Crystal Clear

I’m a lover of vintage things, so I’m always cleaning things up  & making them crystal clear again. When we moved into our house, the previous owner was a cigar lover, & my (now home office) – living room – & entryway were, VERY yellow. We scrubbed the walls, & painted the ceiling. no problem. Yellow —> white. BRIGHT white. Wonders of a fresh coat of paint & some old fashioned elbow grease.

Some things however, needed a scrub down & a “professional” cleaning. Mainly, our light fixtures. Our entryway had this cute little light fixture I wanted to keep, but the crystals were so yellow and dirty that I didn’t know if it was salvageable. IT WAS. I found this little magic gem that I can’t wait to share with you, from Home Depot. (or probably any other home supply store) It’s called TSP. & you can find it —-> here.

I actually found that I prefer the liquid version more, but this stuff is NOT FOR KIDS. & you should probably wear gloves, & it has to be diluted. SO, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. but you can buy it on Amazon —-> here.

Here’s a little BEFORE & a little AFTER. Amazing right? Looks like new! I just diluted the TSP & dipped each crystal in the diluted mix, rinsed with water, laid to dry, & hung them back up. it’s not my #1 choice of light fixture, but it kinda goes with the shabby chic vibe of my house. Anyway. You can use TSP to clean walls, old crystals, yellowed wall paper & probably a million other things, but I used it when we moved into our house & it was the best cleaning product I’ve ever purchased. You’re Welcome.

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BOO-tiful Table Arrangements

Table arrangements can make or break the room. Can you imagine a table without a runner? Going to a wedding without a centerpiece? Arrangements can be the center focus of your event. I love black and white. Neutral. There’s just something chic about it, almost always. Which is funny, because my mom tried to dress me in loads of black & white attire as a child, but I wouldn’t wear it… Now its my go-to. How things change.

You can find black and white table runners in all sorts of places – Amazon & Easy shops would be where I’d first look. What can’t you find on Amazon? Right? I knew what I wanted & had my mom whip this Kate Spade inspire baby up. Washable & reversible. Handy, really. Antlers are all the rage right now & at first I wasn’t too keen on the idea of putting dead animal on my table, but I really liked the way it pulled it together. Vintage stores will sometimes have them – or you can phone your favorite hunter and have them saw a pair off for you on their latest hunt. (sorry)

Now you’ll need a vessel. This wooden one is from TJ Maxx, but you can always check Target and get a serving tray to use in a pinch!

Grab some flowers and FLORIST FOAM from Hobby Lobby — here I used peonies, hydrangeas, & white pumpkins. You won’t be able to do any sort of arrangement without florist foam. It comes in blocks and circles and you can cut it, break it, and most importantly – shove stems of artificial flowers into it. Start with a few peonies and start putting hydrangeas in for filler, when you have a nice blank spot – throw in a pumpkin… just keep playing until you have filled your vessel. You don’t have to use leaves, but I had them so I threw them in there.

& there you have it. A Neutral, all fall appropriate table arrangement. Good Luck!

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Happy October Witches!

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Halloween for me starts in late August. I want to soak up as much of the holidays as possible! I love to decorate my home. My FIRST home. My husband and I lived in an apartment for 2 years, & here we are.. just passing the anniversary of our one year here. Thats not why you stopped in though. Halloween. Witches, Crows, Fall colors, Pumpkin Beers, Carmel Apple Cider – I personally cannot get enough. (Hence why I start so early)

Halloween decor can be found anywhere & everywhere, starting right after the kids go back to school. (which is when you find the BEST stuff) I haunt Home Goods, Target, TJ Maxx, & all sorts of little fun shops I have up here in Michigan. You can make anything work if you just arrange them right. Use books for height – Don’t have a purple spell book like mine? Hit up your local used bookstore and find a nice thick bound book with fun gold lettering! You can find glittery pumpkins & fun pumpkins almost anywhere! If that “perfect” one isn’t out there – opt to paint & glitter a real pumpkin, or hit up your local orchard & snag yourself a lil cutie from the patch.

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