..."Embracing the beauty in everyday living"

Friday, January 27, 2012

The "Real" Embellishments by SLR

Happy Thursday, Everyone! I hope you're having a great day! We are getting some much needed rain; and it has been the perfect opportunity for me to get into creative mode. 'Embellishments by SLR', originated as a showcase for decorative accents and accessories that I had created. Along the way, I discovered this tiny little thing called...blogging! LOL! With that, decorating, tablescaping, and thrifting took over; and the embellishments took a back seat.  Over the past few months, I have gotten several emails regarding some of the little details, in the photos of my home. Well, this past weekend, I got back to doing something that I love...creating decorative accents for the home.

Today, I'd like to share with you some embellishments that I created to enhance your decorative accessories.  These little accents can be used on lampshades, rose bowls, votive holders, dinner napkins, decorative bath towels, wreath ribbons, window treatments, or anywhere you'd like to add a little extra flair. The most wonderful thing is that the embellishments are versatile. Since they are not permanently attached, they can be removed at any time, and reused on other items, giving you a fresh look each time!

 I have crosses... 

fleur de lis...

And crowns... 

I took some of these to a home show; and to my surprise, they sold out completely! They not only make excellent accents for your own home, but they make great gifts, as well.

I am enjoying the creative process these days; and I will be stocking new items in my Etsy shop, along the way.

Thanks so much for your visit and have a great day!!

Verse of the Day:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

We Have A Winner!!!! Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!! Hope you're all having a great day!! Well, it's time to reveal the winner of the Shabby Apple Dress giveaway.

All That Jazz Collection

The winning number was chosen by Random.org...

And the winner is...


Congratulations, Melissa!!

Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to enter! I appreciate your participation; and thanks to Shabby Apple for providing such a great giveaway!!!

Please go by and congratulate Melissa on her win! If you have never visited her blog before, you're missing a treat! Her home is absolutely gorgeous!

Please keep in mind that all of my readers are still eligible for a 10% off coupon code, to use at checkout, through 2/17/12! 
The code is:

Thanks, again, to all of you; and Have a Great Day!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Last Chance!! Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway Ends At Midnight

Ladies, are you ready?! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, wouldn't we all like to have a new dress for that dinner out with our sweethearts?? How about a FREE dress?? Well, have I got a giveaway for you!

Taking retro-chic up a notch, the Maize dress trades in 70s polyester for luxurious crepe de chine, heat-set into accordion pleats descending from the gathered neckline and dolman sleeves.  Cinch it at the waist with its silky sash, or wear it free-flowing and billowy for maximum volume and retro effect.
Shabby Apple-Inca Trail Collection

Dresses from Shabby Apple 

If you have been in blogland for any length of time, you have surely heard of the online retailer, Shabby Apple, that specializes in vintage-inspired and boutique dresses for women. Their collections also include maternity and girls, as well as accessories! I was so excited when they contacted me recently, offering a free dress to one of my readers, via this great giveaway! With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I thought the timing was perfect!! Shabby Apple's gorgeous dresses are grouped into collections, inspired by destinations around the world. Imagine traveling the world, from the comfort of your computer, viewing gorgeous dresses, inspired by many exotic locations! Some of my personal favorites include:

This snazzy tangerine dress...

"Cockeyed Optimist"

Cockeyed Optimist 

This always flattering navy wrap dress...
"Bon Voyage"
Navy pleated skirt dress has a belt with bow, v-neck, and cap sleeves

With thoughts of Spring, this free-flowing white wrap dress...
Bonheur white wrap dress with pockets on bust and tie waist.

And, this vintage red dress...
"Rhythm Dancer"
Red Dress with Pintuck Details at Neck and Cap Sleeves

With so many great styles and colors to choose from, you're sure to find a flattering silhouette just for you!! Valentine's Day and Easter are fast approaching; and it's a great time to shop for that perfect dress! Shabby Apple is also generously offering my readers a 10% off coupon code to use at checkout.  
The code is:
Hurry, it expires on 2/17/12!!

The winner of this great giveaway will receive this lovely, classic black cocktail dress, "Boogie Woogie"!! What girl can ever have too many "little black dresses"?
Shabby Apple-"Boogie Woogie"-All That Jazz Collection

Shabby Apple describes the dress this way:
"Some things are just better together: peanut butter and chocolate, Ella and Louis, love and dancing.  We decided to pair two things we love—the soft, cotton jersey of our favorite t-shirt, and the gorgeous sateen of our Jazz Age collection—to create the Boogie Woogie, an indispensably comfortable-yet-elegant little black dress.  A luxe jersey cap sleeve top is gathered at the waist with a wide satin sash, and a veritable bouquet of appliquéd, ruched flowers and leaves adorns the full sateen skirt that swirls just below your knee.  A truly inspired combination,the Boogie Woogie has star potential. "

Here's how to enter:

1. Visit "Shabby Apple" and "like" them on Facebook. Leave a comment here, letting me know that you did.

2. Visit http://www.shabbyapple.com/ and leave a comment here, letting me know what your favorite dress is.

3. You must be a follower of "Embellishments by SLR". Leave a comment letting me know that you are.

4. Go to Facebook and "Like" Embellishments by SLR. Leave a comment here, letting me know that, as well.

That's all you have to do! That gives you 4 chances to win!! This contest will run through January 24th, at 12 midnight.  I will post the winner here on Wednesday morning, January 25th, by 10 a.m. The winner will be chosen by Random.org

**Finally, the winner must have a U.S. mailing address; and there are no exchanges for the winning dress. **


Monday, January 23, 2012

I Love "Old World" Style!

If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know that I absolutely adore "Old World" decor.  For as long as I can remember, I have always been drawn to the elegance of the rich colors, textures, and embellishments that define this style.  What I love most about "Old World" decor is that it is classic. It is not defined by trends; and it can be enhanced over time. Old World fabrics include tapestry designs, luxurious silks, damask patterns with gorgeous scrolls and subtle floral patterns. Modern versions may include faux animal prints and furs. Embellishments like fringe, tassels and beaded trim add to the multi-layered look.
via That's Haute
The essence of Old World design is a comfortable, aged look. Textured walls and natural stone finishes exemplify the style. Distressed, matte and honed finishes are preferable to highly polished, reflective surfaces.

 via hgtv.com

The color palette is deep and rich, but muted for a timeworn effect. Colors typically seen in Old World decor include persimmon red, olive green, ocher and cream.  

A combination of finishes can range from dark-stained surfaces, with ornate carvings, to painted, glazed and sanded finishes that emulate years of use. Wrought iron is often used as a decorative accent.

via Carolina Rustica

Architectural features include rough-hewn beams that balance the more sophisticated elements in the room. Other features of Old World-styled homes include arched doorways and windows.

via themed-homedecor.com

I love the rich woods and iron candelabra in this kitchen...
Photo via That's Haute

The copper hood, with the iron detail, just does it for me!! LOL!
Photo via That's Haute

While the trend is leaning toward lighter and brighter interiors, I can't totally lean one way...lol!! I still love the cozy feel of a room filled with rich, warm colors...but, there are some rooms where I prefer a lighter version of Old World style. I find that as I am out shopping, I gravitate to the boutiques and shops that cater to this style, in general. Sometimes, it is rich with color; and other times, it is a more subtle version. I just love the elegance of luxurious fabrics and textures...and I love the challenge of creating the look on a budget!  I have found some wonderful pieces, to incorporate into my decor, that have come from some of my favorite stores such as Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Ross, Home Goods, and Big Lots. I look forward to sharing my finds with you in the coming weeks!

I hope you have enjoyed my post today; and Happy Decorating!!

Don't forget to get in on my Shabby Apple dress giveaway here. Entries will close at midnight on Tuesday and the winner will be announced at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Good Luck!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I'm Co-Hosting at Katherine's Corner! Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

Happy Thursday, Everyone!!  I am so happy that you stopped by today. It's a special day at Embellishments by SLR, because my friend, Katherine, over at Katherine's Corner, has so graciously invited me to co-host her Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop, for this week! If you have not visited Katherine's blog, you are truly missing out!! Katherine provides a wealth of information on recipes, crafts, life stories, photography, giveaways and product reviews!

When I think about my favorite things, I think of the things that truly bring me joy in life...spending time with my family, decorating, creating and of course, blogging!

I started this blog of mine, back in September, with the intention of just sharing some of the decorative home accessories that I create and embellish...hence, the name..."Embellishments by SLR". Little did I know that I would become a decorator, a tablescaper, an Etsy shop owner, and a bona fide thrifter!! The world of blogging has opened up some amazing opportunities for me that I could not have imagined just four short months ago! 

Along the way, I have also formed some amazing friendships! I feel truly blessed to have met so many great ladies that share the same passions and interests that I do. Each day, your blogs inspire me, challenge my creativity, and motivate me to be the best that I can be!

So today, I invite you to join us by sharing your favorite blog posts.  You may just find some new blogs, and make some new friends, along the way! 

Thursday Favorite Things

Thursdays Favorite Things Hop is where you can link your favorite post to share with old and new followers or write a post about your favorite things!
Here are the rules, yes there are rules. But just a few:
  • You must follow Katherines Corner. ( through Google +, GFC, or email) If you’re a new follower, please let her know and she'll follow back .Please also follow my blog, Embellishments by SLR too, before you start hopping.
  • Leave a comment when you follow so we all know you stopped by.
  • No adult content blogs.
  • Blogs only please.
  • Follow as many other blogs in the list as you can. Just click and go.
  • Leave a sincere comment or message on each of the blogs you visit so they know you stopped by.
Now hop on and lets share our favorites. If you’d like to post this blog hop on your page please just grab the linky code . Or if you would like to be a co-host please contact Katherine

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Small Change...Big Impact in the Dining Room

I'm still in the midst of my post-holiday tweaking.  As you may recall, I made some changes to the finishes in the dining room, just prior to Thanksgiving.  Thus, the change here is minimal...yet, it packs a punch!

I took away two of the side chairs; and brought in the red camelback settee from the office.  It creates an intimate seating arrangement, at the dining table.  The table, chairs, and china cabinet are antiques that belonged to my grandparents. I am currently using the sideboard as my foyer table. The chairs are smaller in scale, as opposed to the oversized Tuscan chairs you've seen in this room before.  Thus, the settee seats two perfectly, without overcrowding the arrangement.

I love how the wall color changes from day to night. During the day, the room is very bright and cheery. At night, it becomes much more intimate.

I have always loved the look of a settee or banquette around a dining table. In fact, I did this look a few years ago; and everyone always wanted to sit on the settee for dinner! The lines of this piece are clean and classic; however, it adds a slightly modern touch to the room.

For the centerpiece, I brought in the large arrangement that was on the foyer table; and replaced it with crystal rose bowls and candlesticks, that I shared with you here.  It now adds drama and color to the dining room.  I made a new, miniature version for the entry table.  I like to keep my florals and colors consistent, to maintain the flow, from room to room.

This is the view, entering the dining room, from the foyer...I love the pattern, created by the lights, on the ceiling.  That's what I call a "free" medallion! LOL!  To the right of the entry, is a small accent table with a pair of topiaries and an accent lamp.

(I am in the process of rearranging the iron shelf, to the left.)

Here is a daylight shot, with the table and settee turned lengthwise, in the room. Just another option.
The wine storage is just to the left.

As you can see, the change was a simple one; but, the punch of red makes a huge statement. It keeps the antique, traditional furnishings from becoming too 'stuffy'; and provides a great punch of color! I love the mix of the two styles! For more design images and inspiration, using settees in a dining room, check out this post at Developing Designs

Well, that's it for now. Like most of you, I have a laundry list of projects that I'd like to tackle.  I just have to figure out where I'd like to begin!

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

Linking to:
Thrifty Decor Chick-Show Us Your House-Dining Rooms
Passionately Perfect-Coffee and Conversation Thursday
My Uncommom Slice of Suburbia-Tuesday's Treasures
Not Just A Housewife-Show Me What Ya Got
Cozy Home Scenes-Your Cozy Home Party
Three Mango Seeds
My 1929 Charmer-Sunday's Best
Debbiedoo's Newbie Party
Home Is Where My Story Begins-Home and Family Friday
Chic on a Shoestring-Flaunt It Friday
My Romantic Home-Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
2805: Potpourri Friday
At The Picket Fence-Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home-Home Sweet Home
Stuff and Nonsense-Fridays Unfolded
Kristen's Creations-Share Your Creations
Katherine's Corner-Thursday Favorite Things
No Minimalist Here-Open House Party
My Lil Pink Pocket-Show and Share
It's Overflowing-Overflowing with Creativity
The Shady Porch-Rock N Share
Ivy and Elephants-What's It Wednesday
DIY by Design-Winter Blues Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
{Primp}: Primp Your Stuff Wednesday
Type A Decorating-Anything Goes

Monday, January 9, 2012

This Southern Girl Is A Happy Camper!

Some things are just inherently Southern:

Sweet Tea...


Big Porches...



Paula Deen...LOL!
This year, when my family members asked what I would like for Christmas, I had a couple of ideas in mind.  I didn't want clothes and personal items...I buy those for myself all year.  But, I did drop some very not so subtle hints for 'Santa'. (Does sending emails, with photos, count as subtle?) LOL!

I have been a long-time subscriber to Southern Lady magazine. Quite frequently, on the inside front cover, there has been an ad from Arthur Court. Arthur Court Designs carries some of the most exquisite serveware that I have ever seen. There is something so elegant and Southern about their tabletop accessories! I have had my eye on one piece, in particular, for quite some time:

I love the grapevine embellishment!

Imagine my delight when I opened the box on Christmas morning!! Dear Hubby/Santa really came thru!! I love this dispenser!! I think it is such an elegant way to serve iced tea, lemonade, or punch, when entertaining; and it holds a little over 2 gallons. I can't wait to use it! I think we'll even use it, just for ourselves, on the weekends! Why not? You only live once! When not in use, it is also a great vessel to display green or red apples, pomegranates, lemons or limes!

The other item I had on my wish list was this red Paula Deen cookware! I remember the first time I saw Paula use it on the Food Network. I thought they were the coolest pots ever! I don't know why I never purchased them...but, they've always been on my list of things to get.

Not that I have such a passion for cooking...I just thought they would look awesome on my pot rack! LOL!!  I just adore the pretty red color, with the little black speckles; and the lids...with that touch of copper...so sweet! My dear sweet daughters combined their resources and invested in a complete set for me! I've used them a couple of times, since Christmas; and I have informed 'the residents' here, that I am the only one allowed to use them! LOL! I have my copper pots on the front side of the pot rack...and these around the back and sides...

 They are conveniently accessible, whenever I am ready to cook!

What was your favorite gift? I'd love to hear from you! 

Have a great Monday!