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Our Favorite Things… Rustic Wood Slat Tray

Love these large wood slat trays – the warmth the reclaimed wood and texture of the wooden slats amps up the style factor of this service tray.  Whether adorning a large dining able (put this piece under your centerpiece or fill it with candles for an eye-catching centerpiece); or hang it on wall with a great wall accent.

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Hang it horizontally over your mantel or vertically on the wall. A great look alone or fill it with branches, stems or decor that you can change out through the seasons.

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Transitioning Your Home from Summer to Fall – Part 1

The morning air is a bit crisper and days a bit shorter as fall starts to settle in around us.  The change of seasons is good time to embark on those indoor and outdoor tasks that may have been neglected over the summer months.

A good bi-annual clean-up is a great idea and gets some of the big work done and  out of the way before the holidays.  Tackle of these indoor projects now:

  • Wash and/or dry clean draperies and comforters. Pay close attention to manufacturers cleaning instructions. For those items that can be machined or hand washes, use a safe, natural product life.  (I personally love The Laundress Signature Detergent in Classic scent… makes the laundry smell amazing!)
  • Clean carpets and floorsGive carpeting and area rugs a thorough vacuuming and then spot clean, or have professionally cleaned, if needed.
  • Give your wood floor a good cleaning with a quality wood floor cleaner (I like both Bona and Method brands).  Look for scratches and damage, and if your finish is really worn, consider having them refinished.
  • Wipe down kitchen and bathroom wooden cabinets with a good wood cleaner (I prefer Stickley Furniture Dressing which has antibacterial properties and is made for wood).
  • Clean your home office and get papers organized and filed. Many of us neglect office work during the beautiful summers months – now is the time to find your desk top again!

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Pick a nice sunny day to clean up the yard, increase your curb appeal and celebrate the look and feel of autumn with a few outdoor projects:

  • Remove and compost old annuals flowers, remove dead leaves and blooms from perennials.
  • Bring in fall color with mums, sunflowers, pumpkins and gourds to dress the front your home, urns and walkways. Harvest accents such as corn stalks and hay bales and height and interest by creating different levels to display your fall décor on.
  • Replace your summer door décor or wreath with a beautiful fall floral or harvest inspired wreath.
  • Clean wrap and store patio furniture and summer accessories for next season.

 

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Enjoy your refreshly cleaned home and get ready to have fun with Step 2…  Bringing to the look of fall inside!

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Our Favorite Things… Fall Inspired Floral Arrangements

As much as I love summer, each year by late August I’m ready and excited for fall. If you are an early morning person as I am, you can feel a change in the early morning air – there is a crisp coolness that wasn’t there a week ago. Even with the day’s still heating up in the summer sun – the morning gives a taste of what’s to come.

One of my favorite ways to bring the warmth of fall into into my decor projects is with fall florals and branches. The rich color adads instant impact and warmth.

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Love the blend of the reclaimed wood pedestal, the turquoise of the vintage clock and warmth of the fall colored florals and branches.

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I’m crazy about rust colored peonies, and reach for them time and again in my seasonal floral arranging.

Seriously, who doesn’t love the look of fall?.. Stunning color both inside and out!

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Our Favorite Things… Floral Accents

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, there are so many ways to bring floral accents into your home…

How about a centerpiece or wall art to add a pop of color and a floral touch?

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Faux floral arrangements are terrific, whether sitting on table or hung on a wall!

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Or in your fabrics and textiles… Imagine these as an area rug, upholstered chair, curtail, table runner of pillow – oh what they can do for a room!

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Whether your style is traditional, rustic farmhouse or contemporary, try adding a few floral accents to your family room, kitchen, bath or bedroom to bring in a pop of color, natural elegance and a bit of softness to your room.

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Parade of Homes… Accessorizing the Kitchen

This year’s Parade of Homes kitchen was a show stopper with a blend of sleek contemporary white cabinets, white quartz countertops and a reclaimed wood tray ceiling – together they bring in the perfect blend of contemporary style and rustic chic.

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The open shelving in the kitchen had beautiful live-edge black walnut shelves and was the perfect location to stage as an wine bar and entertaining area.

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Rustic wine stoppers, wood chargers, greenery and wired glass jars were mixed with glassware warm up the space and bring in an organic feel.

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We were thrilled to have a special guest admiring our work… Mariel Hemingway, 2016 spokesperson for Cambria, stopped by for a peak at the kitchen and the stunning Cambria quartz countertops.

The dinette off the kitchen dressed is dressed with mix of organic touches, along with our fun black and white polka dot pottery.

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Black & white Fouta kitchen towels take the place of napkins in our tablescape.

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Our centerpiece is simple with just a trio of potted greenery and a simple green apple for a pop of color.

Green apples were used in various places through out the kitchen to tie in the bright green accent color of the main living are of the house.

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Another quick and easy organic arrangement – just a few ramekins with potted moss sitting on our marble cheese board add an earthy touch.

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This a certainly a kitchen that I think anyone would love to come home to!

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Parade of Homes… Guest Bedroom Accents

The guest bedroom in the Harrington Homes model had a relaxed welcoming feel brought with a bird theme. Although the furniture leaned toward the contemporary side, we brought in some elements of nature and softened the room with floral and bird themed wall art and accessories.

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The barnwood framed bird wall art adds instant charm and greets you as soon as you enter the room.

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Silver birds added to the night stand add a bit of whimsy.

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These sweet little wire wall flowers add a feminine touch to the space, and are perfect for a small wall.

Little accents such as these are in inexpensive way to create a warm and inviting room for your guests.

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Marching in the Parade of Homes… Harrington Homes Sophia Master Bath

The rich gray palette continues into the master bath’s tile, shower, counter top and flooring.

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The perfect spot for our painting of this lovely lady!

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The water closet is simply dressed with reclaimed wood framed mirrors and a simple orchid.

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