30 September 2009

Arteriors Too!

I've used Arteriors Home as a source on many client projects in the past.  Love Love LOVE their home decor!  Designers will probably be familiar with their showroom the the World Trade Center, Dallas, but now they've set up shop on Lovers Lane as well... Arteriors Too... now open!  I absolutely can't wait to check it out the next time I'm in Dallas! 

17 September 2009

fabulous bedding, decor & gifts

I just received a new catalog in the mail that I'm really excited about!  I wanted to share it with everyone... I'm loving the colors & patterns in the bedding and they have some really sweet items for kids!  Lots of fabulous things for fall... Check it out!  Let me know what you think!   
Serena & Lily, Inc.

16 September 2009

punched metal pendant lights

I'm loving these pendant light fixtures from Shades of Light.  These would look great in a kitchen with a traditional/vintage feel (consider using a tin ceiling or backsplash too!)  But these fixtures could also be used in a more updated space to give an eclectic flair while maintaining the straight lines and geometric patterns of contemporary design.

15 September 2009

dollar bin finds!

There's nothing that sucks me in faster than a bunch of $1 bins in a store! I can't help it... I sort through those so fast and always find at least one thing I want! I've found that these can been great places to find stationery items: notepads, shopping lists, journals, cards, etc. I recently found a lot of cute items at the craft store Michael's, each for $1. I absolutely love the houndstooth pattern and the black, white and red damask patterns! These are great items to buy for your own home or to group together for a gift basket for someone else.

Items (clockwise): File folder in black/cream houndstooth print (pack of 4 for $1); 100 page journal; 'Hello' notecards/envelopes (pack of 8 for $1); magnetic weekly calendar (52 pages); magnetic shopping list (80 sheets)

03 September 2009

bachelorette party invitations

I'm a bridesmaid for a wedding coming up in mid October. The bride is one of my best friends from high school so it's really important to me that all the events leading up to her wedding are just as special as the day she says 'I Do'. I am planning a bachelorette weekend and decided to make the invitations myself. I'm not going to lie, I did check a few stores for pre-made invitations... something simple and elegant that I could fill in the blanks on and stick in the mail. But I couldn't find anything like that. In fact I couldn't even find anything that used her wedding colors! (chocolate brown with small accents of red or orange... fall colors basically) So I made the decision to make some invitations; sure it takes more time but I want everything to be perfect.

I went to Hobby Lobby and picked out a decorative paper and a few neutral colors of cardstock. These invitations were as simple as typing out the information, printing it on the cardstock and then layering the three different papers. It was very easy to do and yet I think they will have a dramatic impact on guests and the bride.

I started by cutting out the decorative paper to fit my envelopes.

Absolutely love this paisley pattern!

Then I trimmed the chocolate brown paper...

Then I trimmed the cream cardstock with the invitation printed on it and mounted it on the brown paper.

All that was left to do was mount the invite onto the paisley paper! These are some of the easiest invitations you can make! They can look just as nice as anything you'd buy in a store, if not nicer, and they can be as simple as a few straight cuts and a glue stick.

02 September 2009

scrapbook supplies!

I've been shopping for scrapbook supplies the past few days. To all other scrapbooking divas: right now Hobby Lobby & Michael's are having great sales on scrapbook paper and other supplies! Check your local stores as sales may vary but I've been saving up to 50% essential scrapbook materials!!

photo from marthastewartcrafts.com