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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Home Tour



Part of what I love about Christmas, is decorating my home.  It is definitely a season I am enamored about decorating for.  This year, I tried using just the basics and incorporating a bit more greenery, and some sparkle.  I'll be sad when I have to take it all down..but I'm sure I'm not the only one.     



So this year to use a bit more green, I decided on a little project near my front door.  Using branches I picked up at Home Depot (FYI:  always visit the tree cutting area, free branches people!!!)  Using an extra planted pot, I filled her with a plastic bowl, with branches inside, lights and sparkly bulbs.  A little arranging, this super easy and cost effective project looked festive and beautiful near my front door.





For the front door I used a simple burlap bow for the wreath again.







The entry table got some festive bulbs and sleigh bells.  
I took a little inspiration from Kristin at The Hunted Interior...
and instead, hung sleigh bells from my table lamp.  















A super easy and quick, drop cloth pillow was made in less than 20 minutes.  I'm kicking myself that I didn't think about doing these as Christmas gifts.  I guess there's always next year.





And sitting atop the bookcase, I went all out with the sparkle.  
A mirrored tree, mercury candlestick and disco ball.  
I love it when the sun shines in and makes the room sparkle.  Disco ball year round?? Yes!









And lastly, our Christmas tree.  After years and years of doing the traditional gold and red...I went blue and silver last year.  On the coffee table, a glass urn with extra bulbs and glittery balls, sit on top of a few books.  And some added contrast with the wooden star and mini-glittered tree.   









Our tradition with our tree, is each year the kids get to make or pick out an ornament.  I love that they get to add their own character and personality to the tree.  As my little girl is getting older, it's fun to get out the ornaments and see her face as she remembers the ones from the year prior.  









Happy Holidays friends!
Have a very,


Merry Christmas!
xo...Sara




Linking to:  The Nester Tour of Homes

Monday, December 17, 2012

A punch of Red




I had the opportunity to reupholster for a good friend who, I built this lovely headboard for.  We decided on a fun and colorful print.  Her colors in her living room are muted brown, green with hints of red.  I thought having a punch of red, would shake it up.  

I think this does the trick. 








The before and after.




















And on a side note...the kids are officially out of school for the next three weeks.  Ahhh!  I am loving it already...this week calls for some baking and fun Christmas activities.  

What are your pre-week Christmas plans??



xo...Sara

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Creative Christmas Stands



I'm on the lookout for a cool new way to stand my Christmas tree up.  In the past, it was a Santa red and green heavy felt skirt, but that was when, for eight years, I decorated my tree in traditional red and gold.  Last year, I took a more refreshing spin on things and decided on silver and turquoise (which I LOVE!)  But my tree skirt just wasn't going to fit the bill.  And frankly, a little past me at this point.  

I've seen so many great ideas and wonder if I'll ever decide on one, since it takes me forever to make a decision.  Tree stumps, urns, baskets and even a drum have been used...seriously, what else can we fit a tree into? 

I'm torn.




A Desert Fete



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Ballard Designs


BHG


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Lowe's






Southern Living




Tell me friends...what do you use???




Friday, November 16, 2012

Cozy Love



As we're nearing Thanksgiving...the temp around here is so chill.  I love it!  I wish it were colder than it is (a very sad 70 degrees, around these parts).  Yes, I know...what am I complaining about?...nothing.  But this weather in the middle of November is killn' me.  

And while I was at Target today, I took a few laps around their home decor section (okay, maybe a twenty), and was getting all cozy with all the fun, warm, Christmas-y decor they had out.  I think I need me a sweater pillow? Hmm?  I mean, really...cuz I don't have enough pillows as it is.  Pshh.  So here's to all things cozy and sweating out the 60 degree for an hour in the morning.






1.Pom-pom Throw/ 2.Sweater Pillow/ 3.Cozy Mug/ 4.Plaid scarf/ 5.Shawl/ 6.Candles/ 7.Branch candle holder/ 8.Cardboard Trees/ 9.Knit leg warmers



Happy Friday, friends!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Inspiration: Unique bookcases for Kids

Today the kids are out of school, which meant I had a small window of opportunity to relish a little bit more sleep this morning.  And like I mentioned in last week's post, I've been trying to give the kids room a little more attention.  Part of which I'm trying to decide on a better way of housing the kids books and toys.  Seriously, there are so many adorable ways of displaying them...



Decorpad






 This one is just a drawer with attached legs from Apartment therapy. 


Apartment Therapy



And this bookcase has been my favorite for a long time now...although, 
I know I could build this sucker myself and save oh, I don't know....$600!

Pinterest




These little guys are just too cute for words...if you don't have a lot of 
space to have a bookcase, these little guys will get the job done nicely.


Go-Home



Picture ledges are fun way to go too.  These can be built for less than $10, Ana shows you how here.  And if you're not into building your own, I've seen some even done with spice racks.



                              





This quirky bookcase you can build in less than an hour, using simple crate boxes.  
Which you can paint to match any color scheme.

Babble




I love this tree bookcase...although, I think my kids may find it to be like something 
more of a jungle gym rather than a bookcase.


Rosenberry Rooms


And this one was just too cute to pass up, so cute!!
And he's on wheels...helloooo!


Spearmint Baby





I'm sure it will take me forever to decide what I'll actually do in the kids room...for now, I'm just brainstorming.  


Any of them strike a fancy with you???


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Living in Black & Gold



Today might be the last day of October and everyone and their mother will be jumping right into Christmas...but I'm holding onto some pretty black and gold, that I think needs to stick around a little longer.  Wouldn't you say??  And what I love about all of these goodies is that everything (minus the amazing rug from Joss & Main) is under $30!!   




I'll take one of each, thank you.  






One.  Two.  Three. Four. Five. six. Seven. Eight. 




Have a goolish day ya'll!!


~Sara


Monday, October 29, 2012

Inspiration: Sconces


Can you believe we're at the end of October already?  It's like, once October hits, the seasonal months go by in a flash and then it's the New Year.  Man!  I love the holiday's and I'm sad that they come and go so quickly...we really don't get to savor them.  Especially since the stores are throwing them at us all at once, basically it's like..."Hey, it's the middle of October...let's throw Christmas at 'em!"  Ya know, I'm just barely finishing my candy corn people.  Well that, and starting in on my kids Trunk-or-Treat candy.  

And speaking of candy...how many of us have ever considered the little fact that sconces are pretty much the  kits caboodle??  They make everything more lovely and basically have no "proper place", well that's a terrible way of describing them I guess.  What I mean is that they look awesome everywhere.   Kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, hallway, library, office...you name it.  They belong there.  



This first image makes my heart go pitter-patter.

HofT





Jute




These sconces, might just be my favorite.  I love how quirky they are, don't you?


Elle Decor




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The Aestate- Tumblr




HGTV



Industrial sconces = Awesome.

HGTV





JH Interior Design




Another favorite.


Google




Houzz


Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Weekend


This morning I spent some time on the kids room.  It hasn't had much attention lately.  Really, it's been bad...the drapes I hung a few months ago, started sagging, due mainly to the terrible rod (I guess it you can call it that).  I bought the Ikea curtain wire and thought it would be fun to use.  Maybe others have had better success with it, but it was just sloppy and no matter how hard I tried to keep it tight, it failed.  So inevitably, the curtains didn't help it any.  So after months of them drooping (yeah, they hung for a while like that), I finally took them down.

But what did get some attention was this wall above the toy storage.  I added the kids' initials and a new alphabet print.  It was really hard deciding what print to buy, there are so many adorable prints on Etsy.  I went with a neutral print.  Elizabeth loves her new letters all over the wall and since she's learned her ABC's, she is all about reciting them and pointing them out.  It's fun getting to the next stages.







Next on the To Do List, is storage for the toys.  See how the bins have been child-worn--you know, where basically what you have has been used and abused by anyone under the age of 12.  We may need to bring in something a bit sturdier.








Tonight, the kids and I are headed over to our annual church Halloween party.  The kids are excited to dress up and I'm just happy I don't have to cook. Haha!  

So did any of you dress up this year?

I'm bummed I didn't have the funds to this year...I guess I could go as static cling? 

Or something random.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Favorites: Gilded Chairs

If my obsession with gold wasn't enough...these gilded chairs have me anxious to make one a permanent home with me.  I especially love when they're a little bit tarnished, definitely adds some personality there.  And amazingly enough, the images I pulled all have neutral fabric...I'm sure I saw some gilded chairs with pattern somewhere???  

This weekend is dedicated to some early Halloween festivities for the kids.  A church party and candy apple dipping...it's sure to be a good one.  

Have any fun pre-Halloween plans? 

I hope you all have a good one!!  


Eclectic Revisited

Houzz

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