HIGH/LOW OPTIONS: Black & White Outdoor Umbrella

Creating an outdoor space that is as stylish as the interior of a home is something I strive for whenever I get the chance to design an outdoor living space.   Here in the south an umbrella is an essential part of outdoor decor and can serve as a dominant design element.

In my latest high/low shopping post I’ve rounded up what seems to be a hot commodity for outdoor decorating– black & white striped umbrellas.  Stripes are one of my favorite design details for a patio or deck and nothing beats a classic awning stripe design.

With temperatures on the rise and summer just around the corner, I’ve found four options to fit any budget.  And you know I had to include some design inspiration for you as well.

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BLACK & WHITE OUTDOOR INSPIRATION

How pretty is this white furniture with a black and white umbrella?  And the blue and white planter adds the perfect finishing touch.

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If you love a colorful outdoor space, black and white is the perfect companion to add impact but not take away from your color statement.

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Surrounded by lush landscaping, black and white adds a dramatic and sophisticated Parisian vibe.

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Now that you’re inspired, let’s go shopping…

HIGH/LOW OPTIONS:  BLACK & WHITE STRIPED OUTDOOR UMBRELLAS

♦  BUDGET FRIENDLY: The wide stripe Round Black and White Stripe Umbrella from CB2 is a great value at $69.95.  It measures 108″ in diameter, is made of spun polyester and has a classic shape with no details or embellishments. If you’re looking for a budget friendly option with more style details, I’d check out this cute black and white gingham umbrella with fringe

♦  MODERATELY PRICED: Home Depot has upped their game when it comes to stylish outdoor decor and they too sell a black and white striped umbrella. The Italian Bistro Umbrella cover is made in Italy, measures 7.5 ft (90″) diameter, has a three-position tilt and a wind vent. And the simple scallop detail is kind of cute. Although a bit smaller than the other styles, the price is affordable at just $169.00.

♦  HIGH STYLE: Ballard Design carries a similar style umbrella with more designer details and a higher price tag.  For $349 you get a 9′ diameter classic black and white stripe umbrella made from UV-blocking, fade resistant Sunbrella fabric. The umbrella also has a tilt feature which allows you to position it for maximum sun protection.  Also available in a 11″ diameter and additional colors.

♦  DESIGNER FIND:  If your budget allows here’s an umbrella that has a lot of design detail.  The Daiana Two-Tier Umbrella has a pretty scalloped edge and the top tier adds a unique design detail.  This oversized umbrella rings in at $489,  measures 102″ diameter and is made of Sunbrella fabric.

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I don’t think I’ll every get tired of black and white outdoor decor.  What about you?

Favorites Of The Week {Spring Inspiration}

Happy weekend!  Here’s my favorite links from the week.

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FAVORITE POSTS

How to find you niche and get paid for it.

These just might be the cutest garden markers I’ve ever seen.

Now this is a bathroom makeover!  #gorgeous

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FAVORITE PINS

The wallpaper and mirror in this bathroom are just stunning.

How stinking’ cute and creative is this spring door arrangement?!

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

I need these monogrammed gift tags in my life STAT!!! And these and these.

The pattern and colors on this geometric clutch are so fun.

This might be my new favorite spring candle.  The White Camellia scent is heavenly!

I’ll see you back here next week.  Until then, have an amazing weekend!

DIY Easter Candy Jars {Easter Gift Idea}

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

Welcome to part 2 of the Spring Thyme Recipes & Style Blog Hop hosted by my friend Tamyra at Positively Southern.   If you’re coming over from Swirls of Flavor, welcome!  I know you enjoyed Gwynn’s post as much as I did.  Along with the other participating bloggers, we’re bringing you more spring and Easter inspiration today.   I’ve listed all of the bloggers at the end of the post so make sure to stop by each blog and see what everyone is sharing.

Today I’ve got a fun and simple Easter gift idea for you.

One of the things you might not know about me is that I like to take the road less traveled.  And when it comes to creative projects, I like to put my own twist on things.  Take for instant Easter baskets. This year when it came time to make Easter baskets I wanted them to be unique.  An ordinary woven Easter basket wasn’t going to cut it.  This year I decided to create Easter Candy Jars instead of a traditional basket!

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

Medium Jar with Rope Handle  {also available in small and large size} // Pink Stripe Ribbon // Green Dot Ribbon

Aren’t these the cutest candy jars ever?  And boy are the easy to make.

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

Once the idea of Easter jars struck me, I headed to Hobby Lobby for glass jars.  There were a lot of styles to choose from but these jars with a rope handle caught my eye. The jars come in three sizes and with my 40% off coupon the largest jar was less than $7.

sale alert:  next week all the jars will be 50% off.

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

I filled each jar with Easter grass, a chocolate bunny and candy.  And once that was done I tied a pretty ribbon on the handle.

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

Just think of all the ways you can customize an Easter Candy Jar by using different candies, ribbons and grass.  And once the holiday is over the gift recipient can use the jar to hold a candle, pencils or whatever they want.  #twogiftsinone

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

Part of the fun in creating unique gifts is giving them out.  I can’t wait to deliver my Easter jars to friends and family so they can enjoy their special treat.

DIY EASTER CANDY JARS

DIY Easter Candy Jar by ConfettiStyle

Thanks for stopping by today and sharing in my ‘Spring Thyme’ fun.  Next on the blog hop train is Tamyra at Positively Southern so head over and see how she’s bring spring style into her home.


Clutter Cafe (read part 1 here)
Viva La Vintage For Your Home (read part 1 here)
Swirls of Flavor (read part 1 here)
Confetti Style (read part 1 here)
Positively Southern (read part 1 here)
Totally Tailgates (read part 1 here)
M. Jones Style (read part 1 here)
Life at Lydia’s House (read part 1 here)
LindaG Loving Home (read part 1 here)

 

Spring Thyme | Recipes & Style Blog Hop

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. The weather is getting warmer,  flowers are blooming and it’s almost time for picnics in the park and long evening walks.  The coming of spring is such a mood booster for me and I’m just giddy that it is staying light outside until almost 9:00 o’clock.

Now that spring is here, I’m starting to see lots of spring blog tours popping up on the web.  I don’t do much in the way of decorating for spring but I do love creating pretty seasonal tablescapes. And it just so happens that my friend Tamyra with Positively Southern is hosting a fun ‘Spring Thyme Recipe & Style’ blog hop and invited me join the fun.

There are a total of 9 bloggers on this tour and today is just part one of the blog hop.  We’ll all be back next Tuesday (3/28) to share more spring style and recipe inspiration so mark your calendars.

If you’re coming over from Clutter Cafe, welcome.  Lisa is one talented (and sweet) lady and a hard act to follow.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Whenever I plan a seasonal tablescape, I look for something to inspire the theme.  Can you guess what my inspiration was for my spring Easter table?  Rabbits of course!  I spotted the rabbit beverage pitcher at HomeGoods and immediately knew I wanted to use it as a flower vase. #unexpecteddecor

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Rabbit Pitcher (similar here )

Once I had the pitcher home, my color palette of green, pink and white fell into place and I went on the hunt for a green and white table runner. #fail.

After searching a few stores without any luck, I decided to make my own using inexpensive cotton fabric.  The fabric is a soft green color with an all-over white lattice pattern.  It’s exactly the design I wanted for my tablescape. Once I cut the fabric to size I used iron-on hem tape to finish the edges and had my runner done in about 10 minutes. And it cost me less than $10 to make the runner and 6 napkins.  #score

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Green and white fabric from Hobby Lobby

Flowers are always part of any tablescape I create so I surrounded the bunny pitcher with a mix of floral styles and colors.  I combined hot pink orchids, white anemone, green hydrangea and pink peonies.  The flowers are cascaded down the center of the table and add so much dimension to the centerpiece.  Once I had the flowers in place, I tucked a few ceramic bunnies amongst the flowers to bring my Easter theme to life.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Noritake Ranier China // Bamboo Flatware // Green Ribbon

I opted not to use traditional placards on my table and instead did some hand-lettering on ombre tags I picked up at Michaels.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Ceramic Bunny–Target Dollar Spot

Did you notice the floral placemats under each place setting? Well it’s actually scrapbook paper I had in my craft stash.  Scrapbook paper is the perfect size for a placemat and the floral pattern and colors worked great with my table decor.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Ribbon // Floral Paper //Noritake Ranier China

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Whenever you build a tablescape you should create layers with your decor. I used the mini cake stands to add height and placed a small dip bowl on top filled with chocolate eggs for added color.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

The white dinner plates are my mom and dad’s wedding china and I love the pretty etched floral design around the edge.  It coordinates perfectly with my paper placemats.  The black and white place plates are from C. Wonder which is no longer in business. #imissthatstore

And if you hadn’t already guessed it, all the flowers except the tulips are silk.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Now that I’ve created my Easter table, I’m pretty sure the Easter bunny will be dropping off an Easter basket at my front door.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

I hope my Spring Thyme tablescape has inspired you to add a little spring happy around your house.  For more spring cheer, hop (no pun intended) over to Totally Tailgates and check out Heather’s spring inspiration.

And there’s a list of all the participating bloggers on the Spring Thyme Recipe & Style blog hop listed below so make sure to stop by and check them out.

Spring Easter Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

A  big shout out to Tamyra for hosting such a fun and fabulous blog hop.

Spring is definitely in the air and I’m ready to enjoy the season!

 

Viva La Vintage For Your Home
Swirls of Flavor
M. Jones Style
Clutter Cafe
ConfettiStyle {yours truly}
Totally Tailgates
Life at Lydia’s House
Positively Southern
LindaG Loving Home

Minted | A Favorite Artwork Resource

Sorry that it’s been quiet here on the blog this week.  I’ve had good intentions but I’m working on several projects right now and something had to give.  Anyway, I’m back today to share a favorite shopping source with you.

Almost every design project I work on involves artwork and you know that choosing artwork for your home is a very personal thing.

One project I’m working on calls for a special piece of art over the mantel and in the entrance hall.  The client is looking for abstract art and doesn’t want to spend an arm and a leg.  That’s where Minted comes in.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with Minted but if not let me share a bit about their site.

Art from Minted
via Minted

Minted is an online resource selling a range of products including Artwork, Decor, Stationery and Wedding goods.

Along with Limited Edition Art Prints, they sell Fine Art Prints, Drawings, Commissioned Original Art and Photography Art.   Everything they sell is created by a community of artist and designers that are located in all 50 states and more than 60 countries.

Minted makes it easy to find the perfect piece of art, allowing you to search by style, color, shape and type.

Since I’m looking for abstract art, I searched their site and rounded up a few of my favorites for you.

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Art from Minted

 

♦  Mesmerize by Melanie Severin–it was the colors in this piece that caught my attention.  I love the pink and soft aqua color combination. Color combinations like this are very versatile which make this piece ideal for just about any room.

♦ Poppies I by Iron Range Artery –I was drawn to this artwork because of how bold and dynamic the colors are.  Depending on your style, this piece might be too strong for a foyer but could work in a family room or office.

 Foilage Trails 2 by Very Marta–I love the watercolor effect of this piece and can see this in a feminine space like a home office, guest bedroom or nursery.

 ♦ Dash by Katie Craig–I’m all about blue and teal these days and this piece has such a refreshing feel to it.  I could see a pair of these hanging over a sofa.

Art from Minted

 ♦ Lush Composition by Melanie Severin–this is the piece of art that my client is most drawn to for their entrance hall. The black adds depth while the other colors keep the piece from being too heavy.

 ♦ Ivy by Prima Studio–finding a piece of art that doesn’t lean too masculine or too feminine can be challenging.  This piece is really pretty and the dark colors can speak to him while the soft colors speak to her. I can imagine this in a bedroom with white and neutral bed linens.

Waiting For Summer by Beth Allen–what a great name for a piece of art and it does feel like summer to me.  I envision this piece in a living room or even in a breakfast area.

Art from Minted

Bouquet 1 by Sue Prue

If you’re looking for artwork, I highly recommend you check out the selection at Minted.  Most of their Fine Art Prints are available in multiple sizes and frame options.  Unframed images are also available. And you can upload images of your room and see what an art piece will look like in your own home.

This is not a sponsored post.  I’m just sharing one of my favorite shopping resources with you.  

Valentine’s Day Tablescape In My Favorite Colors

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

This year Valentine’s Day was going to be super low-key because my hubby was scheduled to have dental surgery that morning.  Luck was on our side and his dental work was pushed up to this week so now we can plan something a little more special.  We thought about going out to dinner but have decided to stay in, relax and enjoy the evening.

 To make the table feel a little special I pulled together this colorful Valentines tablescape using my favorite colors along with a few of my blue & white ceramic pieces.

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Whenever I’m creating a tablescape, I start with the centerpiece.  I’ve always want to use tissue paper honeycomb balls down the center of the table and this was the perfect occasion.   PaperMart, one of my go-to sources for gift wrap and paper products sells tissue paper honeycomb balls in 2 sizes and 9 great colors.  I used a combination of the 8″ and 10″ balls in red, pink and white.  The smaller white honeycomb balls came from Ikea.

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

I place a red table runner down the center of the table and filled a vintage milk glass vase with faux peonies. I placed two of my vintage (and thrifted) blue and white chinoiserie jars on each side of the flower vase. And the final step was scattering the honeycomb balls down the table, in and round the vase and jars.

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

As with all the tablescapes I create, this one includes layers of color, texture and pattern.

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Once the centerpiece was complete I added my place settings.

I used black and white striped placemats to add a graphic pattern to the table.  Square white dinner plates and the new blue and white floral plates I found at HomeGoods recently finished the place setting.

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

Valentine's Tablescape by ConfettiStyle

This is one of the easiest centerpiece I’ve ever pulled together and I love the way it turned out.

I’m going to have fun using these honeycomb balls for all sorts of party and entertaining decor this year. And they have even spurred an idea for my 2017 Christmas decor.

Love is definitely in the air at our house?  How do you plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day?

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8″ Tissue Paper Honeycomb Balls ||  10″ Tissue Paper Honeycomb Balls ||  Small White Honeycomb Balls
White Milk Glass Vase (vintage)–similar here || Faux Peony’s–Hobby Lobby and Wal-Mart ||Red Table Runner–HomeGoods || Black and White Placemats
White Dinner Plates–HomeGoods || Blue & White Floral Plates–HomeGoods || Red Monogram Dinner Napkins (my DIY)

 

Gift Wrap Inspiration: Pleated Paper Valentines Wrap

Pleated Paper Valentine's Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

Whew!  We made it to Friday.  I have had a jammed packed week and I’m glad the weekend is upon us.  Even though I have some work to catch up on this weekend, I also plan to enjoy some down time and watch all the festivities surrounding the Super Bowl.  And yes I’ll be rooting on the Falcons!

I’ve got a fun and easy gift wrap inspiration post for your today, just in time for all your Valentine’s Day gift giving.

Because I wrap a lot of gifts during the year, I am always experimenting with different ways to manipulate the paper to give my gifts some flair.  For my Valentines wrap this year I decided to do a little pleat treatment with my paper.

Pleated Paper Valentine's Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

It’s really easy to pleat gift wrap.  To start, determine the amount of paper you’ll need to wrap your box and add about 8″.  The extra paper will allow you to create multiple pleats in your paper and still be able to wrap your box.  You’ll be creating your pleats horizontally across the width of the paper.

The first pleat I made was pretty deep (about 3 1/2″) and I’ll explain why in a minute.

Pleated Paper Valentine's Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

Once you’ve made your first pleat, continue pleating your paper with small folds.  You want to create enough pleats so they stand out on your gift.

Pleated Paper Valentine's Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

Once all your pleats are made, turn your paper over and tape the pleats down on each edge of the paper.  This will hold the pleats in place.

And now all you have to do is wrap your gift.

Pleated Paper Valentine's Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

The reason I made the first pleat extra deep was to create a pocket that could hold a Valentine’s Day card.  Pretty clever, right?!

The pocket can also hold money, a photo or a sweet treat like a chocolate heart.

You can find the free printableValentine’s Day cards I designed here.

Pleated Paper Valentines Wrap by ConfettiStyle

I added bows and ribbon to complete my Valentines wrap and just love the way the packages look.

Pink Pom Pom Ribbon // White Ruffle Edge Ribbon

Pleated Paper Valentines Wrap by ConfettiStyle

 Similar Heart Gift Wrap  // Similar Pink Damask Gift Wrap

Pleated Paper Valentines Wrap by ConfettiStyle

I wrapped these Valentine’s Day gifts with extra love because they are headed off to my moms house.

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