March 5, 2015

Share Your Style Link Party #3

Hi Everyone! 
To those of you who don't know me my name is Barbara and I am from a little part of the blogosphere known as 

I just may need to pinch myself because I cannot believe I am hosting the third 
Share Your Style link party.

This my very first time EVER as a party host, so I want you all to know that am really excited to be here.

I hope you'll take a moment to drop by and get to know
the other fabulous hosts of Share Your Style:

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here   
Debra @ Common Ground 

 I also want to invite you to stop by and visit me over at 21 Rosemary Lane, where the door is always open to old and new friends alike. And I certainly would be thrilled if you decided to follow me too.

Just to give to you an idea of what my style is here at 21RL, this is a post I shared last week.

(click here to see the post in its entirety)

Thank you so much for coming by to party with us again this week. I have to tell you that I was completely blown away by all of the incredible talent linked up to 
Share Your Style #2.

It was a tough job picking out my faves, but since I had to narrow it down to just a few here are the links which really caught my eye!

Home is Where the Boat Is  shared this darling potting shed which is being featured in the current issue of Flea Market Gardens Magazine

Oh how I long for a potting shed to play around in, and this is the shed I'd certainly love to have! 

Next up is an incredible china hutch transformation by Kris of Junk Chic Cottage. It is literally jaw "droppingly" gorgeous! You simply must stop by to see what this cabinet looked like before Kris performed on it her own special magic!

And who doesn't love incredible flea market finds? This stunning flea market vanity makeover is by D.D.'s Cottage and Design. I adore the soft aqua color with the pretty gold gilding, and she really knocked it out of the park by paring it with a beautiful gold framed mirror and those fabulous pink tulips!

I have always been a huge fan of any recipe which includes shrimp, so when I came across this spicy twist on shrimp scampi by Jas of the blog All That JasI totally flipped! 

Have you ever tried to define your own personal design style in a word or two? Well Heather from the blog Southern State of Mind has and her style is what she likes to call Preppy Eclectic! Stop by Heather's blog to find out just what Preppy Eclectic is, I think you will like both her definition and her style!

And those are my features for this week. I sure hope I did OK choosing ones you will enjoy checking out! If your style was featured, please make sure to take along our little party gift before you go.

21 Rosemary Lane


March 3, 2015

Healthy Red Quinoa Salad with Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Spring is just around the corner and then before you know we are going to be in...I know...don't say it...but I have to because it is true...


Yes in just about 3 months it will be time to bare our bodies and slip into the old bathing suit! Yikes! 
So in an effort to fight the battle of the bulge, I am streamlining my diet to include a ton more veggies and grains like Quinoa, Farro, gluten free pastas in addition to loads of lemon water. Unfortunately I am not familiar with these new grains so I need to find recipes which include them. The other day I came across this recipe over at for a spicy grilled shrimp and quinoa salad which also had a lot of ingredients I normally enjoy! Pretty simple to make, you just need to be a patient because the quinoa does take a little while to cook.


1/4 cup fresh lime juice, divided
10 teaspoon olive oil, divided 
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 
1/8 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
garlic cloves, chopped and divided
24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 pound) 
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup chopped onion 
1 cup water 
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon honey 
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 
1/2 cup diced peeled avocado 
1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled 
Cooking spray 
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Believe it or not I had every ingredient in the HOUSE! 

Combine 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, black pepper, hot sauce, paprika, and 2 garlic cloves in a medium bowl. Add shrimp; toss well. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

In the meantime...
Rinse and drain quinoa. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat and then add the onion to pan, sauteing about 3 minutes. Add remaining 2 garlic cloves and quinoa then cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 13 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Cool. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and honey in a large bowl. stir with a whisk. Add quinoa mixture, tomatoes, avocado, cheese and toss gently.

Remove shrimp from bowl and discard marinade. Sprinkle shrimp with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Thread 3 shrimp onto each of 8 (6-inch) skewers. Place skewers on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 2 minutes on each side or until done. 
(Since there is about 15 inches of snow on the ground I decided to forgo the outside grill and used my old George Forman to cook my shrimp.)

Divide the salad up onto 4 plates and then top with the skewed shrimp and fresh cilantro!

I think this recipe would be equally as yummy with a nice piece of grilled salmon too.
So eat healthy and enjoy!!!

Don't forget to stop back on Wednesday evening to link up to 


February 28, 2015

Adding a Little Spring to the Foyer ~ Foyer Vignette

As you know I have been looking to change up things in our entry foyer, so in addition to the new paint colors I also switched out the furniture. This is what it looked like right after Christmas.

Not bad but I wanted a larger piece of furniture against the wall and I have been chomping at the bit for a lamp in the entry. So I brought the buffet I had in the kitchen out to the foyer to replace the cedar chest. 

Then yesterday I purchased a new mirror at the Christmas Tree Shop for only $50! I really like the contrast of the dark frame against the neutral wall and it seems to give the entire vignette a new energy! (Not forgetting to mention that one of my many weak spots is that I am a sucker for mirrors which parody windows.) Another reason why the black frame works for me is because it ties together the black of both the stairway carpeting and entry's runner. 

Now using your imagination, add a wrought iron and wood banister to the steps. Nice right? Just waiting on Mr. RL to get moving on that project! (Love you honey!)

 I also stopped by Michael's craft store the other day and picked up some new spring flowers to place in my giant pitcher. I like to switch out the bouquet for each season.

A collection of books along with a little thrift store picture replaced the plates on the small shelf above the mirror, helps to balance out the weight of the buffet and strong mirror frame.

A few baskets fill in the space under the buffet.

Yippee almost there!!! 

I have to admit that I am really thrilled with the foyer's new look and feel. I am thinking about adding a sconce to the wall at the stairway's landing, and possibly more family or vacation pics going up the stairs. But that may just have to wait until I get my new banister so I have a better idea of what to choose with regard to the style of the sconce and picture frames. 

Here's hoping spring is a lot closer to getting here than how it looks outside right now. 

And wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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February 26, 2015

Share Your Style Link Party #2

Hello all you party animals
 and welcome back to another Share Your Style link party! 

We are thrilled you came back this week to party with us. Our host this week is the wonderfully creative Debra of the popular blog
Common Ground
There were some amazing link ups from our first party and Debra has chosen a few beautiful feature selections to share with you this week. So scroll on down and check them out. If you have been featured please make sure to grab a feature button to show off on your sidebar before you leave the party.

21 Rosemary Lane

Now take it away Debra and party on!



Hello Everyone, it's Debra From Common Ground, and I 'm this week's host for Share Your Style #2. What a great turnout we had for last week's opening of 
Share Your Style! 
A big thank you goes out to each and every one of you who joined in to make it such a success. I'm super excited to be hosting this week, it's been so much fun for me to get a chance to visit your great links, meeting some new people, and seeing all the wonderful creativity out here.

I hope you'll drop by and get to know
the other hosts of Share Your Style:

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here   
Debra @ Common Ground 

And I'd love for you to come by and visit my blog, Common Ground.
 Here's a sample of things I shared last week:

There were so many amazing links last week
 that I had a hard time narrowing it down to just a few features. 
But here goes...

Looking like it came out of a magazine layout,
this French Country Mantel from Pamela
 at From My Front Porch to Yours has the perfect balance.

I've oogled this Ticking Stripe Ottoman Redo 
from Cindy at Beaux Reves, all week!

I'm lovin' this wonderful plate display
 from Shelia from Note Songs;

Rustic and Refined Grain Sack Chair from Susan at Simply Stone Creek,
 shows a beautiful alternative to white or gray paint
 with this wonderful deep, rich, black accent.

I'm ready for an amazing Spring Wreath DIY  
from Ramon at Row House Blog.

And Amy from Ms.Toody Goo Shoes 
gave us a yummy and good for you too, snack:

Thanks so much you all!!

Hope you'll join in with all your decor,
 vintage, DIY, tablescapes, creations and yummies...
anything STYLE related.
Please have a link back within your specific post
 and visit a few new-to-you links for some great inspiration!


   OK, let's have some fun and get started!

    An InLinkz Link-up

February 23, 2015

Looking for Some Inspiration for Our Foyer

As I have shared with you a couple weeks ago, I was and still am in the throws of painting our entry foyer. So of course with new paint in a space comes...

yes you know it and so do I...

A NEW FURNITURE ARRANGEMENT the purchase of a few other new items. So I have been perusing the Internet, Google Images being my favorite way to go, looking for some much needed inspiration. I had fun checking out the many beautiful foyer ideas, so I thought I'd share with you a few that really caught my eye.

Here we go in no particular order...

I just adore the cozy feel of this first pic from Southern Living. 
(I can imagine the palms outside that little window swaying away in a warm gentle southern breeze.)

And I am really crushing on this wood and iron railing. Thinking that maybe just what is needed on our staircase. Isn't it pretty?

This next entry is cozy as can be and wonderfully charming.

Vanessa from the blog At the Picket Fence, shows off her elegant foyer. She strikes the perfect balance between wall art and furnishings.

You know the saying...Go Big or Go Home
This is not the entry to the home, excuse me, mansion, it is actually on the second floor, however it very well could be a foyer. This is the Blairsden Mansion, one of the largest privately owned homes in the country, located in Peapack-Gladstone NJ. I went on a tour of this magnificent place last May. If you would like to see the entire mansion tour just click here.

And now for something really striking! (Or should I say "Striping"?)

This next foyer is my hands down favorite. I love the architectural detail of the walls, ceiling and doorway casings, which seems to render this space absolutely timeless!


And who doesn't adore StoneGable farmhouse? Yvonne has the most amazing style and her entry is simply stunning! Don't you love her new chair? I'd want to park myself in that chair for hours just to sit and admire her lovely farmhouse inspired home.


Here's another entry idea from Pottery Barn. I've recently noticed that I am drawn to the idea and look of gallery walls. To me they tell a story.

And finally this last entry, which is way way way out of my reach, I had to share because I think it is just beautiful!


So there you have it! Some wonderful inspiration for me to mull over in my mind. I do have a few ideas of what I'd like to do in our foyer, I just need to play around with them over the next few days. But in the meantime, I am wishing you all a very happy last week of February! 

Come on SPRING!


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