Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thrift Score Thursday

Hi Everyone! I'm popping in quickly today to show you a few of my latest Thrift Store Scores. Without a doubt, Impact Thrift in Montgomeryville is my go-to, need-a-fix thrift store. I almost always leave with something.

This past week I found this sweet woven basket....




Seventy-nine cents. That's right cents. Could not pass up. It would be fun in one of my girls rooms, a bathroom, a shelf - it's adorable.

And this beauty...I spent a little bit more than I had hoped but still at $8.00 I couldn't pass on this brass pitcher/vase (?) for the shape and interest. I really liked how elongated the handle is and the neck of the piece itself. It was love at first sight. I don't really know the origin of it at all, and if you look closely you can see that it is etched/engraved with a pretty pattern. I'll have to do some more research and get back to you on my findings.




And you may be wondering...ok, what does Holly do with all of this stuff? (I'm sure my husband wonders the same thing). Well, a lot of things I keep for us/me since I really do love everything that I buy (which you should always love what you buy), but recently I've been picking up more clients that are in need of accessorizing and styling assistance. These smaller projects are perfect for me and my schedule right now and I LOVE to help with finishing touches. Anything that I do not use goes into a projects bin, so if I need some items for a client project I shop my bins in addition to shopping other stores. Wayyyy down the road, my dream would be to open a small shop in town but that's really in the distant future. :)

To check out more Thrift Score Thursday items, you can search the #ThriftScoreThursday hashtag on Instagram and see what other goodies people have picked up.

What's going on in your neck of the woods?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Decorating

Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. The holiday season is upon us and so it brings with it holiday decorating. I've gotten a head start on things compared to last year but then again last year I had a 4 month old :)

I've got a holiday pillow scheme under way in our living room...


I'm in a desperate search for another one of the red velvet pillows. I got one at Home Goods and they only had one, so the search is on for a mate. It's a Ralph Lauren 20" pillow. It pairs so well with my Chanee Vijay botanical pillow and my grosgrain ribbon trimmed pillow by Therese Marie Designs. I love this mix. I played around a little more and threw in the animal print pillow that Therese made for my upcycle challenge...


Love this mix even more. I'll get some better photos when it's all done.

We went to visit my brother and his family this past weekend and I had fun helping my SIL with a mantel refresh for the holidays. We used what she had including that great mirror as an anchor.


We used her red floral topiaries on either end and added in the sparkly trees for some fun shimmer. And then I grouped her nutcrackers together on the left (including a cute soccer nutcracker since they are a BIG soccer family) and a cute santa there to the right. I also suggested maybe adding a bow to the mirror for a fun touch and she's going to search for some garland or trim to add below as well. Looks great and took us just a few minutes. Simple and cost effective.

I also worked on our mantel yesterday as well. I started with a blank slate as always - removed everything I had on there and put everything that I had to work with on the table so I could see all of my objects. Here is a sneak peek of where I'm going this year...using items that I already have on hand.


Have you done any holiday decorating yet? I'm doing my best to finish up by next weekend so I can enjoy the rest of the weekends with family and friends and food of course.

I also have a few fun new projects under way that I'm excited to tell you all about.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kids Korner - Let's Organize

If you have kids or nieces/nephews or friends with kids, then you know that the "stuff" is never-ending. Clothing, toys, books, laundry - you name it.

This is my first post in my Kids Korner series in which I'll give tips for decorating with children in mind. This first post is dedicated to organizational items since they are certainly needed when kids are involved. The goal when organizing for kids is putting it away.

And just from my own experience, it really does bring such peace to have everything in a designated spot and off the floor.

Below I've rounded up a few of my favorites and also included a few that I thought would work well too although we have not personally tried yet.

Clockwise from top left:

This wooden storage bin from Walmart would be a great way to organize books in a child's bedroom. We have some collapsible bins that we use for books but I've been thinking about getting something a bit sturdier such as this. Similar items can also be found at Homegoods or TJ Maxx.

The adorable nesting bowls are cute and decorative but could also be used in a dresser drawer to organize hair accessories for girls or could hold art supplies in a craft area as well.

You can never go wrong with a basket. We use a rectangular basket in Allison's room for dirty laundry. Once the basket is full it gets dumped into the master basket for the laundry room. This round basket by H&M is a good size and looks durable enough for toys or books. And extra points too because this could really be used anywhere in the home.

I spotted this small fabric storage bin on Etsy in the Avery William Designs shop. It comes in a variety of fabrics and could also be stored in a dresser or changing table. We use something similar in Allison's dresser for organizing toiletries. These would also be great in a bathroom.

Cute storage with lids? Major score! I'm going to need a few of these for the girls closets at some point. They can really be used for anything though - small toys, card games, art supplies.

I have never used the wall hanger organizer but I think it's such a great idea. It can hold many items but is also compact and doesn't take up a ton of space. It could also be hung in a closet or playroom too - flexibility is key.

Lastly, these metal bins with lids (!) from IKEA are versatile as well. We use one of these in Sheila's room as a garbage can. These could be used in a variety of areas as well - playroom, bedroom - even in the garage for organizing balls and lawn games.

That's my round up for you - what are some of your favorite ways to organize the kids stuff?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Photo to Fabric

The fall leaves are brilliant. Brilliant! Especially after a good rain - the colors almost become richer when the leaves are wet.

I vividly remember stepping outside our first house in Conshohocken 2 years ago and seeing the most beautiful spread of wet leaves right there on our front steps.

I came across that photo the other day and saw a design project a few photos away where the colors in the fabrics selected mimicked the leaves in my first photo.


And this my friends is my inspiration for Photo to Fabric. Fun, isn't it?

Coral and berry mixed with a deep forest green, rich mocha, chartreuse, and a touch of lilac make things interesting.

Fabric sources on the right are clockwise from top: Victoria Hagan, Victoria Hagan (Four Seasons in Fall - how appropriate!), Peter Fasano (Kalahari in Lilac), Zimmer + Rohde ikat.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Styling Sessions: Building a Vignette

The other day I had posted a photo to Instagram and I realized that I had a styling lesson to share with you. I'm hoping to post a Styling Session each week or so to give a few tips on styling various areas in the home. Obviously I love the creativity in design, but I also really love the technical aspect to design. There really IS a reason why we do the things we do...let's demonstrate on a recent mantel vignette in my home.

Here is the photo that I had posted about a week ago.


This is the right side of my fall mantle. Maybe next week I'll show you the left but for this week let's focus on this image above.

I had anchored the mantel with that large round basket that you see there at the far left of the photo.
When I clear off my mantle to re-style I always start with a large object to anchor (tip #1). You could anchor in the middle, on both ends (think lanterns), or just on one end. I chose the middle anchor in the example above.

Then I build vignettes to either side of my anchor object. The trick to building vignettes is to keep the eye moving using various heights or haphazard movement (tip #2) and to vary your texture (tip #3) - smooth, shiny, rough, natural, round, angular, etc. And here's the method to my madness: I balanced the height of my round anchor basket with the height of the large rectangular wooden frame. And then I layered in my framed botanical print in front of that. I needed to bring the eye down a bit and add some warmth, so I stacked a small box on top of a book and topped it off with a plant. Bringing the eye even lower, I added that awesome mini basket given to me by my Mom. And to finish off the look, I added the candlestick at the end (Sheila put that candle in there - nice touch).

Layers, layers, layers.

And notice that I've kept my color palette fairly consistent - neutral with red/orange/green accents - my ode to fall if you will.

Now I want to demonstrate how changing 1 single item can change the entire look. I'm always changing my plants around - usually when I'm watering them I'll move them around the house. The other day I just happened to switch out my jade plant above with another plant and look how it changed my look...


Longer, dustier green leaves mimic the leaves in the framed print. The movement of this plant works a bit better and makes my eye happier. And the ceramic cream pot jives with the box and book - keeping the palette consistent. Eeeek...I LOVE this look - and all because I simply switched my plants around.

Here are the two looks side by side:


I hope you've enjoyed my Styling Session for today - I am certainly excited about this and I hope to bring you many more of these mini lessons.

And before you leave, here are my tips again:



What I'd also like to add is that you can apply these tips to various places in your home - it's not limited to a fireplace mantel like I've shown. You could use these tips for a coffee table, shelves, a console - the possibilities are endless.

I'd love to hear what you've been working on and of course if you have questions or ideas that you'd like me to post about let me know.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Curb Appeal

Yes, I have been MIA but I was feeling the pull and wanted to show you this little color lesson or "aha" moment. We have 2 exterior doors on the front of our house - one that we consider our "main" door that you enter from the walkway and takes you into our living room and then the other door that goes directly into our lower level/family room (we rarely use this door but it can't be ignored, right?).

Both doors are painted the same color - not sure what it is since we haven't touched it since we moved in but it's very similar to BM Wythe Blue.

Here is a photo of our lower level door.


Not so bad, right? I've had the wreath for a while now (purchased at Home Goods about 4-5 years ago) but it never really said "wow" to me. The colors in the wreath are yellow/orange/red but predominantly the yellow is the most noticeable, do you agree?  

Then a few weekends ago my Mom brought me a new wreath which was very thoughtful of her so I promptly put the new wreath on our front door and brought the one that you see above down to the lower door. Here is a photo of the other "main" door that we use mostly.


Much better, don't you think? The wreath that my Mom brought me is all red/cranberry and really looks nice against the blue/green door - and we all know that blue or green and red is a great complimentary color combination. 

So there is your color lesson for today - wreaths should compliment the front door too! 

Here is a side-by-side so you can see them next to each other.


The lighting is a little off but I think the door on the right looks much crisper and more pleasing to the eye than the left (ignore the nasty brick - that's a BIG project for the future) - the advantage to the door on the left is that we have room to the side to add some other eye candy with the planter :)  That will distract me while I look for another red wreath.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Thrift Store Hunting Files

It's no secret that I love to shop thrift stores, consignment shops, and flea markets. I really really get the urge to go on the hunt. And it's a very budget savvy activity for anyone looking to decorate a home (although I must say I have friends that despise going to such stores so I know this isn't for everyone but I know a lot of you know where I'm coming from here). I've even started doing a little Craig's List hunting, even though that's still probably my last go-to unless it literally pops out at me on a quick search like this small vintage stool I picked up a month ago.

I love to find new spots (such as the St. Thomas barn sale) but I also love my old favorites too. One of my favorites is Impact Thrift. It's like a toy store of fun and I wish one of these days all of you will be able to come with me sometime.

Here is my loot that I picked up the other day...all for under $10.00.


I guess I have a thing for baskets and wicker these days because I picked up another basket a few weeks ago as well (I'll show that on another post). 

There was an entire 3 or 4 shelves dedicated to baskets, but these two caught my eye. The fish was quirky and of course textural, and the octagonal shaped plate of sorts I thought could be used on a mantle or coffee table at some point.


I always go over to the book section first when I walk into the store (the store is huge). This book, Furniture and Decoration - Period and Modern by James Aronson, caught my eye. Design basics never go out of style and this book is full of the fundamentals of design. For $1.75 I couldn't pass it up both to read and to use as a prop at some point.

The cups and saucers (I bought 2 sets for $2.75 each) were the real pretty finds for the day.


They are a discontinued Fitz & Floyd china pattern (Pareille) and I love the Hollywood Regency glam look that they have not to mention entirely functional for morning coffee. It was funny because quite a few women were glancing over the pieces as I was standing there as well.

I have a lot more items to show you that I've been accumulating - remember to follow me on Instagram for more updates.

Are there certain items that you keep an eye out for when you are out at flea markets?

**Local Friends - the St. Thomas barn sale is being held on a special night - tonight! From 5-8pm. I'll be there - let me know if you will.

***This post is not sponsored. I will always let you know if I have a sponsored post. I just really love going to Impact and find it to have great price points.