Life Lately In 5 Photos {designing, shopping & reading}

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend and were able to stay cool with the summer heat that’s plaguing the country.  It was hot as blazes here in Atlanta and I feel like I drank about 10 gallons of water every day just to stay cool and hydrated.

 My life has been a fast-moving train the last few weeks and I feel like a juggler with lots of balls in the air.  But it’s all good stuff including a little secret I’ll be sharing on Thursday.  For now, let me get you up to speed on some of the things that have been going on in my world and keeping me so busy.

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Life lately…

No. 1–This is the beginnings of a design plan that I’ve been working on and one that is very personal to me.  The main floor of this home is an open concept with hardwood floors, white walls and a soft grey ceilings. The goal is to create a space that is sophisticated with traditional undertones and pops of color.  I’m love where the design plan is going with grey and black as the foundation and a little animal print and brass to jazz things up.


No. 2–This fabric is for furniture for client who wants to spruce up her living room.  The client found a sofa she loved at Haverty’s so we went shopping there the other night to pull together the fabric plan.  The natural fabric will be used on the sofa and the navy will go on two accent chairs.  And the abstract fabric is for pillows for the sofa.  The iron side table with black granite top below will sit between the chairs.

 p.s.  Haverty’s has some nice accent furniture pieces at good prices if you’re doing some decorating.  

 

No. 3–In route to an appointment the other day, I popped into one of my favorite consignment stores.  It’s been a while since I’ve been thrifting and the thrill of the hunt hit me the minute I walked in the door.  Right off the bat I found these two beautiful urns which were only $7.50 each. This was a major score because the urns are about 14″ tall and are in great condition.  I also picked up this pretty brass bowl for $5.00.

Life Lately in 5 Photos--Thrift Shopping

No. 4–I’m sure you all have been seeing this bamboo purse on every fashion bloggers blog.  I’ve wanted one ever since I first saw it but didn’t want to pay the over $100 price that most people were paying.  After a little research, I found a great source on Ebay that sells both the small and the large size. And you won’t believe the price…the small is $32.99 and the medium is $34.99.

I have to tell you that I had never ordered from Ebay before so I was a little nervous about ordering this bag.  And because the purse was shipping from China, I was nervous about the quality.  The shop and the product had good reviews so I went ahead and placed the order and when it arrived, I jumped for joy.  The quality is great and the purse is exactly as described.  I love it so much that I just ordered the larger size in black.

p.s.  I place my order on July 8th and my package arrived on Saturday, 7/21.  Pretty fast coming from China and getting through customs.

Life Lately in 5 Photos--Bamboo Purse

No. 5–After an exhausting weekend, I took some time last night to flip through the July issue of BH&G.  So many inspiring ideas starting with the cover image.  I want those chairs, that coffee table and that ottoman. #ilovebamboo

Those are  just a few highlights of my life lately.  I’m off to shop for carpeting and then I’ll be back at my desk tackling my mile long to-do list.

I’m wishing you all a fantastic week.  I’ll be back here tomorrow with my take on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale since it’s the talk of the town.

3 Great Sources for Removable Wallpaper


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I’m a fan of wallpaper but I know not everyone is.  Wallpaper can be expensive and the labor involved to install is can be daunting.  And then there’s the thought of what if my design style changes in a year or two–all that paper has to be taken down.

If you love the look of wallpaper but want a more cost-effective and less-permanent solution, then removable wallpaper just might work for you.  Temporary wallpaper has come a long way in the last 10 years and now you can get the look and feel of real wallpaper without the cost and hassle.

Removable paper is ideal for small spaces like closets, powder room and hallways.  And I love using them on ceilings to a dramatic design detail.

If removable wallpaper is on your design radar, I’ve rounded up three great sources for you to shop along with my favorite picks from each site.

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Affordable DIY Design Solution:

 Removable Wallpaper

Tempaper is a great source for removable wall coverings in abstract patterns and chinoiserie designs and all of their products are 100% made in the USA. Their designer collections include styles from Genevieve Gorder, Bobby Burk and Cynthia Rowley.  And if you can’t find the design you’re looking for, you can design your own paper and have it printed and manufactured by Tempaper.  And check out the Tempaper blog  for loads of design inspiration featuring their papers.

Removable Wallpaper from Tempaper

Hojas Cubanas Banana Leaf   // Garden Chinoiserie Floral  // Wood Plank // Brass Belly 

 

Chasing Paper sells a variety of designs from traditional to whimsical patterns.  And I love their feature which allows you to shop papers by color.   Their designer collaborations include Sabrina Soto, LABL Studio and Rebecca Atwood. For inspiration, the Chasing Paper blog is filled with creative decor and craft ideas using their papers.

Removable Wallpaper from Chasing Paper

Fancy Four Sides // Green Leaf // Speckle // Sunburst

 

If you love bold, artistic designs then you’ll definitely want to check out WhatisBlik. Unlike the other brands which sell their products in rolls, WhatisBlik sells their wall coverings as wall tiles.  The tiles are cut into square or rectangular pieces making them ideal for small spaces and DIY projects.

Removable Wallpaper from What Is Blik

Byy Byy July // Deep Blue // Ten // Trees

The ideas for using removable wallpaper are endless so get creative and have fun decorating.

Removable Wallpaper

 

Entertaining Style–Summer Solstice Tablescape

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

 I love creating pretty tablescapes so I’m excited to share my summer inspiration with you as part of the Summertime Tablescape Blog Hop.

The talented Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate pulled together a great group of bloggers for this fun blog hop.  Starting today through the end of the week, the group will be sharing table settings to get inspired for summer entertaining.  I’ve included a list of all the bloggers at the end of this post so make sure to check out the beautiful tables everyone has created.  Now let me show you my summer table…

SUMMER SOLSTICE TABLESCAPE

 I was brainstorming a concepts for my summer table and the idea of a summer solstice theme came to mind. Fire and Sun are two elements that represent summer solstice and they are what inspired the colors for my tablescape.

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Orange and pink are two of my favorite colors and combined with blue and white equals perfection in my book.

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

A secret weapon I have for an inexpensive table runner is to use wrapping paper instead of a cloth runner.  I found this plaid wrapping paper in the dollar section at Michaels and the colors were perfect for my summer solstice theme. And when I went looking for dinnerware to work with the paper colors, I was thrilled that I had just what I needed in my kitchen.

The Fiesta dinnerware was a wedding gift from my mom 25 years ago. I still love it as much today as I did back then and know I’ll have it for years to come.  I purchased the blue melamine plates are from Hobby Lobby last year and the floral bread plates (no longer available) and bowl (below) are from World Market.

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Orange Placemats (similar here) // Fiesta Dinnerware // Blue Melamine Plates (similar here) // Floral Plates (similar here)

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Nomad Flower Bowl  (pattern also available in mugs and dinner plates)

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times…layering is one of the most important elements of any tablescape.  I always layer my dinnerware starting with a placemat or charger.  These round placemats from HomeGoods added texture to my table and the color was spot on with the paper runner.

entertaining tip:  combine solid colors with plaid and floral patterns to give your tablescape loads of visual interest 

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

My favorite faux bamboo flatware added more texture and the dark handles popped again the colorful dinnerware.  p.s. If you haven’t picked up a set or two of this flatware you should because you can’t beat the price.   

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

I purchased the napkins at Pier 1 a few months ago and can’t believe how great they work with my table theme.

entertaining tip:  If you come across pretty napkins at a great price, buy them.  You can use them as a placemat or down the center of a table as a runner.

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

I used a pair of vintage brass candlesticks to add height and a shiny accent to the table.  The light green taper candles were in my stash and are the same color as the hydrangea. #connectingthedots

I used a grouping of three vintage blue and white jars to complete the centerpiece.

entertaining tip:  here’s an easy way to remember which side your flatware goes on:  Fork has 4 letters and so it goes on the left which has 4 letters AND spoon and knife have 5 letters so they go on the right which also has 5 letters.

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Collenette Dinner Candles (one of my favorite taper candles) // Glasses from HomeGoods

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Summer Solstice Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed my Summertime Tablescape and feel inspired to do some entertaining of your own.

And be sure to stop by the other bloggers on the tour for more entertaining inspiration.

Tuesday, 7/11

ConfettiStyle | Celebrate & Decorate | Everyday Living

Wednesday, 7/12

Charleston Crafted | Hunt & Host | Bluesky Kitchen

Thursday, 7/13

PMQ for Two | Rosemary & Thyme | A Casa Di Bianca

Friday, 7/14

Supper Table Talk | Panoply

 

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Favorites Of The Week | All The Beautiful Things

Another week has flown by and it’s hard to wrap my head around that fact that we are almost half way through the year. Wow, where does the time go?  Even if time won’t slow down, I hope you’re able to enjoy a relaxing and leisurely weekend.  Here are my favorites from the week.  Enjoy!

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FAVORITE POSTS

This bathroom makeover shows you how a few cosmetic changes can change the look and feel of a space.  Wow!

One of the best things about summer are fresh berries from the farmers market, perfect for this summer recipe.

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A lesson in JOY.

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FAVORITE PINS

This week all of my favorite pins are from the Alice Lane Home Collection portfolio.  So many beautiful images.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

At Home has tons of great decor right now.  This picture frame,  this mirror and this desk (I’d use it as a console table) are my favorites.

I’m loving the Stockholm Serving Bowls from Ikea. So many ideas on how to use these.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

DESIGN PLAN: Tuscan Dining Room

I had the pleasure of creating a design plan for a young couple who have just purchased their first home.  The goal for the dining space was to merge his traditional style with her love for rustic yet refined decor.  They both love natural rooms with pops of color and wanted the overall feel of the dining room to be warm and inviting.

After dissecting their design styles, I came up with the theme, Tuscan Dining.  My vision was rich, warm colors with a mix of dark and light wood tones.  I also envisioned a mix of classic and transitional furniture, colorful textiles and lots of texture.

 

Tuscan Themed Dining Room Design Plan by ConfettiStyle

TUSCAN DINING ROOM:  Design Details

No.1 & No. 5–A traditional dining room set will work best for this couple who loves to entertain.  The oval table maximizing seating and helps with the traffic flow in and out of the room. The dark wood stain on the table adds depth and contrast against the lighter tones in the room.

No.2–To bring in a more modern touch, I suggested an upholstered settee for one side of the dining table.  This larger piece of furniture will add softness to the room and can easily be moved to other areas of the home when needed.

No. 3–All of the lighting for this dining room is in a bronze finish which adds even more warmth to the space.  The chandelier has lots of curves to it which create visual movement for the eye.   And if the couple wants an even more traditional feel they could add shades to each arm.

No. 4–These patterned drapes are the wow factor in the room.  The all-over damask pattern have a traditional vibe but the bold colors will help the room maintain a sense of playfulness.  I also like that the drapery pattern/colors will give the couple lots of options when it comes to accessorizing.

No.6–A sleek round mirror over the rustic sideboard keeps the wall decor statement simple.  Plus a round mirror has a more modern feel than a rectangular design.

No.7–Instead of lamps, wall sconces are another way to add lighting to a dining room and expand the wall decor statement above a buffet. These double arm sconces will provide ample lighting and visually draw the eye up.

No.8–I love a neutral colored rug with lots of texture.  The subtle diamond pattern of this sisal rug adds a cozy and relaxed feel plus lots of visual interest.

No.9–A good way to create dimension and depth within a room is by mixing furniture with different finishes.  The blonde wood finish on this sideboard ties into the lighter tones in the drapes and the rustic finish adds the dimension.

 No.10–I wanted to pull in some navy to coordinate with the drapes and a pair of ceramic garden stools flanking the sideboard will do the trick.  Plus I love the raised vine design which adds more visual interest.

 

 

Design Idea: Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

Years ago when we bought our first house in Seattle, I wanted a cohesive and consistent look with my decor.  I hadn’t really defined my design style and fell into the trap of buying an entire room grouping from a local furniture store.  I thought the furniture group would give me the consistency I was looking for and I could then use accessories to add the personality.  Over the years my style has evolved, my design skills have been honed and  today I would never think of purchasing a package group of furniture.  It’s also something I steer my design clients away from because there are so many other ways to create a cohesive design statement in your home.

The point I’m trying to make is that your decor should be just as multi-dimensional as you are.  It should be a combination of things that give your home its personality.

There are lots of ways to add unique flair to your decor and one of my favorites is with mixing up your dining room chairs. If your style in eclectic and whimsical you can use a mix of different chairs around the table.  Or you can replace your king & queen chairs with pieces that make a statement.

DESIGN PERSONALITY USING KING & QUEEN DINING CHAIRS

I love the look of this dining room with oversized king & queen chairs in a neutral fabric that works with the wallpaper and other textiles in the room.

Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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Contrasting king & queen chairs are an easy way to introduce bold patternwrok into the dining room.  Using a similar chair shape as the side chairs creates a sense of balance and symmetry around the table.

Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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Upholstered end chairs help to anchor a dining table especially when the table is oversized or the side chairs are sleek and see-thru.

Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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These dining spaces just ooze personality with a mix of chair styles and banquette seating.  If you’re considering switching out your king & queen chairs, upholstered club chairs are always a good choice.

Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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Just like drapes, upholstered end chairs will help to visually soften the hard surfaces within a dining room.

Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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Here are a few other inspiring spaces with contrasting king & queen dining chairs…

Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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Contrasting King & Queen Dining Chairs

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I love the look for contrasting dining chairs. It’s a great way to put a personal stamp on your gathering space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Father’s Day Gift and DIY Leather Gift Tags

Father's Day Gift Idea and DIY Leather Gift Tag

Father’s Day is this Sunday and in case you’re still looking for that special gift,  I wanted to share a bit more about one of the products featured in my Father’s Day Gift Guide. And I’ve got some gift wrap inspiration to share with you today too!

Shopping for dad (and men in general) can be tough. Unique men’s gifts are hard to come by.  I was recently introduced to Harry’s, an online shop for men’s shaving and grooming products. The fine folks at Harry’s sent a few products for my husband to try and after using them he gave the products two-thumbs up.

Since my hubby is a member of the FMWH Club (aka–fine men without hair) and uses a razor to shave his head and his face, I decide to do a little Q & A with him to share why he love the Harry’s products.

Harry's--Men's Shaving Products--Father's Day Gift Idea

 

Me:  How does the Harry’s razor compare to the drugstore razors you typically buy?

Him:  The first thing I noticed about the razor was the multiple blades on the razor head.  Multiple razors mean you’ll get a close, smooth shave.  I also liked the cushioned handle which felt good in my hand.

Harry's--Men's Shaving Products--Father's Day Gift Idea

Me:  What did you think about the products included in the Winston Set?

Him:  I liked the combination of items in the set and that the packaging and graphics were simple and not fussy.

fyi–the Winston Set comes with a 4 oz. Foaming Shave Gel, Razor, 3 Blade Cartridges and a Blade Cover, all for $25.

Harry's--Men's Shaving Products--Father's Day Gift Idea

Me:  I know you like a shave cream that lathers good, how did Harry’s Foaming Shave Gel and Shave Cream compare to other products you’ve use?

Him:  It only took a dime size amount of Harry’s shave gel to get a good lather.  The consistency of the gel was great for shaving my head and helped to prevent nicks from the blade.  I used the  Shave Cream on my face and liked how easy it was to move the blade around my face and neck.

note:  Harry’s blades were specifically designed for face shaving but they can be used on the head, especially for seasoned shavers like those in the FMWH Club.

Harry's--Men's Shaving Products--Father's Day Gift Idea

Harry's--Men's Shaving Products

Me:  You like to put aftershave on your face and head once you’ve shaved so what did you think of Harry’s Post Shave Balm?

Him:  Typically post shave products make my head sting when I put them.  There was a little sting with Harry’s shave balm but it had a cooling effect on my skin.  And it didn’t leave my head or face dried out and tight like other products.

Harry's--Men's Shaving Products

Me:  The last product you tired was the Face Lotion?  What did you think of it?

Him:  I don’t like heavy products on my face so Harry’s was good because it wasn’t heavy or oily.

Harry's--Men's Shaving Products

Now that you know what my hubby thought of the Harry’s products, let me tell you something I loved about it. I loved the way the products smelled.  All of the items have a fresh, clean scent which lasted throughout the day.

Harry’s products are sold exclusively through their e-commerce site and their New York barber shop, Harry’s Corner Shop.  Selling online allows them to offer high-quality shaving products at prices well below their competition.  And Harry’s has a great subscription plan which will deliver blades and products directly to your door based on how often someone shaves.  This is a great service since most men don’t like shopping.

Now that we’ve got your Father’s Day gift covered, here’s how to make you own DIY Leather Gift Tag to use with your gift wrap.

DIY Leather Gift Tag by ConfettiStyle

I love paper gift tags but lately I’ve been making my own  fabric tags.

DIY Leather Gift Tag by ConfettiStyle--Father's Day Gift Wrap

Fabric gift tags are super easy to make and all you need to make your own is a few inexpensive supplies.

Supplies:

DIY Leather Gift Tag by ConfettiStyle

How to make fabric gift tags:

  1. Place fabric face side down and trace the outline of the paper tag on to the back of the fabric.
  2. Punch a hole in the fabric using the hole it the paper tag as a guide.
  3. Cut out the fabric tag.
  4. Cover the shipping tag with adhesive glue and attach the fabric to the tag.
  5. Attach the grommet in the tag hole.
  6. Write a message on the back of the tag and you’re ready to wrap your gift.

tip: You can leave the front of your tags plain or add an embellishment like an adhesive monogram that you can pick up at the craft store.

DIY Leather Gift Tag by ConfettiStyle--Father's Day Gift Wrap

marble wrapping paper (from Sam Flax) // grey plaid ribbon // black velvet ribbon //  dot wrapping paper (from Michaels)

DIY Leather Gift Tag by ConfettiStyle--Father's Day Gift Wrap

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DIY Leather Gift Tag by ConfettiStyle

 

Thanks for stopping by today.  You can shop the entire Harry’s product line here.

 

 

disclaimer:  We received products from Harry’s in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinons and photos are my own and my husband says he would highly recommend Harry’s products for the men in your life.

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Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew Design

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

The list of interior designers that I admire is a long one.  It includes nationally recognized designers as well as designers just starting out and making a name for themselves.

One of the designers that I admire greatly is Sarah Bartholomew.  Sarah launched her design business in 2010 and her work has appeared in publications like House Beautiful and Southern Living. With a design aesthetic described as a ‘fresh take on classic design’, many of the spaces she creates reflect my personal style. The rooms are filled with personality and interest as well as a mix of textures and materials.

In studying Sarah’s work you’ll recognize that she is a master of color and pattern mixing. And she has a flair for accessorizing. I also love her use of chinoiserie decor, antique pieces and natural elements.  Let’s take a tour through the Sarah Bartholomew Design portfolio. Enjoy!

DESIGN PROFILE:

 SARAH BARTHOLOMEW

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Classic color palettes, chinoiserie designs and an artful mix of textures and patterns

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Modern elements combined with traditional details create spaces the feels fresh and timeless

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Crisp white backgrounds allow the details in the furniture, fabrics and decor to stand out

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Attention to every detail including the fixtures, hardware and finishes

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Accessories arranged to capture your attention and draw you into the room

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Bold pattern statements that add drama and impact to utilitarian spaces

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Variation in colors and texture combined to create visual interest

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Design details that add style and personality

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Pattern mixing that creates energy and vibrancy

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

A masterful mix of materials and finishes that work together to define a space

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

There’s so much to love about the work of Sarah Bartholomew’s work and I’m hoping that one day she publishes a book to showcase her designs.

In addition to loving Sarah’s design work, I’m smitten with her blog, Sarah’s Studio.   Each blog post is short and sweet and gives you a glimpse into her design life and what’s inspiring her.

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Images via Sarah Bartholomew Design | For more of Sarah’s work,  follow her on Instagram @sarahbartholomewdesign

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