Category Archives: Dining Room

Fall Fun

As I am sure you have already noticed, I’ve decided I need to take a step back from my blog and re-examine some things.  In the meantime, I had been trying to get this post on another decorating site as a guest blogger but it fell through so here it is for your reading pleasure…

Fall is in full swing and this is by-far my favorite season! My only fall decorating tradition is for Halloween and I definitely look forward to it each year!

Here is just a peak at my decorating for last year’s Halloween party:

I really love getting ready for my annual Halloween party and I’m debating whether or not to add to my decorating this year.

My favorite source for Halloween decorations is Oriental Trading Company. I have found that they have amazing prices and a huge selection. Unfortunately, it looks like OTC has a much smaller selection this year. No worries, I have some other great sources. I think that the most bang for your buck is to purchase some sort of wall covering. I have used a wall covering that looks like peeling plaster. Using a wall covering really helps to set the mood and/or theme of the party.

Another low-cost item that I recommend is a bag of spider webs. You can use these everywhere! I like to put them on the table around serving dishes or the punch bowl. For some extra fright you could add some plastic spiders.

In looking for inspiration for my Halloween decorating this year, I ran across some great ideas:

An elegant Halloween table-scape as only Martha can do.

A fun Martha Halloween craft.

I think I might actual try this great craft.

Here are the links for the folded paper Halloween decorations and for the string spiderweb.

As for me, I think I’ve decided on some extra Halloween decorations this year. I can’t wait to show everyone my final decorated apartment!

I have already started on some of my decorations. Using the great coffee filter flowers I showed you earlier this month. I decided to take the same idea and make more gothic looking flowers. Here’s what I ended up with:

To help get you in the Halloween spirit, here are some more pictures of last year’s haunted hotel Halloween decorations.

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Best Artificial and Affordable Flowers

In August, one of my favorite blogs – Design*Sponge – posted one of my favorite DIY projects.

These resourceful coffee filter flowers are the idea of Aunt Peaches. Recently I tried a relatively simple version of her coffee filter flowers to add some color and fun to my dining area.

Lola was in a very friendly mood so it was nearly impossible to get a photo without her being in it.

You can find a link to the Design*Sponge instructions via my Projects page.

To take this great idea a little further, I decided to make some flowers to use at my Halloween party. I’m pleased with how they turned out.

I would really encourage you to visit Aunt Peaches website for more amazing ways to make beautiful flowers from coffee filters.

My next project

I have successfully conquered my kitchen/entryway both in my decor and organization. In fact, I was looking in my kitchen closet for something last night and just had to remark on how much I love love loved my new organization! Just a little insight into my theory on organization – anyone can organize. The key that most people overlook is functional organization. It can’t be organization that will last for a week or until you get busy. Everything must have a ‘home’ and it needs to be easy to put things where they belong.

Now that I have barely dipped my toes into this whole interior decorating/designing passion I’m very excited to claim my next project. The dining area of my apartment is right after you enter through my kitchen. I have thought about redecorating this space next, but (1) I have not had any great ideas on what to do and (2) being that it isn’t a large space, I’m half tempted to just skip it.

Here is a photo of my dining space. What are your thoughts?

My dining area. This space is to the right of you after you pass through my kitchen.