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You always know when the holiday season is  nearing because the stores start stocking their shelves with new dinnerware and tabletop accessories.

Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite pieces, all of which I think will sell out pretty fast so get ready to shop!

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blue and white bowls /   Cabana Platter /  Gudari Salad Servers /  Gudari Dinnerware / Tortoise Tumblers 

Shelly

Washi Tape Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle5

Over the weekend I shared a photo on Instagram of items I’m sending in a care package to a good friend.  As I do with all the gifts I give, I wanted to created a special wrap for the gift.

I looked through my wrapping paper stash but didn’t see anything I wanted to use so out came the washi tape and in no time flat I had my box wrapped.

Washi Tape Gift Wrap

Washi Tape Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle3

I’ve professed my love of washi tape on the blog before but I have to tell you again, it is one of the best crafting supplies you can own.

The beauty of washi tape is that it can be used in so many different ways and it’s perfect for gift wrapping.  To keep things simple, I used the tape instead of ribbon and layered different patterns together to fancy up the box a bit.

Washi Tape Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

I also made a cute gift tag accented with washi tape.  I folded lengths of washi tape together to create flags and then angle cut the ends.  Using double-sided tape, I attached the washi flags to the gift tap and finished it off with a silk flower.

Washi Tape Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle6

Washi Tape Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle1

Washi Tape Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle5

Happy wrapping!

Shelly

p.s.  the white gift box was part of a box set I purchased from Michael’s.  I love that the lids and bottom are separate and that the boxes are thick and sturdy.  There are 4 different size boxes in the set and they are on clearance right now at 70% off, so the set only cost me $2.99, less a 20% coupon I had.

Floral Design by ConfettiStyle

Hello friends and happy Friday!

I’m popping in late to share what I was up to today.  One of my good friends has recently started a boutique catering business and she asked to me create a couple floral arrangements that will be used in her marketing materials for fall and holiday.

I love flowers and creating flower arrangements is something I love to do so I jumped at the opportunity.

The day started with a trip to the wholesale flower market where I was overwhelmed with all the beautiful stems.  If the cooler wasn’t so darn cold I could have stayed and played with flowers all day but I had to get busy arranging flowers.

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I had a general color theme in mind before I went to the wholesaler so I narrowed in on the stems that would work best for the idea I had in mind.

Floral Design by ConfettiStyle9

In addition to flowers and greenery I also had succulents and apples to work with.

The trick to really dynamic flower arrangments is the mix of flowers, the texture, an unexpected pop of color and unique elements like fruit, pinecones, berries etc.

Floral Design by ConfettiStyle1

I took me about an hour to make two arrangements and here they are:

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The first arrangement is in a vintage brass bowl and really played up the texture within each stem.  I snipped the hydrangea at the last minute from a bush to add volume to the arrangement and is you look closely you can see a succulent tucked amongst the flowers.  Red and green apples are also part of the mix.

The other flowers used include Ranunculus, Dianthus, Bra Viburnum Berries, Veronica and Dusty Miller.

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I love Ranunculus and their fluffy petal added a lot of softness and elegance within the flower mix.

Floral Design by ConfettiStyle6

The second arrangement was built on a 3-tiered galvanized metal stand.  This type of arrangement would be perfect for a buffet setting or larger banquet table.

Floral Design by ConfettiStyle5

What really makes this arrangement special is the succulents.  Succulents add so much dimension and to flower arrangments because of their colors and texture.

Floral Design by ConfettiStyle3

I tucked a few larger leaves around the edge of the stand and let some of the berries and Veronica drape over the edge.

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The red and green apples really add substance and visual impact and the Dianthus (spiky green flower below) adds a touch of whimsy.

Floral Design by ConfettiStyle4

Floral Design by ConfettiStyle

My friend Ande and I will be creating more flower arrangments as the holidays near and I’ll be sure to share it all with you here.

I also recommend that you follow Ande’s catering business on Instagram @YumCulinaryGifts to see all of the amazing food, style and graphic images she shares.  And if you live in Atlanta and are looking for a caterer for your next event, give Yum Boutique Catering a call.

Yum Culinary Business Card

Have a great weekend!

Shelly

 

Flowers--Ruche

Back in the day floral rugs were all the rage.  Then the design trends move to geometric designs and then to solid natural fiber rugs.  As with all design trends, what goes around comes around and floral rugs are now back in vogue.

Here’s a little flower power inspiration for you…

Floral Rug--Design Sponge

Design Sponge

Floral Rug--Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Floral Rug--Cocokelley

Cocokelley

Floral Rug--AbigailHern

Abigail Hern

Floral Rug--Gabbagab Bagorg

The Found Blog

Decorating with floral rugs can be challenging so keep these tips in mind:

♥   No matter which room you decide to put a floral rug in, keep in mind that the other furniture and decor should be simple, so the patterns don’t compete.

♥  Pick one or two accent colors from the rug and use it around the room in accessories and textiles.

♥  Brighter floral rugs tend to have a more contemporary feel to them while darker floras have a more old-school sophisticated feel–pick a style and color palette that works with your design style

♥  Floral rugs are make great accent rugs in a foyer, bathroom or kitchen so if a small dose of floral feel best, try these areas.

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Now that you’re inspired, here’s a round-up of some of my favorite floral rugs from one of my favorite rug sources,  RugsUSA.

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top row:  Prescot / Couture / Feizy Harlow
middle row:  Surya Mount Perry / Catalina Paradise / Satara Savannah
bottom row:  Satara Leaves / Herat Oriental / Suyra Alhambra

Happy decorating!

Shelly

 

flowers in bucket via Ruche

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After showing the gold foil quote art I found at #HomeGoods on Monday, I went looking for some fresh gallery wall inspiration.  While looking through images a really perplexing questions came to mind…what frame color is best for a gallery wall display–white, black, gold or a mix?  

While that might sound like an easy question to answer, there are decorating pros and cons with each frame color making the decision a tough one.

So to answer the question and to give me an opportunity to share a few design tips with you,  I thought we’d tackle The Great Frame Debate once and for all!

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HomeGoods Happy Clipboard with Art

I’m sure I’m not the only one that roams the aisles of HomeGoods in search for that perfect decorative accessory, pillow or gift item.  To be honest, it’s not unusual for me to spend an hour or more in HomeGoods and it never fails that I find something I must have.  It’s a good thing that in addition to beautiful lamps, rugs and accent furniture, #HomeGoods has a great selection of inexpensive office accessories and decor.

The other day I came across this clipboard and was immediately drawn in by the gold foil sign inside.  Upon further inspection I realized this little gem of a clipboard held more than one sign…there were a total of 12 quote art signs included with the clipboard.

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Pretty awesome right?  

Each of the 12 art pieces are crafted in black and gold text and have a gold foil edge that really makes them special.

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The quotes are all inspirational and are perfect to use in a home office, closet space, bathroom or as part of an art  gallery wall like these.

Gallery Wall via Pretty Providence
via Pretty Providence

Gallery Wall via Style At Home

You’ll recognized some of your favorite quotes in the bunch…

She Believed She Could So She Did

Don’t Forget To Be Awesome

You Had The Power All Along My Dear (glinda, the good witch)

Don’t Let Your Dreams Be Dreams

Don’t Ever Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle

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Each piece measures 8 1/2 x 11 and is made of thick cardstock and the clipboard is oversized with a gold clip!

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HomeGoods Happy Gold Foil Art (2)

So I know you’re wondering just how much the clipboard with art cost…

$7.99  

HomeGoods Happy Gold Foil Art (8)

I don’t know how I’m going to use all of the quotes yet but when I figure it out I’ll let you know.

Have you scored any great finds @HomeGoods lately?

Shelly

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Happy weekend friends.  Can you believe that we are half way through the year?    Where has the time gone.  Life is moving at such a rapid pace and it’s got me thinking about all of the things I want to get done before summer is over and before the holidays are upon us.  I’m hoping to tackle a few projects this weekend, work on my blog re-design and catch up on some work.  Oh, and in case you thought it was going to be all work and no play, I do plan to catching up on some magazine reading which is ‘play’ in my book.

Enjoy your weekend and this design inspiration I rounded up for you.

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First I discovered the work of this interior design firm from Australia and then I discovered their blog, Design Field Notes!  You’re going to love everything on their site!

Coco Republic Interior Design

via Coco Republic Interior Design

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So many great details in this 2 bedroom apartment, especially the footstools and the pendants in the kitchen.  WOW!  Enjoy the tour.

 Summer Thornton's Chicago Apt. via Mix and Chic

via Lonny  Photographed by Werner Straube

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The use of color in this house is just amazing!  And I love every single trim, fabric, wallpaper and light fixture!

BHDM Design

via Lonny Photographed by Alec Hemer

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If you love sweet tea and don’t mind a kick, you might give this cocktail a try this weekend.

Spiked Sweet Tea

via the Coveteur

 

Shelly

I’m back to share a few more highlights from the Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings show I attended last week.

As I mentioned in the previous post, the Atlanta show is one of the largest gift and home furnishings shows in the world and you’ll find every type of home decor and gift item imaginable.

Here are a few things that caught my eye…

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Handcrafted paper flowers designed by Balushka!  Truly amazing.

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I came across the work of artist Christoper Marley that encompasses the most beautiful insects I’ve ever seen.  This collage of insect shells and butterflies was captivating.

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This feather art is also by Christopher Marley

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When it came to more traditional art, botanical art continue to be a hot design trend.  I loved the look of this oversized piece showcasing 6 images in one frame from a new company I discovered called Europe2You.  You’ll definitely want to check out their product offering.

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This wall of mirrors was created as for visual impact  and is something you could recreate on a smaller scale in your own home.

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There were lot of amazing furniture pieces…

I saw a lot of pickled wood pieces

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and weathered wood pieces

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and natural wood with oiled finishes.

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Detailed door treatments is a look that I spotted in several showrooms.

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Gabby Home is one of my favorite furniture and decor lines and they had some great pieces at this market.

This L-shaped side table was great and is perfect when space it at a premium.

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Gabby also had a collection of marble tables that were really stunning.

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Global Views is one of the most popular product lines around and they always have unique pieces including lots of seating at this show.

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And gold accents are on every category of product!

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I hope you enjoyed this mini market tour!

I’ll be back tomorrow to share some weekend design inspiration.  Until then, have a fabulous day!

Shelly