April 2015 archive

Dining Table Decor {for an Everyday Look}

Styling a dining table is one thing if you’re hosting a get together, but decorating the table for everyday use is often much more challenging. One big centerpiece?  A row of items down the center?  Runner or no runner?  Color or neutral?  The goal is to create a beautiful look that works well with the rest of your home but without being too overpowering!

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When hosting a party, you can create a tablescape according to theme, color, season, etc., all of which allow you to decorate the table in any style you choose, regardless of whether it goes with the other decor in your home.  When it comes to decorating the dining table for everyday use, though, the decor you use should go with the rest of your home in order to create a cohesive look.  So, what you display on your table year-round really depends on your style, but here are some of my favorite options for dining table decor that will give you a decorated look appropriate for everyday use.


The Single Centerpiece

One big statement item in the middle of a table can be quite beautiful!


If the item is particularly tall, though, you’ll need to make sure it doesn’t visually {or physically} compete with your lighting.  A room with two lights, such as below, is a great opportunity to add some height to the center of the table.

{via HGTV}

{via HGTV}



An Everyday Tray

If you don’t have a single centerpiece that is large enough to make a statement, you can always create the illusion of a large item by grouping items together in a tray.



Something Symmetrical

In lieu of one large centerpiece, you can also create two that are equidistant from the chandelier {assuming your table length allows, of course}.

{via Qaaks}

{via Qaaks}


Long & Linear

You can use one long item, or a series of smaller items, that run the length of the table to create a beautiful display.  The items are generally smaller in scaled than what would be used with a single centerpiece or even a symmetrical display, so that they do not overpower the table itself.




The Eclectic Look

Christen’s dining room from Blue Egg Brown Nest is one of my favorites.  In the photo below you can see that she’s using a variety of neutrals in a single row down her table.  She’s included a runner underneath in order to ensure that the items show up against her table top.  Her centerpiece is not the tallest point so that it doesn’t interfere with the chandelier, but you’ll notice that she’s added tall topiaries on either side in order to create some height variety {which you’ll notice matches the eclectic styling of her buffet and wall as well}.


A Pop of Color

Dining table decor also provides a great opportunity to add a pop of color to the room!  You can use your accent color to create an eye-catching display.



So tell me…..what’s currently on your dining table??


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Get a High-End Look for Less

There’s a difference between things that are inexpensive {meaning the price} and things that are cheap {meaning the look}.  The ideal situation is to achieve a high-end look for less, especially when you’re on a budget {and let’s be honest, most of us are!}.  The first step is finding the right venues to shop, but beyond that, it’s important to know what to look for in order to achieve the look you want.  Here’s the scoop on what to look for when you’re out shopping!

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The Three Factors

There are three main factors that give home decor items a high-end look: materials, construction, and details.  Note that price is not one of these factors!  While price and quality often go hand-in-hand, they aren’t always related.  Just because something is expensive doesn’t necessarily also mean that it’s high-end!



One of the things that gives items their high-end look is the materials from which they are made.  The fabrics on high-end products are usually luxurious, yet also durable.  The materials are often natural, like solid wood or stone.  Items that are painted {even those that are distressed} have a more custom look to them and look less like they just came off an assembly line {even if they did}.  Also, high-end items don’t usually skimp on the materials, so they’ll have generous seam allowances, folds, gathers, ruffles, etc.  Look for inexpensive items that do the same.

When you’re out shopping, zero in on those items that are made from the better quality materials because a quality material instantly helps to give things a high-end look.

Bella Notte Pillows



The way in which an item is constructed is very important in how it looks.  For example, if you purchase an inexpensive chair with poor construction, the seat will begin to sag in no time and no matter how pretty the chair, it won’t look high-end if it’s falling apart!  {Note that this doesn’t apply to antiques which might have great construction but look a bit worse for wear due to their age.}

Casual Elegant Dining


Take a throw pillow for example.  You can find some beautiful down-filled pillows at discount stores and down pillows {or even feather ones} look and feel more high-end than synthetic stuffed ones.  It’s even better if you can find one with a zippered cover because no only can you change up the look without buying a new insert, but you can also wash the cover if it gets dirty to help keep it looking new.

Also keep in mind that sometimes, it’s cheaper to buy something just to get its quality construction even if you don’t necessarily like the item as a whole.  For example, it can be more economical to buy a down pillow from a discount store and just change the cover if you don’t like it, versus buying a down insert from a more expensive store.  The same is true for artwork and picture frames.  Discount stores often have large, framed artwork and great prices.  Even if you don’t like the picture itself, you can get a great deal on the frame and change the print out {or even make your own}.  You might have to do a bit of work or tweaking on an object to make it just the way you like it, but if the quality is good and the price is right, it’ll be worth the effort.



One thing that all high-end pieces have in common is their level of detailing – zippers, buttons, tufting, carvings, ribbons, etc.  When shopping, look for items that have a high level of quality details so that you can achieve the high-end look for less.  For example, button-tufted furniture is quite popular right now and is easy to find in discount stores.  But a true, quality button-tufted item has material that is folded and tucked into the buttons, not just a diamond stitched pattern that gives the illusion of tufting.  It’s these types of details that make a difference!

{A button-tufted sofa with the fabric tucked - not stitched - into the tufting to create a diamond pattern}

{A button-tufted sofa with the fabric tucked – not stitched – into the tufting to create a diamond pattern}



Achieving a high-end look for less is partly about shopping in the right places, but it’s also about knowing what to look for in those stores.  Pay attention to the materials, construction and detailing in order to make sure that you’re getting a nice, quality item at a great price that fits within your budget.  You’ll have to be patient, though, as these items aren’t always readily available.  You’ll also have to spend time sorting through the bad to find the good, which can be an overwhelming process for some, but if you know what to look for and have a plan, it can be an easy process that pays off big time when you find that great piece at a great price!


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Designer Spotlight: Sally Wheat

Remember these fun, fur benches in that gorgeous living room that I shared with you the other day?

Living Room via Sally Wheat Interiors


This room was designed by the very talented, Houston-based designer Sally Wheat and she is the focus of today’s Designer Spotlight!

Sally Wheat - Interior Designer


Whether you know her name, I’ll bet you’re familiar with her work, which I’ve not only featured on my site before, but has also been featured in Decor, Better Homes & Garden, and the Wall Street Journal, to name a few.  Elegant, chic, and playful are some of the words I’d use to describe her style.



Sally’s style reflects an eclectic look with a mix of styles, colors, and old & new.  In fact, she firmly believes that every room should contain a vintage piece {used in a unique way} in order to make the space memorable!



As a mom, Sally understands the need for homes to be livable and chooses items that while stylish and chic, are also comfy and approachable.



Clearly, she isn’t afraid to use patterns and color in her designs, which give ordinary items a unique look!



What I’ve noticed about many of the spaces that Sally has designed, is that she uses white walls to create a blank canvas for her designs, allowing the furniture and accessories to really pop and take center stage.  And with so much color, texture, and pattern in her design aesthetic, the rooms never look stark or boring.



Sally’s advice for homeowners is to be sure and always accessorize a room because accessories are like jewelry.  Getting the basics in a room is of course important, but you’ll miss out on that extra something special if you don’t accessorize!



For more examples of Sally’s beautiful work, be sure to check out her website.



If you’re afraid of color or pattern, Sally’s work should give you some great inspiration for how beautifully they can both be incorporated into your home and hopefully, give you the courage to go for it!


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