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Friday, August 29, 2014

Pulling It All Together - Starfish Cottage

Today I am extra thrilled to have Kristy from Starfish Cottage.  When I asked her how she "Pulls it all together", she really took that to heart.  She gives us the best tutorial and picture tour of how to really Pull A Room Together.  I love it.  She makes it all so easy and even has a name for how she does it.  

Hi! I am Kristy from Starfish Cottage, a little blog all about life in a coastal cottage.  
I am so happy to be featured today on Marty's beautiful blog, A Stroll Thru Life.  Thanks for having me!
The name of Marty's feature is "Pulling it all Together" and I wanted to show you all how I pull together decorating the main room of the house, the Family Room/Kitchen/Breakfast Room...

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

I Finally Found A Lamp I Love

For some people it seems so easy, but I think lamps are hard.  I have looked and looked and even bought three lamps to only take them back.  They just didn't work.  I finally found one that I love.

Going Bright For Fall

Fall is just about here so of course I am thinking about changing things up a bit.  This is one of my favorite seasons, it is when the temps get cooler and flowers start to bloom again here in the desert.  I am even more excited for those cooler temps because I am going to have the carpet removed and fabulous hardwood floors put down .  They say I have to wait until the temps are somewhere in the 70's so the floors won't be too hot or too cold and warp.   110 degrees won't work, so I am trying to patiently wait.  haha that is a joke I am chomping at the bit.

Anyway, back to the issue at hand.  I am ready for some fall color, so I just shopped the house to change things up a little.  When I get the new floors down, I am going to repaint, change out drapes and make a few other changes, so for now, not buying anything, just using what I have.



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

231st. Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 231st Inspire Me Tuesday.  You guys always have the most interesting and creative posts, I love seeing them all. 

Not all of us have enough space in our homes, so small space living is definitely something we need to learn more about.  Chatfield Court shares some fantastic storage ideas for a small bathroom, using every single inch and corner.


Love this headboard.  You really need to go see how The Weathered Door created this gem.

I always love it when a newbie-ish blogger links up to the party.  Marlo and Bill shared her gorgeous dining room.  Love all of her ironstone too.  Be sure and go over and give her a huge welcome.


We have another new blogger - Jo on Legacy Lane joining us with a post showcasing her keeping room.  I adore a huge round table.  This is a fabulous space and be sure to check out the ceiling detail too.

This has to be the most feminine and girly office I have ever seen.  You need to go see all the unreal attention to detail.  So fun!!! Junk Chic Cottage has done it up right. 


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

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Yay or Nay - I Need Your Input

Add trim to a lampshade or not, that is the question.

If you have been following along lately, then you know that I have been on a mission to update my living room by changing out some of the accessories.  Adding a few contemporary patterns and colors along with some trendy accessories has given my very Traditional room a more updated and Transitional look.  I am really loving the new look.

I have enjoyed all the sharp black and white with lots of different colored pillows.  What I have a question about is the lamps.

Here is another picture where I just use all black and white.  Again take a look at the lamps by the sofa and specifically at the lampshades.  (I am replacing the brass lamp, I will show you later)

For now I am questioning adding some trim to the lampshades on the side of the sofa.  They are very pretty white silk drum shades with a plain white ribbon trim on the top and bottom.  This plain ginger jar is on the right side of the sofa.


This ginger jar with flowers and vines is on the left side of the sofa.  I found both of these at goodwill and liked them because they just blend into the wall and in a small room, I liked that.



I am recovering my ottoman and bought some greek key trim to put around the bottom of it, and suddenly thought maybe it would look good on the lamshade too.  (Sorry these pictures are so dark, it has been raining and we really need it.)


 The trim is a really soft beige and white and matches the beige in the wall color and the drapes. Very muted


 I just have it pinned up there with butterfly clips for now.  So yes or no.  Is this too traditional again.  That is what I am trying to get away from.

I would love your feedback, let me know what you think?

P.S.  I have been hunting for new lamps too, I just can't find anything that looks right to me.

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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