Elegant Table Decor

Elegant Table Decor

 

I’m so excited to share our dining room Christmas decor with you all today. I hope this brings you some inspiration in your decor this season.

I decided to round up a few ideas to help you decorate your holiday dinner table this year. I’ve done all the leg work for you and put together a list of my favorite holiday table decor pieces, all found right on Amazon. I don’t think there’s anything more convenient than shopping from home with Amazon Prime 2-day shipping! From stunning centerpieces to festive stemware and place settings, you’ll find everything you need to create a beautiful holiday tablescape. Your guests will be so impressed! Each item both timeless and classic, you’ll be able to use and enjoy these pieces year after year.  Happy Holidays-Omniley

1. Set of 3 Crackle Gold Glass Tealight Holders
2. Hydrangea Holiday Candleabrum
3. Benson Mills Christmas Ribbons Tablecloth
4. Gold Metalic Charger
5. Spode Christmas Dinnerware Set
6. Gold & White Decorative Large Napkins
7. Elegant Reindeer Napkin Ring Holder
8. Spode Pedestal Goblet
9. Set of 2 Christmas Lanterns
10. Decorative Christmas Glass Hurricane Candle Holders
11. Lighted Berry Beaded Garland
12. Glass Name Card Holders
13. Set of 6 Christmas Candle Ring
14. Lenox Holiday Serving Platter
15. Silk Rose Flower Arrangements

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Adding Touches of Fall into Your Existing Home Decor

Adding Touches of Fall into Your Existing Home Decor

 

 

 

 

Greetings. It’s officially Fall. I decided to start decorating early this year to give my family the opportunity to fully enjoy the season. I myself have had such an eventful year it has really helped me put into perspective how much I have taken for granted.

Fall is a favorite for both my husband and myself.  We definitely have some must-haves we do every fall. For him, it’s roasting a pig and for me, it’s my famous Coconut Curry Caramel Popcorn. We both love watching movies by the fireside. On Thanksgiving, we have made it a tradition after dinner is served to watch “Gone With the Wind”.

How do I transition from season to season with my decor you ask? It’s simply…I usually just incorporate smaller pieces of seasonal decor into my space but keeping my main canvas timeless. I love chinoiserie patterns and I am a blue and white Belle forever, so those themes/colors are always the features of my main canvas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorating Tip: If you have a long table and can’t find one centerpiece the proper length; just buy multiple centerpieces and push them together. You can use the foliage to cover any gaps and also add picks for more fullness. My table is over 10 ft long so I placed together three centerpieces and added in three pumpkin picks.

Decorating Tip: I love using various textures in my decor. Here you have ceramic, velvet, and wood.

Decorating Tip: Use what you have on hand and incorporate nature. I used magnolia leaves from our yard as place cards and magnolia around the magnolia clip for a festive napkin ring.

Tip: Don’t break or damage the stem of real pumpkins and they will last longer. This are real pumpkins stacked (cinderella and two acorns)

 

 

 

 

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Here is where I plan on spending most of September and October weekends. Should be the perfect temperature for enjoying fall. No mosquitos and snakes.

I hope this read brings you some inspiration to decorate and enjoy the season even more. As always thank you for following along on my journey. Your support means everything to me. Please leave me a like or comment so I can continue sharing. Be Well-Omniley

 

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DIY Home Office Desk with Sawhorse Legs

DIY Home Office Desk with Sawhorse Legs

Greetings! Am I the only one looking forward to cooler weather. With all the changes going on in the world that is affected our daily living; I recently made the decision to relocate my home office space to the other side of our home. My son is 100% virtual academy and I needed a closed-off space to conduct my work and after-hours blogger job. 

I have started using design boards lately to help me recreate spaces since I’m currently working on so many projects it easier to visualize my designs especially when I’m out shopping and for accessories. I ended up having to do a DIY design on my desk because I received the desk in the design board and they shipped me the wrong color by the time I went to try and order the right color it was on backorder. I didn’t get my feathers in a ruffle, because it was actually made out of particleboard. So I took off to Lowes and a few pieces of wood, sawhorses, and paint later, And voila. 

 

 

Supplies needed for this project:

(2) 21-in W x 29-in H Wood Saw Horse

(2) 3/4-in x 16-in x 6-ft Edge-Glued Panel Spruce Pine Fir Board

(3) Krylon COLORmaxx Gloss White Spray Paint and Primer In One

(3) Krylon Lacquer Specialty Gloss White Spray Paint

(2) Krylon High-gloss Metallic Gold Leaf Metallic Spray Paint

(1) Drop Cloth

(1) Pkg 0.07-in Steel Flat Brace (I used 2 from the package)

(1) container of PrimeGuard Plus 8 x 2-in Polymer Deck Screws

(1) 6 x 9 Drop Cloth

Electric Drill with bits

Step 1: Prime and paint your wood to the color of your choice. I opted for gold legs and a white top.

There were tons of wood options at Lowes, but unfortunately, the cutting machine was down, so to minimize the time on the project I opted to get something that was already cut to a size I could work with. If you have the option to have your wood cut the wood prices are cheaper.

Board is already primer and now I am painting.

Step 2: Once boards and legs are completed dry place the tabletop boards together upside down and use the braces to hold them in place. I had already decided because the desk was so long that I was going to have multiple sitting areas, (on each end and in the middle) so plan for the placement of your legs when placing braces. I recommend at least 4″ from the end on each side.

Step 3: At this point, I recommend moving the desk where you plan on placing it. If you put it all together it could be difficult getting it through small doorframes. Once you are ready simply attach the sawhorse legs with at least 6 screws are on each leg. Do this by placing the sawhorse legs space apart where you want them and then place the tabletop on top of the sawhorse legs. I had 13 1/2″ overhang on each side of my sawhorse legs, but this number can be adjusted based on your wants and the size tabletop you choose. Minus the drying time and the time in Lowes this takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

The space still looks bare hopefully I can wrap it up before the end of the year. Yes, that’s indecisive Omniley for you. As always thanks for tagging along on this journey. Be Blessed. Omniley.

 

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My #1 Must-Have Item for the Best Sleep

My #1 Must-Have Item for the Best Sleep

Greetings. I hope this post finds you in good spirits.  I’m here to tell you about how I put off getting a new mattress for way too long. We are still in the home stretch of knocking out our to-do list and we are so grateful to partner with Lull Mattress on Phase 2 of our bedroom makeover. While the average mattress lifespan is 7-10 years let’s just say we were well overdue for new mattresses. We have been knee-deep in so many other projects that we put upgrading our mattresses on the back burner. After too many restless nights we couldn’t put it off any longer. So we took to researching mattresses online to find the best mattress for us. After reading some of the 35,000+ reviews about Lull’s mattresses, and it has been the best choice for our health and happiness.

Buying a mattress online can be a daunting task, but Lull quickly eased our concerns. Lull offers no-contact, free delivery right to our doorstep, which made it so convenient to buy a new mattress from the comfort of our own home. A big concern of ours with buying a bed online was not being able to try out the mattress before-hand, but Lull offers a risk-free 100-night trial so we took comfort in knowing we could try out our Lull mattress at home and if we didn’t like it, the purchase would be risk-free. Lull has free returns, so we knew that if we didn’t love it, we’d receive a full refund. After doing our research it was clear that Lull takes all the guess-work out of choosing the right mattress, so this seemed like a no-brainer for us. 

We received a king-size Lull Mattress and Lull Foundation straight to our doorstep within just a few short days. As you will see below, the setup process was quick and easy. As I watched my new favorite mattress expand, I could not believe it had all fit in that small box. 

 

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Lull Mattresses are made with three layers of premier memory foam. This isn’t the kind of foam that sinks when you get in it; it actually rebounds so that as you move it moves with you. The 1st night sleep was different for each one of us. My husband was amazed at how cool the bed felt throughout the night and I attribute this to the gel-infused memory foam cooling top layer absorbs and distributes body heat while supporting pressure points. For me it has taken some getting used to it is definitely a sturdy mattress and I think because I have been sleeping on a worn pillow top for so long it took my body some time to adjust. Let’s just say the past week I have been sleeping like a baby. I fell asleep a few days ago at 7 PM. 

If it’s time for you to upgrade your mattress I highly recommend Lull as an excellent online high-quality option to choose from. Stay tuned for phase 3 of this bedroom reveal. Thank you for taking the time to read my review. Be blessed.

Thanks again, Lull. Omniley

 

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Roman Shade…Kitchen Window Makeover with Belle

Roman Shade…Kitchen Window Makeover with Belle

Greetings. Can you believe it’s almost August? I surely can’t…This year has been eventful, to say the least. I got so many requests and comments on the Instagram post of my kitchen window makeover that I decided to go more in detail on the project. If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know I’m an avid DIYer; not just because it saves us money, but I’m also somewhat of a control freak. We have dealt with numerous contractors since the purchase of our home, and every project seemed to have its own ups and downs. For that reason, I always try to do any project myself.

I remember when I did my 1st viewing of our home, the realtors and I were so impressed with all the natural lighting that came through the house. Well fast forward… little did I connect all the dots–natural lighting, windows, electricity cost, and the window treatments cost. I recall vividly getting my first estimate for window treatments for our living rooms; it was ~$5000, and I thought immediately I was in the wrong field of work. Now, if that was all that I needed to do I probably would have taken the deal, but will all the windows I wanted to cover I set out on a mission to make my own window treatments.

Our kitchen window treatment was one of the eyesores on the list of windows to redo. It still had the original 1979 window blinds from when our home was built. How do I know??? The owners left us the original house plans along with a box of files, and the receipt to the blinds was in it. This window was high on my list to revamp, but unfortunately, it took me almost 4 years to tackle.

Designer Tip: For a window larger than 48” wide, I would opt for multiple Roman shades.

Here’s to another project down during COVID-19. Follow below to see the work and transformation. What project will I tackle next? Please follow along with me see by subscribing to my newsletter or channels (@omniley).

Be blessed! Omniley

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DIY Porch Bed Swing

DIY Porch Bed Swing

Hey Y’all. I got so many questions and compliments on my porch swing, so I decided to share a step by step tutorial (video below). This side porch is dedicated to my late NaNa; she loved sitting out on her porch. Although she passed away before we moved into this home I feel her spirit is with me every day.

Now before we get into all the nuts and bolts (haha) let me just say I initially wanted one of the cute egg chairs that are inundating everyone’s home and patios right now, but due to COVID-19, I couldn’t find one online that would ship without crazy fees. So, of course, we decided to build something ourselves. This took a bit of convincing and arm twisting. My better half is always about working smarter not harder and I agree to a certain extent. I think it’s the unique side of me that always wins though. After looking for inspiration I decided on a porch bed swing.

This was a super easy project and can be completed in a weekend. I ended up taking about four weekends because I made custom cushions and added a bed skirt around the frame.

What you’ll need:

You can locate pallets at nurseries and shipping areas. Try to locate healthy and good looking pallets.

The hardest part of this project was the installation of the backrest to the swing seat. We used 2 X 4 x3’ boards (already pre-cut) to make a base for the back and attached them with screws at a 45-degree angle to the pallet. (see video below)

We used a saw and cut the 1 x 6 x 8 lumber pieces into lengths of 48″. We used five pieces and spaced them evenly and screwed them onto the angled 2 x 4’s to make the backrest.

Once the frame was finished we used 4 lag eye screws and secured them on each corner of the swing base where we would be tying the rope. At this point the swing is complete now it is time to hang it up. If you wanted to paint the swing this would be a perfect time. I opted not to paint ours.

We used 4 cylinder blocks upright to hold the swing in place (about the height of a 5-gallon bucket). The 4 remaining lag screws were placed in the ceiling of the porch. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE PLACING THE SCREWS IN A 2 X4 OR 4 X 4 AND NOT HOLLOW FRAME. The load weight of the rope and eye screws is obsolete if you don’t and someone might get injured if the swing gives away. My husband and one of his friends attached the swing to the ceiling using the cutest bowline rope knots.

 

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For the finishing touches…I looked for a few days for cushions and of course, I couldn’t find any I liked so I made my own.

I also used drop cloths to make a bed skirt and voila. 

All Chinoiserie Accessories (pillows, tray, and throw) gifted from InkFlow Art (use “OMNILEY” at checkout for 15%off they have the cutest accessories)

I am so happy with the results. Please let me know what you think and if you decide to try this tutorial please send me pictures so I can feature you. Omniley?

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Coffee Table Styling

Coffee Table Styling

Greetings. I hope this post finds you well. After a little over 4 years of being in our dream home, I finally got a coffee table. So just to be clear, we’ve had a table in the space for a while, but it wasn’t anything that we had picked specifically for this room. If you know me well then you know that I am an avid thrifter/estate sale queen. I love shopping at estate sales because you can find excellent quality furniture/decor and at great prices. I’m no cookie-cutter person and love unique and antique items. This is one of the reasons we bought our home it was built before we were born and everything about it is so unique. 

Due to COVID, I haven’t been to estate sales since February. Shortly I will be returning to the field for work, so I decided to wrap up the last lingering task of picking out a coffee table. I decided to go with my love for brass and being bold and ended up with this Hammered Coffee Table. I thought my work was done until it arrived and I had to decorate it. This is what I ended up with after two days of placing and rearranging. 

Today I’m sharing with you 4 tips to bring your coffee table to life without overpowering the table or room. 

 

Step 1: Start with a Base Item.

A base item can be a tray, runner, or books. I didn’t want to take away from the brass or my rug so I went with some simple decor books. Books can create a perfect contrast. I adore using hardcover books, but you can opt to use magazines as well. Amazon is a great price for books I always try to check for used versions for a price break. Estates sales and garage sales are great options for old books too.

Step 2: Medium Size Decor Item

As with anything you want to have a balance to your coffee table. Make sure you use a medium size decor item. You will personally have to decide what is considered medium-sized based on the size of your coffee table. Here I am using a medium-size ginger jar; it will be slightly smaller than my main piece but a bit larger than my base item (in terms of height).

Step 3: Large Size Decor Item

I like to refer to this as the “conversation piece”. Pick a piece that will be eye-catching and will get at least one or two looks from any guest you invite in your home. I opted for this llama planter. I picked it up from my local Tuesday Morning and I knew it would be perfect for our coffee table. I used the white to break up the depth of the brass from the coffee table and “WOW” was I pleased with my selection. This piece is no overpowering the table or other pieces but gives the table that extra dimension it needed.

Step 4: Greenery

The final, but most important tip ADD GREENERY. Greenery/floral arrangement is always the final step when finishing any design space. Since this is in an area near books and brass I opted to use a faux arrangement. You can always use fresh clippings from your yard or a bouquet from the market just be mindful of the risk associated with the water.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by again. I look forward to sharing many more home posts with you. Until next time…Be Well-Omniley

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How We Care For Our Houseplants

How We Care For Our Houseplants

I hope this post finds you well and in good spirits. I’m sharing all about how I care for our indoor plants! There is just something about a space filled with house plants that makes a house feel like home. I love outdoor planting too, but the snakes and I don’t get along. I find caring for plants so relaxing and rewarding. Not to mention when you nurture a plant for years and look back at pictures and can see the growth (a win ? ), I have definitely lost my fair share along the way, but I’ve finally learned how to care for my friends. With that being said, I’m sharing how I care for our plants, the types of plants we have around our home, and our favorite place to buy house plants – let’s go!

Types of houseplants we have: The leafy plant in the birdcage is new to the family and is called a Golden Pothos, its supposedly a quick-growing vine and is an excellent choice for beginners. We have three Fiddle Leaf Figs trees in the living room; the tallest one is 3 years old, and the other two are about 1.5 years old. The younger ones were originally one plant and I split it into two. A fiddle-leaf fig tree is a dramatic statement indoors but needs care to thrive as a houseplant. Give it filtered sun and a snug pot—and water sparingly. Now let’s talk about the gorgeous ZZ plant in the chinoiserie planter it’s about 1 year old, and I just got a new one a few days ago. ZZ plants are low-maintenance tropical houseplants with glossy leaves that are drought-tolerant and happy in low light. They have proven to be quite forgiving if you forget about them for a couple weeks—good reasons to add one to your indoor plant collection as soon as possible. Now can you keep secret???? The swiss cheese looking ones are artificial! Fake it until you make it right…these are called Monstera and supposedly easy to take care of also. I bought these two when we first moved in our home. I initially had them in our closed-in bookcases. I will soon be getting some real ones.

Favorite place to shop for houseplants: Hands down Clegg’s Nursery! By far the best service and not to mention my son works there, and we get a discount. I also shop at Home Depot and Lowe’s for houseplants when convenient.

Houseplant care: There are a few non-negotiables that every houseplant needs…natural light, water, and plant food. I water each one weekly; on occasion, I have gone two weeks without watering and have had no issues. Every other week I add in a squirt or two of houseplant fertilizer to the watering pale. We use Miracle Grow, and it works wonders for us! I recommend following the package instructions for mixing recommendations. Houseplants typically require either high, medium, or low light. When buying plants, they usually come with a planting and care instruction card; I recommend holding on to this card (just leave in the plant) until you feel comfortable taking care of it. If plants don’t get the light they need, they won’t necessarily die, but they will stop producing new growth. I also clean plant leaves with a mixture of soap and water every two months and then spray with leaf shine.

Go-to stores for planters and pots: I LOVE shopping for pots and planters. I prefer colored pots and woven planters. Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Tuesday Morning, and Ross for Less always have unique finds. The Aglaonema pictured is in a woven basket (is lined with plastic) that came from Marshalls and is no longer available, but you can get similar from Walmart, and the plant stand is from Wayfair. Our round table is by Stanley Furniture and was purchased from Tuesday Morning years ago. 

I hope this post was helpful! I’m excited to be sharing more of our home decor with you all. How cute is the Orange Blossoms Dress I’m wearing? It’s from a local boutique! Omniley

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Easter Dining Room

Easter Dining Room

I decided to share my dining room Easter tablescape, even with all the chaos in the world, I find it super helpful to keep celebrating and decorating. Entertaining and decorating is such an enjoyable hobby for me. I love to use pieces I already have and add pieces each year. I take great pride in decorating my home and I hope this decor inspires you for seasons to come. Stay safe and we will be okay. Carolina K Jumpsuit

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Pantry Organization 101

Pantry Organization 101

 

My pantries are some of the most used areas in my house. In other words, they are always a disaster. I had some extra time on my hand recently, so I decided to tackle the most used pantry. The main caveat is living with a teenage boy that’s always hungry and on the run and a hubby who could care less about an organization. It seems like the more space we get, the bigger the mess we make. Also, one thing about me is I hate using all the space in one area. It just feels junky to me; therefore, I end up with like items in multiple areas of the house. 

 

Picking categories and containers

Consider your categories and type of containers to use? I recommend using see-through containers so you can immediately know what is running low at all times. It will help writing your grocery list a lot easier. Also, wickers baskets and multi-tier shelves are a must. Use whatever storage you have. Everything doesn’t have to match.

Declutter Time

Move all items from the pantry. This is key to placing items in the appropriate categories.

Purge and let go

Purge all expired items immediately. This helps with a fresh start.

Cleaning time 

Cleanse shelves and floors. Nothing like the perfect time to clean when you have bare shelves.

Labeling time 

Label all containers and totes, especially if you have smaller kids to keep them from exploring through all containers. It also makes it super convenient for anyone to pop in and out. I used Avery 22856.

While I still have a second more massive pantry, I’ll be tackling soon…this was a checkbox I’ve completed off of my to-do list. Happy Organizing!

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