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Shopping for lamps has become a whole lot easier since stores like HomeGoods now sell affordable and stylish table and floor lamps.  While most of the lamps they sell are reasonably priced, I recently spotted a collection of Ralph Lauren table lamps at my local HomeGoods store selling for $499.  They were gorgeous but definitely not something I expected to see in their store.

If you’re shopping for a single accent lamp versus a pair, you’ll have better luck at the big box stores since many times their assortments are picked over.  When I need quality table lamps and want to ensure I’ll find what I’m looking for, I have several sources I turn to.

One of my go-to sources is Lamps Plus.  Not only do they have a great selection of styles but they have free shipping and returns on most of their table lamps.  When shopping Lamps Plus, you’ll find a wide range of price points, styles and colors to choose from which makes finding your style pretty easy.  One thing to note is that many of their basic lamp styles are only sold in pairs which can be good or bad but usually their ‘pairs’ offer a great value.

Another source I shop is Home Decorators.  I loved it when they had a store here in Atlanta but shopping from their website is the next best thing.  They carry a variety of styles and their prices are good too.

Here’s a round-up of my favorite ceramic table lamps…


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♦  I recently used this lamp in a design plan for a master bedroom and the clients loved the look, scale and detail.  It’s a great lamp for a dresser and would also work great on a desk.  Barbara Cosgrove Mid-Century Ceramic Lamp  $129.99

♦  The Adrian Fluted Gourd Lamp  {$79.95} is a great style for master bedroom night stands, a foyer table or side tables in a living/family room.   The lines are a bit more feminine and the acrylic base gives it a slightly more modern edge.

♦  When it comes to classic gourd lamps, the Robert Abbey Emerald Triple Gourd Lamp  is one of the best.  It’s a bit more expensive at $299.00 but the design and style make is a classic piece that will last for years.  And it’s available in multiple colors.

♦  You all know I love a blue and white lamp and the Amber Table Lamp is a favorite because of the blue and white design but also because of the antique gold accents.  This scale is smaller so this lamp is best suited for a desk, vanity top or bar area.   $91.00  { Alert–I just spotted a similar lamp at SteinMart which after the additional sale discount was $34}

♦  This classic Set of 2 Lillian Table Lamps  is a good value at $248.00 for the set and in addition to the blue and white, it comes in red, black, orange and grey.  This table lamp is ideal for side tables, a console table or night stands.

♦  I’m all about a chunky ceramic table lamp and love the silhouette of the Paris Ceramic Lamp This style is available in 5 softer colors which make it great for a nursery, home office or bedroom.  $143.00

♦  Diamond shaped lamps are popular right now partly because of the mid-century and retro decor trend that you’re seeing everywhere.  This is a great lamp style for a desk, console table or foyer table.   Robert Abbey Delta Brown Tea Ceramic Lamp $211.60 {available in 15 colors}

♦  If you’re looking for a pretty silhouette, then you’ll like the Wells Table Lamp.  This lamp is available in a pale blue and soft pink so you know it perfect for a nursery or even a guest bedroom if you want a spa like feel. $195.00

♦  Here’s another classic gourd lamp.  Sold as a set of 2, the  Pamela Triple Gourd Lamp comes in 5 deep, rich colors including marine blue, Chinese red and fern green. $239.00

Brass Lamp via Glitter Guide

via Glitter Guide

If you’re looking for brass lamps, Lamps Plus does carry a selection but I’ve found my best source to be flea markets and antique stores. You can also find lots of vintage lamps on Etsy.

In a couple of weeks I’ll share my favorite floor lamps with you so stay tuned.


Do you have a favorite lamp source I don’t know about?  Leave me a comment and let me in on the secret.

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Hi friends.  I’m changing things up a bit and bringing you my Favorite Things post a day early.  I’ve got some great inspiration for you today along, things to add to your shopping list and a couple of projects you might want to try this weekend.  And if you’re hosting a Kentucky Derby party tomorrow, here’s a quick and easy party decor idea you can whip out tonight.  p.s.  You can buy plastic horseshoes at Wal-Mart or Party City.

Kentucy Derby Horseshoe

via Every Last Detail



These DIY hot dog and marshmallow roasting sticks are just the cutest.  Makes me want to plan a camping trip just so I have an excuse to make a set of my own.

Hot Dog Roasting Sticks

I love all things Eddie Ross and this living flower arrangement he created is just stunning.  Check out this video to see how he does it.

Living Flower Arrangemeny by Eddie Ross

If you’ve ever wanted to add a decorative trim to curtain panels, here’s an easy to follow tutorial on the process.

How to Add Trim Tape on Curtains



I just love dark details in a room.  The black bookcases and dark window and door casing really makes a statement in this library space.


via My Domaine


I’m always on the hunt for creative tablescape ideas and since I have a whole box of white tile lying around, I will definitely be making my own tile placemats after seeing this tablescape.  Such a fun idea and so many ways you could mix and match patterns.

Tile Placemat

via 100 Layer Cake




I know every one of you is going to want to run out and buy this stunning gold and white striped magnifying glass especially when I tell you it’s on $10!  p.s.  If you can’t find it in the store, you can buy it online. Magnifying glasses happen to be one of my favorite things when it comes to decorative accessories.

Gold and White Striped Magnifying Glass



One of my all-time favorite starburst mirrors is on sale in a big way–50% off thru May 9th.

Petals Wall Mirror


I hope everyone has a great weekend.  I’m spending tomorrow at the Food-n-Fun Festival being hosted by the non-profit agency I work with.  If you have kids and live in the Atlanta area, come out and enjoy some fun, food and sunshine.

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You’ve seen them, those little nooks that sit next to a fireplace and sometimes hold built-in shelving.  I’m a big fan of built-in shelving but sometimes builders skimp on the cost and effort of putting them in so a homeowner is left with an empty nook space to fill.

When Ikea came on the scene,  bloggers and design enthusiast starting creating custom looking shelving with Billy Bookcases gave them the look of built-in but with a tremendous cost savings.

Laura Ramsey, interior designer, home design vignettes,

Laura Ramsey Furniture & Interior Design

Now, if you’re not a DIYer and you don’t want to go to the expense of hiring someone to build bookcases, there are some creative alternatives to filling those nooks that flank your fireplace.


I love window seats and this just might be the next best thing, a comfy upholstered banquet.  What’s also great about this design option is the wall space that you’d have to hang a beautiful mirror or piece of artwork.

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Roses and Rust



Floating shelves will afford you the same function as a built-in bookcase but are much easier to install and they have a more organic feel to them.  Using reclaimed wood for the shelves is also a great way to add charm to your decor.  Ikea has lots of affordable floating shelf options but this one and this one are my favorites.

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Blackband Design



Creating a desk or workspace within the nook is a great way to make this area functional.  I love the idea of a wall unit that can be closed up and concealed when not in use, enhancing the visual appeal.

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You can always fill the nook area with a piece of accent furniture like a demo-lune table, cabinet or console table.  This look works great if you style is traditional and you like symmetry in your decor.

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Better Homes and Gardens



Free standing bookcases are always an option and provide great flexibility if you like to change-up your decor from time to time.  This bookcase/cabinet combo is a great option and I love this glass front option.

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If wall space is limited in the room where you fireplace is, you might want to leave the nook area free of furniture and use the wall space to hang a collection of artwork.

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My favorite approach to decorating the nook is to make a creative statement with a combination of furniture, art and decorative accessories.

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If you have bookshelves next to your fireplace or will be adding some to your decor, here are a few styling tips to keep in mind…

♥  Paint the back of your bookshelves to add a color pop and visual interest.  Depending on the accessories you use, they might also pop better against a colorful backdrop.

♥  Use an eclectic mix of accessories for visual interest and to add personality to the room.

♥  Create visual depth by placing item front and back along each shelf and use items of different heights to create depth top to bottom.

♥  Arrange books vertically and horizontally to create movement for the eye to follow within the overall arrangement. 

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image via Dimples and Tangles


The fun part of decorating is to make the most of the space you have and putting your own spin on  your decor.

Happy Decorating!

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What do you get when you pair a group of creative bloggers with the Velvet Finishes Paint line?


a Makeover Madness Blog Hop of course!


If you’re coming over from Pursuing Vintage, welcome.  Didn’t you just love Kristen’s #makeovermadnessbloghop transformation?  I sure did.

If you’re a regular follower of the blog, let me tell you a little about the Makeover Madness Blog Hop.  Over the next two days, myself along with 10 other bloggers will be sharing some fantastic furniture and accessory makeovers using paint. Fellow blogger, Kellie Smith of Design Asylum happens to also own a really amazing paint line called Velvet Finishes and she graciously partnered with us and supplied each blogger with paint and products to complete their makeover.

I discovered  Velvet Finishes  a couple of years ago and painted a small accent table with it.  I loved the product and how easy it was to transform my table so for this blog hop, I decided to tackle a couple more small pieces.  After looking through the Velvet Finishes colors, I decided on Baroque and Handsome, a beautiful emerald green and a rich cardinal blue.

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The first piece I transformed was this pretty  umbrella stand that I picked up at an antique store for under $20.  I loved the classic lines, the carved spindles on each corner and the brass catch tray. The minute I saw it, I knew it needed a bold color to really make it special.

Umbrella Stand

The first step in painting this piece was to use Velvet Finishes READY to clean and prep the surface.  All you have to do is spray READY on, let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe it away.  Your surface will be clean and ready for paint.  I love this stuff!

Next I applied the paint (no priming needed–a big bonus in my book) using a good quality paint brush.  One of the things I like most about Velvet Finishes is how smooth the paint goes on and how the brush strokes just disappear as the paint dries.  It really makes painting a breeze.

Here’s my umbrella stand after a couple of coats of paint and the addition of a little brass ring handle I added to one side.

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Next I painted a vintage metal cart that I found at a thrift store a couple of years ago for only $8.00.  When I originally purchased the piece, it looked like this …


and then I painted it gold.

DIY Barcart by ConfettiStyle 8

Since my current color crush  is emerald green and blue, I decided to give the cart another makeover using Velvet Finishes Baroque.  The cart turned out so great and I am head-over-heels with the piece now.  FYI, it took 2 coats of paint to fully cover the gold.

What a transformation!

Before Barcart


{wood casters are original to the cart}


{you can find the tutorial for my DIY ice bucket here}



{black glass handles from hobby lobby}



The last piece I painted was an accessory for the bar cart.  I found a wine bottle holder at Goodwill for a couple of bucks and painted it in Handsome which matched my other blue accessories perfectly.  You can see the bottle holder on the bottom shelf of the bar cart.  It’s a simple piece but in a vibrant color, it has so much more style.  I may add these brass corner guards later to UpStyle it even more.

Wine Bottle Holder

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I have one more piece I painted using Velvet Finishes but I’ll save that to share with you another day.  Also, I wanted to tell you that as a finish coat on my pieces, I used Velvet Finish PROTECT product.  PROTECT is a specially formulated, commercial grade, non-yellowing satin polyacrylic which further seals the paint and gives the finish a bit of a shine.  It’s just as easy to apply as the paint and dries quickly.


Velvet Finishes

If you’ve never tried Velvet Finishes before, I highly recommend you give it a try.  Their claim to fame is… ‘The NO sand, NO prime, NO chalk, NO wax furniture paint formula that will rock your world’ and I have to tell you the paint lives up to those claims in every way.  It’s super easy to use and you’ll end up with a really beautiful finish on any piece you paint.  I’m thrilled with my transformations.


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Next up on the blog hop is Amy Howard Social.  Head over to Amy’s blog and check out her paint project, you’re going to love it.

And don’t forget to stop by the other bloggers on the #makeovermadnessbloghop and follow the hashtag on Instagram:

Tuesday, 5/3

Love Your Abode
Pursuing Vintage
Amy Howard Social 
Wife In Progress
Canary Street Crafts


Wednesday, 5/4:

M.Jones Style
Positively Southern
Green With Decor
Chic On A Shoestring Decorating
Seeking Lavender Lane


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Disclosure: I received paint and other products from Velvet Finishes for this project.   All words and opinions are my own. I only partner with brands I respect and would purchase from myself.

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Can you believe that April is almost over.  The year is flying by at lightening speed and Christmas will be here before you know it.  Even if you’re feeling a bit behind the eight ball like I am, I hope you’ll take a little time this weekend to sit, relax and enjoy my favorite posts, pins and products.



Are you on LinkedIn?  In addition to finding jobs, the site features some great articles on business, skill building, entrepreneurship and leadership.  This one on leadership happens to be written by one of my clients.  #greatadvice

Art by Luulla

Art image by Lulla

When it comes to neutral decor, this living room is one of my favorites–just looking at it give me a sense of calm and relaxation. The trick to pulling off this color palette is using different shades of from one color family, incorporating texture and pattern work and using white to provide a clean crisp contrast. #texture #tonal #50shadesoftan

Neutral Decor via Decor Pad

via Decor Pad



This color and styling of this barcart vignette is serving as inspiration on a little project I’m working on.  #makeovermadnessbloghop

Black Barcart

via Adore Magazine

What a perfect centerpiece arrangement..flowers and greenery!  Simple arrangements like this can be created using just about any flower variety and greenery from your yard.  #keepitsimple

Table Setting via Camille Styles

Camille Styles



I love coloring in my coloring books because it’s so relaxing and almost hypnotic.  Up until now the books I found have included abstract images or flowers so I’m super excited about this coloring book which is perfect for a design lover like me.

The Inspried Room Coloring Book

Do you host a Cinco de Mayo party?  Even if you go out for Mexican food like we do, you still might want to take along these super adorable mini pinatas.  #toocute

Mini Pinatas

Have an awesome weekend.  My big plans for the weekend are a walk in the park, painting, getting a little work done and catching up on my magazine pile.  Just the kind of weekend I need.

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I’ve got another installment of Design Chat for you today, where I answer and provide design advice to a readers question.

Like many of the other Design Chat questions, Kimberly’s design challenge centered on finding the right sofa for her living room.  Here’s the question Kimberly posed about a sectional she was considering…

“I read your blog about the do’s and font’s of a sectional and I am strongly considering this sectional for my room. Here are my questions…
1. Is the sectional too dark? I have tons of sunlight. I am wanting to steer away from the tan/beige, and I hear grays are very neutral, but I don’t want it to be a fad thing. The size is 115 X 115.
2. The back of the sectional would face the direction of looking into the room to define that space b/c I don’t want to block the bay windows.
I have a family of 5 and we purchased a single couch with the intent on adding more chairs, but they hated it b/c we couldn’t all sit together. Therefore, that’s why I am looking at the sectional, I know it limits us when it comes to moving furniture around.   What do you think? ” 

Here’s the space that Kimberly is dealing with. You can see that the room is pretty large, has a great span of windows at the far end and a fireplace and bookshelves that sit on one wall.



And here’s the sectional that Kimberly is considering.  She spotted this piece at End Up Furniture in Greenville, SC.

Sectional From End Up Furniture


Ok Kimberly, here’s what I think.  

 Given the size of your room I think this sectional is a great option.  The scale looks good and the sofa will really anchor the room.  As far as the color goes, the darker grey get two thumbs up from me. Grey is definitely considered a neutral and are a great alternative to a lighter khaki or tan colors.  You can feel confident that grey will not go out of style in the coming years.

Looking at the other elements in the room here’s a couple of suggestions I have to round out the space.

♦  Place side tables at both ends of the sectional piece that sits along the wall and add tabletop lamps to make that sofa functional for reading etc.

♦  Highlight the window with drapes.  You could either hang panels at the far ends of the bay window or at all the break points along the window which would give you four hanging panels.  Curtains will add softness and allow you to bring some color into the space.

♦  I’d also suggest to create vignette or small sitting area at the window so that space feels purposeful.  Maybe place an upholstered bench under the center window or two accent chairs with a  small side table between.

♦  Finally, I’d hang a larger piece of artwork on the wall over the sofa to balance the TV wall and overall scale of the room.  And relook your rug, maybe adding something with minimized pattern work.  Both of these areas give you another opportunity to bring some color and pattern into the room.

Here’s a quick inspiration board I pulled together, to give Kimberly an idea for a color and accessory palette to work with her new sofa.

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update:  Kimberly purchased the sofa and it was delivered earlier this week. She’s on her way to a new space for her family to enjoy.


If you have a design challenge and need a few design tips and suggestions, email me at shelly.confettistyle@gmail.com and I’ll share my wisdom.

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Blue Tablescape via Stylebeat


 Calling this post a ‘trend watch’ may be exaggerating a bit since the trend I’m talking about has never really gone out of style, it just lost some of its luster in recent years.  It wasn’t until Chinoiserie starting regaining its popularity a few years ago that toile started to come back on the design scene in a big way.

“Toile de Jouy”, sometimes abbreviated to simply “toile”, is a type of decorating pattern consisting of a white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicting a fairly complex scene, generally of a pastoral theme such as a couple having a picnic by a lake or an arrangement of flowers.

I remember the days when toile was the ‘it’ pattern in home decor and was also a popular look in fashion accessories and clothing.  Back then the colors were pretty classic with blue and white, black and white, red and white and green and white the color combos you saw most.


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Did you know that Saturday is National Picnic Day?  If you’re lucky enough to  have great weather where you live, it’s the perfect time to pull together your favorite picnic décor, picnic food and head to the park.  Despite a busy weekend of work and projects, I’m hoping to squeeze in a couple of hours of lounging under a tree and enjoying the our first picnic of spring.

Picnicking has become an art form over the last few of years and it’s no longer PB and J sandwiches and an old quilt.

These days, picnic basket are a style statement and just about any woven basket will work.  I was lucky to score a really great vintage basket last year similar to these below.  The great thing about these vintage baskets is that they are sturdy, have a wide-open interior and it’s easy to pack food, blankets and anything else you might want easy.


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