easter Menu:

Honey Baked Ham

Crêpes with chicken and gruyère

Asparagus

Salad

Panna Cotta (click for recipe) with blackberry garnish

Easter table

A French friend gave me her authentic crêpe recipe which I will share with you:

CRÊPES de Laurette
1 1/2 – 2 cups flour  [note from Ellen: I used 2 cups]
1/4 tsp. salt
2-3 TBS. oil
3 eggs
4-5 cups milk          [note from Ellen: I used 4  1/4 cups]

Put flour + salt in bowl.

Make a well in the middle and add eggs.

Start beating and slowly add 1/4 cup milk.

Make a paste to get the lumps out.

With a mixer add the rest of the milk until well blended.

Let batter sit for 1/2 hour.

(It can last for 3-4 days in fridge)

Over medium high heat put vegetable oil in pan and pour
a little batter in center.

Swirl batter to sides of pan immediately.

In 1-3 minutes flip crêpe and cook side 2
for another minute or two.

Apply oil before you cook each crêpe. They can be stacked
and reheated.

Add cheese to cooked crêpe (swiss cheese) and salt.

Roll crêpes.

Dessert crêpes can be room temp.

Laure can make 40 in one hour!
(or 2 pans 80 in one hour!)”

(recipe of Laure Graves)

Purple Bunny

Purple Bunny

I am no good with all the wrist-y finessing required for a stove-top crêpe pan,

but I can do pretty well with an electric crêpe maker!

Readers, what are your Easter plans?

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Alabama White Marble

marble-alabama-white

Did you know that different types of marble have different densities?

The more dense the marble, the less porous it is.

Higher density means less staining.

Alabama White (quarried just a few miles from where I live) is one of the whitest, densest, most beautiful marble types.

It is considered equal to the famous Italian Carrara (frequently misspelled Carrera) marble.

Alabama White marble was used in the Washington Monument.

washmon

The bust of Abraham Lincoln at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda? Also, Alabama White.

(I believe this is the right one, there are several marble busts of Lincoln at the Capitol building)

The Lincoln Memorial?  My source says that the ceiling is Alabama White. Not sure you can see it, though!

U.S. Supreme Court Building?  Interiors are full of Alabama White.

Here is a marble top I just received in Alabama White.

To go on this antique French garden table.

It will be permanently outdoors. I consider it a little slice of history to have Alabama White.

Alawhitemarble

Alabama White is prized for its crystalline structure. It will be fine outdoors.

tablealawhite
The {movement} is lovely and not too overwhelming.

For a table-top or small counter, ask your fabricator if there is a scrap piece
which is large enough. You will get a much better price than  a slab price.

Alabama White. From my Sweet Home Alabama.
marble-alabama-white
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