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In Real Life Appointments, Keyboard Diversions And French Themed Home Decor

We now pause our regularly scheduled posting  for a couple of real life interruptions.  In real life priorities fought for and won top billing over my blog life on last week’s schedule.  One of the main considerations in interior design and decorating mirrors one of the main considerations in life- balance.  Stuff happens in real life that takes me away from the keyboard, and stuff happens in real life that draws me to the keyboard.

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My September to do list includes the yearly appointment I always keep- the mammogram.   As you may already know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Why is an  interior decorating, home decor, and design show and tell blog addressing breast cancer awareness?  It is doing so because what better interior design is there than our own? October will be here soon enough, but why not be fashionably early by scheduling an appointment for a mammogram now.  Design the day to celebrate responsibility, health, wellness, awareness, support, bravery and healing.  I took it a step further with a bit of shopping thrown in  for stylish measure.

breast cancer pink ribbons

Early (very early) mornings give me the chance to focus on my email inbox.  An insufficient amount of caffeine and misplaced readers resulted in me opening an email that under this morning’s hurried circumstances I may have purged. Turns out opening the email from Kirkland’s was a mighty fine way to start the day.  Call it home decor happenstance.  As I’ve mentioned before, I live in an area of the world that is retail deficient.  I’m thankful for the retailers that are located in our area, but man do I envy those of you who live in or close to a town with many retail options to shop and choose from.

major retailers

Online shopping is the only option in most cases of retail pursuits.  Dave the Builder and I have been discussing projected plans for a getaway.  Do you know one of my considerations?   The shopping.  I do love me some LasVegas, but I’m retail restricted because of the “how am I going to get all of this home?” limitations.  Have you shopped airline fees and shipping charges lately?  Thank goodness for online shopping and retailers who offer free or heavily discounted shipping charges.

French themed home decor

Retail luck struck during my post mammogram brick and mortar shopping spree in the form of a 65% off sale.  I’m a sucker for French themed home decor…  and a cow.


My fascination with cattle scenes began years ago all under this oil painting that graced the dining room at our local Piccadilly Cafeteria.  If you’re interest in the story take a look at Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

cow oil painting

Pair a cow with the word Bonjour in a white and French blue palette, offer it up as a home decor accent at a great price, and my interested is piqued.  Now the only thing left to do is add it to the shopping cart.  The Bonjour salad plates from Kirkland’s kept my mind beautifully occupied during my morning of mammography. Reasoning out and concluding a mix of pattern and color would broaden the range of use, I was thrilled to find the Sorrento serving platter and rectangular trays and Noble Excellence Ikat bowls at Dillard’s.  The border of the platter and tray is reminiscent of a Louisiana French hallmark- the fleur de lis.  What is this I see on yet another markdown display?  My eyes can scan and spot a sale table three departments deep.  I couldn’t resist the Rosanna Farmhouse Pantry covered cheese plate with the look and charm of a vintage hobnail pattern.

farmhouse home decor

Pressing engagements, responsibilities, and retail therapy occupied the latter part of last week.  The schedule may have kept me away from the keyboard, but it renewed what’s important in real life- health, awareness, and the joie de vivre.



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An Additional 30% Off Clearance Sale Means Hello, My Little Home Decor Finds

Shopping the current Dillard’s additional 30% off clearance sale is how I spent my Wednesday afternoon.  I went in search for men’s clothing sales, but I stayed for the home decor sales.

Sale is a four letter word I say a lot.  Is it on sale?  Are they having a sale?  Wonder if I can find it on sale?  I ask it, customers at the antique shop ask it, and we all look for them. Stand up and be proud, you sale searchers!

I live in a retail deficient area. It was not always this way, but most of our locals prefer to travel two hours north or two hours south for their retail therapy sessions, resulting in slow sales figures and lackluster revenue for the retailers. Thank you to the gods of retail and the powers that be at Dillard’s for keeping retail hope alive and the sales coming.  I showed my appreciation at our local Dillard’s store yesterday and dillards.com today.  Now to the good stuff.

For every season there is a tablescape. I keep an eye out for china, crystal or silver pieces to add to the collections, and today I spied eight Noble Excellence Embossed Floral dinner plates in Mocha.

My 2011  fall tablescape stroke of decorative genius involved $1.19 burlap bags from Tractor Supply, which were used as placemats. How’s that for affordable genius?  Future tablescapes entered the no winter white linen napkin zone yesterday. The set of 6 Noble Excellence cotton napkins will better suit and complement the burlap bag placemats.

Burlap placemats will go oh so well with these hammered Kemp & Beatley napkin rings.  Love the look!

True to shopping form, I didn’t necessarily need a pair of clear canisters, but the look and the price enticed me- $8.75 each.

One can never have too many cake stands or too many copper cookie cutters. Our son, the Canadian university attending snowbird, is coming home next month to visit.  He has appropriately put in his order for one of mom’s  homemade cakes. This cake stand will be the perfect accent for the requested welcome home double vanilla cake with chocolate icing.  I am starting a collection of copper cookie cutters for his darling girlfriend, my partner in delicious culinary crime .  I purchased a second copper crown cookie cutter to go with the fleur de lis I gave her last year.  Little reminders of New Orleans.

My Wednesdays with Dillard’s will never be a bestseller, but it is always a shopping best saler when you find quality affordable home decor accents and accessories.

Love your style!








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Unpacking A Few Decorative Home Decor Deals And A Surprise!

The happiness I used to find  from a box full of toys like these

is now found from getting a box of toys like this.

My taste in toys has drastically changed, wouldn’t you say?  I’ll give an additional 40% off clearance sale a run for its money anytime Dillard’s wants to offer this deal up.

The set of six (6) salad plates will star in my fall tablescape and was a deal for under $15.00  for the entire set. The fruit pattern and the bold brick red colors of the plates did it for me.  The new decorative pillow($10.80) accents my wild chair perfectly.

An inexpensive freshening up through color and decorative accent pieces has been accomplished.   Unpacking home decor deals and accessories goodness was in full force when I heard the unmistakable sound of the FedEx truck bringing me another package.

A couple of weeks ago the lovely ladies at WUSLU sponsored a contest on their Facebook page.  I love me a contest and along with two other entries, Places In The Home won!  Further building the anticipation, the prize was a surprise to be discovered when you received it. I was doing the WUSLU WooHoo as I opened the package and saw the winning reveal.

The vintage styled decorative metal circle for holding important notes & memos, photos, or recipes will keep me stylishly in the information loop.  Get it? Circle, loop- hehe!  Today was a good day for decor things coming in brown cardboard packages!





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