My sweet adorable sister is home for a whole four days from Washington DC and I am LOVING our sister time. So this shall be a quick post. Sister time----so sue me! ; ) So I asked her...'ok I don't know what to blog about, give me a topic.'
Ok mason jars it is! They're a huge trend right now for weddings and parties in general. Probably always will be, I guess--can't go wrong with a mason jar. You can do gosh darn anything with a mason jars! I loooove the succulents in this mason jar:
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And of course floral arrangements---you can never go wrong putting some florals in a mason jar:
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What?!?! You can make lighting? Yes you can!
A little organization never hurt anyone---to go all "mother" on you. You can number your mason jars:
Mason jars are great because they fit into that category of "one thing, a million ways."
HAPPY weekend dear readers. I'm going to enjoy a fabulous weekend full of half parts work and half parts FAMILY PARTIES! All kinds of family in town this weekend!
I won my first ever design challenge! Remember my post about the Babs Blog Design Challenge from a few weeks ago? Well, they chose one of my boards and I couldn't be more excited! Thanks for choosing my board, Kari and Jill!
Side note--- Any of my readers from here in Wichita---be sure to stop by Clifton Square in College Hill if you get the chance between now and Saturday. Josephine & Company, a home decor store based in Winfield, is renting space and taking part in the Final Friday gallery crawl. I'll put up a longer post about it tomorrow. Stop by if you can! Hours are 12-6 on Thursday; 9-9 on Friday; 9-6 Saturday.
These images are making me want to roll up my sleeves and make some DIY silhouette art. You can either go the classic route---black silhouette on white background, or you can do colors on patterns, white silhouettes on a colored background...etc etc.
Graham Moss via Pinterest
Want a silhouette making tutorial? Take a look here!
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Love these whimsical colorful silhouettes, backed by a graphic bold wallpaper. Definitely not your old fashioned silhouettes now, are they!
Where is your go-to place when it comes to buying lamps? One of my favorite places is TJ Maxx (slash Home Goods if possible) and here's why----Oh, numero uno: you can stretch your dollar. And so many styles to choose from! I muchisimo like this lamp:
I could see two of these, flanking a sofa...
So what are your best sources?
I just think lamplight is one of the easiest ways to add warmth and coziness to a space. I kind of feel like a bug under overhead lighting---do you know what I mean? A little?
Did you know there was a wind advisory today?! Yes, WIND advisory! I felt like Dorothy earlier today, about to get swept up in a tornado. High time to retire to a safe part of the house--you know, internal closet or something.
Or a little under-the-staircase reading nook...
This is a nook to end all nooks. I love it and want it...but do I need it?
Yes, I need one, just like it.
As a safety precaution against tornadoes and wind advisories!
First off---keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway later in the week! I'll just give you a hint---giftcard. Yes! Guilt free spending, money just for you ---and to a place that will help you beautify your home, no less!
And then secondly, just a little something something to just whet your appetite here before the holiday season hits (I know right...to early...) ------> Present Wrapping! One of my favorite pastimes. I'll do a longer post in a few weeks, but for now, just know this: if you are someone who lives in Wichita (or close) and you hate wrapping presents---let me do it! I love wrapping presents. In fact I am the resident Present Wrapper here in Casa Patton. (Among other things, such as Dog Walker and Flower Water-er.) Anyway---the point is, I'll draw up a little price list, and then you can bring me your presents that need to be wrapped and I can go to town on them, giving them a theme or covering them in bows or just generally going over the top. You know how we do. A few little peeks:
I think we all have at least a mental picture of what we like our little nest to look like, right? Be it a "sometime in the future" idea or "right NOW"---it doesn't matter, it's just fun to define our styles! Well, ever since starting this blog I've realized how much I like colors on the light/bright/mixed with white end of the spectrum. Not barbie...but cheerful/feminine. Here are my three latest images to add to the "someday" pile...
Mucho MUCHO gusto the crisp whites, the chandelier, and OH yes, the windows:
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Um, more word art?It fits perfectly though, right?! Look at how.many.colors there are in this living room. Bold and I love it!
When it comes to colors "matching"---I say to heck with it. If you love this color---and you love that color---just put them together. Just try it! You'll probably like it.
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Hall arches: covet
Gallery walls: why not
High gloss white: Do it!
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What kind of rooms do you dream about decorating? Do you like these airy color palettes, or dark woodsy bolds? Depends on the space itself, I suppose.
Happy Wednesday friends! We're halfway through the week, woohoo!
So I've been putsing (with purpose, as my mom says,) about on Target.com and look what I found: an alternative to the ubiquitous (and cray-expensive) Rosette bedding from Anthropologie. Here's the Anthro version:
Very pretty--yes! BUT the price for the comforter alone is three times more expensive than the $79 Target set, shown below, in 2 colors:
This would be such a fun bedding set to spice up with patterned pillows, and add personality to with splashes of your favorite colors.
What stores are your favorite bedding sources? Do you like to mix and match from a variety of stores? That's my favorite method for creating a personalized look.
Remember those Hans Wegner Wishbone chairs that I blogged about here?
WELL---- now as you know, it's October-- Breast Cancer Awareness month-- and pink is
Even on the Wishbone chairs!
Several designers teamed up with The Pink Wishbone Project (benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation) to create one-of-a-kind pink Wishbone chairs. I love the one above, designed by Annie Kelly.
One of my favorites is this next one, designed by Katie Lydon:
The chairs are being auctioned off here, in case you're curious about pricing...
Designed by Allegra Hicks
It's fun to window shop, right?
Designed by Laura Kirar
Bidding closes October 28th. I'll be curious to see how much these end up going for! The estimated values range from $1,750 to $5,000--- but they'll probably fetch even more.
Two of my favorite colors to decorate with are greens and blues. These are "cool" colors, rather than warm colors (such as reds, oranges, etc) and cool colors tend to play a trick on you where they seem to be receding back from you. --Making a room feel bigger! (Usually.) Pretty cool huh?
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Now if I could just get my hands on a sweetly tailored sofa like that one!
What are your favorite color schemes?
I know a lot of people who are drawn to deep, rich, warm tones. And there are the beige and nature lovers. The jewel tone devotees. The all-white zen masters. Where do you fit in?
Today I want to share a very-cool DIY headboard project that a former college classmate of mine, Peter, recently completed. Using pages out of old books, look what he created to give his bedroom a little more character:
Isn't it cool? I love it how it turned out!
About a month ago, Peter emailed me asking for a few book titles I recommended for reading, and one that I recommended was Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers. The book has a feature on creating your own wallpaper out of old book pages, but since Peter is renting and couldn't do a whole wall... he decided to do his own take and make a headboard. Clever!
That's the DIY spirit!
And he even has a gallery wall. So hip.
Fitting headboard for someone who was a Great Books program major, right?!
Thank you for sharing your finished product, Peter!
It reminds me of the feature on fashion designer Jason Wu, who was featured in last month's Elle Decor:
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Here's a similar effect, only using newspaper and lining the whole wall:
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And one last inspiration photo:
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Thanks again for sending me photos of your finished project, Peter!