Kelly Christakos Stivers
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Thursday
Oct172013

obsessed: white pumpkins 

Last week, while shopping for moss to make my wreath, I picked up a couple handfulls of the cutest mini white pumpkins at my local nursery and I have to say, they are the most perfect accessory for autumn!I have them in all different sizes on my front porch and I paired them with a vase full of magnolia branches on my fireplace - they add a simple yet stunning Fall touch and I am so in love!

There are so many ways to decorate with white pumpkins and I love them all - piles of white and gray/green fairy tale pumpkins look amazing paired with a potted boxwood and decorative cabbage:

Love them  mixed with mercury glass votivesand sprigs of greenery, like on the mantle of Doug Davis of Hannon Douglas Interiors:

They look beautiful on a table setting with pots of mums - what a lovely combination!

More blue and white pumpkins in another stunning table setting:

Alternating white pumpkins and candles creates a beautiful, super easy centerpiece idea for a Fall table setting:

Love these place card holders for a larger or more formal dinner party:

A bowl of white pumpkins on top of a stack of books is such a simple, beautiful touch:

BHG

What's your favorite way to decorate for Fall?

Wednesday
Oct162013

diy: reindeer moss wreath

With the exception of Christmas, I've never really been one to hang a wreath on my front door, but I wanted something bright and Autumn-inspired to greet guests when they came for my baby shower last weekend.  My first thought was a preserved boxwood wreath, but they are a tad bit pricier than I wanted to spend, so, instead, I picked up a bag of reindeer moss at my local nursery in the most GORGEOUS shade of lime green and got to DIY-ing with my mama dukes, who was in town for the shower. 

All I used was a 24 inch grapevine wreath I picked up at Michael's for $3, a glue gun, glue sticks and my reindeer moss and got to glueing!  I had no idea what they sprayed the moss with to preserve it, so I wore gloves and if you're prego like me, I would suggest you do the same!  It was so easy - just dab some glue on to the back of each piece of moss and place it on the wreath.  The whole wreath took less than 20 minutes!

And here is the gorgeous result - the spongey lime green moss looks so stunning against my glossy black door!

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday
Oct152013

my baby shower

Over the weekend, three of my close friends threw the most FABULOUS baby shower in my backyard for me and baby girl!  I'm still on such a high, between how gorgeous everything looked and having had all the most important people in my life be able to make it!  Everything was absolute perfection...from the gorgeous coral, white, linen and gold color scheme and vases of hydrangeas everywhere to the yummy brunch menu and sit-down setting.  To say I am overwhelmed by everyone's generosity is definitely an understatement - baby girl is one loved little one already!  I got a little trigger happy with my camera right before everyone started to arrive, so there are a ton of images here (in typical fashion, I had a hard time picking my favorites, everything was just so perfect!)

Boxed animal crackers were the perfect favors:

French toast in shot glasses with syrup - just not brunch without French toast!

As soon as you walked out the back doors, a little mimosa station greeted guests - the antique table is actually a great find that is going in baby girl's nursery to use as a changing table!

Going with the nautical feel, I made these monkey's fists and tied them with grosgrain ribbon as prizes for games:

Instead of a book, guests wrote words of wisdom on little pieces of paper and stowed them in a bigger demijohn bottle-couldn't have been sweeter!

Thank you, again, to everyone who came to the shower and to Holly, Brittani and Lizette for an amazing spread!! xo

Monday
Oct072013

great fall finds for less than $50

It's pouring and humid outside - on a day when I most need to be out and about, so today I thought I'd share some fabulous Fall finds that are high on style and won't break your piggy bank!

Of all the fall scents out there, pumpkin is, hands down, my favorite and this pumpkin chai candle will have your house smelling absolutely divine!

And speaking of divine....this cream and ivory velvet backed houndstooth pillow is the perfect way to add a little Fall color and softness to your sofa, bed or arm chair.

This wood and leather strap mirror is the perfect addition to a gallery wall or hung inside built-ins.

West Elm is king of the softest throws at the most affordable price - I'm loving the thick stripes and subtle colors of these favorite throws!

I love all things brass or gold...this large wishbone is the perfect addition to bookshelves, ottoman trays or side tables for just a little glam.

Charcoal and gold are two of my favorite color combos for Fall and I'm loving the dark gray hues in this set of four agate coasters with gold trim!

Love the intricate detailing on this gold mirrored tray.

I love using wooden boards in place of platters for entertaining and this cheese board is as practical as it is whimsical - bonus points for monogramming!

What are some of your favorite finds for Fall?

Friday
Oct042013

obsessed: windsor chairs

Lately, it seems everywhere I look I see Windsor chairs - in magazines and all over Pinterest, especially - and not just in country homes in New England, either.  I especially love birdcage style Windsor chairs, so when Erin posted pics of bold blue-painted Windsors from Ethan Allen the other day in her parent's Connecticut beach house, I was in love!  Whether antique or reproduction, this style chair is a versatile piece of furniture that works in many different design styles.  I think they look most lovely painted for a little modern touch, and I don't think you can ever go wrong pairing black Windsors with an old farmhouse table.  Here are some lovely examples:

Bruce Shostak via Architectural Digest

Elements of Style

Victoria Hagan via AD

Lisa Kaufman Tharp

New England Home

DecorPad

Amy Meier via New England Home

House Beautiful

New England Home

Pinterest

Have a wonderful weekend!  I'll be back next week with progress pics of the nursery!