Southern Hospitality - Adventures in Decorating, Thrifting, Cooking, Fashion..
Decorating stylishly doesn't have to cost a fortune. Adventures in decorating on a budget, thrifty/yardsale shopping, DIY projects galore, gardening, travel, and recipes. Written by Rhoda, blogger at Southern Hospitality from Atlanta, GA.
Happy Friday and welcome to another Feature Friday! Meet Stephanie with The Seasoned Home. She lives in the cutest Cape Cod home in Fairfield, CT and I think you'll enjoy her little spot in the world. She's a brand new blogger and I found her on Instagram recently and thought her house was so cute and charming.
Come along and see her home, inside and outside. Stephanie is a wife and mom of 2 kids. She loves decorating and decided to get online and share her decorating and home with the world.
Welcome to another Fashion over 50! It's hot y'all! I know I say that a lot, but it's really hot. We're half way through the summer and the heat is just kicking up. Heat and humidity, which makes for some sticky outdoor weather. If I'm already sweating for the day I don't mind being outside, but when I'm dressed in nice clothes, sweating is not my idea of fun, so indoors is the best choice.
This is something I've mulled over many times in the years I've been blogging. Never before in the history of ever have we had so much home decor inspiration at our fingertips, have we? It's everywhere!
We see it on TV, from HGTV flip shows to renovation stories, to blogs that show one after another beautiful home renovation projects. I've done plenty myself and still love a good Before and After. But it can become quite daunting to figure out how much renovating to do and how much money to spend on a house to get it the way we want it.
I think HGTV shows and blogs too have definitely spoiled us on home renovations. We want new and improved all the time, don't we? I'm just as guilty so I know how it is. We aren't satisfied with builder's grade anymore. We see those hour long renovations on HGTV and it looks so easy and simple to get a beautiful space. We all know it's not that easy either. It takes time and sometimes lots of cash to get a house looking beautiful.
Today's Feature Friday is really a good one! I found Sandra on Instagram a few months ago and was immediately captivated by her quintessential gray shingled Cape Cod home. She has a blog, but it doesn't have a lot on there yet, so I pulled information from her page to share with you. I asked her if she would let me share her home story with all of you and she agreed, sent me pics to use and so here you go. The story of Sandra's Old Silver Shed home.
After growing up in Yonkers, NY, Sandra and her husband, Phil have lived all over the world from Switzerland, to California and decided to raise their 22 year old twins, Nathalie and Gianni, on Cape Cod.
Since Mark and I visited Cape Cod last Fall, I've been totally gaga over all the charming New England houses we saw up there. They are so charming, their beauty backlit by the gorgeous scenery and landscaping of the area. Sandra's house is super charming as you will see below.
Staying cool is still the name of the game here in Atlanta at the moment! Since we live near the lake, we're getting afternoon showers about every other day which is good for the plants. Not so good for being outside, but we've managed to have some gatherings this summer on our patio space and that's been fun.
Today's dress is courtesy of a sweet reader of mine. June sent this dress to me after I posted about my Ross dress finds earlier this spring. She found this one and bought two of them and was going to give one to her daughter. Long story, she ended up sending it to me instead and I'm the happy recipient of a gracious gift! It's a cute dress from Ross in navy and white with embossed roses on the pattern.
Who loves oatmeal cookies besides Mark? They are his favorite! They are really good and I'm loving this recipe myself, adding a few chocolate chips to some of them for my taste. Chocolate chips and oatmeal are great together, but Mark is a purist on these.
These cookies are Mark's Nanny's recipe. One he grew up with as a boy, so I have no idea where it originated from, but it goes back to her. Mark's mom had the recipe and passed it onto me so now I'm baking these cookies for Mark and he is all smiles. I used a cookie recipe I found somewhere online, but they just weren't the same to him. That recipe used butter instead of shortening and that must be the difference. Go figure! I would have thought that butter would taste better but these made with shortening are what takes Mark back to childhood and his perfect oatmeal cookies that his Nanny made for him. Once I got this recipe from Mark's mom, there was no going back to another one.
I've also got a big question for you at the end of today's post about a family cookbook, so please read all the way to the end!
Happy Friday and the 4th of July weekend! It's a hot one here in Georgia and yesterday we rode our bikes to the lake and listened to live music and watched fireworks from our little town of Acworth, so that's a pretty sweet way to celebrate our patriotic holiday.
Today's Feature Friday is a new to me gal from Instagram I saw on there, Caroline on Design. Her name is Carrie for short and she has a pretty blog and Instagram account sharing her newly built Craftsman home in Illinois. Craftsman style homes are some of my very favorite and her home is beautiful. She also shares a lot about the building process to is a good resource if any of you are building a new home.