Inspiration Notebook | November 2017

Wow, it’s hard to believe that were closing in on the end of 2017.  The year has flown by and it seems like yesterday that we were celebrating the arrival of spring.

Today I’m sharing another chapter from my Inspiration Notebook with you.  I started creating my notebook in 2015 as a way to capture in pictures and words the things that are inspiring me at the moment. It’s been so fulfilling taking time each month to create a visual record of what’s going on in my life.

Let’s take a look at what’s on my mind and has me inspired for November…

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INSPIRATION NOTEBOOK

NOVEMBER 2017

Inspiration Notebook--November 2017 by ConfettiStyle

Have you picked up a copy of Oprah’s new book, The Wisdom of Sundays? {affiliate link}  I’m just a few pages in and boy is it a great reminder and motivator on how to live your best life.   This is definitely a book you want to add to your Christmas list.

Speaking of living your best life, I’m going to start decorating my house for Christmas this weekend.  I’ve got some fun things planned and can’t wait to share them with you.  Plus I’m hosting the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour again this year with a group of great blogging friends .  The tour of homes kicks off on November 29th so stay tuned for loads of holiday inspiration.  And if you want to check out my Christmas decor from last year, you can see it here.

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During fall and winter, one of the little things that brings me joy each morning is relaxing with a cup of tea.  I start my mornings sipping from a pretty teacup and easing into my day. (in case you were wondering, Twinings Green Tea is my favorite and this is my go to store for pretty teacups).

When it comes to my nighttime rituals, I’m striving for less time in front of the tv and more time whittling down my stack of magazines.  Theres a stack of Christmas magazines on my nightstand just waiting to be read.

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Finally, now that the weather is cooler, I’m shopping for a couple of new scarves to add to my wardrobe.  I have this geometric print and this floral scarf in my shopping cart and both of them are a great price.

Well friends, that’s a brief look at the month ahead from the pages of my Inspiration Notebook.

 Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure and come back tomorrow because I’ll be sharing my 2017 Christmas decor theme.  It’s a fun one!

 

Happy Halloween!!

Hi friends.  I just wanted to pop in today and share a few photos of the Halloween decor our friends Suenette and Dan put up each year.It’s hard to put into words just how amazing their decor is so I’ll let these photos speak for themselves.

Enjoy & Happy Halloween!

Halloween Decor

Halloween Decor

Halloween Decor

 

When Did Sweatshirts Get So Stylish?

How many of you have a stack of sweatshirts in your closet that you pull on in the evening or maybe wear when running errands on the weekend?  My stack consist of your typical crewneck style with long sleeves.  And I also have a few sweatshirts with my college logo on them just to remind of my wild and crazy college days.

The other day I was walking through Nordstrom and noticed lots of sweatshirts hanging on the racks.  These weren’t your typical athletic sweatshirts.  These sweatshirts had fun fashion details and came in pretty colors.  Every sweatshirt I picked up was cuter than the next and I found myself asking…when did sweatshirts become so stylish?

When athleisure started to grow in popularity, designers began making sweatshirts that had old-school comfort but more fashionable details to meet the trend.  Sweatshirts now have ruffles and bows, bell sleeves and are being made in street wear fabrics.

I for one am thrilled with the fashion sweatshirt trend and have already picked up a couple of styles to add to my weekend wardrobe.

Today I’m sharing 6 stylish sweatshirts perfect for the colder weather ahead.  

Fashion Sweatshirts--Fashion Trends for Fall and Winter 2017

one // When your outfit calls for a more sporty look, the Original Funnel Neck Sweatshirt is what you want.  The relaxed turtleneck makes it feel like a mix between a sweatshirt and a sweater.  This is definitely weekend lounging material.

two // I’m all about embellishments when it comes to fashion so the Pleione Tie Back Sweatshirt was a must-have.  I love the tie detail in the back and the slightly billowy sleeve.  It’s adorable and comes in black, burgundy, ivory and navy.

Fashion Sweatshirts--Fashion Trends for Fall and Winter 2017

three //  The ruffle craze has found its way to sweatshirts.  This Ruffle Sleeve Sweatshirt is super cute and I love the pale pink color.  And its 40% off right now which makes it a pretty good deal. Here’s a similar ruffle sleeve sweatshirt for only $16.99 which I snagged at a local store.

four // I love, love, love this Tie Front Sweatshirt. It’s a little dresser than the other styles so you could easily wear it with jeans and boots.  And I would hesitate to pair it with a pair of cropped black pants either.

Fashion Sweatshirts--Fashion Trends for Fall and Winter 2017

five // In case you hadn’t noticed, velvet is a hot fashion trend for fall and winter.  This Velvet Panel Sweatshirt is so adorable and great when you need a more polished look.

six // If a full-blown sweatshirt is not your style, how about this cute sweatshirt bomber jacket?  The pintuck detail dresses it up a bit but it’s still a great piece to lounge around in.

 

I popped in to TJMaxx and Marshalls the other day and noticed lots of great sweatshirts styles on their racks.  And you can even find some cute styles at JC Penney and Target.  This embroidered sweatshirt at JC Penney is only $22 when you use their sale code (39forYou).

 

Stylish Upholstered Benches Under $200

Happy hump day friends!  A week or so ago I shared the 5 Most Versatile Decorative Accessories You Can Own. Today I’m sharing another one of my must-have decor pieces–an upholstered bench.  I’m a big fan of decorating with upholstered benches because they such a versatile piece of furniture.

I love placing a bench at the foot of the bed especially in a guest bedroom where adding full-sized chairs might not be an option. Tucking a bench under a console table in a living room is also one of my favorite design touches.

image source: The Design Co. via House

And when it comes to budget friendly decor, an upholstered bench is a great way to add style without making a big investment.  To prove my point, here are 6 stylish upholstered benches all under $200.

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UPHOLSTERED BENCHES UNDER $200

1 //  The Mayotte Two Seat Bench is perfect for the end of the bed or as an accent piece in a hallway or floating in front of the fireplace.  I love the cushion top, turned legs and brass casters–all details you find in higher priced pieces.  This beauty is available in 6 home decor friendly pieces and is a great price at just $210.99.

2 //  I love the contemporary vibe of the Mercury Row Upholstered Storage Bench with its straight arms and bolster pillows.  This would be a nice piece to put in a guest bedroom or use in a small foyer space.  Available in blue and lt. grey for $174.99.

3 //  The Bryn Chrome Base Bench comes in two fabric options–linen or leather gel which is a new leather-like breathable fabric.  Also choose between a smooth or tufted top and the 5 color options available.  So many great choices for just $ 170.99.

4 //  For you mid-century modern fans, here’s a great bench to check out.  The Vietch Bench is featured a tufted button top, a sleek wood frame and 4 slanted legs. This is the perfect piece for a bedroom, foyer or as an accent in a boho or modern decor living space. Price under $150.

5 //  This may be one of my favorite metal base benches ever.  The Acme Boice Bench is sleek and sophisticated with a black upholstered top and champagne gold metal base. I just love the overall style and design.  And the price can’t be beat–$130.09.

6 //  An upholstered storage bench is a great piece for any home.  You can use a bench like this in just about any room and get the benefit of additional seating and storage.  This Donny Osmond Storage Bench ( $199.99) is a fave because of the long length, tufting and nailhead detail.

I love all of these benches.  Which one is your favorite?

Happy shopping!

 

How To Burn A Candle The Right Way

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I’ve always loved to burn candles but for years I was burning them the wrong way.  It wasn’t until I started working in the home decor industry that I learned the right way to burn a candle.

Are you one of those people who burns a candle and finds half the wax still in the jar once the wick has burned down?  Well, you’re not alone.  There a lots of people who don’t know how to burn a candle the right way. Today I’m sharing candle burning tips so you can get the most out of your favorite candle scent.

Candle Burning Tips & Tricks

Trim the wick

This is one of the most important things you can do when you’re burning any type of candle.  Trimming the wick produces a cleaner burn and prevents soot build-up around the jar opening.  An untrimmed wick can result in smoke and the wick flaring and mushrooming at the tip. For the initial burn and before every burn thereafter,  you want to trim the wick to 1/4 inch long.

Burn the wax all the way across the top

The first time you burn your candle is the most important since it will determine how the wax will burn for the life of the candle.  For the first burn, burn the wax all the way across the top of the candle.  The wax should be liquid from edge to edge. It may take several hours for the full melt to occur so be patient. If you fail to let the wax melt all the way across the candle, the wax will create a tunnel in the center of the candle.  The diameter of the ‘tunnel’ will not increase over time and all of the wax beyond the outer edge of the tunnel will be wasted.

tip:  it takes approximately 1 hour of burn time for every 1” inch in diameter for the entire surface of a candle to become liquid 

Don’t over-burn candles

In most cases, candles should not be burned for more than 4 hours at a time.  Extended periods of burning can result in a flared wick and soot build-up.  Once your candle has burned for a few hours, blow out the flame and let it cool for 2 to 3 hours before trimming the wick and re-lighting it.

Keep the flame away from vents and moving air

If your candle flame is being impacted by moving air, the air will cause the candle to burn unevenly.  This is especially true with taper candles resulting in heavy wax drips  down the sides of the candle. Try placing a jar candle inside a large glass vase or open container to reduce the amount of air that comes in contact with the flame.

Sometimes two wicks are better than one

If you need an extra wide candle for a candleholder or vase, look for a candle with more than one wick.  A wide candle with a single wick will never produce enough heat for the wax to fully melt across the top so you’re destined to get a tunnel.  The more wicks a candle has, the more heat it will generate and the faster the wax will melt.

Put a lid on it

An easy way to preserve the intensity of fragranced candles is by putting the lid back on the jar when you aren’t burning it.  Exposing an open candle to prolonged periods of  air can reduce the strength of the fragrance over time.

Stop the burn when the wax is approximately 1/2 inch from the bottom of the jar

When the wax is approximately 1/2 inch from the bottom of the jar, the heat at the bottom of the jar can actually burn the surface it is sitting on.  If there is only a 1/2″of wax left in the jar, you’ll want to throw the candle away.

 If the candle comes in a jar that you want to keep, there’s an easy way to remove the wax.  Once the wax is cool, place the jar in a pan and fill the pan with hot water.  The hot water will soften the wax so you can break it up with a knife.  Once the wax is out of the jar, fill the jar with soap and water to remove any residue.  Then place the jar in the dishwasher to get it sparkly clean.

Now that you know all my candle burning tips, here’s a round-up of my favorite fall candles (affiliate links included).

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FAVORITE FALL CANDLE SCENTS

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BathandBodyWorks Leaves // Votivo Red Currant // Nest Cedar Leaf & Lavender // Voluspa Baltic Amber 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you found these tips helpful.  If you have a favorite fall candle scent, please leave me a comment so I can check it out!

 

 

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New House Diary: Master Bedroom Design Plan

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Hi friends.  I’ve decided to start a new series here on the blog called New House Diary.  The new series document the decorating journey of our new home.  I’ll be sharing the design plans as well as before and after photos so you can see the spaces come to life.  I’ve already shared the design plans for the office  and the living room and today I’m sharing the plans for our master bedroom.

We’ve been in the house for two months and are moving at a snail’s pace when it comes to decorating.  We have yet to hang artwork or curtains and we’re still waiting for our new sofa to arrive.  Fingers crossed it will be here next week!

When we moved, I made the decision to take my time decorating. That decision has been both good and bad.  The downside is that we’re still unloading boxes and trying to get closets, cabinets and drawers organized.  The positive thing is that taking my time is helping me make the right design decisions.

Here’s a look at our master bedroom the day we closed on the house.  The carpet was in desperate need of replacing and the paint colors were not at all appealing to me.

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The bedroom is a good size but there aren’t many options when it comes to arranging the furniture.

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Here’s the space plan for the room…

New House Diary--Master Bedroom Design Plan by ConfettiStyle

 

I want for the room to have a calm, sophisticated and warm look and feel so that’s what inspired the colors and design plan.

The walls are painted a soft grey, Whisper by Benjamin Moore and I absolutely love the color. All of the trim is BM Simply White (semi-gloss) and the doors are BM Black Satin also in semi-gloss.  I’ll be introducing darker grey through some of the accent fabrics the fabrics which will give the space more depth.

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We already own most of the furniture for the room but are purchasing a couple of new pieces to complete the space. And I’ve got new linens and decor on my shopping list too.

Master Bedroom Design Plan…

 

New House Diary--Master Bedroom Design Plan by ConfettiStyleTo add dimension and visual interest to the neutral color palette, I’ll use patterned pillows and textured linens. The neutral foundation will also make it easy to  change the look seasonally, adding more color during the warmer months.

The plan is for velvet curtains and to use velvet on a bench that I’m having recovered.  Brass lighting will add a touch of shine and glam within the room.  I have one vintage brass lamp that I want to use on the nightstand and I’m hoping to luck upon a matching one at an antique or thrift store.

 The pillows patterns I’m showing are the general direction that I want to go, using a plaid, floral and animal print together.

 

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I’m planning to have our bedroom complete before Thanksgiving so stay tuned for the reveal.

 

Black Nightstand 

Black Undredal Dresser (I’m planning to change our the drawer hardware)

Washed Percale Waffle Duvet Cover (also available in grey)

Charcoal Grey Plaid Pillow

Schumacher Linen Leopard Animal Print Pillow

Schumacher Pyne Hollyhock Pillow

Brass Chandelier

Charcoal Curtain Panels

Decorative Trim (similar here)

Upholstered Bench (I’ll be recovering one I already own)

Vintage Brass Lamp (similar here)

Medallion Rug

Design Guide: Mixing Metal Finishes In The Kitchen

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Have you noticed that more and more kitchen designs are incorporating a mix of finishes in their hardware?  Gone are the days of hardware, lighting and appliances  all being one finish like brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze.  Today it’s an eclectic mix of design details that bring a space to life.

When you’re planning your kitchen hardware selections, think of if like you would jewelry to an outfit.  The style of hardware + the finishes you use all help to complete the look of your kitchen decor.  Combining silver, gold, brass, or iron is also a great strategy for adding visual interest and depth to the kitchen or any space in your home.

Here are the do’s and dont’s of mixing metals to achieve the best results:

 

The Art Of Mixing Metals In The Kitchen

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This stainless steel backsplash makes a powerful focal point.  image source: Traditional Home

 

Design Guide: Mixing Metals In The Kitchen by ConfettiStyleAlong with mixing metals, I also love the look of wood combine with granite or stone.  image source:  House Beautiful

 

Design Guide: Mixing Metals In The Kitchen by ConfettiStyle

A pretty patterned floor offset with a mix of finishes makes for a stunning statement.  image source: Becki Owens

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These brass pendant lights create a dynamic focal point against white cabinets and walls.  image source: Elizabeth Lawson Design

Design Guide: Mixing Metals In The Kitchen by ConfettiStyle

How stunning is this copper range hood?  Copper is a great alternative to brass especially if you want a rustic chic look.  image source: Artofrain

 

 

It’s taken me a few years to warm up to mixed metal finishes but now I’m a convert.  I’ve grown to love the look and I’m planning to incorporate different finishes into my own kitchen decor.

 

 

Favorites Of The Week (a whole lot of pretty)

Cheers to the weekend!

It looks like this is going to be the last warm weather weekend in Atlanta for a while so I’m hoping to head to the park and enjoy the sunshine.  Also on my to-do list  is more work getting my office organized. #ugh  I keep changing my mind on the bookcases I want so right now I staring at a pile of boxes.  Not much excitement here.  How about you…any fun plans for the weekend?

Enjoy a few of my favorites from the week…

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Favorite Posts

From the black built-ins to the furniture selection, every detail in Kristin’s library is just stunning!


The One Room Challenge is happening again and I can’t wait to see all of the finished spaces.  After seeing Jill Sorensen’s master bed & bath makeover last year (below), I’m especially looking forward to seeing the guest bedroom and library spaces she’s working on.  You can read all about her design plans here.

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Favorite Pins

I spotted this fall tablescape on Grandin Road and love everything about it.  My favorite detail is that Gather sign as a centerpiece.

Check out this creative approach to hanging garland around the fireplace.

p.s.  there are only 73 days until Christmas

I love this collection of pretty bottles on Kimberly’s barcart.  She also shares her tips of styling a chic beverage station.

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Favorite Products

 

This is my new favorite budget-friendly wall sconce (its less than $60).

I shared these gingham pillows on Instagram and just can’t stop thinking about them.  The color and detail are what has me swooning.
 I’ve never purchased a candle from Bath and Body Works before but after seeing rave reviews of this one on several blogs and social media, I bought one.  It’s amazing.  I also bought this one which I’m buying in my office. p.s.  all their 3-wick candles are $10 off right now.

A few of my favorite--Candles from Bath and Body Works

I’ve been looking for bar stools for our kitchen and came across this really cute upholstered bar bench on Wayfair.  The price is great and the reviews are good so I might give it a try.  Does anyone have this in their home?

A Few of My Favorites--Bar Bench from Wayfair

 

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