This is my Fall/Thanksgiving tablescape this year. I actually had this same table setting out for September (changed to my Halloween one) and now it’s back so I’m posting about it.
So there is my table. Let’s talk about the details! The place mats, bronze napkin rings and matching orange and tan napkins I already had from previous years and all were purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond.The leaf place card holders were FREE! I went to a shower and they were the party favors on the table and thankfully 4 of the ladies left theirs behind so I took them home. I don’t have a full set of 6 though unfortunately but I just leave the chair by the doorwall without one and no one seems to notice. Some of them have a bit of green, yellow or orange. Here is a close up of one of them.
I know, I know. I need to actually put name cards in them lol. I’ll get around to it. One day. Eventually. Maybe….
So what’s NEW this year??
These GORGEOUS real carved wood charger plates are new. They were purchased at Pier One this season and they were NOT cheap. However, I’ve been wanting some chargers like this for awhile now and these were AH-MAAZ-ING so I gave in. To save myself some money I only bought 4 of them and opted to do the captains chairs a little different. I also think it’s just fun to change up the captain’s chairs in any case, regardless of cost. The embossed, distressed cream plates are also from Pier One this season. I think they were $9 or $10 a piece and they’re actually on sale now. Figures. I’ve been scouring home discount stores for awhile looking for a cream, textured plate and haven’t found anything so I bought them here. I bought 6 dinner plates (rather than a whole set). I keep wondering if I should go back and get the salad plates though….Decisions, Decisions.
Oh, I forgot to mention that the green wine glasses were a wedding present (from Bed Bath & Beyond) off my registry.
These woven grass place mats I bought awhile ago from Marshall’s Home Goods and I needed something here so I thought these would do. You may l notice I doubled up on my napkins this year. I bought 6 of these mustard yellow printed leaf patterned napkins from Pier One on clearance for a dollar a piece. NICE! I’ve actually never purchased anything at Pier One before this fall’s little shopping bender. I didn’t realize they had such good clearance items. I bought some other items on clearance as well that you may see at some point and I think I will have to go in there more often.
The centerpiece I already had and I made it with flowers from Michael’s, moss, string and the wood box I bought at TJ Maxx.
Then I have this on my kitchen counter. I love my owl cookie jar 🙂
What stores have a sneaky clearance section that you love to find goodies at??
So, a few weeks ago I was headed out to buy my niece (best friend’s baby girl) a present for her first birthday party. I talked to my friend, Lisa who just happened to be in my neck of the woods going to Marshall’s Home Goods. Lisa lives about 45 minutes from me so Home Goods is about the halfway point for us and honestly I never really need an excuse to go to my fav store. So–I ditched my mall plans for Home Goods and walked out of there spending $80. Yep, that’s right. I spent $80 at a store I wasn’t even planning on going to and really had no good reason to be in there. Eh, such is life.
But while I was in there I actually ended up getting a few things I’ve been wanting for awhile. Number one is a cork board for my “command center.” I’ve decided that my entry off the garage is going to be a spot that I can collect my coupons, papers, invitations, mail, keys, calendar etc. This way I can keep my kitchen counters clear of all that garbage and have it all corralled in one place. I think this was about $17 and the black frame matched my other black accessories I already have in that space. I’ve been debating on whether or not I’m going to keep that mail holder. I rarely put mail inside of there BUT I LOVE the little hooks at the bottom and use them to hold my keys. I may make some adjustments…we shall see.
Eventually, I may put some type of a shelf under the cork board to throw my purse or bags from small shopping trips on. Or I have also considered putting hooks under there for little people coats/backpacks (when we have kids). Do you have any ideas?? I’m all ears!
My next purchase was this cute little dish. I found this little guy in the dish section of the store and I don’t really know what its intended purpose is. Maybe you put dish sponges on it, or maybe you could use it in the bathroom or on a dresser to put your jewelry on. I bought it because I’ve been looking for a cute resting station for my tea bags. I’m a SERIOUS tea drinker with at least a 10 glass a day habit lol. Up until now I’ve been using a 6 inch plate to rest my tea bags on because I didn’t want to just buy something just for the sake of having it. I wanted something I wouldn’t mind having sitting out on my counter 24/7. Plus birds remind me of my grandmother which gives me a little bit of happiness when I pass by. To make it better I think it was only $5. Not bad.
My next purchase was even more practical. I’m 5’2, #shortpeopleproblems. I frequently have to get to the top shelves of my spice cabinet and I can’t reach. So when I need to get into it I have to walk over to the kitchen table on the other side of the kitchen, drag a heavy wooden chair over to the stove, get what I need, leave the chair by the stove so when I’m done I can put the spices back and then drag the chair back over to the table. ANNOYING!!! So, I bought this! It’s only $10 and folds up really thin. I’m able to store it right under my kitchen sink so I can quickly access it next to my spice cabinet.
If you’re wondering why I have a soda box under the kitchen sink I keep it there so that when a can is empty and cleaned I can stick it back in the box to return to the store. I don’t like putting cans in bags because if there’s any residue you end up sticking your hand in a disgusting, sticky garbage bag (yuck). I guess I should have mentioned I’m in Michigan so we get 10 cents per can for returning them to the store.
Anyway, I love my cute little FUNCTIONAL accessories. What little things have you bought that have made a big difference in your life?
I went to Home Goods today to return some shelves I bought for my laundry room that didn’t work out because they were too wide and also because they were damaged when I bought them and I didn’t notice it until I got home. With the money I got for returning the two shelves I bought some new pillows and a beautiful throw for my living room.
If you saw my previous living room post you’ll see that I have some ikat print pillows on the two chairs under my picture window. Those used to be on the couch and since moving them I’ve thought my couch just looked bare. I wanted to get some pale green pillows for Spring/Summer but all of the green pillows they had were too bright for me and I wasn’t sure they would work in my room. So, I defaulted to a brownish gray color that came as a set of two, BONUS (they’re cheaper when they come in pairs) lol. And they’re the super cushy down filling that I love.
I also found a coordinating cable knit throw blanket by Nicole Miller who I adore. She makes the most beautiful home decor items. Even my silverware is Nicole Miller lol. I especially love the colors she chooses. For instance the throw isn’t the typical brown exactly. It has alot of gray in it which I think looks more modern and fresh compared to the browns with alot of yellow in them.
Try not to stare too intently at the ugly pillows in between the two printed pillows. Those actually go with a couch that my brother in law Leonard used to own and then gave to my husband who used it throughout his bachelor days and up until we moved into this house. He refuses to get rid of them and claims they’re the most comfortable pillows he’s ever laid on. I asked if I could recover them and he said no. So, one of these days I’ll have to sneak them out somehow because they have barely any filling in them and they’re UGLYYYYYYY haha. I think I need some solid pillows next with some pretty trim around the edges. I’ll be on the lookout.
I spent almost no money to decorate my kitchen for Spring and Summer.
Here is my table decor for Summer. I started with these placemats that I already had and I’m absolutely in LOVE with the colors and pattern in them. The pictures may not accurately depict their true color but they’re super soft in tone and color and shout SPRING to me. The oil rubbed bronze napkin rings I bought from Bed Bath and Beyond with a gift certificate I had from my wedding around Fall. I don’t have any other napkin rings and didn’t want to spend any money on new ones this season so I thought I’d see if they would work and I happen to think they do. The khaki colored napkins are also from Home Goods and JOY they came in a set of 6 for under $10. They actually say “Bon Appetit” in black on one side which DOES NOT work with the Spring/Summer look I was trying to acheive but no problem because I just put that facing down! Haha, hey…why not?
Now for the Captain’s Seats. The pale green rectangular placement is actually my husband’s from his bachelor days. Yes, this placemat is OVER 7 years old and is still beautiful. He only has two of them (the other two he had coordinated with the solid ones but had some ugly peaches and weird colors that I personally didn’t find appealling. I put those up for sale in our garage sale for 50 cents a peice and they didn’t sell) lol. Anyway, the pale green in his placemats actually does not MATCH my paisley placemats but it doesn’t matter. They’re all so pale in color that you would never know they don’t match unless you put them right on top of one another to compare. Besides, having a mixture of colors is what adds some interest. On the same note, the khaki of the napkins doesn’t match the paisley either and yet it all works. I found though, that the plain placemats needed a little something. So at Home Goods I found a set of two woven placemats I decided to layer over the green ones. It adds some texture and I love using natural materials when decorating my house. Natural materials typically don’t go out of style and won’t look cheap (even if they are).
My centerpiece is a rectangular vase that was a wedding present from Crate and Barrel that we filled with some limes. And the bonus is that we always have limes on hand for drinks on the patio with our neighbors 🙂 Easy, inexpensive…done and done.
I realize my table is a bit bare. Eventually I’d like to buy some pretty stoneware cream plates with a textured rim that look somewhat vintagey and maybe some vintage china or something to layer in. I’ve also had my eyes on some silver serving trays at some of my favorite flea markets but I haven’t had the money to spend on it yet. Once I buy one of those trays I plan to put it on the table, off centered and pile it high with pretty spring decor items. Until then, simple is the way I’m going.
Something I’ve recently learned from all of my friends with children is that the less items you decorate with that they can reach, the better. So, I’ve been trying to focus new purchases on wall art. I, personally, have a hard time finding wall art that I like so when I DO find it I buy it. Over my pantry doors I’ve hung this decorative, distressed wall hanging. It looks old and I find that charming, but really it would go in contemporary decor as well. And if you have a Home Goods near your house they had a TON of these at mine and they’re only $40. Bonus is that it’s HUGE so it covers a lot of wall space for not a lot of money and would go with any color scheme you happen to have in your home. Plus, it draws your eye up to the ceiling which I think makes the room feel larger.
The two smaller frames are also from Home Goods. The matting is mirror which reflects all of the light from our doorwall throughout the room. I absolutely ADORE the fact that they have French writing on them because I took French in High School and fell in love with it. Even more so, I love that it translates to “The House of the Beautiful Gardener,” as I’ve been doing a lot of work in the garden with this house and my Grandmother spent alot of time in her garden which makes me think of her. Not to mention they have birds on them which also make me think of my Grandmother (she’s no longer with me) and they make me smile.
Continuing left, I spent $6 on the small black wood floor candlestick from my neighbor Paige’s garage sale. She happened to have the same exact candle sticks as me and her large one broke and my small one broke so she was selling her small one since she no longer had the set. So it was a victory for me because that little baby retails for $40 at Hobby Lobby 🙂 Thanks Paige!
I almost always have fresh flowers in my house. Both my husband and myself make it a point to buy them which is nice. These are from Costco. I love Costco roses because they’re almost always beautiful and you get two dozen for around $16. I also frequently buy flowers from the Kroger near me. I can get three bunches of Alstromeria for $12 and Alstromeria will last around 3 weeks in a vase.
Next to my stove I’m using a large soup tureen to hold my kitchen utensils. I find the holders that are actually MEANT for kitchen utensils are too small to hold much and are usually really basic in their styling. I liked the shape and creamy color of this one (it came with a lid that I’m just storing). The opening is super wide and holds a TON of utensils. It’s from the same line that I bought the cream vase in my entry way so when I move that vase into the kitchen they coordinate.
To the left of my stove I have an antique iron candle holder that I bought at an antique store awhile ago. It’s been painted with a cream paint and some of the paint wiped away so the natural iron shows through. It’s SUPER HEAVY but gorgeous. Then I have some flowers from the flower arrangement that used to be on the island but most of the flowers were dying and these were the few that remained so I just made a smaller arrangement for the sink area.
This beautiful wash basin is an antique I inherited from my Aunt Jan who passed away this year. It’s China that dates back to the 1800s and is in excellent condition. I had almost bought one just like this that came with a black metal stand at an antique store but didn’t end up buying it and then I saw this when we were going through her house. Now I have something beautiful that I would have bought anyway and is so much more special and meaningful because it reminds me of her. I just think they’re beautiful and classic and they’re stunning on their own or filled with flowers.
This area next to my doorwall has all items from Hobby Lobby.
Click on the images to see them larger. I believe the candlesticks were around $150 for the pair. I have them out all year and just replace the filler around the candles. I used moss here from Michael’s. The picture on the wall I actually thought was on sale when I bought it for $15 but it turns out it wasn’t and I didn’t realize until I got home and looked at my receipt that I paid full price. I probably wouldn’t have bought it if I didn’t think it was on sale but the black brings out the black in the other accents around the room and the base of my tressle table.
Overall, not bad for the only new things in the room being the moss, woven placemats, limes, flowers and cloth napkins 🙂
Hi All 🙂 I’m very excited to show you some of the changes I’ve made to my living room over the past month or so. Here is my living room as it looks overall today (remember to click on any of the pictures you want to see larger)… That’s my sweet puppy Soleil in the picture (hence the name of my blog).
The changes I’ve made are subtle but perhaps the most dramatic change is the color of my ottoman. If you scroll down to a few of my previous posts you’ll notice it used to be warm colors. This year the fabric was ruined when we put the vacuum on top of it to vacuum the dust off of our ceiling fan. The roller in the vacuum actually burned through the fabric and ate away at it leaving brush marks. We lived with it like that for months and I’ve wanted to recover it but I haven’t found a fabric I think will work with our living room that I care to spend money on.
I ended up buying a cheap fabric drop cloth from Home Depot for around $13 near the paint department and sewed a cover for it. I haven’t yet secured it to the bottom of the ottoman. I had planned to use upholstry pins and just tack it into place so that if it ever was dirty or stained that I could throw it in the washing machine. The upholstry pins didn’t work because they have to screw into material and the bottom of our ottoman has wood in the way so they can’t be pinned in. I think I’m going to get some Velcro one of these days so I can Velcro it into place and let it still be removable for washing. You can’t tell from the pictures I’m going to post but the drop cloth has a nice texture and actually has a few colors running through it but it’s very subtle and the camera wasn’t picking it up. I’ve never dyed fabric before but I may even try dying it a slightly darker taupe color because this color blends into our carpet a bit much for me. Here is a close up.
Because it just looked like a sea of plain, light fabric to me I decided a solution to that would be to put a tray on it with some pretty accessories. Off to Home Goods (my favorite store on the planet) I went. I was actually really lucky to find this giant tray style basket for only $16. It’s a pale gray wood with dark gray rope handles. I bought the “bird cage” looking potpourrie container because I was specifically trying to find decorative pieces that weren’t vases or candle sticks. I tend to buy alot of the same types of things and then have a problem with the way my staging looks because it’s too monotonous. So, that was a good find. The metal looks like an old weather vane, like it’s been aged by the sun and lots of time which I love about it. I’ve never bought potpourrie but it actually makes the living room smell amazing and doesn’t involve me having to burn candles or Scenty wax. The silver mercury glass “genie bottle” I already had on my mantle but put in on the tray for height. I like to group things in threes which is why I bought the jar candle (also from Home Goods). It smells good; I like the silver lid which adds a bit of glam to the more rustic basket and goes with the mercury glass bottle. I also threw some Restoration Hardware magazines in there. You can’t beat free decor right?
Now– on to the mantle. Here is a close up. You may also notice the paint swatch on the wall to the right. Yayy!! I finally picked a paint color!! I’m procrastinating with the paint because I have to paint all of the white trim in here cream and I HATE painting trim and after painting lots of the trim in this house I’m OVER ITTTTTTTTTTT. I’ll get around to it…eventually…lol
Here are the details a bit larger. The large glass vase is from Home Goods along with all of the balls inside and next to it. The antiqued silver candle holder was given to me by my mother. She received it as a gift I think and it sat in our basement for years before I stole it for my house. It actually was bright silver but it’s tarnished since it’s been in my house and I actually LOVE the tarnish. Every now and then with it becomes TOO tarnished I’ll wipe it down a bit but I always leave some of it on because I prefer it that way over the bright silver. The cream vase and flowers are both from Michael’s.
On the right side of the mantle I have two cement containers that I bought from Home Goods and I was surprised at how inexpensive they were. They’re super heavy, excellent quality and they remind me alot of Resoration Hardware. I’m obessed with owls and I’ve had that guy for awhile; he’s from TJ Maxx. The books are all from the Salvation Army. Those are a recent find of mine and they were only 20 cents a piece!! The little cream vase is from Michael’s and I’ve had it forever and it’s never been on display in my house. The other side of it has a bunch of butterflies and things on it but I liked the plain cream showing better with my color scheme. Then there’s the section in front of the fireplace. The distressed solid wood candle stick is another Salvation Army find. It’s heavy and I love the carvings on the sides. It was already beat up and distressed which I like about it. I may distress it a bit more around the carvings a bit to make them show up better from further away. Or not. We’ll see. The green vase with the flowers has been out since we’ve moved in. I just normally have two of them on either side and I removed the red, orange and gold flowers from it now that I recovered the ottoman. I’ll bring them back out when it’s fall.
This is also a new addition for my living room. The two chairs were part of our 4 seat dining room set we used in our condo. For the past 2.5 years we’ve lived in this house they’ve been sitting in the basement unused. The antique dresser has also been in my basement for quite awhile. I bought it to use as a nightstand in my guest room but my guest room is at capacity with all of my scrapbooking supplies while my scrap room is under construction so I haven’t been able to use them. I’ve been sick of staring at this side of the living room being completely empty for some time and it suddenly occurred to me that I could use these items to fill up the space and put them back to use. I plan to refinish the dresser because it has alot of orange undertone to it that I don’t love. I’d like to make it look like a white-washed gray with some of the wood grain still showing through so that will be a project on my To Do list. I plan to leave the antique gold hardware as is because I LOVE IT. The pillows I put on the chairs were previously on my couch and I just moved them over there. The dresser is staged with more Salvation Army books, bronze candle sticks and candles I got from my Aunt Jan who recently passed, an a distressed cream vase from Michael’s.
So…all in all, I really like the result of the changes I’ve made so far. What do you think?
I haven’t gotten into decorating for fall too much this year because we’ve been very busy working on finishing our basement. However, I thought I’d share with you some of the little things I’ve done to warm up the place.
First up is this centerpiece I made for my kitchen island. I LOOOOOOVE IT. All of the flowers and fillers are from Michael’s. The wood box I bought at TJ Maxx in June and had planned to put a bunch of white hyndrangeas in it but never got around to it. So I decided to go with the fall themed flowers
I had an extra sunflower left over so I put it in this vase I got on clearance for a penny! Don’t mind the paint chips on the wall. I’m not sure I like any of them and want to pick up a few more. If you have a vote on which you like best let me know 🙂 The two little candles were free from a baby shower I went to recently. The owl cookie jar is something I’ve had for a year or two and I bought that at Home Goods. I’m obsessed with owls.
I bought this super cute sign for the wall next to my bay window in the kitchen from TJ Maxx. I think i was around $16 or something. I don’t have hardly anything on my walls because I’m super picky about what I like. But I love this. There is a little burlap bow at the top that I think is absolutely adorable. I had planned to buy some little acorns or coffee beans to put in the vases with the candles but never go around to it. Such is life.
Here is my fall table decor this year. The runner is sort of a gray/green and cream chevron that I had on the table this summer. I bought the place mats, napkins and napkin rings from Bed Bath & Beyond last fall. The owl vase I bought this year on clearance from Michael’s. The flowers in it were also from Michael’s and there’s about three bushes of the pre-made bouquets in there to make up the arrangement.
Here is my updated fireplace/mantle for fall. The black mirror is a few years old from Home Goods. My husband and I had it hanging up on the wall in our dining room of our condo before we moved to this house and since we’ve lived here it’s been covered in dust in the basement. I just dug it out of the dark whole a couple weeks ago and propped it up on the mantle. I think the black frame compliments the black accents in our kitchen. The stick pumpkin is from TJ Maxx and the other two are both from Home Goods.
In my foyer I just added this burlap runner that I had on my kitchen table last year along with the vase of sunflowers that was the centerpiece on my kitchen table last year. The little green vase was on clearance for a penny and the brown flower was an extra I had from building my kitchen island centerpiece. The little wood/leather trunk was also on clearance for a penny so I added that also.
Also in my foyer is a neglected corner. I got these two baskets on clearance for a penny and didn’t know what to do with them so I stuck them there for now.
Last but not least is my front door wreath that I made last year. Everything I used to make the wreath was bought at Michaels.