Five on Friday #10

Happy April!!  I’m so happy it’s April.  It’s one of my favorite months of the year.  Everything is always such a pretty Spring green.

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In this month’s Veranda, there is an article about German architect Peter Nolden and his beautiful 17th century thatched roof country cottage!  The house is located outside of Hamburg in Schleswig-Holstein, just off the North Sea in an area where my Grandmother grew up. The interior design is Scandinavian.  The website is in German, but you don’t need to read German to click pictures!! Check out the slideshow here! 

Peter Nolden's German Country Estate


I was out shopping this weekend and found these cute hexagonal honey soaps!  They are made in Switzerland and smell wonderful! I bought one to put in my linen closet.   Do you do that?  It’s a nice way to keep your linen smelling fresh – just place a little hand soap in between the pillow cases and it will keep your linen smelling nice until you’re ready to use the sheets.  The only place I could find that sells it is here.

My other favorite soap to put in between my linens is Pre de Provence’s Verbena soap. I buy these tiny hand soaps and put them in between lots of linens!

Honigseife from Berner Overland - honey soap from Switzerland

Favorite Instagram

The flower I’m loving the most right now are these unique daffodils.  I love the double petals ones but even more I love the PINK ones! This coming Fall I’ll have to remind myself to order some of the special varieties of bulbs! Anyway, this IGer, FloretFlower has the prettiest IGs of flowers. You all have got to follow her! I feature my favorite IG of the week on my IG as well!! Follow along


Well, this past Easter weekend we worked on the garden.  We planted three different varieties of strawberries, tomatoes, jalapeños, poblano peppers, serrano peppers, zucchini, squash, green beans, corn, spinach, romaine lettuce, mixed greens, basil, cilantro… and a few others I can’t remember.  Most of them are from seed.  I love watching the plants grow! It’s amazing they grow so big from one tiny little seed!

From the Blog

I am sharing with you one of my favorite posts… it’s about tulipieres!  Here is my tulipiere made by Juliska. I just love it!!  I love that it makes such a statement with flowers!  Read the post here.

Juliska Country Estate tulipiere with Astier de Villate bud vases at Peonies and Orange Blossoms

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  1. April 1, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    Do you put the soap between towels ever? My linen closet smells weird – our house is on the newer side and for some reason that ONE closet smells funky. I've tried so many different things and nothing works!

    Stopping over from the linkup. Hope you can hop by my blog as well. Have an awesome weekend!

    • April 1, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      I have put them in between towels too! Also another trick is putting dryer sheets in between linens. I personally just like the smell of little French soaps better!

  2. April 26, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    Hi…was just reading this today (April 26), and my great-great grandparents on my mother's side are from the same place in Germany!! I've never checked out the area on Google, but I will. For some dumb reason, it never occurred to me to do that. Love your bogs.