January 2017 - Dimples and Tangles


It happens every year, just like I mentioned in this post.  When Christmas is over and the decorations are packed away, it's nice to look around with fresh eyes and consider changes that can be made here and there.  You might not have the desire, time, or budget for an entire room makeover, but something as small as adding in a few new accessories can make such a difference in your space.  I decided that our Office/Media Room/Craft Room/Music Room (whatever you want to call it...it has lots of uses!) needed a little refresh.  Although I have a complete makeover planned in my head for this room someday, it's low on our list of priorities right now.  With some cleaning out, rearranging, and adding in a few new pieces from At Home Stores, our room got a fresh new look!

Let's back up and let me show you the state of this room last week...

Ugh.  Things were just in a general state of disarray, and I wasn't taking full advantage of the space.  I can't tell you the last time I actually used that surface as a desk.  Shelves had become a quick dumping ground when it took too long to put something back where it actually was supposed to go (please tell me I'm not the only one!).

And this side?  Goodness.  Forgot to pack those snowmen away, and still more accessory-collecting surfaces, mostly things that got displaced here for Christmas and never got put back.

Now, the after, with only a few hours of cleaning, rearranging, and reorganizing with some new accessories.

I replaced the mirror with the one that normally hangs over the fireplace.  Since I've had the chalkboard there this one hasn't had a home, and it's too pretty to stuff under the bed!  I've had this mirror for a long time and it has since been discontinued, but At Home has a very similar version if you're looking for one!

It's a lot more fun to sit and work if your desk is pretty and inviting, right?  Some fresh flowers and pretty containers to hold everyday essentials helped me to better organize my space.

It can be tough to find an inexpensive candle that smells as good when it's burning as when it's not, but this pink mercury glass candle totally does!  

This cute small apothecary jar is perfect for holding a little snack for refueling during work.  I also picked up that pretty marble coaster that came in a set (pictured on the piano a little further down-would be a great gift, too).  The desk and piano bench become surfaces for drinks when we're watching movies, so it's important to have coasters handy so the wood doesn't get damaged.

I've had my eye on this blue and white garden stool for a while, and it works out perfectly here.  The surface area on my desk is pretty small, so it's nice to have a little extra room right at my fingertips for my planner and notebooks.  It comes in handy for a footrest when we can put our feet up for a few minutes, too.   The displays on the way to the checkout are always stocked with good odds and ends, too.  I found these cute personalized notebooks, the gold binder clips, some new cabinet knobs, and the marble coaster set in a rustic wooden holder.

Look at the before pics again as proof, but it's easy for these shelves to become a dumping ground for rotating and unused accessories.  I cleaned them all off and reorganized a bit, often that's the first and most important step to any makeover!

This rustic wood bowl reminds me of an awesome antique dough bowl, just on a smaller scale.  I used it to corral all of my large spools of thread.

I mentioned I found a set of knobs in the checkout lane, aren't they great?  The center wood section blends perfectly with my cabinets, yet the more modern design updates the doors for now until I can do something about that stained finish.

At Home has the biggest selection of baskets and containers I've ever seen!  I found this new woven one to hold all of my previously over-flowing spools of ribbon, I like how it's slimmer profile fit well on the shelves.  I also have a generous basket that fits flush against the end of the couch and holds plenty of throw blankets for snuggling up on movie nights now.

The other problem spot in the room was the piano, another holding spot for unused accessories!  Once again, I cleared everything away and left just the basics.  I've had these topiaries for a while but had never found containers I was quite happy with for them.  I spotted these blue and white pots on clearance (which is great in store right now, by the way!) and knew right away that they would be perfect. 

The last thing I picked up was this pair of blue glass lanterns.  Those bamboo handles were what grabbed my attention and ultimately convinced me to buy them, but once I got them home I loved them even more.  They're SO pretty with the sunlight shining through them,  not to mention a lit candle.  Would you guys believe I didn't even LIKE the color blue until a few years ago?  #whatwaswrongwithme

Now I just can't decide where I like them better... the Dining Room or the Breakfast Nook!

And psst, just in case you missed it at Christmas, this gingham settee came from At Home Stores too.  It's our new favorite seat in the house, and the kids' homework spot of choice.  ;)

I keep several of these fishbowl stands in different sizes handy.  They're nice to have when an accessory needs a little more height or presence.

So, just like a new outfit can lift your mood, if your home is feeling a little blah this winter try adding in a few new accessories, or at least cleaning out and then mixing and matching what you have in a different way.  It doesn't take a drastic change to make a big difference in how a room feels!

I have partnered with At Home as a member of the At Home Inspiration Team for this sponsored post and am happy to share some of my favorite products provided for me with you!  All opinions are mine alone.

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This powder bath makeover proves what a difference a dose of color can make!  And can you believe that this is temporary wallpaper?

I have two personal friends who have just opened their own Etsy shops.  Check them out!

Cassie Bustamante Vintage Goods

You might know that I make my kids' birthday cakes every year, and EVERY time, no matter what I offer, they want confetti cake for the cake layer.   This year for Caleb's birthday, I used this cupcake recipe to bulk up the box mix a little bit.  They were a hit!

Martha Stewart's site rounded up the Top 10 Home Trends for 2017.  What do you think?  I feel like if you're a blog follower, several of these trends have already been going strong for a few years.

Photograph by Jonny Valiant

The bold floral wall in this cheery girl's room stole my heart, and just when I thought it couldn't get any better, I read the sweet story of who this gorgeous room is for!

Have you taken a virtual tour of the HGTV Dream Home 2017 yet?  Wow!  Let's move to Georgia!

Photo by Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

We spent a little bit of time at the mall this week, and while I was actually killing time waiting for Ray I browsed the shoe section, and fell hard for these velvet sneakers!  They are SO pretty, and the blush is actually my favorite.  It's a little more pink-y in person, and those satin ribbon laces are just the cherry on top.  There's a  slip on version that's pretty cute, too!

Lastly, I'm sprucing up a few spots around the house with some new accessories, getting ready to share with you on Monday.

Speaking of new accessories, a friend rushed up to me a few weeks ago at church and said "You HAVE to get this bag!"  That's the problem with writing a blog, too many people know what you like.  ;)  She was right, I couldn't resist (and I had some Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket).  It is gorgeous!  It is large (about the same size as my Michael Kors Hamilton tote if you're familiar with that bag for comparison) and comes with a detachable long strap to wear over your shoulder or cross body.  There are also 3 different styles with this same fabric design if you want something a little smaller, and they're all on major sale!

Kate Spade Bag  ||  Smaller Version  ||  Bag Charm here (similar here or here)

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It seems like we just packed up the Christmas decorations, so it's hard to believe that Valentine's Day is right around the corner!  I got a little crafty with a DIY no sew garland and decked out the mantel for the upcoming holiday.

The garland was so simple to make, and I finished it in less than one episode of Gilmore Girls.  :)

Supplies Needed:
Fabric of Choice (I used this one)
Decorative hearts (mine are from Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby)
Jute rope, ribbon, or cording
Yarn (I used red and white)

Use the decorative hearts to determine the size of of your flag for the garland.  Also consider how long your garland will be to decide how many flags you need depending on their size.   Cut out flags and glue the pom pom trim on top of the cut bottom edges to cover the rough edge.  Leave the top side plain.

Make tassels and pom poms if desired to accent garland.  They are SO easy, be sure to check out my pom pom tutorial and tassel tutorial.  I wanted the tassels to be pretty large and full, so I wrapped the yarn about 100 times around an old license plate for those.

Measure the length of rope, ribbon, or cord you need and lay the flags out along the cord where you want them to go. Then fold the top edge of the wrong side over the cord and hot glue it down.  Tie tassels and pom poms in between flags.

 Lastly, glue hearts in place to the front of the flags.  I just used a few tiny dots of glue in case I want to use this garland for another occasion later.

After hanging the banner, I switched the chalkboard message and decorated the mantel.  These apothecary jars are working hard this season.  For Christmas they held vintage ornaments, then I switched to gold and silver mirrored balls for New Year's, carried over the bling for a birthday party, and with a switch of ribbon color they're working for Valentine's Day, too!

Similar Orchid here or here  ||  very similar Buffalo Check Fabric

I hung the chalkboard over the mantel for Christmas, and I'm still enjoying it being there.  So far, it's proclaimed Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy 16th Birthday to Caleb, and now Happy Valentine's Day!  Several have asked about my chalkboard technique, and here's the secret...  I search Pinterest to find a design or phrase that I like, and do my best to imitate it!  Usually I switch up some of the lettering or art to work for me, but it's a good starting point.  I used this free printable as my inspiration for this chalkboard.   I also received this book for Christmas and it's full of great tips, ideas, and lettering styles.

Man Bust-similar (here or here) on sale!  ||  Woman Bust (similar)  ||  The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering

 Similar Brass Fireplace Screens  ||  very similar Buffalo Check Fabric

If you're feeling festive for Valentine's Day, be sure to check back in next Wednesday when the My Five Favorites gals and I will be sharing our favorite ways to celebrate the day!

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Happy Wednesday, I hope you all enjoyed the tour of The Merc yesterday!  I loved reading the comments from some of you who have visited, also.

I have a quick post for you today, I just wanted to share a few of the treasures I found this past week from several different places.  I'm glad that some of you have mentioned you enjoy seeing this kind of posts, I also like to see what others have scored secondhand as well.  It's so fun to see all of the unique items that people find (and the possibilities they see in someone else's "trash")!

First off, I saw this vintage brass peacock fireplace screen advertised on Craigslist.  It was in a booth at an antique mall that I hadn't been to before, so I was excited to check out a new-to-me place.  Not to mention, I've been on the lookout for one of these screens for a long time!  Usually, the size or price isn't right, or I don't like the decorative details.  Everything was just right about this one!

We've been moving our other screen back and forth between the indoor and outdoor fireplace, so I'm happy to have a pretty one for this space now.

I also found this pair of cute towel rings.  I need to freshen up the kids' bath one of these days and these will be perfect in a bright, glossy color.

And, this little hand dish.  Isn't it sweet?  It's Avon and fits in the palm of my hand.  I'm working to organize a little office space and this will be just right for holding paperclips.

 Next, I stopped by an estate sale near my house on Saturday.  It was already late morning and the sale had already been running for a few days, so everything was half price... bonus!  I found so many good things that it really made me wonder what I had missed out on there!

I picked up a few great brass pieces- the small hinged-lid box was actually from the antique mall too, I just had them all grouped together for this photo.

Love these little blingy bobeches, even though they're just plastic they're cute!  I already had these sticks- they're actually my Mom's that I've never returned...sorry Mom ;)  I added a few more random hobnail tiny glasses to my collection, for $.25 each.

I generally use lots of glass and crystal bowls for serving when we're entertaining, and have plenty of larger ones, but needed some smaller ones for things like toppings, olives, etc.  The cute little candy dish came home with me too!

As soon as I walked in the kitchen I spotted these napkin rings, and only when I got close did I notice they were engraved with a G!! $2-Totally meant for me!  Looking forward to using these on a Valentine's table I'm working on.

My Mother-in-Law collects Ruby Red, and they had several pieces left.  I texted her photos of what they had, and she only needed these 4 little dipping bowls to complete her set.  I picked up a few other pieces too, but I'll keep those a secret since they will be a birthday surprise.  ;)

Lastly, I wanted to show you my latest Craigslist purchase...

La la la!!!  Angels are singing!  I've been looking for this style of chandelier for my dining room for a long time, and they just don't come across our CL much at all.  This one was from a nearby home that the new owners are renovating, and I guess this wasn't their style.  Good for me!  It wasn't a super bargain, but still a deal for a gorgeous vintage piece compared to what some new lighting can cost!  It needs a lot of cleaning up, and I have some plans to bling it out even a little more.  But first, we're going to have to lengthen the cord and chain to get it ready to install.  I've started taking it apart and hope to get it sparkling clean today and ready to hang soon.

I'm not sure if it's brass or not- it's more golden yellow than brass usually is and isn't tarnished at all.  I really don't know anything about it, if anyone does I'd love to hear it!

The current state of this corner of my living room... I can't even guess how many tiny little crystals there are! #sendhelp

Speaking of Craigslist, I'm working on a post sharing some of my tips for shopping on CL that I'll be sharing soon!  Several readers have asked about my favorite local thrift store and antique malls, so I'm putting together a list of all of those, too.

Have you found any unique bargains lately?

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