Valentine’s Day Gifts Game Plan

On the heels of Super Bowl fun, I thought a post about Valentine’s Day gift ideas titled Valentine’s Day gifts game plan might be appropriate.

After all, thoughtful design and implementation draws parallels between a winning strategy and devising a present perfect Valentine’s Day gifts game plan.

Valentine's-Day-Darcy-Miller-Designs-LLC

Download, customize, and dazzle your Valentine with these Love Mail free Valentine’s Day printables by Darcy Miller Designs as featured by Better Homes & Gardens.

Click on the link below to download.

BHG Works of Heart

There are some that say Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday existing only  for commercial purposes.

Valentine’s Day is a hallmark holiday; a distinctive occasion to show love to the one or the ones we hold dear to our .

Distinctive tokens of that love deliver the message in style.

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For Her:

SG SUGU Animal Pattern Lightweight Medium Crossbody Bag with Tassel for WomenSG SUGU Animal Pattern Lightweight Medium Crossbody Bag with Tassel

Camo is set to have an in style moment this season.

Valentine's Day Gifts Game Plan

Scout Utility Jacket for Women

Sparkle and shine show the love and get to the heart of the matter.

Genuine Diamond 9.3 mm Stud Earrings in Sterling SilverGenuine Diamond 9.3 mm Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver

 

Heart Cuff Bracelet, GoldHeart Cuff Bracelet, Gold

Personalized Jewelry Bar NecklacePersonalized Jewelry Bar Necklace

 

Red Glitter Heart Box - Large

Red Heart Glitter Gift Box

Heart shaped gift box one Valentine’s day, heart shaped decor accent-jewelry dish holder-desk accessory the next.

Natural Wicker Petite Heart BoxNatural Wicker Petite Heart Box

It just so happens Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year.

The gift of travel travels well, and with Valentine’s Day being on a Friday it presents the perfect opportunity for a Valentine’s Day weekend getaway to a local hotel, one state over bed & breakfast, or destination to be determined by the recipient.

Blush Globe On Marble StandBlush Globe On Marble Stand

When the ad for this blush globe on marble stand appeared on my Facebook page, I immediately right clicked save image as knowing I wanted to include it in this Valentine’s Day gift game plan show and tell.

Here’s the idea:

Gift your Valentine this blush globe on marble stand, point him or her to the area of the world you have in mind, and tell him or her to pick the destination built for two.

Fredonia HotelFredonia Hotel & Convention Center

The Fredonia Hotel & Convention Center

A recent discovery, the historic Fredonia Hotel & Convention Center located in Nacogdoches, Texas is weekend getaway worthy.

Do You Know Your Wife Fill In The Blank Quiz Book

Do You Know Your Wife Fill In The Blank Quiz Book

Valentine’s Day travel games.

Do You Know Your Husband Fill In The Blank Quiz BookDo You Know Your Husband Fill In The Blank Quiz Book

Love Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter And Rose Oil Hand And Body LotionLove Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter And Rose Oil Hand And Body Lotion

I can personally attest to the wonderful rose scent of Love Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter And Rose Oil Hand And Body Lotion.

rose-scented-lotionThe scent is noticeable yet subtle, and the lotion has nice coverage with a smooth finish.

NEST Mini Rollerball TrioNEST Mini Rollerball Trio

An ad from a famous jewelry retailer featuring a terracotta flowerpot bedecked in its signature trademark color caught my eye.

Sticker shock promotes DIY inspiration.

Sweet Rhapsody Satin Enamel Interior/Exterior Paint and Primer in One SampleSweet Rhapsody Satin Enamel Interior/Exterior Paint and Primer in One Sample

All you’ll  need is a terracotta pot, a paint brush, and a BEHR ULTRA 8 oz. satin sample of Sweet Rhapsody or color match of your choice.

paint brush

Spring will be here in no time, and the buzz is building.

terra-cotta-pennington-plant-pots

A painted terracotta clay pot in designer inspired blue green will become a high end-high style home for spring violets, hydrangeas, or a full bloom house plant.

Ficus Lyrata Fiddle Leaf FigFicus Lyrata Fiddle Leaf Fig

-OR-

Seed packets paired with this 3pc Short Handled Tool Set Blue – Smith & Hawken™ garden tools set.

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3pc Short Handled Tool Set Blue - Smith & Hawken

3pc Short Handled Tool Set Blue – Smith & Hawken™

-OR-

pastel roses

Gift accordingly.

 

 SIREN SONG S/6 Las Flores Coaster Set, Ivory/Multi

Siren Song Set of 6 Las Flores Coaster Set, Ivory/Multi

 

heart copper mold

Made In Italy Copper Heart Mold

Options are good, so here we go with what I call the high-low fashion watch show and tell.

Bulova Men's Precisionist Leather Strap Watch

Bulova Men’s Precisionist Leather Strap Watch

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Dress Sport Stainless Steel & Leather-Strap Watch 
Burberry Unisex Classic Checked Analog Quartz 38mm Watch

The price is definitely right on this smart watch ($24.99), the reviews good, the rating ★★★★ out of a possible ★★★★★, and the color divine.

JBL GO 2 Bluetooth Portable Waterproof Speaker - NavyJBL GO 2 Bluetooth Portable Waterproof Speaker 

 

iOttie - iON Wireless Mini Qi Certified Wireless Charging Pad for iPhone-AndroidiOttie – iON Wireless Mini Qi Certified Wireless Charging Pad for iPhone-Android

 

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Art of Shaving The Men’s 5-Pc. Unscented Starter Set

 

Library Of Congress Card Catalog Boxed Notecards

Library Of Congress Card Catalog Boxed Notecards

 

You're Dynamite Valentine's Hot Sauce Gift Set

You’re Dynamite Valentine’s Hot Sauce Gift Set

Scotch-Infused Toothpicks Gift SetScotch-Infused Toothpicks Gift Set

AmeriLeather Leather Three Way Backpack

AmeriLeather Leather Three Way Backpack

I hope this Valentine’s Day gifts game plan proves helpful in the pursuit of the perfect Valentine’s Day gift(s).

Happy Valentine’s Day shopping!

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Super Bowl Get Together Ideas

Super Bowl get together ideas buzz is all around.  Regardless if your favorite team is in or is out, as tradition dictates most of us will be joining in on the Super Bowl merriment from the comfort of home- the favorite party zone.

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Paperless Post

Super Bowl get together ideas drive the ultimate game day excitement down the field.

Fan favorite food.

Halftime show performance showcases.

Commercials dripping in social media buzz and advertising gold.

My tried-and-true Super Bowl get together ideas entertaining formula consists of four quarter basic components:

Casual.

Comfortable.

Easy.

Inexpensive.

 

Samsung - 2.1-Channel 300W Soundbar System with 6-1/2" Wireless Subwoofer - Black

Samsung 2.1 Soundbar with 320W Wireless Sub 

The next best thing to experiencing the sounds of the Super Bowl live and in person is watching the game in enhanced audio quality.

Samsung - Wireless Rear LoudspeakersSamsung – Wireless Rear Loudspeakers

 

Winston Wine Red Stationary Chair and Ottoman by Home Styles

Winston Wine Red Stationary Chair and Ottoman by Home Styles

Comfort factors into the game day experience, and comfortable seating options score big points with the crowd.

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Greendale Home Fashions Ribbed Microfiber 20-inch Buff Square Floor PillowGreendale Home Fashions Ribbed Microfiber Square Floor Pillows

Safavieh Manchester Antiqued Brown Tufted Club ChairSafavieh Manchester Antiqued Brown Tufted Club Chair

 

counter-stools

Carlisle Wood Seat Backed Counter Stool
Kendall Metal Counter Height Stool with Wood Black/Cocoa Brown

saucer chair

Faux-Fur Saucer Chair

 

Pasargad Home Genuine Leather Paris Club ChairPasargad Home Genuine Leather Paris Club Chair

I’d rather spend my Super Bowl Sunday knee deep in the fun rather than in a stream of spilled food and drink.

Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table Gold - Project 62Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table Gold – Project 62™

Cylinder drum accent tables placed in strategic areas in and around Dave the Builder’s man cave serve a stylish purpose by offering a place to sit one’s food and drink.

Defense Football Player

Defense Football Player

These bronze finish resin figurines from Hobby Lobby (don’t forget the 40% coupon) can be used over and over again which makes it a super affordable Super Bowl decorative accent.

Bronze QuarterbackBronze Quarterback

In this neck of the woods where mild winters allow magnolia trees, ligustrums, and your basic garden variety greenery to maintain color and growth, cuttings and clippings are readily available for  centerpiece arrangements.

Football Ceramic Sports Planter

Football Ceramic Sports Planter

The cuttings and clippings make a nice showing on their own, but really kick the look up a notch when mixed with a couple of fresh bouquets from the supermarket floral department.

Lombardi_TrophyWikipedia

A DIY Lombardi Trophy is a simple project to do with an equally simple item list.

Football.

plastic-football

Tapered bud vase.

tapered bud vase

Glue sticks and glue gun.

glue gun

Silver spray paint.

silver spray paint

Glue the football (angled) to the vase.  Allow to dry for at least one(1) hour.

Once the football is completely adhered to vase, spray paint your championship masterpiece with silver spray paint.

clear glass cylinder vase

Another inexpensive decoration involves glass cylinder container(s) from the dollar store.

Red Glitter Ball Filler

kraft Crinkle Cut Decorative Paper Shred

Fill the containers/vases with glitter balls and crinkle paper shreds in team-inspired colors.

red crinkle cut shredded paperTop it off with a football and there you go.

Wilson NFL Super Grip Composite Leather Game Football

Wilson NFL Super Grip Composite Leather Game Football

football centerpiece

It’s not how much it costs, but the wow factor it creates.

 

Black & White Striped Bottle Labels 24ctBlack & White Striped Bottle Labels 24ct

Black and white stripes bring to mind a referee uniform and make a great theme to decorate with.

 

coaches whistles

Dress up beverage bottles with these black and white striped bottle labels.

 

black and white ribbonBlack & White Ribbon

Pick up a pack of coaches/referee whistles for this next idea.

Black and White Variegated Polyester Cotton Blend Baker's TwineBlack and White Variegated Polyester Cotton Blend Baker’s Twine

Feed black and white striped ribbon or baker’s twine through the whistle ring and tie around the neck of the bottle.

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Black and White Striped Popcorn Boxes

Black and white striped popcorn boxes and treat bags are a good call for serving popcorn, nuts, and party mixes.

Black White Stripes Party Favors Cello Bags

Dave the Builder and I love In-N-Out Burger.

In-N-Out Burger is always on the where to eat list when we go to Las Vegas or Dallas.

We go with the eating in the car option complete with lap mats and paper trays.

In-N-Out-Burger-in-car

What better time copy the eating in the car concept than a Super Bowl party.paper food trays

Scrapbook paper is just the right size and design for lap mats, placemats and coasters.

scrapbook-paper

Football Field Scrapbook Paper – 12″ x 12″

Football Textured Scrapbook PaperFootball Textured Scrapbook Paper

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Footballs Scrapbook Paper – 12″ x 12″

I like to buy items that easily fit with other occasions and themes.

Football Helmet Bottle Carrier

wine bottle carrier football helmet

Football Helmet Wine Bottle Carrier

Novelty Wall-Mounted Bottle Opener, Bulldog

Novelty Wall-Mounted Bottle Opener, Bulldog

Igloo 5-Gallon Heavy-Duty Beverage Cooler, OrangeIgloo 5-Gallon Heavy-Duty Beverage Cooler, Orange

 

Spiked the Ball Tea

Ingredients

1 gallon iced tea

1 gallon lemonade

1 750mL bottle honey whiskey

ice

Directions

Combine the iced tea, lemonade, and whiskey in cooler and stir.  Add ice.

Always drink responsibly.

 

Big Party Pack Festive Green Paper Coffee Cups 40ctBig Party Pack Festive Green Paper Coffee Cups 40ct

This beauty fits in with the I love of all things copper theme.  I’m seriously considering adding it to the cart as a hostess gift to myself.

2gal Glass Modern Beverage Dispenser - Threshold™2gal Glass Modern Beverage Dispenser – Threshold™

These Dollar Tree party ware beverage glass solutions aka football shaped glass tumblers will carry you through the entire season.

Football-Shaped Glass TumblersFootball-Shaped Glass Tumblers

An artificial grass table runner can be used on Super Bowl Sunday as well as  springtime gatherings, Easter eggstravaganzas, and bridal showers.

Artificial Grass Table RunnerArtificial Grass Table Runner

From a drop by the supermarket spread made for good times and gathering friends to an instant pot-slow cooker feast, easy yet impressive dishes make a taste touchdown.

Instant-Pot-Shrimp-Boil

The recipe for Instant Pot shrimp boil from Damn Delicious is what

Click here for the recipe.

The idea behind the Super Bowl party nosh is to pair good times with good eats.

Jalapeño Popper Football Cheese BallJalapeño Popper Football Cheese Ball Recipe from Peas and Crayons

Clocking time in the kitchen preparing complicated snacks takes you away from the play-by-play action.

Easy is the game plan, so let’s take a look at easy recipes.

Top Shelf Living Missouri Slate Cheese BoardTop Shelf Living Missouri Slate Cheese Board

The ever popular cheese platter and charcuterie board goes into the Super Bowl snack hall of fame.

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Variety is the spice of life and the rule of the cheese charcuterie board.  Work with what is available, on sale, and in season.

Here’s the items that make the tray.

One sharp, one mild, one soft, and one blue cheese.

Next, I select a trio of in season fresh fruits such as grapes, dates, berries, and apples.  Dried apricots and dried cranberries round out the category.

If I have good olives on hand I’ll add them to the tray.  Pepperoncinis complement well, too.

Creole pecans and mixed nuts bring the kick and the crunch.

Fig preserves, honey, and bacon pepper jam are my jam.

An assortment of crackers and breads of your preference.

Prosciutto and smoked turkey (house favorites).

Wood Cow 2 Piece Cheese Board & Platter Set

Wood Cow 2 Piece Cheese Board & Platter Set

Oversized Carved Wood Tray - Hearth & Hand™ with MagnoliaOversized Carved Wood Tray – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Dip is the official unofficial food of the Super Bowl soiree.

Four quarters.

Four dip recipes.

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Copycat Chili’s Queso (Slow Cooker Version) from Creme de la Crumb is a Super Bowl appetizer tour de force.

This baby is easy, slow cooker easy, and a crowd pleaser.

Click here for the recipe.

Best Ever Cheesy Pizza Dip

Football and pizza is a natural pairing, and this Best Ever Cheesy Pizza dip from Jen at Yummy Healthy Easy is exactly that.

Recipe is here.

Super Bread Bowl Dip

A football shaped bread bowl full of dip.

Need I say more?

Click on the link for the how to make instructions and Kale-Artichoke Dip recipe.

Baked Kale Artichoke Dip Recipe from Delish

Slow-Cooker Boursin Spinach-Artichoke Dip

If one is good, two is better.

Spinach and artichoke star in this Slow-Cooker Boursin Spinach-Artichoke Dip making it a 5 star-4 quarters dip champion.

Click on the link for the recipe.

Slow-Cooker Boursin Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Did someone say wings?

Big Boss 16 Quart 1300-Watt Oil-less Air Fryer & Tabletop Convection Oven

Air fryer madness is sweeping the kitchen nation, and if you’ve got one you know why.

I call cooking/frying food in an air fryer a healthy compromise without any compromise at all.

Food cooks with less fat, faster than traditional methods, is not limited to frying (grills, roasts, bakes), and the best feature- no oil!

This alternative to traditional frying takes countertop kitchen appliance must have to the next super easy to use with super delicious results level.

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Delish – Photo by Parker Feierbach 

Our niece swears by this Best Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe from Delish.

Upon her rave review and Super Bowl get-together ideas suggestion, I’m including it for your recipes consideration.  Click the link for the recipe.

Best Air Fryer Fried Chicken

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It’s not a Super Bowl party in Louisiana without a pot of Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.

king-cake-colors

It’s Mardi Gras season here in Louisiana, and King Cakes are everywhere.

We’re loaded up on them for Super Bowl I could go for something sweet Sunday.

Wild Sports Football Field Tailgate Toss Cornhole SetWild Sports Football Field Tailgate Toss Cornhole Set

The games people play pre and post game keep the party going.

Super Bowl squares is our favorite!

football brackets score game

Described as a family game for anyone that has ever seen a movie, the Blockbuster Party Game looks like fun.

The Blockbuster Party GameThe Blockbuster Party Game

Who doesn’t love the how many chocolate footballs in the jar game.

palmer footballs

Palmer Chocolate Footballs 450ct

Whatever works for you works best for your Super Bowl get together.

That’s the winning point of these Super Bowl get together ideas.

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What’s On Trend Projections

Home decor accessories, accents, and furnishings inspiration is everywhere as reflected in these what’s on trend projections for the new year.

The criteria for the what’s on trend choices I’ve selected to show and tell with you is based on styles currently catching my eye that I believe may just have some staying power.

What's On Trend Projections

I’m going to kick this post off with a caveat of sorts.

Trends serve as a barometer of tastes, often fluctuating with the  we’re loving this at the moment style.

To avoid decorating regret or budget busting, adopt a less is more attitude when it comes to what’s on trend.

Your good taste and impeccable sense of personal style will guide you to the trend(s) with the staying power that best speaks to your decorating style.

Statement Powder and Laundry Rooms

Factor Design BuildFactor Design Build

Small spaces making a big statements are high on the trend list for 2020.

custom wallpaper ETSY

By now you’ve probably seen a certain high end designer wallpaper in vogue at the moment.

This custom heron print statement wallpaper from Wallpapers4Beginners on Etsy is a stunning substitute for the designer original.

CUSTOM Heron print wallpaper, Inspired Gucci Wallpaper Heron Print Wallpaper

Another stunner presently catching my eye covers both the big statement and the color black aspect of what’s on trend.

koi wallpaperMetallic Koi Fish Wallpaper

A Personal What’s On Trend Favorite

Words to decorate by regardless of trend or time.

a-touch-of-black

 

Color Your World

Julia Engel's Charming Charleston Home

Southern Living – Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez – Styling: Lizzie Cullen Cox

A color trio I personally find pleasing and easy to live with is proving to be a significant contender for best in color 2020, and I can see why.

color trend 2020

Sherwin-Williams Romance SW 6323
Benjamin Moore Crystalline AF-485

fabric 2020

Pantone Color of the Year 2020 is Classic Blue.

PANTONE-classic-blue

classic blue AD

Alexa Hampton – Architectural Digest

Behr Color of the Year 2020 is Back to Nature.

back-to-nature-behr-marquee-paint-color

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2020 is First Light.

benjamin-moore-first-light

pink walls

One Kings Lane

In The Kitchen

Color will also be big in the kitchen for 2020.

Renovated Kitchen by Jewel Marlowe By BertazzoniRenovated Kitchen by Jewel Marlowe By Bertazzoni

Stainless steel appliances have lost their shine with decoristas (or so the kitchen design gods forecast).

True-refrigerator-glass-door-blueThe True 48 Glass Door

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Domino – Photograph by Callie Hobbs

I’m digging these kitchen cabinets in French Quarter Green by Jolie Paint.

French-Quarter-Green-Jolie-Home

French Quarter Green by Jolie Paint

Open shelving is on both the in and out for 2020 list.

Different strokes and shelving selections for different folks, but I say if it makes you happy and works for you, then it makes the kitchen trend 2020 list.

country-kitchen-ideas-wallpaper

Country Living

Countertops in natural wood tones easily stand as the main focal point feature of a kitchen.

Wallpaper is coming on strong as a choice for adding color, texture, and pattern to the scheme.

Kitchen ceilings need color, too in 2020.

Cooper Pacific Kitchens

Cooper Pacific Kitchens

The mixing of metals trend continues to create an impressive contrast.

Urias Bar Stool

Urias Bar Stool

A spot of glam for the new year is always in style and on trend.

The Urias Bar Stool is glam on steroids; a stylish choice for the home bar or  even as an accent chair.

IMO, the height only adds to the focal point aspect if selecting to go with the latter.

Spring Things to Come

Cane is coming around again, and the cane Paige round back dining chair set is chic and on-trend, and at an excellent price point to boot.

Natural Cane Paige Round Back Dining Chairs Set Of 2Natural Cane Paige Round Back Dining Chairs Set Of 2

I’m delighted to learn daybeds will be having an on-trend moment this year.

daybeds

Chingford Twin Daybed
Meaghan Twin Daybed

 

Being from the south, I’ve seen my fair share of daybeds over the years.

On a sleeping porch.

On a veranda.

In a center hall.

Daybeds have evolved in style, moving away from strictly utilitarian to accent of versatile sophistication.

Muskoka Cottage Paul Roth Architect Inc.Muskoka Cottage – Paul Roth Architect Inc.

Bringing the outdoors inside is sizing up to be a big trend.

Faux plants will always have their place, but you simply can’t beat the look of real.

I’m chomping at the bit for spring to make its arrival so we can day trip down to the Forest Hill nurseries to check out the inventory.

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Garden statues aren’t just for gardens, they make wonderful accent pieces.

bird-girl-of-Savannah

Savannah’s Bird Girl Statue 

The beginning of a new year brings with it what’s on trend projections that show great decorating potential.

What trend(s) do you look forward to adding to your decor?

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Decorative Storage Solutions

Getting your house in order and neatly organized is a necessary all things house that make a home activity.

Today’s post is a popular read- one refreshed for the new year.

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We accumulate scads of stuff in a 365 day period, and organizing it all can be quite the task.

The upside to this sometimes dreaded, always necessary task is decorative storage solutions.

Putting the spaces and the places in your home on a diet will help to get the job done. 

diet

Declutter 

Declutter by definition is removing unnecessary items from an untidy or overcrowded place.

Decluttering is a physical and mental activity.

You stretch, you reach, you bend, you lift, you give thought to.

When you live in a clutter free (or greatly reduced) environment, you can find things easier.

You can get from point A to point B without having to negotiate an obstacle course of stuff.

Decluttering restores order, reduces stress and anxiety, and gives instant visual results.

If you haven’t used or admired it or over the last year, the time is now to part ways with it

If you haven’t used, admired, or simply lost that loving feeling for a particular item, the time is now to part ways with it.

Of course, exceptions to this suggestion exist.

Family heirlooms, inherited collections, and items steeped in sentimental value, but not your present day decor choices, may better fit your decor tucked away in a keepsake storage box-container.

Edit

Editing allows you to clear the canvas so you can see the space in a new light.

Taking away from can add to the comprehensive appearance and flow of a space.

Transferring from Within

Transferring furnishings and decor accessories from one room to another puts a new spin on things.

Groupings with the emphasis placed on cohesiveness will balance the scale of the room.

Absolutely play with the look.

Give placement to each and every “that will never go together” idea.

Some of the best looks I’ve put together began just that way.

If the look doesn’t land you’re keen eye will know it.

“What if I fall?

Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”

― Erin Hanson

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House Beautiful

As smart and savvy ideas for decorative storage solutions go, baskets, boxes, compartmentalized organizers, racks, and dividers continue to lead the way in stylish options for honing our home storage and organizational skills.

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The Scout Guide

Antique armoires, sideboards, cupboard cabinets, new or vintage display cases, bookcases, crates, and trunks make great housing for just about everything we need and use while feathering our nest.

Antique Carved Pine English Imported Armoire Cabinet Louis XVI Baroque StylingAntique Carved Pine English Imported Armoire

Farreli Display Stand

Farreli Display Stand

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Airelle Console Table

Tyler Square Tall Tote Basket with HandlesTyler Square Tall Tote Basket with Handles

woven square basket set

Woven Square Basket Set

Walnut Solid Wood Console TableWalnut Solid Wood Console Table

McGrath II

McGrath II

beachcomber-basket

Pottery Barn

boot roomHouse & Garden

Safavieh Sidonie Grey Natural Rattan Storage TrunkSafavieh Sidonie Grey Natural Rattan Storage Trunk

Trunks, chests, benches, and coffee tables make excellent 2-for-1 storage options.

19th Continental Scrubbed Pine Blanket Chest with Ball Feet

19th Continental Scrubbed Pine Blanket Chest with Ball Feet

Southern Living Idea House - Crane IslandSouthern Living Idea House – Riverside Homes

Palm Estates Coffee Table

Palm Estates Coffee Table

Dannerville Antique Lift-Top Storage BenchDannerville Antique Lift-Top Storage Bench

Domiteaux ArchitectsDomiteaux Architects

Sapphire Round Storage OttomanSapphire Round Storage Ottoman

Storage options need not be plain, boring, or lacking in decorative oomph.

Household Essentials® Collapsible Storage Boxes with Lids in Orange (Set of 2)

Household Essentials® Collapsible Storage Boxes with Lids in Orange (Set of 2)

hat boxes

Fabric Storage Bin with Tassel, 2-PackFabric Storage Bin with Tassel, 2-Pack

 

European Grain Pantry Box

European Grain Pantry Box

Lindy 2 Piece Decorative Trunk SetLindy Decorative Trunk Set

display-case-storage

Fresh Home

Mahogany-bookcase

Antique American Empire Flame Mahogany Bookcase Curio Cabinet 

Lexington Black Glass Door BookcaseLexington Black Glass Door Bookcase

harvest-wire-basketHarvest Wire Storage Basket

Mainstays Medium Round Wire Copper Basket - 4 Pack

wire storage basket set of 4

Mainstays Medium Round Wire Copper Basket – 4 Pack

 

Vintage French Market BasketVintage French Market Basket

Albin Rattan BasketAlbin Rattan Basket

A vintage dish, box, or mug becomes a handsome holder for cuff links, change, keys, phone, jewelry, or sunglasses.

1975 New Orleans Attractions Ruffled Glass Trinket Dish1975 New Orleans Attractions Ruffled Glass Trinket Dish

 

Butter Cheese Dome Under Plate Vintage Silver Plated SmallButter Cheese Dome Under Plate 

 

group-small-Toby-mug

Toby Mug

1950s-vintage-tortoise-bakelite-jewelry-box

1950s Vintage Tortoise Bakelite Jewelry Box

Items that make one pretty look polished and organized when housed in vintage silver tea set pieces.

cosmetic brushes holdersBetter Homes & Gardens

Never underestimate the organizational power of dollar store storage hacks.

 

The quickest way to clutter up the top of your desk is to let the mail stack up on it.

Large Market Basket - Threshold™Large Market Basket – Threshold™

Not all of us have gone paperless or digital (e.g., bills and magazines).

As much as I love receiving greeting cards through the USPS, they do tend to stack up.

wall-mail-holder-baskets

Wall hanging letter baskets solve the problem, free up valuable desktop space, and look smashing.

antique-secretary-Tara-ShawTara Shaw

New for the storage resort season, natural caning boxes are sizing up to be a smashing storage solution choice.

natural caning boxes

Natural Caning Boxes

Organizing in style doesn’t stop at the desktop.

clear drawer storage organizersDrawer Organizers

Glitter 4 Tier TrolleyGlitter 4 Tier Trolley

pens-holders

Vintage pitchers, containers, and crocks make a charming choice of housing for kitchen utensils.

Lucas-Allen-SeptemberHouse & Garden

vintage pitchers

Dundee-Marmalade-Crock-Jar

Once upon a time function and style was an either-or situation.

G. P. Schafer-architect-kitchenG. P. Schafer Architect 

Bracey Decorative Metal Wall Mounted Coat Rack1

Bracey Decorative Metal Wall Mounted Coat Rack

Fortunately, designers and retailers got the memo, and the decorative storage solutions in today’s market offer both.

metal-wall-decor-hooks

Metal Wall Decor With Hooks

Waterpipe Metal Wall Decor With Hooks

Waterpipe Metal Wall Decor With Hooks

gold-hanging-utensil-holderHanging Utensil Basket

Decorative 3-tier display servers remain a super popular storage and display option.

3R Studios Wood 3 Tiered Shelf Server3R Studios Wood 3 Tiered Shelf Server

Galvanized Cloverleaf 3-Tier Display StandGalvanized Cloverleaf 3-Tier Display Stand

Giving the Dog a Bone

white-German-shepherd

Beau, the wonder Shepherd, loves his afternoon treats.

Each afternoon at promptly 3:00 p.m. he appears at the French doors ready for his afternoon snack.

Anchor Hocking 3 Qt. Heritage Hill JarAnchor Hocking Heritage Hill Jar

The Ziploc bag I presently store the box of bones in gets the job done, but isn’t exactly what one would deem stylish storage solutions.

Pet Woven Rattan Bone Toy Basket

Pet Woven Rattan Bone Toy Basket

Taylor Madison woof jute binTaylor Madison Woof Jute Bin

 

DII Bone Dry Small Hyacinth Bone Shape Storage BasketDII Bone Dry Small Hyacinth Bone Shape Storage Basket

Towels, keys, leashes, coats, backpacks, messenger bags, purses, jewelry,  scarves, and robes hang in style on decorative wall hooks.

leopard-name-plate-wall-hooksLeopard Wall Hooks

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Decorative storage solutions bring style to the job of getting organized by offering options big on both function and style.

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Word of the Year

Inspiration is a motivational powerhouse, and the driver behind selecting a word of the year.

After a blowout Christmas holiday of eat, drink, spend, and give merriment, let’s just say we’re doing the tighten up dance around here with a little Archie Bell and the Drells thrown in for fun.

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I’m embracing the new year with a clear 2020 vision for recognizing the areas of my life that could greatly benefit from a bit of improvement.

Resolutions tend to run their course about mid-February, so I go with a plan of action that I can easily meet and master.

Giving as much attention to cleaning up my mouth as I do cleaning up the house on a Monday morning is first up on the new and improved list.

Next up is working on being the kind of person to family, friends, neighbors, and strangers that you would want to go on a vacation with- the true litmus test of a person’s character, patience, and joy of life.

Diet?

The word itself has a negative connotation to it, so, no.

Awareness of smart and sensible eating, food choices, and portion control is a more realistic goal.

This brings me to my word of the year share.

Choosing one word to guide, ground, and direct you over the next 365 days is the optimum daily, weekly, and monthly planner.

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Bliss Collections Weekly Planner

My word of the year is not the typical word one would associate with motivation, inspiration, and the like, however, it turns out it’s a word with a purposeful meaning.

tight

adjective

\ ˈtīt \

: fitting very close to the body
: marked by unusual tension (as in the face or body)
: difficult to cope with
: relatively difficult to obtain
// money is tight just now

Several years ago after a traumatic financial turn of events in our normal (what the hell is normal?) self employed-go to work to pay bills and put food on the table-keep the lights on-doing all this to make a better life for our family part of life, we were left broke, broken, worried, scared to death, and frazzled to the core.

The how will we survive losing two businesses (one the bread & butter operation and the other the hobby turned luxury business) questions seemed to have no answers.

This was 2008 folks, and the residual angst remains with me to this day.  The economic downturn gripping the nation was beating the crap out of us, but I’ve never been one to find comfort in the it’s happening to some degree to everyone way of looking at things.

Sitting alone in the office staring down at numbers, balances, and bills, the word tight popped into my head.

Money was tight and getting tighter by the day.

I was feeding my feelings, so my clothes were tight.

Fear set in quickly, taking me from happy go lucky motormouth to dejected mute resulting in my throat growing closed and tight.

Tight certainly summed up the situation.

I picked up a pen and wrote the word tight vertically on a piece of scratch paper.

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As I sat and stared at the word standing out among figures and fear, what came to me was a Mary Tyler Moore (you’re gonna make it after all) moment of clarity, courage, and comfort.

I picked up the pen and put the pieces of what seemed an unsolvable puzzle together.

This
Is
God
Handling
Things

HE did, and he does every single day.

The takeaway boils down to this:

I knew, and continue to know, the importance of listening to that little voice inside you.  More times than not it’s the true voice of reason.

Give yourself permission to take time for an alone moment to gather yourself and clear the noise life has a way of amplifying at times.

From designing, decorating and all the life changing decisions in-between, silence is golden, essential, and a hot commodity in the decision making process.

Not all closed doors open up again the way we think they should or want them to, but swing out in a whole new direction that over time and in HIS time pave the way to peace, promotion, provision, and understanding.

With 2020 vision, I realize how my personal relationship with God in prayer, word, love, work, thought, pen, and paper guides me through the good, the bad, the old, the new, the beautiful, the stylish, and the tight.

The creative process includes designing ourselves to be the very best we can be.

Grab 2020 by the new year with a word of the year that will make each day, week, and month the year of the very best you.

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New Year’s Eve Celebrating and Entertaining

New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining.

Maybe it’s much too early in the game,

Aah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella asks it, and revelers answer with a chorus of festive New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining.

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As for Dave the Builder and me, hardcore party animals we are not.

Our party of choice is to host a casual come as you are ringing in the New Year open house in at home style with a few family members, close friends and beloved neighbors.

I keep the decorations traditional, festive, sparkly, and inexpensive.

Gold Glitter Ball Confetti

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Gold and silver glamour is the party color palette, and gold glitter ball confetti and silver tissue pom poms signals we’re gonna party in style like it’s 1999 and beyond.

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Speaking of party tunes, here’s our updated New Year’s Eve playlist.

New Year.

Classic tunes.

Good times.

Fun and stylish decorations that you can pick up well in advance or even the day of hit all the right New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining and decorating notes.

Metallic and/or glitter spray paint and a collection Styrofoam balls in various sizes makes a fun NYE DIY project that results in focal point presence.

Holiday clearance sales quickly become a decorista’s best friend.

Hit up a holiday clearance sale for everything from party supplies to glitter accents to string lights and lanterns.

A quick and easy table decoration tip that always looks grand is to intermingle battery operated string lights and flameless LED battery operated candle filled lanterns or glass holders from table end to table end (think table runner).

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Don’t you love the no worries convenience and safety of using flameless candle?  I haven’t used a real candle for luminary purposes in years.

Flameless LED battery operated votive and tea light candles give good style, eliminate safety concerns and unless the batteries die, light the party night.

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A sand timer and clock become perfect centerpiece accents and sidekick to a bottle of New Year’s Eve bubbly.

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Wine corks make a stylish place card holder.

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You know me and leopard- leopard print love it!

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White tie formal with the decorative yet casual oomph party boxes and table decorations are a big hit with the New Year’s Eve party crowd.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Gold glitter favor boxes, white and gold gift boxes, and/or black & cream pinstripe round wine boxes.

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A nice selection of sugar paper™ boxes are on clearance at Target.

Black & Cream Pinstripe Round Wine Box

Fill each box with white and gold paper shreds, black-eye peas, and gold or silver jingle bells (a great take on traditional noisemakers).

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Camellia brand blackeyes

For the table, fill the bottom of clear candle holders with black decorative sand and add a flameless votive and glitter noisemakers.

If decorative sand is not your filler of choice, fill the candle holder about ½ way up with black-eyed peas.

Finish with dollar store silver trays filled with gold chocolate coins or fortune cookies for a festive look and good luck.

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We ring in the New Year and the dinner bell with a buffet style supper.

Our pork and beans Louisiana Lagniappe New Year’s Eve buffet includes baked ham, pork tender, blackeyes, coleslaw, and buttermilk cornbread muffins.

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The closest thing to black tie required at our what are you doing New Year’s Eve gathering will be these Tuxedo and Cheese and Crackers appetizers.

Get the recipe from Kitchen Mason.

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Tuxedo Cheese and Crackers

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Southern Comfort Sparkler

1 ounce Southern Comfort

¼ to ½ ounce peach schnapps

3 dashes black walnut bitters

4 ounces Brut (dry) champagne, chilled

1 dash lemon juice (optional)

In champagne glass combine Southern Comfort, peach schnapps and bitters.  Add cold champagne and lemon juice, if desired. Makes 1 cocktail.

~Recipe by Chef Mary Payne Moran via Traditional Home 

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Our New Year’s Eve themed dessert comes to us compliments of this recipe for Chocolate covered no-bake Oreo Cookie Clocks from Pint Sized Baker.

You had me  at chocolate-covered.

And no-bake.

And Oreos.

As the year draws to a close, the question on many a New Year’s Eve  celebrating, entertaining, or relaxing mind is what are you doing New Year’s Eve?

However you celebrate it, enjoy and Happy New Year!

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Sharing the Christmas Cheer

Time is short on this Friday before Christmas, but there’s always time for sharing the Christmas cheer.

vintage-style-gift-bagsChristmas on sale emails get my attention at this time of year.

I sourced, shopped, and scored these Simplicity vintage gift bags at Joann Fabrics and Crafts, and they are so super vintage style cute.

Christmas-potpourri

Apples, lemons, cinnamon sticks, whole coves, and bay leaves brought to boil and set to simmer fills the house with the scents of Christmas.

poinsettiaBrothers bearing gifts of poinsettia in winter white and Christmas red kick off the week before Christmas gift exchange.

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This year’s Christmas decorating is less extravagance and more emphasis on special touches rooted in memories, provenance, and simple I love that beauty.

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Oranges and cloves remind me of my great grandmother’s house at the holidays.

cloves-oranges-cedarHer uncomplicated approach to Christmas decorating translated into a unique style all her own and adorned in understated grace.

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I conducted a Christmas tasting trial run while the kids were home.

Hands down, this cranberry fig cheese ball took top honors in the holiday appetizer category.

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Cranberry Fig Cheese Ball

Ingredients

8 ounce block cream cheese softened

8 ounces shredded mild cheddar cheese

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

½ cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup fig preserves

1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 Tablespoon Creole seasoning, optional

½ cup chopped walnuts

Directions

In a mixing bowl, whip the cream cheese to soften.  Add shredded mild cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, Worcestershire sauce, fig preserves and chopped parsley.  Mix all ingredients together to blend.

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Form cheese mixture into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 4 hours or even better, overnight allowing cheese ball to firm up.

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Once firm, unwrap cheese ball from plastic wrap.  Roll the cheese ball in Creole seasoning and chopped walnuts to cover.  Serve with snack crackers of choice.

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Sharing the Christmas cheer is the best part of the holiday season.

I’m spending this weekend in the Places In The Home test kitchen churning out cakes and cookies for family, friends, and neighbors.

After all, it is the most wonderful and tasty time of the year, the present is in the process, and the gift is in the giving.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and love from me to you at this holiday season.

Merry Christmas!

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