Monday, September 19, 2016

~ Fall Mantel~

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

I've had some fun putting a few fall accents around the house; and today, I thought I would share my Fall mantel.

I didn't really have a plan. I just played with the things that I already had in my bins.
The blue and white candlesticks were a $3.99 thrift find. 

The lanterns are a staple on my mantel for most of the year. I just added a few picks to bring in some fall color. I'm also loving all of the metallic pumpkins this year; so, I added a few of those, as well.

The green hydrangeas are perfect for early fall.

 A scattering of pumpkins and leaves on the hearth completes my vignette.

And, that's my fall mantel! 

Have you started decorating for fall? 
It's still pretty warm here; so, I haven't bought any real pumpkins or mums for outside just yet.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you're having a great day!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

~Fall Coffee Table Decor~

Happy Thursday! Hope you're having a great week so far!
Today, I just wanted to do a quick post to share my coffee table decor.

This season, I am loving all of the metallics and velvets that are trending. I purchased this mirrored tray, during the summer, from HomeGoods. I knew that it would work perfectly for Fall, and even through the holiday season. I ordered these velvet pumpkins from Abbey Tina Velvets, a wonderful seller on Etsy. The quality is amazing; and the shipping was very quick! She even included the little velvet acorns! The glass metallic pumpkins were a score from Dollar Tree! I think I bought every one that they had!

I love the shimmer from the sunlight during the day; and the way that everything glows in the candlelight, at night.

I am slowly adding Fall accents around the house. I'm in no hurry...I just want to savor the season and enjoy the process.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

~September To Remember~

Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! Now that we are past Labor Day, I am ready to begin my Fall decorating.
Have you started yet?

This month, I am participating in a fun challenge over on Instagram. It is called the "September to Remember" photo-a-day challenge. Each day has a different theme; and we simply post one photo depicting that theme. The prompts are relatively easy to capture. So, it only takes a couple of minutes to put up a post. Since many of you may not be on Instagram, I decided to share with you here, on the blog, as well. Here's what I've shared so far:

Day 1...The theme was, "Vintage". I shared these demitasse cups that belonged to my grandmother. I found them (again), while reorganizing my china cabinet. They are very delicate, with an iridescent finish. I am now using them for my morning tea.

Day 2...The theme was, "Pattern". I shared a place setting using a mix of patterns and textures. I have always loved the stylings of Charles Faudree and Ralph Lauren, when it comes to mixing patterns. As always, I began with a table cover. This one had plenty of pattern and texture. I layered it with a gold charger, a vintage Williams-Sonoma dinner plate, a heavily embellished plate, and a patterned dessert plate by Tracy Reese. I added a touch of whimsy with a leopard print napkin. The patterns are all so different; but, somehow, they still work together.

Day 3...The theme was, "Red". I chose our little red Kitchen Aid tea kettle, that matches our red cookware.

Day 4...The theme was, "Food and Drink". On Saturday night, we went out to dinner with two other couples, at Nick and Sam's Steakhouse, in Uptown Dallas. We had an awesome evening! I shared a collage photo of the wine aerator that poured the wine and the illuminated cotton candy, with petit fours and truffles for dessert. The presentations were amazing!

Yesterday, the theme was, "Cozy". I shared a photo of my bestie's foyer table. I think the lighting just sets the mood for a warm and cozy evening in.

Finally, after an intensive search, I located my bins of Fall decor. I took a break from blogging last fall and spent most of my time at our Louisiana house. So, there was not much Fall decorating going on here. I had no idea where I had stored the bins; and when I located them, I no longer cared for the decor for my interior. So, I spread everything out on the floor and created new wreaths and decor for outside.

As the month goes on, I will be back to share some of what I've posted for the week on Instagram, along with my Fall decor.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you are on Instagram, I invite you to follow me there, as well. I usually post photos everyday; and many are not seen, here, on the blog.
Hope you're having a great day!
Happy Decorating!!

Linking to:
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The Dedicated House-Anything Blue Friday

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

~Late Summer/Early Fall Tablescape~

Happy Tuesday!! Hope your week is off to a great start!
I'm looking forward to getting started on my Fall decor; but, I wanted to do a transitional tablescape, before jumping into Fall.

The blue and white ginger jars and napkins keep everything fresh and crisp. I used my "work horse" white china, "Wedding Band", by Mikasa. I found the napkins by Raymond Waites at HomeGoods. (I went back for the Ralph Lauren napkins; and they were gone.) Don't you hate when that happens?

A simple velvet pumpkin at each setting, adds just a touch of the upcoming season.

The green hydrangeas give just a hint of Fall.

Have you started decorating for Fall, yet? Or are you still planning?
September 1st is usually the date I get started; but, I don't have a plan. I just let it all come together, somehow.

Well, that's it for today! Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Wishing you a great day!


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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