Thanksgiving table and food display ideas…

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Home Life: My accessory table pt 1

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Today I am sharing a little bit of homelife with you: my jewelry/accessories table. I hope you enjoy. I am trying to bring some more personal snippets to the blog. Anyone who knows me knows I love me some fashion jewelry. Dainty? Not my thing. Unless I pile dainty rings on multiple fingers and layer dainty necklaces. Bring me the bold stuff anyday…

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Remember when I DIY’d this art here out of pillows?

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My rings are my prized possessions. I feel naked without a big cocktail ring on…

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So I simply set up everything on my Ikea desk table…

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This was a lucite box gifted to me at the Container Store’s blogger preview (you can read all about that here).

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I keep another acrylic organizer in my closet for nail polish but the go to colors are on this table…

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Believe it or not, I have odd things in these boxes. One has teeth that fell out as a kid. You know…for keepsakes. Another has spare sets of car keys. I try to use as much as I already have for storage instead of buying a ton of new items…

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I bought this acrylic felt lined jewelry organizer from TJMaxx for only $7.99. I like to keep my metals separated so I can easily grab n go! There is a smaller acrylic box that holds safety pins. The Container store has so many in fun colors and sizes for small objects like that.

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My favorite gunmetal and silver pieces…

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I love the way my sunglasses are displayed. Some of them came from Sunglass Spot which sells every pair on their website for only $5. The Container Store‘s acrylic floating shelves are great for smaller lightweight items like this…

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The small stackable round things I bought at the Goodwill years ago. They hide things I don’t want to see like charms that need fixing or random small items…

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I just bought these fun tassled earrings from Macy’s.

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The black velvet holders all came from Michael’s and they were 40% off…

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I love how the jewelry contrasts and looks so shiny against the black….

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My favorite thing on this table is the lace cat eared mask I wore for Halloween. I bought it at Charlotte Russee and it’s a different way to decorate a wig head. I’d rather not have my hats on display so this is much better. The styrofoam head came from Hobby Lobby..

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This acrylic stand came from AtHome . I am sure it’s meant to be upright but I like it this way better.

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I purchased a 3D velvet bust and a flat one from Michael’s. I wanted some of my favorite necklaces to be shown at all times. The white tiger necklace was bought from Akira and the turtoiseshell from Charming Charlie. The deer in the back, cuz you know, I gotta rep my Milwaukee bucks in some capacity, came from TopShop in Chicago…

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It’s a beautiful organized mess…

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Stay tuned for part two where I show you what’s under the table and the reason a shirt is on the wall…


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Camel hued sofas and chairs…

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Camel hued sofas and chairs are the perfect neutral color that isn’t too dark or light. The color adds warmth and pairs well as a backdrop for a multitude of color schemes.

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An update to my home….

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If you follow along on instagram, you may have noticed my console table area has gotten a new look. See the before here. It starting feeling cluttered and I wanted to find ways to simplify the look. My bar cart is near there so I didn’t want two surfaces with a lot of stuff on them. When I purchased the abstract skyline piece from AtHome, I decided to move around some of the decor and remove some photos from the wall. I think the look now feels fresh.

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Here is a view that gives you an idea of the height of the ceiling slope. When you have high ceilings, you want to ensure you purchase large scale artwork to fill up some space…

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I am happy with the way it turned out.
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Retail Therapy: AtHome Milwaukee is now open!

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So this week AtHome opened here in Milwaukee (Wauwatosa’s old Kmart on Hwy 100) and I am in love. I have been following them on instagram for sometime so when I drove by and saw we were getting one, I was beyond excited. My coworker stopped there this week and told me she spent 2 hours in there. All I wondered is how is it possible to spend that long in a store that’s not Ikea. Then I went….

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Yesterday I stopped in and they had cake slices and coffee since it was their 100th store opening.  I went down 75% of the store bypassing most of the Christmas aisle because….it’s not Thanksgiving yet.

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They had some awesome pieces of furniture like sidetables, plant stands and small dressers…

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It was the art section that killed me. When the lady told us “wait until you get to the art side”, she wasn’t lying.

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So we walked down aproximately 10 aisles looking at art, decorative letters, clocks, metal and mirrors and wrapped canvases for 20 mins…

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I mean….it was overwhelming in the most lovely possibly way. They had every metal whether gold, silver, gunmetal etc and every style you can think of….

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They had art that would make cool headboards. The wood plank one in the upper left would make for a great statment in a rustic room especially if doubled on top for a tall bed backdrop…

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I love skyscrapers so I scooped up this large canvas for only $49. Here I was, walking with mom thinking I scored when I looked around the corner….

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We weren’t done with the art section! There was at least another 12 aisles or so more to browse….

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Then we got to the end and turned the corner to see another 6 aisles or so of smaller pictures, blank frames & kids art. It was insane. It’s impossible not to find SOMETHING. As a matter of fact, you may have a hard time deciding what to put back…

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I went home with one of the pink stylized tables. The black ones were $14 & $19! The prices were so good here…

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You have to go toward the outdoor section too because a lot of the tables there can easily be incorporated inside the home. Tables as low as $39, $49 & up.

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Now these were more pricey but I love the boxwood options for patio privacy…

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I will be going back to get one of these. I have always loved potted topiaries and they look good inside the home as well as on the porch. The best part? They’re faux so no worries about killing them and having to maintain the shape!

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Can we talk about pillows? I love them as much as the next girl but I can’t spend my client’s budget on two pillows for $300. I’d rather go to retail places and mix to create a cool look. AtHome has several color coded aisles of pillows and a lot were only $12.

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Yesterday’s Barcart Styling for Halloween

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Yesterday I styled the bar cart for Halloween before my company arrived. The lighting was terrible as it rained all day yesterday so I took these pictures this morning. Instead of ice in the ice holder, I had orange and green twizzler.  type of candy. There wasn’t enough room for the punch bowl so that was in the kitchen. It consisted of orange and green sherbert, 7-up, & pink lemonade and I spiked it with vodka for those who wanted.

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My Halloween napkins are gone but those black ones came from
Tuesday Mornings and those are there at all times.

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The mini Moscato bottles came from World Market. They have the prettiest packaging for everything…

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The skull straws came from Dollar Tree.The black and white ones are permanent and came from Michael’s. The shot and wine glasses were thrifted eons ago from the Goodwill. The queen bee stemless glass I bought from TJMaxx.

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I bought the pomegranate soda because it looks like blood…

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How did you spend the day?


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Tiny Tot Thursday: Bohemian Nurseries

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When decorating nurseries, there should always be some sophisticated pieces of furniture purchased for the room. The dresser and chairs don’t always have to be pint sized. I also prefer designs with wood or white finishes for the furniture leaving color for the decor and accessories.

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Enter bohemian designs. When I think of that style, I think of lots of textures and aztec patterns, Persian and oriental rugs, sunset hues, arrows, feathers, dreamcatchers, yarn and woven elements, mid-century and sleek lines, an explosion of color, layers of rugs, tassles, canopies and teepees, nothing too matchy matchy and an eclectic mix of fabric and pillows that somehow works.

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Bohemian rooms don’t have to be colorful though, as this mint and beige room is executed perfectly…

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The key is to prevent things from feeling too new. So strive to incorporate retro and vintage toys and items for a room that feels collected over time. You will want some pieces that feel like they have some history in the family or at the least, a neat story behind it.

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You can still include the usual baby room suspects like animals and woodland themed tree wall decals. Having real branches and plants keeps it lively…

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Design Takeaways from recent pins…

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Nothing is better than double doors opening to something magnificent…

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You may be looking at the floor but I am looking at that velvet and gold booth. That deep peacock teal hue is so regal…

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I am one of those people that approve of painting wood trim, door, and built-ins. So naturally I would approve of a metallic gold paint for molding. If you don’t want to commit to something like this on the walls, try it on closet doors or a credenza….

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Now is the time to layer the home with cozy textures and sheepskin rugs are probably one of the most cost effective ways to do so. You can layer them on chairs, sofas, benches and rugs. However I am starting to like the skunk look. Maybe this is a diy waiting to happen. I wonder if hair chalk would work for shag rugs that aren’t going to be stepped or sat on…

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I think this marble slab wall or wallpaper in the home of Nate Berkus would be so nice if it were a bit more subtle. I really like the lighter gray veins versus darker ones….

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Beautiful floors and foyer…

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I know this isn’t an Ikea table but adding studs to a staple with sleek lines would be a cool revamp…

{Images via Cosmopolitan Home mag 2015 home of the year, Michigan. J. Peterson Homes, Visbeen Architects and Francesca Owings Interior Design. Ashely Avila photo, wallpaper, Architectural Digest}


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