Fall Mood

My favorite month, October, much like this entire  year, is FLYING by so fast, that I can hardly catch up! I really need pause for a moment to indulge in the beauty and bounty of this colorful season. To feel the chill in the air, sip on PSL (pumpkin spiced lattes), collect fallen leaves, decorate with cozy furry throws, make soup….
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What do you most love about #Fall?

images: pinterest, west elm. last three images by me on a recent trip to WV.

 

 

Instant Update: Area Rugs

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Constant exposure to amazingly decorated homes, via shelter mags, blogs and Pinterest boards, can make our own spaces look drab and blah in comparison. I find it hard to not “add-to-cart” each time I fall in love with a beautiful piece online. While most of us would love to give our homes a decor makeover often, in reality, a complete redo is impractical and, well, excessive. Also, upgrading the look of any room can often become overwhelming and demotivating with nothing more than frustration and, holes in walls and wallets as a result.

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A more practical, and budget-friendly approach to decorating is….patience. Yes, wait it out.  If you long, lust and still love that piece a month, three months, and even a year later, go for it. Except for a few small accessories, anything you are going to love forever, and would want to see everyday, needs to be not just a “Summer-fling”.

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Design solution? One high-quality purchase at a time. Adding just one upscale collectable item, such as an area rug, can instantly transform and upgrade the look, and feel of the space. Luxurious-looking handwoven rugs, in pretty prints and patterns, are like works of art, bring warmth and a cozy feel to the room, and are tasteful design solution to tired rooms looking for an instant upgrade.

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I have wanted a light-colored, handwoven Persian handwoven rug from the day I had my own place. I even tried talking my mom into giving me one of hers, and failed.

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So, when Medallion Rugs asked if I would like a rug from their handpicked selection, I had the biggest smile on the block. An “At last..” moment.  I selected a 10′ x 13′ semi-antique Persian rug with a lovely blend of colors and pattern. It is even more beautiful in person. It ties all my eclectic finds together and makes my living-dining room look cozy and sophisticated.

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As you can see, I am not the only one in love with it.

 

More pics soon.

xo

From the Archives | Monochromatic Halloween Bash

My Halloween projects for DIYNetwork have been making me feel a little nostalgic about the monochromatic Halloween Bash look I created for Bright.Bazaar a couple of years ago. (has it really been that long??)

To refresh your memory:

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While not particularly fond of Halloween, mostly because it shadows my birthday, I really enjoyed designing and crafting this tablescape.

How do you feel about Halloween? Are you working on any spooky craft projects?

xo