CREATING SPACE FOR YOURSELF

I believe that it is more important than ever to create a beautiful space for yourself. We all need a place to get away from everything, and the space to reconnect with ourselves.

All this time at home has given me time to look at my house and ask myself if it is working for me? My kids and husband are all home now. My home is now a gym, workspace, movie theater, school, library, restaurant, and more! I had to go outside to find my own space. I have been working on my backyard, changing it from my dog’s area to my garden retreat. In October I added a pergola, in April and May I began the process of adding several garden beds, including a shade garden, raised vegetable beds, and three flower beds.

How are you making space for yourself? Let me know by commenting or liking the post.

Best,

Celia

5 Inexpensive Ideas to Refresh Your Home & Life

I do not think I am alone when I say we all need a little refresh right now. I am low on event and floral design projects due to COVID-19, which means money is not flowing in, and I am home all the time. I have spent most of my time off in the garden. I have created five new gardens beds in my backyard. I used all seeds and split plants from my front yard and transplanted then to the back. My husband is a banker and loves that I have become thrifty…I will not tell him it is temporary. Today I am focusing on my interior for the first time in months. I needed a little refresh, and I thought I would share my inexpensive ideas. I hope you enjoy them!

Flowers always make my home look clean and cared for. I will go out to the garden after I clean my house and bring in some flowers!

Fresh paint is an incredible way to bring new life to your space. It will cost you $40+ a gallon, but it gives you a big bang for your buck!

I love container gardening; you can do this anywhere if you have a window you can have a garden. I love getting my hands dirty and watching seeds, seedlings, or plants thrive. You can spend just a few dollars to get huge rewards.

Flea Markets are great places to go right now, grab your mask and hand sanitizer, and get out hunting for that statement piece you have been longing to find.

This suggestion is my husband’s favorite because it costs nothing. Rearrange your rooms, try something new, bring a piece of furniture from one space into another. I am moving a chair from my guestroom down to my family room, and moving a sofa from one area to another…moving things motivates me to clean and declutter, and it refreshes the space.

Which of these ideas inspires you to create beauty? What could you do to refresh your home?

I would love to hear from you, please let me know by commenting or liking my post.

Thank you for stopping by as always I appreciate you visiting my site!

Best,

Celia

Garden Renovation

I am taking this COVID-19 down time as an opportunity to rehab my backyard. My front garden is beautiful…now it is time to focus on the back! I can not wait to get started. The vision board above has some of my ideas. I already have a wonderful pergola. I am going to add raised beds, stone paths, a gate to the woods, shade garden, cutting garden, fire pit, and a fence made of old pallets!

Do you have any ideas for me? what do you think is a must in a garden? I have been binge watching Garden Rescue, Roots & Refuge Farm and P. Allen Smith on YouTube. I am ready to give this the old college try.

Wish me luck and please help me with any advice, tips, questions. Please use the comment section to speak to me!

Thank you for stopping, Celia

Autumnal Plantings…everything seems to fall into place!

I hired Carol Hiltebeitel of Coco Design Company www.cocodesigncompany.com  to replant my deck planters. The woman is a miracle worker! She has a wonderful approach to design whether it is a pot or a large planter.

I wanted my planter to be chockfull of plants, maintenance free, and anchored by evergreens and perennials. Carol delivered! Liz Donnelly http://www.lizdonnellyphotography.net/ photo documented the entire process.

I hope you enjoy it!

Carol knows plants, flowers and design…boy am I lucky!

Carol searches for the best plants to add color, texture, height and drama to the planters.

Step 1: Buy plants from a garden center. I went to Skillins in Falmouth, ME

Step 2:Carol removes plants from the pots.

Step 3: Carol loosens the root ball to prepare it for planting.

Step 4: Carol gets her hands dirty…getting the plants into the earth.

Tools of the trade, spade, clippers, good soil and shovel

Step 5: Trim the plants

Step 6: WATER, WATER, WATER

Step 7: Fluff the plants

Step 8: ADMIRE…Wowie this looks fantastic

I am so pleased…Carol you are amazing!

 

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Celia