Table for Two – Intimate Settings

Take some time this Season with a little one-on-one to relax before the holiday rush really sets in.

  So many times we prepare entertainment settings for guest, family and friends which is awesome but I love to tap into quiet moments for a party of two.  For you and hubby, best friend, Mom, sister, brother, daughter or son.  Any person who is dear to your heart.  Sometimes heart-to-heart, one-on-one is much-needed and appreciated.

I am truly inspired by those who have the creative talent in the art of tablescaping.  It’s not my forte but I love to indulge. :-)!

This “Table for two – Intimate settings”  is for sushi lovers.   I decided on an alfresco setting to enjoy the FL weather.  Here are some of the items I gathered.  Simple, sweet and budget friendly.

Tablecloth in a tropical print by Tommy Bahama

Centerpiece: A DIY effort to create the illusion of a meditation water garden..  🙂 (hmmmmm???)

Bamboo mats

Japanese garden lantern 

Sushi set: Dragon fly on cobalt blue and steel chopsticks  Japanese soup and rice bowls Sake set 

Sake

Fabric prints that mix and match. The napkins are made with the same fabric use on the bar cart shown here.

Now it’s time for sushi.  It turned out to be a very calm setting. The candles made the evening more enjoyable.

 

 

 

Hope you visit again for the next “Table for Two-Intimate Settings”

Remember, giving someone your time can be the greatest gift of all.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

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Bar Cart Styling…..November Blues

I took a break from the Fall pumpkins.  Love the Fall décor, its beautiful without a doubt but I caught the November blues. Guess I caught it from some stranger.  But miraculously it all went away when I saw this wall plaque.  It was a perfect Fall day when it arrived and immediately I hung it outdoors. 

It just made me smile…

After hanging it I thought of the song, “Fly me to the Moon”.  Please take a moment and listen to this young lady Angelina Jordan…My mouth dropped to my knees and tears fell…I was mesmerized……..a voice of an angel in my opinion.

After composing myself…… I finished refreshing my bar cart in sort of a “moon and stars” theme while singing along

 

 

Have a wonderful star-filled Sunday!!!!!! Thanks for stopping by

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Favorite Buys for 2017- “Versatile” Decor Items

After reading a post published by Shelly of  ConfettiStyle.com “The 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories you can own”  It was so informative and could not agree more!

This year I tried to buy smart by curving my décor impulse shopping. My motto use to be “something comes in, something goes out” but even that has changed.  Which caused me to define what decorative items I can get the most out of.  Versatility is the key when using the same base items for seasonal and holiday décor with minimal cost to change-up the look.  A tall task for someone who loves to change and refresh décor items.  Why am I limiting my items?  Well for two reasons, downsizing and the limited storage space downsizing will present.

Here are my favorite investment items purchased this year 2017 that really cost me pennies. (Happy, happy, joy, joy) The cost compared to the versatility is priceless.  BTW: I love silver accents……

The Silver platter:  A Goodwill great find in April 2017 for $2.99!!  It had a few scratches on the flat plate but other than that it was in perfect condition. 17″ x 24″ .  I have used this platter/tray time and time again.   First appeared on “Seashell Wind Chime”   I love the fluted edge, and drop plate bed.

Now it’s used to hold our Fall Table centerpiece 

Braemore Jamil Pillows:  Really???  Pillows on the list.  Yes indeed.  These velvet Leopard Print pillows coordinates with “any décor”. In June, I purchased 1 yard of fabric for $39.99 and made two pillows.  They have been in every room of the house any time I want a quick refresh.  First appeared in “Braemore Jamil Leopard Print…ohhh La La”   Two more are in the makings.

Hurricane Vase:   I’ve had one for a few years.  First appeared in “Fall Centerpiece“.   The filler ideas are endless; from decorative orbs to candy, soaps, beans, shells, fruit..etc, etc, etc.

Decided to purchase another one this year.   She’s a little smaller with a silver base. 8″ x 12″.  Cost: $12.99. – HomeGoods.  Was on my desk , now she’s sitting outside enjoying the sun: 

Candle Holders:  What can I say:  I’m a collector/hoarder/ of candlesticks second to pillows.  Most are for specific vignettes that I don’t change.  But these beauties have been up, down, outside, inside and all around the house wherever and whenever I need a quick change.  First appeared in “Sweet Sensations”.   Goodwill – $7.00 for a set of two. 12″ and 10″ Tall.The second pair is mirror candleholders…The absolute best for table settings…I can peek at myself while eating to make sure my table etiquette is up to par. 🙂   Also great for small space decorating. Guest room bedside tables. Entry tables if there is no wall mirror. Bookshelves…oh the possibilities.   Burlington – $14.99 for the small 12″ and $16.99 for the larger 15″

Tier Server:  Formal, informal.  Elegance to Casual.  For any room of the house, I guarantee you can use a tier server tray.  This is the second tier server ever purchased. My first is copper shown here which sits (and will never be removed) on the bar counter, which I love.  But this baby is in my favorite metal Silver.  Overstock – $93.00 – 28″ tall.  I gladly paid. Well worth it for the quality.  And to think it coordinates with the fluted edge silver tray.  Oh I’ve got good-n-plenty plans for her!

Silver Bowl: Right now it is all dressed for Fall but oh the possibilities for Seasons and Holidays to come. Goodwill – $6.99  15″ diameter.

A Crystal Vase: I did not buy this vase this year, I’ve had it for years. A beautiful fresh flower vase is a must on the list.  I’d say three. a bud vase, a small and large. Ya never know when a surprise fresh-cut of gorgeous flowers may come your way.  Priceless 🙂

Yeah, I’m a silver gal. These pieces are so versatile and overall cost pennies.  Storage is not an issue because they will always be out.  Downsizing is no joke. My tinier house dreams will soon become a reality. And I want to be ready and waiting with key décor pieces.  I have never been this disciplined in my life!!!!!! (Proud Momma)  I’m anxious to see how I will continue to use these same pieces for holidays and seasons to come.  It will be interesting. Hope you stop back by and peek at the changes.

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your week-end!

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!!!

It Takes a Village

First I’d like to say:  My heart and donations goes out to all who has suffered, lost and recovering from the horrible path and destruction that Hurricane Harvey and Irma brought us.  We had no major damage to our home (Thank God) but outdoor clean up was a wake-up call to what could have been.  We are truly grateful. Only by Grace.


Happy Fall!  Thanks for taking a few moments to visit and read my chit-chat.

Well I said I was not going to do any Fall decorating because I did not want Summer to end.   But…. To make a long story short, I was searching for a particular Christmas fabric print on Ebay when this print popped up on the sidebar entitled

“It Takes a Village” depicting a Tribal African Village with children and women:  And the coordinating fabric print of clay pottery:

What can I say but I’m weak people! I thought I was done when I purchased a beautiful beaded pumpkin pillow from Marshalls and then I did a Fall Inspired tier tray. on the bar.

But nooooo,  the colors of this fabric print just spoke Fall Harvest to me. I had to get at least one yard if only to make napkins!!

A Fall Harvest tablescape was now in the making!!

See my video on YouTube of the final outcome.

I will probable do more videos going forward.

So glad I caved…loving my napkins. :-).  Thanks again for stopping by. Enjoy your Fall tablescaping and decorating. 

 

 

Sea Shells at Summers End

Reaching the end of Summer is not welcomed….

Although Florida has warm weather year-round it still saddens me when Summer ends because our “weekly” beach excursions becomes “maybe monthly”  until next Summer.

Via

Via

I always manage to bring home beautiful sea shells each time we go to add to our collection.

 

But when your shell collection results in too many for one container to hold, then it’s time to divide and conquer with creative ways to use your shells in home decorating.

Here are a few simple ideas I’ve done that were inspired by the many shell lovers I follow and admire.

Apothecary Jar and candle ring:

Clam Shell filled with white sea shells:  Clam Shell purchased from AtHome Superstore

Add Starfish which are actually Christmas Tree ornaments from AtHome Superstore. 

Create a Shell Tray:

I strongly recommend using GE II Silicone Sealant that is clear and water proof instead of hot glue.  For the base I stacked shells and used a large Bay Scallop Shell turned upside down for the tray top.  Then painted the inside with a little sparkle.

To create an Orb:

Start with a Styrofoam or rubber ball.  Add shells until you like what you see. Super simple DIY

A Sea Shell Tassel.

Drill small holes at the tips of Alphabet Cone Shells and use monofilament wire to tie together.  The same way I drilled in making the wind chime shown here.   Drill a hole at the top and bottom of a large Knobbed Whelk shell.  Tie the tassel to the bottom hole and create a wire hook to insert in the top hole.

  

Why not replace the clapper and center string of an old wind chime with your new sea shell tassel

Plant accents:

One I really like is a simple placement of a few on the side of your house plants.

Lantern fillers:

Fill a floor lantern with larger shells, center a large flameless candle and use tiny stones instead of sand.

    

Table lantern vignette:

This lantern was a steal from Goodwill for $3.99 the bottom sticker was still on from Ross at $17.99.

After cleaning I painted the top and hardware silver metallic but left the white distressed. I was tickled how it came out.

I will be putting this lantern to good use.  The flameless candle and small shells turn out cute

but I’m thinking of using a film on the glass in a tropical scene and use this lantern it to hide the back yard bug spray. 🙂 I really, really dislike seeing bug spray sitting out. I’m always putting it under tables and chairs. Now I can give it a place where it’s quick and easy to find. 🙂 It would be similar to this:

Now that the sea shell DIYs are finished…it’s time to relax and enjoy a dream view.    Bye-Bye Sea Shore Until next Summer….

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of your Summer.