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I'm so excited to be spilling the beans about a new project that kicks off today!  I'm joining a fabulous group of talented, sweet bloggers that are working over the next few weeks to each refresh a space in their home.  Everyone is choosing whatever space they want to work on, hence the "Choose Your Own Adventure Refresh" theme!  (Anyone else remember those books? They were a childhood favorite of mine!)  Today, each of us will be sharing the space we plan to take on, as well as some before photos and our plans for the room.  Next week, we'll share our progress, and at the end of the month we'll share the reveal.  Whew!  This is a quick one!  

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For the next two weeks I'm going to be working feverishly to refresh my......   DINING ROOM!  Here's how the space looked on Monday just before I set the table for Valentine's Day:

Let me start by saying I think this room is great as is!  I had zero plans for a makeover in the Dining Room until about 3 weeks ago.  Here's how it went down...

I always have an eye out for vintage furniture that I like.  I lean towards a traditional style of furniture, but updated with color, new fabric, or styling.  For quite a while I have been wanting to find a set of cane back chairs.  Well, a few weeks ago this showed up on Craigslist-

I loved the shaped and size of the chairs and they were in great condition so I bought the set.  However, I like to mix and match my chairs with the table (I don't like having a matching set), so I planned to re-sell the table.  But, the more I got to thinking about it, I decided that I needed to keep the table.  We entertain often, especially with family, and we always have at least 8 adults that sit around the table.  Well, with my current table, trying to fit 3 chairs on each side between the legs is impossible, and we all end up squished around the table.  So, the pedestal base on this table won me over since it will allow for more chairs around the table.  And, it has 2 leaves to extend to almost 120" if needed!  I will also say that I had tired of the super dark finish of my current table.  Even if I had continued to use it, I had already been thinking about possible ways to lighten it up.

Now, the table looks nice enough in the Craigslist photo, but the top had some water damage and blemishes in the finish.  The rest of it was in great shape, though!  I also didn't like how super shiny the topcoat was, so my plan is to lightly refinish just the top to clean it up and give it a fresh coat of poly, with a slightly less shiny finish. 

That decision created a domino effect (as often happens in decorating!).  Remember when I just said that I don't like to use matching sets?  Well, if the table is going in the Dining Room, then the cane chairs need to go in the Breakfast Nook.  And the more I thought about that plan, the more I liked it because I currently have 6 side chairs in the Breakfast Nook that would be perfect to move to the DR so I can use 3 on each side of the table.  

The cane chairs have 4 side and 2 arm chairs so they wouldn't have given me the seating I wanted in the DR anyway (I'm keeping the wingback host chairs there so the 2 cane arm chairs wouldn't have been able to be used).

OK, that's a big rambling background on how and why this makeover is happening, but I wanted you to follow my train of thought (are you confused yet?)!  Some other time we'll talk more about using the cane chairs in the Breakfast Nook.   ;)

Long story short...  we're playing musical chairs, changing a few things, and keeping a few things in the room!  Things that will be staying are the green china cabinet, host wing chairs (but they'll get a color change), curtains (fabric here), and current crystal chandelier.  I'll be selling the tufted chairs, relocating the mirrors, and storing the old table for now, someone in the family might possibly use it. 

As mentioned, I will move the round back chairs from the Breakfast Nook into the Dining Room, and they will get a total makeover.  They currently have a semi-rustic wood frame and that wasn't the look I wanted with the new table, so I'm going to paint them white and change the fabric on them. These are a few images that inspired the white chair/wood table combo- (I pinned a lot more on my Dining Room Pinterest Board here!)

Source:  bhg.com

I know for sure that I'm going to add a bit more Chiang Mai Dragon fabric to the backs of the round chairs, but haven't completely decided yet on the inside back/seat fabric.  I was originally planning on a blue geometric pattern, but instead think I'm actually going to go with a solid, maybe a soft chenille or velvet type fabric.  I'll know by next week and fill you in! 

One of the new additions I'm most excited about are these gorgeous sconces from Hudson Valley.  I've been fond of these library style sconces for quite some time, and thought they would add some nice ambiance and soft lighting when installed on each side of the china cabinet.  I'll be sharing more about that next week.  

Here's a rough idea of how the plan is coming together!

I've been thinking I had all kinds of time for this makeover, but after actually mapping it out these two weeks are going to fly by!  I have a table to refinish, 6 chairs to paint then reupholster, 2 chairs to paint the frames on, artwork to figure out and lighting to install.  And everything in normal everyday life in between.  Yikes!  I'm so excited about the end result, though! 

Here's a full list of everyone participating in this Adventure Refresh, make sure to hop over and see what everyone is up to today.  I can't wait to see what spaces my friends are taking on, they all love color just as much as I do!

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Sticking with one of my favorite color combos, I built this year's Valentine's Day tablescape around a pink and red color scheme (which I used last year too, can't get enough!)

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My Mom has been doing a great job cleaning out and decluttering her house and she came across these collectible Royal Doulton Valentine's Day plates that she is getting rid of, but first she offered to let me use them on my table!  

Each one is dated by year with a different romantic illustration.  They're darling! (For sale here if anyone local to OKC is interested.)  She also gifted me the pretty pink stemware and let me borrow a few of her cut glass ruby stems.  The white dinner plates are from our casual service that we registered for when we married.  Still use them every day! 

These DIY candlesticks make a fairly regular appearance in my tablescapes, I just can't quit using them! With their happy pink color, I especially couldn't resist using them for Valentine's Day.  

I used my favorite table runner trick again... a strip of wrapping paper down the center of the table.  The top layer is actually 2 yards of the cutest pink and red patterned fabric that I just folded into the size I wanted and pressed the edges.  You'll probably see it again one of these days remade into pillows! 

I think that tulips seem to go hand in hand with Valentine's Day.  Some of the red ones were out of control but that's part of the charm... they have a mind of their own!

Both of my kids have activities the evening of Valentine's Day this year so we'll have a family dinner at some other time.  Ray and I prefer to go out at lunch (less crowded!) so it looks like we'll get a movie night to ourselves!  :)  What are your plans? 



Need more Valentine's Day Ideas?  Here are some projects you can do with your kids, and a few more table decorations-

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Happy Saturday!  I never post projects on Saturdays, but I just decorated for Valentine's Day yesterday and didn't want to wait any longer to share in case you're doing a bit of decorating this weekend too!  I typically don't put up a lot of decorations for Valentine's day, I just add a few touches to key areas- the mantel and the front porch- to make the house feel festive.  I picked up a few things from Dollar Tree and had some things from Hobby Lobby on hand, and in less than an hour yesterday I had a few new pieces made and up!

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Dollar Tree sells the cutest packs of felt hearts, I love the cut out scalloped edge.  They're super easy to thread a ribbon through and you've got a quick garland (I just put a pushpin in each corner of the mantel to attach the garland to).  I was watching my friend Charlotte's Instastories a few days ago and her son was putting pom poms on his valentines.  Brilliant!  I followed suit and decorated mine with these. 

I added a lighted mirror ball garland with it and a couple of new orchids from Walmart.  It all reminds me that Spring isn't too far away!

Let's move out to the front porch!

After Christmas I removed all of the ornaments from my flocked wreath and trees and kept them out for a "winter" look.  For Valentine's Day I just tied on more of the felt hearts with pieces of ribbon and added a big, simple bow.

I also bought a package of glitter foam hearts at Dollar Tree, punched a hole in the top of each one, and tied them on to the flocked trees with ribbon.

Door Color- Sherwin Williams Dignity Blue

So that's it!  With a few simple additions we're ready to celebrate the holiday this coming week.  I will be sharing a Valentine Tablescape with you on Monday, see you then!

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With Valentine's Day less than a week away, I figured I'd better get on the ball and get some gift planning (and buying!) done.  Honestly, Valentine's Day seems to sneak up so quickly after Christmas that it's always a little bit hard to shop for. So, today I'm sharing five of our favorite things if you're fresh out of ideas... a few for her and a few for him!

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Perfume scents are always such a personal choice, but these 3 have been my favorites for several years now.  Amazing Grace is the lightest with just a hint of scent, Ed Hardy Love Kills Slowly is my every day pick, and Alien is a bolder date night/special occasion choice that I rotate.  (What's your favorite?  I'd love to hear in the comments!)

I gave this watch to Ray for his birthday, he loves the simplicity and vintage vibe.  Nice quality!

I recently saw the Kendra Scott Custom Charm Collection and a few pieces are now on my wish list!  You totally build your own unique piece by choosing your base and then adding the charms you want.  I really like this charm bracelet in a gold tone with just one charm added on the end near the clasp.  I'd choose either the tassel or the locket charm, but there are tons to choose from to tell your own special story or interests!

Ray mentioned wanting a new leather bag for work a full year ago at Christmas, and I kept and eye out but never came across a nice one that didn't cost an arm and a leg.  Finally, before this past Christmas, I found a winner.   I was a little hesitant to order online without seeing it in person and feeling the leather, but with 1100+ 5 star reviews and an attractive price tag, I ordered this leather messenger bag for Christmas.  He loves it!  It has 3 large compartments (1 padded for a computer or tablet) and several additional smaller storage pockets.   It's nice to have the option of carrying with the handle on top or using the removable shoulder strap.  The leather is really nice quality and will continue to soften up over time, this bag gets 2 big thumbs up from us!

My Mom totally surprised me and gave me the coziest faux fur throw blanket for Christmas.  I've never felt anything so soft, you seriously can't keep from "petting" it... ha!  (Several other styles also available, lower price option here)

Pillow Fabric  ||  Tassel Trim  ||  Premade Pillow here

Here are a few more gift ideas that might catch your eye!

Happy Friday, friends.  I'm wrapping up some Valentine's Day decorations today and plan to post those tomorrow in case you're decorating for the holiday this weekend too!

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Happiest of Fridays, friends!  Did this week fly by for you like it did for me?  It sure helped to have a 4 day school week.  Here are some of my recent purchases and finds that I loved so much I wanted to share with you, let me know what catches your eye!

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I actually shared these playing cards as part of my Christmas Gift Guide, but they were only available for preorder at the time.  Well, now they're in stock and I received mine and they are soooooo fun!

I really enjoy the work of photographer Gray Malin, but his prints are a bit out of my price range.  His "At The Parker" series shot at the classic hotel featuring a variety of animals is my favorite, and when I saw it offered on a set of cards I wanted it right away.  There are 2 decks in the set and with 52 different photos in the deck.

What better way to enjoy the collection?  We'll be using these from now on for family game night, but they would make such a fun hostess, housewarming, or shower gift too!

My next 3 favorites all come from the same source.  I've shared it with you in the past (read this post for my tips for sizing and ordering) but it's been a while since I've ordered from them.  They now have a US shipping facility so it doesn't take long at all to receive your order.  One of my orders qualified for free express shipping and I received it in less than 3 days, and my other order was free regular shipping and it took about a week which is comparable to most stores.

I purchased some clothing pieces but peeked at their accessories while I was there and they are such incredible prices I threw a few in my cart to check out.  I was very pleased with all of them when they arrived!  I bought these 4 pairs, and they were all $4 or less per pair.  Such a steal for "trendier" type pieces!  Don't those marbled ones remind you of melting pieces of crayons together with the iron and waxed paper?  ;)

I've worn these several times already and get so many compliments on them!

Sweater- other colors only now available but on sale! 

These are probably my favorite from the bunch, $4!!! They are a substantial size without being overly heavy.  I'm careful about not getting earrings that pull on my ears too much and these don't bother me at all.

Honestly, I bought this clutch on a whim because it was $5.  The listing didn't have many details and didn't give measurement but I took a chance anyway, and I was stunned when I opened the package!  It was a very generous size and the design was gorgeous!  The cute pink pom poms didn't hurt one bit, either.  This is going to be a Spring and Summer staple for sure!

Here are 10 more super cute styles, each under $10!

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It's been 20 years since I've worn neck scarves, but they're coming back and being worn in a variety of ways. These styles are a little larger than a bandana, perfect for tying around your neck, ponytail, purse strap, hat brim, or wrapping around your wrist!

I couldn't resist this $4 colorblock striped scarf-

and added this $3 swan print to my order while I was at it.  It's gorgeous too!

Here are a few more of my picks in the same style, and you guys, most of these are THREE DOLLARS!!  These are definitely nice enough to tuck into a gift too, I promise they look way more expensive than their price tag suggests!

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Lastly today, a winter closet staple that I've been wearing on repeat.  I've told you of my love for Rockstar jeans in the past, but earlier this season I got a pair of the mid-rise "warm" version that has a soft, fleece-like (without being bulky) backing on the inside of the fabric.  Unlike regular jeans or leggings where the cold comes right through, these are legit and totally keep me cozier when the temps are frigid!

Warm Rockstar Jeans (under $20!)
Black and White Gingham Blouse (major sale- $10!)
Similar Wedge Sneakers- here or here

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