Warm and Cozy Spaces

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With it being a wintery, cozy climate in my home state here recently, I thought it would be appropriate to create a post featuring some of my favorite things. These things are somewhat seasonal or geographically specific.
Can I just say that I’m loving the antler chandelier though? It makes such a statement and really defines the space you’re in. The two candle stick holders really feed off the vibes from the chandelier as well.
When thinking of warm, cozy places I want to be I think of nice reading chairs, warm jacket and blanket, and a beloved cup of coffee or cider. I added these elements for a homey feel that everyone relates to during this season.
Finally, as more decorative pieces came to my attention, I settled on the gold vase and blue-colored rock formation. They add so much ‘pop’ and excitement to the room. I want to feel happy when I walk into my kitchen and these little touches really make me feel that way!
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Autumn Decorating Ideas

Autumn Decoration Ideas

I absolutely love autumn and all the colors that come with it. I love decorating the house with little touches of warmth and comfort I associate with fall. It just brings in the season with that much more decoration and happiness. Growing up, my mom was always really good at this. She liked to burn pumpkin and cinnamon scented candles and string garlands of leaves across the top of our kitchen cabinets. We even had a “harvest tree” in our living room. It stood about 5 feet high and looked like a pine tree (the bottom half was made to look like tree bark) and the top half was dark green. We would be cute little fall ornaments on it for fun.

Now that I’m older, I have created my own sense of decoration. I couldn’t fit everything I love into one post but I managed to fit a few things. I thought the color scheme of gold, brown, cream, burnt orange, and touches of sparkle were really nice for the season. It’s soft and manages to fit with a neutral color palette.

I love the little fox and owl I added in for a touch of whimsy. They’re so cute! I was also a fan of the clear glass bottles because I think it would be cute to pour some gold or burgundy sparkles or sequins into them.

A fun idea I had with the gold picture frame is to print a spooky looking picture of an old house or scary looking military general from 100 years ago and put the photo in the frame. If you aren’t into the scary idea, frame a picture of fall scenery such as mountains or a tree lined walkway. Just make sure the colors of the image don’t clash with the frame.

The leather basket would be the perfect place to hold flannel blankets or other things to wrap up in when you have company or just want to settle down and relax. I probably couldn’t do this at my house because I’d have a kitty in the basket in no time!

Finally, the acorns added that adorable aspect of fall that we associate with cold weather coming. The large vase adds the sparkle and shimmer that I love so much. Add a branch (like the one above) dipped in a nice color the compliments it. Better yet, add more sparkle!

Hope you enjoy these fun, little decorating ideas. Enjoy the start of the season! It goes so fast!

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Creating the Perfect Bedside Table

Bedside Table

Hello loves! I was cleaning my room earlier and thought to myself “what makes the perfect bedside table?” After a few minutes of Pinterest and Google I think I figured it out. I have put together a handy visual for you of the optimum bedside table but I’m also discussing cheaper ways to achieve this look!

First, get yourself a good lamp! The one above is pretty but comes at a heavy price. However, I have found similar lamps of good quality at places like Ross or TJMaxx. What matters the most is the bulb that you use and the lamp shade that comes with it. You want a dim glow, not office lighting.

Second, you need a good fragrance to settle down with. Candles are my best friend. Ok, not really but they are absolutely my go-to decoration and mood relaxer. The one pictured here is by Diptyque. It is very attractive but the price tag is not. I opt for a small votive candle like this one (preferably in a cream or white color to get the Diptyque look) that can be placed in a small frosted votive holder. You’ll get the same look but for a lot less.

Third, body lotion or hand cream is a great little thing to keep handy. We keep it in our bags, cars, lockers, whatever it may be, we all have it. As much as I love Philosophy products, I can’t afford to spend $20 on them. However, $10 or less is a little more doable. I found a company (Nubian Heritage) who sells lotion made from natural elements and ancient healing remedies. And like the Vanilla Coconut lotion pictured above- Nubian has a Coconut Papaya with vanilla extract lotion! Your welcome.

Fourth, bedside reads and a notebook are great for those nights you can’t sleep (plus they look pretty!) Vogue is self explanatory; lovely pictures makes me feel happy! A book about Chanel or whoever your style inspiration is can also be a nice thing to flip through. But a notebook like the Kate Spade one above is a must to write down those amazing ideas you come up with at 2am. I found a similar one for a lot less at good ol’ Target.

Fifth, a ring/jewelry holder is a nice accessory to add when you don’t want your kitty cat knocking earrings off the table in the middle of the night. Plus, they look classy! Pictured above is a Kate Spade design (I can’t get enough of her) but it’s also about $40. Here’s a cute and classy one from Lenox that retails for much less!

Sixth, a framed photograph of a memory adds a personal touch to your space. I usually find great frames at Michael’s but even they can be pricey. Burnes of Boston makes a really elegant one for only $13! Hint: black and white photos look best!

Finally, flowers add life to any room and the promise of a new day. I love buying fresh flowers but that can be costly given that they die after a week in the vase. Fake ones are great if they look real (and you don’t let them get dusty). You have two options here: 1. Shop Etsy to find a really great piece and not spend a fortune and 2. Make your own floral arrangement by copying one you see online. Check Michael’s craft store for the best variety!

Did I leave anything out? What’s on your bedside table? Comment below and share with friends! Thanks for reading!

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Chic Shells: A Beach Theme for Your Home

Chic Shells
I’m so clever with titles aren’t I? I just loved the chicness of all these pieces put together. Beachy themes can either be really classy or really tacky. If you’re hanging anchors and putting sea shells everywhere (complete with crusty sand) I would say it’s a little tacky. However, capitalizing on the natural elements of the beach is a great way to bring the outdoors into your home without literally doing it (think of those sand crusted sea shells).
What’s your favorite style of interior design? Comment below and share with your friends!
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Day in Bed!

Day in Bed
Every girl (and guy) deserves a day in bed every so often. Life is tough and stressful. I love days when all I do is sit in my room in pjs and do nothing but relax. I probably do this more often than I should though. Sitting there pinning things on Pinterest while watching a chick flick and drinking coffee is truly one of the best feelings in the world. What do you like doing on your days off/in bed? Let me know in the comments below!
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