Month: March 2011

Obsessing Over Tablescapes

March 24, 2011

Okay.  I am going to admit it.  I am just obsessed with tablescapes lately!

Tablescapes, vignettes, setting a table, decorating a table, centerpieces.  I just can’t seem to get enough!!

Martha Stewart (these are paper flowers!)

Did you know that the word ‘tablescape’ is not even a word in the dictionary? Even Microsoft’s Word says that the word does not exist.  I think that they need to get with the program!

cg table setting 2Centsational Girl

So this past weekend, I thought why don’t you try to make a pretty table Kelly??  I decided to start with a smaller table in my kitchen nook.  This is what the table has looked like for while now:


I took out a few of my little accessories to see if I could use any of that first.  What was I thinking dragging all this stuff out!


Last week for my birthday, I treated myself to a little shopping spree at Pier 1.  I picked up a set of small plates on sale for 1/2 price for $3.50, four placemats @ $4.95 each, napkins @ $2.30 and four napkin rings for $3.95 each. Then I stopped at the Christmas Tree Shop and spent about $12 on a bunch of small accessories! Take a look at all my findings:


I had white plates already,



Then I just played with putting accessories in the middle of table until I liked the look.


I did not want to put silverware out but if you are looking for a guide on how to set a proper table, Solutions , an online and catalog store that sells ‘products that make life easier,’ offers a detailed article here.

I thought it was fun to do!  And I get to smile every time I walk by.  Even my husband, who does not care much about decorating, keeps saying how nice it looks. Yay!


I can tell this might be a new hobby for me!

Just wanted to show you my favorite Pier 1 purchase the other day:


Don’t you just love it?  I saw him from across the store- knew I had to have him right now!  I love finding those special items that make me happy.

Comments? Do you like to decorate your tables? I would love you to send pictures of your tablescapes to share!

And if you want to learn how to make your own Tablescape from scratch: Christmas Table Centerpiece 101

Faux Painted Walls? In or Out?

March 11, 2011

I received this interesting question from one of my readers and I wanted to share it with you:

Hi Kelly,

I’m subscribed to your blog and love it!  I have just one question:  Are sponge-painted walls in or out for 2011? I don’t see sponged walls in any decorating magazine…except for those that are more slanted towards DIY(?) Thanks so much, in advance!


Hi Connie,

I want to be honest with you because you are asking for my advice. I might be a little biased in my opinion though because sponge painted walls have never been a favorite of mine even when they were in style. I realize that there are true artists that paint beautiful faux walls, but that is a gift I feel only few can achieve. Most of the walls I have seen were DIY and they looked as if they were DIY.  This is what I think of when I hear ‘faux finish’:




The word “faux” means “false” in French. Faux painting refers to a variety of decorative finishes that can be applied to walls, including sponging, rag rolling, stippling and dragging.


I don’t know if I want to see the ‘before’.

DYK- “In the late 1980s and early 1990s faux finishing saw a major revival, as wallpaper began to fall out of fashion. At this point, faux painting started to become extremely popular in home environments, with high end homes leading the trends.”  Wikipedia

Below are photos of a different kind of faux finishes for walls.  hmmmmm……



No thank you.




If you do want to try faux painting,  Ben has a Faux and Decorative Finishes section that explains very well all of the steps and directions to achieve these following techniques:


A wall painted with Benjamin Moore's New York State of Mind (805) and Lazy Sunday (803) bluish-gray colors behind a pot of daisies.


Background with ragging-style design painted with Benjamin Moore's Regal Matte Finish (221), and Studio Finishes Latex Glaze (405) and Extender (408).


A wall painted with Benjamin Moore Mountain Lane (488) off-green and Butte Rock (AC-8) lavender colors.

Color Washing:

Three paintings sit in front of a color-washed wall painted with Benjamin Moore's Lion Yellow (2158-60) and Golden Mist (2158-40).

Sorry to those who do like it- I just do not.  I really did a lot of research to try and find a few nice pictures of faux painted walls to share.  Guess what- no luck!!

So yes Connie, if you are asking me, I think I would repaint the walls.  Just for a new, fresh look.  There are such beautiful paint colors out there now!  Yes,  I do think faux painted walls are out.  But let’s hear what my readers think – In or Out?  I would really love to hear what your thoughts are on this one.

If you need help updating your home, contact me today!

Other topics you might be interested in:

The ‘I Can’t Get It Right Wall’

Using the 60-30-10 Color Rule

Help Selecting Paint Colors

More Questions To Ask Before Your Room Redesign

Priority! Questions To Ask Before You Begin Redesign