A Beachy Tablescape

There is hardly a time that I'm not wishing to be at the beach!  I've done my best to surround myself with things that I adore and beach or coastal pieces are among those!  Anytime I see beachy items I do my best to see how I can incorporate those into our home.  When I saw the chargers that look like driftwood I knew they would be a great addition to my beach collection.

The cream beaded placemats were quite possibly the best addition to my table linen collections.  They stay in almost a constant rotation of tablescapes.  Pairing this with the the wooden chargers really make the sandpiper plates pop!

The woven placemats add a complimenting color to the sandpiper plates.  The color of the placemats are perfect match to the blue in my drapes.  Consequently, those placemats also have an almost permenant home on the table!  The napkins trimmed in delicate, tiny seashells add some whimsy to the table.

For a centerpiece I've opted for one of my lanterns with a coordinating color candle.  The starfish and seashell garland finish off the the center of the table.

What are your favorite collections that you have around your home?  I'd love to hear about those!

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Finishing Off The Breakfast Room

For years I've felt as if the breakfast room wasn't quite finished.  Everything was there, the table, buffet, the art but, what about a rug.  I've debated whether to put a rug under the table for sometime.

Last month one of my fav retailers had this rug on sale and I decided that just maybe it might work in the breakfast room.

I have been unsure about choosing a rug with lots of color and pattern.  The Dobby Flatweave rug available at Pier 1 Imports fits the category of a neutral rug.

This rug is an indoor/outdoor rug which for me means it can take the heavy traffic and treatment that a house full of guys and 2 cats will give it!  I believe adding a rug to any space, especially a table helps to anchor any room.  It surely feels as though it has done that for this space in our home!
For now I'd say the breakfast room is finished.....but you never know!!!

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Huntingdon College Here He Comes

If you've followed along on Positively Southern's Instagram you know I've posted numerous photos of college visits over the past year.   I surely feel like I've seen what the south east has to offer in regards to colleges.  Last year on spring break we took our very first college tour at Huntingdon College.  As we toured we saw the historic and majestic buildings and talked to the various professors(shout out to the Chemistry & band folks) I was impressed. What I didn't realize John was falling in love with the school.  As we walked down the steps of Flowers Hall I will never forget the moment he grabbed my elbow and said "this is where I wanna go to school."

As I said before, we continued to tour other schools and liked many aspects of all of those.  John has always had a mind of his own, like when I wanted him to do percussion in band.  John came home and announced he'd selected the bassoon.  I'm not ashamed to admit that I'd never seen or heard a bassoon until he discovered it in 2nd grade.

For some 17 years this child of mine has donned our(mine & Honey's) college colors in all the navy and orange goodness there is.  This fall he will be all decked out in Scarlet & Grey!!!

 I don't mind to admit this Auburn alum is finding it hard to embrace anything red.  I'm working on it...as long as it has the Huntingdon College logo on it cause, God forbid someone would think something else! HA!

As the proud Mother,  I'd be remiss if I didn't say that he was awarded many scholarships from many colleges.  The one he landed at Huntingdon College was icing on the cake!  John was awarded the Edwin H. and Mae Rousseau Teague Scholarship (for students majoring in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics).  My kid is majoring in Chemistry on a premed track.  John will be a member of the Marching Scarlet & Grey playing alto sax and in the concert band he will play that bassoon he has loved since the 2nd grade.

This fall I'll be chanting something other than the War Eagle I've said for almost 53 years...I'll be saying...

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Getting Ready for Dorm Life

It is hard to believe that John will be graduating from high school in less than 2 months.  He has made his college choice, what a great feeling to have that behind us!  With dorm life looming we've already started making lists and thinking about what the dorm room decor might look like. We've made a couple trips to his college of choice and I've been in the model dorm room twice.  Y'all let's talk about how small these rooms are, I do understand this is typical though.  John's room is 14X11. The rooms come with 2 bunk beds with the bed on top and a desk top fitted on the bottom.  Community bathrooms are down the hall.
Huntingdon College Dorm Room
Some students move the desk top to the upper and use for storage putting the actual bed on the bottom.  I believe they can take the desk top out altogether and just have room below.
Huntingdon College Male Dorm Room
The model dorm room is decorated by Dorm Decor, probably the best guy dorm decor I've seen so far!
Dorm Room Huntingdon College

There are a pair of night stands with 3 drawers, a dresser(I'd call a chest) also with 3 drawers.  Each room comes equipped with a small fridge and microwave.  The closets are about 4 feet wide with space above for storage and this space is open.
Male Dorm Room Huntingdon College

Huntingdon College Male Dorm Room
What college dorm would be complete without  a pool table or ping pong table?

On Pinterest there are loads of inspiration for girl dorm room, guys not so much!  As I look at all these rooms that are perfectly decorated I wonder how long they stay that way.  I also wonder if guys try to coordinate their decor style with the other roommate.  When we go for orientation John might meet someone he wants to room with so, I wonder do I just wait to make bedding purchases until then.  Then reality of where we live(college town)hits me   The college parents and students come into Auburn and clean the stores out!!!  With that I guess I'll head out and start dorm room shopping!

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Master Closet Makeover Reveal

This might possibly be the most excited about a makeover that I have ever been!  Yesterday I shared with you about my closet dreams and some of my selections for the closet makeover.  You can read about that here.
Before you see my closet makeover you need to see the before.  It isn't pretty... it is pretty junky!  I can't even believe that I'm sharing this with the world but, to appreciate what I have now you need to see the before.

In my previous post I did say that I had to rehome many things from my closet, you can kinda see that now.  There was so many things in the closet that just didn't belong there and I mean lots!  Some of it was shuffled to other closets, some of it was sold at a consignment sale and lots went to Salvation Army!

So after years and years of  dreaming about a closest makeover...here it is!

Home Free Rubbermaid Closet System Master closet

One thing I'd like to point out, I did not stage my closet for photos.  This is everything that should belong in my closet.  It is either hanging up or in storage containers.  I'm sure you are wondering why I have my pants hanging like this, I despise that crease that often times happens across the middle of them and this keeps that from happening.  Yes, they do take up more space this way but I'm okay with that since ironing is not my fav chore!
Rubbermaid Home Free Closet Systems
 As the seasons change I am certain that I will move my colder weather attire to the back of the closet and the summer stuff up to the front.  All of my t-shirts are folded in the off white fabric bins on the shelves.  Scarves are also stored in the smaller fabric bins.

Rubbermaid Home Free Closet System

The small 3 drawer container houses makeup that I either have extras of or is not being used at the moment.

The shelving at the end of the closet holds bins that contain items not used too often like my machine for asthma.  I'm happy that doesn't have to come out too often!  In the drawers are my unmentionables.  Command hooks hold some of my costume jewelry pieces.
Rubbermaid Closet Systems Master Closet

The 3 drawer tote holds my numerous pairs of shoes, mostly flip flops.  Not sure why I still have most of those since I can hardly wear them since my foot has been broken.

The storage tubs are from WalMart and were the color I searched everywhere for.  There are tubs for purses and my reuseable bags.  I have an extra tub that I will put blankets in when they come off the bed in the summer.  Why tubs?  My closet often gets dusty so this keeps everything dust free!

Since the closet underwent the transformation I have truly enjoyed it.  It has been easy to keep everything organized.  No more just throwing clothes on the shelves to deal with later.  The closet system was easy to install with easy to follow instructions.  It is a closet system that I'd definitely use in any of our other closets.  Honey's closet is next on the list!  This is not an ad and I was not paid for my opinions with the Rubbermaid Home Free Series.

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