Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Entry Table Decor - Complete!

Thanks to my wonderful in-laws, our entry table is complete! This is the only thing completely finished in our house. I received the second garden stool for my birthday; it was a very nice surprise waiting for me when I returned home from the Thanksgiving holidays.

Here are some closeups of the entry table:

The entry table is decorated with a mirrored frame and a cluster of vases and candle holders in various silver, black, gold, and copper tones. There is also a stack of coffee table books that are also different metallics and black. The horse is made of driftwood.

Thanks, Nancy and Stephen!


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

DIY White Feather Ornaments

This year I decided to change the "theme" of our Christmas decor in the family room. I am going for a white Christmas using only white, silvers, and golds; we also bought a flocked tree. I wanted the tree to be full of texture, sparkle, and fluff!

I saw clear glass ornaments stuffed with white feathers at West Elm the other day, and I knew they would be perfect for my white wonderland of a tree. The only problem was the price; they were $9 a piece, and a very wise lady once told me you were supposed to buy ornaments in threes (you do the math). I knew I could replicate the ornaments for less money, and I was right!

Clear glass ornaments from Hobby Lobby (4 pack) - $3
White feathers from Hobby Lobby - $1.99

All I did was take the top off of the ornaments and gently stuff the feathers into the ornament. I trimmed most of the feathers to make them the right length and to clean up some of the wild strands. This is super easy!

You could add colored feathers or even the eye of a peacock feather (I bought some with peacock feathers last year that are almost identical to this shape).

There you have it - white feather ornaments for $1.25 a piece versus $9. This is definitely one of those projects that will make the husband happy ;)


Monday, November 28, 2011

Family Room Makeover

We have wanted to redecorate the family room for a while but decided it was best to wait until we finished the kitchen makeover (I will share this soon). We made rushed decisions in picking out our current furniture and color scheme. This particular room gives me so much trouble when it comes to deciding on a color scheme or design. I did not have any set idea or plan when we first bought the house, and I have not been able to come up with a new idea or plan. Until now! Usually I find something right away that inspires the entire space or room (a color, pillow, rug, etc), but it has not been that easy with this room.

I was browsing West Elm the other day and came across this throw blanket, and instantly knew that I wanted to find a place for it. The color is great too - one that both Jett and I will like. Finding colors that appeal to both a female and male can be challenging. Especially when the male only likes blue and an occasional yellow :) We already have a yellow/gold color in our powder room that is right off the family room so I really didn't want to use yellow in the family room. This throw is more of a yellow/green citrine.

Although I do like the color blue in general, I think turquoise being the Pantone color in 2010 ruined me of decorating with lighter, brighter blues for a while. I have always liked peacock blue or teal and have wanted to incorporate teal into our decor for a while. So... you can imagine why this pillow caught my eye at West Elm. The online picture does not do it justice; the colors are much more vibrant and rich in person, but you get the idea. A pillow with both teal, the color of the throw, and light gray to tie in with our kitchen (which is open to the family room)!

There are some pillows on Etsy that have been on my radar for months now that I think just may work with this color scheme!

What are some things that usually inspire you when designing a space?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Holiday Party Accessory

I think everyone needs a pair of these for all the holiday parties or new years eve or just because they're so beautiful!

Giuseppe Zanotti pumps
Giuseppe Zanotti, Crystalized Suede Platform Slingback

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

As much as I like glitz and glam, I think the dinner table for Thanksgiving should be simple, elegant, and earthy. I love all the creative uses of natural elements in creating centerpieces, place holders, candle holders, vase fillers, etc. Here are some examples:

I hope everyone has safe travels and a happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Look for Less: Crate & Barrel Antique Glass Candleholder

As you know, I love mercury glass or antique glass objects. I almost purchased these small candleholders at Crate and Barrel the other day to incorporate into our mantel holiday decor. They come in silver, gold, and red and are $5.50 each.

I really only need the gold and silver ones and found some at target for $0.99 each! They are not the exact same design, but they are close enough and will do the trick.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Tree Sneak Peak

Happy Thanksgiving week! I am so glad this is a short week because I had a very fun and busy weekend. I actually learned a few things too! 1) I should stick to heels because flats are not that comfortable. 2) I say, "I'm just saying." a lot (thanks Mom for pointing that out). 3) I have a problem and go a little overboard with buying Christmas decor (shhh....don't tell Jett).

We went to A Christmas Affair on Saturday, and I went crazy at one of the Christmas decor booths; in my defense....they had some of the cutest picks that I have ever seen :)

I started decorating our big tree last night (shhh....don't tell Oma) because I will be back home the entire Thanksgiving break, and I want to enjoy all the sparkly decor for as long as I possibly can.  I am decorating the dining room and seating area, which is where the big tree is in dark pink, lime green, and silver to match the decor of the room. Here is a sneak peak:

One of my favorite ways to decorate for Christmas is to follow with the color scheme of your home's decor. Get a little creative and try different colors than the traditional green and red. Even if you want to stick with the traditional red, add lime green instead of the typical Christmas green. Here are a few other trees decorated in different colors.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Bedroom Design

A friend of mine asked for some help in choosing bedding for her bedroom and for good resources of bedding. She has sent me some of her choices over the past few months, and recently sent me these:

She really liked the yellow and gray option, but it was sold out. Through all the options she has sent me, I have noticed that she gravitates towards gray and yellow combinations, and she also likes turquoise. I decided to put together a few inspiration boards for her. Let me know what you think.

Lately I am in to solid coverlets or duvets with patterned pillows and/or a patterned blanket or duvet at the foot of the bed. Here are some of the places I always check when looking for bedding:

*West Elm
*Z Gallerie
*Crate and Barrel
*Pottery Barn
*William Sonoma
Layla Grace
Serena and Lily
Jonathan Adler
Urband Outfitters
Ballard Designs
Burke Decor
Dwell Studio
TJ Maxx
Bed Bath and Beyond
It is also good to check fabric stores and have a duvet made.

*These are my go tos for solid neutrals.

I always search Etsy for throw pillows. You can find a great assortment, and they are almost always less expensive than home boutiques and stores.

I hope this helps anyone that is in the search for bedding. Let me know if you have any great resources!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Look for Less: Anthropologie Glass Decanters

I love mercury glass everything. I came across these decanters at Anthropologie and I wanted them instantly. One of my favorite decorating ideas is mixing multiple vases or containers at various heights. These could get a little pricey, especially if you're wanting to mix more than one or other vessels with it. They come in silver and copper and range from $48 to $58.

Looking Glass Decanter, Pentagon $58

Look Glass Decanter, Diamond $58

Looking Glass Decanter, Copper $48

I am really glad that I showed restraint and did not purchase these because a few days later I was taking my weekly stroll through Homegoods, and I came across practically the exact same decanters for a fraction of the cost. Homegoods had mercury glass decanters in various sizes and finishes. I purchased a silver and a gold/copper one. They were only $12.99 a piece!

So...the moral of this story is...get to Homegoods as soon as possible!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Stairway Gallery Wall

It is times like these that I really wish I wasn't so particular. I have been arranging and rearranging picture frames on the floor on and off for a few months now. My husband thinks I'm nuts!

I have wondered what to put on the wall leading up the staircase since we moved into our house. It is huge and bare. Gallery walls have been around forever and have become especially popular over the past few years. A couple years ago I was not a fan of the sporadic arrangements, but they have grown on me (or maybe I have just given in and don't want to worry about this wall any longer). No, they really have grown on me.

Here are some of my inspiration pictures:

Photo via Emily A. Clark Blog
Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

Image via Pinterest

This may be a bit surprising to some of you, but I tend to be more of a minimalist when it comes to decorating. I do not like a lot of clutter or too many knick-knacks, so getting this collage of pictures and art to look good w/o being too busy has been a bit of a challenge. I'm also not crazy about displaying personal photographs all over my house (I'm strange, I know), which brings the second challenge - what to display on this gallery wall?

This is how the torture process began: I started by brainstorming with Jett about what items we would want to display. I wanted this wall to have at least some personal meaning. This helped a little in deciding what frames I would need, but for the most part I just purchased a variety of plain frames that were cheap and on sale. I decided I wanted to use all black frames in order to give the chaos arrangement a cohesive look and feel. Several of the frames that I found for really cheap were not black, so I spray painted them (I love spray painting). Then the madness floor arranging began.

I got so frustrated I picked everything up and started over in a new room (Man, my husband is so lucky).

In an attempt to protect our wall, I traced the frames onto poster board and placed the cutouts on the wall before actually adding nails.Yes, we ran out of poster board and used newspaper.

Onto challenge #3 - Sloped wall. I was afraid the sloping of the wall would be an issue, but I pretended hoped we could ignore it. As you can see in the first picture (w/ the hubby) there is still a huge piece of the wall that is bare. ugh

We are going to try again and work with the slope of the wall and place the frames more sporadically. I think I have been too strategic about this whole thing. Have any of you tried this before?

Wish me luck; or actually wish my poor, patient husband luck ;)