Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New House and My New Orleans Inspiration

Exchange Place French Quarter New Orleans
I know it has been a while since I posted anything. If you saw my last post with our house listing, you know why. We ended up buying a foreclosure in our neighborhood and I'm in the process of redecorating. Which means a lot of posts to come.

In between listing our house and redoing the new one, we took a trip to New Orleans for my mom's 65th birthday. I had never been but I had an idea of it...historic buildings, antiques, jazz, etc. It did not disappoint! I was so inspired by gas lights, exposed interior brick, wrought iron railings, shutters and chandeliers dripping in crystal. It was all so dreamy!!!

I need to go back soon and take more pictures. We were too busy having fun. Here are some of my inspirations for the new house from our rental in New Orleans.


Our room for 4 nights. I love everything about this room. The exposed brick, the French doors leading out to the balcony and the washed wide plank wood floors. Look at the size of the baseboards. LOVE!


One of the bathrooms. Velvet drapes, crystal chandeliers, marble and painted brick. Dreamy!


Sitting area of one of the bedrooms. Love the mirror!


My mom's 65th birthday! This is the living room of the apartment.


Our last night. I can't wait to go back!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Decorating in the Kitchen


The greenery is going up in the kitchen. I love the way it smells!

 
I decided to decorate, what my husband affectionately calls "the crab trap", this year.


Just simple greenery and a grapevine wreath with ribbon over the cooktop. I hate taking this down every year because it looks so empty up there when it's gone.

 
New this year... Pantry wreath with old cookie cutters.
 
  
Ornaments aren't just for the tree.
 
 
I mixed pinto and coffee beans. The hazelnut coffee beans make the room smell great!
 

Now to mess up the clean kitchen with some cookie decorating!!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas in the Dining Room

 greenery around a chandelier

I know that I said yesterday that I don't decorate the same every year BUT some things stay the same. I love the greenery from Home Depot! $10 for 15' of mixed greenery. I just added some frosted pinecones from World Market. So much bang for the buck!

 Christmas letters that spell noel

The NOEL letters get moved around quite a bit but I think this is my favorite place so far. I also love the word JOY in large letters too.

Christmas dining room centerpiece idea
 
The same centerpiece is on the table from Thanksgiving but I just added some greenery, pinecones and galvanized stars to make it a little more Christmassy (Is that a word?)
 
 
 



The small bar in my dining room needed a little attention too with some festive wine charms in a bowl and a berry and star container around the ice bucket. This was meant for a flower pot but fits a standard size ice bucket perfectly.


This former tree topper makes a great wine topper too!


Very soon this table in reality will be covered with Christmas crafts and wrapping paper so I'll enjoy the clean table while it lasts! Santa, I need a craft room for Christmas please!

sharing with ~
 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Why Not Decorate Like Last Year?

As I was roaming around the house last night with some sort of decoration in my hand, not really sure what to do with it, my husband turns to me and says, "You know, you should take pictures so you know what you did last year." PAUSE FOR REACTION...Ok, first of all, I have a blog, duh, of course I take pictures, especially of decorating! That's kind of the point. Has he met me? We have lived together for nineteen years! Besides the taking pictures part, I was surprised that he even hinted around that I might want to do it the same as last year. Again, he lives with a decorator. When have I ever done it the same as last year?

I'm trying not to take the lack of understanding of ME to heart because I really believe that there are certain types of people...those that do it the same as last year and those that don't. Sometimes I have a lack of understanding of the other half too. Those efficient folks who like to "get r done" and be done with it. I enjoy decorating every season and trying out new things. It doesn't bother me to wonder around the house for hours with a candlestick in my hand, looking for the perfect spot to place it. This is mind numbing for some I know but not me. Sorry, honey. It will be different again next year too!

So, speaking of moving things around, here is my new and improved entryway with items that I already had, just in a different place than last year...










Happy Decorating!!!