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Setting the Scene for Spring

I’m going to be honest with you — I’m not ready for temperatures in the 80s.

And if it has to be hot and humid in April, I’m going to need someone to get me to the coast ASAP.

But here we are.


Birds chirping away.

Rain and humidity.

Bees angrily hovering over me as I water patio plants.

Pollen rapidly recreating the Dirty Thirties.

My hydrangea begging to be watered 4 times a day.

Springtime //

All that complaining aside, I’m so excited to share my latest Target finds with you! Our patio furniture desperately needed new cushions and some pops of color, so here’s what I decided on for the front porch.

Target's Threshold Patio Cushions and Pillows //

I’m playing up the coastal colors, since our home’s exterior paint is (to me, at least) reminiscent of a Caribbean cottage! Still working on arranging plants and things, so I’ll share more photos soon. After all, I’m just dying to show you our bright yellow front door all over again.

The herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, sage, and cilantro) are all doing well — trying my best to keep them watered in this heat.

Herb markers from Target! //

I hung out with my Mom earlier in the week and she whipped up a delicious (and simple!) warm spinach salad with quinoa, broiled shiitake mushrooms, and crumbled feta. The dressing was a classic mix of olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and cracked black pepper. So good!

Warm Spinach Salad with Quinoa, Broiled Shiitake Mushrooms, and Feta //

In other news, our wedding is featured on Chatter, the Fearrington Village blog!

Click the link above to read all about how we met, our romantic engagement, the wedding day festivities, and how much Fearrington means to us both.

xo Cassie


  1. Mom told me about the salad – it does look good!
    The front porch looks awesome – love the ‘crabby cushion’!
    You’re way ahead of me with outdoor decor – we’re still trying to get up dead leaves from the beds, however the lawn is looking gorgeous! Will try to get some stuff done this weekend but, as we’re leaving soon, I may not complete everything!

    I had a procedure today which took 3 days of prep – feeling a bit weak still but hopefully tomorrow will be good!
    If you’re still heading to D.C. have a fabulous time. Yes, much too warm here and we have no a/c working – hoping our guy comes by soon and that’s it’s just freon required!

    Love and hugs to you both – xoxoxoxox

    • Cassandra

      April 10, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Ugh, no A/C! I’m sorry. Yes, the crab cushion was far too cute to pass up! On the road to D.C. now (Rich behind the wheel!) and looking forward to cherry blossoms and quality time with Patrick and Michelle. xx

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