Platypus French Country Knockoff!

I love the store Platypus. While strolling through it one day, I came across an accent table that had an old world French country feel to it. I loved it (below).

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I love the casual and time-worn look of the French Country style that also projects a simple sophistication.

One of my favorite elements is distressed painted wood. That alongside a stained natural wood captures the casualness of the countryside of France.

Sometime ago, I was fortunate enough to be given a free pedestal table from a neighbor. I stored it in my garage waiting for the inspiration to do something with it. Once I saw the table at Platypus, I knew the look I wanted.

My plain pedestal table

My plain pedestal table

I decided to use some leftover Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I had in Old White.

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I first painted the legs and base.

IMG_5189The wonderful thing about Chalk Paint is you don’t have to worry about sanding beforehand or applying the paint perfectly.

My table before being distressed.

My table before being distressed.

After two coats of paint, I took a piece of sandpaper and began sanding down the corners and curves to accentuate them and give a distressed look.

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The table had wonderful elements and classic lines that didn’t stand out when it was all one color.

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IMG_5210I love how it looks now. It adds a casual softness to my living room. Although it is a dining table, I use it as an end table (something I saw in Pottery Barn).

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I love the look of my Platypus French Country Knockoff! It adds an understated and casual elegance to my living room!

Tee-se-itse TUESDAY! Do-it-yourself Autumn Candle Holder

I came across this very cute and easy diy! Perfect for Tee-se-itse TUESDAY! I found it at Spark & Chemistry.

All you’ll need are artificial fall leaves, a mason jar, mod podge and a paint brush/sponge.

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You just mod podge the leaves onto the jar. You could probably use clear spray glue for a quicker application.

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You can tie raffia, twine or burlap to the top and make a bow.

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Such an easy tee-se-itse (do-it-yourself) Autumn Candle Holder.

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I love decorating for Fall. But with three busy kids, it is difficult to find the time. I came up with an easy diy Fall garland that I just love! It only requires a string of mini white lights, a hole punch and artificial leaves.

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Punch a hole in the center of each leaf. Attach one leaf to each individual light, carefully pulling the leaf onto the stem of the light (not on the bulb).

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It is so easy and beautiful. It really brings the outside colors of Fall in.

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At night, we love turning on the lights.

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Un automne guirlande facile!

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Tee-se-itse TUESDAY! (Do-it-yourself) décoration d’automne

After a very long hiatus, I am finally back to my blog. I can never get anything done during the summer when my kids are off school. Then, tragically, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer that had aggressively metastasized to her lungs, kidney, lymph nodes, spine and liver. We quickly moved her from Ohio to New Jersey to live with us and receive treatment. Sadly, she died a month later. I am just now regrouping enough to be creative. The beautiful Fall foliage around me here in Princeton, NJ has helped!

I came across this very easy Tee-se-itse (do-it-yourself) autumn decoration on Dea Vita. It has inspired me to once again be creative! I came up with my own twist to this unique and beautiful  design.

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I bought a little burlap bag instead of using the cone element. Then, I bought artificial floral pieces.

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I inserted a few pieces of cardboard to stiffen it up and filled the bottom with bunched up plastic bags. I also cut off one of the handles and made a bow. I then arranged the floral pieces.

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I love it! It is both simple and festive.

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I hope you’ll try this simple and inexpensive tee-se-itse décoration d’automne project!