Get Ready For Fall Entertaining With FLOR

Do you love pattern as much as I do? You heard me rave about my new rug from FLOR last month, and my countless images of it's awesomeness, but did you know they have a variety of cool options that just came out? They have new patterns and new designs and the best part of all, you can always use FLOR's Possibility Studio, with one on one design help and create the rug of your dreams. Fall entertaining is just around the corner and I always do a round of spring...er fall? cleaning. A little sprucing, a little reorganizing and a lot of decorating.

It's important to seasonally change, at least a few things, when the weather changes. I am a big believer that your house should not be exactly the same for Thanksgiving as it was on Memorial Day. Where is the fun in that? Besides, a key to being an amazing hostess, add a little bit of wow factor, even when guests just "stop by". How do I do that? I keep my big things like furniture neutral and switch out the easy stuff. I rearrange the furniture inside to accommodate more visitors. Since the weather will be turning, I always want them to be comfortable, since pushing everyone outside is going to be less of an option. Trading out a summer rug for a lush one and adding a throw (or 3) instantly makes the house feel like fall, and is perfect for rainy day movie afternoons.

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Just because you like neutrals, doesn't mean you have to give up pattern. The subtle change in texture makes the pattern pop and adds to the glamorous feel of the room.

Jazz up your entry way with a variety of shapes. The first thing guests notice is your foyer, make it interesting and welcoming. Add a fun mirror, interesting curios and a great two toned rug. Varying the shapes and sizes makes it super easy to fit your space, especially if you have a room in a unique shape. Go with it, accent it, own it.  

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Change up the look of your room from summer by adding a new coffee table, throw pillows or rug . I also like to switch out my artwork. I trade bright and colorful fun prints, with softer and deeper prints. Darker colors and autumnal hues, either used a lot or a little do for fall entertaining what white and bright do for summer. Color changes the feel of the room. We want cozy and warm. Choosing a textured rug helps keep it cozy, but still bright. The mix of patterns in the rug keeps it interesting. Switching out a rug is so much easier than changing something larger like a sofa or painting a room to redecorate. Try a rug first, it changes the whole look of a room. Always keep in mind your holiday palettes. Choose a color that will accent and elevate your decor and not compete with it. Even if it is a bit too early to put out the decorations, keep it always in the back of your mind...what would this look like when at the Halloween party? Or when the tree is up?

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Decorating for Fall is one of my biggest joys. I'm a November baby after all. FLOR rugs are easy to change and clean, perfect for guests, but even more wonderful is the range of luxe looks they have, perfect for achieving that warm, sip cider by the fireplace afternoon. Fall entertaining is here, let the prep work begin!

This post is a sponsored post by FLOR. All opinions are my own.  

Paper to Petal: Best Crafting Book to Add to Your Wishlist

My favorite stylist / photographer team is Thuss + Farrell. They have just released their new book, Paper to Petal: 75 Whimsical Paper Flowers to Craft by Hand. The cover of this book is gorgeous. I had a hunch that the inside was a sight to see. Since I have gazed and soaked up each and every page of this beauty of a craft book since I received it to review last week, I have to recommend this to anyone who loves photography, styling and crafting. If you just like pretty books, well this is the prettiest book I have EVER seen. Now, you might be saying that I am just saying this. I assure you, this is the most beautiful book. By crafting book standards, it sets the bar and is beyond anything that is out there. What is better than just me saying it? I can prove it. You can win your VERY OWN COPY of this amazing book right here. Yep. One copy could grace your shelves and completely change the way you see crepe paper.

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I have a love of vintage crepe paper books and I collect them. My most recent acquisition was a Dennison Crepe Paper Flower book. At our recent crafting club, I just watched as the girls made some right from the book, wishing that I could, too. You see, there are a few skills that I still want to add to my crafting repertoire, and paper flower making is one of them. This book is just what I needed.

What those vintage books lack, is a detailed description, with pictures about how to make each and every flower they show. The book Paper to Petal covers everything. It even has pages upon pages of crafting supplies you will need. If there was a textbook for paper flower making, this is it.

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As you first open the book, this is what you see, beautiful sweet mess. I'm a crafter, you know I can find beauty in everything, including the scraps from gorgeous projects.  

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Have you died and gone to heaven yet? I mean, come ON! The styling is beyond and the crafting is impeccable. I have been running H+H for four years this fall, and I have never been hit with so much inspiration at once. Every image in this book is amazing. I could barely even choose just a few to share.  

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This is what completely blew my mind...you can paint and draw on crepe paper. Why something so simple hasn't been shown before?  I have no idea. It has forever changed the way I see crepe paper and I'm calling it right now. Crepe paper with hand painted details is the next craft sensation. Trust me on this. Paper to Petal will show you everything you need to know to do it, even what paint to use. You too can make this incredible bouquet.  

So how do you get your hands on this, the new standard of crafting books? If you need one right now, hop on over to your bookstore and snatch up a copy. Or order one online here. Or try to win one below.

GIVEAWAY: Win one copy of Paper to Petal {ends 9/12/13, midnight}

Just leave a comment below saying telling me the first thing you would decorate with paper flowers for and that's it! Be sure to leave your email in the comment field, I need to be able to contact you if you win. Only one entry per person please! Giveaway runs through next Thursday, September 12th, at midnight. Winner will be announced right here and on Twitter and Instagram first thing Friday morning. I will also email the winner. Good luck!

UPDATE: Contest is now CLOSED. Congratulations to our winner Carrie! I can't wait to see what you make! xo

Quick and Easy Tissue Paper Flowers

Do you remember the crafting party I shared? I'd love to show you one of my easiest DIYs, which was what I used for the backdrop decor. Who doesn't need a super quick option for tissue poms? I'll admit it, I hate all the fluffing involved with the regular size poms, and those accordion folds? If you are only making a few, it's not too bad. But if you a making a bazillion, well kiss your time goodbye. We like to party at casa H+H, but we don't want to spend a lot of time getting ready to party. That's where these 30 Second Tissue Poms come in. The full DIY is over on the Tiny Prints blog today and boy is it ever quick and easy!

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This post was sponsored by Tiny Prints. All opinions are mine.  

Party Supplies: Summer Isn't Over Yet

It's the first day of school and it's raining. Go figure, I'm in Seattle. But I haven't lost hope. I'm sure there will still be a few more days of sunshine before we dive into Halloween and fall parties. Keep the hope alive with a bright pop of color. I'm not giving up yet and I'm thinking this range of warm pinks will still have their place in the upcoming fall holidays, hot pink turkey anyone? The easiest way to jazz up traditional decor? Add a nontraditional color. So whether you are throwing a last minute BBQ, hosting a birthday party for your best gal, or just adding to your massive source list for party supplies and decorations, here are my most recent finds. Diamond honeycomb that is affordable and in a variety of colors? Yep, it's in there too. 

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Last Week of Summer and Your Most Pressing Questions Answered

Hi folks, I went on vacation last week and it's been a bit quiet around the web for me. I can't bring myself to be away from the boys for more than a few minutes these last few days of summer. Hunter starts next week too, so I am a bit teary eyed that my baby is so big. I love you all and will be back with awesomeness (as always) bright and early Tuesday. For this week, I thought we'd do something a bit different. I want to see if you had any questions for me? Are you planning a party and need some inspiration or a DIY to try? Does a certain DIY got you confused and you need help? Are you dying to know a secret source of mine? I try to share all my secrets, but this is your chance to ask and get a shortcut. So fire away in the comments and I will answer you right here. I want to make sure I can bring you all the party awesomeness you deserve! xo