Last weekend was our first weekend as homeowners and we started the process of tackling projects! Our first major project: storage and organization! Other than the master closet, the two other bedroom closets are fairly small and there are no coat or linen closets in the home. Just off of the laundry room was a rather large [5'x4'] "closet" with a blank slate:
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    ..the builder recommended it could be used as a small office, which we did consider, but with no window, no air conditioning vent, and our need for coat and linen storage, we nixed that and decided to make it a closet! Inspiration? Every California Closet I've ever seen, and this beauty from the Pottery Barn catalog:
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    ..after seeing that, I knew we could do something fun with the space so we decided to check out the closet section at Ikea. We fell in love. And we turned the empty space into this:
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    We used the Pax System from Ikea and could not be happier with the results. There's a space for everything we need it for and then some!
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Top shelf storage for bins with candles, light bulbs, batteries, etc.
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Pull-outs for hats, umbrellas, sports bags, and purses!
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Coats, extra linens, cleaning supplies, and shoes!
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Handy pull-out tray to use as a folding table or use with a mini ironing board for quick touch-ups!
    The best part about the Pax System is that you design it to fit your needs - originally I had a shelf where the folding table is now but I loved the accessibility of the shoe tray so I returned the shelf and purchased the pull-out tray. Although you can choose to have everything delivered and installed for an added fee, we chose to do the building ourselves to stay on budget. Speaking of budget, everything seen here was just under $525 total. That's both units, all clothes rails, drawers, trays, shelves, and pull outs. In my opinion, putting it together wasn't terribly difficult. As with any Ikea project, it's important to have patience and really look at the word-less directions or you could end up putting a small wooden dowel in a larger screw hole and not be able to get it out - points finger at husband.
    We're so content with our Pax System that we're thinking of biting the bullet and doing something similar in the master closet to provide that built-in look with more structure and organization:
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    Maybe that will be a "Weekend Warrior" project in the near future? Regardless, the fluorescent light has got to go! Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend! Need something to do? I highly recommend the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
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    Yes. It is past Friday - eek! We were traveling back from our House Hunting trip so this post got neglected. Even if it's late, I had to post to fill you in on a sale, so this is more of a PSA than anything.. everything Kate Spade is 25% off for Friends and Family through Sunday! Yay!
   
    Kate and I are kind of friends from afar. I love to admire all of the gorgeous purses but I have to steer clear of stores to keep my wallet [and marriage] safe. I wasn't even aware until recently that there was more to Kate than pretty purses, shoes, and accessories; she also carries a line of things for the home including fine china, vases, etc. Anyway, these are a few of my favorite home items!


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Clockwise from top left: 1, 2, 3, 4
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1. Scented Candles - I love Kate Spade for the witty quotes on most of her products. Not only do these smell good, they're beautiful and include cute and inspirational quotes and sayings. I think I need the blue one for our new adventures in North Carolina!

2. Market Street Collection - One of the main reasons I chose a white dish for our main dishes when we registered is because you can always dress them up! These fun dotted accent plates would be perfect on top of a white dinner plate for Easter with colorful antique drink ware or even these cuties from World Market for Easter brunch!

3. Things We Love Collection - This collection is cute, fun, and colorful, but what I really love is the coffee table book. I have seen it all over Instagram for some time and heard everyone ranting and raving over it. Quite honestly I didn't think anything of it or believe it could be that great. After turning through the pages at B&N, I can see why people love it - definitely gets the creative juices flowing [if being creative is your thing] and definitely looks good on the coffee table!

4. Daisy Place Collection - I saved the best for last! How stinking cute are these little dishes?! I love organizational items - especially ones this cute! I am so excited to be moving in to a new place in Charlotte where there's a designated "entry space" that these can sit near to place keys, sunglasses, mail, etc.! [While I love our current apartment, it is small and you enter directly into the family room so we often loose our keys and sunglasses before making it to the kitchen cabinet where they belong, and mail ends up everywhere from the coffee table to the dining room table and beyond!]


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And on that note, I'm going to head to the Kate Spade Outlet! Hopefully I can keep my husband under control this time..

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    If we could afford to have our entire home decorated by Pottery Barn, we probably wouldn't be opposed. But we're young and love to travel, so we put our money in that direction for now. And the reality is, I shop too much to place all of my eggs in one basket - I love mixing pieces from different places and I'm pretty good at finding expensive pieces for less. That doesn't mean I don't indulge in a PB Sale every now and then, or still consider them as one of my favorite stores when searching for something for our home, because, they are. Our bedding is from there and I love it!
    Shag is back, and I am in heaven. Wool shag rug, wool shag throw, and my new favorite shaggy faux-fur pillows! The pillows were from Pottery Barn and, surprisingly, they were way less expensive than any other store!:
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My faux-fur pillows in their new home! Other pillows pictured: Sequin Tile Pillow Cover [Pottery Barn] and Rosette Pillow [old Crate & Barrel, no longer available]

Look for Less

    I am obsessed with the big, fluffy, faux-fur pillows - but the prices, not so much! I was shocked to see that Pottery Barn's regular pricing was way less, and I got them at the Sale price! Luckily I already had pillow inserts so I don't need to purchase the inserts, but even if I had to, the Pottery Barn complete set of pillow + cover would still be less than just a cover anywhere else! The PB pillows are faux-fur as opposed to 'Mongolian Lamb' but they achieve the same great look and are still soft!
Crate & Barrel
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Lambskin Pillow
16" Square: $89.95
This pillow comes with the insert but is only sheepskin on the front
Crate & Barrel
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Pelliccia Pillow with Insert
18" Square: $89.95
23" Square: $159

Mongolian lambskin with insert, but again, one-sided
Pottery Barn
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Faux Fur Pillow Cover - Long Shaggy
18" Square Regular Price: $39.50
No insert, fur on both sides
West Elm
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Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover
16" Square: $69
24" Square: $139

No insert, fur on both sides
Z Gallerie
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Mongolian Pillow
22" Square: $129.95
This pillow comes with the insert but has leather backing instead of full fur
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    One of my favorite decor and home shopping places is Joss & Main. Joss & Main is an online version of Home Goods, and a less expensive version of One Kings Lane. Each day, part of my morning routine is to go through the new sales of the day. Sales open each morning and close usually within 3 days unless it is a curated sale, those tend to stay open up to 10 days. I've had a lot of luck finding items for our apartment at great deals: lamps, trays, vases, pillows, juice glasses, and more! The trick is to get them before anyone else scoops them up! You never know how many are inventoried in the sale; there could be just one or there could be multiple!
   
    If you haven't tried it out, I highly recommend [link below]! You do have to have a "membership" but it's not something you have to pay for! My favorite is the iPad app. that allows me to quickly scroll through the sales - the only thing I don't like about the app. that the web features is that on the app. you can't "love" anything to come back to later. Sometimes I'll see something that I don't want to make a decision on right away and then can't remember where I saw it so I have to go searching through all of the other sales until I find it again. Other than that, love the app. and love this "store"!

    Another great feature: once you place an order and pay standard shipping [$9.95], you have 30 days of free shipping! So if you place an order and find something you like in a sale that opens later that week, you don't have to pay shipping again! Here are a few of my current faves in sales that are open now!:

Sale Name: Color Splashed

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Piper Vase

Sale Name: The Spring Table

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Abbington 12.5" Domed Cake Plate
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Abbington Beverage Dispenser

Sale Name: Colors of 2014: Radiant Orchid

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Venus Bust
    Now that I've shared my shopping secret, start shopping with me using the link below or on the right hand side bar. Also, when I spy something great on J&M, I'll be sure to share on Instagram!
 
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    My first Friday Favorites post! Last week since we were traveling on Friday, I only posted them to Instagram - I may occasionally do that again from time to time if things get to busy! For these posts, I have no specific setup; all four favorites may be the same one Friday and all different the next. In today's case, they're all the same: home decor. Target's new "White and Natural Collection" is killing it! Love the light and airy feel of neutral decor for you to add in your own pops of color. Here are some of my favorites!
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1. Threshold™ Spring 2014 Trend Basket Collection - I could think of about 50 things to use these super cute baskets for.. but I'm exercising Tuesday's Tip and hoping these go on sale before they sell out!

2. Threshold™ Knit Chevron Throw - I love blanket. No. Seriously. I am a blanket hoarder. My husband does not understand. Men: while there are some similarities between the categories, there are differences between the following: summer blankets, winter blankets, decorative blankets, picnic blankets, and blankets for the bed. Plus, when I host movie night, everyone is covered!

3. Threshold™ Wood and Brass Finish Bar Cart - this baby has made its way around different blogs and Instagram feeds since it's debut, and if you've seen any of the pictures, you know why. So many different and fun ways to style it other than its intentional purpose! Plus, I heard some Target stores have it marked down to 50% off now?! If you know of one that does, help a sister out!

4. Threshold™ Embroidered Burst Decorative Pillow and Lattice Toss Pillow - I've been cheating and using my Winter Sweater-style pillows year-round because they're neutral.. might be time to throw some not so wintery pillows into the mix!
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    Probably the easiest DIY ever with pretty results!

1. Collect.

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    Choose pinecones with minimal damage! My mother-in-law and I collected these from around North Lake Tahoe but I'm sure you can find some in your own back yard or local park! What I wish I had done: I wanted all of the huge, full-bodied pinecones - now I wish I had chosen some more variety in shapes, sizes, and height!

2. Spray.

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    I used the same gold metallic spray I used in my last DIY - I also used white for "snow"! I wanted the pinecones to look like snow-covered trees so I sprayed primarily from the top with a few spritzes down diagonally, making sure that the top was the heaviest.
    I created 3 different colors: white, gold, and a mixture! For the mixture I started with white, then sprayed gold, then dusted white on top again. Really happy with how they turned out!:
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3. Decorate.

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    I used mine to complete my Winter Wonderland Forest scene [as seen in my previous Winter Decor post]. Now I just need a few LED tea lights to intermix and light it up a bit more! The extras found a spot by the snowman my mom got me last year for Christmas:
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    Another fun idea would be to add glitter to them - but I'm pretty sure my husband has banned glitter from our house! Happy DIY-ing!
 
 
    Keeping in theme with the "Favorite Things" giveaway [ps. have you entered yet?!] - these are a few of my favorite Winter/Christmas decorations!
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Sparkly Ornaments
Yes, that is a Gold Sequin Hanger Ornament! Perfect gift for the fashion lover!
Gold Sequin Hanger Ornament - Pearl's and Pastries
German Glitter Alphabet Ornament - Pottery Barn [On sale now! If you can't find your letter online, I recommend going to your local PB!]
Golden Elephant Ornament - World Market [2 for $5!! Not sold online.]
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Trees. Lots of Trees.
Create your own Winter Wonderland Forrest! I created ours in our non-functioning fire place using a white bath mat and trees. This was very last-minute but I plan to use a larger white base in the future and adding a few small LED candles in between to light it up a bit more!
Mercury Glass Trees - Home Goods [many places are selling these but Home Goods has the best prices! Plus one of the ones I got lights up!]
Burlap Trees - Target
Pine Cone "Trees" - DIY tutorial here!
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The Cutest Little Gnome You Ever Did See
Currently, he's just sitting there watching over the dining area, but we have big plans for him, which I'll share later this week!
The Little Helper's Container - Waiting On Martha
 
 
     Have you ever gone into a store, seen something overpriced, and thought to yourself, "I could make that!"? While things didn't turn out well for me trying to re-create the Mercury Glass Pottery Barn Pumpkins, these Mini Gold Corns are a different story!

Inspiration:

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Mini Gold Corn, Pottery Barn Fall 2013
$19.95ish for a pack of 6

Step 1:

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    Purchase mini corn from the local grocery store - At my grocery store it was $1.89 for a pack of 3. I purchased several sets of 3 and separated them by color. Some of them had such beautiful color as-is and I couldn't bear to paint them! I used the dull ones for this project, and the rest went into my hurricane vases in the dining room as seen below and in my previous post: "A Festive Feast"
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Step 2:

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    Spray! I chose the Metallic gold spray paint by Krylon [$7 - but it will last for more than just this project!]. I've always had good luck with the Krylon spray paints. In store I was debating between three different gold spray paints mostly because I was hesitant to choose this one [the lid is SO bright!]. The sales lady informed me that if the item you're painting is porous, it will dull the shine a bit [i.e. you should not expect this to shine if you are painting wood!].
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    I used an old shipping box to spray the corn, placing the husks under one of the flaps at the bottom and spraying from behind that flap in one direction to try to keep paint off of the husks. If you've seen the PB ones, they appear dipped and there is some paint on the husks - so while I was trying to be careful, it didn't have to be perfect!
    Using the box also helps to keep paint off of other surfaces and after I would finish each coat, I would close the top flaps to prevent leaves from falling on the fresh paint! [The leaves in the picture are from leaving the box out overnight!]
    I flipped the corn about 3x to ensure full coverage, then checked each one for spots that didn't get sprayed. If I noticed a small spot, I just held the corn by the husk and did a quick touch-up spray.

Step 3:

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Decorate! I simply chose to stagger mine against a pumpkin, on a platter in the center of my table.
    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Pottery Barn. I am also a firm believer in, "you get what you pay for," so there are some things at Pottery Barn that I am perfectly willing to pay full price for.. but a $20 set of six Gold Mini Corns are not one of those things! For just under $20, I was able to buy the materials to make 9 of my own mini gold corns for my Thanksgiving centerpiece, I had enough corn leftover for my two hurricane vases, and I still have half a bottle of spray paint. Win!
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    Thanksgiving is 2 short weeks away! This is easily one of my most favorite holidays; this girl loves her momma's cooking, and her Pappaw's Pumpkin Pie! Last year when faced with the decision of going home for Thanksgiving OR Christmas, food won. As you'll see from the pictures below, our tiny California apartment is entirely too small to support a meal of Thanksgiving grandeur, but that doesn't keep me from decorating!

    I'm not big into Halloween decorating [nothing against Halloween, I just find more elegance in basic "Fall" decor], so I make it pretty easy on myself by decorating for fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving in one swoop in September. Plus, if you haven't noticed, most fall decor is replaced by Christmas mid-October now. The only benefit of that is that a lot of the stuff I purchased for our table was already marked down! See below how I decorate for the season, and most importantly, the feast [that will not be occurring at our place]!

Kitchen

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Mini Cake Stand, Target [on clearance now, I have 3!]
Pumpkin Candy Dish turned Spoon Rest, Target $1 Spot Fall 2013
Dish Towel Set, Home Goods [$3] - I love the coloring of the dish towels but I didn't realize the ineffectiveness of linen dish towels: 1] they don't dry hands well 2] when they come out of the dryer, they are a wrinkled mess! I don't like anything that adds to my ironing pile! We keep them there for decorative purposes and keep a regular dish towel by the sink for our hands!

Family Room

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Couldn't pass this little guy up at Target! [$3]
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Target $1 Spot Glitter Pumpkins/Gourds

Dining

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Pumpkins, Home Goods Fall 2013
Mini Corn, local grocery store
Glitter Acorns, Target $1 Spot Fall 2013 [$1 for a pack of 3]
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Gold Mini Corn [DIY - check back later this week!]
Gold Dot tumblers, Target Holiday Collection 2013.
Candlesticks, Target Fall 2013 Clearance
Dark Red Patterned Place-mats - gift
Dark Red Felt Leaf Place-mats - Target $1 Spot Fall 2012 [I also saw these at 2 other stores last fall and this year!]
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Napkins, Target Fall 2013 Collection [the leaf napkins were not out at my Target by the beginning of October so I chose the ones on the left then decided to do a mix and match with them after finding the leaf napkins. It works because they have the same color scheme!]
Leaf Napkin Rings, Target Fall 2013 Collection
[If you can't tell, I'm a Target Home fanatic! It's the first store added to the "Shopping" page!]

Now the only things missing from my table are the West Elm Gold Pinecone Salt + Pepper Shakers, and Gold Flatware Sets - both perfect for any holiday meal [September - December] and already on my Christmas Wishlist!