Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Be in love with your life

I have been outside a lot recently, putting in a tiny vegetable garden as well as the courtyard
I have been showing off.  Its turned into another room, I swear.  Last night
while I was cooking dinner on the grill my youngest was doing his homework
outside at our outdoor dining table in the new courtyard.  There is just something
so inviting about it, and its been very rewarding to see that everyone has taken to it
as much as I have.  Even the dogs like hanging out there, laying on the cool pea gravel
as the courtyard is shaded after about 1 in the afternoon.  Anyway I have been having
a great time "adjusting" to life back to before I had a shop.  Woo hoo!
Its so fun!  So this little post is how I felt like spreading that joy around
my home.  Its a HomeGoods post, and I wanted to show just a couple of things I picked up
this week. That store seems to have just about everything, and I was excited to find a pair of 
cute cotton gardening gloves edged in pink binding.  
The hall tree has taken on a bit of a garden theme as I use it for putting on my clogs
 or to grab a few tools from the drawer.  All these happy little things
 sends the message loud and clear.   I love my home!
 And I am loving my life.  
I feel so grateful that I get to stay home and be the homemaker and take the lead to creating a loving and happy environment for my hubby and kids that still live here.
So a little reminder can't hurt~
how cute is this small print that I hung above our hall tree?
Its pure joy!
Our hall tree is laden with garden hats as I try to avoid the harsh rays.
But my collection doesn't hold a candle to Mr. Maison Decor's hat stash.
He has a whole room of Cowboy hats.
 Right next to our front door, our HomeGoods hall tree fits perfectly.  
Its the place we keep dog leads and hats and a pretty pillow or two on the seat.
  We have the smallest entry area in the world but it still is worth making it look good. 
 So if you are lucky to have a nice big foyer, I envy you that!
If its small like ours, then these little touches are just enough to let others know we love our home.
This adorable and happy little pillow is an appliqued gem shouting HOME!
It couldn't be sweeter, and I think it just has such a joy de vivre.
As I am in the Frenchy mood big time, I had to get a new pair of espadrilles
and I found this cute navy and white striped pair at Marshalls.  
Just in time for my trip to Newport! I am headed there tomorrow with my friend, Lydia Langston, who is an Annie Sloan stockist in Maine as well as the lady behind those amazing appliques, Efex! Lydia also shared the chateau in France when I was there last October.   
I will be helping her decorate her place in Newport, cooking up some 
fresh ideas for making it into a charming rental spot for her summer tenants that are going to be arriving soon. Oh yeah, its summer time peeps! People are making vacation plans!
After the brutal New England winter, it doesn't get any happier for me than summer coming.
 I will be back with a post on Newport, but I can tell you I am sure it will not disappoint.  If you missed Tina's post on Newport, read it here. It totally put me in the mood!! So if you have never been to Newport, Rhode Island, you will get the essentials from Tina of The Enchanted Home blog.
Of course she stayed in a lovely inn and all that fancy stuff, but I will just be making a day trip and maybe if I am a good girl, Lydia will take me to her Yacht Club for lunch. 
Post Script~Lydia did take me to the Yacht Club and boy was it lovely.
No photographs allowed inside, but this is the driveway view of the front door. 
And this is the original clubhouse that was moved to the grounds of the Newport location
from Hoboken New Jersey.   Its the most charming little Folly of a building.
And look at that view! We enjoyed lunch out on the terrace overlooking the ocean and we
had the entire place to ourselves.  It was quite an experience.,
Check out the file photo of how this Yacht club looks from the water.
Simply stunning, right?
Um, did I mention I love my life?

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This post was partially sponsored by HomeGoods as part of my participation in their Designer Pinterest board, Happy by Design.


  1. It looks great there in beautiful home. Love your blog as you are always so inspiring.
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

    1. oh you are too sweet Debra, we have been friends in blogland for a long time. I hope you are finding the balance in life with your shop and home life. It looks like you are!

  2. love your pretties. Have a great Summer in your courtyard. It all looks so lovely.

  3. Hi Amy,
    I'm so glad that you are enjoying doing the things that you love. I really like the hall tree and the way you have it displayed.
    Enjoy creating and decorating.


    1. thanks Sissie, I am enjoying it all. Love your new clothing line in your shop xoxo

  4. Glad you are enjoying your retirement. I retired at 58 yo a few years ago and I have never regretted my decision. I love the volunteer work I do now and I especially love keeping a home which I think is a lost art but so good for the soul.

    1. Oh that is nice to hear, I love being a home maker too Chris. I am glad you are finding it so rewarding. xo

  5. What a sweet corner, Amy! We love you sharing your beautiful life with us! :)

    xoxo laurie

    1. You are always so sweet, thanks for popping in Laurie. xo

  6. Such a cute post! I adore that Home pillow--I want one!

  7. Love all your hats and that little space in your hall!

  8. Love your foyer Amy...have a great time in Newport...!!!

    1. It was a super way to spend the day...a little decorating planning and lunch at the club on the ocean. I was quite happy. xo

  9. Amy I LOVED this post....I can hear the happiness in your voice (writing). I am so happy that you are happy and enjoying the simple pleasures.....there is something to be said about stopping and taking a break from the chaos and enjoying life!
    Isn't Newport such a gem? I love it there...and yes the yacht club is so beautiful and picturesque I agree. Glad you had fun and really happy I did not miss this! Enjoy your Sunday!

  10. PS the pics of your foyer TRULY look like they belong on a cover of Victoria or Coastal Living magazine...GORGEOUS!
    And thanks for the mention of my blog post on Newport!

  11. Thx Tina, yes its been really nice getting back to the living part of life instead of jumping on the never ending treadmill of life. Quite a difference. Don't you go and get sucked too far in to retail....xo

  12. I am so excited to be heading to Newport on the 18th for a visiting gardens tour with the Garden Club of America. I had already bookmarked Tina's post for future reference and was thrilled to see the photo of the Yacht Club here. One day we are having lunch there and I can't wait! So happy that you are enjoying the way your life is taking this turn. More on Newport please!!


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