Monday, November 23, 2015

Affordable Lighting from ParrotUncle

Decorating your home with light fixtures can be a challenging task. With so many options out there, you can often become indecisive and settle for something that you aren't in love with. ParrotUncle, an online lighting company, specializes in light fixtures that can liven your home. With a vast range of afffordable lamps, vintage industrial lighting, wall lights and even outdoor lighting, you are destined to find fixtures that are both beautiful and in your budget. 

ParrotUncle hanging lights provides you with so many choices, that it can be hard to only pick one or two. If you want a head start, I have picked five of my favorite light fixtures that are timeless and unique. 

1.Two Lights Modern Style Wooden Floor Lamp in Street Lamp Shape 2.Modern Style Electric Torch Shade Wooden Pendant Light 3. Two Lights Vintage Industrial Style Iron Grapefruit-like Shade Wall Sconce 4. 10 1/4" Modern Brass Copper Pendant Light with White Glass Shade 5.Creative Modern Style Wooden Floor Lamp with Branch Shape Pole

Neutral lights are a great start for a beginner looking for fixtures or someone who wants to keep it simple. They can easily tie into a room without clashing while still being an amazing piece that makes a statement. If these are not your style, ParrotUncle has a plethora of other fixtures that will fit your desires. 

*ParrotUncle offers FREE international shipping and returns on all orders over $50. All products are between 20% and 50% off. The Big Holidays Sale will last until December 25, 2015.

**This post was sponsored by ParrotUncle.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas from UncommonGoods

It's officially the season of giving and I cannot be more excited. Finding the perfect gift is a fun adventure that involves a lot of care and thought of the other person in mind.

Today, I’m happy to share with you some fabulous gift ideas from the online shop UncommonGoods.

UncommonGoods was created in 1999 to offer consumers original designs by independent makers. Products that express individuality and creativity, while also making a positive impact on people and the planet.

UncommonGoods has gifts for every type of loved one, from book lovers to mini chefs to the sports fanatic.

Since I know a lot of people who enjoy quirky conversation starters in their home, I picked ten original gifts that are eccentric and range in style. Having that unique piece incorporated in with your usual decor makes for a fun addition that will surely turn heads.

 With so much variety, you're bound to find a special item to gift this holiday season.

Prices have a wide range, making your options endless. 

If you are indecisive this year for what to give your loved ones, let UncommonGoods help you make the right choice. 

*This post was sponsored by Uncommon Goods. The featured items are all gifts I would personally recommend.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Christmas Wreath Trio

This post is #sponsored by The Home Deopt.

Though Christmas is a month away, my family and I are already feeling the jolly spirit.  Christmas lists are being made, holiday movies start playing and the weather is cooling down quickly.  With the most anticipated holiday of the year just around the corner, what better way to prepare than with decorating wreaths for the season?

This year, I decided to supersize my favorite Christmas candy; the classic red-and-white peppermint, and make it the centerpiece for three wreaths from Home Depot.  Though the peppermints are not edible, they sure look good enough to eat!  This was a fun DIY project to complete with the family and a whimsical way to welcome the merry season.  Whether you keep it simple or do something extravagant, have fun and celebrate your creations.  

DIY Christmas Wreath Trio Project Guide

Cinnamon Scented Pine Cones- purchased in store

Mohawk Home Coir Door Mat- purchased in store

Leather Bell Door Hanger

Silk Poinsettia- purchased in store

The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.

There are three types of Workshops offered - Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.

Customers can learn how to build decor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.

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Visit the DIY Workshop registration page: here, to learn more.

Now grab a cup of coffee and check out the other versions of the Christmas Wreath Trio from my friends around blogland-

*This project and tutorial were made possible through a partnership with the Home Depot. All opinions expressed and experiences are my own words.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Natural Thanksgiving Table Setting

I am extremely excited for this year's Thanksgiving.
The weather is cool enough for a warm gathering around the dinner table, I have begun preparing the menu and a few friends are joining in the feast for the first time.

Since our holiday dinners are usually shared with my small family, decorations were always kept simple for the table.

A set table with fancy silverware and a few lit candles was my go-to for the previous years.

However, since I am opening my house for more guests, I wanted to do something different yet affordable.

Because my dining room has neutral tones already, I went with a theme that wouldn't clash or be an eyesore.  So, as a foundation, I went for a patterned paper table runner and worked my way up.

Since the colors in the table runner are very simple, I used different shades of green in my accents.  I found two beautiful sage green pumpkins at my local farmer's market which went perfectly with my fresh hydrangea centerpiece and greenery.

Adding a few white pumpkins and candles to the center of the table completed the dinner table and made for an elegant display.

Branching out with style this Thanksgiving was a great idea and I'm sure my guests will enjoy the look.

Working on the table setting beforehand minimizes the infamous Thanksgiving morning rush and I can focus on other things like preparing the meal.

I hope all of you can be inspired and I wish you a very happy holiday!

Table Decor Source List:
Candle Holders- Thrift Store
Candles- Target
Flower Vase- Home Goods
Patterned Paper Table Runner- Hester and Cook
Flowers and Greenery- Kroger Grocery Store
Pumpkins- Farmer's Market and Etsy

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A New Front Door Color

I gave my front door a subtle makeover.  I have to admit, the difference in color is barely noticeable.

But truthfully, I didn't love the old color.  It was leftover paint from our bedroom.  The color looks much darker on our walls, which I love.

 So I selected a darker color, Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball(matched to Sherwin Williams paint).

I was in love after the first coat!

The color looks so good next to the bright white trim.  Glidden, White on White is my favorite white paint to use in our house.  It's clean and bright and the color is consistent in shade or sun.
A clean door mat, healthy plants and a few pumpkins give my porch a warm welcome.

 I'm happy that I didn't have to spend a lot to give my house some curb appeal.

 I'm absolutely happy with the new color.  I love it even more every time I pull up to the house.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A New Rug for the Family Room

I found a new area rug for our family room last week.  The style and design are perfect.  I really love the texture it adds to the space. 

 I love natural fiber rugs so much that I have them in most of the rooms in my house.  They're really low maintenance and I love the way they look over our flooring.

I purchased the old rug at Ross for less than $40.  It was a good one, it lasted for years.  Then my daughter's friend accidentally smashed a red velvet brownie on it.  I cleaned it as much as I could, but the stains were still there.  There will be no more red velvet brownies in this room. Ever!

 So a 6x9 rug for under $100 makes me really happy!

Link to rug can be found here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Simple Fall Decorating

Out of all the seasons, autumn may be my favorite. Not only is the weather cooling down (finally making the annoying mosquitoes go away), but fall foliage makes for the best scenery. Something about the gradual turning of the green leaves excites me for the cooler season.

I love shopping at my local farmer's market for fresh produce and fall treats.

To welcome autumn, I introduced a collection of warm accents into my home. From deeper toned flowers to cozy knits, every room has at least one fall piece that brings everything together.

Pies, warm dinner rolls and caramel apples are favorite fall treats. This season, I've been delving into different recipes to keep warm. Keeping it simple makes for a foolproof dessert that everyone will enjoy.

As the seasons change, the decor on my entry shelf changes too.  Little changes can be so fun!  Mini pumpkins and mums are great fall decorations.

The colder seasons motivate me to think outside the box and try different ideas. To keep it simple, I played with neutral tones and textures that meshed seamlessly with what I already had.

Adding flowers and evergreens on both the porch and deck provided color as everything else begins to turn brown and leafless.

The season of autumn is the season of new things and exploring. With the holidays around the corner, I am motivated to try different things and put a twist on the classic fall home decor. Even starting small, like using white pumpkins instead or orange ones, makes a big statement in decorating your home. I love what this season is becoming and I cannot wait to experience the rest of what this year has to bring. 

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