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Monday, September 22, 2014

235th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 235th Inspire Me Tuesday.  As usual you guys are really killing it when it comes to Fall Decor.  There were some fabulous links, so be sure to go back and check out all you can.  So much to see.  Here is a small sample.

The Painted Apron shared quite a few pumpkins that she made.  These really fun gray ones are my favorite.  She has tons to see, go get inspired.

So Much Better

I just couldn't take the yellow glow any more.  Remember how I showed you the bad yellow glow that the gold foil shades created in my dining area - - - 

Yes, they really did make this room look yellow in a really eeerrrrry sort of way.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pulling It All Together - A Thoughtful Place

I am super thrilled to have Courtney from A Thoughtful Place share her tips and secrets for how she pulls it all together.  Courtney is such a beautiful lady that has impeccable taste in her style for dress and her home.  I love how she incorporates both into her blog every week.  Sit back and enjoy, you are in for a super treat.

 Hi, all! I was so excited when Marty invited me to share one of my rooms with you. I am a mom to two little ones and live in Southern California. I am hoping to explain how I pulled it all together. I must admit this room has taken shape over the course of a few years and has taken a while to grow into it’s current state. This is probably my favorite room in our home because it’s where we relax, giggle, snuggle, discuss life and truly enjoy each other’s company.

While a sectional is not my go to when designing rooms, there are some spaces that just beg for one. This was one such space. Our family room is rather small and I need to make the most of the space. We LOVE to entertain and often host parties with large groups. Because of that, we had a sectional custom made to meet the exact specifications of this room.
Once the sofa was in place, it took me a while, but I fell in love with the lead fabric pillow. It is Wilmington Covington and offers great colors to pull from for the rest of the space. In fact, I pulled out the blue for the slipper chairs. Those were another DIY project and offer great seating. Don’t be afraid to place chairs in front of a fireplace and away from the television. It makes the room that much cozier and if you go with a low profile chair you do not lose the pretty visual of the fireplace and mantel.

Because we have little ones, at the time I needed a very soft and functional coffee table. This little number was only $100 from K Mart a few years back. It’s been perfect for us. Great storage for table linens and the softness allowed me to relax with my crazy toddler boy running in and out of the room. Now that the children are 6 and 8 I am actually contemplating graduating to a real wood coffee table {gasp!}.

To pull this room together I relied on some of the things that make me most happy in design: a touch of glamour, bold pattern, color, comfort and meaningful pieces. The bold stripe of the rug is such an easy way to add a big impact in one shot! It also ties into the black accent elements I have in the space. 

The subway art we have is quite meaningful to us. I made it using names of the streets my hubby and I have lived on throughout our lives. It’s a nice conversation piece and instant reminder of where we come from. I added gold corners to the frames one night on a whim. I sprayed some duct tape gold and wrapped each corner. To be honest, most of my DIY projects are just done on a whim and I hope for the best! 

I realized that while the room was coming together, I had gone crazy with rectangles. They are everywhere! So I needed to break that up. I had this mirror hanging near our piano and decided it was a much better fit above the mantel.

Every space needs fresh greenery. I am a huge fan of it in all rooms. We have a pretty magnolia tree out back that lends itself nicely to fresh branches on the mantel.

I think the guiding force in any room I design is a lead fabric. The floral fabric of my pillows really directs what I bring into the space. Because it’s a floral it provides lots of color options but it also keeps me in line. I am not going to bring home a hot pink pillow, despite loving that color, as it does not go with my lead fabric. The drapes were another DIY. I fell in love with the large neutral print and knew it would blend well with everything in the space. It’s a tough room to add drapes to so we had to get creative with the DIY rods. If you ever find drapes that are too short, consider doing what I did to make them work.

Mixing finishes, adding some glamour, infusing bold pattern and meaningful art made this room finally come together. Thank you, Marty, for letting me share our family room with you and your readers.

See what I mean, how she pays attention to all the tiny details and creates such beautiful DIY elements for her home.  I love this room and it definitely looks chic, inviting and a place to come in and relax.  That's all you could ask for in a room and she pulled it together with such style.  Thanks tons Courtney for letting me brag a little about you.  Now if you don't follow her blog, by all means, run over and click that follow button.  You really don't want to miss a thing.

 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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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall On The Simple Side

The colors in my rooms totally speak to fall, so I thought I would keep the rest of the decor on the simple side.  Now simple doesn't mean plain, I love glitz, so I have a bit of that going on.

I love rustic mixed with refined and this centerpiece has both.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

234th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 234th Inspire Me Tuesday.  You guys are definitely on a roll and boy, so much to see and tons of inspiration.  I love fall and apparently you guys do too.  There were so many totally amazing links last week, I was blown away.  Here is just a tiny example.

Just Jan shared some of the wonderful fall scenery around her home and this fabulous vignette.  Are those mums gorgeous or what!!!!
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