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When it comes to decorating, some spaces call for a rectangular mirror while others are ideal for round mirrors.

Mirrors as a whole are wonderful to decorate with because of the added dimension and light they add to a room.  In addition to that, mirrors can create a sense of space and make a smaller room feel bigger.

I’ve used round and rectangular mirrors as part of my decor but if I had to make a choice, I think I’d choose a round mirror or a square or rectangular any time.

Here’s a look at five places where round mirror are ideal for decorating:

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No. 1 –Round Mirror In The Foyer

A round mirror in the foyer adds an unconventional touch to traditional decor.  The curved lines of a round mirror provide a contrast to the straight lines of doorways and stairs and when placed opposite a glass inset door, the mirror enhances the natural light that flows into the space.

Round Mirror via My Domaine

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No. 2 –Round Mirror Over A Nightstand Vanity

If you are using a desk or vanity table as a nightstand, consider a round mirror.  Again the round shape provides a visual contrast to the square lines of the furniture and will create a vignette that feels softer and more feminine.

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No. 3 –Round Mirror Over a Mantle

When placed over a mantle, a round mirror creates a open feeling and works when layered with other framed art pieces or decorative objects.  Pay close attention to the size of the round mirror you use over the mantle to ensure it has a enough heft and weight to balance the overall scale of the fireplace.

Round Mirror via DomaineHome

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No. 4 –Round Mirror At The End of A Hallway

Decorating the wall at the end of hallway can be challenging.  A mirror is a good option for this space especially if the area doesn’t get a lot of natural light and if the space is compact. The reflection in the mirror will create visual dimension and add visual interest.

Round Mirror in Hallway via Homebunch

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No. 5 –Round Mirror In A Gallery Wall Display

Since gallery wall displays typically  include an abundance of square and rectangular framed art pieces, a round mirror thrown into the mix will give the overall arrangement a more relaxed feel.  When using a single mirror in the grouping the mirror can be the focal point and when if you’re using multiple mirrors, go with mirrors in a smaller size so the total wall grouping is the focal point.

Round Mirror via the neotraditionalist

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Round Mirrors in Gallery Wall Display via Domaine Home

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When it comes to shopping for round mirrors, I’ve lucked out and found some great styles at HomeGoods but one of my go-to sources with guaranteed inventory is Wayfair.  Here are some of my faves from their site:

Entwined Wall Mirror

Entwined Wall Mirror–$327.80

Devon Wall Mirror

Devon Wall Mirror -$138.99
Kichler Scallop Wall Mirror
Kichler Scallop Wall Mirror–$250.00
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Howard Elliot Rex Convex Mirror–$252.00

And for small mirrors, I always shop Target which has a great selection of mirror sets between $24.00 and $39.00.

Target Mirror Set

Threshold Mirror Set

So when it comes to mirrors, do you stick with traditional rectangular shapes or have you given round mirrors a try?

Shelly

p.s.  this is not a sponsored post, just sharing the sources I love to shop.

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Hello September!

I can’t believe how fast the last 30 days have flown by.  If there’s one thing to hate about getting older, it’s the fact that time seems to go by at a quicker pace while our daily routines seem to get  busier and busier.

 As summer ends and fall blooms I hope each of you will take some time to relax and enjoy the beauty of it all. I sure plan on doing that.

I introduced the idea of my Inspiration Notebook last month and I’m really enjoying the process of jotting down the things that inspire me and collecting pieces that represent that inspiration.Today I’m bring you the September installment in my notebook.   It gives you a glimpse at how I plan to enjoy the month and a few new adventures I have planned for the blog and on Instagram.  Enjoy and be inspired!

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Fall Blankets by Southern Sweetie

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What’s in your inspiration notebook for September?

Shelly

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Hello friends and Happy Monday!  Sorry for the last blog post today.  I had a morning meeting and then had to get a few things checked off the to-do list so I’m late getting this post out.  Anyway as the saying goes, ‘better late than never” so here I am with some gift wrap inspiration for you.

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Whenever I’m looking for a new idea to inspire a gift wrap project, I usually don’t have to look far.  The inspiration for this wrapping came from some flowers I spotted while on an evening walk recently and a denim shirt I had in my closet. This package is headed to a girlfriend and I just know she’s going to love the wrap.

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The box I used for this package is a two-piece box with separate lid and I wrapped each piece in the beautiful floral paper I picked up in the dollar ($1.50) section at #Michaels.  Then I added a denim heart, also from Michaels and adhered it with tape around the edges so it could serve as a pocket.

{p.s.  my local Michaels just restocked the dollar area and there are lots of really cute fall and Christmas items you should check out
{p.s.s.  the denim hearts are on clearance at 80% off and they have denim pockets too}
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The finishing touches are a pink gift tag with hand lettering and a silk bow and flower that are clipped onto the edge of the heart using a small clothespin.

ribbon from May Arts

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Wrapping gifts is always fun but when you can create a beautiful box using just a few items and in less than 10 minutes it’s even better.

I hope you give this gift wrap idea a try.  If you can’t find denim pieces at your craft store, you can always cut up old clothing that is slated for the thrift store.

Happy wrapping!

Shelly

 

Cheers to the weekend!

When it comes to creative work spaces, the space below is one of my all time favorites.  I love how open the room is and the sense of organization and order.  And despite all the structure in the room, the space exudes warmth and creativity.

Even if you don’t have a creative space as big as this, you can be inspired by some of the details in this room:

♦  Use baskets to add texture, warmth and organization

♦  Use decorative tags to label baskets, bins and storage boxes

♦  Create a sense of order by using one style of storage box or binder

♦  Opt for nontraditional seating if it works for how you use the space

♦  Add a narrow counter height table to serve as your computer desk and then use a large table as a work surface

♦  Hang decorative lighting to add style and highlight the work area within the room

Office Space via Atl Homes Mag

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For even more inspiration, enjoy these weekend links:

Advice for creative entrepreneurs.

These tassels are yet another genius craft project from one of my favorite craft bloggers.

You can never have too many containers, especially when they can look like this and are easy to DIY.

I recently discovered this blog (where has it been all my life) and if you love blue and white pottery, you’ll definitely want to follow the Chinoiserie Chic blog.

Shelly

Girlfriend Gifts

Feeling Groovy Trinket Tray

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had already begun doing some Christmas shopping.  I hate to wait until the last minute when the items have been picked over and store shelves are bare.  One category of gifts that I tend to buy early is girlfriend gifts.

Finding that special gift for a girlfriend can sometimes be challenging so my method for selecting the perfect gift is to tap into that persons style.  Think about the colors the person wears, the items they decorate their home with and their passions in life.  When you look for gifts that connect to a person’s lifestyle and soul, you’ll always find the perfect piece.

Here’s a round-up of gifts that I love and that I think my girlfriends would love too.

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Jardin Des Plantes Vase

Brass Pineapple Dish

Morocco Madness

Stone Stud Earrings

Voluspa Candle Collection

These Jardin Des Vases are ideal for that friend that has a crush on blue and white and loves to decorate.

I have a long list of friends that would love this Brass Pineapple Dish so I’m planning to add a few to my gift closet.

  If you have  friends who run their own businesses , the Morocco Madness Stationery will make them feel special and is a perfect way for them to personalize correspondence to their customers. 

A cute little Trinket Dish  like this one is great for all the stylish friends on your list. 

These chic Stone Stud Earrings  are for the fashionistas in your life.

My go-to gift for girlfriends or anyone for that matter is Candles and I just love this little collection from Voluspa.

Do you have a friend that needs to take a little more time for themselves?  Gift them this adorable Bird Teapot and encourage them to take a few minutes each day to do just that.

Now that you have some great gifts to consider, you’ll need a fun way to wrap them.  On Monday I’ll be sharing a chic and simple gift wrap idea with you so until then, enjoy your weekend and happy shopping.

Shelly

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Hello friends.  The last few days my life has been a little like this beautiful inspiration board above…a mass of stuff on the to-do list and lots of projects the works.  In times of stress, I look to sources of inspiration to get me through. So I’m popping in today with a quick post to share one of my sources of inspiration and favorite designers, Alessandra Branca.

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If you’re note familiar with Alessandra Branca, she is a Rome-born designer known for her use of color and her skill of combining  chic, old-world style into the spaces she designs.  

Here are some of the reasons why I love her style:

Exquisite pattern mixing + that floor lamp

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Sophisticated color combinations + those upholstered chairs

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Decorative details + that coral dutch door

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Dramatic design + that plaid daybed

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Her fabric line for Schumacher + this chair

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Traditional Roots + those stools

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Her passion for pink + that rug

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Her whimsical side + that ceiling treatment

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Her use of trims + that chair detail

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When it comes to design with personality and polish, Alessandra Branca is definitely a designer that inspires me.

You can view more of her design work here or pick up a copy of her book…

Alessandra Branca New Classic Interiors

Shelly

all room images via Alessandra Branca unless noted

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I am constantly changing out the accessories on my coffee table but the one design element that remains a constant is a decorative tray.  I use trays because they add visual layers to the arrangement and they’re great for holding small decorative items and books.

You might remember this brown wood tray that often makes an appearance on my coffee table.  It’s sturdy, oversized and I like the texture and pattern of the woven liner but the tray was begging for a facelift.  As as thing go, changing the look of the tray led to a mini makeover with the coffee table decor.

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Books and flowers are usually the items that add color to the table arrangement but I wanted a bolder color statement so I gave the tray its new look with a coat of emerald green paint (Behr Crown Jewel #P420-7) and new gold handles.

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Emerald green has always been a color I love and I plan to use more of it in my fall decor.

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Once the tray got its facelift, I went about styling the table with some of my favorite pieces.  I recently started collecting blue and white chinoiserie and  love the combination of green, brass and blue & white.  The combo is eclectic and happy but still has a traditional feel which is right up my alley.

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Blue and white ceramics are such a hot design trend right now and I’ve been fortunate to score some great pieces at incredible prices from thrift stores, flea markets and a new shopping source I recently discovered (I’ll share more about it next week).

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My coffee table is fairly large and the color pops create the perfect contrast against the darker wood table.

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I love how the arrangement turned out and I think the colors are perfect for the last few weeks of summer.

When I’m ready to start decorating for fall, (I’m not there just yet) the DIY pumpkins I’m making will work great alongside the new tray and blue and white pottery.

Shelly

Product sources: 
Wood Tray–Tuesday Morning (purchased years ago)
Gold Handles (Ikea–spray painted gold)
Wood Box–Tuesday Morning (purchased years ago)
Wood Slice–Hobby Lobby
Gold Wishbone–Hobby Lobby
Small Blue & White Lidded Dish–Goodwill
Large Blue & White Vase–EBTH
Large Blue and White Lidded Bowl with Gold Trim–Local thrift store
Brass Turtle–Goodwill
Scalloped Brass Pedestal Dish-local thrift store

 

SUMMER ROAD TRIP ESSENTIALS

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Summer is slowly coming to an end and although I love the long, sunny days, I’m really looking forward to fall and cooler temps.

We still have a couple of road trips on the schedule before summer is officially over including one we’re on right now, so I thought I’s share a few of our summer road trip essentials in case you’re planning an end of summer get-away too!

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*  A PLAN–no matter whether it’s a weekend trip or something longer, I always create a plan and outline the details of our trip.  I include spots to eat, major attractions we might want to visit and of course a list of antique stores and flea markets that are on our route.  Buy or make a notebook like this cute one that from Ruby Murrays Musings made to keep all your notes close at hand.

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*  MUSIC & READS:  For short road trips we always have our favorite blues and R & B tunes on hand and often hold our own American Idol contest right there in the car.  For longer trips, books on tape really help the time pass quickly and help us keep you on our favorite authors.

**Cracker Barrel has a great selection of books on tape that you can rent, listen too and then drop off at the next restaurant you come to.

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*  TRAVEL BLANKET & THROW:  since the hubby does most other driving on our trips, I make sure to take a cozy blanket and pillow with me in case I want to take a snooze or get a little chilly under the air conditioning.

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*  SNACKS & WATER–I make sure the car is stocked with water and snacks no matter the length of the road trip.  I hate stopping at an out-of-the-way gas station and having to pay an arm and a leg for bottled water.  And even worse is when we’ve craving our favorite treat and it’s 200 miles to our next stop.  My days as a girl scouts taught me to be prepared at all times.

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CAMERA–I always travel with my camera to capture beautiful scenery or special moments.

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And the best thing you can take with you on a road trip is a sense of adventure and a relaxed state of mind!

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I’m signing off for the week and will be back Tuesday with a fun project I recently completed.  Have a terrific weekend my friends.

Shelly