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!



Suzani Pillows on Etsy

I love suzani fabric, and I love etsy!  Here are a few of my favorite suzani style pillows available on etsy right now.  You can’t beat these prices!

18x18 Modern Suzani Tribal Pillow Cover

Homemaker Movement $65

12"x20" Mediterranean Blue Suzani Boudoir, Lumbar, or Accent Pillow. Includes Plush Feather/Down Insert.

Homemaker Movement $59

18x18 Suzani Embroidered Linen Designer Pillow with Luxury Down Blend Insert

Homemaker Movement $125

Sukan / Vintage Hand Embroidered Suzani Pillow Cover - 16x16

Sukan $65.95

Beautiful Decorative Pillow Cover - 20x20 - Southwest Embroidery - Throw Pillow - Accent Pillow - Taupe - Gray - Blue - Khaki - Paprika

Turquoise Tumbleweed $65

vintage suzani pillowcase in pairs ( 2 pcs ) - FREE SHIPMENT - 144

Cocoon Tribal Chase $60

Suzani-- 20x20  Decorative Pillow Cover--Designer Fabric--Throw Pillow--Plum/Cream/Washed  Look Chocolate/Sand

The Cottage Cuppard $49.50

Suzani pillow cover in navy, aqua, citron and green - 20 x 20

Lab Design $45

Suzani Pillow - Bright Tadjik - Gold, Orange, Teal, Yellow - 12 x 22

Material Recovery $118

Old-school suzani cushion cover

UzbekCraft $55.95

vintage suzani pillowcase in pairs - FREE SHIPMENT - 114

Cocoon Tribal Chase $57

I love the warm these pillows can bring to a room.  They bring a fun casualness to a room that makes it feel cozy.  My favorites are the embroidered pillows.  Do you have a favorite?  Where would you put it?

Throw Pillows under $100 on Layla Grace

I know there have been a lot of posts on throw pillows lately, but I really think they bring a room together.  So here are my favorite throw pillows under $100 on Layla Grace right now.

Anna Maria Horner Stencil Sea Foam Embroidered Pillow


Company C Pillow Gigi Mango


Dash and Albert Blue Awning Throw Pillow


DL Rhein Boomerang Citron Embroidered Pillow


DL Rhein Chrysanthemum Robin's Egg Embroidered Pillow


DL Rhein Circle Link Orange Embroidered Pillow


DL Rhein Cross Hatch Chocolate Embroidered Pillow


DL Rhein Greek Key Navy Embroidered Pillow


DL Rhein Mod Link Mango Embroidered Pillow


DL Rhein Scales Granite Embroidered Pillow


DL Rhein Tile Robin's Egg Embroidered Pillow


DL Rhein Zig Zag Navy Embroidered Pillow


DwellStudio Home Batavia Azure Pillow


DwellStudio Home Diamond Ikat Citrine Pillow


DwellStudio Home Distressed Metallic Squares Silver Pillow


DwellStudio Home Metallic Masala Silver Pillow


DwellStudio Home Vintage Blossom Persimmon Pillow


Jennifer Paganelli Back Bay Pink Brown Hook Pillow


Phi Coral Red Hook Pillow


Scroll Print Golden Pillow Pair


Serena and Lily Decorative Pillow Diamond Black


Trina Turk Pillow Embroidered Linen Butterfly Pink


Trina Turk Pillow Embroidered Linen Palm Springs Blocks Yellow


Trina Turk Pillow Embroidered Shanghai Links Black


Trina Turk Pillow Needlepoint Lator Gator Bargello


Which is your favorite?