A Mother’s Day Wish

The lack of posts lately hasn’t been intentional. But given that it is Mother’s Day weekend I wanted to pop in to honor my readers that may also be mothers. I’m not a mother myself, and that’s probably a good thing, but it gives me a great reason to a celebrate the mother’s in my life. If you’re a mom I sure hope you are pampered and spoiled rotten today! What does the day hold for you?

Mother’s hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

 

For me, Mother’s Day and flowers go hand in hand so I thought I would share some of the flowers that recently adorned our home. If I could, I would most definitely gift you with a bouquet or bloom to call your own. Consider the lovelies in this post a virtual gift. Happy Mother’s Day!

reviving charm at home with flowers on coffee tableThe white orchid has been sitting on the coffee table for a couple of months. The spotted orchid is a new addition that I purchased at a garden show a couple of weeks ago. I was immediately sold after seeing the combination of butter yellow and magenta (my favorite color).

I took some of my own advice which I posted about in one of my Tuesday Tips. Last weekend I pulled some branches from a front yard tree to place on the living room fireplace mantle. When in bloom, the tree provides the most beautiful purple flowers. But the interesting foliage makes for a great display any time of the year. This arrangement keeps the mantle from looking naked since it’s one of many rooms in the house that is still “in progress”.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve seen this picture of the entry table in our living room. It is decorated with a few of my favorite books and a pretty springtime arrangement.  decorating with books and flowers

There is one particular rose bush in the corner of the backyard garden that I ignore but it always manages to produce the most beautiful flowers. I happened to walk outside one day to find this cluster of beautiful blooming roses. I thought to myself, “when did that happen?” Luckily, I was able to notice in time to enjoy them before the blooms faded. garden roses Reviving Charm

Derby Day Festivities

Today marks the annual running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. For a majority of people in California, celebrating the Kentucky Derby is not at the forefront of their mind. I might be the one exception. There is something to be said about such a long-standing tradition and the stylish outfits people wear to the event. Plus, it’ a great excuse to celebrate and throw a great party. Each year Kentucky landscaper Jon Carloftis and his partner Dale Fisher throw a Derby-inspired party. I have to agree with Jon who recently shared with One King’s Lane that Derby day is less about horses and more about people. “There’s something about it that makes you feel like you’re celebrating with the rest of the world,” says Jon. I sure hope that when I get the chance to attend the Derby in person that I get an invitation to one of Jon and Dale’s fabulous events. It will give me a great excuse to have another custom hat made for me. But for now, I will have to celebrate across the miles…

Vintage runners line the path at Jon and Dale’s home. This is your first clue that the event is sure to be a beautiful bash.
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A couple of stylish guests arriving. Her smile is contagious, isn’t it?
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Jon Carloftis (left) and Dale Fisher enjoy the festivities. Don’t they look dapper? Jon Carloftis Dale Fisher kentucky derby party

A delicious spread of quick bites are set up inside the pool house. kentucky derby entertaining jon carloftis dale fisher 2

The table is adorned with a bouquet of red roses paying tribute to the official flower of the Kentucky Derby since 1904. In 1925 the tradition was strengthened when New York sports columnist Bill Corum, later the president of Churchill Downs, dubbed the Kentucky Derby the “Run for the Roses.” Each year the winning horse of the Derby is draped with a prestigious garland of more than 400 Freedom roses, each inserted into its own vial of water. Given that one statistic, it’s not surprising to learn that the garland weighs in at approximately 40 pounds and measures 122 inches long and 22 inches wide.
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Jon and Dale serve beverages up in style. The Old Forester Mint Julep is the official drink of the Derby. I posted the official recipe in last year’s post.kentucky derby entertaining jon carloftis dale fisher 7kentucky derby entertaining jon carloftis dale fisher 4

Happy Derby Day!

Kindness Is Always in Style

Yesterday was Administrative Professionals Day. Did you do anything for your staff or were you treated to something special? As a way of saying “thank you” for all my staff’s hard work and helping make my job a little bit easier there were several treats arranged for them throughout the day. One of them included a delivery of beautiful flowers. My regular florist couldn’t deliver to the office as early in the morning as I had hoped and I did not want them delivered a day before. I opted to reschedule some dinner plans in order to pick up the flowers myself the night before. I’ve used my florist for many years and when they heard of my dilemma, they offered to make a special arrangement for me to stop by after normal business hours to pick up the floral arrangements myself. It was a wonderful gesture, an act of kindness, and fabulous customer service….which reminded me of the many reasons I continue to be a loyal customer. When I got home I carefully unloaded the flowers only to have to reload them in the morning. I also got up extra early yesterday morning to allow time to pick up some breakfast treats and get into the office before anyone else. I wanted to make sure each arrangement was placed perfectly on the recipients desk so they had a pretty surprise to look at first thing when they walked into the office. What they didn’t know about was all the behind the scenes activity that took place to make it all happen. Hopefully, I made it look effortless.

When I loaded the flowers into my car I couldn’t help but notice that they matched the red leather interior perfectly!

To put it simple: “Treat others as you would want to be treated”.  Words to live by. If you search the internet you can find countless quotes about kindness. Here are just a few that I wanted to highlight for you today.

Kindness is more than deeds, it is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.  –Plato

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.  –Kahlil Gibran

Kindness. One of the greatest gifts you can bestow upon another. If someone is in need, lend them a helping hand. Do not wait for a thank you. True kindness lies within the act of giving without the expectation of something in return.

Kindness is behaving in a way that makes people feel good when they are around you.

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I couldn’t end this post without specifically mentioning my florist, White House Flowers. I couldn’t have pulled this off without their assistance. The owner, Mary, and her assistant Fernando always take great care of me and always remember my preferences.

If you are in need of a florist in Southern California, then definitely give them a try.  They really care about their customers, provide the freshest flowers and offer great customer service. Don’t forget to tell them I sent you!

White House Flowers
9855 Flower Street.
Bellflower, California 90706-5408

Phone: (562) 925-1238