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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


    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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