Here Comes 2017!

As I’m winding down from 2016 and getting ready for a new year, I thought I’d get a jump start on the table setting for a New Year’s day brunch.  Last year I did a New Year’s Eve get-together and … Continue reading

Friday Finds

You remember my post Right Time Right Moment when I found the perfect barware while in Florida.  This past weekend I needed to go to Chester and decided to go their indoor flea market.  I came across this sweet elderly … Continue reading

Guests Are Coming

The holidays are approaching and I’m sure you’re going to have guests.  Today I’d like to share a few tips to prepare for their arrival.  Aside from the usual dusting.(lol).. it’s always good to refresh the sheets.  I always give them a quick spray with  a favorite linen spray.

Have a welcoming station nearby to show them how happy you are to have them.   I created this with two unused items I had lying around the house.  This little project cost me $3.50 to make – you can view how to here

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I leave a spare key for them to use (just in case I’m not home and they need to get back in)

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Utilize the dresser drawer space for spare toiletries.

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(don’t think I’m crazy, but yes, that’s a burned out candle) I keep that tucked in there, because even though I can no longer use it, the smell is still strong, so it acts a freshener ( I remove it prior to the guest arrive and place it back in there when they’re gone).  That one candle keeps all the drawers smelling fresh.

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One special touch is to get a photo of who’s coming (if you have one) and place it in frame, it’ll make them smile when they see a photograph of themselves in your home.

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Have ample room for them to place their luggage.  A trunk at the foot of the bed is always good to have to stow the pillows and for guests to place the suitcase on.

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A small bedside lamp or overhead lighting with a low watt bulb is always good at night when the ceiling light is too bright.

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A soft bedskirt placed across the end of the bed can also be a foot-warmer for additional comfort.

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Keep a trinket dish on the nightstand to hold small jewelry items (i.e rings, necklace)

Of course having magazines or books are also good to have for late night reading materials.  I really enjoy having guests come and truly cherish the moments while they’re here. Making guests as comfortable as possible and providing that home-away-from home feeling not only gives me joy, but knowing I made their stay a pleasurable experience,which ensures they’ll be happy to come back.

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I hope I offered some wonderful tips that will help you make your guest’s stay with you all the better.  If you have any other tips, please share – I’d love to hear them.

Sending smooches..

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Monday Makeover

While most bloggers are gearing up for fall new looks and colors… I’m still holding on to summer like a kid kicking and screaming “Don’t go” – grabbing on his mommy’s leg when she’s leaving…lol..

I can’t help it.. I love summer..  So I’m sharing, I guess, my final makeover for the garden.  I found these mirrors at a yard sale for $5.00ea.  I had no idea what I was going to use them for when I bought them, but I figure, at $10.00 bucks – I’ll find something.  They were sturdy mirrors made of some type of hard plastic and quite heavy.  I left them outside for a few days (not intentionally – during heavy rainstorms and saw they withheld it) so that’s when it hit me… They could be my outdoor mirrors.  I’ve been wanting a mirror in the garden, but outdoor mirrors are so expensive (WHY?????)  Here are the pair of mirrors – I really liked the scrolling on top but the color…YIKES!! talk about ugly… blah….

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So with my trusty paint can in hand.. I gave them a new look…

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I know it’s not a fall color – but I don’t care.. I love the summer look.. and besides.. it’s still 90’s here and I’m loving it.. even though the leaves are beginning to fall.. (I’m dreading it..)… but anyway, I’m just going to enjoy my mirrors in the garden for the next few weeks..

For a whimsical touch, I used Martha Stewart’s gold paint to outline the scroll detail.

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I may not keep it here, but I do like how it goes with the bistro set (and it blocks the view of the dead tree). I’ll worry more about that next summer, but at least I have my outdoor mirrors. ☺️

To see other mirrors in the garden inspiration .. Check out my Pinterest board and remember to follow along with me pinning away!  Until next time… Tah-tah.. Smooches

Eclectic Seating Area

As you all may know – I’ve been fiending over the Mad Men series.. loving the mid-century designs.  I’m a 60’s child and growing up around some of those items I didn’t pay too much attention but I clearly remember seeing them.  Now that I’m much older I realize the beauty of those pieces.  Makes me want to re-design my home, and since I want to stay alive (the hubby would kill me – lol) .. I’ll just create a dream board.. (until I finally make up  my mind – that is).  I don’t have an full office so I decided to start with a seating area.  I imagine having this space with floor to ceiling windows and a great view.

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Everything you see here is from a website called Chairish.  I love this site because it offers so many different items to choose from.  It’s truly their motto – “Where Design Lovers Buy & Sell”   I had so much fun putting this look together that I believe I’ll be doing more.  I love playing around with different looks, textures, styles and designs.  With the plethora of items Chairish offers, you could really go design-happy-crazy.  I even incorporated a couple of items sold through our Pieces of Time Shop.  To view more of their items, click here to their Mid-Century Modern Collection.  This collection features clean design, beautiful woods like teak, and graphic patterns all combine to make Mid-Century Modern pieces forever classics. With iconic makers such as Adrian Pearsall, Herman Miller and Milo Baughman, fans of this style can easily find vintage couches, used lounge chairs and pre-loved artwork to enhance their interiors.

Let’s look at the items I chose..   I chose this chair because I love the shape and two-tone fabric.  It looks so comfy, makes me want to plop down in them and cross a leg.

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Who doesn’t remember the tension rod lighting… Isn’t this a sweetie with bit of a bohemian flair.  This item is currently listed in Pieces of Time through Chairish.

 

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Next is the credenza.. The sleekness of this piece has a timeless style of appeal.  Perfect for a flat stand TV or

 

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Hang a vintage painting, like this hand painted bridge, over it. Also, sold by Pieces of Time through Chairish

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What home seating area  wouldn’t be complete without a bar area.  I truly like how this can double as space for your bar set and yet you can hide either books, papers (or the good stuff – lol), etc… in the other compartment

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And of course you have to have a complete bar set.. !

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A stylish space also has to have a stylish clock.. And these are making a great comeback (I clearly remember my parents had one of these in their bedroom.. ugggghhhh where is it!!???)

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A sleek coffee table with a few accessories

 

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So with all these simple pieces – I created an eclectic seating area for myself.

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I hope you enjoyed my imaginary design I created through Chairish.  Hop over to the site, create one and share it with me.. I’d love to see what you create.  Have fun, go forth and create.. Smooches!