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Naturally drawn to beautiful decor, rich textures and designing, I created this blog as an outlet to post about my decorating and DIY adventures. If one of my pictures inspire you, simply hover over the photo and pin! If you have a question please leave a comment or email me using the 'Contact Me' link below. Interested in Home Staging services in north Atlanta? Please click on 'Staging Services' below for more details. Thank you!

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Friday, July 18

Before and After's

I love a good before and after; no matter what the subject: weight loss, hair, make-over, make-under...you get the idea.  A good before and after helps you visualize the potential that you can do with a little (or a lot) of tweaking.

Since my love is decorating & decor, I put together a few before and after photos of different rooms in my house.   If you are a regular reader of my blog some of these pics may look familiar to you; but I haven't ever posted them in a side by side version.  Seeing the side by side transformation is always fun!

***some of these pics have the watermark for my soon to launch home staging business Show Off Staging; you can use the 'contact me' link if you are in the Atlanta area and have any questions.

On the deck, I simply added pillows and plants for more color to make the space really pop.

The built-in's before were boring; after purchasing a stencil, I made them more interesting in about a day and half's time.  I really love this simple transformation.


Our master is pretty big, but its rectangular big, so I added a sitting area in front of the bed to watch TV.  I also hung pictures, panels that I hung high above the window frame and accessories from various home stores.  I originally thought I would paint this room, but I figured a way to add color through the pillows and throws instead.


In our master bathroom I decluttered, added a rug runner (found at Pier 1 Imports), capiz chandelier and a mirror over the bathtub (which is hard to see in the after picture - sorry).


Our basement has 2 sitting rooms; In the longer odd shaped room I painted wide tone on tone stripes on the TV wall.  I love the look of wide stripes and it took about 2 days to complete.  I hung some pictures (the left wall is not completed yet) and added a sofa and love seat and accessories.  Eventually we will change out the sofa and love seat for theater style seating and change the TV.


For our entryway, I added a console table that I found on clearance; wicker storage baskets to put under the console table (we dont even use them - just decorative) and a fun NY themed subway art hanging...and of course accessories for the console table.  This was such and easy change.  Took an hour or so if that.

In the living room, I added a rug, stenciled the built in's and changed our the couches for a sectional and of course added accessories.

This picture is from my house in Connecticut.  In the living room there, I hired someone to put in the mosaic tumbled stone surround - it was also added to the hearth (not easy to see in the after photo).  I painted the wall my favorite color gray (Martha Stewart Cement Gray) and added scones and accessories.

And that concludes my home before and after's!  I found that I had more 'during' and 'after' photos as I looked through my files. So while there are many other pics I can post, I have to first find the 'before' pics.  Stay tuned for a part 2 of Before and After's.

I hope you enjoyed this and can use it as inspiration to visualize your 'after's.

Best,

Tuesday, November 19

Thanksgiving on the brain

About a week and a day away, but who's counting?  ::raises hand::

So yay, we are hosting Thanksgiving this year and we are expecting about 20ish people, maybe 18.  Either way, I need to get moving on the planning and table-scaping.

I figured we will have 3 tables.  Our dining room table (seats 6), a rented round table that seats 10, and our kitchen table (which seats 4); so that's 20 seats  (check my math!).

We plan to take my office desk and chairs out of my home office and use that space as another dining area for the 72" round table.  Nice thing is my office is directly across from the Dining room so I think that arrangement will work out perfectly.  The kitchen table will stay where it is and I am thinking about making that the kiddo table; set up with crayons, stickers and brown craft paper set out over the tablecoth.

So today, in between conference calls and HR reports, I started playing around with tablescapes for the Dining Room.

Here is what I came up with.  Keep in mind this is a rough attempt. There is no tablecloth, glasses or silverware set out; I just wanted to get an idea.


Let me explain:  The cardboard box is there to add some height to the table.  I plan to wrap that in burlap.  The pine-cones and gourds will be arranged in a more cascading affect.  The flame-less candles, will stay and the vase of dried autumn colored leaves will stay, but I need a vase filler for the base.


So here, the name tag is from The Pretty Paperie on Etsy $5 for the instant download!  I printed them quickly on my work printer to get the idea.  I will print them on the color printer for Thanksgiving.  


And last, I will add a cream tablecloth to this table and a coppery brown napkin in place of the cream one shown.  The place setting will be pretty simple and modern like this.  Pine cone, napkin, white plate and gold charger.  The centerpiece will be the main focus.  I plan to also add 2 pillar candles to this table (I think).

Anyway, that is what I came up with so far.  I cant wait to do the 72" round table next week.  I am going for high drama in there with the centerpiece.  We have coiffured ceilings in that room and I would like to play up that feature....so stay tuned.

Have you done any Thanksgiving run through's yet?  Are you putting up the Christmas tree in time for Thanksgiving dinner.....I think I am.  Cant wait! I love the holidays!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, February 6

Product Review: Coach Legacy Leather Ipad Case

I haven't been doing much decorating around the house lately.  So I figured I'd do a product review on some new items in the meantime.

I found myself in the market again for another iPad cover.  I don't know about you, but the iPad covers I have purchased in the past either get worn out and start fraying at the seams or I get bored with them.  I've had the Smart Case by Apple and another case that I purchased from Etsy.  Both are sitting in my nightstand drawer now.  Last week I decided to picked up a new iPad case from Coach.  I decided on the bright pink leather case, Coach calls it "Bright Coral", its basically hot pink.

It's a zip around padded case so iPad is nice and protected.  It's made of that famously soft glove tanned Coach leather.  The stitching looks great and the zipper moves effortlessly around the case, no snagging or pulling.

Inside there is a little side pocket for papers or cash if your running out to the Starbucks with your iPad and don't want to drag your huge pocketbook (like me :)  You can flip the front cover backwards and snap the button in place to make the case into a stand.  All iPad buttons are accessible in the small cut outs that were neatly done into the leather case.  There are 2 Coach emblems on the case and they are not gaudy, very tastefully done.  One on the front exterior and the other is inside on the bottom left.  It comes in a bunch of fun colors: Lemon, Carnelian, Ultraviolet, Chambray, Bright Coral and Black.  Click here to see their entire tech accessories line.

Since this is a Coach product you will pay a bit more, it's $198, but its a good investment to protect your other great investment!  Here are some pics of my new case:


Here it is configured into the stand...and a shot of the inside pocket.



I also purchased a Coach cosmetic case which I will review later.  If your in the market for a new tablet case, I would recommend this one!


 
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