Friday, November 21, 2014

Shopping at Isabella Bleu

Hello everyone!

Hope you're having a great Friday so far.  It is gorgeous here in GA!  I have to enjoy it now, because it's getting ready to change for the worse though.  Rain is heading our way. 

I went shopping at a beautiful new shop called, Isabella Bleu.  It's one of those cute shops that the owner works at  and greets you at the door like you're her new best friend.  I was drawn to all of the soft colors and feminine styles she offered.  Right now, it's full of elegant Christmas decor.  I thought I'd share some of it with you today.








Here is a good shot of the store overall.  It's not very big but has no shortage of things to sell!


Sorry, my iphone pics aren't the best.






There was a small selection of Fall decor items left for sale.


I bought something too!  Isn't it packaged pretty?  


I bought this distressed pedestal.


I love it!  I have been wanting one for a long time and this one was priced lower than some I've seen in the past.  Right now, I'm using it on my secretary with some greenery.



Hope you have a great weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Small Side Table

Hello everyone!

We use the side table next to our sofa quite a bit.  So, it's important for it to be the right height and be large enough for a lamp and a drink. 

I had a woven hamper with a lid beside it recently, but it was a little low and the texture didn't make it ideal to set a drink on.

So, when I saw this little table, I thought it would be better suited in it's place.



It was already in the perfect light shade of grey and slightly distressed.


I love its unique shape.  It is smaller on top with legs that spread out.


Do you want to know why it is shaped like that?  Well, it was originally made to be a stool! The home interiors store that I bought it from said a lot of people liked them as tables instead.  


Well, that is what I planned to do with it anyway.  Glad I wasn't the only one!  

The woven hamper still makes a nice side table, but I relocated it beside this chair instead.


I'm loving this little side table now.  It's the perfect height and color and best of all it's a better fit than what was there.



 Now we can access our throws better that are stored in the hamper!

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~


Monday, November 17, 2014

Cotton Grapevine Wreath

Hello everyone!

How is your Monday going so far?  It is cold,windy, and rainy here in GA.  Not too pretty! 

I made a cotton wreath the other day and thought I would share it with you.  I've seen these for sale, but rather than buying one, I knew I could make one with supplies I already had.  I've had real cotton stems for a few years now.  I usually just place them in a container and enjoy them that way. But this time, I thought I'd take it a step further and make my own wreath to hang over the gate above my fireplace mantel.  


It was so easy!  I just cut off the pieces of cotton from the branches and hot glued them to a grapevine wreath.  The grapevine wreath is the perfect backdrop for the cotton.


I did this on my kitchen counter.  Super fast!

Then hung it up.


After I completed this, I searched online to find some other examples of cotton wreaths.  I wanted to know how mine measured up.  LOL!

I found several that looked good.  Many of them were extra full or included bows or different designs entirely.  I wanted mine to be very simple and basic though.  But, if you're so inclined, here are some others to inspire you.




So............if you've got some cotton lying around, you're halfway to a cotton wreath of your own!

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Kelly ~

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Manzanita Branch & Other Things

Happy Saturday!

Is it freezing at your house now?  It sure is at mine!  Atlanta is forecasted to be colder this winter than it has been in 15 yrs.  This weekend is as cold as it usually is in February (our coldest month).  Yikes!  So, you know what that means?  Time to get some firewood!

My husband was able to get a little bit from his moms property, but we're going to need a lot more.

Since we had a fire in the fireplace recently, I had to pull out my decorative birch logs.  I placed them in an olive bucket  so I could still enjoy them.



I snapped a pic of the fire we had.  I just love this time of year!




I wanted to share this really cool find that I found.  Have you ever heard of a manzanita branch?  They grow in the coastal mountain ranges of California.  I found one at HomeGoods, of all places!  So, I decided to change up my coffee table so I could use it.


I'm always drawn to anything found in nature, so this fit the bill!

Here is a better look at it.


Since I was moving things around in here, I decided to try out my crated bottle on the chest of drawers.


I'm kind of liking it here!


I like the contrast of the weathered wood against the grey and white.  

So, where did my other things go that were on the chest?  Well, the lamp went "bye-bye" for now.  The scale went into my kitchen.


I'm using the feathers and sachets elsewhere at the moment.  

So, who knew that buying a branch could cause all of these changes?  

Me!

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a great weekend and GO DAWGS!  (Gurley is back, so get ready Auburn.)

~ Kelly ~


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Vignettes

Hello everyone!



I was invited to participate in a fun blog hop party featuring Thanksgiving style vignettes.  Sherry from No Minimalist Here set it up and I'm honored to be a part of it.  Thank you, Sherry, for inviting me to participate!  

So, let's get started............

Of course, one of the main rooms that time is spent in on Thanksgiving is the dining room.  

So, I made a center piece for the table by placing wheat, a gourd, and a squash in a weathered wooden tray.



On the side board, I filled a pitcher with eucalyptus and some Fall foliage.  A couple of small white pumpkins round it out.



Of course, while there is cooking being done in the kitchen, everyone is usually gathered around the TV in the family room watching football.  So, I have some vignettes set up in there too.

On the fireplace mantel, some simple curly willow and some magnolia flowers set the scene.


On the hearth, a large white pumpkin sits on top of some colorful oak leaves.


There is a chest in the family room that I like to add vignettes to.  It serves as an extra place for a lamp and some added storage.  I brought in some Fall color by adding some colorful leaves.


Then, I jazzed up the antique scale with some guinea feathers and small pumpkins.  





In my sitting room, I added a couple of small pumpkins to my secretary.  I kept it very simple so it wouldn't be too busy with everything already on the shelves.





For me, decorating for Thanksgiving is about bringing in some Fall color and things found in nature.  Simple leaves, pumpkins, sticks, wheat etc are enough to make me feel the warmth of the season.  Remember, if you're hosting Thanksgiving, your house is already going to be full of guests and the kitchen will probably be getting the most use it has had all year!  So, you don't want to over do it.  I like to keep it simple, yet pretty. Many of my other surfaces will be used to hold food and drinks.  So, I can't decorate every surface!  

Hope you all enjoyed my Thanksgiving vignettes.  For more ideas, be sure to click on these blogs below.  They are all being featured this week too.


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Thanks so much for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cottage Style Magazine

Hello everyone!


Are you all ready for the cold weather that is headed our way?  Some of you may already be feeling it.  So, that means you will most likely be hunkered down inside your house and feeling a bit bored.  I have just the thing to help you pass the time!  

There is a new Cottage Style magazine out on newsstands right now that I really liked.  I thought I would share some of my favorite pages with you.  I found it for sale at Target and Walmart. 


It says it is a Fall/Winter issue, but I think it has a lot of  summer style homes in it.  So, maybe you'll feel like you've gone to the beach to read it!

This was my favorite house in the issue.


Isn't it pretty?  I love the kitchen!


I love the grain sack used on this bed.


Here is another beautiful bedroom.


Check out this beautiful family room!


Ok, interested???  Go head out and grab this magazine and then light a fire in your fireplace and curl up in your favorite chair with your dog.  Sounds like the perfect way to bring in a storm to me. 

 I think we're in for a long cold winter!  I live in GA and even WE are expecting a colder than usual winter here.  Ugh!

Also, I will be participating in a fun blog hop party, tomorrow, going on right now.  It's for Thanksgiving vignettes.  


Go check out these blogs for some great inspiration!


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Thanks for stopping by!

~ Kelly ~

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs

Hello everyone!

Are you looking for an idea of what to serve for dinner tonight?  I found the BEST recipe the other day.  So, I thought I would share it with you so you could enjoy it too.  It is delicious.  My whole family loved it (and I've got some picky eaters).  

It's also VERY easy to make! 

Here is the finished product:


OK, let's get started.

First you make the marinade, which consists of olive oil, ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, salt, lemon juice, white vinegar, pepper, and sugar.

It doesn't look too pretty, but this it.


Next, cut up boneless chicken breasts into cubes.


Then pour the cut up chicken into the marinade mix.  Stir and put in the fridge for at least 30 min.


 Thread the chicken cubes onto skewers.


Then place them on a hot grill!


When done, they will look like this.


I cannot begin to tell you how tender and tasty these were.  I served them with an herb and butter rice, green beans and wheat dinner rolls.  

For the complete recipe, click HERE.

Let me know if you make it and how you liked it!  We thought they tasted like they came from a restaurant.

~ Kelly ~