A Room With A View

Leaving Newark and coming to the quaint southern town has been a rewarding decision for Bernie.  Ever since we finished her boudoir, we’ve been busying ourselves getting her warm humble abode ready before the holidays approach and I have to admit … Continue reading

Guests Are Coming

The holidays are approaching and I’m sure you’re going to have guests.  Today I’d like to share a few tips to prepare for their arrival.  Aside from the usual dusting.(lol).. it’s always good to refresh the sheets.  I always give them a quick spray with  a favorite linen spray.

Have a welcoming station nearby to show them how happy you are to have them.   I created this with two unused items I had lying around the house.  This little project cost me $3.50 to make – you can view how to here


I leave a spare key for them to use (just in case I’m not home and they need to get back in)


Utilize the dresser drawer space for spare toiletries.



(don’t think I’m crazy, but yes, that’s a burned out candle) I keep that tucked in there, because even though I can no longer use it, the smell is still strong, so it acts a freshener ( I remove it prior to the guest arrive and place it back in there when they’re gone).  That one candle keeps all the drawers smelling fresh.


One special touch is to get a photo of who’s coming (if you have one) and place it in frame, it’ll make them smile when they see a photograph of themselves in your home.


Have ample room for them to place their luggage.  A trunk at the foot of the bed is always good to have to stow the pillows and for guests to place the suitcase on.


A small bedside lamp or overhead lighting with a low watt bulb is always good at night when the ceiling light is too bright.


A soft bedskirt placed across the end of the bed can also be a foot-warmer for additional comfort.


Keep a trinket dish on the nightstand to hold small jewelry items (i.e rings, necklace)

Of course having magazines or books are also good to have for late night reading materials.  I really enjoy having guests come and truly cherish the moments while they’re here. Making guests as comfortable as possible and providing that home-away-from home feeling not only gives me joy, but knowing I made their stay a pleasurable experience,which ensures they’ll be happy to come back.


I hope I offered some wonderful tips that will help you make your guest’s stay with you all the better.  If you have any other tips, please share – I’d love to hear them.

Sending smooches..









Off my Rocker

Sharing this throwback from when I first started blogging 🙂 – It’s a Rocker-Redo … And they’re still in great shape.  So next time … don’t pass up the rockers without a seat

It’s Your World!

I hosted a NYE party for the first time since living here and as I was preparing the table and foods, I had the music playing to get the vibe flowing through me.  As me and my mom danced around the kitchen to “house music” this song came on and I said – I must share this with you.  Even though the words are pertaining to a relationship, it doesn’t matter because the meaning of the title says it.

It’s 2015 and guess what…! It’s your time to shine, It’s your time to make it happen and it’s your year to do You! because guess what – It’s your world.. As we ring in the new year filled with new beginnings, we reflect back on the mistakes we’ve made and learn from them. We think about what brought us joy – and we keep doing it more..It’s all in what we call the book of life.  We are born and then we die.. the dash in the middle is what me choose to do to make it our world.  Of course there will be moments where you’ll second guess yourself, that’s natural, but guess what, if you mess up.. just do it over.. and over and over again until you get it right.

As Steve Jobs quoted:  Your time is limited – don’t waste it living someone else’s life.  Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living the result of other people’s thinking.   Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice.  And most important – have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become.  Everything else is secondary.

Live your life to the fullest, let your loved ones know how much they mean to you and remember to create a world around you that makes you happy.   You’ve only got one life to live.. Make it count!  And in the process, remember to dance – dance and dance… even if you get sore (like me), then praise God thanking him for making it all possible.

As for me and resolutions, I don’t make them because the reality is.. I don’t keep them.  However, every year I promise myself to make each new year a little bit better than the last.  Some how, some way, every little bit helps.

Now — let me share my little creative moment I had while preparing the table.  Remember the vintage glass swan collection.  I needed some dip bowls and looked at them and said “hmmmmm”…why not?  Here they are..

I was totally pleased with how they added a little touch of elegance to the table.

I plucked some magnolia tree leaves and put them in a vase of water (also featured are pink faux roses) added some floating star glitter candles

And this folks is a part of my world, that I love sharing with you.

The evening was simply fun filled with my family, a few good friends, good music, and laughter.  I forgot how much fun Taboo really is..  🙂

Peace and blessings and again —- HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I hope you enjoyed this song as much as did…(my knees still hurt from dancing — oooouuch)  LOL!


Shop Progress

Well Good Morning Everyone!  The painting is all complete!! Yayyyy!!!   If you can remember last week I showed you some color swatches – which was big dilemma to choose from.  I wonder which color did you think I chose???  Take a quick guess… Well this is what I chose –


I wanted something that would be fresh and bright, yet have a hint of southern charm and Pantone Beach Glass was perfect!

I hope a few of you picked that color  🙂  then I won’t feel so alone..    I ventured into Lowe’s on Friday to pick out floor paint for my brother’s house (yes he’s still chipping away at it) God bless him, while in the midst of painting our shop and working on my mom’s floors, he’s managing to do them all.

While they were mixing the paint, I figured I’d do a bit of browsing to see what I might find on sale.  Low and behold… look what was on sale!!

I couldn’t believe it.. for $24.97. So naturally that was a “Gotta-get ‘er”  Perfect for the shop.  I REALLLLY (in my Vanessa Williams M&M commercial voice) did not want to have to settle for  that old fashioned ceiling fan fixture that was in the entry way of the store, but I was going to make do until…..

How lucky was that!!

Kinda reminds of – Breakfast at Tiffany’s Theme  🙂

Well that’s a bit more progress made!  Still finding deals to make things happen.   I’ll be touching base with you again.. I hope all is well and that you’re following along with me on my VivaGram journey.