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Serenity

With the building of this house, it is the first time in my life I’ve had a pretty bathroom. I have a sumptuous bathroom with a truly divine tub. I designed the tub and asked that the back wall be smooth finished so that I could add a large stencil to the wall. I had been looking at stencil on this Etsy site. I’ve had a large chrysanthemum rolled up in a tub for three years. Two weekends ago I painted the bathroom. I’ve had the paint chip [Carolina skies] taped to the wall for more than two years. I was very pleased with the paint – so pleased that I intend to paint the whole bedroom the same color.  It is serene and peaceful. Today, I added the stencil in a shimmery silver metallic paint by Benjamin Moore.

before painting after painting

taped stencil painted stencil

Finished stencil

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Organizing

My butlers’ pantry is one of the absolute high points of this home. It allows me to store almost everything regarding the house with the exception of the Christmas tree and the ornaments. It allows me to keep clean and clear kitchen counters. It also allows me to reach items that I use frequently with out having to get down into the bottom turnstile cabinets. I still have storage space int he kitchen but I feel the empty cabinets in the kitchen are for things I will use rarely, fo to get into them, I need a step ladder. The pantry affords easy reach and easy return.
Pantry door

Pantry leftPantry right

Pantry canning Pantry appliances Pantry glassware

Pantry food Pantry crafts

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The Beard Wall

I had to restring the beard wall. The twine between the eye bolts had degraded. A little attention makes a huge difference.

Beard wall Confederate jasmineSince February, the jasmine has climbed and twined and twisted itself. It’s fragrance is dense and floral like expected. And….the roses are in bloom.

Unknown rose

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I am slowly planting monkey grass to define the flower beds around the house. Now that it’s spring, it’s time to re-mulch the beds, too. I prefer pine straw mulch. It breaks down fast but is inexpensive and gives the yard a fresh look so quickly. I have used peanut hull mulch, too but spreading 10-15 cubic yards of peanut hull mulch is very, very labor intensive. It lasts longer but is costs more and I pay a hefty personal price. I am still working on the exact calculation of pine straw bails needed to mulch all the beds. This time I ordered 50 bales but I think I will need 10 more. I mulched all the trees on the swale around the lot, the pecan trees, the rose bed and the birch tree bed. What is left is the chickasaw plum/camellia bed and the Confederate jasmine wall. Oh, and the hydrangea bed. Yes, 10 more bales. Next weekend. Cuz I am tired. Daylily bed Monkey grass borderRear Entrance Swale Rise bed Bearded iris

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The images accumulate; they abound. I look forward to a weekend of pictures and home.