Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fall Changes Have Started In My Greatroom!!


The weather has actually shown a few signs of Fall in the air!! I know we are looking forward to a bit cooler temps since we all seem to have had some unusually hot days around here.

I could not resist putting out the new pillow covers for my Fall changes. So a few days ago I began.....

 I kept the sofa simple without too much pattern other than the gold faux bois. The pillow on the left is actually an indigo velvet even though it looks almost black in this image. Blue and Gold are the colors of Fall for me this year!

The reason I kept the sofa pillows subtle in pattern is because the main star of the pillows for fall is this fabric....

A nice deep indigo background seemed perfect for my room. I love a good Chinoiserie and this one just felt right to me. This one fabric created the mood, style and color scheme for the room. I like to call elements that have this quality a combiner fabric or combiner element, because it pulls everything together. Without it the room would not make sense......

You will also notice I added a nice nubby throw to the ottoman that continues pulling together the colors in the room in a subtle manner. There is no gold in this piece, that would have been one step to far towards contrived, IMHO.

I especially love how this pattern looks in my black bobbin chair.

 It's interesting how the room changes a bit in the night time lighting. The golds become warmer the blues become a bit moodier. It all makes me feel warm and cozy, just the look I wanted for the upcoming cooler months.

In the upcoming weeks I will be adding a few more touches. Maybe a touch of wheat to bring out the gold and some eucalyptus as a nice contrast with it's soft green, and of course the white and blue/green pumpkins that always say FALL to me.

 Love this time of year and all of it's beauty it has to offer.  Remember to always.......


Thursday, September 7, 2017

How To Make Seasonal Changes In A Room!

 Autumn decorating idea using a stack of thrift store book and a Free Printable for fall to add to each book in the stack.

Anyone that knows me very well knows that I change out some of my accessories for the seasons. One of the questions I get asked is, 

"How do you do that?"

Trust me when I tell you that it is not hard at all, in fact if it was hard I probably would not be doing it.

 Wheat bundle.....did you know that wheat is a symbol for prosperity?  I hope each and every person who sees this is blessed with great prosperity!!:

Since my home is not overly decorated with a lot of stuff that does help me out in placing some of the seasonal changes. Over the year I have developed a method to my madness.

 (My fall mantel last year.)

Today I am going to share with you how I would add accessories to a clients home and this is how I have done it for years.

 The girls and I spent last week in New Hampshire with my family. There is nothing more beautiful than autumn in New England. I hated l...

On decorating day I will have the client remove all of the accessories, only leaving larger pieces like table lamps.

I have found it is so much easier to have a clear vision once the room is void of any and all accessories.

 mixing patterns

I will have the client put their accessories in groupings of......

  • Shiny textures, like glass, or mirrored pieces.
  • Metal pieces
  • Wood pieces
  • Textural pieces like baskets
  • Books
  • Candles
  • Plants
  • Framed photos

Basically they are creating a shopping area for me. I will go to this  shopping area to find what I need to decorate the room.

 Fall Tour 2016 (and a $100 HomeGoods Gift Card Giveaway)

I always start with the larger pieces first and then fill in with the smaller or medium pieces.
The best place to start is you main focal points such as a fireplace mantel or a coffee table. Since these are the areas that will most likely set the mood for your room.

 Love the idea of using natural elements for decorating for fall!

When choosing elements I like to vary my textures. I have found if a room has all shiny objects it becomes contrived and boring, just not quite right. Remember the 80's brass and glass era!? Oh my!!


It is also important to keep out the elements that are important to you, after all that is what makes your house a home.

One thing to always keep in mind is my little mantra.....

One of the biggest mistakes I see homeowners do is to have so many little pieces in the room that the eye does not  see any of it because it creates constant movement, jumping from one piece to another, never painting a complete picture. The room is more like a puzzle that has not been put together yet.

 shelf in rendezvous room, fur and antlers and instead of the other stuff, ad one of our lanterns (old shop) and an old southern whiskey pitcher or a spitoon

Remember not every surface and/or wall has to have something on it. If you want your guest to stop and look at something put it out, or up on a wall, but if the wall is just a pass through area it does not necessarily need something on it.

 Tone on Tone  ornamental Kale and white pumpkins♥♥♥
 Loi Thai's lovely home from Tone on Tone blog!

The other thing I tell my clients when they are trying something new to them in their homes is to do the morning test!!

I have found this to be true in my own decorating life and many of my clients and friends can attest to this working as well.

 If it does NOT pass the morning test I take it back or put it away.

Something else you need to have in your rooms to keep it fresh and alive is......

There is nothing better than plants or fresh flowers to add life to a room. Try to avoid faux flowers when ever possible. They tend to look old and a bit dated. 

I know there are two camps on this subject and I am falling in the camp of no faux. Plants are so inexpensive to purchase these days and so are fresh flowers. 

 17th century French stone counters

The one exception is a large tree for a corner, but be sure it passes the touch me to see if I am real test!!!

When adding your accessories to a table, mantle, or shelf it is always a good idea to work with odd numbers. I am sure you all probably know this, but for those that don't it is a good guideline to follow.

 nancy fishelson

When using elements in a vignette you will need to vary your heights as well as your textures. Your elements  need  to go up and down in a soft flowing motion, varying your heights will do the trick.

Here is a good example I found that shows how to vary heights and objects on shelving. This can also be applied on a mantel or a coffee table as far as textures and heights go.

Both were found HERE!!

Notice in the last picture how the same objects can look so much better by making sure there is an up and down imaginary line from one object to another.


The other thing I want to tell you is to NOT be afraid of making changes, have fun with your home, enjoy making it uniquely yours. 

Get ready to make some changes because Fall is right around the corner.

Here is another post that you might find helpful, 
click HERE!!


Sunday, September 3, 2017

A FASHION POST: Wardrobe planning and Letting Go!!

The seasons have not changed other than we are getting hotter instead of cooler, which is what Fall is suppose to bring, right? NOT!! 

Even though we are not getting cooler weather I am still working on my transition wardrobe for Fall.

If you read my last post you know I am having to replace my entire wardrobe. A bit of a daunting task to say the least. It is even more difficult being between seasons and between sizes. 

You might say I am stuck in the middle.

So far I have some basic pieces, and I have added some color and a few accessories to my wardrobe. I think this will carry me through until the winter months, and then I will need to purchase some warmer clothing.

I know this sounds like a really fun proposition, and it is at times, but what has been harder than I thought is the purging and letting go of some of my favorite pieces. 

Who knew I was so attached to my clothes? I sure had no idea!

One thing I have started to do is to put some of my clothing on a resale site.  Other than selling my clothing, the extra benefit is showing me what I need to get to make my wardrobe more complete.

I have put together little outfits to display what I am selling to make it more appealing and to show it's potential. I am calling it playing dress-up.

Here are a few of the outfits I have put together ...

 In this vignette I was featuring one my favorite pieces and a real workhorse in my wardrobe, the striped top.

This outfit reminded me that I need a pair of gingham shorts or ankle pants in my new wardrobe!

Featuring a JCrew navy and white popover.

I can't say enough good things about these pink Talbots boyfriend jeans. In fact I have already purchased them in my new size because they became a staple in my spring/summer wardrobe. Talk about soft and comfy!!

It is always nice to have a top with a little something special on it and this embellished Talbots top fit the bill. I am making notes on what I need in my upcoming wardrobe planning as I am writing all of this for you. (and me!)

These brightly colored pants turned out to be a big surprise to me on how often I would choose them to wear. The striped top is an all time favorite piece of mine, it is a bit hard to say goodbye to this top.

Another pair of Talbots boyfriend jeans I have to say good bye to. I paired them with a new top for my Fall transition wardrobe. you will notice the new-to-me equestrian scarf and the tortoise bangle. I have a cute pair of patent leopard flat that would look cute with this outfit or a pair of brown leather sandals or gold would work too. (note to self, need yellow jeans again!)

This outfit is a great one to transition into Fall for me. The plaid pants became a staple in my wardrobe. I also have a pair of blackwatch plaid that I wore all the time with turtlenecks. I need to add at least one pair of plaid pants in my final wardrobe.

Both the wool gray box pleat skirt and argyle sweater are gone!!! Two pieces that worked well together and look great with loafers or boots depending on how cold it gets.

I have other pieces as well but these are the ensembles I put together as a cover shot for the article of clothing I was offering.

My list is getting longer and my mind is spinning, but I have fun making up these outfits, just like playing dress-ups.

Saying goodbye to favorite pieces was a lot harder than I ever thought it would be, but I know getting at a new healthier weight is so important for me to do, so onward and upward.

I have all of these and others pinned on my pinboard.......

From My Closet To Yours
click HERE or HERE 
if interested.