Flora & Fauna
A Few Regular, Daily Sites

A Few Regular, Daily Sites

The past few months have taken me to Nashville, TN, High Point, NC and now Boston, MA. I rarely travel this much but the change in pace has been welcome and exciting! Eventually, though, it feels good to slow down and get back to a regular routine. These photos are just a few snapshots outside...
Self-Gratifying Flowers

Self-Gratifying Flowers

Disclaimer: This post may err more on the side of self-gratification than usual. You’ll have to forgive me. It’s been a rough couple days and I needed these flowers to cheer me up.   I had a major slight in comparison digital crisis on Thursday. While updating and syncing my phone, an error occurred and...
Pumpkin Floral

Pumpkin Floral

Pumpkin carving is not for the weak of heart. Apparently it takes grit, endurance, and plenty of elbow grease (or whatever that odd saying refers to). So I learned when an attempt was made to carve the prettiest little gourd yesterday in preparation for today’s post. Reader beware… you’ll get you hands dirty with this...
Weekend Cheers

Weekend Cheers

The temps are slowly creeping back up to their usual high self but they are never the less lower than they were a couple weeks ago. We’re making improvements! David has a little extra time off this weekend (no football game or band competitions) so I plan on taking full advantage of our free time...
Green Glasses... TAKE TWO

Green Glasses… TAKE TWO

  It’s been a while since I published a “TAKE TWO” post. I’m not even really sure why… I certainly haven’t stopped thrifting!! Regardless, here I am with a brand new episode. And a couple cool sidenotes about the pieces I found. I picked up these green footed glasses at (you guessed it) Berry Good...
Lady with the Green Thumb

Lady with the Green Thumb

This Summer I successfully potted and nurtured three green growths on my front porch… basil, rosemary, and THIS guy (not sure of his exact variety… anyone know?). I watered them daily and protected their delicate leaves against harsh sun rays and pesky bugs. You would’ve been proud of me, truly! And everything was going so...
Summer Roses

Summer Roses

Happy Labor Day to all my readers in the States! Isn’t this nice… an extra day all to ourselves. So far, I’ve spent time with family, consumed a few ice-cold beverages, caught up on some overdue work (not too much though), and today I plan on keeping it low-key with my puppy and my honey....
Weekend Cheers

Weekend Cheers

Let’s keep it simple, shall we? Flowers are pretty. They smell great and instantly freshen any room. If you can, indulge in a small bouquet this weekend and enjoy one of nature’s finest gifts! Happy long weekend, friends!
Color Study... Ep. 13

Color Study… Ep. 13

Yesterday afternoon David and I took a walk around the neighborhood with Ives. It was shortly after a brief summer shower and all the colors were popping! This color scheme feels perfect right now… fresh, vibrant, slightly beach-y, and definitely on the cool side. Great start for the week!
Lightening in a Vase

Lightening in a Vase

“Making lemonade out of lemons” is a cliche statement but undeniably appropriate in so many situations. I don’t have to dwell on the electrical difficulties David and I have been having this past week. (You may have seen me mention it HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.) Needless to say, our situational issues have thrown a...
Weekend Cheers

Weekend Cheers

This weekend, so far, has been tremendous! After two very long and difficult years, David graduated with his Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Texas Christian University. We spent all yesterday relaxing, celebrating, and giving thanks for the many incredible blessings we’ve been given. Today promises to be no less wonderful. Here’s a photo I snapped of...
Joyful Weekend

Joyful Weekend

This past weekend was absolutely glorious! I relaxed, cleaned, cooked, gathered with friends, and celebrated. For those that don’t know, I am an Orthodox Christian and we celebrated our Easter (Pascha) on Sunday, a week behind everyone else. After a long, long week, I was so happy to spend Sunday in the company of dear friends...
The Flowers

The Flowers

Last week I posted about my lovely experience in a floral arranging class at Bows and Arrows in Dallas. Today I’m sharing the product of my efforts as photographed in their final resting place. I relished every last minute that they sat on my dining room table!! I don’t believe a girl ever felt so...
An Evening with Bows and Arrows

An Evening with Bows and Arrows

If you’ve been reading this blog for any time at all, you may have picked up on the fact that I adore flowers!! In all their delicate and temporal beauty, one of the things that I love most about them is the their ability to become something so much more when arranged together. If I...
Color Study... Ep. 7

Color Study… Ep. 7

My week has been a beautiful mix of flowers, turtlenecks, and vintage jewelry… three of my favorite things!! The subsequent color scheme couldn’t have been more lovely either. Blush pink, mustard yellow, and emerald green feel incredibly fresh and unique together, not to mention the perfect color recipe for this in-between season we’re in. What...
Fresh & Lovely

Fresh & Lovely

The weekend is almost here. It’s time to put away the business work and take some time for simple things like creating a beautiful bouquet of flowers or cooking a delicious meal. It makes a person feel so much better… promise! Have a wonderful weekend, friends! See you all back here on Monday.
Valentine's Left Overs

Valentine’s Left Overs

I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed a lovely Valentine’s Day! David and I stayed in and cooked delicious dinner together. Well, he cooked… I cleaned.  (he’s much better at that than I am). Of course, along with any Valentine’s dinner comes flowers, but instead of requesting a perfectly composed bouquet from the grocer,...
Autumn Appearances

Autumn Appearances

Despite growing older every year and seeing the “same” seasonal changes time and time again, I am still so smitten with the colors and textures of Fall. Although I’ve mentioned it many times in the past several weeks, I have yet to dedicate an entire post to what is my most favorite seasonal change of...
Severe Beauty

Severe Beauty

I must admit… I’m a bit speechless. My short trip to Arizona last week was a refreshing and rejuvenating escape from the worries and woes of ordinary life. The scenery was breathtaking – truly! I could have spent all my time snapping away on my camera, but, in an attempt to have a balanced experience,...
Into the Garden

Into the Garden

Because I have been so remiss in posting this week, today will be an extra full dose of Hilary Inspired for your viewing pleasure! This time of year is so perfect for spending an afternoon outdoors – cool breezes, mild temperatures, beautiful changing scenery – which is why I chose to visit the Fort Worth...
Just Greens

Just Greens

Grocery shopping can be difficult and not for the obvious reasons… tempting ice cream selections, long rush-hour lines, the unreasonable desire to eat everything you see while shopping hungry! For me, the most tempting items in the grocery are often the fresh buckets of flowers and greens conveniently placed at both the entrance and exit...
Orchids Need Their Sun

Orchids Need Their Sun

Remember that thing I said about Friday’s and sunny afternoons? Well, this time my orchid is the one doing the sun-bathing. (lucky orchid!) In my attempt to finally become a responsible orchid tender, I have been doing a little research into orchid care. Turns out they they can handle more than I thought! Diffused afternoon...
Fading Colors

Fading Colors

I hesitated to post today’s images. I’m sure by now you’re tired of seeing my country bouquet of late summer flowers since their first appearance in THIS post. But I’ve completely enjoyed watching their evolution from fresh, peppy buds to rich, full blooms and now softly faded shadows of those initial blossoms. Surprisingly, I think...
A Pretty Perch

A Pretty Perch

I have thoroughly enjoyed the finished product of my gallery wall venture (originally featured HERE). Besides it reminding me of a home project I did actually complete (yes, I have trouble with unfinished projects), I also love that it creates such a strong visual statement near the entrance of our home. It greets our visitors with,...
Happy Flowers

Happy Flowers

If flowers could speak, these would be singing my song today! After 7 long weeks apart, my dearest husband will be returning from Interlochen, Michigan where he spent the summer on staff at Interlochen School for the Arts. It was a tremendous experience for him, but it is well time for our reunion. In preparing...
Instagram = Instant Obsession

Instagram = Instant Obsession

I have joined Instagram and am totally hooked! What’s Instagram, you ask? It is a free application available for the iPhone (they’re working on adapting it to other platforms) that allows you to share your candid photos with a community of followers easily and instantly using brief captions and pre-designed filters to create unique and...
Garden Table

Garden Table

Do you wait for an excuse to use your nice tableware like I do? If you have any interest in fully enjoying the finer things in life without the added stress of managing the kitchen, preparing drinks, and keeping up good hostess conversation, I recommend that you change your ways immediately! Take out that china…polish...