|February 26, 2014||Posted by Helen under Home Decor & Travel|
Recently, my longtime friend, Maria, sent me an email letting me know to be on the lookout for a package coming from her. Y’all know Maria well from her great blog, but many of you likely do not know that Maria and I met several years ago on the old Kirkland’s message board. In fact several of our K’s friends also now blog. Maria is multi-talented and never ceases to amaze us with her great ideas. Just look at the wreath she created for me..now I’m not that gifted to create; therefore, it would be difficult for me to make something as lovely as she does and pass it on.
In the next closeup photo, you will be able to see how well she connected the lovely flowers to the wreath form. And listen seriously, I’m needing to get a bow maker like Maria uses for her beautiful wreaths, pillows, gift packages…really if you need ideas for your packages or any of the items mentioned, Maria can likely help you with the name of stores to find just the right items. And I plan to go get that bow maker this week. Here’s the closeup photo of how the flowers stay in place.
Thanks, Maria, for being a super friend! You really do share lots of information with all who visit your blog. Our Home Away From Home is a real treat!
|February 25, 2014||Posted by Helen under Home Decor & Travel|
You possibly recall that recently I ran into some great items at Kirkland’s in Chattanooga, Tennessee! You know if you’ve been snowed in or even feeling awful under the weather then it’s time to go shopping. First of all today is the padded headboard that has the lovely studs outlining the unique lines. This is a look, that makes a classic room look even more lovely. Don’t you agree?
There are many here, who know my passion very well. Yes, I surely do love, love, love lamps. The 20% off sale make these lovely ones very inviting. Remember, I always say, “if you can count all your lamps on one hand, it’s time to go shopping for more lamps.” And you should consider having a variety of sizes. Nothing too overpowering and nothing to tiny!
Maybe I’ve been in a fog, as I don’t recall seeing rugs of this size in Kirkland’s. A few years back, I did find a “back door rug” to wipe our feet off when coming in from watering our deck plants, etc. You can imagine how thrilled I was to see the larger size rugs available for an area of your deck or back porch. And yes, I’m sure that you did notice the size of that rug and the $30 off sale price.
And I hope you don’t miss the back left corner where the green tag clearance items are. Oh, what a variety of goodies you’ll find.
If you are needing a large piece of framed art, check out this great Eiffel Tower print framed under glass and looking antique. It would forever remind me of the day our tour bus stopped at the tower just in time to view the hail storm. Yeah, we never got to go inside as the storm was dropping large pieces of hail.
And last, but not to be forgotten is this great clock. Please, view it carefully and the detailed hanging instructions for safety. It is more beautiful than you can imagine seeing this photo. And it really looks great even leaning on a display table. Bet you like the distressed and aged look. I’m loving the aged color…super special in my book.
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|February 18, 2014||Posted by Helen under Home Decor & Travel|
Not long ago, I dashed into Kirkland’s in Chattanooga, to see what new merchandise was available. Seriously, I almost was speechless. The photo above shows just had beautifully displayed the K’s staff had arranged this store. They always do an exceptional job on their displays.
I really enjoyed my visit and am now enjoying my purchases. I’ll be back to show you what I bought and show the areas, that I chose to feature with the new beautiful items. If you haven’t been inside a Kirkland’s recently…well, it’s like a whole new store and I personally love the new items and the new display styles. It’s much easier to view the items you are interested in as the floor space is much better utilized. Yes, I’m loving the new look of Kirkland’s. Hope you go by for a visit and see what I saw.
Those who love the fleur de lis get ready. This is fabulous!
Recently, I’ve shared with you, that blue is returning as one of my most favorite colors. Are you enjoying it this season, too? Thank you very much for stopping by for a visit.
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|January 30, 2014||Posted by Helen under Home Decor & Travel|
Oh my goodness, you just arrived in time to see the changes since my Christmas mantle was broken down. Aren’t you feeling the need to have a change inside your home? Maybe it’s the weather…whatever it is…it’s time for a new look. Got the new hairdo last week…this week the family room hearth area. Moving backwards to show you how empty it was after all the holiday items were removed.
Looks deserted, as if no one lived here anymore. Don’t know about you, but that bare look depresses me no end. At that point, there was a lot to do. I’m going to show you the good and bad. Some new items, that had been stashed away for the time they would be showcased. Sadly one or two will have to go back into storage for another time…just not this time.
Sometimes it’s just not the right scale. And this time that large “HOME” got taken away to storage. It seemed to be taking the best out of the French canvas art from Hobby Lobby. Yes, that canvas brings back fond memories of a long ago trip to Paris…just the two of us and about 6 other businessmen dining on a boat on the Seine River.
Notice the addition of the old platter with blue along the verge…so gorgeous! Also, now that blue is becoming a new favorite color, the blue and white pitcher reflects the pitcher from the canvas. Notice the stamped leather chest with a strand of beads pouring out of it. Thinking of Mardi Gras and all the fun…I surely am!
Zooming in for a closer look to compare the mantle decor and the objects in the canvas. Artichoke, pitcher, urn, and the black wooden “Paris” seemed perfect.
Now it’s time to grab a good book and one of the throws and enjoy a cold evening by the fire. The copper tone tub stores magazines and sometimes toys!
Hope you have enjoyed your visit.
Thinking “April In Paris”…it’s a good thought! I highly recommend it; especially the Lalique shop. And no, they did not take credit cards, but amazingly took personal checks, and no ID requested! We lived in the Houston, TX area and had to show ID to pay by check for groceries. Hard to believe thousands of miles away and they took checks. (The next year, Bob returned with a list and once again…no credit cards, and welcomed his personal check from Houston!) Bob and I arrived early and took a bus tour of the city. We rode the Metro and then while he was in business meetings, I dared to go alone with my Metro stop map. Suddenly a crowd was gathered and a lovely German lady, explained to me that the President of France, Valery Giscard d’Estaing, was about to leave his home just across the street from where we stood. Imagine all of our gathered group, when the car pulled out of the palace yard and the President of France, got out and stood in the middle of the street staring at us. Suddenly a cab arrived and he hailed it, got in and rode away. The Frenchmen could not believe that I just happened upon the palace at the right time. Oh, and I was quite American and waved at him….not one other soul waved.