Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas Decorating 2014

Hey All!  Time sure has sped by this holiday season.  I have done my best to keep up with sharing some of my Christmas decorating on my facebook page but am just now finally able to share it here.  I have been unable to share here easily because of I got a new computer this past year and just now finally figured out how to get my photos to upload from my camera in a format I can use easily on this new windows 8.  Very confusing stuff!  Anywho, for those of you who many want to take a peek here is the highlights of my Christmas decor inside the house.  To see the outside porch you need to check out my post before this one.  Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas too!

In the kitchen I didn't do a tree since I have a puppy now and need to keep her confined to the kitchen while I am at work. I did manage to do a little bit of decorating in here though.

I absolutely love how my Candy Chandy turned out!

I stuck with my usual woodsy look for the den but upgraded the ribbons on the tree by using a new technique of using 3 ribbons to create a very full effect.

Here's a picture of Maizey being caught redhanded.  The little bandit actually did pretty well with only a minimal amount of damage.  LOL!

The Hearth got an Old World Santa look this year using several Santa from my collections.

The newest stocking additions this year.  Both my Cavababy Maizey and my sons dog Kora got their very own stockings.

Around the dining room it was all about the glitzy glamour of gold and silver.  This tree also got an update with new ribbons this year as well.

And finally the foyer was dressed in a simple welcoming look this year.

I am so thankful for having the time to enjoy a beautiful Christmas season with my family and friends and for being able to now share with you too!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Nautical Christmas Tree

Hi Ya!  Guess what I've been up too?  If you guessed getting started on Christmas decorating you'd be correct!

Though I am usually not this early in putting up a tree before Thanksgiving, I decided to go ahead and get a jump on things by putting up the Christmas tree on the screen porch.  Once again I have been perfecting my nautical tree for the screen porch.  It's been a lesson learned after a few years of unexpected weather obstacles that I've had to learn to accomodate.

This year I have added a new tree.  Well, it's actually the tree I've used in the kitchen the last few years.  I am not doing a tree in the kitchen this year due to that being the puppy's room while I am at work and believe me when I say she cannot be trusted around a Christmas tree.  I have already witnessed her tugging on the outside tree branches a few times.  Bad girl!

Now back to the Nautical tree on the screen porch.  I have slowly added a few more pieces to complement the look I am going for.  I have yet to find the right tree skirt but that will come.

I was especially excited to find these sailboats at Kirklands this year. By the time I found them there were only 3 to be had but they did say they really didn't get many in at all.   What a treat to finally be able to have some sailboat ornaments that are large enough to represent the sport that we love so much.

I also found a crab and a sea turtle ornament at Kirklands as well.  A few other new additions to the tree was the green and blue glitter discs and the blue mirrored balls.  I also added several glittery green and blue ornamental picks that somewhat represent seaweed to me.  LOL!

And For this years tree topper I added more funky seaweed looking picks in blues, greens and silvers along with a bluish green ball pick that reminded me of water bubbles.

And it's all centered around these adorable kissing seahorses.  Awww!  The seahorse ornament was a cute find at Kirklands as well.

Thanks again for stopping by and checking out my Nautical Christmas tree.
I hope you enjoyed your visit!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Placemat Solutions

Sometimes the simplest of solutions is right under your nose.

My husband and I love dining in the den now since it's just the two of us.  After refurbishing this table and adding it to the den I have been very selective in setting it up so that it coordinates well with the rest of the room.  I purchased this giraffe table runner from work and love how it coordinates with my decor and other animal print pillows in the room. 

 The real decorating dilemma for me came in finding just the right placemats that fit in well here.  Luckily, I already had these lovely oval shaped woven grass placemats that fit the curvature of the table perfectly.  I thought the style seemed to fit in well enough but....they were so much higher (or thicker) then the table runner and that uneven balance was throwing old picky me waaayyy off!

Then there was the fact that as beautiful and interesting as the texture is on them, they just were not practical when it came to everyday dining and everyday cleaning from food spills.  I cannot stand when food stains and particals linger on placemats!

After a while I began to search around and keep my eyes open for just the right placemats.  I have a huge selection already to choose from but they are mostly all rectangular which just do not fit the size of this table without looking awkward and cluttered.   I tried my square placemats and they too where a bit too large for the space of table available between the existing table runner and the edge of the table.  I looked and looked everywhere and finally bought another somewhat pie shaped placemat that did fit the space well but looked strangely out of place to the rest of the room.

The oblong shaped placemats fit perfectly so I wanted to find more of those.  I did actually find some that were perfect in color and size but they were linen and again not practical for everyday cleaning unless you don't mind doing laundry everyday.  No we're not extremely messy but accidents do happen you know.

After searching around for weeks a light bulb finally came on when I remembered I already had the perfect placemats at home.  I had purchased the placemats shown above from the clearance section when I worked at Steinmart.  They are made from a rubbery type of woven plastic and are the perfect color and texture solution for this room.  If your wondering why I didn't remember them to begin with it is because they were rectangular until last week.

After remembering I had these and how flexible yet durable they are I knew I had the perfect solution right under my own nose.  I simply laid down my oval grass mats on the top and traced an outline with a pencil and then got out the kitchen shears and cut them to size.  Eureka!!!!   The beauty of this product is not only that they are so easy to wipe clean but because of the material of the weave they will not fray.  No sewing or edging needed after cutting and they are the perfect fit!

I can just imagine all the different shape adjustments you could cut these into and still look cute and decorative while dining without being too cheesy, can't you?

More importantly now when we are not using the table at night the emphasis here is on the beautiful table and runner and not the placemats that blend beautifully now.

Who said, you can't be practical when being decorative?

Dropping by Metamorphosis Monday today to share this small little tip of practicality with anyone else who might be interested.  

Have a wonderful week Y'all!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Follow me on Facebook

If you have been a follower of the Decorative Dreamer please follow me now on my new Facebook page at

 In an effort to continue sharing my own home decorating, and any other fabulous home decor ideas, sale bargains and all sorts of beautiful stuff.   I will be concentrating most of my efforts from here on out on that page.

     After hearing another blog friend make this announcement tonight that she was going to only be on facebook it really struck home with me as well.  I guess I had not ever really thought about all the advantages of having a FB page for The Decorative Dreamer.  I've always thought of it more in terms of something to be used to enhance the blog.  But now, in thinking of it as something to replace my blog it really makes so much more sense for me at this stage of my life.   Because I have so little content it seems rather silly to continue trying to keep this blog going.  Not to mention that my time is so limited these days and preparing a full page content is often way more then I can handle.   I hope you will all understand and come on over and join me there as I start a new way of sharing with you!

Thank you so much to all of you especially who have continued to support me in my blogging efforts all these years!  I have enjoyed all of the friendships that I have made here over the years and sincerely hope that those of you who are still interested will friend me and follow me there.
Everyone is welcome!  If you are a blogger please be sure and let me know who you are when liking my page by way of giving me your blog name so I will recognize you too.  I would love to hear from you there.

Hope to see you all soon on Facebook!