Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Seductive Home

Did that title grab your attention? Well, it caught mine! Last week, I picked up a gorgeous new coffee table book by interior designer and lifestyle expert, Moll Anderson, called "The Seductive Home".  

As you know, I love rich colors and textures; and I was quickly drawn into the pages of this book. Whether you're a fan of Old World, Modern, or Southwest design, Moll beautifully illustrates how to incorporate sensuality into your home. She describes how scent, texture, and warm colors work together, creating an environment that draws people in.






If you're looking to add a little luxury and romance to your home, this book is a great source of inspiration! Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 17, 2012

We Have A Winner!!! "Made in the South" Giveaway!

Happy Friday, Everyone!!! Hope you're all having a great day!! Well, it's time to reveal the winner of the "Made In The South" giveaway.

The winning number was chosen by

And the winner is...


Congratulations, Kim!!

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

Please go by and congratulate Kim on her win! 
If you have never visited her gorgeous blog, 
La Belle Epoque Home
you're missing a treat! 
Kim is a connoisseur of all things French; 
and her blog is a treat for the eyes!!

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

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Last Chance To Enter-"Made In The South" Giveaway!!

Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope you had a great weekend!! Today, I am super excited to host another awesome giveaway!! My dear, sweet bloggy friend, Melissa of Made in The South, is so graciously giving away one of her amazingly cute zipper bags!! As soon as I saw these on her blog, I was in LOVE!! On Thursday, Mr. Mailman arrived with this little darling, just for me:

Preppy Pink and Kelly Green
Lg. Zipper Bag

Isn't it cute?? The pink and green color combo was love at first sight!! These are my sorority colors; and the fleur de lis just stole my heart!! What else would you expect from a Louisiana girl??

Melissa has several awesome bags in her shop to choose from:

Funky Flowers
Lg. Zipper Bag

Royal and Green 
Lg. Zipper Bag

Royal and Canary Yellow
Lg. Zipper Bag

Paisley Tango and Gray
Lg. Zipper Bag

Royal Garden
Lg. Zipper Bag

Totally Tiger Large Zipper Bag
Geaux LSU!!!

You can even have this zebra stripe monogrammed!!!


What about this petite version with the pretty rosette??
Brown and White Trellis


Multi-Color Paisley

Melissa even has shoe totes!!!

Pink and CoCo

Dark Olive and Chocolate Brown

These would all make great gifts; and how great would it be to WIN one of these awesome bags?? Melissa is giving the winner the zipper bag of her choice!!

Well, it's pretty easy to enter...

1) Follow 'Embellishments by SLR' and leave a comment letting me know.

2) Follow 'Made in the South' and leave a comment letting me know that, as well.

3) For an additional entry, "Like" Embellishments by SLR on Facebook.

That's 3 chances to win!!

The giveaway is open through Thursday, February 16, 2012 at midnight.

The winner will be chosen by and posted on Friday, February 17, 2012, by 10 a.m.

Thanks, again, to Melissa for providing such a great gift; and good luck to everyone!!!

Linking to:
Homemaker on a Dime-Market Your Biz and Giveaways

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

DIY Rustic Artwork

Well, the creative juices continue to flow! Right now, I'm actually comfortable with my home just as it is. Does anyone else feel this way?? Of course, there are little things that I'd like to tweak; but, over time, I have acquired pieces that I love; and created a home that reflects who we are. I really don't have any overwhelming urges to make any 'major' changes. I'd just like to build on what I've started. Today, it is all about some rustic artwork.

The first area that I wanted to focus on was this ledge in the foyer.  I had been contemplating a tapestry for the space inside the decorative molding:

The problem with that idea is that we have some very large windows above the front door; and I was concerned about the sunlight fading the fabric. While some people embrace that look, I don't want to lose the rich colors of the tapestry that I have my eye on. So, I decided to wait for another viable option. Well,  as I was out shopping, I noticed a lot of rustic wood and iron pieces, that would make great art.  As you know, as is usually the case, these pieces carry a pretty hefty price tag.  Additionally, I didn't see any that would work with my decor. Well, you know me...I studied them and realized that I could probably make something similar on my own! So, into creative mode I went!

I went out to the garage and pulled out some leftover wood, from one of my daughters' school projects.

Next, I reached into my "paint cabinet", pulled out a mocha glaze, and began to brush it onto the wood, following the grain:

While the mocha glaze was still wet, I dry brushed just a hint of bronze glaze, in a random, criss-cross motion, to give the finish a slightly ashen appearance:

It appears as a "greenish-gray"...

Once everything was dry,  I added crosses that I already had. They were all purchased at Hobby Lobby for 50% off:

I attached the crosses using Goop contact adhesive. It takes about 24 hours for the pieces to "set".

Dear Hubby is traveling this week; and when he gets back, I'll let him climb the ladder and lean it against the wall. I decided not to hang it; as I thought it would be more interesting that way. I plan to create one more, with different crosses and make a pair.

This was such a simple project; and you can create your own version, as well.  The design possibilities are limitless! I'm sure Annie Sloan Chalk Paint would work perfectly, as well. Because I already had all of my components, I now have custom art pieces for my ledge, for FREE!

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today; and have found some design inspiration along the way!

Have a great day; and Happy Decorating!!

Linking to:
Three Mango Seeds-Do It Ya Self Mondays
Coastal Charm-Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Home is Where My Story Begins-Home and Family Friday
These Peas Taste Funny-Link It Up Thursday
Happy Hour Projects-Freestyle Friday
At the Picket Fence-Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
Passionately Perfect-Coffee and Conversation Thursday
The Thrifty Groove-Thrifty Things Friday
Kristen's Creations-Share Your Creations
House of Hepworths-Hookin Up with HoH
The Artsy Girl Connection-PinInspirational Thursday
From My Front Porch To Yours-Treasure Hunt Thursday
The Shady Porch-Rock N Share
Southern Lovely-Show and Share
It's Overflowing-Overflowing With Creativity
Primp: Primp Your Stuff Wednesday
DIY by Design-Winter Blues Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
Ivy and Elephants- What's It Wednesday
House of Grace-Twice Owned Tuesday

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Whimsical Valentine's Table

We're fast approaching Valentine's Day; so, I thought it would be fun to add some Valentine's accents to the dining room table. I didn't want anything overly formal...just whimsical and fun!! When I moved the red settee into the dining room, it never occurred to me that it would be a great starting point for a Valentine's setting. I didn't want to spend a lot of money to do this, so off to Dollar Tree I went!!  I got just enough to give my table a little!

I didn't want to go overboard with Valentine's decor.  I really wanted to use what I already had. The table was already set with my white china and crystal; and all I had to do was switch out the gold chargers for the red.  

I added these little heart-shaped candy dishes to each setting...

I also added these heart favor boxes...

Since nothing says, "Love", like Paris, France...I added this Eiffel Tower. I purchased it a few years ago, at Hobby Lobby, during a 50% off sale. It usually resides in my oldest daughter's bedroom.

For the centerpiece, in lieu of roses, I threw together a low floral arrangement, using flowers that I already had.  I enjoy simply adding decorative picks and accents to adapt my arrangements to the holidays.  This time, I just added two small helium balloons and some sparkly Valentine's accents. Easy peasy!!

I finished the table off with a sprinkling of red rose petals...

The best part of all is that I only spent $10!!  Here is the breakdown:

Four Heart Shaped Candy Dishes- $4
Two Helium Balloons-$2
Two Red Sparkly Tabletop Accents-$2
Bag of  6 Heart Favor Boxes-$1
Bag of 300 Rose Petals-$1
Total Spent-$10.00!!!

Well, that's it for now. I hope you have been inspired to add a little LOVE to your dining table!

Verse of the Day:
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.   1 Corinthians 13:13

Linking to:
Happy Hour Projects-Share the Love Valentine's Link Party
Coastal Charm-Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Under the Table and Dreaming-Sunday Showcase
Cindy Adkins' Whimsical Musings-Woman Thing Link Party
Home is Where My Story Begins-Home and Family Friday
My Romantic Home-Show and Tell Friday
Happy Hour Projects Freestyle Friday
At the Picket Fence-Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage-Feathered Nest Friday
2805: Potpourri Friday
Passionately Perfect-Coffee and Conversation Thursday
The Charm of Home-Home Sweet Home
The Thrifty Groove-ThriftyThings Friday
Katherine's Corner-Thursday Favorite Things
BNOTP-Tablescape Thursday
Kristen's Creations-Share Your Creations
The ArtsyGirl Connection-Pininspirational Thursday
No Minimalist Here-Open House Party
The Shady Porch-Rock N Share
Southern Lovely-Show and Share
Primp-Primp Your Stuff Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style-Wow Us Wednesday
Type A Decorating-Anything Goes
Cozy Home Scenes-Your Cozy Home Party
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia-Tuesday's Treasures
The Thrifty Groove-Thrifty Tablescape Party
Be Colorful- Motivated Monday
You're Talking Too Much-Meet Me Monday
The House in the Roses-Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Debbiedoo's Newbie Party

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Daydreaming of Spring

Happy Tuesday, everyone! It is so hard to believe that it is January here. It was a breezy, 75 degrees today. Funny thing is...this time, last year, the Super Bowl was here; and we were under a foot of ice and snow! Lol! What a difference a year makes!! Temperatures like this have me wishing for those spring days, enjoying the backyard. As a Louisiana girl, I have always had a fondness for New Orleans courtyards. The back of our home forms a C-shape, perfect for a courtyard, enclosed on 3 sides. I constantly add photos to my inspiration files, on my laptop, like this:

Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

 Better Homes and Gardens





 Better Homes and Gardens


I enjoy spending these winter months planning my gardens for spring, and saving inspiration photos like these. Even though we're in the midst of winter, I'm so looking forward to the beautiful spring days that we get, before the searing heat of summer sets in.  Do you enjoy outdoor living and gardening, as well? I'd love to hear from you!!

Have a great day!