Spring has officially arrived! (…and the crowd cheers). Saturday was the official start and the weather gods must have been told because it was a beautiful weekend. I tried to spend most of my time outdoors even though a lot of it was in stores. But I did get some time to work in my plants. Everything has survived the winter and I’m going to have some blooming tulips in the next couple of days, as long as they weren’t too damaged by the workers who, when edging(more like digging trenches) yesterday, covered them in dirt. I’m so excited by the way my plantings turned out. I was just looking at a photo from before I bought the place and compared it to now, what a drastic difference. It looks like someone actually lives there and cares about it. Once all my plants get their leaves I’ll have to take another picture and do a before and after. What fun!
My shopping goal for this past weekend was to finish buying items to decorate but I either didn’t find things I like, or didn’t want to pay what was being asked for them. Instead I bought more dishes and some bath towels. And I did buy a coffee grinder to grind my espresso beans. Now I can make a pretty darn good latte. I even did a little hosting. Aaron came over to help me change my headlight bulb in my car so I treated him to some freshly made cookies and an espresso. Me, myself, I have another latte. It was a big caffeine day. But I was glad I got to host because I got to use some of my pretty dishes I just purchased at Home Goods.
I was thinking about it how I’m doing all this research and shopping to find things to use for entertaining, but I’ve only had one official dinner and a few casual gatherings. What’s the point of wasting my time and energy if I’m not actually entertaining? Maybe I’ll actually entertain more once I have the place complete, like have my desk and finish my photo wall and paint my lamp base and my chandelier.
Below are some photos that Marci told me about from Southern Living. It’s such a bright and cheerful dining room. I might also use the bar cart idea in place of my random tv tray I have in the one corner. And the last image is one that I found where someone mixed and matched vintage plates and it turned out so well. It's what inspired my dishes purchase from the weekend. They don't match but they work so well together. Just wish HG had more than 4 plates.