October 2016 - Dimples and Tangles


Hey friends!  I took a little un-intended break for a while, so I'm so glad you're here today.  We took a few days off for Fall Break last weekend, and this past week I just needed a bit of space away from the online world.  But, I'm back in gear and ready to share some good things with you this week (come back tomorrow for this month's My Five Favorites!).

The kids were out of school for a few days a week and a half ago, so we took a quick road trip to the Ozarks and spent some time at Silver Dollar City and around Branson.  It's SUCH a good trip to do in the Fall, everything is beautiful and the weather is so nice.

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I've shared my Fall decorations around the house and on the patio with you all, but I'm just now getting around to decking the front porch out for the season.



Hey you all!  As much as I love posting and following friends on Instagram, I realize that many of you don't use it.  Or, even if you're on IG, you might miss posts when IG is deciding what will show up in your feed (boo-I know I miss lots of posts this way too!).  So, I thought I'd give you a peek of what goes up over on my Instagram feed here on the blog occasionally.  Today, here's the highlight reel of our past few months...

One evening while in the area we stopped by the new Wheeler District in OKC.  It houses a ferris wheel and picnic and game areas, providing a fun spot for friends and family to hang out.  We just checked everything out and are looking forward to returning soon to spend a little more time there.

After last year's holiday season, rather than trashing a poinsettia that was past it's prime I stuck it in the window in my bathroom, then moved it to a shady spot on the patio when the weather warmed up. Other than occasionally watering it, I've totally ignored it.  I was shocked at how well it's rebounded!  Commenters on my IG post said that putting it in a dark closet for a few days will bring back the red leaves.

My son is playing the quads in band this year, and we've been in the thick of marching season.  Any band families know what a work-out and major commitment it is, but he truly loves it!

 Just a little preview for my Fall Home Tour, this spot got re-arranged for the actual tour photos. My sister spotted that cute little pair or brass deer for me at an estate sale, they're a perfect match to my big ones.

New hairdo... first time ever to have it colored!  It's been a month and I'm still surprised every time I look in the mirror.

Another project sneak peek that I posted, this time for my Fall Harvest tablescape.  Everyone went nuts over those cute squirrels. (Ha, get it?)

And, this is what happens when you leave food out overnight around our house...  some critter did some major late night snacking!  The crazy thing is that I had that table set up for days while I worked on it and prepared to photograph it, and every night I knew I needed to bring the peanuts in.  I did, and moved all the chairs away from the table so nothing could get up there.  The ONE night I forgot, they took advantage.  Thankfully I had just finished the shoot! That platter was full of all the s'mores ingredients that were shown in my patio tour, there were about 2 shreds of a Hershey's wrapper left and that was it!

We were able to attend Live with Kelly while we were in NYC.  We had one little subway mishap on our way there, so we arrived later than we wanted to and ended up in the back of the line, getting us a seat in the very top corner of the balcony, but we had a blast!  We got to see Samuel L. Jackson, Mandy Moore, and Oklahoman Kristin Chenoweth that day.  It's always fun to see places you always see on tv in real life, they're always different than the perception.  (Side note: Have you seen the new series "This is Us" on NBC that Mandy Moore is starring in?  I'm liking it so far, such an interesting story line.)

A pretty fall table in the Crate & Barrel store in Soho.  All of the Stylemaker attendees received a gift card to the store, and it's a little hard to see here, but I chose one of the awesome gold candleholders in the centerpiece.  It just arrived last week and I love it, you'll get a better look at it here soon.

Just documenting a mid-week date night!  It was for a work dinner so we were with hundreds of people the whole evening, but a fun chance to get out none the less.

Last weekend I attended a retreat for Minister's Wives that the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma puts together.  The theme this year was mentoring and Esther Burroughs was our keynote speaker.  If you're familiar with her, you know what a treat that was!  We had several guest speakers as well, one being the ladies of The Wild Mother, a local floral arranging business.  They shared lots of floral tips (especially for working with grocery store flowers) and created this beautiful arrangement as they talked.  I took lots of notes to share with you and am planning to try my hand at my own arrangement in the next few weeks, I'll let you know what I come up with.

Here's my most liked photo on IG in the past few months.  I posted it quickly at a random time while we were heading to stand in the crowd at the Today Show in NYC, and was surprised that it got such a huge response.  I think you all like my "new" bamboo console table as much as I do!

I hope you enjoyed these little snaps of life that don't make it to the blog.  If you're NOT on Instagram yet, I certainly would love to see you there sometime!

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8 pumpkin decorating ideas, and there's not a carved one in the bunch!

this one from A Subtle Revelry

Check out how my darling friend Lindsay turned her shed into a charming screened porch.  I don't think you could pry me out of there on these gorgeous Fall days!

Tis the season... my family always gobbles up this pumpkin bread, it's great to have on hand for breakfast and after school snacks.

A home tour full of eye candy that's not short on color...

I still occasionally get asked about what I used to make the little chalk holder for our chalk wall that we had once upon a time.  It's this one, I sprayed it gold along with some small screws and just screwed it into the wall.  If you want to use it on a regular chalk board, just use a few drops of hot glue and it should hold like a charm!

You all know I love to set a table, here's 15 ideas for a pretty Fall table (with a good variety of ideas).

9 fairly quick and easy things you can do to update and fluff your space this weekend...

Have a great weekend, friends.  What are you up to?  I'm finally getting around to decorating my front porch for Fall, I'll share on the blog this week!

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About a year and a half ago I posted 10 great lamps from a surprising source-Walmart-and I was surprised with what a great response the post received!  So, I thought it might be time to revisit what Walmart has to offer.  Once again, I found 10 stylish options, all under $60 each!

In selecting lamps to share with you, I stuck with choosing pretty neutral colors, a good white lamp looks pretty anywhere!  *Be sure to check measurements if there's one you're interested in.  Most of these are table lamp size, but a few are smaller.  Several of these are sold in pairs, but when you divide the cost each lamp is still within the price range.

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Boy, are we on the down hill slide to the end of the year, or what?  How does time keep moving faster and faster?  In case any posts rolled by in a blur, here's the highlight reel of the past couple of months.

We are having so much fun with the My Five Favorites series each month.  Recently, I shared my favorite ways to use mixed metals

and my favorite DIY artwork projects.

shopped the house and got 2 new looks for both of the dining areas in our home without making any new purchases!

Have you seen the newer designs of pillows covers at Hobby Lobby?  I sat in the aisle and took lots of pictures to share, there's some great ones for Fall!

I showed you how to recover an upholstered bench or chair seat (it's so easy!)

and used a fun stencil design to create this DIY monogrammed door mat.

At a reader's suggestion, I've started regularly posting on Saturdays.  This series is called Sweet Saturday (because aren't they???) and I share things from around the web that I think you'll enjoy, as well as occasional project flashbacks, updates and sneak peeks.  (See all Saturday posts here)

My favorite new Kate Spade fabrics

After a makeover almost 5 years ago, our laundry room desperately needed some organization

and I showed you how I tackled one of my toughest decorating problems and disguised the litter box.

We did some traveling towards the end of summer and I shared our family trip to Red River and a trip I took to the Haven Conference in Atlanta.

Speaking of being away, a few of my friends from Southern Hospitality and Casa Watkins Living filled in for me when we were gone and shared their Favorite Five projects with you.  Be sure to stop by and get to know them if you haven't!

In August we celebrated 5 years of Dimples and Tangles!  You all have been and continue to be the most encouraging and supportive readers around!

With our new patio, I was so excited to set up this Fall harvest table (and reminded that I can't forget and leave food out overnight!)

After a long dry spell, I came across this bamboo console table craigslist score.

Finally, it's actually feeling like Fall in our area.  If you're just now getting around to decorating for the seasons, I shared some simple ideas in my Fall Home Tours. Part 1 covers our living areas and kitchen,

and Part 2 covers some of those areas switched up a bit (with the bamboo table makeover) as well as our patio decked out for Fall.

As always, thanks for following along, these last three months of the year will be fun as we ramp up for the holidays!

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A beautiful home that my friend designed and decorated.  She's a designer for our local OKC Ethan Allen store if you're in the area and looking for design help.

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Most of you know that my husband and I spent last week in New York City.  We went so that I could attend the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker event, and added several days to our trip to have some extra time for ourselves to enjoy the city.  I'm going to break the trip down into 3 bite-sized posts rather than having one big whopper, so today is all about where we stayed and ate.

Let me preface this by saying that we're not very fussy travelers and don't particularly care about ultra-hip or "cool" places to stay or eat, we just want a clean room and good food that won't break the bank- I'd rather spend my money on pillows! ;)   We had a pretty good mix of price ranges in the places we ate, but overall I was surprised about how reasonable most of the places we ate were...not much different than home.  These suggestions don't even scratch the surface of the countless restaurants available, this is just where we landed for meals.



Well, we're back in a routine from our whirlwind trip to NYC for the BHG Stylemaker event.  I'll be sharing more about that soon.  While we were gone, the remainder of my Fall tour was on the blog.   I stayed pretty unplugged last week other than sharing social media updates on our trip, but I wanted to thank you all so much for all of your nice comments on the tour, I'm so glad you enjoyed it and maybe got an idea or two!

Today it's time for another round of My Five Favorites with Pam from Simple Details, Lisa from Shine Your Light, and Kris from Driven by Decor.  This month, in light of the approaching holiday season, we are sharing our favorite tabletop and serving accessories.  I want to share those items with you that I go to over and over again as I set pretty tables, so that you might add a little to your collection each season and be well stocked with the staples when you're ready to entertain (or just make a special effort for your family!).  I've included some affiliate links to the same or similar products if you're interested in checking out some of the items pictured.

We are thrilled to have Kelley from Kelley Nan as our guest host today.  When we confirmed this month's theme, I knew right away that Kelley just had to be our guest host...she decks out a table like no one else (check out her entire section of tablescapes here)!   Kelley has such an elegant style, yet puts together tables that are completely attainable with a little bit of gathering and thought put into the process.

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