From the Front Porch

Happy Sunday from the front porch, you guys. Thanks so much for spending time with us today!  

As you can imagine, we’re watching Hurricane Dorian very closely. Given the storm has been crawling at a snail’s pace, we’ve basically been in prep mode since last Thursday.

While we know you can’t predict these kinds of storms completely, we’re thankful for the technology that keeps us updated and the extra time to prepare.  It’s a lot of work!

We went through Hurricane Irma two years ago and for a while it felt eerily the same.  Especially, at the gas pump and the grocery store. 

I’m always curious as to what kinds of provisions people grab during major storms. Bananas

and bread both seemed to be hot ticket items.

We’re not expected to get a direct hit from Hurricane Dorian, but we are bracing for lots of wind, rain and flooding.  

Our thoughts and prayers definitely go out to everyone in the path of the storm, particularly those of you beginning your preparations in Georgia and the Carolinas.  We’ll be keeping you close and lifting you up.

 TCG: Behind the Scenes 

A few weeks ago, my Mom and I went to an event at Ballard Designs.

 Everyone was so nice, and we had so much fun.  

This event in particular was all about preparing guest rooms and layering bed linens to create a cozy feel. It was actually perfect timing because we’re in the midst of giving 3 of the bedrooms at Bliss Barracks a makeover. 

While the ladies of Ballard Designs had pulled together a spread covering everything from champagne to cheesecake to chocolate covered strawberries, I had to snag a quick picture of the chocolate cake.  It was AMAZING!

They also gave us monogrammed market totes with goodies in it. 

We loved this fun way to frame and display your wifi guest password too.

A Few of Our Favorite Posts from Around the Web this Week…

Thomas and Julia from Gal Meets Glam had their home featured in Southern Living and it’s every big as gorgeous as you’d imagine.

Don’t miss this inviting home tour where nature meets subdued elegance.  

This designer’s portfolio is beautiful. Wait until you see her 30 Park Place project!

A dreamy Spanish Revival home filled with layers and layers of gorgeous texture.

How Optimistic Are You? 

If you haven’t had a chance to see the Fall installation at Magnolia yet don’t miss this video!

Starbucks just added these 4 food items to their Fall 2019 Menu .

Loved this post on being a great aunt!  

Sunshine: Cutting Edge Medicine 

How fantastic is this vending machine filled with books?

4 super cute ways to style a leopard print skirt this Fall.

These insider travel secrets will make your next flight a breeze.

Everyone seems to be talking about this brand’s products and marketing genius.  Have you guys tried them yet?

Quote of the Week and Free Printable…

On the Menu this Week…

**(Just as a sweet reminder the person that makes the menu doesn’t eat beef or pork so keep that in mind when you see this feature each week, wink wink)**

*Week of September 2 – September 8

Monday – 30 Minute Shrimp and Grits 

Tuesday – Insta Pot BBQ Beer Pulled Chicken Tacos  with spicy avocado jalapeño ranch and sweet corn slaw

Wednesday – Vermicelli Salad with Spiralized Vegetables 

Thursday – Sweet Potato and Crab Soup 

Friday – Chicken Bacon Pressed Picnic Sandwiches with Raspberry Honey Mustard 

Saturday – Chickpea Power Bowl 

Sunday – 20 Minute One Pot Greek Pasta 


Sweet Treat to Try This Week…

Chocolate Biscuit Cake (AKA The Royal Wedding Groom’s Cake and reported to be the Queen’s favorite cake) 


Here are a Few Cozy Bedroom Finds We Spotted on Amazon This Week…

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Duvet Cover Set  





Wall Sconce 

Kitchen Cart 

Towel Set 


If You’ve Missed Anything from the Archives or on The Blog Lately, here’s a Peek at What We’ve Been Up To

Southern Living Idea House Part 2 

Fall Wreaths and Autumn Inspired Door Décor 

Buffet Makeover in General Finishes Seagull Gray 

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie Gooey Bars 


52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge

If you’re part of our 52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge,  we’re completing Week 35 Seasonal and Decorative Fall Items and looking forward to completing Week 36 Fall Bucket List.

*** Keep in mind, if you’re new to this challenge or have gotten behind for whatever reason, simply pick up on the current week and start again.  You don’t have to be perfect, just don’t stay stuck! This challenge is all about making progress no matter how big or small. ***

TCG Housekeeping Notes & Upcoming Posts…

Despite everything that’s happening with Hurricane Dorian, we plan to be back here next week with a Fall posts including a fun blog hop on how to easily transition your summer decorating ideas to fall decorating ideas for those of you that haven’t brought out the pumpkins just yet.

Whatever you have planned for this week, we hope it’s something you’re excited about as we look forward to kicking off September!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,



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