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Bedroom with upholstered headboards


One of the design projects I’m working on involves a makeover for the guest bedroom.  And one of the elements were adding to the space is an upholstered headboard.  The client didn’t want to invest in a custom piece so I’ve been on the hunt for headboard that can be ordered and delivered within a couple of weeks.

After some research I’ve discovered some pros and cons with buying a ‘stocked’ upholstered headboard.


♦ You can’t get the feel for the quality of a headboard when you’re ordering online. And in many cases the product description that’s  provided by retailer leaves a lot to the imagination.  Some stores will send you a fabric swatch so you can see the fabric before ordering but when that’s not an option, you’re taking a chance. One tips I have when a swatch is not available is to search for the headboard on Pinterest.  You can usually find an image where someone has the headboard in their home and their photos can tell you a lot about the item.

♦  The true size of a piece is not always reflected accurately.  You’ll want to double-check how the measurements are listed and maybe even call the company to confirm.  Companies will sometimes list the width from the widest points on the headboard frame and that may not always be the actual headboard.

♦  Color is definitely in the eye of the beholder.  Before I started working with my clients, they ordered a headboard in a ‘grey’ color.  When the piece arrived it was actually more of a brown-taupe.  This is another area where a fabric swatch is beneficial.  You’ll be able to see the true color and ensure that it works in your space.

♦  The last negative to ordering can be the perceived value related to the price.  Last year I had a client that didn’t want to spend a lot of money on headboards for their guest bedrooms so we ordered headboards from Wal-Mart.  I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and finish work for headboards that were less than $125.   And in another instance, I was shocked at the poor workmanship of a piece ordered through a high-end furniture store that cost $1200.


♦  It’s Raining Money!  Ordering ‘stock’ inventory can save you money and time.  If an item is in stock you can have in delivered within a week or two versus a custom piece that can sometimes take a few weeks to a month to get.

♦  Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder.  Since many home décor catalogs also have physical storefronts, you may have the opportunity to experience the product first hand.  If the item is carried in the store, you can touch, feel and determine the true size and quality before you purchase or place an order.

♦  Immediate Satisfaction.  When I’m decorating a space, I don’t mind taking the time need to execute the big elements like painting, space planning or buying key furniture pieces.  When it come to accessorizing the space, that’s a whole different matter.  I like to shop, find what I need and use it right away.

So now that’s I’ve given you a spill on the good and bad of buying stocked upholstered headboards, I think it’s time I share my favorite ones with you.

My Favorite Upholstered Headboards

Upholstered Headboards

1//  Concord Upholstered Headboard from Home Decorators–multiple color options available as well as free fabric swatches. $549
2// Bryant Upholstered Headboard from Home Decorators–multiple color options available as well as free fabric swatches.  $999

Upholstered Headboards


3//  Skylar Upholstered Headboard from Wayfair–available in three colors.  No fabric swatches available.  $114.99
4// Portman Upholstered Headboard from Wayfair–available in one color only.  No fabric swatches available.  $151.99-$191.99

Upholstered Headboards

5// Barton Upholstered Headboard from Target–available in one color only.  No fabric swatch available. $407.99-$519.99
6// Seville Linen Upholstered Headboard from Target–available in 6 colors.  No fabric swatches available.  $239.99-$319.99


There are lots of other headboard styles from the sources I’ve listed above so you’re sure to find what you like.  Another unexpected place to find quality headboards at a good price is Costco.  When buying online or at big box stores, make sure they have a return policy that allows you to return the item in case it not what you expected.

Happy Decorating!

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One of the things I love most about blogging is the connections that I’ve made over the years.  Through my blog I have met some great people and have been blessed with some awesome opportunities.  One of connections I’ve made is with Michiel Perry.  Michiel is the founder of Black Southern Belle, a website and blog dedicated to featuring and promoting black, southern women who are business owners, entrepreneurs and creatives from across a variety of industries.  Michiel found me through social media and I was honored to have been featured on the #BSB website in June of last year.

With the success of Black Southern Belle, Michiel wanted to extend her brand and develop a series of intimate events where creatives could come together for learning, inspiration and networking.  She established the Black Southern Belle Collective with the mission to create a curated network of diverse Southern-based vendors who are interested in investing and supporting each other’s business success and providing unique opportunities for the Black Southern Belle consumer. Last week her mission came to life when she hosted the first Atlanta Tastemaker Summit and I was honored to be one of the featured presenters.


The Atlanta Tastemaker Summit was held in the designer workspace at AmericasMart Atlanta.  Many of the talented business owners had their craft on display including gorgeous floral arrangements created by Renee from Lush Floral & Event Stylists.


Pure Leaf served as the Premier Sponsor for the event and treated us to their premium pure leaf ice teas.

 Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine served as a Tastemaker Sponsor and had copies of the latest issue available for everyone to take.


We were also treated to delicious food throughout the day from local chefs and bakers Kardea’s Kusine, Gem of The South, Grey Ghost Bakery and Sage’s Larder.


thumb_IMG_3008_1024It was an exciting day which included several presentations and panel discussions.  I kicked things off with my presentation entitled Holiday Decorating For Lifestyle Branding.  The focus of my workshop was to share tips on how to build and grow your creative business through holiday decorating services.  I added some holiday cheer to the room and by creating a themed holiday vignette including a decorated tree and wrapped gifts.


David and Lance from Parker Kennedy Living shared the story behind their business and how they’ve developed it into a successful design and lifestyle brand. These two are just so charming and I learned a lot and am definitely inspired by their success.

Steve and Jill Mckenize, owners of the retail store and design business Steve Mckenzie’s showed us how to create chic and stylish tabletop arrangements with southern flair.  If you haven’t visited their store yet, I highly recommend it because it’s filled with beautiful decor, gifts and Steve’s exclusive designs and fabrics.


The panel discussions focused on a variety of topics including working with brands, how to get local press and tips on how to build and market your business.



top photo:  Mary Guerry–Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau //Melanie Watts–Brand Marketing Director at Pepsico //Jewel Burks–Co-Founder # CEO of Paretic and Entrepreneur in Residence amor Diversity Markets @ Google
middle photo:  Katie Kern-Marketing & PR Director @ Media Frenzy Global // Kimberly Sundt–Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles //Erika Ward–Erika Ward Interiors // Chandra Luckett–Former Weekend Executive Producer@ Fox 5 Atlanta //Gail Johnson–Gail Johnson Weddings
bottom photo:  Erika Prevail–Owner of Charm Etiquette //Kardea Brown–Owner of Kardea’s Kusine //Michelle Bene–Owner of Bene Scarves // Tamara Eckles–Owner of Jem of The South


The day also included a tour of several design showrooms at AmericasMart.  I snapped these beautiful tabletop displays in the Saro showroom (one of my favorite product lines).



I enjoyed every minute of the Atlanta Tastemaker Summit and have to thank Michiel Perry of Black Southern Belle Collective for including me in this wonderful and inspiring event.

The next Tastemaker Summit will take place in Charleston on Nov. 15th and 16th.  You can find all the details here.









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Have you ever been to a blog conference? 

One of the things I set out to do when I started blogging 5 years ago was to learn as much as I could about the blogging.  Since starting my blog, I’ve attended two conferences where I’ve learned a lot about the business of blogging and had the opportunity to connect with brands.  I’ve also made some great connections and friendships with other bloggers.–a bonus to attending a blog conference.

Later this month, I’ll be attending my third blog conference, Blog Life University here in Atlanta.  Unlike the other conferences I’ve attended, this one aims to bring together bloggers from all niches for 2 days of networking, connecting and learning.


For someone who wants to continue to build and develop their blog this conference offers a great line-up of classes led by some of the country’s top bloggers.

Sessions Include:

Building a Passive Income With Ebooks

Monetizing Your Blog Today

Anatomy of a Viral Post

Pitching Sponsored Post & Getting Them

Behind the Scenes of Sponsored Posts–A Brand Perspective

Growing a Passive Income with Affiliate Marketing

To view the full conference agenda, visit Blog Life University.


In addition to the conference sessions, there will be time to network with brands during the Brand Expo and an extended Q & A session with the speakers.


Tickets for Blog Life University are on sale now and I’m happy to announce that I was selected to be a conference ambassador. As an ambassador, I can offer a discount of $100 off your conference registration.  To take advantage of this offer, follow this link and use the code BLU16.  Speaker-button

I’m looking forward to attending and learning even more about the business of blogging.  If you’re a blogger or have been thinking about starting a blog, this conference is definitely one you don’t want to miss. #bloglifeuniversity

Blog Life University–Where Blogging Leads to Success

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Boy did this week fly by at lightening speed.  I did manage to get through most of my to-do list and can’t wait to enjoy a bit of down time this weekend.

I hope you enjoy my favorites of the week.



I love a good fashion post and this one on the most flattering neckline for your body type caught my attention.

Most Flattering Neckline


Sitting in front of a computer can really wreak havoc on your muscles.  I came across this post last week and have started doing these stretches throughout the day.  It has made a world of difference.


I think you’ll enjoy this home tour as much as I did…




I’ve never decorated with purple in my own home but I just love the color combination in this room.

 Luxe Interiors

 I just want to move in and enjoy this outdoor space all summer long.  You can view more beautiful spaces by Chad Hoeft Design here.

Chinoiserie Styled Outdoor Space



When it comes to cute door stops, this pagoda doorstop wins the prize.  It’s only $9.99 and there’s a matching pillow for $12.99.

Pagoda Doorstop

I so want to style a party table using these gorgeous table linens by one of my favorite designers, MacKenzie Childs.

MacKenzie Childs


In case you missed it, here’s a few things I shared this week on the blog…

DIY Toile Tablecloth

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My favorite party decor items and where I shop

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Budget decorating ideas using baskets

Colorful Baskets on Wall

Enjoy your weekend friends!

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Inspiration Notebook June 2016--Dreams

I love this time of year because the days are longer, the sun is brighter and there’s a sense of joy in the air that only summer brings.  June is inspiring in so many ways.

Here’s what’s in my Inspiration Notebook for June…


Inspiration Notebook--June 2016--Dreams

Inspiration Notebook June 2016-Dreams

June Inspiration Notebook--2016--Dreams

A great attitude becomes a great day which becomes a great month which becomes a great year which becomes a great life!


Inspiration Notebook June 2016-Dreams

Along with living my life dreams, this month I’m planning to enjoy a few of life’s little luxuries like a trip to the beach, a bowl full of cherries, fresh peaches and Sunday afternoon drives.  Now that summer is (unofficially) here, I’d love to know what’s inspiring you?

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Favorites Of The Week

Yay for Friday!  It’s been a busy week and I’m excited that the weekend is here because I get to spend time working on a few fun things like planning for my nephews college graduation next week, finalizing the details of our anniversary trip (so excited) and working on a stencil project.

Lots to do but all things that put a smile on my face.  Enjoy my favorite posts, pins and products of the week and have a super weekend. I’ll see you back here Monday.



This flower arrangement is just stunning and Anatashia walks you through the easy steps to create your own.

Garden Wisteria and Iris Arrangement

Flower Arrangement

I loved seeing the reveal of this truly stunning bathroom by Maggie Holmes. And I would kill to own that vintage gorgeous glass and brass vanity mirror!

Maggie Holmes--Bathroom

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One of my favorite vignette combinations….malachite + black + gold and stripes.  And check out that simple nailhead detail around the door.

Design Chic Vignette

Design Chic


Do you get Style at Home magazine?  It’s Canada’s leading home decor and interiors magazine and one of my favorite publications.  The spaces they showcase in the magazine as beautiful and inspiring.  You can follow their Pinterest board here.

Style at Home-1

Style at Home

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Style at Home



I love that block heels are a hot fashion trend right now and I can’t resist tassels so I had to buy these adorable sandals.

Steve Madden Darcie Sandle

I recently discovered this great Etsy shop, OneDayLongAgo which sells beautiful Turkish gift wrap and other unique paper products.  Many of the design have a chinoiserie vibe and most of the sheets are under $3.00. The shop is currently running a 15% off sale for purchase over $35 (good thru June 30th)!

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Who else if happy that we’ll be springing forward tonight with the time change?  I love the extra daylight this time of year and the added energy I get when springtime arrives.  The only downside is the nasty pollen and my allergies.   Before I head out to enjoy the weekend, I wanted to drop in and share a few things that caught my attend this week.  Enjoy your weekend and my favorite post, pictures and pins!


I talked about how to shop from catalogs earlier in the week and How To Shop Like A Pro On-line give you tips for shopping e-commerce.

Shopping E-commerce

This might be one of the easiest and coolest handcrafted monogram DIY projects ever. And you’ll definitely want to check out the app.

Reclaimed Wood Monogram

Yard sale season is almost here and you’ll want to check out these tips if you’re planning on having a yard sale this spring.

Yard Sale tips

I came across this bedroom side table vignette on Pinterest and was so captivated with it.  I love the eclectic mix and of course that adorable Press of Champagne wall plaque.

Favorite Pin


This DIY Pom Pom pillow is just beautiful and so creative.

pom pom pillow

If  you’ve been looking for a market tote, you might want to buy this tote.  It’s a great price.



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Top 10.001

Over the weekend I did a little review of the blog to see which post were your favorites in 2015.  While some of the top post surprised me, others didn’t.  As I looked at the top 10 post, I was happy to see that the things you love most are the things I love sharing most with you on the blog…design tips and decorating how-to’s, product inspiration, easy craft day’s and unique gift wrap ideas.

All of the blog topics you enjoyed most last year will continue here on the blog with even more impact.  I plan to share lots more design information in my Design Guide, Product + Inspiration and Design Chat series and have some fun and easy gift wrap and DIY projects for you as well.  I so appreciate the time you spend here on the blog and if there is anything new you’d like to see in  2016, just leave me a comment below.

I’m excited for what 2016 will bring but for now let’s take a look back at the Top 10 Blog Post of 2015!

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How To Style a Sectional Sofa

How to Style a Sectional Sofa  {my most popular PIN on pinterest}

Decorating Tops of Bookcases and Armoires

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Decorative Tops of Bookcases and Armoires

Barn lights

Barn Lights–A Uniques Indoor Decorating Option

Diy Mug Wraps

DIY Mug Wraps (2014)  {one of my most popular Pins too!}

Decorating with the things you love

Decorating With Things You Love

Hemnes Shoe Cabinet

Product + Inspiration:  Hemnes Shoe Cabinet

Christmas Theme--2016.002

My Christmas Theme 2015

{p.s.  There’s a sneak peek of my 2016 Christmas theme over on the ConfettiStyle Instagram page}

Gamleby Plate Shelf

Product + Inspiration:  Gamleby Plate Shelf

Christmas 2015-16

Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour–Part 1

Gift Wrap Inspiration by ConfettiStyle1

Gift Wrap Inspiration:  A New Way To Add Ribbon



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