Beachy Gallery Wall

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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

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  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...]

Style Zebra: Summer Nails

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I've always favored the color turquoise. But recently, my affinity for this bluish-green hue has turned into a full-blown crush. So clearly, the next logical step was to transfer this lovely tint to my finger tips. I went to the salon and requested gel nails.  Now, I am quite capable of painting my own fingernails.  Yes, I am.  The thing is, I just didn't want to.  When I attempt to paint my nails at home, my technique is somewhat … [Read more...]

Design Crush: Stylish in Portugal

Design Crush AD France dining room (rectangle house)

What is the one architectural detail that I prize above all others? More than gorgeous moulding, spacious kitchens, beautiful wood flooring or wall-spanning built-ins? My favorite detail, regardless of the style or size of the home, is big windows.  Yes, it's true. Large, expansive, open windows that let in beautiful natural light. My Design Crush today is a very stylish and unique home from Portugal with literally walls of windows.  … [Read more...]

Coral Watercolor

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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

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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...]

Snap Zebra: a Look Through the Lens

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Well, hello! Charming Zebra has been on Summer holiday for the last month.  No blogging or much social media action around these parts.   We've been so busy that it hasn't been much of a vacation, to be honest.  I spent a week in St. George, Utah for my grandma's funeral and a less than enjoyable day at jury duty last week.  Mainly, I've been keeping busy as taxi driver and doing a few projects around the house. Here are just a few … [Read more...]

More Coffee Table Styling

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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...]

Design Crush: 47PARKAVENUE

DesignCrush 47avenue(edited)

  My favorite thing about Pinterest is finding great new design images. Sometimes though, it's tough to find the original source. Frustrating when you want to find out more about that cool image, who the designer is or if there are more related photos. But every once in a while, through a little luck and a bit of serendipity, the image will cross your path again.  This time with the original source, designer and additional … [Read more...]

Chicken Grape Salad Sandwich

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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...]

Snap Zebra: A Look Through the Lens

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        (My High School Senior.)   Have a wonderful Memorial Day! ~Miss Charming … [Read more...]

That Time I Hit the Craig’s List Jackpot

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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...]

Design Crush: The Hunted Interior

DesignCrush The Hunted Interior edited

  One of my favorite DIY designers is Kristin from The Hunted Interior.  She and her husband, recently transformed their backyard into a stunning outdoor living area. They painted, built, mulched, planted and designed the lovely space themselves.  I love all the beautiful styling, but I'm totally crushing on the floating deck.  (Or potential dance floor, perhaps?)  Either way, it looks as though Kristin will have some fabulous garden … [Read more...]

Bits & Pieces (A Tale of 2 Tables)

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  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

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  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...]