Part 5-My Five Essentials For Creating A Beautiful Room

Friday, May 30, 2014

I made it to Part 5! Yay! 

Now your room is complete!
 Step back and admire all your hard work that you've put in to it. You deserve it!

Again if you've missed any of this series here they are right at your fingertips:
Part 4
Lighting, Pillows, Area Rugs, Paint
And Part 5 is…
**Window Treatments**

Now I know some of you might be thinking, "Window treatments?" Really! So predictable!
 But you would be surprised at how this is a forgotten aspect to a room. Maybe you've been there yourself. You know, you just throw something up to the window so the neighbors won't see you walking around neekid…I mean in your P.J.'S

Next to paint it's the most important feature of your space. Flooring is also very important, but I was looking for easy, and affordable changes or additions you can make.

On to my favs!
Plantation Shutters
Tropical Living Room by Other Metro Interior Designers & Decorators Baysix Design

Shutters are more of an investment.  But we've bought them from Lowes or Home Depot and installed them ourselves. In fact the shutters that are in my living room, my husband installed them himself probably 15 yrs. ago! So I'm pretty sure we've gotten our money out of them. Another plus about shutters is they look great from the outside of your home. It's important to present a uniform look from the street.

Bamboo Blinds
Eclectic Living Room by Providence Interior Designers & Decorators Kate Jackson Design

Bamboo blinds have a very organic and casual feel to them. They let in diffused light, so you can still see the world outside. You can buy privacy liners for them if the above methods of walking around is going on! No judging!

Traditional Family Room by Detroit Interior Designers & Decorators The Yellow Cape Cod

Curtains are an inexpensive way to add drama and flair to your windows. Combining curtains with shutters or bamboo blinds is my favorite way to style a window. (Example above) They bring in color and mood and tie the whole room up like a pretty little bow.
Make sure you hang your curtains to the ceiling to give your room the height it deserves. Making sure they fall nicely. You can choose to puddle or not puddle. I personally love a little puddling!

I hope this has helped some of you that are just starting out in new homes, or just making some changes in your existing homes.

Happy Weekend!
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Part 4-My Five Decorating Essentials For A Beautiful Room

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Welcome to Part 4 of this 5 part series!

If you need to get up to speed here's Part 1Part 2, and Part 3.

Here's a quick recap:
1.Lighting 2. Pillows 3. Area Rugs

Next is...


Paint makes for the biggest change in a room. Whether you're painting an accent wall, one room or a whole house. Like we just did. The changes are remarkable!

And actually in the whole scheme of a home makeover fairly easy and inexpensive. I think sometimes we wait too long to give our homes a fresh coat of paint, but trust me the pay off is HUGE!!

I tend to stay in the neutral category for wall color. Then you can pull in more colors through pillows, rugs, throws. This is an excellent list of great neutral colors.


Right now my favorite of the five is Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter which is FYI the color that I decided to go with on our remodel.

So that's tip #4.

**Decor Tip**
Although these tips are in no particular order. I would advice painting the walls first, followed by rugs, then pillows and lighting in that order.

Do you have a room that needs a fresh coat of paint?
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Part 3-My Five Decorating Essentials For A Beautiful Room

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Happy Hump Day!

So we're on to my third installment of my five decorating essentials.

If you're new to this series here's #1 and #2 to catch you up.

Before we get started I wanted to let you all know that I should have my reveal of our remodel ready to go sometime next week. Yay!! It turned out better than expected! It's been a fast paced 3 weeks from the time the wall came down till now. Today I've been cleaning and putting everything back in place. Make sure you check back for that!

Ok. So on to tip #3!
You have beautiful lighting, gorgeous pillows and now...

**Area Rugs**

Rugs anchor the room and pull in all the colors you're using. And I'm sure I've said it somewhere before it helps your furniture from "floating."

If you think you can't use rugs on carpet and can only use rugs on wood or tile, I say negative to that! I have carpet in my bedroom and use a rug in front of my bed. It makes my room feel cozy and warm!

This Moroccan trellis rug is very popular now. This is from Overstock and can be found here. It comes in an array of colors and the reviews are great.

Stripes are very striking and give a crisp clean look.

This rug from Joss & Main would definitely give your room the POP you're looking for!

I love cowhide rugs too…I think! I really want one…I think!
 I mean I love cows, they're so cute and adorable!
 Would it be weird to walk on one?
 I mean I eat them, I wear them, I sit on them ( leather car seats, chairs) Maybe I'm over thinking it. I do love what they do for a room, giving it a geometric shape and a classic, timeless look.

What is your take on cowhide rugs? I would love to hear your opinions!

This is a sheepskin rug. I think it's beautiful! I have one in my guest room and my Granddaughter loves it! Weird. I'm not so opposed to sheepskin. Hmm.

So I think you get my point. Go get an area rug! 

**Decor Tip** 
Don't go overboard with rugs. There's nothing that looks worse than rugs at every doorway or in front of every entrance or chair. It's too much for your eye. Less is more.

Tomorrow Part 4. We're almost there!
Make it a great one!
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Part 2-My Five Decorating Essentials For A Beautiful Room

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

So now you know my #1 essential for creating a beautiful room is... beautiful lighting. If you aren't following along you can catch up here.

Again, let me say that these are things that I think are the essentials to making a beautiful room. As I've said before yours might be different. Create your own list and build from that.

My second essential is:

Beautiful Pillows.

 It doesn't matter what store I go to, I always will end up in the pillow department. I feel like they are an easy, inexpensive way to change the look and feel of your room in one shopping trip!

And the impact that new pillows make is nothing short of dramatic!

Here's a few of my favorites:

Traditional Living Room by Dallas Media & Bloggers Sarah Greenman

Graphic pillows are hot right now and have been for a while.


This crewel circlet pillow from West Elm is beautiful and I love the soft blue.

There are always florals and nature inspired prints that are more traditional in their feel.

And of course anything coastal!

And last but not least monograms

These are from Giuliana and Bill Rancics home and these pillows are from Jonathan Adler. They cost a pretty penny. To see more of G&B's home you can read and see more about it in this post.
But finding knockoffs is easy just start surfing the web!

I could just keep going on and on giving you examples.
 Solids, stripes, paisley, beaded, pillows with sayings, ikat, animal prints, cowhide, fur, hand-knit cable, sheepskin, linen, oh my!!
 I told you it's an obsession.

Budget Tip:
 Buy pillow forms and only buy the covers or you can also make covers. It's much less expensive and then you don't have to store all those pillows when not in use. I have a whole drawer dedicated to pillow covers.

Check back tomorrow for tip #3!
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My Five Decorating Essentials For A Beautiful Room

Monday, May 26, 2014

 Since we've been in a remodel the last few weeks. I've really stepped back and tried to slow things down on what I want to put back in my room. I guess you could say I'm editing the room.

I've also started making mood boards for my rooms which helps me look at the room as a whole, not just piece by piece. It's a good jumping off point, and helps to eliminate your room  from becoming a mishmash of styles.

 For me though, I come back to 5 basics that are the foundation of your room. Your basics might be different then mine. These 5 are, and have been my passion and things I'm drawn to when shopping for my home!

Each day this week I'll reveal one of my five basic essentials in decorating your room.

1. Lighting-
I talk more in detail about lighting in this post that you can read here. But here are a few quick tips: Before choosing your light fixtures, establish the style you're going for. Traditional, contemporary, cottage, old world, eclectic.
Take a tour of your home and find the areas that you want to illuminate. Artwork for instance, reading areas, task lighting, dining areas, bathroom and kitchen.
 I've always been drawn to lighting whether it's chandeliers, pendants, sconces, table and floor lamps. You could have a simple corner vignette and without the right lighting it's drab and boring. Turning on a soft glow in the evening or day (for me) makes the room come alive.
Here's a few of my favorites:

This is my dining room light that I'm sure you've seen in pictures around the blog. It's very traditional and casts a soft pretty glow in the area that it's used.

This is the chandelier that I used in my empty nest room, and I have to say it was a stretch for me. I tend to stay with traditional lighting but this gives the room a touch of whimsy which is always fun!

I once heard a decorator say when you're not sure what will work in a room for lighting go for glass. You can't go wrong. It works well with any kind of decor or style.

This is a very traditional choice of chandelier

A little funkier, but I like it!

 I'm considering this one for the center of my living room over my ottoman that doubles as my coffee table. I think it's unique but still staying within my traditional tastes.

This gourd lamp also works well with many types of decor. It could be traditional or modern. The soft colors wouldn't compete with your decor.

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for my #2 essential for creating a beautiful room!
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Week Long Room Series-My 5 Essentials For Creating A Beautiful Room

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hi everyone! I hope you've had a great weekend so far. Most of you will be enjoying a nice long weekend celebrating Memorial Day.

To those of you that have or are serving, I say "Thank you!"

I hope everyone enjoys time with family and friends because that's what America is all about!

I wanted to let you know of a week long room series I'm starting tomorrow.
 Each day I'll reveal one of my five basics needed for starting and creating a beautiful room. I started thinking of this because 1.) We're remodeling and I'm in the process of making big changes. 2.) My Niece and her husband just bought a new home and she says she's going to need help because in her words, "It's a blank canvas!"

Where do you start? Hopefully these tips will start you in the right direction!

So starting tomorrow be sure to check back each day for my 5 basics to creating a beautiful room!

Happy Memorial Day!!
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Pins Of Turquoise

Friday, May 23, 2014

Lately I've been feeling a little blue. Not blue-blue, but the color blue. All shades of blue. But the two shades that keep drawing me in are Navy and now TURQUOISE!

I thought I would share with you what I've been pinning and you tell me if you're feeling blue too!
Hey I rhymed! I know what a dork, ignore!

On with the turquoise pins.
Oh and please make sure and pin these from the source links provided. They would appreciate it!

 Yes, please!

  How about the black and white cow art with the turquoise background?
I love the unexpected.

A mason jar chandelier how clever!

For more turquoise inspiration head on over to Erin's House Of Turquoise, her blog is amazing! The photo above is of her own home.

The pops of green with the turquoise and shades of blue in the three photos above are striking.
I'm also really drawn to the artwork above the fireplace.

Love the planked walls and soft sea glass accents.

The capiz shell chandelier gives this dining room a touch of whimsy.

I couldn't resist just a few more Turquoise inspirations...
 Necklace: Target/ Michael Kors Watch: Michael Kors/ Essie Nail polish: Essie
Pillow:Etsy/ Threshold outdoor pouf: Target/ Mossimo sandals: Target/ Boho Boutique knotted yarn pillow: Target/ Seaglass lamp: Pier One/ Pillow: Target

If you are feeling blue, Turquoise might be just the color to lift you up!
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Soup And Grilled Cheese Night!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

 Everyone is busy and running around these days it seems. This house is no exception. Schedules, work, family, home renovations. We're tired right? 

The last thing you want to think about is, what's for dinner! Ugh! The dinner decision! 

What about Chicken and rice vegetable soup and grilled cheese? But this aint yo Mama's grilled cheese!
This grilled cheese is with melty Gruyere cheese, fresh tomatoes, and fresh basil on grilled sourdough bread. Yes, please!

The chicken soup is in one word…delicious! But, in other words it's comforting, flavorful and rich with fresh veggies. And above all, EASY!

 This soup is full of wonderful veggies. Red bell peppers, zucchini, celery and onions sautéed until tender.

 I roasted bone in chicken breasts in the oven with EVOO and salt and pepper. It gives your chicken so much more flavor then boiling them. The recipe calls for boneless, I just think bone in chicken has more flavor.

Shred the chicken and add to the vegetable mixture

Chicken rice vegetable soup

yield: 4 servings

prep time: 15

total time: 20


1 Tbsp. olive oil
3 medium red bell peppers, chopped
1 3/4 cups chopped onion
3/4 cup zucchini, halved lengthwise, then sliced
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves
2 cans (14.5 oz. ea.) reduced sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cups water
1 package Knorr® Rice Sides™ - Chicken flavor Broccoli
2 1/3 cups shredded cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts


1. Heat olive oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat and cook vegetables and thyme, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 6 minutes.
2. Add broth, water and Knorr® Rice Sides™ - Chicken flavor Broccoli. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook covered 10 minutes or until rice is tender.
3. Stir in chicken and serve immediately.
Recipe via
Grilled Gruyere with Tomato and Basil on Sourdough
 I used a hearty sourdough bread and buttered BOTH the inside and outside of the bread. Then layered the Gruyere cheese, followed by tomato and fresh basil. Then I drizzled a little Extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

 Grilled to perfection!

 It was a simple, satisfying meal, actually a couple of times! There were plenty of leftovers.

My stomach was happy!
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Welcome To A Whiskey Barrel Planting Party!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope your weekend was great! We continued our kitchen/dining room wall reno that I wrote about here and some progress pics here. It's coming along nicely! All new "Big" crown mold goes in tomorrow. Then paint, followed by my new shelves in the kitchen! Can't wait for that because as of now the dishes are on the counter! Ugh! That really gets to me! But as I always say in a remodel, "It has to get worse before it gets better!"

So today I headed outside for a quick little spruce up of the back porch. We went to Home Depot over the weekend and I picked up these cedar whiskey barrels to place on either side of my garden box. I wanted them to display my new gorgeous willow trellises that I ordered from White Flower Farm

They are beautiful!
I saw Kelley from The Polished Pebble use something similar to these in her fabulous herb garden, and I had to have them! Thanks for the inspiration Kelley!
 I planted a tomato plant (center) with white Pentas and Creeping Jenny to spill over the side.

 I had to give my herbs a haircut so I thought I'd make a little arrangement out of them. I have a pot with a plant that blooms orange flowers but I no idea what it is. It is pretty though!

 Ready for a sweet tea break!

Then a quick dip in the pool…no pics of that ;)

My work is done for the day!

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