Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The beauty of style...



I just had to share the latest addition to my bookshelf ~ “Elements of Style ~ Designing a Home and  a Life” by Erin Gates. It’s page after page of gorgeousness, with some wonderful guidelines and tips for decorating. I found my copy in a bookstore, but it’s easy enough to find online if you’re interested.
What wonderful new books have their way into your homes?


Wishing all of you a lovely week...

Monday, October 20, 2014

A little aubergine for autumn...



I don’t know that this technically qualifies as aubergine (it’s probably closer to purple), but I hope you’ll forgive the stretch ~ I couldn’t resist the alliteration.
People always think of orange and browns and yellows when it comes to autumn, but I am also drawn to the deep purples and maroons. Since I have a wonderful old collection of purple transferware, I thought I would use a couple of pieces as the centerpiece for an autumn display on the sideboard in the dining room. The bright floral and butterfly tray that was there was just too summery.
All in all, it’s a simple display, but pretty. And much more suited to the season.
Wishing all of you a lovely week...



I am linking to:
A Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Friday, October 17, 2014

Autumn decorating...



Like many of you, I love the change of seasons and always try to switch out some of my decor to reflect Mother Nature’s current state of mind. In the living room, I switched out the pillows and throw on the sofa, cleaned out the fireplace and installed new candles, and redid my coffee table with these pretty autumn wares.



Don’t you just love that owl dish?


Wishing all of you a lovely autumn day...

I am linking to:
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Red Velvet cupcakes (the easy way)...


I absolutely love red velvet cupcakes. While I always prefer them made from scratch, I picked up a couple of boxes of Betty Crocker mix in the grocery store awhile ago because they were buy one get one free ~ I figured it was worth trying them. The first batch was good but a bit lacking in chocolate flavor, I thought. So when I had a craving for them last week, I decided to use the other box of mix but add a bag of Ghirardelli’s milk chocolate chips to them. I didn’t bother to melt the chips down; I just threw them in the batter. (Tip: To keep the chips from sinking to the bottom of the cupcakes, put them in a bowl first and toss them with a tablespoon or so of flour. Add them to the batter just before you put it in the pan.)
And you know what? The cupcakes were wonderful. Those bite size pieces of chocolate were an excellent addition. So, there’s your life hack tip for the week: Go ahead and buy the red velvet cake mix if you’re pressed for time, but throw in a bag of good milk chocolate chips for optimum flavor. And don’t forget the cream cheese frosting.
On a side note, I just realized this is my 601st post on this blog. How cool is that? Cupcakes for all!
Wishing all of you a delicious day...


I am linking to:
Homemaking at Hope in Every Season
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully