An exciting announcement–We Bought A New House!

Today’s the day to share my exciting news with you!

We bought a new house!

Our New House--2017

I’ve never mentioned it here on the blog before but we’ve been contemplating a new house for a while.  I started searching for homes online a few weeks ago and saw several that were of interest.  We originally started looking at single family homes (free-standing) but quickly decided we didn’t want to have to deal with yard work anymore.   All of the homes we’ve owned in the past have had big yards which required lots of time and energy.  This time around we didn’t want the responsibility of yard work so we decided to look at townhouses.

Because the housing market here in Atlanta is a seller’s market, homes are selling quickly and multiple offers are not uncommon.  We looked at a handful of homes but for one reason or another nothing spoke to us.  And we wanted a home that didn’t require a lot of renovations and was an easy commute for the hubby. I also wanted something that wasn’t too large or too small and had a space for my office/studio.  Our new home checked off all the boxes.

I spotted this three-level townhouse the day it went on the market and our realtor was able to show it to me the next day. The following day the hubs saw it and we submitted an offer and had an agreement a few days after that.

Our New House--2017

OUR NEW HOUSE

The new house is located in Peachtree Corners which is a suburb of Norcross, GA.  It’s about 10 minutes from where we currently live and is close to shopping, the freeway and some of my favorite thrift and antique stores.  Ours is an end unit with three bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths and was the model when the community was originally built 9 years ago.  And we love that the community is small and quaint.

Our New House--2017

Our New House--2017

I’ll share photos of the interior next week and tell you about the changes we’ll be making. The painters start painting the interior on Monday and then new carpeting will go down.

p.s. If you read my blog post on Monday I shared a ‘very personal’ design plan that I’m working on.  Well, it’s actually the plan of our new house.  I’m still refining and tweaking it but this is the general design style and direction we’re going for.

Our New House--2017

We officially move in late August so there’s lots to do between now and then.  We’ve already started some work like having the deck re-done, power-washed and re-finished (before photos below).  And the hubs and I painted the garage last weekend.  It’s now a pretty soft gray with bright white trim. #garagesdeservetobeprettytoo

Our New House--2017

(he was in charge of the walls and I did the trim)

In the coming weeks I’ll also share my design plan for the deck which includes comfy seating, privacy lattice and stylish decor.

Our New House--2017

Our New House--2017

Until the fun of decorating starts, there’s lots of packing and purging going on.  We’re really taking a hard look at everything we own and are donating any and all unnecessary stuff so we can fully enjoy what stays.  #lessismore 

Our New House--2017

 

We are excited about our new home and I look forward to sharing it and this decorating journey with you.

My Take On The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale {and what I bought}

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Have you been reading the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale recaps that have been popping up on blogs lately?  For some, the Nordstrom sale is a big deal…a really big deal.

Nordstrom is based in Seattle and I lived and worked near their flagship store for 16 years. I’d anxiously await the first day of the sale and would take the day off from work to go shopping.  Back then the idea of buying pre-season items at discounted prices thrilled me.  Today…not so much.

Moving to Atlanta where summer temperatures can last well into September, I’m in no hurry to buy fall and winter items early.  So now I shop the Anniversary Sale in a different way.  I buy fashion accessories that I can wear year-round,  I stock up on basics like tees and  I take advantage of the deals on cosmetics.  And to keep my gift closet fully stocked, I buy a few gift items too.

I did spent some time on the Nordstrom website and spotted a few things I liked.  Then I made a visit to the store to see the items in person and make my purchases.  Wanna see what I bought? Check it out below…

WHAT I BOUGHT AT THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and What I Bought

I love a Long Open Front Cardigan and this one is a classic, light weight style that can be worn year round. During summer I’ll wear the cardigan with a tank and in the winter with a long sleeve tee. The cardigan is available in 7 colors and is a deal at just $49.90.

Every woman needs a basic cross body bag like this Pebbled Leather Crossbody Bag ($78.90).  It’s a great size of daily use or travel and I love the roomy interior and outside zip pocket.  Available in black and chino brown.

 What’s not to love about this black and white striped Monogram Stripe Tote?  Anything monogrammed is a winner in my book and the size of this tote makes is perfect for work or weekend.  It’s available in red, green, blue and black with white stripes.  $31.90

All of a sudden I’m into these modern necklace styles so I bought this Golden Crossing Necklace which is on sale for $35.90.  I think it will be perfect to wear with tees and sweaters and will also look great under a blazer.

I’m loving the ruffle sleeve trend that is happening right now so this Bell Sleeve Cozy Fleece Pullover was a must have.  The simple styling makes it easy to dress the top up or down and I loved the $39.90 price tag.  And there are 11 colors to choose from. I’d recommend picking up a basic color like black or grey along with a fashion color like olive or burgundy.

I always keep candles in my gift closet so I bought the Voluspa Maison Blanc Two-Wick Candle Set.  I’ve been a fan of Voluspa for year and for just $29.50 this is a great gift item.  p.s.  break the set up and you’ll have three gifts instead of one

These Floral Drop Earrings are so pretty in person and I just couldn’t resist them.  Their from Bauble Bar and the colors and 3-d detail are what makes them so special. $48.00.  Also available in a solid pink.

If I had to choose just one candle to live with for the rest of time it would be the Votivo Soziety Soy Wax Candle in Red Currant.  The scent of this candle is amazing and it is one of the cleanest burning candles on the market.  The Nordstrom sale is a great time to stock up and save. $21.90

I usually wear MAC eyeliner and buy my lip gloss at one of the big box stores but I wanted to try the Stila Stay All Day Liner & Lipstick  after spotting them online.  The eyeliner is fantastic and I love the tip which it easy for the eyeliner to glide on.  The lipstick has nice coverage and nude pink color is very wearable by lots of skin tones.  $20.00

You can shop the entire anniversary sale here.

 

 

Life Lately In 5 Photos {designing, shopping & reading}

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend and were able to stay cool with the summer heat that’s plaguing the country.  It was hot as blazes here in Atlanta and I feel like I drank about 10 gallons of water every day just to stay cool and hydrated.

 My life has been a fast-moving train the last few weeks and I feel like a juggler with lots of balls in the air.  But it’s all good stuff including a little secret I’ll be sharing on Thursday.  For now, let me get you up to speed on some of the things that have been going on in my world and keeping me so busy.

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Life lately…

No. 1–This is the beginnings of a design plan that I’ve been working on and one that is very personal to me.  The main floor of this home is an open concept with hardwood floors, white walls and a soft grey ceilings. The goal is to create a space that is sophisticated with traditional undertones and pops of color.  I’m love where the design plan is going with grey and black as the foundation and a little animal print and brass to jazz things up.


No. 2–This fabric is for furniture for client who wants to spruce up her living room.  The client found a sofa she loved at Haverty’s so we went shopping there the other night to pull together the fabric plan.  The natural fabric will be used on the sofa and the navy will go on two accent chairs.  And the abstract fabric is for pillows for the sofa.  The iron side table with black granite top below will sit between the chairs.

 p.s.  Haverty’s has some nice accent furniture pieces at good prices if you’re doing some decorating.  

 

No. 3–In route to an appointment the other day, I popped into one of my favorite consignment stores.  It’s been a while since I’ve been thrifting and the thrill of the hunt hit me the minute I walked in the door.  Right off the bat I found these two beautiful urns which were only $7.50 each. This was a major score because the urns are about 14″ tall and are in great condition.  I also picked up this pretty brass bowl for $5.00.

Life Lately in 5 Photos--Thrift Shopping

No. 4–I’m sure you all have been seeing this bamboo purse on every fashion bloggers blog.  I’ve wanted one ever since I first saw it but didn’t want to pay the over $100 price that most people were paying.  After a little research, I found a great source on Ebay that sells both the small and the large size. And you won’t believe the price…the small is $32.99 and the medium is $34.99.

I have to tell you that I had never ordered from Ebay before so I was a little nervous about ordering this bag.  And because the purse was shipping from China, I was nervous about the quality.  The shop and the product had good reviews so I went ahead and placed the order and when it arrived, I jumped for joy.  The quality is great and the purse is exactly as described.  I love it so much that I just ordered the larger size in black.

p.s.  I place my order on July 8th and my package arrived on Saturday, 7/21.  Pretty fast coming from China and getting through customs.

Life Lately in 5 Photos--Bamboo Purse

No. 5–After an exhausting weekend, I took some time last night to flip through the July issue of BH&G.  So many inspiring ideas starting with the cover image.  I want those chairs, that coffee table and that ottoman. #ilovebamboo

Those are  just a few highlights of my life lately.  I’m off to shop for carpeting and then I’ll be back at my desk tackling my mile long to-do list.

I’m wishing you all a fantastic week.  I’ll be back here tomorrow with my take on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale since it’s the talk of the town.

3 Great Sources for Removable Wallpaper


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I’m a fan of wallpaper but I know not everyone is.  Wallpaper can be expensive and the labor involved to install is can be daunting.  And then there’s the thought of what if my design style changes in a year or two–all that paper has to be taken down.

If you love the look of wallpaper but want a more cost-effective and less-permanent solution, then removable wallpaper just might work for you.  Temporary wallpaper has come a long way in the last 10 years and now you can get the look and feel of real wallpaper without the cost and hassle.

Removable paper is ideal for small spaces like closets, powder room and hallways.  And I love using them on ceilings to a dramatic design detail.

If removable wallpaper is on your design radar, I’ve rounded up three great sources for you to shop along with my favorite picks from each site.

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Affordable DIY Design Solution:

 Removable Wallpaper

Tempaper is a great source for removable wall coverings in abstract patterns and chinoiserie designs and all of their products are 100% made in the USA. Their designer collections include styles from Genevieve Gorder, Bobby Burk and Cynthia Rowley.  And if you can’t find the design you’re looking for, you can design your own paper and have it printed and manufactured by Tempaper.  And check out the Tempaper blog  for loads of design inspiration featuring their papers.

Removable Wallpaper from Tempaper

Hojas Cubanas Banana Leaf   // Garden Chinoiserie Floral  // Wood Plank // Brass Belly 

 

Chasing Paper sells a variety of designs from traditional to whimsical patterns.  And I love their feature which allows you to shop papers by color.   Their designer collaborations include Sabrina Soto, LABL Studio and Rebecca Atwood. For inspiration, the Chasing Paper blog is filled with creative decor and craft ideas using their papers.

Removable Wallpaper from Chasing Paper

Fancy Four Sides // Green Leaf // Speckle // Sunburst

 

If you love bold, artistic designs then you’ll definitely want to check out WhatisBlik. Unlike the other brands which sell their products in rolls, WhatisBlik sells their wall coverings as wall tiles.  The tiles are cut into square or rectangular pieces making them ideal for small spaces and DIY projects.

Removable Wallpaper from What Is Blik

Byy Byy July // Deep Blue // Ten // Trees

The ideas for using removable wallpaper are endless so get creative and have fun decorating.

Removable Wallpaper

 

Entertaining Style–Summer Solstice Tablescape

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

 I love creating pretty tablescapes so I’m excited to share my summer inspiration with you as part of the Summertime Tablescape Blog Hop.

The talented Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate pulled together a great group of bloggers for this fun blog hop.  Starting today through the end of the week, the group will be sharing table settings to get inspired for summer entertaining.  I’ve included a list of all the bloggers at the end of this post so make sure to check out the beautiful tables everyone has created.  Now let me show you my summer table…

SUMMER SOLSTICE TABLESCAPE

 I was brainstorming a concepts for my summer table and the idea of a summer solstice theme came to mind. Fire and Sun are two elements that represent summer solstice and they are what inspired the colors for my tablescape.

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Orange and pink are two of my favorite colors and combined with blue and white equals perfection in my book.

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

A secret weapon I have for an inexpensive table runner is to use wrapping paper instead of a cloth runner.  I found this plaid wrapping paper in the dollar section at Michaels and the colors were perfect for my summer solstice theme. And when I went looking for dinnerware to work with the paper colors, I was thrilled that I had just what I needed in my kitchen.

The Fiesta dinnerware was a wedding gift from my mom 25 years ago. I still love it as much today as I did back then and know I’ll have it for years to come.  I purchased the blue melamine plates are from Hobby Lobby last year and the floral bread plates (no longer available) and bowl (below) are from World Market.

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Orange Placemats (similar here) // Fiesta Dinnerware // Blue Melamine Plates (similar here) // Floral Plates (similar here)

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Nomad Flower Bowl  (pattern also available in mugs and dinner plates)

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times…layering is one of the most important elements of any tablescape.  I always layer my dinnerware starting with a placemat or charger.  These round placemats from HomeGoods added texture to my table and the color was spot on with the paper runner.

entertaining tip:  combine solid colors with plaid and floral patterns to give your tablescape loads of visual interest 

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

My favorite faux bamboo flatware added more texture and the dark handles popped again the colorful dinnerware.  p.s. If you haven’t picked up a set or two of this flatware you should because you can’t beat the price.   

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

I purchased the napkins at Pier 1 a few months ago and can’t believe how great they work with my table theme.

entertaining tip:  If you come across pretty napkins at a great price, buy them.  You can use them as a placemat or down the center of a table as a runner.

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

I used a pair of vintage brass candlesticks to add height and a shiny accent to the table.  The light green taper candles were in my stash and are the same color as the hydrangea. #connectingthedots

I used a grouping of three vintage blue and white jars to complete the centerpiece.

entertaining tip:  here’s an easy way to remember which side your flatware goes on:  Fork has 4 letters and so it goes on the left which has 4 letters AND spoon and knife have 5 letters so they go on the right which also has 5 letters.

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Collenette Dinner Candles (one of my favorite taper candles) // Glasses from HomeGoods

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed my Summertime Tablescape and feel inspired to do some entertaining of your own.

And be sure to stop by the other bloggers on the tour for more entertaining inspiration.

Tuesday, 7/11

ConfettiStyle | Celebrate & Decorate | Everyday Living

Wednesday, 7/12

Charleston Crafted | Hunt & Host | Bluesky Kitchen

Thursday, 7/13

PMQ for Two | Rosemary & Thyme | A Casa Di Bianca

Friday, 7/14

Supper Table Talk | Panoply | Living with Thanksgiving

 

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Inspiration Notebook | July 2017–Summertime

 

Hi friends. I hope everyone had a fantastic 4th and enjoyed the long weekend. I sure did!   You may have noticed I skipped out on blogging last week?  Sorry to leave you hanging but I’m juggling a lot of balls right now  and something had to take a back seat.  This week is going to be busy too but I’m working to get back to a regular blogging schedule.

The Atlanta Gift and Home Furnishings Show starts on Tuesday and so I’ll have lots to share about new furniture and decor in the coming weeks.  On Thursday I’ll be sharing a fun and easy DIY project, perfect for a summer hostess gift.   And my summer tablescape {sneak peek below} will be live tomorrow as part of the Summertime Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate.

Today I’ve got the latest installment of my Inspiration Notebook where I’m sharing the things I love most about summer.  I hope you enjoy and are inspired!

 

Inspiration Notebook–July 2017


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Favorites Of The Week | All The Beautiful Things

Another week has flown by and it’s hard to wrap my head around that fact that we are almost half way through the year. Wow, where does the time go?  Even if time won’t slow down, I hope you’re able to enjoy a relaxing and leisurely weekend.  Here are my favorites from the week.  Enjoy!

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FAVORITE POSTS

This bathroom makeover shows you how a few cosmetic changes can change the look and feel of a space.  Wow!

One of the best things about summer are fresh berries from the farmers market, perfect for this summer recipe.

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A lesson in JOY.

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FAVORITE PINS

This week all of my favorite pins are from the Alice Lane Home Collection portfolio.  So many beautiful images.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

At Home has tons of great decor right now.  This picture frame,  this mirror and this desk (I’d use it as a console table) are my favorites.

I’m loving the Stockholm Serving Bowls from Ikea. So many ideas on how to use these.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

Shopping For Your Home: 4th of July Sales

Is there anything better than a long weekend?  I’m looking forward to getting caught up on my magazine stack, celebrating the 4th and watching the fireworks.  I’m also  looking forward to doing some shopping and taking advantage of some of the great sales that are going on this weekend.  If you’re in the market for new decor for your home, here’s a roundup of my top 4th of July sale events.  Happy shopping and cheers to the weekend!

4TH OF JULY HOME DECOR SALES

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Save 20% off site wide at Serena & Lily including sale items.

 

Take an additional 30% off sales items at Anthropologie.

 

Up to 70% off at H and M Home.  This cute bird candleholder is on sale for $7.99.

 

Save up to 30% off on home, patio and furniture at Target. Plus clothing and accessories are on sale too!

 

Mega End-Of-Season Sale Up to 70% off at Pottery Barn.

 

Extra 30% off Summer Clearance at Williams Sonoma Home.

 

20% off furniture and an additional 20% off sale items at West Elm.

 

15% off at World Market and an extra 10% off already reduced sale items atGallerie.


 

Up to 60% off Outdoor Furniture at World Market.  

 

Save 20% off at Joss and Main.

 

The already great prices at RugsUSA are reduced even further with an additional 20% off sale + free shipping.

And while you’re shopping, you might want to check out Dillard’s for their annual 4th of July sale– additional 30% off sale prices!

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