Hello, Spring Mantel!

1-2-15n 274 Spring Mantel @ CharmingZebra.com

Hello, again! After a two month hiatus, Charming Zebra is back and ready to dive headlong into a creative pool of design, decor and DIY. Luckily, no awkward bikini photos were snapped, just a fresh take on a Spring Mantel. The decor cost me a total of zero additional dollars, since I only used items I already had on hand. I simply gathered together terracotta pots from former projects and filled them with my favorite faux … [Read more...]

Autumn Tablescape: Flinging Pumpkins

10-24-14n 070 Autumn Tablescape @ CharmingZebra.com

Autumn Tablescape. Lately, I've had a bit of an orange crush. Bright pumpkins and gourds in shades of persimmon, mango and tangerine. For the last few Autumns, it was all about pale pumpkins.  Washed-out, pretty pastels. Creams and whites were in, while any gourd sporting the unfortunate classic shade of orange was shamefully banished. But this Fall, the color orange is back with a vengeance and has become the perfect foil for an … [Read more...]

Falling Into Autumn

9-17-14n 154 Fall Mantel @ CharmingZebra.com

Crisp Autumn breezes. Colorful canopies of leafy trees. Piles and piles of pumpkins. It's Fall, y'all!  (Well actually, Autumn officially starts next week, if you're a calendar kind of girl.) The changing of the seasons is quite busy fun for home decor/ DIY bloggers.  Especially the last few months of the year.  So many holidays centered around home, friends and family. And despite the Texas heat, the trappings of Fall are … [Read more...]

My Love Affair with Mason Jars

8-19-14n 049 Mason Jars @ CharmingZebra.com

Dear Mason jars, It may be somewhat embarrassing to admit, but I have a bit of a crush on you. Yes, it's true. Your transparent glass in hues of clear, green and blue. You make such beautiful mason jar vases. A fun way to display a few colorful blooms. And you're the perfect vessel for containing a handful of sea glass or my collection of vintage marbles. You've supplied a great many drinking glasses. And I loved the glow … [Read more...]

Coral Watercolor

7-16-14n 039 Coral Print @ CharmingZebra.com

I'm currently working on my gallery wall. And I'm feeling a little beachy. Surrounded by coral, seashells and azure watercolors. Soon, my living room wall will be plastered with echoes of the sea. I found this coral watercolor print at Marshalls last week.  I was crushing on the blue tones, but I definitely wasn't feeling the beige colored mat. So I left the coral at the store.  All sad and forlorn.  (And yes, I do tend to give … [Read more...]

Celebrity Sunday (Home of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith)

In the September issue of Architectural Digest, the Malibu home of actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith was featured.  Here is the Smith family in front of their "Raiders of the Lost Ark" front doors.  Children Trey, Willow and Jaden.Their home is a massive Adobe style on 150 acres.  (Plenty of room to roam.)I wonder if they actually cook much in their kitchen or if they have a private chef.  I do like the pattern … [Read more...]