Christmas with Home Depot ….

I am positive I was a magpie in my past life.  How else can I explain my unabashed love of all things that shimmer, glimmer and shine.  I typically keep it under control but come the holiday season, it gets bad……like a sugar addict trying to control their urges during a cake testing.  With so many visually tempting and delicious options, how can you not try just a little?  So imagine my delight (and The Partner’s chagrin) when the folks at Home Depot asked me to participate in their Holiday Style Challenge?

Courtney Lake for Home Depot

And for me, I love hues of bronze, silver and brass with equal abandon, so why stop at one?  So I didn’t!  I mixed metals with abandon and glee, creating a layered approach to decorating the first floor of my cozy condo.  Deep bronzes, shiny silvers and patines brass played nicely with each other in my tablescape and overall design……

Check out Home Depot’s blog, The Apron to see the full story.  But if you are itching to try to recreate the look, check out my recommendations below…..

HD Get The Look

Clockwise: Tree Skirt//Crown Bowls//Druzy Placecard Holder//Wine Glasses//Dessert Plates//Gold Flatware

HD Holiday Tree

Clockwise: Ornament & Tinsel Wreath//Tree Figurine//Beaded Crown//Metallic Ornaments//Tinsel Floral Picks

[photo credit: photo by adza// styling credit: courtney lake]

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[disclaimer:  home depot provided product for the photo shoot but all thoughts are mine]

Play Date: Home Depot Patio Style Challenge….

A few weeks ago, The Home Depot approached me as well as several other bloggers to see if we would be willing to work with them to rethink the outdoor spaces of our respective homes. Y’all know I love me some HD, so it was a pretty easy decision to say yes and be on my merry way to refreshing our patio……

HomeDepotChallenge-38Check out the post on The Home Depot blog, The Apron to see the patio refresh as well as the quick and easy DIY projects I incorporated into the design. Thank you again to Home Depot for including me in this awesome bunch of bloggers and DIY forward-thinkers!

On a side note, High Point is going really well and I am tired to the bone. Looking forward to a quiet weekend filled with sleep and no fried foods…..I would be willing to give up sleep for a week to avoid fried pickles again (look at Instagram and you will understand)….

Talk soon love bugs!

[photography: photo by adza]

Loving Out Loud: Windswept Tile by Jeffrey Court….

Sometimes you run across something so wonderful….so great….so magical that you want to hoard it for yourself.  It’s like that one time I found a unicorn that pooped Snickers and could do taxes.  Yes, it’s THAT special.  But then you realize that sharing is caring and you have to let the world know about your secret, so I am letting the cat out of the bag…..well the tile that is…..

Tile Love 2

“Windswept” by Jeffrey Court is a beautiful tile.  A 13″ x 13″ marble mosaic tile, it  reminds me of a higher end tile made of onyx and quartz from another manufacturer.  If you read that last sentence correctly you saw I inferred it wasn’t expensive and you would be right; at $17 a sheet from Home Depot it is practically a steal.

I presented the tile as an option to a budget-minded client for their kitchen remodel.  They wanted a classic look with a nod to modern…….

Tile Love

I suggested that they go with a large format 8″x12″ Cerma Marfil Gold marble tile as their backsplash, a beautiful honey quartz for their countertops and use the Windswept as an accent border.  The mosaic tile is the perfect tie-in between the two other stone surfaces and provides a beautiful palette of grey, honey and creamy white to decorate the rest of the kitchen with.

While we all loved the idea, we didn’t end up going with concept.  In a twist, actually they went with an even better one I think – a tad more daring but still appropriate for their home. Excited to share the concept sketch with you next week!

Until then I will be hanging with my unicorn friend enjoying a delicious Snickers as he explains tax shelters to me.  Have an awesome weekend!

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