Posh Pumpkins

October 21st, 2010

A few glamorous pumpkin displays have caught my eye lately.  Have you seen Heather’s velvet beauties?  They’re my new favorite.   Oh how I adore all three shades: the pear green, the watery blue and the deep rust velvet.  Aren’t they lovely?

heather velvet pumpkins

 

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Gettin’ Cozy

October 20th, 2010

Oh, the weather outside is frightful . . . .  Well, actually, it’s not frightful at all, it’s rather delightful.  Shame on me for singing a holiday tune in October!   It’s the middle of fall y’all and getting a little chillier around here.  Time to bring out those knit scarves and cozy throw blankets to add a little style while still staying warm.

Today I’m talking about getting cozy with knits over at The Inspired Room in Melissa’s series 31 Days of Autumn Bliss.  I get to be Day 20, yippee that’s me!  C’mon over and say "Hi" why don’t ya, and take a peek at some of my favorite cozy knits this season.

the inspired room banner

 

Meanwhile, I’m happy to announce the three winners of Custom Stamp Set giveaway brought to you by The Paper Cafe and Three Designing Women.

Congratulations to the following THREE lucky peeps:

#41 Kristin of Sepia Tone Lovin who wrote, "I would pick the Medallion gift set, and I would gift it to myself.  I’m not ashamed to admit that!"

#162  Katrina who wrote, "TDW Custom Stamp Gift Desk Set Toile! This is totally me, love the pattern….black and pink make me want to sing!!!! I would totally keep this for myself and send cute little notes to my mommy who lives on the way in TEXAS! (I live in NYC)"

# 653: Chris Vanderstoep who wrote: "Definitely the damask, and most definitely for myself! I have been looking for a stamp for letters, and these are gorgeous!"

You three won your choice of a Custom Stamp Gift Set like these!

paper cafe sets

Who else wants one?   Use the code centgirl15off  through November 2nd only, and get a 15% discount when you order.   Sssssssh.  It’s just for you CG readers, yeehaw!  So spread the word.  :-)  Shop for them here.

Now hop on over to The Inspired Room ~ we’ll talk cozy fall knits!

 

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Inspired by Elaine Griffin

October 19th, 2010

My friends, I’m inspired this week.  Inspired to make changes, inspired to inject color, inspired to make my home serve our needs better.  Why?  Why the lovely Elaine Griffin, that’s why!  You may recall I reviewed her book last year, and was delighted to find so much practical advice from one of the Top 100 Designers named by House Beautiful.

I had the opportunity to talk to Elaine last week, and it was like we were long time BFFs.  She has the most valuable advice to give, and quite frankly, one of the kindest voices in the biz.  It goes without saying I am a fan forever.  In anticipation of the big Mom Cave Link Party coming up next week (ladies, mark your calendars!), here’s a few Q & A’s exchanged between the incredible Ms. Elaine and little ol’ me.

Q: How did the idea of the ‘Mom Cave’ originate?

HomeGoods conducted a national poll of 1000 people and it revealed that 56% of moms don’t have a space to call their own!   Of those moms, 7 out of 10 said they would "love a space all for me"!  They asked me (Elaine) to come in and help visualize what a Mom Cave would look like so that any woman (moms or not) could have one, no matter what size space they had or budget.  So I designed three spaces as examples to kick off this new concept and inspire ladies to create a space that belonged just to them.

CG Note:  Having a hard time focusing when gazing on these incredible saturated teal paneled blue walls with white, green, and gold accessories.  Swoon.

   

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