Fresh veggies, fruit and flowers from the farmer's market... Always.
*Never underestimate the power of food and flowers in decorating.
The artwork. Everywhere...
My mom told me not to put a picture of "that ratty sofa" on my blog. Oh well, the room is in the process of getting a face lift so stay tuned... (and say goodbye to Ratty)
*chicken painting in the background is one of my mom's pieces- I'll post more on her artwork soon!
and my mom's ability to bring the outside IN... literally!:
And probably my favorite part about home...
Mona. She's new. She's a rescue dog so she's pretty shy- but sweet as pie.
Fish, but we call her Fesh. My mom rescued her from a neighborhood near our church. She's a drama queen but her eyes are the prettiest color green. I want to turn them into a paint color.
..and call it "Fish Eyes"
I can see it now: me walking into Porter Paint with a cat carrier.
"May I help you?"
"Yes, please. I need you to match a paint color to something..."
Buck, best dog in the world!
(you can argue with me in the comments section)
Grace, another rescue kitty found around our church. She rules the roost.
Baby Box Turtle-
We found him on our walk the other day- he's too cute. And way too small to cross the road! (check out fingernails on either side of him, that small!)
But I let him go because I couldn't figure out what to feed him. And he'd be happier outside anyway.
So those are the main reasons I appreciate going home to Birmingham.
I have to say that it has a lot to do with my parents- the house wouldn't be the same without their welcoming arms (and fresh, home cooked meals).
Which is a good thing to remind myself when I work on residential homes all week. You can spend all the money in the world on fine linens and antique furniture to make your home more inviting and beautiful. But, in the words of Michael Bolton, you ain't got nothin' if you ain't got love.