Tag Archives: Home Decor

Flatscreen Fix

So, I admit it.  I have a television displayed prominently in my bedroom.  {collective GASP!}  I am not ashamed to say that I love retiring to the bedroom, getting under my fluffy duvet and watching some television before going to sleep.  Or having little girl come join us in bed for cartoons on the weekend.  For a while now, I have been admiring images of how to “style” a flatscreen television.

Many months ago, I fell in love with this image over at Sarah’s Fab Day (original source: Style at Home)….

And the oh-so-talented Emily A. Clark recently created a gallery wall behind her family room flatscreen….

So, since doing my “custom” DIY rollerblinds (and admiring their awesomeness!), I have been looking directly at this blank wall:

I wanted to create some visual interest on the cheap.  I didn’t really want to purchase any new frames or wall art.  So, I decided to go into the storage closet and pull out all of my old picture frames that I really didn’t love anymore (love the pictures, hate the frames!).

Because there was no uniformity among the frames, I thought to pull out the pictures and the backing and spray paint the frames black to create uniformity.

But, once I saw the frames laid out though, I liked the visual interest that the different colors and textures provided, so I decided not to spray paint the frames.  The uniformity would be created by the wall color behind each frame.  I centered the dresser on the wall, got some little nails and started hanging.  And voila!

I really like the way it turned out, and I love that it was FREE and ZERO COMMITMENT!  I can easily take down the frames and do something else if I get tired of it.

What do you think?  Do you have the same problem?  Any other creative fixes out there?

P.S. Thank you for being patient with my CRAPTASTIC camera and iPhone pictures.  Hopefully Santa will get the hint and bring me a real camera at the end of December!

Flash: HomeGoods Opens in Richmond Today

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If you are in or around Richmond, the long-awaited grand opening of HomeGoods is TODAY from 8am – 8pm!  It’s out on West Broad by Whole Foods.  I cannot wait to check it out!

Haunt the Halls

Less than two weeks until the trick-or-treaters will be knocking at the door.  This is one of the few holidays where kitschy is cool!  Check out these fun and inspirational ideas.

I love painted pumpkins — no muss no fuss.

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How fabulous are these silver pumpkins?  I may do all silver & gold pumpkins on my porch for Halloween this year.  What do you think? (Get instructions on the silver pumpkin how-to HERE)

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These sparkly pumpkins almost look good enough to eat!  (Get the how-to HERE).  And look at that cute the li’l polka dottie pun’kin below.

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The pumpkin below was adorned with black push pins — isn’t it amazing?

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If you are going to carve a pumpkin, you may as well make it count.  It’s easy to forget that the lanterns below are actually pumpkins!

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Get the how-to instructions on the pumpkin sconces above HERE.

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These pumpkin topiaries would look great on either side of the front door.

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This little sweet pumpkin votive looks like it belongs in Kate Spade’s living room.

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How cool are these pumpkin candle holders?  You could use these through Thanksgiving too.  I love this idea!

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Can you believe that the wreath below is made with hard candies?  Isn’t it terrific?  You can find instructions on how to make it HERE.

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Candy as decoration seems entirely appropriate at Halloween.  This display looks like an old-timey penny candy counter.

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And, my favorite, the Happy Halloween Beach Cruiser!

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[Images 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 10 & 11 Courtesy of Martha Stewart, Images 3, 4, 6, 7 & 12 Courtesy of Better Homes and Garden]

HIP or SKIP?

While perusing my West Elm catalog on the elliptical the other day, I came across these bed linens:

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And I was wondering YOUR opinion.

Random Things That I am Liking Right Now

Below are a hodge podge of items that I am loving at the moment with no regard to order (or price tag in some cases):

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I.DIE.  Bananas.  OTT.  {Insert favorite Rachel Zoe saying here.This coat ($298) from Anthropologie is perfection.

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I love these greek key accent tables ($179) from Acacia.  I think they would also look great with a coat or two of white or navy blue paint.

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I can’t stop looking at this family room featured in Cookie Magazine this month.  I absolutely love the symmetry and the dual living spaces created in the same room.  Somehow, the “wood cabin look” works without being to country or campy.  The contemporary drawings above the hearth are beautiful and understated.  Love.

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I would love to gentley place one of these beauties on my desk and stare all day.  At $625 a pop, I guess gazing at the Maine Cottage website will have to suffice.

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The best affordable jean of the season — Gap’s Long and Lean ($59.50).  I love the higher-waisted, trouser feel of these jeans, and the long inseam options.  They are so comfy too.

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Aren’t these tables from Unica Home ($263) museum-worthy?  I would love to use two or three of these jaw-droppers in front of a couch or love seat as a cocktail table.  Simply divine.

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I think this table lamp ($69) would look great in a home office or study.  I would love a pair sitting on either end of a console in a hallway too.  Who knew that it was from Pottery Barn Kids?  Kids prices for fab lighting, nice!

So, what’s striking your fancy lately?

Giveaway to Celebrate Spark!’s 100th Post

Welcome to spark!’s 100th post and thank you for reading!  When I began spark! four months ago, I could never have imagined the incredible response and outpouring of support that I received from all of you.  At the time, I had no idea how much this blog journey would truly enrich my life. 

It’s been such a pleasure to hear stories of how spark! has impacted its readers.  I love hearing about how my posts encourage and inspire you.  And, thank you all for being a constant source for fresh ideas!

I have also gotten to know so many fabulous fellow bloggers who amaze me daily with their creativity, ingenuity and wit. 

So, as a huge THANK YOU to all of my fabulous readers, the very generous, Richmond-based Shades of Light is giving away this gorgeous black Bamboo Table Lamp!

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The Shades of Light website is replete with beautiful lighting options, rugs, mirrors, furniture, you name it!  You may remember me singing the praises of Shades of Light when I purchased two awesome ceiling fans from them earlier this year (one for baby spark!’s nursery pictured below):

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To enter the giveaway, click HERE to head on over to the Shades of Light blog and leave a comment to tell us what you love about Shades of Light and spark!  Also, if you are not already subscribed to follow spark! please click in the upper right corner and become a follower!  A winner will be chosen on Friday, October 16th.  Spread the word and GOOD LUCK!

Thanks again to all of you and here’s to many more blog-iversaries!

xxoo, Ada-Marie

Bravo Brocade Home

So, I have been on the prowl for attractive and functional shelving for my home office.  Look at the swoon-worthy ledge shelves ($69) that I found at Brocade Home:

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As I looked around, I fell in love with just about everything B.H. had to offer.  And at relatively affordable prices too!  Like this UH-MAZE-ING black high gloss floor mirror ($699):

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And check out this fun metal side table ($299):

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I wish that I had a place to put this gorgeous entertainment storage console ($599) — eye candy!

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I would love to give this ceramic plate set as a hostess gift or engagement present — on sale from $49 to $19!

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This lovely headboard ($599 for queen) would look great in a girl’s bedroom, well okay, almost any  bedroom.

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And, of course, you know me and white bedding, I HEART this amazing textured duvet cover ($249) (pictured above too).  It just went on my “wish list”!

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I love these artistic chairs ($199) and one would look fabulous by itself as an accent in a bedroom, or as a set around a kitchen or casual dining room table.

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This innovative and unique ruffle shelf ($499) is adorable.  Wouldn’t it look great in a powder room with pretty jars, soaps and toiletries?

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Are you with me?  Have you fainted?  Is your jaw on the floor?  Do you die?

Which is your fave?

Bravo Brocade Home!