Thursday, February 26, 2015

topiaries...the perfect accessory


Happy Thursday, friends!
We're covered in snow like many of you, and although I do love it, thoughts
 of spring, gardening and pretty plants are on my mind. 
I love the European vibe of topiaries, whether in a weathered, moss covered
 clay pot, or a modern white porcelain container. 
They're the ideal organic accessory for adding texture, height, and life.
They'll start showing up at Home Depot, Lowes and even Whole Foods
soon. Rosemary is one of my favorites.   

gardenhomeandparty.com
Heather Garrett Design
 nestegg.typepad.com 
 sfgirlbybay.com
inthefunlane.com
 decorpad.com 
 houzz.com
 elledecor.com
bhg.com
orrickandcompany.com 
expimage.com 
kitchen lighting
ourfifthhouse.com

msimondesign.com

Be sure to stop by and join us for Best of the Nest tomorrow,
I can't wait to see what you've been up to!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

craigslist scoooore...


My Craigslist addiction was in full force on the weekend, I couldn't be more excited
 about this pair of vintage Henredon wingbacks I scored. I was immediately smitten with
 the vibrant colors, birds and peonies, and for $40 each I couldn't pass them up!      


This photo was buried in an ad among several other items for sale (with a vague title)
 I just happened to scroll through.


The gentleman I met said he was selling for his 88 year old mother, who'd purchased them
 in the '60s. Based on the details and down cushions I'm guessing they were a custom order.
When I asked him about their pristine condition, he said, 
"They were in the parlor and no one was allowed to sit in them!" 
     

We didn't waste any time breaking them in!


I've always thought a pair of chairs would be perfect in our front bay window,
but it's caused quite the dilemma of how arrange everything.
 Clearly, I have a tad too many Craigslist scoooores on my hands!   


Stay tuned, and I'll be back to share more when I get this chaos under control. :)



Friday, February 20, 2015

coffee table reveal and styling tips


I was thrilled when Cindy @ Rough Luxe and Mary Ann @ classic.casual.home
 invited me to participate in their Project Design Series - Styling a Coffee Table.
I also knew there was no way of avoiding it - I would have to out myself!
Here it goes, my coffee table confession: I'm a serious collector/hoarder of Craigslist
coffee tables. The only thing I love more is coffee itself! If you know of a support group
let me know!

In the meantime, say hello to my venti White Mocha with whip...


The key to keeping neutrals interesting is lots of varied textures!
Wood, concrete, glass, greenery, flowers, pottery, shiny, matte, smooth, rough.


Pretty doesn't have to be pricey! Everything on this table came from Goodwill,
the books $1 each on half off day, the wood bowl, the vases I bought a few years ago
 and spray painted.


Wheat grass is quick, easy and inexpensive to grow, the great texture and freshness
 can't be beat. Here are my instructions, if you've never tried it you'll be hooked!
I brought my DIY concrete spheres and old glass float in from the garden for some
rustic texture.


Next came my grande Cinnamon Dolce Latte...


Black and white stripes and leopard patterns easily mix with a multitude of colors
 and combinations. I'm sure you've seen that leopard tray over and over in my vignettes,
 it was a simple Ikea DIY a few years ago. A pretty box to hide the remotes is a must!    


I love my foo dog I found thrifting not long ago, he gives the table the perfect
bit of quirk.  The greenery in the clear square vase is the fern filler that came with
the roses (I used the same on the first coffee table, too).  


And lastly, get a shot of my tall Espresso no foam...
 


My favorite greenery is anything from our yard, but this time of year I'm out
 of luck and used this is faux greenery and floral stem from Hobby Lobby.
Situate the interesting bloom in a smaller vase in front of the larger one to show
it off nicely.



Three 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 - mix up your greenery)
add one other object to create a grouping of three items    

Section #2
A couple low books
(a great place to inject pattern)
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)


I can't wait to see what these talented friends have to share,
guaranteed inspiration galore!


And a huge thank you to Cindy and Mary Ann for such a great idea!


   
   

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

on my thrifting list... vintage decanters


Recently I've started paying more attention to vintage decanters, and found
a couple while thrifting. Hopefully, the beginnings of  a beautiful collection.
Besides being functional for entertaining, they'd make a gorgeous display in
 my  built-ins in our family room, or hutch in the living room, or buffet in the
 dining room, or centerpiece for a party, or.... 

designlovefest.com
 hgtv.com
 hazelnutneworleans.com
 
 greenwaylifeandhome.blogspot.com
 celebrationsathomeblog.com 
  robertomigotto.com.br
  etsy.com
casasugar.com

Do I have you thinking about where you'd put a pretty collection?



Sunday, February 15, 2015

project design - coffee table styling


I'm still enjoying the long weekend, but wanted to pop in quickly to let
you know about a fun series I'm so excited to be participating in this week!
I'll be joining Cindy @ Rough Luxe and Mary Ann @ Classic Casual Home
for their Project Design Series. They've asked several bloggers to share their coffee
 table styling tips and reveal of our coffee tables this Friday. 
I came across so much gorgeous inspiration while researching I had to share
some of my favorites... 
  
 centsationalgirl.com
theeverygirl.com  Yana Puaca's Chicago Home
theglitterguide.com
 waitingonmartha.com
 apartmenttherapy.com
entermyattic.blogspot.com
blogg.skonohem.com

Be sure to stop back on Friday for the coffee table reveals, there's sure
to be an abundance of inspiration with these talented ladies:







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