I have to admit that autumn is my favorite season. But summer is second and the change from cold weather to warm can be a great time to refresh the decor in your home. I like to add pops of color with accessories. They are typically not expensive and they are easy to execute. Maybe some of these ideas can work for your home.

Live plants in bright cache pots add healthy oxygen to the air and beauty.

Dried flowers can also add color and texture and ironically they don’t seem to collect much dust. Brightly hued glass bottles can add shine with the color. These can be found in many places, like TJ Maxx, Meijers, Michaels, Hobby Lobby for very little cash.

Throw blankets or quilts are useful eye candies. Just keep the weight of the fabric in mind when choosing a textile to drape over your bed or sofa. I have recently seen an all-season wool which had an element of shine. Bamboo is a new trend for throws and blankets. It is lightweight and made of easily renewed sources.

Accent rugs can be changed with ease and they add personality to utilitarian spaces.

Candles add color and a fresh scent if you choose ones with perfume or natural aromas.

Colorful dish towels add zest to the kitchen. And if you have an open floor plan they might even connect colors from the kitchen to the adjoining spaces.

I hope one or more of these ideas will help you brighten your space.

Happy Almost Summer! Home-ista Kelly

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May 11, 2012

I like butter. It makes things taste better.

Last year I came across a dish that allows me to have softened butter for toast or dinner rolls, right when I want it.

Made by Silvermark, the porcelain server has three parts. Two are familiar; they include the dish where you place the butter and the lid that covers the dish. The last piece holds cold water and the butter dish sits inside of it.

Porcelain Butter Dish

Want proof that this dish is the bomb? My mom was visiting and said she wanted a set for her house. (Of course, I ordered one for her.)

The dish can sit right out on the counter, just refresh with cool water on warm days.

One more thing about butter – many people say that butter is not good for you. But of the alternatives, butter intuitively seems better, if for no other reason than it was created naturally as food, by God.  Rather than the man-made margarine.

The book “What the Bible says about Healthy Living” by Dr. Rex Russell talks about butter. It includes the following statement on page 222 of the second edition (2006). “Butter is a saturated fatty acid and contains cholesterol, a fact that has resulted in butter’s being condemned by most nutritionists. However, butter is a good food, when eaten in moderation. Butter does not raise cholesterol level or harmful fats in the blood. Both olive oil and butter are digested by humans in a way similar to the way complex carbohydrates are digested. Complex carbohydrates are also healthful.”

The butter boat can be found at specialty cookware stores and online. I got mine at chefscatalog.com.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Mother’s Day-

Home-ista Kelly