February 2017 - Dimples and Tangles


Here in Oklahoma, our temps have been well above normal lately, and as a result I think everyone has Spring Fever early this year!  I've definitely been ready to spruce up the house for Spring, and I'm so excited to share my Entry with you today for the Styled for Spring Home Tour.  In fact, I was so excited about this space, that I even styled it three different ways!

Before we start with the tour, I wanted to say a big thank you to our hostesses, Randi from Randi Garrett Design and Jennifer from Decor Gold Designs for organizing this tour and inviting me to participate.  These ladies have worked really hard to put together a stellar group of tours!  If you're visiting from CC + Mike, welcome and I'm so glad you're here.  CC's porch and entry are absolutely stunning, I could just stare at those glossy black walls and black and white flooring all day long!

For today's tour, since it is just one small area,  I had fun playing with some different styling options and thought I might as well share them all with you.  Some of you might like streamlined and simple, some might prefer a "more is more" approach, so I have a little something for everyone.

Look #1 is very simple.  I pulled a few accent colors from the rug (regular readers...surprise!) and piled up a bowl with fruit which is one of my favorite accessories this time of year.

(You can see a peek of the Dining Room in the mirror.)

Look #2 gets a bit more dramatic and slightly more formal.  As I mentioned at the beginning of today's post, I've been feeling the itch for a few changes here and there.  So, you all are getting to see the first one today... (see what this room previously looked like here)

I'm head over heels with the new rug in the entry!  Because of a few other changes I'm making in the adjoining living room, the striped rug had to go (it found a good home in another room, though!).  I've wanted to add in hints of pink here and there, and this rug gives me a good jumping off point.

The first thing my husband said was "It's so soft!" and it is!  I love that there are so many colors in it, and they can really read however you want them to.  Is it blue?  Is it black?  Is it hot pink?  Is it red?  YES!  All of those colors are mixed in when you look really closely, so it's easy to pull out the ones that you want to accentuate.  For me, I'll take all of them!  ;)  Another bonus is that with the pattern and color, this is a great choice for right inside the front door...it will hide a multitude of stains (not to mention it's a really great price right now)!

Before we move on to the last look, let me just point out that this gold vase might just be the deal of the century!  I found it online, but when I went to pick it up in the store I was shocked at how big and nice it was for the price.  I can already think of about 4 places that I want to use this one.

Look #3 goes all out!  I couldn't resist pulling it some blue and white.  It doesn't match, but it goes with the rug.  You all know I can't resist mixing patterns, and I think this mix gives a playful and more casual feel to the space.

I've tucked plants everywhere I can through the winter, I'll be happy to move some outside again soon.

Thank you so much for visiting today!  I'd love to know what you think of the Entry, and what your favorite look was.   The next stop on today's tour is Stone Gable, you are going to absolutely love Yvonne's home!

Look #1
White Lamps  ||  Rug  ||  Scalloped Wood Bowl- here or here  ||  Birds- vintage  ||  Hot Pink Spray Paint  ||  Brass Planter- Craigslist  ||  Dresser Color- Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black  ||  Mirror- Craigslist with this spray paint

Look #2
White Lamps ||  Rug  ||  Gold Metal Vase  ||  Brass Planter- Craigslist  ||  Dresser Color- Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black  ||  Mirror- Craigslist with this spray paint

Look #3
White Lamps ||  Rug  ||  Similar Bust  ||  Tassel Charm  ||  Blue and White Canister- Ross  ||  Small Blue and White Vases  ||  Ginger Jar, thifted and sprayed with this  ||  Replica Staffordshire Dogs- similar  ||  Dresser Color- Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black ||  Mirror- Craigslist with this spray paint  ||  Elephant Side Table- vintage with this spray paint  ||  White Scalloped Bowl  ||  Umbrella- similar  ||  Umbrella Stand- similar here, here, or here

Don't miss these other gorgeous tours today, too!

Be sure and check back next week when the following talented bloggers each share a room decorated for spring! 

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Sometimes I have tips that I consider sharing with you, but I wonder if they would really be all that useful to anyone.  Ways that I've solved a problem, but I ask myself, "Does everyone already know this??"  So for today, I have a solution to share with you, and even if it's a lightbulb moment to a just few people, I'll consider that a success!

If you didn't know, we have 2 kitties who just turned 5 on Valentine's Day.  (You can read all about them in this guest post I did at Cuckoo 4 Design.)

Although I don't have a huge problem with them scratching on things, I do catch them occasionally stretching their claws on the corners of the sofa.  (Grrr!!)  With the tight weave of our sofa fabric, it does not get torn, but there are definitely some spots where they have left pulls in the fabric.

When preparing for guests over the holidays, I noticed that the backs of the sofas were looking a little worn.

So, using the same idea that I would with a pull in a sweater, I used a wooden skewer to gently push those pulls and snags onto the back side of the fabric.  I carefully placed the point of the skewer over the nubby pulled spot, and worked it between the cross weaves in the fabric to poke it through to the back side.  Then, I just lightly rubbed with my finger to close up the tiny hole that the tip of the skewer left when poking it through.

That's it!  Looks good as new!

Here's another spot before:

and after:

This little chore probably took 10 minutes, but made a huge difference in the appearance of my furniture.

While it might be tempting, I don't recommend just trimming the pulled thread or using something like a clothes shaver for this type of problem.  I've always worried that cutting the thread would weaken the integrity of the fabric, and over time might cause a bigger problem.  One exception, we do have an older sofa that has twill fabric that tends to build up pills in the fabric, and I have used a fabric shaver on that with beautiful results.  There, I'm not cutting any threads, just taking off the fuzz, much like you would on a sweater.

If you have kitties (or pups!) that like to scratch on the furniture too, I hope this is a helpful tip for you.  Even if you don't, I know that I've pulled the fabric at times by catching it on a piece of jewelry or maybe a rough spot on my clothing that causes a pull, so this method would work well for those problems too.

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I have a new category of posts I'll be sharing from time to time... Dimple Worthy Delights!  These will be some of my favorite things that I want to share with you.  They bring a smile to my face, and I hope they will to yours as well!  We'll kick things off today with a fashion spin, my current favorite blouses.

I own all of these exact blouses so I can highly recommend each one annnnd, they're all ON SALE right now!!  I basically wear these year round.  I layer them with sweaters or jackets in the winter, and cuff the sleeves up in the summer.  They are all classic, staple pieces in my wardrobe and I have really received a bang for my buck with them.

My Hi-Lo shirt is in a different color, but I love it so much I want to get this white one also.  Love wearing it with leggings, boots, and a long sweater right now, and it will be perfect with white skinnies and wedges when it warms up.  It's the shirt I wore when we visited The Mercantile!  I also plan to wear this as a cover-up at the pool this summer.

Hi-Lo Striped Shirt

This popover is super versatile, and easy to wear alone or mix and match with almost any type of layer on top.  It would be super cute with a pencil skirt for church, too.  I wore it when I visited Pam last summer.

I got this blouse at the end of last Fall, so I've only worn it a few times through the Winter but I get tons of compliments on it every time I wear it, and I'm looking forward to it being a workhorse this Spring and Summer.  I believe that this scale of gingham fabric was discontinued, but it is available in the same pattern that's a slightly larger scale now, as well as several other colors as well.  

Black and White Gingham Carolina Top
(red purse ||  earrings  ||  booties ($32!)  ||  pants no longer available)

I just wore this shirt yesterday layered with a tunic sweater, and it looks great with the super popular field jacket, too (good ones here or here).  I wish I had one in every color!  (It's navy but hard to tell in the photo.)

I wear this shirt at least once a week, if not more.  Love it with white jeans, shorts, black jeans, a pencil skirt, or knotted at the waist over a full skirt.  

Here are a few blouses that I have my eye on to add into the mix.  If anyone has one of these I'd love to know what you think about it in the comments!

The ruffled bell sleeves on this top make me smile, and it buttons up the back!! SO cute!

I would have to try this ruffled hem t-shirt on to see if the hem length works for me, but it's a darling possiblity.  There are several different colors available as well.  It would be cute with distressed or white denim, shorts and sandals, or even with a fitted pencil skirt. (THESE white jeans are awesome... thick with the perfect amount of stretch... and yes, order down one size.)

I'm pretty sure I would wear this popover tunic at least once a week, too!

This little cutie would be great all summer long.

(Are you noticing a theme that I like a variety of denim shirts in an assortment of styles?)

I've been waiting for it to go on sale, and I just ordered this long sleeve tee in a few different colors earlier this week.  At this amazing price, I hope I love it as much when it arrives (but you've gotta love the free shipping and free returns just in case!).

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I shared some good estate sale finds that I came across last month with you recently.  One thing that I didn't mention was this decorating book from Southern Living, copyright dated 1990.  I picked it up because I'm always looking for larger size books to fill my shelves, and it's a bonus if it's a decorating book!

Many of the features in this book are every bit as beautiful and in-style today as they were when it came out, and I thought you might want to take a peek at it's pages with me.

Let's start with a couple of exteriors from the book.  This front exterior is just as perfect today as it was almost 30 years ago when this book was published.  I would just add two boxwood topiaries flanking the door and ooh la la!!

Some day I WILL have a front door with a lion's head door knocker on it!  Love the brass kickplates too.  We desperately need a new front door and these two are heavily inspiring me. How I would love to work in a double door!

The ferns in the chippendale planters (I have the exact ones in black), the chippendale style furniture and the big hanging lantern would be right at home today on any chic porch or patio.

Moving on to some interiors in the book, beginning with living areas.  This mantel graces the cover of the book, and I was struck at how easily I could recreate it with things I already have.  I'm keeping this one as inspiration for this Fall.

Can you guess what caught my eye in this living room?  Lots of blue and white!  It's so light and bright, and the eclectic mix of furniture with the contrast of the wood table is nice.  Now that I look closer, I think that's natural wood planking on the wall, too!  Too bad it's not horizontal, it would be shiplap before it's time!  ;)  Not really, I guess shiplap has been around for ages, but there's definitely a resurgence in it's popularity. #thanksfixerupper

The mom and daughter are completely cracking me up, but those beautiful accent chairs and the vintage rug make this space special.  I also like the classic wing chairs, which appear to be slipcovered, flanking the fireplace.

More blue and white (and I spot gingham, too)!  I also have a soft spot for the antlers, which I have in my own home.  I've heard debate recently that antlers are out... but I think they definitely fit in the timeless category.

For some reason, the first thought that came into my head when I saw this space was that it looked like a room that Emily Henderson would decorate.  It's eclectic and funky just like her designs, and I wish it was my vacation home in the mountains.  And honestly, if I didn't know better, I think it could be in a decorating magazine on the rack in the grocery store today!

I've admitted that I'm a sucker for an ornate gold frame... always, always in style, even if you put a chalkboard in it!  And again, the wing backs flanking the fireplace... love.

Other than maybe a new fabric on the sofa and new drapes, I don't see much I would change about this gorgeous library today.  Did you spot the crystal chandelier and peacock fireplace screen?  I'm a fan.  

This dining room is SO pretty.  Wallpaper and murals are back in a big way.  The furniture is gorgeous, although I would probably relocate a piece or two to break up the matchy-matchy.

This antique display cabinet and a peek of an oriental rug?  Gorgeous.

I would not change one thing in this space, I'm mesmerized by the pink walls, white trim, and blue and white combo!

I will say that the kitchens and bathrooms in the book were pretty dated compared to today's standards, but that's not too surprising.

So, in my opinion, the design elements that are clearly timeless according to these photos are:

*Blue and White Porcelain (yay!)
*Oriental Rugs
*Crystal Chandeliers
*Antique Furniture
*Furniture with classic lines and pairs of chairs
*Brass (yay again!)
*Color (triple yay!)

If you'd like to see more, I found the exact book here if you want to add it to your collection.

And, here are several current Southern Living decorating books that I'd love to get my hands on to pore over as well.  I wonder how many of these pages will stand the test of time in 30 years!

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Vintage Peacock Fireplace Screens here

What elements do you think are timeless in design?

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