Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour {Part 3}

Gosh it seems like we just got started and now here we are, the final share of our Merry and Bright Holiday Home tour.  A very special welcome to those that are stopping by from Design Asylum Blog, so glad you are here!  Since last you stopped by I created a little tablescape I'd like to share.  I call it my Rudolph and Frosty tablescape.  This post has all the details.

A Rudolph and Frosty Tablescape

Believe it or not I'm still stuck in tablescape mode!  This is mostly due to having an array of social gatherings, tis the season right?!  We played host to a pizza & hot chocolate get together after the Christmas parade for some of John's friends.  These are all high school marching kids... I thought why not have fun with it!



Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour {Part 2}

With the most anticipated time of the year upon us, here at Positively Southern we have decked the halls along with all the dining and entertaining spaces in the home!  Should you have found this tour via Chic On A Shoestring Decorating a special welcome to you!  As you tour through our Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour  I sincerely hope that you find inspiration that you can use in your own home.


Christmas in the Kitchen

All the trimmings of Christmas help to create a wonderful backdrop for our family time together.  An incredible amount of that family time occurs in the kitchen.



Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour {Part 1}

Welcome to my first Christmas home tour!  I am delighted that you have stopped by. If you are coming over from Refresh Restyle an extra special thanks for stopping by!



The Only Game that Matters {War Eagle}

I've just barely gotten the Thanksgiving dishes washed and put away when I started getting ready for the game of the year!  If you live in the state of Alabama one thing is for sure, you have to make a choice....you either pull for Auburn or the other university in the state.  Without a doubt you know who my team is WAR EAGLE!!!   I'm not just a fan, we(Honey & Me) are Auburn Alumni.



Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour

This year we hosted both of our families for Thanksgiving!  It was fabulous with the one exception that our John, was sick...with who knows what but as I type this, he is still on the sofa with a slight fever.  The absolute best part of the day was having my great nephew, Ethan with us!  We are all madly in love with the little guy!  I promise to share more about him soon.

Ya'll I've been about to burst with excitement!  My little blog was invited to participate in a holiday home tour!!!!!!  When the amazing interior designer and blogger at Confetti Style, Shelly contacted  me to ask if I'd be willing to join her along with a few other amazing bloggers and I couldn't say YES fast enough!!  



How To Make Cornbread Dressing

Growing up we always had cornbread dressing for every major holiday, not just for Thanksgiving.  While Mother is one of the best cooks, I never cared much for her dressing.  When I married Honey, I became acquainted with his Aunt Jean.  Aunt Jean is a fabulous cook and her dressing is absolute perfection of southern dressing if ever there was any.  For years, Honey's Mother...aka Pie would bring dressing to us where ever we lived as a gift from Aunt Jean.  When we moved back home to Auburn, Aunt Jean gave me lessons in how to make "her" dressing.  That is what I am sharing with you today!



Updates in the Living Room

A few weeks ago while trolling the aisles of one of my fav antique stores I saw  a gorgeous wing back chair.  I walked away from it that day but couldn't get it off my mind.  After much thought, last week I went back to that store and it was still there...so I brought it home!


When Do You Decorate For Christmas

It is really a loaded question of sorts right?  Folks are very passionate about when they should or shouldn't decorate for Christmas.


Homecoming Dance

If you follow the blog on Instagram you might have seen my posts of John asking a girl to go to the homecoming dance.

A Charles Faudree Inspired Wall

The first time I saw a Federalist Bull's Eye mirror in a Charles Faudree book I knew I had to have one.  Last fall I got lucky and found one at a great price.

For a year now, it just hung on the wall in the family room.  Right by itself.  When I envisioned it hanging in our home it had Blue Willow plates hanging all around.

Fast forward to today when Bestie N popped over for visit, I mentioned that we had to relocate the mirror to a new wall.  Just like that we were rehanging the mirror and I had pulled out all my spare Blue Willow plates. Hello my name is Tamyra and I am a Blue Willow Plate Hoarder Collector.



Pier 1 Fall Inspiration

As most of you know I have had a very part time gig at Pier 1 Imports for almost 2 years.  I really enjoy each season as it arrives into the store.  So today as I walked around helping customers I had the idea that it might be fun to share with all of you, just in case you haven't been into a store recently.These are  a few pics of my fav Fall merchandise.
 


Getting Into Shape

Some time ago I began to experience problems with my lower back.  To be honest, I just figured this was a right of passage as I age, along with standing on the tile floor at Pier 1.  But as the discomfort lingered I made the decision to visit my orthopaedist.  Of course they did xrays and what they found came as a surprise.
Clearly, I could see for myself on the xray that the last part of my spine looked different than further up my back.  A degenerative spine was my diagnosis.  For those that don't know what that is it is a gradual loss of of normal structure and function of the spine over time.   The Doctors advice was to strengthen my core. This was important he said.

Bamboo At Last


Almost as soon as I started actively antiquing, I fell head over heels for bamboo.  When most think of bamboo I doubt they think of it in an antique point of reference.  I'd say most think of it in a tropical locale.  The price tag has always been a little on the steep side for any bamboo tables, shelves or mirrors I've come across.

Back earlier in the summer at one of our fav spots, I saw it.  As I get close to the table I think to myself you know this thing is gonna be at least $400...they usually are.  I lift the tag and see the price

35 bucks!


Celebrating Our 25th Wedding Anniverary


Twenty five years ago today we exchanged vows before God, Family and Friends at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church here in Auburn.



Coach Pat Dye Visits

It was a typical Saturday morning.  The house was a wreck, I had been rearranging stuff on my kitchen counters and wiping them down with Clorox.  The kids were up and had breakfast but no shower yet.  I still had on my pjs and hadn't even ran a hairbrush thru my hair.  Then Honey calls.  He had gone to breakfast with Coach Pat Dye.  Coach Dye is one of Auburn University's most beloved football coaches, I had watched countless AU football games with him on the sidelines calling the shots.  Honey calls and says his brother and Coach Dye are headed to our house.  "You've probably got about 35 minutes before they get there" he says.   My response I am sure was something like "you have got to be kidding me." But at that moment I am struggling for a reality check...Pat Dye is coming to "my" house!!!!

35 MINUTES YA'LL

I yell to the kids that Coach Dye is on his way and they need to take a shower quickly as if their lives depend on it!  I head to the bathroom thinking what do I do....will he come inside or just be outside....do I wash my hair...makeup yes or no.  I had no time for a shower so I dumped my head over into the bathroom sink and didn't even wait for the water to warm(no lie).  In 15 minutes I had "washed my hair" if you can call it that, dried my hair and applied make up...right down to the eye liner.

The Dining Room Updated

Not long ago it occurred to me that I had not  shared the entire updated dining room. Truth is, last week by a complete coincidence I saw my dining room on some one's pinterest board and realized then I needed to share the update.


Red, White & Blue Tablescape

Memorial Day for most signal the beginning of summer.  Summer is my absolute fav time of the year and I look for any and all reasons to celebrate the season!
We officially welcome summer in with a cookout over the Memorial Day weekend.  Over the years and across the many miles we have traveled/lived we have played host to countless cookouts for the holiday weekend.  This year will be no different.  So days before, I try to pull out all of my stuff and begin to play around with the table.
Memorial Day Tablescape


A Guestroom Styled with Antiques

A few weeks ago I shared with you how much I adore my friend's guest bath.  Today I'd like to share the guest bedroom that adjoins that gorgeous bath.
The first moment I stepped into this room I was just in awe of the fantastic pieces she has in there.  This corner is quite possibly my fav in her entire home.  The antique needle point that hangs over the chest is a real beauty.  Notice the shaving mirror and the contents that adorn it...LOVE!


Ashley, My Niece


Almost 27 years ago, Sister called to tell me she was having a baby.  To say that I was over the moon would be a complete understatement.  I recall running all over Funchess Hall (Auburn University Building) telling absolutely EVERYONE that I was going to be an Aunt.  Back in those days you didn't find out whether the baby was a boy or a girl....I was hoping for a girl.

In early Fall of 1988, Mother phoned me to tell me that she and Daddy were on their way to Sister's house...the baby was on its way.  The whole day I waited and waited to find out how things were going and then I got the call, the baby was here and it was a

GIRL!!!!!


Decorating the Top of a Refrigerator


Do you decorate the top of your refrigerator?  It might depend it your fridge has cabinets that cover the top of yours.  In the 5 houses we have owned I don't recall if they had cabinets that would have prevented me from decorating over it or not.  But in this home, there are cabinets that are over the fridge but it is not counter sunk.  I probably have maybe 18 inches or less to play around with.
During Christmas I had a collection of Christmas cookbooks along with other random kitchen Christmas decor over ours.  After the holidays,I just left it bare and pondered what I might put up there...all the way to March I pondered.
Then I decided to move a few things around and  this is what I came up with!  Since my cabinets are white and I have stainless appliances my kitchen has a tendency to feel cold, at least  to me.  So I put a Demijohn along with some wooden boxes filled with dishes and cookbooks to warms things up.

stylingthetopofrefrigerator

Painting the Garage

A few weeks ago I shared the garage in it's unorganized state.  In case you missed it you can see it right here.  Not a pretty sight for sure.
This week I would like to share the actual painting of the garage.  As you can see below the walls are covered floor to ceiling in bead board...unfinished bead board.  Knowing that it is unfinished, soaking up the paint like a sponge was as sure as the sun is gonna set in the west!   When I attended Haven Conference (blogging conference) the fine folks at HomeRight were there demonstrating their paint sprayers.  I just happened to have a photo of our garage and the lady told me she thought I'd need the HomeRight Power-Flo Pro 2800.  So guess what, they just sent me one! It truly is an amazing piece of equipment!  At first we started off with a bucket of Kilz that I had tinted.  A couple of rooms in the house had already been painted Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore and I felt like that might be a great option for the garage.


The Silk Drapery Company

During the process of having my custom drapes made I know I went on and on about them.  They really are my dream drapes as I blogged about them here.   I still love them as much as I did the first day they were hung!  The right window treatments can really make or break a room!
On a recent trip to Scott's there was a new vendor there, The Silk Drapery Company.  What immediately caught my eye was a drapery panel that was exactly like mine!



Gorgeous Guest Bath

Last week I was over at a friend's home that I've been too many times and every time I go I insist on seeing her Guest Bedroom and Bathroom.  Her home has the most fantastic bathrooms of which I am totally jealous of (mine aren't great).  But there is just something about her guest bathroom that makes me just wanna hang out in there.  As always I was armed with  my camera and insisted I take a few pics to share with all of you!

A New Vignette


Months ago during a trip to Scott's Antiques I became acquanited with The Englishman's, an antique store in Atlanta that specializes in English Antiques.  This past weekend they had a big sale at their store front that we(me and my antique buddy)had to attend.  While my friend found the most fantastic pieces that fit lovely into her home, I came home with a couple pieces of Staffordshire.  Ya'll know how much I positively adore Staffordshire!  Hard to imagine how such a small statue can add so much to a vignette but, in regards to color it always brightens any spot.
I knew just where this piece would land as soon as it came in the door.



Let's Get Under the Sink


Each day I open the cabinet doors beneath my kitchen sink and many times it is somewhat of a juggling act.  I'd work to organize and within a few weeks those old habits of just tossing stuff  creep back in.

My Latest Find


For over a year now I have had a "thing" for tole lamps.  They taunt me...everywhere I go I look/search for one....for no particular spot either!  A few weeks ago I found a green tole lamp and loved it, didn't buy it as I really had no where to put it.  Last week my antique buddy and I decided to go to a new place and upon arrival we both agreed it looked a little more like a yard sale than a antique store.  Don't judge a book by a cover or a store front by their window display!  We were walking around and not really finding anything until she spotted it.  With one big "Tamyra you have got to get this" I turned to look and there it was.  A tole lamp that wasn't too big, happened to be the right color and the price was reasonable to say the least!


The Garage {Before}

In my post about putting the film on the french door in the garage I eluded to what a disaster the garage was.   You might wonder why it was such a disaster...here is my excuse. We left the house in Savannah that had an attached 2 car garage and also a detached 1600sq ft. garage(with an apartment).

Replanting of Auburn's Oaks


As you all know, we live in Auburn, Alabama home to Auburn University.  I believe that I’ve mentioned that we ( Honey & I) are also alumni of Auburn University.  Through out the college campuses around the country, all are steeped in tradition and Auburn University is no different.  Our beloved tradition of rolling the Auburn Oaks with toilet paper has been around long before my days as a student.  In 2010, Auburn won it’s second National Championship and it was a grand day!  But shortly after the win, a person that I will leave nameless poisoned those 83-85+ year old oak trees.  We, the Auburn Family felt the loss in such a way that can not be described or explain.  Countless attempts to save our trees were made but, we all knew after reading about Spike 80 ( the poison) that those attempts would not be enough. 

John’s Bedroom Reveal

Honesty is the best policy.  So the reason John’s room has never been shared before is pretty simple,  it just wasn’t worthy of a post.  Short of his actual furniture everything else was pretty much piece mill.  Stuff I found here and there for a good price.  And that worked…he didn’t need a super nice bedding set to make Lego’s on or put his dirty shoes on. 
Here is a before pic.

After seeing countless blogging friends using buffalo checks, I knew that was something  that would work for his room.  Then in one of my Charles Faudree books I thumbed across a page with the most beautiful wallpaper and more of a chocolate buffalo check.  After searching the Internet over and over I admitted defeat in the area of finding a similar buffalo check. What I went with was a duvet cover and shams from Ikea.  They are definitely a lighter shade than I originally had planned on but it surely does work


Happy Blogging Anniversary to Me

It occurred to me a couple hours ago, in the car rider pick up line at the jr high that today 2 years ago I pressed publish on this blog.  It seems absolutely unreal to me that 2 years have passed.  While I sat waiting for the bell to ring it gave me time to think about all that blogging has brought to my personal life.
When I first found out about blogs, I faithfully read Kim's Savvy Southern Style and Yvonne's Stone Gable, their style was very much like my style in terms of decor.  It was my pleasure to meet both of them my first year at Haven.  They were my must meets that year at Haven.  They even posed for a pic with me.


French Door with Privacy Film Applied


When we moved into our home there were so many things that I wanted and needed to change.  The garage was dark and dreary.  We have changed and done things as we could.   Over the next few weeks I hope to share the progress of our garage.  Since the garage has no windows the only source of natural light is a single french door.  The french door needed something for privacy but I didn't want to install a blind since that would affect the natural light.  So I put a sheer on a magnetic rod that I had kept from our first house many years ago.  It looked alright...in the beginning.  But 7+ years of bugs and numerous spiders it looked pretty bad.


Lazy Lasagna Soup



A couple weeks back I attended a Pampered Chef party hosted by a new friend.  It was your typical party where we cooked and ate and cooked some more.  The party had a theme of soup and slippers, so the name tells you that we had soup for supper!  What was great about the party was indeed the soup that we all collectively prepared.  Truthfully, I’m somewhat of a fussy eater and as we prepared the soup I kept thinking…there is NO way I’m eating that.  But then a party goer just like me fixed a bowl and it looked pretty good, so I too got a bowl of it…a small bowl.  I took a bite and immediately when back for a larger serving!
Not sure why it is is called “Lazy” Lasgna Soup so I’ve shorted it to Lasgna Soup.  I decided that you all absolutely had to at least read/hear about this fabulous light soup so I’m gonna share my version of it.

1 jar of Classico Pasta sauce(flavor of tomato and basil)
1 small onion chopped
2 cans of beef broth
1 pound of turkey Italian Sausage
2 cloves of garlic minced
6 oz of radiatore pasta (really any kind of pasta would work)
1 small zucchini slice very thin
snips of fresh basil (optional)

First, you need to remove the sausage casing if you found it in sausage form, I found it(at Publix) with the casing and once without both tasted the same. Crumbling the sausage, add the onion, garlic and salt and pepper to taste.  Brown until there is no pink left.  I like my meat chopped up very fine so I use a chopper like this on all ground meats!

Sweet Home Antiques Tent Sale

What an absolute pleasure it is to tell you just a little bit more about Sweet Home Antiques.  Their tent sale is one of the single most anticipated events in all of West Georgia and it happens TWICE a year!


Sweet Home Antiques


For the last year and a half I’ve been popping over to Pine Mountain, Georgia to feed/fuel my love of antiques.  I will forever be in the debt of my friend, Nadine for taking me over there for the first time in the Fall of 2013.  That's Nadine with Dawn, the store manager of Sweet Home Antiques.

A Southern Delicacy: Smoked Gouda Grits


Growing up in the South it is a must to love grits.  Grits have always been one of my most fav things to eat.   I have to admit that I had only eaten grits as a breakfast meal, the whole notion of Grits being served for dinner with Shrimp was completely foreign idea…enter the move to Savannah in 1996.  Surely every fine dining establishment in Savannah serves Shrimp and Grits. 
This post isn't about Shrimp and Grits but, rather my newest and the most delicious way to enjoy this southern delicacy.  Gouda grits came to my attention some 3 or 4 years ago while at our monthly church breakfast.  After practically licking the bowl clean right there in front of everyone, I knew I had to “learn” how to make this dish.  For days I scoured  Pinterest and compared recipes of the varying ingredients and compiled my take on Gouda Grits.

These are the ingredients/brands I use.


Let's Talk Steak

Do you have a standard dish you prepare on Saturday night?  We typically grill on the weekend (weather permitting).  What we grill might vary from steak to burgers to hot dogs.  Tonight, we grilled up a couple steaks.  What makes this different or special is what we put on them.

Master Bath Reveal

At long last I am sharing our master bath.  Before I show you all the before here is just a glimpse of the update so you can better appreciate.


 Apologies for the blurry picture but this is the only picture I have before we ripped everything out.
Mentally it was cold.  As in freeze your fanny off cold.  The white tile that you can't see from this pic was slick, when you stepped out of the shower you'd nearly bust that frozen fanny off.  The cabinetry had a cherry finish and all the hardware was gold/brass. The absolute worst thing in the entire bathroom was that the electrical outlet was inside one of those drawers.  Now that you have all gasped in disbelief about that let me paint a pic...everything in that "drawer" had to come out you wanted to say...dry your hair.   Please note the outlet to the left of the mirror, it has a sister on the other side of the tower.

Family Room Update 2.0

Gosh ya'll, it has been ages since I've shown the family room off.  As a matter of fact it has been almost 2 years since the reveal, to take a walk down memory lane here is what it looked like last time you saw it.

The Dining Room with a New Rug

Who doesn't like free? Last year when I attended a blog conference in Atlanta, those bloggers that participated in doing a video about why we needed new floor covering were gifted a rug of our selection.  When I say "rug" what I really mean is a piece of bound carpet.  Shaw Floors offered several designs and colors for us to select from.  The piece I selected was gray/white.  The plan was to lay this 6X9 rug on top of our dreadful bedroom carpet that is in desperate need of being replaced.

The only problem that I hadn't taken into account is that the current carpet is brown and trust me when I say that the new rug was not going to work there.  So I rolled up the new rug and it laid, in the foyer the entire month of December.  Yes all the way through Christmas!  Guests just stepped over it.   

I pondered what I should do with the rug.....and pondered some more.  Then when I took the Christmas decor down it hit me.  Why not give it a try in the dining room?  So I recruited John to help with the transition, never underestimate the "willingness to help" of a 14 year old boy!  After all he did do all the heavy lifting!


Ever since moving in 8 years ago I've wanted a rug in the dining room and while I hadn't planned on this particular rug it absolutely works!  For now!  So a very big thanks to Shaw Floors for my new rug!

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The Grounds at Sweet Home Plantation


On this very cold day here in Alabama, a balmy 14 degrees as I type this, I thought I'd share my final post on Sweet Home Plantation.  These photos were taken last summer when the grass was green and everything was in full bloom at the gorgeous, historic home.   Don't you just adore this arbor that greets guests?!
 


A New Rug in the Foyer

To say that I was thrilled when I walked into an antique store this week and finally found a rug for the foyer would be an understatement! For crying out loud, I've been looking forever for one!  In case you might need a refresher of what the foyer looked like without a rug take a look right here.

I  knew that the colors would work well with the adjacent rooms and it does!


When I first saw the rug I wondered if it was going to be too large as it is a 4X6.  So I went home and measured and promptly went back to get it!




It feels so good to scratch this off my list! Not to mention it feels as if I'm starting the year off right with such a great find!

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