Friday, September 30, 2011

On the Coffee Table

Hi friends! Do you ever find yourself noticing the "little things" on others' blogs. I love to look at exactly what's on someone's night stand, or in the middle of their dining table, or tucked into a corner. I think it's the little details that make a home. Sometimes my favorite pictures on others' blogs are pictures of their vignettes, especially what's on their coffee table. Maybe I'm weird, but I just think that's so fun to check out. So I thought I'd share what's on ours right now.

My sweet mother-in-law gave me a Groupon to a local boutique, and I got to pick out the two medium-sized finials. It was a very special treat because we are saving our pennies to buy a home and I don't get to shop quite as much as I used to. My "new toys" went front and center on the coffee table.

The white platter was a wedding gift from Target. I've had the tall wood finial for several years, from Home Decorators Collection. The terracotta pumpkin was 22 cents at Tuesday Morning.

The wire basket underneath holds ceramic alphabet balls from Pier 1 and Michael's.

This little vignette just makes me smile every time I walk by : )

Thanks for stopping by!

{live beautifully}

I'm linking to Farmhouse Fridays at LaurieAnna's.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Free Art

I love things that are free. Even better, decor that is free.

I had these two pieces of kitchen art, and I've always liked them. Only problem was I didn't have anywhere for them to go in our new kitchen. I knew I didn't want to get rid of them, so I got creative.

I simply printed off antique botanical printings from, affixed them to black paper, and slid the paper underneath the metal frames. Instant and free artwork.

{the french door leads to our entry staircase}

This tiny landing contains our "front door" from the staircase, the door to our little balcony, and the door to our laundry closet (to the left, not shown).

This hallway needed something at the end anyway, I thought. This does the trick! (PS- I have big plans for that huge blank wall on the right!)

{live beautifully}

I'm linking to Creative Things Thursday at The Vintage Farmhouse.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall Mantel

Happy Monday friends! Today I'm sharing my fall mantel (yes, I had to look up the spelling...) for Layla's Fall Mantel Link Party.

Since I have shelves above my fireplace and not a true mantel (boo hoo), it's more of a fall shelf styling party for me : ) As I've mentioned before, I don't like decorating shelves because they can look cluttered so easily, so I tried to keep things simple.

I love my little halloween man. He was $5 at Home Goods a few years back. I don't like to have tons of really "halloween-y" stuff out, but I think he's cute : )

I found several of these little terracotta pumpkins last summer at Tuesday Morning on clearance for 22 cents. Score!

I really wanted to fill the tall apothecary on the right side with small white pumpkins, but I haven't seen any yet. I've heard the drought and hurricane Irene have impacted the pumpkin crop this year, so I'm assuming that's why.

I plunked some Spanish moss and a pumpkin in a soup tourene. Instant fall charm.

The only new thing I purcahsed was this bundle of wheat from Dillons (of all places).

If you'd like to see the before of the shelves in their "normal" state, just go here. Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to head over to Layla's party for more fall mantel inpiration!

Happy Autumn!
{live beautifully}
The Lettered Cottage

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Taste of Fall

Last night I made pumpkin bread.

It was soft and comforting and delicious.

Recipe here.

Happy fall!

{live beautifully}

Monday, September 26, 2011

Master Bedroom Reveal

Hi there friends! I finally finished our bedroom after partially showing it to you before. So here is the full tour. I have to say I'm really happy with how it turned out. I think I achieved the soft, peaceful feeling I was going for, and it's a good mix of vintage charm and clean white. Just a warning, there are lots of pictures : )

This is the linen closet leading into our room. It's quite literally the only storage we have, other than the little closets in the two bedrooms and the cupboard in the bathroom. So we have to get creative with things. The drawers hold all my craft supplies/home improvement materials.

There she is, our room! I think I shared where most things were from in the first post about it. But let me know if you'd like the source for something. I'm sorry that I don't know the paint color, since it's a rental.

Even Matt said "Wow, that's a pretty picture," about this photo. So it must be good : )

I'm so glad I made the decision to take the sheers all the way across the window. They filter the light so beautifully and give the room so much soft texture.

I don't think I got to share my dresser the last time. I really enjoyed decorating this spot. I had envisioned either a silver or rustic oval mirror here, but when my purse was stolen and we lost our gift cards I couldn't purchase one. I had this mirror (from Target) in another spot, and it works great here! Another lesson in working with what you have!

The candles are from Target, except the tall middle one is the unity candle from our wedding. The silver tray is from the Dollar Tree (yep, really). The gray lace tray is from Anthro. The chiffon flowers and ribbon in the apothecary jar are from our wedding. I wore the white ones in my hair and the gray ones were on our cupcakes, all from Etsy.

The wire urn is from We used it to hold our wishing tree for the wedding. It's probably one of my favorite things in the room. The silver jewelry box was a gift from my aunt for high school graduation, and I've always loved it. My mom got the candlestick for me at an antique mall in Ohio.

My parents gave us this canvas print of one of our engagement pictures for Christmas. It's perfect in the space!

The dried bouquet on my nightstand is my bridal bouquet. The lace-wrapped vase is from our wedding. I never realized how many things in our room were from our wedding til writing this post : )

On Matt's side of the bed, I covered the plain side table with simple cotton fabric. The apothecary jar was my wedding gift to him and holds 75 reasons I love him, enough to read one every week for our first year of marriage and then some : ) The basket is the one I thrifted here. I whitewashed it a few weeks ago, and now it fits in perfectly.

On the other side of the room are my closet and vanity where I get ready every morning. I've always gotten ready in my room but it's especially helpful now since our bathroom just has a tiny pedestal sink.

I stole the oval mirror from my mom. I don't know how long she had it but I do think it was in my nursery as a baby. It was a dark brown and I painted it white, of course.

The desk has definitely seen better days. It's really more of a yellow-y cream in person. It came with my first-ever rental. It's banged up and dented and the drawers don't go in right. But it serves its purpose. The chair is from our kitchen set, which works perfectly because three chairs fit much better in our kitchen than four. You might remember the trashcan from way back here.

Can you tell I have a thing for perfume...and jewelry...

I made the earring holder years ago and it's still so useful.

This little space is one of my favorite parts of the room, I don't even know why. I've had the hooks forever and the wicker hamper is from Bed Bath and Beyond.

Well, there you have it! I love coming in here to relax after a long day. Hope you enjoyed the tour!

{live beautifully}

I'm linking to Tuesday's Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia and Good Life Wednesdays at A Beach Cottage and Farmhouse Friday at Laurie Anna's.
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