Summer at the Biltmore Gardens

Earlier this spring in April, I got the chance to see the Biltmore gardens dressed in their spring blooms of tulips and I knew that the garden would have to change with each season.  And of course, summer brings even more breath-taking flowers and colors at Biltmore gardens.  The Biltmore folks sent me some beautiful pics showcasing the beautiful blooms of summer at the Biltmore estate, so I wanted to share these gorgeous pics with you.

Enjoy and if you get the chance to visit in person, definitely go!  It’s such a beautiful and historical house that nothing else can rival here in the U.S.

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Carriage rides through the grounds of Biltmore.



Italian garden at Biltmore.


The sunflowers….oh how glorious are the sunflowers!

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Can you imagine this sight?

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Inside the walled garden is an explosion of color.  I got to see the tulips in bloom, but wow, are the summer blooms spectacular.


So pretty!

Have you been to the Biltmore in summer?  I must go back and visit again!


If you are in the Atlanta area and free this Saturday, July 26th, we need your help!  We are doing a build day with Habitat for Humanity and Hands of Haven and need to add more people to our crew that day.  It will be from 8-4 and we will be finishing up some final details in the home, preparing for the homeowner to move in.  So, it won’t be really strenuous chores, but painting and things like that.  Let me know if you can help and I’ll give you all the details.  The house is right here in Atlanta. 

Making Homemade Salsa


With the fresh tomatoes rolling in right now from my dad’s garden, we have an abundance of those red, ripe juicy fruits of summer at this time.  Homemade salsa is absolutely one of my fave things to make and I wouldn’t even attempt making it without home grown tomatoes.  There’s nothing fresher and tastier this time of year! I searched online for a good recipe and had an idea of the ingredients … Read More»

Feature Friday: Our Vintage Home Love


There is a never ending supply of beautiful homes in blogland, all styles and tastes.  Today’s feature is Diana with Our Vintage Home Love.  She and her family live in a house built in 1905, quaint and charming, just as you’d expect from a Craftsman exterior such as this.  Come along for a fun tour of Diana’s home, I think you’ll enjoy her vintage style! Is this not just adorable?  I love … Read More»

Dad’s 87th Birthday


My sweet daddy turned 87 on the 14th of July.  We had a party last year, but this year it was more low key and mom fixed a nice meal of his favorite fresh veggies from the garden and me and my sister came over to celebrate with them.  I had just finished Haven, my sister went to the beach last week and my parents had been up at their mountain house, so we all hadn’t seen each other in a week or … Read More»

Haven Conference 2014: Part 2


Back today with the 2nd part of the Haven Conference.  It takes us days to catch up on sleep and I just might be getting back to normal right now.  It’s amazing how a conference like this will wipe you out.  Heavy planning for 6 months is required to pull this all off and then it’s countdown til the day arrives and Haven begins.  Our team arrived on Wednesday and we were geared up for being busy … Read More»

Haven Conference 2014: Part 1


It really is hard to believe that this Haven Conference that we started talking about over 3 years ago is now in it’s 3rd year here in Atlanta.  It’s been an amazing journey, creating a blog conference for attendees and sponsors to come together, meet and collaborate, and a place to learn more about blogging topics too.  The home/DIY blogging niche has literally exploded in the last couple of … Read More»

At Home in Homewood, AL


While I was over in Birmingham recently, one of the shops we visited on our whirlwind day was one of my faves from when I lived over there.  At Home is a beautiful home décor store in the heart of Homewood, Alabama, a cute little town full of shopping and restaurants.  I loved this quaint area and it was always a great place to browse and meet up with girlfriends for shopping. The shop is chock … Read More»

Feature Friday: Sita Montgomery Interiors


Another blogger and designer that I’ve met online over the years and admired her work is Sita Montgomery with Sita Montgomery Interiors.  A Utah mom of 3, Sita was in the pharmaceutical industry when she had her first child and decided to stay home. That was when her interest and love of interior design began and she then started a successful business as a designer, helping others with their … Read More»

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