I’m Dreaming of a PINK Christmas…

Pink and green is a very trendy Christmas color combo…there are so many shades of pink to play with…light baby pink hues to deep magentas. Here are some inspiring pink and green Christmas decor ideas:


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Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

Thanksgiving is a week away, so by now most of you have made your plans. Some of you are lucky enough to be invited as a guest to someone else’s home, likely leaving a lot of the work off your shoulders. Maybe you are hosting your family and friends this year for the first time, or for the 20th time…either way, here are some Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas you may want to try to add some decorative flair to your table setting:

Add a non-traditional splash of color – I love this one because it takes the color blue (a personal fave), which is not normally thought of for an autumn holiday, but makes it work by adding natural browns with the use of pecans. You can make this your own by finding glass bottles or vases and using any type of nut:

Create the illusion of a table runner using pumpkins and ribbons with little berry sprigs. You could make it your own by collecting leaves from outside and sprinkling them along the sides of the ribbon in a whimsical fashion:

I adore the use of pumpkins in this centerpiece. Placing them at different levels using candleholders, etc. keeps it interesting to the eye. You can get pumpkins in white, orange and yellow to keep it colorful. Another thing I thought that I would add to this centerpiece would be name placards at each place setting using a tiny pumpkin stabbed in the top with a toothpick and a name card taped to it. You can either print up the names using the computer, or if you have lovely handwriting, make it even more personal!

Add a golden glow to your table by using dried kernels of corn in a round vase with a lit candle. Candles make the home feel more cozy and what could be better than feeling even more cozy and intimate around those you love?

Another brilliant use of the pumpkin – I am a fan of pumpkins as decor in the fall! Here it is paired up with a candle and some lovely sprigs. Simply carve a place in the top of the pumpkin that the candle can sit in. Use your own decor such as leaves, corn, sprigs, berries, etc. to make it your own!


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Trash To Treasure: Decorative Mirror

Some of you may know, I used to have a blog called [just had] A Bright Idea where I focused mostly on interior design & decor and some DIY-ing. When I started Style Oyster, I wanted to incorporate those things along with my love of fashion and all things, well, stylish. Unfortunately, leaving that blog for a new url posed it’s challenges. I lost the readers I had acccumulated over the 6 months of having the blog as well as the content…but wait, that content is NOT lost! Thanks to Blogger, I was able to move it over to Style Oyster. However, it was a little outdated (the wording in some, etc.) and of course the pictures were all tagged with my JHABI logo (and a few with even older blog logos than that! I had some name change issues…) I am putting this paragraph here as a preface to these posts because even though they are from the past, they are still projects that took a long time and are dear to my heart and I didn’t want to lose them when I officially take my old blog off the Internet. So I apologize to those of you who have followed me since [just had] A Bright Idea, as you will be experiencing some deja vu, but I know some of you are new and this may all be new content to you. So bear with me, I plan on posting these once a week until they are all on Style Oyster. Thank you so much, and I do hope you enjoy. xoxo


A few months back, the neighborhood next to us had a community yard sale. I decided to stroll over there with my boys and check out some of them to see if I could find any good DIY-worthy items. I found this decorative mirror for $3.00 {bargained down from $5.00!}

This of course is a picture of it after I taped off the mirror part.

Not diggin’ the gold color so much, I decided a nice bright sunny yellow would make it a stand-out piece and make it appear a little more modern.

So I pulled out a can of yellow gloss spray paint and went to work. I did about four light layers to make sure I had nice coverage and to be sure I got all of the crevices.

Here is how it turned out:

I just realized based on the reflection that this picture is sideways. But oh well, it looks the same either way! You got to see how this all came together in my living room gallery post. The living room is really coming together and I just can’t wait to have everything in place and ready to show to all of you.

So are you taking on any DIY projects lately? Any projects completed – big or small? What do you think of this mirror transformation?

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Playroom / Home Office Wall Art

A long while ago, hubby found six of these pictures of trains up in our attic – must have been randomly left there from previous house owners. At the time, he had suggested hanging them in Tanner’s room {Breckin was but a sparkle in our eyes back then} and I declined because Tanner has the surf/beach theme going on and trains simply would not go. Because the matte in the frames was made of colored rattan, I thought they were kind of beachy and maybe I could do something else in place of the trains that would go with the theme of his room.

Well, long story short, I never got around to that. They’ve been sitting around being moved from closet to closet ever since.

Now that we are putting together the home office/play room/workout area, I thought they would be great to personalize and put on the walls. I bought two cans of spray paint, one of each of our accent colors, pink and teal. I decided to spray the rattan those colors.

The yellow was for something else…

But first, I of course primed them.

The rattan took 2-3 good coats of spray paint, drying about an hour in between coats. It pretty much sucked up the first coat and I wanted to make sure it had a thick even finish, not spotty.

Since the neutral tones in the room will be black, white and gray, I decided to paint the frames white {they were originally black, and I had already painted them white long ago when I thought I was doing something with them.} And the small frame around the center picture would be painted black.

It took me a little while to decide what I wanted in those small center squares. I figured they had so much color already with the rattan, I wanted to keep the center pictures black and white. I wanted it to be classy, yet playful to fit the overall purpose of the room. So —–

Black handprints of the boys! Perfect! {Plus, they had fun getting to be a part of Mommy’s project and I think they like seeing a part of themselves in the room – Tanner at least, Breckin is a little too young to understand!}

Those middle prints are ones I made on the computer and cut to size. The one on the left has the shape of the state of SC and says “Our Family was made in Charleston, SC.” And the one on the right says “Little Boys Leave Smudges On Your Heart” – I thought that one was fitting for a group of handprint pictures!

I’m really happy with how this room is turning out…it’s a total creative outlet room {art studio/office/play/exercise room!} and I wanted the style of it to reflect that. I get to take more risks in this room and play around with it more.

Oh My Gourd!

Do you even know what a gourd is?

I think for the longest time, I didn’t know what these lovely little things were called:


There you go. If you didn’t already know, now you do.

You will be seeing these a-plenty at your local grocery store pretty soon, if not already. And they are usually pretty cheap…I tend to get them on sale at three for a dollar. I get a little excited when I start seeing these babies because, to me, it means it’s time for FALL DECORATING! {Woot!}

Yeah, I get a little excited about fall decorating. It’s pretty much my favorite season to decorate for…especially because I also get to keep this particular decor up longer than other seasonal decor {Mid-September thru end of November}. It makes me want to spend extra time on it…once Halloween rolls around, I keep the fall decor, but add some Halloween-y (is that even a word?} things in the mix.

And well, gourds are one of my favorite things to implement in my decor when this season arrives. They are so versatile…the possibilities are endless as to what you can do with them. I love to try and brainstorm new crafts…and I also like to get the boys some of their own little pumpkin gourds to paint as they please.

Here are some gourd-geous {sorry, couldn’t resist} ideas for using these guys in your decor:

Trays are all the rage, so fill one up. I also love how the pumpkin gourds were cut in half and gutted to make candle holders…

Use them outdoors to create a “Welcome” display or just throughout your garden or your front porch to give guests the fall feel before even walking inside your home…

If you’re crafty, fashion a wreath or a garland. Great items to use along with the gourds are pine cones, leaves and twine…

Create a unified design by spray-painting the gourds all one color…this gold was a great choice for fall…

Replace the candles on your pillars…

I’ve always loved the idea of using gourds as a place setting…great for Thanksgiving…

Fill a hurricane…or ten…{I love hurricanes, OK?}


OK…and last but not least, these owls are just TOO cute…

Happy Fall Decorating…can’t wait to show you mine soon! xoxo

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*All images courtesy of www.bhg.com, with the exception of the photo from Shanty2Chic blog, which was noted in its caption.

Shelf Styling

I’ve got lots of little shelves and surfaces around my house with arrangements of art, photos, books and random decor that I tend to change around often.

I have a few personal tips when it comes to styling a shelf…

1. Use uneven items to create visual interest. I generally like to pull in a stack of books, a piece of art or some picture frames and some sort of statement piece to tie it all in together.


2. Create a seemingly “accidental balance” by not having one side look “heavier” or “bulkier” than the other…it doesn’t have to be the same exact heights or amount of items, but the placement of the items should keep in mind the visual balance of the shelf as a whole.


3. When filling a shelf with like items, try to find a few “unlike” pieces to add to the mix that don’t steal the show, but add visual interest.


4. Just have fun with it! Use items unique to you that say something about your personality and interests. Your shelves should be a showoff display. Play with different arrangements from time to time and the perfect “style” will come.




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Color Pairing & Harmony

I recently received the following email from one of my fabulous readers:


First let me say I love your blog. So many great ideas…

One area I am horrible with is putting colors together. I get so afraid to mix it up I end up doing nothing. Do you have any websites or suggestions for this issue?

Thanks bunches


While I did send Teresa a personal message in response to her question, I thought this would be a perfect topic for discussion here on the blog. I think that color pairing and creating harmony among various colors, deciding which colors to use and throwing it all together to create an inviting space that is pleasing to the eye can absolutely pose a challenge to even the most creative and experienced of interior designers. So naturally, it tends to be a difficulty for us amateur-status home decorators.

Many people that believe they have never had an eye for design or color, or even the least bit of a creative bone in their body, will stare at a blank slate and find themselves completely overwhelmed with all the options out there and how to properly stage the furniture in the space and make it functional to their needs. And COLOR…well, that’s probably the most important and challenging aspect of them all.

So where does one start?

Well, there’s a few different ways you can look at this. For me, I know that there will always be changing and evolving trends out there, and if you try to keep caught up with it all the time, you may find yourself exhausted. Or you may end up with a space that doesn’t really fit the real you. I believe a space should make you feel happy when you see it, and ultimately be a reflection of your personality. So the obvious place to start should be to ask yourself, “What colors do I like?” It shouldn’t matter what the color combo of the season is. You are the one that has to live with it, so make sure you love it. If you have trouble nailing down the colors you truly love, I always suggest going in and taking a look at your wardrobe. You’re sure to find it there. You may also get a good idea on specific patterns that you like.

Next ask yourself, “What color pairings naturally catch my eye and arouse interest?” You may want to search for inspiration in magazines, on Pinterest or other websites to answer this question. Try to be aware of what color combinations are particularly calling out to you while perusing. And if all else fails, as an artist, I have to suggest the tried and true color wheel:

There are some very simple rules with the color wheel:

1. Opposites attract. Colors directly across from one another, or rather, complementary colors, make great pairings…however, it is a bold combo to use the same level of tone in each color. But if bold is your thing, go for it! If not, I suggest taking the opposite colors and maybe taking one or both of them and moving a couple shades paler or darker…it will still have that opposites-attract harmonious effect, but a little less abrupt, i.e. pink and lime vs. red and green.


2. Colors next to each other, also known as analogous colors, also mix well. I try not to pick a range of more than 2-6 in a row. It also gives you the option of having a main color and using shades in the darker and lighter directions to mix it up a bit and add visual interest.


You may even think that you want a very neutral-toned space with pops of color here and there. This creates a nice effect as well. I do suggest this for novices that are unsure of their ability to add color to a space…you can get your feet wet with your accents and gradually evolve over time by taking more risks with color, possibly through accent furniture, art or knick-knacks. Neutrals to choose from are whites, grays, browns and even black. Some people choose to use these colors in their furniture (which I personally like to do as well, in case I ever want to change up my color scheme, I don’t have to purchase a lot of new expensive furniture pieces.) Some will use them on the walls – if you’re unsure of whether or not to add a bright accent color to a wall, neutrals are a safe way to go – you can always add the color in with a piece of wall art.


Another option is using the main bright color(s) all over and having a lot of neutral accent pieces to off-set it. This might be the most difficult of the color scheme plans, as it takes a bit of talent to not over-do a room with this method. I’m still learning this method myself! You want to show off your color, but still be able to be comfortable, relaxed and happy in the room. Harmonious.


So you can see there are a lot of different directions to choose…even more than I named here. But this is a good place to start. My biggest advice is to “do you”. It’s not worth all the HGTV-worthiness if you are not in love with the space at the end of the day. Make sure it is functional for your lifestyle and shows off your personality…because I’m sure you have an awesome one! And do remember, that SOMETHING is better than NOTHING.

Thank you, Teresa, for your email…and thank you to all my readers! If you have any suggestions on this topic, please leave a comment below!