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Decorating a Coffee Table

Posted by Andie on February 26, 2014

In my opinion, one of the most problematic pieces of furniture is the coffee table.  It appears to be so minimal and unobtrusive, but talk about a design dilemma! You don't want to go overboard with decor, but you also don't want a boring, bare table either!  

 

So, how much is too much?  What kinds of items make good coffee table toppers?  Here are 6 tips to help you create the perfect coffee table design......

 

 

1. High, Higher, Highest

The first rule of thumb when it comes to decorating coffee tables is to make sure the items you have on display aren't all the same size or height.  You want to have a good variety to help create visual interest!  Use candlesticks, vases, stacks of books, etc. to create varying heights.  Just remember, simple is good.  Don't get too carried away that your coffee table becomes a shrine that you can't see over!

 

 

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2. Read Me

As far as I'm concerned, books are a staple when it comes to coffee table decor.  One of the first things a guest in your home notices and flips through are the books on the coffee table.  Decorate with books that express who you are and what your family loves.  Displaying personal photo books on the coffee table is a great idea too- that way you might actually read them more than once a year!  

 

 

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3. Showcase the Strange!

Use at least one fun, random object in your coffee table display that doesn't traditionally belong there.  Not only does this keep things interesting, but it also tends to lead to great conversation with curious guests.  The more random and strange, the better!  Can you find the quirky objects in the photos below?

 

 

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4. Keep it Alive

Fresh flowers or plants on your coffee table are a must!  Have at least one living, breathing plant in your display to add a good dose of color & to keep things fresh and happy!  

 

 

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5. Break it Up!

A great way to break up the surface and add another layer to your coffee table is to incorporate a pretty tray!  They are incredibly functional and can help keep things nice and organized!  Trays make great storage compartments for things like remote controls, magazines, candles, etc.  

 

 

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6. Look to Nature

You don't have to look much further than your front door to get a little coffee table inspiration!  Use seasonal elements such as pinecones, sea shells, sand, wheat, etc. to create a beautiful display that will coincide with what's happening outside!   

 

 

 

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Just remember what designer Barbara Barry said. "Artfully arranged, anything can become a thing of beauty." 

What's on your coffee table??

 

 

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A Good Mixer Makes Everything Better

Posted by Andie on February 21, 2014

I LOVE chocolate chip cookies.  I thoroughly enjoy eating them of course, but I really like making them too!  I'm always on the hunt for the very BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe and constantly trying to tweak and perfect my cookie making skills.  

 

In all my years of baking, I've never bought into the idea that you need a Kitchen Aid or a Bosch Mixer to create a delicious cookie.  It just seemed kind of ridiculous to me!  After all, I've always depended on my trusty little hand mixer to do the job, and not to brag or anything, but I make some pretty awesome cookies!

 

You guys.  This is me swallowing my pride and admitting that for almost TWENTY years my opinions on cookie mixing have been completely and utterly wrong.  To all of you who think it doesn't get better than a hand mixer, I promise there is a better way!

 

I got a Bosch Mixer for Christmas because it's the king of all machines when it comes to bread making.  Included with all of the nifty tools that came with my Bosch were cookie paddles.  I was skeptical at first, but I was having so much fun playing with my new toy that I decided to give them a try.  I didn't expect to see a difference in my cookies, but I was literally BLOWN AWAY at the results.  I used the same exact cookie recipe as always, but they were honestly SO MUCH BETTER when I used the cookie paddles to mix the dough!  I'm not sure if it has to do with the amount of mixing that goes on, the thickness of the paddle, or what--- anybody have any idea?

 

 

 

 

What I do know is that I've become completely obsessed.  I think I've found an excuse to whip up chocolate chip cookies almost once a week for the past month and I can't envision myself stopping any time soon!  So if you want to make yummier cookies- go get yourself some cookie paddles!  They're worth every penny.

 

 

What do you think?  Do I sound like a crazy person, or do you think cookie paddles are miracle workers too?  

 

 

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How do you Journal?

Posted by Andie on February 19, 2014

One of the things I've learned in 28 years of living, is that sometimes (a lot of the time actually) my memory fails me.  There have been moments in my life that were so poignant that I was sure I would never forget a single detail of the experience.  As much as I thought it could never happen, many of those experiences have simply become distant and hazy memories.  Don't you hate that?  It makes my heart hurt!

 

During the first few months of each new year, I like to take the time to make a photo book documenting all of the meaningful things that happened to my family during the previous year.  I'm not good at writing in a journal super regularly, but I do take a lot of pictures, and so this has become the best way for me to keep some sort of tangible personal history.  

 

How do you document the important and memorable moments of your life?  

Do you write by hand in an actual journal?  Type your history on the computer?  Scrapbook?  Put together digital photo books?  

 

What works for you?  Also, any tips for procrastinators like me on how to stay up to date and journal regularly?

 

 

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Also, share your favorite online photo book sources!

 

 

 

 

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Inspiration: Decorating with Hearts: Yay or Nay?

Posted by Andie on February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!!  I have a confession to make.  Heart jewelry of any kind has always kind of scared me.  In fact, once a guy gave me a heart necklace and although the notion was very sweet, I seriously considered breaking up with him because it seemed like an easier alternative than actually wearing the necklace around. (Come on you guys- I was in high school.  Don't judge.)  

 

It's not that I don't think heart jewelry can be sophisticated and classy- because it definitely can!  No, it's mainly because I look like an 8 year old if I try to wear it.  If you are one of those people that can pull it off though, power to ya!

 

Anyway.  While heart jewelry isn't really my cup of tea, I actually love the idea of decorating with hearts in the home (and not just in kid's bedrooms)! Whether it's a piece of artwork on the wall, a throw pillow, or upholstery on a chair-- it's fun, unexpected & totally quirky.  What do you think?  Too juvenile, or kind of cool??  Here's some design inspiration to get you thinking.....

 

 

 

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Printable Valentine’s Cards

Posted by Andie on February 11, 2014

When I was a kid, preparing valentines for everyone in your class at school meant going to the grocery store the night before the big V-day party and buying one of those ready-to-go boxes of princess, dinosour, superhero, or ninja turtles valentines.  All you had to do was address them, pop a piece of candy in every envelope, and BAM- you were good to go!

 

Those were long before the days of the internet, blogs & pinterest--- and I have to say, the pressure is on now folks!  Home-made valentines have gotten so much cuter than ever before!  Not creative?  No worries!  The great news is that there are so many darling FREE valentine printables available on the web!  So whether you're helping your kids make valentines to take to school, putting together V-day treats for your grandkids, or you just want to impress your co-workers--- you really have no excuse to not pass out fabulous valentines this year!  Here is a roundup of some of my favorite FREE printables.....

 

 

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Trend Alert: High Point Market Trends Part 3

Posted by Andie on February 5, 2014

Here are just a few more noteworthy trends from High Point Market a few months ago that you should know about...

 

1. Lots of splashes of color

 

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2. Lighter finishes (not as light as maple, but not as dark as merlo)

 

 

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3. Contemporary furniture, wallpaper, light fixtures & art

 

 

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4. Natural raw wood

 

 

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5. Mixing colored chairs with tables

 

 

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6. Upholstered headboards and beds

 

 

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7. Nail heads on tables, chairs, beds, etc.

 

 

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