1.  this sofa from martha stewart furniture with bernhardt.  i haven’t priced it out but her collection is really reasonable.

2.  this color combo.  the room was designed by pamplemousse design inc. and i spotted it on this blog.

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3.  this A-DOR-A-BLE crib from pottery barn kids called the olivia fixed gate crib.  i love it.  it has so much character.

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4.  this hayden crib bedding from caden lane.  i mean is this cute or what.

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5.  these precious mobiles from the etsy shop pink perch.

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6.  these fun pumpkin pics.  thought they would be a good way to end the list.  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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i know what you are thinking…no, i’m not preggers.  sorry to disappoint.  i’ve got baby on the brain because i’m about to start working on a nursery.  it is fun to window shop for baby things though. 

have a safe and happy halloween!

bringing in the fall


i finished decorating for fall today.  i didn’t do much and i definitely didn’t spend a lot of money, but i think that it turned out quite nicely and it will last through thanksgiving.

here’s our dining table center piece.  i got the monogrammed pumpkin idea from layla over at the lettered cottage.  such a cute idea.  i picked up a 1/2 yard of burlap from the fabric store and cut it to just fit under the arrangement.  without the burlap it didn’t have anything to ground it.

in our pass-thru archway that leads to the kitchen i used an old tray and and placed a jar candle and some leaves inside of it.  i didn’t like how the jar’s label was showing so i used leaves and raffia to cover it up.



our entryway is more like a long hallway but it is big enough for us to have a part shelf, part table .  i added a hurricane vase filled with limbs from our dogwood trees that are a lovely shade of red-orange right now. 

i had a couple of brown pillar candles that i bought earlier in the year so i wrapped them in leaves and raffia and placed them on the table too.  i’m not a huge fan of raffia but for this project it worked.

for the very last little project i used a vase that i had in the house and added some of the left-over dogwood limbs to it.  i placed it on top of painted shelves that we have in our kitchen.  we also got a halloween card from a friend last week so i added that up there too.  it’s simple but it works.

and that’s it.  the house is decorated for fall.  can’t wait until i can decorate for christmas though.

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cool idea for staircase spindles.  if you don’t like ‘em…cover ‘em.  even if you do like ‘em…cover ‘em anyway.  it’s like accessories for your staircase.

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bring on the holidays


i’ve never really gotten into decorating for fall.  although i love the colors, i’ve never been one to fill my house with pumpkins and spooky things.  it’s probably because around the time most people start to decorate their house for halloween and fall, i start to get super excited about decorating for christmas.  once i get christmas on the brain it’s hard for me to get it off.  billy has to try really hard to keep me from getting a tree earlier than thanksgiving.  once it’s up it would suit me just fine to leave it there ‘til easter.  i’ve even been known to start listening to my christmas cd’s as early as september.  christmas is my favorite holiday, can you tell.  LOVE the decorations, the colors, the smells, the music, the sweet little baby that we celebrate it for…pretty much everything about it. 

saturday my restoration hardware catalog came in and guess what, there were the first signs of christmas in it.  i love the way they styled this issue.  i’m definitely going to be stealing quite a few of their ideas this season. 

like this one…hanging christmas ornaments on lots of tree limbs.  i don’t thing i would drape my whole dining room in them but one or two limbs hanging on the wall would be a nice touch.



on my side table or maybe my coffee table i’ll be using this arrangement.  pretty much the same idea as the last but just arranged in a large hurricane vase.


berries, pomegranates and candles make a perfect casual dining table centerpiece. 


love the idea of hanging a wreath on the inside as well as the outside.


even though i could decorate for christmas tomorrow i’ve decided i’m at least going to do a fall centerpiece this year.  if it turns out like i hope it will i’ll post some pics later.

doesn’t get much prettier


i just came across this 2009 idea house from coastal living.  i could so live here. 

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i mean who wouldn’t want to live here with this north carolina view.  i can just imagine lounging in a chaise out under this lazy tree, sipping on a cup of tea and listening to the wind blow through the grass.  that’s the way i would start every day.

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i could also get used to this kitchen.  love the two-tone cabinets and the light fixture that’s almost identical to one of my favorites.  i would trade the man out for my husband though.

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i’ve always wanted a kitchen with a nook…just like this one.  i’m sure sweetie, my little jack russell terrier, would be looking out this window all day long.


on rainy days i would curl up with a book in the sunroom.

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or in this cozy room by the fire.

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i’d love to entertain guests in the living room.  the muted colors are so soothing.  i absolutely love the bird artwork on the back wall.  it’s so elegant.

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having an outdoor kitchen like this one would make entertaining a lot of fun too.


and when i had guests stay overnight they could stay in this lovely guest suite.


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after entertaining i would retreat to the lovely master suite.

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maybe some day….

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in her memory


i was mia from blogging most of last week because billy’s grandma passed away on tuesday morning.  she had gone in for a serious surgery week before last, but she made it through the surgery just fine.  unfortunately there were complications about three days later and the good Lord decided it was time for her to go and be with him.  last week was rough on our family, but we know that she is in a better place.  for the funeral billy’s aunt’s printing company made these beautiful bookmarks for everyone to have in her memory.  the picture is a picture of her at our wedding.  she looked so beautiful that day.  “grandma,” as we called her, was a beautiful, vivacious woman of God.  her spirit touched everyone she was around.  we will miss her very much but we were so blessed to have had her in our life.


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great color combo


i saw this color combo in a room on a virtual house tour at bhg.com

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i was immediately drawn to the warmth in this color scheme.  the colors are fresh and inviting yet still cozy enough to use in a bedroom.  the white and neutral furniture in the room sets the colors off and really makes them.  the neutral furniture also helps to unify the room.  although the colors are a bit funky, since the furniture was kept to a traditional style it adds a sophistication to the space.

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charming home tour


i was browsing through the atlanta homes & lifestyle website and came across this absolutely beautiful north carolina home owned and designed by mimi williams


from the moment you walk through the entry this home emits charm. 



i love the collection of circle themed accessories displayed across the an entire wall in the family room.  it makes for an amazing focal point.


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the vaulted ceiling running throughout the family room and the kitchen is stunning.  i really like that she used skirted barstools and a curved stove hood to soften the space.



how cool is this sink in the powder room!


i also love the way she has displayed all the treasures that she found while traveling the globe.  they are in every room.




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i wish that i could have seen the master bath.  i’m sure it has to be just as fabulous as the rest of the house.

happy monday!