Thursday, September 25, 2014

~Thanks, Charleston, I Had A Blast!~

Well, Dear Hubby and I have just returned from an awesome trip to Charleston, to celebrate my birthday! Charleston is my all-time favorite city; and this trip did not disappoint. The weather was warm; but, not too hot. Perfect for walking around and snapping great pics! Our hotel was in the heart of the historic district; so, everything was very accessible! Today, I am sharing just a few of the photos that I took while strolling thru the historic district...

I also took several of the mansions along The Battery, on the waterfront...

The courtyards were beautiful, as well. 

I haven't had a chance to go through all of those photos, yet. Hopefully, I'll have those available to share soon.

Finally, in my last post, I shared my obsession with paper guest towels, for the powder bath. I found these in downtown Charleston, in a cute little boutique called, "C'est La Vie", and HAD to get them!

I loved the crowns and the VIP logo; but, it you look closely at the background, you can see a rendering of one of the single homes in the historic district, complete with wrought iron railings and window boxes. I thought these were really cute!

Well, that's it for today! I am prepping for weekend houseguests; but, I wanted to share a few of the sights from this past weekend.
Hope you're having a great day!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, September 8, 2014

~Sometimes, It's The Little Things~

I'll be the first to admit that it's "the little things" that make me happy! One of the things that I look forward to, every year, is seeing all of the seasonal decor. However, each year, I run to Hobby Lobby for these...

and these...

Ok, I have a confession. I am obsessed with pretty, paper napkins! I know it's nothing special; but, seasonal napkins just make me smile. I like to keep a stash, in a basket, in the pantry. They are fun to have on the breakfast table, when you are not using linen napkins; and they are nice to have, for guests, in a powder bath.

The napkin assortment, in the pantry, is as varied as the seasons/holidays; and they really come in handy for those impromptu gatherings with friends and family.  Our guests always notice that I "just happen to have" the perfect napkins for the season or occasion.

A great way to accumulate a nice collection is to purchase them, at the end of each season, when all of the decor is on sale! However, Hobby Lobby has them with their seasonal decor all the time. Usually, they are 40-50% off. Of course, I have been known to pay full price, when I've seen a pattern in a boutique or gift shop that I just couldn't resist. Because they're so inexpensive, I don't feel too bad about it!

So, feel free to splurge on the "little things" to add a touch of the season to your decor!

Hope you're having some fun with your Fall decor!
Happy Decorating!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

~It's A European Harvest~

One of the great things about decorating for Fall is being able to enhance the decor on the fireplace mantel. The accents of autumn provide beautiful color and texture. I've been envisioning a mantel reminiscent of a lush, European harvest.

In my last post, I brought in lanterns and green photinia clippings from the courtyard. The greenery just required the addition of some fall accents. As it continues to dry, it will develop some beautiful reddish, brown leaves.

I simply added a few sunflowers, artichokes, fall leaves and pumpkins. 

I love adding white pumpkins to soften things a bit...

I also added a few pumpkins and photinia clippings to the hearth,

A fall swag enhances the iron embellishment, above the metal container, filled with Fall accents...

And that's the Fall mantel for 2014...

 I'm in the process of setting up a few vignettes around the house; and I hope to share those soon.
Hope you're enjoying a little taste of Fall where you are!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Decorating!

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One More Time-Share It One More Time
My Romantic Home-Show and Tell Friday
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The Charm of Home-Home Sweet Home
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From My Front Porch To Yours-Treasure Hunt Thursday
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The Style Sisters-Centerpiece Wednesday
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Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home-Amaze Me Monday
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