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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Little More Valentine Decorating

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Greetings, friends!

Today, I wanted to share a few more pops of red that I recently added for Valentine's Day.  Do you decorate for the "day of love?"

Here in our foyer, where I recently did a little furniture "switcheroo," sweet red hearts let you know that Valentine's Day is near.

Once I got them all placed, I then decided to add in black and white plates to the wall and really like how they look mixed with the red!

Yes, "U ROCK" (annnnd so does Michael's, as they always have the cutest seasonal decor)!

If you turn left and cruise on down the hallway, you'll pass by our dining room, where I added red candlesticks and faux rose petals to the sideboard.

These sweet ramekins (Michael's) help to dress up our simple white plates ... maybe "one" day, we'll actually enjoy a meal in here!

Next door in our kitchen, I've long been a fan of adding vignettes to the center of our island as a way to "welcome" our guests to the heart (get it? ha ha) of our home ... so, of course, a Valentine centerpiece was in order.

Faux tulips from Michaels (fancied up by adding a vase within a vase and filling it with yummy candy) ... and a cute sign from HomeGoods ... helped me get the job done! 

Of course, these fun cupcakes from Pier One tucked under a glass cloche are quite tempting ... thankfully, they're ceramic.  

Leftover heart garland, along with glass canisters filled with shredded ribbon and candy hearts, help to "spread the love" to our little shelves.

And, down below, inexpensive red and white cookie cutters fill another canister ... I like inexpensive decorating!

Of course, I "had" to add a little Valentine's tree ...

And, where I normally use red and white ribbon, I decided to, instead, go with this pretty black and white ribbon (that I used on our Christmas tree in the great room) to help our ornaments pop a bit ...

and to tie in with our red, black and white Valentine mantel in our great room. 

Even if you don't have Valentine decor, a bowl filled with pretty red apples would be perfect on your counter! 

Got any red spatulas laying around?  If so, tuck them in with your utensils or wooden pieces and you'll have a little Valentine pop!

It wouldn't be Valentine's Day without candy, now would it?  So, please just go ahead and "pick your poison!" 

These are my personal fave, which is why I can't even have just ONE ... if I do, I won't stop!

Over in our sunroom off of the kitchen, a bouquet of faux roses dresses up a white garden seat, and hearts that I hung on branches set in a glass demijohn add a bit of Valentine "zing" to the accent chest I scored (already chalk painted) from Craigslist. 

Aren't these striped straws cute?  They're were even "cuter" when I spotted them for 40% off at Michael's.

And, there you have it ... our humble Valentine's Day decor.  

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit!  Happy Valentine's Day!

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Monday, February 2, 2015

2015 Valentine Mantel/Heart and Home Blog Hop

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Greetings, friends!  

It seems like just yesterday we were wishing each other a Merry Christmas, doesn't it?!  And, now, February has arrived!  

To celebrate the month of "love," I'm happily joining 9 amazing bloggers (as part of a "Heart & Home Blog Hop"), as they share a bit of their Valentine's Day decor.

Sooo, here's my take on a Valentine's mantel:

I started by adding simple white vases with "faux" tulips from Michaels:

And, to back up just a moment, of course, on my way out of our storage room, armed with my Valentine bin, I had to grab our "Vinter 2014" red/white pillows from IKEA (that I had in here just a few "short" weeks ago for Christmas) to spread the love from the mantel just a bit:

Michael's always has the cutest, inexpensive garlands!

Speaking of Michael's, this sweet wreath once sat on their shelves, too: 

I love how it pops against the mirror.

All you need is "love" (well, that *and* Home Goods to find cute signs such as this)!

And, there you have it ... our simple Valentine mantel.

Please be sure you visit these incredibly talented ladies as they share their take on Valentine's Day, too!

Atta Girl Says

 Chateau Chic

Far Above Rubies

French Country Cottage

From My Front Porch to Yours

Housepitality Designs

White Lace Cottage

Thanks for stopping by,

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Our Winter Great Room

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Happy Friday!

Is it really already mid-January?  It seems like just *yesterday,* we were all sharing our holiday homes!

Normally, I would transition right into Valentine's Day after taking down our Christmas decorations, but, this year, I thought I'd give the red a break for a bit and keep a few winter touches around our house. 

I decided to add in a bit of gray, with the help of these pretty solid and striped pillows from IKEA:

I then shopped the house and brought in chunky mercury candlesticks (from the dining room) and added them to our sofa table.  I left our wintery arrangement that was here at Christmas, but, I removed the red berry branches to give it a cleaner look:

Of course, blankets are a "must" when it comes to winter decor, which is why I had to scoop up this blanket from IKEA ... love the colors and it helps our chair feel "cozy ready!"

I've really enjoyed intruding more gray around here ... and, I even carried it over to our buffet.  Although, I'm not done with it yet ... gotta add just "one" more coat of paint, and then she'll be ready for her close up:

Now, you *knoooow* that I had to try my hand at a simple Winter mantel.

And, when I saw this free printable from my sweet friend Barb on her fabulous blog, The Everyday Home, I knew I had to print it off and add it to our mantel, smack dab in the middle!  Thanks again, Barb!

"Pencil-y" Christmas trees (that were on our foyer table during the holidays) and silver candlesticks help to finish off our simple Winter mantel.

While I miss the red and vibrant holiday colors around our house, we're enjoying the soft and soothing "wintery" colors in here for now ...

And, of course, I had to add a bit of Winter in the kitchen, too.  Soon, these sweet, faux treats will be replaced with Valentine goodies!

Stop back by for a few splashes of "LOVE" soon!

Thanks for visiting,

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