One Room Challenge Guest Bathroom Week 3
ORC logo One Room Challenge guest participant

Whew! Sometimes things get a little crazy with home remodels, and this little room was big on drama for a minute. Here is where we left off last week…demolition of the guest bathroom (you can see how it looked when we bought the house here). You can also find Week 2 here. Below you can see the ivory tile with the decorative pink border that was removed from the bathroom.

vintage bathroom remodel demolition broken tiles on floor br

After the tile came down, we also took down the wall that was at the end of the bathtub. That wall blocked a lot of the natural light and so it immediately opened up the room when the wall came down. Even in all of the mess there was literally light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.

bathroom remodel cast iron tub tile removed from walls

The photo above shows the floor of the bathroom that was the top layer floor. The photo below shows the tile that we uncovered when we took up the top layer. The smaller tile is the original flooring that was put down 100 years ago. The original tile was placed directly into the cement floor. For us to be able to put in new tile, we will have to add leveler to the floor and put the tile on top of it. The original tile floor is pretty, but the floor is also sinking and so we need to redo it all. Speaking of sinking…that is where the drama came in. The very, very heavy cast iron tub had a small leak in it over the years (decades?) and the original floor joists were made of wood. The moisture + the wood attracted termites…and the termite damage caused the floor under the tub to become unstable. I am not sure if I have mentioned this yet, but we also had the house lifted in order to build an entirely new foundation and to add a basement. With the house lifted 6 feet, we were able to go in and repair and replace floor joists before the entire tub ended up, unintentionally, in the basement. That was slightly terrifying to know that at any time it could have fallen through. Needless to say, when I say “we” fixed this room, I really mean my husband and several excellent and brave subcontractors. I stayed far, far away and basically said lots of prayers for them all! 🙂

home remodel guest bathroom demolition phase dusty floor with tile on wall removed

With that stressful piece of the puzzle under control. one of the main goals at this stage of the remodel is rerouting the plumbing. We want to change the plumbing from one end of the bathtub to the other end so that the shower head and faucet will come from the wall that connects to the guest bedroom. This exciting photo below shows the very old mixture of galvanized and copper plumbing pipe from 100 years ago that we removed. 🙂

Old mixture of galavanized and copper plumbing pipe in wall of bathroom demolition

I don’t know a lot about the plumbing behind the walls, but I enjoy choosing the fixtures that go along with the plumbing. I want to maintain the historical nature of the house and carry it through with the vanity fixtures- while also adding in fresh, new details that will mix the old with the updated. My goal is a great balance of historical preservation and youthful liveliness. One of my favorite pieces that feels historical is this bridge lavatory faucet from Newport Brass- I love the shapes of all of the pieces…

I also love the porcelain taps on this brass faucet…

I found the flooring design that I also think will be a good fit for the room. I love the Greek key pattern and so it was easy to decide once I saw it at the tile shop. The pattern is classic and just pretty to look at each day. I really want to put 1918 in the tile somehow…

These are the details that I get excited about- deciding on the cosmetic touches- while my husband is thrilled with the fact that we survived the bathtub adventure and that the plumbing is all new. I am really thankful for his knowledge and experience during this renovation- he has said a million times that tearing it down and starting over would be a lot easier and smarter…but we made a promise to the previous owners to keep the house with its original facade and basic structure. I am actually really happy to be able to preserve an old home, and I am thankful my husband is willing! His basic uniform for this project- dirt with a side of more dirt. 🙂

And so, that concludes the Week 3 Update for the One Room Challenge- as you can see we took on an entire house at one time and I am focusing on the design of one of the rooms. The guest bathroom is actually one of my favorites- I think because I have known what I wanted it to look like since day one and I’ve enjoyed executing the design. For the next three weeks, I will focus more on the design and watching the parts and pieces come together. Cabinets, floor, paint, and lighting are next up on the list to share with you. Fingers crossed that I can get the fabric delivered in time to have the drapery made for the window. Thank you for checking in each week- and be sure to see all of the other rooms being transformed at the One Room Challenge. Thank you to Linda for hosting such a fun way to motivate us all to get one room completely finished!! Please check back each week and see the progress! Have a great week!

Cheers xo,

Lydia

white subway tiles in show nook with shampoo soap and wash cloth
One Room Challenge~ the Guest Bathroom… Week Two

Ah, the dirty, dusty, demo week is always a sight to behold! The whole concept of getting worse before it gets better is so accurate here. But, thank goodness for demo because that gives us a clean (ok, dusty) slate to start fresh! For those of you who are new to my blog and my Instagram, my husband and I have been restoring a 1918 house for more than 2 years. We are finally in the design stages, and so I am sharing the design process that we are finally tackling. I am retroactively sharing the original state of the house when we bought it and this demolition phase. You can see the way the bathroom looked when we bought the house here. And, below…here is how it looked after we removed the tiles, the shower wall, the wallpaper, the ceiling, the sink, commode, etc.

guest bathroom in 100 year old house in mid demolition for restoration

You can see that we took down the floating wall where the bathtub ended. We have wanted to move the plumbing to the other wall so that the shower head and faucet will be at the other end. Our plan for this room has been to replace the bathtub with a shower only and use glass to open up the space rather than having an entire wall that blocks the light from the window.

home remodel guest bathroom demolition phase dusty floor with tile on wall removed

Also, the bathtub is SO HEAVY! Cast iron is no joke and that sucker is hard to move! These photos bring back so many memories and make me realize how far we have come! I can’t wait to tell you more about the saga of the bathtub in my next update. Whew- sometimes things get scary when you undertake a huge restoration!

Just for reference, here is how the bathroom looked before demo…

vintage home with retro bathroom with wallpaper

You have probably seen all you want of the demo process, and so I will show you what my inspiration board has looked like all along. My “inspiration board” is also known as “texts I send my husband so he understands what I’m going for”. LOL And his texts back to me usually look like :-/ I told you in my last post that I am obsessed with black and white tile floors. I really love typography mosaics in tile- there is something so beautiful and meaningful about them. Little works of art on the floor- the fine details are always my favorite ones! Here is the feel I was going for…

white mosaic tile floor with black tiles making the number 5
black and white tile floor mosaic spelling out london
This is actually a print by FAUXSAICS
Another print by FAUXSAICS

What I would love to have on our guest bathroom floor is the year 1918 in black tiles on a white floor. I would like for the year to be outlined with a decorative pattern. I love to give a nod to the year the house was built. Other ideas on my list that I want to add to the guest bathroom…

~I want to go with white subway tile to keep it simple and because I really like the clean lines. It is trendy right now but I also hope it will be relevant in decades down the road as it has been around forever. If it isn’t, well…it was just subway tile and we can change it without feeling too terrible about it!

white bathroom with white subway tile and a stack of white towels folded in a chair
white subway tiles in show nook with shampoo soap and wash cloth

~I also mentioned in the last post that I want to paint the walls white and have white cabinetry. I think it will make the accessories in the room stand out. For knobs and pulls and other hardware, I really love brass and/or gold. The hardware is so good looking in the inspo photo below…

bathroom with white subway tile and brass hardware
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And, I really want to hang an Ashley Longshore painting in the guest bathroom. I am always drawn to her vibrant use of colors and the beauty of her Audrey Hepburn paintings. She posted one on Instagram that jumped out at me and I was able to get it for this room. I saved it in its box for over a year. The photo below is when I visited with Ashley at her show in Atlanta…it gives you a sense of her bold and bright artwork.

Photo by David Ecton

That is what I have had planned for this room for quite a while now and it is fun to see it all coming together. I am happy to share the remodeling process at the One Room Challenge each week as we actually completely finish this room. All of our rooms feel like they need to be a part of this challenge! It motivates me to get it done! Please be sure to check out all of the other rooms that are being transformed over at One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda Weinstein.

ORC logo One Room Challenge guest participant

See you all next week for more photos of the remodel and redesign process!

Cheers xo,

Lydia

ORC logo One Room Challenge guest participant
One Room Challenge Guest Bathroom Remodel
ORC logo One Room Challenge guest participant

Welcome to our home! We recently purchased a 100-year-old house to restore and rehab. I am excited to participate in the One Room Challenge as I also begin sharing our home renovation. If you are not familiar with the One Room Challenge, it is a wonderful idea put together by Linda Weinstein (of the blog, Calling it Home) that encourages participants to transform one room at a time in their home and share the process along the way. The ORC celebrates creativity, inspiration, and originality. In addition, Better Homes and Gardens partners with the One Room Challenge as the official media partner of the ORC. For my very first time as a guest participant, I am going to show you the transformation of our guest bathroom over the next 5 weeks. Take a look at these photos of the bathroom that I took when we first bought the house (we were living in another house while we began this DIY project)…

vintage bathroom with wallpaper on half wall and wood trim on bottom half of wall

This bathroom served as the only bathroom in the house when we purchased the house. The home was built in 1918 and was a 2 bedroom and one bath residence. This bathroom was between the master bedroom and the child’s bedroom and was originally shared by the occupants. I love reminding my children that having a bathroom inside of a home was a luxury back then! You can see the bathtub in the photo below. ..

retro bathroom with dusty pink tile in shower bath

The bathtub is one of the items that I immediately wanted to update. It’s a beast of a bathtub because it is cast iron! It weighs a ton and we knew it would be a bit of a challenge! And, you can see that the color scheme was ivory, beige, and dusty pink…

You can see in the photos above and below, the bathroom opens to each adjacent room. Below, you can also see the linen closet that is in the bathroom on the left wall as you look into the connecting bedroom- it is surprisingly large for the era that it was built. We would like to keep it intact and in keeping with the home’s history.

vintage bathroom linen closet with viewer looking into connecting bedroom

Needless to say, we committed to quite an extensive renovation and redesign while also wanting to maintain the history of the home. My husband headed the huge project of bringing this little gem of a home back to life. It has great bones, wonderful ceiling height, genteel history, beautiful natural light, and an excellent location. Really all it needed was a little (okay, a lot) of love and attention. We are happy we could restore this little lady and we love how she continues to come together. These are our intentions for her one original bathroom and bringing it up to date…

  1. Redesign the layout of the bathroom
  2. Replace the flooring
  3. Replace the tub with a shower only
  4. Remove wallpaper and repaint room
  5. Add more cabinet space

Everywhere I go, I take photos of flooring that I love. I really like the timeless look of black and white tile and knew right when I first saw this bathroom that I wanted to replace the original all white with black and white. My camera roll looks a lot like this (see below) because whenever I see flooring that piques my interest, I snap it and try to visualize what will be best. Here are a few photos that I took for floor inspiration while out and about in Atlanta…

black and white retro tile floor with repeating t pattern
black and white tile flooring with retro feel and diamond pattern
black and white tile floor in checkerboard pattern

For paint color, tile, and cabinetry, I really want to give the room a clean, white canvas and a fresh start. I love an old feel with some glamorous touches. I would love for the personality of the room to shine through with the accessories and art while the foundation of the room stands firm through trends that come and go. I also would like to keep a touch of pink as a slight nod to the original colors (not to mention that I just really like pink).

I am excited to get this entire room completed and shared with you! Please check back each week to see the progress of this restoration, remodel, redesign! I will also add more of our home restoration, in the coming months if you would like to read more about it! Here is what the exterior of the house looked like when we started!

Thank you for stopping by to see the first week of photos in the room transformation. I will add more of the project each week, and I hope you will follow along! Remember to check out all of the rooms that are being designed in the One Room Challenge- it’s like a virtual home tour reaching all across the country (and maybe globe?)!

I look forward to seeing you back again soon!

Cheers xo,

Lydia

the party wagon logo final
the Party Wagon Re-launch Celebration

Wow, you guys! This past week has been a whirlwind of fun and excitement as The Party Wagon officially re-launched! So much was going on in such a short amount of time, and I want to share as much of it as I can with you!! First of all, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!! It means so much to me to have you here, and I invite you to put your email in and subscribe! This will be the first time I have had an email list. The first time around, I relied on RSS feed only. But, one of the many things that I learned is that with an email list, we can stay connected no matter what turns Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter take. With an email, we can be a team and can interact even more reliably! I want to share with you, and I encourage your feedback! It really wouldn’t be a party without YOU, and so I hope you will sign up for the newsletter to be delivered to your inbox each week! So let’s get this party started with a recap of the ReLaunch Parties!!

Logo Design by Joanna Baker

I was so thrilled to have my logo redesigned by illustrator Joanna Baker. Joanna was a delight to work with, and she captured the feel for what I was hoping to express with a new logo. To create the new look, I styled the cart, photographed it and then sent the photo to Joanna. Because my previous logo was a silhouette of my two children in a wagon- just like the wagon I used to pull them around in our backyard when they were little. I wanted to find a way to still use the sweet, original logo that held meaning for me…and so I asked Joanna to incorporate it as a cake topper on the cake on the bar cart (which I like to think of as my newest party wagon). A bar cart can be used in so many more ways than just for a bar, and I find myself pushing mine all round our house for different uses. It is definitely the most versatile party prop I own, and I highly recommend the bar carts from Society Social for style and function! And, as you can see below…I carried the logo and its colors throughout the party…

Cookies by Bambella Cookies. Styling and Photo by Lydia Menzies

I worked with Tara, from Bambella Cookies, to come up with a way to make cookies that represented my new logo and branding. Rather than make each cookie an exact version of the logo, Tara highlighted each aspect that was represented on the bar cart in the logo. I loved how they turned out and how they shared little pieces of what The Party Wagon is as a whole. From the actual bar cart itself, to the banner, the books, the blue and white vase with flowers, my favorite pink and white compote that I always fill with lemons, to the cake with my original logo as the topper, and the drinks and glasses with straw flags…she covered it all in the most beautiful collection of custom cookies!

The Party Wagon Cookies by Bambella Cookies

I love to fill our house with flowers, but I have to be careful because my son is allergic to several flowers. I have learned along the way which ones to avoid and which ones he can tolerate (he seems to have outgrown a complete flower ban)…and roses and hydrangeas seems to work just fine. I love to temper bright colors with a little bit of pastel or less-saturated color when I decorate, and so I made these arrangements with light pink roses and white hydrangeas.

I used my favorite cache pots from Chelsea House to display the flowers on our tables near the front door of the house. As much as I love flowers in a glass or clear vase, I also love the look of a beautiful decorative vase or pot- it definitely adds interest and depth to a flower arrangement. You can use a floral oasis inside the cache pots or, do like I did here, and drop a vase with water inside the pot and arrange the flowers that way.

To help celebrate the kick-off of the updated website, artist Hannah Betzel joined in on the party and did a live painting at the party. It was so much fun to watch her creative process in action as she started with the blank canvas and painted such a beautiful, lively, playful piece of art! Here she is as the painting is in progress…

Hannah is local to Athens and lives just a few blocks away from us, which made it easy and fun to have her drop in and showcase her talents at the party. I was so happy to have Hannah here! I feel like having an artist paint live adds energy and happiness to a celebration- it gives the artist the chance to share her work and talent with the community and it gives the guests a fun way to interact along with something interesting to watch and chat about. Everyone enjoys watching something come to life, and I was so honored to have Hannah here to celebrate the day!

Speaking of local favorites, I also wanted to highlight some of my favorite restaurants from our town by serving their food for lunch at the party. This also helped me be able to pull off hosting lunch in the afternoon and then hosting my daughter’s Supper Club that same night. Luckily, Athens is quite a foodie lovers town and is full of talented chefs with great restaurants. For this lunch, I served delicious sandwiches from Home.Made along with their famous Suwanee Bites and Pigs in a Blanket. I ordered salads from Maepole- my favorites being their White Bean Salad and the Snow Pea Salad. Plus, I couldn’t resist serving Maepole’s Hibiscus Lemonade along with mini champagne bottles that I got from Five Points Bottle Shop. Each guest was greeted at the door with a little champagne if they wished and then a host of other non-alcoholic options.

WELCOME banner by Loralee Lewis

For dessert, we all enjoyed cupcakes from our local Gigi’s Cupcake franchise and chocolate bunnies from Condor Chocolate- along with the cookies from Bambella Cookies. Oconee Printing Company made buffet signs telling what each dish was and from which local restaurant. We also had a fun giveaway drawing for gifts from some of my favorite local shops.

Because I was hosting Supper Club later that night, I had the table set and ready for the girls early in the day. The colors that we used on the tables were perfect for spring and for the flower theme that was the Supper Club theme this month. The vases also just happened to be the colors of my logo and are from Parker Kennedy Living- The Cellar. The owners, Lance and David, offered to share the vases with me for the party, and I loaded them with ranunculus from Trader Joe’s.

I wish I had taken more photos of the friends at the party, but I truly soaked up the fun in real life and didn’t take photos while the party was going on. I was so happy to have a chance to chat and visit with the friends who came, and I didn’t want to interrupt the enjoyment! It was such a fun day and it meant the world to me to have friends drop in and share in the excitement. As with any party, helping hands make it all run smoothly and I could not have done it without the help of my friends Lance, David, and Carrie and my favorite college helper, Kathryn. And, thank YOU for attending online with me! I am just so glad to be back to blogging and to be back with you all! Please leave comments below or send me a message telling me what you think of the new design! I was fortunate to have a lovely web designer, Nicely Built, migrate my old site and then design a new look while keeping all of the original content. There is still a lot to do as I share more with you, but I so appreciate that you are here!

Come back for more soon!

XO,

Lydia

Jazz Up Your Life with Ashley Longshore Art

Have you met New Orleans artist Ashley Longshore yet? Let me tell you, Ashley is a force in the world that draws me in like no other. She is equal parts loving and caring mixed with unabashed raw humor and bluntness. Subtle, she is not. But let me tell you what I feel like she IS.

Soaking up the enthusiasm and energy of Ashley Longshore at her show in Atlanta

Ashley is praised for her dynamic use of color while she depicts pop culture icons, makes light of society’s fascinations with luxury items (all the while also making them more enticing and desirable), and sharing her amusements with everyday life. She literally finds the beauty and humor in life itself, embraces it, and paints it in the most spectacular ways. Bottom line, she just draws you in. Sometimes you will hear people say that her wildness is offensive, but I find that her wildness is what MAKES her- she sees life in a vibrant, more exciting way and wants to share it. Ashley’s mouth could be described as more colorful than any painting she has ever created- whatever she is thinking is spoken and whatever she feels… she shares. But, thank goodness that she expresses herself, because that is also the reason we have her art. Expressing herself is a gift she has and she makes it her career ~ a career that she created FOR herself. A career that has her currently as Bergdorf Goodman’s Artist in Residence. At Bergdorf’s in NYC, Ashley had 5 windows showcasing her art and the entire 7th floor- holy cow. She is the first female artist to have a solo show at Bergdorf Goodman’s in the history of the store (which is over 100 years old). She also just teamed up with Gucci on a project- and Diane von Furstenberg asked Ashley to create a collection of portraits of women for International Women’s Month for her NYC flagship store.

Art by Ashley Longshore

And the reason that I love Ashley and her message so much is that Ashley’s story reminds me to be the type of mom that embraces her children’s personalities, qualities, interests and differences – and to remember that they are here to leave their own mark on the world and not necessarily the mark we may have envisioned they should leave. I love the reminder that our kids aren’t simply replicas of their parents to forge the exact same path or the path we have created in our minds for them. I really love that. Ashley is an example of what is possible when you let a child grow into their own rather than trying to force them into a certain mold.

I love the beautiful place setting with the cheeky message
Artwork by Ashley Longshore Photo by Lydia Menzies
Commissioned artwork by Ashley Longshore

I was originally drawn to Ashley’s story of her childhood that she freely shares. As a child, Ashley’s mom wanted Ashley to fit into her ideal vision and Ashley’s Dad was very happy to see her soar on her own (you can read more in Ashley’s words in the questions below). Fast forward several years, and you can clearly see the results of being allowed to pursue her own vision for herself.

Artwork by Ashley Longshore Art

Ashley is the type of business lady that inspires all business ladies (and men) to step up and strengthen your game. She encourages us all to stretch ourselves to be better than yesterday and to be unapologetically ourselves- while also reminding us to be our best selves on our way to realizing who we are and what we are capable of achieving. But her way of sending that message is unlike what you might imagine it is…it varies from a gorgeous post of her work on Instagram to the craziest meme or video you’ll see all day- and both are typically sprinkled with expletives and captions that will make you blush or make you laugh out very loud. She’s a hoot, as we say in the south.

Ashley is from the south which I also love. She was raised in Montgomery, Alabama (near where I went to college) and went to boarding school in Gainesville, GA (near where I live now). She is now in New Orleans which seems like a perfect match to her unbridled energy. In New Orleans, Ashley has assembled a team of ladies to help her run her gallery, and they seem like one, big, happy family who really get things done- and have a great time doing so! When I was interested in one of Ashley’s pieces of art several years ago, Ashley sent me a video of herself showing me the art but she first showed me around the gallery. I thought it was a brilliant move on her part. What a personable way to share your products and to see the personality behind the art! It stuck with me because it was helpful but also such a treat to receive such personalized attention.

I had a chance to ask Ashley a few questions recently and I wanted to share those with you…I feel like Ashley’s overall message in life is very uplifting just like her art. She is inspiring and unique- and I am so happy to have her work in my home as a daily reminder of all of the good that she shares!

Here is what I am talking about – directly from Ashley’s mouth…

Self Portrait by Ashley Longshore. Photo by Lydia Menzies

1.  You have worked so hard to accomplish goals and you encourage others to do the same…what are some of the goals that you set for yourself for the future?  I want to have a career like Andy Warhol and I want to leave a legacy like Peggy Guggenheim. I want to give lots and lots of scholarships and buy HUGE buildings and fill them with artists for the public to enjoy. I am a big art collector and hope to display my personal collection so that people can enjoy for years to come… I want to help artists understand that giving up 50% to a gallery is NOT the only way to have an art career. I want artists to have MONEY so they can make their biggest ideas come to life!!!!!!!! 

2.  Tell us about your Dad. He seems like a really cool guy to have in your corner. I adore my own dad, and learn so much about life from him. What can other parents learn from your father about raising a child?  He is the BEST. He always let me be me.. and he let me follow my passions… the best gift he ever gave me, was to cut me off and let me figure out how to financially take care of myself….. he is self made…. he taught me work ethic …. he is my favorite human. 


3.  My teenage daughter wants to ask…what is your favorite thing to paint? I love to paint everything.., the act of painting brings me soo much joy…. it is the foundation of my journey to self love… art saves me everyday, it brings me soooo much JOY! 

And, with that, I think my feelings about Ashley’s art have come full circle…her bright, colorful, happy, larger-than-life artwork brings me so much joy probably because it was created out of her joy. There you go! I think it all makes perfect sense! What are your favorite paintings by Ashley Longshore? I am drawn to the “Audreys”. You can see her gallery of work here.

Lance Jackson, Lydia Menzies, Ashley Longshore, David Ecton
Flower Arranging with Parker Kennedy Living

Several weeks ago, I spent the day with Lance Jackson and David Ecton of Parker Kennedy Living to help them with a video they wanted to make- I was working behind the camera while they were busy showing their Instagram followers tips on brightening their homes with creative flower arrangements. We shot the video live on Instagram and had so much fun! But, I think the video is lost forever because we didn’t hit that save button before it was posted. Ugh! It was our very first attempt at “going live” and now we know! The good news, though, is that I also took a million photos that day. The arrangements were so beautiful and their new home was so gorgeous, I couldn’t stop snapping shots of it all. It was a feast for the eyes, and I wanted to share it with you!

The photo above is a picture of what started the idea for this lesson on floral design from Lance- greenery and citrus. The fresh, lush greenery combined with the unexpected citrus fruit is such a good combo. Lance used myrtle branches for the greenery and then put the oranges, lemons, and limes on floral picks and placed them around the base of the large blue and white vase. David was the chief assistant and helped keep us entertained while all of this floral magic was happening! One of the most magical aspects of the greenery and citrus fruit is that it was the easiest one to create and the most dramatic! It was nice to see that a show-stopping, creative, eye-catching floral arrangement doesn’t have to be hard!

As you can see above, all of the ingredients for a gorgeous floral arrangement were laid out on the table to make it easier to work with it. Lance and David had all of the vases and cache pots on the table- and I think choosing such beautiful pieces is as important as what goes in them! Below, you can see the pots and vases that they chose- and notice that a floral oasis was used for some of the arrangements to hold it all in place. Soak the oasis in water and then place it in the pot, vase, or planter- your flowers will thank you and you won’t have to water as often!

The roses that they used were so many pretty shades! Most of the roses were found at the grocery store- isn’t that great to know? I love how Lance and David mixed the colors and added greenery to create a burst of color that isn’t that hard to replicate in our own homes. Take a look at this one- it turned out to be my favorite…

And, while we are gawking at the flowers, how about the fabulous blue and white vase (and garden stool, hello!)? Everything in this photo looks so elegant- the coffee table books, the velvety pillow, and the stunning arrangement that we all know we can make! At least we know we can achieve one piece of this look, if nothing else right? 🙂

I also love how Lance and David put groupings of roses in blue and white vases and ginger jars. I always felt like I needed to mix in something else to make it look right, but they taught me how beautiful and easy it is to simply start with a unique vase and put roses in so that they are just peeking out of the top. I’m sold on that idea and I really love the simplicity.

And even in mostly one shade, the yellow roses look so pretty tightly fit into a contrasting blue vase…my mom’s favorite color combo has always been blue and yellow, and so this flower arrangement made me think of her! That would be a great gift idea for me to remember to give her one day!

So, what do y’all think so far? Do you feel like these are fancy and fantastic but also do-able? And, let me ask you this…have you ever used asparagus in your flower arrangements? I haven’t! But, leave it to Lance to combine roses and asparagus and make it look fabulous!

The produce section definitely caught his eye when he was in the grocery store shopping for roses. Along with the citrus fruits and asparagus, Lance came back home with cabbage too! I am definitely more of a give-me-lots-of-color-kind-of-girl, but for those of you who prefer a calmer vibe, you will love the cabbage combo!

I love how the asparagus gives the same feel to the arrangement as the myrtle greenery in the roses…but if you don’t have access to myrtle, then grab some asparagus stalks at the store and design away! I often clip greenery from my yard to add to flowers, and boxwood clippings are my usual go-to. Now that we have dogs, I occasionally receive a bouquet of boxwoods fresh from Tuck’s mouth when he decides to be naughty. I have to admit, it does make for a lovely little organic pop of pretty on our breakfast table when it happens!

And, look at how pretty the flower arrangements look grouped all together on this wicker console. The Parker Kennedy design eye is strong! The garden room in their home is stunning all by itself- and then add in their incredible talent for interior design and it becomes jaw-dropping. If you don’t already follow Parker Kennedy Living on Instagram, you should! They share the most inspiring photos and such fun glimpses into life at The Governor’s Mansion which you can also follow on IG as they restore this historical home and property in Commerce, GA. And, to help us all achieve their signature look, they have created a wonderful online shop where they offer finds that range from rare, antique finds to whimsical, fun Barbie shoe jewelry. The shop is called PKL-The Cellar, and each week I look forward to seeing what they are offering. Lance’s keen eye for choosing such amazing and unique pieces is always a big draw for me- you never know what will pop up in the shop!

I hope you are inspired and encouraged to create something lovely after seeing how easy it can be to play around with flowers and to think outside the flower box. I loved being a part of this day and this video- I only wish we still had the video for you guys to see! I do have a quick little blooper video that I will share with you- I made them do a quick practice run so that I could check the lighting and sound before we went live. It is always a joy to be with Lance and David of Parker Kennedy Living, and I am excited that I can share my talented friends with you. I hope you love them as much as I do! They are wonderful people with tons of talent- they deserve to be shared as they truly spread goodness through their kind hearts and their immense talents! Here’s Lance below taking a quick pic of his creative handiwork!

Happy Arranging! I would love to see what you all are inspired to create!

xo,

Lydia