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Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly 72

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I hope you had a great week!

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What a week it was!

We had beyond gorgeous weather here in New Jersey.

I was able to get a few gardens spruced up and even have some new blooms!

Daffodils, crocuses, hellebores are the first to start flowering here and it’s wonderful to see them.

I’m having a lot of fun watching what comes up here.

And the dogs and I spend all day moving from garden room to garden room.

The zen garden is our new favorite spot!

I’ll be working on this more as the weather gets warmer.

This will be the haven for my houseplants and potted flowers.

I can’t wait until the weather remains warm.

hanging out in the zen garden with the dogs

Family Life

My older two have been on spring break all week so I’m feeling a little unsettled while they travel around.

Kenzie just returned from a week in Cancun and I was really nervous about her being out of the country right now.

And Shana had a blast in Fort Lauderdale too.

But both are safely back at school so I am feeling a little more at ease.

Garden blogger STacy Ling in Vermont

Last weekend, we spent some time in Vermont with my brother-in-law’s family and had so much fun!

We had a good snowstorm up there when they arrived from Florida so at least they got to see some fresh snow when they arrived.

The family went skiing, antiquing and went out to dinner a few times.

It was a great weekend!

Garden blogger Stacy Ling and Christopher D. Ling AIA at the Last Chair in West Dover, Vermont

In the Garden

With the warmer weather this week, I spent some time cutting back the hellebores and cleaning out some of the beds.

We also cut back that Chinese silver grass so the formal garden looks much neater now as well.

Everything looks so good right now.

And signs of spring have arrived!

Sweet Pea seedlings in the sunroom

I had a few sweet pea seedlings germinate but for the most part, they didn’t. Not sure why but it happens. At least I have a few.

When we returned from Vermont, I got busy sowing my larkspur and snapdragon seeds.

They are all under the lights now and my fingers are crossed they germinate!

Sowing seeds indoors in the sunroom

Home Renovation Update

We started painting the family room!!!

OMG it already looks better.

Much like the sunroom renovation, you can see the outside gardens so much better now.

I can’t wait to see it completely painted.

There’s more than painting that we want to do in here long term.

But for now, I’ll take just lightening it up.

Family room renovation is underway - bye bye faux finish

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

I’ve been preparing for the Video Haven conference in Texas – it’s going to be a great chat!

If you are coming I can’t wait to meet you there.

We went thrifting this week HERE and I shared some of my favorite finds, plus what I bought!

As an aside, I’m loving the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Manville, New Jersey – they really have great stuff!

thrifted fireplace surround at the thrift store with my table for easter brunch in the dining room with fresh flowers on the dining table

Since I’m preparing for Easter, I shared this totally gorgeous centerpiece that I made from grocery store flowers.

This flower arrangement is HUGE and it was a total bargain.

I think it cost me like $45 to make!

Want to learn how to make your own?

You can see how I made it HERE.

how to arrange flowers

I shared all the things that I’m shopping for this week for our new home.

This week, I’m focusing on the zen garden in the backyard.

Wait until you see what I’m shopping for HERE.

outdoor furniture and zen garden decor

I also shared a super simple and delicious recipe that can be served as an appetizer or meal.

This recipe is perfect for a casual Friday night paired with your favorite white wine.

CLICK HERE to see what I’m making!

And I’m also serving it as part of an Easter brunch menu.

adding balsamic glaze to caramelized pear flatbread recipe

Want to see a sneak peak of my Easter brunch table I’m sharing later this week?

The table looks SO pretty.

CLICK HERE.

how to arrange flowers from the market

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

My good friend Kristin from White Arrows Home shared her thrifted mix and match decorating style with vintage dishes.

Gah!

I’m swooning. I love it!

Last weekend, we went antiquing in Vermont and I found so many great ones it was hard to just by some!

With all of my thrifting trips lately, I’m loving the way my good friend Natalie from Vintage Porch refinished this horse statue!

We found a few interesting statues that I could TOTALLY do this on.

Wait until you see what this horse looked like before!

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

Love THESE tips for decorating with blue and white.

THIS DIY to keep your rugs from slipping.

THESE thrifted spring entry table decorating tips.

I really enjoyed going shopping for vintage garden decor HERE.

THIS super fresh dinner idea.

THIS simple wreath idea.

And THIS easy Pottery Barn Statue dupe.

Relaxing by the Koi pond in my zen garden

Thank you so much for following along.

Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

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6 Comments

  1. Stacy,
    I’m loving your gardens and can’t wait to see what you do with each of them. Thanks for sharing my post this week.

  2. I don’t blame you for being nervous about traveling outside the Country right now.

    Happy everyone’s safe and home.

    Thank you for sharing my wreath. I love it so much

  3. I am so glad to hear that the weather has been cooperating and you have been out and about enjoying your gardens Stacy. Loved seeing Natalie’s horse makeover! So stage about the sweet peas. I shared over in my stories on Instagram today that I just found 2 new seedlings that popped up after almost 2 months! How does that happen? Have a great week my friend. Thanks for sharing my vintage garden decor post.

    1. I still have those sweet peas under the lights – we’ll see! I’ll leave them be and see what happens. I have a few more to sow from Johnny’s that didn’t need to be sowed quite as early. xo