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











Wednesday, September 5, 2018

My Five Favorite Ways to Style a Bookcase

Happy September friends!
Do you stand in front of your bookcase with your collection of accessories 
organized and set to go...then cautiously begin placing them...all the while questioning
yourself with each book, vase, or thoughtfully purchased accessory?   
I've got you covered this month, along with my blogging pals, we're sharing lots of tips
and inspiration to make it easy!  

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

Welcome to our guest this month, Bethany @ Dwellings by DeVore. She is the sweetest,
a DIY pro with impeccable style, and has created the most home fabulous home
 on a budget!
Don't miss her Project Gallery here.


Let's get to the ideas...

#1 - Hanging Artwork

I love how artwork can completely change the vibe of your bookcase,
and how easily an antique piece or modern abstract compliments books. 
If you have large built-in bookcases using a generous size piece will take up a good
 deal of space, too!


Williams Sonoma

#2 - Backward Books   

I know this is always controversial, but I still do it all the time, my family is used to it,
 it just takes a tad more time to find what you're looking for!  :)
It looks less busy to me when the colors are cohesive.
 I like to lighten things up for spring and summer, and depending on my fall/winter decor
 I turn them around for a warmer cozy look. 


 #3 - Solid Color Vases

Unique, sophisticated and as easy as collecting a variety of sizes!

House Beautiful


This is my family room from SIX! years ago, although my style has changed the
 idea is still the same. The majority of my vases were thrift store finds that I spray
painted.


#4 - Nature

Everything looks better with a little life and texture courtesy of Mother Nature!
Plants, succulents, fruit, dried grass or foliage, seashells, pine cones.

  
#5 - Contrasting Paint

Painting the background of your bookcases a contrasting color will completely transform
the look, and highlight your books and accessories in a fresh updated way.


Williams Sonoma


Don't miss these friends' favorites:

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles





Wednesday, August 1, 2018

My Five Favorite Ways to Mix Old & New

Happy August friends! I'm in denial that summer is flying by and my son is
heading out of state for college in two weeks! :(  However, there is no denying this month's 
My Five Favorites topic, "Mixing Old and New" is the design style I'm most drawn to time
 and again! An eclectic mix of timeless antiques and modern pieces speak to me, and I'm
 sharing how I create the look. I'm anxious to see what inspiration my pals are mixing up.


I'm excited to welcome our guest this month, Melaine @ My Sweet Savannah has
 created such a charming place for her family in their beautiful lake front home. I love her
one-of-a-kind style and that it's filled with meaningful touches throughout. 



#1 - Geometric Pattern

 The addition of a geometric pattern on the walls lends a youthful, casual feel and keeps
our bedroom from feeling overly formal. I like using geometrics when reupholstering
antique furniture, too. (See below)


#2 - Ornate Mirrors 

If you've been reading for anytime at all you know I have a weakness for
ornate gold mirrors. Add furnishings with clean lines and it's the perfect pairing
of timeless and chic in my book.



#3 - Antique Tables

Rich wood of antique tables add warmth and always look beautiful against white walls
and furnishings.
They're plentiful and inexpensive on Craigslist, estate sales, or thrift stores.


Don't forget your accessories ~ I intentionally mixed old (ornate gold tray) with
new (modern shape vase and square box). 



#4 - Dining Table & Chairs

Dining rooms are much more interesting with an eclectic mix of table and chairs.
I like a stained table with painted or upholstered chairs to keep it from being too matchy.
Did you notice my geometric pattern on the chairs (See #1 above)  mixed with the
 traditional rug and chandelier.



#5 - Antique Cabinet w Modern Accessories

Bold white accessories with varied silhouettes are a great statement to use with an antique
 secretary or vintage hutch. Using accessories in the same color family helps to keep it from
looking overly busy.
Notice the mix of antique silver too.
And the modern ghost chair with antique secretary.
And the geometric pattern on both chairs. 






Wednesday, July 11, 2018

My Five Favorites - Garden Plants, Products & A Crazy Tip

Hey friends, hope you're having an awesome summer and taking advantage of
being outside. Anyone else love early mornings and late evenings on the patio? It's
time for another round of My Five Favorites and this month we're all about the garden,
 sharing our most loved plants, products and tips for keeping it all looking good.
Be sure to check out my pals' favorites, too:

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

I know you'll love our guest this month, Kelly Elko, she has a great sense of humor
and check out her green thumb! On her blog she shares some great tips on growing beauties
like these hydrangeas! Kelly has an obsession with classic old homes, her IG feed is a
treat if you share in her fondness! :)   


#1 - Faux Flowers

I know what you're thinking, but hear me out!
Last year we were having a group over for dinner and as luck would have it my
geraniums had just bloomed and I was left with a nice collection of pretty buds!
I noticed some colorful faux flowers at Hobby Lobby, I thought I could add to my pots
 to give them a little dose of color. :)
My friend commented on how pretty my pots were and asked what type of flowers
I had in them! Hahaha!!
I brought them out again this year to show you guys - in these pots I have a
collection of geraniums, verbena, trailing sweet potato vine and faux gerber daisies. 



There are only five faux flowers in each pot (I broke apart a larger bouquet) all the rest are the
 real deal. I simply wove a bit of the foliage from the verbena through the faux flowers.



#2 - Creeping Jenny

When I was on a garden tour one of my favorite ground covers I saw over and over again
 was Creeping Jenny. I was smitten with the contrast of the bright chartreuse color in the
 gardens! When I researched it, it sounds like it can be grown anywhere (Zone 2-10) and will
 tolerate varied conditions from sun to shade.



#3 - Boxwood

My all time favorite style for a classic landscape. This was another garden on the
same tour, it was a very small lot and packed with inspiration throughout. Their creative
boxwood hedge had me dying to go home and add more to our yard.


I have a ways to go, but ours are doing great, we have 18 of these larger boxwood
 (2' x 2' x 2') along a long bed in our backyard and my little hedge around our birdbath is
 filling in too.


#4 - Evergreens

Arborvitae can't be beat for architectural detail, reasonable price and color throughout
 the winter. They're great against a fence, planted in pots on the patio, or in the garden
below the homeowner anchored four corners of their lot with symmetrical plantings around
a large arborvitae.





#5 - Jack's Classic Bloom Booster

The flowers in Vail, CO are stunning in the summer, it's a short getaway from Denver, and
we've always loved spending a long weekend there. One year I noticed the town's gardeners
tending to the flowers and asked if they had any special tips.
That was my first introduction to Jack's Classic Bloom Booster!
It's the best and I've never used anything else since then.



Vail, CO


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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

My Five Favorite Summer Essentials - Beauty & Fashion

Happy Summer friends! I hope yours is off to a good start. It's time for another round of
My Five Favorites, we're chatting about our favorite summer products. Friends are always
 my go-to for beauty product and fashion recommendations, and I'm anxious to see what
 these girls' must-haves are.  

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

Our guest this month couldn't be sweeter or more perfect for our topic! Sheila @
Maison de Cinq is a former fashion stylist, and has a great eye for decor and all things
 home, as well. How beautiful is this cool, casual vibe she's created for her summer
 living room?



#1 - Rapid Lash

You guys NEED this, whatever the season! I've always had good eyelashes, but they
were gradually getting shorter. I checked with some friends and started searching
 reviews, which led me to this AWESOME, REASONABLY priced lash serum. My lashes
are SO long, and it only took a couple of weeks. I originally bought it at Ulta, with a coupon
 I found online, it ended up being $40, and then saw this deal at Costco - 2 for $49!
I'm still using my original tube I bought over 3 months ago and have skipped nights here
 and there.     




#2 - Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

This is my favorite cleanser that easily removes all of my favorite mascara and has
a refreshing, soothing cucumber extract. The smell makes me feel like I'm at a spa. :)
This cleanser is a little pricey but it goes a long way. I was first introduced when I received
 it as a gift, when I went to get a replacement at Sephora they said it was their best selling
 cleanser. The smaller size ($15) is fun to tie on a special gift (perfect for any age) or for a
 hostess gift. 

#3 - Forever 21 Studded Slide Sandal 

  The perfect chic but inexpensive sandal to wear to the pool or beach. I hate my nice 
sandals getting dirty but I still like to wear something prettier than $1 flip flops. I love
the Valentino Rockstud look of these without the $700 price tag.
 Available in black or white.


#4 - Target Kona Mules

4.5 STARS - 107 REVIEWS
If I wear something new I judge the cuteness factor by how many compliments I
get. Haha! These super comfortable Target mules are perfect Gucci knock offs and are
 off the chart on compliments. I always tell people they're from Target, I really thought one
 stranger was going to hug me, she was beside herself excited to get a pair. 
They're available in Black, White, Red & Silver.  

(The photo on Target website is SO poor, they don't look like someone dumped 
a bottle of glitter on them, they look like photo below)


#5 - H & M Floral Skirt

This lightweight watercolor pattern skirt is easy, breezy and so versatile. I've worn mine
 with a fitted knotted white t-shirt and fun tassel earrings. Perfect dressed up or down. 

  

   
Be sure to check out what my pals are sharing today:

Sheila @ Maison de Cinq

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