Feb 5, 2016

Ballard Designs Catalog Secrets

When I came across an article today on the Ballard website titled 10 White Lies We Tell In Our Catalog, it immediately sparked my interest. I love Ballard Designs! Some of you are lucky to have local Ballard Designs stores and even outlet stores in your communities, but here in Boise, Idaho we receive their beautiful catalogs in the mail and shop at their online store. 


 Our favorite Ballard purchases for our home have been these vintage film reels hanging above the TV in our family room, 


this huge wood tray on our leather ottoman,


and this French letter graphic area rug in our entryway. 

We've always been very happy with our Ballard Designs purchases; they come well packaged in great condition and are of wonderful quality. I also love poring over their beautiful catalogs for home decorating inspiration and even DIY ideas. So, I wondered, what white lies could they possibly be telling me in their catalog?


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I thought you might be interested in finding out, too, so head on over HERE to read the article. It's fun to see what goes on behind the scenes of a beautiful home decorating catalog. Fellow bloggers may also pick up some new styling and photography tricks.


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For even more Ballard Designs fun, check out Joni Webb's gorgeous blog post about the story behind Ballard Designs and a look at Helen Ballard's Atlanta home, HERE at Cote de Texas.

Have fun, and have a great day! 


  


Jan 13, 2016

Winter Decor

Hello friends! I hope everyone is enjoying a great start to the new year! 

Today, I'm sharing my post-holiday winter decor with pops of turquoise and white, inspired by our new ottoman from World Market. For my wintry look I wandered around the house one day after I packed up our holiday decorations and gathered up anything I could find that was white or turquoise and had a wintry "feel."  


Then I just sprinkled it all around the living room.


My winter chalkboard was inspired by Barb's free printable over at The Everyday Home. I still think chalkboards are lots of fun, and I'm getting pretty good at drawing mine free-hand with all the practice I've had. 


A big bag of Epsom's salts from the grocery store makes economical "snow" to put in glass jars with candles and for sprinkling on trays. The little white crackled bowl resting on a carved wooden stand was a gift years ago from my old friend and neighbor, Susan, a talented ceramics artist.


An extra furry pillow and cozy throw is tucked into the olive bucket. The block print folk art bear is by my daughter, Annie, who has a degree in illustration. 


The "snowballs" are dollar store foam balls from my craft room.


My husband gifted me eight of Pottery Barn's beautiful bird plates this year for Christmas, and they were so pretty on our Christmas dinner table. I couldn't bear to put them away in a cupboard the next day, so I chose my favorite to display here for the rest of winter.


This is the first time I've decorated with so much turquoise. It's a strong color that doesn't take a lot to pop against a neutral backdrop. I'm loving this bright fun look for chasing away the dark cold days of winter. 

Thanks so much for stopping in today to see what I've been up to around the cottage. I hope you stay warm and have a great day!





It's never too cold to party, so put on your mittens and let's get going!


Dec 29, 2015

Tomato Cage Christmas Trees

This morning I woke up early while the house was still cold and dark and quiet. After turning up the furnace, I turned on the little Christmas tree lights out on our back deck and curled up under a blanket in a chair with my coffee to watch the sun rise over our little snow-covered yard and the hills beyond while our house warmed up.


Every winter we wrap some lights around a couple of tomato cages stuck upside down into the dirt of two plant pots on our deck by the steps. 


The tomato cage tree shapes are so plain and simple and scraggly that they remind us a little of Charlie Brown Christmas trees.


Sometimes plain and simple and scraggly is just perfect.

It's time for a party! 

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