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Since I love gift wrapping so much, I’m always looking for ideas and inspiration to use on my next gift.  Lately I’ve been drawn to beautifully decorated cakes, decorated with flowers and bands of icing.  My creative mind looks beyond the fact that these works of art are cake and focuses on how I can adapt the design into gift wrapping.

When you think about it, a cake is very similar to a wrapped gift because it is usually a square, rectangular or round shaped adorned with embellishments.  Just like a present.

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 Footstools are one of my favorite accent pieces.  I have several around my home and three thrifted pieces waiting in the garage for a makeover  (before and after to come soon).

When it comes to DIY projects, stools are also one of the easiest and quickest projects you can undertake.  The average size footstool only takes a yard or so of fabric and you can easily paint the frame or legs with a sample size containers of paint. In just a couple of hours you can create a unique accent piece that can be used in some many rooms of your home.  Here’s a look a some of my favorite Footstool DIY’s and at towards the end of the post you’ll find a few room inspirations featuring stools.  Enjoy and be inspired.

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Faux Fur

Faux fur is following in the steps of an animal print and is fast becoming a classic decor element.  A footstool in faux fur is a great way to introduce this material into a room without it becoming overwhelming.

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Black and White

Classic black and white patterns will never go out of style because this color combo can be mixed with just about any other color combo. A fun footstool in a bold black and white pattern will work with just about any design style and is a great way to add a pattern accent to a room.

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Floral

I love floral patterns but wouldn’t use a large amount of it in my home.  For me, floral accents are best and a cute stool like this makes just the statement I’d like.

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Plaid

Here’s another classic black and white pattern featured on a footstool.  The classic plaid mixes well with the modern styling of the stool.

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Crochet

I don’t know how practical a crocheted footstool is in a bathroom but it sure is cute.  I’d put this piece next to the bed or a side chair.

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Painted and Upholstered

Stools come in all shapes and sizes and this taller piece is perfect for a little paint and fabric refresh.  This is an easy and inexpensive diy project that could be a beautiful accent at the kitchen counter.

Just a few other reasons why footstools are good to decorate with:

*  It’s an easy way to add an accent color or pattern to a room

*  Footstools can provide additional seating in a pinch

*  Next to a chair, a footstool can serve as a small side table

*  And naturally they make a great foot rest!

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Happy Decorating!

Shelly

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Have you ever spent time on the Lamps Plus website?  It’s kinda like lamp heaven and you can easily get sucked in and find yourself spending hours looking all their fabulous lighting.

Lamps Plus is one of my go-to sources for stylish lighting (especially when the budget goes beyond the big box stores).  On a recent lamp binge I unearthed some fabulous lighting options and found myself hummingyou light up my life, which by the way was a favorite of mine back in the day.  Anyway,  I don’t want to be alone in my fixation with Lamps Plus lighting so I’m going to get you hooked with my newest discoveries–from ceiling to floor!  Check them out and you can thank me later.

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This Antique Brass Ceiling Light would look great in a kitchen or powder room or even in a kitchen pantry.
 The Liberty Gold Ceiling Light is just screaming to be placed in a powder room or hallway.  
You gotta love the Feiss Urban Renewal Wide Brass Ceiling Light  for a boy’s room or mud room.
The classic styling of the Jonathan Adler Parker Wide Brass Ceiling Light make it perfect for a bathroom, small foyer or closet.

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Two of these Alcazar Brass and Mercury Glass Table Lamp on a console table would be stunning. 
I’d put this  Dimond Farmhouse Antique Brass Table Lamp   in a men’s office or kids play/study area.
The Spotlight Brass Table Lamp would be a stylish way to accent a desk or craft area.
The Robert Abbey Sloan Aged Brass and Crystal Table Lamp is screaming “put me on a marble top side table.”
One on his nightstand and one on mine–that’s where I’d put this Robert Abbey Alice Antique Brass Table Lamp
So many places the Robert Abbey Fineas Alabaster and Brass Table Lamp could go–dining room buffet, bedroom, sofa table!

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I can just envision the Circuline Satin Brass Floor Lamp next to a big comfy chair and ottoman.
 The Astor Antique Brass Tripod Pharmacy Floor Lamp is perfect for a study, next to a leather sofa.
What a beauty this Arteriors Home Norman Glass and Vintage Brass Floor Lamp would be flanking a dark navy sofa and framing a fun gallery wall of art. 
 
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This is not a sponsored post, just sharing one of my favorite resources with you.
 
 

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In my book every day of the year is a great day for a party.  And when it comes to party decor, I’m always on the hunt for unique and creative ideas to add to my party planning file.  On a recent Pinterest binge I came across a few images that were not only beautiful but that spoke to my creativity.  These tablescapes look sophisticated and elaborate but it is the details that make them great.  Details that can be achieved with a little creativity.

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Do you make changes to your decor for summer?  I do and think the season of sun is the perfect time to add a bit of color to your decor.

Color can be added through textiles, tabletop decor, lighting or accessories.  A little pop goes a long way.

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Design Tip:  For a quick and easy DIY color update, paint a large art canvas in a bold color and then layer a smaller fabric wrapped canvas on top (use Command strips or velcro to hold the smaller piece in place).

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One of my personal goals this year was to learn.  I want to learn how to do new things, how to better my business and personal life and how to be a better person all-around.  Yes, learning takes time and energy but I’ve come to recognize that there is something to learn from every photo I look at, from every person I meet, from every new place I visit and from every blog that I follow.

Learning fuels my creativity, pushes me to new limits and challenges me to reach for my goals.

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 Here’s a little of what I’ve learned recently.

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When it comes to entertaining, I am more about the decor than I am about the food.  I’ve learned a lot about how to create a beautiful party buffet from my friend Robyne, who happens to be food genius and makes some of the most amazing sweet treats ever.

Robyne has taught me that presentation is everything when it comes to party food so I pulled together some ideas to show you just how easy it is to make your party food pretty.

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Happy Friday!  What have you been up to this week?  This week has been kind of crazy for me with lot of balls in the air and lots of projects in work. Today I thought I’d share the inspiration for a project I’m working on at home and a few links that I think you’ll enjoy.

I’m in the mood to give my workspace a little update and these office spaces are my inspiration…

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Links you’ll like…

You’ll find lots of design inspiration from these celebrity homes.

It always amazes me how great Ikea kitchens can look.

After seeing this, I’m going out to buy some succulents.

This is one of my new favorite blogs and I love her small but dynamic office .

How fun would these placecards be for your next party?

Shelly

p.s.  If you live in Atlanta and want to take a photography class I highly recommend The Showcase School of Photography.

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