Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Autumn Transitions Home Tour

At the end of summer  I love to make a few changes that slowly transition us into fall.  Nothing drastic, just enough to notice a chance and feel in a room.  Thanks so much to Amber @ Follow The Yellow Brick Home for organizing this fun Autumn Transitions Home Tour.  If you are stopping by from Laura's @ Decor To Adore, welcome.  I am sure you were blown away by her tour.  She always inspires me and I love to be able to say she is a precious personal friend that I admire so much.

Ok, let's get this tour on the road - --

I love to change up the living/dining areas since that is what you see when you first walk in the door.  A fresh new look for these spaces always lifts my spirits and helps me usher in the new season.

I thought a little before (summer tour) and after (autumn tour) would show how just a few minor changes can give your room a whole new look and feeling.  Autumn always makes me think of casual walks in the woods, nature and anything "down home".  Straw, rattan and casual decor is calling my name.

BEFORE:  For summer I was really loving cool all white with a little bit more sophisticated feel.

AFTER:  Nothing changed with the pillows, I still love the color combination, but my accessories are a lot more casual and understated.  Weathered wood candlesticks replace the white ceramic ones and a huge wicker basket replaces the white ceramic tray.  The rest of the table top accessories were simplified too.  

BEFORE: Cool white and sophisticated.

AFTER: Casual relaxed and inviting.

It's amazing how just a few accessory changes can give a room a totally new look and feel.

The dining area got a couple of accessory changes too.

BEFORE: White table runner and gold chargers created a more polished look.

White flowers and an all white centerpiece.

AFTER:  No table runner and straw chargers for a more casual feel.

Same white flowers and all white centerpiece.

The view from the bottom of the stairs show how soft and inviting the colors are 

BEFORE;  Our Master Bedroom is another place that is fun to change up for the seasons.

AFTER:  Autumn had me thinking Cream/White/Beige.






AFTER:  We'll still have warm weather through September, so cool white looks good to me.

You really don't have to do a complete room makeover to have a change.  Just dress down your accessories for a more casual feel and your room will be totally different.

There is so much more to see, so hop on over to Panoply and be dazzled.  She will totally inspire you with her talent.  Then when you are done, don't miss the links at the bottom of this post.  Check out every one of the home tours.  I am with you, I can't wait to see them all.  Such a fabulous lineup of talented ladies.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

436th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 436th Inspire Me Tuesday.  Some of us are still in Summer and some are already thinking Fall.  I love the mix that creates.

I love this DIY World Map on Wood created by Repurpose & Upcycle.  She shares a step by step tutorial too.

I love plaids and trying to paint plaid sounds like a really tough job.  No so - Rain On A Tin Roof shares her super easy tutorial. Plus no measuring.

If you have been trying to add a little Farmhouse Chic to your home, then Fogue Abode has just the post for you.  Tons of DIY projects to create your perfect Farmhouse Vibe.

With kids starting back to school, this could be a fun project you and them to do.  Locker Decor & Organizing Ideas.

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

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How to Spice Up Black & White

We all love black and white.  I seem to wear those colors most of the time and always find myself drawn to them.  A ton of my decor is black and white and I love to see a well done room in nothing but black and white.  It reminds me of the "Little Black Dress" and always looks put together and perfect for any space.  I could just do every room in nothing but black and white and probably be happy for a little while.  However I do love some color too.  So I am always looking for ways to add a little color without over-powering my black and white. 

Any color will go with your black and white.  It can be really bright, or a little subdued.  I am more of a subdued kind of gal.  If I take a look at the focal point in this room, of course I look at my fabulous horse painting that I love so much.  Taking a color from it to go with my black and white is super simple and creates a really pleasing color scheme for my room.

My painting has a lot of soft gold color as well as others, but I have two soft gold pillows that really match it pretty close, so I chose to use them.  I am always looking for pillows that will compliment my other furniture and accessories and these came from World Market.  They have a ton of colors in these zippered velvet pillows and they are only $9.99.  The two black and white ones came from Hobby Lobby.  I love all of their pillow covers - they have amazing styles, fabrics and patterns and don't forget they go on sale all the time at 50% off and they always have a coupon for 40% off.  Most of their pillows are around $10 to $12, so with 40% to 50% off, they are really affordable.  (Tip- Ikea has great inexpensive down filled pillow inserts.  I find mine even cheaper at Goodwill.  I just discard the pillow cover from Goodwill and use the insert. They only cost me about $2.99 per pillow )

Now one of my favorite things after picking out the pillows is to pick out a few accessories to use in the room.  I love this new vase that I got for my birthday, so of course I couldn't wait to use it.   I added a feather and a small palm frond.  

The coffee table has a few eclectic items that I think are interesting to look at.  I get a ton of comments from people about the turtle shell.  No, it's not real but it looks like it.

 The lower shelf ties in with some black and white in the books.

Even on overcast days like today, this room looks happy and bright. (Next time I might pull out either the brown, camel or gray in the painting)

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