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30.03 20160

More Going Green in 2016!

For Saint Patrick's Day, I blogged on Going Green. But there's so much more to be said! Spring is all about green, which can mean a lot of things to different people. For some folks, it's all about fashion. 13

Others think of it as a beautiful color for their home.

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Or a way to bring the beauty of the outdoors inside! Maybe it's floral or leaf motifs as details.

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Or perhaps it's actual plants that you place throughout the house.

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This vase is empty right now, but it's just waiting to be filled with spring flowers!

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Science has proven that adding plants indoors can improve our air quality and mental health. They can be very elegant additions to your decor, too.

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Of course, for those of us who don't really keep plants alive, there's also artwork inspired by spring. This painting is very verdant and alive.

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There are other ways of going green, too. This article lists many ways to "go green" in an ecological way, while saving money in the process. One easy way is a low-flow showerhead.

Low Flow Shower Head

Saving water is very earth-friendly. There are other ecological ways to improve the world around us, too. One way is eating right - local and fresh foods. Perhaps you like to get outside and dig around in the dirt yourself. Here's a great article on drought-resistant shrubs that are perfect for Alabama's heat.

Locally, there's Pell City's Gateway Community Garden. "The goal of Pell City's Gateway Garden is to help everyone experience the thrill of growing your own lunch and give back to our community by helping others have access to healthy local foods."

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If you don't have a green thumb, you can always support your local farms, like the Red Hills Farm in Cropwell, AL, is great because you eat local food, support your local economy, and reduce your carbon footprint. Another way to get local food is Pepper Place Market, which will start for the year soon! This is one of my favorite ways to get local food, as well as see local artists.

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There's also a getting outdoors. One great way is riding a bike. The bike culture in Birmingham lately has grown almost overnight! The new Zyp bikes are as green as can be. Biking down to Pepper Place can be a great Saturday treat.

So - how about you? What does going green mean to you?

(Photos from my store at Lilly Designs, A Design Resource, and two of my favorite places  - Chelsea Antique Mall and Black Sheep Antiques in Harpersville.)

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03.02 20150

Organizing and the New Year

By: Renee Categories:Bee Inspired, Buzzworthy

Whew! I can hardly believe it’s already the first week of February! I’ve spending my days in January enjoying wood burning in the fireplace and the scent of my paper whites blooming throughout the house. I’ve been doing a lot of time reorganizing and purging pantries and closets. I have bags and boxes ready to donate to The Foundry’s new location downtown Pell City. I’m so excited to have them right around the corner from Lilly Designs, Design Resource & City Market!Couch with basket The beginning of a new year is always a prime time for me to reflect on what is working in my life, and what I can do to incorporate some fun new ideas to help stay balanced in this very busy world we live in today. Before I’m overcommitted overtired overwhelmed, it’s important to take this time to refocus. The time I’ve taken in the past month will help me through the new year to be better organized a more balanced.   Organization In other news, January’s market was bustling and chock full of great new product! I picked up a great basket line to add to my stock while shopping. I love baskets for organizing, because there are so many ways to use baskets. They’re beautiful as well as functional. They add that bit of organization and beauty that I’m looking to add to my life at this time of year. mainly baskets Don’t forget to shop at Adesignresource.com for fun items to use while embracing order in your life!

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03.10 20140

Black Sheep in Harpersville, AL

Have you checked out this new shop in Harpersville? Black Sheep Antiques is located on 231 S just before you get to Highway 280 on the right. Black Sheep Hours The proprietors, Barbara and Sonny Adkins, are a creative couple who took an eyesore of a building and turned it into something very special. Next time you are out for a Sunday drive during this beautiful fall season, stop by and take a look. DSC05955 Barbara's attention to detail is amazing. Look at this guy, all ready for Halloween! Skeleton in Rocker There are lots of unique, one-of-a-kind items throughout. DSC05950   The arrangement of merchandise makes great use of space with lots of visual detail to please the eyes. DSC05954   We need more of this popping up around!! DSC05952

Stop by the next time you're in the area, and tell them Renee of Lilly Designs: A Design Resource in Pell City sent you!

    Black Sheep
    Proprietors: Barbara and Sonny Adkins
    39509 Highway 25
    Harpersville Al 35078
 

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11.02 20140

A Few of My Favorite Kisses

One of the favorite gifts my husband has ever given me was back when I was taking photography classes. For Valentine's Day, he gave me a beautiful photography book of kisses, A Kiss is Just A Kiss. This book, by Bruce Velick, has 60 of the most famous and delightful photos of kisses of the 20th Century. It even has an introductory essay on the kiss by one of the great wits of our generation, Tom Robbins.

A Kiss is Just a Kiss

 One of the most famous kisses in the world is Gustav Klimt's painting, "The Kiss."

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  My first concert was KISS.

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This piggy kiss is pretty terrific!

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  And of course, who doesn't love these kisses?

hersheys kisses

  Here's hoping you have a great Valentine's Day, filled with lots of kisses!   Reneesig

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