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Since moving this house, the only nails I have had time to think about are the ones I hammered into the drywall.  And if you knew me before, during my life in fashion, this would seem incredibly out of character for me.

I’ve come to think of my life as ‘Pre-House Margo’ and ‘Post-House Margo.  ‘Pre-House Margo’ was considerably better groomed and wore dresses everyday.  ‘Post-House Margo’ is covered in paint and stain and can’t paint her nails because she took up gardening.  Oh, and wears running clothes everyday.

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But, thankfully, I still have stylish friends.

My best friend in LA (that’s the city, not the state…) has started working for one of my favorite nail lines, NCLA.  I wrote this post forever ago about ikat nail stickers.   That was back in my more fashionable days, when I wrote about fashion, beauty and other topics of great importance.  I believe the post I wrote yesterday was about a table I stained.  Sigh.

So in the meantime, I live vicariously through her.  She’s significantly cooler than me.  Although she doesn’t know how to lay tile.  I guess then we contribute to this friendship in different ways.

I think I should take the hint because she’s sent me some NCLA nail stickers and polishes.  Which are amazing, by the way.  My nail polish actually lasts through dunking my hands in buckets of roses all day.

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She needs to hit up the archives and find me those ikat stickers from forever ago.  Now that would be a good friend.

Farmer’s Market Saturday…

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I have been wanting to get into floral design.  And by ‘get into floral design’ I actually mean ‘buy flowers wholesale so I can make flower crowns’.  But it turns out I really like it.

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So I went with simplicity.  Mason jars of spray roses, ranunculus, peonies and tulips and also potted herbs.  I even found chocolate flavored mint.

Who knew.

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And, of course, flower crowns.

It is the driving factor behind all this.

Parties & Flowers…

After a long week of traveling and hotel rooms, it was nice to be home.

Although that only gave me 12 hours to plan a party for 60 that was taking place in our home Friday evening at 6.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, I’m what people common refer to as a “procrastinator.”  So around 11 I start making magic happen.  Stressful magic.

 

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For me, the most important factor of a party is the flowers.  And the bar.  But aesthetically the flowers.

So I started with a little baby orchid on the mail table when you walk in…

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gorgeously abundant hydrangeas in the living room (I loved the contrast of the vase with the white flowers)…

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a spray of white tulips and budding magenta peonies in the dining room…

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and a huge potted white orchid & puggle (photo-bomb) to greet people as they come in.

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As for procrastinating, I think it makes my brain work faster.  That and I’ll just offer you an extra large glass of wine so you won’t notice I forgot to buy napkins…

 

More Flowers Please…

For the party tonight I went to my favorite flower shop, which, fortunately, is across the street.  I did a mix of pale pink peonies, english garden roses, wildflowers, gerber daisies, orchids and hydrangeas.

After perusing bar carts on Pintrest yesterday, I decided to play around with mine.  I thought these huge roses would be perfect.