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Now that it’s the end of December, it’s starting to get cold here in central North Carolina. We have had a few cold days here and there, but it doesn’t really get cold here until January now. Blue cold.

So how do you get ready for really cold weather?  I layer my beds with blankets, lots of blankets. Especially fur ones.  I have family members that tease me because I love fur.  I prefer faux fur because I hate the thought of an animal losing it’s life over a blanket!

Here’s our Master.  Every year in the Fall, I change over to this burgundy velvet coverlette over 2 comforters!  And then I have a faux fur king size blanket and another faux fur throw at the end to put over my feet when watching TV. And I just found these faux fur pillow covers for $4.99 on one of my thrifting journeys!

Here here is our spare bedroom, complete with a Mink fur blanket at the foot of the bed.  My grandfather brought this back from war to my grandmother and so it has been passed down to me. What a treasure! It’s my favorite blanket in the whole house! The only way to keep it nice is to keep it in the spare bedroom of course!

I found some other “winter bedrooms” on Pinterest and thought you might like to see what others are doing

Source: smwdesign.com via Melody on Pinterest

And note the fur blanket on this one too!

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A fun idea if you lived in a cool loft… 

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Or how about this one for glamour?

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And I definitely want to crawl into this one, don’t you?

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I’ve got some great new projects on the horizon so be sure to stay tuned! And don’t forget about Wild Wednesday where you can show off your latest project! You could win a $5 Starbucks card just for entering your project! Our first winner is announced tomorrow!

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Does table etiquette really matter anymore? Are you hosting Christmas dinner this year and care about whether the bread plate goes to the left or the right?

My great friend Carol Ann recently reminded me that yes, table etiquette is still important and is still being discussed. So I did a little research to see if I could find any new trends out there to discuss.

First, I couldn’t find anything new. Bummer. So for those of us that actually don’t entertain formally very often (me, me, me!) I thought I’d review the basics, in hopefully a fun way.

Rule #1- Use fun dishes for Pete’s sake.  My china has been packed up in a box for 3 years (given to me by my mother) and has not seen the light of day since.  It’s beautiful.  But it doesn’t go in the dishwasher. (I mean, come on!) Who wants to hand wash all those dishes for crying out loud?  Not me.  Did that every Sunday growing up and HATED it.

Rule #2- Put out only the utensils people will actually use. Again, the dishwashing factor. Also, people won’t know what to do with them.  Salad fork on the outside of the dinner fork, as shown above.  Knife facing towards the place, and the soup spoon on outside of dinner knife.

Rule #3- Bread plate goes to the left corner of the dinner plate. (However, if you are a bit more casual then 86 the bread plate.)

Rule #4- Always serve water. Even if you’re serving other beverages like wine or sweet tea (as we do here in the South), it’s nice for your guests to have a glass of water as well.  (This does add to the dishwashing though. Sorry ladies.) Water glass is placed on the inside of the wine glass.

Rule #5- You’re officially supposed to place the dessert utensil above the plate as shown below. via However, I’ve never seen anyone do that in their home, only in fine dining.

However, while we’re discussing this image, I’d like to ask who on earth likes to eat fish before their dinner.  I can honestly say I’ve never done that.  And why on earth do you need four knives?  I can see a bread knife if you’re dining out, but really, the dishwashing! 🙂

Here is another option for you:

My mother-in-law (very Martha-esque) uses this type of setting and I personally prefer it.  It’s a small salad plate in the center, and no bread plate.  It makes for a very pretty table setting as salads and bread should be the only foods on the table when guests arrive according to etiquette coach Jill Slatter.  Slatter is an etiquette coach for Replacements, LTD  based here in Greensboro.

The rules above are mine.  Here are hers:

Rule #6- Wait to pour.  Only water glasses should be filled when guests arrive. Other beverages should be poured once everyone is seated.

Rule #7- The hostess always sits last (if at all!).  Most of the time when I host a dinner party, I’m up and down refilling glasses and dishes (we like to serve family style on the table) so sitting isn’t usually an option.

Rule #8- The potatoes are passed counterclockwise.  Don’t play football and try to pass dishes over someone sitting next to you.  (My brothers and I had this down to a science growing up!) Seriously, even if you hate to disturb your “neighbor,” they still need to participate in the game.

Rule #9- Turn cell phones off (as if this needs to be said!)

Rule #10- Take the centerpiece away if it is too tall or large for guests to enjoy eating around it.  Hmmm.  Mine perhaps?

I’m personally still smiling over the formal place setting above that lists fish forks and knives. Crazy. Anyway, if you need more forks and knives than what I’ve shown, I’m at a loss. Good luck figuring that out. 😉  Also, if you are missing a piece of china, silver or crystal from your set, be sure to check out Replacements.   You will be amazed at what you can find.

Anyway, chat with me.  Tell me what YOU do in your home. My comment button is at the top of the post.  Thanks!

Melody

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Imagine me meeting you at our front door with a big smile and hug and letting you know how happy we are that you stopped by! Virtually, of course!

I have been working for weeks setting up our Christmas decor because I have been inspired by so many of my new friends in blogland! There are days I feel totally inadequate and then remind myself that the Lord has blessed me with an amazing family and home.

While my designs may not grace the pages of BHG or Southern Living, they make me smile, and isn’t that more important? So here we go!

I began talking about my $10 front porch here. The local boy scouts graciously gave me a bag full of Christmas tree trimmings that I turned in to my “garland.” I wanted a rustic, Martha-esque look.

My favorite part of my porch is the baby reindeer that the scouts themselves made!  They were giving these away so of course I couldn’t pass this little guy up!  (And of course I had to make a donation to the scouts themselves for their kindness!)

I did wind up purchasing this sign above my door today because of the “hole” that was screaming for a welcome sign!  Only paid $6.99 at Steinmart. So I did wind up paying $16.99 total for my front porch this year and love the result!

So come on in to our foyer.

If you want to know how I pulled my tablescape together, you’ll need to go here.    Let’s just say I went Goodwill Hunting.

And here is a small tree by the door to greet you!

Come on into the dining room with my favorite centerpiece of all time.

If you missed out on this post earlier, be sure to click here to read about how I used a punchbowl to create this centerpiece!

And of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t show off my “wine pouring station” that my designer friend Holly helped create a year ago.

Here are a couple more shots:

Moving on to our family room, we have our Tree…

Fireplace…

And Couch Table…

Moving on to the kitchen, I really didn’t do much in here as I ran out of time and energy.

I actually leave this bowl out year round and threw in some red bulbs and pinecones.

Nothing complicated, just fun stuff.

I hope you’ll join us throughout the Holidays to get the scoop on more projects and also for our “At Home Series” where a few of my amazing friends welcome us to their homes!

What are you doing this Christmas to celebrate?  My comment is at the top of the post. I love hearing from you!

Much love to you and yours this Christmas! May you find love, peace and joy as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

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Looking for an inexpensive way to decorate your front door? I wanted to find a way to decorate our porch without spending a fortune on real garland.

While shopping around for garland, I remembered that one of our local boy scout troops had a tree lot.  I knew I’d rather support them than anyone else.

So Sunday night I stopped by to inquire about prices and found out they didn’t have any garland. However, they told me to take as many tree trimmings as I wanted. So here’s what I came home with:

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was.  I decided to make my own garland by clipping branches and tying them together for my own rustic “garland.” I figured there was no harm in trying it anyway!

After putting up some small nails, I began the process of “hanging” it around the door frame.

The only thing I have purchased so far is this $10 swag of berries that I purchased from Michael’s that I hung with one of my bows.

But my favorite part of my front porch, is this little guy:

The scout leader said the boys got bored while selling trees and so they started making reindeer with the scraps! Isn’t he adorable!?

Come back by later as I’ll be having an open house and take you on tour of our home and the Christmas explosion (as my husband calls it!) going on. And you’ll get to see the front porch completed! See it HERE.

Cheers!
Melody

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If you’re looking for ways to save on Christmas decor this year, then I have a couple for you. On Friday I shared a few shots from my entryway and staircase and promised I’d share some secrets with you.

Are you ready?

85% of the decor on this table came from Goodwill.

See the white candles on the right side of the picture?  Goodwill.  Here’s what’s even better. I bought two margarita glasses ($1.00) and one candle stick holder (.50) for them to sit in.

I find it totally hilarious because I feel as if I’m beating the “system” by creating something beautiful without spending a fortune.  Here’s a shot of them (just so you believe me) before I put them in place.

Are you ready for another one?

The red orchid?  (At least I think it’s an orchid) $3.99 at Goodwill.  Promise.  I love it and was dumbfounded when I found it on the shelf. I can’t believe no one else scored this one before me!  I’m also a firm believer in repurposing items so here’s another one:

I used a flower vase for my candle holder!  I have quite a few flower vases laying around and couldn’t find another use for them, so why not use them for candles?  Here is a shot from my dining room where I used 3 bud vases (from Goodwill) for candle holders for my “wine pouring station” which I discuss here.

And the garland on the bannister?  $5.99 for a big bag at one of our local consignment stores.

I had a few thin strands of my own garland but when I found this bag, I couldn’t pass it up! I used ribbon and Christmas ornaments from the Dollar Store to dress it up.

Have some Holiday decor secrets you want to share? Please do!  Would love to hear from you! My comment button is at the top of the post.  Thanks!

PS Stay tuned! Get free Christmas tree trimmings for your home! And we start a new giveaway tomorrow if you can come back!

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Have you decked your halls yet? I have decorated just about everything in my house that doesn’t move. My husband calls it a “Christmas explosion.” This is actually the first year I’ve decorated everything in order to participate with all the great parties going on in the blogosphere and have had a great time.

I don’t pretend to have designer genes.  (The kind you can’t buy unfortunately!)  The good Lord did bless me with some talent, but I would not say that design is necessarily one of them.  However, I do consider myself a good copycat. 

I love to see something that someone has created and recraft it to make it my own. What about you?  Do you have “designer DNA” or are you a good copycat too?

These are pictures from my foyer that I wanted to share.  There are some hidden secrets about WHAT I used and HOW I used it so stayed tuned for our next post!

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Raise your right hand and repeat after me:

I promise not to spend a fortune decorating my home for Christmas. I will beg, borrow and steal (okay, not really) in order to make my home warm and inviting for the Holidays.

Use what you have.  Or borrow from your mother-in-law.

Got it?

I wanted to make a large centerpiece for my dining room table but didn’t have a bowl big enough. So I borrowed my mother-in-law’s punch bowl and I think it did the trick.

The only thing I purchased for this centerpiece was a $20 faux Christmas wreath from Lowes last week. I used it underneath the bowl to add depth texture and some jazz! For those of you following, remember I used a wreath around a pumpkin for my Thanksgiving centerpiece. Seen here.

I used a candle from my year-round decor and threw in some pine cones and ornaments from my Christmas box. I also add a few twigs of faux holly to the wreath to beef it up just a tad.

We also have a “wine pouring station” (aka wine tray!) and wanted to add just a touch of Christmas there as well.  See those crystal candle stick holders?  The secret?  They are bud vases from Goodwill.  .29 a piece!

On our buffet, I used garland I already owned, a few feather trees I already owned, a hurricane with candle I already owned and two “new” candlestick holders (thrift store- $7.99 for the set!) with candles I already owned. Are you catching the theme here?

The faux Christmas ensemble beside the buffet is from a yard sale many, many moons ago. I paid $15 for it and that’s it. Here she is all lit up and I think she turned out pretty well.

So this year, I spent less than $30 on the whole thing and hope you think she’s lovely too.  Let us know what you think and what you’re doing this year! Our Comment button is at the top of the post by the title. Thanks!

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Thrifty Decor Chic

Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love sharing the real meaning of Christmas with my friends and family and do enjoy making our home warm and welcoming.

Have you started decorating?  I think I have spent more time decorating my mantel than any other part of my home thus far and am excited to share it with you. I also wanted to join the many Christmas blog parties going on including Pamela’s From My Front Porch to Yours,Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Surburbia and Beth at Home Stories A to Z just to name a few! Be sure to go say hello!

Our 2011 Mantel

Originally, I started out with one really large wreath seen here. I was given 2 large wreaths and this is the smaller of the two.  My aunt spent more than 2 hours helping me shape the original and make it beautiful. Then we hung it and it broke. My husband couldn’t believe I was so upset. Read the rest of this entry »

My next door neighbor Mary hung this beautiful feather wreath about a month ago and I’ve been envying it ever since. (I know, I know! Envy is wrong!) But isn’t it beautiful? And isn’t it gorgeous against her black door?

So Mary and I made one for my front door and I wanted to share it with you. I’ve been going crazy over peacock feathers this year and thought they would look fantastic with blue ribbon.  My home is grey and my door is white so I wanted something that would really pop.

Start with wrapping wired edged ribbon around your grapevine (or whatever type of wreath you choose to use) and hot glue down. Be sure to turn the edges over to keep from unraveling.

Next start creating your bow by deciding how long you want the tail to be with a second piece of very long ribbon.

Pinch together where you want the center of the bow to be and start creating loops on both sides.

Use floral wire to secure the bow in the middle once you’ve determined how big you want your bow to be.

Cut end of ribbon to make second part of tail.

Take another small piece of ribbon and wrap around the center to create the pretty part in the middle. You can glue this down.

Pull and shape bow as you’d like. You can secure this to the wreath either with hot glue or more floral wire.

Place feathers around the wreath as desired.

Then hang where you like it.  What do you think? I think I’m missing her door knocker and black door.  Maybe I’ll go red!? Next year I think I’ll do a Fall version, more similar to hers. And maybe add more feathers. Is that cheating?  We’ll see. Happy Crafting!

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Before I ever dreamed about having a child, I dreamed about decorating a nursery. I know, that’s pretty odd but I’ve always loved the feel of nurseries and couldn’t wait to decorate my own.

One thing I always dreamed about was having a large tree painted on one wall. I wanted a tree that would be friendly, yet cute enough that would work in a toddler’s or even child’s room as well.  Something that would “grow” with the child. click for full image.

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While I’m not actually hosting Thanksgiving this year, I still love to decorate for Fall.  I’m not a Halloween decorating kind of chic, but do love to bring out the pumpkins this time of year!

My Pumpkin Centerpiece

I found a beautiful wreath and faux pumpkin one year after the Holidays (probably purchased from TJMAXX-my all time favorite store!). I stored them together in a bag with the pumpkin sitting on the wreath and bam! I fell in love with my new centerpiece! Who says wreaths are only for the door? And who says pumpkins are only for pie?

Here are a couple more places I’m using them as centerpieces.

Pumpkin Centerpieces

Coffee Table Pumpkins

And see how my cool neighbors have been using theirs.

Pumpkin Alternatives

Beautiful!

Pumpkin Alternatives

Last week I promised that you can now paint your kitchen cabinets without sanding first. So now I owe you the process and reveal. 

Magic in a Box!

Let me do a little recap for you.  I found a little kit at Home Depot called Cabinet Transformations by Rustoleum thanks to an ad in one of the many magazines I now have time to read.  This kit promises that you can transform your kitchen (and other products) in just four (count them-four) easy steps with (wait for it!) no sanding or stripping required! (Scroll below to see the original post)

You see, a designer friend of mine recommended that I start my much needed kitchen makeover with painting my island black.  Yep, that’s right ladies, black. Here’s the catch.  I don’t sand anything.  You can add that to the many things I actually don’t do home-wise, but that’s right up there at the top.  I don’t have the patience for it and it’s a complete mess.  No thanks.

This kit promises you can paint on a new factory-perfect finish quickly.  Well, I don’t know about the “quickly” part. I actually took my time ( 6 or 7 days maybe?) so not to screw it up.  But it was very, very easy.  I told you before that if you can use a rag and a paint brush, you can conquer this task.

First let me remind you of the before photo:

Before with ugly "night" light

Step 1

Take off doors and hardware (just a screwdriver required here). You do not want to try this with them still attached.  Set doors up on sawhorses if you have them. I borrowed my neighbor’s and I’m sure he now appreciates the small drops of black paint on them. PLEASE NOTE:  This is what I call the no-brainer step but isn’t actually included as part of the “four step” process, hence the reason I have 5 steps.

Step 2

Use the “deglosser” can and the scrub pad (both provided included in kit)  to wipe down every square inch (and I mean every) of what you are planning on painting. Warning!  I missed a couple of spots initially and the paint didn’t stick.

Step 3

Take a good paintbrush (the cheap ones lose their bristles in your paint- trust me on this) and paint the entire piece, including the doors with the paint included (they call it the “bond coat”) included in the kit.  PLEASE NOTE: there are 11 light hues and 24 dark hues available,  and Home Depot tinted the paint (aka “bond coat”) in the kit for me.  It comes with 2 cans, which supposedly can paint up to 100 square feet. Just fyi, I only used one can.

Step 3 Paint Entire Fixture

Step 3 Paint Entire Fixture

Step 4 

Dip a rag (provided in kit) in the can of “glaze” (provided in kit) over an area, then wipe off extra.  PLEASE NOTE: this step is optional. The glaze can be left on heavy or can be taken off for a “lighter” approach. Me? I like to do everything with a bang, so I LEFT ALL THE GLAZE ON! Aren’t I the risk taker!?

Step 5

Take a paint brush and apply the final coat (provided in kit) in it’s entirety.   PLEASE NOTE: there are drying times listed for each step that you will want to follow!  I highly recommend doing all pieces in the same step order. So, don’t do three steps of the island and then do two steps on the doors. This whole process took me 6-7 days but could be done faster. I just had to take care of my cute 6 month old in the middle of all this mess.

Ta Da! The Great Reveal!

Don’t forget to paint the outlet covers! I did this with basic black spray paint.   Here is the link for you for the kit which includes full instructions! PLEASE NOTE: Mine is just an overview but you get the idea!

http://cabinets.rustoleumtransformations.com/kit-contents.php

If you decide to do your kitchen, be sure to email us at chattychicsblog@gmail.com so we can post pictures!

Next- the floors!

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An exceptionally talented friend of mine, Diane Wise of Wise Choices here in Greensboro,  recently visited when I complained about a couple of ugly things in my house. While we were gabbing in my kitchen, I mentioned that it needed a facelift.  My kitchen, like the rest of us, is getting older and needs to be nipped and tucked, much like myself.

Since our budget can’t really afford the sophisticated hardwood floors I crave, we discussed starting with painting my island black.  Black. Yep, that’s right. Black.

She mentioned that just by painting that one piece, I would start to see the transformation I desire.  I thought “hmm, we’ll just see about that.”

But here’s the problem.  I HAVE NO DESIRE TO SAND ANYTHING in order to paint it.  That’s what has kept me from painting furniture all these years.  You will see if you look closely that two doors of my white cabinets are no longer quite white.  Note- they look a little “creamy.” Bizarre.  There’s an official word out there for what the cabinets actually are called-“melamine.” Not Real Wood.

However, I stumbled upon this amazing product from Rustoleum that comes in a nifty little box sold at Home Depot after seeing an ad in a magazine..  If you’ve perused our Home tab, you may have seen it listed.  For just $75, this kit can be yours.  Here’s why you want it.  NO SANDING REQUIRED. It’s an easy four step process – if you can use a rag and paint brush, you too can transform your space.  And it’s not just for kitchens!

Magic in a Box!

The four part “program” goes something like this- degloss (using a rag on your current cabinet), paint (included in the kit and gets tinted at the store), glaze (this is optional!) and the final coat (I can’t remember exactly what they call it).

Anyway, I’m posting my before picture of the island. (Be sure to check out the nightlight that is lit up in the daytime- hilarious.)  I’m in the process of finishing up the details so stayed tuned!

Before with ugly "night" light

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