Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Hi all!!  Well Thanksgiving is over and it is time for major shopping madness.  I have a pretty good start on my shopping this year, but still have a ways to go.  I also keep buying little things for myself while I am holiday shopping which is dangerous!

Here is this year’s gift guide for her.  I know that I would personally love any of the items on this list! All of these are pretty reasonably priced as well.  Stay tuned as I hope to pull together a few more gift guides before Christmas!
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Earings / PJ’s / Cuff / Cachepot / Hat / Cross-body Bag

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Visual Comfort Basil Flush Mount

Hi friends!!  I have a new decor crush and I am so excited to share it.  I have been on the look out for new flush mount lights for our entry hallway.  Since we bought our house a year ago, I have painted our entry, rid the walls of clutter and added sconces.  The final change was getting rid of the outdated flush mount lights.

Flush mount lighting, or what I call “boob” lighting is not my favorite.  See what I mean?

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Visual Comfort’s flush mounts are like the Rolls Royce of flush mounts (is there such a thing??)

The Basil flush mount reminds me of a four leaf clover!!  I finally bit the bullet and ordered one.  For me, these are on the pricey side, but once I saw it in person, it was so worth it.  Here is how it looks in some different spaces.

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Gorgeous, right?  I am hoping to decorate my entry hall for my Christmas Home Tour, so stay posted!!

Hope you are having a great week and that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

xoxo,

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Currently Coveting: Burl Wood

Hi all!!  I have been a bad blogger.  I am sorry I have been MIA on the blog these days, but life has gotten the best of me.  Since school started in August we have had every kind of sickness possible. I am just now getting over a 3 week cold that required antibiotics to get over!  But enough complaining, today I am here to talk about burl wood.  I know, you might be thinking “Burl what?” You may know it when you see it.  The cabinet in this photo is burl wood.  The patterns in the wood just make me swoon!

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Burl wood actually wood from a tree in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner..  How can something considered deformed has such a beautiful end result??  In my opinion, it is classic and modern at the same time.  It is such a showstopper in any room.  I really want to get my hands on a piece, but it can be super pricey, so it may have to take the form of an accessory or mirror.

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An entire island of burl wood?  Yes, please!!

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I love the octagon shape of the mirror below paired with the burl wood.

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Here are some ideas of products for bringing some burl into your life.

This burl wood mirror from Wisteria is simple, yet elegant.
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If you have some extra dinero lying around, you may consider this burl wood console from Zinc Door.

Well, there you have it.  My current obsession.  It has been a trend for a while, but I can’t get it out of my head. What do you think?  Too busy or mesmerizing?

Hoping to pop in more next month to share some fall decorating tips!

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A Furniture Makeover Using Oil-Based Paint from Ipaint!

Hi friends!!  I am so excited to share my latest furniture makeover with you.  There is nothing like a good furniture makeover when you are trying to get the look for less, right?

So, I have been wanting to makeover this Chinese Chippendale table for ages.  It has been sitting in my garage collecting dust.  My husband just loves that :)  It was purchased for a steal from the amazing Shavonda at SG Style, my local blogging buddy.  It had good bones, but the color was blah and it needed a serious paint job!  My procrastination ended when I was approached by Ipaint to try out one of their amazing paint products.  I leaped at the chance.

Here is the before:

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iPaint has been manufacturing high quality paint and coatings for over 55 years.  They stock the largest selection of quality coatings in any size, in any shine, in any color,  at the best price available, with free delivery and a written -warranty!   They have unique paint such as swimming Pool Paint, Boat Paint, Epoxy Paint, Concrete Coatings, and Garage Paint Deck Paint.  Huge businesses such as Disneyland and Google use their paint.  How cool is that?

I chose their Blue Water Marine Paint Mega Gloss Alkyd Enamel.   It is an amazing oil-based paint that is usually made for painting boats.  So, it is super strong and durable and UV resistant.

I could not be more pleased with the results.  The paint has depth, is durable, and is as shiny as glass.  I have always loved the look of oil-based paint, but it is near impossible to find here in California anymore.  I cannot say enough about how bright and shiny this paint looks.  My piece looks totally transformed!  The pictures don’t do it justice.  It is more beautiful, with a glass-like finish in person.

I have to admit that painting with oil-based paint was everything I had heard it would be.  I sanded and primed my piece, but still had to apply three coats of the paint.  Every brush stroke will show if you are not careful, and clean up is a serious pain.  I had to use paint thinner to clean my paint brush (and my hands) every time!  It definitely requires patience.

However, it was totally worth it.  You simply can’t get these results with a water-based high gloss paint.  Here are the after photos.

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The pictures don’t do it justice.  It is more beautiful, with a glass-like finish in person.

I can’t wait to use this paint again.  I think I may use it on my daughter’s desk because it is so durable.  Head on over to Ipaint to find the paint for your next project.

Until next time  . . .

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**This post contains an affiliate link, which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase anything from Ipaint.  I only recommend products that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands.  Thanks for supporting my cheap wine habit!

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Fall Home Tour 2016

Hi everyone!  I have teamed up once again with the fabulous Marty at A Stroll Thru Life and many other talented bloggers to show you our fall homes.  There is so much talent and so many different design styles, these tours are chock full of inspiration. I have to admit that I don’t decorate our home a ton for fall.  I am not a huge fan of the typical fall colors.  Going into a craft store in fall is enough to make me pass out with all the orange, yellow and brown!   Coupled with the fact that it is still 90 degrees where I live, this tour will be filled with small touches that make our home feel cozy this time of year.

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If you are coming over from Life On Virginia Street– Welcome!  I just love Sarah’s style and her clean and neutral decorating.  If you are new here, I’m Jennifer – a Human Resources consultant by day and a design enthusiast and blogger in the wee hours of the night!  Our family recently purchased our dream home that we rented for 3 years, so are so excited to fix it up and make it our own one room at a time. Bye bye beige walls and hello color!

Welcome to our home.  Get yourself a pumpkin spice latte and come on in!

We recently painted our main living room this color blue.  The walls were DARK brown before, so I am loving the lighter look.  The gold mirror was a Craigslist score.  Had to travel about an hour to pick it up, but sooo worth it!

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As I said, I don’t do typical fall colors, but I do love gold.  Hence the gold mirror and candle pot.

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One of the few fall touches I have added are new pillows in a blush and rose color and a plaid throw.   fall-home-tour-2016-6

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I also like to decorate our fireplace with baskets of wood for fall.  If you are going to copy a similar look, I recommend going with birch logs (the beauty queen of wood!)

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I added these small green mums to my floral arrangement.  While I am not a fan of typical mums, these smaller green ones are compact and look more modern and fresh.

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Fall is a great time to bring in your more natural elements.  I brought out this trinket box made of natural stone.

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I recently moved some furniture around and my collection of obelisks.  Here is where they currently reside.  I actually have two more obelisks I added to my collection since these photos were taken.  Homegoods has had some recently for amazing prices!!

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I hosted a small event earlier this month and I created a table runner made entirely of eucalyptus branches.  It was beautiful and even cascaded over the sides of the table.  I added in some cream roses for more interest.

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We recently painted our dining room a deep purple, almost eggplant color.  I added a purple orchid and candles to compliment it.  I think deep purple or amethyst is a lovely alternative color for fall.

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Classic sunflowers adorn our breakfast nook.  I like the way it pairs with the blue and white wallpaper.

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What tour would be complete without a glimpse of the bar cart? I added some simple hand towels in a beautiful persimmon color from World Market to give a touch of fall.

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I hope you have enjoyed the tour and found some inspiration to use in your home.  If you would like to follow along with the progress of the rest of our home, consider subscribing to email updates which you can do here.  Or you can find me on Instagram or Pinterest!

Up next is Kristin from Bliss at Home.  I have followed her blog for years and she is an amazing designer, stylist and photographer.  She is kind of my blogging idol!  You must go see what she has in store.

Below is the full-week’s line up.  Make sure to stop by to see all of the fall inspiration.

Monday – Sept 12

A Stroll Thru Life

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Remodelando La Casa

Cuckoo4Design

21 Rosemary Lane

Decor To Adore

Tuesday – Sept 13

Haneens Haven

Pink Peppermint Design

Lynzy & Co.

Thrifty and Chic

The House of Silver Lining

Hymns & Verses

Wednesday – Sept 14

Life on Virginia Street

Decorating Delirium

Bliss @ Home

Simple Details

Duke Manor Farms

A Thoughtful Place

Thursday – Sept 15

Rain On A Tin Roof

Setting For Four

Dimples & Tangles

Nesting With Grace

Life and Home @ 2102

 Refresh Restyle

Fri – Sept 16

Simple Stylings

Our Fifth House

Making Home Base

 It All Started With Paint

The Chronicles of Home

Our Southern Home

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6 Ways To Use Trendy Tropical Prints in Your Home

Hi all!  Happy Friday.  I don’t know about you, but for me, this was the longest 4-day week EVER!!

Call it palm print or banana leaf print, but this trend has been around for a while and is still going strong.  No need to book a tropical vacation when you can have a taste of the tropics all year round. This tropical print is bold, but you can incorporate it in smaller doses with smaller decor items such as a pillow or a print, as in the photo below.

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A powder room is the perfect space to experiment with bold wallpaper.

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Incorporate a pillow, or two, or three!

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Why stop at a pillow when you can deck out your entire bed in this bold pattern.

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What a pop of color the print adds to this neutral space.

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The trend goes preppy when patterned with pink and white.  I adore this space!!

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Custom upholstered headboard, anyone??

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If you are looking to add a dash of this trend to your space, here are my picks for home decor options:

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Round Towel / Wallpaper / Pillow / Shower Curtain / Tray / Clock

What do you think?  Too trendy or a new classic?  You can definitely go bold with this fun print.

Have an amazing weekend friends!

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Uncommon Goods: A Source for Unique Gifts and Home Decor

Happy almost Friday everyone!  I am so looking forward to a long 3-day weekend.  I have about a dozen DIY projects I am hoping to tackle.  I may need to reset my expectations!!  But today I wanted to share with you an amazing source for unique gifts and home decor.

I am always on the look out for unique gift ideas.  I, like many of you, have people on my list who are very difficult to buy for.  I am sure you can relate.  That is why I am so excited about the selections from Uncommon Goods.  They offer unique gifts for men, women, children and the home.  If you have never heard of them, Uncommon Goods was founded in 1999 and features items, many of which are hand-made from artists and designers.  You can even read details about the artist behind each gift!  Most of their products are created right here in the USA and about 1/3 of their collection incorporates recycled or upcycled materials.  How cool is that?

Here are a few of my picks from the Uncommon Goods website for gifts and home decor:

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The Lidded Hamper Basket is so cheery and bold that I truly think I wouldn’t mind doing laundry if I used this.   Well, at least it would make it more fun.  This eclectic basket is hand-woven out of cattails!

You might be noticing a trend with my choices!  I love geodes and natural stones, such as agate. This has been  a trend for a while now, and these Agate Coasters are feeding my obsession. Check out all the home and decor items here.

This bold black and white pillow actually contains Hindi Script, hence the name of the pillow.  Black and white is such a classic combination that allows you to layer colors and textures and this pillow is no exception.

This Rose Quartz Platter almost takes my breath away.  The natural beauty of the rose quartz with the luxe glimmer of the glittering silver makes quite a combo.  You will have a conversation-starter no matter what you serve at your next fete!  My birthday is coming up and this is definitely on my wish list.  Since my husband reads the blog, he sometimes takes a hint!  See more gift ideas for women here to help make the woman in your life feel truly special!

Decanters!  When I got married I got a few of these and they still adorn our bar.  This personalized “Yours, Mine, and Ours” Decanter Set melts my heart.  It would make such a lovely, custom wedding gift that a couple would use for a lifetime.  It would also make a very special anniversary gift.  See more gifts here to help make your anniversary extra special!

Finally, this Amethyst Serving Platter just oozes modern sophistication.  I am such a fan of the purple and lavender hues.  I have a few small pieces of it in my home and it definitely adds a hint of glamour to my space.  Sure to be a showpiece at your next social gathering.

And those are just the home decor items!!  If you are looking for something whimsical for the kids (or the child in you), they also had these fun treat pillows.

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I also love this “keeping up with the Joneses” door mat.  Pretty on point, right?  Their selection of fun and whimsical gifts is unending.

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I hope you have enjoyed my favorites from Uncommon Goods.  I am really loving this company and their products. They range from unique and eclectic to traditional and elegant.  The best part is that they are a socially responsible company who does business responsibility to impact the world in a positive way.  It is a dream for designer and consumers alike!  If you have a difficult person to buy for on your list, head on over to Uncommon Goods to see their totally unique home decor offerings.

This is a sponsored post written by me for Uncommon Goods.  I truly love each product and these opinions are 100% my own.

Have a wonderful 3-day weekend everyone!

xoxo,

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Favorites from Ikea’s 2017 Catalog

Hi all!  The  new Ikea catalog hit my front step a few weeks ago and there are a few new noteworthy items.  You can definitely find design gems at Ikea, you just have to know what to look for.  My mother is the type who goes in to a place like Ikea and gets so overwhelmed she wanders aimlessly and then leaves. I get it!  Let me be your guide.  Here are my top 8 affordable picks!

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What do you think?  Are you a fan of the Swedish retailer?  A ton of their stuff is too modern for my taste, but every once in a while they surprise me!

I have been busy with back to school shenanigans, sick kids, and decorating for my fall home tour, which will be on the blog soon.  Stay tuned!

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Color Combination Crush: Navy and Blush

Hi everyone!  I have been adding some new accessories to our home over the last few weeks.  I am noticing a pattern with my color choices.  We recently purchased two navy sofas and I needed new accent pillows to go with them.  I just received these pillows from Etsy and I love them.  They are linen and look and feel very high-end.

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If you have been reading for a while, you may have seen that I recently wallpapered my breakfast nook in a fun indigo pattern.  However, the room looked unfinished and had too much blue. This abstract print from One Kings Lane was just the fix.  Now I just have to get the hubs to help me hang it!!

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Here it is in my breakfast room (leaning of course!)

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I love how the color combo is used in the spaces below.  The navy balances out the feminine pink.

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Even raspberry tones pair well with navy.

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What do you think of this color combo?  Yay or nay?  I am loving it right now, but I change my mind every 6 months when it comes to my own home.  I know many of you can relate!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Ours is filled with a back-to-school picnic, couples date night out, and a brunch.  I also have to go pickup a new find I found on Chairish.  Details to come! See you next week!

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The 5 Best Places to Shop for Antiques

Hi friends!  I have been lucky to decorate my home with a lot of vintage finds that I found various places. The key to having a collected home is to mix the old with the new.  As tempting as it is to order an entire room from Ballard Designs or Pottery Barn, such rooms look off and lack character and charm. Adding a few vintage elements to a space help to tell your story and give the space a collected feel. Here are my top 5 sources for finding those unique finds.

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Craigslist:  If you are willing to wait, search hard for what you want, and even travel, Craigslist is a great source for decor and antiques for a steal.  First, ensure you are using the proper search terms to find what you are looking for.  Also, if it is a very general category, such as a rug, you may want to specify a color or country of origin, or use the term “vintage” to help you narrow the search results.  Second, always use the “gallery” mode when viewing your search results. Craigslist gives you the option of a list, thumb or gallery in the top left hand corner of your results. The gallery mode lets you see the pictures before you click on the item, so you can easily scroll and eliminate items that you are not interested. Third, in the top right hand corner you can “save search.”  If you select this, Craigslist will email you every time a new item that meets your search criteria is posted. It is important that your search is as specific as possible because if you just search for “rug” you are going to get 100 emails from Craigslist every day.  Finally, be willing to travel.  I create my Craigslist searches so that it also searches areas nearby my city.  One of my favorite finds to date is this vintage Hollywood Regency faux bamboo mirror that I traveled to San Francisco to pick up.

Gold Faux Bamboo Mirror Ebay:  Ebay is a wonderful source for vintage items and antiques.  The selection is unparalleled. I found a brass planter at an antique faire a few months ago.  I decided I would love a matching set to plant some snake plants in.  Ebay to the rescue.  I searched for “round brass planter” and found a match.  You can save searches and favorite sellers.  For most items you can bid auction style or “buy it now.”  Ebay is especially great if you are shopping for a collection.  For instance, if you want to start a collection of Majolica ceramics, Ebay would be a great source, due to the sheer volume and selection on the site.

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Chairish:  Chairish is like Ebay for the design lover.  Since larger furniture items can be very expensive to ship, I like to narrow my search results by city so that I can opt for local pickup which costs you nada! You can search by category or design style, so there is something for everyone. I also follow a couple of local dealers and I am sent email updates when they have new items.  I was recently able to score a set of mongolian fur pillows that were in like-new condition for about half the price.

Estate Sales:  In my local neighborhood, estate sales can be a gold mine.  One of my main tips is to get on the email list for the various estate sale companies in your neighborhood.  Most send out e-mails about dates, times, locations, and photos of the items.  Seeing the items in advance can help you decide if it is worth your while and if you want to show up super early to snag a certain item.  Next, be prepared to wait in line.  At some of the sales in my neighborhood, a line starts to form hours before the sale starts.  I am starting to find that many of the local thrift and vintage boutiques shop these sales and arrive the night before to ensure they get the items on their list.  Also, get a babysitter and leave the kids behind. Many sales do not allow children and even if they do, you want to take your time going through the items.  You don’t want to feel rushed or distracted.  You can also try local garage sales, but to be honest, I have rarely found anything good at these sales.

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Antique Faires:  These can be such a wonderful source for treasured antiques.  They also make the perfect Sunday date or girls day.  I am fortunate that here in Sacramento, we have a large Antique faire the second Sunday of every month.  I usually go every month, except if it is really cold!  The key to going to these, similar to estate sales, is to not have anything specific in mind. Also, while some vendors accept credit cards, it is best to have cash.  Finally, prepare to negotiate. Most vendors will accept fair offers, so bust out those negotiation skills.

I am always trying to add new sources for antiques to my source book.  I recently stumbled upon a site called Invaluable.  They are an online auction platform that connects people anywhere in the world to auctions occurring in real-time.  Apparently, they do this by partnering with thousands of auction houses globally.  So, if you don’t have a large selection for antiques locally, Invaluable might be a great resource. They have a blog where they just posed about the best U.S towns for summer antiquing, so head on over to see if your town is on the list.

Right now, I am looking for a vintage crystal chandelier like this one.

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They are so beautiful and make such an impact.  It is the perfect piece to try and mix in with more modern elements or to top off a traditional room.  The key to shopping for antiques and vintage items is to be patient.  Always have the items in the back your mind and if you are patient and keep searching, your treasure will eventually turn up.  That is part of the fun, right?

Where are your favorite places to shop for antiques and vintage items?  Please share your sources in the comments!!

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