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14 December 2018

A Christmas Home Tour


Over the past few months I’ve been working with the Auburn Preservation League’s Christmas Tour of Home.  It has been such a pleasure to work with and get to know the homeowners along with the countless volunteers on this project.  This past weekend was the actual tour, it was such a delight to see the homes in all their seasonal glory!  As I went about the tour each home had special details that  adored but, then I got to my fav house of all! 


 There wasn’t one thing about this home that I didn’t LOVE!  This is a home that I could literally move right into and not change a thing!  As I visited with the homeowner I asked if it would be okay if I dashed home got my good camera and come back to photograph for the blog, she graciously accepted.  Here is my warning…this is a photo heavy blog post, you’ll be glad I took so many photos!   Have I mentioned the weather was nothing short of miserable?  Ya’ll it was raining and cloudy and it definitely impacted my photos.


Let’s start in the kitchen, it is gorgeous.  The granite and the white subway tile look fantastic together.  I’ve debated if I could pull this off at our house since our granite is almost the exact same, this proved to me I could!


Every Kitchen Aid mixer should have darling Christmas balls in it don’t you think? 



The dining area was just as perfect as I found the kitchen! It was warm and inviting and perfectly appointed.



The homeowner sprinkled antique pieces through the home, this pie safe was beautiful!
The keeping room just off the kitchen was fantastic. It was a space that looked comfy and well decorated.
The small table was set for a romantic evening in front of the fireplace.
 The pillow tied in a linen bow was precious!
The oyster plates on the wall made me want to rush out and get some of my own!  Ya'll know how I love an oyster! Another beautiful vignette!



The family room was another beautiful space!  The simplicity of the mantel has made me rethink mine for next year.  The details of the pillows on her club chair doesn't go unnoticed!


 Having the perfect amount of antiques in the family room adds to the character of the home.
Surely I have seen Flow Blue china before but never knew the official name.  The homeowner's collection in the powder room is amazing!
 Honestly, I might have never done a patterned tile, this made me change my mind. 
Small details make such a huge impact.  No doubt I'll rush out and grab some greenery and stuff it in a pretty piece for the powder room!

Ya'll surely know this give me ideas for our powder room!!!  I do love a plate on the wall!! HA!


Out of every space the homeowner shared in the tour, without a doubt the sunroom was my absolute favorite.  I have sunroom envy!!  Honey, if your reading...we need a sunroom!!!

 More gorgeous antiques! I've seen clocks like this almost every time I go out antique shopping.  I'm trying to decide where I might put one!
 Again the weather was dreadful on Saturday, I plan to beg the homeowner to let me come back in the spring and snap a few pics of her garden and the outdoor entertaining areas!

The bunny looks into the keeping room and what a cutie he is!

My sincere hope is that this home inspires you as much as it has me.  This home is truly a beauty.  I appreciate so much the homeowner allowing me to share it with all of you!

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13 December 2018

Easy Pork Tenderloin

Welcome to the Mingle and Jingle Progressive Dinner Blog Hop!   If you are coming over from  Home on Poplar Creek I'm delighted you are here!  Nicole's tablescape was beautiful and full of inspiration.  My role in the progressive dinner is to share the main course.  I gotta let ya'll in on this little secret, the older I get the more I despise cooking...like I'd rather do anything but cook! Since I feel this way what I cook and serve to my family should be simple and easy to prepare.  I am not interested in a recipe that has 10 ingredients! HA!! That confession aside, I still want what I cook to be tasty and appealing.  
 My Easy Pork Tenderloin comes in as one of my family favorites.  It is delicious and only has 3 ingredients.
 Recipe:
Olive Oil
CharCrust
Pork Tenderloin
Have you ever tried Char Crust or even heard of it?  This is not a sponsored post for CharCrust!  I use this on almost every meat I serve to my family.  In this recipe after removing the pork tenderlion from the package I rinse and pat dry with a paper towel.   For a small tenderloin I take about 2 tablespoons of the dry rub seasoning and place in a plate that will fit the tenderloin.  With a somewhat dry tenderloin roll the tenderloin in the seasonings.  When the meat is coated in the dry rub I place on a baking sheet.  Spritz or spoon maybe a tablespoon of olive oil onto the tenderloin.  This keeps the rub from burning.  Place the meat in the oven which is set to broil for about 5 minute to sear. After broiling, loosely cover with foil. Then bake at 350 degrees for an hour or until your roast is 145 degrees.  Let it rest for about 7 minutes then slice and serve!

Having served up the main course I'm sending you on your way to Shelly of Confetti Style for dessert.  She shared a teaser on her social media yesterday, I am certain it will be delicious!


A side story you might find funny!

Ages ago we were invited to be part of a progressive dinner.  It was an interesting experience and I wouldn't count that as a success. The first home we went to the girl had worked all day and had paid no attention to the instructions.  She had donuts instead of appetizers and everyone filled up on donuts.  As the night went on and we arrived at our house for whatever I was serving one of the children that had indulged in those donuts was sick....as in all over my bathroom.  Needless to say it was the end of the progressive meal! 
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11 December 2018

Wintery Tablescape


In case you haven't realized, I'm that person that wants to find multiple uses for whatever I buy with home decor being no exception.  As I looked and shopped for this season's table decor I kept in mind that I need linens that weren't just for Christmas. This table runner certainly fits the bill for a winter look.  Amazingly, it  also works well with my non seasonal decor and will transfer splendidly into January.


The galvanized chargers and snowflake placemats I've had for a few years and are from Pier 1 Imports.  The wreaths and white birch candles, from JoAnn Stores complete the winter look.



Let's talk about napkins!!! Y'all I love anything that is scalloped...potatoes, the top of my wedding dress and most especially these napkins also from Pier 1.  The tassels are everything!!!  The napkin rings soften the look with the delicate flower.



The grey salad plate has been on my wish list for a few months and it paired wonderfully with the grey in the table runner.

I'm off to cook the main course for our Jingle and Mingle Christmas tour that starts December 13, you will not wanna miss the recipe for a roasted pork tenderloin, it is delicious and easy!!

Happy Tablescaping Friends!!
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05 December 2018

Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour {part 2}

This post is sponsored by BoHoLuxe Home but all opinions are my own!

The halls have been decked here at Positively Southern and our Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour continues!  The dining room is always my favorite room to decorate for any season and most especially at Christmas.  As always, I pull out both sets of china to grace the table in the numerous tablescapes for the dinner parties we host.  This year the color scheme doesn't lend to a particularly Christmas theme of reds and greens, it still feels like Christmas just the same!



With new colors on the dining room tree it was time to stretch my design abilities.  The moment I saw this fabric from BoHo Luxe Home rightly named Ashes of Roses, I knew it would pair beautifully with what I had planned for the dining room this holiday season.  If you are looking for unique fabrics, pillows and wallpaper be sure and visit BoHo Luxe Home!


The colors in the fabric are almost an exact match to the rug in the dining room.  It looks as if I planned it that way!  BoHo Luxe Home graciously made this into a table runner that is nothing short of stunning!

 As soon as I made the fabric choice I dashed to Pier 1 Imports for a few linens. Running into a few problems with quantities I opted for the captain's place settings to have a different color napkin. The bright lavender blended well with the colors in the table runner.


The purple napkin was a perfect match for the table runner.  Adding the pompom napkin punched up the look!

The silver placemat board continues to be my most used item in tablescaping inventory.  It pairs well with my wedding china.
Much thought and debate went on for the centerpiece.  When all was said and done I dashed to the yard and clipped some greenery.  The blooms you see just happen to be napkin rings!  The arrangement rests on a silver tray.





I'm so pleased with how the room has evolved this holiday season!  One thing I've tried to do lately is to step out from my usual way of doing things... in all facets of my life.  In the new year I'll share more on this.  For now,  I'll send you on your way over to Farm House Therapy  I'm certain she has a gorgeous space to share!



disclosure:  I did receive products from  BoHo Luxe Home to use in my decor.  My opinions are all my own.
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