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

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 appliqu├ęd, 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 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

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


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

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sometimes, I Just Have to Laugh at Myself...

Happy Sunday! I hope you've had a great weekend! We spent the first part of the weekend returning the last of the Christmas boxes to the attic; and then, I was in decorating mode...again! Sometimes, I just have to laugh at myself.  A couple of days ago, I posted my mantel, coffee table and entry table. Well, wouldn't you know it? They didn't stay that way! Lol!!  We all felt that something was missing. Sometimes, after you live with things for a few days, they lose some of their initial appeal. In trying to declutter after Christmas, I took away the heart of what makes our home...the deep rich COLOR!

So, the throw came back to the coffee table:

And, I made new arrangements for the mantel and the entry table.  We LOVE the crystal rose bowls that I added to the entry, but it lacked the colors that we so love.  So, here is the revised version:

The mantel is still the same...I just replaced the hydrangeas with a more colorful arrangement.  The hydrangeas have a new home, on the desk, in my office.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Fresh Start

Now that the Christmas decorations are all put away, I can really look at my home with a fresh perspective.  Have you noticed that once the decorations are gone, your home can feel a little bare? To be honest, it doesn't really bother me, because it allows me to look at things from a different point of view.  It's like I have a blank slate to work with. Suddenly, everything feels clean and fresh! I tend to go just a little lighter with my decor after the holidays.  I minimize the coffee table decor first; and then, I rearrange the mantel.  

This year, I want to incorporate natural greens and flowers, as opposed to a lot of the silk florals.  For some reason, I have a new obsession with succulents. I just love the array of colors available, as well as the texture that they provide. And the fact that they are low maintenance just seals the deal!

I definitely want to keep the Tuscan vibe going, but I want a more organic feel.  I'll continue to use lots of warm colors, inspired by the Tuscan countryside; but, I'd like to add more of the citrus hues, as well.


The first thing I do, after the holidays, is "shop my home". Before I spend a single penny of those gift cards, burning my pockets, I search the house for items to get me started. I love moving things from other rooms and giving them a new home. Today, I'm sharing the mantel and the coffee table decor.  

I've decided to keep the lanterns on the mantel, through the Winter; and return them, to the patio, in the Spring.  I love the cozy feel that they give, especially, when we aren't using the fireplace. After removing all of the holiday decor, I simply added a metal container from the dining room, which was used for my centerpiece there.  

I love the color and the scroll detail, which mimics the detail on the mantel.  

I simply filled it with hydrangeas, and added pheasant feathers for texture.  (As soon as Dear Hubby came in, he commented on how pretty they are and how wonderful they smell!) As a Southern girl, hydrangeas are my faves! They will look wonderful on the mantel, even as they dry. Then, I added a single candlestick with a mosaic votive holder and my harlequin glass jar, with its fleur de lis top.

As for the coffee table, I kept it pretty simple.  I removed the throw that I scrunched up for the holidays, to let the natural stone of the coffee table show. I arranged two small stacks of my favorite coffee table books, along with some mosaic votive holders, and an urn, dripping with grapes.  The 'centerpiece' is nothing more than an iron bowl and some spheres, with artichokes added for color. I like the mosaic votive holders, on the coffee table, all lit up at night. Very warm and cozy!

 That's it for today. Tomorrow, I plan to rearrange my entry table and get a new look going. Hopefully, I'll have something to share in the next day or so!

In the meantime, have a great day; and Happy Decorating!!

Linking to:
Potentially Beautiful-Winter Mantel Party
Home Is Where My Story Begins-Home and Family Friday
The Charm Of Home-Home Sweet Home
2805: Potpourri Friday
Happy Hour Projects-Freestyle Friday
At The Picket Fence-Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
Kristen's Creations-Share Your Creations
BNOTP-Tablescape Thursday
House of Hepworths-Hookin Up With HoH
The ArtsyGirl Connection-Pininspirational Thursday
No Minimalist Here-Open House Party
Mom On Timeout-Taking Timeout Thursdays
A Stroll Thru Life-Table Top Tuesday
Southern Lovely-Show and Share
Ivy and Elephants-What's It Wednesday
The Shady Porch-Rock N Share
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
DIY by Design-Winter Blues Wednesday
Primp: Primp Your Stuff Wednesday

Sunday, January 1, 2012

What Do You Collect?

Happy New Year, everyone!! I hope you had an enjoyable holiday season!! I have enjoyed a couple of weeks away from blogging, just taking some time to refresh and spend time with my family.  I wasn't sure what I would post about first; but Alison, at The Polohouse, kinda solved that problem for me. Each month, on the first, she poses a new question, regarding our favorites, for us to post about.  This month's question is, "What do you love to collect?"

This was an easy one for me! CROSSES!! I have crosses displayed all over my home.

On my kitchen gallery wall:

On Candles:

On lampshades:

On the upper mantel:

On the lower staircase landing:

On Pillows:

Even on decorative accessories that I purchase...

Like this cradle that I use for my candles and fragrances:

And this picture frame from Kristen of  Kristen's Creations:

See the cute "bling" cross in the middle of the bow?

And for the same reason, I purchased these tassels from Allyson of  No Place Like Our Home...

When I saw the crosses on these fun little tassels, I HAD to have a couple!

I have many more throughout my home; but this is just a small sampling.  I know they are trendy to collect right now; but, for me, they are a constant reminder of what our Lord has done for us!  And what a great way to start a new year!!

Hope you are having a blessed Sunday; and please stop by Alison's blog, The Polohouse, for Favorites On The First.  It is so much fun to see what other bloggers love to collect. You may find some great inspiration for your home; or you may want to link up a collection of your own!

Have a great day...and Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!

Whew! What a whirlwind of a holiday! I hope all of you have had an enjoyable holiday season!!  I have been enjoying some time off with my family. It's been great having everyone at home!  Even though I've been away from blogging, for the past week or so;  I did not want to miss the opportunity to stop in and wish all of you a Very Happy New Year!!

I started this little blog of mine back in September; and I can honestly say that I have met some of the kindest and most talented ladies on this planet!!  I thank you all for your kind comments, your encouragement, and for embracing me. You all inspire me in so many ways!! I can only imagine all of the creativity to come in 2012...all of the possibilities that a new year brings!

I know that while putting away all of the Christmas decorations, we start to look at our homes with a fresh perspective.  My "little wheels" are spinning away!  In my profile, I describe my style as a gumbo...I love a mix of Old World, Tuscan, and French design...BUT, it only takes one visit to ZGallerie; and I am in sensory overload!! Even though it's a very contemporary store, I find so much inspiration there!  I love incorporating their accessories into my home to keep it from becoming too 'heavy'. Their accents add just enough contemporary style to keep my home fresh. And with a very generous gift card in hand...well, it's a wrap! LOL!

From my family to yours, I wish you a year of love, blessings, peace, passion, creativity and prosperity!

Have A Very Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!