Monday, January 12, 2015

Sugar and Spice Looking Oh So Nice

It's that time again!  Time for another Silhouette Challenge!  My favorite part of participating in these challenges is the motivation to get some projects done.  This month's theme is organization.  And boy does my house need some of that!  My project has been 2 years in the making, so I needed the extra motivation to finally finish it!  What a great feeling!  And now I'm in the organization zone, so I can't wait to check out all of these other great projects for some more inspiration!!

My first organizational project on my list was the kitchen.  I've been working on getting all of our spices organized and in the same type of container for a while.  


The Target brand spices come in cute little jars and they fit perfectly into my vintage Coke bottle crate.  I loved going through all of our spice containers to find out we had so many duplicates!  Who needs 4 containers of paprika?  Really?  I don't make that many deviled eggs!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Table to Chairish


Last week I was contacted by Chairish to see if I'd be interested in creating a design board for a holiday table based around one piece of their vintage table top decor items.  It sounded like so much fun so of course I said yes!

If you don't know about Chairish, you should definitely go check them out.  It's a great resource for buying and selling stylish vintage furniture and pieces from all eras.  I've become completely obsessed with it!  There are so many great finds!  And don't you just love their name...such a cute play on words!

So the challenge for me was picking just one tabletop item.  There were so many great options.  The first one that caught my eye was this beauty.


This silver plated teapot instantly took me back to baby doll tea parties with my brothers...yep you read that right, not quite sure how I convinced them to play along, but I have a lot of fond memories roping them into girlie playtime!  So I decided this would be a fun piece to design a table around!


1.  Glazed Leaf Dish | 2.  Crystal Hostess Flatware Set | 3.  Peace Dessert Plates with Caddy 
4.  Luneville Faience Bowls | 5.  Die Cut Table Runner | 6.  Antique Pine Cabinet
7.  Laguna Rattan Chair | 8.  Dash and Albert Yacht Stripe Rug | 9.  Vintage Addiction Farmhouse Dining Set
10. Lee Jofa Honeycomb Chair with Tailored Skirt | 11. Lorenzo Zigzag Cream Pillow
12. Vintage Aluminum Christmas Tree | 13.  Mid-Century Modern Glass Espresso Cups  
14.  Silver-Plated Footed Teapot & Creamer Set | 15.  Mid-Century Glass Charger
16.  Silver Serving Dish | 17. Vintage Lampshade Chandelier

I love how it turned out!  It's got that great cabin feel that makes you want to snuggle up in a blanket and listen to family stories by the fire.  It's perfect for an intimate family gathering, my favorite type of Christmas dinner!  I love the juxtaposition of rustic elements with a touch of elegance.  After deciding on the teapot, I picked out this gorgeous picnic-style table and added a rustic cabinet piece.  Do you see the chicken wire on the doors...love!  I wish I could buy both of these for my house!  I added a cool wire light fixture above the table as well.  Now that I think about it...maybe I have a secret wire obsession.

My next find were the red and white floral bowls.  They gave the table a Christmasy feel without actually being Christmas dishes.  I love that you could use them all year long!  I stumbled upon the peace dishes by total accident, but I think they fit in perfectly.  I like mixing and matching different table settings, mostly because it doesn't require you to have complete sets of every dish you own.  After finding the bowls and plates, I wanted to find a simple glass to go along with them.  The clear cups coordinated perfectly and were simple enough to not outshine the teapot!

Next I looked for accent pieces to coordinate with the bowls.  The red stripe charger and amazing leaf plate were perfect additions!  I love how they add a little pop of color without being too overwhelming.  The silver serving dish and the crystal flatware set are actually 2 more items from the table top collection provided by Chairish, but I loved them so much that I had to add them in.  I thought they just added to the elegance of the table.  

While searching for tables, this red rattan chair popped out at me.  It's so cute, such a perfect chair to have in a little reading corner that you can easily pull up to a table when you have guests.  And of course the fact that they had a number of different colors made me even more intrigued...colors...they get me every time!  I'm thrilled I was able to pull this chair up into the design.  I also found this red upholstered chair.  Everyone has a chair like this around their house, right?  Mismatched chairs around a dining room are my absolute favorite!  It gives it a more relaxed, informal feel.

I searched for the table runner last.  I wanted simple and classic and this die cut piece was the perfect find.  I went with a neutral colored rug and throw pillow to complete the cabiny look I was going for.  And what's a holiday table without a tree?  Aren't these vintage aluminum trees just the cutest?  

There you have it!  My perfect holiday table!  The best part is that I found it all on one website!  So stress-free!  Thank you Chairish for letting me design this amazing table setting!!  It was so much fun!

So what's your favorite piece from this amazing vintage collection?  What's your favorite holiday design style?  Would love to hear from you!

I don't know what it is about Christmas decorations, but I love how cozy they make your house feel.  Maybe it's the childhood memories creeping back, or maybe it's because they remind you of cold winter nights or maybe it's the fact that you spend a lot of your time on the couch surrounding by them watching corny Christmas movies...whatever it is, I like it.  Happy holiday decorating!






Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Merry & Bright


I started the week off by sharing about the new new visitor in our house Thomas the Elf and sharing an amazing opportunity to win a Silhouette Cameo or a Silhouette Portrait, so be sure to enter and check out the rest of the amazing Christmas projects!!  


I had a lot of fun decorating for Christmas this year!  I've been pinning Christmas ideas since before Halloween, I've been so excited!  I'm so glad I started early and knock out a couple projects before the business of December began!



Monday, December 8, 2014

Our Shelf Elf and Giveaway!

I'm so excited to be part of the Silhouette December Challenge.  There are a total of 37 amazing Christmas projects for you to check out!  And I'm even more excited to be a part of this totally fabulous giveaway!!  My very first giveaway and let me tell you the prizes are AWESOME!  Be sure to enter at the bottom.


We have a new visitor in our house that arrived on December 1.  Just in time for the holiday challenge theme this month!  That was convenient =)  The Thomas the Train obsessed little boy in our house came up with the name Thomas.  I think it suits him just fine!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thankful

There are so many things to be thankful this year!  I am especially grateful for my son's teachers at school.  I don't think you could ever thank teachers enough!  I found a cute little cookie gift idea on pinterest (with free printable tags) that inspired me to make a couple Thanksgiving gifts for them.


I found these cute mugs at Target on clearance for $1.50...impossible to pass up!  Throw in some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and you got a perfect little fall gift to show someone just how thankful you are!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Super Room Redo

This month's Silhouette challenge theme is My Favorite Things.  One of my absolute favorite things is vinyl.  I really can't imagine my life without it now!  It's so versatile.  And my favorite part...it's REVERSIBLE!!  You can peel it right back off!

So when we first decorated our nursery we bought some vinyl birch trees, and I absolutely loved them.  I transferred the trees to the dining room walls when we converted it into a playroom.  So with the newly bare walls in my son's room, I thought it was the perfect time to upgrade the nursery into more of a big boy room...something less gender neutral and something he can grow into it.  Well there was no question on the theme...it HAD to be Superman!  I searched everywhere for a cityscape scene to really bring the room together, but nothing was really catching my eye, and the price tags were deterring me even more.  I toyed with the idea of making my own, but the task seemed daunting.  The sheer size of the wall was overwhelming.  I finally worked up the nerve to give it a try...and I couldn't be happier with the results.  I'll never buy another wall decal again!  It was so much easier than I though it would be!

















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