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Fall 2021 Grandmillennial High/Low Guide
Even though we’ve had very little fall weather, I am so excited about the upcoming season. One of my favorite things about this time of year is hosting friends and family. I hope to be able to do that soon! As I was putting together my Grandmillennial High/Low Guide for Fall 2021, I couldn’t help but notice my love for all things bamboo. And I think it’s perfect for all seasons! So, this season’s guide is a bamboo theme with items perfect for hosting! All the high-end items are from Ballard. I absolutely love using Ballard as an inspiration source, and I typically am able to find similar items to get the look for less. But, I do shop their clearance sales and can find some really good deals from time to time. I have the low-end counter stools in my home as well as the low-end bamboo napkin rings. I love the flatware and hope to add it to my collection very soon. Happy shopping! Highs Ballard Brass Bamboo Napkin Rings, set of 4, $29.00 Ballard Dayna Counter Stool, Rubbed White - $429.00 Jayde Silver Bamboo Flatware Set, 20 piece - $469.00 Lows Amazon Gold Bamboo Napkin Rings, set of 6 - $14.99 Amazon Chippendale Rattan Counter Stool - $279.00 Wayfair Hampton Silver Bamboo Flatware Set, 20 piece - $65.00 *Prices accurate at time of posting.* ***Disclosure: This post may contains affiliate links, but you should know that I'd never promote an item or service that I don't love! I may receive a small commission if you choose to purchase one of the items in this post.***
Easter Pinks & Greens
I love the springtime (minus the pollen), and setting a pretty Easter table is one of my favorite things about this time of year. I wanted to use pinks and greens this year, simply because I got my hands on some Bordallo Pinheiro Lemon Leaf 13" plates to use as chargers. I scored them from @cotier_designs on Instagram! I knew pink would be the perfect complement to the lovely green chargers, and it would be another opportunity to use my Grannie Ella's Haviland Apple Blossom that she got when she and my Papa Milton got married. I incorporated more Bordallo Pinheiro with the pink plates and used the totally unique Federal Glass Moon Glow iridescent dinner plates after I came across them a junk store! The flatware is a cheaper bamboo options that I found on Wayfair last year, but here are a few options on Amazon: one, two. A few of my sweet mama's belovd Fitz & Floyd bunny pieces perfectly complement the pinks and greens along with cabbage tureens I found on Facebook Marketplace and some lovely yellow tulips. For the linens, I centered a heirloom square table cloth that has pastel Easter eggs on the table. The placemats are woven and from Amazon, and the bunny napkins are retired from Ballad Designs. I love how my Easter table turned out, and I hope to have some loved ones around it on Sunday April 4. Happy Easter! Sources: - Bordallo Pinheiro Lemon Leaf Chargers - Option 1, Option 2, Option 3 - Federal Glass Moon Glow Dinner Plates - Option 1, Option 2 - Bordallo Pinheiro Pink Bunny Plates - Option 1, Option 2 - Haviland Apple Blossom Bread & Butter Plates - Option 1, Option 2 - Gold Bamboo Napkin Rings - Bunny Napkins (discontinued Ballard Designs) - Woven Placemats - Bamboo Flatware - Option 1, Option 2 - Champagne Flutes - Mine, Option 1 - Fostoria Sherman Etched Water Glass - Cabbage Tureens (Facebook Marketplace find) - Fitz & Floyd Bunny Pitcher - FItz & Floyd Bunny Salt & Pepper Shakers - Option 1, Option 2 ***Disclosure: This post may contains affiliate links, but you should know that I'd never promote an item or service that I don't love! I may receive a small commission if you choose to purchase one of the items in this post.***
Spring 2021 Grandmillennial High/Low Guide
Even though it's *not quite* Spring, we've had a few spring-like days that have inspired me to put together my Grandmillennial High/Low Guide for Spring 2021! Happy Bargain Hunting! Highs: - Miles Kimball Chippendale Planter Box, Amazon - $60.00 - One King's Lane Bianca Gold Leaf Wall Mirrors (set of 2) - $445 - Serena & Lily Blithedale Side Table - $648 Lows: - Pure Garden Chippendale Planter, Amazon - $17.95 - Coopers Classics Lincoln Wall Mirror (1), Walmart - $168 (a set of two would be $336) - Kouboo Peacock Rattan Side Table, Amazon - $237 (All prices correct as of time of publishing.) ***Disclosure: This post may contains affiliate links, but you should know that I'd never promote an item or service that I don't love! I may receive a small commission if you choose to purchase one of the items in this post.***
In the Name of Love
Here's a look at my festive Valentine's Day table for two almost completely set with family heirlooms. I just love using my mama and grandmama's beauties to set a pretty table. I'll give you all the details, but first this! tablecloth! It is by Lovely Lady Linens and it's a beautiful Indian block print in pink and green. It would be lovely at Christmas, but it is just right for Valentine's Day! I'm *in love* with it! The centerpiece of my beloved camellias in an old King's Crown Ruby Candy dish and a silver tussie-mussie (or nosegay) sit on an old silver tray that I won in a pageant ages ago (yep!). The place setting includes my maternal grandmother's wedding china Haviland Apple Blossom and white napkins along with my mother's gold plated silver, her gold-rimmed water glasses, her King's Crown Ruby Thumbprint Goblets and salt cellars. The napkin rings are vintage glass ones I found on eBay, and the chargers are from Tablecloths Factory. Happy Valentine's Day, loves! I hope you spend it with the one's nearest and dearest to your heart.
10 Things I'm Loving - Winter 2021
Get comfortable! My favorite things for Winter 2021 are all about rest, comfort and relaxation. There might be one or two cute little finds, too. I'll start with things that make my morning routine cozy and comfy then lead you to my favorite comfort food find for work and then we'll end the day with a relaxing bath! One First things first. Before I'm even out of the bed, my coffee maker is brewing my morning pot of coffee. I usually have 1-2 cups in the morning before I head to work. I have been loving this Good & Gather Signature Coffee Organic Three Region Blend Medium Roast Ground Coffee from Target lately. It is warmth, comfort and my daily dose of caffeinated motivation in a cup! Two When I roll out of bed, I slide my feet into these Sorel Coffee Run slippers. They are perfect house shoes for cooler weather because they are warm and cozy but have a sole that is supportive for doing chores around the house. You can also wear them out of the house if you wish! Three After I let the pups out to potty, I fix my cup of coffee and head to the front living room to light the gas fireplace. I cuddle up with the pups and have my Bible reading and prayer time while sipping on my coffee. I haven't had a new Bible in 20+ years, so my bestie Anna gave me this gorgeous Zondervan The Jesus Bible Artist Edition (ESV) for Christmas. It is so lovely! Not only is it beautiful, it is well-appointed with a great concordance, room for notes and journaling and articles about each book of the Bible. Four I love a slow morning drinking coffee, reading and snuggling by the fire with my fur babies. Because of this I like to do as little as possible when it comes to my morning beauty routine. I wash my hair at night only 1-2 times per week so that means headbands are the accessory of choice for the last day or two before I need to wash my hair. I absolutely adore the heart-printed knot headband from J.Crew Factory, and it is perfect for Valentine's Day! Five After I quickly get dressed and make sure the dogs are settled, I grab my lunch to head to work. Since I work in education and don't have a lunch break, this little Crock-Pot Food Warmer has been a lifesaver for reheating leftovers in my classroom. It holds 20 ounces and is perfect for a serving of last night's soup or pasta dish. I plug it in when I get to work, and by lunch (around 11:30), my food is piping hot and ready to enjoy! Six As you can imagine, at school I am constantly washing and sanitizing my hands. Educators are all too familiar with this, but we might even be a little more extreme nowadays (#Covidtimes). My hands are constantly dry and cracking, and O'Keefe's Working Hands cream is about the only thing that helps keep them smooth. I should buy stock! Seven After work, I run errands, work out, cook dinner and tidy the house a little. On the nights that I don't have to wash my hair, I love to take a relaxing bath! This bamboo bath tray was another Christmas gift from my bestie Anna, and it has made my relaxing bath even more enjoyable! Eight Along with my bath, I love to have a cup of tea to sip. A friend introduced this Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herbal Tea to me not too long ago, and now I am hooked on having a cup every night! Nine During my bath, I love to light a candle for aroma and ambiance. There are so many candles that I love, but the Manly Indulgence Five O'Clock Shadow is an all-time favorite! It smells like a good-looking man. #iykyk Ten If you're going to light a candle, make it fun! This little Electric Candle Lighter is one of my favorite recent Amazon finds. It is fuel-less, flameless and charges easily with a USB. It is so handy and just fun to use! And there you have it - my current top ten things I'm loving! I hope you'll check them out and tell me what you think. Share in the comments links of fun things you think I should try! ***Disclosure: This post may contains affiliate links, but you should know that I'd never promote an item or service that I don't love! I may receive a small commission if you choose to purchase one of the items in this post.***
2021, Please Be Kind.
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks since Christmas, but I finally got around to taking all the decorations down and re-styling my house for the fresh (albeit eerily similar to last) new year! Decorating seems to keep me sane in these uncertain times. Yes, I’m still using the front room as the dining room with my breakfast table in it, and it’s really starting to grow on me as an eating space. I’m planning to leave it this way for now! I call this photo “a very Willow and Pearls photo” because it features the hobnail milk glass epergne and the Staffordshire pups that I bought from Emily! I loooove both! The epergne is filled with my favorite Rose of Dawn camellias from my yard that remind me of my Mama Dawn. Also, look at my beautiful new candelabra lamps on the mantel! Murphey Becker Art on Instagram inspired me to start searching for these a few months ago, and I found some at Hoover Antique Gallery. They don’t match exactly, but I kind of like it that way. What do you think? How is your new year going and what are you doing to stay sane? Sources: - Rug - Home Depot - Samsung The Frame TV - Amazon - TV Frame - Deco TV Frames (Ornate Gold) - Blue Chair - family heirloom - Breakfast Table Set - family heirloom - Ginger Jars - Amazon - Firescreen - Options Ebay and Etsy - Camellia Prints - Etsy (1, 2, 3, 4) - Vintage Bamboo Frames - Ebay or Etsy - Vintage Candelabra Lamps - Hoover Antique Gallery (Hoover, AL0 - Stafforshire Dogs, Milkglass Epergne - @willowandpearls on instagram
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Here’s to “someday soon!” Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, my friends! “Have yourself a merry little Christmas Let your heart be light Next year all our troubles will be Out of sight Have yourself a merry little Christmas Make the yule-tide gay Next year all our troubles will be Miles away Once again as in olden days Happy golden days of yore Faithful friends who are dear to us Will be near to us once more Someday soon, we all will be together If the Fates allow Until then, we'll have to muddle through somehow So have yourself a merry little Christmas now.” - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Ella Fitzgerald
It’s an Alabama Charcuterie board! Inspired by my friend Elizabeth's redneck charcuterie this summer, I made an appetizer board with mostly Made in Alabama products! The goodies on this board include Wickles Pickles and Wickles Pickled Okra, goat cheese with peach preserves from Sweet Creek Farm Market (Pike Road, AL), cream cheese and pepper jelly, pimento and cheese with pork skins and roasted salted Alabama peanuts . I made some Alabama firecrackers and included Colby Jack cheese, Chicken in a Biscuit crackers and Ritz. The star of the show is, of course, Conecuh hickory smoked sausage! The finishing touch is Sister Schubert's sausage wrap rolls. Now let’s eat!
Tree Number Three - The Beauty
This room, y’all. It is always my favorite, but at Christmas it comes alive. I smile because I know that my mama would have LOVED how I decorated this room. Vintage Shiny Brite ornaments and a glass tree topper that belonged to my maternal grandmother adorn my Balsam Hill Frosted Alpine Fir Christmas tree. The tree base was fashioned by my handy friend Bob to fit into my Amazon blue and white planter. Most everything in this space is an heirloom or was collected over the years. Perhaps my favorite purchase of 2020 is the Ornate Gold Frame from Deco TV Frames for my Samsung Frame TV. I found this adorable vintage Santa art on Etsy to display on the tv for the holidays! This room has come together so well and is more than I could ask for! Other Sources: - Rug - Home Depot - Camellia Prints - Etsy (1, 2, 3, 4) - Vintage Bamboo Frames - Ebay or Etsy - Fireplace Screen - Ebay or Etsy - Santa Pillow - Etsy - Blue and White Vases - Amazon - Flocked, Pre-lit Garland - Michael's - Gold Decorative Garland - Michael's - Brass Tree Candelabra - Ebay or Etsy - Stockings - Amazon
Tree Number Two - The Memories Tree
I don't have many sources for this lovely tree! It is made up of ornaments collected over the years during travels with friends and family, ornaments that were given to me or made for me by loved ones and ornaments from my childhood. The tree topper is a paper start I bought while living in India. It is fully of memories, and it lovely in it's whimsical traditional way!
One Tree Down, Two To Go
It's 2020, y'all. And all decorating "rules" are pointless. I'm decorating for Christmas. And, in all honesty, I usually start decorating before Thanksgiving, but this year I started even earlier than I normally do! Here is my master bedroom decked out for the holidays. The tree is a hand-me-down from my late mama. It is a flocked, pre-lit tree in a cute planter from Home Depot. The ornaments on this tree are all beautiful Kashmiri handicraft ornaments that I collected while living in India. I complemented the Kashmiri ornaments with some simple gold ornaments. The tree topper is from Kirkland's and adds touch of glam that plays well with my glam curtain rods and finials! I always switch out my bedding for the fall and winter with this lovely velvet printed comforter from Target (from 2019, but here it is on ebay - one, two). I add navy velvet pillows to match my velvet curtains as well as a faux fur accent pillow. The garland on my headboard is from Balsam Hill, and the quality is exceptional. I love having my bedroom decorated for Christmas! I hope you are doing what you want to do as it relates to holiday decor. Whether you are starting now or waiting until after Thanksgiving, YOU DO YOU! Other Sources: - Duvet and Shams - Lamps - Rug: eBay seller rugemporium240 - Wicker Chest, Chinese Screen from Old South Antique Mall (Dothan, Alabama) - Bed from Liddon Furniture (Dothan, Alabama) - Nativity Art: Artist Betsy Morris available at Naomi & Olive (Dothan, Alabama) - Navy Cone Trees: Hobby Lobby (old) ***Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, but you should know that I'd never promote an item or service that I don't love! I may receive a small commission if you choose to purchase one of the items in this post.***