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These are a Few of My Favorite Things

 One thing that I really missed during my first 16 weeks was not being able to go shopping without getting sick or feeling like I was going to pass out. Even when I am not going to buy anything, I love to go walk through my favorite antique store, especially at this time of year. So…when I started to feel a little better a few weeks ago, guess what was the first thing I did? No…not eat a meal other than saltines and gatorade. I went to the antique store….and it was FABULOUS! All the booths had their Christmas decorations up, and it was like going to the North Pole, but better! They had some great deals on some really unique little treasures, and on a couple of lamps that I had been eyeing online for a long time, but would not dare pay the price they were asking for. I was in an antique Christmas heaven…and I wished that I could bring my sleeping bag and just camp out there for the whole month of December!

Here are some of the little treasures I found. Sometimes the smallest little details can make a big difference in my house.

I agree with Brick from Anchorman on one thing…I love lamp. I am a sucker for great lamps. I think they can really make a room. They are everywhere in my house, and I had been eyeing this pair for a while. When I saw these amazing lamps on super sale, I just could not pass up. Here is a picture of the beauties:

   Another home accessory that can add so much character is a wall sconce. Whether it is electric or just a candle sconce, it is something other than art or a mirror that always dresses up empty wall space. Every now and then, I come across these very detailed, floral sconces at the antique store. I already have two in my hallway and one in my guestroom. They are rustic and feminine at the same time. When I came across these two floral sconces, I felt no different. I had the perfect space for both of them. I

I love the addition of the ceramic roses to this rusted, old sconce.

 I really love the size and detail of this sconce. I also like the placement of the candles. I have an awkward space in my entryway that I just could not find the right thing for until this little guy caught my eye. It really completes the space.

  I also found a couple of vintage, french prints that were tucked in a tiny corner of the booth. I hung them in the hall outside our shabby guestroom. Just a little something to spruce up the hallway.

  Have you found any treasures lately?

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

 The first 18 weeks of my pregnancy were not easy. I spent many hours sick on the bathroom floor, and I questioned whether I was pregnant or dying several times. I was so worried that I would feel this way for the Christmas season. Fortunately, I have really started to feel like myself again over the last couple of weeks….just in time for some holiday decorating!

I wanted a rustic, simple look this year. Not a lot of glitter and sparkles. More pine cones and burlap. I also wanted to use a lot of stuff that I already had to avoid spending a lot of money around the holiday season.

Hobby Lobby is my go to place for Christmas decorating. All of their Christmas decor is 50% from the second it hits the shelves…no waiting until after the season. I have bought a lot of ornaments and accents there over the years. This year I just bought a couple of pieces of simple garland with pine cones on it and some willow branches. I also found some really pretty, thick burlap ribbon and striped burlap ribbon.

Here are a few snapshots of Christmas at the Harris household:

Pine Cone Mantel:

A Little Bit of Garland for the Entryway:

 The Dining Room Table with a Touch of Berries:

 Now for the tree…I am not going to pretend that these pictures are from this year. This is my tree from last year, and the tree that I would put up this year would look exactly the same. It is full of pinecones, burlap, and vintage and mercury glass ornaments.  Since I am 5 months pregnant and we are in the house hunting process, it just seemed like another big chore to get it all out of the basement. I know it is so “Scrooge like”not to have a tree, and I do feel bad about it. All of the garland and pinecones make me feel a little bit better. So, here is the tree from last year that would be this year if I actually end up taking it out…

I hope this post has brought you some Christmas cheer! What is your favorite part of holiday decorating?




Ghosts of Halloween Past

My mom is a Halloween costume genius, and all she needs is a box, scissors, and some wrapping paper. Very economical. We moved a lot when I was growing up, so I am sure that there was always a good sized box laying around. While you will see that the costumes  she made were both creative and adorable, I am still trying to figure out how my sisters and I agreed to wear them as they look extremely uncomfortable and even a bit dangerous. Here is a hilarious look at the many uses of a cardboard box to put you in the Halloween spirit!

Being the first child, I was naturally the first one to endure the box on Halloween. I am thinking that at age 4, my arms were finally long enough to allow my hands to peek out of the sides and hold my candy bucket…..barely.

Fortunately (for mom), we moved enough to where the idea of using a box for Halloween never lost its luster with the neighbors. Here is my sister, Katie, as a present a few years later. She looks thrilled about sitting in a box all day. Little did she know the box costume agony that was to befall her in a few short years.

Now…are you ready? This is the grand finale of box costumes. My mom still brags about this one, and really, I cannot blame her. Fortunately, I did not have to wear it, Katie did. As I look at this picture, I wonder if mom chose to hide her face because of the less than thrilled face she was making as a present. Or maybe she got grounded the night before, so mom decided to punish her with this costume. Either way, it makes for hilarious pictures. Don’t worry, Katie was not the only box that year. Mom softened the blow a bit by making Elizabeth a dice.

Yes folks, that is Katie dressed up as a dryer. I am sure you are wondering how she went trick or treating without being able to see anything. You can notice in the picture that she is already grasping for Elizabeth’s hand. Don’t worry… The dryer door conveniently swings open, but I am pretty sure Katie had to hold it like that in order to see all night. I am sure she bumped into several other trick or treaters that night…and possibly a tree or two. I am also sure that she was the only person with that costume, and must have won several Halloween party awards (or should I say mom won the awards). I hope you enjoyed this look at Halloweens gone by! Maybe you even got a few ideas:)

What is your favorite Halloween costume memory?



 When I was little I loved Halloween because it meant that I got to gather a gigantic bag of candy all for myself. I remember I used to not want to eat my candy because I would get so much that I wanted to save it, and then the Kit Kats would taste like strawberry Laffy Taffy, and the Starbursts would taste like York Peppermint patties, and the whole bag would be uneatable anyway.

  As I get older, I have not been as excited about Halloween. I hate scary costumes. Haunted Houses make me want to pass out. I have to close my eyes just to get through a scary movie preview. So, I usually just look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I don’t really think about  Halloween.

 Now that we will have a cute little munchkin to dress up next year, I guess I will have to get a bit more excited about Halloween. Since I have to start somewhere, I am thinking cute pumkin carving ideas and adorable baby costumes. Here are some of my favorites from the one and only Pinterest:



This little guy is adorable…


Look at this cutie…


 Forget the stroller. Just carry your baby lobster in around in a pot!


  I think this one is my favorite!

Happy Halloween!!

The Rumor is True…

We’re having a baby, and I couldn’t be more excited! The sweet, little bundle will be here in April, and even though that is 6 months away…I feel like it is just around the corner. So much to do to prepare for this little munchkin, and so little time.

We do not know what we are having yet, but I can’t help but do some early nursery browsing. Let’s be honest…I nursery surfed before I even knew I was pregnant, it is just way more fun now! While falling in love with a look is hard to do before you know the gender, it is still fun to start getting some ideas. Here are a few pictures that I have come across online. None of them are exactly what I would like, but each of them has some great elements. Click on the picture to follow the link:

I love the color and the idea of accent wall paper in this nursery:

 Fabulous lighting and panel fabric in this nursery:

Love the look of this with a little bit of color and pattern added:

 Nice and soft colors in this nursery:

This is my favorite nursery that I have seen so far.  The colors, patterns, and coziness of this nursery are just right. I am also a sucker for an iron crib. You can see more of this nursery here.

I have a couple of “nursery ideas” floating around in my head, especially for a girl’s nursery. They are just a little more fun to think about:) Some of my ideas include bead board, seagrass wall paper, and these two fabrics combined with a flax linen:

I’m taking any suggestions from moms for nursery ideas! Please share!:)


Fall Mantles

Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons. It is football season, and the holidays begin. The trees are the most beautiful colors they will be all year. The air is perfectly cool, and the smell of pumpkins and cinnamon fill the air (at least at our house). There is something about fall that just makes us feel warm, cozy and excited for the impending holidays when we will gather to celebrate with all of our loved ones.

 Another thing that I love about fall is decorating for the season. I put my sea flora away, and bring out the pumkins and stocks of wheat. The thing I love the most about fall, is how cheap it is decorate. I bought some small whilte pumpkins and wheat at the grocery store, grabbed some mason jars and pine cones at Hobby Lobby, and gathered some things that I have around the house. I do not really have orange, yellow, or red in my home, so I went with some neutral and blue. Not exactly fall colors, but this is what I came up with.


 I also added some little pinecones to silver dish the coffee table trunk.

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful season! What do you do to get ready for fall?


Bubble Bath

I’ve never had a large, fabulous bathroom to relax in. My dream bathroom would have a clawfoot tub, a large vanity with an upholstered chair, a great view, and fabulous lighting. I love looking at the bathrooms on Pinterest and imagining that it could be me in one of those spaces, relaxing after a long day at work. Here are my favorites that I have found on Pinterest. Just click on the picture to follow the link!

So clean and airy in this bathroom:

I love the vanity and cabinets in this bathroom:


Love this tub!

I want this mirror! The tub is great too!

 The ultimate girl bathroom…dreamy:

 What is your dream bathroom?


Add a lot for a Little

Sometimes I close my eyes and dream about….Restoration Hardware. I am running around the store putting an orange dot on everything I want (which is everything in the store), and when I get to the register (with Ryan Reynolds as the cashier, of course), he says, “This one’s on me”. Sad dream to wake up from, I know.

Because the likelihood of this happening to me is slim to none, I have found alternative, thrifty ways to add character to my home without breaking the bank. Here are a few things around the house that cost a little, but make a big difference.

 I bought this lamp at Pottery Barn…it was on sale, but still a splurge for me. I LOVE the look of these lamps. The combination of the glass and the brassy color is perfect for the look of my home. I felt like this lamp was just missing something sitting on the white nightstand. I went to Ace Hardware and bought two packs of manilla rope, each in a different shade. Total cost: 22.00. I love the added texture.

Have any old cubes or ottomans sitting around? I got this cube in college. While I do love anything related to the Gators, there was not a place in my home for this guy. I went on  Etsy and found a great store called Ruffled Linens. They are of great quality, and very reasonably priced. This old cube has gone from this:

To this….ahhhh, much better!

We all know that the best things in life are free…epecially when it comes to sea flora. I went to visit my sister in Miami in March, and found the most unique pieces of sea flora just in time for my summer mantle! Jackpot! It was a bit of a hassle to dry them out, and the initial smell is not very pleasant. It was definitely worth it though!

The purple sea fan was my favorite find! The color is amazing!

Restoration Hardware has framed maps in a lot of their rooms. So pretty and soooo expensive. I set out to find a vintage map on Etsy. I wanted to find a picture of the Gulf and the Southest portion of the US, since that is where my husband and I are both from. I found one for 25.oo on Etsy. I then took it to Hobby Lobby. They have great barnwood frames there that have a vintage feel. I got it matted and framed and ended up spending 75.00 all together, as opposed to 275.00. Here is the final product:

 What thrify ways have you found to style your home?

Back to School and Gallery Walls

It has been a very busy couple of weeks getting my classroom together, having the first week with all of my new students, and house hunting in the afternoons/evenings and weekends. I had to move classrooms this year, which made for an extra busy couple of weeks…especially for someone like me who feels the need to decorate their elementary school classroom as if it were their home. My husband even let me take his old lazy boy for the reading center in my classroom. I am not sure if I am happier about having it in my classroom for the kids, or just having that hunter green, microfiber monster  out of our home! I do not have any pictures of my new classroom, but it is not much different than my old “jungle theme” space. 

I am thrilled to have some time on this lazy Sunday to get back to blogging and day dreaming about home decor. It is a great way to relax at the end of a busy week. One of my favorite trends these days is the gallery wall. They are a great way to take up a large wall space without having to spend a ton of money on a gigantic mirror or painting. They also give a room a collected, cozy feel.


My husband even made a gallery wall in his office. He did not create this wall with a gallery wall in mind, he was simply trying to maximize wall space in the only room in the home where pictures of Bear Bryant and Alabama football, war paintings, and turkey mounts are allowed. Not too shabby for a guy, if I may say so myself.


 I follow a blog that a couple of decorators in Atlanta have called Milk and Honey Home. I just love everything they do! They are the absolute masters at gallery walls. You should definitely visit their portfolio on their blog if you are thinking of creating a gallery wall, or just love vintage decor all together.

Pinterest is another great source for gallery wall ideas:




I hope everyone is enjoying the start of school! I won’t let two weeks go by again now that I am all settled in for the school year!

The Swamp

28 days. That is how long we have before the greatest sport on the planet begins again. I have loved the Florida Gators since the day I was born. I can remember the excitement I would have on Saturdays to sit and watch games with my dad. I remember being heart broken when we would lose a big game, and I remember the pure excitement I felt when we won the National Championship in 1996 (and Danny Wuerffel became my first love).  My love and loyalty to the Gators grew when I attended college there. I never missed a home game, and I never left a game early. It was one of the greatest times in history to attend UF, as we won 2 basketball and 1 football National Championship during my time there (and another in football the next year). When I moved to Atlanta after college, I imagined decorating my entire apartment in orange and blue(which sounds incredibly awesome and disgusting at the same time). Needless to say, the orange and blue decor did not happen. Now that I have a house of my own, I have really started to consider what a little orange and blue would look like in the house….it would be done in a tasteful way of course. No Tim Tebow posters or murals of the stadium on the wall. I would also have to let my husband have an Alabama room, which almost makes me want to entirely drop the idea of an orange and blue room just so I don’t have to stare at framed pictures of Bear Bryant all day as if he were an immediate family member.  All joking aside, I would love a feminine, tasteful orange and blue room in my next house. Here are some pretty, fun examples of great Gator rooms!

image – in style home – fall/winter 2007 issue

image from decor pad; love the patterns and headboard

 Source: Miles Redd on Decor Pad; love the wall color and chair fabric.

 Source: Domino.mag

Pillow on Etsy. Clink on the picture to be directed to the shop.

Saw this on a great blog I follow called Aesthetic Oiseau. Click on the picture to see more of her blog!

 And let’s be honest…orange and blue is way cuter than this!




Happy almost football season! Hopefully it will be a much better year for the orange and blue:)