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Diva 411 Oh, That’s So Audrey!

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Diva 411 Oh, That’s So Audrey

Audrey Hepburn. She is an actress, quintessential style icon and a true humanitarian. Women around the world are still dazzled by her elegant spirit, graceful manner, and timeless sophistication. In the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, we saw Ms. Holly Golightly window shopping at Tiffany’s. We fell in love with the fun and whimsical Ms. Holly Golightly. Audrey set the style for many enduring fashion trends that we possess in our closets today. It’s also time to get a little “Oh, that’s so Audrey” back into the way we dress our rooms. Happy Birthday Audrey!!!! May 4th, 1929.

The Divas took a look into Audrey’s closet for some decorating inspiration and here is what we found. Oh, that little black dress. It first made her famous in the movie “Sabrina” and later in the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Ladies, you can never go wrong with that little black dress. We all have one or two in our closets. Embellish them with a chic necklace with lots of pearls and shimmer for that modern elegant look. Another cute example of Audrey’s influence on our clothing trend is the classic white button down shirt with a collar that she first wore in the movie “Roman Holiday”. Who doesn’t have this staple in their closet? Dress it up or wear with a pair of your favorite jeans. Let’s not forget about her fancy pants! We are talking about her skinny ankle pants. Today we find them a must! Whatever color you choose, perhaps tiffany blue or our favorite blue jean, they are simply fabulous! They make it so easy to create your own style. And last brighten up any rainy day by using a modern mandarin orange colored trench coat. Ms. Holly Golightly looked darling in her trench coat while looking for a cat in the pouring rain.

The Divas also took a peek at Audrey’s wonderful trend setting accessories for more decorating inspiration. The first thing we spotted was the timeless Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Speedy 30 handbag. This style was launched back in 1930, but came alive again in 1965 when Audrey Hepburn asked Henri-Louis Vuitton to create a smaller sized handbag just for her, which is still made. The Divas just love all the vintage pictures of Audrey Hepburn carrying her own Louis Vuitton Speedy handbag. Just dreamy!! Next, put a little Audrey in your step with ballet flats. She loved flats and kitten heels and wore them with everything. Today, we love the comfort and the style of both these lovelies. And last but not least, let’s not forget about the fabulous black Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglasses that she wore in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. This sensational trendy look is all the rage again today.

Now, the Divas applied her fashion trends towards our decorating. We capture Audrey’s style in the way we dress our rooms. Simple and elegant is what we are striving for in our decorating design. We created this charming Diva office. First, we start with the walls inspired from Audrey’s fancy skinny ankle pants. The Divas selected the closest match called Day At The Jewelers paint from Valspar purchased at Lowe’s (paint number is AR2004). We also added a whimsical touch with this tree wall decal in black ($95 from wallstickersoutlet.com). How cute to add your beloved family photos in different size black frames to the decal to create your own family tree? Black frames are inspired by Audrey’s little black dress and sunglasses! Next, we added white furniture that will showcase the fabulous colors in this room. A white desk ($449 from Dwell), a Chippendale Chair ($189 from homedecorators.com) and white lamps ($193 from Lumens Lighting) are inspired from Audrey’s white shirt. Our Diva twist is to add a splash of mandarin orange as our accent color inspired by Audrey’s trench coat. This will give us that modern pop of color to finish off this “Oh, That’s So Audrey look”. We added this fabulous mandarin orange rug ($63 from rugsale.com), wingback chairs ($399 from allmodern.com), linen nailhead stools ($718 from Zinc Door), curvy vase ($28 from Anthropologie), and last a mandarin orange throw pillow ($58 from Layla Grayce). The Divas love love love this Louis Vuitton tray, which we found in Audrey’s closet, our favorite accessory, the Louis Vuitton Speedy handbag.

Here is another cute diva design that we found using Audrey as an inspiration. Audrey Hepburn loved her bike. She rode all over the movie studio grounds while filming her movies. We bought this old bike from a local thrift store for only $10.00 and painted it with Day At The Jewelers paint (paint number is AR2004 from Valspar purchased at Lowe’s). We added a basket purchased for only $1.00 from the same thrift shop and added lots of flowers. This would look great just leaning against a fence for that whimsical outside décor!

But wait, look who’s been shopping! One of the 3 Decorating Divas, Kayley as shown in the photo by Pinky Promise Photography! The Tiffany shopping bag and vintage hat box finishes our look. This fun idea would be an unexpected gem for your garden.

Have fun and make it your own from the 3 Decorating Divas, Maureen Kocsis, Carina Kocsis and Kayley Grieve!! Check out the website to see full color article at http://www.3decoratingdivas.com

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Diva 411 – Fall Fabulous

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Diva 411 ~ Fall Fabulous

Autumn is our second spring where every leaf becomes a flower. The Divas are “glaming” it up for fall. Pumpkins don’t need to be the traditional orange anymore.  The Divas have our own Fall Fabulous ideas!

We found these wonderful elegant black and cream Damask pattern pumpkins at Hobby Lobby for $11.99 to $24.99. These beauties will take you right through Thanksgiving. We love them!  Why not solid black pumpkins? Every girl has that special little black dress why not a little black pumpkin? CoCo Chanel would be proud to have this chic pumpkin dripping with pearls in her home. The Divas turned a plain cream pumpkin into modern fairy tale using black crystal filigree.  We embellished our pumpkins with luscious jewelry from our jewelry boxes.  Pearls, rhinestones, mixed match earrings and even grandmother’s broach. Glamour, tradition and “bling” works every time.

Since we broke the rules with the pumpkins, let’s create a fall burst of color with the greenery. Use lots of burnt umber, golden yellow, dark greens and fabulous crimson. We added sparkle and glitz with Harvest Acrylic Gems.  They come in different sizes and colors like red, gold and clear.  You can find them for a steal at Michaels for only $3.99!

We placed all these wonderful treasures in a huge black tray and placed it on a gorgeous table top.

Let’s not forget about the wonderful smells of fall.  Candles!  We found this fabulous flameless wax candle bowl by Habersham at Venetia’s Home Accents for $26.99 in Orland Park. We purchased one last year and the wonderful aroma is still filling our room.  A must for Fall Fabulous!  You can find more information regarding this fabulous find on the 3 Decorating Diva’s Facebook page.

What about creating a Witches Haven? Our witch is a real Diva she is sassy and styling. She travels the world shopping for whatever makes her happy.  She fell in love with this perfect chair, which has a spider web back. She created a place for her little glitzy spider friends to hang out and wait till she flies home. Our sassy witch now has her own place to put her black Diva cape, couture hat, sparkly hot pink glasses (“Think Pink” for Breast Cancer Awareness) and of course, her fabulous leopard print broom (Home Goods $14.99).  Next to her chair is a lamp which she embellished the shade with jewelry and trinkets from her many travels. It shines light on her book of spells while relaxing and sipping a cup of warm brew. This Diva loves to decorate any scary space.

Fall Fabulous on the outsideNow it is time to take this Fall Fabulous decorating outside.  “Mums the Word”! Fill your front entry way with a burst of color.  It’s easy when you use mums.  Just remember, to make a show stopper you will need to use at least 6 to 8 plants.  Mix with mums with those glorious cabbage plants.  Don’t forget to dress your window boxes by filling them with pumpkins, gourds, mums and almost anything you desire. I hope that all the Divas ideas will help you with your FALL FABULOUS DECORATING!

This article was in the October issue of the South Frankfort Life, Schoolhouse Life and Butternut Settlement Life by N2 Publishing.

These boots aren’t just made for walking!!

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 Boot It!!  Luv your rubber Wellie boots??  They needn’t be confined to just running and jumping thru puddles.  Use your imagination!!  Some flowering branches like  Forsythia  tucked into your favorite rain boot can make a witty entry display for any front porch…
  
 
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Get your Diva on

 

Decorating my window boxes – helpful tips

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Steps for decorating window boxes:

  • The first step is to remove all dead material from the winter or last summer, this also includes old soil from the prior year.  I purchased these window boxes from Alsip Nursery (http://www.alsipnursery.com/site/) and spray painted them black.
  • Next, I add fresh soil and mix it with the existing soil, don’t add too much.  Remember the plants you will be putting in there will take up plenty of room.
  • The 3 Decorating Divas scour the best nursery’s not only for princing, but care of plants as well and selection.  We shop at Sunrise Nursery in Grant Park, IL.  If you decided to go there, it is best to get there prior to Mother’s Day.  The web site is http://www.woldhuisfarms.com/.  We purchase hanging Supertunias for $13 and break them up in sections.  The Supertunias grow in all directions and hang down, plus they don’t need to be deadheaded either.  We also add green foliage, either a vinca vine or potatoe plant to help with fullness. 
  • Next, add a pop of color.  This year I selected a baby blue for our expecting son in July.  We add our sticks for heigth and drama.  At first the window box will not appear to be in perfect condition, but that is due to shock and the flowers will start to grow in shortly.  Don’t forget to give them a good watering and feed your flowers daily.  We use Mircle Gro Liquid Feed every day.
  • Add some decorations!!  You could easily put in smaller old white bird cages, which are sold at Michael’s or cute little elves or knomes.  Perhaps a birdhouse or small humming bird feeder.  Around 4th of July, I like to add American Flags.  Have fun and be creative!!
  • I planted early this year on May 5th, which is no problem.  However, if you get a freeze, just cover up your potted plants with a sheet, plastic bag or tarp. 

Have any questions?  Leave a comment!!!