Black And White And “Bling” All Over

 

For you glamour girls out there (or even you wild,“out of the decorating box men”) who like to go a bit Hollywood with your decorating you can’t go wrong with black, white and bling.  Soooo very tres chic!

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Black and white zebra print with black leather and some mirrored furniture or chrome accessories……very “now”, very “with it”, and oh so “Hollywood”.

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Great look here with this black embossed velvet chair with chrome nail heads.  Swanky and cool.

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Mirrors and fun lighting – very key to bringing in the “look”.

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You can go traditional or contemporary when going black, white and bling.  Either style works depending on your style preference.

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See what I mean?  Traditional styles…

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Or contemporary styles….

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It all looks “Hollywood” when it’s got that “bling thing”.

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Mirrored accessories……

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And, mirrored furniture….

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In either style…

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Black, white and bling just “works”.

Happy Decorating!

Wow It Up With Color And Style

 

If you love color, but are afraid to decorate with it for fear of making a mess of things, take a look at some of these colorful spaces below.  Great ideas here for color and bling and just the right mix of the two.  This might be just what you need to step out of that box you’re in and “go for it”.  Full out decorating…..just the way you like it.  No holding back…

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How are these rooms for bringing on the happy vibe with color?

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Don’t they just make you want to smile? Such fun colors!

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Throwing this red and the red and yellow shams to this otherwise neutral color scheme adds just the right punch.  No need to put the color in the large scale pieces here. Just having all the accents in a bright cheery red does the trick beautifully.

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I’m actually loving the drapes around the chests.  I think that looks really cool.  And notice this time it’s yellow with neutrals. 

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Love the cream and bling against the yellow wall.

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And, how about this gentle teal pop on this table with cream colored chairs and cream accents.

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Isn’t this blingy wall hanging fab?  What an impact?

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Mmmmmm…..such a happy space!  How can you not smile when you walk into this room?  Notice all the furniture is cream, all the accents are orange?  But, what you see when you look at this space is orange, orange and more orange……just with accessories – none of the seating.  Keeping the seating neutral and using your accent pieces to bring in the color….very smart thing to do.  If you grow weary of the orange at some point – it’s much cheaper to replace the accessories than all the furniture.

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Classic black and red always works.

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Yellow on cream……bright, happy.  Love it.

Hope you got some great ideas here.  Now have some fun and go for it in your own space!   If you need some help pulling it all together or if you are interested in any of the pieces you see here let me know!

Happy Decorating!

Wedding Time Bliss: Girly, Blingy – Oh So Savvy – Shower Idea’s!

 

Weddings and wedding showers are always a fun excuse for family and friends to get together, but they are especially fun for friends who haven’t seen each other in years.   And when it’s your oldest and dearest friend’s kids (that you’ve known since they were born) that grow up and get engaged…….oooohhhh the emotions it brings out.

72573_1393636770729_1526460186_30866024_5389062_n These are my oldest and dearest friends from high school.  We were best buddies back then, together all the time.  We were all in each other’s weddings, we all started our families at the same time and had years and years of fun when our kids were growing up.  We celebrated birthdays together, Christmases together, annual summer trips to Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor, multiple play dates at Chuck-e-Cheese, each other’s houses and other fun places.  Wonderful, fun memories.  Jan, on the left, is the one who’s daughter, Amelia, is getting married and, Judy, on the right, is her sister. (Some of you may recognize Judy from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.  She’s the choreographer many of you have seen on the DCC TV show.)

IMG_0313 Here we all are when I first got there: Judy, Jan, Amelia and Judy’s daughter, Cassie, all hugging and crying.  I’m snuggled in the middle – so happy to see everyone.  With Jan living out of town I literally had not seen her or Amelia in years.  Judy and I manage to catch up about once, or maybe if we’re lucky, twice a year (which isn’t enough), but it had been a couple of years since I’d seen Cassie, too.  So we had a sweet little hug and tear fest at our reunion.  So special!

PA170418Here is my other sweet, good friend, their beautiful mama, Juanita, and Jan’s beautiful daughter, Amelia. 

Now that you have the introductions – on to decorating!

They had all sorts of fun tables with their own little themes.  All glammed up and blinged out.  So girly and oh so savvy!

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 For starters they had this little table with the hostess gifts.  Love the black and white boxes, the feathers – and these are a pair of the bridesmaid’s shoes!  How fun is that?! 

PA170411 Has a swanky, sexy vibe to it you don’t you think?

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 This table is the “Tuxedo Table”.  This is where they served the chocolate martini’s.  So yummy!  And isn’t this table just so glamorous and chic?

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016 Love this picture!  What’s sweeter than young love?

007 This is the “Something Blue” table.  Blingy, girly, sweet. Just beautiful!

021 Pretty wine cocktail for this “Something Blue” table.

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009This is the “Blushing Bride” table.

 022Another adorable photo center stage on this wonderful table display.  The hot pink with the black and white, the crystal glasses and accents.  Mmmm…mmmm….mmmm….just absolutely gorgeous!  And fun, fun, fun!  

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PA170422 And, aside from the blushing bride….it’s all about the shoe!

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On this lovely table was the champagne cocktail

Three pretty little drinks in three different colors –  something for everyone.  Great idea!

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Believe it or not Amelia’s grandmother, Juanita, made this amazing cake!  Can you believe that?  You’d think she does it professionally.  (She doesn’t in case you’re wondering.)  Incredible.  Beautiful. I’m amazed!

 PA170408Not only did she make the larger one, she made this adorable little chocolate cake, too.  Now that’s a special grandmother!   

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Judy got a wire figurine and covered it in this tulle and ribbon to make it look like a miniature wedding dress. It dressed up the table in such a cute, unique way.  Very creative! Love it!  Good job, Judykins.

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Even the mantel was decorated to the hilt. 

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Another shoe….Amelia’s bridal shoe for the wedding. Love this idea!

008A shot of Judy’s living room filled with all the bridal fun. 

 

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Had to slip this in: Jan’s gift to Amelia for her bedroom.  She painted this chair black and recovered it in this cool, fun fabric.  I think it turned out great!

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The beautiful wedding party.

And what adds even more excitement:

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Judy’s daughter, Cassie, just got engaged!  (Yes, she followed in her mom’s footsteps to the DCC.)  Which means more showers, more weddings, (more fun decorating to share with you all), and more reunions!   So exciting!

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The two happy cousins – blushing  Brides to Be.   

There’s just nothing more exciting than young love.  Is there?

Except maybe decorating!

(Kidding, of course!)

For all you young brides and mothers of the brides – have fun and good luck with all your exciting plans and, yes, I have to say it……..Happy Decorating!

 

Before and After: Decorating A Banquet On A Budget – From Stark White to Sparkle and Wow!

 

When I was asked last year to be in charge of the alumni banquet for our local drill team I was happy to help.  Parties, showers, weddings…..that’s all right up my alley so how hard could a banquet be?  It’s my “thing” I guess you could say.  But when I saw the room I was to “wow” up – for a hundred people, including the high school principal and some school board members, to celebrate the ever important 10 year anniversary of our high school drill team – I was…..well….a bit overwhelmed shall we say.  Below is the basic bones of what I had to start with.  It had a very distinct “hospital” quality to it.  Not exactly conducive for the glitzy event we were shooting for.  My first thought was – Oh, dear what have I gotten myself into!  And then I was told I had a whopping $500.00 budget to work with!   Gulp!  Was it even possible?  But the room was donated for free and free was a good thing on such a limited budget.  What to do with it was another story: My job to figure out!

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  What do you think?  Can you say……challenge?

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After my initial panic I did a little research on material costs, an inventory of what I could round up to use at no cost, and said a few nervous prayers, then I sat down and sketched out what I wanted to do.  This was important to help get me focused and have an actual plan to work from.

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First I figured out the basic lay out of the space so I knew how to accommodate the guests and allow enough room for the “models” and the model walk.

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Next I determined that I absolutely had to snazz up the unbearably boring, stark white entrance into the banquet room.  It needed to be fun and not so serious looking – as if the guests were visiting a patient at a hospital! 

003 Dressing up the tables with beautiful cloths and centerpieces was extremely important.

004 It was hugely important to me that those looming white walls be dressed up with color to personalize the space.

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Once I determined what needed to be done I set out to purchase the materials I needed – cheap! – and put it all together.

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I went to Home Depot and bought their scrap wood (that sells for pennies), some cheap MDF squares, and some fence post that I had Home Depot cut to size.  I managed to get several cuts from each post.

 

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I nailed the squares to the top and bottom of some of the posts to create little pedestal tables.  On the others I left the top of post uncovered, but mounted them to a narrow base to use for my “model walk” runway drape.  Then I painted them black.  (When time got down to the wire my sweet mom and dad came over to help nail and paint!)

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Fortunately is was in the fall so all the Christmas decorations were out and I was able to experiment with different ornaments for bling.  That really helped my budget. 

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I needed something to create the entrance into the banquet room (of course, something cheap, cheap, cheap!) so I used fence post again and mounted some extra planter hangers I had here to the top to hang my bling from and help support the iron embellishment I had for the top.  (The iron embellishment is a piece I will eventually be putting in my daughter’s bathroom room when I finish re-doing it.) 

After much blood, sweat, tears (and prayers!) it was time to put it all together.  I could only hope and pray it would come together the way I envisioned it.  Several of the drill team moms came out to help me set it all up.

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And this is what it ended up looking like.  Hard to tell from the picture, but it made this boring hospital-like hallway sparkle and gave the dull doorway some serious pizzazz.  It gave the guests a fun, glamorous, Hollywood entrance into the banquet room.

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This wall was set up with three “memory” tables.  All this fabric was bought with an online 40% off coupon to Hobby Lobby.  This was crucial to my $500.o0 budget!  These beautiful centerpieces were made by one of the drill team moms for a previous function and I was able to recycle them by putting them in some new containers (my own that I lent for “the cause”).

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The back wall was dressed up with more fabric to cover up the white walls and bulletin strip that ran the length of these drapes; my homemade pedestals and more of the beautiful recycled blingy arrangements. added some snazz for the eye – really gave the space glam and fabulosity!

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We covered the screaming white columns with more fabric to help camouflage (remember them from the before pictures?); used my own vases and mirrors for the table centerpieces, and borrowed the teal stems I’d used at a friend’s wedding for more bling (saving us money!).  The small silver bouquets are balloon holders I got at the dollar store for – you guessed it – a dollar apiece.  I cut teal feather boas (purchased at Hobby Lobby on sale 50% off) to circle the votives on each side of the table.   Underneath each votive is glitzy, reflective craft paper cut into 6×6 squares. 

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 I didn’t have enough fabric in the budget to cover the far wall so we just covered the ugly bulletin strip with a black satin valance.

P9260400 This is my “model runway” where the current drill team members modeled all the old drill team uniforms and dance costumes from the last ten years of drill team fun.  I made the boxes that support the “bling trees” and painted them silver. (Again,  I wasn’t the talented one who actually made these gorgeous arrangements.  I just recycled them from an earlier function.)  My inexpensive homemade runway drape made with discounted wood and black feather boas worked beautifully.  Each post had a blingy crystal Christmas ornament hanging from it on the outside.  I failed to get a picture of them, but they looked great.

model walkAnd here are some of the beautiful “models” modeling some of the dance costumes that have been worn over the years.  (That’s my beautiful daughter in the middle!) Notice the “photo booth” behind them?  Another talented drill team mom made that for the girls to have their pictures made in at the end of the year party the previous year so we recycled it again for the alumni banquet.  Too cool!  I just draped the exterior with our teal and black color scheme.

 

It was an enormous undertaking and an enormous challenge, but in the end I must say it turned out to be quite a beautiful banquet room after all.  It served the purpose well and all the guests seemed genuinely pleased. 

I’ve found that sometimes the biggest challenges push you to be more creative than you otherwise would.  The pictures don’t really do it justice, but I think you can tell it was quite a transition from “before” to “after”.  Especially on a $500.00 budget!

This project definitely pushed me to the limits of my creativity, but it sure was fun pulling it off!  In the end my initial gulp turned to a satisfying sigh of relief.

Hollywood Bling: The Magnificence Of Mirrored Furniture

 

Do you like the glitz and glam of Hollywood?  Do you like to have snazz and pizzazz in your home?  Maybe just that one room you want to do “over the top”?  Consider doing a space with an accent on mirrored furniture.  With the sexy mirrored furniture and a blingy chandelier……maybe some silk or velvet seating or bedding……mmmmmm…… (can you picture it?) you can bring a little Hollywood glam to your home.  Check out some of these fabulous pieces below.  I stopped by a wonderful designer resource here in Dallas called Grassroots down in the Design District and was thrilled to happen upon all these glitzy pieces.

 

Mirrored Chair

 Check out this fabulous chair.  The chair back is mirrored and the finish on the chair frame is brushed silver.  Look closely and you can see the sofa and table in it’s reflection.

  Mirrored Dresser and Mirrored Art 

How’s this for glitz and glam?  Does this scream Hollywood or what?

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Great lamps, too.

 

More Mirrored Art

An interesting piece of mirrored art. 

 

Blingy Dining Table

I fell in love with this dining room table and chairs.  The mirrored pedestal adds the bling as well as the silver pieces on the table.   And, I’m in love with these chairs!

 

Mirrored Chest

Love the feminine style of this piece and the way it’s paired with gold accents.

 

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Great mirrored cocktail table.

 

Small Mirrored Chest

This piece is interesting with the wood edging.

 

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I want this screen!

 

Mirrored With Gold Edging

 Another sexy piece with the pairing of mirror and gold. 

 

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How about this giant, oversized mirror?  Isn’t this stunning?

 

Mirrored Chest With Gold

Great mirrored console.  And great lamps and artwork, too!

Are you getting a heart ping for the mirrored bling???  If you have a space,  just that one little room…..your “girlie” room or a guest room, your daughter’s room….consider adding some mirrored pieces to the mix and go a little Hollywood!  A little glam goes a long way!

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