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Pumpkin Invasion

27 Oct

While I’m not a Halloween loving individual (I love all things sparkly & pretty)    I have carved my share of pumpkins over the years.  While on a recent jaunt around cyberspace I started collecting some favorite pumpkin snaps I’d like to share.


Now wouldn’t your party guests be impressed if this scene was ablaze in your fireplace!  No stoking required.


via Country Living



Simple pumpkin basket.  Easy to do yet a lovely way to display flowers or other foliage.  Nice.


via Martha Stewart


Hey, I remember decoupage!   A good example of where less is more.  Never thought I would ever think of a pumpkin as stylish!


via Midwest Living


And if orange doesn’t fit into your decór……


via Country Living


Ooooh, getting shiny!  So much more of an impact when you’ve got a grouping.


via Country Living


And sparkly!




Does it have to be scary?  How about silly!  A Mouse Motel!


via Martha Stewart



Wonderful front porch or step decoration.  House numbers!  Wonder if that’s glow in the dark paint?


via Midwest Living


Couple of candy bowl ideas.




via Martha Stewart



Here’s another non-carving idea.  Paint your pumpkin with flat black paint, let dry and then with the handle end of a spoon, scrape away the paint in the design of your desire!  Cool!


via Good Housekeeping





via Martha Stewart


And if you are ready to invest in some serious carving tools…… you too can work magic like this……



via Martha Stewart





I’ve never thought of turning pumpkins on their sides!  Clever!

via Martha Stewart



Here’s one that I think I would like to try, a pumpkin totem.



What was in the bowl before candy?  Mini-pumpkins of course!

via Good Housekeeping



Pumpkin votive holders.  Simple with a nice punch of fall color.


via Good Housekeeping



OMGosh, now I’m craving pumpkin pie!

What do you have in store for your pumpkin(s)?


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Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween.















This Fall Think Deep Thoughts About Color.

26 Oct

Deep, rich, sink-into color, that is!

It’s only 6 a.m. here in my office and I should be getting dolled up for work but I had, had, had to share the latest palette offerings from the very inspirational Margot Austin over at Style at Home magazine.

Those who know me or have ever been to my shop know that I’m over the moon for the color Royal Purple, so this first palette made my heart sing (now if I could only get it to play a little ditty for my husband )

Plum & Pewter via Style at Home

Paint shown is by Farrow & Ball (sorry they don’t list the paint name or number).

That glossy striped wallpaper as a backdrop to the deep grays – Oh, Yah.

Margot even gives us a room in plum, just in case we’re not convinced yet….

Plum Inspiration via Style at Home

I’ll take the deep purple chair, the sink-into gray chaise, the gi-normous ornate mirror ……loving those walls!  With those high ceilings did they really need to paint them snowman white?  (ding – post idea!)

Next up is this blue & red combination – don’t think Crayola crayons!

Margot refers to these two as Oxblood and Inky Indigo.  Whatever you choose to call them, I call them terrific together!

Oxblood & Inky Indigo via Style at Home

If I were looking for components for my room redo with these colors, I’d be carrying around that small vase in my purse!

I was thinking office when I first saw this inspiration board and ……

via Style at Home

Here it is!    Aside from the pink rug (I would keep looking for something with more red in it) I really like the use of the indigo on all the walls and bookcases.  If you like the color….use it on all four walls!

Last one is Cocoa and Bronze.  While I’m not a brown loving individual, I can’t help but appreciate all the richness and luxury that chocolate can bring.  Talking color here not Cadbury!

Cocoa & Bronze via Style at Home

Sooooo, you know there is an inspiration room coming up next……

Are you waiting for chocolate walls? …………Nope!

Bronze glazing? ……….. Nope!

Fabric wrapped panels? ………….. Nope!


Timothy Mather via Style at Home

Croc wallpaper !

Is your master bedroom or guest room lacking punch?  How about a croc wall treatment?

Designer Timothy Mather hit this one, right outta the park!

Deep thoughts about some deep colors, perfect topic for this fall.

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10 Things to do in September.

9 Sep

I’m sorry…’s fall.  Drag out those sweaters and put away the patio umbrella.

Williams Sonoma via Style at Home

While in the Spring I think cleaning, in the Fall I’m thinking about organizing and purging.  Don’t know why really but there it is.   And there it was in my mailbox this morning…… my Style at Home newsletter (love that magazine).

Timely to be sure, the theme of the newsletter is organizing!  Chock full of tips and techniques it is well worth the read.

Just to get me going I’m going to start with the 10 things to do in September. Gotta start somewhere!

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