So many of you have left comments to tell me how much my Design Guide series has helped you with decorating your home.  A few of your favorite design guide posts have included tips on  Styling a Sectional Sofa and Key Measurements To Know When Decorating.  And my Color Rules posts has helped you confidently decorate with color.

Today’s post continues to deliver tips and how-to’s for decorating and focuses on lamp shades.  I’m giving you an overview of lamp shades styles and tips on picking the right size shade for your lamp.

Lamps are a key element in any room design and can make or break the style of a room. Continue reading for my Lamp Shade 101 Design Guide…

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I’m back with another Gift Wrap Inspiration post and this one is sure to go down as one of the easiest gift wrap ideas ever.

The idea was inspired by a box I spotted at HomeGoods.  It was a simple idea–a paper mache’ kraft box wrapped with pretty paper.  The minute I saw it, I recognized what a great concept it was for people who don’t like to wrap gifts, have a ton of gifts to wrap or need to wrap a gift in a hurry. Or in other words, it’s a wrapping project that anyone can do. 

Here’s what you’ll need to recreate these pretty floral wrapped boxes…


Paper Mache Kraft Boxes come in a wide range of shapes and sizes and can be purchased at any of the big craft stores.  You’ll find the widest range of shapes from Amazon and they offer the best pricing is you are buying in bulk.  I’ve also spotted these boxes at Goodwill from time to time so be on the look out there too!


Next you’ll need wrapping paper.  Since I have somewhat of a paper obsession, I’m always looking for pretty paper when out shopping. The animal print floral and the black and white stripe paper came from Hobby Lobby (currently on sale for $2.00/pk of 6).  This paper is actually decoupage paper but the weight makes it suitable for wrapping gifts.  The other two floral papers are from Papyrus (similar here and here).

tip:  this is a great project to use those wrapping paper scraps you might have lying around


(black and white chevron // fuchsia two-tone //  green textured lines)

And of course a beautifully wrapped gift wouldn’t be complete without pretty ribbon.  If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know that MayArts is one of my go-to sources for ribbon.  They have hundreds of styles, patterns and materials to choose from so you’ll easily find the perfect ribbon for your gift wrapping projects.

fyi:  MayArts used to be a wholesale supplier only  but now anyone can purchase from their site


Now comes the easy part…measure, cut and wrap the bottom of each box with wrapping paper, using double-sided tape to secure the ends and edges.  To create the ribbon ties, tape two pieces of ribbon on opposite sides inside the lid of the box.  Place the lid on the box and tie a bow.



note: You can also cover the lids of the boxes like I did with one of my boxes.


Just think of all the paper and ribbon possibilities you have with this wrapping idea. And with the busy holiday season fast approaching, you’ll want to stock up on paper, ribbon and boxes now so you’ll have everything you’ll need for holiday gift giving.


Want more creative gift wrapping tips and inspiration,  join me for The Art of Gifting gift wrap workshop which I’m conducting at Steve McKenzie’s, a beautiful decor and gift store here in Atlanta.  The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 12th from 9:30-11:00 am.  You can learn more about the event and purchase tickets here.



Happy wrapping!

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I am honored to have the opportunity to share a great product from Carpet One Floor & Home.   Carpet One Floor & Home is a cooperative of 1,000 locally owned flooring stores nationwide. For several yeas, they have designed and sold their Pink Ribbon Welcome Mats giving a percentage of the proceeds to breast cancer research.

An initiative of the Carpet One Welcomes Your Support campaign, the flooring retailer has raised nearly 1 million dollars by donating 25% of each sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®(BCRF) – the world’s highest-rated breast cancer organization.

The latest Pink Ribbon Welcome Mat collection showcases 20 exclusive designs including 4 mats created by noted interior designers Lisa Mende, Traci Zeller, Melissa Davis, and Kelli Ellis.

Carpet One Floor and Home Pink Ribbon Welcome Mats

Pink Ribbon Welcome Mats are made in the U.S. and each design is proudly marked by a pink ribbon as a reminder of the cause. Fit for both indoor and outdoor use, the mats are constructed with stain and water-resistant materials, a rubber backing, and are machine washable. Welcome mats work wonderfully throughout the home, from outdoor and entry spaces to kitchens and bathrooms. They also make a lovely, heartfelt gift for any occasion.

Carpet One Floor and Home Pink Ribbon Welcome Mats

Design by Lisa Mende

Carpet One Floor and Home Pink Ribbon Welcome Mats

Design by Kelli Ellis

Carpet One Floor and Home Pink Ribbon Welcome Mats

Design by Melissa Davis

Carpet One Floor and Home Pink Ribbon Welcome Mats

Design by Traci Zeller

I’m sure like many of you, I have had friends and family members that have battled breast cancer so this cause is near and dear to my heart.

I am proudly displaying my Traci Zeller designed Pink Ribbon welcome mat and praying that continued research leads to preventing deaths, finding a cure and eradicating the disease for good.

Carpet One Floor and Home Pink Ribbon Welcome Mats

You can view the full Pink Ribbon Welcome Mat collection here and purchase a Pink Ribbon Welcome Mat at participating Carpet One Floor & Home stores for $24.99 ($34.99 CDN).

To learn more about the Carpet One Welcome A Cure initiative, check out the short video below.

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Disclaimer:  I received the welcome mat for free from Carpet One Floor & Home to review.  I am proud to showcase this product and support the ongoing battle with breast cancer. All opinions are my own.


Have you noticed that surfing Pinterest is kinda like shopping at Costco.  You go in for one thing and come up with a cart full of items that weren’t on your list.  In the case of Pinterest, one beautiful image leads to another and the next thing you know you’ve been sitting in your chair for hours and your ‘pin it’ finger hurts.

My latest foray into the Pinterest black hole uncovered some really stunning spaces–space that took my breath away.

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Join me for…

The Art Of Gifting--A Holiday Workshop

The Art Of Gifting--A Holiday Workshop


The Art Of Gifting--A Holiday Workshop

I’m excited to be partnering with Steve McKenzie’s this holiday, hosting a holiday gift wrap workshop, The Art of Gifting!  During the workshop I’ll share fun and creative wrapping ideas to get you ready for holiday gift giving.  From unique ways to use paper and ribbon, creative  packaging ideas and fun embellishment tips that will give your gifts that special touch, you’ll learn all my gift wrapping secrets!  I hope you’ll join me for a morning of creative inspiration and shopping.

The Art Of Gifting--A Holiday Workshop

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through Eventbrite here

I hope to see you there. 

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Kitchen Keeping With M. Jones Style

Spiked Apple Cider--Fall Cocktail Recipe with M. Jones Style

Now that fall is here, have you made the transition from a cocktail on ice to something warm and soothing?  I sure have.

Today I’m over on the M. Jones Style blog sitting down with Marsha for a virtual chat and sharing my love for entertaining along with one of my favorite fall cocktails.


Spiked Apple Cider--Fall Cocktail Recipe with M. Jones Style

Hop on over to Marsha’s blog and join us for a cocktail.

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I bet when you read the title of this blog post you had no idea what I was talking about, right?  Well it’s time for another round of Swap It Like It’s Hot, where a group of crafty and creative bloggers get together, swap cast off thrift store pieces and breath new life into them using their DIY skills.


I was so excited when Charlotte from Ciburbanity asked me to participate in the swap again but was a little nervous about what I was going to receive in the mail from my swap partner.  This time around my items came from Kimm at Reinvented and when I opened my box of goodie, I was giddy.  Kimm sent me some great pieces to work with.


Like all craft and DIY projects I undertake, I spent some time bonding with the pieces before I decided how I was going to transform them.  I decided to makeover a couple of the pieces now and the others will make their debut as part of my Christmas decor in November. #moregoodnesstocome

So before I jump into what I did with a couple of these items, let me first tell you that I had a hard time letting go of the leaf bowl the way it was.  It was perfect and I could totally see if on my coffee table filled with fall nuts.  But alas, I had to let it go and give it a new look (or in this case, a new purpose).

Since I loved the bowl so much, I didn’t go too crazy with the transformation. I decided to pare the leaf and one of the snack bowls and turn it into flower vase AND candleholder.  You read that right… this little piece has two personalities.

Now it’s a candleholder…


And now it’s a flower vase.


How did I do that you ask?  I attached the bowl (with the writing facing the back) to the leaf using a screw so the bowl could be turned upside down.  When the bowl is facing down, a candle sits on the bottom. Then when the bowl is turned upright, I add a glass bowl and use it to hold flowers.  Just like magic!


Oh, and did I mention that I added a hanger to the back of the leaf so it can also hang on the wall too!


The other piece I transformed was this art piece.  I knew immediately that I was going to make a clock with this piece and decided on a black and white theme.

It went  from a cozy cottage piece of art…


to a chic black and white buffalo check clock with a gold edge.



Pretty snazzy don’t you think?  I’m thrilled with the way my swap items turned out and had so much fun transforming these pieces.  Now it’s time to go check out all the other bloggers projects.

And speaking of other’s bloggers projects, I was so busy getting crafty with my items that I totally forgot to take photo of the items I sent my swap partner Christy.  So, hop on over to Christy’s blog, Confessions of a Serial DIYer and see what goodies I sent her and how she worked her DIY magic on them.

And be sure to stop by each of the participating blogs throughout the week to see all of the fabulous swap transformations.




Windgate Lane

Vin’yet Etc.

Casa Watkins Living

One Mile Home Style



ConfettiStyle (that’s me)

Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer

Addicted 2 DIY

Restoration Redoux

I Am a Homemaker

Maggie Overby Studios

PMQ For Two


Two Thrifty-Five Designs

58 Water Street

Create & Babble

Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza

Grouley Girl and Guy

The Charming Farmer


This is our Bliss

Southern State of Mind

Two Purple Couches

My Life From Home


Erin Spain

Copper Dot Interiors

Prim and Propah

Sweet Tea Refinishing

Eveys Creations

On Fern Avenue

Favorites Of The Week

Happy weekend friends.  I hope you have some exciting things planned this weekend.  I’ve got a non-profit fundraiser to attend, lots of paperwork to tackle and a few creative projects to complete before the stroke of midnight on Sunday.  To kick off the weekend, I’m back with this weeks favorite posts, pins and products for your to enjoy.  Make the weekend great and I’ll see you back here Monday.



I really don’t need yet another design magazine but I’m looking forward to checking out Chip and Joanna’s new publication.  It hit newsstands Oct. 11th!c8827a78-4f4e-4f0b-b9cb-a7f615860e0a

I’m a big fan of caftans and loved how Joy updated these vintage pieces.


I loved seeing this behind the scenes tour of the One Kings Lane studio.



One of my favorite rug sources, Rugs USA introduced over 1oo new styles and this beautiful gray and white damask rug caught my eye.  


These adorable matches are a bit extravagant but boy are they too cute for words.  Maybe I can DIY them.  #projectlist


This umbrella stand is chic and functional.  It doesn’t get much better than that especially at $69.99.


You don’t want to miss this scarf sale–only $19.99!



This space is the perfect mix of masculine and ultra glam.



Do you remember when iron wall grills were a hot design look?  Well, designer Vincent Wolf makes them look chic again in the family breakfast area. Tour the entire home here.


This creative workspace is the stuff dreams are made of.  That work table and the glass roof ♥♥


Diario Design

Has anyone tried crock pot baked apples?  This recipe looks easy and delicious.


How pretty is this cake with this DIY Leaf Cake Topper?



What else I’m loving this week…

The newest issue of Jezebel magazine is out and is worth the read.

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