there’s no place like home

before even more time passes, i wanted to share an adorable post we shot in early March. look at my nails! don’t they look fantastic?! oh, for the good old days that were literally only weeks ago. but i digress. many of you know that my oldest son alex and his wife kelly, relocated to Athens last summer. how lucky am i to have my kiddos live in the same city? their new home is situated a mere ten minutes from my house on a quaint cul-de-sac, so it’s an easy drive to bop over for dinner and vice versa. but before their move-in date came to fruition, an entire house renovation began right before Thanksgiving that finished on-time but maybe not quite on budget. there are always blips and bumps along the way because one never knows what they’ll find once the studs are exposed. 

but when it was time to unveil the finished house and unpack the boxes that sat in storage for months i was on hand ready to welcome the couple to their new (old) home. is there anything more satisfying than moving into a house that you helped design? in the next few months, we’ll share more before and after photos of the renovation room-by-room. but today, or should i say early March, it was time to welcome the happy couple to their new home.

gift baskets are an easy gift to give as you can tailor the basket to the occasion. and what’s better than a bottle of wine, cheese, crackers, and chocolates when the fridge hasn’t been stocked? or even if it has, there’s always room in the kitchen for a few more treats. this basket is from 1-800-Flowers. it’s the perfect online choice, especially these days with shopping expeditions curtailed. there are so many wonderful gift baskets to choose from as well as flowers or plants. 

one of my favorite design elements of alex and kelly’s new home is the front door. its massive but oh so welcoming.

the happy new home owner.

a gift basket is such an easy way to remember someone special or celebrate a special event. 

let’s wish alex and kelly many years of happiness in their new home!


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  1. Leslie Alexander wrote:

    I would like to know where to find the great jacket you are wearing.

    Posted 5.11.20
  2. Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth, Wishing Alex and Kelly health and happiness in their new home, and may they create many happy memories as they go along xoxo Julie from England

    Posted 5.11.20
  3. Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

    Count wishes and blessings from me with yours and those of fellow blog sisters. Such joy to see one’s children go forth in life! There’s the mother-child love beaming from your faces while looking at one another in these pics. How timely, this day after Mother’s Day! Love the abundant light coming into the house. Love the door, too!~

    Posted 5.11.20
  4. Andrea wrote:

    Oh Beth, how precious 💕. I just love seeing you and your boys. The affection on both of your faces brings light into the world…so badly needed right now. Love conquers all…🥂

    Posted 5.11.20
  5. Margaret Daniel wrote:

    This caught my eye! I love this basket! It also brings back those heady memories of going out to visit friends and family.

    Posted 5.11.20
  6. Congratulations you guys, wishing you many, many years to joy in your new home.

    Posted 5.11.20
  7. Evelyn Pope wrote:

    Hello Beth
    I have followed you for awhile now, but have never taken the time to write. I am so fortunate to have four sisters; however, in finding your blog, I felt I had found another sister and kindred spirit. I admire your style, your positive attitude and your courage. We seem to have a very similar sense of style and design, as I sometimes see design elements in your home or articles of clothing in your ootd that I also own.
    I wish you every success as you continue to blog, as well as peace and blessings to you and your family!

    Posted 5.11.20
  8. Maria B wrote:

    Oh, my poor nails! First place I’ll be going? To my manicurist! I know – not a big deal, but it is the small things I do for me that mean so much.

    Love the pix of you and your son!!

    Posted 5.11.20
  9. jackie wrote:

    Lovely gift and such a wonderful thing to have them nearby…….. Hope that all works well for them in their home…… Gosh looking lovely as usual. Best wises from the sub tropics in Australia

    Posted 5.11.20
  10. Miss Diane wrote:

    How I envy you to be able to be with your sons on Mother’s day! Here in Montreal we cannot because Covid 19 is very contagious and we cannot get any visitors in our condo building. Happily we have Facebook and the telephone.

    Posted 5.12.20
  11. MollIe M. wrote:

    Congratulations on your son and daughter in law’s new home. Such a great welcome gift for them. You both look so happy. I enjoy your your posts so much each day Beth.

    Posted 5.12.20
    • Diane Sargent wrote:

      2 things…nails & hair !
      I have a short layered desperation I bought a pair of “ scissors for cutting hair “ on amazon, Japanese made very sharp, used 2 mirrors, very awkward & hard to do, but cut 1 & 1/2 “ off. Never ever thought I’d do this.
      Then nails, I have the powder nails, very strong, but growing them out now is just awful. They don’t file easily, and using nail clippers causes them to crack. Not sure I will return to this when life goes back to normal

      Posted 5.12.20
  12. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    Congratulations on the new home! It looks beautiful. I love a gift basket–so useful for so many occasions, and always welcome. May you be very happy in your new digs.

    Posted 5.12.20
  13. Gwen Marie Ewing wrote:

    Lovely post, lovely son!

    Posted 5.14.20

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