Welcome to Home & Garden Tidbits. This is a collection of everything that caught my eye this past week from renovations to gardens, home decor finds. and more!

Let’s get inspired together!

top down view of faux white tulips in a french urn with plates and utensils below

This last week was crazy! We *finally* got our kitchen electrical fixed after the contractor messed it up so badly that we failed inspection 3 times! But 4th time was the charm and the kitchen finally passed inspection!

We also had a stone restoration company come out to remove the giant scratch made by the contractor. It’s still not back to its original state, but it never will be. But at least it looks a lot better now and I’ll be able to live with it (Well, in time. I’m still mad right now).

We hosted some friends for dinner and it turned out well (at least I think it did). I’m sharing the chicken recipe that I used below. I got it from my mom’s best friend at my bridal shower and it’s one of my favs because it tastes amazing, but also because it can be served cold, allowing me to prepare it in advance!

And because it’s Summer, we decided to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Universal Studios as a family. My son really wanted to take my daughter so we ended up all going.

So that was my week. Now let’s move on to what captured my attention this week!

Home Decor Finds

Since I have to rehang my DIY Intaglios, I thought I might mix in some smaller framed artwork. I’m planning to use these frames (which have 5 stars with 1500 reviews!) and this digital download art!

While I’ve done some planting in the backyard already this year, I still want a new planter for my front porch. I have come across this large planter several times and like it every time I see it. I also love these and have seen them everywhere this year!

I have a friend that gets together every Sunday with two other families for Sunday dinner. I saw this book on Amazon and thought it would make a great hostess gift! Diptyque would also make a great gift. And this is a great idea if you’re having a get together! I actually just ordered it.

Lately I’ve been a bit green obsessed. Olive green to be exact (As a kid of the 70s, I can just see my mom rolling her eyes at me right now!) I ordered a sample of this rug, and really like these pillows! I think these stems would look good in the room, too.

Again, I don’t really focus on beauty finds very much, so if I do, it’s because I really love it. And I really, really love this eye cream! I swear I noticed a difference within 1 day. It says it can be used morning and night, but personally, I don’t recommend wearing it during the day. I found that it messed with my makeup a bit so I like to use it only at bedtime.

Decorating Around the Web

Do you want to take some garden clippings and make a beautiful arrangement? Check out these 3 important

I’ve loved watching Drew Scott transform his home and his Spanish dining room came out beautiful! Those chairs….!

I’ve been thinking of adding some green to my home and loved this review of green paint colors shared by Alisa.

My yard has so much clay in it that container gardening is often my go-to solution when I want to spruce things up. Here are some fun container gardening tips from Ann.

Instagram Inspiration

1. @katlawtoninteriors -I can’t even with all of these charming details! Scroll through to see more of the house.

2. @houseofhargrove – And speaking of details, Elaine points out some beautiful details that she included in her home to give it charm and character.

3. @beckiowens – I love everything about this house: the rock, the beams, the windows…And wait until you see the pantry!

4. @murpheybeckerartI would have never thought of mixing orchids and peonies but it turned out beautiful! And that little (or not so little) dog…!

5. @pupsta_gram Well hello, gorgeous! This property is for sale in the Hollywood Hills and every detail is beyond stunning!

Random Tidbits

I’m a bit obsessed with a Frenchie named Walter that I came across on Instagram. His cry is absolutely horrible, but also mesmerizing. Listen if you dare

And here’s the chicken recipe that I promised:

Sharon's Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 3-4 pounds chicken, patted dry (or 5 lbs boneless skinless)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 green onions (green only) cut into 1/2" pieces


  1. Whisk all ingredients together and pour over chicken in a roasting pan (or place in gallon Ziploc bag)
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight to marinate, turning once.
  3. Preheat oven to 375F
  4. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes per side, brushing occasionally with sauce
  5. Check that chicken reaches cooked temperature of at least 165F
  6. Serve chicken hot over white rice OR serve cold for lunch or at a picnic

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1060Total Fat: 63gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 40gCholesterol: 426mgSodium: 1596mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 111g

And if you missed this week’s new post, I some of my favorite kitchen cabinet storage ideas!

Until next time!

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