Style Scouting: Vol. 11

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How to grow flowers so they bloom all summer

I hope this post finds you happy, healthy and safe. Life feels a bit surreal and a little scary right now and I am trying to find ways to get my mind off the news and go about my day in a positive and uplifting way.

The beautiful weather outside is what is keeping my spirits up. I have been gardening and cleaning out the flower beds and just trying to take time to find the silver lining in all of this. It is amazing what a little fresh air can do.

In my weekend posts, I share the random stuff that captured my attention or inspired me during the past week.

This week I found a few tips to help in the kitchen, items that make me smile, others made me think deeply and one is providing a colorful pastime.

  • I know many of you have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking, and baking. I have been making a lot of soups and stews that have made a mess of the inside of my Dutch Oven. I learned this helpful trick that is making my Dutch oven sparkle.
  • If you like decorating and color, I think you will like these to keep your mind off the news this week.
  • I know we have been told that we should be productive while we are spending time at home, but I need to take this advice.
  • A Love Letter to…Stuff – Inspiring post for getting rid of clutter.
  • This house on the water…Dreamy!
  • Watching a lot of Netflix and movies while staying at home? This clever furniture makeover will make wall mounted TV connected components look better.

Hoping you can find the silver linings in the days ahead and enjoy the slower moments life has given us.

Thinking of all of you. Sending virtual XO’s your way.

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  1. Diane,

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

    Your site is an absolute treasure trove of fun, creativity and practical hands on advice and information! I’ve been reading through your postings on painting furniture and am about to embark on my first foray into chalk painting! This will be on an old piece (like your pink craft cabinet) that started out it’s life a long time ago as a china hutch and has had several reincarnations. Today it is a shabby chic TV armoire and I’ve been wanting to update it for several years but until now have not felt I had the time to do so. With your help, I will be transforming the shabby chic into a look that is more traditional. Can you tell I’m excited?

    Be safe out there, hoping for the very best for you and your family during these uncertain times.

  2. Great post today Diane! Loved all the thought provoking articles you referenced. Stay safe and healthy.

  3. Thank you for your positive spin during this terrible time. I am so sick of hearing about the corona virus. I’ve read enough about it. So staying on the positive side and keeping our spirits high seems like the best path. Be prudent, be safe, but there is life and hope and family and friends and an end to come.

  4. Diane – it is as though you are reading my mind…thank you so much for taking the time for posting this and for keeping your Blog going during these challenging times….I always look forward to seeing what you are up to! Be safe!