Thursday, February 21, 2019

3 Simple Steps for Styling a Chic Coffee Table

Hi friends! 
Call me crazy, but I LOVE styling coffee tables! I know it's not everyone's idea of fun,
 but I have a super simple (I promise!) step-by-step formula that just may change your
mind. The good news is it will work for round, square or rectangle coffee tables, and I'll bet
 you already have everything you need to create a stylish vignette. Three of my long time
 favorite bloggers Cindy @ Rough Luxe, MaryAnn @ Classic Casual Home and
 Annie @ Most Lovely Things host a monthly Project Design Series, this month I'm excited
 to join them along with
 to share our 'Coffee Table Styling Tips' with you.
I have been a fan of all these talented, beautiful ladies for years and know we're in for some
serious style!


It happens that I joined them for a Coffee Table Styling series a few years ago,
you can check it out here for more inspiration. 

My 3 Simple Steps are at the end ~
but I've shared some extra tips with each vignette below.  


I love including large statement pieces or oversize vases of greenery casually
 spilling over. This is seeded eucalyptus from the grocery store, an inexpensive
option ($6) that gives a lot of bang for the buck.  



A black, white and gold color scheme coordinates with ANYTHING!
These hammered metal glasses are large and heavy, a recent find at Homegoods for
$13 - they add a little dose of fun.  


Be sure to include varied textures -  clear glass, brass, hammered metal, 
textured vase. 


Use a patterned vase to add interest, and books that pull out a color in your
pillows or other furnishings to coordinate, just don't go overboard being too matchy. 


A small (4"x4") clear square vase (Hobby Lobby) is perfect for a more greenery
 but doesn't look too busy or overdone. That's a leftover from a Valentine bouquet and 
some boxwood clippings from my yard. Btw, we have snow on the ground but the bottom
side of my boxwood are green.    


A lucite tray is ideal when you have a lot going on (pillows & gallery wall) and need
something simple. I lined it with a piece of leopard wrapping paper because you can 
never go wrong with leopard print! 




Vary the height of items you use, and if a large statement piece is ornate keep the
other accessories to a minimum.



Everything looks good in a white vase! 
If you look back I have a variety of them in different shapes and sizes.
 Vary the texture of greenery - the small glass vase holds hosta leaves from our yard. 
Bright colored books from the thrift store add a fun pop of color.   



For a rectangular table I follow the same 3 Simple Steps but add an extra pile of books.
Souvenirs you pick up traveling are always a great addition and conversation piece.  



3 Simple Steps to a Stylish Coffee Table

Create 3 Sections on your table

Section #1
A tray or larger books placed beneath two vases of flowers or greenery
(one tall vase and one smaller - vary up your greenery)  

Section #2
A couple of low books
(a great place to inject pattern and color)
a magnifying glass always looks great on a pile of books

Section #3
An interesting object
(a box to hold remotes, something quirky or whimsical, 
something sentimental, a pretty bowl, an antique, anything you love)


Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you're inspired to knock out
some styling! 

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Cindy @ Rough Luxe
 MaryAnn @ Classic Casual Home
 Annie @ Most Lovely Things 
 Kris @ Driven by Decor 
Sherry @ Design Indulgence 


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

My Fifteen Favorites - Christmas Wish List


Happy Shopping Friends! 
We've super-sized 'My Five Favorites' this month and are sharing our Fifteen Favorites,
including some of our personal Christmas Lists! I think it's my favorite post of the year. 
My blogging pals always have the best lists, and since I have a December birthday I
always feel justified adding a few of their great ideas to mine. :) 

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

We're so excited to have Megan @ Honey We're Home as our guest host today, she's an
 absolute sweetheart, the cutest mommy to James & Jordan, a fashion & home blogger, 
and fitness guru extrordinaire! 
She has a surprise giveaway with her list you won't want to miss!


 All of my favorites are for the women on your list:  
 5 ITEMS I HAVE & LOVE
5 ITEMS I NEED
5 STOCKING STUFFERS


I HAVE & LOVE!


I bought this cozy soft Beaded sweater  for casual occasions during the holidays, it's adorned
with pearls and rhinestones and is a little oversized. I like mixing my wardrobe
 (same as my decor) - distressed jeans and a dressier top. I know it will be on repeat, I just 
need to keep track of who's seen it. Haha! I'll wear it shopping, coffee with a friend, casual
 family dinner, it'd be fun for ice skating or zoo lights with a warm scarf and beanie.  


   LOVE my Block Monogram Necklace it was on my NEED Christmas list last year and
 is perfect for layering with several necklaces I have. I get a ton of compliments! 
Mine is Gold Fill - 16" - Large (1.625") - Blonde Marble   


I bought these classic Adidas Sneakers several months ago, they're super comfortable, 
and so versatile. They're fun to pair with white jeans in summer/fall and above is my
 favorite timeless, casual look for cooler fall/winter weather. The silver side stripes are
 more subtle than the bolder black stripes.  


Wearing my bright pink Boden coat makes me feel happy and stylish every time I put it on!
 I've had mine for a few years, the style is almost exactly the same as this one. It's playful
yet polished and the simple style looks equally pretty dressed up or down.  


I'm not the only one that thinks these mid-rise jersey leggings from Old Navy are awesome!
4.7 stars and over 1K reviews. Old Navy activewear wears incredibly and is crazy reasonable.
It's always good motivation to start the new year with a few new workout pieces. 


I DON'T HAVE AND NEED! :)


Snakeskin is on trend this year, and I love the high end look of the block heel on these
  Faux Snakeskin Booties. A little height but still comfy enough for wearing all day. 
 Sizes are going fast at $65!  


I LOVE this floral sweater and wouldn't it be great with the snakeskin boots above! 
My perfect outfit - comfy, pretty details and unique! 
I haven't ever ordered from this site before, so don't have any experience with them,
but I think this sweater is worth trying them out!  


I put this on my list in September when I read it was the hottest accessory at New York Fashion Week. Not only is the $14 Clear Bubble Umbrella the choice for fashionistas, as it goes
 with any outfit, but it's practical, more wind-resistant and slopes downward to give you more
 protection from the rain.    


I need a crossbody bag and I'm thinking this Michael Kors will fill all my needs, it has a
 boatload of great reviews and the color is perfect - not too gold or pumpkin(ish).  The
size isn't too small to fit my phone, wallet and sunglasses. 

This Sherpa Toggle Coat checks all the boxes!
Cozy and classic toggle closures make my list! I like the stand up collar,
lined, and described as getting a hug from a teddy bear! 

STOCKING STUFFERS OR TIE ON A GIFT! 

  

  I love tying these fun one-of-a-kind Anthropologie Annalise Spatulas on gifts!
The ideas are endless ~ 
a cook book, breakfast basket, new kitchen towels, homemade cookie dough, 
a plant.... 






elf Lip Lock Pencil keeps your lipstick, gloss or liner from feathering, or budging.
A friend told me about this, for $3 it's worth trying, I'm sneaking one in my stocking, 
and picking up a few to tie on my girlfriend gifts.   

Coin necklaces are still popular and here's a fun piece of costume jewelry that will give
 you the chic look but won't break the bank. It's the perfect layering piece, and would look
great with the monogram necklace above. 

I've mentioned this before, and you guys NEED to order Rapid Lash to put in your
stocking. I'd always had good lashes but they started getting shorter and after researching
I determined Rapid Lash was the best price/review combination I was looking for. 
It's $22 on Amazon - much more reasonable than $100/tube. I was completely
surprised at how long a tube lasts. I'm going to be close to 2 tubes lasting a year! I'm
diligent about using nightly because your lashes return to their previous condition when
you discontinue use.  I have noticed I go through mascara more quickly and Lash Paradise
is my favorite, but I don't like the waterproof.   


I found Buxom Plumping Lip Polish (Dolly) one day when I was at Sephora, and
asked a lady what lipstick she was wearing. It has a slight tingle when applied, that's the
plumping at work. Dolly is the best selling shade - it's described as 'sultry mauve.' 
I love using it over other lipstick shades, too. 


  Be sure to stop by and check out my pals' lists:

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles




Wednesday, November 7, 2018

My Five Favorites - Budget Friendly Lighting


Hi friends - it's time for another round of My Five Favorites, our theme this month is
Lighting. I always suggest clients change out their lighting, it's one of the easiest elements to transform the feel of your space, and create an updated look. These are tried and true,
 budget friendly favorites that I've used for my clients several times. Be sure to check out
what my blogging pals are sharing too:

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

Our guest host this month is Sue @ The Zhush. I've been a long time fan of her chic,
 timeless style. She has a great eye for creating a perfect eclectic balance of traditional,
lively, and sophisticated. Don't miss her beautiful Instagram feed, too!



#1  PB Knock Off Chandelier

Lowes Eberline Chandelier is an awesome buy at $250!
If you don't want to spring for the Pottery Barn look-a-like at $1,000, it's a beautiful
 alternative, and definitely a big bang for the buck! 

Lowes

#2 Battery Operated Picture Lights 

I love the classic style of a picture light and how it elevates any type of artwork or photography.
Lamps Plus has several battery operated choices that make the installation a breeze.  

Marcus Design

#3 Target Tripod Floor Lamps

A ton of great reviews for the Delavan Tripod Floor Lamp available in Black or Brass. 
This stylish casual lamp is a steal at $80! A polished style with clean lines, it works 
in any room and the cord runs inside the leg, so no unsightly cord hanging down.   



#4  Modern Acrylic Floor Lamp

CB2 opened in Denver a couple months ago, and this Column Acrylic Floor Lamp
is my favorite piece in the store!
It is stunning, and the perfect addition to achieve an eclectic mix with more traditional
furnishings. I'm thinking it might need to be on my Christmas list! :)  


 #5  Thrifted Vintage Brass Lamps

I see vintage brass lamps at thrift stores all the time! 
These brass lamps are posted on Denver Craigslist for $65 for the pair.
Wouldn't they be beautiful with black shades?  


Here are a pair I found a few years ago, adding the black shades made a big impact,
 and they're so versatile, I move them all over our home. 



Don't miss these friends' favorites:

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

My Five Favorites - Fall Essentials - Home & Fashion

Happy October friends! Do these months fly by or what? It's time for another round of
My Five Favorites, and this month we're sharing our Fall Essentials for home and fashion.
My pals' favorites always get me in trouble, I'm anxious to see what I need! 
Our sweet friend Lisa @ Shine Your Light will be back next month.    

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

Welcome to our guest this month, Laura @ Duke Manor Farm lives on a gorgeous farm in
 the countryside of Georgia. She's created the most charming home for her lucky family!
 You can check out her beautiful fall tour here, and follow her on Instagram here.

Duke Manor Farm

#1 ~ Velvet Embroidered Crane Pillow

This fabulous little pillow made a big impact! 
Confession:  The only items I added to my family room for fall is this pillow from
 World Market and fall branches and it feels completely transformed. It's a pretty
14 "x 20" velvet lumbar, with embroidered cranes and Chinese florals, I couldn't love 
it more! 


Close up of pretty texture! 



#2 ~ Plaid Blazer

I've mentioned before Free People is one of my favorite clothing brands, and this classic
 plaid blazer is pure perfection for an effortless, chic style. I love pairing it with feminine
ruffle details and jeans, but I can think of several different looks...here's my justification
 that it's worth the investment.

Pencil skirt, pearls and pumps
Brown Maxi skirt with leopard boots
Brown leggings, cream turtleneck and riding boots
Camel wide leg trousers, lace bodysuit, cap toe pumps
White jeans, white t-shirt, white leather sneakers    



#3 ~ Leather Pants

I've been on the search for faux leather pants for a year or so, since seeing Jaclyn Smith
(of Charlie's Angels for those of you old enough to have been a fan :)) wear them at a
 presentation here in town. She looked absolutely stunning at 70!
I tried the blogger fav but felt like they looked too similar to typical black leggings.
 I found these at Banana Republic and they're exactly what I had in mind!
Flattering, sleek, and classy but not skin tight, a beautiful dark olive color, that's more
 unique than black.
BONUS!!! I purchased them online to pick up in store - when I went to the store they were
40% off! The price still hasn't changed online, so check stock at your store and you may get
 a steal! I haven't experienced anything negative some of the reviews refer to.

Four Stars **** - 56 Reviews
     


#4 ~ Frozen French Baguette @ Costco 

In my book there's nothing better for a fall dinner than homemade soup and a 
warm French baguette! You can find these at Costco in the frozen section during the fall
 and winter. They're delicious and super easy to pop in the oven and serve warm.
$10.69 for 10 baguettes - 5 twin packs



#5 ~ Tulip Bulbs

WARNING: Delayed gratification!!
I'm definitely an instant gratification girl, but if something is worth waiting for, a landscape
of pretty spring flowers after a long winter is high on my list. This is the month to plant
 tulip bulbs for a beautiful spring garden.
While you're at Costco picking up the French baguette grab a bag of their tulip bulbs
 OR
 if your store has sold out there are a few Designer Collections available to
order on their website. Below is a photo of our yard from a few years ago, I like to plant
 them in clumps of 10-15 for the biggest bang!


You should put it on your weekend to-do list because I guarantee it will make you smile
 when you see little green shoots poking through the warming ground in early spring!

Costco Tulip Collection

Don't miss these friends' favorites:

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles











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