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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.

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The Season Finale: The Fall Tablescape

My fall checklist is winding down.  The mantel is all gussied up, crotons and pumpkins line the front entryway, and cinnamon filled recipes have been prepared and joyfully consumed.  That “leaves” one decorative detail left to address. Last on my fall to-do list but certainly not least is thefall tablescape.  I decided to reflect the simple, natural, and casual feel of fall throughout the tablescape.   See what you think.

fall tablescape

Don’t you think a cloche instantly adds elegance to its surroundings?

Two years ago I found this creamer at T.J. Maxx and had to have it.  It has such a presence sitting pretty in the candy dish which belonged to my great grandmother.

antique dish

I find I am loving and using burlap in many of my decorative undertakings. Burlap is inexpensive, natural, and an easy material to work with.  A couple of months ago I made throw pillows using  burlap sandbags from Tractor Supply. The form of the sandbag caught my eye and I filed the “eyedea” away in my mental Rolodex.  The affordable bags ($1 each) are perfect for making pillows!  The bottom and sides come sewn together with the top left open for filling.  The more I thought about it, the more I knew the bags would be perfect for another project I had in mind.  I was in full fall tablescape planning mode when burlap genius struck.

Nice burlap sandbag placemats, don’t you think?   I really like this low cost/high impact idea.

burlap placemats

I utilized the top ties for securing the place cards.  Inspiration struck once again as I found the decorative feathers from Hobby Lobby.  I placed the feathers through the loop and tucked the ends into the side of the sandbag. Dave the Builder tipped the pine cone with copper spray paint to give it the all important fall pop of color.

fall colors

The essence of fall~ the pumpkin & the pine cone.

tablescape fall

The distinctive colors of the Staffordshire inspired Greyhound statues blend well with the deep, rich colors of the furniture and accessories.

Staffordshire dogs

A decorative urn makes the perfect base for a pretty pumpkin centerpiece. Various types of squash, ornamental dried bundles, taper and flameless candles complete the center display.

fall home decor

I include both a cloth and a paper napkin in my tablescapes.  It never fails that someone will ask me for the opposite of what napkin I originally set, so I am tablescape proactive.  It cuts down on the up/down time. The backstory on the deal of the year salad plates is here.

fall tablescapes

The table is set for fall to be celebrated with family and friends. I hope it meets with approval.

“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.”

~Elizabeth Lawrence






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