My Current Decorating Projects {The BAD & The UGLY}

I’m going to let you in on a little secret of mine.  I suffer from a DIY disorder called Distractomania {or at least that’s what Hubby calls it}.  It’s a disorder that only allows me to finish a DIY decorating project about 65% before I get bored, distracted, or tired and then I jump to another project without ever finishing the first!  Yikes!

I have SO MANY projects I want to share with you, but not one of them is finished!  So instead, I thought I’d give you a top-secret, behind-the-scenes look at some of current decorating projects I’m working on so that you can see them in progress.  Plus, showing you might actually motivate me to finish them. :)   I don’t usually like to share UGLY pictures with you, but work-in-progress projects are a reality, and this is mine…

You might remember I started stripping and refinishing my husband’s family antique chairs over a year ago.  Sadly, they are still sitting in the garage waiting to be finished but once they’re done, they’ll be beautiful in my bedroom!  I’ve finished stripping one of them and here you can see how much more visible the detail and carvings are without the layers and layers of mahogany stain.  I still need to strip the other, stain them, and then have them reupholstered.



And while we’re on the subject of chairs, I started painting this desk chair of my daughter’s last week, but then the weather turned and my Distractomania kicked in so I haven’t finished it yet.  There’s a matching desk that needs to be painted, too.  They are pale yellow with gold accents but I’ve put on two coats of white on the chair so far.  {And that’s Mimi…she wanted to see what was going on outside!}



There are lots of other projects going on in my daughter’s room, including an Art Clubhouse in her closet.  She has this odd alcove in her closet that either sits empty or gets piled with random, unorganized stuff {and yes, I realized how lucky she is to have a walk-in closet!  I don’t even have one!}.  She’s only 7 so she’s still small enough to climb up in it and play, so she calls it her “Clubhouse”.  I had an idea just two days ago that I would turn this area into an art station for her.  So far, I’ve bought the supplies and primed it.  We’ll see how far I get before Distractomania sets in…



I’m also working on a gallery wall for her room and truthfully, it’s about 90% finished!  With any luck, I can give you the full reveal next week.  Until then, here’s a sneak peek of some of her super special artwork.



And last but not least on my tour of unfinished projects, I’m doing a bit of updating in the guest room.  I’m not redoing anything, but rather adding more details to the room.  It all started because I bought these cute checked shams for $1 at a staging sale.




My hope is to make some progress in my daughter’s room over the next few days so that we can finish and finally put the room back together.  Please tell me I’m not the only one that suffers from #Distractomania!


What unfinished projects do you have around the house?


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Favorite Fall Finds for 2015

I’ve spent a lot of time at stores lately…probably more than is good for my wallet…but the great thing about shopping this time of year is that the inventory is constantly changing so it’s a whole new experience each time I go.  Lately, I’ve enjoyed watching all of the great Fall decor items go on display and while I don’t use traditional fall colors in my decorating, I’m attracted to all of the  textures, metallics, and cozy accessories that I’m coming across. Even though I’m done decorating for Fall this year {you can take the full tour HERE}, that doesn’t stop me from window shopping!  So today I’m sharing a few of my favorite Fall decor accessories with you PLUS giving you tips and ideas for using them!




1. Moscow Mule Mug – Set of 2 from Target

I’ve always loved the gorgeous metallic look of the Moscow Mule Mug but what I like about this one in particular is that it has an antique copper finish on the outside, giving it a more muted look.  And I love the contrast with the geometric high-shine handle!  These look great displayed in basket trays in the kitchen or hanging from a bottle drying rack.

Moscow Mule Mug Antique Copper


2. Jacquelyn Basket – Pottery Barn

I’ve owned this basket for a few years and it’s still one of my favorites.  In the past, I’ve used it for throws near the sofa, but right now, it’s been in my bedroom holding birch logs.  It’s the color and shape that makes this particular basket so interesting to me

.Jacquelyne Basket from Pottery BarnTIDBITS & TWINE Master Bedroom 2014


3. Velvet Pumpkins  – The Velvet Harvest

Velvet pumpkins are great for decorating because 1) they last indefinitely, unlike real pumpkins and 2) the materials adds a bit of femininity and sheen.  While you can buy velvet pumpkins in stores, I really like these from The Velvet Harvest on Etsy because she uses real dried pumpkin stems, which provide great contrast to the velvet.  These are also filled with poly pellets, which I like because I think it gives them a softer shape.


4. Sweater Pillows

Warm, cozy sweaters are a staple of the winter wardrobe, but they look equally good as an accent pillow!  This gorgeous wool pillow from Precious Knits is one of my favorites!


5. White Pitcher – Target

I like white dishware in general, but pitchers are a favorite of mine.  In the Fall, I like how the white pops against the darker colors and these are great for sunflowers, dried hydrangeas, cotton stems, etc.


White Pitcher from Target Threshold


6. Gold Jack – Target

I’ve grouped this into my Fall Favorites because of its great metallic color which is reminiscent of the leaves as they turn bright yellow.  Whimsical accents such as this are great additions to coffee tables and mantels whether used on top of a stack of books or next to a vase of flowers.

Target Gold Jack


7. Wooden Caddy – Set of 2 from Target

A wooden caddy makes a perfect Fall accent for a table.  You can fill it with pumpkins, acorns, flowers, and more to make a beautiful Fall display.  Or in the kitchen, fill it with apples to add a bit of rustic texture!

Decorative Basket Set CretCo Neutral


8. Boxwood Wreath – Antique Farmhouse

I use boxwood wreaths year-round but they make it onto my list because they add great contrast to the typical muted colors of Fall.  Plus, you can add Fall stems like berries, grapevine twigs, or cotton stems to completely change up the look!

Large Boxwood Wreath Antique Farmhouse



9. Glass and Leather Lantern – Target

Lanterns are great in the Fall because the light adds a sense of warmth to the space.  These look great when used in groups near a fireplace or on the mantel.  Individually, they can work on tables flanking a centerpiece or flanking a door!

Glass and Iron Candle Holder with Leather Straps


10. Faux Fur Throw – Pottery Barn

These throws are so soft and cozy, plus they add great texture to a room.  I like the look when draped over the corner of a bed or placed on the back of a leather chair.

Faxu Fur Throw from Pottery Barn



What’s your Fall must-have for decorating???


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Get the Look: Layered Rugs {How to Layer Rugs Like a Pro!}

If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, you might not have ever considered adding an area rug to you space.  After all, why would you when you already have carpet!  Or maybe you have hardwood floors and already have a rug, would you add another? Well, there are a few good reasons why you should!  I’m sharing those reasons with you today, plus tips for layering like a pro!



1. Better Define a Space

My living room has wall-to-wall carpeting, but that didn’t stop me from adding a cowhide rug underneath the coffee table.  Not only did the rug help me to bring in some of the darker browns found in my adjacent living room {for continuity}, but it also helped me to better define my seating area.



Below, a natural fiber rug serves to connect the space between the piano and the side chairs, with a smaller rug on top to better define with seating area.

{via Better Homes & Gardens}

{via Better Homes & Gardens}



2. Add Color

If you’re like me and change your mind about accent colors, small area rugs can be a great way to add color continuity and give your room a little “wow” factor!

{via The Accent}

{via The Accent}


In the bright and airy room from Sally Wheat Interiors below, the white rug serves to give the floor the same look as the rest of the room and continues the use of white accents throughout the room.


3. Add Texture

Texture typically refers to the material itself, but patterns can also serve as texture, especially in a neutral room void of other pattern!

{via Pottery Barn}

{via Pottery Barn}


Below, a fluffy rug adds a sense of coziness to what could otherwise, be a stark white room.

{via Homepolish}

{via Homepolish}


4. Save $

Area rugs can be quite expensive depending on  the size, materials, and manufacturing process!  If your budget doesn’t allow for you to purchase the rug you want at the size you need, consider using a less expensive full-size rug on the bottom with a more expensive accent rug on top.  You’ll still fill the space you need but achieve the look for less.

{via Apartment Therapy}

{via Apartment Therapy}

{via Hi Sugarplum}

{via Hi Sugarplum}


5. Just Because

Despite all of the “rules” and “guidelines” there are for decorating, not everything needs a reason!  It’s okay to do something just because you feel like it!  Layering rugs can add a bit of whimsy to a space or even allow you to easily change up the look of a room.

{via Joy Tribout}

{via Joy Tribout}


Additional Tips & Tricks

  • Neutral or natural fiber rugs and carpeting make a great backdrop to all types of prints and patterns, helping to take some of the guesswork out of the layering process!
  • You can use multiple patterns and colors together, just make sure that they coordinate.  You can find guidelines for mixing and matching patterns {HERE}.
  • Think outside the lines!  Your layered rugs don’t need to be the same shape or perfectly lay on top of one another.  Feel free to turn one diagonally or let it spill over!
  • Be wary of high-pile rugs.  When placed on the bottom, they might look as if they are eating the top rug, whereas you want the top rug to have more of a stacked look.
  • Size matters!  When layering two rugs of the same shape that will be placed in the same direction, make sure the bottom rug is large enough to allow for a significant border around the smaller rug so that you achieve an intentional look.  If the two rugs are too similar in size, it might look like you are just testing them out trying to decide which to use!


Happy layering!


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