04 October 2018

A Halloween Tablescape

This year I thought it might be fun to create a Halloween themed tablescape, especially since I've not done one before.  Rather than something ghoulish I've gone for a cheery traditional look.

Starting with the black feathered black tree along with the black and orange garland both from Joann Stores.

  The table runner is a staple for me, it is the most used table runner that I own.  It is a neutral and provides a great backdrop for anything that I place on it.  The orange tapers and the paper napkins were also a find at JoAnn's

Adding orange pumpkins to the center of the table on either end and a string of pumpkin glimmer strings from Pier 1 makes it festive!  Those glimmer string are precious when they are lit!

The orange placemats I've had for ages, they most likely came from Marshall's as did the orange salad plates.

The black and white plaid chargers are a very recent purchase.  I only picked up 2 and I'm debating if I want to get more.  I try hard not to buy loads of trendy pieces and I've not made my mind up where else I can use these yet.

With the table set maybe I'll call a few friends to come over!


01 October 2018

Fall Touches

The calendar may say fall but the temperature here in Alabama say anything but!  Truthfully, I struggle decorating for fall when we have still been in the 90's!  I've pressed on and have fall touches around the house...just for you all!

When it comes to decorating for fall I always start with the coffee table.  Our coffee table gets quite the work out day in and day out!  As I type this post my feet are plopped right on the edge of it. HA!  When it comes to the changing seasons the coffee table does get a refresh, yet I do my best to keep it simple since it is in constant use!  This fall I added to my velvet pumpkin collection.  I found Lizz + Pipp Handmade via Instagram and they are here in Alabama!  The royal blue pumpkin is a great match to the Blue Willow...I'm going to need more of alot more!  Also, this is not a sponsored post.

Almost always there is a collection that sits atop a tray on the coffee table.  I like to group those items, it gives some order to the space.  This tray is an English antique and it moves all over the house. 
 The colors of the biscuit barrels add warmth to the table and the time of year, the Imari plate I think pairs well with the colors in the tray and the Blue Willow piece.

 Moving over to the mantle I opted for colors that while they compliment the coffee table they are a bit not the normal fall colors...usually.  They are in the blue family and you all know I adore blues!  As soon as these pumpkins were available at Pier 1 they came home with me!  Some of the other pumpkins I've had for years.

Rarely, do I use fresh/real pumpkins as they tend to rot quickly in this heat!  I'm not complaining, I LOVE hot weather!  I'm probably the only blogger that dreads fall!  HA!

The kitchen got a wee bit of fall. The colors of these pumpkins work well with the current kitchen decor.

My English trug was an ideal spot to toss a few pumpkins into.  I waited for ages to find a trug and the color of this one was worth that wait!

With that I'm ready to tuck these pumpkins up in the attic.  I'm ready to move on to decorating Christmas trees, anyone else?

28 September 2018


A few weeks ago a good friend tagged me in one of those Instagram giveaways.  I responded and did what was asked of the hosts of the giveaway.  While I was following and tagging my friends I looked around on both of the hosts Instagram accounts.  Their accounts were both filled with gorgeous pieces!  From their Instagram accounts I ventured to their websites and I genuinely liked what I saw.  A few days later I found out that I won!!  Ya'll I never win anything.

I am thrilled to have been the winner of this amazing pumpkin along with a pair of Staffordshire dogs and Blue Willow candlesticks.  You all know those are some of my fav things!  The Inspired Nest  is responsible for the beautifully hand painted pumpkin.  The entire pumpkin is just as lovely as the part with the pagoda.   If you haven't already, be sure to stop by her Etsy and see all the gorgeous things she has.  There is a pair of paper mache hearts I will have to have!!

Lillian Grey Vintage Home has so many beautiful blue and white pieces, along with other great things like Staffordshire dogs!

The Blue Willow candlesticks are just everything!  I couldn't adore them more.  They work so well with all my other Blue Willow

After walking around the house with the pumpkin I think it looks perfect sitting on my new chest in the foyer!
Have you ever entered one of those Instagram giveaways?  Well I'm working with a few friends on a  giveaway soon so keep watching my Instagram for details...SOON!!!

20 September 2018

Flavors of Fall

Welcome to the Flavors of Fall Progressive Dinner!  I'm delighted you've stopped by!  If you are coming over from Confetti Style  welcome!  The tablescape that Shelly created was nothing short of gorgeous don't you think?  

For this progressive dinner party, I'm sharing what I like to do for hostess gifts.  Any time we are invited to a party,over to friends house or whatever type of get together I always take a small gift.  Many times if I don't know the host well I take a bottle of wine,  I will admit that I believe this is an impersonal gift...but often times it is the perfect gift!

If I know the host well, I try to incorporate their hobby.  If it is a themed party/dinner I try to put that into the thought process for the gift.  Since our progressive dinner party having a fall theme I thought I'd go on with something with Halloween flair & colors!
I started with the darling cat trick or treat bag from JoAnn Stores, adding some paper napkins and treat boxes also from JoAnn's.  Those were obvious items to me to use and they were easy to find and affordable.
The other items weren't very themed by themselves.  As I strolled the aisles of WalMart I saw the gray dish towels and immediately thought how they could be "Frankensteinish" is that even a it is!  Adding the pops of bright green utensils and the orange bow it gave it a very Halloween feel.

In full disclosure I often recreate this hostess gift through the year with dish towels that fit the season.  If we have several parties during the Christmas holidays I buy a large bundle of red and white dish towels and separate them.  In addition I add a few wooden spoons or pot holders and tie with a piece of matching ribbon.  The gift is always met with great enthusiasm and with surprise that someone would gift something so practical!  Our generation is the group that goes to excess when so many times simple is more appreciated.  Remember that it isn't how much we spend on the gift, but that we let the host know that we appreciate the trouble she/he has gone to in preparation for our arrival.
You are in for a treat as you head over for cocktails at Atta Girl Says!  


19 September 2018

A Thrifted Chest

For ages I've wanted a new chest to go into the foyer, a bow front chest to be exact.  As I've antique shopped over the years I've seen several chest that I'd have love to have owned sadly, they were not in my budget!

I'm a firm believer that good things comes to those that wait.  Last Friday when I spied this chest I knew my waiting had come to an end.  As I looked at the price tag of the chest I wasn't sure if I was reading it correctly so, I asked my friend if the tag said $110.  Her first words were "ask what their best price is."

This beautiful piece came home with me for less than $100.  Patience my friends...patience!  I'm glad I've waited for not only a good piece but a good price as well.

The chest fit perfectly into the foyer!  After a bit of styling different lamps I knew I had created the perfect vignette.

The shop that I found it was a new place over in Pine Mountain, Georgia.  It is called The White Rabbit.  She has many pretty things that I'd say are mostly vintage.  Should you be over that way stop by and see what she along with the many other antique stores there have to offer!  My chest had been in a home on base at Fort Benning for many years I understand.  This chest is not an antique, it doesn't fit the criteria.  At the least it it is probably from the 50's, the drawers are immaculate condition and are dovetailed.

This is my view from the living room sofa and I simply adore it!  I couldn't be more pleased with my latest thrifting find!!

Get busy shopping ya' never know what waits for you out there!!!
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