Paris Is Always a Good Idea

I’ve never been to Paris, France but it’s definitely at the top of my bucket list of places to visit, right after England!  You know what they say, Paris is always a good idea! Today I’m sharing a project for Bella Crafts Publishing and they are have been hosting a Paris theme all month long.  I decided to upcycle this dumpster rescue table and give it a Parisian look.

Paris upcycled table for Bella Crafts Publishing created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

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Thrifty Fall Table

Hi friends!  Today I’m sharing with you my Fall tablescape in my home.  This is my favorite time of the year, not only because the long hot Phoenix Summer is behind us, but I can bring out the decorations I’ve had stored away.  Every year I try to do my Fall tablescape a little different.  Last year I displayed my Blue Willow collection, this year I decided to do a more eclectic look of colors, but all of them being vintage thrift store finds.
Thrifty Fall Table by Carmen Whitehead Designs

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Thrifting Monday – Framed Art and Other Treasures

I’ve decided that every Monday I will share with you what I’ve rescued from local thrift stores in the last week.  Some are such treasures that it’s amazing to me what I find.  Here is this weeks finds…
I’ve been wanting to update my master bedroom for quite a while and over the next few weeks I will be doing that and sharing with you the progress.  Today I went to Goodwill looking for some frames for a small gallery wall.  I had purchased a couple of pieces of chenille material from a wonderful Etsy shop and one of them I wanted to frame,the second is being made into a pillow (stay tuned for that update in a future post).

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Lantern Collection

One of my favorite collections that I have is a small collection of tea light lanterns.  They range in colors, sizes, materials and overall look.  The one thing they do have in common is that they are all thrift store rescues.

I move them around the house regularly and use them for decorating of every season.  Here you can see two being used for Autumn and Thanksgiving decor last year.
I love this large one with the cut glass.  It matches the candle holder I have and it has a real Moroccan look to it.  I plan on using it for Christmas display this year.
This wood lantern is actually an oil burning lamp.  I repainted it white because of the oil soot.  It’s now displayed on my dining room table as part of my Autumn decor (stay tuned for a post on that).

During the summer months I usually display some of them on top of my china hutch.

It’s a small collection, but I’m always on the look out for more lanterns.  You just never know when you will find one.  Do you have a small collection you’re trying to grow?  Go to my facebook page and share some pictures with me there.

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