Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Decorating Edition: Small Spaces

Fall is, hands down, my favorite season. The crisp, cool air; the wonderful scents of cinnamon, apples, and pumpkins; the beautiful foliage in brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow...it just fills me with so much joy!

Another thing that comes with the chillier temperatures is a desire to do some fall cleaning. Perhaps it is because of the impending holidays, or maybe it is just an unconscious desire to get my home ready for winter- whatever it is, it is there and it is STRONG! However, since we just moved, the house doesn't really need to get a good scrubbing. So...I did the next best thing: I decorated! :-) (Links to purchase are in the picture captions.)

The challenge when moving to a new home is finding the perfect spot for all of your lovely things. Different room sizes, shapes, and layouts can really create a snag in a design plan. Fortunately, I have not had too much difficulty in this; the house is laid out quite nicely, and our furniture works perfectly with it!

 (Aren't my copper tea kettles simply gorgeous? A random stranger 
bought the one on the right for me last year, and my sweet hubby 
bought the one on the left for me a couple of months ago!)

I have always wanted a sitting area in the master suite...nothing special- just a place to be able to sit and read in the evenings or in those rare quiet moments during the day. For one reason or another, however, it just never worked out. When we moved into our new home, however, I was determined to make it work. I had the perfect chairs and table...now I just needed the space! We have a lovely 1940s bedroom set with a full-size bed, but the room is only about 12 x 14, so with the bed, dresser, highboy, nightstand, my dress form, and his valet stand (an essential piece for a man!), there wasn't much space left. But, those who know me well know that I relish a challenge, so I set to work to get it done!

 I bought this cherry valet stand from
sweetie last Christmas, and he loves it!

Once I started setting things up, I was surprised at how quickly and perfectly things came together. I am so pleased with the end result- it turned out so much nicer than I had hoped!

The end result. So peaceful!

I purchased the prints from Target last year but packed them away because I knew we were going to move. A quick trip to A.C. Moore for frames (only $9 each and then half off!) and I knew exactly where they needed to be hung!

Just a few of the places I want to travel: 

I find that the small touches really make a huge difference in the dynamics of a room. We had a pair of lovely green striped chairs that went really well with our bedding and other decor, but they looked just a tad too masculine for the area. So, I added a doily to each and voila! Problem solved!

Not usually a fan of doilies as I prefer a more
modern, contemporary look, but these were
just too perfect to pass up!

My antique reading table was the perfect size for the area and had plenty of room for a lamp and pictures of our children. I will be purchasing a new, smaller lamp in the near future, but this works for now. :-) Another doily featured here...this one was purchased at the quaintest little Amish quilt shop a few minutes from our house. I am definitely going to be a regular customer there!

So what design challenges are you facing currently?

Have a great week and happy fall!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Product Review: SimplyToImpress Invitations

Wow. It's been over a year since I posted. I decided to take a little break because of how much I had going on, but I didn't realize just how long it has been! Our oldest is graduating high school next weekend (Yikes!) and I needed to get invitations. After a lot of searching online, I decided to go with Simply To Impress. They had a ton of designs and options to chose from and very reasonable prices. I ended up going with a standard invitation without reverse-side printing and ended up spending $32.50 for 25 invitations and silver-lined envelopes (that was an upgrade). I placed the order on May 18th and it arrived TWO DAYS LATER. Amazing. After opening the standard mail packaging, I found the CUTEST box inside:

The invitations were carefully placed in the box with protective bubble wrap over it to keep them from moving around during shipping. They actually sent 26 invitations and 28 envelopes.

The invitations themselves were absolutely beautiful. I didn't order the upgraded card stock or fancy extras, but I really don't think it was necessary- at least for this application. The quality was wonderful and the colors were brilliant.

Pretty nice, huh? :-) They are having a sale right now...25% off sitewide plus free shipping!

Have a great week, everyone!

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I'm a stay at home mom to three beautiful children: Stephen, Samuel, and Elizabeth. I simply ADORE cooking and love trying out new recipes. My goal is to master several different world cuisines. I enjoy sewing, especially for my daughter! Lastly, I am a woman on a mission: to prove, once and for all, that blondes ARE smart. ;-)