::y'all, keep calm::

I have loved this poster for a long time, and now I am seeing them everywhere. I love the history and the graphic look..i just need to decide what color and where..would look great in the kitchen, a mudroom (I dont have one but maybe you do;) or OVER a CRIB perhaps;;?! Great price here and history and more items here.

::fall tablescape::

I want to share these pictures from recent project/preperation for a little get together–hosting my book club..I wanted to use my big collection of friendly village dishes, a book page/decoupage element on pumpkins, pumpkins for placecards, leaves, burlap..you get the vibe..my harvest table works well with this and I loved mixing my chairs and adding white..actually, loving that (the white chairs) was a big surprise, i thought i would need to paint them black for fall but the white was great.

But my favorite thing was FINALLY completing the big chalkboard I used for a menu..i have had this frame for years (it is old but turned out to be a standard hole size..praise God!) I was able to buy a pre sized artist board that fit perfectly and just painted with the trusty chalkboard paint and voila! If you desperately want a big chalkboard but dont want to pay Ballard over $200, just wait until Hobby Lobby puts their big open back frames on sale for half off..buy the biggest gaudiest frame they have (or whatever style you like), paint it shabby, sand or throw out in the yard for a few days to rought it up.. and get an artist board for any easy fix..they come up to 16 x 20..you might be able to find something larger, foam core might even work but if you are like me and dont use a saw and dont want to have to wart your husband to help, this works great!

My other favorite thing from all of this was the gold ribbon on my dress form just thrown on like a scarf, I actually intended to use that on the table and just threw it up there for “storage” and then LOVED it..isnt it funny how little things just work sometimes and happen by accident..i am sure no one noticed but me but i love it! love the gold with the color of the form and red walls.. little things make us happy!

*edited to add** i got a question about the little creamers…the tags are labeled with dymo tags indicated the creamer flavors;;

Hope you are enjoying the last bits of fall decorations before the chaos of Christmas begins…

::Pumpkin chic::

I have seen so many cute ideas decorating with pumpkins this year..polka dots, monograms, and of course lots of white “ghost” pumpkins everywhere, they are getting so much easier to find (and dare I say cheaper..59 cents a lb? what do you pay?)… I also love the heirloom varieties with different colors, warts and bumps..the crazier the better! (these really freak out some people apparently)

Click here for instructions on decoupaging the cute polka dots (i actually prefer using choc brown to the black so they can be used through Thanksgiving) but we just painted ours on with a brush..not perfect but cute and EASY! My next project is to decoupage some with old book pages!

::Marburger Show pictures::

Debbie at Curious Sofa has an amazing post full of photos from Marburger..I did not get to go this year but after seeing her amazing pictures, I feel like I was there! Enjoy!

Check back soon for pictures of polka dots pumpkins that my assistant and I are working on…

::Round Top::

Round Top Antique Fair is going on NOW (some things have already opened..some will this week) click here for more links to my favorites

::more from HC::

Here are some more photos of Heather Chadduck’s wonderful Dallas cottage..also be sure and check out Reese & Marie..my favorite project on that post is the young family’s living room with the giant chalkboard in the dining area and the hallway with bench (and adorable little boy pictured). I also love how the bed is styled on this post…enjoy!

**thanks to No. 35 Style for sharing these great images!


from Cottage Living Style Editor, Heather Chadduck..this is the dining room from her Dallas home before she moved to Birmingham..notice the ledger paper on the candles..such detail! Thank you to No.35 Style for finding this photo….made my day!


Not not the new book though I cant wait to get a copy!!!…here are the dominos in the jar..I love it..I am sure my husband (and others) think I am crazy but it is really fun, especially with the carpenter ruler in the background…and BUTTONS..so many buttons..a good project for Drew and I to sort..although I really like them mixed together..just wanted to share.


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::slipcovers and monograms::

Two of my favorite things are slipcovers and monograms. Of course both are very popular right now but both are also timeless and certainly not a new idea. So many little shops are doing beautiful monograms now that is not difficult to find someone to help you personalize just about anything!

These monogrammed slipcovers really transformed this dated almost “retro” dining room set. The seats were covered in a wonderful fabric but the cane chair backs needed, well they needed covering! But we did not want to throw the chairs out because the shape of the back is very interesting.. The client purchased an ivory duck fabric and we had local slipcover artist (she really is an artist) Michelle Fritz work her magic. Her work has been seen Country Home and other publications..she is amazing! Her business is called MAKE, isnt that cute?! Email me if you live in the Houston/College Station area and are interested in reaching her. She does wonderful ruffles, knife pleats, and other dressmaker details. Once we had the slips made, the client took the slips to a local embroidery shop and chose a font and thread color (choc brown which looks great with her rusty orange walls). This dining room is not large but the chairs and slips (and monograms of course) are very dramatic and yet casual.

Slipcovers can be intricate and “hired done” or you can do an easy treatment at home..watch for more posts on DIY slips for children’s chairs and of course, more monograms too!

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