Style Scouting: Vol. 53

Happy Sunday, friends! Can it truly be August 1st?

When I starting writing this post, I did a double take at the calendar thinking I read the date wrong!

Now that it is actually August, my mind is going into planning mode for the months ahead. Thoughts not only about how I want to decorate for seasonal changes, but live the best life I can, have all been going through my mind.

I also reminded myself that…

… “Life is too short to be the caretaker of the wrong details.” Don’t hesitate if you want to do or change anything. Go for it!

So don’t let August slip away… I hope you can get out and enjoy it! September is going to be here too soon.

Posts You May Have Missed This Week:


For my dream kitchen. I want an island like the one above.

I like the way Meg decorates... check out the DIY patio dining table. I love it – so simple to make, yet stylish.

While you are looking at details, this space is so well done, but what I like the most is the wallpaper. Look closely… what do you see?

This massive home – sigh, I took it all in and did get a few takeaway ideas that I can actually do in my house. See the portfolio.

As I mentioned earlier in the post, I am planning my decor for Christmas. This sold out last year, I made sure to get it this year.

Everything is coming up roses. A very colorful townhouse tour.


This closet door makeover.

An accent wall so easy to do that looks like expensive wallpaper.

After my success making a new wood top for my kitchen table, I want to make one of these.

Eat & Drink

Ed made this and liked it, which says a lot since he only likes his recipe.

This is such a popular thing in South Carolina. Have you ever made or had it?

Fashion & Beauty

I am trying to use beauty items with less chemicals and that don’t cost a lot. I read about this cleanser a few months ago and bought it. I really like it.

For all jewelry lovers. It is about time someone thought of designing something like this. It also comes in gold tone.

Fun & Interesting

Colored pencil art like you have never seen before!

Reader DIY

dining room table faux painted to look like zinc.

I enjoy seeing photos of readers who were inspired to try one of the projects I have posted.

Reader, Lorelei H. sent me these before and after photos of her dining room table she made over following the directions in my post on painting a surface to look like a zinc finish. Doesn’t it look amazing! She did a great job.

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  1. I have made many different recipes for pimento cheese ( which I love!). Finally found a keeper a few years ago and have served it to my family as an appetizer and they gobbled it up! Nuff said!LOL

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi K – Has it become a secret family recipe now? :-)

  2. Brenda Pruitt says:

    I’ll check out the links. I’m TOTALLY ready for fall. All my flowers are just about burned to a crisp.

  3. Full of good stuff to read and re read!! Thank you 💜

  4. Yes, pimento cheese is a favorite of mine. I grew up in North Charleston and have always like it. I have a great recipe to make my own or I really like the Palmetto brand from Pawley’s Island.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Margaret – Ed and I are heading to Kiawah soon, I know I will see it on the menus and in the supermarket there. :-)

      1. I’m sure you will. Kiawah is lovely, although I’m going from memory. I haven’t actually been there in years. We head to Folly Beach (usually) every year in November and love it – can’t wait to go this year! Edisto is another favorite. I hope you have a great time while there!

  5. Hi Diane. I love your style scouting and find many interesting things. I was born and raised in SC. We all grew up eating pimento cheese a lot! However, it has to be made with Duke’s mayonnaise. I lived in Arizona for 29 years before moving back to my home state of SC and I didn’t make pimento cheese since they don’t have Dukes mayonnaise in AZ. Since we have been back in SC, I make pimento cheese often. In fact, my Iowa born husband loves it, and we have a fresh batch in the refrigerator!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Naomi – When I first moved to SC and was picking up some take out food, the owner asked me where I was from, I told him and he asked me if I had ever had pimento cheese. I said no and he got all excited and told me all about it. He made up a box of chips and a few dollops of the cheese for me to take home and try for free. He wanted to know what I thought. It was good. :-) Dukes Mayo is everywhere here, I didn’t realize it was different than other mayos.

  6. The colored pencil art is amazing! I’m inspired to get mine out and start drawing again. Thanks for sharing this and all the other links.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Isn’t is amazing! Having worked with colored pencils – you realize just how talented the artist is. Seeing it made me want to get my pencils out again, too. :-) Thanks for reading.

  7. Thank you! Your post and my morning tea, nice start to the day. Although it is only August 1st, it does seem like August is a quick jump to fall, especially here in the north. Loved the mountain home inspiration, textures, nutral colors, free of clutter.
    Carol H.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Carol – It is nice to hear that you started your day with tea and reading my blog. XO I read blogs in the morning also – with tea. :-) The mountain home… I went over every photo with a fine tooth comb. I would love to do the horizontal wrap around wood on the walls in my living room. It would work perfectly as the walls are open-ended. If the price of lumber goes down, I may just to it.

      1. Lisa Marie says:

        Hi Diane,
        I liked that look also but aren’t you afraid of it looking dated in a few years?

        1. Diane Henkler says:

          Hi Lisa Marie – Decor for sure gets dated, so when I like a trendy look, I always add it in small ways. For instance, I liked how they wrapped the horizontal reclaimed wood around the wall corners in the mountain house. I can do this on one wall and that will be enough for me. When I tire of the look, I can update it and not have to redo my whole house. :-)