Thursday, August 18, 2016

~Transitioning Decor Between Seasons~

Happy Thursday! Hope you've had a great week so far! We are experiencing some abnormally 'cool' and rainy weather, with highs only in the upper 70's.  Weather like this has me in the mood for Fall.  I have been using these dreary days to do some deep cleaning. Of course, with deep cleaning, comes the desire to transition some of my decor for late Summer, in anticipation of Fall. While I am not ready to pull out the true fall decor, I have put away a lot of my Spring/Summer decor.

Throws and Pillows:

One of the things that I like to use are faux fur pillows and throws. These are actually becoming quite popular to use year 'round, especially with the popularity of chic, glam decor right now. I have paired an oversized faux fur pillow with a small leopard accent pillow, along with my favorite leather fringed pouf pillow.

Fresh flowers:

During the Spring and Summer, I have used lots of white and pink flowers. Yesterday, I was so excited to see these orange roses. They provided a perfect pop of transitional color to the family room coffee table. Sunflowers are another favorite for this time of year.

Scented candles:

On one of our really dreary days, my daughter and I went to Bath and Body Works, to stock up on the new fall candles, that we like to burn on a daily basis. While we picked up some in the traditional fall scents, we also picked up some that are quite transitional. For the past couple of days, we have been enjoying 'Marshmallow Fireside'. It doesn't scream, "Fall".  It just gives the home a very warm and welcoming scent.

I've also spent a little bit of time adding some new desk accents. I shared this image on Instagram last week. (Be sure to follow me there, as well. I often post things that may not appear here on the blog.)

I love the crisp look of black and white stripes, with that 'pop' of pink!

What about you? Are you gearing up for Fall?
I'd love to hear how and if you transition your decor!
Thanks so much for stopping by today !
Happy Decorating!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

~New Use for Candle Jar DIY~

Happy Thursday, everyone! The weekend is almost here!

Today, I’m spending some time cleaning and reorganizing my vanity; and one of those little light bulbs went off in my head.
Do you upcycle your candle jars? I’ve seen several tutorials for upcycling Bath and Body Works candle jars. These jars provide great vanity storage for cotton balls, cotton swabs and more. However, I thought I would add a little pizazz to mine.

First, I placed the jar in the freezer for a few hours to harden the remaining wax. Once hardened, tap the wax with a butter knife. It should crack; and the pieces will pop out easily. (Be sure to save your remaining wax for use in your warmers. It’s great for that!)
Allow the jar to return to room temperature, and wash out any remaining residue in hot, soapy water and wipe dry.

Now, fill the jar with whatever you desire.

Now, comes the fun part! Add your personal touch by adhering an accent of your choice to the lid. I decided to use vintage brooches from one of my local thrift stores.
You can pick these up for next to nothing. Just remove the pin from the back and glue the brooch to the jar lid. My favorite adhesive for jobs like this is E6000.  (Unlike hot glue, this stuff dries like cement!) Allow the adhesive to dry overnight.

The next day, you will have a beautiful new vanity storage jar!

How cool is that?

Well, that’s it for today. Hope you’re having an awesome week!
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

~Kinsley Armelle~

Happy Tuesday!! Hope your week is off to a great start! While I love home decor and entertaining, I also love fashion and beauty. So, I also want to share fabulous finds that I think you may be interested in. This is one of those instances. While hanging out on Instagram, I discovered an amazing Texas-based jewelry company, 
Kinsley Armelle.

"Quality jewelry with a custom hand made look.  Unique designs at a realistic price point.  Distinguishable among all others.  These were a few of our goals when we started manufacturing Kinsley Armelle earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings.  We believe that beautiful, custom jewelry can be great quality and our mission is to prove it to you.
Order Kinsley Armelle in confidence and feel the difference yourself.  We love making you beautiful, and we hope you feel that when wearing our jewelry. 
We are located in the heart of Texas, where country meets chic.  Some say our designs are an elegant and sophisticated take on bohemian culture; they are sure to amaze you in person."

My first purchase was the "Tranquility" bracelet stack. I was in "arm candy" heaven!
I wore these this past weekend and received a ton of compliments!

The gorgeous gemstones are such an elegant touch and the druzy effect gives the perfect amount of bling! There are also coordinating necklaces, earrings and rings! I was so impressed that I placed another order for several more pieces!

If you like the look of natural gemstones and bling, pop on over and take a peek at the site:
Kinsley Armelle

Be sure to use the PROMO code
for your purchases!

The jewelry is so'll definitely want to purchase several pieces!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Have a great day!!

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Monday, July 18, 2016

~Louisiana Memories~

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

While here, in Louisiana, I love to drive around to look at my favorite old houses, to see how they have evolved over the years. I shared this one on my instagram last week, as my all-time favorite, since childhood. 

I have always loved the setting of this home, with its stately columns and large wraparound porches.
The huge crepe myrtles are in full bloom; and everything is so lush and green.
This was just a quick snap with my iPhone; so, it's not the best quality. (I felt like such a stalker!)

I really like this home, also. It's the Lewis House, which is now a Victorian Bed and Breakfast.

The 2005 Southern Living Idea House was also located here...

This building is City Hall. It also houses the Civic Center, in the back, where Dear Hubby and I got married 26 years ago, in front of 300 of our closest friends and! We also had our reception here. It has not changed a bit.

I am really enjoying my time here. Last week, I introduced you to daughter #2, as she celebrated her 22nd birthday. This week, it's all about Daughter #1.

This will be a busy week of packing, as she prepares to make her move back home. She is leaving her current job as a Critical Care registered nurse, to begin her dream job in ICU.  I shared with you, in a previous post, the purchases we've already made for her new place.

The rug...

The ottoman...

The counter stools...

And some of her accessories...

Since that time, her living room furniture has been delivered. We just need to swap out the pillows, that came with the sofa, for something more chic...with fluff, bling and pops of color.

I also located her coffee/end tables, to be picked up next week. They are octagonal in shape, but the bases are similar in design to this...

We are also looking at some canvas artwork to incorporate. She really liked these...

I'm also envisioning some pops of orange...

So, we are full steam ahead now. I hope to have more to share with you soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I may not be posting for the next few days; but, I will be popping in to see what you're sharing!

Wishing you a great day!!


Thursday, July 14, 2016

~Celebrating In Louisiana~

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Hope you're keeping cool in this hot, humid weather!

Yesterday, I decided to hop across the state line, to visit daughter #2, for her 22nd birthday. We've never spent a birthday apart; and I was not about to start now!

We had a blast eating our way around town! Who could resist these?

We got them while they were HOT!

No trip home is complete without a stop at Southern Maid Donuts!
However, dinner really threw our healthy eating out of the window!

We enjoyed these delicious seafood platters at Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar. The huge shrimp were so fresh; and the jalapeño hush puppies were awesome. The waffle fries and sweet tea were just the icing on the cake! Of course, everything was fried! Lol!

Obviously, we can't eat like this everyday. So, today it was back to salads.

By the way, if you are active on Instagram, feel free to follow my new page there, as well!
That's where I'm spending lots of time these days!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you're having a great day!


Monday, July 11, 2016

~Aesthetic Content Candles~

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend!

If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I have a great love for luxury candles. When Aesthetic Content asked me to give theirs a try, of course, I jumped at the chance! Aesthetic Content is a Dallas-based company; and their products are sold in over 150 boutiques nationwide and internationally. Crafted in the USA, their candles are a cosmetic grade soy wax blend, with clean burning metal-free wicks. They contain no dyes, pesticides, sulfates or parabens; and they are free of major allergens. These room-filling fragrances are derived of fine essential and fragrance oils.

The candles are packaged in a white glass container, with a sustainable cork lid; and they are packaged in a crystal-clear BPA-free gift box. They're beautiful indulgences to give or to keep!

I received two fragrances to try. The first was "Timo Tangerine".
"This beautifully balanced scented soy candle zings with white tea leaves, tangerine peel, bergamot, cut thyme and zesty lemongrass."

The second fragrance was "Midnight Brezza".
"This moonlight breeze conjures red cedar, sandalwood, and exotic vetiver with alluring musk, spiced clove, cumin and green cardamom."

For the first burn, as suggested, I trimmed the wicks to 1/4 inch. The suggested burn time was 2 hours to achieve the desired melt pool. Both of these were beautiful fragrances. To put them to the ultimate test, I tried both in our family room, which is very open, with 20 ft. ceilings; and the fragrances quickly filled the room. I even walked upstairs; and the scent was wonderful!

I would highly recommend these wonderful candles! If you are in the Dallas area, the Aesthetic Content candles can be found in stores such as Urban Manor, Life of Riley, Blue Print and Nicholson-Hardie. They can also be purchased from their beautiful website: