Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Summer Look In My Great Room!

I know I kind of left you all hanging in my last post didn't I? Shall we start where I left off?

Let's see! Oh yes, I was sourcing fabrics as possible pillows.

I found some pretty combinations that were using the colors I wanted, aqua and cobalt or navy, but it just did not feel quite right.

I knew I needed to order some samples to get this ball rolling and to make a decision. So being the great procrastinator that I am, instead of ordering the samples I thought I would take a little break and go wander around in Homegoods. 

I knew I wanted to add some Japanese floats as an accessory in the room. I was SURE about that decision and ready to move forward so off I went to my local Homegoods.

I think the decorating God's were definitely with me on that day, because I literally was there less than 20 minutes and found the perfect pillow combination. I know, I know I was there looking for the floats, but Homegoods had sooooo many pillows that I had to look and boy am I glad I did.

(Ralph Lauren)

Can you believe it? Just what I needed and wanted.

It doesn't stop there, though I even found a new lampshade and a pretty shaped vase.

I went back home and started putting the room together. It was a slam dunk. Literally the quickest transition I have ever made.

Here are the results.....

I wanted a cool, fresh, relaxing feel for summer and I think I got that, or at least that is how it makes us feel.

I really knew I was on a roll when I found the lampshade, the only one there in this color. It was just waiting for me to find it.

You will notice I don't have too many beach type accessories in this room. I don't want it to look to kitschy or thematic.

Even my magazines seem to have that cool, fresh look.

The one area that I do have some ocean type accessories is actually right before you enter the room at the end of my kitchen.

I actually already had the coral and the vintage spritzer bottle. It makes a nice introduction to what you are about to see.

Don't worry I will still be on the look for the Japanese floats and I also have one more addition I am going to try and work on.

I saw this image by Wisteria on Instagram and it stopped me in my tracks. 

Of course the blue and white caught my eye but what was really appealing were the urns with the palms in them. 

I want to add this look to the sides of the opening into the great room.

We already have pedestals in an almost black finish so I just need to find two large urns and the palms to go in them. 

The Hunt Begins!!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Choosing My Summer Color Scheme For My Home


Summer is here, so that means it is time to switch things up a bit in our homes.

For those of you that have been following along in blogland you know that I do change things up seasonally. You can read  a step by step plan of how to do it  here!

I am often asked......

I am actually pretty strategic and have been doing it for so many years it just is a pretty natural process for me.

One of the most important things I suggest is to empty out all of the accessories in your room before you begin to add seasonal touches.

The biggest mistake that homeowners can make is to just start adding more to the room without removing some of what is already in the room. 

What happens is a lot of confusion, and sometimes the end result can look like a hot mess. I know that is not what any of us want.

Another reason to remove items out of the room is it helps give you a clearer vision of what is needed in the room.

I usually start with a color scheme. I knew I wanted the cool colors of aqua and cobalt blues. 

Then the search begins for inspiration. 

Since color is what usually inspires me I start looking for images with this color combination. Keep in mind it can be an image of anything at first, you are just searching for combinations that are pleasing to your eye.

I have also found if you spend some time looking at certain combinations they will either please you, or you will become bored with the whole idea. Time spent up front truly will save you time and money in the long run.

Once you establish the color scheme that you are comfortable with then start looking for rooms with this color scheme and study how the colors are used.

Also become aware of just how much of the colors you can handle. Sometimes too much is just TOOOO much. We all have our limits when it comes to color.

Doing a room for summer and using these colors, the natural inclination is to do a beach themed room. Personally I don't enjoy a room that is overtly thematic.

I tend to like subtle hints with color and maybe one or two accessories. The worst thing to happen is for your home to look like a store display out of at Hobby Lobby or Homegoods.

(personally this is way too much aqua for me, but it helps me realize I need more cobalt than aqua)

As easy as it is to shop for things that organized by color and theme it does NOT make for a pleasant, relaxing room to be IN. You never want your room to look as if you need to put price tags on your accessories!

Once you realize just how much of the color you can handle, and what rooms are appealing to you, then it is time for shopping. Shop your home first of all for the elements with your chosen color scheme, or combinations that remind you of summer.

If what you have is not quite enough to pull a look together then you get to go shopping, that's the fun part.

I spend a great deal of time sourcing and this time was no exception. I started several weeks ago looking for pillows. There were several that had the combination of colors that I liked.

I was just about to order samples and then.......


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

All About My Spring Wardrobe Bargains!!

Life has taken off again with a lot of busyness, but all good stuff.

The weather has been glorious and it has been so fun to purge winter out of my closet and bring all my Spring things back in.

Spring is my happy place and I love all the colors in my wardrobe. 

For those that have read my blog for awhile you know I love color and I am a total classic/preppy gal at heart, and trust me my wardrobe reflects that.

I never thought that walking in my closet would make me happy, but it truly puts a smile on my face.

Of course it is organized so that is a plus. I am sure in short order I can mess it up, if you know what I mean.

We have yet to put in a closet organizer but it is on our to-do list for sure.

Here are a few pictures of my colorful closet.....

There is no mistaking that I love color, stripes and checks.

Since I have had to rebuild my wardrobe over the last 6 months it has really made me in tune to what works and what doesn't. Let's just say I am older and wiser now.

I still use Poshmark as my selling area and also for some purchases. Personally I have had very good luck there. The one thing that has been the most helpful is to be extremely specific in my searching. Brand, style, sizing, color. 

I actually have an index card with the measurements of what fit me. I got the measurements by measuring pieces of clothing that fit me well. There seriously have only been a couple of misses.

There is no purchasing anything without getting measurements first. If the seller doesn't give me measurements there is no purchase made.

Let me show you a few of my recent purchases over the last couple of months...

Banana republic $10

With warmer weather I needed some tank tops and light weight tops.

J.Crew $10 practically new.

Ann Taylor $10

J. Crew $15

J. Crew $16

This is my best deal so far. A brand new Chico's maxi dress that I actually debated several times last season on whether to get or not. It still had the tags on it $100 and are you ready for it?.....
$10, I know, crazy, right?

I also looked at these last season and never pulled the trigger. Sam edelman shoes fit my narrow foot, but I still had the seller measure the width and length for me. Brand new for $30

I was raised that it is not proper to talk about money or how much things cost, HOWEVER, when I can get bargains like this I am going to share it with you my dear readers!!!

Keep in mind there is a $6.49 shipping cost added to each sellers article of clothing but if you purchase more than one item from the same seller you will get a bundle price and only pay one shipping.

Well there you have it my latest bargains.

Before I finish I do need to share another reallly cute purchase but not from Poshmark but from Cabi.

I wore this Mother's day and this little cutie is a dress up or dress down piece. I love it so much. Notice it is cobalt black and white. Hello!!! Just my colors and then add the little check pattern and the tie top, I am so THERE!!!

Next is summer, so in comes the shorts, swimsuits, cover ups. Oh my, I'd better start loosing some weight!! Yikes!!!

BTW: Here is the link to my closet where I sale my articles of clothing that are no longer working for me.