ENTRYWAY ADDITIONS

ENTRYWAY ADDITIONS

I made two small changes to my entryway but I feel like they really elevated the space. I actually did not like the apothecary chest but just adding the brass knobs made me fall in love with this piece. I also changed out the white lamp shade for a black lamp shade. I feel like this new addition really added some much need warmth to this little corner. I will admit our entryway was not an area of my home that I really liked before but now I think it looks so cozy.

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NEW OLIVE STEMS

NEW OLIVE STEMS

I just got in these Faux Olive Stems and had to share them! They are only $16 for 5 full large stems. I cannot get over the quality. These will be a staple in my home. In the picture above I added in 3 small olive stems I had from target. These little stems have a few small olives on them but I love using these stems alone as well. These stems will also make for great greenery in other arrangements. Click on link below if you are interested!

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Jordan

Summer Grilling

Summer Grilling

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I am sure you have noticed how much I love creating different tablescapes, whether for a holiday or just an everyday meal. I think a beautiful and fun can add so much to the enjoyment of an everyday meal. Whenever I feel myself getting in a rut from the everyday routine I just bring out my favorite plates and linens then add some flowers and candles. It always does the trick. I used all things I already owned except for the placemats and napkins which are a new purchase from amazon.

I think a tablescape is never finished with out some flowers (fresh or faux) and candles. Since we eat outside often I buy these Pillar Citronelle candles at Target. I used my new favorite Vase which I made using a little navy spray paint and some painter’s tape. The flowers are fake since this was a last minute idea but I think they still look beautiful.

My husbands always enjoys grilling and my daughter’s favorite is barbeque chicken. Brandon does a simple mix of spicy mustard and molasses on the chicken prior to grilling. Once on the grill he puts the chicken over direct heat for 15 to 25 minutes. Once he moves the chicken off the direct heat he baste the chicken with BBQ sauces and lets cook for another 30 minutes. Once he removes the chicken from the grill he covers then chicken and lets it rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Brandon’s favorite barbeque sauce to use is Lillie’s Smokey BBQ which I purchase at Fresh Market. his chicken turns out perfect every time. My favorite veggie to grill is corn and since my kids love it too we often do this combo for dinners.

Hope you enjoyed our Summer Tablescape and Grilling ideas! I have linked some of the new purchases below so just click on the image and it will direct you to the website.

Jordan

FRIYAY 5

FRIYAY 5

Rattan Bracelet/La Granja/How to find Love in a Bookshop/Sloppy Joes/Mango Wood Vase

Happy Friday! I am sharing my FRIYAY 5 today which is a combination of my 5 favorite things from the week whether it is fashion, design, beauty, travel, home décor or a book!

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Rattan Bracelet

I adore rattan or cane home décor so it is no surprise this bracelet jumped out at me! The neutral color means it will go with every outfit. I cannot wait to wear it with my beach dresses!

La Granja

I want this outdoor eating area in my home! But I am willing to travel to Spain to enjoy it. The entire hotel is gorgeous. Even if you cannot visit Spain you have to go check out the pictures of this incredible hotel. Make sure to look at the poolside bar that is set under the most serene trees!

How to find Love in a Bookshop

I really enjoyed this beautiful story! Since I am a lover of all books this title instantly attracted my attention. The combination of a love of reading and music help to create the perfect setting for a beautiful romance. Several side stories, including one about a new mom whom I could whole hearted relate to, really rounds this story out to encompass all types of women. This can be a tear jerker at times but the book pulled me in and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.

Sloppy Joes

This is one of our families’ favorite recipes! If you have not tried some of the “100 days of real food” recipes then you have to start here. This is such a great alternative to traditional sloppy joes out of a can and it honestly taste so so much better. You will not regret giving it a taste. I will add that I puree all the veggies before sautéing them which made this kid friendly for our family!

Mango Wood Vase

Don’t you just love these simple mango wood vases. I think these would be a great addition to any home décor style. I can picture it perfectly in my home, my sisters’ and mom’s. We all have very different taste when it comes to decorating our homes but I know we can all agree on these!

I hope you enjoyed my weekly picks! Have a great weekend!

Jordan

Summer Tablescape and Roast Chicken Recipe

Summer Tablescape and Roast Chicken Recipe

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Every chance our family gets we eat outside. We have a great outdoor space under a pergola that is covered in beautiful star jasmine. We added an outdoor fan and string lights to create the perfect atmosphere. On Sunday nights I often make roast chicken and my family loves it. I have tried out several great recipes and finally created my own that is perfect for our entire family! Below I have shared my roast chicken and vegetables recipe. I also created a simple and fun outdoor summer tablescape.

I found the cutest faux orange potted plants at Target. I then created an orange inspired arrangement with fresh cuties, moss stones and palm steams. I used my everyday great white plates from pottery barn and my blue scalloped salad plates from William Sonoma with these simple wood chargers from world market. I really enjoy going all out for our Sunday night dinners. I feel like it starts our week off right.

ROAST CHICKEN RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

3 – 5 pounds Whole Chicken

4-5 medium carrots, chopped in large chunks

4 celery stalks, chopped in large chunks

1 onion, chopped in large chunks

8 garlic cloves

16 thyme springs

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

1 lemon. quartered

2 tablespoons butter, melted

salt and pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Then combine carrots, celery, onion, 4 garlic cloves, 8 thyme springs, and 2 – 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a mixing bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste and place vegetable mix in the bottom of a 9×13 greased dish.
  2. Rinse whole chicken and pat dry. Stuff the chicken with remaining 4 garlic cloves, 8 sprigs of thyme, and quartered lemon. Once stuffed place the chicken on top of the vegetables. Using a basting brush cover the chicken with the melted butter. (Note: you can use olive oil if you prefer. i use the butter because it makes a nice golden crispy skin.) Then salt and pepper your chicken.
  3. Roast the chicken for an hour. Cover the chicken with aluminum foil and let sit for 20 minutes. I use a thermometer to make sure the chicken is at least 140 degrees before I cover and let it sit.

Bon Appetit!

Jordan

Vintage Vibes

Vintage Vibes

I am a fan of all styles of home décor. I enjoy a room of serene neutrals just as mush as a vibrant colorful one. Today I wanted to share some of the pieces I love that have a fun Vintage Vibe! As always I adore blue but many of these great finds come in more colors. I ordered the cute blue game set for my kids! It is so adorable I may just leave it out on my coffee table. It will definitely add a little glam to our game nights!

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A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

I adore making changes in my home but my budget does not always allow for large purchases. I find some of the biggest impacts can be more affordable items for your home. For instance changing up your styling on shelves, adding affordable home décor pieces, a rug or a new art print. With that in mind I decided to create a post for all my favorite Home Décor items which can make such a big statement in your home. My favorite types of home décor pieces are vases, jars, coffee table books, unique bowls with fillers, faux plants, decorative objects and candles. If you missed my “Favorite Vases” post click here to view. Also I did a post on my “Favorite Spring Candles” so if you want to check it out click here. Below I have included my favorite picks for each category. Click on the number below the image to be directed to the website.

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I really like decorating with jars and it is apparent as soon as you walk in my house. Blythe is my favorite color so I just adore any Ginger Jar. Matching Jars work perfect on a mantel, a set of jars can be arranged on any table top whether a dining table or a console. I also love to use them as a vase. They really are such a versatile Home Décor piece that anyone should be able to use them in their home. I included some more traditional jars above but I tried to find a few unique ones. I like shopping from small business too so most of these are from small shops.

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Color and Textures are the two important aspects of design for me. I have chosen a neutral palette for my decorative objects but as you can tell there are lots of different textures. Wood, Cane, Marble Stone and Brass are all very versatile Home Décor pieces. I see all of these objects as great layering pieces for books, trays, bowls, stands or boxes. I want the brass keys to layer on top of some books I have on a small side table. I think the large chain set would look great on my coffee table either alone or hanging out of a bowl or tray. The Brass boxes would work great layered all together or just purchasing one to layer on a book or tray. Also the brass box could stand on its own on a bookshelf. The Candle votive and hurricanes could easily serve duel purposes as candle holders or vases. They work perfect inside or outside. The knots I love to layer on a books!

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I think that bowls can easily be set out and not have any fillers in them. But I also love adding fillers to change things up and it is a very affordable item to add to any styling. The white stones with the raw edge teak bowl would be perfect on a coffee table or console table. I love the rattan bowl and artichokes for a kitchen island or table. The whitewashed bowl and moss I did in my own home and put it on my coffee table. I think the rope bowls are so unique and I adore pinecones. These pinecones are large so you will not need many. They are a little more then I usually spend on fillers so I may just purchase 2 or 3 and add in some real pinecones.

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I do not have a green thumb so affordable faux plants is a must in my home. I tend to lean towards ferns because I enjoy decorating with flower stems so I really like greenery in my potted plants. However I do adore lavender so I had to add it to the list. I included the olive tree as well because I want it for my kitchen. I will either put it on my island or Kitchen table. In my opinion adding a plant always makes a room feel more homey and if you are like me and cannot manage to keep them alive faux is the way to go.

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I layer books everywhere in my home so I have quit the collection of coffee table books. My husband and I are both big readers too so we have a lot of novels as well which I do tend to use in my home décor as well. We actually have so many books we had to put three boxes full of books in our attic because we had no more room.

Happy Shopping,

Jordan

Favorite Vases

Favorite Vases

I think Spring is such a wonderful time of year because the flowers are in bloom! I am a sucker for fresh flowers and I enjoy arranging them in fun vases, bowls, pitchers or planters. I think a vase of beautiful flowers makes a room feel brighter and happier. I especially like fresh flowers when we have guest whether they are just over for dinner or staying the night. My kids love sunflowers and often talk my husband into buying them when they are at the grocery store. My favorites are Hydrangeas, Peonies, Tulips and Orchids. Below I have included a wide selection of different vases that would suit most anyone’s style. I personally have a lot of white and blue vases but I am trying to venture out of my comfort zone. All the vases I picked out are under $50 because who doesn’t love a great deal! If you see any that appeal to you just click on the image and it will direct you to the website. Thanks for stopping by!

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Jordan

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

With Mother’s Day just around the corner I thought I would create some boards for Mother’s Day Gift Ideas. Most of the gift ideas were inspired by my own wants but also by my mom’s and sister’s. I created a board for all the different and unique types of moms out there. I by no means covered them all but I hope something will inspire an idea for the special mom in your life. I also think there are some amazingly simple ideas too that cost nothing. Cleaning the house for mom, cooking dinners for a week or just allowing mom a full day to relax and pamper her! Click on the description below each picture and it will direct you to the website.

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SATIN PAJAMA CAMI/ SATIN CROPPED PAJAMA BOTTOMS/ SLIP SILK MASK

SLIP SILK PILLOWCASE/ SAM EDELMAN SLIPPERS

COLOR BLOCK VASE/ GINGHAM VASE/ CLEAR VASE/ WHITE PITCHER/BLUE AND GOLD VASE

THE HEALER ALL-PURPOSE BALM/ SILK HAIR TIES/FACE MASK BRUSH

RESURFACING ENZME FACE MASK SET/BUTTERFLY WHIPPED BODY OIL

TRAVEL COFFEE MUG/COFFEE CANISTER/INITIAL COFFEE MUG/MOCHA SYRUP

MILK FROTHER/COFFEE SCOOP AND CLIP

SLOW TRAVEL/ WHITE AND LEATHER SUITCASE/ COSMETIC CASE/TECH ORGANIZER/LIVING PROOF TRAVEL SET/TECH ORGANIZER/WHITE AND LEATHER CANVAS WEEKENDER

Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredible Woman!

Jordan

Decorating with a Clam Shell Bowl

Decorating with a Clam Shell Bowl

My oversized clam shell bowl is one of my favorite décor pieces. I put it on my Friyay 5 list last week and had a question about how to style a clam shell bowl. I decided it would be fun to do a post with different styling ideas. Sometimes I like to keep it simple and leave my shell empty but I enjoy adding in fillers to change up my décor. My absolute favorite idea is to use Orchids and Moss which I have pictured above. I also added a close up shot of the orchids below. I usually start with a large oasis in the bottom of the clam or a foam board if that’s all I have. From there I can add my orchids or other faux flowers and greenery. I then add in my moss to cover any spots where you can see the oasis. In the Orchid picture above I actually have a mix of real orchids and faux (a trick from my mom). If I do not have enough height from just placing the oasis in the bottom of the shell then I will add some Target bags under the oasis. This way all the décor pieces can be seen and they sit above the edge of the shell. However, if I want to keep thigs quick and easy I simply add some decorative balls or orbs into the empty shell. You’d be surprised how good the orbs alone look but you can add in moss or eucalyptus to give more depth and color. I have a picture below where I used decorative orbs and some greenery. I used the same reindeer moss and moss orbs in both of my clam shell filler ideas.

PINTEREST INSPIRATION

I am addicted to Pinterest whether I am looking for recipes, travel ideas, gifts or party themes. My favorite thing is to find styling tips for my home décor. I have included some of my inspiration pins for filling my clam shell bowl. I hope some of them will inspire you! If you want to see my Pinterest boards you can always click on the “P” icon at the top of my website or click here.

Above Sources: Completely-Coastal.com; Oncewed.com; Simpledetailsblog.blogspot.com; Birch Lane; Coastalvintage.com.au

SOURCES FOR CLAM SHELL FILLERS

Below are the items I used in creating my clam shell décor. Just click on the image to be directed to the websites.

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SOURCES FOR CLAM SHELL BOWLS

Happy Shopping!

Jordan

FRIYAY 5

FRIYAY 5

THE RITZ-CARLTON/BERRY BOWLS/SANDALS/NAPKINS/HURRICANES

Happy Friday! I am sharing my FRIYAY 5 today which is a combination of my 5 favorite things from the week whether it is fashion, design, beauty, travel, home décor or a book! Just click on the image below or the text above to go directly to the websites.

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THE RITZ-CARLTON AT LAKE OCONEE

I have had several friends visit this Ritz-Carlton for a long weekend and they all raved about it. We were planning to go this past fall but Covid changed our plans. The resort is in Georgia so it is drivable from Louisiana which is a plus. Once we are able to plan our trip again I will give a review!

NAVY BERRY BOWLS

I love these berry bowls! Of course anything blue will catch my eye but I also really like the cute patterns. My sister-in-law introduced me to berry bowls. She has some cute ones that she keeps in her refrigerator full of berries and grapes. She can then easily pull out for guest or for her family. I loved the idea because my son loves fruit especially blueberries and strawberries. When I get home from the grocery I like to wash his fruit and keep them in these bowls so he can easily grab them for snacks.

SANDALS

These are such cute sandals! I love sandals that I can just slide on and be on my way. I like the color combo and how the navy pops against the white. I plain to wear these with dresses and rolled jeans. I will be able to wear these to the office too which is a huge plus.

NAPKINS

As soon as I saw these napkins I knew I had to order them. I have seen similar napkins but they were way out of my price range so I was excited when I found these. I love to create fun tablescapes for Saturday Night dinners. We love eating outside in the spring so we will get a lot of use out of these!

HURRICANES

I have been on the hunt for rattan hurricanes that I could use for candles but also as a vase for flowers. I love any décor that serves a dual-purpose! When I saw these unique hurricanes I knew I had to add them to my must have list! Of course since they are navy they have to go to the top of the list.

I hope you enjoyed my weekly picks and you all have a good weekend!

Jordan

FRIYAY 5

FRIYAY 5

RATTAN COUNTER STOOL/INDIAN CHAPATI/SUNGLASSES/SNEAKERS/SMALL VASE

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Happy Friday! I am sharing my FRIYAY 5 today which is a combination of my 5 favorite things from the week whether it is fashion, design, beauty, travel, home décor or a book! Just click on the image below or the text above to go directly to the websites.

RATTAN COUNTER STOOL

I have to have these rattan stools for my kitchen! I love them and they are such a great price! Finding reasonably priced counter stools is never easy so when you find a stool that you love at a price you can afford buy them immediately.

INDIAN CHAPATI

I love these little wood stands and think they could be used in so many ways! You could use them on a coffee table for a layered look and put a candle on it or a small decorative item. I want one for my Kitchen. I will either put my soap and brushes on it or my salt and oils. This is a great price! I have seen them at other stores for quit a bit more.

SUNGLASSES

I just got these sunglasses at Target and they are so comfy. I love the style and the fit too. I like getting sunglasses for just $12 because if I misplace them, drop them or a child takes them then I am not devastated. I like to have a cheap pair for the beach too because I have ruined an expensive pair with the salt water.

SNEAKERS

I want these sneakers because they are a great neutral ton without just being completely plain. I love to wear sneakers on the weekend or on Fridays at the office so I know I would get a ton of use out of these.

SMALL VASE

This cute little vase is another versatile piece and not just because it is a neutral color. I want it for my home to put my dish brushes in and I think stacking it on the above Indian Chapati would be such a cute idea!

I hope you enjoyed my weekly picks and you all have a great weekend!

Jordan