Modern and graphic table setting

Apr 12, 2017

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When it comes to decor, I'm a huge fan of simplicity. As you may already know, our family of five plus Bella (our rescued dog) live in a small 1938 house and being practical but with style is one of my main priorities when decorating. Our dinner table is one of the first things guests notice when they visit us. So having it set beautifully is a must!

This time around I opted for a simple yet modern approach with some graphic accents to bring attention to this area. In comes some amazing accessories and dinnerware from Better Homes & Gardens collection at Walmart!

The first thing I did for this table was setting the centerpiece. Over this amazing new table runner design (called Black Tapestry) from Better Homes & Gardens collection at Walmart, I placed three glass lanterns in two different sizes; one was 11"and the other two of 7". I filled the tall one with some eucalyptus and Queen Anne's Lace flowers to emphasize its height. On the smaller lanterns I placed some white garden stones along a couple of plastic succulents I found at Walmart. Two candle sleeves (Malysian Motifalso from Better Homes & Gardens collection at Walmart, complement this modern look while pairing perfectly with the runner's design.

I love mixing and matching dinnerware! For this modern table setting I found at Walmart stores some dinner plates with a beautiful lettering on the border. These are from the Better Homes & Gardens new collection called Sentiment and their graphic design was bold but added such a stylish accent in this table's decor.

Over these dinner plates I used a Marbled Finish "salad plates" and "berry bowls" which I also found at stores from the Better Homes & Gardens collection at Walmart. You won't believe that these Marbled Finish plates are melamine so they can easily be use later on for a garden soiree or patio gathering.

One of my favorite parts when setting this table were the flatware. These "black matte" pieces from the Corin Dinner Silverware collection from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart added such a modern punch and their prices (which are incredible) start at $1.88 a piece!

I finished this table with the Cielo Red Wine Stemless Glasses which are from Better Homes & Gardens collection at Walmart and DIYed the marble decor in the bottom which I previously shared the tutorial over at my Instagram account stories. You can follow me there to keep up with my new projects and decor ideas.

As you can see I kept the style of this table modern but simple with some accessories that brought personality to it's decor. What's your table setting style? Do you go for a global look, or prefer to keep things modern?

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4 simple tips to style your shelves with confidence

Apr 6, 2017

We've all been there! That moment when you start to sweat while your eyes are stuck staring at those wall shelves and suddenly you think to yourself "What the fudge am I going to put there?"...Before you star panicking and decide to abort the "shelfie mission", I'll try to throw some light over this decor dilemma. Believe me, you are not alone!

1.Think big: Either a framed photograph or art, I always start with this piece. Now that you have a blank canvas, a large framed piece will ease the work on the rest of the shelves by filling in a great chunk of the area. This will give you a better idea on where should you move next.
You can also use more than one large piece and include similar sizes in different shelves. Over in my shelves I used a +HomeGoods large print in the center shelf and smaller framed photos on the rest of them.

2. Create rhythm: After gathering all the vases that were to be used over my shelves, I started organizing them by sizes. I then dived them in sets of threes; making sure that in each set there were 3 different sizes (probably large, medium and small).

3. Books: Maybe it's the most obvious thing to use over the shelves; but try to stay away from the simple vertical arrangement method. Add interest by laying down some of the books and even placing over some of these a small piece of art or a cute ceramic accessory.

4. Plants: I can't stress enough how important it is to always bring some natural elements into the decor. By doing so, you help the area feel more relaxed while adding a touch of color and an organic look. It doesn't have to be a big plant, but make sure that the one you choose is apt for the area.

After these tips and a couple of session of breathing in and out (for several times), I'm pretty sure you're going to end up with a shelf setting that will make you feel happier and less stressed. Hope these simple tips for styling your shelves were helpful and let me know how it all went.

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14 ideas to style your home for spring

Mar 17, 2017

Welcome to the "14 Ideas To Style Your Home For Spring" blog hop where 14 bloggers will be sharing each unique take on spring decor. Hope you've enjoyed the tour of the talented Bethany from Dwellings By Devore. Her approach to design and decor is always so elegant!
For me, the thought of spring brings in the opportunity to think about refreshing and keeping things light in the home. Many of us like to receive spring right from the front door with beautiful porches and wreaths. But since I've already done that in the past, I thought on updating our bedroom this time around.

I started by moving pieces of furniture until I was pleased with the new arrangement. Next came the windows which are the quickest and inexpensive way to updating a room. By switching curtains for some panels that were made of a lighter fabric (I found these at HomeGoods), the space quickly began to transform. I opted for a sheer version which will allow this area to received that wonderful spring sunlight.

Simple updates for the wall are also another spot you might want to tackle. I've had for a while now some big frames which I've used in our dinning room wall (you can see them here). I found three more and thought of using these on our bedroom. By updating some of the photos (I printed these poster size at Walmart) I was able to use these to frame our window. They also add some height to this space.

A new comforter with some nature inspired patterns also added that spring look I was aiming for. This comforter set from +HomeGoods can be used on either side (one is white and the other navy) and I decorated it with a mix of pillows.

My basket collection now resides in this bedroom over a bench. I love the look and how it enhances this sitting spot. Most of these baskets were great finds from HomeGoods!

To finalized this spring refresh, I added some plants on both sides of the bed.
Simplifying things has become my new mantra, and while I love decorating, I strongly believe that less is better specially in a small house like ours. For me, this type of approach comes with a relaxed state of mind!
Hope you've enjoyed this bedroom refresh and don't forget to visit the lovely Janine from Happy Happy Nester, who's hosting this "14 Ideas To Style Your Home For Spring" blog hop along these amazing blogger friends:

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Styled for Spring Home Tour: Dinner table with a rustic charm

Mar 14, 2017

Hello friends and welcome to the "Styled for Spring Home Tour" hosted by the amazing Randi from "Randi Garrett Design" and Jennifer from "Decor Gold Designs". Hope you've enjoyed the beautiful home of Leslie from the "The Leslie Style"; she has such a great taste when it comes to decor.

This time around I've chosen to style my dining table and get it ready for spring. Since I love adding textures and bringing the outdoor inside, I've opted for some potted plants as my centerpiece.
These big and amazing terracotta planter are from HomeGoods and I love the rustic charm they bring into the decor or the table. The best part is that I can simply place them outside without having to worry about throwing anything away. Although I love how flowers also give this area a fresh look, the thought of seeing them wilt and having to place them in the trash, makes me very sad. So using plants for a change is definitively something I might want to try again.

Another thing I did to bring some spring vibe into this setting was using flowers from our mango tree which is in full bloom as I write. They are amazing and bring so much texture and freshness into the table. Their color also goes very well with the rest of the elements. If you would like to try a similar approach when setting your spring table, I would recommend to try whatever is in season in your area; either flowers, fruits or leaves will work wonders.

These melamine plates, also from HomeGoods, have a rustic design over the rim which mix very well with my table's concept. I used wooden bowls to add more texture and to create contrast against the light color of the plates. As you can see, this type of diner table decor is also ideal to take out into the patio.

When setting a table I always try to add an element that will surprise my guests when they arrive. These terracotta planters did just that besides adding some height and bringing interest into this area.

Hope you've enjoyed my dining table for the "Styled for Spring Home Tour" and that I've inspired you to create something different for this season. Now Courtney from "A Thoughtful Place" is waiting for you at her beautiful home. I know you will enjoy her take on spring just as much as I do. Don't forget to visit these talented blogger friends who are also part of this inspiring home tour:

Here are the participants from Week 1 of Styled for Spring...

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Navy living room ideas for spring

Feb 27, 2017

Navy living room ideas for spring

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As the next season quickly approaches, the need for a subtle decor is mandatory. As some of you might have previously read, I recently shared a navy blue master bedroom a couple of weeks ago. But now I think this color is slowly taking over our living room as well (and it might, or might not be showing up soon in our patio).

Navy living room ideas for spring

What I admire the most about this type of blue is how fresh it feels when used with the right accessories and how it can add just the right touch of elegance without going overboard. Navy is also a great transitional color when going from spring to summer.

Navy living room ideas for spring
Navy living room ideas for spring

If like me you are trying to get out of your comfort zone with the neutrals, I suggest to start with a change of decorative pillows by adding fun and contemporary patterns like these ones I found at +HomeGoods. The navy Ikat and the bohemian inspired big pillows are strong players over this dark leather sofa. This color really pops out, but the real trick was the mix of patters and designs.
Another great alternative to shake off those neutrals is by changing the curtains. These pair of navy panels, which include a blackout, are the perfect addition to this room and they provide enough coverage without blocking the natural light that I love so much.

Navy living room ideas for spring

You can always stop here if you feel that your neutral inner voice is starting to feel uneasy. But, I took a step further and went crazy over the new floating shelves. I've previously decorated them for a post I did for the Design Happy Blog from HomeGoods, but this time around navy is taking over the spotlight.

Navy living room ideas for spring
Navy living room ideas for spring

All the blue accessories (and some of the white ones) used over these shelves were amazing finds from HomeGoods. I love how all these ceramic pieces have that raw/handmade look which gives them a unique and one-of-a-kind feeling. While I used a variety of tones, I emphasized on the use of darker ones as statement points in this arrangement. Creating a interesting "shelfie" is something I also shared on the Design Happy Blog from HomeGoods where you'll find a fun stop motion gif that will give you a better idea on how to style your shelves.

Navy living room ideas for spring
Navy living room ideas for spring

As you can see navy is a great color to use during spring. It will provide you a wonderful starting point from where you can always add more color or simply mix your neutrals. What is your favorite color for this season?

Navy living room ideas for spring

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Simple Valentine's Day table setting

Feb 10, 2017

Simple Valentine's Day table setting

Welcome to this "Valentine's blog hop". Hope you've enjoyed Joan's style on her blog 2 Ladies & A Chair. Always so sensational!
For me, neutrals have been my main focus for some time now when it comes to décor. Natural elements that might include plants or accessory pieces like marble or quartz, often help in bringing life into the space that has been decorated with a neutral palette. This approach to interiors has been like a blank canvas from where I can start adding (color) and build from that.

Simple Valentine's Day table setting

So while Valentine’s Day normally calls for pops of red and pink, this year I’ve opted for a more subtle look. To keep things simple (taking into account 3 daughters, a dog and a husband), I chose to decorate the dinner table with something that will last a bit longer than a heart shaped chocolate.

Simple Valentine's Day table setting
Simple Valentine's Day table setting

To make a bold statement over this table, I made a flower arrangement with some big foliage pieces (eucalyptus, sprayed roses, olive branches, etc) and used some of the leftover branches to create little heart shapes that will decorate each plate. I thought that after Valentine’s Day these pieces could be reused in the form of a banner with a cute ribbon. Also that flower arrangement will adorn my table for a couple of more weeks.

Simple Valentine's Day table setting
Simple Valentine's Day table setting

To keep with my “simple” theme, I personalized some fabric napkins with the word “LOVE” written with chalk… yes, CHALK! Afterwards I can just throw these on the washing machine without any harm done to them.

Simple Valentine's Day table setting

Flowers... check! Cute décor… check! Mix-and-match dinnerware… check! Simplicity at its best! Now, how are you planning your Valentine’s Day décor? Are you going all out, or will you keep things simple?
For more ideas don't forget to visit Sheila from Maison de Cinq where I'm pretty sure she'll delight you with her amazing style. Also check out the lineup of bloggers that will be sharing their love and creativity as well:
 Amy from Crazy Chic Designs
Kathleen from Lindsay Hill Interiors
Janine from Happy Happy Nester
Lizbeth from Home and Fabulous
Amie from Meme Hill Interiors 
Kim and Lacey from Styled with Lace

Simple Valentine's Day table setting

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