I discovered the most Gorgeous Custom Art – Lindsay Skinner Studio on Instagram a while back and instantly fell in love with her beautiful artwork.
I am not typically drawn to abstracts since they typically have a more modern feel, but Lindsay’s work is dreamy, elegant, and colorful – exactly how I love to decorate our home.
Lindsay reached out and asked if she could create a piece for our living room, and I was ecstatic. For years, I have had a mirror hanging over the sofa because I never found a piece of art that really worked. So the mirror just hung there waiting until the perfect piece was found.
Lindsay created that perfect piece of artwork. Her whimsical piece was inspired by the colors in the room and playfully mimics both the floral art and the floor rug and transports you to a dreamy wonderland.
Gorgeous Custom Art – Lindsay Skinner Studio
Lindsay is a self-taught artist living in Springfield, Missouri, and you can purchase her artwork online or request a custom piece at her site: Lindsay Skinner Studio.
Lindsay’s husband made the custom gold frame for the artwork, and I love that they make the perfect team for her small business.
What do you think of Lindsay’s artwork? She also will create custom bridal paintings of a bride’s wedding flowers and sells floral pieces on her site.
Today I’m sharing a holiday home tour in hopes of inspiring you with some Christmas Decor Ideas.
Once Halloween is over, I begin pulling down all the holiday decor from the attic. If it is our year to host Thanksgiving, I leave the dining room fall but deck the halls everywhere else.
Christmas Decor Ideas
I bought this outdoor garland after Christmas several years ago. It was a fantastic price, lights up, and I hang in using rip ties.
The urns, lanterns, wreaths, and door garland are all from Balsam Hill. Their product is more pricey, but it lasts for years and is worth the investment.
I kept our dining room decor simple this year. I hung a couple of plain pine wreaths using black velvet ribbon and added a garland across the back of the buffet (which lights up).
I love my flameless battery taper candles and found the candle log centerpiece at Tuesday Morning.
For my office, I added a large Christmas tree to the front window. I bought some silk ribbon and added bows, and bulbs in gold, white, and various shades of blue. The larger pink bows are ornaments I found at Hobby Lobby.
I love having two trees in our living room. They aren’t exactly the size, so one of the trees sits on paint cans but you’d never know thanks to the tree collar (which is from Big Lots).
I added a green garland across the mantle from afloral and the stockings are from Kirkland’s.
I will share how I decorated the trees in our living room very soon.
In the kitchen nook, I added three wreaths I found at Joann’s and hung them from a thick, silky burgundy ribbon.
I had the honor of joining the High Point Market Design Influencers tour this fall where we saw firsthand the 2023 decor trends.
If you’re not familiar with High Point Market, it is the largest home furnishings trade show in the world. There are 2,000 exhibitors throughout 180 buildings with over 10 million square feet. There are two shows every year – one in April and one in October with around 70,000-80,000 attendees from over 100 countries.
I had heard so much about High Point Market, but nothing prepared me for how huge this event is.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take many photos outside the showrooms, but there are blocks and blocks of showrooms. It’s incredible!
We toured the following sponsor showrooms:
The MT Company
Debrah’s International Co, Ltd.
IMC InterHall and Suites at Market Square
Sherrill Furniture Company
The MT Company
2023 Decor Trends:
Not everyone can afford vintage pieces, but there are many gorgeous vintage reproductions that can provide similar charm.
Hooker Furniture had an entire room dedicated to the charm of Charleston and had vintage decor and furniture reproductions (top left). Jaipur Living had gorgeous rugs that mimicked the look of vintage rugs (top right).
Neutrals are still everywhere, but there is a rise in “pseudo neutrals.” Pseudo neutrals aren’t limited to white, creams, and tans – instead, they add a subtle touch of color like pale pinks and lavenders.
I think it’s a way to subtly train the neutral lovers to slowly embrace color.
The Color Green
Many of the showrooms were filled with color – especially the color green.
Green is a color of balance and harmony. It lends us a clearer sense of right from wrong since green incorporates a balance of both the logical and emotional. Green is one of the most-seen colors in nature reflecting life, rest, and peace. It is also a sign of growth, whether that’s in a physical object like plants or in our income and wealth.
It’s a beautiful color, and it’s not surprising it is making a resurgence in home decor.
Art deco is back – a style that first appeared in France in the 1910s (just before World War I). It flourished in the United States and Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. I saw circles and geometrics in everything from furniture to lighting to rugs.
Curved furniture was all over the market this fall. Curves and playful and fun and make for a happy home – something everyone craves after the past few years.
In the past century, curves appeared in the 20s with Art Deco and then again in the 70s in funky and chunky designs.
The word bouclé is derived from the French word meaning “curled” or “ringed.” Bouclé can refer to a yarn (made from a series of looped fibers) or the fabric made from it.
It looks and feels like a lamb or poodle, and I have to admit that it is relaxing and cozy. But, this is one trend I’m ready to see leave sooner than later.
But based on the amount of bouclé at the market, it probably is here to stay for a bit.
Wallpaper has been on the rise for several years now, but I have to mention it since it was visible in almost every showroom.
I didn’t take any great photos that are good visuals for this, but I have to mention sustainability as a trend because it is something that almost every showroom mentioned on our tour. Companies are becoming more interested (because their consumers are as well) in knowing about the processes involved in making the product as well as the sources.
And before I sign off, I have just a few more photos to share with you (I have so many it is hard to narrow it down).
I love a grand entrance and Theodore Alexandar did it perfectly (top left) while I couldn’t help but be obsessed with this chesterfield sofa that RECLINES from Hooker Furniture (top right).
Are you new to my blog? Go HERE to see my home tour and HERE to shop for items I use in our home.
I was inspired to create this Geometric Wall Mural after seeing the 2023 FrogTape® Design Trends. Travel is the trend for 2023 (we are all ready for some change of scenery), and here are the four design trends:
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape® . All opinions are 100% mine.
The Midtown Modern trend is all about a “rich” urban lifestyle using saturated hues like black or navy. Accent with bright brass and use plush fabrics like velvet and satin.
I added the look to our home by creating a unique geometric wall mural. I painted the base coat in a high-gloss finish and l created a design using FrogTape® I painted over the wall with flat paint, removed the tape, and I had a unique and gorgeous accent wall.
To create your own Geometric Wall Mural, here are the supplies you will need.
Supplies for Geometric Wall Mural:
5 rolls of FrogTape® Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape – Green, 0.94 in. x 60 yd.
2 rolls of FrogTape® Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape – Green, 1.88 in. x 60 yd.
1 quart of high gloss finish paint
1 quart of matte finish paint
How to Create a Geometric Wall Mural
Paint the entire wall with a high-glossy finish paint.
Plan your design. I found an image online and decided to begin with a grid pattern to create the geometric design.
To create the grid pattern, I used .94-inch tape for the lines and used 1.88-inch tape for the spaces. Begin at the center of the wall – use a level to make sure that the first line is straight. Continue to proceed across the wall.
If the wall was recently painted (less than a month), use FrogTape® Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape.
For the horizontal lines, begin at the top of the wall and continue down the wall repeating the taping pattern.
Once the wall is a large grid, begin to work on the details. Using the printout I found online, I drew out the pattern in sections.
Once the pattern is drawn out, take the Exacto knife and cut away what isn’t needed. Be careful not to press too hard – you need just enough pressure to cut the tape and not damage the wall.
Next, create the diamond pattern using fresh tape and cut it with scissors.
Once the pattern is complete, make sure the FrogTape adheres wall to the wall. I went over the entire wall with a dry paint roller.
Finally, it is time to paint the matte finish paint.
Once the paint is dry, carefully pull back the FrogTape.
Enjoy your new accent wall!
Watch the entire process of creating the geometric wall mural here:
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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and there isn’t a more perfect holiday for learning how to set a beautiful table.
This post is a sponsored post by Tuesday Morning. I take pride in reviewing only products that fit my brand and will be beneficial to my readers. And while this post is sponsored, all the opinions are my own.
It shows your guests that you think they are important enough to put in extra effort for them.
It sets the tone for the meal.
It influences the appearance of the food served (which is important for me since cooking is not my gift).
How to Set a Beautiful Table:
Adding linens instantly elevates your table setting. Consider a tablecloth, cloth napkins, and/or a table runner. Linens are an extra touch that won’t go unnoticed by your guests and are a great foundation for setting the perfect table.
Tuesday Morning has a huge selection of quality tablecloths, runners, placemats, and napkins at fantastic prices. I instantly fell in love with these sweet napkins with the mini pom trim.
Layer Textures and Materials
Layer textures to create a beautiful tablescape. I layered linens, woven placemats, and live flowers (mixed in with some faux florals). I also mixed a variety of finishes including glass, porcelain, and brass.
I found the glassware and plates at Tuesday. I love the sophisticated shape of the drinking glasses, and I am always on the hunt for white plates. White dishes are perfect because they can be casual for everyday use or dressed up for a special dinner.
Mix Traditional and Modern
Mix traditional decor with modern pieces for a little tablescape design magic. I love to tone down the ornate traditional looks with simple modern lines.
While shopping at Tuesday Morning, I instantly fell in love with the traditional turkeys and added a more modern wooden bowl with simple lines to decorate the buffet.
The cute pumpkin butter dish and gorgeous candlesticks are also Tuesday morning finds, and I created the entire look for under $100!
Select a Color Palette
For a more uniform look for your table setting, select a color palette. I personally prefer to keep the color palettes around 3-4 colors. A focused color palette will make your table look more harmonious and balanced.
In this tablescape, I looked for pieces that were shades of white/cream and brown, and I added more color (green and rust) in the florals.
I found the white plates at Tuesday Morning, and a set of four was only $12.99! There were several different white plate options, but I selected this setting for the subtle raised border detail.
Accessorize with Candles and Flowers
Keep your centerpieces low so guests can converse easily. Candles set the mood and flowers allow for extra color bursts.
Create floral centerpieces that are repeated down the table. Smaller juice glasses make perfect vases for these smaller arrangements.
I found this white log centerpiece complete with candles at Tuesday Morning. I loved the price and how versatile it is through all the seasons.
By spending a little extra time creating a beautiful table, you can create a memorable dining experience for your guests.
On a last-minute whim, I applied to be one of the ten design influencers in the Design Influencers Tour – High Point Market. I was surprised and incredibly honored to learn I had been selected to travel to High Point Market in North Carolina next month!
While at High Point, I will participate in a two-day tour of sponsoring showrooms and receive an in-depth look at the exhibitors’ company history, brand positioning, and furnishings products.
What is High Point Market
High Point Market is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world. It is the place where the latest home furnishings styles, trends, and products are introduced and is held in High Point, North Carolina.
The sheer volume of product and space at High Point Market is unparalleled, and it is an opportunity to see new lines, designs, and trends in every category for the home.
High Point Market Furniture Market:
12.2 million square feet of exhibitor space
75,000 attendees each market
More than 2,200 exhibitors
100+ countries represented
During and after the fall market, I’ll be sharing inspiring products and my favorite moments from the market. You can follow me and the others on the tour on social via #designinfluencerstour
I have been searching for the best kitchen counter stools for several years, and I finally found them!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Safavieh. All opinions are 100% mine.
In the past, we have had fabric-covered counter stools. I love the look but they are not practical with kids. We have also had metal counter stools which although durable are not very comfortable (and I found they were rough on our wood floor).
This plug-in wall lamp set is my absolute favorite, and I have several sets hanging throughout our home. It is an inexpensive and easy way to add lighting to any room and doesn’t require an electrician. I like to hide the cords with paintable cord covers.
Outdoor furniture can quickly look worn after being out in all the elements, but paint is an easy way to refresh your patio furniture. Today I’m going to share a specific paint that makes painting outdoor furniture easy!
I have a couple of inexpensive chairs and ottomans that were starting to show their age. Originally I was considering getting rid of them because they didn’t fit with the rest of our patio furniture (see more of our patio HERE).
However, I am someone who believes paint can fix everything, so I got to work giving the pieces a mini-makeover.
I painted our front door black years ago, but I was ready for a change. While going through Dutch Boy’s color library, I came across pretty front door paint colors and want to share some of them with you!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dutch Boy. All opinions are 100% mine.
Painting your front door is one of the easiest ways to update your home’s exterior.
I always recommend bringing paint swatches home and viewing them at your home. Step outside to see how the colors change with the lighting. Our home faces the west, so the color at 7 in the morning can look completely different at 7 in the evening.
Even better than paint swatches are paint samples. I like to test out several different colors to see which one works best for my home.
I went to my local Menards and found a huge selection of colors. I wanted a blue for our front door and selected several different palettes – many of which included blue-green paint colors.
Pretty Front Door Paint Colors
I narrowed my selection down to the following five Dutch Boy blue-green paint colors:
425-2DB Frosted Olive
425-3DB Woodsy Gray
429-2DB Rochester Gray
427-4DB Silvered Teal
I ultimately decided on Dutch Boy Cattails 427-5DB
If you have ever selected a paint color for a room, you probably know that the majority of the time the color will appear darker than the swatch.
However, with an exterior door, there is a lot of light bouncing around which means the color will most likely appear lighter than the paint swatch.
I ended up 3 shades darker on the color palette than I had originally planned.