5.24.2013

Pretty as a Magnolia in May

May, you're already on your way out the door.
It seems like you just arrived.
You are the gateway of summer, long nights and hot days.
Magnolias bloom and perfume the air with their fragrance.
How I long to see the magnolias bloom each May.
The creamy blossoms are magnificent and shine like diamonds against the waxy and velvety leaves surrounding them.
May, you still bring cool nights with your warm sunny days.
I just wanted to write a love note to one of my favorite months.
While I love May and this time of year, there are some things that I don't love so much.
By the end of May the humidity is vamping up.
Now, being a Southerner, I can handle the humidity.
But, when the seasons change, my skin freaks out.
Please tell me I am not the only one whose pores triple in size when the weather starts heating up.
I'm serious. 
My face was completely clear last week and now it looks like I have mosquito bites all over it.
It's so embarrassing. 
Hopefully over the next few weeks my skin will acclimate and I won't look like a hormonal teenager for much longer. 
Not to mention that now when I'm doing yard work my legs feel like fly paper because they are so sticky.
I could stand to shower several times a day when it's like this...and our freon is low in our A/C unit, which means the air hasn't been on this week.
The service man is supposed to be here today.
I digress...
This post started off so beautiful and lovely and it's transformed into an acne rant.
I'm sorry.
Back the beauty side of things...
To celebrate May I created a little "Pretty as a Magnolia in May" tablescape in our dining room. This is such a versatile tablescape as it's appropriate for a Kentucky Derby party, Mother's Day, bridal teas and luncheons, graduations, and more. It's just a fresh and lovely setting that you can add small changes to to change it up.
You could add julep cups for a derby party, pink linens or dishes for Mother's Day, or any feminine accent color for a bridal event. As always, I used what I had on hand and the gifts of nature.
The topiaries were actually $12 Walmart finds, as much as I despise that place.
Faux cement urns (holding the topiaries): TJ Maxx $10 each
Milk glass urns: gifts from my mama
Decorative Faux Magnolia Balls: TJ Maxx $10 each
Simple, yet relevant and very pretty!
Pretty as a magnolia in May!

26 comments:

  1. I love your silverware! You always dream up such a perfect table!

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    1. Thank you Megan! They are actually from Party City (white & plastic, lol), but they appear very elegant! You're a sweetie! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

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  2. You have such an eye for decorating! Love your sweet tablescape, friend! Great job!

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    1. Thank you, Nicole! You have an eye for decorating, too! :) Have a fabulous weekend! xoxo

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  3. Very pretty!! As a Mississippi girl I have a particular fondness for magnolias. My grandparents have two huge magnolia trees in their front yard, and my cousin and I spent nearly every afternoon in the summers playing in those fragrant branches! So I'm definitely loving your table decor even more than usual this month!

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    1. Thank you, Caitlin! Yes, Mississippi = Magnolias :). They are abundant here, too. How fun-love your childhood story! Have a lovely weekend, beautiful friend! xoxo

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  4. So beautiful! If we were neighbors I would picture us sitting on the front porch sipping sweet tea :) Blessings to you sweet girl.

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    1. Thank you, Sheri!! YES-we certainly would be doing lots of that! :) Blessings and love to you!! xoxo

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  5. Oh how beautiful sweet friend! You are a very gorgeous lady inside and out. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.:) So glad all went well last weekend. :) Would luv to be able to hear your testimony when your honey gets it up and running. May God bless you both in an extra special way.

    Luv and Prayers
    Jamie

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    1. Jamie, you are an angel! I hope you are feeling better. I've been reading your updates-thank you for sending them. Just praying fervently for you to catch a break from all that and get some relief. I would love to share my testimony with you sometime. Love you so! xoxo

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  6. What a beautiful tablescape you created! I'm no fan of WM either but after seeing your toparies, I'm tempted to venture there :) One last thing, magnolia leaves are also great to use for Christmas decorations too.

    Blessings to you & yours,
    Karen

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    1. Thank you, Karen!! Yes, you are right! I used magnolias on our Christmas tablescape, too. I also had them dispersed throughout one of our Christmas trees...thinking about putting all those decorations up and taking them back down just made me break a sweat! Lord help! Haha. Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

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  7. My face is a wreck too and is so oily for some reason. I hope June is better to our faces! Your table looks beautiful!!

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    1. Nicole, thank you! I agree! I'm sorry your skin is commiserating with mine. :( Hoping for some clarity! :) Have a wonderful weekend!

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  8. Cherish,

    This is beautiful!! I absolutely love your home and LOVE this table!! My daddy is a builder so I can't wait to have my first home and hopefully he can make me a big ole farm table. I love, love your decorating design!! I also have a trip to Savannah planned after reading through several of your southern travel posts. I can't wait to go! I can't wait to hear more about the Pearl Event and hopefully one day I'll be able to meet you at an event like that!! Happy Friday!

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    1. Katelyn, you are SO sweet! Thank you! That would be amazing if your daddy could build you a farm house table, and not to mention extra special! Keep me posted on your Savannah trip! I would love to meet up someday soon, too! Have a fabulous weekend! xoxo

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  9. LOVE the magnolias! My parents have a few trees in their yard and they are just gorgeous.

    On the acne note, try a BB cream when you're doing your makeup for summer. I skin the foundation and used a tinted BB cream (the Garnier works wonder--one of our Beauty buyers at work recommended it!)and then just touch up with a corrector and light powder. Voila! It's a saving grace down here in FL!

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion, Cotton! I do use a cream similar to that one by Too Faced from Ulta, but I'll have to check out the Garnier brand. The one I use makes my face break out, too, so I only use it around my eye area since it's got SPF and wrinkle cream, too. I also love Neutrogena Skin Clearing Powder-works great! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

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  10. Girl get down here quick! My home needs an intervention and the intervention is your decorating talens! : ) Went over to the botanical gardens this morning and saw some gorgeous blooming magnolias and they made me think of you! This tablescape is gorgeous! Gorgeous! Love this! Oh and if you come down my way soon bring me some cotton too!

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    1. Rachel, I would love to come and play decorating with you! What could be better?! Well, maybe us at the beach or on a boat wearing Lilly and laughing with our handsome hubbies... I dream! Haha! How fun that y'all went to the botanical gardens! I bet they are gorgeous down there-very tropical!! When I do come I will definitely bring you some cotton! I've got a ton of it in a storage closet that I would be happy to give you! :) Love you! xoxo

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  11. Beautiful! We've been watching our Magnolia tree- the blooms are just now starting to pop! As for your skin? Mine did the exact same thing- I was bragging to myself about how clear I had gotten it, then all at once, I've broken out everywhere (but I'd gladly take this heat and humidity over the cold!).

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    1. Don't you just love watching the blooms pop?! It's amazing! Skin, skin....mine is just beginning to clear up SOME. GAH!!! I have tried everything under the sun-all my old tricks and nothing has worked this time. I've decided I just need to try to to pick, leave it alone, and let nature run it's course. :( Hoping yours is clearing up, too! xoxo

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  12. You have a true talent for decorating! It looks amazing! Thanks again for sharing your ideas! :)

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  13. Love your blog! Beautiful tablescapes and decorating. One question.. what are the small glass domes on the dinner plates?

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    1. Thank you so much, Martha!! Great question! Those are to hold individual small desserts, such a petit fours, which are a favorite of mine! xoxo

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