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!


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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 these...like 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?
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28 September 2018

I WON!!

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!!!
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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 word...today 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!  


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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'll...you never know what waits for you out there!!!
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12 September 2018

Finding Chairs

Do you ever flip through magazines, Instagram or Pinterest see home decor and think gosh I love that, maybe I could do that in my house.  Maybe you go to a friend's house and see something you can copy at your place.  Over the summer while we were on vacation I had a similar experience.  Except it wasn't a particularly pleasant experience.  I had a molar that had been crowned abscess...while we were on vacation.  Not fun ya'll!!! It was fortunate for me that I found a dentist that was actually open the week of July 4th on St. Simons Island, GA.  The St. Simons Island Dental Associates promptly got me into see one of their dentist.  When I walked into their office it was one of those perfect Pinterest/Instagram moments.  The office was beautifully decorated, exceptional really.  The furnishings were nothing short of exquisite!  Then I had the aha moment...the chairs...were exactly what I needed in our family room.

 


As soon as I returned home I began to search for chairs that were as similar as I could find!  After a few picture text to one of my interior design friends I found out they were called bone chairs and were french!  As luck would have it, I found an antique dealer in Atlanta with very similar chairs, much to my surprise they were extremely affordable!
In the photo below you can see that my drapes would work should the upholstery be similar to those the dealer had.
The only problem with these chairs are there they have no arms and I really want arms. I explained my desire to the dealer and he has a pair coming in from France late this month.  Fingers cross they arrive and are close to the ones at the dentist office!! 

Shout out to Dr. Clements and the staff at St Simons Island Dental Associates for the great care!  I had a root canal a a week later and all is well!
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14 August 2018

Life in the Dorm

Yesterday was the day!  We moved our son into the dorm.  I don't mind to say it was a bittersweet day but, that's a story I'll save for another day.  Today, I'd like to share his dorm room with you.
I've already shared that he is a freshman at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Al. He is majoring in chemistry and is one of Huntingdon's merit scholars.  He will be marching in their band this fall and play bassoon in their concert bands in the spring. 
The incoming freshman are divided into a male and female dorm that are across campus from one another.  John is in a shared dorm room as the majority of the students are there.  Since John is a band kid he was able to move in ahead of the roommate, other than his name we know absolutely nothing about him!  Here is what it looked like before we moved in his belongings.




As you can see the beds are lofted...think bunk bed basically.  More on my opinion of that in a bit.  Below the bed the freshman dorms have a desk top.  They have the option of putting the bed on the bottom and using the desk top as a storage area above.

The plastic drawers by Sterilite are a good options for dorm rooms, they are inexpensive, lightweight and offer adequate storage.  We opted for a small set along with a larger set and you see the really small set is on his desktop.  The larger sized set of drawers have various things like snacks, extra sheets and towels. Extra school supplies fill the small drawer set.  The set on the desk will hold various paperwork.
In the photo below you see a clip on lamp from WalMart along with a shelf.  Ya'll this shelf is the most ideal thing to have if you are in a bunk bed.  The shelf is from Bed Bath & Beyond and was only $24.99.  It easily attaches to the side rail of the bed.  Honey installed it and kept saying what a great idea!  A dorm room must for bunks!


The chest below comes with the room.  It has really good storage , so much that he didn't even fill it up with his clothes!  The hutch was a thrifting find for only $15.  He has paper plates, bowls, disposable cutlery, Keurig, a few photos and the all important fan!  Last night John text me to say he was hot and that he wished we had opted for a clip on fan.  I suggested he put something under the fan to elevate and he reported that it worked well.  I'll still look for a  clip on fan!
The storage space above the closet has lots of space.  You can see we do not have it full by any stretch.  Most kids put a television and gaming system in that space.  To max his space he has the hanging piece that holds his towels.  Now we live close enough that he can easily rotate his clothing.  You may have noticed that none of his long sleeves and long pants are there.  He did take his sport coat, ties and dress pants for fraternity rush that takes place soon!  At the bottom of his closet he has space for assorted beverages and other supplies.

Along about here is where I'll tell  you what I think about bunk beds.  I've never owned or slept in one.  Yesterday was my first experience as a 50+ year old woman that climbed on top of this set to hang these photos.  Now I know what you are thinking...gee Tamyra you didn't do a great job getting those pics all straight...NO I DIDN'T!  Ya'll after the major ordeal it took to get me up there and then to sit upright all the while of hanging these...I should have had John instagram live it!  You'd have been in stitches or scared for me...that I might end up with stitches.  

We debated art for this space all summer...like ya'll ALL summer!  We never found anything in our budget or that he liked. Late in the game we opted for photos that meant something to John.  We framed them in very inexpensive frames from WalMart and attached them to the wall with 3M velcro strips.  I'd never used those before and they are GREAT!



In the photo below you will notice the rug.  This is a piece of bound carpet that I found at WalMart.  It will serve him well for the next year and then we can just toss it out!  Since there had been no communication with the other  roommate we went with a smaller rug that way the other student can put what he likes on his side.
John wanted a comfy chair.  I believe he will do most of his studying at the library but if he does do some in his room he will have good lighting and something nice to sit on .  
This is the roommates side.  The fridge and microwave came with the room.  If I were him I'd see if I could fit that between their nightstands.  Wish I had thought of that before I left and rearranged it for them!

Each floor has a has a lounge area with a ping pong table and television.

Since I won't be there to snap a pic on his "first day of school" I snapped the obligatory photo before I left.

John has always made us proud.  He is a smart, generous, helpful, devoted, enthusiastic young man.  The advice I've given him was to stay true to himself and what he believes in, to not be easily swayed by others. 
GO DO GREAT THINGS JOHN!!!


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