Life in the Dorm

Yesterday was the day!  We moved our son into the dorm.  I don't mind to say it was a bittersweet day but, that's a story I'll save for another day.  Today, I'd like to share his dorm room with you.
I've already shared that he is a freshman at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Al. He is majoring in chemistry and is one of Huntingdon's merit scholars.  He will be marching in their band this fall and play bassoon in their concert bands in the spring. 
The incoming freshman are divided into a male and female dorm that are across campus from one another.  John is in a shared dorm room as the majority of the students are there.  Since John is a band kid he was able to move in ahead of the roommate, other than his name we know absolutely nothing about him!  Here is what it looked like before we moved in his belongings.

As you can see the beds are lofted...think bunk bed basically.  More on my opinion of that in a bit.  Below the bed the freshman dorms have a desk top.  They have the option of putting the bed on the bottom and using the desk top as a storage area above.

The plastic drawers by Sterilite are a good options for dorm rooms, they are inexpensive, lightweight and offer adequate storage.  We opted for a small set along with a larger set and you see the really small set is on his desktop.  The larger sized set of drawers have various things like snacks, extra sheets and towels. Extra school supplies fill the small drawer set.  The set on the desk will hold various paperwork.
In the photo below you see a clip on lamp from WalMart along with a shelf.  Ya'll this shelf is the most ideal thing to have if you are in a bunk bed.  The shelf is from Bed Bath & Beyond and was only $24.99.  It easily attaches to the side rail of the bed.  Honey installed it and kept saying what a great idea!  A dorm room must for bunks!

The chest below comes with the room.  It has really good storage , so much that he didn't even fill it up with his clothes!  The hutch was a thrifting find for only $15.  He has paper plates, bowls, disposable cutlery, Keurig, a few photos and the all important fan!  Last night John text me to say he was hot and that he wished we had opted for a clip on fan.  I suggested he put something under the fan to elevate and he reported that it worked well.  I'll still look for a  clip on fan!
The storage space above the closet has lots of space.  You can see we do not have it full by any stretch.  Most kids put a television and gaming system in that space.  To max his space he has the hanging piece that holds his towels.  Now we live close enough that he can easily rotate his clothing.  You may have noticed that none of his long sleeves and long pants are there.  He did take his sport coat, ties and dress pants for fraternity rush that takes place soon!  At the bottom of his closet he has space for assorted beverages and other supplies.

Along about here is where I'll tell  you what I think about bunk beds.  I've never owned or slept in one.  Yesterday was my first experience as a 50+ year old woman that climbed on top of this set to hang these photos.  Now I know what you are thinking...gee Tamyra you didn't do a great job getting those pics all straight...NO I DIDN'T!  Ya'll after the major ordeal it took to get me up there and then to sit upright all the while of hanging these...I should have had John instagram live it!  You'd have been in stitches or scared for me...that I might end up with stitches.  

We debated art for this space all ya'll ALL summer!  We never found anything in our budget or that he liked. Late in the game we opted for photos that meant something to John.  We framed them in very inexpensive frames from WalMart and attached them to the wall with 3M velcro strips.  I'd never used those before and they are GREAT!

In the photo below you will notice the rug.  This is a piece of bound carpet that I found at WalMart.  It will serve him well for the next year and then we can just toss it out!  Since there had been no communication with the other  roommate we went with a smaller rug that way the other student can put what he likes on his side.
John wanted a comfy chair.  I believe he will do most of his studying at the library but if he does do some in his room he will have good lighting and something nice to sit on .  
This is the roommates side.  The fridge and microwave came with the room.  If I were him I'd see if I could fit that between their nightstands.  Wish I had thought of that before I left and rearranged it for them!

Each floor has a has a lounge area with a ping pong table and television.

Since I won't be there to snap a pic on his "first day of school" I snapped the obligatory photo before I left.

John has always made us proud.  He is a smart, generous, helpful, devoted, enthusiastic young man.  The advice I've given him was to stay true to himself and what he believes in, to not be easily swayed by others. 

A Summer Soirre: Backyard Bash

With summer in full swing here in mid July it was the perfect time to have a few friends over and enjoy this time of the year.  Along with a few blog friends we will be sharing some of our fav recipes, tablescapes, and hostess gifts.
It is possible that you are starting this progressive dinner dinner right here or you might have come from Shelly's home where she shared delicious cocktails either way I'm delighted you are here!  I'm hosting appetizers out on our deck so come on out!

With the heat of the summer pressing down on us, I try to make all of our meals light.   Appetizers are no exception.  I often times think that people just over think and possibly over do for appetizers.  

Can't tell you how many times in 28 years Honey has called and said he was bringing someone home after work.  That made me always keep things that I could just kinda pull out and use.  Everyday items you have in the fridge or pantry work great for an appetizer.

 My new mantra is keep it simple! It is important to me that when I entertain it needs to look effortless.  Maybe this is because I nearly knock myself out when I do entertain! HA!

I'm so glad you guys came over and hung out while we enjoyed appetizers before heading on over to see the marvelous table that Atta Girls Says has set.  Ya'll save me a seat!!

Hostess Gifts & Party Favors  Home on Poplar Creek
Cocktails  Confetti Style
Tablescape      Atta Girl Says
Main Course     MJones Style

Sweet Home Antiques Tent Sale 2018

Over the course of the last 5 years I've mentioned and blogged about Sweet Home Antiques.
They specialize in English antiques. 

Twice a year they go on a buying trip to England and bring back the most fabulous pieces for their stores.

Before these antiques hit one of their four stores, they host a tent sale at their Pine Mountain, Georgia home known to us as Sweet Home Plantation.

In addition to shopping for antiques you can also tour the historic home.  To wet your appetite for the sale you can read a few of my previous posts on the home and the tent sale here, here and here.  Even though I've toured the home countless times I never tire of seeing it.  Be sure and walk the grounds as they are just as gorgeous as the home is lovely!

The sale will begin June 29-July 1 from 9-5 at 2626 Hadley Road Pine Mountain, GA.  Can't wait to see you all there!!

A Summer Chinoiserie Tablescape

Before school was out I had a few friends over for lunch.  This was a tradition we started when our kids were in elementary school and knew how busy our summers would be with them underfoot!  Back then we would typically each bring a dish to share at our neighborhood pool but as we've gotten older we opted for a more "refined" lunch.  Ya'll know how I adore a pretty set table so as soon as I scheduled the lunch I went to work on a tablescape!

I wanted a fresh arrangement so I opted for simple...Just a bunch of Baby's Breath.  The vase  holding the Baby's Breath was my 15th wedding anniversary gift!  That Honey is a keeper for sure!

This stack of dishes  makes my happy.  The moment I saw those chargers I knew they were coming home with me!  My love of chinoiserie is evident throughout our home...lamps, plates and jars.  The moment I saw these salad plates I knew I had to add them to my collection!

The beaded mint placemat matching the chinoiserie salad plate was such a happy coincidence!

I seldom use a white napkin but it lends to such a clean and fresh look it is perfect!

All of my friends that came over had seniors so it was almost an emotional time.  We recalled all the PTA things we've done and became friends through, the band trips, the football games, the field trips and spring flings.  We've vowed that even though our kids are now heading in such different directions with college that we will always have our "school's out "lunch!

The Spring Deck Refresh

Seems almost a little late to call this a "spring" refresh but officially it is still spring. Just before this tropical whatever it is were have been having for the past week+ I decided I'd fluff the stuff on the deck.     

I bought the bar cart last summer and never managed to get it styled or photographed.  It was way past time so I brought out some of my fav things to try it out.  I  have a few friends coming over soon so it was good practice to see what worked and how it would look.

Years ya'll..years I've wanted a cone shaped boxwood finally found one!  Then just after finding this one I found another...even larger.  I need to find a large pot for it!
See my wooden potting bench?  Honey picked that up for me!  I've actually used it and not just for entertaining purposes!

Back to this beauty.  I tried to bring out things that were not breakable...much.  I started with the trays.  The acrylic tray on the top bears my monogram and I have to say I use it all the time!  Bestie P had one and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have one. 

You knew there would have to be Blue Willow right?  The color was a great contrast with the green in the glasses.  The hand towel along with the flowers soften all the hard edges and surfaces.

Sure wish I could leave these pretties out.  The raccoons that come every night would drag it all out to the woods....seriously they would!
Weeks ago I painted the furniture(something I have to do every other year)and then a a bit later I painted the actual deck(something I have to do every.single.year).  The morning after I painted the deck I awoke to lots of discomfort in my lower back...from of course painting.  Maybe one of the kids can paint the deck next year!

This is the first year I haven't been able to find a red geranium....first it was too cold and then/now it is so wet none of the plants look very good.  Maybe soon I can find at least one!