Friday Favorites – Week 347 – Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Friday Favorites – Week 346 – Printable 2017 Planner Pages

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The Perfect “Florida” Room

Nothing warms and brightens up a home like direct sunlight. For those of you who live in Coastal areas you are blessed to have this feel/look everyday.  For those of us in areas with cooler temperatures for a better portion of the year, this is just a wish.  I have always dreamed of having a “Florida” Room that gets kissed daily by the sun.  But since that is not really an option for me, the next best thing is to recreate the perfect Florida/Sun room in my own home.

DREAMING UP THE “PEREFECT” FLORIDA ROOM

The Florida Room

Photo Sources:  Better Homes and Gardens Driftwood Grays (1)  Gray Hardwood Floors (2) Hunter 52″Cottage White Outdoor Ceiling Fan with Grey Pine Blades (3) Bamboo Roman Shades (4) American Signature Furniture Ironworks Sofa and Chair by Magnolia Home (5)

I strongly believe that there is no wrong or right way to put together a room.  I have based rooms on something as small as a vase, and on something as large as a sofa.  With this room, my starting point was the Color Scheme: Driftwood Grays (pictured below).  I have always been a fan of Grays, from wall paint to furniture.  There is something calm, cooling and serene about this color.

THE BONES OF THE PERFECT SUN ROOM:

Driftwood Grays Color Scheme

Gray Hardwood Foors

Ceiling Fan with Grey Pine Blades

Bamboo Roman Shades

Light Airy Furniture

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Photo Source:  Over-sized Baskets (1)  Vases in Different Hues and Sizes of Blues and Greens (2) Oak Driftwood Shelves (3) Blue Aqua Embrace Aquarius Embrace Pillows (4)

ACCESSORIES:

When planning out a room with a theme in mind, the ideal accessories are the finishing touch to your space. I tend to gravitate towards blues and greens on a every day basis, but especially when thinking of Coastal/Nautical Decor.  It brings a beachy/ocean/summer feel to your living space, no matter what time of year it is.  You can read more on what emotions different colors evoke here. Here are some of my favorite pieces, just to name a few.

Decorative Throw Pillows

Light-Weight Blanket Throws

Baskets

Driftwood Furniture

Lanterns

Vases

Bric A Brac – Seashells, Coral, Greenery, Fresh Flowers

So there you have it, my take on the Perfect “Florida” Room.  Could you make yourself at home here?  Shall I pour you a tall glass of lemonade?  What are some of your favorite Coastal and Nautical Finds? Share them in the comment section below, I look forward to reading all about it.  Looking for  more inspirational ideas check out some Florida Real Estate here.

Our 2016 Fall Home Tour

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Welcome to the Our 2016 Fall Home Tour. This year virtually flew by for me.  I can’t believe it’s already time for another Fall Home Tour.  This year I happened to be working while trying to get everything together for the Season, which had its own set of challenges. And, I charged myself with trying to reuse as much of the past seasons décor but in different ways and or in different areas of the house.  For the most part, I was able to do that with just a few additions here and there.

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The Exterior of the House

Decorating the outside of the house/front porch area was a lot of fun for me this year.  Mostly, because I was able to use all  the decorations from last year. The only new purchases were our Pumpkin Door Mat and (2) bales of hay from Walmart.

The Formal Living Room – 

The formal living room is the least used room in our entire house, but since it extends into the Formal Dining Room, I can’t get away with decorating one room and not the other.  I was able to reuse a wreath from last year and a lamp that we bought last year.  We added some seasonal pillows with pops of orange to the couch and I think it tied the whole look together.

The Formal Dining Room – 

As always the Formal Dining Room is where we do the most decorating.  The table centerpiece is always the point of most contention.  Whenever the season starts, [in my mind],  I have already narrowed down the look I am going for.  However, that rarely works out the way that I think it will.  This year was no different, I put together what seemed like an easy look and I sent hubby on a mission to find me deer antlers.  He accepted the challenge and brought them back, but somehow we just couldn’t make it look like it did in our heads.  So then I went to Walmart and bought these Better Home and Gardens Acacia Wood Bark Chargers,  (Click the Link for Pictures), and some pumpkins.  At this point, I still wasn’t sure about what I wanted everything to look like, but, I knew that I wanted the table to have different dimensions.  I wish I could show you pics of the mess, when I laid all of this out on the table.  After shaking my head one too many times, I called in the hubby for reinforcements or maybe it was for a rescue mission.  I fiddled with a few things and told him what I was looking for and he waved his magic wand and our Centerpiece was complete.  The Fall Leaf Garland, was something that we already had, we used the Acacia Chargers to give the Pumpkin in Our Centerpiece some height.  I picked up the leaf candle holders and the Acorn Salt and Pepper Shakers from Family Dollar and all together it created this year’s Fall Tablescape.

Every year, I learn more and more about my husband from the strangest things.  This is no different.  I am pretty sure he could care less about the house being decorated for the seasons or Tablescapes, and Centerpieces, but he knows that it makes me happy.  And, even though he probably would never admit it, he subscribes to the concept of Happy Wife, Happy Life.  And, though I consider myself to be a creative person, what we do together far surpasses anything we do apart.  So I dedicate this post and this year’s Fall Home Tour to Mr. Stage without whom things just wouldn’t go the way that they do.  Well, that’s the mushy part of this post.  If you haven’t gagged yet, lol.  Thanks for coming on over!!  We loved having you!!  See you next year.

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“AUTUMN PAINTS IN COLORS THAT SUMMER HAS NEVER SEEN.”

Friday Favorites – Week 339 – Harvest Fairy Garden

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Friday Favorites – Week 338 – Halloween Succulent Planters

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Friday Favorites – Week 337 – Tea Cart Makeover

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Friday Favorites – Week 336 – DIY Paint Stick Flower Basket

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Friday Favorites – Week 335 – Painted Metallic Books

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Painted Metallic Books from Savvy Apron

The weather is already getting a little chill to it here in Atlanta.  Now, I should probably say all that means is that it may be in the 70’s at night, as opposed to the 90’s that we have been used to.  But nevertheless, any type of cooler weather catapults me into a Fall State of Mind.  For me anything Pumpkin Spice Flavored and Gold brings Fall to Mind.  If I am honest, I will admit that I have been rocking Gold as an Accent Color all year.  So I went all “Goo- Goo” over these Painted Metallic Books from Savvy Apron. What a great way to stage a writing desk!!  And, it gave me some great ideas on how I could stage my Side Buffet  and Book Shelves for the Fall.    Stop by and checking out the Savvy Apron, her page is chock full of amazing finds.

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Quick and Easy Steps to Making Your Own Candles

Quick and Easy Steps to Making Your Own Candles

I enjoy DIY projects.  But, I should explain I do not enjoy projects that have too many moving parts or require too much work on my part.  So, if you ever see me share a project or a recipe, you can be sure of two things.  It will be quick and it will be easy. Today’s DIY is no different.  I will confess this isn’t the first time that I have made my own candles.  But, it literally was back in 2008.  And, back then I was making them as gifts, so I rarely enjoyed them myself.

Fast forward to this summer, as I was making my summer bucket list.  I tried to come up with projects that I thought the kids would be excited to be a part of.  Now, I know you are probably thinking kids and hot wax, but I promise I did that part all myself.  So, let’s get started.

Moving Parts aka Things You Need.

Moving Parts

  1. Glassware of Some Type
  2. Microwaveable Soy Wax
  3. Candle Wicks with Metal Base
  4. Plastic Mold Sealer (to secure Metal Base)
  5. Straw or Pencil
  6. Fragrance
  7. About 10-15 minutes

I used Mason Jars, because… well I love Mason Jars.  The Microwaveable Soy Wax was Quick and Easy.  The directions on the packaging shown in the first picture.  Indicates that it will take up to a minute to melt.  It took me about 3 minutes to get it all the melted.  I have a Microwave that I don’t use to cook in so I used that for this project.  I am mentioning this because, of course you probably don’t want tomorrow’s left overs smelling like wax.  But I am sure if you give it a good wipe down right after you would be fine.  Candle Wicks, this is one of those things where you will have choices galore.  This go around I used the Soy Wicks with the tabs.  But, if I was to do it again, I would do the braided wicks, because I like the way that they burn better.  And, I would probably go for the simple white wicks just for a cleaner look.  I used a small piece of the Plastic Mold Sealers to secure the Metal Base of the Wicks.  This is not something you have to do but, I feel better knowing that when I start pouring the wick will stay in place.  My favorite part and the reason I made the candles in the first place is the fragrance.  But, I am going to warn you fragrance is NOT CHEAP.  And, if you want a noticeable scent.  You may want to pour between 3-4 bottles of 1 oz  Liquid Candle Fragrances into the melted wax and stir well, for even distribution.

OK, so that explains all the things you will need EXCEPT for the Pencil or the Straw.  Now the first time I did this, I bought longer wicks, so I simply attached the Metal Base and tied the remaining wick around a pencil centered on top of the jar to keep it centered.  This time the wicks I purchased were shorter was shorter, so hubby “jimmy- rigged” it.  My Mommy would always tell me necessity is the Mother of Invention, and she would be right.   He came up with the idea to puncture a hole in a straw and thread the wick through it and then center it on top of the jar.  I was skeptical, but he was right.. hes good with these things.

Making Candles

So there you have it, go forth…and make some great smelling candles.  Not to mention how impressed all your friends and family will be.  I find that these candles are always a most welcome Hostess Gift.  With the holidays coming up, it’s something to consider.  Slap a Personalized Sticker on here or dress it up with a ribbon or two.  Don’t say I never told you anything (smile).

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!