Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I Can't Resist... This Spool Chair

I spied it in my December issue of Coastal Living in the Get the Look section and am mad about this look!  Reminds me of my grandmother's spool bed. :)  Perfect if you need a substantial chair that won't overpower your space. 

Available at crlaine.com.

Starting Wednesday:  Holiday decorating and entertaining tips! See you back here then. :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Shop Online this Cyber Monday!

As a "thank you" for your business, place an order at my Willow House e-store and I will send you a FREE cookbook!  Loads of wonderful deals, including outlet items for only a few dollars each, to meet your entertaining, organizing and gift-giving needs.  Be sure to enter me (Heidi Milton) as your Willow House consultant. 

Now, what's on your list?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday's Favorite Product: Framework Urn

She's a beauty!  What I love about this product is that you can display her year round.  She is beautiful on her own (24 inches tall!), but with her open metal work, you can fill her with items for each season:  ornaments for the holidays, moss covered balls for spring or summer, fruit of any kind any time, pine cones (use the cinnamon ones for the aroma!), pumpkins, artichokes, birds' eggs or Easter Eggs... the list goes on and on!  And even better, she's on sale until December 15th.  Only $41.96 for now. :)  CLick HERE to get yours!

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I Can't Resist... Music Themed Wall Art

Straight from the pages of the Pottery Barn Teen catalog (pbteen.com)... I love this idea of framing sheet music and using it as backdrops for your personal photographs!  It even looks like some have been enlarged to capture specific measures, notes, or symbols.  This would be super easy to do and what an original look!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Terrific Tablescapes... Just in Time!

Need some fresh ideas for your Thanksgiving Day table?  Check out these beauties from HGTV!

What I love about this:  besides the purple, the use of natural elements as accents.

What I love about this:  simple white dishes with colorful accents

What I love about this:  Candleholders as pedetals for pumpkins (you could use ornaments on them at Christmas, too!)

What I love about this:  isn't it obvious? Adorable!

What I love about this:  supermarket bouquet with small pumpkin accents make a gorgeous centerpiece!

What I love about this:  super simple place settings, one dramatic centerpiece.

What I love about this:  the layering and mixture of textures.

Inspired yet?
Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving table.

All images from hgtv.com.

Very Merry Markdowns with Willow House!

23 Days of Saving starts TODAY!  Click HERE to shop online!

How About a Beachy Giveaway?

Visit my friend Maya over at Completely Coastal for a an awesome Beachgrass Cottage Giveaway!  I love their Christmas decorations, but there are lots of other beach touches for your home that are beautiful and interesting.  Click the button for the low-down!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday's Favorite Product: Yuletide Votives

Today's Favorite is our set of Yuletide Votives.  I love these little goodies!  The set of four are glass votives nestled into rustic metal sleeves featuring a snowflake, reindeer, snowman, and a tree.  These are not just festive decorations (I line them up on my mantle!) but are excellent for serving small treats like peppermint sticks or miniature marshmallows for your hot chocolate bar.  Split them up and fill with treats for special little gifts for teachers or friends.  And a bonus?  They're on sale this month for only $23.96.  Click HERE to place your order online.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Style for Fido

My new Frontgate catalog arrived a couple of days ago and while I was drooling over the beautiful holiday decorations, my pooch was drooling over their Designer Pet Sofas! 

I love the designer fabric choices and the monogramming option (free!).

I used to think pet beds were ridiculous, but now that my old girl parks herself in my club chair morning, noon, and night, I'm wishing I'd rethought my stance a long time ago!  After all, if you're going to have a pet bed in the house, why not a stylish one?

Which would you choose for your pooch?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Easy November Centerpiece

What you need:
a rustic tray (shown here the Covington Serving Tray from Willow House)
a light colored plate (shown here, Villa Stoneware Dinner Plate from Willow House)
3 pillar candles of varying heights and shades of fall colors
fall leaves and berries
one or two miniature pumpkins

What I love about this:  easy, budget-friendly, and the low profile lets your enjoy seeing your dinner guests across the table.

You see how simple it is to assemble! This would look great indoors or outdoors, dining table or coffee table.  Enjoy. :)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Got $20K to Spare??

These beauties can adorn your front lawn for only $19,999.00!  Click over to One Kings Lane now to get yours!  Hurry, the sale ends November 15. :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday's Favorite Product: Kensington Platter and Stand

After my reminder in yesterday's To Do List to pull out your serving pieces for the holiday dinner, I thought this workhorse of a product combination was the perfect Favorite for today.  Our Kensington platter is generous in size (16"x12") and a versatile creamy white so it will coordinate with any dinnerware you already have.  I love that it's dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe and is still beautiful to look at.  This month you get the platter and its mate, the iron handled stand, for only $49.96.  The graceful scrolled stand makes transporting the platter from oven to table safe and stylish!  Click HERE to order yours and you'll have it well in advance of Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

November's To Do List

from Better Homes and Gardens
It's "go time" people!  Thanksgiving is two weeks away and you might have company coming, so here's a few things you can take care of NOW to help things go more smoothly LATER. :)

  • Go ahead and prep your guest space.  Make sure there are clean sheets on the bed, the room is dusted, vacuumed and straightened.  It's much easier to give it a once over right before guests arrive than to try to do a full cleaning.  Add a few recent magazines, a small vase with fresh flowers, and some bottled water at the last minute to help your guests feel right at home.
  • Get your yard work caught up.  Run the mover, rake and bag leaves, trim the lawn or hedges.  Anything you can take care of now will help things look better later, even if there's a fresh layer of leaves on the ground.  If you're really short on time, simply blow leaves off the driveway, sidewalks, and back deck.  Keep your pansies, mums, and other winter annuals watered sufficiently so they look healthy, too!
  • Make a list of meals you plan to make and baking you intend to do. Use your calendar or daytimer to help you out; do you need to bring dishes or treats to any work or school parties? Will you have overnight guests in the next couple of weeks? This will be 30 minutes well-spent!   Have your recipes handy so you can note what ingredients you may to need purchase.
  • Stock your pantry and freezer.  Most grocery stores are running wonderful specials these days so stock up on sugar, flour, baking mixes, butter, rice or pasta, jarred sauces, broth for soups, frozen rolls or biscuits, frozen vegetables, coffee, snack foods... anything that will keep or can be frozen.  Make sure you can pull together a quick meal or whip up a batch up muffins in case unexpected company arrives. If you buy only perishables around the holiday your grocery shopping will go much faster!
  • Pull out any linens and serving pieces you plan to use at your big meal.  Make sure the linens are clean and pressed and you have plenty of napkins, too.  Go ahead and wash your serving pieces so they're ready to go.
  • Polish your silver.  Enlist the kids or hubby to help get this onerous task done.  When your table is gleaming you'll be so thankful you invested the time.
  • Reload your candle supply.  Nothing creates holiday ambiance like flickering candles, so don't be caught short.  I try to keep a variety on hand-- pillars of varying sizes, tapers, scented, unscented.
  • Stock the bar. Try to keep several bottles of wine, red and white,and some beer handy. If you know in advance what your company's favorite cocktail is, go ahead and add those supplies to your liquor cabinet.  I also keep a couple of bottles of champagne chilled in my outside refrigerator.  Sometimes we just feel like celebrating!
  • This last one may sound crazy, but go ahead and purchase those Christmas or holiday cards AND STAMPS.  Shutterfly is running sales and the selection of boxed cards is quite good in the stores now.  It's so much easier to tackle the task of sending out your cards, if you've already bought them.  Buying your stamps now will eliminate the post office crunch during the month of December.  We purchase a roll of 100 early in November every year.  If we don't use them all, we're already ahead for the new year.
  • Count your blessings.  Write one down and post it on your refrigerator every day.  Keep the reason for the THANKSgiving holiday front and center as you go about your tasks.
When the holiday arrives and your home is full of family and friends, simply enjoy.  You will have earned it.

Monday, November 8, 2010

I Can't Resist... this Chandelier

What I love about this:  the antique feel to what is a very modern fixture...and the way the light reflects off the spoons and forks.

Where I saw it: on Katie Denham's fabulous design blog katiedid.  Be sure to click over to visit and see the rest of this house, her design project, featured in Sacramento Magazine.

Where you can get it:  Interieurs.  Click over and check it out!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday's Favorite Product: Roxy the Reindeer Ornament

I just love this little product!  She is the perfect addition to your tree, a sweet little gift, or a creative add-on to the bottle of wine you're giving your hostess.  Not only is she on sale this month for only $10.86, but for every ornament you purchase, Willow House will donate $2.00 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Great price, great cause, perfect gift.

Click HERE to purchase yours.
Happy Shopping!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

More Fall Decorating Ideas

If you haven't checked out hgtv.com lately, you're missing out!  I subscribe to their e-newsletter, so when their fall decorating feature popped into my inbox, I clicked over immediately. I've looked through hundreds of fall decorating ideas in magazines and online this season, but this group really hit a home run with me.  Simplicity is the common denominator.  You don't have to spend a lot or have any real decorating know-how to achieve these looks.  So, if you haven't already done a little decorating for the season, here are some simple ideas from their photo gallery. No excuses now. :)

What I love about this:  using crotons to complement the traditional mums.  Their colors are brilliant and I love the broad leaf contrast to the tight blooms and leaves of the mums.

What I love about this: maple branches in a tall glass cylinder vase.  Does it get any easier?  If you don't have a maple in your own yard, see if a neighbor would mind if you cut a few branches of theirs.

What I love about this: add a throw pillow and a simple floral arrangement in warm colors to make any nook reflect the season.

What I love about this: simple white dinnerware with a pair of lanterns and several small pumpkins.  The mantle is gorgeous but much more involved.  Little white lights woven among berry garlands and pumpkins and gourds of varying sizes lend festivity to the room.

What I love about this: a few pumpkins and brightly colored maple branches and twigs in a rustic vase. Super simple for a porch or deck.

All photos from hgtv.com and H. Camille Smith

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November Sales at Willow House

Large Glass Prism ornaments (6 per set)
Because I love to decorate and prepare for the holidays, I'm thrilled about the November sale items at Willow House!  There is glassware, baking dishes, gift items, and holiday decor -- all at 25-33% off!!  Click HERE to visit my website, then click the "shop online" button to get started.  While supplies last!

My favorite- Holiday Hanging Trio

Monday, November 1, 2010

Couldn't We All Use This??

photo by Linda Samuels
As if in answer to our pre-holiday disorganization woes, Linda Samuels, author of The Other Side of Organized and the blog by the same name is hosting the Ultimate Organizing Giveaway!  Head over to her blog to check out the contest rules (super easy) and the list of items in the giveaway.  My personal favorites would be an autographed copy of her book and the $50 Container Store gift certificate, but there is a smorgasbord of fabulous other tools to get you in tip-top organization shape.  Click HERE to find out more and get a sneak peek at her book, too.