Fall Outdoor Setting and African Quilt

2017 Fall.

A comfy outdoor setting perfect to cozy up with a good cup of coffee and book.

A soft cotton African print quilt for chilly weather

Fall embroidered beaded pillows made from a table runner and beautiful fabric napkins 

Center the table with a basket and create a Fall Harvest basket with faux fruit and veggies

A cozy Fall setting

 

Time for a cup of mocha java

Create your outdoor setting with Autumn prints, textures and colors for Fall

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your week-end

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Bar Cart Styling Afrocentric Safari

Hello October!

One of my favorite months.  Although it’s still hurricane season until November 30, the weather in Florida starts to cool a bit.   It’s the perfect time to give the patio a refresh especially after Hurricane Harvey.  I’ll start with the bar cart by giving it an Afrocentric Safari vibe for Autumn.  For those who know me….Ya’know  how I love Ethnic print and Animal print fabrics. 🙂

Using this  Kente African Fabric Print purchased from http://www.FWDfabrics.com I made a candle wrap, decorative rods, cocktail napkins, bar towel and a wine tie.

African Print Fabrics

Purchased two beautifully embellished animal statues from Ross 

And using items that we had:

With just a few simple items it came together nicely.  

 

Beadable custom appetizer sticks from KarenThomas.us

A natural, no-nonsense twig and leaf wreath with leopard ribbon as the wall accent

A tad different from the traditional Fall decorations but I’ll add a few more falling leaves :-)…..Thanks for stopping by.

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Enjoy your week-end!!!

Hand Lotion Buffet

 

Creating a soft touch….for your hands.

  What takes the moisture out of your hands leaving them rough and dry?  My hands are always in water and forever handling fabric which saps the moisture out  leaving them dry, rough and hang nails are horrible.  Needless to say I hoard hand creams and lotions.  Bottles and brands of different sizes are all over the house misplaced,  half full some dried out and empty.  It’s really ridiculous.   Soooo its high time for me to step up my game and get this lotion organized.

First the clean up:  I combined half bottles of the same lotion and discarded old and empty bottles.

Second: I decided a mirrored tray table would be perfect to display them.

To create the tray table I wanted to used a mirrored tray I already had.  It’s featured in Giving Thanks. (The art used in the tray is now properly framed) The tray was the perfect size but I needed a stand.   AtHome Store had the perfect side table and a smaller mirrored tray to create the table. Painted the table silver to coordinate with the bathroom fixtures. 

Then secured the large mirror tray onto the metal frame of the table.  

Lotion dispensers:   Lowest cost. Light weight. Small 10 oz. size or less.  The Dollar Tree Store had the perfect ceramic dispensers. Small apothecary jars, glass candy jars and candles.  For a $1.00 each I could not go wrong.  I was pleasantly surprised they carried all the items I needed.  

And here she is:  The Hand Lotion Buffet. Properly named because it smells sweetly delicious.   The question: How many lotions does a gal need.  Some women like lipstick…I like lotions, what can I say.

The small mirror tray from AtHome I hung on the wall only to give the tray more dept.

The dispensers hold hand lotions. The glass jars holds shea butter and creams.  The back top shelf holds hand scrubs. 

Think out the box for containers.  A Pilsner glass with a candle topper for the lid was the perfect size for the hand scrub and using a bling spoon makes it easy to scoop out. A small decanter to hold almond oil used to mix with lotions. In case I forget the ingredients or brands I tape labels to the bottom of each. For the softer moisturizer creams I used oil bottles purchased from Goodwill for .69 cents.  Then made dipping wands out of clear plastic paint brush handles attached to champagne cork stoppers.  Dip the wand then wipe and spread the moisture cream. You don’t need much so the wand pulls out just what you need. 

The candles have a nice scent.  Also from the Dollar Tree Store.  I think what I liked most was the diamond cute glass container. Perfect small size for the tray. Another product I recently discovered is NeWOC Bath and Spa Essentials. Organic handmade soaps and spa essentials.  The Orange/Lemon/Grapefruit collection is Delicious!  The sugar scrub left my hands so soft I didn’t want to touch anything for the rest of the day. (contact information: NewocBathandSpa@gmail.com) 

Scrubs containing organic oils and natural ingredients are the best for removing dead skin and rejuvenating softer smoother skin.  If you want to create your own it’s as simple as pouring cream in your coffee. Most ingredients are right in your pantry.  Here is my recipe for a simple and effective scrub:

  • 1/2 cup of White Sugar
  • 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon

You may adjust the consistency and add oils, sea salts, honey…The recipes are simple and many are available by searching Hand Scrub Recipes on Google.

Another recipe by Jamala of VivaLaVintage for your home is the Gardenia-Lime Sugar Scrub.     scrub1

Her recipe is great and the Gardenia aroma is divine. Click on the picture for the full post and recipe.

After your hand scrub remember to follow-up with a good cream or lotion while your hands are still damp to lock in moisture.

That’s it y’all… A Hand Lotion, Cream, Sugar Scrub Buffet…  🙂

Simple and easy.  No more searching to find my lotions. A designated place keeps my mind clear.  🙂  Plus, guest are able to enjoy a nice hand spa if they desire.

Thanks for stopping by the buffet.  Walking into bath room smells simply delicious and my hands could not be happier.

See ya soon.  Thanks for stopping by

 

 

 

Hubby’s Bathroom Countertop

Hi there!  Thanks for stopping by:  Amazing August is Here!!  Time is flying by.

This month I made plans to add a little masculine-glam to my husbands bathroom countertop.  Not really sure if you call it masculine-glam, but compared to mine it needed a little touch of glam to coordinate both vanities.   Anywho..  I asked him to pick out what he would like only to make sure it includes silver/chrome.

Well Lordy, Lordy… here is what he picked out: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labrazel Parsons Nickel Bathroom Accessories sold by Frontgate. com

This is fine handcrafted white Italian Alabaster with Nickel bases.  No two pieces are alike….Price range starts at $459 up to $799.00  Yes you read right.  $$$  Boy oh boy did we have a laugh….NOT in this lifetime unless we become surprise millionaires. And even then I would have high doubts.

So the hunt was on the find something as similar as possible.  I asked that he come along in case I did not find anything similar, then he could pick something else out to his liking….. Off we go…

Home Goods had exactly what satisfied the decision:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This set is by DeVi Designs. Genuine Handcrafted Marble.  Heavy as a cow and incased in stainless steel trim with ball feet on each piece.  They only had these three pieces.  However customer service advised me to check back because new shipments of merchandise arrive every Thursday.  Could not believe the prices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my haste I did not take a before picture. But his countertop was pretty bland.

Now it’s dressed with a little Masculine-Glam.  “HE LIKES IT”  Yay..  oops the tags and labels will be removed .  Still to come mouthwash caddy.  The tray is perfect for his everyday grooming needs.  Although the vanity cabinet and drawers can hold all of his grooming items it’s nice that things can be organized on the counter top within hands reach.  And I don’t ask why he needs two countertop mirrors. 🙂   Adding a surprise naughty photo of me-wifey give his vanity a little sweet interest too 🙂

I was hesitant to put both candlesticks on each side. But it frames the counter and mirror nicely.  These candlesticks had a previous life as lamps.  Adding the hurricane vase gives height and a little drama. The stone of the candlesticks coordinates nicely with the marble. 

He likes the little changes and that’s all that matters.  🙂I’m loving Home Goods, they  have awesome bargains. I’ll visit them again very soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy your week-end

Decorating with mirror panels – Simple changes

Hope all had a wonderful week.

Recently I created a style/board for a dream cocktail parlor shown here  that featured a beautiful large wall mirror. This caused me to re-visit other décor possibilities for the wall of our cocktail parlor.   Although I love large wall mirrors I could not use one because we have a bar cabinet centered on that wall.  The wall décor was a dilemma from the start of the re-do in November until now.  And moving the furniture layout, painting and wall paper was out of the question.  Finally I downloaded the room image onto Houzz.com under their “design dilemma Q and A” board and asked other decorators as well.  I received great suggestions.  But only one suggestion really made sense…

“Since your wall art seems to be unbalanced,  why not use one mirror for each side of the cabinet”

Eureka! Never even considered it!

I went with two mirror wall panels. Placing one on each side of the bar cabinet.   So many pretty ones to choose from and their prices range very high to reasonable, from elaborate designs to basic….  I really could not make up my mind so Ms. Pocket Purse decided for me.    🙂

The winner:  AtHome.com the home décor superstore:   AtHome Barnwood Panel for $79.99  

The design was not too busy and the brown wood inlay coordinated with my furnishings.  The perfect size, nice weight and thickness, made well with sturdy wall hooks. And the right price.

To prepare the room the changes were made:  Replacing, moving, decluttering.  Really simple changes with a big impact.

 AFTER: 

Although the mirror panels has a black frame, the texture has brown accents that pick up the wood tones. 

I did not want a lot of mirror bling, just the right amount to reflect the mood lighting in the evening. 

Up lights on timers creates a nice ambiance.  

I may have sconces installed on this wall, still debating.

 Never considered mirror wall panels before but so glad it came to be.

My decision for mirror panels did not come from Houzz.com but they have great resources.  If you ever have a decorating design dilemma check out Houzz.com .  They have interior designers and decorators (some not) who take the time to help with valid suggestions.  Go to Houzz.com  click Stories and Advice then scroll to Design Dilemma .

Cheers to mirror reflections.

Enjoy the rest of your week-end and have a wonderful week

Thanks for stopping by.

A Dream Room Inspired

How do you refer to the rooms of your home?  We love to style and design rooms, name them specifically for the feeling and purpose we want to convey.  I’m guilty of this.   She Shed, Salon, Dressing Room, Man Cave, Wine Cellar, Library, Meditation room….etc…etc…

Last week  Arhaus.com  a home furnishings company contacted me to see if I would be interested in connecting with them on a project creating a style/mood board of what my dream Living Room would be.   I expressed,  “I remodeled my Living room into a Cocktail Parlor in November 2016”.   However, we all have more than one dream, right?  After visiting Arhaus.com seeing their beautiful home furnishings I was delighted to create a

“Arhaus at home”  Dream Parlor.

Styled for relaxing conversations while sipping evening cocktails.

From it’s tromped wallpaper to exquisite art.  The masterpiece hand carved mahogany console.  The vintage heirloom hand-knotted wool rug. The plush sheepskin fur pillows. 100% Linen lined floor to ceiling draperies.  A 40″ diameter hand crafted iron mirror.  Feast your eyes up to a beautiful antique gold Acanthus leaf swag chandelier.  And to enjoy it all as you soothe your soul relaxing in a vintage chenille luxuriously soft arm-chair.  Style the hand-forged French designed iron bar cart your way with vintage tumblers and mirror trays. OMG… Need I go on.

  I was in dream heaven viewing their unique high-end works of art.

Please take a moment and visit Arhaus.com  you won’t be disappointed.

Thank you Molly Kay of  Arhaus.com for recognizing and wanting me to be apart of your project.

I greatly enjoyed it.


Having a dream room, cocktail parlor styled as the one above would be a dream come true.

 

Cheers to making your very own dream room a reality!!

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your week-end

Check out my Pinterest page on Parlors for more creative decorating ideas.

Fall Basket Décor and Collections

Hey there.  Happy Monday!

I have a few questions for you.  How many collections do you have?  Do you know how many items are in each of your collections?  Are your collections solely decorative or do they serve a function, a purpose?  Gotcha thinking?  Well I had to stop and ask myself the same questions in the midst of shopping for yet another basket.  I love baskets and have a collection of them.  Each basket serves a function on its own.  None are used for multi purposes which means the basket collection keeps growing because I seldom revisit their purpose.

I asked myself  if  I already had a basket that could be use for a Fall arrangement.  Long story short…..I did not surrender to the urge to buy, I came home empty-handed.  I went thru my home,  pulled out every basket to see what if any provisions could be made.  After getting totally frustrated trying to brainstorm which baskets I would combine and which one to select for a Fall arrangement, I gave up and called that very same store to ask the sales person to put that very same basket I was considering on hold because I was on my way to purchase it.  Now my other baskets are back where they started and will continue with their intended purpose.  Sometimes ya just gotta leave things as they are.  Too funny!  Haven’t we all been there!

The basket that caused me to question my collection and buying practice:  Kirklands Woven Crescent Basket  woven-crescent-basketFirst I must say, I love this basket.  Very easy to carry and makes a nice visual accent different from other round, drum or square-shaped baskets.  So far I have used it for many things.  This will be thee one basket to keep without a designated purpose.

I went to a few stores during their Fall sale and loaded up on items.  Joann’s, Hobby Lobby and Michaels

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Before I did the Fall arrangement which this basket was intended for, I wanted to give the cabana/patio bath a little seasonal décor.  I filled the basket with Fall color bath towels and made a small swag to tie on the side of the handle.

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A Fall Bath Towel Basket:  Something simple but gave a neutral bathroom a pop of seasonal colors   0083fallguesttowelbasket

Now with an empty basket I continued on to do the Fall arrangement.  My inspiration came from seeing these beautifully designed basketsinspirationfallviapinterestUsing the rest of the items, foam, moss and glue gun the basket is now complete0102fallcrescentbasket   I placed it on the floor in the Morning/Sun Room0111fallcrescentbasketBut on the console table in front of the window and with my Fox throw for cozy reading sets a welcoming ambiance for Fall.   0125fallcrescentbasketGiving two of the flowers a little bling to coordinate with the burlap ribbon I used the flat back appliques purchased from TotallyDazzled.com.  I used these appliques to also create candle rings for Christmas shown here.     0103flatbackcrystalappliques

This completes my Fall Décor for this year.  By establishing what designers call “seasonal décor hot spots”

  1. The dining room centerpiece and sideboard accents shown here9972fallcenterpiece2016
  2. The breakfast table centerpiece shown here 1a-fallcenterpiecebreakfasttable32015
  3. The morning/sun room console table  0125fallcrescentbasket
  4. The front of the house.  Either a flower-pot arrangement or wreaths     0134fallplanter
  5. The Garden bed in the back yard with just a seasonal flower or two  0069fallfountain

I was able to stay on target and focus without going overboard.  It’s very easy to get overwhelmed with so many beautiful things to choose from to decorate your home.   These five areas will make it possible to add nice small touches to welcome each season and holiday without disrupting the overall décor of my home.  Do you have seasonal décor hot spots?   Many thanks go to AtHomeWithNikki  on YouTube  with tips on Seasonal Décor Organization.  

Until next time…..0131fallcrescentbasket Choose your Season, Spot your area, Decorate it and Enjoy!    🙂 Thanks for stopping by   fallfrontbackgardensignature