Favorites Of The Week | Design & DIY Inspiration

It’s 7:00 am, its freezing outside and I’m off to the gym for a workout.  I’ve rounded up some great inspiration for you and hope you enjoy.

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Design & DIY Inspiration

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If you’re a ribbon hoarder like me you’ll love this DIY project. Diane created this easy ribbon storage rack out of unexpected hardware materials.  I love that it’s functional and pretty.

DIY Ribbon Rack

A chic and stylish kitchen update including a gorgeous Suzanne Kasler light fixture.

p.s.  hanging plates on the wall and decor will never go out of style

p.s.s  I love the framed chinoiserie art hanging in the wall in the dining area.  With the right frames and fabric you can create this look too.

Kitchen Makeover by La Dolce Vita

This Texas farmhouse is filled with loads of charming details and eclectic touches.  And check out the pattern mixing going on in this bedroom.

Eclectic Farmhouse Decor

The next time you come across a couple of straw placemats at a thrift store, buy them so you can make this cute clutch.  I’m definitely adding this to my craft project list.

DIY Placemat Clutch

See you back here Monday.  Have a great weekend!

Favorites Of The Week {a random mix of great stuff}


Whew! What a week it has been.  I’ve been running in 50 different directions sourcing products, working on projects and trying to wrangle the paperwork on my desk.

 I wish I could say this was going to be a low-key weekend but it’s not.  I’m spending all day tomorrow in meeting with the non-profit agency I work with then I’m doing some major house cleaning.  We do have a fun outing planned for Sunday morning but the rest of the day will be spent working and preparing for the busy week ahead.  Oh, I am planning to shut things down so I can watch the Oscars!

I hope you can find some downtime to enjoy a few of my favorites from the week.

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FAVORITE POSTS:

This interior designers home is beautiful and the property is breathtaking.

I loved this interview with interior designer Danielle Colding and her answer to the question ‘what does success mean?’.

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FAVORITE PINS:

The image below is from one of my new, favorite Instagram feeds–@erinkestenbaum.

This is a gorgeous living room designed by one of my favorite designers.

I can tell this bedroom is really beautiful just from this photo.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS:

These pastel teaspoons are perfect for spring.

Loving this market tote!  It’s on sale and I also spotted a similar design in stores on clearance for $17.99.

If you’re looking for a stylish rug in a neutral color, check out the Farrah rug.

Loving this emerald green soap dispenser from H and M Home. This glass cup and this glass jar are also part of the collection.

For all you fashionistas out there, there’s a postage stamp made just for you!

Speaking of fashion, I’m totally in smitten with the pom pom sneaker trim.  These are the cheapest I’ve seen so far but this brand does not fit my foot. I’m thinking a DIY might be in order. You can buy shoe clips here and a pom pom making tool here. {affiliate links}

Enjoy your weekend!

The India Hicks Collection {Island Style}

I have long admired India Hicks model, style maven and lifestyle designer.

India first came on my radar with her first book entitled Island Life: Inspirational Interiors which she wrote with her father David Hicks, the famed English interior decorator and designer.

Since that time India has developed a lifestyle brand that has included home decor, bath & body products, accessories and jewelry.  After years of developing products in partnership with other companies, India’s newest business endeavor is a collection of products sold through networks of entrepreneurial women. In India’s words…

“the exclusive collections of well-crafted gifts, beauty and accessories are sold through networks of entrepreneurial women, creating a more meaningful shopping experience”.

Inspired by her British heritage and island life, each product is beautifully crafted with a classic design esthetic that will stand the test of time.

The India Hicks Collection

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The India Hicks Collection

The India Hicks Collection

Known for her bohemian vibe, many of the jewelry designs are fun, whimsical and casually chic.

The India Hicks Collection

The Free Spirit Necklace

The Komboloi Tassel Necklace (below) is a show stopper!  The history of the Komboloi dates back to a time when monks in Mount Athos began making strands of beads by tying knots in a string at regular intervals in order to say their prayers. #iwant

The India Hicks Collection

There is also a collection of gold-plated pieces that are sleek, polished and sophisticated.

The India Hicks Collection

 Leticia Bracelet // Leticia Ring // Pyramid Studs

The collection of gold and silver pendants are perfect for gift giving and as a treat to yourself.

The India Hicks Collection

The India Hicks Collection

India Pendants // Gold Ring

There are several tassel pieces within the collection that I just adore including this key fob and long tassel charm.

The India Hicks Collection

Junkanoo Tassel // Agra Tassel Key Fob

The handbags in the collection are built with style and function in mind, perfect for day-to-day use and business life.

The India Hicks Collection

The Duchess {named after the Duchess of Windsor} // Good Luck Beetle Pendant

The India Hicks Collection

Edwina Hobo {named after India’s sister}

The Maddison May crossbody bag is another favorite of mine.  The inside bag is removable giving your loads of flexibility in how you use this piece.  Watch the video below to see how it works…

The India Hicks Collection

Maddison May Crossbody {named after India’s niece}

In true Bohemian style, the Palm Collection is colorful and relaxed–perfect for an island getaway.

The India Hicks Collection
The Palm Collection:  Basket // Duffle // Tote // Wash Bag // Baby Palm

The India Hicks Collection

If you close your eyes and envision yourself sitting on the beach in the Bahama’s you’ll be able to imagine how wonderful the scents are in the India Hicks candle collection.  Available in 3 fragrances…

The Grove … earthy and reminiscent of our island palm grove
Casuarina … the simple, green fragrance of the tree
Black Hibiscus … England in the tropics, captures sea air, oranges and Earl Grey tea

The India Hicks Collection

India Hicks--Island Style

For even more insights into India Hicks lifestyle, you’ll want to check out her blog.  It’s filled with beautiful images of her daily life on the island and as she travels the world.

India Hicks Collection--Brand Ambassador

My good friend Leesa is one of the Brand Ambassadors for the India Hicks collection.  You can contact Leesa to view the collection in person and to place an order.

To learn more about India Hicks, head here. To view the entire catalogue, click here.

A Cute Clutch Find From An Unexpected Place

Around Christmas I shared the Junk Gypsy Bohemian Geo Cuff Sheet Set that I received from Pottery Barn Teen.  But what I didn’t tell you was this wasn’t the only thing I received from PB.  They also sent me this adorable suede clutch.

Junk Gypsy Wanderer Fringe Pouch from Pottery Barn Teen

The Wanderer Fringe Pouch is also part of the Junky Gypsy collection designed by sisters Amie and Jolie Sikes, affectionately known as the Junk Gypsies.  In true Junk Gypsy style, this pouch has a fun, whimsical and bohemian vibe.

There are so many things I love about this pouch, starting with the super soft 100% suede leather fabric.  It feels like butter to the touch and is a high quality grade of leather. I know a lot about leather products from my years of buying and sourcing for Eddie Bauer.

Junk Gypsy Wanderer Fringe Pouch from Pottery Barn Teen

The other thing I love about this bag is the fringe detail and tassel zipper pull.  How did PB know my love for tassels runs deep?

When it comes to handbags, I always look for special details that give a bag pizzazz and the fringe + tassel do that to this simple clutch.

Junk Gypsy Wanderer Fringe Pouch from Pottery Barn Teen

There are not pockets on the inside of the pouch but that’s ok because it forces me to keep the contents light.

Junk Gypsy Wanderer Fringe Pouch from Pottery Barn Teen

I’ve so enjoyed pairing this bag with jeans and sweaters this winter and it’s going to be the perfect accessory for a cowboy themed birthday party we’re going to in a few weeks.

Junk Gypsy Wanderer Fringe Pouch from Pottery Barn TeenIf you love backpacks, there’s also a Wandered Fringe Backpack  which is the perfect hands free bag for a weekend of shopping.  And both the pouch and backpack are currently on sale!

There are so many great items in the Junk Gypsy for Pottery Barn Teen collection.  You can check out all of the items here.

disclaimer:  Pottery Barn Teen sent me this product in exchange for a review.  Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Teen are two of my go-to sources for stylish and affordable decor and gift items. I am happy to partner with them in sharing some of the products I love. All text, images and opinions are my own.

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.√

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide by ConfettiStyle

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.

Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers For Her

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Verdure Stocking from Anthropologie

I love finding unique stocking stuffers for Christmas gifts and today I’m sharing a few of my favorite stocking stuffer picks for women.  If you’re wondering what all of these items have in common well I’ll tell you…

Stocking Stuffer Check List

1) Something indulgent

2) Something practical

3) Something that pampers

4)  $40 or less

5) Something I’d love to have myself

GIFT GUIDE: Stocking Stuffers for Her

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This Peppermint Foot Soak is the perfect way to unwind during after a long day of shopping or when you want to simply pamper yourself. Pair this with a cute pair of slipper socks to UpStyle the gift.

As a tea drinker, this Art Of Tea Tasting set would be pure indulgence on a cold morning or in the evening while winding down.

These Diamond Dust Earrings  hare the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life. And at $9.99 you might want to pick up a pair for yourself.

Anthropologie’s signature candle scent, Capri Blue smells so good you know the Capri Blue Hand Cream has to be wonderful.

Beanies are the ‘it’ fashion statement right now and I adore the orange and pink color combo in this Midtown Beanie.

Every woman will love the Artist Atelier Eau De Parfum roll on fragrance and there are 4 artistic color combos to choose from. 

This Lucky Token Keychain is a great gift and a good reminder to live life to the fullest. Perfect for a special girlfriend.

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I’ll be back later in the week to share stocking stuffers for the men in your life because we all know that shopping for men can be a real challenge.

If you have a favorite stocking stuffer, leave me a comment and share it with me.

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Winter Scarves From Nordstrom (budget friendly finds)

Winter Scarves From Nordstrom

I woke up yesterday morning and it was down right frigid outside.  The warm weather trend is definitely over and the cool, crisp air of fall is here to stay.  One of my go-to fashion accessories when the weather turns cool is a scarf.  I am always cold and a scarf adds just the right layer of warmth around my neck and shoulders.

When I was cleaning out my closet in early spring, I tossed a few of my scarves that had seen better days. Now I’m in the market for a couple of new scarves that will work as transitional pieces from fall to winter.

Nordstrom always has a great selection of scarves and I always find what I’m looking for.  A recent search of their website served up some great options, most of which are priced between $25.00 and $50.00.  And here’s a great tip if you’re looking for fashion scarves on a budget–shop the Brass Plum department.  Brass Plum is a shop aimed primarily for juniors but their accessory items are perfect for any fashionista, regardless of your age.

Let’s go scarf shopping shall we…

Winter Scarves from Nordstrom

No. 1 — This Abstract Print Cashmere & Silk Scarf is the most expensive scarf ($99) in my group but I just love the blue and white marble swirl pattern. It’s the perfect scarf to wear with jeans and sweaters. 
No. 2 — Navajo prints are a hot trend right now and the Atlas Scarf is a classic take on the design style.  This will look great with a chunky sweater, slim jean and ankle boots.
No. 3 — The Fantasy Brushstroke Scarf  is another abstract pattern that looks like a piece of artwork.  I adore the pink and red color combo and would style this with a denim dress and tights.
No. 4 — If you love graphic patterns, you’ll love this Geo Pattern Woven Square Scarf .  This is the perfect piece to pair with a wool coat or quilted vest.
Winter Scarves From Nordstrom
No.5 — I love the grey, ivory and yellow in this Stripe Plaid Scarf and the $29 price makes it even more attractive. I’m definitely going  picking this one up.
No.6  — I own this Reversible Scarf and love the two patterns because it like two scarves in one.  The scarf is oversized and a little thicker than the others so it works as a great outer layer when a coat is too much.
No. 7 — Have you noticed all the navy clothing in stores for fall and winter?  This navy and grey Colorblock Woven Scarf  has a classic design and the lightweight fabric makes it really versatile for layering.
No. 8 — I’m all about scarves with all-over patterns and love this Vintage Garden Scarf.  This is another one I’ll be adding to my wardrobe.

With an ever-growing scarf collection, I’m on the hunt for a new way to organize and store them while reducing wrinkles and keeping them visible.  Here are a few ideas from Pinterest that I’m inspired by.

Storage Ideas for Scarves

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purchase swing arm hanger here

Storage Ideas for Scarves

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purchase similar over-the-door rack here

Storage Ideas for Scarves

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purchase similar swing arm door rack here 

I hope you’ve found one or two new scarves to add to your wardrobe.  Happy shopping!

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DIY Monogram Straw Hat

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In a couple of months we’ll be setting sail on our 8th cruise to the Caribbean.  This time around out ports of call will be Aruba, Bonaire, the Dominican Republic and Grand Turks.  #soexcited

I’ve already started picking up a few new items for the trip, one of which was a new sun hat for me.  A plain straw hat would have worked fine but I had to give my hat a little extra something-something.

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DIY MONOGRAM STRAW HAT

Monogram Straw Hat

Here’s how the project started…

I bought this basic wide brim hat from Wal-Mart for under $5.00 ($3.35 to be exact).  You can see that it has a thin brown cord as a decorative touch but the brown wasn’t working for me.  Neither was the plain brim.

Straw Sun Hat

So I replaced the cord with a black and white striped ribbon and added my monogram to the back of the brim.  Instant style!

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All it took to replace the cording was a few snips with the scissors and some fabric glue to attach the new ribbon.

To create my monogram, I purchased some white iron-on letters from Hobby Lobby.  These are the same brand of letters I used to make my monogram napkins.

What I love about these letters is they allow you to create a true three-letter monogram.

Joy Monogram Letters

The only downside is the letters only come in white so your design options are limited.

I came up with an easier solution and all it took was a Sharpie.  To get the black letters I wanted, I used a Permanent Sharpie Marker and colored over each letter.

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All that was left to do was to position my monogram onto the back of the hat and iron it in place.

(before ironing, cover the letters with a piece of fabric so you don’t get ink on your iron or burn your letters)

Monogram Straw Hat

This was such an easy update and now my hat that looks like it was made for a Mediterrian cruise.

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The hat is available in four other colors so take your pick and make your own chic summer sun hat.

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