Hello and happy Sunday! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. Here it was nice to have some much needed down time, we are starting to clean things up around our warehouse and starting to get wheels in motion for our big move to the new warehouse/office space.Its a very big step forward and we are excited. We have really outgrown where we are now, so this was a long time coming. Needless to say weekends are more cherished now than ever as my weary feet need a break:) Had lovely dinner with friends, had some down time to catch up on some projects, did a little photo shoot and today going to enjoy a much needed day off and unwind. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Here we go with this Sunday’s post- _____________________________________ 1 OUR GREEN AND PINK TULIPIERES ARE HERE! This was a long time coming but oh, so worth the wait! I so love them in these two gorgeous color combinations. My imagination instantly went to setting a beautiful table with these and that’s exactly what I did. My tulipiere collection is one of my proudest moments since I have been in business. They are ideal for all seasons and showcase flowers in a most beautiful way. Offered in three wonderful sizes, these are exquisite. I can see the green also with red flowers for the holidays. Click here to see our beautiful tulipiere collection and please if you could answer a quick poll about adding some red/white tulipieres for Christmas. Thoughts on bringing a limited edition holiday tuipiere in red/white? Also sizes? (check all that apply) Since I did not have time to go out and buy flowers, I tried something new- going into my yard and cutting small clusters of hydranageas Never could have imagined they would look this pretty!! Love it. 2. CALL ME A DREAMER. I am a self proclaimed dreamer and I never want to change. Being able to dream can save me even during the most difficult times. It allows fun escapes and imagining all the “what if’s in life. A number of years back I became obsessed with the idea of buying a home in Provence, I looked into it , spoke to Americans who had done it and even connected to a broker with whom I am on their mailing list for when new properties come up. For many reasons that remains just a dream but mostly because it makes logistical sense for us to remain on U.S. soil but boy, dreaming is fun. Got this one the other day in my email box and must admit, it got me dreaming all over again:) Don’t pay attention to the decor/interiors but just imagine the possibilities! Want to know more about this property? Click here 3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Such a beautiful round of summer-y inspired pictures this weekend. We need to enjoy it while it lasts! 4 A NEW RECIPE ALERT! This Greek dressing was SO GOOD! A sure new staple in this household. Easy and super flavorful! Found over at Running In A Skirt, she has lots of other great recipes, click here. Ingredients 1/2 cup high quality extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup high quality red wine vinegar 1 large lemon, juiced (or 2 small ones) 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, adjust to personal taste 1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper, adjust to personal taste Instructions Put all the ingredients in an airtight container and shake to combine. You will need to re-shake before each time you serve it. Makes a big portion to use all week! Notes I calculated the nutrition for this recipe by using 1 tablespoon of the dressing. If you use more than that adjust the calories as needed. This recipe makes about a cup of dressing. 5 INSPIRING STORY OF THE WEEK The goodness of the human heart never ceases to amaze me. This story brought tears to my eyes, to think that this woman who had nothing to her name even thought of giving away her winnings to someone else in and of itself such a beautiful thing. This story really warms my heart at a time where I think we can all use some heart warming……she has obviously done something very right n raising her daughter who had the idea:) 6 THE BEFORE OF OUR NEW WAREHOUSE SPACE AND OFFICES! So here you have a raw look at the new space we will occupy in just a few weeks. Next week, we start the “beautification” of this space. It was a large gym with warehouse and offices plus a basketball court and turf field. Getting rid of the red floors and painting the floor navy and painting all the gray walls and ceilings, a crisp white. This will keep things light and bright. You aren’t surprised about that combination are you? This is a very large warehouse space where we are having racks put in and then to the left is a corridor of offices, a front reception area, bathrooms and a few smaller rooms (one will be a small kitchen and the other a small photography room). It is a big undertaking but I know one I will be happy I did once we are all settled on. I will probably start a new series to chronicle the evolution of this space which I think will be fun to follow along with. Here is the before, stay tuned- Above and below are part of the turf field where all the storage racks are being installed This hallways above is where there are 5 offices, one nice thing is the ceilings are very tall about 15 feet Above is a front reception area in need of some TLC, beyond that are the bathrooms and a small area for a kitchen I guess just in case I feel like playing basketball for lunch we could have that option:) 7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY I can’t believe we are nearing the end of July. This has not been the summer we normally would have had as we had some really wonderful things planned but I have resigned myself to it and as the saying goes, “it is what it is”. With it nearing the end of July I have one eye on fall (my favorite season) anyway. So with our new norm, I find myself only going to my office, the market, occasionally a friends house, club dining room and that’s about it. But twice this week (once in a local small specialty food market) and another in Whole Foods, I witnessed two nearly identical instances. They both involved someone not wearing a mask properly (under the nose) and both times witnessed another customer going up to them and correcting them. In one instance the lady was super nice, said she was a nurse and felt obligated to tell them and the guy was very receptive and promptly correctly put his mask on. The other time, not so much- it could have easily escalated but the person who was doing the mask wearing walked away (with a few swear words under her breath). It makes me so upset when I see someone not wearing it properly…if their nose is not covered they might as well not bother. However I also am not sure I would feel comfortable going up to a complete stranger, not knowing how receptive they might be. How about you? ___________________________________________ And that my friends, is a wrap for today! I hope you enjoyed the post, anything resonate with you in particular? Hope you have a great and relaxing Sunday and stay cool. Here the heat index will make it about 100 degrees today so I will likely spend a good part of the day indoors:) Plus I need to save my energy as the work begins this week on the new warehouse/office space so lots going on this week! Thanks for stopping in, until next time…… PS If you want to earn a quick $10 off any purchase leave us a Google review of your last purchase with us. Takes less than a minute! Click here and look at right where it says “leave a review” then you can write your review. Someone left a very upsetting review and interesting that the customer does even exist in our database (we searched high and low)! We take our customer service very seriously and if there’s one thing we hear over and over, its how much people appreciate that. If there is ever a problem you have PLEASE call or email us. If you don’t get an answer, ask for me:) Once done email [email protected] and write “review left”. We will send you a $10 credit via email! PS We have a special melamine offer going on just in time for stylish summer entertaining (ends tonight)! Click here to see our fabulous melamine collection. _Would you correct someone in public (kindly) about having to cover their nose?