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This is a short fun post. Hope you are having a wonderful and enjoyable weekend. Ours is going well… son ended up not going to his tournament  which secretly was kind of amazing to me so it allowed me a little extra free downtime, always a huge treat! We enjoyed having friends over, a beautiful dinner out, a trip to a favorite garden center,  a visit to a local farmstand that just opened and today we are going to a few more garden centers and then a graduation party later in the day.

 Since my poor camera (heavily abused) is now officially “in retirement”  I have to rely on my iphone. Just got the new iPhone 5 a few days ago and will concede that the camera is much better than the 4. I did not like the quality of the pictures from my old phone so this one is a step up. Anywho….as I love to take pictures of just about anything and can rival any Japanese tourist I took various pictures that kind of tell a story of my happenings in the last few days. Thought it would make a fun and “quickie” post (quick by my standards). Ready? Here we go…..

A wonderful event at Safavieh…a table too pretty to not take a picture of, love the crudite “trunk”…

 My local farm stand finally opened….what a treat!
Fresh bread getting sliced up for crostinis I am making for appetizers……….
 Basil, parsley and fresh tomatoes….doesn’t get better!

 Fresh strawberries..yum!

 Baby carrots….

Cut up bellpepper in half to serve as “bowls” for my dip

Add a little lighting for some ambiance…..

Light the candles outside on the loggia……
Loving my pillows!! A post on this to come in the next week or two…..

Adding my finishing touches, love the look of baby carrots and a yummy healthy spinach dip made with Greek yogurt…..

 Aren’t these glasses beautiful? Bought them at an antique shop in CT. a while back……

I bought a large lot of them….it was like a crystal glass jackpot, love them!

And of course every get together in my home must include some kind of crostini (we were having friends over)….could easily make a meal of these plus they are so pretty!

 And I got the best fresh figs with the fresh strawberries…they were soooo good.

Bought five of these very large white “Annabelle”  hydrangea flower bushes….going to have them planted today

Spent a little time by the pool……

This was the original pool house which we have done nothing to other than clean it up, it still has a lot of charm but eventually hope to give it a “facelift”

This extra large lattice planter, (think playhouse size) over 4′ x 4′ x 4′ is getting planted on Sunday

 So excited! These gardenia topiaries that were dying I was able to bring back to life and they just sprouted their very first blooms in months!! This was a thrill:)

 And hydrangeas are bloomimg in my yard, not to say this is my favorite color but they are pretty

 Visited a local nursery………..

 This darling scultpure is of a girl and boy swinging to be hung from a tree….so cute!

 Aren’t these pretty? The beautiful flowers our friends brought us over when they came over last night

 Raised my window treatment in my bathroom to make it a little fuller and I like it!

Finally finished the floor of the small powder room off the library….now waiting for the wallpaper…..

This paper I have had in that little bathroom for nearly a year! I am finally taking the plunge…still love it as much as the day I found it!
  So that’s a wrap of my weekend as seen through my trusty iPhone. Today we have a graduation party and hoping it doesn’t rain! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful and relaxing weekend…hard to believe next week is July 4th! Summer is flying…….

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What a fun and peaceful weekend you had. I can tell you love entertaining (and are so good at it) and that you really enjoy your magnificent home and its not just a showplace. I love everything you post and am always so inspired. Now you have me wanting to garden and make crostinis today! Those fresh fruits and vegetables look so good, wish we had a local farm stand. Have a nice day Tina.

You’ve had a great weekend so far! Love all of the pictures you took and those fresh market stands! Makes me want to hop in the car and get some fresh veggies and fruit. I totally understand when it’s nice to have a little time off from the sports. πŸ™‚ hope the grad party goes well! Enjoy your day! XO

Good Afternoon Tina, May I say, what a beautiful home you have, it is such a pleasure to see the photographs.
You sound like you are having a busy, fun packed weekend with friends and family.
I adore the wooden tray with the beautiful flowers and leaves decorating the handles and I am so excited to hear more about your blue and white cushions as I think they are fabulous.
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Best Wishes to you,

Your bathroom floors me every time and speaking of floors, love the chevron onyx, gorg!

The fruits and platter of crostinis are so appetizing, love how you displayed them. Your pool setting is beautiful and so tranquil. Looks like a great weekend to me, we are off to a big soccer tournament for my daughter, bracing for another hot day. Have fun at your party.

I have to tell you, having your pool away from the house just seems to fabulous to me – almost as if you get to take a mini get away every time you go to the pool. just love it, and can’t wait to see what you do to the pool house! M.

Even with an iphone you seize the magic, Tina. Oh that pool….PLUNGE IN FOR ME!

How fabulous of a weekend for you. Ours has been magical as well, finally finishing up our enclosed deck and hanging whispy white curtains. I will share when I get my bearings straight after my flight to Los Angeles….going out to see my beloved aunt who may be having a mastectomy.


Tina, you pack a lot into a day. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos. I use my iPone 5 now in place of my point and shoot. So easy and convenient! Your home and grounds are beautiful. Enjoy your Sunday and Happy 4th of July!

Your bathroom- to die for!
Love that onyx bathroom floor too. Your taste is just impeccable in everything you do from your flower arranging to your food prep to your decor.

A feast for my senses!

Dear Tina, I adore your hydrangeas in the garden! Your pool is like an oasis.
I can tell you have had a great weekend…love how you always treat your guests with the best!

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Once again you have made me hungry. And i just ate. (Heh-heh-heh.) The crostini looks divine, and all the hydrangea starting to bloom are just gorgeous. Happy weekend to you!

Beautiful photos! I’ve had my iPhone 5 for less than a month, and I’m also enjoying taking pictures with it. Your pool house, pool and surrounding grounds look amazing!

Karen T.

Oh Tina, that floor in your powder room….GORGEOUS! I had not noticed that this morning when I came; I was just in awe of all the gardening goodies you shared!

Thank you so much for coming to visit today; I’m with ya in terms of the unclear future of how we receive blog postings…..I’m just waiting for all this to come to a head TOMORROW! I am so bad when it comes to technology; I must have had three dear blog pals walk me through the steps to just get Bloglovin’ on my site!

I think we’ll be fine. Have a super evening my dear. Anita

I really kind of love that you used your iPhone! The pics are so real looking. And as usual there are so many ideas here for glam living!
Enjoy every minute of your summer!

Tina…I am with you…the iPhone 5 takes much better pictures that the 4. Looks like you had a pretty fabulous time taking all of those pictures:) Need some of those white Annabells in my yard right now!

you wouldn’t mind if I moved into your loggia for a weekend with those gorgeous pillows, would you??? Can’t wait to hear the details. So happy the gardenia topiaries came back, what a beautiful scent. I love your assortment of crystal, what a great find. xo, ebh

Love that vintage pool with the diving board. And the stone on the bathroom floor. I’d love to use that someday as an alternative to traditional marble. Just gorgeous. TrixieAlice

iphones take pretty good photos, don’t you think? Loving the bathroom floor. Hydrangeas are my fave. I have mostly blue and some purple. They just started blooming but I can’t help cutting them and filling vases! xo

Great pics Tina! I like the idea of stuffing the peppers with the dip πŸ™‚ and your appetizers look so fresh and summery. I need to get back over to the nursery to buy more flowers. We are finally getting summer here (it was 92 yesterday! .. that’s hot for us!) and the flowers love it. Your hydrangeas are so pretty! Enjoy the poolside time and stay cool.


So many things to say I like in this posts. Herringbone tile, hydrangeas, still waiting for my blue ones to bloom, food and wow, what beautiful serving dishes and platters. Now, I’m off to eat some veggies and ranch dip from plastic containers, leftovers from yesterday familyBBQ. Thanks for sharing.

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