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...]

K.R. Dixon Designs

KR Dixon Designs porch edited

  Today I'm visiting the lovely Kayla over at K.R. Dixon Designs.  Kayla is a designer, busy mom, blogger and creative extraordinaire.  She has the perfect tutorial for painting horizontal stripes.  And have I mentioned that we are chandelier twins? So be sure to stop on over to K.R. Dixon Designs for a dose of delightful and a pop of creativity. ~Gina (aka Miss Charming) … [Read more...]

My Summer Mantel (And a Design Trend I’m Not Willing to Let Go)

9-9-14n 025 Silverleaf Sunburst Mirror @ CharmingZebra.com

The continuous changing of design trends tend to remind me of a giant carousel. But instead of colorful, fantasy creatures gaily spinning around, I envision specific design trends passing through time. If you stand in one place, you may see the chevron horse, the pallet-wood lion, the shabby-chic ostrich or the gallery wall zebra.  In view for a while, until the next new-again thing comes around into view.  Slowly pushing the other trends … [Read more...]

Style Zebra: DIY Beauty Pens

8-4-14n 089 DIY Beauty Pens @ CharmingZebra.com

Have you ever made a DIY project that you were absolutely thrilled with? Something that turned out exactly as you had envisioned and solved a long-held frustration? Something that cost next to nothing and could be done in a few minutes? Well, let me introduce my most recent (and possibly my most favorite) project: DIY Beauty Pens Yes, simple beauty markers that you customize. (What? Were you expecting something on a much grander … [Read more...]

Beachy Gallery Wall

7-26-14n 048 Gallery Wall @ CharmingZebra.com

It's always great fun to start decorating with a plain, empty space. A room that is just waiting for the wonders of your imagination to take hold. Being able to customize, design and decorate exactly how you want. But what about all the other times, when you have to make do with existing furniture?  Something functional but that is really rather blah? We have a piece of furniture in our living room that I am definitely not in love … [Read more...]

How To Make Ribbon Tassels

7-19-14n 174 Ribbon Tassel @ CharmingZebra.com

  I may have mentioned once or twice how my decorating process usually works. Some ideas have been swimming around in my head forever, just patiently waiting for their moment to shine. And then there are those other ideas (a bit bold and pushy) that will just pop into my thoughts out of nowhere and demand to immediately be brought to life. Thus, the Ribbon Tassel was created. Now, tassels are nothing new, by any means.  They … [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...]

Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

6-3-14n 032 Apple Cake 2 @ CharmingZebra.com

I finally realized last year, that our family has a Summer tradition. A family tradition that has nothing to do with sunshine, sand or sea. Or sprinklers, sparklers or fireflies. No, this grand family Summer tradition consists of nothing more than consuming extra amounts of sweets, treats and goodies.  Yes, it's true. Now, I'm not sure exactly why that is, but I have a theory.  (Actually, two.)  1) We have a little more time to bake. … [Read more...]

More Coffee Table Styling

6-3-14n 170 Glass Vase @ CharmingZebra.com

Coffee Table Styling. Just a fancy way of saying that I rearranged some items on my coffee table. And bought more flowers.  (At the grocery store, no less) But the coffee table isn't the story.  Neither is the stack of decorating books or my saucy gold rhino.  (Love him.)  No, the star of this little vignette is a simple glass globe vase. I previously filled it with moss and used it for transplanting a bright pink orchid.  Well, as … [Read more...]

Chicken Grape Salad Sandwich

5-22-14n 088e Chicken Grape Sandwich @ CharmingZebra.com

How do you know when you're finally a grown-up? College graduation, home purchase or wedding day, perhaps? How about the day you find yourself eating (and liking) all the unpalatable foods you shunned as a wee child?  All the mushy, tangy, spicy foods that adults love. My daughter confessed to me the other day, (as I brought home yet another avocado) that nobody her age likes avocados.  Who doesn't like avocados?  She said that all of … [Read more...]

That Time I Hit the Craig’s List Jackpot

5-22-14n 198 MCM Dressers @ CharmingZebra.com

What would compel a grown woman to show up at a stranger's house, money in hand? For the possibility of a great deal on an awesome piece of furniture, perhaps? I've been searching for the better part of a year for a few specific pieces of furniture.  Thrift stores, Craig's List, eBay and garage sales were all fair game.  I wanted a mid-century modern, upright dresser for my son's room and a small cabinet for a night stand.  Also, a long MCM … [Read more...]

Bits & Pieces (A Tale of 2 Tables)

5-14-14n 035 Bits and Pieces @ CharmingZebra.com

  I'm always on the hunt for a good bargain. That's no secret. I have a seemingly endless list of items I'm searching for, so I'm ready when the right piece at the right price comes around.  Sometimes all that is needed is a little paint or a tweak here or there to make it exactly what I want. And in the last few weeks, I've been fortunate enough to cross a couple more items off my list.     I've been on … [Read more...]

Bright Flowers in Vintage Mason Jars

5-9-14n 003 Mason Jar Flowers @ CharmingZebra.com

  I enjoy buying flowers for myself. Truly, I do. There is nothing like a colorful bouquet of blooms to brighten up the home.  And my local grocery store usually has a nice selection of flowers in the $4.00 range.  They sell more expensive bouquets too, but I'm usually able to find something pretty for less.  I buy flowers there quite frequently.  I guess you could say it's my guilty pleasure.  (That and a nice pint of Ben & … [Read more...]

Fabulous Fruit Dip

5-1-14n 027 Fab Fruit Dip @ CharmingZebra.com

Many years ago, a friend confessed an embarrassing story. As friends sometimes do. About the time she attended an important business dinner, and thoroughly embarrassed herself in front of her husband's co-workers.  She didn't mean to.  It was an honest mistake.  And she can laugh about it now.  But at the time, well, it was a different story... ...My friend "Laura", (name changed to protect the guilty) was actually looking forward to an … [Read more...]

How NOT to Make a Wrist Corsage

4-26-14n 092 Wrist Corsage @ CharmingZebra.com

There is one Do-It-Yourself rule that I always seem to be breaking. Rockin' rule breaker or just frequently forgetful? The DIY rule that's almost always true for me, is that the very first time I attempt something new, there is a definite learning curve.  It usually takes a bit of tweaking to get a new project exactly how I want it.  So when I had the semi-brilliant idea of DIYing the corsage for my son's prom date, well, let's just say … [Read more...]