A Little Bit of Spring

This week flew by for me, that happens when friends and family come to stay for a few days and you are out and about with them. I didn’t get much work done, but did manage to buy wood for a headboard I am making for my bedroom.

I hope to get that done next week. I am also still working on choosing exterior paint colors and had a big dose of inspiration yesterday when we headed to Hilton Head for a concert.

Inspiring Dream Drive: 

We got there a little early and drove around the island. If you have ever been to the area, Hilton Head is one very smartly developed area. Everything has to look a certain way and zoning laws are strict.  There are bike paths everywhere and ever store and restaurant imaginable, but you would never know as they are hidden behind lines of trees to keep the natural vibe of the land. This is especially true when you drive though Sea Pines Plantation where all the homes have to be natural neutral colors that blend in with the natural habitat. Nothing reflective on properties and no black allowed.

All of the homes – including million dollar homes to condos are all painted in neutral colors….


Seeing this was great inspiration since I am trying to figure out what color to paint the exterior of my house. My neighbors all have neutral homes, some have stones, others all siding, but all neutral shades. Now, I just have to find the right neutral and looking at every brand of paint. 

The Prettiest DIYed Easter Eggs

I will be making these for Easter…

easter egg dying idea using a red cabbage
Photo: Honestly Yum

One of Those… Now Why Didn’t I Think of That” – Genius DIY ideas. This one is a truly clever way to repurpose cable clips.

Resource Finally Found! 

At my previous house I had two plastic Chippendale style plastic planters by my front door that many readers asked me where they could buy them.  I bought them way before I started my blog at a local drug store that only carried them for one season, so I didn’t have a resource to share. I do now. I stumbled upon them last week.


Chippendale Plastic White Planters.  They come in black, too.

A very pretty blue and white planter.

I tried this…. it really works! 

I want to do this somewhere, but don’t have a wall to do it on. :-(

That’s it for this week. Next week I will show you what I am working on inside my house.

Happy weekend.

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  1. I love all these ideas! Your neighbors house is stunning, those eggs are adorable ( I will be doing them for Easter) and I am in LOVE with that door. I love black doors and the trim and the details on the door are stunning!
    Great post!

  2. I am a regular blogger of your blogs. I love all your blogs. Thanks for make my life comfort with wonderful posts.

  3. I have been going to Hilton Head since I was 5 years old–my parents used to own a beach house there, then sold it and bought a timeshare (easier upkeep!). Tom and I honeymooned there–no flight cost so we were able to stay for two weeks. It is probably my favorite place in the world. We still go every summer with my parents. The island is so beautiful, and you are right, they developed it just right!

    We have a wide doorway (almost a mini-hallway) between our living room and kitchen and both sides of it are painted with chalk paint. My daughter and her friends can spend HOURS writing, drawing, and erasing. My brother and his wife (no kids) also have one in their kitchen that is covered with inspiring quotes, messages from friends, important dates, etc. So fun!

  4. Diane, thanks for the reminder about the rubbing alcohol and water. My mom used to use that all the time and I just got away from it, but it really is the best cleaner for windows. I didn’t realize it could be used for stainless steel too. And the cord holders are a great idea. Those drawer dividers can be very expensive!

  5. I really love these “This & That” posts! It’s like going to a buffet where there are soooo many good things to choose from! I so love those cabbage dyed Easter eggs! Can’t wait to see how yours come out!
    Wanted to suggest an exterior paint color for you to consider. We live in south Florida and and wanted a neutral color as well that would blend into our lush green environment yet not look like boring biege. We chose Benjamin Moore Richmond Gray HC 96. While it is a neutral it has a green undertone and it’s been 10 years now since we painted our house but I still love it. We get lots of compliments on overall how “lovely” our house looks among the “sea of beige” neighborhood we also live in. The #1 question is what color IS that? Not so much what name it is, but is that a green or a beige or how would you describe that color! I still love it and when it’s time to repaint I’d be hard pressed not to do the same color again. The worst part is describing it when giving directions to our house- “it’s kinda a greenish/grayish/beige-ish house”! Luckily my husband has a bright blue vehicle and and that usually does the trick! Check it out- I think it could be a strong contender!

  6. Lucky you it’s warming up! It’s so cold here!
    2 months before I go to my Lakehouse!!
    I love the white planters!
    Thanks for sharing!