Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Elegant & Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape with KXAN

You've been feverishly scouring Pinterest for Martha's must-have mashed potatoes, the Pioneer Woman's perfect pecan pie, and Ina Garten's savory sausage and herb stuffing.  Let's face it, we're not all Food Network stars--I mean, I can barely make toast--but what I can do is set a pretty table.  Last week on KXAN's Studio512, I shared some easy tips and tricks to create an elegant and effortless fall table for your Thanksgiving guests that won't bust your budget or cut into your precious cooking time.  You can find more information about each idea featured here.

What I Wore:  Shirt,  Zara  //  Sweater,  J. Crew Factory  //  Jeans,  Spanx [c/o Fab'rik Boutique]
Ring, Madewell  //  Necklace, Madewell  //  Nail polis,   O.P.I. Vampsterdam 

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Friday, November 14, 2014

My Fall Table

Once Halloween has come and gone, it's easy to mow right over Thanksgiving and start prepping for Christmas, but with a little thought and utilization of pieces you already own, you can create a beautiful fall tablescape for your family and friends.  While it's easy to get caught up in the spending frenzy this time of year, recreating this look for your guests is low on budget and high on style.

Most of my entertaining pieces are gold, but with copper being everywhere these days, I wanted to incorporate it into my fall table.  Mixing metals, while unexpected, adds a bit of warmth and elegance.  If you can mix metals with your jewelry, why not your table?!  Matching is so 2013. Kidding. Scroll down to get the full details on my fall table + some incredibly easy DIYs that are perfect for any occasion or celebration.

Since I already used pumpkins for my Halloween place cards, I wanted to do something a little different for my fall table that was still simple, elegant and would have my guests ooohing and ahhing.  Pears seemed like the perfect pumpkin replacement!  I used real pears, but should you be able to find them, faux pears would be great too, as you could use them for holidays to come!  For these, I simply spray painted the pears copper, wrote each of my guest's name on a gift tag and tied them to the stems.  [Budget tip: I stock up on generic gift wrap during and after Christmas when it's all on super sale.  I got a giant pack of these craft paper tags for $0.99!]

I struggled with what do for a centerpiece, but finally came to the realization that 'less is more.' [I don't think those words have ever  come out of my mouth...]  For the greenery, I used a mix of 'floral filler' from the grocery store's floral department [$5] and snipped some foliage from my yard.  I made three small arrangements using small apothecary style vases and intermixed them between two tall brass candlesticks.  The candlesticks were an estate sale score [less than $10 for the pair] and the white tapers were already in my 'stash of candles.'  I clipped some rosemary from my flowerbed and twisted it into tiny little wreaths to put around the candle tapers for a little something extra.  Plus, it makes your table smell wonderful! 

I've been eyeing these copper salt and pepper shakers for a while, and although they're small, I think they pack quite the punch!  For these and more copper accents, click the images below!


Sticking with my mixed metal + copper theme, I wanted to add a little glamour to some serving pieces I already had, and what better way to do so than with a little copper spray paint?  Earlier this week, I shared this extremely easy DIY on, so head over there for the full tutorial.

For some great wooden pieces that are just begging  for a bit of spray paint, click the images below.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

DIY: Copper Dipped Serving Pieces

If you've been following along on Instagram, you know I've been prepping and primping my fall table.  I'm sharing the full reveal later today, but I wanted to give you another quick sneak peek and share this incredibly simple--and insanely fabulous--DIY!  Copper is all the rage these days, so I wanted to find a way to incorporate the metal-of-the-moment into my fall table.  I'm so excited to be sharing the full tutorial over at, so head on over to find out how to create some gilded serving pieces of your own!

For some great wooden pieces that are just asking to be spray painted, shop the links below!

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Junk Gypsy Collection for PBTeen

Cindy & I with the Junk Gypsy sisters, Jolie & Amie Sikes
What I Wore: Denim Jacket, Gap  //  'Deep in the Heart' T-Shirt, Ascot + Hart  //  Shorts, c/o Longhorn Fashions
Purse, Rebecca Minkoff  //  Boots, Liberty Black [available at]
What Cindy Wore: Boots, Old Gringo 'Ooh My God' Boots  //  A whole lot of turquoise...

Last month, during Antiques Week, PBTeen hosted a fabulous gathering at the Junk Gypsy World Headquarters to launch their new line, the Junk Gypsy Collection for PBTeen [available at].  I've always admired the youthful, colorful PBTeen brand, so when they announced their collaboration with my favorite JG gals, I couldn't have been more excited--and to have the opportunity to see the entire collection in person in Round Top was the perfect way to wrap up Antiques Week!  The amount of thought and creativity that Amie & Jolie Sikes put into the collection is clearly demonstrated in each piece.  From a denim tufted headboard to a red-fringed butterfly chair, the Junk Gypsy Collection for PBTeen speaks directly to two of my favorite design aesthetics--it's a little bit country, and a little bit rock n' roll--perfect for the road lovin' gypsy ramblers in each of us!  

photo courtesy of PBTeen
photo courtesy of PBTeen
One of my favorite pieces from the collection is the Sweetheart of the Rodeo Jewelry Case, which is ingeniously fashioned from a guitar case.  I have, what one might call, a 'jewelry problem,' so I love any type of storage solution that allows me to display my collection so that I can see what I have.  This case does just that! The pegs perfectly hold bracelets and necklaces, while the the shelves hold other accessories + perfume bottles.  Plus, there's even space for rings! So good...

Another favorite from the collection is the Backstage Clothing Rack.   Confession: Despite the pretty pictures of my bedroom you've previously seen on the blog, what I've never shown you is the garage-sale-style clothes rack in the corner of the room that holds my latest shopping indulgences, recently done laundry, or whatever just won't physically fit in my closet.  It's embarrassingly not cute.  Imagine my excitement when I laid eyes on this clothing rack. Not only is it way more stylish than my previous situation, but it allows me to style my outfits in advance--and is still able to hold the hoard that won't fit in my closet. [We'll consider a closet clean-out my #1 2015 New Years Resolution...]

[products in this post were provided by PBTeen]

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Color-Happy Bedrooms with Hometalk

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of color when it comes to decorating, per my home tour, so when Hometalk asked me to curate a board featuring some of my favorite 'color-happy' bedrooms from their site, I got to clipping!  

If your bedroom is looking a little drab and is in need of a little pick-me-up, nothing does the trick quite like a splash of color!  These colorful bedrooms make a statement without sacrificing the elements of comfort and relaxation that every bedroom needs. Brightly colored pillows and decorative accents are perfect (and inexpensive!) ways to add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral room.  [Notice that most of the walls and bedding are white in these rooms] For more colorful ideas, be sure to check out my picks here

For those of you that might be unfamiliar Hometalk, it's a site where homeowners, bloggers, and professionals alike can go to search for ideas, tips, and share their experiences on topics ranging from home decor and DIY  to gardening and home renovations.   Have a question or need advice on an upcoming project?  There are skilled professionals and experts in various fields available to answer and questions you might have!  With over a million members, Hometalk is chocked full of project ideas, decorating tips, and DIYs to try! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Good Day Austin: No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

This morning I was back at FOX 7's Good Day Austin, sharing some fun & simple ways to dress up your pumpkins for fall--that don't require carving!  In case you missed this morning's segment [or aren't in the viewing area!] click below for the video.  For more information on each project featured, see the links below.  Enjoy! | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

What I Wore: Shirt: Gap  //  Skirt: Diane Von Furstenburg [on sale!]  //  Necklace: Baublebar [on sale!]
Ring: Kendra Scott  //  Watch: Michael Kors [shop the look below!]

Studded Pumpkins  //  For the full tutorial, see my post here.

Sequined Pumpkin  // For the step-by-step instructions for this sparkler, see my full post here.

Chalkboard Paint Pumpkin  // Treat [don't trick!] your dinner guests to a delicious meal for your spooky soiree!  Find out how to create this one here.

Rhinestone 'BOO' Pumpkin  //  I simply purchased peel-and-stick letters [currently 60% off!] from Michael's, and voila!

Drip Paint Pumpkins  // These pumpkins were extremely easy and the DIY was by far  one of my most re-pinned Halloween pins, so I wanted to recreate it for myself! See it here.

Duct Tape Pumpkin  //  This one couldn't be easier! For the full tutorial, see last week's post here.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Spray Paint & Chardonnay on The Everygirl

photography: Kelly Rucker
Yesterday, The Everygirl [one of my fave blogs] featured my home tour, and to say it was a 'pinch me' moment would be an understatement.  I was so elated to share my humble little abode with The Everygirl readers, and to have it photographed by the ever-so-talented Kelly Rucker was the cherry on top! 

For the full home tour, be sure to check out their post here.  Also, head over to Kelly's blog for even more gorgeous photos from our shoot! 

Thanks to everyone for their sweet comments and messages yesterday! It means more than you know!

photography: Kelly Rucker
photography: Kelly Rucker
photography: Kelly Rucker
photography: Kelly Rucker