Four Favorites – Halloween Edition 2015

Can you believe Halloween is only a few short days away?!

For today’s Four Favorites post I wanted to feature Halloween décor that I think is absolutely adorable. There’s still time to run out and grab some cute clearance items.

Personally, I have never been into super spooky Halloween décor or even costumes. So usually I don’t go big on Halloween specific decorations. These are just too fun not too share!


1) Sticky Pumpkin Face Kit – Paper Source

A super cute alternative to pumpkin carving and a great way to decorate smaller pumpkins

2) Halloween Luminaries – World Market

I could see these being a great addition to a front porch or front walk.

3) Mummy Owl – World Market

World Market has several mummy animals right now but I think this little owl might be the cutest. What a cute/not too scary accent!

4) Candy Corn Garland Kit – Paper Source

This could be a fun activity with kiddos to use on the mantel or above the front door for trick-or-treaters.

So bust out a fun bowl of treats and have a very Happy Halloween this weekend!


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Marbled Paper Accents

Greetings!

How are you doing out there in the blogosphere? I’ve been running the gauntlet of emotions lately with the beginning of Christopher’s new PreK starting up next week, my and hubs schedule changing with work, and a trip out of town this weekend. If I can make it through until next Wednesday, things will be good! Thankfully, we managed to get uniforms and school shoes purchased during Tax Free Weekend. Next week, all I have to manage is school supplies, orientation and not bursting into tears when I drop my handsome little man off for his first day!

Now that we’ve visited… I’m back to show you the previously mentioned marble paper accents in my home & office. I recently posted about ways to use Malachite, Marble and Onyx in Design. A while back, I discovered the beauty of marble accents and particularly marbled paper. Centsational Girl, Kate, did a post way back in 2012 on using marbled paper to wrap decorative boxes and it really inspired me to incorporate something like this into my home. Fast forward a year and a half and I finally have taken that plunge…

I purchased 3 types of marbled paper from Paper Source (because who can walk out of that place with only one item?!)

Each piece of their marbled paper is unique and I walked away with one of each of the papers below:

Natural & Brown Marble Fine Paper

Gold on Natural Marble Fine Paper

Pink & Gray Marble Fine Paper

They also offer this lovely Blue on Natural Marble Fine Paper, but I had no other place to display this one. I also probably looked a little crazy going through the whole stack for each paper to pick out the ones I liked the very, absolute best. So it was time to go 😉

Maybe I’ll go back for this one when I have a bigger house someday… (daydreams)

…Moving on.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have already seen the Pink & Gray paper hung behind my desk at work:

Excuse the mess, but this photo may give you a better scale perspective.

As you can see, it picks up on the beautiful desk chair upholstery (A Fonthill fabric or Pierre Frey, I think).

Around that same time, I framed the Natural & Brown paper to hang in our bedroom. This piece works perfectly on the wall just next to Geoff’s nightstand. It’s both masculine and refined. Although it reads as slightly lilac, Geoff and I are both happy with the end result.

Last, I finally managed to hang the Gold on Natural in our dining area. In this instance, I decided to use 4 frames in a grouping.

I cut the paper into 4 equal parts and centered the most visually interesting portion of each piece. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

Poor hubs is quite certain that we could not fit any more artwork, accessories or mirrors on our walls. However, I’m thinking a pair of gold or white plaster wall shelves with vintage plates will complete the grouping nicely… hmm.

For all of the frames above I used Ikea RIBBA frames. I purchased two of the poster sized (27″ x 39″) RIBBAs for the first two applications and placed the marbled paper in front of the mat so that the raw edges of the paper were shown. I think it gives them a more archival look. Then, on the set of four frames I decided on the 12″ x 16 RIBBAs and placed the paper behind the mats.

One of the things I most enjoyed about this project was the fact that these are statement pieces for an incredibly accessibly price. In all, the large framed pieces cost about $33/each ($8 paper + $25 frame) and the set of four cost around $48 ($8 paper + 4 – $10 frames).

That’s all for today. We will be starting a new schedule next week and I hope it will allow me to spend a bit more time on this tiny blog!

Have a great week and best of luck if your kiddos are starting school this week!

Paper Source – Kate Spade

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I was finally flipping through the Paper Source pamphlet that went out a few weeks ago.


On page eight I was greeted by some particularly fun items from Paper Source’s new Kate Spade collection.


So I logged on the good old world-wide-web and found even more wonderful goodies. I have mentioned my recent penchant for office supplies/décor in a post earlier this year. Suffice it to say, I now have a few more items in the yes, please column. I selected my 12 favorites (out of 14 items).


1. Note Set 2. Agenda 3. Paper Clips 4. Stationery

5. Coasters 6. Erasers 7. Pencils 8. File

9. Pencil Case 10. Agenda 11. Notebooks 12. Stationery

 

Delightful, chic, fabulous. I feel like there is a little piece of Paris in these items…

I don’t know about you, but Paper Source is the kind of place where I can get in a lot of trouble!

 

Hope you have a fantastic day!

 

– Corinne