Friday, January 31, 2014

My Trip to Savannah

My Sister and I just went back to Savannah for the second time.  It has to be one of my favorite places to visit.  I wanted to share some of my pictures with you.  If you haven't ever been to Savannah, I really encourage you to go.  It's absolutely beautiful!

How can you not LOVE a town with all of the beautiful squares they have.  They are like mini parks all over town.  Just gorgeous and so peaceful.
 Bonaventure Cemetary, is so very beautiful, and is full of history.  We spent hours there just exploring.

My favorite place to eat was the Gryphon Tea Room.  It was unusually cold while we were there, so we had lunch there one day, and stopped for tea and dessert another day.  Such a treat!

 There are numerous beautiful churches and cathedrals.
 We visited several historic homes.  My favorite was Juliette Gordon Low's home.  You aren't allowed to take pictures inside, and outside was under construction.  But, I did take a picture with Juliette Gordon Low.  Hahaha!  By the way, she was the founder of the Girl Scouts.  Her life is a great story.
There are countless beautiful homes too.  

You have to visit Savannah Candy Company
 Savannah is quite an artsy town.  It's the home of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).  I'm proud to say that my very talented niece is about to graduate from SCAD.  Here is a display in the window of one of the SCAD buildings.

 These were iridescent mirrors cut into various shapes.  Isn't it beautiful?  You can sort of see me in the mirrors above!
You can't go to Savannah and not shop at Paris Market.  I can spend hours and hours in that store.

I hope you enjoyed my pictures.  They were just taken with my iPhone, so not great.  Hope you get the chance to go visit Savannah.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Attention to Detail When Decorating Your Home & Other Tips

During the holidays I had the chance to tour my closest friend's Sister's new home.  Have you ever looked at a home and had your mouth open the whole time.  I was speechless!  I wasn't comfortable with asking her if I could take pictures for my blog, but next time, I will.  She has a wonderful eye, and a talent for creating beautiful rooms.  I wanted to share several things I learned from touring her beautiful home, and a few things I have learned since I started blogging.  I'm by no means a professional decorator, these are just some things that are helping me, and may help you also.  I used several of these ideas while putting my house back together after taking down all of my Christmas decor.
  • Attention to detail makes a huge difference
     For example, when I decorated my mantle after Christmas, I created a new arrangement.  I could have just stuck with greenery, and the feathers, but I layered on a burlap bow, and added a rustic star to the side.  Then, I took it one step further, and added the broach for some sparkle, and interest.  Do you recognize the bow and star?  They were my Christmas tree toppers, and so were the feathers (re purpose).
    I got this lantern on sale at Hobby Lobby.  If you don't have the Hobby Lobby app for your phone, you really need it!  It lets you know what is on sale, and if it isn't on sale, there is a 40% off coupon for you to use.  I added battery operated candles, and could have stopped there.  I also added this cross that I had for a little more visual interest.  Paying attention to details.
    I put this large crown on our mantle, and added a glass candle holder, and layered it, by adding a little burlap.  
    Instead of just setting a candle on a table, think outside of the box and set the candle on something to give it visual interest.  Tyler Candle Co makes these pedestals to go with their candles. Love them!  If I don't want to put a candle in it, I can always use it as a pedestal for something else.

     I am a huge fan of magnetic "jewelry" for your lighting.  I found this magnetic flower, and these magnetic crystals at Hobby Lobby.  The flower comes as two pieces so you can place them anywhere.  The crystals are individual, and and easily removed.  They could even be used on a metal shelf, or other places to add interest.
  • Don't be quick to get rid of old things because they are out of style
    • Store those things because you never know when you may get an idea to use them again, or re purpose them
  • Taking pictures of your home helps with decorating 
    • You won't believe how much this helps.  It's weird, I know, but it really helps you see your home with new eyes
      • After I posted the pictures of my Mudroom last week, and have looked at them several times, I have made a few changes to that room, and like it a lot more now.
  • Decorate with your heart
    • If you use what you love, your house will feel homey
I used this tiered tray to display some of my husband's Grandmother's china, and doilies she made.
    I am a huge cupcake lover!  I have these faux cupcakes in an adorable cupcake holder in my kitchen.
    • Incorporate a few trendy items with old decor
     I love crowns, and birds too.  I guess they could be considered trendy, but some of them I have had for quite some time.  The bird above was considered a Christmas decoration, and was a steal!  Watch those after Christmas sales.
     I already had the gold crown above, and the jewelry box, and when I went to my friend's Sister's house, she had both of them, and had stacked them.  Super great idea!  I put mine together when I got home.  So simple, but makes great visual impact!
    I got this crown on clearance because it was considered a Christmas decoration.  That's a great way to get things cheap.  Again, not everything has to be used for Christmas, and you can get great deals.  Plus, it was broken, so I got an even better deal, and I hid the broken part by laying it in a little dish I already had.
    In my entry, I added a few new items with a few old items.  I added the two hydrangea stems with some moss to the vase I already had.
    • Rely on the Internet when you need inspiration
      • There are some SUPER talented bloggers out there with fabulous ideas
      • Pinterest is an amazing resource
    • Above all, do what makes your house feel beautiful for you and your family
    This sweet picture hangs in my master bathroom.  Good reminder!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!  I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my vignettes, and maybe learned a few things that I have learned too.

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    Monday, January 6, 2014

    Easy Indoor Shutters

    Right before Christmas, I had a huge burst of energy, and started trying to tackle a lot of projects around the house.  I wanted to share one of those projects with you today.

    We have a mudroom right inside our back door.  It's also the door we use all of the time.   Most of our friends and family also use that door as well.  I love having the mudroom, and I am pretty sure it use to be a patio between the house and the garage.   There is one thing I dislike about the room.  Because it is  an add on, there is that awkward inside window that I have never been sure what to do with.   I have been searching for wood shutters with character for a while that would fit the window.  Most of the ones I loved were more than I wanted to spend for this project.  I am not really handy enough with power tools yet to make my own.  (I hope to change that this year)
    I found these on Amazon:

    They were just under 80.00 for the pair, and had the look I wanted.  They were suppose to just be hung on the wall.  I had another plan for them though.  The width was perfect; however, the height was off a little.  I did have to get a little creative after all.  These were still a time saver and problem solver for me.  Yes, I could have just put up curtains like I did on the other side in the laundry room, (Ignore the ugly shot of the treadmill) but I wanted something different since that is the first thing you see when you walk in our back door.
     Because the height of the shutters weren't exactly right, I used some trim we had in the garage and added a couple pieces at the top staggered, and one piece at the bottom.  I really just cut them to fit snug, and gave them a little tap into place with a hammer.
    I used normal hinges to hang the shutters.  I did have to break out the masonry drill bit for this part. 
    So much better, and if we need to, we can swing them open.  
    The rustic look fits the look of my mudroom perfectly.  Completely eclectic, just like I like it!
    I have to give credit to one of the very first blogs I ever discovered for the old gate coat hanger.  Donna at Funky Junk Interiors was my inspiration for this piece.  I saw hers and searched until I found one similar.  So, thanks to her for the inspiration on that piece.  
    I've also added a few things I got during Christmas, the All You Need dog sign, and the sweet little birds  I nestled into some moss and put on top of a candle holder. 
     I also have a couple of other favorite things in my mudroom, the piece of art I purchased for 5.00 at an antique store, and my Father-In-law made the frame from old wood and painted it gold.  I love the look of the old wood with the shiny gold paint.  The price tag was still on the back of the picture.  It came from Wacker's, and was a whole $1.49.
    I'm pleased with how my project turned out, and I think it adds just the right look to the room.  The only thing I may do is age out the trim pieces.  I just haven't decided yet.  What do you think???
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    Thursday, January 2, 2014

    I Won Something Beautiful!

    I can't even believe the holidays have come and gone!!  I have started the daunting task of taking down all of my Christmas decorations.  I always make this harder than it has to be.  I take everything down, deep clean, and then spend days creating new vignettes, moving things around, and adding new things I got for Christmas, or purchased during Christmas.  I always love it when I'm all done, and will share pics with y'all.
    Before I take everything down, I wanted to share something I won with you, because I NEVER win anything!!

    I won this hand painted sign from

    The sign was painted by this talented lady:

    It looks perfect with my other Christmas decor

    I have tried painting signs, and it is something I can't master.  Her hand painting is perfect!  She has an Etsy store, and you can even buy gift certificates for someone!  You can click on the link above to find her blog, which has a link to her Etsy store.  I bought my sister a gift certificate for Christmas, and can't wait to see what she gets. 

    Thank you Judy, and Sarah!  I just love the Peace on Earth sign!

    Now, I'm off to take all of my Christmas Decor down.