Monday, October 13, 2014

Decorating Challenges

Sometimes we have a BEAUTIFUL piece of furniture that does not lend itself to sharing its space with other beautiful pieces.  Today's post is specifically about that subject.

Because a better part of my home is filled with dark wood and because we presently seem to live in a time where trends are light and bright and white, I do succumb to wanting my interior not to get swallowed up by a dark abyss of beautiful wood.  

The specific piece of furniture I am discussing in this post is a massive MAHOGANY BOOKCASE.

I have already removed the shelves on the right side in this picture.

This piece, as much as it looks at home in this space, did not come with the house.  It was a craigslist find and was originally a built-in in someone else's home.  The mahogany matches all of the mahogany in our main hallway and looks as if it were built for the space.

The challenge is because it is so large and because it has glass leaded doors, it is tough to see what is displayed on the shelves.  Another challenge is making sure this space does not look too dark.

My solution came from a friend who was over one day listening to my woes about the piece.  Her suggestion was to do what was done years ago when many of these cases were made.  Line the back with linen sized to fit on tension rods.  I loved the idea because I like the look of gathered fabric and the idea of adding texture and light.  Not to mention it was an easy, inexpensive fix.  ALSO-it is not permanent.

This was a project I tackled myself and found great satisfaction in doing.  I could not be happier with the results!  This accomplished everything I was hoping to.

Photo Bomb

Long way to go with styling it but all in due time...

I think I am going to do the same with another one of my favorite pieces.  Right now it is lined with a nice paper, but I think I will replace it with fabric.

I hope this idea may have helped a few people facing a similar decor challenge.  Give it a try


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Arrangements

I'm hosting a couple of PARTIES at my house over the next few weeks.  This is one of my all time favorite things to do, entertain.  I love the planning...researching recipes, creating the Menu, envisioning how I will display all of the food and decor to go along with it.  For me the prep is just as fun as the actual get together.

I started looking at FALL ARRANGEMENTS last night and thought I would post some of my Pinterest finds because they are just too gorgeous not to share.  The end of the post has pics of arrangements from my home.

Be forewarned, this is a very PICTURE HEAVY post!

BE creative!

Blue and white makes orange POP!
I love mixing these colors this time of year.

One of my all time favorite styles, FARMHOUSE.
Love the low profile of this arrangement. 

LAYERS--by simply adding a silver platter this arrangement goes from pretty to gorgeous!

Once again, nothing like farmhouse style to make a home feel warm & inviting.
The addition of feathers adds texture and brings the OUTDOORS in.

Refined & ELEGANT

One of my all time FAVORITES

The remaining are my arrangements so far this fall...

Don't forget you can take a wreath and use it as a CENTERPIECE.  This wreath has
spent many a year hanging on a door in the fall but this year I wanted something
beefy on my dining room table.  Fill it with something seasonal and you end up
with a brand new centerpiece without spending a dime.

VELVET pumpkins are a favorite of mine.

My back porch is so cozy, I try to keep the decor warm and inviting as this is how most people access the house.

Hope you enjoyed this post and more importantly, I hope you leave with some great ideas for yourself.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Very Unique Gift

Everyone has one or two people on their Christmas list that stumps them when it comes to gift ideas.  Either they seem to have everything or you just don't want to get them that same old scarf or pair of gloves.   Well this post might help.  

If you know a woman who is feminine, enjoys being unique and loves to accessorize then check out these gorgeous bracelets I found via Etsy.  The creators are Stay Gold Mary Rose.

Guess what they are made from?  Reclaimed tea cups!

For the lover of blue and white

Each one is different

I ordered myself one about a year and half ago and love it.

It arrived in this adorable hand stamped box

The bracelet is nestled right in there.

They all come with a bow, I actually did not keep mine on.

So for that difficult person this year, give one of these a go.  Stay Gold Mary Rose.

(This post has not been sponsored by Stay Gold Mary Rose, I just happen to think it is a great gift idea.)

Let me know what you think...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall Hostess Gift Revisited

Last year at this time I created a post on how to create a really simple fall hostess gift made from grocery store pumpkins and grocery store florals.

I received so many emails thanking me.  I thought I would share the link for anyone that did not see it back then.

Here is a pic of the arrangement I made today to bring to a dinner party later in the day.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In the Kitchen with Lisa...Quick Homemade Vegetable Soup

 My view for most of today.  I am parked out on the couch feeling under the weather.  This is my favorite room to relax in so I'm curled up with my laptop, lots of tea and a warm wool blanket.  
 Lunch is just around the corner and I am craving hot soup.  Work with what you have is my motto on days like today.

So here is a super easy way to make a satisfying healthy soup with what is hanging out in the fridge.

Gather your ingredients.  In my case it was 100% tomato juice & beef stock - that will be my base.  Gather whatever veggies you have on hand.

Interesting combo of pre-cut veggies from Trader Joe's.  I'm all about pre-cut veggies these days.


The only vegetable I chopped was my zucchini

I tossed in 2 big handfuls of baby spinach, no need to chop

I have been using a lot of different flavored salts all summer and suggest if you haven't tried them, you need to!  In this case I am using a rosemary infused salt.

I wanted a hint of garlic in this soup.  Smash it, mince it, throw it in!

Toss all ingredients into a pot, season with your favorite herbs & spices, let it simmer and fill your house with a wonderful savory aroma.

Add some finishing touches...  drizzle with some olive oil, sprinkle with some parmesan and serve with a cauliflower biscuit!
There you have it, a healthy veggie soup for a chilly fall day.
Now get creative yourself and have fun in your kitchen.


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