Friday, February 17, 2017

TGIF ~ The Gems I Found

Happy Friday everyone! 

Pattern mixing perfection!
 For more of Katie's fabulous portfolio go here.

How to wear Mom jeans

This storybook garden tour has me itching to get out in my yard! 

This charming home is filled with eclectic rustic treasures collected over the years.

Making these Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Fries are on the agenda for the weekend.
I haven't ever tried their trick for making them extra crispy. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

TGIF ~ The Gems I Found

Have the best weekend, friends!

A peek at this stunning entry reveal

I saw this Modular Chandelier at my local store ~ it's a good one!

An inspiring kid's bathroom reveal with a stenciled wall! 

The prettiest country farmhouse.

My newest Instagram crush @designdiaries1

This Caprese Garlic Bread is a perfect Super Bowl snack. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

My Five Favorites ~ Valentine's Day, The Classy But Lazy Way

Happy February friends!
 This month My Five Favorites is all about Valentine's Day,
food, decor, traditions ~ anything goes, so I'm anxious to see what my friends are sharing. 
In case you're wondering about my title :) I do love adding a few touches around
 the house and making my boys feel special but I'm just not big on a lot of Valentine
 decorations ~ a few simple nods to the holiday that don't take more
than a few minutes and I'm set. 
   Kris @ Driven by Decor
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

I'm excited to welcome our guest this month, Ann @ On Sutton Place. There's not much she
 doesn't do, her beautiful blog is a treasure of pretty spaces, gardening, recipes and free 
printables including these for Valentine's Day!  

On Sutton Place

#1 ~ Red Books

I love using all my books with red bindings for a simple, classic touch that's not
overly Valentiney. :)  
Stack them on a chair, bench or small stool instead of the usual coffee table or buffet.  

To keep it super easy, I don't even re-style my cabinet, just replace a few of the books
with red ones. 

#2 - X & O Initials & Candy

I found these gold X & O initials a few years ago on the clearance rack at
Hobby Lobby, they still sell them. This year I added them to my kitchen 
vignette. I also love the fun touch they add to place settings.  
Super simple ~ a clear container filled with candy for a festive pop of color.

#3 - Faux Brass Heart

An oldie DIY project from the Dollar Store...but I still pull it out every year,
I love that it's so easy to plop down in any vignette. 

#4 - Do Ahead Valentine Dessert

I love that this decadent dessert can be put together the day before (in about 10 min) 
and just popped in the oven and served warm for a delicious Valentine surprise. 

#5 - Donut you know I love you...

My boys love this simply sweet Valentine tradition for breakfast ~ 
powdered sugar donuts served with a clever sentiment on my chalkboard.  

Be sure and check out these talented friends' favs:

 Kris @ Driven by Decor
Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

You can also find me on Instagram and Pinterest.  

Friday, January 27, 2017

TGIF - The Gems I Found

Happy Friday Friends! 

10 Most Inspiring Home Tours of 2016 by One Kings Lane

I need these chic candle holders for my Valentine table ~ a steal for $5 each!   

Megan shared her honest experience with Lash Extensions and lots of friends weighed in.  

2016 Beauty Awards by People and TODAY

These Cinnabon Copycat Rolls were the BIGGEST hit at our house over Christmas break.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Simple Rule for Mixing Table & Chair Styles

Hi friends, it just happens I'm helping four clients with kitchen nook spaces,
 and thought I'd pass along my simple rule for mixing table and chair styles to create
 my favorite eclectic look. I love the collected look juxtaposition gives a room. It's 
an easy formula to keep from having that matchy look designers steer clear of. 
 It works for a multitude of styles, and is all about contrast.

#1 ~ Contrasting Style
Choose furniture styles that contrast
French with modern, traditional with coastal, modern with rustic,
industrial with vintage, formal with casual, ornate with clean lines

     #2 ~ Contrasting Shape   
 Choose a table shape that contrasts with the chair shape
Round table with Square high back chairs
Rectangular table with Curved high back chairs
Rectangular table with Detailed chair backs
Round table with Geometric bamboo pattern

#3 ~ Contrasting Color & Texture
Choose colors, finishes and textures that contrast 
Add contrasting color in upholstery or paint,
smooth finish with textured rattan or metal,
distressed finish with lacquered 
Super simple ~ start with either your table or chairs and follow the contrast rules.
Here are a few favorite rooms to give you an idea how it works no matter your style.    

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