Tale of a Turkey Platter

When it comes to decorating, sometimes the most obvious things and ideas can be right in front of me, but for whatever reason can take a while, sometime years to realize and figure out. That happens to me a lot and was definitely the case with our turkey platter.

This tale begins one Spring day when I was cleaning the kitchen and decided to go through each cabinet, rearranging and organizing.  When I came to the last cabinet, which was filled with larger serving pieces, mostly reserved for holidays and entertaining, it was quite a mess. So, I decided the best way to tackle this cabinet was to pull everything out and start from scratch. There were bowls and trays of all kinds stacked randomly one on top of the other. The very last thing I took out, on the very bottom holding everything else up was our turkey platter. In that moment, for the first time, I actually took the time to look at it and admire how pretty it was. I had always just thought of the turkey platter as something that we used once a year, maybe twice to display and serve our turkey on. Now, it just didn’t seem right to tuck that poor pretty turkey platter back  into the bottom of the cabinet until next Thanksgiving.

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That’s when the little light bulb in my head went off. This looks like transferware, I LOVE transferware! So much so that I started a collection and recently created a wall display with it. When I brought the turkey platter over to the dining room, in an instant I saw that the colors worked perfectly with the other decor and colors in the room. Then I stood there asking myself why in the world it took me so long to figure this out.  Now I just needed to find a special spot for it and make it work throughout the year,  until it’s needed again and back in the Thanksgiving spotlight.

That’s when I remembered the pine cones that used to be on display in the foyer, that were now stashed away in the garage until I found a new home for them. Well, this was it!

Turkey Platter Decorating

Like peanut and jelly, I think pine cones and a turkey platter make a great combination!

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I have always had a hard time decorating the buffet, never quite sure what to put in the middle. The turkey platter was a perfect fit and this was just the right spot for it!

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Now that the turkey platter is out of hiding,  it can be admired all year long!

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So, even though our turkey platter’s tale had a sad beginning, like a princess locked away in a castle for years, it happily has a fairy tale ending!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today and hope you enjoyed my silly and maybe even a little inspiring turkey platter tale. I will be back again soon with a fun room reveal that ties in with my last post which you can read here. Have a great weekend!

Lauren

Simple Changes in the Foyer

Recently I  have been making some simple and inexpensive changes throughout our home which I will be sharing here over the next few months. I have been on a mission to make the downstairs flow better and to have a more cohesive look and style. I found the best way to achieve this was through the use of color. I came to this conclusion after looking at what I already had and realized I really love green and black. From a can of leftover paint in the garage to decor scattered throughout the house, I had plenty to work with. So, most of the updates were free and consisted of just shuffling things around, my favorite kind of decorating!

Last week I shared the olive green painted dresser in our family room, so today let’s move on to the foyer.

Here’s a photo to show you what the space looked like before making a few quick and easy updates.

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Here is what it looks like now.

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I started by painting this little wall area the same color as the living room.

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Next, I grabbed a pillow from the sofa in the living room and another from the family room to add a pop of color to the bench. Once I share the other updates throughout the house you will see how these pillows help tie everything together.

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Then, I grabbed the plant from the kitchen and lamp and pineapple from the living room. I moved the basket that was next to the front door to be closer to the bench for my kids to throw their shoes in when they get home from school. The coat rack is now next to the front door. I also took down the little plate that hung above the mirror and layered it with the key dish.

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I also couldn’t resist adding these new knobs to the chest I painted several years ago which match perfectly and were only a few dollars each!

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I have been thinking about painting the wall above the stairs where our family gallery wall is the same green color and also painting the banisters black, but I am on the fence about those projects right now so I am going to keep thinking about them for a while. What do you think, should I paint them?

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Finally, one of my absolute favorite changes to our foyer was painting the door. That is a project I have been wanting to do for years, but was too nervous to do. I finally decided to go for it and I love it! Our foyer is very tall and always felt so bare and unwelcoming. After painting it black the space now feels so much more inviting and cozy. To read all about the door project and how I painted the border of the rug too you can click here.

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I have had most of the decor in our foyer for quite a while, but I often get lots of questions asking where I find things and I always love to share!

Bench, Ivory Plate, Green Vase, Lamp – Home Goods

Green Pillow, Basket – Target

Buffalo Check Pillow – Country Curtains

Mirror, Plant, Paint (Valspar Withered Moss) – Lowes

Key Plate – World Market

Cabinet Knobs – Hobby Lobby

Bench Cushion – Pier One

Bird Plate – Shop at the Charleston Market

Boxwood Wreath – Decor Steals

Coat Rack – Kirklands

Brass Pineapple – Consignment Shop

Well, I am off to grab my paintbrush and finish up painting our downstairs half bath which I promise to share with you soon, along with all of the other projects I have been working on. Wishing you a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for stopping by today!

Lauren

Olive Painted Dresser

I have been on the hunt for a statement piece for our family room for quite a while now. I have been looking for something that was different from the other furniture in the room.

Something like this.

Wood Chest of Drawers

I saw this gorgeous dresser right as I was leaving the Liberty Antique Festival back in September. As soon as I finished paying for some dishes, I turned to look for my husband and there it was. It was perfect, exactly what I was looking for, but sadly it didn’t come home with us. My shopping budget had run out and there was no convincing my husband that we needed it. From that day on I have been searching for a piece that I would love just as much, but so far with no luck. I wanted something wood, not painted, old, and with a bit of history. It clearly was a tall order and made me regret not buying that piece that I first fell in love with. Everything I have ended up finding since, has been either too expensive, too big, too small or not in great shape.

After months of searching I finally gave up, well at least for now. Instead I decided to give the dresser I was hoping to replace a new look. The problem is I didn’t really want to invest any money into something I didn’t plan to keep. So I looked in my garage and found a few leftover cans of paint from other projects, but unfortunately the colors I had were just not right for the piece or the room.

So, despite my thrifty efforts I realized I was going to not only have to buy a new can of paint, but also decide on a color that I was clearly not having much luck with. I wanted a color that would really stand out in the room, but I did not want to regret my choice or the expense. I ended up picking a color that I had my eye on for a while, but never had the right piece to try it out on until now. I have been craving a bit of color in the room so I went with Annie Sloan Olive. It was hard to really capture the color in my photos, but it is a beautiful deep green.

Annie Sloan Olive Painted Chest of Drawers

Painted Chest of Drawers Makeover

Here’s a close up of the dresser to see the color better. You will notice a touch of black that shows through. In my attempt to use paint I already had, I first painted it black. It was too dark and not right for the room, but it ended up working out nicely to add a hint of distressing. After I finished painting and sealing with clear wax, I realized the knobs were also not going to work, so I found these vintage brass handles on Etsy for $24.00.

Annie Sloan Olive Painted Chest of Drawers

Annie Sloan Olive Painted Chest of Drawers

Annie Sloan Olive Painted Chest of Drawers

Annie Sloan Olive Painted Chest of Drawers

I still have my eye out for that statement piece I have been searching for, but for now I am really loving the new look of something I already had. Although I was not crazy about having to invest in this furniture makeover, it was a fun project to work on and it really helped to add some color and interest to the room until I can find that perfect piece.  If you would like to see what this dresser originally looked like you can click here. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!

Lauren

Kiawah Island Vacation Home Tour

The first time I visited the Charleston, South Carolina area I instantly fell in love. From the beautiful city full of southern charm to the gorgeous beaches, it is a place I love to visit! Since moving to North Carolina my family and I have taken two vacations to the area, our first was to Isle of Palms and our last was to Kiawah. Both were absolutely wonderful and we can’t wait to return to again.

After a cold winter I am seriously longing for the sound of the waves, sand between my toes, salty air, bike riding along the beach and searching for seashells. Our Spring break is right around the corner and instead of packing for a beach vacation, we will be staying close to home. Our kids have a few school make up days due to all the snow and ice so the week was cut short and left us with not enough time to getaway. So, this year we will take the opportunity to explore some places in our area and tour a few nearby colleges with our girls.

Since this year I can only dream about the beach, I thought I would share with you the beautiful vacation home we rented last year in Kiawah. From the minute we walked in the door this home felt so cozy and every inch of was beautifully decorated. After viewing the pictures of the property on the rental companies website I just knew we were going to love it, but I have to say it was even prettier in person and far exceeded our expectations. It wasn’t easy, but my family gave me a few minutes to snap some photos before we unloaded the luggage from the car. We were all so anxious to settle in, hop on our bikes and head to the beach and relax for the week and that we definitely did, it was so hard to leave!

Ok I’ll stop talking now and get on with the tour!

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So, what did you think? As you can imagine I could not stop admiring all of the details throughout the home the entire week that we were there. The bedding, decor, planked walls, ceilings, furniture, amazing kitchen, I could go on and on, I just loved it all!

Our trip to Kiawah was by far one of our favorite family vacations to date and until we can return, I’ll just have to continue to dream of this…..

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If you are a planning a Kiawah vacation here is the rental company that we used, Kiawah Island Getaways, they were really great to work with. It is a family run business and they personally renovate each of the properties. On their website you will find all of the accommodations they offer along with photos and detailed information about each. Their website also has lots of great information about the island.

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Lauren

Decorating Our New Kitchen Nook

There are times when I really miss our bay window, but I do love finally having a nice big wall to decorate, not huge, but much more than we had before and definitely an improvement. Before the recent construction, our kitchen was mostly all cabinets and windows with very little wall space to hang things and make the kitchen feel cozy. I did manage to find a small spot to hang a few of my pretty white dishes, but with this new nook I am now able to take most of my collection out of hiding.

If you would like to see what the kitchen looked like before you can click here. You can also see how I layer the plates here.

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During the construction I was worried that my favorite little black cabinet that provided much needed storage space would no longer have a home. Luckily, it ended up fitting perfectly in our new kitchen nook.

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I love the look of boxwood and white dishes, they were just meant to be together!

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Most of the dishes are from Home Goods and the others I found at Pier One and Hobby Lobby. The nest plate is from a shop in the Charleston City Market which I love to visit every time I’m there and you can read all about it here.

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I think white dishes are such a great way to add charm to a room and the best part is you can create a collection on a very small budget, my favorite kind of decorating!

Lauren

Brown Transferware Wall Display

There is just something about transferware, so simple, elegant and beautiful. I could seriously spend hours looking at all of the pretty transferware photos that can be found on Pinterest. You can find transferware in many colors, but the one I am always the most drawn to is brown. So, when I decided that I wanted to start collecting it and to create a wall display in our dining room, that’s the color I chose.

It all started with a plate that I purchased during a trip to Charleston.The next one at an Antique festival almost a year later. At this rate I realized it could take years until I had a full collection to hang on the wall and I am not the most patient person when I get a decorating idea in my head. Luckily, I was able to find several plates in my price range on Ebay and Etsy, but the greatest find was Nancy’s Daily Dish. Oh my goodness, she has the most amazing selection! Transfereware can be quite expensive, so I was very happy to find so many wonderful pieces at very good prices, most ranging between $10 – $25.

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When I first started thinking about creating a wall display with the dishes in the dining room, my first instinct was to have them match on each side. However, as I started my search there were just so many lovely options to choose from , so I decided to have them mismatched. I usually have a hard time with this because I love symmetry when it comes to design, but here I think it works.

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The pastoral scenes are my favorite!

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I’m also loving how the cheetah lampshades look with the brown transferware.

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Here’s the view from the kitchen.

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The before, very plain and definitely needed something.

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Now for the after.  The new look really added so much charm to our dining room.

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If you enjoy collecting transferware too, I would love for you to share your favorite color and how to like to display it?

Wishing you a warm weekend full of sunshine…and no more snow for a while!

Lauren

Triple Layer Valentine Brownies

Before I share my brownie “recipe”, I have to confess, I’m a terrible baker. I have attempted baking more times than I can remember, but it’s all that precise measuring that I have such a hard time with. I am more of a wing it in the kitchen kind of girl, where I enjoy adding a little of this and that while I cook. I know a made from scratch dessert is worth all the time and effort and always tastes so much better than store bought, but for me a quick run to the store is so much easier and less stressful. I do dream of one day learning to really love baking and mastering a few recipes, but for now I will only attempt a few that are super easy and require just a few simple ingredients. These brownies are one of those recipes. Every time I make these my family makes me feel like a such baking rock star. I am really faking it, like signing with auto tune, but I will take the applause where I can get it!

These are so yummy and easy make and the best part is you can whip these up just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine Brownies

There are a few steps involved in making these, but it’s simple, I promise!

Valentine Brownies

1. You can either pick up your favorite box of brownie mix at the grocery store or use a brownie recipe of your own.

2. Choose your baking pan. I like to make my brownies on the thin side, more like a bar, so I use a 9″ x 13″ pan. If you want to make your brownies thicker you can use a smaller pan. The baking time will vary a bit depending on which size you use.

2. Coat the baking pan. I use Baker’s Joy, it is non stick spray with flour in it.

3. Pour your brownie mix into the pan, spreading with a spatula if needed.

3. Bake the brownies and let cool.

4. Once the brownies have cooled, cover with frosting. I use a frosting spatula for this because it makes this step really easy and keeps the brownie from mixing in with frosting. Again you can use one container of store bought frosting or make a batch of your own. I always use vanilla frosting for this recipe and add a few drops of red food coloring to make the frosting pink.

5. Put the pan in the fridge for at least a half an hour to harden the frosting a bit.

6. Next, melt 5 tablespoons of butter with 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a saucepan on low heat and stir until smooth. Then, immediately pour on top of the frosting and spread the chocolate. I again use my frosting spatula for this step.

7. Finally, add sprinkles. I like to do this right after I add the chocolate topping. The sprinkles stick better when the chocolate is warm.

8. Once the chocolate topping has cooled you can cut, serve and enjoy!

Valentine Brownies

So, what do you think? Easy, right? Trust me, if I can make these you can too! It’s a perfect sweet Valentine’s Day treat that is sure to impress your family and friends, hope you will give it try!

Lauren

A Valentine Wreath

I am so excited to be back to blogging! I missed you guys and sharing projects so much! A while back I mentioned that I recently went back to school and I am thrilled to announce that I am now officially done! For weeks I was working on my final project and was feeling like I was literally attached to my computer. The day I turned in that project, finished presenting to my class and instructors and received my certificate, I have to tell you, I shed lots happy tears. I will also admit to doing some slightly embarrassing dance moves while celebrating with my family.

I plan to go into more detail about what the experience truly meant to me down the road, because it was definitely more than just school. It was also about pushing myself out of my comfort zone, gaining confidence and trying to figure out what I want to do with my life once my kids are off to college. But, after typing non-stop for the past month my brain is seriously tired and I’m anxious to finally get back to creating and sharing projects.

I love Valentine’s Day and could not wait to get started on this super easy and inexpensive wreath after a trip to the craft store. So, on a chilly morning, I turned on the tv, grabbed my scissors, heated up the glue gun and got busy crafting, woo hoo! Between the wreath form, yarn, felt and ribbon, I spent around $12.00 and it only took a few hours to make. Not a bad way to spend a cold winter’s day!

Felt Roses, Yarn and Ribbon Valentine Wreath

1. I started by wrapping the yarn around the wreath form and securing with my low temp glue gun along the way. After I went around the wreath one time, I went back around again to fill in any empty spots until it looked completely covered. You can use any type of yarn, but I like to use ones that are thicker so it is quicker to cover the wreath. I also love how soft and fluffy this boucle yarn feels, like a warm cozy sweater.

2. There a tons of great tutorials on Pinterest showing how to make beautiful felt roses. I ended up just using my go to rolled flower technique, not as pretty, but easy to do. I started by cutting my felt into strips in varying widths, folding in half and securing with a strip of glue. Next, I  rolled and twisted until it started to somewhat resemble a rose, not perfect, but good enough. I then folded the end and tucked it underneath securing in place with a tiny dot of glue.

3. As I made the roses I attached them together with glue and then cut a small piece of felt to cover the back to make it easier to attach to the wreath.

4. To finish the wreath I added a bow that I made with some pretty polka dot ribbon..

Felt Roses, Yarn and Ribbon Valentine Wreath

Here’s the wreath hanging in our new kitchen window above my latest Craigslist find, a desk.

Felt Roses, Yarn and Ribbon Valentine Wreath

Felt Roses, Yarn and Ribbon Valentine Wreath

Felt Roses, Yarn and Ribbon Valentine Wreath

It feels so good to back and thanks so much for stopping by to visit today! Hope you have wonderful week and I will be back again soon with another Valentine’s Day project.

Lauren

Top 10 Posts of 2014

Since I started blogging over two years ago I have never put together any kind of year end post. I am not very good about keeping up with checking the stats on my posts, so I am usually clueless about which are getting the most views or pins, etc. At the end of this year I finally took at peek at my some of those numbers and boy was it interesting and so fun to see which ones you all have enjoyed the most! So, here is my very first list of the Top 10 posts of the year.

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#10 A New Wreath To Welcome Spring

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#9 Layered Plates: A Quick and Easy How To

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#8 Goodbye Door, Hello Built In Cabinet – Part 2

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# 7 Sharing My Favorite Room Today at Savvy Southern Style

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#6 Turning Our Back Porch Dreaming Into a Reality – Part 2

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#5 Christmas in the Family Room

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#4 Wood Holiday Ornament 

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#3 Updated Dining Room

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#2 Living Room Reveal

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# 1 Updated Family Room

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So, did any of your favorites make the list? It was really fun to look back on the past year, but it did make me realize that I still have so many projects that I want to tackle around the house and a ton more that I need to motivate myself to finally finish. Now I just need to figure out which one to start working on first!

I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year and to also say a great big THANK YOU for stopping by to read my blog and also for you kindness and friendship over the past year! You have truly made this a most wonderful year of blogging and I look forward to seeing you all again soon in 2015!

Lauren

Wood Holiday Ornament

* This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are 100% my own. *

When I finished up this holiday craft project I couldn’t help but do a little happy dance. I fully admit to not being very crafty, but once in a while I surprise myself and make something I am really proud of and not totally embarrassed to share.  I thought up the idea for this project after a trip to Lowe’s last year while wandering the aisles of the lumber section. I spotted this unfinished round wood table top and thought it would be fun to try to make it look like a giant wood ornament! The creativity wheels were seriously spinning on my drive home, but sadly the table top and all that creativity that was whirling around in my head both sat tucked away in the garage until now. Coming up with an idea and finding the time to actually do it just don’t always work out as planned.  I was finally determined to not let another year go by without finally making this project!

If you read my blog regularly then you know that I am big fan of RECLAIM paint. I have used several of their colors on different projects around the house, but had not yet had a chance to try out one of their newer colors, Poppy, until now. It is the prettiest red color and I think was the perfect choice for this project!

So here is how this fun, inexpensive and very easy to make craft project came together. First, I painted two coats of the RECLAIM Poppy onto the unfinished wood table top. I can’t remember exactly what I paid for the table top, but it was no more than $10. Next, I applied one coat of the RECLAIM Antiquing Glaze which gave the Poppy a deeper red color. Then, I traced the wood letters which spell out JOY (one of my all time favorite words) onto the table. I found the wood letters at Michaels for around $3.00 each and they can be used again for another project.

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The next part is where it all really started to come together! After painting the letters with some RECLAIM Bright White that I had left over from another project,  I gently sanded the entire piece to give it a distressed look.  I then added an additional layer of the RECLAIM Antiquing Glaze. This step also helped to create an even darker red color which I was hoping for. I was so happy with the way the project was looking, but I wanted to make it a bit more distressed. So, I mixed together a small amount of some antiquing and staining mediums, randomly dry brushing it on and then wiping most of it off.  To make it look like an actual ornament I added large gold hook that easily screwed into the wood. Finally, I outlined the letters with some gold paint to make them pop.

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It’s always so exciting to see an idea that you dream up turn into something better than you imagined and hoped it would. I seriously love this project and I’m already thinking a few of these may get wrapped up for Christmas gifts for family and friends next year.

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To make the ornament look a little extra special I added a touch of greenery , gold ribbon and a few gold ornaments, for a perfect holiday touch!

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If you like this project I really hope you will give it a try! I promise if I can do it you can too! This will be my last post for a while as I am looking forward to spending some time with my family during the holidays. I want to thank you all so much for all of your very kind comments from my last few posts where I shared tours of our home decorated for the holidays. You all seriously always leave the nicest comments and I am truly grateful and feel so honored when you take the time to stop by to visit. Wishing you all a very happy holidays and I will be back again soon with lots more projects to share!

Lauren