Three beautiful ideas from magazines lately

I’ve been catching up on my magazine reading lately. Do you subscribe to shelter (aka home design & lifestyle) magazines? I’m an avid fan—make that a rabid fan. I love magazines. Here are three things I especially loved lately:

Chamomile as garnish.

Am I the only one who’s just now getting introduced to chamomile? I started drinking herbal tea this winter, and of course I’d heard of chamomile lots of times before that, but I think I might have found a new favorite flower! My sister’s wedding bouquet featured the diminutive blossoms reminiscent of daisies—you can see them above.

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And see this amazing pie in the April issue of Country Living? There’s a 100 percent chance I will never make this pie, but look how beautiful it is with the chamomile used as a garnish. I’m now curious about recipes where I might actually use chamomile (which is edible!), like in a spring salad, a fruit salad, or on top of a smoothie.

Green kitchens.

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Have you noticed the recent swing from blue in the kitchen to green? I’m a big fan. One of my sisters is planning on a green island in her upcoming kitchen remodel, and I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this photo in a Dacor ad in the May issue of House Beautiful:

via—photography by Roger Davies for Dacor. Please direct your attention to what appears to be an antique light fixture.

I’m always curious what people think about bold color in a kitchen. Would any of you give this look a try?

Using pavers in the yard.

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And lastly, the same issue of House Beautiful had a short feature on using pavers for paths and driveways, which is always a good look but rarely done where I live.

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We installed a brick path a few years ago, and it looks pretty solid now that the grass has filled in nicely. I just looked to see if I ever wrote about it on the blog, and I didn’t, so I’ll share that soon. I would never get away with pavers for a driveway because my husband and boys love playing basketball outside, and concrete is a better surface for that. But a girl can dream! Maybe when I’m 80.

Have you seen anything you’re loving lately, maybe a color trend or a fun DIY? Do share. •

2 thoughts

  1. My dream house has green kitchen cabinets and pavers for the lawn/driveway. So that’s funny you listed both those things! I went to a parade home this year and the owners used turf instead of grass and I thought it was ingenious. No upkeep and it looks good year round.

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    1. I would love to see good turf in real life. As you know, no one does that in east Idaho, unless it’s that scrubby cheap stuff in their patio steps. 🙂 I can’t wait to see your dream house someday.

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