Easy Halloween Decor

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I am typically not one to specifically decorate for Halloween. Usually I just do the fall  pumpkin and generic autumnal vibes so that the decorations can last through to Thanksgiving. But this year I felt inspired by crows and feathers. Here’s what I came up with.

Feather wreath and bat entryway

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2018-10-21 09.50.42-2The feather wreath was from a craft store and I stuck it to this mirror with a suction cup hook thing. The bats were just cut from cardstock. Instructions below.

Bring Those Flowers Inside

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One of my favorite things to do in the Spring, besides admire all of the beautiful flowers outside our home, is to bring them inside to enjoy. Right at this moment I have a vase of amazing white peonies right on my desk so that I can stare at them all day. Here is a little snippet of what I have brought inside.

As you can see, this branch was yelling at me to give it a trim. So I brought it inside after shaking off as much pollen as I could. 2018-05-28 10.30.46-2

It’s currently occupying this corner of our dining room. I’ll be posting a full reveal very soon of the dining room, but here are a couple of sneak peeks. How amazing are these lights? I have two of them! 2018-05-29 14.50.41-2

And here are the peonies in the ‘wild’ at the bottom of our driveway.2018-05-28 10.31.17

And here they are in the dining room. The wallpaper is actually the first choice that I made for this room redo, about 3 years ago. I’m so happy this room is finally finished! 2018-05-29 14.54.37-2

Click below for more photos of our gardens. 

How to Style Your Shelves in Four Easy Steps

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Our home has a lot of built-ins, so I get a lot of practice styling shelves. One of my favorite parts of January is starting with a clean slate after taking down all the holiday decor. We spent some time cleaning out and getting rid of a bunch of extra stuff this winter, so I decided it was time to re-style these shelves. I will show you some tips that you can use in your own home.

Step 1: Start with a clean slate. Take everything off and start fresh. I ended up using a lot of what was already here, but by starting fresh you will come up with new ideas. DSC_0674

Step 2: Add stacks of books. Most of our books are on another set of shelves, so I just grabbed some of the prettier vintage ones for these shelves. You can stack them on top of each other, side by side, or a combo of both. I like to do both, because it adds interest and the stacked side works as a book end for the side by side end. This way you need less book ends! I have also seen books styled backwards, if you want to limit the color palette and just see the pages side. You can also style them by the color of the spine. Just note that both of these options are not at all functional. If you actually use these books, then the better way is to group them by subject matter. I once styled my shelves by color and finding the book I was looking for was not easy.

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Step 3: Add your objects by adding similar ones at the same time. For instance I started by adding all of the wooden items. Think about balance, and move them around as you go.

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Next I added the objects that have strong lines, like the metal horse, deer and tree. Then I filled in more with the brass vases. While adding your items, think about balance. You want to balance out the colors and shapes. You could also experiment with grouping colors (all brass on one shelf, books on another, etc…).

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Keep adding items until it feels right. I kept the top shelf open, because nothing really fit well up there. Then I had an idea!

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Step 4: Plants! I moved some of my plants to fill in the top shelf. I also added one to another shelf to balance it. Plants make everything better, so don’t be afraid to put them everywhere, even your shelves!DSC_0697

Here are my shelves from another angle. Don’t forget you can stack objects too. I added a small brass vase on top of a wooden box, and objects on top of some stacked books. Think about height on each shelf and white space around objects you want to highlight. For instance, the metal horse I love and wanted it to be a focal point. So I kept the object around it at a distance so that you can really see the shape of the horse against the white background.  dsc08891.jpg

I hope this helped you have some confidence in styling your own shelves. Don’t forget that you can always change it up, move it around, have fun! After seeing these photos, I already see a few things I will move. Don’t be afraid of having to make everything perfect, just get started and enjoy the process. A few of these items on my shelves are actually available in my brand*eye home shop, so as they sell I get to continually restyle my shelves.

Some other options of things to add are photo frames, small paintings, fresh flowers in vases; the options are endless! What do you love to add to your shelves? And let me know if you use any of these tips.

 

Christmas Decor

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We had the perfect snow day yesterday and I spent it decorating the house for Christmas. Winnie spent it cuddled up in “her” chair with a quilt, and Dave ripped out the carpet in the dining room. He also made a homemade pasta and meatball dinner. I was definitely the winner yesterday! DSC_0994

It’s so fun to be able to change up the house after I have a pop up shop. It’s like I get to start with a clean slate and I usually mix in my shop items. It was especially fun this year with the glass collection that I have amassed. Most of the items below are actually for sale in my shop. Some are not yet listed. You can message me for anything that you see, except the ceramic tree, that is all MINE. DSC_0003

The above is the minimalist holiday design, with just lights and vintage glassware. And  below is the maximalist with lots of trees added. Which do you prefer? DSC_0007

I collect Christmas trees and my collection has grown quite a bit over the years. I try to buy or craft some new ones each year, so the collection is always expanding. The ones on the right below were crafted last year. And the jeweled tree was a gift from my parents. It is an antique and oh so cute. I have 4 of them, which I’ll have to get better pics of. DSC_0008

We switched around some seating and moved this piece of our sectional to this nook. I think it makes this part of our house so cozy! What do you think?

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It was the perfect amount of snow to make everything beautiful! DSC_0024

Here is the house all aglow last night. As you can see, Winnie pretty much didn’t leave that spot all day. I used tinsel on the tree this year and I LOVE IT! Every year I look for it and can never find any. But last year I found some at a yard sale. Score! DSC_0043DSC_0055

The tree is decorated with lots of birds, tinsel, lights and round glass ornaments in silver, orange and blue. DSC_0058DSC_0061

DSC_0065DSC_0068Have you decorated your tree yet this year? What was your theme or color palette?

POP UP Shop Tomorrow!

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Hey everyone! The POP Up shop is tomorrow Saturday, December 2nd. I’ve been busy all week getting ready for it and am so excited to have you all join us! This year I will have a bunch of friends joining me. You can read all about these talented friends in the last post here.

I’ll have lots of vintage home goods including pitchers, glassware, kitchenware, pottery, art and candlesticks.

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Vintage pottery

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Bucks County Beauty

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I had the pleasure of visiting the cutest house with the best view in all of Bucks County a couple of weeks ago. My friend Ericka who used to live super close, moved about an hour away to a tiny town on the Delaware River in Bucks County. She now lives in this amazing home with her husband and their 5 dogs.

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I mean, look at this place. It definitely feels like it jumped off of the pages of a very cool magazine, like Martha Stewart Living. Ericka has always had really good taste and killer decorating skills. She recently downsized and moved in with her lovely new husband, John. It was so fun to see how she edited all of her stuff into this perfect Bucks County home. Amazing job lady!

The drive up River Road is absolutely stunning! It’s filled with cute towns along the river on both sides.  The leaves are at peak season currently, so a drive up now would be even more beautiful than normal.DSC_0418

This is the view from her yard, looking down over the Delaware River. DSC_0422

LOVE this rug. DSC_0430

 

And the living room. A recent update from Ericka is that she scored an amazing leather sofa “from” Crate and Barrel. And by from I mean actually from Craigslist for a deal.  I can’t wait to see it. DSC_0432

I’m in love with the details in this guest bedroom. DSC_0434

You can see my sister’s cute head in this shot. She was visising us from Florida, and spent the day with us, which was also wonderful. DSC_0436

The attic has this amazing window. DSC_0438

Chill spot in the master bedroom. DSC_0439

View from the ROOF deck. DSC_0440

Love the detail of this trim.DSC_0441

Here are more back yard views.DSC_0444

And bathroom details. I love the collection. DSC_0448DSC_0452

This pheasant rules. And the antique piece that it’s sitting on is stunning. DSC_0455

Here are 2 of the 5 rug rats, on an amazing rug. Ericka has 2 boxers and John 3  basset hounds. DSC_0468

They also have a BOAT! Yes, we also got to chill on a giant pontoon boat on the Delaware River on a glorious day. It was like in the 70s/80s that day. DSC_0489

 

Picture perfect.

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Thanks for the hospitality Ericka and John!

I’d love to know, what was your favorite part about this home?

Wooden and Milkglass Tablescape

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Are you already thinking about how to decorate your Thanksgiving table? Or maybe you have a dinner party coming up and you want a fall vibe. Here is a great idea for a super simple tablescape. Wood and milkglass. Or it could just be wood and white. Whatever you have will work. And if you want to buy any of this gorgeous vintage ware, it’s all for sale in my brand*eye home shopwoodentablescape4

I used a combination of wooden candle holders, wooden bowls, and milk glass glasses. woodentablescape3

How great are these turned wooden candle holders? And the combo of white pumpkins and green gourds? A local farm stand had these beauties and I scooped up the bumpiest gourds that I could find.

woodentablescape2And the milk glass hobnail glasses are gorgeous. I like how they make the wood pop even more, because of the contrast. I actually have 12 of them in the shop. You can find them and all of the vintage ware that you see here in my brand*eye shop!

wooden tablescape1How are you planning to decorate your table this year? Mine may look a lot like this. I am really digging the wood and white this year.

Easy Pumpkin Fall Decor

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I am a big fan of decorating and crafting for fall. And I especially love crafting if it’s easy! Typically I decorate using a general fall vibe, instead of a Halloween specific vibe. This way all of my hard work will still be appreciated through Thanksgiving. And it makes hosting on Thanksgiving that much easier, since the decorating is already done in October.

Here are a few easy painting ideas with pumpkins. pumpkins after

You only need three things: pumpkins, paint, and paint brushes. pumpkings supplies

I painted just the stems of a few pumpkins with a metallic paint. And on others I painted the entire thing. The turquoise pumpkin is my favorite! The one on the right is a black painted gourd, which also turned out really great.

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My friend made this cool one with a gold and black pattern.pumpkin gold and black

One great way to decorate your home with your pumpkins is to add a few of them to a tray. Odd numbers work best. Then fill around the pumpkins with some colorful leaves. pumpkin after

I hope this gave you some new and easy ideas of crafts to do this fall. These pumpkins were all made with my girlfriends at a craft night, but these ideas are easy enough to do with kids. What is your favorite fall craft or decorating idea?

East Falls Home

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The home that I decorated in East Falls is finally complete! This space is the home of my friends Holly, Dan, and their daughter Piper.  We started with a blank slate by using white paint throughout the first floor and up the stairs. Everything was painted the same shade, Snowbound by Sherwin Williams, even the trim. The house was previously painted yellow, and the white really brightened up the rooms.

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The asian flower art above I picked up at an estate sale. The green shadow box was from Joann fabric.

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The light fixture was originally black with chandelier bulbs. We spray painted it red and added new modern round bulbs, which completely transformed this light fixture. The total cost to update the light was about $30. That is a huge savings compared to buying a new light, which would have been at least $100.

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The shelving unit above is from IKEA. This shelving unit is very versatile and affordable. It comes in many different sizes and also in the more basic black or white. We wanted to inject some color into the space, so we went with red. The light above was spray painted to match.

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The view above is what you see when you walk in the front door. Dan had the great idea to use the Velvet Underground Andy Warhol poster. It matches perfectly with the smaller Andy Warhol prints. Do you remember them? They are from a DIY that I shared with you before. Most of them ended up in this space, along with some art that Dan and Holly already owned. The lamps are from Target, the side table is from Joann fabric, the coffee table is from IKEA, and the chair on the left is from Homegoods.  The cactus and succulents are from a wonderful new shop in East Falls, which you need to check out. It’s called Vault + Vine and they have a great selection of plants, gifts, and coffee. It’s a win, win.

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Dan also found the pillows below. How could I say no to Big Lebowski pillows? I couldn’t, and they’re awesome. The sofa is the Monroe from West Elm in celestial blue velvet.

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The entryway I have blogged about before, but here are a couple new shots.

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The amazing mirror and rug are from an estate sale. The secretary desk is from Craigslist, and the light and ceramic dogs are (mostly) from homegoods. Using a secretary as an entryway table is a great way to hide all the clutter that collects by the front door.

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You won’t believe the transformation. Here are the photos from before:

 

What do you think? I think it looks incredible! And all of this was done on a budget of 3k. That was the initial budget, but it actually came in closer to 2k. We found a lot of great deals and we DIYed where we could.

Let me know if you need help decorating your space, and we can work on a plan to tackle it!