Wednesday, October 17, 2018

FALL DINING ROOM TABLE

I think I can now say FALL is here! I walked one morning over the weekend and I was actually cold. It was wonderful. Seems like the perfect time to share my fall table. I started working on it in September and finally have it presentable.


Back in August, while buying light bulbs at Lowe's, I came across these silver lanterns on a clearance table. Y'all, they were only $7. I couldn't pass them up, even though I wasn't sure how I'd used them. At the time of purchase, I pictured them on my mantel for Christmas.



The next piece of the table puzzle was the mums.


I was in Home Depot buying spray paint (imagine that!), saw these, and thought they would be the perfect size for a table. I also knew they would look good with blue and white. I remembered the lanterns and just like that, the whole plan was in my head.


The only other accessories I bought were the pumpkins from the grocery store, the cute little leaves, and a bag of moss from Michael's to cover up the rim of the plastic container on the mums.  I shopped my house and yard for everything else.

Here's how it all came together...

I started with my 4x5 drop cloth and added my burlap runner that my friend Carla made.

I had the big jar, and I borrowed the candle sticks and candles from my bathroom. I didn't put everything in a straight line. Instead, I zig-zagged the pieces.


The lanterns were added next, and then I lined up the planters that would hold the mums. I had room for it all.

Time to set the table.

I started with my Wedgewood Strawberry and Vine dinner plates, added salad plates from HomeGoods that I picked up last year for my Christmas table, and finally a blue and white saucer. I topped it off with a faux leaf that didn't look at all like it was faux. My husband even asked if I went out and bought real leaves.



I also spread some of the leaves around the table, along with pine cones from my yard, to fill in some of the space that felt and looked empty.





The cup and saucer are also Strawberry and Vine, and the cobalt glasses were my grandmother's.






And there you have it. I love walking through the room and being reminded that my favorite time of year has finally arrived.

Now, let's go enjoy the weather!
Have great rest of the week. Thanks for stopping by...

Kathryn

Friday, October 12, 2018

FRIDAY'S FIVE

If you love collecting and collections, you must go follow this Instagram account

You will love it!!



Beautiful front entry fall decorating here from BH&G.



Such a pretty laundry room make over.



What not to leave behind at a flea market according to House Beautiful.



I made this dish from my "In the Kitchen" Pinterest board this week. It was fast, easy, and delicious. Perfect for a week night.


Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

VELVET PILLOWS FOR FALL - YES, PLEASE!

This year, about the only fall decorating I've done has been in my dining room. But this picture from the Instagram account of Park and Oak Design made me rethink my bedroom in the smallest and best of ways--pillows.


I loved the combination of the dark wood, the navy bed, and the white and gray wallpaper. So I began the hunt for my own green velvet pillow covers.

Here's what I found:


It's hard to photograph dark colors, but I tried. Hopefully you can get an idea of the quality. They are so soft and look great in person.


The fit and finish is perfect, too. I already had two 20 x 20 pillows and just swapped out the covers for these when I was ready for fall.

Miulee Pillow Covers

They come in a wide range of colors, and I'm thinking I could probably use some red ones for Christmas decorating as well. You can see all the color and size options here.

Pillow Covers from Amazon

Have you added any FALL to your home yet?

Thanks for stopping by...

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small commission if you decide to order these pretty pillow covers, too.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A NEW LOOK FOR OLD LAMPS AND LIVING ROOM THOUGHTS

A few weeks ago I shared a spray paint project in my Instagram stories. I had a lot of DMs (direct messages) about what paint I used. I thought you might like to know too.

I had been on the look out for two large lamps to use in my living room. I came across these at a local antique mall. I loved them and the pair was only $20! For the size, that was a steal. I left them the original green for months. But the room gets so little natural light, they were just too dark.


This room hasn't been updated in years, and it's on my to-do list. I want to eventually turn the really traditional room into what I'm calling a "coastal-traditional" room.
  • Blue and white
  • Neutrals
  • Browns
  • Hints of green
  • Natural textures

In my mind, that looks something like this:

Mark D. Sikes

Or this:

Ethan Allen

Or this:

Georgica Pond via Pinterest

So to get the process rolling, I went ahead and painted the dark lamps white.




Thanks to this Rust-Oleum paint, they turned out great. I'm really pleased with them. I usually buy the paint from Home Depot.


Step 1 of one thousand for the living room update now complete. :-)

I love the look of white lamps. Who's with me?

Cottage and Vine

Friday, September 28, 2018

FRIDAY'S FIVE

Have a great weekend and enjoy this edition of Friday's Five.





Image: Eleven Gables


I stumbled upon this idea house on Pinterest (when I should have been grading papers). So gorgeous!







For the pumpkin lovers out there... Pumpkin French Toast Sticks


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

THE BLOG HAS A NEW SIDE GIG

My side gig now has a side gig. And I thought I'd tell you about it!

I think most of you probably know I am a full-time teacher and a part-time blogger. I've been teaching for twenty-two years and blogging for almost four. The blog was going to be for fun, and I thought it would keep me sane while becoming an empty nester. And thankfully, that's exactly what it's done--and more! It's filled some of my quiet days and nights, brought me joy, and even better, introduced me to new friends from all over the country.

But it does take a good bit of time, and I sometimes neglect things in my house and things in the kitchen, like cooking. :-) I began feeling a little guilty, so I started praying about it. Should I cut back on posting? Should I stop blogging all together? Should I be using resources for other things?

Then I went to the grocery store...

While in line, I bumped into a friend I had not seen in years, maybe twenty. Her name is Laurie. We chit-chatted for a few minutes, and she brought up the blog. She said she enjoyed it and was really complimentary. Of course I was thrilled. But y'all, she's the editor of our community newspaper, Druid City Living, and would you believe she asked me if I would consider putting some of my projects in the paper??


I. Almost. Fainted.

And then I said, "Oh, no. I'm just doing this for fun. No way, but thanks!"

Later that night, we became Facebook friends. She brought it up again and even suggested my blue, spray painted mirror project might be a good place to start.

Long story short (I guess it's too late for that. Ha!), I've now written four articles for them, and my fifth one will be published in October. I've decided my chance encounter with Laurie wasn't by chance at all, and I'm going to keep sharing ideas and projects with you guys until, well, until I get other directions.

I thought I'd show you the articles. They are basically blog post that have been reworked, or two or three that have been merged for newspaper presentation. You may recognize a few of them. Here they are in the digital version.












Hope your first week of fall is going well and is cool!
Thanks for stopping by...

Kathryn

Colossians 4:2

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WHY I LOVE THIS ROOM: TEN TAKEAWAYS (#2)

Today's post isn't exactly a full room, but it is a beautiful spot in a room. If I had to guess,
it's a work space nestled in the corner of a family room. No matter where it is, I love it! Best I can tell, it's only missing a touch of blue and white.


I've pinned tons of pretty pictures like this one, but this one created by Patricia McLean Interiors is the one I keep coming back to. I have an area in my house that I'm working on now similar to this. It's in our living room. My desk isn't an antique, and I had been considering selling it. However, after being inspired by this picture, I think I've decided to keep it. I'm in the process of decorating it and making a space I will actually use for things like storing mail, paying bills, and maybe even grading papers or working on the blog. 

Here are the elements of this space I'm tucking away for the similar space in my house...

Ten Takeaways


ONE

The landscape picture over the desk is the perfect size and has just the right amount of color. The colors tie in nicely with the desk and all of the accessories. I also like the frame. It looks like layers of wood or metal. The gold finish is also really pretty.

TWO

The collection of books displayed with the decorative bookends is a pretty detail not to go unnoticed. It's the perfect spot for a small set. 

THREE

I really like the family photograph. I don't see many "people" pictures in decorating these days. I don't have any black and white photos printed and on display in my house, and I want to add one to my desk area, too.

FOUR

Greenery (real or faux) is a must in any vignette. But you knew that, didn't you? :-)

FIVE

The lamp is one of my favorite things on the desk. It's the perfect size. The details around the bottom and the handles on the sides give it character.

SIX

The desk itself is so gorgeous. You've probably figured out by now if you've been around Woodbank Lane for any amount of time, I prefer the old to the new. That's probably why this space had me the first time it showed up in my Pinterest suggestions. Plus, it feels like something you would see in an episode of Downton Abbey.

SEVEN

The notes or bills, maybe coupons, filed in the mail organizer helps keep the important things neat. And helps things from getting lost. I need this!!

EIGHT

The white chair and white lamp work in perfect contrast with the dark wood. No matchy-matchy decorating here.

NINE

Details make a space. Have you heard that one before? I'm inclined to agree with that statement, most of the time. Look at the bows on the back of the chair. They add a hint of femininity with that small girl-y accent.

TEN

Okay, you may laugh at his one, but even the garbage can is well-chosen. It coordinates with the white chair and lamp, and has a pretty scalloped design.


Did I forget anything? Is there anything you liked that I missed? Can't wait to get my own desk space finished up.

Kathryn

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

SEAGRASS BELLY BASKET

Welcome to September!!

I know for some of you that means fall is just around the corner. But for those of us in the South, it means it's a ways down the street. There are moments in the early mornings and late evenings that make me think it could be here soon. And then leaving work my car says 98 degrees...

Last week I shared how my fiddle-leaf fig was doing. If you missed that post, you can read it here. I mentioned I had a basket on the way to put it in, and it's such a good deal, I'm letting you in on it. I found it on Amazon.




Here are the size options. 

Basket
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My fig is in a 9x9 pot, so I ordered the large size. These are versatile too. If you don't use it as a plant holder, it would be great for storage. Hopefully mine will look as cute as this one from Colonial House when it gets here.

via Pinterest

Hope September is good to you!