Beach cottage Styling small spaces

styling a beach studioHello Loves! I hope you had a smashing weekend. I’ve been busy making a few modifications to our guesthouse “the beach retreat,” and thought I should share.

For starters, if you weren’t hanging out with me here on the blog when I first started working on the guesthouse, you can check it out, here, here and here. I keep coming up with new additions. I added an upholstered head board, because I felt like the room needed some bigger pieces and the other headboard was sweet, but didn’t really support the room the right way. The curtains were just added, because the room needed the privacy option and honestly, a little more defined space. The drapes completely define the bedroom area now and when they are pulled wide open they look like a big canopy bed. I traded out the striped bar stools for white upholstered slipcovers and currently have white slipcovers being made for the green chairs. However, I’m having the back of the chairs done is a print with two matching kidney pillows for the seats. I’m also going to buy a white-slipcovered pull out bed to take the place of the futon, but that darn futon is so flipping comfortable…it’s hard to say goodbye. I will keep you posted with changes. Smooches xoxo

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Weekend re-cap

Easter centerpiece{So, I’m exhausted! As in so tired of standing, cleaning and cooking. However, all the effort was so worth it to bring everyone together.  Another blessed year with family and friends. I’m hoping you had a wonderful Easter weekend too.}Easter table{I have no idea what these branches are, but I adore them and their simplicity…so sweet}Easter table{Remember…the beach house is small, so bringing in 17 people for brunch takes a little creativity. Not a problem, move the dinning room table outside.}the boys{The Boys…xoxoxo}lauryn and susie{My beautiful Lauryn of The Skinny Confidential and my best friend Susie ;0)}Myles is perfect{Myles spirit just makes me smile xoxo}Easter table{The front deck with beautiful friendships and family}Flipping me off{Okay…ok…I get it; enough pictures all ready! But, you do know I’m posting this on the blog…just saying!}xoxo, Julie

a few of my favorite things

MimiHappy Friday…at last! It’s been another crazy week and I know we are all ready for a little rest right? LOL, as if weekends are ever restful, especially for a Mom. Any-who weekend here we come and I try not to say goodbye to a week without taking a moment to reflect and appreciate the small moments and blessings that came my way.

My precious Mimi sent a selfie from Cobo on her spring break and I was thrilled to get it, because I worry…a lot.” I prayed for her safe return everyday. As a parent it’s hard to send your child out of the Country without you and if Mimi’s spring break was going to be anything like the spring breaks I went on well…”I would never have let her go.” However, I have great faith in Mimi’s judgment and even greater faith in God. Mimi is home safe and this weekend we will celebrate Easter together with our family and friends. From my home to yours, I’m sending you wishes for a beautiful holiday weekend and may you have your family, friends and love around you. Happy Easter, Smooches xoxo
roses{I didn’t realize how much I missed my rose garden from the old house, until I saw this rose bush and had to buy it. Today I have four blooms, it’s beautiful and makes me smile.}
apple tarte{Yep, here I go again. I have a new obsession with apple tarts from a local bakery and yep again…I had two this week. So, much for getting into that bikini next week}daisey{I love the simplicity of daises in water pitchers…simple and sweet.}casual dinner{We had a blast with our friends Eric and KK aka Kenda along with Mary for a casual dinner followed by too many margaritas and a movie.  Sometime is nice to go simple. Stay home and let home be a place you can have fun. xoxo KK}xoxo, Julie