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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

When You Don't Have An Entry

My home is so typical of a lot of smaller builder basics.  You just walk right into the living room.  


  The only thing that indicates an entry is a small section of tile instead of carpet.  Not very decorative or inviting.   There really isn't much of a space for decorating.    The living/dining area is all one room.  The china cabinet is on this entry wall across from the dining table.   It is narrow against the wall and doesn't impede the walkway through the living area to the familyroom/kitchen area of the house.  That's the only place it would fit since the dining area has a huge window.  This would be the perfect wall for a fabulous console and a wonderful vignette, however, I love the china cabinet, so it won out and occupies this space.

I've been trying to come up with a few new ideas for this area under the window ---

I absolutely love the classic look of an umbrella stand and boots at the door.  So traditional and old world elegance.  Living in the desert, this would definitely be truly decorative, we rarely use an umbrella, however I do have a fabulous pair of boots that would look wonderful.  I even have a great pair of zebra rain boots.  I may have to think about this idea.


I also thought about using a stack of baskets, that could really be fun and I love the texture.


Or maybe a stack of old suitcases.

  I had a plant stand with a fern in front of the window, but everyone felt like they were going to hit it every time they walked in the door, so I replaced it with this little burlwood chest.  It's low, but still gives a sense of something in the entry.


Maybe I need to figure out something fabulous for the window itself.  Any ideas on how to make this space more interesting?

Do you have a fabulous entry or is yours a non-entry too?

You can still link up to Inspire Me.  So much to see so check a few things out.

 I am joining the following parties:
 Savvy Southern Style  , Green Willow Pond , Ivy and Elephants , DIY by Design ,
 We Are That Family ,Style Sisters ,City Farmhouse ,Beyoned The Picket Fence ,
Home Stories A to Z ,Maison de Pax ,The Blissful Bee ,
Love of Family & Home ,The Dedicated House , Craftberry Bush ,
The Shabby Creek Cottage , Posed Perfection ,
 Katherines Corner , The Vintage Farmhouse  A Delightsome Life , 
 Imparting Grace ,  From My Front Porch To Yours ,




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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

239th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 239th Inspire Me Tuesday.   There was so many fabulous links last week where you guys shared the most inspirational Fall and Halloween Decor.  Wow, you always impress me.

Home Is Where The Boat Is has the most amazing little shed.  I totally adore how she decorated the inside, but now I am in love with the outside too.  Isn't this the cutest ever.  You have to go see her pumpkin bicycle.


Doesn't this just scream "cozy fall" .  I love this breakfast area of Creative Country Mom's kitchen.  Just looking at it I can smell the coffee and apple pie.  Be sure to go see all her fall decor, so pretty.

I love a beautifully designed tablescape and this one by Designs by Pinky is gorgeous.  She shows a step by step for creating the centerpiece and how to layer your dishes and linens.  So pretty.


I love, love, love this wonderful tea party that Fabby's Living put together for her Grand-daughters.  Look at those fabulous masks they are wearing.  You really need to go see everything, she always sets the most amazing tables.

Aren't these the cutest ghosts you've ever seen.  I love this idea and Surroundings by Debi shares a complete tutorial.  How fun is this.

Debbie-Dabble's decor and imagination would rival the most talented person around.  Love her halloween decor, just look at this fabulous skeleton.  Isn't she elegant.


Ok, let's see what you have for this week.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Chocolate Anyone ?

Does chocolate make you think of cooler temperatures?


I've got company coming and I'm planning and thinking Thanksgiving, how about your?  Here's a little sneak peek at what I'm working on.


Be sure to get all of your projects lined up for Inspire Me Tuesday.  Party goes live this afternoon at 3 PM CMT.  Can't wait to see you there.


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Got An Old Plow?


Last Saturday we had a fabulous evening celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Univ. of Arizona Extension program.  There were wonderful displays showcasing some of the current programs, and many deserving people were honored for their work and contributions over the last 100 years.

The 4H club had a group of Cloggers perform and they were fantastic.  That was followed by a wonderful dinner of beef and chicken furnished by local farmers.

I thought the centerpiece on all the tables was so unique and pretty.

Pillow Fun-Chiang Mai Dragon & Poppy Winners

It was tons of fun to see that so many of you love fabric as much as I do.  I wish I had even more to giveaway.  

I also showed you the aqua background Chiang Mai Dragon fabric that I was going to keep and use for a couple of pillows.  You all had some super ideas about using a really fun fabric for the back.  Here's what I came up with.


 I did the cording in black and then used a fun fabric on the back.


 Isn't this a pretty fabric and the colors are perfect.


Love this fabric and love it with the leopard.  Now to move things around and play some more.

OK onto the WINNERS

I had so many that asked about the two different fabrics that I decided to split them up and give to two winners.  

The winner of the Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon  and Red Scroll - - -


The winner of the Poppy and Red Scroll - - -


Caren and Lynn, please send me your address to astrollthrulife@live.com so I can get these in the mail to you. 

Thanks you so much to everyone that left a comment and entered.  I wish I had more to give away.


If you are looking for inspiration for any kind of decor, everyday - fall - halloween - holiday, then by all means be sure to check out the links at Inspire Me Tuesday this week.  Wow, you guys are incredible. We had over 300 links and there is so much inspiration and the talent is incredible.


 I am joining the following parties:
 Craftberry Bush , Posed Perfection ,
 Katherines Corner , The Vintage Farmhouse , A Delightsome Life ,
Love of Family & Home ,  Between Naps On The Porch ,
 From My Front Porch To Yours , The 36th Avenue , Imparting Grace ,
 My Romantic Home ,   French Country Cottage ,The Thrifty Groove ,
                  The Charm of Home , Chic On A Shoestring Decorating , Finding Fabulous ,
                                        Rooted In Thyme , Jennifer Rizzo , Redoux Interiors



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