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Showing posts from October, 2012

Easy Faux Palm Tree

Hello and happy Monday, I hope you had a great weekend. I had a wonderful week spending time with family and friends. I will share the events of my week in a later post.   Today I have a quick and easy idea for a Palm Tree. Read on....     Do you remember my Fab Foyer makeover?  I really loved how it turned out but, I thought the area between the staircase and the door was missing something. I wanted to add some height and drama to the space, so I decided a Palm Tree would do the trick. But that was before I found out how much one cost. I wasn't about to pay $100 plus for an artificial tree, so here's what I did......     I purchased 3 Tiki Torches ($1.99 each) and 2 Sago Palm bushes ($7.99 each) and made my own tree.      First, I removed the wicks from the torches and inserted the stems of the Sago Palm bushes; where the wicks used to be.            Next, I filled the pot with newspaper and shipping popcorn and added the torch

Break Time

Hello everyone, no post this week. I am spending quality time with my family and friends. So enjoy the pics along  with some of my favorite quotes.     "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away".  (unknown)       "To everything there is a season and a time for every matter or purpose under the heaven". (Eccl 3:1)      "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase". (MLK-Jr.) Thanks for stopping by, Lory Source: all photographs came from the Internet. I love hearing from you. Contact me @  <a href=";loc=en_US">Subscribe to A Designer's Tale by Email</a>  

Small Space transformation... The Landing

Hello, and happy Monday to you. I hope my last posts on Fall Table Settings have been instrumental in helping you create a table that reflects your personal style. This week I will be making the most of an unused space by transforming it from barren to booyah! Read on....          This is the landing and boy did it need something. As you can see the space is very tiny, but I wanted it to be more than just a walk way to get upstairs. Hmmmmm!         At first, I was unsure as to how I would use the space, so I decided to use it as....        A Sitting Area .   No need to go shopping, I just pulled together some items from around the house that weren't being used. The artwork was found at a thrift store, and believe it or not the figures are made of plaster.    The leopard bench, pillows and throw were all gifts.           The basket serves as storage for books and stationary and the candlesticks w

Fall Finale

Hello again, I have a table setting that is Super Simple this week. Except for one thing, but I'll talk about that later on in the post. So let's get started.....        I wanted to try something that was kinda different so I came up with this look. All white with just a splash of orange . Hmmmmm! Delightful!             I needed a white table cloth, but I didn't have one, so here's what I did. I used a pair of  lace curtain panels . Do you see the white band in the center of the table? That's where I joined the two panels together. I think the band adds a nice touch.           Next, I brought out the dishes. If you look closely the place settings aren't the same in fact, I used three different sets of dishes. It's okay to mix and match it adds interest.         The leaf placed on the plate is a clear indicator that this is a Fall Table Setting. Small detail, big impact!!!            Reme

Easy Fall table setting part 2

Hello everybody,  I hope y'all had a great weekend. I have another easy table setting this week. I think this table setting maybe easier than last weeks. Here we go......     Just like last weeks tablecloth, this tablecloth is also a couple yards of fabric I had left over from a previous project.       "What does polka dots have to do with Fall?" Absolutely nothing, but it works . I think the raffia place mats brings a natural but festive element to the table and the color palette screams Fall. You like ?        This is a super simple center piece. I purchased 4 pint size mums from Lowe's ( $1.48 each) I removed them from their original container and potted them in 2 terracotta pots. (2 mums per pot) Then I cut out a large square of the zebra fabric. I placed the pot in the center of the fabric and pulled the fabric up on all sides. Next, I secured the fabric with a rubber band. The excess fabric was used to cover the rim of the pot. Eas