Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Valentine's Day Ideas...

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I must confess, I wish "Lady Bug" were already here! I mean  how cute would she look in this cute little number from A Sweet Sweet Boutique...

1st Birthday Cupcake Tutu 3 Piece Set From The Sweet Sweet Couture Birthday Party Collection Perfect For Cake Smash Photo Shoots

All together now awwwwwwwwww.....

With Valentine's Day less than a month away, I wanted to share some great little ideas I've found for you to not only decorate your home with but great little ideas for gifts to hand out to your loved ones. If you have kids you know how important these types of projects are. So here's all the goodies I've come across...

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I love this DIY Project from from The Idea Room for Tissue Rosette Kissing Balls.

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This heart garland  from Better Homes and Gardens would look adorable 
hanging from a kid's headboard. You can even change
 out their bedding to match, great idea!

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Infarrantly Creative has a great tutorial on her blog on how to 
create this great Valentine's Advent Calendar.

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How cute are these coupons from Better Homes and Gardens?
 You can create different versions for your hubby, kids, best friend....the list goes on!

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A more unique twist on this popular idea is this DIY deck of love cards created with an ordinary deck of playing cards. Check out Paper Vinenz for more details.

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The Fry Family is full of cute little ideas for Valentine's Day gift hand outs. 
Check out there blog for more great ideas!

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Annie's Eats shares her wonderful recipe for homemade Valentine's cookies.

Valentine's Swirly Heart Print Womans Retro Apron With Tiered Skirt And Bib

If you're gonna be in the kitchen baking....you mine as well look cute!! 
Mama Madison has some gorgeous little aprons available
 for purchase in her Etsy shop.

Pink Damask Print Womans Retro Apron With Tiered Skirt And Bib

Here's another one of my favorite apron picks from Mama Madison
You've gotta check out her online shop!! It's adorable.

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Add a little love to your front door with this rose frame.
 Thrifty Decorating shares a tutorial on how to create your very own.

If you're having a little get together don't forget a lovely little table display....

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Need more great and inexpensive ideas? 
Well, here ya go...


I hope everyone found something super cute they could create within their own budget! 
I can't wait to get started on a few of these myself! 
Have a wonderful day, Everyone!!
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Decorating With White...

Decorating with white can be a little scary sometimes, I know....especially if you have pets or children. But if you choose your white pieces carefully, you'll have a lot of fun with your choices and be able to add pops of your favorite colors throughout each season. Over the years, I  taken a few home decorating tips from Rachel Ashwell so I thought I'd share a few with you. 

WHITE IS NEVER BORING. Beige can be boring, but not white. It's a very dramatic color. That's proven over and over again by weddings — we never tire of looking at them. 

WHITE CAN BE COZY. People think of it as cold, because they believe a white room must be neat and uniform, with chairs lined up like good little soldiers. I avoid hard, modern pieces and use fluffy cushions and distressed finishes — so you still get that airy feeling, but with warmth to it. 

WHITE MAKES FOR A FLEXIBLE AND FORGIVING FIRST STEP. Paint a room white and you have a blank canvas for anything. Start with bold wallpaper and you're already committed.

WHITE IS INDEED A COLOR — WITH LOTS OF RANGE. Benjamin Moore alone offers over 200 different shades. If you look carefully at the undertones, some are blue, pink, green. You really need to paint a wall and experience the color at different times of day to see how the light changes it. 

WHITE UPHOLSTERY CAN BE PRACTICAL. I often use outdoor fabrics inside. Faux leathers and suedes are also very forgiving. Once, I vinylized a linen kitchen banquette to give the sense of texture without sacrificing stain resistance.

Shabby Chic Living Room 

WOOD WARMS UP EVEN THE MOST SPARSELY FURNISHED WHITE ROOM. There's a lot of movement in wood. In effect, it starts to feel like a print — just a very subtle one. Other low-key ways to add interest and depth: fabrics with woven tone-on-tone chevron or herringbone patterns, marble countertops, and antique rugs on the reverse (just flip the rug over so the muted side shows). 

WHITE HAS THE POWER TO UNIFY DISJOINTED SPACES. Rachel's country home in Virginia is an old farmhouse that had been added to over time; even the floors didn't match. White — on the walls and underfoot — harmonized the space and established continuity from one room to another. It encourages flow whereas an abrupt color change can destroy the sight line. On a more prosaic note, an all-white decorating scheme lets you move furniture around: A chair pulled from the living room can also work at the dining table.

NOT ALL WHITES MATCH. Once you start layering different tones, you can't assume they'll all go together. You've got to look at them next to each other to see if they blend. 

WHITE ALLOWS YOU TO APPROACH DECORATING AS YOU WOULD FASHION. You can freshen up a white room just by swapping out throw pillows: blue ones for summer, orange ones for winter, and so on. A rug or work of art is another little way to make a big difference. 

DRAPES DELIVER THE WOW OF WHITE UPHOLSTERY WITHOUT THE FEAR. If I were working with a young family, I'd never cover a sofa or any other everyday piece in white linen. It's unrealistic. But white linen curtains are much less likely to get stained — especially if you add a colored border to the bottom where the fabric grazes the floor.


Are you ready for a crash course? Here are a few ways to add a little white around your home...

Create a great little space to display some of your favorite pieces of jewelry with these white ceramic door knobs. Great finds like these can be found just about anywhere...I got mine at Urban Outfitters a few months ago. (They look very similar to these, but only half the price). If you're looking for one that's really unique check antique and salvage stores. You can usually find some amazing pieces...just sand them a little, prime and paint with a spray paint suitable for metal and you've got something special with lots of personality! 

Mix and match white linens. Add texture and depth with different
 types of fabrics and styles!

Group together a collection of white candle holders, all in different sizes, with cream/ivory colored candles for a more casual coastal look. If you're going for a classic and pure look, use white pillar candles instead.  It's a great way to add a little drama and ambiance to any room. Think about how gorgeous they would the look all lit up with the lights dimmed down low? 

Mirrors are my absolute favorite way to accessorize ANY room! Not only do they add impact to the room, they also make any size room appear larger. Decorating Tip: Hang your mirror on a wall that reflects the most natural light (or in most cases across from a door or window. It makes your room appear larger and brings more beauty in from the outside.

Don't forget tablescaping!  When you have company over, set your table with all white dishes. The beauty is you can invest in a great set of dishes that go with any color decor you add throughout the season. If you break a piece or two throughout the years....no worries about matching the pattern. Just buy a few new white pieces to add into the mix. Mixing different shaped dishes add a nice relaxing, shabby chic feel to your home. 

I found the best set of dishes to own (in my opinion) are Pfaltzgraff. They're chip resistant and can be heated in the oven up to 400 degrees or so. Also, no more burnt fingers when picking up a bowl, plate or mug out of the microwave....that in itself is soooooo nice! So here's the deal, I know place settings can be expensive so I did a google search to find the best price. Turns out, I found three sixteen piece place settings on Amazon.com for just slightly more than a full set on Pflatzgraff's website. Service for eight on Pfaltzgraff.com was $159.99....I found service for 12 on Amazon.com for $133.63!! So you see...it does pay to shop around and search out the best deal. Here's the pattern I chose:

Pfaltzgraff Filigree 48-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 12

It's called Filigree...it has just enough detail to add a little of that coastal shabby 
feel to my table settings...but not too feminine for hubby to eat off of. 
Apparently, that's a really important detail  to some men, huh...who knew! {lol}

Even the tiniest details get noticed! Try these embellished
 iron switch plate accessories to add a little chic to your shabby!

 ($18 each; anthropologie.com)

Tables are always a great way to not only fill a space but to add a little personality to your room. Go for a table with more character like this one....carved legs and curved architecture really make this table something worth adding to your home collection. Since I live in a small town, it's hard to find unique furniture (within my budget) that has a lot of personality and character. So what do I do? SHOP ANTIQUE AND SALVAGE STORES!!  If you don't mind putting a little TLC into your piece by sanding and painting....you'll score every time! In fact, most pieces of furniture in my home are salvaged and re-purposed.

My new favorite motto when it comes to home decorating...

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Have a beautiful day, Everyone!
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

New Jewels Fresh Off the Design Table...

O'ma Goodness! Has it really been two weeks since my last post? Things have been so crazy here over the last several days, I'm losing track of time....forgive me for leaving everyone hanging, please! Some days I'm left wondering....

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"Ugh, how am I going to get it all done?"

I promise my blogging sacrifice isn't without great reward though. Since baby girl {our niece has lovingly named her "ladybug"} is arriving in April, the project countdown has begun. Hubby and I are working on redecorating the den, complete with hardwood floors, paint and some great pieces of furniture we found for next to nothing! We're almost done and pictures will be posted this week of the final reveal...oooooh, I can't wait!! We've also been working on finishing "Ladybug's" nursery and redecorating the master bedroom. Wow, when take on some projects....we really take them on, huh?

So, since hubby is busy ripping up floors, I've decided to keep myself busy 
with new jewelry pieces for WhimSea Designs. Here are a few new One Of A Kind
 Statement necklaces available for purchase in my little boutique:

DEILYA - Double Strand Turquoise Necklace with Gold Vintage Brooch

ROSE - Double Strand Turquoise Necklace with Gold Vintage Brooch

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MADELYN - Double Strand Aqua Glass with Crystal Brooch Necklace

ELLIEANNA - Double Strand Adventurine Necklace with Gold Vintage Brooch

Don't worry though, if you're not a statement kinda girl....I've got a few delicate styles in the works like these beautiful gold wrapped czech glass necklaces:

OLIVIA - Gold Wrapped Apple Green Necklace

OLIVIA - Gold Wrapped Iced Aqua Necklace

Necklaces are available for order in any color combination. 
If you're planning a 2012 wedding, how stunning would these look on your bridesmaids? 
Matching earrings are also available for order. Custom order requests can be 
emailed to whimseadesigns@ymail.com or you can Convo me directly through
 my online Etsy boutique.

CHRISTINA - Gold Bird on a Branch Fuschia Drop Necklace

LAYLA - Gold Dahlia Flower Soft Pink Necklace

I've also been a little pre-occupied with designing new earrings! 
Here are a few of my new faves now available for purchase...

Gold Feather - Smoky Gray Earrings

Silver Framed - Aquamarine Gemstone Earrings

Gold Dahlia Flower - Capri Blue Earrings

Gold Classic Drop - Aqua and Light Blue Earrings

Silver Filigree - White Gold Champagne Earrings

Gold Tiara - Capri Blue Earrings

Gold Bohemian Swirl - Fuchsia Earrings

These earrings are available for custom order in gold or silver and any color stone you'd prefer. Larger quantities for bridal parties are always welcome, I also offer bridal party discounts!

Well, next week is gonna be another crazy busy week for this Momma-To-Be.
No worries, though I have a new motto...

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 I'll keep you posted with photos and updates on all the upcoming projects as completion draws near! Oooooooh, I'm so excited!!

Have a beautiful day, Everyone!

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