Editor’s note: Today I am wearing a new blouse from Karen Kane, my favorite white pants from Banana Republic (that are over 10 years old... I will cry when they die!), and Chanel flats.
Happy Friday!! This week has been a bit of a blur after taking off most of last week. I really needed the time off... and we did get everything accomplished this week . Since I own my own business I feel guilty when I take off. I need to smell the roses a little more than I have in the past. Recharging your battery is good for the soul! It has been such a beautiful week! Spring is my favorite time of the year with the rebirth of everything. After getting home from Lake Austin Spa I had a wonderful conversation on Sunday with my new friend from Atlanta that I met at the spa. It is amazing how you can meet someone new from a different city who shares so much in common with you. She is from a very Southern background in Kentucky so we share a lot of the same values. She was cracking me up when she said when she lived in New York after college that her mother told her to walk around with a coat hanger at night in case she needed to hit a bad person with it! Can you even imagine a 22 year old lady walking around with a coat hanger as a weapon! She also said her grandmother had a saying..... when you marry .. marry “For better or worse...but not for lunch!” Meaning don’t marry a man who stays at home. I had never heard this expression— but love it!!! She called me on Sunday while I was doing my flowers in the kitchen. I sent her a picture after I was done... and she asked if I was having a party. I told her that this is how I roll......I have flowers in my life every day. It does not cost that much...and it truly adds joy to my day each and every day. I guess I do stop and smell the roses... just do it more at home than away! So I thought I would write the blog today on the world of flowers in Kay’s life. Enjoy a glimpse into the way I live at home and have a fabulous weekend!!!! Happy Spring!!!
These were the flowers that I brought home from my Design Inspirations event. The roses lasted almost 2 weeks. Now... this is a little more extravagant than I usually do... but I sure enjoyed this gorgeous table while it happened!
This is the picture I sent to my new friend Elizabeth in Atlanta after I finished. I collect these crystal baskets—- they are all vintage. These three live on my breakfast table very day. I buy the flowers at Central Market that are 3 for $10.00 to do these vases. The babies breath fills in a lot of gaps and makes it look so full. I try to buy flowers that will last a week. Carnations are always a good bet... stay away from the baby roses. They poop out after about 3-4 days. I don’t know what that purple fluffy flower is... but it lasts up to two weeks. When I refresh my flowers I pull out and reuse the ones that are still alive. I add water about every 3 days.
I have orchids all over the house. They really are such a good value if you are faithful to water them ( but do not overwater) every week. I buy them mostly at Central market for $19.95. When they finish blooming I put them in Harrison’s room in the window or outside on the back porch. I get them to re-bloom quite often ! They last up to 3 months. The arrangement with the purple ones was a Christmas gift. The white ones on the game table I arranged in January. They are just now pooping out.
This is my antique majolica planter that I always have orchids in. These are about finished... but I did this arrangement in December. That is pretty amazing when you think about it!
This is looking into our living room. I keep 4 containers of orchids around the room. They truly bring me such joy. It takes me about 15 minutes every Sunday to water and feed them orchid food. Not much work for so much happiness!
I have found that Lillies last 2 weeks and smell so divine! These are a week old tomorrow— and have not all opened. They drink a lot of water... so you really have to watch the vase. These came from Central Market. There are 2 bundles that cost $8.99 each. Not bad for two weeks!
I keep orchids in my room on my long counter. To wake up to these every day makes me so happy!!!!!!!!
Oh, what a great goal!
Dinner last night was organic beef served with grilled cauliflower.
One of my favorite Eagles songs.