The Private Oasis

Recently, I spent a day in the Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. They are so pretty and gave me so many ideas. I have been wanting to transform a corner of my backyard to a quiet, private oasis were I can read my design magazines, daydream and watch my children play in the rest of the […]

A Gifted Art

Don’t you love getting a beautifully wrapped gift? Or do you hate to ruin the art by ripping it apart to see what is inside. Do you enjoy creating the gifted art? Since I have many more birthdays and events to attend in the coming years, these photos inspire Ma to present the best present […]

I Just Need a Chair Here… in Adare

I would like to put a chair right here and just gaze at this gorgeous view. Do you find this inspiring, too? This photo is of the Adare Gardens and Castle in Adare, Ireland. Photo:

Colorful Mondays {green grass}

This weekend was a great time to work on the yard. I feel like I got a lot done. I planted flowers in the front yard and in planters on the front porch and by the patio while my husband worked on the lawn. There are so many beautiful ornamental grasses and I love the […]

Gazing at the Flowers

This is such an exciting time of year. Colorful blooms emerge and I feel hope and happiness for the new season. I love being outdoors in the nice weather… not too hot and not too cold. Does springtime inspire you? photos by: Rick Smith

While I wait for Spring…

While I wait for the outdoor gardens to bloom, I’ll focus on the indoor flowers. Studies have proven that flowers improve emotional health. “They make the space more welcoming and create a sharing atmosphere.”said Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers and lead researcher on the study. Flowers produce happy emotions, boost feelings of […]

Budapest Stands

I took these photos in Budapest, Hungary. The first photo is of a very charming magazine stand. The second one is an adorable stand bursting with Spring flowers.  I can’t quite pinpoint why they inspire me but to begin with, they are the cutest little buildings! I also like how they are so clean which […]

Colorful Mondays {yellow}

  How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun. –Vincent Van Gogh The color certainly makes a bold statement. Only a little amount used and it pops. It shines with happiness and optimism. This beautiful, bright color even increases metabolism and improves memory.  Yellow is the color of new ideas and inspires creativity. When […]