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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #21

Welcome to Thoughts of Home on Thursday number twenty one.

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Your hostess this week is Laura of Decor To Adore. She recently shared a happy collection of gypsy caravans and shepherd huts for the garden.

Here are this week’s happy features.

Decorating

One More Time shared her love of French Farmhouse Style.

Farmhouse white table with buffalo checked upholstered seats

Recipes

Just in time for summer My Thrift Store Addiction shared her favorite salads.

Classic caprese salad

Gardening

This gorgeous hanging basket was created by To Work With My Hands.

To say I'm excited might just be an understatement. The Summer Blogger Challenge is finally here! Since our Spring Challenge, I've had the honor of working again with some of the most awesome, creative, and fun bloggers on the planet. We've been planning, crafting, and chatting for a few weeks and I'm kind of sad that part is nearly over. But, today is the day we've been waiting for and we finally get to share our projects with YOU!

Inspiration

Art and Sand shared some gorgeous images of what makes her smile.

DIY

Pillar Box Blue shared how to create a magnetic board and pins using vintage maps and travel tags.

Upcycled Map Magnetic Board & Pins

We ask that you please,

1. Link back to this post or any of the four hosts websites.

Laura at Décor To Adore

Stacey from Poofing the Pillows

Jemma from At Home With Jemma

Laura at White Spray Paint

2. Share up to three of your favorite posts, remembering to not link to advertising or shops.

By linking up you are providing permission that Thoughts of Home on Thursday can feature your post and accompanying photos on future blog posts or other forms of social media such as Facebook and Instagram. A link back to your blog will always be provided.

Thank you so very much for gathering with us and we hope to see you each and every week at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We can’t wait to see what you share.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Gypsy Caravans, Shepherd Huts and Tin Tabernacles Oh My!

Welcome to the June Garden Party With Friends.

We have had several weeks of continual thunderstorms in my neck of the woods. It’s a bit frustrating as overcast skies do not make fine friends when trying to shoot design photography. But I don’t want to dwell on the lack of sun.

Recently my good blogging friend Becky recommended a fabulous, new to me, website that has had me dreaming of a summer that does not include building an ark.

It is called Period Living and it covers the homes and gardens of Britain.

A recent article featured outdoor garden rooms. They included so many charming spaces that I just had to share a few.

The article included traditional green house and conservatory type spaces that England is famous for.

John Lewis Crane FSC certified Scandinavian redwood round pavilion summerhouse

But it was the Shepherd’s Huts that really captured my fancy.

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In days of old shepherds guarding their flocks designed mobile shelters that could easily be moved to follow the animals.

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This hut has a rustic country styled interior.

I adore the bucolic scene painted on the ceiling.

If you desire something a bit more clean what about a Scandinavian styled interior?

Scandinavian hut:

Yes to a Dutch door!

One wagon has even been converted into a mobile picture palace that shows classic films. You can read more about it HERE.

Of course I couldn’t help but be charmed by the tin tabernacles as well.

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They are like enchanting playhouses for adults.

Interior of a Love Lane Caravan from www.lovelanecaravans.com:

 More charming styles can be seen HERE.

I think perhaps I might need a few acres because I adore the Gypsy Caravans too.

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Who else wants one?

Laura

Please join us and link up your own glorious garden ideas!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Listen

Tears streamed down my face as I struggled to climb onto the metal gurney so an x-ray could be taken.

Sleepless night after sleepless night due to pain.

Day after day of lying in bed when I needed to be doing so much more. 

Through it all, for some reason, I didn’t pray for healing.

Instead I was quiet, prayed for clarity, and for once just tried to listen. 

Over two weeks ago I worked in the garden for six hours straight.

Twisting, turning, pulling, stretching and lifting.

Later that night I felt every movement. I should have stopped then.

But I didn’t listen.

But I went out the next day and did it all over again.

My body was really screaming that night.

But I didn’t listen.

The next day I swept, mopped, and vacuumed.

I began to consider this:

I could barely walk. My body now had my full attention.

A cat scan told the tale.

I had torn my left fascia tissue.

But there was something more.

They also found arthritis in my lower spine.

Certain activities can worsen the symptoms.

If I didn’t make some changes my future could look like this:

I have taken my good health for granted.

But it truly is a gift which I should be thankful for and cherish each and every day.

The things you take for granted someone else is praying for.:

I’m listening now.

Laura

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” ~ 3 John 1:2

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sunny and Bright Bedroom

This past week I have been spending a good amount of time in bed due to a back injury. Thankfully I am on the road to recovery.

The time has given me the chance to really look at my bedroom. My bedroom is currently a white box. The walls are white. The bedding is white.The only contrast is the dark wood furniture.

I wanted to add in some color and interest for the summer.

So I turned to Pinterest.

Transformation | Master Bedroom | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com:

I typed in “Beautiful Bedroom”.

Oh there truly were so many gorgeous spaces that caught my eye.

When we left off at the end of the post the house was photographing itself and I was no longer speechless. A typical Monday. I showed you this bedroom and promised you the rest of the tour and that amazing things were ahead. And I may or may not have been dancing and painting my nails …:

I found myself being drawn to a soft layered look.

How to Create a Cottage Bedroom: Cottage Decorating Ideas:

But with a touch of color.

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I love this room. The soft pastels with a punch of teal are lovely. I have thought about wallpapering the ceiling of my attic office in this Hygge & West “Daydream” print. It’s a popular choice.

Wallpapered Girl’s Bedroom Ceiling:

Over and over I am always drawn to blue.

Nice soft blue, cream & white colour scheme for bedroom with lots of layering of quilts & blankets:

Toile and French boutis quilts are favorites too.

But this pink was so fun! I think perhaps it might be the stripes that caught my eye.

French country bedroom - would love this in blue and white:

It’s a fun change versus a traditional pairing of gingham or buffalo check.

French Country Style Bedroom:

This overall look really caught my eye. The soft stripes and florals paired with blue and plenty of white checked off all my boxes.

Country Bedroom:

Until I can locate similar elements for the space I decided to make due with what I had.

I had a pair of plain white euro shams in need of an update.

In my lace stash I found two large star shaped doilies. They were the same design just two different colors.

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The Fashionista had a kantha quilt she wasn’t using. I unified the shams and doilies by dying them “Evening Blue”. The color picked up the blues in the quilt. I simply stitched the doily onto the sham.

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The blue euro shams and kantha quilt were paired with two happy pink striped shams and a bright green throw pillow.

It’s a fun, temporary look for the summer while I search for true favorites.

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Please visit these happy people also showcasing a sunny and bright look.

Laura: White Spray Paint, Instagram, Facebook,  Pinterest , Twitter

Stacey: Poofing the Pillows, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest

Joyce : At Home With Jemma, Google + , TwitterFacebook , Instagram, Pinterest

Terri: Our Good Life , InstagramTwitter , Pinterest

Laura :  Decor to Adore, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google +

Have a beautiful weekend!

Laura

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #20

Welcome to Thoughts of Home on Thursday number 20.
 

We want to thank each one of you for making Thoughts Of Home On Thursday such a inspiring and joyful spot.

Last week we announced that you can link up thumbnails from your Instagram account too. If you have any questions on how to do so here is the link.

Your hostess this week is Jemma from At Home With Jemma. She has recently returned from the wedding of her daughter in Guthrie,Oklahoma.

                                                                             Our features this week:

                                                                                                 DIY

I have been obsessing over bandanna's so when Sadie from Sadie Seasongoods shared
these easy and festive bowl covers I was hooked.


                                                                          Inspiration

Who could resist this sweet and angelic tea time inspiration that Betty shared with us last week over at her blog My Cozy Corner.


                                                                   

                                                                                                    Decor

                The Charm of Home shares with us her gentle and lacy Tide pool runner and summer vignette.

                                                                                                 Recipes

Summer time and parties just seem to go together so when Kathy, from Kathy's Cottage shared her recipes, tips and tricks on how to host a Tapa party, it seemed like a good fit
for us all.

                                                                               Garden

Poppy from a Dash of Color shares her Spring apple blossom blooming orchard with us and how she decorated the branches of the trees with these most precious lanterns.

We ask that you please,

1. Link back to this post or any of the four hosts websites.

Laura at Décor To Adore

Stacey from Poofing the Pillows

Jemma from At Home With Jemma

Laura at White Spray Paint

2. Share up to three of your favorite posts, remembering to not link to advertising or shops.

By linking up you are providing permission that Thoughts of Home on Thursday can feature your post and accompanying photos on future blog posts or other forms of social media such as Facebook and Instagram. A link back to your blog will always be provided.

Thank you so very much for gathering with us and we hope to see you each and every week at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We can’t wait to see what you share.