I love listening to southern, christian women talk. like really about anything...but I get really captivated when they talk about the Lord.
I swear those southern women just rub off on ya (it's a good thing!)
So I'm just going to say it the only way I know how, y'all need to check out: The Pearl. Hosted by Sibi from Pearls and Grace Blog. It's good, so good! Even though some topics don't apply necessarily to me right now, I have pulled little bits of knowledge and biblical teachings from each of their shows so far. Hearing them talk in their twangy, southern drawls just brings back so many memories of living in Texas. It's so fun, you must go tune in! (I never even knew blog talk radio existed until this week, where have I been?!) I feel like it's a little clip of a sermon only in a casual talk show/radio kind of format, LOVE!
The other day, I stumbled upon Joss & Main's Destination: Salem collection featuring Colonial New English Inspirations. What a FUN idea for this time of year! Get your home in the Halloween spirit this year with these spellbinding pieces which evoke New England's rich "Witch City" history. For your viewing pleasure I gathered up a few of my favorite pieces:
Be sure to head over to Joss & Main and check out all the collections, there are so many great deals to be had!
I love neutrals, if you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that's no secret! This room... the simple roman shades, gorgeous cow hide rug, detailed nail head trim around the base of the sofa, and the perfectly placed lone brass sconce in the corner, all has my little neutral-loving heart racing! I think this might even get Mr.Cattlebuyer's stamp of approval with that cow hide rug! Which equals a "win" in my books!
Here's some of my Friday Faves (you can find all the links on my Pinterest boards!)
Hustle. I like that...
Obsessing over this kelly green dress. It's my favorite color to wear especially in the fall and winter. Thinking this would be perfect for Mr. Cattlebuyer's company Christmas Party this year. Paired with a long gold necklace, black leggings and a pair of ankle booties.
This picture below inspired me to go out and snag some green skinnies. I got mine from Target
(on clearence rack, where else?) I'm such a cheapo when it comes to clothes *gasp*. My toddler wears more expensive clothes than i do.... it's ridiculous really!
Oh my word. I would give my left arm (not seriously...i like my left arm, just not as much as my right) to have a vanity set up like this.... between the topiary's, botanical prints, and monogrammed bench, I feel like it just screams "me" !!! What do you think?
Loving animal prints paired with gold metallic for fall and winter.
Lastly, I'm dying to get this ottoman for our living room. I've been on the look out for something like this since we got our new sofa...and I'm thinking this may be the one (most-likely I will see something tomorrow I like better....thus the vicious undecided ottoman cycle continues...) What do you guys think of it?
Okay. and I can't leave without sharing about food (my second favorite subject to discus behind interiors...)
I'm planning on making up some Boo Crunch this weekend to get into the Halloween Spirit. I cheated this year and purchased Rover boy's Halloween costume a few weeks ago. I've made his costume for the past two years (which I love to do..) but honestly, I do not have the time right now (nor space) for whipping out the sewing machine. So store bought will have to do! :)
It's been a busy couple months since starting up my online interior design consultations in August!
I recently just finished up working with another wonderful client on her open concept, dining room & entry way. My client had the main pieces (dining table (similar but not the same as the one used above), chairs, buffet, and chandelier) but just needed help furnishing the entry and giving the room that finished, polished look. We drew inspiration from the color palette used in her adjacent great room: neutrals with hints of navy blue, turquoise, and sage green. We started by adding warm texture through area rugs, and added gold metal accents to add a touch of sparkle and to break up all the hard wood surfaces in the room. We added a demilune console table and upholstered entry bench to her foyer, along with some fantastic artwork and accessories to add a punch of color. As for the dining room, I suggested adding a tall mirror above her buffet piece to help draw attention to her beautifully tall 12' ceilings, as well as pair of simple buffet lamps. We added a pair of casual, yet elegant wing back style chairs next to the dining table to complete the casual yet sophisticated look.
I'm going to be honest with y'all, I do not do much decorating with holiday or seasonal decor (I do make an exception for Christmas, as that is my favorite holiday of all...the more the merrier in December! I think whatever I lack in holiday decorating 11 out of the 12 months of the year, I try to make up for at Christmas time!)
* eek, please don't go hating on me yet...*
I love and appreciate holiday decorating, but I've learned with motherhood, clutter in our home totally stresses me out. We have enough going on without extra seasonal decor on top of it.
So my decorations have to be minimal, easy, no-fuss, and quite simple overall.
This year for fall I'm totally loving acorns. simple little acorns, who'da thought right?
I think this brassy piece would be fun as an accent on a bookcase or hutch:
This little chest is so cute with it's sweet little dangle acorn drawer pulls.
This fabric is a bit "country-ish" for my usual liking but I think it'd make some fun seasonal accent pillows. Personally, I would do a velvet green pinch pleat around the edges.
Last but not least, don't forget about "acorny" art. Something like this from etsy would be so cute, matted and framed in a contemporary sleek white frame to juxstapose the nature inspired artwork. I'm such a sucker for watercolor, if anyone has ever picked up a brush and tried to do a detailed watercolor painting you know how painstakingly intense it is! That makes me appreciate art like this so much more!
Okay and last but not least, I stumbled upon this for your kiddos. Go out and do some nature crafting (love the old school illustrations)!! :)
Hope you all have a fabulous Monday (if there is such a thing...)!
This image below totally has me captivated and inspired. The fresh pops of white accessories, books, and flowers jump off the rich black antique secretary creating an absolutely perfect monochromatic vignette. Vintage Secretary's are not only a gorgeous way to store your precious books, china, linens, but also are completely functional including a built in desk. Two for one = I'm SOLD.
Sometimes if you are lucky you can find gorgeous antique secretary's on One Kings Lane. Otherwise check out your local flea market or shop estate sales.
What's your favorite two-for-one piece of furniture?
I didn't realize until recently how much I obsess over front doors...as I was walking through my favorite neighborhood the other day and realized how important a beautiful front door can be to the overall image of a house. One bad door can ruin an otherwise gorgeous house in 2.5 seconds! No joke. (btw. I know that statement is a little dramatic, there really are lot of ugly doors out there!)
Please add "beautiful front door" to my dream house wish list immediately. Here are some of my favorites all found via pinterest (under my "abode" board)
These double doors below are my absolute favorite...this image is from flythroughourwindow.com. Love those big ol' kimberly ferns as well!
This beautiful set up is the wowie's front door. Ain't it just perfection? Dying over those arched doors. Okay go check out her blog (yes this is my second plug for her)...but only do so if you have a good 2-3 hours to read through every.single.post. :)
Okay, so now I'm interested to know, what's on your "dream house" wish list?
I love when people contact me for design questions...this one was fun one as I am always up for a good challenge! :)
My friend had this pottery barn ikat bedding + white sheets, but had no idea what to pair with it as far as accent pillows and patterns
Naturally I went to town in photo shop, and gave her a couple different options. Sometimes all it takes is little mock up to help you decide which look is your favorite. It's also nice to be able to do this before you spend your hard earned money on a ton of pillows that don't work, despite being little pretty pillows aren't cheap!
I don't know about you, but I'm still not tired of gallery walls. Especially loving this one below. The black and white frames are so classic and I love the combination of old photos with new. black and white with color. the various widths of mats and frames are working perfectly together as well. Also notice the gallery wall runs the entire floor to ceiling- you know go big or go home.
Also, since we are talking about this photo, how about that gate at the bottom of the stairs...and the glass sides on the stairs. Ah-mazing.
This year we decided to keep it simple and host our little man's party at the park (which actually worked out perfectly!). We did cake and an ice cream sundae bar which was fun. Here are a few pictures from yesterday's celebration!
Family picture, of course we can never get all three of us looking at the camera at the same time but we try.
The party at the park.
Rover wasn't quite sure what to think of all the attention....probably didn't help we had to wake him up from his nap a little early. never a good idea...I think we will plan a morning party next year. :)
Birthday boy and his cake!
Mommy spaced off the candles (which didn't work anyways with the breeze...so we pretended luckily rover boy didn't seem to mind!)
The kiddos opened oodles of prezzies....our living room now looks like a toy store.
I'm not sure how my son's pan leg got rolled up one side but not the other??!! Funny how I didn't notice at the time but looking back in photos I'm like waaahhhht. the. heck. totally gangster looking minus the gingham and monogram. :)
Overall it was an great time. I think Rover boy was completely overwhelmed, and thus the weird confused look on his face in all the pictures.
Thanks to all our friends and family who helped us celebrate our little two year old! We are so incredibly blessed!