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!

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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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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

~The Fall Mantel Is Done~

Well, I admit, I have had enough of Summer! The blazing 90-100 degree days have taken their toll; and I am more than ready for Fall! Even though we have a few days left until the official first day of Fall; I decided to go ahead and decorate my mantel, to get me in the mood.

Since I decided to go with a more neutral color scheme in the family room, the fall colors have given me just enough 'punch' to spice things up a bit. I began by arranging a few orange and white pumpkins across the mantel, while elevating a couple of the larger, white ones on candlesticks.

I also brought in my favorite ZGallerie lanterns. I made swags from a large sunflower, a pumpkin embellished pick, and bittersweet, and placed one on top of each lantern.

Next, I added a floral swag to the decorative iron piece that hangs above the mantel. I slipped a few pheasant feathers in for texture.

Finally, I brought in some decorative accents, including an acorn ornament from the garden. I gave it a coat of bronze metallic paint.

In the center, I filled a harlequin jar with acorns and other fall accents...

 I finished it all off with some clippings from a fall garland; and tucked the pieces in among the pumpkins.

I always start with the mantel, when decorating for the seasons; and it cost me absolutely nothing. I already had everything in my fall bins and collected the rest from around the house!

This officially starts the Fall season for me!

Thanks so much for stopping by; and I hope you're having a great day!
Happy Decorating!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

~What's Old Is New Again~

Isn't it funny how things from the past become trendy again?

In my previous post, I mentioned that I was tweaking a cream and black color scheme, that I had used in the past. As I was perusing the internet, looking for black dinnerware, to mix with some of my white and ivory dishes, I came across this set from ZGallerie called, 'Octavia'...

I thought the geometric shape was fun and that it would pair well with ivory, gold, and crystal. Then, it occurred to me that this shape seemed familiar. As I rummaged the cabinets, through my old dinnerware sets, I came across these...

I bought this dinnerware back in the late 80's/early 90's, when everything was black lacquer and ultra contemporary! For some reason, I never got rid of this set. ZGallerie has their dinnerware priced at $39.80-$67.80, sold separately, in sets of four...chargers, dinner plates, salad plates, and soup bowls. I paid less than $39.80 for a whole sixteen piece!! My complete set was made up of dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, and mugs! 

So, I guess it just proves the theory that if you hold on to things long enough, they are bound to be "trendy" again.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

~Tweaking My Color Scheme~

Hello, Everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! We're getting the girls settled back into college; and now, I'm able to focus more on my home. Lately, I have developed a new affinity for a color scheme that I had a few years ago...Cream and Black. 

This time, I'm letting the wall colors, accessories, and drapes add just a touch of color. I am also adding a few more contemporary and modern pieces. Earlier this summer, we decided to buy new furniture for the family room. We had cream leather, with a different body style, that had served us well for many years. After looking at various types of sofas, of all styles and fabrications, I decided that I wanted cream leather AGAIN! This time, I wanted it to have a modern flare. After selecting a couple of color swatches, we brought them home and realized that we had picked the exact same color again! I guess it just comes down to, "we like what we like". Here is a "sneak peak" of what I'm working on...

Can you see the cream sofa arm, to the left? It's very contemporary; but blends beautifully with our existing furnishings. I love mixing styles, to keep things interesting. The sides have this "criss-cross" detail, with a tufted center...

The pieces were all custom made. We were able to choose the style that we wanted, along with the grade of leather. We decided on the sofa, loveseat, and a 'chair-and-a-half'. I love the clean lines and the flare of the high arms.  I plan to add a few upholstered pieces, just to soften the look and break up the set.

Since we spend all of our time in this room, I didn't want a lot of fluffy pillows... (they usually end up all over the floor, anyway). So, I opted for a single "faux fur" mink pillow, and a round pillow, made of leather strips. The pillows add great texture to the room.

When paired with the faux fur zebra throw, the look is very clean and chic.

The creamy hydrangeas add the perfect accent for the coffee table!
Along with the hydrangeas, I brought in black and cream accents by using a candle by Jo Malone. The 'Wild Fig and Cassis' scent is so fresh and clean. I alternate that one with the 'Grapefruit' scent by Nest. The mercury glass votives add just a touch of sparkle.

On the foyer table, the lamps with the red shades, that you have seen before, have been replaced with more modern black barrel shades.  Again, I love a mix of styles to keep things interesting.

With the new color scheme, I can see myself doing lots of neutral decor for the Fall and Holiday seasons. Now that everyone is going back to school, I can really start to pull things together.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed your visit; and as always, "Happy Decorating"!