A home tour with lovely vignettes…

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With color inspiration from the 70s and a marriage of design styles, this home tour encompasses a lot of things I look for when featuring on my blog. I like a home to have some character and architectural detail. Brany’s has just that in the molding designs on the doors, beautiful wood floors and exposed brick. I like a home to look personal as if every item was edited and bought or salvaged from a place with background, history and meaning. Brandy’s home has just that. It mixes new and old and balances nicely throughout the entire space. What I saw first was that wild bold wallpaper and a gold mirror then the open riser stair case with a neon light and I knew this would be a fun home tour. Every room was interesting and the spaces that felt a little empty will probably be filled with another conversation starter soon. It just looks fun, like everything she bought, was bought because she simply liked it. Not because she needed to finish a room in time for an online feature or not as if she needed to be like everyone else and buy the same print, same tables, same rugs. Brandy’s home looks like Brandy. One of her fav sites to score items from is Chairish which is also where she sells decor through. You can buy her style at Make & Model. It’s nice to see someone that doesn’t stick with a formula of what they think is “cool”.

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Take a cue from this and use expensive or bold wallpaper in a very small width of space. You won’t break the bank but you will make an impact.

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Two chairs similar in style (both armless) and the same color can work just as well as a pair. I love the barstools and lighting.

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Decorating with busts and mannequins are my everything. I like how the vignette is asymmetrical but still balanced because the mannequin is around the same height as the lamp.

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You can see the rest of the tour and all of the deets over on Apartment Therapy.
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And then we had December….

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Happy Monday. Hope your weekend was funfilled. I had a good relaxing time with some fun thrown in. My aunt hosted a seafood gumbo showdown. I’m talking crab meat, crablegs, oysters, shrimp, sausage etc. It was so delish and fun to visit with family. I also went to a Bucks game the night that started my 5 day weekend and we won. I even made it to see The Lion King on Broadway. If you have kids or eant to enjoy a nice date night or girls night….go. It was so amazing. The last show is Dec 7th here in Milwaukee so get your tickets fast! December is the most wonderful time of the year and though I’m not 100% in the Christmas spirit this year, I am better than I was last year this time.

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Last year it took me going to Manhattan New York a week before Christmas in order to get in the mood. Seeing all of the lights, the jolly people, the skating rings, (both at Bryant Park and the Rockerfeller Center), the holiday windows on 5th avenue, the toys at FAO Schwartz and the snowstorm that delayed our flight home made me in the spirit. This year I’m trying to not let it take that long to get in the mood. I’m exchanging gifts with a few friends which is helping get in the swing of things so I have more people to shop for. I started shopping on Saturday for gifts. I really wish to share but one of those friends follows me on social media so I can’t. Let’s just say I can’t wait to see what she says about the gift I got her and her husband.

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Buying thoughtful gifts is second best to wrapping the gifts. I love wrapping gifts. People always say they know when Miya bought something because I like to use gift bags and go crazy with the tissue paper. This time I will wrap them up and use ornaments and ribbon instead of typical bows. Although I’m not putting up my Christmas tree this year, I did buy a wreath (something I never had) and flocked garland that will get adorned with ornaments and foliage tonight. It’s going to be super cold here in Milwaukee so I plan to stop to get me a salted caramel hot chocolate and go straight home and get busy decorating. I already decorated my home with table top décor (which I will blog about later) while watching the Macy’s parade (tradition).   I’m already finding myself humming Christmas tunes. So I guess I am in the spirit already. 

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Everything isn’t solely about Christmas though. For me, the month of December has some fun birthdays (niece and friend). December is a bit snowier so simply free fun things like snowball fights, building a snowman and taking my niece sledding will take place. I tried ice skating last winter and it wasn’t as fun as I remembered as a kid so I’ll leave that for yall.

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The short daylight, cold nights makes it perfect to snuggle and watch endless movies. Something about this time of year allows for cozy house shoes, socks, & PJs at all times. It’s the time of year when you wake up, shower and put back on PJs because you know you’re not going anywhere.  Faux furs and candles lit makes December so relaxing. If you are blessed to have a lot of paid vacay time (I get five weeks a year), enjoy it. Make time for you and do something you love or been putting off. I’m always on the go so being able to relax a bit is ideal. Knowing my car is parked in underground parking makes relaxing even more indulgent because I know I don’t have to shovel my car out after being plowed in and dust off the snow when I DO leave.

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December calls for a lot of get-to-gethers and parties, some of which you dress up for some of which you don’t but it’s great just knowing you will see your friends and family that much more. Be present in those moments. My friends and fam make fun of me cuz I always take pictures but it’s the same candid moments people love when they look back at them.

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It’s the time of year when I stock up on marshmellows and hot chocolate and spend a little too much buying fun flavors from Gloria Jeans & Dunkin Donuts like the Smore’s kind.

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December is also a time for reflection: what did you do or didn’t do throughout the year, what was a milestone or something that changed your life for the better, or what was something you can learn from that will help you in the future. It’s a time to set resolutions and goals for the upcoming year, though I’m a firm believer in not waiting as each day is a chance to start over. December can be an anxious month but it can also be filled with so much optimism. December is indeed the most wonderful time of the year.

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Did ya know TJMaxx now offers online shopping?

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This isn’t a sponsored post it’s just TJ Maxx is a store I’ve loved since working there as a teen. I worked there a year in the service desk area doing returns my freshmen year of college. Once I started having clients, it has been one of my go-to stores for affordable, pretty, and unique decor items. You can buy a whole room filled with stuff from TJ Maxx and it won’t feel as if you shopped at one place and it won’t break your budget. What I love most is the fact that you can get sizeable mirrors for under $40. I’m talking mirrors big enough to swap out and replace over bathroom vanities like you see in this post. They have nice rugs, chic pet bowls & stuff, drapery, a lot of cool end tables and chairs.  Another thing I love is the brand named faux fur throws and pillows and often times they are under $20 like the ones in my collage. I don’t know about you but my clients are not trying to spend $400 on two pillows. So if you’re in a budget, or simply want more bang for you buck without compromising style, head over to your nearest TJMaxx or online.

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My Packers Party Decor….

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Remember when I introduced you to Big Dot of Happiness? Well here is the custom party decor I used to decorate a small Packers Party gathering last weekend….

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So the plates, napkins, cups, banners, confetti and table top decor all came from Big Dot of Happiness from their football themed collection and you can pick the colors to fit your favorite team’s colors.

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Anytime you have a football party, you have to have cupcakes that reps your team!

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Happy Thanksgiving! My tablescape with Sparkle & Dine…

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Hello. I hope you all are enjoying the aromas and good food in the comfort of your families and friends. Today I share some decorating that is a collaboration with Sparkle and Dine, a company that creates themed parties in a box. I used items I had on hand and added Sparkle and Dine’s faux croc table runner, mercury glass candle holders and napkin rings (which I used to hold votive candles)…

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I wanted to create a glam centerpiece idea along the length of the runner. I added candleholders at different heights, layered different textures with a tall vase full of branches and feathers for drama.

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I wanted a color scheme that had the bright orange you see in the fall but with muted tones like gray and black and a little sparkle with silvers….

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Shopping with PinkLion for the holidays…

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A while back I was introduced to PinkLion which is a company that curates products from  independent brands to bring you a seletion of modern, crafty essentials. I was gifted a print by Latte Design in my favorite theme: coffee. Anyone who knows me knows I live for my Dunkin Donuts and McCafe coffee beverages.

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At first I thought I would style it in the kitchen and create a small coffee station similar to these but all of my art in my office/den is black and white so I figured I would place it there.

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Excuse the quality of pictures. I took them with my Galaxy S5 but the outdoor lighting sucked that day. It was gloomy, either snowy or rainy, for days.

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Tuesday’s Tips: cramp spaces can still have big style

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You can see how small this space is and it still has so much style. We can take a cue from hotel design. The ceiling height is taken advantage of by having a high wingback chair, armoire and a huge painting that keeps our eyes drawn upward. Placing a desk behind the sofa instead of a console table makes it functional for work and relaxing. It’s really all about creating zones and spaces in small rooms.

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Snowy weather calls for book reading…

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I am usually always reading magazines or a book. There was a time when I was engulfed in multiple novels at a time but haven’t been reading as much as I used to. With the nights starting the 4 o’clock hour, bitter freezing temperatures and snow, it makes me want to do nothing more than curl up with something to read. I wonder how long it takes for homeowners to have a collection long enough to fill bookshelves..

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