Friday, May 24, 2013

Show Off and Inspire - Gwen Moss

I love having this series where I can show off and brag about some really wonderful bloggers.  Today we have the pleasure of Leslie's company.  Her blog is Gwen Moss.  I first fell in love with her wonderful tablescapes, so creative, then as I explored her blog, there was so much more.  You will love her and her style too.

Thank you Marty for inviting me to be part of your Show Off and Inspire series, I'm always so impressed by the talented bloggers I see here, and I'm so happy to open my home to all your wonderful readers.

My name is Leslie and I'm the blogger behind the woman's lifestyle blog called Gwen Moss.

Welcome to my home, as you can see, we're very casual here.
I have canvas slipcovers on my living room couch and dining chairs and there's no formal room in our house.

Life is bit hectic right now because we're getting the house and backyard ready for my youngest son's graduation party which means I've been doing lots of cleaning and planting and well, you know what I'm talking about.

Today I thought I'd show you how I decorate with fresh flowers, ferns and succulents which are my favorite decorating friends right now. If you're a regular visitor to my blog, you know how I love to create pretty floral arrangements and tablescapes and share the DIY details with my readers.

I actually got a nice little surprise a few weeks ago when Huffington Post contacted me about using my Mother's Day tablescape post. They only ended up using a photo, but they did put my link on their site which was nice.

Don't you love these roses?
 I found them at the local grocery store for $4.00 a bunch. When you're up close, they have that delicate, paper texture that looks very old world.

This is what my mantel looks like right now.

When we moved into our home twelve years ago it was definitely a fixer upper. The previous owners had fallen into debt and the house had suffered from neglect. This mantel was one of our first home projects.

I had been saving a crumpled, old photo of a mantel from Country Living Magazine and we basically hired someone to build it. It's one of the few paid projects around here. Everything else has been a DIYer project, including all the brick work which I've done with my Dad.

I decided to keep it simple on the mantel.

 Baby ferns are wrapped in music sheets and sit on top candlesticks. A painted key dangles from each candlestick.

 Next to the fireplace is a burlap covered lamp table. To add a pop of green, I purchased a fabric remnant for the top. I just tucked under the edges, didn't even pin them.

I add succulents to tea cups and silver pieces because I love this look.

 This is an antique tea cup given to me by my Grandma.

This is my dining room.

I painted some old shutters and placed boxwood wreaths on them. A French sideboard I re-vamped some years ago is one of my quirky pieces. Someone asked me recently what my taste is and I guess the easy answer is eclectic. Farmhouse chic, Traditional. Rustic country. A little French, a little vintage, even a touch of bohemian. Let's see, did I get enough words in there?

How would you describe my decorating style?
I'm curious.

Here's a shot of the vignette on the sideboard. On the other side is a simple African violet planted in a silverplated urn.

On the dining table is a small urn alongside books and old clay pots I found in a thrift store. These pots have been so versatile. For a garden themed dinner party, I once planted thyme inside them and then used a seed packet to write, "happy to spend thyme with you" for added cuteness.

Here's a few photos from my kitchen. I recently painted the table and chairs as part of my 'lightening up" decorating phase. You can see this project on my blog. As I've gotten older, I notice that I feel happier when I'm surrounded by lots of white.

I just planted that fern and put it on the table. From this angle you can see my chalkboard art that's still there. Hooray! I thought for sure it would have food splatters on it by now.

There are large urns in the window also filled with ferns.

The red roses are left from Mother's Day. Patrick drove five and a half hours with his college buddy to surprise me. I had no idea until he walked up to our table in the restaurant with the roses and
I was so touched... I started crying.  What a day that was.

Ok, back to my little tour. The kitchen is part of this great room. This is the family room where everyone hangs out.

I have a collection of blue and white pieces and I brought out this little pot for my fern. More baskets and books...and yes, that's a TV remote in there too.

There's no hiding our TV. We have family nights in here and it always includes our favorite shows and movies. I watch lots of testosterone filled action stuff because I've got boys. Right now we're waiting for the new season of Homeland. 

By the way, those are Snapdragons on the mantel alongside tall candlesticks, but I might trade those candlesticks for something with more color. What's your opinion?

In case you're new around here, my Dad and I painted that entire wall of bricks with chalk paint.

(more white-colored happiness)

I just de-cluttered these shelves.
A vintage green-hued oil painting is now paired with books that have green and blue covers.

A concrete pot sits in the entryway between black French doors and my Chinese red painted chest. (Yep, more paint projects) Although I'm still not sure how long I'll keep it red, it's a bit bold for me.

I also painted the wood floors in my office white and I'm so happy with it. Can you peek through the door and see the floor?

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my vignettes and greenery. I'll be sure to show you the backyard when it's ready, so stop by and say "Hi" if you get a moment.

And thank you for having me as your guest on your beautiful blog Marty, it was so fun!


Isn't she amazing.  You really need to follow her blog-Gwen Moss- to see more and to keep up with all of her current projects.

If you would like to be featured on Show Off and Inspire, just send me an email. 

  I am linking to the following parties:

Wendy at The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Alison at Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Kate at Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Jane at Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
Jennifer at Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party
Jen at Tatertots and Jello for Weekend Wrap Up Party Friday
Karen at Redoux Interiors Friday Party
Aimee at It's Overflowing for Overflowing with Creativity Sat.

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  1. Marty I can't thank you enough for having me here on your beautiful blog. What a perfect way to begin my weekend. You are such a kind friend.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

    1. Love this post Leslie! I adore the succulent in the teacup ~ got my wheels turning and that can be scary. Loved the tour. xo

  2. Leslie has such a gorgeous home and these are fabulous ideas! What a wonderful feature! :-)

  3. I love her home! Great feature!

  4. What a beautiful home! Thank you for sharing, Marty! Have a wonderful weekend.~~Angela

  5. Pretty home and it is hard to describe when we mix different styles. Maybe call it collected.

  6. Everything is lovely. I'm going to borrow that idea with the succulents, I love them this year! The first word that came to mind about your style...tasteful. You have an excellent eye for placement.

  7. Your home is so charming Leslie!!!! Love those drapes on your windows, so elegant and of course your whole house! Thank you for sharing and thanks for sharing too Marty!

  8. Leslie has a beautiful home! I love her style; not sure what I'd "label" it style-wise, but I love it. I also find that I like it a bit lighter as I have gotten older. I had a lot of color in our old house and am enjoying the "calmness" of neutrals in our home now. I'll bet that was some project painting all that brick! Thanks for sharing Leslie with us, Marty! I'm off to visit her blog, too. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

  9. I love your home Leslie! I think your decorating style is electic too, love that style!

  10. What a perfectly lovely home Leslie has..I can see why you featured it. I find similarity between her home and yours, Marty! Both lovely and neat as a pin! Calmness of neutrals? As much as I would sometimes love that, I know I never will be. Give me I want to feel that organized calmness, I hop over and visit you, Marty! LOVE it!

  11. Marty, thank you for featuring Leslie. She is an amazing lady. I like her insightful posts. She is very talented. Love seeing more of her pretty home.

  12. Beautiful home and lots of inspiration there~ Thanks for joining Diann and I at TTF this week!


  13. Oh, I'm such a fan of Leslie and her beautiful home! I was hooked the moment we met. Her posts are always inspiring and insightful! ... Thanks for sharing Marty!

  14. Leslie, I love your home! I haven't seen much beyond the kitchen and living area. Everything is very tasteful ~ would expect nothing less from you. :) LOVE the red cabinet! I hope you don't change it. I would also add a pop of color on the mantle where the candle sticks are. That's just me though, I'm a color person. LOL

    Thanks to both of you for sharing!

  15. Great home to share Marty!
    She has a very beautiful style.
    Hope all is well with you and that you have a very nice Memorial Day weekend.
    I am still trying to get out to AZ. It's been tough with my Mom being ill, but hopefully soon!
    Hugs friend,

  16. Love !!!!! Can't wait for Homeland!!! Love that show!

  17. Gwen Moss is one of my favorite blogs. I love Leslie's decorating, but I also love her writing style. She makes me think, laugh, question and react. I had been missing reading Gwen Moss so I was glad she was visiting you so I could get a "Gwen" fix.

  18. Great feature, Marty. Leslie is a favorite of mine, as well.

  19. Thank you so much, Marty! Leslie's home is just wonderful...she has so many fabulous ideas for creating interesting, fabulous spaces! I think her love of color is so great and she did a beautiful job with her fireplace. And as much a we try to avoid our TV areas, her's looks fabulous! Thanks again!


  20. It was so fun learning more about Leslie...I really enjoy my visits to her blog...she is a very nice person! (I can't wait for Homeland, too)

  21. Yes Leslie has a beautiful home!! Thanks for her feature.

  22. What an amazing home she has....thanks for sharing it with us :o)
    Happy Memorial Day....have a great weekend!

  23. I do follow Gwen Moss, but have never seen so much of her house before. Beautiful, just like her. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I love Leslie's blog and have been following for a was fun to see some of her home in more detail! It's lovely and so is she!

  25. Leslie is a lovely, kind, smart, pretty....woman! Great blogger too, with such a warm, inviting home! Great ideas, Leslie. I love the teacup idea with the succulents and I'd of course paint the candlesticks!
    Best to you all,

  26. LOVE Leslie and her wonderful blog, she's such a unique and inspiring writer and decorator!

  27. Wow, beautiful designs...thanks for sharing and for linking up to Frugalicious Friday!

  28. Thumbs up for the Gwen Moss house....Leslie is talented and super inspirational.

  29. What a great feature Marty...I LOVE Leslie's blog and beautiful home!! She's a sweetheart!