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Celebrating everyday life

with Jennifer Carroll

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July/August 2013

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hello Hooray! I am so excited to be sharing this second issue of my magazine with you! I must admit that navigating the ins & outs of running a magazine has not been without its challenges, and I am so grateful for your patience and understanding as I continue to refine the process, especially as it relates to distribution. The letters I have received from readers have been wonderful and so encouraging! I am beyond thrilled that this magazine resonates with so many people. What a blessing! In this issue we are exploring the beauty of Blue-and-White — from china to decor to art, we are celebrating it in its many forms. If you are a Jane Austen fan like me, I hope you will enjoy the tablescape on page 38, inspired by stencils! There is an amazing barn dance, some wonderful garden projects, great food, gorgeous spaces, inspiring stories, getaway ideas, and more. Truly, something for everyone. I believe in the importance of finding beauty in our everyday lives and have tried to bring just that into yours with this issue. I hope you are blessed! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining me in Celebrating Everyday Life.


photo: Jen Fariello

“Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is

worth it.�

C. JoyBell C.


July | August 2013 celebrate . everyday





36 8 Contributors

All the lovely ladies involved.

12 Products We Heart

A collection of products to help you celebrate everyday.

14 On Our Bookshelf

Books to enjoy while sitting on the beach, the pool or your porch!

16 Artist We Love: Sarah Jane

The whimsical children's illustrator chats about her journey of discovering her passion & what keeps her inspired.

18 Play Ball!

Create unique decor & pay tribute to America's favorite pastime with this DIY baseball bat flag project.

20 Beach Mat Makeover

From bottle wraps to flatware pouches, the possibilities are endless for how you can transform a dollar-store beach mat!

22 Lemon & Mint Funnel Cake

This midway favorite is all grownup when it is infused with the fresh flavors of summer!

24 Collecting: Vintage Jello Molds Tips on what to look for to start your own collection.

26 A Dip-Dyed Celebration

Dip-dyeing drop cloth fabric with red and blue dyes gives you the instant patriotic colors of the holiday!

30 Lovely Lavender

Lavender is full of calming scent, a boon to any garden, and a natural crafting supply that you simply can't beat!

34 Herb Garden Markers

Vintage spoons become delightful tags sure to help any herb garden shine.



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30 36 Amy Atlas's Sweet Designs

She chats with us about family, starting a dream business, & of course sweets!

38 Pride & Prejudice: A Luncheon in Silhouette

Sit down to a Jane-Austen-inspired table embellished by the new stencil designs from Royal Design Studio.

44 Business Is Bliss

Suzanne Eblen of the Old Lucketts Store shares her expertise as a boutique business owner and offers tips for starting the business of your dreams.

48 Anchors Aweigh

Set sail with us for a nautical inspired lakeside luncheon.

56 Watercolor Hideaway

Looking to get away from it all this summer? A rustic modern retreat like this one in Watercolor, Florida, with access to nearby beaches may be just the thing!

58 Something Borrowed, Something Blue

The timeless beauty of Blue & White sets the stage for a memorable Bridal Luncheon.

70 The Shutter Room

A serene guest retreat bedecked in blue & white.

78 Shop Like a Pro

Enjoy our tips on how to make the most of your visit to any of the seasons many vintage markets & fairs.

84 An Old-Fashioned Barn Dance

Join us for a barn dance filled with dreamy details sure to make you want to kick up your heels!

94 A Place of Your Own


A girly getaway, the perfect place to idle away the lazy days of summer.

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98 Chinoiserie Chic: An Artist's Vision

Beyond the canvas: While a mantel is being decorated one stroke at a time, it beautifully evolves into a story.

104 Blue & White: A Love Affair

Celebrated interior designer Moyanne Harding shares a home lovingly and lavishly decorated to become a quiet haven.

110 A Coast by Any Other Name

An essay on a young wife's unexpected journey of embracing her new surroundings and finding herself at "home."

112 Summer Sangria

A dry and fruity cocktail perfect for a hot summer day.

116 All-American Pies

Simple takes on pie featuring summer's most delectable fruits: blueberries & strawberries!

120 Easy Entertaining

Simple pantry staples transform a humble strawberry shortcake into a decadent summer dessert.

122 Last Bite: Mexican Grilled Corn

Summer corn gets a little kick from habanero and the mild flavor of Cotija cheese. OlĂŠ!

124 The Manual

Your source for recipes & instructions to all the inspiration featured in this issue!

137 Resources

Details on where you can find many of the items featured in this issue.

138 Next Time

A quick look at some of what’s coming up in the next issue!



What is your favorite Summer treat?

Lucy Ancheta-Akins

Sussie Bell

Beth Bryan

Kelly Elko

My favourite Summer treat has to be funnel cake with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and strawberry sauce on top. It's the perfect way to end a long day at the amusement park!

I have to say stopping and smelling the roses, literally... Smells are so evocative and bring up lots of memories. The scent of Phlox sends me right back to the garden of my childhood and elderflower blossom reminds me of heady midsummer days... pure bliss.

My favorite summer treat is scooping out the heart of an ice cold watermelon with a spoon and eating it right from the melon. No bowl required!

I look forward to the long lazy days of summer so I can relax on my vintage turquoise glider while sipping a margarita on the rocks with plenty of coarse sea salt on the rim. An ice cream cone covered in chocolate jimmies is a close second!

Tracey Fisher

Jill Flory

Vanessa Hunt

My favorite treat is a really good fruit and herb infused iced tea.

My favorite summer treat is making homemade ice cream in our White Mountain ice cream freezer! We do this often during the summer.

My favorite summer treat is hands down an ice cream sandwich. Preferably from an ice cream truck!

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Barbara Humphrey Garrett My "Fave Summertime Treat?" Fried green tomatoes!

photo: Rebekah Musser

Selina Lake

Dara Powers Parker

Laura Putnam

Amy Renea

A summer treat for me is spending a sunny day with my husband, Dave, at one of the UK's lovely coasts. When the weather's good, we often enjoy eating Fish 'n' Chips on the beach for dinner.

When I visited in the summertime, my grandmother would make me my favorite treat: strawberry shortcake. The strawberries didn't come from a farm, and the topping was out of a Cool Whip tub. Still, when I eat strawberry shortcake, it makes me feel favored.

My favorite summer treat is a twist vanilla cone, with rainbow sprinkles of course, bought at the Custard Hut on Long Beach Island, NJ. And while we eat ice cream cones, we attempt to hula hoop!

My favorite summer treat is a giant, sloppy piece of sun warmed watermelon straight from the garden sprinkled with some chunky kosher salt!

photo: Jen Fariello


Karen Riley

There is something about the taste of a fresh sweet (and chilled) cantaloupe that instantly reminds me of summertime... I love the cool refreshing chunks in fruit salad at a picnic or simple slices at the beach that put me in the mood for all the goodness that comes along with the sunny season of summer.

One of my favorite summer treats is a Mojito Popsicle. Mint+Lime+Rum = a delicious refreshment.

Lisa TutmanOglesby I must admit, I still run for the ice cream truck when I hear it. That's because I love those red, white and blue, rocket-shaped popsicles with their refreshing lemony flavor. It leaves my lips and tongue blue but it's oh, so worth it.

Karianne Wood My favorite summer treat is a tall glass of iced tea with lime served in my favorite milk glass tumblers. | july/august 2013 9


LAVENDER Lavender is the queen of fragrance and anything but a princess in the garden. Full of calming scent, she is a boon to any flower bed or herb plot, and a natural crafting supply that you simply can't beat! I use lavender all year long, fresh from the garden in late summer and dried throughout the rest of the seasons. words and photos by amy renea




Herb gardening is at the heart of many a small-scale, green-thumb effort. Making sure the Basil, Parsley and Thyme plants (among others) are clearly labeled has never been easier or more fun than with homemade garden markers. Combine vintage spoons with a love for creating simple beauty, and what you’ll get are delightful, handcrafted items that are sure to help any herb garden shine. {Project instructions on pages 128-129} words and photos by lisa tutman-oglesby

Pride ďż˝ Prejudice a luncheon in silhouette

design, styling

+ photos by jennifer carroll | july/august 2013 13

repeat a theme throughout your dĂŠcor for impact! | july/august 2013 15

an antique blue-and-white foot bath is the ideal container for a garden-inspired arrangement of ivy and cream garden roses. | july/august 2013 17


wo roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." These inspiring words from the beloved poet Robert Frost strike a chord with so many and encourage one to navigate the winding path of life with ebullience and curiosity. | july/august 2013 19

sweet & sassy

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sippin' pretty

Chinoiserie Chic

An artist's vision on canvas

project and photos by lucy ancheta-akins

a pearl of the porcelain world | july/august 2013 23

All American

PIEs Enjoy a star-spangled treat all summer long with these deliciously simple takes on pie featuring summer's most delectable fruits: blueberries & strawberries! recipes and photos by jennifer carroll

{Turn to pages 134-135 for recipes}

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