Thursday, October 27, 2011

Parade of Fabric Napkins

Cloth napkins are a great way to dress up a table setting.  They add a lot of character, and can be found in so many different patterns and colors.

They look so simple to make:

Or buy, if you aren't the sewing type :)
REVERSIBLE Pink Orange Fabric Napkins, Amy Butler Ripple Stripe, Park Fountains, Eco Friendly Cloth, Reusable, Set of 4, Lunch, Dinner
REVERSIBLE Floral Aqua Pink Fabric Napkins, Heather Bailey Pop Garden, Eco Friendly Cloth, Reusable, Set of 4, Lunch, Dinner

These ones have been stenciled.  I love their graphic appeal.

Like something a little more frilly?  These ones are made from an Amy Butler fabric with a rick rack trim.
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What a great way to really make a table setting your own!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

5 Way to Know If A Home Is "The One"

Saying Images-Amazing Images With Inspired Sayings - Part 2

My husband and I have been home-hunting lately.  Wow, what a process!  Our real estate agent emailed us an article on how you know if a home is "The One."  I thought it was interesting - so, here we go:

1)  You instantly feel possessive of it.

2) You start rationalizing it's flaws away.

3)  The kitchen and bathroom don't disgust you.  (That's a BIG one for me!)

4)  You involuntarily envision your family, furniture, decor, daily activities in that home.

5)  You loose interest in seeing other homes.

To see the full article, go here.

I don't  think we can say "YES" to all those questions yet...I guess we will keep looking!

How did you know your house was, "The One"?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cute Chair + Coordinates

Check out this cute arm chair

these great fabrics

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Pink + Navy

What a great color combination!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

One Item Every Home Needs...

Or two...a pair of ottomans.


Well, to start off they are just so dang cute!  I can't help but love them!  They truly are so versatile.

Here are a few different ways you can utilize a pair of ottomans in your home:

Slipped under a console table & taken out and used as extra seating when needed
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As foot stools

Just 'floating' in a room and used as additional seating

Used as a cocktail/coffee table
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Placed at the end of a bed - perfect for putting on your shoes.  (I love how this looks)
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Placed in a nook of your home around a small table (There are three ottomans in this photo, but its okay...who's counting :)
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Just a little random mom tid-bit about ottomans:
 One of the greatest characteristics about ottomans in their soft corners.  Awesome if you have little ones running around - one less hard thing for them to hit their heads on.  Also, they are the perfect height for infants/toddlers to stand up to.  My daughter loves ours.  I currently just have one ottoman, but eventually I want a second one to go with it.  They don't have to be exactly the same, just work together.

Do you have a pair ottomans you love?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Creative & Simple Candle Ideas + Giveaway Results

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The winner of the postcard giveaway is comment #7 -  Raree!!  Hooray for her!

Raree - send me an email (my address is listed in the upper right-hand column) with your email address so that can email you with how to claim your prize!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Boy's Room Design

I have been working on a boy's room design for a client.  The client wanted a car theme (not too overdone), and the color scheme was going be blues, oranges, and greens.  Since picking out these items there have been a few changes to the design (that I will show later) but I thought I would just post this design because I think it turned out quite cute.

If you are interested in design services email me at rooms(dot)interiordesign(at)

Also, TODAY is the last day for the 100 postcard giveaway (I know I said that yesterday, I got my days mixed up, and then corrected my mistake in the post below:)

Click here to enter.  You will be sad if you don't :(

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Last Day for Giveaway!!

Tomorrow, Oct. 13th is the LAST day to enter the 100 Postcard Giveaway

 How awesome would it be to have FREE holiday cards, birth announcements or business postcards?!!  Don't miss out!  Click HERE!!


Monday, October 10, 2011

'UGLY' Show - & - Tell

Hey Guys!  I have Andrea here today dishing about an 'UGLY' in her home...something most of us can relate to....:)

Hey everyone! My name is Andrea, and I blog over at Strawberry-Chic. I am a mother of 1 (almost 2) and an interior design graduate. My husband and I have been married for 5 years, and just recently moved out of our little college town in Idaho and have been trying to start designing our home the way we have always wanted.

I was so excited when Melissa asked me to be apart of her "Ugly" Show & Tell Series. Which sounds a little weird right?...I mean, I don't typically like to remind myself of all of the ugly things in my home that have overstayed their welcome. But, I think it's fun to get a REAL LIFE glimpse into other people's lives and it's interesting to see that contrary to what some may think, most people do not live in a picture perfect home.

There are multiple furniture pieces in my home that I would like to change, but the one that particularly bothers me can be found in my master bedroom...

Can you guess what it is?...

It's the hideous folding table located right at the foot of our bed!

Now, normally you wouldn't see a table at the foot of so someone's bed, but about a year ago my husband and I decided we needed somewhere to set our computer so we could watch movies at night, and the table has been there ever since (although it usually accumulates a bunch of clothes and junk during the week, lucky for you, today was cleaning day :)

If you are wondering about the paint stains...the table was originally used as an "art desk" when my husband and I were first married so it's been through a lot!

I would LOVE to replace the table with either of these options...

Or one of these...

Thanks again Melissa, I had tons of fun with this project... hopefully I can get rid of the table and find something more aesthetically pleasing soon!

photo sources: 1 2 3 4 


  That seems like something my husband would want to do...I better make sure he doesn't see this post!  I don't want to give him any ideas!

Andrea, thank you, - thank you for being here today!  Make sure you go tell her 'hello' on her blog, Strawberry Chic!

P.S.  Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Gorgeous Fall Weather = Neglecting Blog

I feel like I have been neglecting my blog this week.  Whoops :)  It has been gorgeous weather here in the mid 70's, so I guess I've just been involved in doing other things and not felt like blogging much!

And really, I feel okay about that!

Here is a link to make fall brown paper bag flowers, and 50 fun fall activities.  Enjoy!

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To view activities, click here.

AND....  Don't forget to enter the 100 postcard giveaway!  People - wouldn't you like free postcards to use for a holiday card, birth announcement, etc., etc.!  Come on, work with me!!

Click HERE for details and to enter (don't be shy!)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Project Peek

Remember this post? 

In that post, I asked my reader's opinion on what photograph they liked best to accompany the blue flower photo. About 20 people left comments - the most comments I have ever gotten!  My client (in Utah) sent me this quick iphone picture of how the two framed prints looked.  
I think they look great, the colors are perfect.

Have a great day!

& don't forget to enter the 100 post card giveaway below!

Monday, October 3, 2011

100 Postcard Giveaway!!

It's getting to be about that time of year to start thinking about your annual holiday greeting card, right? 

Postcards are one way to express your affection and care to your loved ones. Leading online printing companies have come up with various designs that will suit up your creativity.  I am delighted to tell you that has asked me to host an 100 POSTCARD GIVEWAY!  One reader will win 100 5x7 14pt. cardstock gloss postcards!

Can you believe that?  The great thing about this giveaway is that there are endless possibilities on what you could use these postcards for.  Personal Uses (christmas/holiday cards, thank you cards, 'we've moved' cards, birth announcements, etc).  Business Uses ( Promoting an in-store sale, 'thank-you for your business' cards, or just as a mailer to get your business name out there).

The website is so easy to use!  Here are a few examples of postcards I quickly threw together to give you an idea of what you can can do with these postcards:

You can completely start from scratch and create a custom card by uploading photos or designs and then adding text, shapes, colors, etc.



Or they have a ton of templates that you can use:

Seriously, I think this is a giveaway that anyone can use!

To enter:

1) You must be a follower of this blog.  Just click, 'Join This Site,' in the right-hand column.  If you are already a follower, hooray! You are half - way entered into the giveaway, just do the steps listed below!

2)  Visit this link to the website, after doing that come back here and simply leave a comment telling me what you would use the cards for if you won.

**For additional entries, facebook, tweet, or blog about this giveaway.  Leave a separate comment for each one you complete.

The last day to enter this giveaway will be Thursday, October 13th.  The winner will be announced the following day and will receive an email on how to claim their prize.