Plate Display

So I needed something on my big, white, blank wall in our breakfast area.  I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, but it needed color and character.

I found this picture on Pinterest that I loved.

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house and home

I thought it might be difficult to find so many plates that fit together.  It really wan’t.  I shopped around and found plates for reasonable prices at TJ Maxx, Dillard’s, and Pier 1.

I laid out my pattern on the floor.  I had to take about 6 plates back.  I just had too many for the design and the wall.

Then traced and labeled all the plates so I would have a template for the wall.  Thank you to my sister for climbing the ladder, so this pregnant lady wouldn’t have to!  Then I put on the Dischangers.  I googled and searched Pinterest for ways to hang plates.  Everyone said these worked great!  They are very reasonable.  I hated those old wire plate hangers.  They are so difficult to attach.  These are permanent, but that’s okay with me.  They work wonderfully!



We measured how far down the hook would be and put our nail into the paper template.  Then hung the plates!




I’m really happy with this look.  I think it looks really cute with the new window seat pillows and the colors in the family room.


Cheap and Cheaper Chandelier

I’ve liked this chandelier from Pottery Barn for awhile.  It’s not too expensive for a chandelier with so many crystals at $399.

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But I found it cheaper at Overstock!  $158.39

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I put it in our new master bath.  It looks great!  Yes, there was “some assembly required”.  But you have to assemble the PB chandelier too.  Lesson learned:  Look around before you purchase something off one of the major retail sites.


New Art

I have loved to paint and draw for as long as I can remember.  I wish I had more time for it.  It’s so relaxing for me.  My love of art is where my passion for design started.  Lately, I’ve painted a couple of new pieces for my home.  This is something I haven’t done in years.  It was so fun!

I love this turquoise color.  I just need to find the right table to go underneath.

I moved the four pen and ink drawings (from Wisteria) on either side of the mirror on the opposite wall.

I will try to post some Christmas pics tomorrow!  I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas weekend!  God bless!


Holiday Bedding

Maybe it’s just been since I had a child, but it really surprises me how much holiday bedding is out there.  Everything from sheets to pillows and duvets.  Who buys this stuff?  Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s so cute! And I love Christmas decor just as much as the next girl. But who has the money for this?  And how does it coordinate with the decor already in the room?

Grinch Flannel Duvet Cover

Potterybarn Kids Grinch Christmas bedding

Home for the Holidays Flannel Sheeting

Home for the Holidays PBK flannel sheets

Tis The Season Nursery Bedding

Tis the Season Nursery Bedding from PBK

Baa Humbug Flannel Bedding

Baa Humbug Flannel Bedding from Garnet Hill

Holiday Trees Percale Bedding

Holiday Trees Percale Bedding from Garnet Hill

Peppermint Garland Percale Bedding

Peppermint Garland Percale Bedding from Garnet Hill

Bear Facts Flannel Set from the Company Store

Have you ever bought holiday bedding?  I would love to see how it’s used in a kids’ room!

Fun Updates to the Family Room

I think mantels can be difficult to decorate, don’t you?  Most of the time it’s the focal point.  The first thing you see when you walk into a room.  I don’t like cluttered mantels or mantels that are too sparse.  Finding that balance can be tricky.  I’ve looked for objects for my family room mantle for over a year.  I really wanted to use a painting that I bought when we first got married.  Pretty much all of the colors in the room stem from that painting: red, orange, and black.  I’ve added the blue to bring some coolness into the room.

Finally, while working on another project I came across some beautiful ceramic dish wear and pottery at Dillard’s.  They had a large plate with rust and blue details, just the colors in the family room.  It was exactly what I wanted.  I’ve also been thinking about putting some tall candle sticks on the other side of the painting.  Everything I’ve come across is so expensive.  Finally, I found two at TJ Maxx.  I think they really draw together all of the dark wood accents in the room.

While we were in Texas in September, we went to one of our favorite little Hill Country towns, Fredricksburg.   I found these great embroidered pillows.  I think they bring character, color and whimsy to the room.



The additions to the mantel as well as the pillows really finish the room.  They bring all of the colors together and give the room the whimsical, fun feeling I want this family room to have.

Are you bored with a room in your home?  What small changes can you do to give it that feeling you want to portray?  Sometimes it just takes a little looking.  So keep your eyes peeled and your imagination open!


Fall Luncheon

Yesterday, I had some friends over for lunch.  It was a small, casual affair so we ate a yummy lunch of soup and salad at the kitchen table.  I decided not to go with your typical fall colors of orange, yellow and brown.  My new etsy pillows are grey and blue, and I already had a blue and brown table cloth from Anthropologie.  One of the reasons I do this blog is to give all of you out there new ideas or good resources.  So, today, I thought I would go through my table setting and share where I got everything.  I think it goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune to set a beautiful table.



Tablecloth on sale from Anthropologie about three years ago.  The pumpkin came from Whole Foods.  The candles and hurricanes are from Pier 1.  Always remember, never put scented candles on a table while your eating.

I love these bowls!  I got them for Christmas last year.  They are the perfect size for soups, chili, and pasta.  You have no idea how long I looked for bowls just this size.  They are from Anthropologie, and they had them yesterday!  Just checked the site, and they are gone 😦  Here is another option for you.  My mom bought the Flame Leaf Bowls, and they are very cute too!

I have some beautiful crystal goblets that go with my Vera Wang china.  When I put everything together, they were just too fancy for this event.  My everyday glass were just not looking up to par, so I started to look for some new tea/water glasses.  I found several options on Anthropologie, but, alas, the Anthro of OKC is not quite finished.  And I didn’t really want to make the trek to the mall with the toddler.  So I did some brainstorming…

Here is what I wanted:

Here is what I found, at Dollar General!

Isn’t it cute!?  They are really nice, heavy glasses.

My everyday white plates from Crate and Barrel are very nice, but they didn’t really look great with the blue and white Anthro bowls.  Again Dollar General had just what I was looking for.

I think these are the perfect size for luncheons and showers.  I’m planning on going back to buy about 30 more.  I love using real plates at showers instead of paper.  I think it makes things so much elegant and special.  I had some cloth napkins from Ikea, but they were not looking so great.  These napkins came from Tuesday Morning.  The napkin rings are from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

I’m loving my new pillows.  I’ve been very happy with the quality.

The two turquoise and burlap flag pillows are from Wisteria a couple of years ago.  They grey and white stripe are from the etsy store Modern Marvelous Home.  The ikat pillow is from the etsy store Martha and Ash.

Every party should have fresh flowers.  I don’t like spending a lot of money on arrangements, so most of the time I do them myself.  One of my favorite places to get flowers is the Homeland by my house.

I hope you are having a wonderful fall season.  I would love to hear some of your favorite table or party decorating tips!