Monday, 31 October 2011

Fall in the Kitchen!

Happy Halloween!  Do you have your bucket of candy ready by the front door?  Are you dressing up?  Jax can't wait to turn into Batman!  John and I won't be dressing up tonight ... we had our fun this past weekend at a fabulous party hosted by our great neighbors.  Can you guess who we are?!  The super cool stick on bling letters on my purse should give you a hint.  LOL

I thought I'd inundate you with our Fall kitchen today ... hope you're not busy because I've included a *la-hot* of pics:

I love adding huge arrangements to the island and thought a copper vase might be a nice Fall accent, too (found at Home Goods):

A glass vase I had on hand holds a battery operated candle that I wrapped in twine and nestled in corn.  In the background, you can see a simple lantern filled with pumpkins, guords and leaves:

Splashes of Fall fill this side of the kitchen, too:

I used my fancy schmancy cheap-o craft scissors (from Michaels) to cut labels for the canisters ... I then wrote on them with my chalkpaint markers and attached them with just a drop of hot glue:

And, of course, you *have* to have a yummy candle burning!  My faves are by Slatkin & Co. (from Bath and Body Works) ... currently burning "Spice."  Bath and Body works also now sells these cute metal candle holders with many different holiday versions to choose from ...

I found this cute red roo at Kirkland's:

And, up above, our soffit is filled with white pumpkins, wheat and muted Fall garland, which I tucked lights into, as well.  Love seeing it lit up at night:

Moving on around, another counter holds more Fall embellishments.  As you can see, here's another roo, but I've sadly suffocated this one in glass cloche (sorry, little fella):

More canisters are filled with items and colors that remind me of Fall:

And, over on the other side, I'm SO loving my new DIY shelves!

Yup, I've already re-tweaked the shelves since I first showed them to you last week (surprise, surprise):

I found the picture at GoodWill for $2!  I really only wanted it for the chunky "beat up" frame, but decided to keep the pear art in there for now:

Another Good Will score is the large, round wicker platter.  I bought 2 of them for $3!  I also decided to fill a cream pitcher with tall branches to balance the height of the items on the soffit on the other side:

Down below on the counter is a simple vignette:

You *know* I'm enjoying our new scale:

Of course, a Fall kitchen wouldn't be complete without REAL flowers full of rich color (from my sweet hubby):

Thanks so much for visiting our Fall kitchen:


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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Think Pink ~ A sweet doll cradle

I am participating in the Go P.I.N.K., Oct. 30th...Are You Aware? Many of us Bloggers are helping spread awareness and standing to fight for this cause.. Breast Cancer! With blog posts that are dedicated to pink, you can view my post then go on over to the party and see what other pinks are out there.

A few years ago I was asked to paint a child's doll cradle. The only requirements were to also

Friday, 28 October 2011

I Finally Got One!

Happy Friday !!

Some of you may know that I've been looking for a vintage kitchen scale for-EVA!  I've scoured our local antique stores all summer ... looked online, but couldn't find one I liked anywhere.  Then, I realized why ... because my friend, Kim, at Savvy Southern Style has ALL of them!  LOL.

SEE ... look at those beauties on her soffit.  She probably put them up that high so that I couldn't sneak over and easily "snatch" one!

 Annnd, another (this one is my fave):

 And, wait, ... there's one more!

I love her collection, for sure and, apparently, my subtle hints didn't work because one didn't show up in my mailbox with a Georgia postmark on it!  Darn.

So, I was thrilled to have *finally* found one on Ebay ... it's fairly large.

And, I love its rustic look:

Can't wait to add something fun on top and to find the perfect spot for it ...

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

A Client's Formal Living Room

I recently shared with you a before and after of a built-in bookcase. Well, that is in a formal living room space that I have been decorating.

Here is what this space looked like when I was hired to warm it up and put personality into the room.

It had the basics, two sofas, two end tables and a coffee table...and a couple of wood side chairs.

Now I will step you through my decorating process.

Happy, Bright & joyous Diwali

Here I am wishing all my wonderful friends a very happy, prosperous, bright & beautiful Diwali.

As u all on blogland must be aware of Patricia's giveaway on her blog colors dekor here is my Shopo wishlist:

Very very beautiful camel lamp. I hope this will be mine ;-)

I wanted this kind of candle stand for quite some time now. Hope this too will be mine :-)))

And these lovely cushions in beautiful colours.

Shopo has fantastic collection of all things beautiful. Do checkout there website.

Linking this to weekly story on colors dekor.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Please Remove Your Shoes & A Clients Foyer

I can't say that this was my idea. I got the idea from Pinterest where there is a wealth of great ideas. I was initially overwhelmed with decorating a huge home by myself, but a friend that I helped decorate her new home recently told me, "You are the Queen of putting personality into a home!" (Thanks Lindsay) That is all it took to spur me on to this new project. So here is how I put personality


The other day, I showed you a "magic trick" of how we made our cabinet disappear.

It went from this:

To this ((*gasp*)):

Well, ABRA CADABRA ... have a lookie now !!

What I absolutely *lurve* about these shelves is that I built, painted and hung them!  Wooo Hooo ...

I couldn't wait to get them finished so that I could *play* by adding a few things I already had on hand (of course, I'm nowhere near done tweaking):

I was so excited to add two of the five absolutely gorgeous velvet pumpkins that I won in a giveaway hosted by my sweet and super talented friend, Lela!  She handcrafted these beauties herself (complete with real pumpkin stems).  She has a fabulous blog, which is, unfortunately, private ... BUT, I'm hoping one of these days, I'll convince her to go public so that you all can enjoy her stunning Tuscan home!  Thanks again, Lela ... so excited to have won!

Lastly, I placed my engraved cheese knives from PB, along with generic stemware in my glass canister for something different:

I'm so excited how it has opened the space up, too!  I'll be back soon to share the details of how I built them (in the meantime, please say a little prayer that they all don't fall apart and come crashing down).  LOL!

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Window Blues!

My friend Gail shared with me another project that she completed. Did I ever tell you that she is one talented lady? She is.

Anyway, she had an old window just hanging outside on her back porch for decor. It blew down in a huge wind storm that we had and Gail took the opportunity to change it up while it was down.

Here is the original window. Cool huh?

Gail said that she painted the window to

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Lyre Back Chairs

Finished a rebirth on these two lyre back chairs today and took them to my antique mall booth.

I fell in love with this fabric from Hobby Lobby. Someone will give them a new home.

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*Boo* Y'all!

Happy Sunday, everyone ... it's going to be a gorgeous Fall day here in South Carolina ... hope you're enjoying fabulous weather, too!  I'm taking a break from my "magic trick" kitchen project, and thought I'd share our Fall mudroom.

This is our little space where I add a bit of Halloween, too.

Jax loves our little mice (bought last year at Michael's).  His art is displayed on the walls, too, which makes me smile:

Command central has a few Halloween guests, too:

Meet Beatrice, the good witch who sits perched on her stool, while a mice is about to be "Boo'd" in the background:

Isn't she cute?

A tray holds canisters of yummy treats (which have been dug into quite a bit!), along with Halloween rings and scary spiders for Jax and the neighborhood kiddos to take when they want:

The soffit is a mix of birds, raffia and pumpkins ... oh my!

A simple grapevine swag with big ol' bow hangs from our farmhouse chalkboard:

Picture wall with a few more Halloween accents:

Love the "folkish" pumpkin men I found last year at HomeGoods:

And, like my Halloween wall art?  It's actually a door mat I found at Dollar Tree that I simply attached to the wall with command strip tape:

Well, please say good-bye to Mr. Mouse who is heading back into his house, while I head back into the garage to continue my kitchen project!

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