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Beautifully Simple Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

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It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is next week already! I am not entertaining any large crowds this year so I am not feeling too stressed about the Holiday this year.

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Although dinner is not going to be a big deal, I still like a pretty centerpiece on the table. I am looking for real simple ideas and here are a few I found that I really like:

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Remember the key word is simple!:

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This might be my favorite (along with the first picture also):

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Now how easy is that to put together and doesn’t it look lovely?

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So pretty!!

I am going to get some berry branches and leaves and little pumpkins. I feel like doing some type of craft this weekend. Relaxing. I need relaxing things to do. Do you have plans yet?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

Thanks!!

Kelly

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The Personality Of A Credenza

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Brutalist Freeform Credenza

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The credenza that first caught my eye was on my friend Sheila’s post, A Credenza Mystery in which she tracked down the history of Don Draper’s credenza used in his new office in Season Four. I love the detail! It is such a beautiful piece of furniture:

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You do not hear the word ‘credenza’ used often anymore. What is the definition of a credenza? The common description of a credenza is a long, flat topped storage unit that has been in existence since the 19th century.
Credenzas can have drawers, cabinets or both and are made from a variety of woods, metal and even plastic. When I hear the word credenza this is what I always imagine:

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But now they have so many names for this versatile piece of furniture:

Sideboard
Sofa table
TV console
Media console
Chest
Buffet

Their sizes vary accordingly to what the piece is ‘named.’ For example, 74 ¾”W x 18”D x 26 ½”H is a standard size of a credenza, where as a buffet’s standard size is 31″ H x 53″ W x 18″ D.  I think that the best attribute of the credenza is its versatility to be used in so many ways.  Originally used just in the dining room, credenzas are now being used in all rooms of the home; from the living room as a television stand to an office used as a desk:

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And they are even being used in the bathroom!:

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While researching for this post, I went online to shop for a credenza to see how available they are and also to see the prices. I found none at Pottery BarnRestoration Hardware had a lot of sideboards but no credenzas. Ikea also had a few sideboards for sale but only one had the look I like:

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Searching online Target, credenza came up as entertainment units:

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Crate and Barrel was my favorite I found:

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But I really did not find that personality piece I was looking for. One of the reasons I love a ‘credenza’ is for their detailed look. I am sure you could find a beautiful one if you wanted to pay in the thousands for one. Or maybe if you are lucky, you can  come across one at an estate sale or auction. I googled ‘1960 credenza’ and look at the images:

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These are the credenza pieces I love! Such personality!

Do you like them? Do you have an ‘older’ version of a credenza? I think they would look great in any style room. Great for storage and another tabletop to style. Fabulous!

If you need finding the perfect piece for your home, contact me today.

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Beautiful Painted Pottery Barn Rooms

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

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Woodlawn Blue HC-147

I know that everyone loves to look through these photos of Pottery Barn rooms painted in Benjamin Moore colors:

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BM Mountain Lane 488

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Decorators White Int.Rm.

Me too! It is a great way to get ideas and inspiration:

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Mill Spring Blue HC-137

This blue-gray color is getting a lot of notice lately (it is the color on the bottom of wall):

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Silver Spring 2120-50

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Maple Leaf Red 2084-20

Such a beautiful color for so many different spaces:

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Shaker Beige HC-45

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Powell Buff HC-35

Beautiful and bright:

Hawthorne Yellow HC-4

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China White Int.Rm.

You can not see the walls very well in this photo:

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Cameo White 915

But the room looks so inviting. Cameo White has a tint of yellow in the color. Bed linens are the Pottery Barn Collette Paisley Duvet. So gorgeous!

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Blue Bay Marina 1655

I hope you enjoyed looking through the photos. This is a great way to get ideas for your own home. Remember that the color you see in the photos are just a representation of the actual paint color. Just be sure to always test at home!

If you need help choosing colors for your home, contact me today.

You can see all the rooms painted in the new Spring collection for 2012 at Pottery Barn.

Similar topics you might enjoy:

Pottery Barn’s Spring 2012 Colors

Rooms Painted in Ben Moore Paint Colors

Inspiring Benjamin Moore Rooms

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Inspiring Christmas Tablescapes

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

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I know you love looking at beautiful Christmas table settings! I do too! Great to look at, great for inspiration and ideas:

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Martha Stewart

How about blue?

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Love, love this:

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I hope you enjoyed and picked up an idea or two to use for your tablescape!

Favorite one?

If you need help setting up a beautiful, decorated table, contact me today.

Related Topics:

Christmas Tablescapes

More Creative Christmas Decorating

Christmas Table Centerpiece 101

Even More Christmas Tablescape Ideas

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