IKEA Hacks ~~ Great Ideas

I always love a good IKEA hack/DIY. Here are a few great ideas that I came across that I thought I would share with you ~~ from simple beginnings to fabulous endings.

Serving Spoons


For these colorful paint dipped spoon handles, checkout the how-to on the Oh Everything Handmade blog.

Hand-Dyed Napkins

Gullmaj Before-After Collage

Blogger Erika Rax had been wanting to do a DIY dye project for sometime. With some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, you too can learn how to make these pretty napkins. For DIY instructions, visit her blog here.

Sleek Bar Stools

Black IKEA Bar Stool-Before

DALFRED IKEA Bar Stools-After

I love this DALFRED IKEA Bar Stool makeover. To get the complete DIY how-to, hop on over to this blog for all her tips.

Happy D.I.Y.



I was doing a little virtual shopping recently over at one of my favorite magazines, Architectural Digest and came across a few items that I had to share. Sit back and enjoy, maybe you will see something you fancy. I have one or two on my wish list….HINT: Fortuny Fabric.



Canopy Designs Dandelion Chandelier. Photo: Christine Blackbourne. canopydesigns.com, 212-355-0033.


Roger Thomas. Photo: Christopher Amaral. walterswicker.com, 212-758-0472.


Wicker rim and resin base tray in a Portugese tile pattern by Oscar de la Renta. Photo: Victor Prado. oscardelarenta.com, 888-782-0472.


Spring 2015 line of luxury bedding by Donna Karan Home. Photo: Victor Prado. bloomingdales.com, 800-777-0000.


Hand Painted Feeling tableware collection by Serax. Made in Belgium. Photo: Victor Prado. florijnhome.com, 781-772-2180.



L’Objet’s Alchime de Venise line of decorative boxes clad in Fortuny. 🙂 Photo: Victor Prado. l-objet.com, 855-562-5388.


Table linens by Ferran ~ New York. 🙂 Photo: Gormon Studios. ferranstore.com, 212-865-1303.

These are just a few of my picks. If you wish to see more, be sure to visit Architectural Digest. I hope you have a very lovely weekend, doing whatever, shopping, relaxing, catching up on some reading or just chilling. Out my way, it is the ANNUAL SWALLOW’S DAY PARADE. San Juan Capistrano is the host of this BIG EVENT and this is the 57th year celebrating the return of the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano. The day kicks off at 6 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Women’s Club of San Juan Capistrano. At 10:00 a.m., the pre-parade festivities start and at 11:00 a.m., the parade kicks off. We have many fond memories of this event, as my hubby was a very active participant with all three of my now grown children, marching in the parade with the Y-Princess and Y-Guide Program (a program affiliated  with the YMCA, that provides many wonderful Father/Daughter and Father/Son activities). This isn’t the only BIG EVENT on the calendar though………even BIGGER, is my grandson’s 2nd birthday party. He will be starting his celebration at the local petting zoo…..and this is another memorable place for our family in San Juan Capistrano. This petting zoo, was once known as the Jones Family Petting Farm and each of my children grew up experiencing this wonderful place, from guided pony rides, to birthday events. Now, the original family has retired and since sold the petting zoo to a wonderful woman who has taken it beyond what it was 20+ years ago. Today, it is known as Zoomar’s Petting Zoo. It still has all the fabulous memories of so many years ago, with the “horsey-rides”, the goats, the sheep, the Emu’s, the corral with all the “little critters” (guinea pigs, bunnies and such) that we happily feed with the “purchased food” (it is a business after all). But, now, there is a choo-choo train to ride on, a “gold-mining” adventure, a corn-filled play-pen for kids to jump in to their hearts’ delight. Needless to say, it has definitely evolved from where it was when we took my Lindsay, Neal and Melissa there. Now, my Lindsay is a momma and we are coming full circle with my grandson, Jackson. It is such fun to see him enjoy some of the same places that his “momma” grew up with. We’ll be hangin’ at the Grandparents’ house (mu-wah) afterwards, grillin’ and chillin’ with family, friends and our very adorable grandson!

Happy Weekend

From Me to You, xoxo,



In a previous post on Design Elements for Warm & Cozy, I shared a Moodboard with you that featured some cozy bed ideas, and, on my inspiration board, I featured some cashmere throws and some scented candles from a company called Parachute Home …….which brings me to today’s blog post.

ParachuteHome1CollageYou may be asking, “Who Is Parachute Home”? Actually, the company has a rather interesting story. Some years ago, the founder of Parachute Home was traveling through Italy (I love, love, love Italy, by the way) and found herself in a lovely, picturesque hotel on the Amalfi coast (and wishing I could be there). As she got to her room, ready to unwind, she crawled into bed and found “perfection”. The sumptuous sheets were softer than anything she had ever experienced. When she finally returned home from Italy, she began the quest to find bedding that replicated that sumptuous, luxurious European experience.

Long story, short, Parachute Home was imagined as a way to deliver premium quality bedding at an affordable price by simplifying the traditional retail process. Parachute Home bedding happens to be designed right here in Los Angeles, California, made in Italy and delivered right to you. And, Parachute Home bedding is also made of the finest, long-staple Egyptian cotton, combed with precision to remove all impurities and dyed naturally in a process that surpasses the highest safety and  environmental protection standards. Simply select your preferred fabrics, colors, styles and receive them at your door. 🙂

Based on the fact the you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, shouldn’t your sleep experience simply be sumptuous? To order swatches or to learn more, just click HERE.





The holiday season is upon us in full gear, and, along with decorating, shopping and gift wrapping, we are also planning for holiday meals. It is definitely that time of year when celebrating and entertaining go hand in hand. This year, my husband’s godmother will be turning 90 on December 22nd and to honor her as well as show her how much we have appreciated her generosity and unconditional love, we are hosting a birthday dinner celebration in our home. I have ordered the floral centerpieces, the cake and made arrangements for tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, glassware, etc., to be delivered, but I am doing all the cooking. I find buffet style entertaining, where guests serve themselves, a popular choice for any occasion. This style of entertaining allows you to mingle with guests and replenish serving containers as needed. It also allows you to serve a larger number of guests.


1. Choose the Best Spot.

A buffet can be set up on a dining table or other large surface, such as a chest, kitchen counter, sideboard, library table or picnic table outside. Place the table where it is most convenient for serving, clearing and traffic flow. A minimum of 18 inches is required for guests to walk between pieces of furniture.


2. Organize the Flow

Arrange plates, food and serving utensils on a buffet in a logical order so guests can serve themselves without backtracking. If the buffet space accommodates only the food, place plates, silverware, and napkins on a separate table nearby.


3. Plan for Cocktails


4. Plan a Workable Menu

Make sure the food on the menu is simple to serve and eat. For my dinner celebration, the guests will be seated at tables, but for guests who will be seated in chairs only with plates on their laps, they will appreciate food they can eat with a fork. When seating space is limited and guests will have to stand, a menu consisting of finger foods is the best option.

5. Dress it Up With Pretty Fabrics



Fine table coverings, heirloom pieces, damask, linen, and sheer organdy toppers are used for formal occasions, but for casual or less formal events, look around your home for ideas. Try a quilt, fabrics that complement the dishes, burlap,  or crisp cotton sheets.

6. Stack It Up




Add interest to a buffet by elevating several dishes to create levels. A cake pedestal or a shallow-footed bowl are perfect choices to hold food or other serving pieces. Less attractive items used for height may be hidden under drapes of fabric for the same effect. Take a trial run on setting your buffet, you won’t know if an arrangement will work until you try it. When you find your desired look, make a drawing of the shape of your buffet surface with all items needed as a reference. Set the table the day before your event.

7. Add Beauty With Centerpieces


Centerpieces should contribute to the mood of the occasion rather than dominate the table; otherwise, with the many serving pieces, the table will be too crowded. Also, if you are using a centerpiece on the table, be sure it isn’t too large or too tall which may obstruct the view of each guest. One arrangement in the center is best for circular tables. Scatter several arrangements down the middle of a rectangular table. Of course, fresh flowers are always lovely. Other possibilities to consider are fruits, nuts, greenery, potted bedding plants, ferns and figurines.

8. Go For Mood


The type of lighting you choose can help establish the mood and atmosphere. A dimmer switch that lowers overhead lighting is a necessity in a dining room.  Remember to use candles only after dusk and do not put candles on the table unless they will be lit. Make sure all candles are lit before guests arrive. Tapered candles are usually used for a dressier table, while votive candles will work for any style table. Also choose votive holders to help carry out a theme.





Images Via My Pinterest





Being an avid follower of some very inspiring blogs, I was introduced to a wonderful bedding company, Crane & Canopy via Emily A. Clark Interiors. When Crane & Canopy designer and co-founder Karin purchased her first house, she wanted to create a contemporary and elegant home filled with high-quality designer decor and furniture. When she couldn’t find exactly what she was looking for without breaking the bank, she decided to get to work. The result, high quality, beautifully designed home goods at an innovative price.


Now who isn’t a fan of beautiful, quality linens without having to take out a second mortgage??


Leontine Linens via here.



Leontine Linens via here.

I am in the process of re-designing my daughters’ bedroom (stay tuned for some before and after images……I hope). Anyhow, I was in need of some new sheets that had a high-end, embroidered look. Think Sferra or Leontine Linens, but without the big $$$$. Sooooo, I was very delighted to have learned about Crane & Canopy. I decided to take the plunge, so to speak, and placed my order.


Crane & Canopy via here.


Crane & Canopy via here.

My order arrived a few days later, with a lovely lavender sachet and a sweet, handwritten thank you note from “Brittany”, on behalf of everyone at Crane & Canopy, thanking me for my purchases.

Well, I’m impressed……Love the personal touch!!! Thank you “Brittany”…..I will be back for more!