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Thursday, March 20, 2014

~A Great "First Day of Spring" Thrift Find~

Happy First Day of Spring!! Hope you're enjoying the day! Today, I just wanted to share a new thrift find.



With temps in the 80's, a couple of days ago, I decided to get out and run some errands. I made a stop by one of the Salvation Army thrift stores in the area; and hoped to find some great new items. It can be 'hit or miss', when it comes to finding treasures. I didn't really see anything that I just had to have; but, as I was about to leave, this wicker picnic basket caught my eye.


I've seen several in the thrift stores; but, they are usually in horrible condition. This one was in great shape, right down to the leather straps.


 It also came with 4 mugs and 4 sets of serveware, still in the original wrappers.


I looked at the sticker; and the price was $4.00!! SOLD!!

For this post, I wanted to see what it looked like all "dressed up" for a Spring picnic. The red kitchen towel is part of a set that I purchased at Williams-Sonoma, a couple of years ago. The green olive towel was a gift from my Mother-in-law.


Dear Hubby has made me promise that we will actually use the basket for a picnic soon! I would love to spend a weekend on the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail. It is beautiful in the Spring! One of my favorite wineries is Becker Vineyards.

Their vast lavender fields are amazing in April and May! They also have a lavender shop, on the property, selling everything from soaps and lotions, to sachets and more!


Additionally, they host a great Lavender Festival each year. This year's festival will be in early May.

Needless to say, I will be more than ready to enjoy a picnic at the vineyard this year! I can't wait!



Hope you are enjoying this first day of Spring!
Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

~Spring Is In The Air~

Happy Monday, everyone! We're finally getting some glimpses of Spring, with warm temps for a couple of days, before the next cool front comes through. If you're familiar with the South, you know that temps can be in the 70's one day, and the 50's the next. Today, I just wanted to share some of the things that I am loving for Spring!

If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I absolutely LOVE Williams-Sonoma. I came across these plates that are so perfect for Spring.

New Arrivals

These are from the Botanical Citrus dinnerware collection; and I love the vibrant pops of color. I can't wait to run out today and pick up a set! These would be great for a Spring tablescape!

I also love to change my candle scents with the seasons. Right now, I am loving the Meyer Lemon scent, also from Williams-Sonoma. It is the perfect compliment to all of the Spring cleaning that I've been doing. The perky, citrus scent just makes everything smell so fresh and clean! I have the coordinating lotion and hand soap on the sink.

Williams-Sonoma Meyer Lemon

Additionally, nothing says Spring to me like fresh hydrangeas. I like to buy bouquets at my local grocery store and spread the blooms around the house...


I also learned a little tip for refreshing my hydrangea blooms when they start to wilt. Simply make a fresh cut in the stem; and place it in HOT tap water. Within a few minutes, the blooms are perky and fresh again! I've had blooms to last 2 weeks!

I'm also making plans for our outdoor spaces. A new Hobby Lobby just opened, five minutes from my house...Woo Hoo!!! I have a gift card that I've been waiting to spend. I'm sure that I can find lots of garden accents to use outside!

So, that's it for today! Just making plans for Spring.
What about you? Are you ready for Spring?

Thanks so much for stopping by; and have a great day!



Saturday, February 8, 2014

~A Valentine's Setting For Two~

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, and Dear Hubby out of town, I thought it would be a perfect time to try to pull together a Valentine's setting for two. 



A couple of Christmases ago, Neiman Marcus and Target partnered together; and put together an assortment of items, by several famous designers, that would be perfect for holiday gifts. I was immediately smitten with a boxed set of dessert plates by Tracy Reece. 



They were beautifully boxed in sets of four...


Instead of purchasing them in that moment, I figured I would wait and get them later. Well, as it always goes...SOLD OUT! I checked online, as well...SOLD OUT! Instead of driving all over town to look for them, I just decided it wasn't meant to be. Fast forward to Christmas. My best friend, Donna, and I got together to exchange Christmas gifts. She insisted that I open mine right away! Imagine my delight when I saw these...


Not one, but two boxed sets of Tracy Reece dessert plates! I guess after over twenty-five years of friendship, we know each other pretty well! I had never mentioned to anyone that I wanted these! So, I decided that it would be fun to set a Valentine's table for two, using one of the patterns.


I thought this color/pattern would be pretty for Valentine's Day and it layers beautifully over this creamy, textured salad plate. The creamy color has a hint of red in the embossed trim...


To compliment the Valentine's theme, I used a mix of reds and chocolates. The chocolate tablecloth and chocolate metallic taper candles mix wonderfully with the pops of red. I just added some crystal, a soup tureen, some creamy hydrangeas, and a couple of love birds. The funky starburst napkin rings are from ZGallerie...




I'll probably tinker with this setting throughout the week; but, at least, I have a starting point. I don't usually do a lot of decor for Valentine's Day; but, I like to add a 'little something' to the breakfast table.



What about you? Do you decorate for Valentine's Day?
I'd love to hear from you!!

Thanks so much for stopping by; and have a
Happy Valentine's Day!!


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Thursday, December 26, 2013

~Merry Christmas and Our Christmas Tree 2013~

Well, Christmas is upon us, once again! We are very late in getting our decor up this year; but, we are enjoying what's left of the season. Today, I am sharing a couple of shots of our Christmas tree.


After going with lots of bling in Christmases past, I decided to keep things simple this year. I wanted to go back to the traditional red, green and gold. For some reason, I was feeling a bit nostalgic this year. Usually, I do lots of florals and picks and 'fluff' on top; but this year, I chose to go with a beautiful angel. The traditional colors work well with our home; and we are enjoying the change.


I went through my stash of ornaments and pulled everything that was red, green, and gold. I also used the same fleur de lis and poinsettia ornaments from last year.


From our home to yours, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!!

Monday, December 23, 2013

~The Christmas Mantel 2013~

Hello everyone! We finally made it home; and we are in the midst of adding a little Christmas cheer to our home. Better late, than never, huh? We just finished our mantel, tree, and banister tonight. I snapped a couple of quick pics of the mantel to share with you.


This year, I am going with traditional red and green throughout my home. The mantel is very simple. I usually spread my Santas around the house. This year, I decided to use them on the mantel and the hearth.


The stockings are new this year. We needed larger stockings to hold all of our stocking stuffers. I found these at Tuesday Morning, back in the early Fall. I had seen them in another store for about $50 each. I got them for $14.99!


The lanterns remain on the mantel all year, and have battery operated candles, on a remote control. We like to enjoy the flicker each evening.



I hope to have photos of the tree tomorrow!

Hope you're all enjoying the season!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

~Fall Touches in the Dining Room~

One of my favorite rooms to decorate for Fall is the dining room. The warm ambiance in this room compliments the colors of Autumn; and we love to spend time here, over dinner, with friends and family. This room has a deep sense of family, from the furnishings, to some of the accents. As you may recall, the dining room furniture belonged to my grandmother; and I replaced the original Duncan-Phyfe table, with this one, that was an awesome Craigslist find. (You can read about it here.) You can also see where my grandmother's original table ended up here. I love mixing the old pieces with new.


The table is set with topiaries for everyday decor and are easily removed for dining. I love mixing colors and patterns here. My centerpiece is a simple wood bread board that I got several months ago from Pottery Barn. I layered it with a simple votive holder, fall leaf candle ring, and a bag of mini pumpkins and gourds from Walmart, for about $2.97.


I gathered a paisley throw in the center of the table; and proceeded to build the layers. The velvet placemats were purchased at Target several years ago. (These will take me right through to Christmas.) Even though they are embellished with crystals, I layered them with rustic wicker chargers from World Market; and added simple white plates. I have had the orange leaf plates for a couple of years, from the Better Homes and Gardens collection, at Walmart. The napkins are from Kohl's. The gold goblets are another Target purchase from several years ago; and the green wine glasses are from Dollar Tree! I already had everything on this table, with the exception of the pumpkins and gourds. So, the table only cost me about $3.00 to pull together. 



The setting is very relaxed...



This little accent table sits just inside the entry to the dining room, from the foyer. The tiered bowl used to be on the kitchen island. For Fall, I have moved it here and filled it with an assortment of pumpkins, grapes and artichokes.



And those are my fall touches, so far! This room will change a few times, before the holiday season. I have a few ideas swirling in my head, to add more of a French Country feel. We tried going more neutral in the family room; but, we missed the rich colors that we love so much. So, I've just decided to embrace it and run with it!



Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you're having fun with your Fall decor!
Have a great day!

Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home

The Dedicated House





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Thursday, September 19, 2013

~A Bowl Of Fall's Bounty~

Well, with the official first day of Fall just around the corner, the decorating continues! I have this large urn, that I like to move around the house, and change it's contents seasonally. I placed it on the buffet island, between the kitchen and the family room, and filled it with lots of Autumn goodies!


I decided to just throw in a mix of colors and textures!


I found these metallic pumpkins at Michaels. The regular price is $2.99; and, they are 50% off this week!


I added feather balls for texture and height; and threw in a couple of hydrangeas...


Tossed in some pinecones and fall berries...


And my fall bowl was complete!


This was such an easy thing to do; and it adds a lovely fall touch to the kitchen/family room area.


I also got this lovely issue of Southern Lady magazine, in the mail this week...



And also, from Southern Lady, this wonderful special issue of Autumn in the South...



These two magazines are just overflowing with wonderful ideas for Fall!

Well, that's it for today! How's your fall decorating coming along?

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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