Spring Decor

I’m not gonna lie.  The day after Valentine’s Day I took down my V Day decor (yes I have a few things I put out!) and pulled out my spring decor. Maybe because we have had such a mild winter and don’t currently have snow, I felt like it was ok.  We’ll probably get a blizzard tomorrow now that I’ve said that!  Since Easter isn’t until the middle of April this year, I refrained from putting everything out.

I’ve had this cloche from Homegoods for awhile but I frequently see them there.  HERE is another.  I found this pink mercury glass egg at TJ Maxx recently along with a bag of real moss.

These beautiful and delicate mercury glass eggs were a house warming gift from our friends last year.  The moss bunny was at Target last year but HERE is a similar one.  The tray is a recent find from Homegoods.

Don’t discount the Dollar Spot at Target.  I found this pink lantern there.  The wooden bunny, wooden lantern, and aqua bunny (last year) are all from TJ Maxx.

The copper tray is from Target.  The pot, cupcake stand, and flower tea light holder (last year) are all from Homegoods.  The bunny salt and pepper shakers were a gift but I’ve seen something similar at Homegoods.  The orchid is from Trader Joe’s and is doing much better than the one I had last year!

The framed bunny is from Pier 1.

The wooden bunny and napkins (last year) are from Homegoods.

The white and mint trays and all of the pink glass items are from Target.  The pink runner is from West Elm. The apothecary jar is from Homegoods.  The Hydroponic tulips are from Trader Joe’s.  I’ve never had these before but they are so cool!  You just need to make sure water is filled to the bottom of the bulbs and put them where they get some sunlight.

This terrarium and moss is from TJ Maxx.  The nest and eggs are from Michael’s (last year).

This is probably my favorite spring find!  I scored it at TJ Maxx but HERE is something similar.

It’s been a year since we moved into our house.  I’m finally getting some things on the remaining blank walls.  I’ve also been slowly adding a few remaining touches and making simple updates with pillow and accessories.  In a few weeks I’ll probably move some of this spring decor around and add a few more things to really get into the Easter spirit!

If you are in need of some holiday decor, my top recommendations are Homegoods and Pier 1.  You are bound to find something cute and affordable!  Happy decorating!

Magnolia Market // Off the Shoulder White Blouse // Pom Pom Earrings

J.O.A Blouse, similar HERE and HERE // Rag & Bone Jeans, similar HERE // BCBGeneration Shoes // Forever 21 Earrings // Stella & Dot Choker // Kendra Scott Hand Chain, similar HERE

A good friend of mine recently moved back to Dallas after living in Singapore for 4 years.  Last month she told me she wanted me to come visit to help her furniture shop.  I don’t know if she really thought I’d come but I’m so glad I did!  We covered a lot of ground in the 4 days I was there this long weekend.  We started with a mini road trip to Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco.

The design of Magnolia Market is what you would expect, amazing!!  Just so darn cute inside and out.  The market itself has tons of little treasures for the home.  Well maybe not tons!  You can get through it in about 15 minutes not counting waiting in line for the cashier.  We didn’t buy much but we did get some inspiration for our future shopping endeavors.  Be sure to scroll all the way through this post to see additional photos of the design and decor.

It was in the low 70’s and I was super comfortable in this off the shoulder white blouse with tie bow details on the sleeves.  White blouses are a huge trend for this spring but I’m not talking your preppy button down.  What will make them on trend are the details.  Ruffles, bows, slits, one shoulder, cold shoulder, off the shoulder……you get the idea!  I found mine at TJ Maxx last week and just saw it at one today.  HERE and HERE are strikingly similar versions.

I have been searching for the perfect pom pom earrings and was delighted to find these cuties!  They come in other colors as well.  They are so lightweight and just super fun.

Magnolia also has a bakery, with a line out the door I might add (it moves quick and is super worth it).  They also have several very cool and tasty food trucks.  They have plenty of outdoor seating as well as outdoor games for kids or anyone that wants to hang out.  If you are ever in the area, it’s totally worth a visit just for the experience.  Don’t forget to keep scrolling down to see more of this beautiful place!

Shop the look:

 

I have to give photo cred to my bestie.  It’s not often I have someone available to take photos for me.  She totally gets me and actually offered before I even asked!

I had the most delish smoothie here (Apple Spice), that I’ve been remaking at home ever since!

 

 

Christmas Decor

This is our first Christmas in our new home!  I thought I had everything I needed until I set it out.  We have a little more space to fill plus it’s just fun to add to and update!  If you want/need to add a little more before the big day there is still time!  I’ve listed my sources below and I guarantee there is still cute decor to be had.

  • Stockings and holders – Pier 1 (a few years old)
  • Glitter initial ornaments – Michael’s (last year)
  • Greens – 2 swags from Trader Joe’s
  • Battery operated lights – Target
  • Reindeer – Pottery Barn
  • Lighted Birch Branches – Marshall’s
  • Santa w/copper hat – Homegoods
  • Tall tree – Homegoods
  • Small trees – Pottery Barn
  • Striped vase – Homegoods
  • Snow Globe – Marshall’s
  • Cinnamon Whisk – Trader Joe’s (add essential oil drops when scent fades)
  • Tree topper – Pottery Barn (last year)
  • Plaid pillow – TJ Maxx
  • Merry & Bright pillow cover – H&M Home (Australia)

I kept the Christmas decor simple in the kitchen and breakfast nook since they overlook the great room.  That’s my husband photo bombing making old fashions for our party a few weeks ago!

  • Birch candle holders – art show
  • Tree candles – Homegoods
  • Gold mercury glass bottles – Marshall’s
  • Pinecones – Michael’s
  • Cabbage roses – local farmer’s market
  • Mini Poinsettas – Trader Joe’s
  • Santa salt & pepper shakers – Homegoods

I keep forgetting about the mistletoe when I greet my guests!  Hugs only so far!

  • Mistletoe – Trader Joe’s
  • Reindeer – Homegoods
  • Swags – Trader Joes’s (I split 2 into 4 and made 2 additional bows)
  • Initial ornaments – Target
  • Glitter clothespins – Target

I married into a family with 2 children that have their own traditions and Christmas decorations that they are used to seeing in their dad’s home.  I have made an effort to keep those in the house and incorporate them into my decorating.  The tree in the great room is primarily filled with ornaments that existed before I came into the picture.

However, because we now have the room, I decided to put up a second tree this year that incorporates some of my current likes.  It’s funny how your tastes change.  The themes that I have used in the past (in my single days) are not at all appealing to me anymore!

  • Ornaments – Pier 1, Homegoods, Marshall’s, Target, gifts
  • Garland – Homegoods
  • Bow – art show
  • Large antlers – Homegoods
  • Small antlers – Michael’s
  • Runner – Homegoods
  • Napkin rings – Homegoods
  • Glitter jingle bells – TJ Maxx
  • Angel – Homegoods

I’m so looking forward to celebrating Christmas this year!  That has not always been the case.  I’ve definitely had some “scroogy” years when I was not where I wanted to be in my life.  Last year was a little unsettling since our new house was not ready as we had hoped and the home we were living in was still for sale.  I feel very blessed to have my health and happiness this year.  I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

Christmas Cocktail Party Decor // Party Appetizers

My husband, Todd, and I decided to host a small cocktail party with only a few week’s notice.  We were pleasantly surprised to have about 30 people rsvp with the short notice and the busy time of year.

We have entertained quite a bit since we moved in last February but we have mostly utilized the outdoor and first floor areas.  For this party we decided to use our finished basement.

While we have 4 bar stools (Restoration Hardware) and our theater seating, I wanted additional seating and places for our guests to set their food and drinks to mingle.  I rented 3 tall cocktail tables and linens from C&N Party Rental based on a recommendation from our neighbor.  They were reasonably priced and the customer service was outstanding.  I would definitely rent from them in the future.

I also brought down two snow leopard print side chairs (Cynthia Rowley, purchased from Homegoods) and a side table (Crate & Barrel) for a conversation area.  I added a copper tree tower (Target) with a string of battery operated LED lights (Homegoods).  I didn’t get a great photo but I also moved a leather storage bench against a wall with a few throw pillows.

My entire house has a bit of rustic glam as I like to call it.  The basement is no different with the horse farm fencing used on the front of the bars and the pretty lighting.  I decided to stick with this theme for the party decor.

Todd and I were at our town’s Winter Market a few weeks ago where I was inspired by the centerpieces they had that used red roses, hydrangeas, and pine in mason jars.  I subbed the pine with eucalyptus, added whole cranberries to the water, and added ribbon and twine for the 3 cocktail tables.  If you haven’t bought flowers from Trader Joe’s you need to!  They are great quality flowers for ridiculously reasonable prices: 20 roses $9.99, 3 hydrangea stem $5.99, and eucalyptus bunch $2.99!  I had the twine on hand and purchase the ribbon from Michael’s.  I used a spot of hot glue to keep it in place.  I used my mercury glass votives (West Elm, Pottery Barn, and Target) to accent the flowers in addition to mini gold glitter antlers (Michael’s).

I assembled 7 smaller mason jars with the remaining roses and eucalyptus.  They have chalkboard stickers on them from a previous party (Michael’s) that I wrote on with chalk several Christmas themed words (Merry, Christmas, Joy, Peace, Noel).  I placed these throughout the room.

On the bar that overlooks the theater area I added a buffalo check sash (Michael’s), gold mercury glass votives (Marshall’s), wood coasters (Target), faux antlers that I white washed (Homegood’s) and candy dishes (Homegoods) with white chocolate peppermint pretzel thins (Costco) and a holiday nut mix (Trader Joe’s).  I tied ribbon (Michael’s) around the bar stools.

I have been wanting to incorporate the acrylic home decor trend into my home in some way.  I recently found this table (Homegoods) and decorated it with a gold antler (Homegoods), copper tree tea light holder (Homegoods), and glass cloche (Homegoods) with battery operated LED lights (Homegoods) on top a wood trivet (Bed Bath & Beyond).

I hung swags from the sconces in the theater area that I made from one bunch of greens (Trader Joe’s) and ribbon (Michael’s).

I used a beverage tub (Bed Bath & Beyond) to create a bucket of winter goodness that included a bundle of birch wood (TJ Maxx), faux birch lighted branches (Marshall’s), bunches of boxwood (farmer’s market), and decorative spheres (Pier 1 and Homegoods).

We have a lovely subwoofer that sits in the corner so I added some Christmas flair to that with a feathered tree (I’ve had for years and can’t remember where it’s from!), on a cupcake stand (Homegoods), with a copper reindeer (Homegoods).

I had slowly added to the decor over the two weeks leading up to the party as I would get ideas.  It occurred to me just nights before that, while I had decorated the stair rail on the first floor, I should add something to the basement stair rail as well.  I found these darling faux grapevine stars (Target) and silver and gold mirrored ornaments (Michael’s) and decided they would be perfect hanging from the rail tied with ribbon (Michael’s).

Don’t worry I didn’t forget about the food!  Here are just a few shots of what I made.  I made a hot spinach artichoke dip recipe that a friend gave me years ago and I hadn’t made in awhile.  You know, the days when we actually wrote recipes on cards and didn’t have Pinterest?!

I also made a rosemary wreath with a variety of olives, mini pickles and pearl mozzarella balls.  So pretty and simple.

An easy and delicious appetizer is prosciutto wrapped asparagus.  Simply cut a piece of prosciutto in half, take one half and wrap it around a piece of asparagus, and repeat until desired amount.  Place wrapped asparagus in frying pan and flip each piece after a few minutes.  That’s it!

The prettiest thing I made was an ice bowl to serve shrimp cocktail in.  I’ve seen this on Pinterest many times and finally took the time to make it.  So easy!  Just take 2 bowl that fit inside on another about an inch apart. I put a couple ice packs in the center bowl to weigh it down after putting a little water in the bottom.  You can tape the tops of the bowls together to keep them in place. Drop whole cranberries and rosemary in between and fill with water.  Set in freezer.  Once frozen let it sit on the counter until you are able to pull both of the bowls off the ice.  Set it on a tray and place back in the freezer until ready for use.  Be sure to set it on a tray with a lip when you use it to trap the water as it melts.

The wooden garland was purchased after Christmas last year (can’t remember if from Target or Homegoods).  I recently found the mirrored Noel plaque (Homegoods) and mercury glass globes (Target).

Not pictured but also served were a charcuterie tray, sushi, baked brie with fig butter, caprese skewers, candy, cookies, and Godiva chocolates.  I’m kind of mad I didn’t get a shot of the front of the bar with all of these goodies and the decor.  Oh well, such is the scattered life of the hostess!

I’m hosting a few more smaller gatherings in the next few weeks and I will definitely be using some of these ideas again.

Hostess Gift Ideas

Chances are you’ll be paying a visit to the home of a friend or loved one in the next few weeks.  While it’s not necessary to bring the host/hostess a gift, it is a thoughtful gesture.  I hosted a cocktail party with my husband this weekend and while we assumed some people might bring a bottle of wine or liquor (because our friends our awesome like that!), I wasn’t expecting some of the sweet gifts that others brought. (See photos above)

You don’t have to spend a lot to make someone feel special and appreciated.  I’ve picked out some gifts that I have received, have given, and would like to give and receive to give you some ideas for your hosts and hostesses!  Scroll down for shopping links for each one.

  1. Mercury Glass Tree

One of my besties handed me a Pottery Barn box when she walked in and I immediately put it under the tree after thanking her, figuring I would open it later after I was finished greeting all of our guests.  As she walked into our great room she shook her head after she saw the mercury glass trees on my coffee table.  One was from Pottery Barn.  She felt bad because that was what she had gotten me and didn’t realize I had one.  Here’s the thing….I love it and love that I have another to add to my little mercury tree forest!  These are great because the bottom is hollowed out so you can stick a flameless candle underneath it to light it up!

2. Wine Markers

I bought a set of wine markers recently (from Amazon) and love them!  They are a great way to personalize your drinkware in addition to keeping track of which glass is yours.  They wipe off easily with soap and water.  I plan on giving these as gifts.  They would make a great addition to a bottle of wine and/or a bottle stopper.

3. Bottle Stopper

Speaking of bottle stoppers….here’s a cute one. I like that is more wintery than holiday so that it can be used throughout the winter.  Again, a cute gift on it’s own or in addition to a bottle of wine or other accessories.

4. Mr. & Mrs. Double Old Fashion Glasses

There is something so kitchy and sweet about anything Mr. & Mrs (maybe because I’m still sort of a newlywed) but add a santa hat and it’s just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!  I was given these glasses by another bestie last weekend.  HERE is a similar set.  I joked with her that now I have to start drinking old fashions but really these drinks can be used for anything with or without alcohol.

5. Monogram Mugs

I’m pretty much game for anything with a monogram and these mugs are no exception.  I also have a thing for drinkware with gold accents on it.  I held off on owning any for awhile because they require hand washing but cuteness overruled!  Friends of ours brought us a “J” and a “T” mug this weekend.  The gold polka dots are an adorable touch.

6. Anthropologie Candles

I know candles can be a generic gift but not if they are good ones!  At least that is my opinion.  I have given and received a few of these glass and copper candles.  They smell amazing and the jars are beyond pretty!

7. Copper Bar Accessories

Copper is so on trend right now and I can’t get enough.  Any of these bar accessories would be a cute addition to a liquor or beer gift.  I, for one, am eyeing the bottle opener and I don’t even drink beer!

8. Pineapple Candle

Another big trend in home decor are pineapples.  I recently did some research on why that is.  To me, pineapples seem sort of summery so I couldn’t figure out why I was seeing them everywhere in stores this fall.  There are a variety of versions of how pineapples became incorporated into home decor originally but a common explanation is that they are a symbol of hospitality and welcome.  So, of course I had to buy a couple for my house!  Anyone who likes to entertain would want to have something to welcome their guests and this certainly has a nice story to go along with it!

9. Mirrored Ornament

I was given a beautiful crystal gem ornament by one of my guests.  It’s a nice, simple way to make a personal gift to your host.  Choose something that goes with their style or that is neutral if you aren’t sure.  This mirrored ornament is neutral yet on trend and I’m sure any host/hostess would be grateful to receive it.

I’m going to my husband’s work Christmas party tomorrow.  I’m excited to get dressed up but guess what?  I have no idea what I’m wearing!  Don’t worry I have a few options in mind and will make a game time decision tomorrow.  Hopefully we’ll get some good pics so I can share with you later!

DIY Christmas Wreath

I’ve been decorating my own wreaths the last few years and having so much fun with it!  Just when I thought my design from last year was pretty good, I found new ways to improve it.

For starters I’ve upped my bow game.  In the past I blindly made something I thought looked ok.  This year I wanted a tutorial on how to make a legit bow.  I followed this one and found it pretty easy to do.

I like to use boxwood wreaths for Christmas and through the winter but any type you choose will work.  Trader Joe’s sells these for $9.99!  I went to a farmer’s market last weekend and they were selling them for twice that.

I like to place the bow left of the bottom center and insert adornments above that.  Michael’s has a great selection of adornments and they are almost always on sale.  They were 60% off when I bought mine last weekend.  Be sure to check to check their website for coupons that you can use right from your mobile phone.

In addition to my own wreath, I decided to make one (see above) for my sister in-law and her family who live in Germany but own a home in my town.  They will be here for 2 weeks around Christmas.

I used a gold glitter wired ribbon I purchased from Costco.  I used adornments from Michael’s including jingle bells, fur puff balls, red pearlized berries, silver pine cone-like pieces, and a galvanized snowflake.  I love personalization so I added a fur monogram ornament as the initial for their last name.

Lastly, I looped wire LED light around the wreath and tucked the controller behind.  The beauty of these lights are, not only are they battery operated, but they have a timer that keeps them on for 6 hours, off for 18, and then repeats the cycle.  Many places carry these but I have purchased all of mine from Homegoods, TJ Maxx, and Marshall’s.  They range in price from $5.99-9.99 and come in silver, copper, and gold wire.  Lights come in warm or cool white.  I have seen multi colored lights at other stores.

For mine I used plaid ribbon from Micheal’s.  Adornments include silver antlers, cream puff balls, jingle bells, gold pine cone-like pieces, and silver berries.  I believe I found my gold glitter initial at Michael’s last year but HERE is one from Pottery Barn and it’s on sale for $2!

I love how they turned out!  I wonder what I’ll find to top them next year. I’ll have to share some of other Christmas decor finds soon.  We are having a few people over this weekend so I’ve been busy getting our house Christmas ready.  It’s our first in our new house so it’s been fun figuring where to put everything and filling in the blanks.

Gray Master Bedroom

gray master bedroom

Meet my cozy sanctuary.  I’m so happy with how our master bedroom turned out.  However, when I look at these photos it reminds me how badly I need wall art!  I need it in several other rooms too.  I have a couple pieces in mind but I’m taking my time to find some things that we really like.

This vintage poster was a wedding gift to and from ourselves and is the one thing hanging in our room!

vintage wedding poster

I stuck with my theme of using or repurposing as much as I can when putting this room together.  My husband purchased this bed frame before we were even dating.  I like the overall structure of it and it is in good shape but it needed a softer tone to be able to work with my vision for our new house.

I was a little nervous to chalk paint it since at that point I had only chalk painted a few small pieces of furniture.  I hated to “ruin” a perfectly good piece if it didn’t turn out.  But, I built up my confidence and decided to just go for it.

Our house at that time was up for sale for several months while our new house was being built.  You know what that means.  Showings and lots of them.  I put off doing anything for awhile because I didn’t think the final product would look good in the existing room and I wanted it to show well for buyers.  Toward the end of the new construction project our other home still hadn’t sold and I decided I couldn’t wait any longer.  I wanted it done before we moved.

My husband travels often for work so I tackled it while he was gone.  I’m not sure how my super human strength kicked in to move the king size mattress off and back on by myself!  I bought a plastic drop cloth from Home Depot and laid it under each leg and got to work.  I used the same process as outlined in this post but used Pittsburgh Gray by CeCe Caldwell.

My mom put me in touch with an upholsterer that was kind enough to come to our house.  He popped out the center piece to take it to be recovered and tufted.  I absolutely love how it turned out!

I liked the bedding that my husband had but again thought it needed a softer edge to go with the new look.  I’m a pretty hot sleeper so I love a light weight coverlet instead of big bulky duvet or comforter.  We like to layer a blanket in between that and the top sheet in the winter.  This coverlet is so similar to what we had but in another color.  I went with the gray coverlet and pearl shams to mix it up a bit.  It’s on sale right now if you are interested!

To cozy it up I added throw pillows with different textures: faux fur, knit, metallic cotton, and linen.  I topped it off with a fuzzy cream throw.  All of these items are from Homegoods.

Can you believe the bed used to look like this?!

master bedroom

I really had my heart set on mirrored chests of drawers for each side of the bed.  I waited too long and the ones I really wanted sold out.  Sad face.  But I found found these mirrored x based tables and am obsessed with the champagne colored legs!

I found these stunning Drexel Heritage lamps at Homegoods before I even knew where I was going to put them.  Once this room started coming together I just knew this was where they belonged!  HERE is a similar style.

mirrored side tables

The sliding doors that open to our pool are not only a spectacular view but so convenient when letting two small dogs out in the morning!  I had West Elm curtains in my previous home and was happy with the quality so I chose these linen cotton blackout drapes for this room.  They are a great weight and really do darken the room well.  The color is white but it’s really an off white which is what I wanted.  Bonus for you – they are on sale!

I used the tutorial HERE to make these curtain tie backs that look just like the ones Restoration Hardware sells!  I love how they turned out but, I’ll be honest, this type of tie back is not great for curtains that you open and close frequently.  When you unhook them you have to be very careful that they don’t swing and hit your walls.  The paint also chips from the regular hooking and unhooking but I don’t mind that.  It gives it a bit of a rustic look.  I also made one of these for a curtain in a half bath that goes over plantation shutters.  That curtain never gets unhooked so it’s not an issue there.

rope tie backs

We had built ins installed for a little extra storage and a tv.  I haven’t had a tv in my bedroom for awhile but I have to admit I kinda like it!  Since this the first photo below was taken, I have played around with the decor for the shelves.  It’s a work in progress but I think it’s coming along!  I also added the luggage stand.  I couldn’t stand the thought of my husband’s dirty suitcase on our bed when he packs and unpacks.  Problem solved!

gray master bedroom

gray master bedroom

The round tufted ottoman is a fun pop of color and used to reside in my closet at the old house.  There isn’t room in the current closet and it seems to fit well here plus it’s a great place to stack the throw pillows when we go to bed.  I have a secret.  It’s also intended for shoe storage! Inside there are pockets around the interior.  It’s perfect for my sandals and wedges that don’t have a place in my closet!  I bought it at Art Van a few years ago but HERE is a similar one.

We had this rug in our dining room at our other house but it is too small for the current dining room.  I loved the rug and was happy it fit under our bed.  Lucky for you this is also on sale right now!  I really had to talk my husband into wood floors in the master so at least now he has some carpet to rest his piggies on when he gets out of bed!

The other debate was whether or not to have a fan.  Hubs likes one and I do not.  I know I said I was a hot sleeper but 1. I’m cold when I get in bed; 2. the sound of it on high gives me anxiety; and 3. it dries my eyes out when I wake up.  I wanted a pretty chandelier.  Luckily I was able to find the perfect compromise!  I will warn you that it comes with some very dim halogen bulbs.  I called the company and they were able to send me some that are slightly brighter.  For us it’s bright enough especially since our closet/dressing room is in a separate room but for others it may not work.  You could add recessed lighting for added brightness.

The wall color is Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore.  It’s in the same color palette as the color we chose for the master bath.  Grays can be tricky and I was nervous about trying something new but I absolutely love how it turned out.

The floors are Antico by Provenza in Caribou.

It was a lot of fun putting this room together.  Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions.  Thanks for reading!

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Master Bath

Victoria Albert Marlborough tub

master-bath

marble bath

carrera marble herringbone

master bath laundry

My initial inspo for our master bath came from seeing a few houses our builder had built prior to ours. I love the clean and pretty look of carrara marble and just knew I had to have it!  I’m so happy with how it turned out.  I worked with the Tile Shop to select the tile and come up with a design for how it would be layed.  We decided on a mix a variety of sizes.  We used 8″ x 20″ planks on the floor and layed in a herringbone pattern.  On the wall surrounding the tub 4″ x 12″ tiles were layed horizontally with 2″ x 12″ chair rail.  In the shower the same size chair rail was used to create a frame and 1″ x 4″ pieces were layed in a herringbone pattern inside of that.  The 1″ x 4″ pieces were also layed in a herringbone pattern on the shower floor.  The rest of the shower walls have 24″ x 12″ pieces layed horizontally with a carrara slab bench seat and niche.

I am absolutely in love with this tub, the Marlborough by Victoria + Albert.  The shape is so elegant.  In addition to the tub filler we also have a hand shower which is so convenient.  Anyone who has tried to wash your hair in the bath tub by sticking your head under the faucet can appreciate that!  So, yes, I do use the tub.  I’m currently researching tub caddy options so I don’t have to reach over the side to reach my products. We hung a mini crystal chandelier above to add to the classiness of the room.

The wall color is Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore.  It’s a cool crisp gray and compliments the carrara nicely.  The only place I slightly regret using carrara is the counter.  I was actually warned by a friend that used in their master bath and someone who used it in their kitchen.  It scratches and stains very easily.  I knew I wasn’t going to use it in the kitchen because that is just asking for trouble but I thought the master bath would be ok.  It is ok but there are some scratches.  Most people wouldn’t notice them but I do.  I am pretty religious about laying a hand towel down before laying anything on it.  I encourage my husband to but I wouldn’t say he’s 100%!  So yes it is pretty but I wish I would have used Super White quartzite instead.  I used that in the formal powder room and the butler’s pantry.  It has the look of carrara but is more durable and of course more expensive!  The carrara can be buffed out and I’ll probably have that done again some day.  Yes again.  The plumbers that installed our fixtures thought it would be a good idea to lay all of their tools all over the counters without anything under them!

With a first floor master we decided that we would like to be able to do laundry in our bathroom.  Not only is it convenient but it makes doing laundry seem like less of a chore.  (We do also have a laundry on the second floor.)  We added the cabinets above the washer and dryer with a bar to hang dry items that cannot go in the dryer.  I air dry most of my clothes so having a convenient space to hang them is very nice.

 

The knobs are by Top Knobs.  Pulls are from Restoration Hardware.  Sconces from Restoration Hardware.  Vanity seat from Pier 1.  Faux fur rug by Safavieh.  Towel bar by Pottery Barn.

I’m getting over a cold so and feeling a little achy.  I think a bath may be in order tonight!

Please comment below if you have any questions!

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Halloween Decor

I may or may not have started decorating for fall in September.  I held off as long as I could and then I could not be stopped.  Sort of.  I forbid myself from putting out anything specific to halloween (skulls, jack-o-lanterns, spiders, etc.) at first.

fall decor

I began with the dining room focusing on earth tones. These beautiful table cloths were given to me by my mother.  I like the idea of layering them for dimension and interest.  I used 4 round placemats I had from Bed Bath & Beyond and added 4 more in a slightly different color from Homegoods.  You are going to see “Homegoods” a lot in this post.  They have the best holiday decor in my opinion.  Super cute and reasonably priced.

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Nicole Miller napkins

Nicole Miller fall napkins

I also picked up 4 packs of these two Nicole Miller napkins from Homegoods. The gold napkin rings, apothecary jar, glitter pumpkins and gourds, copper sparkle candles, mercury glass pillar holders, hurricanes and tea lights are all from Homegoods as well.  Copper is the “it” metallic right now and I just can’t get enough!  The hurricanes are filled with unpopped popcorn and tea lights.  I peppered in my mercury glass votives from West Elm and Pottery Barn down the center of the table.  Candle sticks are from Tiffany.  Mercury glass globes are from Pier One.

fall decor

The window sill features paper mache pumpkins that I’ve had forever and a few mercury glass items all from Homegoods including the gourds.

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rhinestone pumpkin

In the foyer I added a pop of orange with a candle holder and round candle I had on hand.  While I’m totally crushing on copper I also have a love affair with all things gold!  I’m also loving antlers so the combo made it an easy score for me at my beloved Homegoods.  I moved the aqua flower tea light holder from another room and added the orange tea light.  Love the color combo!  I found the black  and copper laser cut candle holder on clearance at Target.  My biggest steal was a pack of glittery spiders for $1.97 from Pottery Barn!  A few days ago I decided it was ok to add my Halloween specific decor.  I DIY’ed the pumpkin last fall.  Michael’s still carries the faux white pumpkins which seem to be on sale regularly plus they always have a coupon on their website as well as the black rhinestone initial decal (less than $2!).

mercury glass light up skull

mercury glass skull

It’s sound so odd to say but I love skulls.  This mercury glass one is battery operated and lights up.  You guessed it.  It’s from Homegoods.  The glitter and burlap tree is from Target.

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I rearranged my coffee table keeping the gold antler tray and gold sphere from Homegoods and Pottery Barn clock.  I added the base of my Pottery Barn beverage dispenser and set this black glitter foam skull from Target (last year) on top with this Homegoods cloche.  The spiders seemed to fit in nicely with the theme.  Mini white pumpkins (real) are from Trader Joe’s and the orange mercury glass pumpkin from Homegoods.  I think it’s a nice focal point for the room without being too over the top or corny.

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I just had to have this white pumpkin with copper stem from Homegoods and skull pillow from Target!

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I found this gold skeleton hand at Michael’s and mercury glass pumpkin bottle with leaf stopper at Homegoods.  They both blended well with my existing vignette.

autumn decor

I did some additional rearranging with this vignette adding the copper laser cut candle holder from Homegoods and the rope ball from Michael’s.  The Indian corn from Trader Joe’s gives it a nice autumn feel.

halloween sign

The sign is from Homegoods.  I hope you have fun decorating for fall and Halloween.  I like mine spooky but not too spooky!  How about you?

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Butler’s Pantry

butler's pantry

Barn door

Crate & Barrel Rug // Dolan Designs Semi Flush Mount // Lowe’s Barn Door Track

Our butler’s pantry is basically our beverage center.  All things alcoholic and non-alcoholic are stored here including water, wine, beer, liquor, coffee and more.  It’s nice because it keeps less traffic in the actual kitchen.

We have white cabinets and a carrara marble tile backsplash in the kitchen and decided to carry that through the butler’s pantry as well.  While the counter in the kitchen are a matte gray quartz I did decide to switch it up in the butler’s pantry with a coordinating Super White quartzite.  It gives you the look of marble without the high maintenance.  Marble scratches and stains very easily.  I have marble counters in our master bath and honestly I wish I would have put the Super White in there too.

It’s convenient to have the bar sink.  We use it daily to make coffee and it can also be used to rinse out cups in between drinks.

I’m in love with my pantry.  We didn’t have one in our last home so it’s truly a luxury.  It’s so great to not only have our non-perishables displayed nicely and not crammed into a cupboard.  There is space to store our small appliances and platters.  It’s definitely a treat to be able to see what you have and easily access it.

The real showpiece of the room is the sliding barn door on the pantry.  I had intended to have it made out of reclaimed wood but our carpenter had hesitation in doing that.  He feared that because the wood was warped that it would continue to warp over time and give us potential issues down the road.  I conceded and asked him to make it out of pine knowing that I would find a way to distress it.  Trusty Pinterest to the rescue!  I found this pin by CeCe Caldwell’s Paints with a tutorial on how to achieve a barn wood look.  I decided to give it a shot!

I practiced on a few pieces of scrap lumber the carpenters had tossed out during the construction of our house.  I wanted to make sure I could accurately achieve the look before tackling the actual door.  In fact, I was having two made.  The other for my master closet.  More on that soon!

Satisfied with my practice pieces, I got to work on the doors out in the garage during in the cold of winter.  I was in a hurry to get them done so that they could be hung and ready before we moved in.

The beauty of this process is that you control the look.  Too dark? Add more white.  Too white? Wet a rag and remove some of what you’ve applied.

I ordered the barn door track online after consulting with my carpenter.  I made the handle with pipe fittings from Home Depot that I spray painted bronze.  I’m really happy with how they turned out and get a lot of positive feedback from visitors.

The wall color is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore and the floors are Antico Caribou by Provenza.  The drum light fixture is a 3 light semi flush mount.  I love stripes and was glad I was able to find a spot for this runner.

It was a lot of fun choosing the elements for this room.  I simply took inspiration from photos and other homes and made it my own.  While I hadn’t planned on painting the door, it was very easy and gives it a unique look.

Happy Monday!  Who’s ready for the big debate tonight?

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