QOTD: Do you dress up for the holidays?

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I think this time of year is great for fashion. No other time can you get away with wearing sequins in the day and extra sparkle. Double statement necklaces? Why not. A tulle skirt? Rock it. However a lot of festivities are casual. For all of the house hopping I do, the atmosphere is comfortable…always but I wish I had a real reason to get super dressed up in a gown or some thing that called for “after 5″ attire.

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Imagine having a calendar filled of parties to attend, friendsgiving, turkey day dinners, Christmas parties and knowing you had to come dressed the part. I think that would make this season even more magical. In the mean time, I’ll add some sparkle, dramatic smokey eyes, sequins and velvet to the mix…

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Do you have any parties to attend this weekend? Will you dress up for it?

Making Life’s Occasions Fun with Big Dot of Happiness…

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That is the tagline for a new-to-me party supplier called Big Dot of Happiness. I am swamped with a lot of junk in my inbox but this was a pleasant find. Not only are they also Wisconsin based (whoo hoo) but they have a huge selection of party themes that will probably make you stop going to local party stores. I’m talking comic book themes, dog party themes (more on that) and more.

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Not only are the themes cute but they are affordable and delivered quickly.

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I love this Woodland Creatures theme for a birthday party or baby shower…

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The banners are already cut, you just have to attach it to the ribbon….

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They have all sorts of ways to personalize favor bags and containers…

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Now for the pampered pooches : they have several themes to celebrate your furry friends. Still waiting on one for cats but dog lovers are covered…

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Now that winter is around the corner (and present for you Buffalo New Yorkers), there are really cute themes to jazz up your shindigs.

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And guess what….yours truly had a package of goodies delivered and I will soon be showing you a fun themed party. It will include one of my state’s sporting teams. So stayed tuned.

{fox theme shower, dashing reindeer, thanksgiving}

Chairish: a vintage furniture and accessories store

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I have been challenged to pick some vintage pieces from Chairish to create a styleboard featuring one of my favorite picks. I loved the vintage Persian Bidjar rug and decided to make a few styleboards around that rug. Then I ended up spending a bunch of hours lost on their website in a black hole of beautiful goodies that made me wish I were rich. I swear there is so much good stuff being sold on that site. Basically Chairish is a site where people can buy and sell vintage decor, furniture and art. The items are carefully curated and it has an etsy/ebay feel where you’re buying from trustworthy sources and owners.

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So I started compiling pieces and end up creating four different styleboards. The first I envisioned in a corner of a bedroom. You have the armoire and a chair with a lamp to create a nice reading nook. Next I created a sideboard styled area of a living room. I love how the styling is asymmetrical but still feels balanced by the wall sconces. You could even sit a flat screen tv there for an updated more stylish version of tv stands. See more of that here. This board has an eclectic feel…

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Then I had to create something girly and glam with a blush pink palette, mirrored and lucite finishes & a pop of gold. This would be a pretty entryway area that is sure to set the tone of anyone who comes in for the first time. You have a pouf to sit on and take shoes off after a long day of work, a mirrored screen to check your hair one last time before stepping out and a place for keys. I added the bust and vintage sign for a little whimsy.

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Lastly using the same vintage Persian rug, I styled a sitting area. I forgot to include a coffee table but if I did, I would pick something with glass so that you can see and appreciate the beauty of the rug. There are some Asian influences in this space with the color scheme, the brass fretwork wall sconces and the contemporary Asian latticework buffet. So which styleboard do you like the most? Every single item with the exception of plants were found on Chairish.

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Remember when I blogged about putting chairs in odd corners?

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I intially blogged about ways to make use of odd corners and featured the pic below. You can see that post here. Then I came across Coco & Kelley’s post showcasing the entire home. It’s dark and moody and the palette consists of just gray, white and black. The textures and layering allows the space to feel cozy and not become boring. It’s very masculine but fine for a woman too.

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Then I saw the kitchen and realized I also blogged about that on my decorating with cutting boards post.

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Lovely black gallery wall…

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I love coming across home tours of rooms I’ve blogged about before. You can see all of the times it has happened in my Remember When archives.

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Want to feel like you’re sleeping in a luxury hotel each night?

Well all you have to do is buy bedding. Where from? The leading provider of luxury linens to the finest hotels. Let me introduce you to Frette.

Sprucing up around the home is most often relegated to spring; when the weather breaks and the earth begins to come alive again. But, the cooler months of fall, and even bitter winter months are a great time to bring a new, fresh and crisp perspective indoors. It may even be the best time to embrace a spot of redecorating-so out with the old, tired – throws and bedding, and in with the new.

Cold weather inspires coziness. Really, think about it; the warm glow of a fireplace, snuggly, and luxurious fabrics, on a cold winter’s night all but eliminate cabin fever. Infuse soothing choices from Frette’s Dream Collection, and it is guaranteed you will never want to leave the house again. Staying in and wrapping yourself in lush materials is more inviting.

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Need some furniture or decor? Live in metro Milwaukee?

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These are some of the items being sold this weekend. My uncle let me decorate his entire place 5 years ago so majority of it are things I picked out for him. Everything must go and there are some really amazing deals on quality furniture. If you live in the Milwaukee area and want to inquire about something, email me and I will give you details and send you the flyer.

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Tuesday’s Tips: eliminate stress by having a hostess storage cabinet or drawer

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I think the best thing you can do is have a hostess drawer, china cabinet, or closet that contains everything you will need to host an event. You would include itema like patterned straws, tablecloths and linen, napkins, napkin rings, table runners, unscented candles, gold or fancy flatware, cupcake holders and cake stands, wine glasses, basically all of the things you could use to help create a tablescape on a whim.

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Think of it as a junk drawer but a neatly curated area  of all of the things you need for impromptu dinner parties.

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4 year blogversary….

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I logged in wordpress and realized today marks year 4 that I’ve been blogging. I didn’t realize it but gosh time flies. I wanted to take a moment to give thanks to those who continue to read in this little corner of the web world, those who email and leave comments like my girl Style Fragment. I appreciate the pins and likes and all of the support. Thank you.

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This here is probably my fav 6 week challenge reveal of all time…

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I mean…listen…this is so incredibly stunning. My fav takeaways: all of it the black walls and molding which gives an element of history and character, the faux white fireplace mantle with ornate details and the warmth by tall candles, the canopy bed without the drapery, the mantle layering, the luxe bedding and the window treatments & the black, gold and white color palette is all so beautiful, timeless and regal. Can you believe it was all done in 6 weeks? If you’re a follower of many popular blogs you will know today is the room reveals that designers were challenged with. It’s been fun reading and following everyone’s weekly progress and although this is the first one I saw, I am convinced it will be my fav. Job well done The Design Daredevil. Job well done. Below are some other fav images but you really have to check the site out for way more pics and all of the details.

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A lot goes into dressing the windows and this mix of panels with patterned roman shades are beautiful. The shades allow both privacy and light….

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You know I love vignette styling. Please go see the rest here. You can also see my love of mantles here and sputnik chandeliers.

{Interior design Jessie Miller w/Photos by Megan Thiele}

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