Fall Home Tour 2015

Happy ‘Official” Fall, Ya’ll!

Even though today is the first official day of Autumn, last week really brought some fall-like weather for us here in the South, and I’m loving it!

I’ve kept my fall decor to a minimum, mainly due to the (still) curious little hands that love to touch everything.  I just know he’d see one of my many ceramic pumpkins and think, “BALL!”- no bueno!  So only a few pumpkins are on display this year, mostly out of toddler reach, but strategically placed to be noticed.

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Switching out my light+bright area rug for a dark grey shag that really grounds the room (cost = $0 as I swapped it out from underneath our master bed), has proven to be the most impactful update to the room.

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I added a few fur toss pillows to the seating areas- fur is my ALL-TIME fave texture for fall and winter!

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Adding pops of aubergine throughout the room has really transformed it from the spring/summer look I had with tulips and layers of Pool Blue, to a much more romantic feeling.

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Another of my current favorite is this driftwood log.  I used it all summer to add a nautical feel in our navy blue dining room, but I love it paired with the deep purples, too!

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My sweet sidekick, worn out from following me around all day while photographing 🙂

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Stylish Elements for a Dazzling Easter Table

Tulips!

To me, Easter just isn’t Easter without the presence of tulips!  Matter of fact, they’re my momma’s favorite flower- so they’re pretty much a staple around our homes.  I keep several faux tulip arrangements throughout my home year round- I think they just exude a special happiness in a space (and they act as subtle reminders of my favorite lady back home).

Easter Tablescape

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Tulips & Ice bucket, I have to bring my favorites back for Spring!

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love this for a wedding; homeinterior @ Home Interior Ideas

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A Walk in the Countryside: DIY Mercury Glass–A Pottery Barn Knockoff

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Greenery!

From wheat grass to moss , including greenery in your Spring and Easter tablescapes can definitely add that touch of renewed life and dimension to an otherwise flat grouping.

Easter table-scape. MpM: when I've used real grass for an Easter display, I plant the grass seed ~3 weeks before Easter. Planting and watering grass seed is a wonderful project to share with your grand children. :-)

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baby shower

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Moss table runner!  flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth cut in strips, adhesive spray dried sheet moss to the flannel side.  Add clumps of live moss, mushrooms, tree branches for dimension.

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DESIGNER’S TIP: For a truly unique tablescape, try incorporating real grass.  Check out this tutorial by Miss Kopy Kat on how to grown your own at home- or this one from Simple Sister!


 

Carrots + Bunnies + Eggs, Oh My!

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Dear Lillie: Readers Chalkboards... awesome Easter tablescape!!

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Natural eggs under cloche-always a great look! StoneGable: SPRING BRIDAL SHOWER

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Easter Table Decorating Ideas - Modern Magazin - Art, design, DIY projects, architecture, fashion, food and drinks

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Pretty non-pastel Easter Tablescape

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Our pink Threshold glass dishes, pastel table linens, white dinnerware and adorable bunny accessories—all the elements of a classic-meets-modern Easter brunch.

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Happy Easter, ya’ll!

Red, White + Nautical

Red, White + Nautical

Red, White + Beautiful

Have you starting prepping for your July 4th outdoor festivities?
We jumped two feet in as soon as I got the call to plan a weekend long, lakeside celebration! Now, with only a handful of days left until the out of town guests arrive, I’m scurrying to wrap up the loose ends to this over the top family affair!
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The host asked for a Down Home, Southern feel with all of the traditional eats + decor. However, for a fun pop if color, I chose to incorporate a fun shade of teal in place of some of the traditional royal blue.

I started by ordering enough bunting + pull down flags to make Betsy Ross squeal.

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To dress the fabulous farm tables I’ve rented, I’ll be adding red houndstooth runners + topping them with vase trios in red, white + teal filled with gorgeous blooms.
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Here are some of my top picks for additional decor.

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And some cute DIYs I have in mind…

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Stay tuned for the sneak peek!

Black + Gold Christmas

Black + Gold Christmas

Linea bar tool
$20 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Christmas home decor
$18 – myer.com.au

Heal s christmas home decor
$13 – heals.co.uk

Black home decor
$3.27 – wilko.com

Black side table
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Leather furniture
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Comfy Christmas Chic- Holiday Pillow Love

I’m so in love with throw pillows.  Slightly obsessed, really.  When I can across these fabulous winter-inspired pillows, I new I had to have them nestled on my couch.  What an easy way to add a touch of Christmas cheer to a room!
Do you switch out everyday items like throw pillows and framed art during the holidays?Comfy Christmas Chic- Holiday Pillow Love

Keep Calm + Jingle On!

As the Holiday Party season quickly approaches, I take to Pinterest for inspirations for my appetizer buffet, bar set up + table decor.  I love to match my party decor to my existing seasonal decorations so that means lots of silvers, whites + touches of tiffany blue!

I usually use my bar + buffet  setups as my kick off to the rest of my party theme decor.  I love the mix of rustic and glitzy glamour + whimsical ideas found around the web this season!

lovely christmas hot Chocolate Bar.

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"Naughty or Nice" Cocktail Menu

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Splendid Sass: THE HOLIDAY BAR

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hoilday bash :: hot chocolate & holiday lights

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When building your buffet area, don’t forget to use the layering effect!  Things can look a bit boring when every item is at the same level.

holiday candy & dessert bar

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Holiday buffet

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Holiday Buffet Table Recipe

I am so excited for the Christmas parties and everything about beautiful Christmas and Thanksgiving!

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If you don’t own risers, try using boxes, upside down bowls, etc + cover with linens to create various heights for maximum appeal.

Below are some ideas from our own Christmas Party…

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I recommend serving bit-sized, finger foods for easy consumption for your guests- especially if you’re throwing a cocktail style party where the majority of guests will be standing.  I’m a sucker for anything miniature so I’ve stocked up mini serving items such as shot glasses, parfait glasses, ramekins, + silverware.  You can find these items around the holidays at stores like Pier One + IKEA – or disposable ones from SmartyHadAParty!

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I just fell in love with this chalkboard cheese platter idea I found on Pinterest!

Chalkboard Cheese Platter

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 By using a large rectangular platter I found last season at HomeGoods (made by Strawberry Ave), I easily recreated this project in no time!  To see the tutorial, click here.

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What themes do you have planned for your Christmas/Holiday soirees?!

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