Posts Tagged ‘Accessories’

Feeling Groovy Trinket Tray

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had already begun doing some Christmas shopping.  I hate to wait until the last minute when the items have been picked over and store shelves are bare.  One category of gifts that I tend to buy early is girlfriend gifts.

Finding that special gift for a girlfriend can sometimes be challenging so my method for selecting the perfect gift is to tap into that persons style.  Think about the colors the person wears, the items they decorate their home with and their passions in life.  When you look for gifts that connect to a person’s lifestyle and soul, you’ll always find the perfect piece.

Here’s a round-up of gifts that I love and that I think my girlfriends would love too.

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Jardin Des Plantes Vase

Brass Pineapple Dish

Morocco Madness

Stone Stud Earrings

Voluspa Candle Collection

These Jardin Des Vases are ideal for that friend that has a crush on blue and white and loves to decorate.

I have a long list of friends that would love this Brass Pineapple Dish so I’m planning to add a few to my gift closet.

  If you have  friends who run their own businesses , the Morocco Madness Stationery will make them feel special and is a perfect way for them to personalize correspondence to their customers. 

A cute little Trinket Dish  like this one is great for all the stylish friends on your list. 

These chic Stone Stud Earrings  are for the fashionistas in your life.

My go-to gift for girlfriends or anyone for that matter is Candles and I just love this little collection from Voluspa.

Do you have a friend that needs to take a little more time for themselves?  Gift them this adorable Bird Teapot and encourage them to take a few minutes each day to do just that.

Now that you have some great gifts to consider, you’ll need a fun way to wrap them.  On Monday I’ll be sharing a chic and simple gift wrap idea with you so until then, enjoy your weekend and happy shopping.


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I am constantly changing out the accessories on my coffee table but the one design element that remains a constant is a decorative tray.  I use trays because they add visual layers to the arrangement and they’re great for holding small decorative items and books.

You might remember this brown wood tray that often makes an appearance on my coffee table.  It’s sturdy, oversized and I like the texture and pattern of the woven liner but the tray was begging for a facelift.  As as thing go, changing the look of the tray led to a mini makeover with the coffee table decor.

Spring Coffee Table Tray by ConfettiStyle (8)

Books and flowers are usually the items that add color to the table arrangement but I wanted a bolder color statement so I gave the tray its new look with a coat of emerald green paint (Behr Crown Jewel #P420-7) and new gold handles.


Emerald green has always been a color I love and I plan to use more of it in my fall decor.


Once the tray got its facelift, I went about styling the table with some of my favorite pieces.  I recently started collecting blue and white chinoiserie and  love the combination of green, brass and blue & white.  The combo is eclectic and happy but still has a traditional feel which is right up my alley.


Blue and white ceramics are such a hot design trend right now and I’ve been fortunate to score some great pieces at incredible prices from thrift stores, flea markets and a new shopping source I recently discovered (I’ll share more about it next week).





My coffee table is fairly large and the color pops create the perfect contrast against the darker wood table.



I love how the arrangement turned out and I think the colors are perfect for the last few weeks of summer.

When I’m ready to start decorating for fall, (I’m not there just yet) the DIY pumpkins I’m making will work great alongside the new tray and blue and white pottery.


Product sources: 
Wood Tray–Tuesday Morning (purchased years ago)
Gold Handles (Ikea–spray painted gold)
Wood Box–Tuesday Morning (purchased years ago)
Wood Slice–Hobby Lobby
Gold Wishbone–Hobby Lobby
Small Blue & White Lidded Dish–Goodwill
Large Blue & White Vase–EBTH
Large Blue and White Lidded Bowl with Gold Trim–Local thrift store
Brass Turtle–Goodwill
Scalloped Brass Pedestal Dish-local thrift store


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Society Social Bar Cart

When it comes to bar carts, nobody does it better than Society Social.  If you’re not familiar with Society Social, the company started in 2011 with a small collection of stylish bar carts and their products immediately grabbed the attention of magazines like House Beautiful, Southern Living, Lonny and HGTV,  The business exploded after that and today, the Society Social online boutique sells a range of furniture and decor all with a chic, modern flair and style.  

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One of the really great things about Society Social is that all of their designs are created by their in-house design team so every piece is original to their business  and  you won’t find them anywhere else. And as a truly custom touch, every single piece is made or finished to order.

Not only are each and every one of the Society Social bar carts stunning, but I love the way they style their pieces for photo shoots and their blog, The Social Diary.

If you need ideas on how to style your bar cart, I’ve got Ten Bar Cart Styling Tips for you that were inspired by the folks at Society Social.

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Tip#1:  Add a lamp and accessories to give your cart the feel of a furniture piece.  

Tip #2:  Create a color story with the items you decorate your cart with.

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Tip #3:  Mix in a few unexpected and whimsical accessories to personalize the your cart.

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Tip #4:  Your bar cart can definitely be a mix of work and play in an office setting as long as the cart reads more play than work!

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Tip #5:  Add Flowers for color and softness.

Tip #6:  Use quickly containers to hold bar tools, straws and swizzle sticks.

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Tip #7:  Create layers with the items on your bar cart to make it feel warm and inviting.

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Tip #8:  Change the look of your bar cart styling with the seasons, including barware, beverages and accessories.

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Tip #9:  Display entertaining and cocktail recipe books on your bar cart so they are close at hand when you’re planning your next party.

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Tip #10:  Select beverages in pretty bottles to add instant style to your cart.

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The same techniques you use to style a side table in your home can be used to style your bar cart so have fun and create a space that ready to party in style!


**this is not a sponsored post, I’m just sharing a company and products that I love.

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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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I’ve spent the last few days at the Atlanta Gift and Home Furnishings show and I’m here to share a little of what I’ve seen so far, so grab a cup of coffee and get ready for a long post.

 For those of you that aren’t familiar with the show, it is an international gift, home accessory and furniture show that is held here in Atlanta several times a year.  There are two major shows, January and July which draw retail buyers and interior designers from all over the world.

Americas Mart Atlanta

AmericasMart, where the show is held, is made up of three buildings with 1000’s of manufacturers showcasing their products for buyers.  This show is one of the largest gift and home furnishings shows in the country and it’s where you’ll see the newest trends and hottest styles in furniture, decor, textiles, wall decor, lighting and gifts.


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DIY Monogram Dish by ConfettiStyle2

So you all know I love a good craft project especially one that can be done in three easy steps and takes less than 10 minutes to make.

Step 1:  Buy a couple of white ceramic candle plates from Ikea

note:  standing in line at Ikea will definitely require more time than it takes to make this project

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Step 2:  Print vinyl monograms on your Cricut Explore 

disclaimer:  my friend Tina just so happens to own a Cricut Explore and gifted me with a couple of monograms for my birthday

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Step 3:  Apply vinyl decal to ceramic plate

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Step 4:  Add decorative washi tape to the plate

tip:  if you don’t own any washi tape you need to buy some because it can be used to decorate anything

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Step 5:  Coat the top of the plate with Mod Podge to seal the monogram and create a protective surface

tip #2:  mod podge is another diy staple you should own

DIY Monogram Dish by ConfettiStyle

In less than 10 minutes (plus the drying time for the mod podge)  you can make yourself a set of these adorable dishes.

There’s nothing better than a crafting session that results in a decorative accessory that can be used in so many ways:

♦  jewelry dish

♦  candle tray

♦ desk accessory

♦  coaster

♦ key and sunglasses dish

♦  nightstand catchall

Happy crafting!


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Beads in a Bowl


When in comes to accessorizing, sometimes the littlest item can make the biggest impact.

One unexpected accessory item I’m seeing more and more in room vignettes is a string of beads. Whether draped over a decorative jar or nestled in a bowl, a strand of beads can make a style statement that stands out.

I love this wood bead and tassel strand that Myquillyn over at The Nesting Place created.  Such a fun accent hanging on a chair, over the edge of a mirror or on off a door.

 Beads and Tassels

Pottery Barn sells a variety of beads which make a fun accent on a coffee table, draped over a decorative jar or gathered in a wooden bowl.

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Beads on Jar


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You can make your own bead strand using beads of any size.  Larger beads will make a bolder impact and work great clustered in a tray.

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Sherry over at Design Indulgence is one of the first people I saw using beads as a decorative accent.  She has a gift when it comes to accessorizing and I love the way she used beads as part of her decor.

Sherry has beads draped over books, hanging on a bust and placed on a tray.

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I love the look of these natural wood beads mixed with glass beads.

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Making your own bead strand is pretty simple and you can find beads at your local craft store, on amazon and via Etsy.  If you need one, here’s an easy DIY tutorial from The Nesting Place and if you’re looking for specialty beads, check out this source.

Have fun crafting and decorating!


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Happy Monday my friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  

I’ve been busy the last few days getting ready for a visit from my mom. Since my mom’s back surgery in 2006 she hasn’t traveled much and it’s been about 7 years since her last visit to Atlanta.  My uncle and his family are making a trip to Florida and my mom decided to tag along for the ride.  They’ll drop her off here in Atlanta on their way and she’ll be spending a  week with me and my brother.  I’m so excited to see her and now that my brother is here, it’s going to be week of family fun.


Anyway, after spending the last few days cleaning, organizing and doing some restyling around the house, I thought I’d share some ideas if you’re wanting to refresh and restyle your home.



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