Thursday, November 20, 2014

a few of my favorite things...

Every year I look forward to the Favorite Things series that Melissa @ 320 Sycamore hosts
 For the past three days our favorite bloggers have shared their favorite items,
 you can get all the scoop here!
I always love finding new products, gifts and ideas from her series, I'm much more likely
 to try something if it's come recommended by a stylish blogger friend. :)
Today I'm sharing a few of my favorites...  

NARS Dolce Vita Lip Pencil, Lipstick, Lip Gloss
nothing more to say than...the PERFECT dusty rose color!
The lipstick is sheer, so if you like a little more color the lip pencil is great.
A bit pricey but a nice if you want to treat yourself.

I LOVE this starch from Dollar Tree!!
It smells SO good, if I had a gazillion $$ and sent my linens out to be laundered and
ironed, I imagine it would come back smelling like this. :)
Since I don't I just use it to iron my pillow cases, and it makes me happy! 

Guy Gift
This is my go-to gift for every hard to buy for guy! 
Monogrammed Beer Mugs, Pilsner Glasses or Martini Glasses
Williams-Sonoma has a great selection of styles and the prices are reasonable at
$40-$50 for a set of four.

Target Katherine Boots aka Frye Knock Offs
I can't even tell you how many compliments I get on these boots, everyone
thinks they are the real deal Frye boots. SO comfortable, and reasonable for leather
 $70 at our favorite, Target! Free Shipping through the holidays.
732 Reviews 4.5 Stars

Busts and planter heads are all the rage and I'd be happy with one in every 
room, but for now I'm stopping at these two. I found both of mine at Homegoods,
in the spring in the garden section for around $25 - $30.  

Ikea Sanela Velvet Pillow Covers with Zippers
20 x 20 - $7
26 x 26 - $10
Pink, White, Gray, Brown, Light Turquoise
I used the gray covers for our bedroom, and trimmed them with Greek key trim from
 Hobby Lobby. They're nice quality and the price can't be beat for the generous size!

Do Ahead Molten Chocolate Cake here
is a favorite dessert to serve during the holidays when I'm entertaining.
 It's SUPER easy, but looks and tastes like you went to a lot of trouble. 
I love that I can make it the day before and then pop it in the oven for 20 minutes
 and serve warm - soooo decadent.

Join me over at Melissa's Favorite Things Link Party for lots of fun lists,
gift ideas, tips and inspiration!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

unique christmas party invitations

If you've been reading for awhile you know one of my favorite traditions to
 kick off the Christmas season is my annual girlfriend party with ten friends, most of
 us met when our kiddos were in pre-school and this is our 14th Annual Party! As part
 of the tradition I come up with a creative invitation that I leave in their mailbox, and
 today I'll be dropping off these...

~ It's beginning to look a lot like cocktails... ~

This is the front, I included the pertinent details on the back. 
I loved that the back of the notecards look the same as the front with no text. 

They were super easy to put together, and if you're not able to drop off invites,
a flat paper martini glass would be fun. 

Martini Glass - Dollar Tree - $1ea.
8 Gold & White Notecards - Target - $1
Gold Berry Branches - Michaels - $2
Green & Leopard Ribbon - Michaels
 (last year after Christmas sale, but I saw it this year)

I punched two holes in the notecard for the ribbon, wound the berries around the stem
 of the glass and tucked in an evergreen sprig from our yard. The berries came in a longer
piece, I just took it apart to create 6" pieces. I added a drop of hot glue to the edge of the 
glass to keep the invite upright.  

You can check out the details of my previous invites and our gift giving game 
here and here.


I'm so excited to announce that I'll be joining these lovely ladies again this year
for The 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes starting in two short weeks!!
We  hope you'll join in the fun and link up your holiday home on December 16th!

Friday, November 14, 2014

fess up friday

I'm sure you all know Elizabeth at Little Black Door, and her infamous series, 
Fess Up Friday, where bloggers confess embarrassing traits, reveal their hoarder
 rooms or worse. Well, I'm up today and all I have to say is, "What was I thinking?!!"'
Elizabeth is the sweetest, witty as all get out and just as talented! I love her style,
 traditional with an unexpected twist, she perfectly captures one-of-a-kind sophisticated,
 bursting with a lively and playful vibe.
A girl after my own heart she is a die-hard antique hunter and thrifter, I love her
  Instagram feed,  a fun find is always popping up.  
I've lost track of her magazine features, but she has a huge spread in the current issue
 of Better Homes and Gardens Refresh!  Congrats, E! 

This beautiful kitchen and dining room of one of her design client's was also featured.

One of my favorites was her Christmas Home Tour last year, in keeping with her
 style it was charming, eclectic and filled with fun traditions! Check it out here. 

Didn't I do a great job of distracting you from heading over
If you really want to check out my embarrassing confession go here. :)

Have a wonderful weekend, wonderful friends!!! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

a friend, a bar cart and a fabulous dessert

I'm so excited to share with you guys that I'm honored to join Rebekah @ A Blissful Nest
as a member of her team of contributors for the holidays. That means I'll be sharing
some posts specifically for the upcoming holidays and today is the first one!
It involves a bar cart, pretty styling, and my simplest and biggest hit for a
 Thanksgiving dessert ~ that's perfect if you're hosting or helping out as a guest. 
Head over to A Blissful Nest to check it out here.

If you don't know Rebekah, she is a sweetheart, a go-getter, a mom to the 
cutest little girl, and she has an interior design background.
Here's a peek at her beautiful home... 

She also has a shop with lots of pretty goodies, perfect to check out for great gifts
and stocking stuffers!   

Do you know Thanksgiving is in two weeks ~ yikes!! 
If you need a little inspiration to get you in the mood, or a simple idea that's a sure
winner stop by A Blissful Nest here

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ORC - craigslist bedroom details

I can't thank you all enough for all of your kind words about our One Room Challenge
Craigslist Bedroom Makeover, it was such a fun project and your enthusiasm and
 wonderful comments are truly icing on the cake! 
We set out to create a beautiful room on a budget and are happy to share our
sources. We splurged on a couple special items, but of course, were completely
 justified because of the money we saved on so many Craigslist scores at great prices. 

Our first purchase was the upholstered headboard from Walmart.
Better Homes and Gardens Grayson Headboard
4 1/2 Stars and 637 Reviews
$149 - Free Shipping AND Returns (including Pick Up from your home)
I can't tell you how impressed we are with the quality and service, we debated on
 colors and ended up ordering both so we had first hand experience with the
hassle free return process.

Drapery Panels
Ikea Ritva Panels - $25/pair
By far my favorite draperies for the price, if you'd like more ideas I did a post about
 them here. I always sew a pleat in the top to give them a more professional look.
We sprayed Ikea clips and rings gold.

White Comforter and Shams - Hotel Collection - Homegoods
Bedskirt - Home Classic - Kohl's
Threshold Organic Blanket - Clownfish Orange -  Target
Ivory Faux Fur Throw - Client owned - World Market
(we customized by adding Greek Key trim from Hobby Lobby)

Square Pillows - Thom Filicia - Citysquare - Terratone
Lumbar - Braemore - Journey Ikat - Fruity
Upholstery on X Benches - Sabu Dove Gray

Lamps - Homegoods
White Pierced Ginger Jars & Vases - Homegoods & Thrifted
Sunburst Mirror - Martha Stewart - Home Depot
Art - Homegoods


Craigslist Finds
Campaign Chests - Nightstands - $60
Wisteria X Benches - $150
Ceiling Pendant - $175
Media Cabinet - $275
Ornate Gold Mirror - $125

Paint Colors
Walls & Ceiling - Benjamin Moore - Simply White
Trim - Benjamin Moore - Marscapone
Media Cabinet - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Pure White  

  That's it until the next One Room Challenge  - mark your calendars, friends!
April 2nd, 2015 

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