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 Footstools are one of my favorite accent pieces.  I have several around my home and three thrifted pieces waiting in the garage for a makeover  (before and after to come soon).

When it comes to DIY projects, stools are also one of the easiest and quickest projects you can undertake.  The average size footstool only takes a yard or so of fabric and you can easily paint the frame or legs with a sample size containers of paint. In just a couple of hours you can create a unique accent piece that can be used in some many rooms of your home.  Here’s a look a some of my favorite Footstool DIY’s and at towards the end of the post you’ll find a few room inspirations featuring stools.  Enjoy and be inspired.

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Faux Fur

Faux fur is following in the steps of an animal print and is fast becoming a classic decor element.  A footstool in faux fur is a great way to introduce this material into a room without it becoming overwhelming.

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Black and White

Classic black and white patterns will never go out of style because this color combo can be mixed with just about any other color combo. A fun footstool in a bold black and white pattern will work with just about any design style and is a great way to add a pattern accent to a room.

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Floral

I love floral patterns but wouldn’t use a large amount of it in my home.  For me, floral accents are best and a cute stool like this makes just the statement I’d like.

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Plaid

Here’s another classic black and white pattern featured on a footstool.  The classic plaid mixes well with the modern styling of the stool.

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Crochet

I don’t know how practical a crocheted footstool is in a bathroom but it sure is cute.  I’d put this piece next to the bed or a side chair.

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Painted and Upholstered

Stools come in all shapes and sizes and this taller piece is perfect for a little paint and fabric refresh.  This is an easy and inexpensive diy project that could be a beautiful accent at the kitchen counter.

Just a few other reasons why footstools are good to decorate with:

*  It’s an easy way to add an accent color or pattern to a room

*  Footstools can provide additional seating in a pinch

*  Next to a chair, a footstool can serve as a small side table

*  And naturally they make a great foot rest!

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Happy Decorating!

Shelly

 

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There are so many wonderful things about this space.  The subtle color, furniture arranged towards the window and the coziness this intimate space conveys.

Design tip:  In narrow pass through areas or small rooms, consider using 4 club chairs as seating instead of a traditional sofa or love seat.  Chairs will keep the space open and easily accessible and will create the perfect conversation area for family, parties or relaxing.

Shelly

It’s Friday and I’m so, so happy!

I told you that during our vacation last week we squeezed in some thrifting  and hit a few antique and thrift shops in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida.  I had a few things on my shopping list and while I didn’t find everything I was looking for I did score a few nice pieces.

On the list:

Ironstone 
Brass
Vintage Linens
Small Accent Furniture
Vintage Decor Book

This is what I found…

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A malachite ice bucket that was a real bargain for $4.00

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Ironstone Sugar and Creamer for less than $10

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a ironstone casserole dish

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a cute clove leave shaped brass planter

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and this amazing brass stool.  If you follow me on Instagram you saw the post where a friend found this stool on-line selling for $225.00.  I paid $20!

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Thrift shopping in the  Jacksonville area was great.  There are lots of shops with a vast array of antiques.  If you’re in the Jacksonville area, be sure to check out these shops:

Antique Market of San Jose
5107 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL
 
Avonlea Antiques & Design Gallery
8101 Philips Hwy
Jacksonville, FL
 
Fans & Stoves Antique Mall
1059 Park St.
Jacksonville, FL
 
5 Points Antiques
1046 Park St.
Jacksonville, Fl
 
Southern Crossing Antique Mall
2718 Park St.
Jacksonville, FL
 
Rusted: A Vintage Market
1523 San Marco Blvd,
Jacksonville, Fl
 
 
The thrill of the hunt never gets old.  What’s on your thrifting list?
Shelly

FIVE Things

Happy Thursday!  It’s almost the weekend and I couldn’t be more excited.  The week after a vacation can be crazy and I am in need of a little extra sleep this weekend.

Have seen those post around blogland that highlight 5 things going on in the bloggers life at the moment?  I always enjoy reading them and decided to do my version from time to time here on ConfettiStyle.  It’s just a fun way of letting you take a peek into my life.

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MAKING:  my project list is long and the first thing I’m tackling is a DIY stationery caddy inspired by this.

EATING:  There are so many reasons to love summer but eating cherries on a daily basis is one of the best parts of the season.  This easy cherry tart has become by favorite summer treat.

READING: I am finally breaking down and ordering a subscription to this magazine because it is always filled with great business advise and inspiration.

PLANNING:  I’m excited to be attending the Haven Conference for the first time and I’m starting to get prepared for it.  I ordered this cute jumpsuit to wear and these business cards (at 50% off) which couldn’t be more perfect for ConfettiStyle!

ENJOYING:  Sometimes your best creative ideas come when you arealone and this video makes me smile every time I look at it.   Brilliant!

 p.s.  it’s gift giving season in my world and I’ve got some fun gift wrap inspiration post to share with you next week

 

So what’s been going on in your life?

Have you ever spent time on the Lamps Plus website?  It’s kinda like lamp heaven and you can easily get sucked in and find yourself spending hours looking all their fabulous lighting.

Lamps Plus is one of my go-to sources for stylish lighting (especially when the budget goes beyond the big box stores).  On a recent lamp binge I unearthed some fabulous lighting options and found myself hummingyou light up my life, which by the way was a favorite of mine back in the day.  Anyway,  I don’t want to be alone in my fixation with Lamps Plus lighting so I’m going to get you hooked with my newest discoveries–from ceiling to floor!  Check them out and you can thank me later.

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This Antique Brass Ceiling Light would look great in a kitchen or powder room or even in a kitchen pantry.
 The Liberty Gold Ceiling Light is just screaming to be placed in a powder room or hallway.  
You gotta love the Feiss Urban Renewal Wide Brass Ceiling Light  for a boy’s room or mud room.
The classic styling of the Jonathan Adler Parker Wide Brass Ceiling Light make it perfect for a bathroom, small foyer or closet.

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Two of these Alcazar Brass and Mercury Glass Table Lamp on a console table would be stunning. 
I’d put this  Dimond Farmhouse Antique Brass Table Lamp   in a men’s office or kids play/study area.
The Spotlight Brass Table Lamp would be a stylish way to accent a desk or craft area.
The Robert Abbey Sloan Aged Brass and Crystal Table Lamp is screaming “put me on a marble top side table.”
One on his nightstand and one on mine–that’s where I’d put this Robert Abbey Alice Antique Brass Table Lamp
So many places the Robert Abbey Fineas Alabaster and Brass Table Lamp could go–dining room buffet, bedroom, sofa table!

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I can just envision the Circuline Satin Brass Floor Lamp next to a big comfy chair and ottoman.
 The Astor Antique Brass Tripod Pharmacy Floor Lamp is perfect for a study, next to a leather sofa.
What a beauty this Arteriors Home Norman Glass and Vintage Brass Floor Lamp would be flanking a dark navy sofa and framing a fun gallery wall of art. 
 
Shelly
 
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In my book every day of the year is a great day for a party.  And when it comes to party decor, I’m always on the hunt for unique and creative ideas to add to my party planning file.  On a recent Pinterest binge I came across a few images that were not only beautiful but that spoke to my creativity.  These tablescapes look sophisticated and elaborate but it is the details that make them great.  Details that can be achieved with a little creativity.

Six Crafty Ways to Style Your Next Party Table by ConfettiStyle

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Beach Bum!

Hello there!  We’ll, all good things must come to an end and our 1st summer vacation was officially over last night!  Bummer!  I am already missing the beach, the sand, the sunrises and sunsets and just doing nothing!  I could easily live the life of a beach bum but work and responsibilities are calling.  I’m going to ease back into the work week (which of course is slammed with to-do’s) and take one more opportunity to relive our vacation.  Join me why don’t you!

This was our first time visiting Jacksonville, Florida and it did not disappoint!

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The sunrises were spectacular…

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as were the sunsets.

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The palm trees were ginormous…

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and the sand was soft and filled with beautiful seashells.

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The dolphins came out to play.  The morning that we were leaving there must have been 20 or more just off the shoreline.

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Even when the skies were grey the beach was beautiful!

One day we made the 40 minute drive over to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the nation.  OMG is this city stunning.

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Some of the most beautiful architecture I’ve ever seen.

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You can see the Spanish influences in the colors and details of the buildings.

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St. Augustine has one of the oldest churches in American with the largest collection of Tiffany stained glass windows.

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The old stone fort that protected the city during battle.

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The bay was filled with beautiful sail boats and ships.

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I’ve got dibs on this as my retirement home.

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Old stone drinking well for the horses that pulled the carriages in the streets.

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We stopped by the oldest home in Florida.

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One of the stops on the trolley ride we took was at this winery and distillery.  Funny how most of the passengers got off here to take the tour and do some sampling!

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A beautiful peacock perched on an entrance post!

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You never know who’s looking!

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Of course I had to do some antique shopping while on vacation.  We popped into about 10 antique/thrift store and I found a few treasures.

If you ever visit St. Augustine be aware that they know there antiques in this city.  The collections are vast and the prices can be steep but there are treasures to be found.

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We had a great time on vacation and it can be summed up by the beauty of this image.

Shelly

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