Behind the design...

Lot's of work going on in Alabama...Exterior lighting is being installed...it reflects beautifully off the water at night. 

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Just completed the finish on the garage doors... gas lights to be installed next.

 

 

Beautiful coffered ceiling being finished to match the reclaimed hardwood floors...

Ancient stone arrived from Europe and they have begun installing the back patios.  This stone will grace the driveway all porches and around the pool.  It is simply gorgeous...

Cabinets are being installed...

Interior tile being laid...

Sinks installed...

And so so much more to do.  Keep coming back.  We will keep you posted.  

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G. Spinelli Jewelry Trunk Show...May 5th

We are so excited...Tomorrow Thursday May 5th from 11-4

 we will have G. Spinelli in the store with all kinds of new wonderful designs for Spring.

Please join us for this fabulous Trunk Show Event.  

If you can't come in you can still shop our online site to order 

G. Spinelli Designs with Free Shipping!

In fact you can start shopping online today!

We don't want you to miss a thing...So tomorrow we will be taking pictures of the most outstanding new pieces of jewelry and posting them here on the blog...Instagram...and Facebook.

Just because you live out of town doesn't mean you have to miss this event.

Treat yourself!

 

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Behind The Design...Awesome way to hide the Television

Ok it's the first post in our Behind the Design series.  I think you will like it...We are going to start sharing with you what really goes on behind the scenes.  Little snippets at a time.  

We haven't had the time to do any updates on our Alabama project here on the blog.  If you don't follow us on Facebook or Instagram you should.  We post several images daily because it doesn't take much time...

The image above is the back of the house.  Can you imagine?  So beautiful.

So...We have an awesome hearth room off the kitchen that has absolutely no place to put the television but above the mantel...

We are still under construction...here is the room...

So you are getting our drift...no wall for a television...

So above the fireplace it has to go...

And then...we found this awesome piece and suddenly it didn't matter.  

 

The minute we saw this piece it was love at first site.  So the wheels start turning...where can we use this?

And yes , but of course above the mantel...

Started drawing...I'm not an artist , so don't laugh...

Try to visualize this...the television will be mounted pretty close to the hearth because it will be fairly tall in a room with such tall ceilings.  We will recess the tv into the sheetrock.  Will have to cut and block a few studs.  But then the tv is close to flush with the wall and not sticking out very much.  We do this all the time.  A much prettier installation than just hanging on the wall.  

Then we will install hinged panels over the television to hide it when not viewing.  The image below is a good visual of how that will look and function...

Image via amyhowarddaily.com

Image via amyhowarddaily.com

Is that not awesome...???

Keep that visual because we will as I've drawn...incorporate the old architectural fragment above that piece with panels behind it as well and finish with crown at the top.  

Will be like a complete wood overmantel...just as you see limestone over mantel over stone fireplaces.  

Are you getting it?

A template of the old fragment on the wall so we can figure out all the dimensions and size of television...

 

Our faux artist will finish the entire thing to look exactly like the old fragment.  

Going to be fabulous!! We can't wait to share it with you when its completed.   

What do you think?

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Sunday Supper...One Pot Pasta

It's been a busy weekend in the garden...I love this time of year and have been just dying to get my hands in some dirt...

Excited to finally get the statue above moved from our old house to this one.  Had the perfect spot for her.  

It's hard to believe how much our landscape has grown and matured...

Planted boxwood, ivy, maiden hair fern and white caladiums in the planters on either side of my front door.  

Added pink blooms on the back porch.  

I have a few more pots to plant...It's nice when the landscape gets to the point that not as many annuals are needed because I truly don't have the time to care for them.  

Do you follow us on Instagram?  If you don't you should...We post pics daily of all that we are doing so you get to see a lot of stuff that never makes it to the blog.  We love Instagram and are inspired by the images posted there daily.  

It's where I got the idea for my One Pot Pasta...

I actually follow One Pot Pasta on Instagram...

This was really our Saturday Supper after working in the yard all day.  

Here is what I did...

Sauteed sliced chicken breast in olive oil with Cavenders seasoning and removed from the pan.  

Broke enough whole wheat thin spaghetti in half for 4 servings and put in the pan that the chicken was cooked in.  .

I added around a cup of  halved grape tomatoes, 2 cups of baby spinach, 1/2 sliced onion, 2 minced garlic cloves, a cup of fresh sliced mushrooms,a hand full of fresh torn  basil, a teaspoon of red pepper flakes,and a bit of fresh oregano.  I drizzled a couple tablespoons of olive oil over everything and then covered almost completely with chicken broth.  

Brought the entire thing to a boil for around 8 minutes or until the pasta was cooked eldente.  Then turned down to low...added a bit more spinach just to wilt...salt, pepper and grated parmesan cheese.  

It was awesome...

 

So tasty!  Going to be Sunday Supper leftovers!

You could literally throw anything in this pot...Change up the pasta...add capers, red or yellow bell pepper, black olives...asparagus...

And only one pot to clean...My kind of Sunday Supper!

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