Thursday, April 16, 2015

5 Ways To Refresh Your Balcony

5 Ways to Refresh Your Balcony
I have always loved balconies, especially the beautiful iron ones of Savannah, Charleston and New Orleans. 

A balcony can be a peaceful place to relax or an area to avoid, depending on how you make use of the space. If your balcony has somehow become a sort of catch-all, then maybe it’s time to reclaim it. Here are five easy ways to refresh your balcony and turn it into the quiet, beautiful area you knew it could be. 

I can see having every meal on the beautiful balcony above. 

1. Clean It Up

The first thing you need to do is clean up the area, especially if it has become a storage space for unused items. Go through everything you have placed on your balcony and either throw it out or make sure it has a reasonable designated space, organizing with storage boxes if necessary. Sweep away any dirt and wipe down the surfaces of the walls and furniture. If there is dirt and debris on the floor, sweep it up and throw it out.

2. Go Green

If you live in an apartment and your balcony is essentially your yard, then don’t be afraid to add some green scenery with plants. Choose perennials to get the same look year after year. You can also change the scenery by having a few pots or planters for annuals that you switch throughout the year. You don’t have to overload your balcony with a forest of greens, but choose a few strategic places to put some stylish pots and have fun.


How Beautiful!  The picture above make me want to rush to the plant nursery.

3. Replace Railings

If you are allowed to make such changes, swap worn out railings for a new look. Pickets with a colorful design can be a particularly welcoming sight in the wintertime when your colorful view is limited. There are many different kinds to choose from, so choose a picket style that suits you and paint it whatever color you please.

4. Add Lights 
You don’t need much, but a little bit of lighting can go a long way on a balcony. Take some light strands and wrap them along the railing, or use tea lights, lanterns, and other small lights on or around your furniture to create just the right mood. For safety reasons, avoid using real candles.

5. Fix  Something
 If you have had your balcony for a while, there may be a few things broken or in disrepair. Choose something to fix, repair, or update. You can choose one thing each year, each month, each week, or each day. As you fix up your balcony, you may find yourself wanting to spend more time on it.  Appeal to Yourself If you’ve been avoiding your balcony like the plague, refreshing it using these tips could make it appealing again. Freshen up your balcony to your personal tastes, and you may find yourself entertaining and lounging on it more than ever.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these beautiful balconies and of course you can use the same ideas on your patios and porches.
Thank you for visiting and have a great day.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Share Your Style Party #9

Welcome to the  Share Your Style  party! 

Hi everyone!  I am Sherry and I write the blog  No Minimalist Here.   It's so exciting to be hosting this week and I truly appreciate you visiting.

My husband and I bought a house nine months ago and I have been busy trying to make it our home.  Our most recent project was removing a wall and adding new wood floors.  Decorating the new dining room is what we are working on now.   I hope you will drop by and see our progress so far.


Features from last weeks party.
It's always hard to choose just a few features each week because ya'll are such a talented bunch.  I hope you enjoy my selections from last week.

Rita at May Days shared her beautiful blue and white Spring tablescape.  Did you notice the creative use of fence pickets?

Liz and her husband built this wonderful pergola and landscaped their yard beautifully.  Visit Home To Cottage to see more.

I love Beignets and whenever we visit New Orleans Café de Monde is my first stop for these little pastries.  The Painted Apron shared this fabulous recipe at last week's party.

I admit I have potting shed envy every time I visit Mary at Home Is Where The Boat Is.   How beautiful is this Spring vignette?

If you were featured this week please grab our Feature Button.
I look forward to seeing what you share this week and I hope you will visit me at my blog No Minimalist Here , Instagram  and  Pinterest.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Share Your Style #8

Welcome to the Share Your Style party!

Link to one blog and your posts shows up on all eight.

I am excited to see what you have to share this week and appreciate each of you that take the time to visit.  If the Inlinkz doesn't open immediately just click on the link to add your post.

Ron @ Uptown Acorn is our host this week.  If you are not familiar with Ron's blog you must stop by for a visit.  He has a beautiful home in New Orleans and such wonderful style.  Not only that, he is a darn nice Southern guy.



I hope all of you have had a great Easter week. I am sure that some of you are still enjoying your Spring break. I am back at school teaching the young minds who did this to my room as an April Fool's Day prank, Post-it Palooza.

I am very excited today as this is the very first time that I have hosted a link party. What makes me different from some of you is that I am a man (gasp!, I know,) The blogging world is filled with many darling ladies, and I try to bring a man's perspective to design and Southern style. I do love to decorate. I love to shop. I also love a cocktail or two. I appreciate the support that my little blog has been afforded over the past three years, and I hope you will follow me if you are not already doing so.

Uptown Acorn: 
"I have a great life in the land of unique characters, fine food, creative cocktails, and southern design."

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Here are various photos of my personal style:

Thanks to all of you for Sharing Your Style with us last week.
Ron's Featured Links:

Pam of Everyday Living shared some gorgeous Spring gardens. She and her husband are ready to tackle their property.

Kelli of 3 Boys and a Dog shared these darling Octopus Rice Krispie treats. The beach meets my fave Rice Krispie Treats. I'm sold.

My large Pottery Barn clock of over 10 years finally bit the dust, so I could use one of these knock-off by Mindi of My Love to Create. Mindi, are you listening?

I could certainly go for one of these fancy BLTs right now. Thanks for making my mouth water, Stephanie. Check out the BLT at This Abundant Life.

I hope you enjoyed these features. If you were one lucky enough to be featured at Share Your Style, please grab a button from my sidebar.

Let's Party, y'all!


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Share Your Style #7

Hi Friends,

Thanks for joining the Share Your Style Party #7.   We are all excited to see what you have to share this week.

If you are not a blogger you may want to check out my post on How Non-bloggers Can Now Link To Blog Parties.

This week I also posted Spring Decorating In The Kitchen.
I am turning the party over to  Amanda @ Dixie Delights


It's time for another Share Your Style party!!!  A big thank you goes out to each and every one of you who have joined in so far.  Each week one of your hosts will take a turn choosing the features, and then ALL EIGHT of us will share them on our blogs for tons of exposure. 


Amanda from Dixie Delights!!

"I’m a so-Southern girl that's spent her whole life living in the South. I love fabulous home decor, everything Lilly Pulitzer, the ballet, Coca-Cola, reading, anything Southern, smocked outfits and knee socks on boys, grits, throwing parties, cooking, the beach, red apple martinis and, most of all, my family.  I’d be *delighted* to have y’all join in on the adventure through my blog!”

headertour copy


Karri at Blue Ribbon Kitchen shared these absolutely darling bunny sack races just in time for Easter!  I wish Mother were in town to help me pull these off.

The Joyful Home shared her Easter and Spring décor.  I’ve been a long admirer of her style and particularly love her linen bunny DIY.  While you’re over on her blog, also check out her ideas on teaching kids about Easter.  A topic near and dear to my heart. 


offered a wonderful tutorial for painting bunnies.  I am severely challenged when it comes to painting, but this is one even I couldn’t mess up!

hopping bunny

Sweet Chaos Home shared her positively stunning chinoiserie wallpaper panels and ingenious frames.  I was swooning over her entire home and will be staking out a place for something similar stat!

If one of your links was featured, be sure to grab our button before you go!!

Now, on to this week!  We hope you'll join in with your decor, vintage, DIY, tablescapes, creations and yummies… in other words, pretty much anything STYLE related.  Grab our party button and add it to the bottom of the posts you link up:
Dixie Delights

With that, it’s time to Share Your Style!!



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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How Non-bloggers Can Link To Blog Parties

Hi everyone.

I have exciting news for those of you that are non-bloggers!

Whether you are a blogger or not you can now join in the fun of blog parties, including the Share Your Style party hosted here every Wednesday evening. 

I have been thinking for quite a while that there must be a way for non-bloggers to join linky parties. Now if the party is hosted by Inlinkz you can now simply add your Instagram photos.  This will drive more traffic to your Instagram site and create new followers.  Even if you are a blogger you can also link from Instagram.

If you want to use a photo from your collection, first type the ‘Link‘ you want to add and
then click on the instagram icon.

You will be asked to login to you instagram account. Type your username and password and click “Log in“.

If you see the following image, please click on ‘Authorize‘.


Instantly you will see your photos loaded and you will be able to select the photo you wish.

Select your desired image and click done!

Well, you are done, yes it is that simple to add your instagram photos as link thumbnails.

I hope you will give this a try at the Share Your Style party starting every Wednesday evening right here. Link up once and be shared on eight blogs.


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