February 2020 - Dimples and Tangles


Last Fall my son moved away to college, and while we welcome him home with open arms every chance we get, his room is now unoccupied most of the time.  Since we don't have a ton of square footage in our home, we like to try to make the best use of every space. So, we decided that while his room will still be "his" and ready for him any time he's home, we also wanted to tweak it just a bit to make it more useful for the rest of the family too during the majority of the year when he's not here.  Enter a happy excuse to refresh his room!  I'm so happy to once again partner with At Home Stores to spread the word about their Rug and Furniture Event going on now.  While we're not completely starting over in the room, I found 3 key pieces from At Home that really got the design ball rolling for a few updates to make the space function better for our family- a rug, a key piece of furniture, and great lighting. 

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vintage style area rug, wood plank wall, At Home Stores, Kayson Chair, Caprice Rug

For my long time readers, you might remember his room looking like this.  In reality, that was well over 4 years ago, and he decided around that time that he wanted to have a twin loft bed instead of the centered full bed that was there so that he could gain more floor space back in his room (it's really small).  So, we built a loft bed (briefly shown here) and he loved it, but the room was never really pulled together again- for blog photos, at least ;).   I let him pretty much do his own thing in there without any direction from me, he kept out and displayed whatever he wanted to and hung whatever was meaningful to him on his walls.  Not that his room wasn't meaningful to him before, but I just never "styled it" through his High School years.  

So, as he moved on to college, it was time to streamline the room and get it somewhat back into order.  When planning a refresh, I made a conscious effort to keep in mind who my "client" was.  Although we're transitioning it to be more multi-purpose since he's away, it's still his room when he's home and I want him to be comfortable there. At the same time, I wanted it to be stylish enough and inviting for the rest of the family to use when he's gone as a quiet space to read, work, or study.  I envisioned keeping his bed along one side of the room, but also creating a cozy reading or study corner on the other side of the room. 

Since At Home's furniture selection has such a variety of styles and colors at reasonable prices, I was able to find the perfect chair that fits the new design of the room yet is still masculine enough for a young adult guy.  Previously, the only place he had to sit was on his bed, so I wanted to bring in a more comfortable club chair for another seating option, although I knew it had to be a smaller scale for his small room.  The modern styling of this chair was just right, and knowing they would fit right in I fell right away for the stripes!  I also found a super affordable Black Task Floor Lamp for just the right amount of extra light in the reading corner without taking up a lot of floor space or needing an extra side table to set a lamp on. 

blue and white striped chair, modern club chair, At Home Stores, reading nook, snake plant

modern sloped arm chair, reading nook club chair, wood plank wall, snake plant

I also knew I wanted to use a rug to cover the plain brown carpet- yes, you can layer a rug over carpet!   Such an easy solution if your carpet is stained, worn, or dated yet replacing it isn't in the budget just yet.  My goal was to get the biggest rug that would fit in the space since a rug is such a great opportunity to add color, pattern, and texture to any room.  I found several great options from At Home that complemented my design but zeroed in on the perfect softest, most luxurious feeling one with a beautiful pattern and colors that was a perfect fit for my budget. 

budget area rug, blue and white rug, vintage style rug

The variation of blues, grays, and tans were just right for the color palette I wanted in his room.  I knew that with this rug as a base I could mix in even more colors and patterns into the design and just about anything would still work with it. 

Cat Studio Oklahoma Pillow, upholstered headboard, vintage bank, fence plank wall

We gathered some sentimental pieces to display- a ball he caught during practice at a Texas Rangers game, his great-grandfather's old fishing lures, and some of his souvenir patches on the wall.    

The antlers that used to hang in the living room are now in here, as well as a collection of mountain/outdoor art that has inspired my design direction for this vintage, camp-y, lodge-y, plaid, rustic room!  I also switched out the curtains to an old pair of khaki buffalo check panels that hung in our living room years ago, I'm loving them mixed in with the pattern on the rug and stripes on the chair.

At Home Stores, Blue and White Striped Chair, mountain painting artwork, wood fence plank wall, antlers mount, vintage paint by number picture

I am so pleased with the changes we've made in this room but stay tuned, because this is actually just phase 1 of the makeover!  In mid-March I'll be joining some friends for a quick "Choose Your Own Adventure" Makeover blog hop where I'll be working on a new (vintage) piece of furniture on the other side of the room, a few other bedding and accessory updates, and I'm frantically searching for a vintage small scale campaign desk to double as a nightstand. 

Thank you to At Home for sponsoring this post.  I've enjoyed shopping with them since I was a little girl and am so happy to be asked to work with them now.  At Home does not offer online shopping at this time, but click here to find an At Home store near you and check product inventories at your local store.  To be the first to know about new markdowns, hot deals, and sign up for the At Home Insider Perks program (I love the feature where they save your receipts!!), visit At Home Insider Perks. 

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Last week we had a women's event at our church where ladies were invited to decorate and host a table.  It was so fun to see the variety and creativity of them all!  I tried to photograph them all but ran out of time and got distracted visiting, but did manage to capture 20 pretty ideas if you're decorating for a banquet or event and need some inspiration!  I know that many of you decorate for events at your church as well, so I like to share these when I can. 

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First up, here was my table.  It's pretty obvious I just walked around my house and gathered all of my favorite things!  ;)  I took my photos before the wall was pulled to open up the rest of the room, and I didn't have my cake yet.  Also forgot coffee cups so I added some blue willow mugs later.

I monogrammed some new napkins, you'll be seeing these again!  I also set a little favor bag of green M&M's at each place tied with a printed tag of the event logo.

Shop my tabletop here:

This was an afternoon event with Nothing Bundt Cakes and Tea/Coffee for our refreshments so there wasn't a lot of food to fuss with.  Each hostess was asked to bring a cake stand and server for the cake for her table, and clear plastic plates were provided to serve the cake and set on top of the table place setting if she didn't want to use the table setting plates. 

Here are the rest of the beautiful tables!  I'm not going to comment much unless there's a particular detail I don't want you to miss, just enjoy taking them all in. 

This was such a fresh color scheme, and the design was done by a sweet 20 year old girl!

She cut and hand painted these 2x4s to make stands for the candles- love that idea!

Love that this hostess provided darling disposable coffee cups- great idea!  

This Oklahoma/Western table was so colorful and unique!

Our church purchased a set of black and white gingham tablecloths for some variety from the usual black, so you'll see several used in these photos.  The pattern goes with so many different designs and color schemes!  These are the ones that we bought for the church and I have a set as well- highly recommend for easy no-iron, stain resistant wash and wear!

Our event was right before Valentine's Day so there were several holiday themed tables-

How cute are these rose folded napkins in each glass?  I believe she tie dyed them as well.

This turquoise + pink + leopard combo was eye catching!

Loved my friend Carrie's sweet table (check out her gorgeous kitchen remodel!)-

My friend Denise used the gingham mixed in for Valentine's- my fave combo for the holiday!

This table was done by our church's seamstress/monogrammer extraordinaire... each of those placemats is completely appliqued/monogrammed and she even made slipcovers for the chair backs with stitched designs on them!

I love seeing collections as a centerpiece-

This was a paper heart doily wrapped around the flatware, such a cute idea.

I wish I had photographed all of tables, they were each so unique!  Hope these get your thinking cap in gear if you have an upcoming event to decorate for, or maybe just a special family dinner coming up!  I've got a 15 table event on the horizon and I'm stumped but the wheels are turning... 

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and while I don't do full blown decorations for the holiday I like to focus on decorating just one or two spots around the house.  Last weekend I finished putting together my Valentine's Day porch and mantel decorations.  Some things are similar to what I did last year but I switched around and added in some new pieces too. 

Valentine's Day decorating ideas, heart garland, dollar tree crafts, easy holiday craft

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