It All Started with a Pillow

Doesn't it just feel like you blink and it's Monday? I mean, where does the weekend go? Especially if you are out and about enjoying some of this lovely fall weather. Not that I was, instead I spent the weekend helping my parents move (insert mixed emotion face here)…but more about that later. After I get home. 
In the meantime, we've made a bit more progress in our little lady's room and I thought I'd share that with you today. 

So far we've found the bed and the sheets, added the bright quilted coverlet and the DIY pompom shams, but there's still more…can you see the changes? Just when you thought the bed couldn't get any cuter, I found another quilt to add to the mix.
Strolling the aisles of Marshall's I found the perfectly coordinating Tahari turquoise blue ruffled quilt in the clearance aisle. Adding the quilt to the end of the bed helps carry the color all the way from foot to head. It was a no-brainer.

Notice anything else? 
Yup, I splurged and purchased one quilted euro sham (remember the big sale at Horchow I posted on FB) to add into the mix. Now, even though just about everything on the bed was purchase individually and at different times, it actually looks like an intentional design. 

It's hard to believe that the whole bedding scenario started from the round turquoise pillow we purchased over a year ago. I remember thinking her room looked so sad, so unfinished (you can check it out here), I thought may be by adding just one fun pillow it would help. And I loved that color! Who knew a year later we would have created an entire design around that one colorful pillow.  

Loving this cute little lady bedding; don't plan to change a thing for many years to come. Now that's a good feeling. 
Next, I can't wait to move onto new areas of her room. We've carved out a tiny little play area that I'll share with you later in the week. 

Hope you had a great weekend!

until next time, 
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It's fall y'all, part 2 {coffee table styling}

Like I said earlier, styling a coffee table can be tricky in the best of situations. So imagine the complexities of styling another coffee table within eye shot. It has to coordinate, but not duplicate the other table top, while still having its own character. It's complicated. But, when the styling bug bites…one must take advantage :)

So, I got to styling the coffee table in the adjoining den. 
You can see I followed my own guidelines by including a tray, stacked items and something living. I also, once again, balanced several finishes: the rustic with the modern and the natural with the metallics.

On closer inspection…you can see stacked books for height, topped with a set of fall hued birds. One of the many benefits of not having a TV in this room is the lack of height restriction on coffee table decor. An ongoing struggle in the living room…

Here we have a rustic wood carved tray and a pair of faux birch pillar candles. The disco ball and brass pot were added to balance all the natural rustic elements. And the feathers, well, they were added because they are just plain fun and make me think of autumn.  

I've included this picture because it shows off my favorite bowl - rustic wood carved bowl lined with shimmering capiz shells. It's the perfect balance. And perfectly sums up what I've been trying to say this whole time. Don't you just love it when that happens?

Happy weekend all!

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It's fall y'all! {coffee table styling}

Did you know that Tuesday was the first day of fall? What more of an excuse does a girl need to get her fall decorating on? Not much if you ask me. So after spending the last couple of days in our living room revamping our couch and throw cushions, I figured our living room coffee table would be the best place to start. 

Coffee table styling can be tricky, so I always try to stick to these principals: a tray or container to corral the pretties, something stacked for height and something living. The styling fundamentals stay the same, it's the finishing touches that change seasonally. 

When it comes to fall decorating, I don't like to go too over the top fall-wise, but I do like to highlight some of nature's natural beauty. Of course, even nature has to be kept in check. Woods balanced by metallics, rustic balanced by more modern finishes.

Starting with the black and white bone inlay tray as my modern base, I layered some standard neutrals like the book and candle. Then, the rustic fall inspired finishes: wooden coasters, brass faux tortoise hinged box (thank you Nate Berkus for Target) and faux whitewashed antler.
Balance, balance, balance.

I can't really end this post without talking about the elephant in the room, the pumpkin. It's mid September and I've clearly said I don't do OTT fall decorating. In my defense, it's a white pumpkin so it's far less fall-ish than an orange pumpkin AND it's fall y'all! so, I'm all good. 

until next time, 

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