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Tea, camellias, and eBay

Camellias, the state flower of Alabama.image.jpgHere are my first “White by the Gate” of the season, stems trimmed short and then floated in a vintage Wedgwood jasperware gardenia bowl (very shallow), which I found on eBay forimage.jpg

a song. Doesn’t it go nicely with an old tea-set my husband inherited from his Gammy?image

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all my readers a Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope your day is filled with love and blessings.

Gorgeous statuary gives personality to a garden

beautifulstatuebeautifulstatue2Have you ever seen a more gorgeous focal point? This is in my friend’s fabulous garden.

A beautiful young woman inhaling deeply into a bouquet of spring flowers.
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Spence’s macarons

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My friend Spence makes the most gorgeous macarons.

They are as delicious as they are pretty.

She made these for my study club’s annual luncheon.

Which was at my house this year. What a friend!

The purple are made with a lavender filling; the pink are strawberry; the yellow are lemon basil; the white (my absolute fav) are clover honey.

Have you ever?

Oh, and catch a glimpse of her “perfect” cheese straws to the upper left.

Here is the long table (actually three six-foot tables pushed together,)

set with my grandmother’s china, Sunnyvale.

Purple hobnail glasses give a lady-like vintage touch.

luncheon

xo
Ellen

High/low Great Lamps

One of my favorite recent projects has been helping my young adult daughter with her very first apartment.

I am loving these Chris-Spitz look-alikes from Overstock:

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Can you tell which, above, is the

Christopher Spitzmiller Aurora Double Gourd Marbleized Lamp
$2,665.00 (EACH!!!)

and which is from Overstock.com ($144.99 per pair)?

XO

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Ellen

My easiest kitchen update

Are you contemplating–

or in the middle of–

a kitchen renovation or update?

The easiest update I am suggesting to my clients right now is removing their dated brown tumbled-marble kitchen backsplash.

Which was likely installed circa 1996. On the diagonal.

.subway choices

Who knew that a lighter, fresher look and feel could be yours for $3.50 a square foot (above)!

Yes, you guessed it.

Plain vanilla subway tile. White or off-white, both shown above.

The choice depends on your countertop.

I’d love to help you select finishes for your renovation, new build, or simple update.

I’ll also bring my 200 large (11″ x 14″) painted samples of the best neutrals, whites and colors,

and help you discover the perfect paint color for your kitchen walls and cabinetry.

Online, or in person if you live in Birmingham.

Email me for rates: colorcalling@gmail.com

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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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