Holiday Gift Guide | Books To Inspire

The countdown to Christmas continues! I’m back with another gift guide and it’s one of my favorites.  I’m sharing a few of my favorite books.  Books that have brought me joy inspired me and taught me a thing or two this year.

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“A party without cake is just a meeting.” –Julia Child

Pizzazzerie–Entertain In Style–Courtney provides how-to instructions for more than a dozen occasions, each complemented with full tablescape details; decor tips; and recipes for each party.

In Style Parties–This book has been completely revised and updated since its original publication.  Page after page, you’ll find expert advice for hosting any type of party. This is a great resource book to own if you love to throw parties and entertain family and friends.

Veranda Entertaining–It’s the ultimate inspirational guide to throwing a sophisticated and stylish soirée. You’ll find ideas for choosing a centerpiece and selecting the right appetizers and cocktails to make your event stand out.

The Art of the Bar Cart–The Art of the Bar Cart features 20 different styled bar setups themed around favorite libations, personal style, or upcoming occasions.

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“A home is much more than a mere shelter, it should lift us up emotionally & spiritually.” –John Saladino                                                                                                                             

William Yeoward–Blue and White and other Stories–William Yeoward reveals his passion for color, his inspirations and the ‘stories’ behind his unique use of color on a journey through a dazzling array of beautiful homes.

An Eye For Beauty–This fabulous design book is written by one of my design idols, Beth Webb. Webb explores the fundamentals of creating a home in which every element enhances our ability to live well.

Style Secrets–House Beautiful Style Essentials: What Every Room Needs is an inspiring and hardworking handbook that will show you how to create the rooms of their dreams by revealing what “every room needs.

The House That Pinterest Built–When Diane Keaton decided that she wanted to build her own home from the ground up, she took to the boards of Pinterest to find inspiration. This book is a compelling account of Keaton’s journey in building her home, from idea to realization.

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“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” –Steve Jobs

The Crossroads of Should and Must:  Find and Follow Your Passion–The Crossroads of Should and Must has a universal message—we get to choose the path between Should and Must. It’s about the difference between jobs, careers, and callings. The difference between going to work and becoming one with your work.

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity & HappinessGIRL CODE is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, and anyone in between who wants to become a better woman.

In The Company of Women–Over 100 exceptional and influential women describe how they embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship. The profiles paint a beautiful picture of what happens when we pursue our passions and dreams.

The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey–Organized into ten chapters―each one representing a powerful step in Oprah’s own spiritual journey and introduced with an intimate, personal essay by Oprah herself―the Wisdom of Sundays features selections from the most meaningful conversations between Oprah and some of today’s most-admired thought-leaders.

 

 

 

 

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Favorites Of The Week { A Little Of This & That}

Hi friends.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and have fun plans for the long weekend ahead.  Crazy is the only word I can use to describe the last two weeks of my life.  I was ‘crazy busy’ packing for the move to our new house.  And once we got all the boxes and furniture moved in there was craziness with new flooring being installed.  And add in a little ‘kitchen crazy’ since we haven’t been able to use the dishwasher in two weeks and having to cancel our order with Lowes. #servicefail  And did I mention the hubby had to re-wire the dyer with a new electrical cord.

Things are finally settling down and good things are happening. We purchased a new dishwasher from Home Depot and had an awesome buying experience.  It’s being delivered today and I can’t wait.  We’ve unpacked some of our boxes and are finally getting settled into the kitchen and bedroom.  And the best news of all…we are heading to the Caribbean tomorrow for a little rest, relaxation & rejuvenation.

Even though I skipped out on blogging last week, I’ve been working hard to get back on schedule and have a line-up of new blog post to share with you next week.  Until then, enjoy a few favorites from the week and the long weekend ahead.

Favorites:  Design & Style…

Great advice for decorating at any age.

I shared this gorgeous tablescape on Instagram and immediately went on the hunt for black plates.  H and M has these black plates which are a great price.

I loved taking a look inside Erin Gates’ design studio.

15 ways to layout your living room.  If you study these images you’ll find lots of design inspiration.

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Favorites:  Shopping list…

There are lots of great new design, entertaining and style books coming out this fall.  I’m looking forward to this fun book all about styling your bar cart. {affiliate link}

Have you noticed that Amazon is really stepping it up when it comes to their clothing selections?  I’ve seen lots of bloggers posting about items they’ve purchased.  I spotted this cute ruffle sleeve sweater and I’m considering it.  I can’t believe it’s less than $25! {affiliate link}

 

I’m still searching for the perfect bar cart.  This one might be a good option.

Favorites:  Pins

This table setting image led me to my new favorite Instagram site, The Chinoiserie Collective.  So many gorgeous images.

I love the color palette and design details in this kitchen.

 

Pattern mixing perfection!  I never thought of mixing different chinoiserie patterns until now.

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In Other News…

Voting ends Sept. 15th for the Interior Blog Awards.  If you haven’t voted yet, I’d love for you to cast your vote for ConfettiStyle here. #IBA17

On The Bookshelf: New Design & Entertaining Books

One of the things I love to do during the Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Market is to shop for new design, entertaining and coffee table books. It gives me an opportunity to preview the books before they are released and available in stores or online.

I’ve always loved books (a by-product of a mom who was an English teacher) and have amassed quite a collection over the years.  These days most of my book purchases are design and entertaining books so that’s what I look for at market.  And boy was I excited to see so many fabulous books scheduled for release in the fall and winter.

Here’s a round-up of what I have on order.  And to make ordering easy for you, I’ve included links (affiliate links) to all of the titles so you can pre-order your copies today.

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Inspiration Notebook | May 2017

You might have noticed that I didn’t share my inspiration notebook with you last month.  Last month was a blur and I just didn’t have time to pull it together.  Things are still crazy busy but I did manage to log an insert in my inspiration notebook this month.  I enjoy taking the time to pull these pages together and recognize the things around me that provide inspiration.

When I looked at the calendar the other day, I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that it is May.  We’re almost half way through the year and I’m already exhausted just thinking about everything thing I want to accomplish before the year ends.  While I can’t control the future, I can enjoy today so the pages in my notebook for May are filled with things I’m enjoying on a daily basis.  Here’s a look at what’s inspiring me in work, home and my personal life.  Enjoy!

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DESIGNING:  I’m hoping that a new design client I’m working with will love this Gabby Clay Chandelier as much as I do.  It’s the inspiration for the entire dining room.

READING:  I couldn’t wait to find dive into this gorgeous entertaining book, Veranda Entertaining.  It was everything I expected and more–beautiful images, inspiring ideas and drool worthy tablescapes.  One of my top 10 design books ever!

RELAXING:  I haven’t been sleeping well lately so I’m trying to make sure I spend time winding down at the end of the day.  The Nest Blue Garden Candle is my go-to spring candle scent that helps me to relax and unwind.

INSPIRED BY:  I’ve been seeing lots of floral arrangements in old wood boxes popping up on Pinterest.  I love the look for a spring and summer tablescape.

LISTENING:  Most days when I’m at my desk working I have jazz music or a podcast playing.  The Clever Podcasts are a favorite and every episode has great takeaways for career and life.

CRAFTING:  I love crafting and recently I’ve been drawn back to jewelry making in my spare time.   One of my new sources for unique chain/hardware is my local lighting store for chandelier chain.

SHOPPING: We’ve got a cruise planned for early September and I’ve already started shopping for a dress to wear on formal night. I’m channeling my inner Carolina Herrera and thinking of pairing a crisp white shirt with this Red Floral Ball Skirt or this Black Floral Ball Skirt.  Which would you choose??

LOVING:  Just when I thought BaubleBar had it all they come out with these super cute Caicos Pom Pom Earrings.  

CRAVING: Now that fruit season is here, I’m loving my morning meal–yogurt and fruit parfait. My ingredients include plain vanilla yogurt, granola, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.  Yum!

MAY INSPIRATION NOTEBOOK | 2017

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Product + Inspiration: Frame-able Botanical Art

Framed botanical prints are one of my favorite wall decor statements, especially when hung in a grouping of 6 or more.  A larger grouping can be beautiful on a living room, dining room or foyer wall.

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Building a collection of framed art pieces can get costly unless you use a designer trick and clip your images from an art book.

Oversized coffee tables books are a great resources for inexpensive artwork and there are even books on the market designed specifically with framing in mind.

 Here’s a round-up of my favorite books with frame-able botanical art and some design inspiration to inspire you.

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PRODUCT + INSPIRATION:

 FRAME-ABLE BOTANICAL ART BOOKS

 

Frame-able Botanical Prints by Carol Mennig contains 92 original and frame-able botanical art images inspired by artist from the late 1700’s and early 1800’s.  The images measure 8″ x 10″  and have a more organic in feel to them. With over 90 images, this book is a great value at $18.95.

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I just ordered the Instant Wall Art–Botanical Prints book for myself after seeing the images used in a stationary project.  The book contains 45 frame-able prints most of which feature vibrant colors and intricate detail.   And this book is only $14.59!

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Botanical art on a black background are hard to find. The Art of Instruction: Vintage Educational Charts ($23.28) book contains over 100 vintage botanical and zoological images that would make a dynamic wall statement.

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At over 600 pages and only $19.99, A Garden Eden:  Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration contains numerous botanical images from the National Library of Vienna.  The illustrations range from flowers to fruits to leaves.

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Basilius Besler’s Florilegium: The Book of Plants ($19.99) was first published in 1631 and is a pictorial document of the flowers grown in one of the great German gardens.  The illustrations are organized according to the four seasons which could be a fun way to showcase images seasonally, as part of your decor.

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Cactus designs have been a hot trend over the past two years and the book, Vintage Botanical Prints:  Cactus contains 25 frame-able images from the early 20th century.   This book was published last December and sells for $13.99.

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The book, Botanicals: Butterflies and Insects is the most expensive art book I found but boy oh boy is it a beauty! $55.10

Including more than three centuries of drawings, each page explodes with rich colors and lifelike details. The images include exquisite flowers, delicate fruits, and exuberant butterfly images.   Tracy from Right Up My Alley used the images in the book to create a beautiful art grouping over her piano.

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Spring is a great time to freshen up your wall decor and inexpensive art books will give you get a lot of bang for your buck.

TIPS FOR CREATING A DYNAMIC BOTANICAL ART WALL

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♦  Use a single frame style and color to create visual consistency within the art arrangement

♦  Use a frame with simple details so the frame doesn’t compete with the images

♦  If you’re using a mat with your frames, a simple white mat will look best with most botanical images.

♦  In most cases, you want to hang your images no wider than 3 inches apart on all sides.  The smaller the images, the closer the frames.  The larger the images, the wider the spacing.

Happy shopping & happy decorating!

 

 

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Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide (aka–things I would want)

Happy day friends!

I’m just dropping in to share one last holiday gift guide with you.  It’s my Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide and it is near and dear to my heart.  All of the items on the list are chic, stylish and something I’d personally love for Santa to deliver to my door.

Have you been looking for a gift for that special someone and haven’t found it yet?  This gift guide is here to help.

Happy shopping!

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide by ConfettiStyle

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

♦  I love everything that Lollia makes including this Lollia Poetic License Diffuser ($48).  Scent diffusers are a great way to add fragrance to a home without burning candles. I especially love to use diffusers in a bathroom or tuck one away in a guest bedroom.

♦  This Gilded Monogram DOF Glass ($18) is a good gift for someone (like me) that loves to entertain. One, two or four make a great hostess gift or family gift.  If you’re celebrating the holidays at a New Year’s Eve party, a set glasses would be ideal to ring in the new year.

♦  A pretty necklace can make an outfit. The Silver Links Statement Necklace ($29.99) is a gift that will be enjoyed long after the holidays are over.

♦ Emerald Green is one of my favorite colors and you can’t beat the price on this Green Pashmina Style Shawl ($5.99)!  It’s the perfect layering piece over a sweater or under a coat. One for them, one for me.√

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

♦  You’ll wow anyone with a gift of these Silver Mercury Glass Hurricane Candleholder ($11.89-$19.59).  They will look stunning grouped in the center of a table or next to the hearth.  And I’d also use them as vases by dropping a clear glass jar inside to hold flowers.  Check your local Cost Plus because these are selling out quickly online.

♦  Pretty {and functional) gloves are hard to come by but this pair of Echo Touch Zip Boucle’ Tech Gloves ($39) checks both boxes.  You can operate a cell phone with ease and stay warm while doing it.

♦  This L’Objet Malachite Tray ($120) is the most expensive gift in the gift guide but it is a beauty.  Envision this sitting on a side table, night stand or vanity holding pretty perfume bottles.

♦  If you’ve never read any of Steve Harvey’s books, I recommend you do. His books are filled with solid wisdom, advice and lots of laughs too.  I can’t wait to read his newest book, Jump: Take the Leap Of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance ($18.04).

♦  A girl can never have too many handbags.  The Crossbody Bag with Metallic Straps ($39.90) is a great bag for weekend shopping or traveling when you need hands free.

♦ I’m always stuffing my electronic cords in a zippered pouch but they never stay organized.  The idea of something to keep everything neat and tidy is so appealing.  I love this Leather Charger Roll Up ($49) because its compact and comes in fun colors.

♦  Personalized stationery just might be one of best gifts you can give someone. This 7 Tablet Notepad Set with Holder ($41) is a great price and personalization is available in array of colors.

If you need gift wrapping tips to help with all your holiday gifts, check out my Holiday Gift Wrap Guide here or click the image below.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide | Girlfriends

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Girlfriends

Finding that perfect holiday gift for the special women in your life is both fun and challenging.  To make it easier, I’ve rounded up a great selection of items for my 2016 Girlfriends Gift Guide.  All of these items have attributes I think all women possess…style, sass and beauty!

 

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♦  2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Your Girlfriends ♦

Domino–Your Guide To A Stylish Home–The new Domino Home Decor book is packed with stylish inspiration, design tips and beautiful images.

You Are A Badass–I received this book from one of my favorite design clients and after just a few pages I’m hooked.  This is a must-read for any woman who wants to take life by the horns and soar to new levels.

Fluoro Crispin Drop Earrings–I can’t express enough love for these hot pink drop earrings.  They are adorable and a fun way to add a pop of style and color to an outfit.

Leather Monogram Pouch–The hunt for the perfect coin or lipstick case may be over now that I’ve found this chic monogram pouch with mini tassel.  

Leather Mini City Bag–The color of this handbag stopped me in my tracks. And I love the classic 50’s retro style too!

Paradise 2017 Calendar–Help you girlfriends usher in the new year with this beautiful Rifle Paper Co. calendar.  

Fur Pom Pom Keychain–Fur + Pom Pom…two of my favorite things.  This key chain is stylish and functional and is also a fun bag charm. 

Dalmatian Tray–A great tray for a cocktail bar or to sit on a vanity to hold perfume and jewelry.  

Hello Beautiful MugEvery girl needs a pretty mug that says Hello Beautiful to sip coffee or tea from in the morning.

 

Happy shopping!

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Becoming An Expert Flea Market Shopper (5 books to own)

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One of the things I love most in life is shopping flea markets.  There is something exciting about looking for a hidden treasures amongst piles of dirty, dusty and cast-off relics.

Shopping flea markets isn’t something I’ve done all my life, I’ve only been treasure hunting for about the last 6 or 7 years.  In that time I think I have become pretty savvy at vintage shopping, partly because I’ve taken the time read about, study and research the craft.

If you love flea market shopping and want to learn how to find the best collectibles and vintage pieces, I have 5 books I recommend you read.  All of these books are filled with valuable tips on what to look , how to tell if an item has value and they highlight the best flea markets around the country.

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Because I’m a big fan of Better Homes and Gardens books, Flea Market Decorating was the first ‘thrifting’ book I purchased.  Included in this book is a state-by-state listing of flea markets and antique fairs and well as tips on refurbishing your vintage finds. There is also loads of decorating ideas using real room settings with actual vintage items. The cover alone should entice you!

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I stumbled upon Flea Market Secrets in a thrift store and gave it my usual flip through to get a feel for the images.  One of the best things about this book are the 10 Golden Rules of shopping flea markets that the author outlines.  The rules are tried-and-true and things you’ll want to employ no matter where you shop.  I also like that there are chapters dedicated to different types of items like glass, furniture, textiles and jewelry.  Each chapter give you in-depth information on what types of items to buy, what to pass up and how to care for your treasures.  You’ll also find the authors favorite flea markets around the world from Paris to Round Top, Texas.

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I remember when Lara Spencer first announced that she was writing a book of thrifting–I was so excited.  I’m a big fan of Lara’s, have watched all  her HGTV shows and love her design (and fashion) style.  Her book, I Break For Yard Sales is one of the best out there and I love the fact that it combines flea market and thrifting tips with great design advice and inspiration.  Page after page Lara shares her passion form shopping yard sales, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets.  You’ll learn her bargain hunting secrets and get insight from appraisers on what to look for when shopping.

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You gotta love that Lara isn’t above dumpster diving for a treasure!

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Lara’s second book, Flea Market Fabulous expands upon her flea market shopping tips by showcasing nine rooms that have been decorated with thrifted pieces. The book walks you through the entire process of decorating with vintage finds, from creating a design plan to building a mood board.  I also love the room illustrations and before and after photos of the DIY transformations Lara and her team pull off.

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And finally, my list of inspirational flea market shopping books would not be complete without Eddie Ross’ amazing book Modern Mix.  When you want to take you flea market and antique shopping to the next level, this is the book that will guide you.  Throughout the 8 chapters of the book you’ll find beautiful images of chic interiors, table settings, bars and parties created using vintage pieces.  And along with sharing his secrets to shopping, Eddie will teach you how to expertly combine colors and pattern, mix old and new & curate a high and low mix within your decor.

“Modern Mix cracks the code to navigating thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets with confidence.”

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And of course I had to share a few of my flea market shopping tips with you:

  1. Have a list of items you’re looking for but be flexible.  Shopping flea markets can be overwhelming and you can easily get side-tracked so it’s a good idea to have a list of ‘must have’ items to keep you focused.
  2. Let your creativity flow.  Whenever I’m out treasure hunting, I always stop and think about an item I’m interested in.  I think about the different ways I could use it in my decor or how I could transform it into something else.  Many of the items you’ll find shopping won’t be a perfect fit but with a little creativity and work they can be become real gems.
  3. If you love it, buy it.  We’ve all been there–spotting an item but then giving it too much thought and passing it by.  Then we have buyers regret and go back hoping the piece is still there but sadly it’s not.  I learned early in the game that if you love it and it fits your budget and needs then get it.
  4. Negotiate.  Flea market and vintage shop dealers are used to bargaining so don’t be afraid to negotiate the price.  And remember the more items you buy from one dealer, the better your bargaining strength.

For even more flea market shopping tips, read my 10 Tips for Shopping Flea Markets Like a Pro post.

Happy hunting friends.

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