November 26, 2014

IKEA Gift Tags Reimagined As DIY Christmas Ornaments

Today I'm going to share with you a really inexpensive, easy peasy
DIY Christmas ornament idea. I was so excited about it that
I really wanted to share it with you in time for Christmas.
 
While shopping at Ikea last weekend I stumbled upon a section in the store 
I had never seen before. It appeared to be all about parties. There was wrapping
paper, hanging decorations, invitations, you name it party-related.
I quickly scanned the shelves and something jumped out at me.
Gift tags! With numbers on them!

November 24, 2014

Christmas Decorating with Vintage Birdcages



Last year after Christmas I shared my ideas on how to decorate
with vintage birdcages. This year I thought it would be fun to 
explore more closely the many ways you can use birdcages
specifically for Christmas décor. 

November 19, 2014

DIY Stencils and How To Paint a Galvanized French Flower Bucket


Today I'm incorporating my Friday Finds: Classic Edition post with
a tutorial on how to paint a galvanized French flower bucket
and how to make your own stencils. When I first found

November 16, 2014

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Printables



I'm a chalkboard printable stalker. I'm constantly on the lookout
for new and different chalkboard printables that I can switch out
with the holidays and the seasons. I recently shared my thrift store
frame redo, after filling it with

November 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Tablescape and a Bouqs Bouquet


Flowers really can make or break a tablescape. We don't
entertain often since our families live so far away,
but when we do I love to create a tablescape
that is both inviting and colorful. I think I
achieved my goal this year with my Thanksgiving
tablescape, compliments of The Bouqs Co.


 
(In the spirit of full disclosure, I'm an affiliate for The Bouqs Co.,
which means that they provided the flowers for
this post.  If you buy one of their awesome bouquets
from a link on my blog I will receive a small
monetary payment. All opinions are my own.)

The Bouqs, an online flower company, is a farm-direct
option for beautiful flowers at flat-rate prices. 
They've received props from many big names in the
entertainment industry, including O Magazine's 2013 "Wow List":

The Bouqs offers 40 elegant, minimalist arrangements, with
nary a sprig of baby's breath in sight, for a flat rate of $40,
including shipping to anywhere in the United States.
Because they're sent straight from sustainable Equadorian
farms, where they're grown in sun-drenched, mineral-rich
volcanic soil, the flowers arrive just four days after being cut
(versus six to 14 for many florist-bought
arrangements). (thebouqs.com)
—Abbe Wright 


When I picked up these deer head mugs at JoAnne's
for 60% off I knew I would be using them for vases.
But first I wanted to create a more traditional arrangement.
 
 
Here's what they looked like when they arrived.
Aren't they gorgeous?
 

I purposely ordered their "Dawn" bouquet, knowing that it
would make a great fall color arrangement for a Thanksgiving
table. And who doesn't love roses? When they arrived I was
pleasantly surprised to find that my dozen was actually
a dozen plus two, or 14 flowers. I added some pheasant
feathers and dried filler flowers I had on hand to create
more of a Thanksgiving vibe. I loved how they looked 
in my enamelware pitcher on the foyer table.



 
After the foyer display, it was on to the tablescape! I was really
looking forward to this part, after having scoured Pinterest
and blogs to get an idea of how I wanted to decorate 
my table this year. I embraced the fall colored roses
and kept things simple and natural.


The tablecloth is actually a woolen throw blanket we brought
home from our honeymoon in Ireland almost 20 years ago.
I thought it helped create a fall ambience, as well as
stir up memories of picnics and tailgate parties.  

 
Baby boo white pumpkins were the main event, along with
simple pine cones and pheasant feathers.
 
Each place was set with a vintage white napkin, a
mini pumpkin and a chalkboard name tag.
 
 
 
I even added a turkey-shaped soup tureen at the end of the table for effect.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 I can already see these filled with red roses for Christmas!
Maybe on the mantle?
 
I'd definitely recommend checking out The Bouqs, as they're 
sure to have a bouquet that's just right for your needs.
And many thanks to them for providing me with the perfect
fall flowers for my beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape.
 
So what's YOUR favorite flower?
 
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November 8, 2014

Friday Finds Classic Edition: Dining Chair Slipcover Transformation

Today's find is representative of how one small, simple
decor change can make a huge difference in how
a piece of furniture looks. I present you with the
BEFORE:


This is one of my dining room chairs. It belongs to a
fine old dining room set that was my husband's
when we got married almost 19 years ago.
He originally received it as a loaner from his sister.
The caning is long past it's prime, and even though the
upholstery you see was an upgrade DIY by Mr. CBD
at my request (19 years ago), the poor thing is just plain
lost in another era. What era that is, I'm still trying to figure out.

Enter my Goodwill Classic Find. 


A brand new SureFit dining chair slipcover that I got for all of $3.99.
 
For years I've wanted to cover all 6 chairs, but when
 push came to shove I always hemmed and hawed over
spending the money. Ironically, it was this exact
same cover that I had wanted to buy.

 
Something so basic, like the neutral cotton duck fabric,
can be used in any room in the house,
not just the dining room. And pillows
are the best accessory, I always say.


Here I've chosen to add a vintage grainsack pillow. I then
 set the chair up in the foyer for a different
fall look along with all my favorite pretty pumpkins!


Not surprisingly, my love for cloches and trophies is pretty apparent, too, no?


This Goodwill-find pedestal was painted white and
distressed by me a long time ago. It has served
me well as a display piece for many beautiful
home décor items over the years.


I'm really loving this inexpensive décor change.
Once I'm done using it in the foyer
I'll simply return it back to the dining room. 
The beauty of this type of chair cover is that
it can mix in easily with just about any style you
already happen to have going on in a room. 
If I ever end up stumbling upon 5 more chair
slipcovers at Goodwill (not likely), I'll have it made.
But if not, that's ok, too, because I've always loved
the eclectic look you get when you mix and match
different styles of chairs around any table.   
 
Like this.
 
mix-and-match-chairs
 
What about you?
 
Are you a
 
MATCHY-MATCH  kind of person
 
or
 
a
 
MIX-IT-UP kind of person
 
when it comes to tables and chairs?
 
Well I hope everyone's having an awesome fall weekend.
 
I can't believe that Thanksgiving is only
 
three weeks away! 
 
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November 1, 2014

Decorating With Pumpkins After Halloween


 
 
Just because Halloween is over doesn't mean you have to
relegate your pumpkins to the garbage bin.
 
Au contraire.
 
There are so many other things you can do with pumpkins. 
They're versatile, not to mention pretty darn cute.
And depending on the size and color, the sky's the limit.
 
These little guys make quite the preppy statement. 
 
pumpkins with ribbon


 
And how easy is this? Just fill the fireplace!  

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The next one is genius in my book, seeing as I'm a huge fan of ironstone soup tureens.
Can't you just see this on your Thanksgiving dinner table? I mean, how cool is that?


I guess the "flip" side of the tureen lid transformation would be the ice bucket.
 Use the whole pumpkin and end up with two equally useful entertaining ideas.


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I can't even tell you how cool I think blue pumpkins are.
 
pumpkin 5
 
I mean, seriously.
 
pumpkin 1
 
I really do love those little white baby boos.
 
 
My three little pumpkins are sitting in a wooden bowl
 that I recently picked up at Goodwill for $1.99.
I think it has just the right amount of wear
on it to give it that vintage, well-loved vibe.
 
I can see this on my coffee table, on the
 kitchen counter or even in the foyer, greeting guests 
throughout the Thanksgiving holiday.
 
 
 
I hope you've been inspired to hang onto those pumpkins 
for just a little while longer and use them in some
unique and maybe even funky way around your home.
 
You can always pick up unique, vintage containers at your local
thrift store like I did and they will add just the right touch
to your pumpkin display.
 
For more pumpkin décor ideas be sure to visit my Pinterest Pumpkins Board.  

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