This Summer is flying by!
I can't believe that it is mid-July already.
Miss Beaux has her college orientation next week
and before you know it the Bell Tower
will be ringing in her first day of school.
Vacationing and traveling are one of our favorite
things to do during the summer
as it is with many families.
Matter of fact, we are taking off again next week,
back out to California to see family
and a fun College Sorority reunion
for a short weekend.
I always love staying in nice hotels (who doesn't).
But my reasons may be different
than most folks,
I like to steal decorating ideas while I am there!
I took a few pictures while
I was at the Ritz Carlton in Naples
to share some of my stolen ideas with you all.
OK, this is a classic idea, orchid in a decorative pot.
What I liked about it is the under planting
of the house plant, the moss
and the mushroom pod.
I need to remember those details
and apply them in my own house.
This display in the lobby reminded me
to use what I have in the yard...
Gather some hydrangeas, lily's, large leaves
and add in some moss balls
to the mix in neutral containers.
Remember to use low centerpieces for dinner parties.
It's nice to see the people across the table.
Tip: If the scenery is this gorgeous let it take center stage.
Notice how the tablecloth,
chairs and dishes are all neutral
so the backdrop and the flowers
can be the star of the show?
I just thought this was unusual so I snapped a photo.
It's more like modern art
than a flower arrangement.
Repeat simple accessories for a larger impact.
How easy would this be?
I bet you could find these jars at the dollar store.
Fill them with sand
and place them on your shelf.
Beach under glass...
It's the grouping that makes it interesting...
Again the elements were repeated
because of the large space to fill.
Decorate using the colors of Nature.
Sunny yellows, sea and sky blues, sandy beige.
Orient your seating arrangement to the view
if you have one.
Blocking this view would be a crime!
Lighting: I love seeing traditional lighting in a non-traditional space.
Using unusual objects for lighting.
This is a crystal decanter used as a light fixture.
How fun would that be over a bar?
A professional photo of the space.
So there you have a few ideas
stolen from grand hotels!
Until Next Time,