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Bring the Outside In!
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How to Win the Baby Shower
Take the Beach With You
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Health & Beauty
The Littles Lifestyle
It's a Party!
Design and Decor
Fall Decor Ideas
15 Farmhouse Finds
Master Bedroom Decor
Time to Decorate for Halloween
Fashion and Accessories
Hippie Gypsy Boho
Cozy Fall Fashion
Paper Jewelry is Trending
Jewelry with Star Power
The Woman Behind the Mask
In the Kitchen
Gone to the Dogs
Quick Gifts & Decor
The Best Beaches in Italy
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Even though the air is
getting cooler and the
leaves are falling, you
can still capture the
beauty of the outdoors
inside your home.
Stock up on succulents, the perfect houseplant
They require little maintenance, take up a small amount of space, and complement
any decor! These darling little plants perk up any space!
This distressed mason jar is the
perfect home for succulents,
and that jute bow is the icing
on the cake! You can pick up
this little Ball of adorableness at
The Tattered Blue Brush.
Need a more modern look? These cement
succulent planters are the
perfect accent. This set is sleek and
classic in white and rose gold.
Available at Le Ciment Bleu.
Larger succulents will feel right
at home in this rustic wood planter,
The neutral colors will fit any
decor style too! Available only at
This wood pallet planter is totally
farmhouse chic and is a beautifully
rustic way to dress up your home. Hang
this planter in any room to add that touch
of greenery, along with those darling
suspended candles and a painted clay pot.
Available from Step Free Designs.
Bring the Outside In! Cont.
Add wall whimsy
If you’re looking to add a little fun to your space, this adorable cactus
is happy to oblige! Beautifully hand embroidered on a bamboo hoop,
this adorable cactus requires no special care and is perfect for those
without a green thumb. You can pick up this sharp little guy
(pun intended) at Small and Sweets.
Hang artful nature prints and photos
This museum quality canvas print by
Alison Aquiers really hits it out of the
park. Gorgeous gold fall sunflowers
photographed against a rich purple
sunset create a magical fall image.
Available at Alison Squiers Photos.
This beautiful photo was taken by
nature photographer, Margot Carrera,
while she was hiking in California.
Margot came across this serene scene
of a young couple under the sweeping
canopy of the tree, gazing at the river.
Purchase this exclusive print at
When Jane Makransky was faced with a life-changing illness, she ended
up with a lot of time on her hands. “I was forced to watch a lot of
TV”, she said. With some previous experience in making jewelry, she
turned to YouTube to learn some of the skills she required to turn
her jewelry up a notch. She purchased her supplies and began to
experiment. “I practiced and designed while my body healed. I loved
discovering new types of stones, incorporating vintage finds, and
trying unique chains and clasps.”
Her practice paid off, and Mack & Jane Jewelry was born. Soon after, she was
contacted by a woman in Los Angeles, who purchased several of her pieces for
a celebrity mom and baby event, whose guests included Jessica Simpson, Kim
Kardashian, Fergie and others. That started the ball rolling for many more
exciting opportunities. Then it began... magazine features, boutiques stocking
her jewelry, and then the big call came... she was invited to include her
gorgeous leather cuffs (below) in swag bags for the Oscars and the Emmys.
“I learned that by using
various leather colors
and textures, beautiful
Growing quickly in popularity, she found her work getting more and more attention.
She was now being profiled by Washingtonian.com, Refinery29 blog,
Bethesda Magazine, and
Her equestrian line of jewelry
(right) was featured in Horse &
Style Magazine and Equestrian
Vogue. Due to her keen fashion
sense, she was also invited to give
red carpet fashion commentary
on the Golden Globes for the
local NBC affiliate.
The gorgeous agate slice necklace featured on the left, is part of her newest line
of jewelry. It has an amazing color - a beautiful greenish blue with tones of
cream and brown. The oval agate slice is suspended from an elastic chain composed
of silver plated filigree beads as well as silver plated disks, tube beads,
cubes and granulated beads. Interspersed are greenish blue fire polished crystals
and tiny green glass seed beads.
If you love neutral pieces with a rustic
feel, this leather charm bracelet is for
you! Jane used gorgeous toast brown
nappa leather, 5 mm in diameter, as
the base of this bracelet. On it she
strung a beautiful assortment of silver
plated sliders and charms. This one of
a kind leather bracelet will wrap twice
around a 6.0-6.5 inch wrist. Wear this
with jeans and a tee or creamy sweater
to punch up your look!
In her constant hunt for unusual beads,
Jane was thrilled to find the gorgeous
centerpiece of this coral necklace -- a
dusty coral glass carved ball. The ball
is topped with a brushed gold vermeil
round bead and dangles from matte
gold plated beaded chain highlighted
with gold plated flower beads and tiny
coral glass beads. The coral ball suspends
a gold plated beaded chain tassel
which is tipped in tiny gold crystals for
a bit of shine. We love the combination
of coral and gold!
Thank you, Jane, for using your time and
your talents to inspire us! For showing
us that attitude is everything, no matter
what the circumstance... and passion and
persistance pay off. We are so grateful to
be able to share your story.
To purchase these any of
gorgeous pieces, please visit
Fall Decor Ideas
Fall decor comes in many colors, forms and textures. Some
home decor pieces are traditional, like robust orange pumpkins
and toasty leaves. Others are less so, like pumpkins in pastels, bold
checked fabrics, or monochromatic displays in creamy whites.
Whatever your preference, you have a multitude of options, as
reflected in the photos below.
We stopped in our tracks when we saw this table setting by Casey
Finke. It is breathtaking. The layering of white dinnerware topped
with cool mint plates and our fave black and white buffalo check
napkins would be beauty enough But those gorgeous inspirational
plates which top the black and white napkins are pure perfection.
Photo Courtesy of Casey Finke
We can’t get over Donna Van Horn’s
gorgeous dining room! We are
suckers for anything with black and
white buffalo check... The warm wood
farm table provides great contrast with
the white shiplap walls and the whitewashed
bench. What time is dinner??
Photo Courtesty of Donna Van Horn
Photo Courtesy of Christi Craft
This rustic farmhouse kitchen by
Christi Craft is gorgeous for sure. But
-- those apples. Not only do they add
loads of visual appeal with their cheery
range of colors, they create such anticipation
for the magic that will transform
them them into yummy fall treats. Sweet
pie, mulled cider, chunky apple sauce.
No doubt this kitchen will soon be filled
with the crisp smells and juicy tastes of
Small vignettes take a special talent--
one that includes an eye for editing and
mixing hard and soft textures. This gorgeous
one by Jill Passafiume is a perfect
example. The Tolix style industrial chair
sets the stage, topped with a fabulously
chippy metal container. The informal
bouquets of earthy greens and the
smattering of vintage books soften this
vignette. Hats off to Jill--she has created
a beautifully textural gathering suitable
for any room in your home.
Photo Courtesy of Jill Passafiume
Photo Courtesy of Anna Hicks
We love the bold contrast of black,
white and golden yellow and it is
certainly the first element to draw you
in to this kitchen vignette by Anna
Hicks. But look more closely for the
small yet significant details: The perfect
balance of cool pottery on the warm
wood and rope tray; the lush sunflower
bouquet with loads of greenery; the
black shelf topping the sunflowers,
displaying more crisp white pottery
and a bit of greenery. But our absolute
fave is the subtle underlay of black and
white buffalo check fabric nestled near
the black and white cow print. Totally
unique. Totally eye catching. Totally
Little corners in your home are like raw
gemstones: They can be polished and
artfully set just like a beautiful ring. This
vignette by Kara Estes is a quiet dazzler:
A beautiful tufted stone grey wing chair
and cozy fringed creamy throw. A simple
white side table topped with white pottery
of varying shapes. But to us, the touch that
gives this gem of a vignette its real sparkle
are the framed words resting on the side
table: “Be you, bravely.” Words to live by.
Photo Courtesy of Kara Estes
Photo Courtesy of Lavendar Lane Interiors
Small spaces can make a big impact,
and this corner of Deb Foglia’s
kitchen from is one of those tiny
gems. Where do we start? The chalkboard
wall sets the tone for drama,
and the simple white plates and
rustic wooden rack play well against
the deep charcoal wall. Then there’s
the creamy white shiplap (love) and
marble topped table --again so perfect
against the dark wall. But what really
caught our attention was that fabulous
brown paper shopping list roller. How
inventive! Write family reminders and
little notes of love to your hub or kids.
What’s not to love about this
amazing bedroom! It is off the
charts cozy! Those bed linens.
The shiplap. The mossy green
Kaley DiPietro has truly
outdone herself with this
perfect mix of lush and cozy
Photo Courtesy of Kaley DiPietro
This room from Jamie of
@mindfullygray has all the
feels!! Comfy and bright and
then there’s that dog!
Photo Courtesy of jamie @mindfullygray
WIN the Baby Shower
by Rebecca Tellyer
Baby showers aren’t about gift giving- they’re about WINNING.
Whoever brings the best gift wins. But you don’t have to go big
or go home- modest gifts can pack a major punch. Here’s a list of
unique gifts that won’t break the bank and will guarantee a win.
Battle No. 1: Accessories: This is a hot, highly competitive battle.
You must go in well equipped, as there is a lot of cute stuff
out there. Don’t be a fool and think you can win with something
from a mainstream box store; that’s a rookie mistake. Trust me on
this- you must get creative and go with handmade, small batch,
and unique. Do this and you will hands-down win.
So where to start? There are thousands of little shops out there,
which can be overwhelming. Below is your guide; a finely crafted
list of small batch artisans who create high quality, stunning gifts
that are sure to dazzle, entrance, and conquer.
To start: drool bandana bibs and stay on booties are two hot, relatively
new accessory must-haves in the baby world. It’s a strong
combo of unique style and extreme practicality. Purchase at
the Berry Bug Shop.
How to WIN the Baby shower cont.
I guarantee no one else is going to give a
gift like these feathered footies. Pearls,
braids and feathers are combined to create
a truly stunning and unique look. To
top it off, these footless sandals are also
available as a mommy and me set. THIS is
way better than a silly wipe warmer. Visit
Rosebud Baby Designs to purchase.
Battle No. 2: Photo props
Newborn photos are all the rage, and props are
starting to pop up as shower gifts. They are a sure
hit, because babies dressed up as ANYTHING will
make your eyeballs melt and grandma faint from
cuteness overload. Don’t get your asteroid handed
to you at the shower. Give a gift off the registry
that everyone will roar over, like a bitty baby dino
Need to buy for a baby girl? No one else will even
come close when arming yourself with this much
cuteness- an infant unicorn outfit, handmade and
totally unique. Purchase both the Unicorn and
Dino costumes through Mermazing Creations.
Get the atomic bomb of costumes and see if you
can get a custom order for adult size, and make it
a daddy and me combo?
Nothing fishy about this! Little Angler is a full set
of costumes and props, created and sold by
Steph’s Family Stitches.
Battle No. 3: Clothing Baby clothes are inherently cute. They’re ridiculously
tiny and the patterns are super adorable. Though it may seem like a slam dunk,
it’s a saturated category. If you are going to compete in this event, you gotta
bring your A game. Go for original, boutique, high quality, and (most importantly)
something no one else will ever think of getting, and yet is so adorable
everyone is shocked that THEY didn’t think of it.
Heirloom quality styles are hot right now, thanks to Kate Middleton and her
adorable children. Knock their socks off with this traditional yet modern
dress. Fluttery sleeves, pleats and trim- it has the works. To top it off, it features
a large modern print with contemporary coloring. Expertly handcrafted by
Sew Wee Design .
If the roses don’t get to you, the marsupials will.
Rompers are like the secret sniper of the baby
gifting world. Poised quietly in gift wrapping,
looking innocuous, going unnoticed- it’s ready
to make its mark before you even know what
hit you. When opened, it garners immediate
reaction: Is it a dress? Overalls? What’s the
print? Oh my gosh it’s a romper. Wait, look!
KOALAS! Bam. Win.
Purchase from the fabulous
Bandi Cute Designs.
How to WIN the Baby shower cont.
Battle no. 4: The quintessential “crocheted with love” blanket. Be forewarned:
Aunt Gladys is going to show up with her crocheted afghan, made in
either bubble gum pink or baby blue. It’s cliché, but almost impossible to
compete with, as Aunt Gladys carries her weight in emotional ammunition.
What Aunt Gladys doesn’t know is that she is in for some tough competition,
as you are also giving a crochet blanket, handmade, in colors and a
design that doesn’t scream 1972. To top it off - you don’t need to knit a stitch
to gift handmade quality, as every one of these artisan quality blankets was
handmade with love by their makers.
Navy, ivory and kelly green are a hot combo, and perfect
for gender neutral or a boy. This blanket is a one of
a kind, so get it before it’s gone. If you’re too late, never
fear- Annie Rose Crafts offers loads of gorgeous, lovingly
crafted crochet blankets available for purchase.
I also love this patchwork design,
which uses a pink that doesn’t
scream “I’m a girl!” The stitch
is soft and will look simply gorgeous
displayed in a nursery.
Win. Purchase this gorgeous
blanket from Norahs Things
Woodland nursery prints are a hot item. I particuarily
love this set, as it is full of unique character,
without being cliche. It’s a gift that everyone
will remember. Created and available from
Personalization ALWAYS gets people swooning. It
shows you invested time and effort, and truly care
the most about the recipient (and this is how you
win). This button monogram is incredibly unique,
and comes in color palletes that will complement
just about any nursery décor. Don’t know the first
name? That’s ok- get it as your first initial so the
baby knows who you are and the importance you
play in her life. Or you can get the baby’s last name-
I hope you know what that will be. Created by and
available from Reloved Buttons.
Nothing says “King of the Baby Shower” like king of
the jungle. Play into everyone’s subconscious and let
them know that YOU rule. The added bonus is that
every time their eyes gaze on this monogram letter,
their thoughts will turn only to you, and how you
rule all. Created Just 4 U Designs offers many
options of colors and letters.
The Final Battle: Add-ons for the takedown punch. Seal the deal with
an additional item- think of it as the one-two punch a la Rocky Balboa.
I’ll admit- if you are going to try to win a baby shower with a diaper bag,
you are climbing steep terrain. It’s hard to glamorize something that holds
something that an itty bitty creature poops in. This battle is for the veteran
baby shower attendee looking for a challenge, and definitely not the amateur.
But hey, go big or go home!
How to WIN the Baby shower cont.
This diaper caddy will push your main gift over the
edge into the winner’s circle. It is incredibly compact
and beautiful, purse-worthy all on its own. No
mom actually wants to lug an entire diaper bag
around. Enabling mom to take a lighter approach to
traveling with a baby will be a well-received gesture.
Purchase from Designing Elementary.
We love Hippie Yupster Goats, which makes this
unscented lotion all the better for both mommy
and baby. Just LOOK at that goat. With glasses.
Babies LOVE goats. People LOVE goats. It’s
a well-known fact. Did you know there’s a such
thing as goat yoga? People pay money to do yoga
in a field with goats frolicking around them. It’s
true! If that can be a profitable enterprise, you will
hands down win with baby-friendly hippie goat
lotion. Available from Hippie Goat Lotion.
If you know the mom is going to breastfeed, give a
mug that will resonate with her soul. Prepare her for
her new life of never sleeping enough and her lifeforce
existing of coffee. On second thought, better
keep that last part between just us.... Purchase this
cheeky mug from Coco Bean Creations in left or right
handed styles, and finalize your win with some hearty
Rebecca Tellyer is the author of the yuppiesthippie.com. She also co-owner of the Berry Bug Shop with her
friend Melissa Kayte, teaches music to babies and toddlers, and performs in a bluegrass band throughout New
England. She lives in Massachusetts and spends most of her time making pancakes and cracking jokes with
her two young children, husband, and beloved Nova Scotia Duck Trolling Retriever named Loki.
The Best Beaches in Italy
by Cathy Ivers
Whether you are looking for a romantic fall getaway or a family friendly
vacation, Italy has many beautiful beaches to choose from. Each region in
Italy has amazing beaches, from the gorgeous white sandy beaches of
Sardinia to the rocky beaches of Cinque Terre. Described below are some
of the best beaches in Italy for a fabulous fall vacation.
Sperlonga Beach: This beach is located in a beautiful seaside town in the
Lazio region (Rome area). In a short walk you’ll be on the beach, where
you can rent a chair for the day for about €13.
Ischia: Ischia is an island off the gorgeous Amalfi coast. One of the most
popular and largest beaches in Ischia is San Pietro beach. Most of San
Pietro beach is free and is an easy walk from the Ischia Port.
Amalfi Coast: From Sorrento to Ravello, there are beaches of every kind
along this most famous seaside region of Italy. Whether you stay in Positano,
Sorrento, Ravello, or the city of Amalfi, you will find beautiful beaches,
both rocky and sandy, and some amazingly delicious seafood.
Best beaches in Italy cont.
Tuscany: Although Tuscany is known as wine country, it also has some beautiful
beaches. Versilia beach is very long, with soft yellow sand. The northern part
of Tuscany has many lovely beaches as well. In addition, there are some terrific
restaurants where you can sample fresh Mediterranean seafood caught daily.
Rimini: Rimini is located in the Emilia Romagna region of northern Italy and
it is where you will enjoy the beauty of the Adriatic Sea. Rimini is popular with
Italians and tourists alike. The Igea Marina beach, once an ancient fishing village,
is also popular with both Italians and tourists, and is the home of an amazing sea
shell exhibit at the Museo delle Conchiglie.
Portonovo Beach: Portonovo beach is located on a bay in Conero National Park
in the Marche region of Italy. Often called the Conero Riviera, you’ll find many
restaurants here with a variety of fresh local fish dishes. Italians pride themselves
on their fresh food in general, and seafood is no exception. In fact, it can be difficult
to find comparable seafood dishes outside of the seaside coastline of Italy.
Portofino: Known as the Italian Riviera, Portofino is located in Liguria region.
It is well known for being a chic, upscale resort area. If you want to splurge and
have an amazing honeymoon or romantic getaway, I would highly recommend
Portofino. The Paraggi Stretch in Portofino Is known for its romantic atmosphere
and is an ideal couples resort.
Sardinia: Sardinia is an island off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and is
known for some of the most gorgeous beaches in all of Italy. In particular,
the beaches on Sinis Peninsula are among some of the most beautiful and
are accessible by car. Chia beach in Sardinia is a family friendly beach, and
home to a Spanish watch tower from which you can view the white sand and
blue waters of the beach.
When deciding on a beach in Italy, it is useful to determine if the beach is
a “blue flag certified” beach. Beaches with this certification are known for
their cleanliness and environmental consciousness. This certification is
awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education, which has stringent
standards and guidelines that must be met.
The next time you are looking for a beach vacation, think Italy, where not
only is the food always amazing, but the beaches are as well, and hospitality
is second to none.
Cathy Ivers is a licensed travel agent
with Destination is Italy.
A little “me time” when we can get it is always a good thing!
This collection of fabulous beauty products
will make you feel like you have a spa in your home!
Your makeup just got a makeover and bloomed into a
beautiful rose! This handcrafted rose is infused with a
beautiful finely milled mineral makeup highlight
pigment. Gently swirl the make up brush over the petals
and apply to the area you would like to highlight.
Purchase from Lalalu Cosmetics.
Scent your home beautifully with an elegant
reed diffuser. Safe and effective, the scent
is released slowly through the length of the
natural reeds. Available from Places.
This organic eyelash serum and eyebrow growth
serum helps you achieve longer and fuller eye
lashes and eyebrows by strengthening the hairs
at the roots. Available from Charming Shoppes.
Spoil yourself with this luxiurious spa set
from Lacewood Creations! Relaxing bath
tea and lavender body butter will ease away
An organic lavendar vanilla sugar scrub from
Suzees Candles is just the thing to make your
skin soft and your mind relaxed.
Invigorating and refreshing, this detoxifying
activated charcoal soap greets you with
peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils and is
the perfect body loving treat on a hot summer day.
The soap is ever so mildly cooling and a delight to
the senses. From Seaside Herbs and Oils.
Relax and unwind with elegant mini bath bombs
made with real organic roses and lavender petals
and buds. These bath bombs come in sets of 4 and
10, and are available at The Remedy of Life.
This goat milk shampoo bar leaves your hair
silky and smooth. Full of beneficial
proteins, goat milk helps the hair become
stronger and repairs the surface of the cuticle.
Get this from The Chocolate Chicken.
This exquisite rose salve, a naturally tinted lip
balm, is handcrafted by incorporating deluxe
ingredients such as organic rose petal-infused
oil, argan oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter.
Available at Herbal Chest.
This highly moisturizing organic lotion
contains three different types of oils: Coconut,
argan, and hemp. It’s non-greasy and absorbs
quickly into your skin, for luxurious softness.
Only available from Practical Magic Beauty.
A little something for the guys...
This Frankincense and Rain beard balm is all
natural and very soothing, and smells great!
The top notes of lemon peel, pear, eucalyptus
and pine mix subtly with notes of cinnamon,
wisteria, jasmine, and clove over a vanilla,
cedarwood base note. This creates a beautiful
refreshing and calming blend to make your
man smell amazing! Available from C4 Gifts.
This manly soap is made with a proprietary milk
blend of coconut milk, goat milk, buttermilk,
and cream. It has a masculine scent with a clean,
sharp finish, and it’s the perfect combination of
barbershop aromas. Available from
Sometimes you need something
and you need it NOW!
Maybe it’s a quick gift for that birthday you forgot all about (yikes!)
or the perfect final accent for your newly decorated space.
Here are a few suggestions for some
terrific and easily available home decor items.
You will fall in love with this
adorable printable from
BASH Paper Boutique.
Who doesn’t need this little
reminder on their coffee bar?
You can pick this printable up at
The Shimmering Fox.
Stripes or solids? We’ll go with stripes!!
This intricate hand drawn printable from
Trollfaxi adds character to any room!
Cozy Fall Fashion
by Jane Makransky
The transition from steamy summer to cool crisp fall entices us to think about
cozy sweaters, plush plaids and soft flannel . But don’t forget that Indian
summer can call for lighter pieces, like these super soft custom tees with
inspirational quotes like Raising My Tribe from The Southern Camellia or
Raised on Sweet Tea and Jesus from Adalines Cottage.
Certainly wearable all year round, but just perfect for late summer and
early fall with a denim jacket or light sweater. And the ideal accessory with
these adorable tees would be this black suede cord lariat with gold tips by
BellaVita Beauty - simple but with loads of style. Finally, add these chunky
boot cuffs by Lovely Little Bits Too (they come in lots of great fall colors) with
your fave boots to complete your early fall look.
Then as the fall chill arrives, wouldn’t you want to wrap yourself this incredible
handmade plaid flannel scarf by Vintage Rebel? Perfect autumnal colors-- mustards,
black and white, with just a touch of blue. We can picture this cozy scarf
with a creamy camel turtleneck or chunky slate blue sweater and jeans.
To complete this casual look, add this unique autumn leaf pendant handcrafted
entirely from polymer clay by Jennifer Patterson Designs. Or for a night out,
drape this scarf around a black knit tunic and slacks for some real drama and
add these citrusy crystal cluster earrings by Karen Suki Arts. For another perfect
evening touch, wear this intricate sterling silver wire wrapped blue topaz pendant
by K Schroeder Studio.
And what’s fall without a new purse? But it needs to be special. Really
special. Like this hobo bag handcrafted entirely with recycled fabrics by
Bellesa by Bethany. Wear it as a crossbody bag or shoulder bag. Enjoy the
amazing organizational pockets on the outside and inside. So easy to wear
with a chunky brown oversized sweater, and this richly colored boho beaded
African turquoise bracelet by Karen M Smith Designs. And for just a bit
more of a fashion punch, add one of the beautifully simple tigers eye
matching couples bracelets by Estilo Shop (personalized with your zodiac
sign) and give the other to that special someone.
So as you can see, the beauty of fall fashion, with its rich color palette, is that
you can find clothing and accessories that not only reflect this gorgeous
season, but allow you to remain true to your own sense of style.
Be you, in every season.
Decorating Your Home
with Gallery Walls
with Alicia Armstrong
All Photos Courtesy of Our Vintage Nest
Decorating your home is such a personal thing... it’s the accents and special
touches that bring warmth and comfort to your home. We are so pleased to
have Alicia Armstrong of Our Vintage Nest share some wonderful interior
design tips and a little bit about herself.
So, before we start discussing your beautiful gallery walls, tell me a little bit
about how you got started decorating...
My passion for decorating came later on when I was a newlywed. Decorating
our first home was so new and fun! I was first inspired by my mom, she has
such an for it and loved to collect antiques when I was younger. That’s where
my love for antiques grew!
What are your favorite types of items to add to a space?
I feel like I have a mix of old and new in our home. I love authentic vintage
treasures. A few of my favorite pieces include our 5-foot church pew, old
suitcases, dressers and most recently, a gorgeous early 1900’s Eastlake bed
that I scored at an estate sale! I also love to incorporate handmade signs into
our home. Many of them are made by dear, dear friends that I’ve met during
my Instagram journey. Having a little piece of them and their passion in my
home is so special.
Tell us about the most favorite piece of furniture that you own...
Oh goodness, there are so many that I love! I guess I’ll have to go with the one
that has a sweet (and funny) story behind it!
Our pedestal table in our breakfast nook! It came out of an old historical
home where we live. We called that house the leg lamp house, because it had a
leg lamp displayed in the front bay window. We would always laugh when we
drove by and saw it.
Anyway, the house is no longer there; they carefully relocated it to a different
area. Fast forward to when I found the pedestal table outside an antique store
for $100! I had been looking for a table like this for awhile. Later on that year,
I was talking with a sweet lady at the same store about a table I scored a few
months prior. As I was describing it, I mentioned the leg lamp!
She said, “Oh, that was my house and my table!” I expressed to her how much
we loved it and she was overjoyed to learn it had gone to a good home and it
could be enjoyed by another family. I was surprised to learn that our pedestal
table came out of the same house where the leg lamp used to be!
You are famous for your gallery walls... can you share a little about them?
My favorite and most popular gallery wall is this scrabble art gallery in our
living room. Incorporating special family dates, numbers and pictures was
my vision for this wall. I decided to keep it neutral to flow with the adjoining
space; I just love how it turned out! The burning question I’ve seen with this
viral wall is what do the 5 dates mean? I’m happy to satisfy your curiosity and
share them! From top to bottom… Our first (blind date), the day he proposed,
our wedding date and the birth of our two children!
There is no limit to the size of
your gallery wall. If you want to
use family photos above a couch
or large wall area, it’s always fun
to add your last name initial or a
number to symbolize your f
amily members. I love the look
it can bring; it helps to break up
the flow of continuous shapes
What I’ve found helpful is to find pieces
that have similar texture, color and shape.
Take my entryway wall for example…
I have created this one in mostly neutrals.
It flows nicely and is pleasing to the eye,
especially being that it’s the first thing my
guests see when they enter. I have mixed
textures such as wood, metal and greenery
to create this wall. I think it’s a good rule
of thumb to have at least 2-3 pieces
represented; hanging adjacent from one
another. This is so the eye can flow easily
from left to right.
We love Alicia’s keen eye for detail, and
the balance and mix of textures and
colors in her uniquely personal gallery
walls. You can follow her blog at
Our Vintage Nest.
What’s the Plan?
Keep yourself and your devices organized
with these nifty accessories!
These colorful fall planner
stickers are the perfect way to
stay organized! Get them at
The Washi Garden
If you are looking for a unique
journal for yourself or as a gift,
Created Just 4 U Designs has
many to choose from!
This soft sleeve will keep your
tablet free from scratches, and its
button closure will keep it safely
tucked inside. Available at
Als Crafty Corner
This tablet pillow from
Lucky Elefant Designs is
perfect for keeping your
tablet upright while relaxing
in your favorite spot.
By Kerry Logan
How I came to make paper-mâché masks is like most things in my life – sideways
with a Jane- of-all -trades or Renaissance woman attitude.
After years of college and exciting and challenging careers, I settled down and
made a home with my two children. The first papier-mâché project I made
was a cheetah mask because that was what my daughter adored at the time.
And then a Hello Kitty piñata. And that was the start. The projects grew each
year: A Muppet animal pinata for my son,
Totoro pinata, Croods egg, a baseball piñata,
death star piñata, etc. Just a few months ago,
it was masquerade masks for my daughter’s
Three years ago, the artistic director of our
local ballet company asked if I could make a
stage prop for the Spring Ballet Showcase – a
large white papier-mâché tree. I was excited!
With my dad’s help on the structural design, I
made that magic happen!
Death Star Pinata
The following winter, the same Artistic Director
asked if I would help build some
props but also help stage manage as well for
a mini production of Alice in Wonderland.
Knowing the other families involved, and
loving how building for a show felt; the team
work, and seeing the kids shine all the more,
I said sure! And, this is Alice - with the pool
of tears, and the rabbit hole, and the doors?
It was certainly lined up to be a challenge
and it was!
Spring Ballet Showcase
Photo Courtesy of Big Fish Media
The first half of the show included Sleeping Beauty references, as well those to
Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots. Since I couldn’t start on the large prop
construction until spring arrived (my work area was in the open air), I asked if
I could try my hand at making the masks for the Wolf and the cats.
Big Bad Wolf
White Cat and Puss in Boots
And then it was really time to dive into the rabbit hole. The Alice production
was in full swing. I had one more difficult mask to make though – the White
Rabbit. Could I do it? Big ears that wouldn’t get stuck on things?
Comfortable to be worn continuously for about an hour? Luckily, my daughter
was cast in that role and she was a willing guinea pig. Oh, did I mention
it needed to be steam punk too?
Word spread of my theater experience
creating paper mache masks. A local
friend asked me to create a rhinoceros
papier-mâché head which he could
wear and speak through. This mask
required a harness to help stabilize and
hold some of the weight because those
rhino horns made it pretty unbalanced
-- although it only weighed 5 pounds, I
didn’t want to risk any injuries!
All of these experiences gave me the
confidence I needed to open my own
business, and last September I officially
put out my shingle. Then, in January of this year I took the brave leap and
opened a shop on Etsy. It’s been a wonderful year of growth, learning,
meeting other fantastic makers, and helping to tell stories.
Now, I wake up every day, make sure the kids have what they need, then
settle into my work, using my hands to find the right shape and form so that
whatever papier-mâché project I’m working on can function correctly on
the wearer and also be a lot of fun to wear. This passion allows me to reduce,
reuse and recycle and learn new ways to be more sustainable so that I can
help protect the wild places that these creatures I create come from.
Arctic Fox and Barn Owl masks
If someone would have told me five years ago that this is what I would be
doing for a living, I would have laughed in disbelief. But looking back at all
of my experiences, most of which were a bit
different than the norm, it makes sense that
I would step out and do something unusual.
The drive to create --the under current
through all of it, my history of stage life,
devotion to the wilderness and its creatures
great and small, my dedication to helping
kids of all ages have fun and feel valued –
it all makes great sense. My life is truly
enriched by this opportunity to create.
Kerry after a performance
All of those years either on stage or back stage
have helped me understand a performer’s needs and understand a director’s
vision. Allowing people to tell more meaningful stories is truly healing for
me and, I hope, for my clients as well. I have found that I enjoy listening to
what others envision just as much as I do
making something that moves me.
Ghillie Shoe Pinata
Kerry’s works of art may be
purchased from her shop
By the Creek Creations.
with Janna Allbritton
Behind that wide smile and soft eyes, lies a sweet soul and a passion for crisp,
clean design. We were thrilled when the talented Janna Allbritton graciously
allowed us to talk with her about her life and her design business, Yellow Prairie
Interiors, and share her home with us!
I know you love designing for others. How hard was it to design your own
home from the ground up?
“Oh my, it was absolutely the MOST FUN designing our home. My husband is
totally “on-board” with my style (He’s the best) so that made it really easy. We
knew we wanted casual, approachable, and plenty of farmhouse style, while still
keeping it clean-looking. I would often go to bed and just think of a million
ideas, even during the building process. Luckily our builder was very accommodating,
and didn’t get mad when we had new ideas mid-construction. Sometimes
those lightbulb moments can’t be ignored!”
What is your favorite room
to design and why?
“The living room. With the
kitchen being a close second.
Our living room/kitchen area is
all one big open space, and it’s
my favorite because it’s the
gathering place. It’s where we
hang out with family & friends,
so making that spot “cozy”
and inviting, was the most
important thing to me. “
Photos Courtesy of Yellow Prairie Interiors
OK. Let’s get real. As gorgeous as
Janna’s kitchen is, we bet that it is
usually filled with family, friends,
and finds and treasures of the day.
But in the rare moments, when all
is quiet, we can so appreciate the
peacefulness that this kitchen evokes.
The tall crisp white cabinets are stellar,
particularly with the understated
black iron drawer pulls. And the
white subway tile brings a kind of elegance
not normally associated with
the tile. Janna continued the black
accents in the dining area with mix
of contemporary Windsor chairs and ladder back chairs. So perfect with the
pale rustic wood table. Janna’s style eye is so refined yet so warm-- how on
earth does she achieve that balance ?
How often do you use handmade
products in your clients homes, and
why do you think handmade is such
an important addition to a home?
“LOVE including handmade items
and supporting the awesome “maker”
community out there! I especially
love ordering from my peers on
Instagram: pillows, signs, whatever!
Adding these kinds of items to a
space really personalizes it.”
The beauty of Janna’s talent is crystal clear in this comfy room. Her ability to
combine a cozy neutral toned sectional and oatmeal walls with that gorgeous
boldly patterned rug – a little ethnic and a little geometric-- is genius. And the
cherry on the sundae are those drapes, made by Janna out of dropcloths on
which she hand stenciled Swiss crosses. Really????? She deftly kept the accessories
to a minimum, letting that special rug take center stage in an otherwise
quietly creamy room. Her design restraint and ability to edit make this a room
that will stand the test of time.
This space has so many wonderful
design elements. The dresser scored
by Janna at an estate sale - which she
sanded and repainted with rustic
perfection - is a dream. And what
about those walls she painted and
hand-stenciled. To warm up the
white, Janna added a sweet old
wooden Windsor chair and sculptural
wood lamp. And the collage
over the dresser is not one of those
out of the box collages we see so often.
No, this one is genuinely
personal and imperfectly perfect.
“LOVE including handmade items and supporting
the awesome “maker” community out there!”
How do you manage your time between family, clients, media requests, etc.
“Oh, I’m managing it? haha...it’s tough to balance it all. I’ve really had to shift
gears this year and make sure my family is my #1 priority. Our kids are growing
up so fast and I don’t want to miss out on anything! I protect the weekends
like my life depends on it, plus everyone needs down time, right? (especially
if you’re an introvert like me! ALONE TIME, PLEASE!!” (with a smile on her
What is the one piece of advice you would give someone who is considering a
“Pay attention to trends, but don’t let that be your only guide. Focus on what
YOU like. I always suggest making a Pinterest board of pictures you LOVE.
Once you’ve pinned a few, you’ll start seeing a pattern...the things you are
drawn to the most! And there ya go...your style!”
How does your faith play a role in your business?
“Jesus is my everything. Creativity comes from Him, and I’m so blessed to
turn my God-given passion for design into my job. So to answer your
question, my faith is EVERYTHING to my business. As long as HE keeps
opening doors, I’ll keep walking through them, and all along the way
my heart’s desire is to shine the light of Jesus!”
Janna has created no ordinary storage space here. This deceptively simple
cabinetry she designed fools the eye into thinking only of its beauty and not
the many functions it serves. Tall
enclosed cabinets allow her to store life's
necessities. The open shelving provides
a place to display well loved treasures.
And that bench! More seating, more
storage, and even the opportunity to
hang pretty pieces - like a great straw
market bag, or a unique leather tote.
The substantial moulding that tops this
cabinetry gives it such grace. And that
fabulous checked wallpaper
(removable!) that Janna selected is the
perfect finishing touch of sophisticated
whimsy. Once again, we are amazed by
her talent - this time to create a gorgeous multi functional space.
Janna’s design talent is superb, but what struck me the most during our
interview was her authenticity. She truly values her faith and family. And,
despite her burgeoning design business, she has managed to juggle life’s
challenges with a sweet and generous spirit. Thank you Janna, for sharing your
time with our readers. You are a special soul with many gifts.
The kitchen is the heart of any home... it’s where we gather family and friends
to cook together, laugh together and share memories. No matter what your
style, these kitchen essentials will add a touch of elegance or whimsy to your
Tired of taking hot bowls out of the microwave?
I know we are! This genius bowl
holder from Crafted for a Cure solves that
problem! Micriwave safe, and comes in a
variety of colors to match your decor.
Seriously.. this spice rack from
Spice Expressions is amazing. The spice
jar lids have heavy duty magnets that
stick to a metal plate to keep your
cabinets clear, your spices handy and
your food delicious!
This marble tablet/book stand is pure
genius! Luka Marble Designs has hit this
one out of the park. No more propping
up your tablet or trying to find the page
in your cookbook. And did we mention
There always room for a little fun in the
kitchen! This adorable wooden spoon set
from Embered Etchings makes the cutest
housewarming gift! You can even
customize the color to match the kitchen!
Did someone say vintage? We just can’t
get enough of this tea towel!
The neutral colors and the kitchen spices
make a great accent to any kitchen.
Available from Inspire in Motion.
Who says recycling has to be boring?
This little Cutie holds all of your
plastic bags and looks just adorable
doing it! Country Cutie Bag Dolls has
so many colors and styles to choose
from, you will have no problem
finding the perfect one for your home.
Photo Courtesy of Val Darden
by Jennifer Sullivan
In a world of modern women, I want to be a country girl. I’m not the only one
either. Over the past decade farmhouse style has stormed the design community.
You can see it everywhere: from TV shows and the latest trending magazines, to
advertisements in your facebook feed. Farmhouse decor is the in thing, and why
shouldn’t it be? Forget sleek lines and minimalism, I’ll take some warm southern
comfort any day of the year.
If you feel the same way then you are wildly in luck. We have put together for
your pleasure a list of fifteen absolutely fantastic, rustic, charming items that are
the perfect accent to your design style. These items are made by some of the best
small crafters we have found, each reputable in their field and we have to say we
are absolutely in love.
It’s time to moo-ve aside your outdated artwork
and replace it with something warm and inviting
like this cow painting by Center Avenue Studio.
If you are like me, and don’t have enough land to
keep cows, (or even if you do) this is a great way
to bring them to you. This watercolor painting
measures 6” x 4”, which makes it a perfect accent
for a smaller wall. I love the warm colors in this
piece, the subtle shift that the brush stroke brings
to the shading. The eyes on this cow are so sweet,
aren’t they? This sweet gal will be your friend the
moment you bring her home.
There is something simple and elegant about this serving tray. It is made
of hand picked pine wood, measures 16” x 12” x 2.5” and is custom
stained in one of your choice of 11 different
colors. It is a quality piece that you can’t get
in stores. This is why I absolutely love handmade.
You couldn’t walk into a mall and find
a tray made of actual, solid wood. The handles
on this piece give it character, and the fact
that no two pieces are exactly the same gives
it value, because nobody else will have a tray
like you. Amazing job by CJ’s Rustic Design making something so simple
and functional also a thing of beauty.
I love this wreath by Elegant Wreaths for You.
This wreath really pulls in all the colors of fall,
using fabric in shades of yellow, orange and
brown to give depth and volume. At 16 inches it
is the perfect size for your front door or over the
fireplace; large enough to make a statement but
not so large to be overpowering. Fabric wreaths
are easy to maintain and use over and over again,
so it can welcome guests to your home for years
This pillow by Pillow Makers is taking us straight to the farmer’s market.
This pillow is 12” square, with black ticking fabric on
the side and back of the pillow. The image is applied to
the fabric with ink before it is stuffed, and the image is
gorgeous. Yellow and red are the main colors on display
here, with crisp black details. It is a comfortable
accent piece for your home, and I would absolutely
love to see this on a window bench in the kitchen. If
you have bench seats at your dining table these would
be such a great way to cozy them up too!
If you are looking to make your home your own, a beautiful sign like this one
could be exactly what you need to lay claim to your
kingdom. This barn quilt sign by Hey Sweetly Designed
is made of treated birch wood, painted with latex paint
and treated to last. Your name is hand painted and
displayed for all your visitors to see. It is perfect in an
entryway or on an accent wall, surrounded by photographs
of all your same-name relatives. You can also use
it to spruce up a child’s room, put it on their door or
their wall to personalize their space! This sign is 18” by
12 “ and comes with all the hardware you need to hang it in your favorite space.
Are you feeling blessed? This wall sign by Its Your Season can bless your home
decor for you! Simple and elegant, this hand painted canvas has a soft white
background which is distressed with grey brushstrokes to give it the perfect
farmhouse appeal. The paint used for this piece is
acrylic, including the smooth bronze lettering. This
piece measures 6” by 12”, making it easy to fit in a
wide variety of rooms and spaces, and comes ready to
hang! There is even a beautiful braid detail on the
border of the canvas to give it a finished look.
Just For You Personalized makes this gorgeous rustic spice rack that has me
captivated. I don’t know about you, but kitchen storage
seems to be the bane of my existence. Naturally anything that
can declutter and help with organization is my best friend.
This rack has two shelves which are perfect for spices or for
lids. It also has a hanging rack to hook your pots and pans,
and even keeps spoons and other cookware utensils organized
and ready to go! The dimensions on this item are 27”x
23”x 4” and it comes with five hooks for convenience. No
assembly is required on your part with this item, just hang
your stained and sealed unit and enjoy!
Killoughs Kustoms is another artisan of
finely made woodworking, and this tray
is one of their most charming pieces. This
coffee tray is approximately 20” long and
14” wide, with top side handles. The words
“milk”, “cream” and “sugar” are all burned
into the wood, which is handpicked. They
carefully sand and stain this piece in a
variety of color options, and no two pieces
are exactly the same! This is a piece that
would be just as fun to display as to use with company, and it would be at
home on both an accent table or coffee nook.
Are you as pumpkin obsessed as I am? If the color orange just isn’t your thing,
but fall decor is your time to shine, then these pumpkins from Sheri Sew Sweet
are the perfect accent to your decor. White burlap
is wrapped in jute twine with a twig for a stem
and natural burlap leaves. They are understated,
and elegant and could be used to decorate just
about any surface or display. Arrange them on
your kitchen table to entertain company, or on
an accent table to give depth and texture. Oh, the
Welcome fall into your home with this sign by Thats So Design. This piece
measures 13.5” x 7” which makes it perfect for hanging in your entranceway, or
displaying on a table. A plain white background is
made rustic by the surrounding real wood frame.
The dark walnut on this frame is a real treat,
bringing in all of the wood’s earthy dimensions,
grains and knots. The lettering on this sign is
romantic, casual and airy, and the bright beautiful
leaves welcome us in on an autumn breeze.
What’s not to love about this original acrylic painting by Lorenzen Farm Art.
The artist is inspired by her life growing up on a farm and living on one as an
adult. This is a small piece at 4” x 4”, which makes
the detail in it stand out even more. You can feel
the wonder of the child in this piece, looking at the
bright world around them. From the sweet overalls
to the adorable golden curls, the farm child in this
piece is the focus. The sky is a clear hopeful blue,
and the field is filled with bright wildflowers. This
painting evokes comfort at its finest.
File this wreath by Chic Lace and Pearls under farmhouse romantic! This
wreath is expertly crafted using cotton fabric strips. The
cotton strips are lightly tea dyed to give them that
gorgeous vintage ivory hue. The strips are hand tied on
a durable 14” styrofoam wreath, and gorgeous appliques
and rosettes are then also tea dyed and added. So much
love and time goes into this piece that it is hard not to
appreciate it. This piece is perfect for all seasons. Be sure
to keep it indoors so that it isn’t damaged by the weather,
because you will want to keep this for a long time.
This entranceway cabinet by The Skilled Smith Workshop is the perfect
farmhouse find! For so many people the entranceway to their home can become
a cluttered mess of shoes, backpacks, hats,
umbrellas and much much more. A drop all area, if
you will. This cabinet is the solution to that issue. This
piece is entirely handmade and can be constructed to
fit custom measurements. It comes in four pieces for
easy move in and assembly, and not only does it have
four sections for hanging coats and backpacks, but the
benches open up for extra storage! These artisans have
really thought of everything! This comes in a variety
of finishes and embellishments can be added to match
your decor. How wonderful!
Creative Glass By Becky brings something
unique to your Farmhouse Decor with this vibrant
faux-stained glass piece. Measuring in at
9.5” x 11.5” this piece looks like glass but is
really done on an acrylic sheet. Two coats of
paint make the colors pop as do Becky's talented
hands. It is sealed to protect it from fading and
is more durable than glass, making it ideal for
families with children. This rooster is a musthave!
Perfect for your well lit kitchen!
Oak Ridge Primitives brings us this modern
Farmhouse sign. Measuring at 36” x 16” it is
definitely a statement piece that can go in any
room of your home. The lettering is clean and
inviting on this handmade, real wood sign. They
use a distressed finish to give it the worn comfortable
feel that you see here. There is a reason
why farmhouse signs are so popular. They are a
charming addition to any home.
Jennifer M. Sullivan is the author of the Cute Crafts Blog, a publication focusing on weddings and
home decor launched in mid 2017. She joined the Etsy community in 2015 where she found a true
passion for handmade items and the artists and crafters who make them. She has been writing for
about as long as she can remember. However she has only recently moved into the professional blogging
arena. When she isn’t writing, she is crafting, working with customers, and making wedding and
home decor dreams come true at her shop, CuteCraftsCompany.com.
by Allison Yeager
Dogs and humans have been best buddies for tens of thousands of years.
We’ve grown together, we’ve moved together, we’ve adapted and changed
together, we’ve hunted together, and protected each
other. It comes as little surprise that many of us
welcome dogs into our homes as more than just
pets – we welcome them as family members. We
pamper them, adore them, and rely on them for
moral support when things go horribly wrong at
So how do we show our love and appreciation?
Right now, collar bows and bowties are in vogue.
Super fashionable, they showcase our pets’ personalities while making
our pups stand out from the crowd. Coming
in a wide range of different colors and styles,
these fancy additions are sure to make heads
turn. Puptique’s collars and Pet Afique’s
brightly colored bow ties are totally worth
Wooden leash holders are a fantastic way
to add some classy, customized decoration
to the entryway or mudroom instead of
dropping the leashes on the floor. (Admit
it – we’ve all been there!) So why not hang
them up under our pup’s name, keeping
the floor uncluttered while adding a bit of
puppy love to our walls!
Wood Creations by Dino handcrafts both
customized and ready-to-go wooden leash
holders that will look great in any room.
With pets being an integral part of our families, it
breaks our hearts when we, or one of our friends, lose
one of our pups. Created Just 4 U Designs’ pet loss
cards are a touching, heartfelt way to let our friends
know we are thinking about them during this hard
Not only do we pamper our pups,
but we also often buy things for ourselves to showcase
our undying love for our furry friends. Dog
parent keychains and shirts are simple, stylish ways
to show your love and
commitment to our
pets for everyone to
My Girls Fun Stuff ’s dog mom keychains
are an adorable way to showcase your love
for your dog, and Angel’s Custom Gifts’
All You Need Is Love and a Dog t-shirt is
a comfortable, stylish way to let everyone
know where your heart really lies!
If you’re looking for ways to support homeless
pets while also getting your pup clean after she
went rolling in that mud puddle outside, check
out Willowberry Pet’s dog soap. Each bar you
buy helps support homeless pets while making
sure your dog’s fur stays healthy and clean.
A great way to keep the house clean and free of your pup’s clutter is with
PetSmart’s Double Diner Elevated Dog Feeder with Airtight Storage. All
dogs, especially larger dogs, benefit from
having an elevated food bowl since it puts
less stress on their necks when they eat.
This dual bowl combination is easy to clean
while also being a stylish, practical addition
to your beautiful home.
It’s no surprise that we spend our hardearned
cash to show our love for our canine
companions. They give us their undying
love and adoration, and we pamper them to show them just how much
they mean to us. Are we missing YOUR favorite pup-pampering item?
Tell us on Instagram!
Hippie Gypsy Boho
The boho trend is only getting hotter!
We absolutely love this collection of decor and accessories
that will help you bring out your colorful sense of style!
We love everything about this owl bracelet! This
beautiful stretch bracelet has a cute owl charm
and is loaded with beautiful Karen Hill Tribe
fine silver beads. Also adorning this boho
bracelet are star mood beads, tiny spacer mood
beads and rhinestone spacers. Get it at
This 23” blue flower shell necklace is just gorgeous!
The pendant is a very light weight shell
that is etched with blue flowers. Makes a great
piece to wear with jeans, or to a casual beach
wedding. Available at Dragonfly Elegance.
This essential oil necklace is a natural
way to enjoy aromatherapy throughout
your day. Dab a couple drops
of your favorite essential oil on the
pendant and enjoy the benefits that
diffuse slowly throughout your day.
Handmade by The 2911 Plan.
These delicate dreamcatcher earrings
offer the perfect boho touch with a bit of
turquoise. They would look terrific with a
simple sweater or denim blouse. Available
exclusively at K8tie Sparkles.
Add a little boho style to a simple tee
or blouse with this long boho pendant
with a green crystal accent bead.
Get it at Nicole Crystal Designs.
These unique boho earrings are crafted with
antique bronze filigree flowers matched with
rustic copper disks. These are perfect for fall
with their earthy, coppery colors.
Available from Pretty Red Kitty.
This stacking ring set is bold and beautiful.
The heavy sterling silver band has floral
embossing, with a dark patina embedded deep
into the pattern. For an added pop, two
thinner textured gold bands complement this
ring. Exclusively at Barefoot Custom Jewelry.
This lovely pink sesame jasper beaded
bracelet features black lava beads --
perfect for adding your favorite essential
oils for a scent that lasts and lasts!
Get this at The Bird and The Beads Co.
Round green aventurine gemstone beads are
the highlight of this fun layering necklace.
Accented with light purple crystal beads and
amazingly bright chartreuse Czech glass beads,
this long necklace is great to wear alone or with
other necklaces! Only at Boho Gypsy Gal.
This fun and feminine boho sun
hat is perfect for those crisp fall
days! Get it at Summers Breeze.
This set of three beautiful crochet doily
dreamcatchers will add a touch of
bohemian whimsy to your home!
Perfect for bedroom decor or to decorate
your yoga space! Handcrafted to order, by
Driftwood & Dreamers.
Who doesn’t need a little vinyl in their
lives? Vinyl Revamped uses discarded vinyl
records to create amazing decor pieces like
this one for your home or studio.
Paper Jewelry is Trending
by Gilli Haqqani
When you mention paper jewelry to most people the image that likely comes
to mind is a child’s creation of sugar paper, sticky paper and cello tape, or
wonky looking paper beads made into bracelets by Brownies or Girl Scouts.
If that’s your understanding of paper
jewelry, I’m here to shatter your
illusions! If you haven’t investigated this
exciting new form of jewelry, then you
are truly missing out!
You might be thinking, why would
anyone buy jewelry made out of paper?
Doesn’t it just fall to pieces the first time
it gets damp or meets the smallest drop
of rain? The answer is no. Jewelry designers
working with paper making use of a widening
Origami paper rose choker, only available
from Gillis Flowers.
selection of good quality waterproof varnishes to ensure that their jewelry is
strong, durable, and yes, as water resistant as possible.
Professional designers favor polyurethane or polyacrylic finishes to ensure
the strength of their designs. And another plus to wearing paper jewelry, particularly
for those who love statement pieces, is that it is much lighter to wear
than pieces made from traditional metal, gemstone or glass components.
The world of paper jewelry is expansive. From Victorian and vintage style
floral pieces, to modern geometric ones. Gothic, boho, Art Deco, naturalistic
-- even large statement pieces. It’s there for lovers of all jewelry styles.
We know the jewelry says something
about the wearer. You may be drawn to
paper jewelry that uses old or recycled
paper, or jewelry that has a unique texture
or color. You might prefer jewelry
that is unique, quirky, and kitsch. You
might like the fun of origami cranes,
be drawn to the look of paper beads,
or simply love artistic quality of certain
The techniques and materials used to
make paper jewelry are the heart of its
This beautiful paper bead scripture bracelet
can be purchased from
Pure Lisa Jewelry.
appeal and are intricate and time intensive. Each piece of paper jewelry
involves various methods of paper manipulation such as origami or quilling,
and embellishments such as beads, paint,
or other special effects. Just think about
the many different types of paper you
come across in your daily life, and add to
that the many types of specialty papers
that are now available, the multitude of
inks, gilding waxes, stamps etc., and then
multiply all by the different techniques
used by designers. You now begin to get
an idea of the vast world of paper jewelry.
Butterflies are on trend, and this one
can be yours! Exclusively at
So, the next time you are in the market for a gift for a friend or for yourself,
think of a uniquely and intricately handcrafted paper necklace or pair of earrings.
If you are looking for something to coordinate with a particular
color, dress or a piece in a specific size, most designers would love to work
with you to customize a special piece. Be fashion forward, ahead of the curve,
and dive into this new trend.
Gilli created her business, Gilli’s Flowers, about two years ago, although she has been folding
paper for much longer. She specializes in origami jewelry much of which (but not all) has a
floral theme. As well as selling on Etsy, she sells at designer markets in South East England, and her
jewelry is also available in a few shops. This year she won a Theo Paphitis #SmallBusinessSunday
award and is also known on twitter in the UK as the “Queen of Origami Jewellery”. She has been
given permission by the William Morris Gallery in East London to use designs in their collection in
her Morris range of jewellery and this is now also available in the William Morris Gallery shop.
TIME TO DECORATE FOR
Halloween by Shelby Farage
It’s the most wonderful time of the year... no, not Christmas. I’m talking about
Halloween! Free candy, crisp apples, colorful leaves, brisk air, pumpkin
EVERYTHING, and did I mention free candy? What’s not to love?
Preparing for this wondrous time can be a bit stressful. You want to keep up
with the Jones’, so to speak. Thankfully, decorating your house and getting into
the holiday spirit doesn’t have to be difficult. In this article you will find everything
you need to make your home the coolest house on the block. Forget
major retailers and their cookie-cutter clichés. For unique, one of a kind,
spooky and fun decor, look no further.
Whether you’re looking for a trick or a treat, you’re sure to be delighted with
these spooky and fun Halloween decorations. One of the most iconic pieces
of Halloween decor is the sugar skull. Sugar skulls have been used for centuries
as offerings to those who have left the physical world, but in more recent
years, have made their way into fashion and home
decor. This beautiful glass light box from Glitter
Glow Gifts pays perfect homage to the sugar skull’s
history, while lighting up your home and dazzling
your guests. The lights and skull colors can be customized
to create a wonderfully unique and one of a
kind piece of art for your home.
Cards are a wonderful, less caloric treat to hand out
on Halloween and they are also a perfect way of
letting someone know you are thinking about them
during this mystical, magical time of the year. In this
card, our friendly, candy-hungry, ghost friend is doing
a little trick-or-treating, and looking adorable while
doing it. Get it at The Paper Pickle.
Move over, red and green, because wreaths aren’t
just for Christmas. Your porch is the first thing
people will see when walking up to your home on
Halloween night. Why not dress up your door with a
fun and lighthearted Halloween wreath? This witch
door hanger from Studio Whimsy by Babs is a hoot!
For those of us who will be entertaining on Halloween
night, it is important to remember the most important
part of the holiday: THE TREATS!!! Whatever
it is you’re serving, step up your table game with
some dining decorations. Zombies and Goblins care
about presentation, too, ya know. Candles, tablecloths,
napkins, silverware, silverwarewolves (just
kidding), they are all crucial to throwing the perfect
party and creating an unforgettable wicked wonderland.
If you’re on a budget, a good tablecloth like this
one from Sew What by Mindy Kay will make the reddest
of solo cups look like a vampiric masterpiece.
Another economical way to keep things festive is to add a few small details to
the haunted house commode. You don’t have to rip up the tile and paint the
walls black. Instead, try adding some decorative soap dishes and towels. It’s a
subtle and super fun way to add a little bit of spooky to one of the most
common rooms in the house. This mason jar masterpiece is available from
The Cute Crafts Company.
Of course, no Halloween night is complete without a costume. People
spend a load of money making their kids look like their favorite characters
and then hand them a plastic bucket or ratty old pillowcase to carry
their candy in. What’s the point? Thankfully, some genius crafters created
stunning trick-or-treat bags that pair perfectly with any costume. This is a
creative and inexpensive way to ensure your child has the best Halloween
night possible. So ditch those plastic bags - I’m pretty sure there’s a rule
against giving small children plastic bags, anyway, and suit up with a
delightful and innovative, cloth trick-or-treat bag.
While we’re on the subject of cloth, here’s something for all of you DIY
or die ladies and gents out there. How about making
your own Halloween décor and accessories? All you
need is a sewing machine, fabric, and some beautiful
handmade patterns. Whether you’re making a doll, a
costume, tablecloth, or anything else your heart desires,
DIY has never been easier. Now you can shop
for and download a pattern for your creations right
from your own home. It’s simple, it’s easy, and the
possibilities are endless. This vintage witch cloth doll
pattern by oregonraindrops2 is the perfect pick!
While Halloween has to be scary, preparing for it doesn’t. Keep it simple.
Keep it fun. Keep it original. Local and handmade stores are the perfect
answers for all your Halloween needs. It’s your home; have fun with it!
We love our littles, and the crazy, fun things they do!
Here are some great ideas to make both you
and your little one smile!
This adorable button bouquet will add both charm and
whimsy to your little princess’ room! Available from
Button Box Shop.
How adorable are these little faux leather
baby bow headbands? Bratte Designs
offers these in sizes from newborn to
adult. Perfect for a sweet photo session!
This gorgeous, handmade rag quilt bag is made
with a luxurious mint minky, appliqued with
planets and stars. Patched with top of the line
quilting fabric, it features an amazing space
theme. The middle layer consists of high quality
cotton flannel and top of the line quilter’s cotton
batting. The inside consists of a coordinating
mint star fabric. From Jennifer and Mandy.
Wrap your little one in this super soft, luxurious
hooded towel, made from viscose bamboo and
organic cotton. These towels only get softer with
use, and absorb water while still being gentle on
your baby’s skin. Get it at Mellow Mama Organics.
This darling Mommy and Me set from
Anna’s Handmade Knitwear is made
from soft organic cotton. Perfect for
a photo session or just a day out with
your sweet little one.
This absolutely adorable 14” weighted plush cow
is lovingly filled by hand with 1.5 lbs of poly
beads and can be scented with lavender essential
oil upon request at no extra charge. Great
for snuggling, this cow will surely become your
child’s best friend. Available at Sensory Pets.
I just love Baby Girl Football outfits! The
sweet ruffle sleeve top is embroidered with
“Live Love Football” in team colors. With
the adorable handmade ruffle shorts and
matching hair bow, this outfit just darling!
From Three Little Lovebugs.
This bright eyed bushy tailed bunny
would make a perfect print for kids
room or woodland animal nursery. It
would also be lovely for any rabbit lover.
This is a print of Lianne Marie Art’s
original watercolor paintings, printed on
lovely smooth crisp white archival fine
If you’re looking for that special accent to your little
one’s nursery or bedroom, this is it! Lovingly
handmade to order in your choice of colors, this
20“ inch square pillow is meticulously embroidered
and proceeds from each sale go to benefit women
in treatment for breast cancer. From Breast Friends
This little guy is all ready for
Thanksgiving dinner with this cute tee
from April Michelle Designs.
This sweet vintage Victorian-style dress set
from Janey Laughs is perfect for a tea party!
This delicate soft pink and white dress
comes with a separate petticoat that can be
worn with other dresses as well.
Made with a soft, chunky yarn, this hood will
keep your kids warm and stylish. And the ears
add a sweet little touch of magic and whimsy.
Perfect for outdoor games of make believe
and imagination. From I Need It Crochet.
Cuteness overload! This linen and cotton
dress from Polka Dots by Amy is just as
sweet as can be! Monogrammed with your
little one’s initials, this dress can be worn
with a little sweater or shrug to keep away
the fall chill.
This blanket is cute as a bug! Ladybug, that
is! Handmade from soft premium flannel and
machine quilted to last, this cozy blanket is
perfect as crib bedding or just a comfy throw.
Available at Stitches n Times.
Picture courtesy of Our Vintage Nest
Master Bedroom Decor
With autumn rolling in, it is hard not to think of campfires and s’mores, or
fall festivals and apple cider. Personally, this is one of my favorite seasons: I
get to wear my comfy jeans and well-worn cowboy boots without melting
into a puddle of despair from the sweltering heat. I can fall in love with the
colors and smells of autumn all over again – though, perhaps, not the
raking up of the mounds of leaves scattered across my lawn. This is the
season of picking apples straight from the trees, holding a steaming mug of
hot cocoa to warm your hands, and finding the best pumpkin in the pumpkin
patch to grace your stoop. The fireplaces are beginning to come into use
once more, and the crisp autumn air beckons us outside to play.
But what about inside the home? How, exactly, do we bring the beauty
and comfort of fall into the overall décor of the master bedroom? After all,
many of us spend quite a bit of time inside as the sun begins to rise later
and set earlier, and the temperatures start to plummet. Is the design about
colors? Shapes? Is it the smell of particular spices, or is it the decorations
we bring into our environment?
by Allison Yeager
One of the easiest ways to give the room a warm, inviting feel for fall is to
bring in hints of a well-loved farmhouse. Strategic use of distressed wood
is a great technique to make a home feel lived-in and aged, without having
the concerns that come with old wooden walls or floors. Elegant and
rustic fireplaces give the room a sense of history and warmth, even with
no fire present. Bringing in hints of wicker, worn metal, stone, and aged
woods give any room a rustic, romantic feel that recalls the days of yore
– days many of our grandparents remember and reminisce about. The
idea of “aged, but modern” is integral to the current trends of rustic, farmhouse-inspired
decor that is sure to make any room warm and inviting.
FUNCTIONAL AND PRACTICAL ADDITIONS
Since this is a master bedroom, functionality is also essential. While everything
does not necessarily need to have a purpose, the majority of things do –
otherwise, the room will become overcrowded, cluttered, and stressful when
you enter. So what is best suited for the bedroom while still adding that cozy
Ah, baskets – one of the greatest inventions for collecting knick knacks and
random items that accumulate in every room. However, they can provide the
bedroom with a sense of style and cohesion – you can find baskets that fit your
style and use them for plants, decorations, and for hiding those things we do not
want lying around. (We all have them!)
For those of you lucky enough to have a fireplace in your master bedroom, a
mantel is a fantastic place to decorate for the season. Try something as simple
as miniature pumpkins and gourds for color, sprinkling some dried leaves and
flowers into the mix for a homey, rustic feel that just makes you smile when you
enter. Putting a large mirror, quote, or canvas over the bed is also a great way to
personalize your room. That’s So Design’s signs will brighten your walls while
Although we do not usually think about it, light fixtures
are a way to immediately set the theme and feeling
of a room. Lights such as Burke Décor’s wall sconces
will add a modern touch to your farmhouse feel, while
Ladybird Lane’s wall sconces will bring a more downhome,
historic feel to your
room with their wooden
backs and antique design.
Dressers, Side Tables, and Nightstands
If you are anything like me, you want to have
somewhere to put your glasses, phone, and
other sundry items as you fall asleep at night.
A beautiful wooden nightstand by your bed
adds to the beauty and feel of your room
while still giving you a practical place to put
everything you need as you head to bed. To
bring it all together, incorporate a distressed
dresser or two to add to the farmhouse-inspired
ambiance while giving you a beautiful
place to put away your clothes. Jessup & Co’s
dressers are a fantastic way to complement
any room – vintage, modern, rustic, or farmhouse-themed.
Stack some of your favorite
books on the corner, and you have yourself a
A LUXURIOUS SPACE TO REST
Just because your decor is functional does not mean it can’t also be luxurious.
We want to be hugged in warmth and love when we enter our bedroom, so why
not take the time to make sure that happens?
Depending on the size of your bedroom, sometimes
a chair is the perfect place to curl up with a good
book on a cool, autumn day or drink a cup of coffee
as you look outside your window at the sights of fall.
Although a wicker or wooden chair would unquestionably
fit into the rustic theme, a big, plush chair
with a fluffy blanket draped over the back is the absolute
in comfort and style. You can toss the blanket
(like this one from Nauti Crocheter) over the back
for style, and then turn around and snuggle in it as
you cozy up for the evening.
In addition to chairs, rugs are simple, elegant ways to switch up the look of a
room in an instant. Rugs can brighten a room or warm it up; they can make a
room feel like spring has sprung, or bring the warmth and comfort that we crave
come autumn. Sometimes, we just want a pop of color to make a statement;
other times, a large area rug gives new life to a well-worn room in need of some
Find the things that make you feel special. Sometimes it is as simple as a cozy,
luxurious blanket you can wrap yourself in; other times, it is having decorations
and décor that provide a sense of elegance and luxury.
FABRICS AND TEXTURES
Fabrics and textures are vital to making or breaking a cohesive theme in a room.
Oriental silks and burlap, for example, rarely go well together. The goal is to get a
wide variety of textures to add interest to the room, yet provide a cohesive living
space where no one texture or fabric jars you out of the warm, inviting feeling of
the space. Autumn-inspired textures include burlap, wicker, wood, leather, leaves,
dried corn (I highly recommend ornamental / calico corn for its multicolored
appearance), rough-hewn stone, dried flowers, quilts, plaids, and flannels. Combining
these different textures throughout the room will add interest and diversity
while maintaining the rustic, luxurious intent of the room.
One such example is Ashley Furniture’s Amantipoint
Duvet Cover Set. A cool, neutral handwritten
pattern, it will enhance the room by
bringing personality and design to the bed
while complementing the room’s decor.
POPS OF COLOR
There are four different methods for combining cohesive color into your room:
Neutral-natural colors include mainly natural elements – aged wood,
distressed wood, stone, wicker, brick, ivory, light greys, and other neutral colors
and textures. The goal is to have a neutral color base to your room and add
naturally neutral elements to enhance the beauty throughout the room.
Classic autumn colors are those we most readily associate with autumn: umber,
orange, rust, brown, maroon, and other similar fall colors. Some of these may be
dark and dramatic; others may be light and bright. The choice between dark and
light tones of these classic colors depends only on the feel you want for your room,
which is an incredibly personal choice.
The modern autumn colors are found in the Pantone Fall 2017 Fashion Color
Report. The top ten colors for New York fashion are dark and bold, like Tawny
Port or Navy Peony, while London’s colors are a bit more medium and neutral in
tone. To learn more and see the different color palettes, click here.
You can, of course, combine any mixture of these palettes into your room, but I
recommend the neutral-natural plus either the classic or modern autumn
palette for the best melding of color in your home. Using the neutral palette as
your base, and adding color as accents, will give your bedroom a beautifully balanced
THE SCENT OF AUTUMN
One thing we cannot forget about, that thing that really makes a room feel like
autumn when you walk in, is the scent. It is not something we typically consider,
but think about it: what do you think of when you think of autumn smells?
Pumpkin spice? Nutmeg? Hot cocoa? Cinnamon? Apple cider? Campfires and
s’mores? Beeswax candles?
Smells are the things that catch you off-guard, sometimes sneakily throwing you
back to a time and place lost to childhood. Just a simple fragrance can bring back
memories or make you feel like you are finally home. So why wouldn’t we want
to add something to complete the feeling of autumn in our room?
One of the best ways to do this is through candles
and other lightly scented items. Scents of the Northwest,
for example, is an amazing candle company that
makes you feel like you have come home. Made in
Port Orchard, Washington, their candles are made
of 100% soy, which helps provide an even burn and
I previously mentioned that dried flowers can be a beautiful fall decor accent for
your bedroom. There are many varieties of dried flowers that you can use to
enhance an autumn theme, depending on your color and style preferences. These
flowers include: lavender (Lavandula), strawflowers (Xerochrysum bracteatum),
starflowers (Borago officinalis), larkspur (Delphinium), baby’s breath (Gypsophila
paniculata), cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus), cockscomb (Celosia cristata), natural
preserved cotton stems, pampas grass (Cortaderia), sugarbush bunches (Protea),
globe thistle (Echinops), globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa), and wheat
bundles, to name a few.
Whether you are looking for dark and dramatic, or light and airy,
a farmhouse-themed bedroom is perfect for every season. Simple additions can
turn any bedroom into a beautiful, luxurious place to relax and feel content.
Sometimes these changes can be as simple as adding a pop of color or a few new
textures, or as complex as reinventing the room from the floor to the ceiling.
Whatever you do, you are sure to make a stunning impression that is definitely
Allison Yeager is a photographer, writer, educator, and historian. She holds an MA in History,
teaches English to students of all ages and nationalities, and has been a professional photographer
since 2009. Her photography can be found at www.allisonsimages.com, and her newest
venture – sharing entertaining stories and captivating images from her travels – can be found at
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Take the beach with you
wherever you go...
It may be fall, but for some of
us the beach stays in our hearts
all year round. We thought
we would share some beachthemed
goodies to keep that
fresh salt air feeling in the
A soothing 8” round canvas seascape is the
perfect little accent piece for a table or gallery
wall. This original acrylic painting can be purchased
at Freebern Shells.
This glittery ombre 30 oz tumbler keeps your
drink cold for hours, and looks amazing doing it!
Fero Designs adds your monogram as well,
making it distinctly yours!
A mermaid mug from Huckaberry Hollow
is the perfect way to start your day! This fun
coffee mug holds 20 oz of your favorite hot
beverage so you can sip in style!
Sea glass formed by mother nature was
given new life by InGlitter to create this
breathtaking necklace. The aqua heart
shaped pendant is a perfect accent to the
delicate silver chain.
This chunky boho necklace is rich in color and
feel. Turquoise colored Howlite is paired with
silver carved flower beads and is finished with an
arrow pendant. A great addition to your jewelry
wardrobe. Exclusively at Free Spirits Studio.
Upcycled leather is the star of this show, which
includes a supporting cast of nautical charms in
bronze and silver. Wear this stylish leather tassel
necklace with jeans and a sweater and you’re ready
for a night out! Visit Shop Jami to purchase.
Sand dollars have been collected on
beaches for years... why not own your own
sterling silver sand dollar bracelet?
April Shelley Jewelry crafts these dainty
bracelets so you can have beach memories
wherever you go!
Get the man in your life a fabulous engraved
necklace from Jaee Designs. A steel compass
hangs from a leather cord, making it both
masculine and stylish.
Every party needs that
special artisan crafted
touch. Here are a few ideas
to make your next party
stand out from the crowd.
Every birthday party needs a banner,
and this one from Sheri Sew Sweet is
just perfect! It’s made from burlap, so
it makes the perfect farmhouse decor
statement - you may not want to take it
If you’re looking for a unique customized cake
topper with a little bling, Easy Invites is just the
place! These handmade toppers are just the thing
to make your little one smile!
What’s a party without glitter?? Check
out these glitter capsules from Blue Vinyl
Stickers. What a fun, easy way to decorate!
Did someone say mermaids? This digital
paper from Mary’s Design House is perfect
for mermaid party invitations or party
We just have to say, the best birthday
card is handmade. This darling card
from Button Farm Designs is the
perfect gift accessory!
Of course, the guests need something too!
Instead of the common treat bag, give them
something they will use for years!
A personalized tote from Smith 3 Designs
will be the talk of the party!