Wednesday, September 30, 2015

My Fall Fragrance Picks for 2015

A few weeks ago I found myself in a bit of a slump, because Fall was right around the corner and I wasn't in the mood. Reason being it was so blasted hot, here in Florida. Well enough was enough and I knew I needed to get with the program, because Fall was coming whether I was in the mood or not. So I decided to go on a little shopping trip in search of, "My Fall Fragrance Picks for 2015". I figured that the right fragrances would lift my spirit and help me to embrace the season. My first stop Pier 1 Imports. Pier 1 had several Fall fragrances to choose from but......

sorry fuzzy
the "Spiced Cake" boxed potpourri won me over.

 
And I had the perfect accessory to display it in, my metal leaf.
 
 

Sorry I  accidentally threw away the packaging. please read manufactures instruction before using plugins. The warmers were sold separately.
Afterward I headed to Walmart and there I purchased the Airwick warmer and Airwick-Cozy by the Fire scented oils. I am using this fragrance in my downstairs area. This fragrance welcomes you with it's blend of citrus and cinnamon, and it smells oh so YUMMY!

 Please read manufactures instructions before using plugins. I purchased the warmers separately.
I also purchased Glade Cashmere Woods. I love this scent because it's subtle enough to use upstairs in the bedrooms. However, I only used one plugin for the entire space. You may have to use more depending on the size of the rooms and how fragrant you want your space to be. Potpourri and Plugins can be welcoming additions to your home anytime of the year. And the good news is they're super budget friendly. What fragrances are you loving right now?


2 Your Home,
 
Lory

***I am not affiliated with Glade Airwick or Pier 1.***




Monday, September 28, 2015

Island Oasis Foyer Continued

Hello beautiful people! I hope you had a super fantastic weekend. I sure did! I had "Georgia on my mind" but I will talk about that in a later post. Today I am back with the follow up to my Island Oasis Foyer reveal. To read/see part one of the transformation click here.

After
 The foyer has gone through several changes since March, but I still have a few more projects before the foyer will be completely finished. I need to reupholster the chair, repaint the mirror, and purchase a few accessories. However, with that being said I am still pleased with the outcome thus far.


Before
When we first bought the house this is how our foyer looked.(sigh)  My budget was super slim so I had to come up with creative solutions to make this space sizzle.


 first time around/before
This hand painted rug was a carper remnant from a previous project. You can read more about it here.


Before
Even though the budget was tight I created a lotta bang for the buck!


After 
June of last year the foyer rug was revamped by my beautiful daughter. You can read about it here. Are those colors amazing or what? You like?

After
I love the new color(island oasis by Behr) it really brightens up the space. Staycation here I come!
 
Before
 
After
 
After
 
So what do you think? I love how the foyer turned out and I can't wait to share it with family and friends. Any island style decorating in your future?
 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Lory

Friday, September 25, 2015

Chasing Sunsets

This week the Hubs and I did something we haven't done in a long time. We started taking pictures of Sunsets again. We used to do this when we were first married but life showed up, and we stopped. However, this week we had some of the most amazing sunsets here in Florida, so much so, that we found ourselves "chasing sunsets" again. 
 



 
Have a GREAT weekend!
 
Lory


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hello Fall

Today officially marks the first day of  Fall. I am super excited about watching the season unfold. I am sure some of you have already pulled out your cozy comforts for the season, like blankets, throws, and quilts. But if you live in my neck of the woods that ain't happening anytime soon. Any who, I just wanted to pop in really quick and formally wish you a Happy Fall! These are the DIY wreaths from my previous post. Enjoy your Fall!

 Happy Fall Y'all!

 Thanks for stopping by!

Lory

Monday, September 21, 2015

DIY Fall Wreaths

Fall is almost officially here but you can't tell it where I live. The temps are still in the high 80's here. So it's been a challenge for me to get the ball rolling with my "Fall Projects". However, last Saturday I mustered up the motivation to go shopping for fall wreaths. My first stop was Hobby Lobby. Fall was in full bloom at HL and the selections were amazing. I had my heart set on some beautiful preassembled wreaths, but you know me I had a budget in mind. So instead of purchasing the gorgeous preassembled wreaths that I so desperately wanted, I opted to go the budget friendly route, and decided to create my own Fall Wreaths. I purchased garland that was oh so Fall, then I headed back home to get my project in gear.

 
This is the wreath I created. Keep reading/scrolling to see how it was done.

 This wreath has been used a lot over the years. See it here
Things needed for this project.  A wreath/wreaths............
 

garland, ribbon, floral wire and wire cutters.


This wreath was super simple. It took me a little over an hour to assemble both wreaths. The first thing I did was took the garland and formed it into the shape of my wreath. Once the garland was in place to my liking, I began securing the wreath with the floral wire.

Sorry you can barely see the wire.
This pic shows how I used the floral wire to hold the garland in place. ***SIDE NOTE*** The process of securing the garland would have gone a lot smoother an been easier, if I had added the floral wire around the entire wreath first, then added the garland. This way the floral wire would already have been in place, then all I would have had to do was secure the garland by wrapping the floral wire around it. Instead I did the opposite, which made it harder for me to see the wire because the garland was in the way.You live and you learn!


This is how the garland looked once it had been secured to the wreath.  Do you see the big gap? My garland wasn't long enough to go around the entire circumference of my wreath so I added the ribbon/bow to fill the space.

talk about bloopers I forgot to remove the tag yikes!
I think the bow adds a nice festive touch. I added the animal print ribbon to give the wreath more pizazz! The only thing that I purchased for this creative project was garland. All in all I spent approximately $50 for this project.

 
I think this wreath turned out quite lovely, and I can't wait to hang them outside. 
Do you have any fall projects on your to do list?


2 Your Home,

Lory

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Island Oasis Foyer Reveal

Reveal day is finally here. And after several months of planning and preparing, the foyer is officially finished. Now I get to share my take on Island style with you. As I mentioned in a previous post I love African Asian and Indian d├ęcor (British Colonial) with a splash of the tropics. And after traveling to Hawaii last year I wanted to create a year round vacation destination in my own home. Now here I am 18 months later extremely excited about all of the changes that are taking place in our home.  So without any further ado, I present my rendition of our Island Oasis. Lots of pics, Enjoy


 

I think these lamps are the cats meow. I purchased them at the Salvation Army Thrift Store for $20. I swiped the shades from exiting lamps that weren't being used. The shades have an Asian feel.




The seashells were inspirational in getting the ball rolling on this project. Who knew?

 
 
 
 
My daughter drew this Cheetah when she was in Junior High School. Not only is it sentimental, it's a keeper. Thanks Top!
 
  With the addition of so much blue I decided to accent the wall under the stair case with this vivid green. It's bold but I like it! You like?
 
 
 
 
 This incredibly amazing Ikat fabric was purchased from Trolley Fabrics in Thomasville Georgia. The fabric was my splurge for this room. Love it!
 
 
It's all in the details! Even the hardware has a little island thingy going on!
 
 
 
 
 
 
BEFORE 
 
AFTER 
 
NOW 
When we decided to create this space we threw caution to the wind. We figured since this is our home we may as well do what we like. And that's exactly what we did, and we are pleased with the end result. It is my hope that this post will cause those who want to create something out of the ordinary to go for it. In the words of my favorite designer C. Lowell " Where there is fear there is no creativity." So I challenge you to start creating spaces that are a reflection of who you are and how you live!
 
2 Your Home,
 
Lory
 
 
sources
Lamps-Salvation Army thrift store.
Sea Shells-Ross
Orchids-Michaels
greenery-Southern Hospitality Plant City Fl.
Candle Holders-Amazon.com
Fabric-Trolley Fabrics Thomasville Ga.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Foyers I'm Lovin!

Hi All, and happy Wednesday. There has been a lot of hustle and bustle going on around these parts. And I have several projects going on at once. But the good news is the Foyer is almost finished. And I am excited about the reveal, as well as, checking this project off my to do list. Last weekend I took the liberty of searching the web again for more foyer ideas, and boy oh boy did I hit the jackpot. So while you are waiting for the reveal I decided to share some of the pics that caught my eye. I think these foyers are absolutely AMAZING! Enjoy!
 
Yellow, black, and white in this classic tropical fantasy. Just the right balance of Dorothy Draper style drama and Wasp-y restraint.: Yellow, black, and white in this classic tropical fantasy. Just the right balance of Dorothy Draper style drama and Wasp-y restraint.
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Palm Beach tropical entry. JMA Interior Decoration.: Palm Beach tropical entry. JMA Interior Decoration.
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LeBron James is hoping to sell his tropical Biscayne: LeBron James is hoping to sell his tropical Biscayne
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#Safari Destination Decor Inspiration// Foyer: #Safari Destination Decor Inspiration// Foyer
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The dog figure is such a great addition and they seemed to do this colorful tropical room without looking tacky. I think it would only work for Florida though, lucky I live here! lol: The dog figure is such a great addition and they seemed to do this colorful tropical room without looking tacky. I think it would only work for Florida though, lucky I live here! lol
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So was I right about how amazing these foyers were are what?  Have you decorated your foyer lately?
 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Lory