Archive for Fall

Oct
15

Easy Ways to Cozy Up Your Home for Fall

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Fall is here! It’s that time of year again to stow away our favorite summer fashion and accessories and bring out our warm fuzzy Fall and winter attire for the transition from Summer to Fall. Why not do the same in your home? Welcome in the cool weather months by transforming your home with these simple interior decorating ideas.

Warm Up your Living Room with Plush Throws 

There’s nothing cozier than a warm blanket while hanging out on the couch watching TV with the family. It’s always a good idea to have more than one on hand to ensure guests have their own to keep them warm and comfortable during their stay. Cozy throws are also a great opportunity to bring color into the room, the more contrast the better!

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Ambiance with Candlelight

We all know the days get shorter in the cooler months and there is less daylight to enjoy after a long day’s work. However, try to embrace the early nightfall and light a few candles.  Candlelight brings an instant warmth to any room and the ambiance can help relieve stress and anxiety.

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There are some great battery powered options to ensure safety. Try a candle with a Fall scent.  I love the current candle I am using, sweet cinnamon pumpkin. Yum! 

 

Try an Area Rug

There’s nothing I hate more than my feet being cold, especially when my feet hit the cold bare floor in the mornings. Yikes! Try adding any area rug to your more traveled areas to ensure your toes are nice and cozy. Layering area rugs for an even more cozy look.

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Hang Heavier Draperies 

Another idea to warm up your living area is to switch out your lighter draperies and hang heavier drapes. This will help keep out drafts and add warmth to the room. Try using a heavier weight material or letting them pool an inch or so on the floor.

Switch out Bedding

Some of you may already have seasonal bedding, Bravo!  It’s a great idea to switch over your bedding to prepare for the cooler nights to come. Layer with warm throws and additional pillows with decorative patterns or seasonal colors. It’s an instant way to transform any bedroom without the full overhaul.

 Dress your Table

Don’t forget your dinning room! While bare tables are ideal in the summer months it’s not exactly the right look for Fall. Add heavy tablecloths, runners, or even a scarf will do the trick.  It’s a great time to bring out the formal wear. It’s fun to dress up your table with seasonal decor. Add a charger under the dinner plates, use more elaborate centerpieces and heavier napkins with festive napkin rings.

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 Cozy Up the Patio

Everyone’s favorite outdoor spot here at Lake Gaston is the patio! Let’s transition this space to be used on the cool evenings with warm blankets at each seat as well as comfy pillows.  Outdoors heaters are great for these spaces and a toasty fire pit if space is allowed.  Watching the sunset can be even more enjoyable under your warm fuzzy blanket taking in mother nature’s beauty.

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With layers of throws, heavy draperies in warm tones, candlelight, fuzzy rugs, and comfy pillows your home is on it’s way to being the coziest spot on Lake Gaston. We ARE interior designers so don’t forget to enjoy the indoors just as much as we enjoy the great outdoors! We hope you have a warm and cozy Fall! Enjoy!

-Dixie K

Mary Sherwood Lake Living

 

Aug
13

Tips to Get Ready for Back-To-School

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Summer has almost come to a close and fall is peaking in. The new school year is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to get organized before the chaos of homework and after school activities begin. Organization is key! Here are a few tips to keep you and your growing minds on track this school year.

Back-to-school-closetWho doesn’t love back-to-school shopping! Well some may dread it but, I loved it! It was my favorite part of going back to school! Getting a new backpack, new outfits, not to mention I couldn’t wait to show them off to my friends!

With all those new outfit choices, getting dressed in the morning may take more time than normal. Here’s the solution, Closet dividers!  Here all outfits are pre-planned for the week! What a time saver in the early morning rush hour!

 

It doesn’t get anymore organized than this! I love this idea! Here a fellow organizer took a behind the door hanging shoe rack and created this mega school supply wonderland! All the pens, markers, pencils, & paper clips have their own space! Don’t forget to label to ensure they get put back in their proper place! Such a great idea and inexpensive as well!

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back-to-school-pack-itWhether it’s snack time, lunch or those late afternoon sports activities these are great bags! PACKit is a personal cooler that folds up to be placed in the freezer over night and then removed to be used during the day keeping it’s contents cool for up to 10 hours! These bags come in great prints and different sizes to meet your personal needs! It’s a back to school must have and we have them right here in our showroom!

 

Back-to-school-homework-areaIt’s also a good idea to have a designated space to do homework. Any place away from the TV and heavy foot traffic is better for less distractions.  Isn’t this homework area great?  It’s bright, fun and inviting to get those little thinkers going and inspired. Check out Autumn’s blog, Elements of a Kids Work Space to see other ideas and tips for kid’s work spaces.

 

Back-to-school-back-upGo the extra mile and stock up on school project supplies. This will be a life saver for those last minute projects! No one wants to be at the craft store at 9 pm at night looking for poster board when your son’s project is due at 8:30 in the morning. YIKES!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My roommates’ and I used this last tip often, a Menu Board. We ate most nights together in our apartment at Radford. This cut down on the cost of our individual meals and kept variety on our plate. Plus it was a great bonding time, two of us cook and two cleaned.

We rotated depending on who was home who cooked dinner for the night. We also went the extra mile and incorporated a chore chart. Each person had an assigned chore they took care of during the week. When the week was up we reassigned the chores for a new week. This kept us on routine and held everyone responsible for their part. I honestly can say this may have saved an argument or two! We by far had the cleanest apartment around for four girls living under one roof!  It’s worth a try in the home, dorm or apartment.

I hope you have enjoyed these back to school tips for the upcoming school year! Hopefully they will come in handy! Good luck to everyone this school year no matter what grade that may be!

Do you have any back-to school tips you would like to share?

If so please post & share below!

-Dixie K .

Mary Sherwood Lake Living-Working with you to create your lifestyle on

Lake Gaston and Beyond!

 

Sep
04

Top Interior Design Trends for Fall 2013

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I hope everyone had a fun and safe Labor Day weekend. I enjoyed my time on Lake Gaston having fun with friends and family. Despite the advantage of an extra long weekend of fun, Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall. I enjoy the summer months but fall is definitely my favorite season. With that said, I was curious as to what are some interior design trends for fall.  I have to say, I’m loving what I’m seeing.

 

Emerald Green.

Green certainly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It’s everywhere! I read in Harper’s Bazaar that they are calling it a “Green Movement.” This fall, I suggest going with a deeper green, it will make an even bolder statement.

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Brass, Gold and Metallic Leather?

I have never really been a fan of gold, but the more I see it, the more I’m starting to give it a try. I really like the elegance it brings to a room. I especially would use this brushed gold book shelf.  Brass and Gold are on everything! Lamps, chandeliers, faucets, and of course nail head trim.  I like the brass railing on the staircase below.  gold rush - brass bookshelves_habitually chic_phoebe howard

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…………and yes I did say, METALLIC LEATHER! I’m not really sure if I’ll follow this trend.  It seems more like a fad than a trend.

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High Contrast

Black and White are daring together. These two are bold, drastic, and adds the drama! I like these two together and adding a pop of another color.  If you do use a pop of color, remember to be sparingly, rule of thumb is “three is all you need.”

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Feathers.

I wasn’t expecting to see this one, but they are in fact feathers! Feathers are showing up in a vast amount of home accessories.  I like the less literal interpretation, like this wall paper.Screen-Shot-2013-05-15-at-11_51_31-AM

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Gray.

Move over beige, Gray is the new neutral. This crisp, clean, modern look is to die for, and not to mention it can be paired with almost any color!  This could be my favorite look for fall.

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Last but not least.

Pantone has selected these paint colors to be the trend this Fall. Emerald Green was chosen in January as the color of the year. I’m more attached to the bright orange named, Koi. That color would be great as an accent wall or maybe as a couch?

Okay Trend Setter, which color or colors will you be using this fall?

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– Dixie K

Mary Sherwood Lake Living – working with you to create your lifestyle!

 

Nov
15

Soup’s On….

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There’s nothing better on a chilly, rainy day in fall than to enjoy a rich, hearty soup or stew, let alone enjoying three different varieties.  Tuesday turned out to be the perfect day for our Warm Up with Soups and Stews Class with Chef Yvonne.  

Everyone enjoyed  taste-testing Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo with Baked Rice, Shrimp and Crab Imperial Stew, and Potato and Leek Soup.   In honor of the unofficial taste test tally, we’re including the recipe below for the taste winner!

Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. boneless chicken (bite size pieces)
  • 1 c. finely chopped onions
  • 1 c. finely chopped green peppers
  • ¾ c. finely chopped celery
  • 1 ¼ c. all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. ground red peppers
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 7 c. chicken stock
  • 1 lb. Andouille smoked sausage or smoked kielbasa (bite size pieces)
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic

Rub a generous amount of garlic powder, red pepper, and salt on chicken and let stand for 30 minutes.

Combine flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a plastic bag. Add chicken and coat. Reserve remaining flour. In a large skillet, heat 1 ½ inches of oil until very hot. Fry chicken until browned and meat is done. Drain on paper towels. Remove all but ½ c. of oil, leaving the scraps in bottom.

Place pan over high heat. Using a metal whisk, stir in reserved flour (½ cup). Cook, whisking constantly until roux is a dark red brown to black, but be careful not to burn. Remove from heat and add vegetables, stirring until roux stops getting darker. Return pan to low heat and cook until vegetables are soft.

Meanwhile, place stock in 5 ½ quart pot and brink to a boil. Add roux by spoonfuls to boiling stock, stirring until dissolved. Reduce heat, add sausage and minced garlic. Simmer 45 minutes uncovered. Add the chicken and salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for 15 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 We, at Mary Sherwood Lake Living, hope you enjoy the fall and winter months savoring a big pot of warm soup.  As quoted by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Only the true in heart can make a good soup.”  Give it a try!

Mary

Mary Sherwood Lake Living working with you to create your lifestyle!

 

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Oct
21

Paul strikes again…

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Heart ArtThe Fall is a very busy season for all of us.  There are lots of festivals, football games, tailgating parties and community events.  As we are in the countdown days of the local Fall for the Arts event my wonderful husband, Paul, strikes again but not in a way you may imagine.

Read here for his latest “heart felt” blog post.

Paul writes:

“Tonight is a night for celebration.  Mary and I ate dinner together!

I guess that bears a little explaining.

Today I had a need… (Don’t go there!).  Mary and I have been working really hard, thanks to all of you (come on!  That was a genuine “Thank you”!).  Recently, I’ve been catching up on taxes (Oct 15th).  To do so I had to go into the office about 6 AM each morning for several days.  Once that was done there was a delivery to be made in Maryland.  Before I could get home from that trip Mary and Autumn left for market and were gone for 4 days.  In addition, we’re ramping up to Fall for the Arts this weekend at Lake Gaston.  As Chairman I’ve had a lot going on.  Then, there is still Mary Sherwood Lake Living requiring time and attention.  So there sometimes isn’t enough time for Paul and Mary.

So, it’s been about 2 weeks since Mary and I have even had the privilege of having breakfast together!

If you’ve been around me at all you know I love to kid about how it’s necessary for the guy to keep his head down or how that information may be above the guy’s pay-grade!  Most of my buddies agree:  things would be a lot simpler and easier if we didn’t have to translate woman-speak into man-speak.

All of which is pointing up the differences between Mary’s and my approach to things in general.

I don’t know how it is for each of you, but it appears that, none the less, I do miss my wife when I don’t see her for a while. And I have to say, I needed some time where Mary and I just enjoyed being together.  And that’s what we did at the dinner table last night.  The conversation was all work-related, but we both just enjoyed being able to share something we both love.”

Thanks, Paul! How I do love this man!

Now that we have totally become sentimental for a brief moment in time I have to remind you there is still time to purchase tickets for the 3rd Annual Fall for the Arts sponsored by O’Sail.  It is this Saturday, October 23, 10 AM – 5 PM.  Purchase tickets from our store or at the site(s) the day of the event.

I’ll be roaming the sites and hope to see a lot of MSLL friends.

It is going to be a beautiful Fall weekend at Lake Gaston for the art tour!

Enjoy!

Mary

BTW… Coming soon-our picture blog of Hot Trends from High Point!

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Oct
04

We Showed You Ours…

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We showed you ours…Pumpkin Event!

What a great event at Mary Sherwood Lake Living!  Here are some of the creative ideas we showed for pumpkin decorating.  The ideas ranged in difficulty from Autumn’s intricately carved spider web pumpkin to my very quick and easy wired pumpkin.  Since time seems to be at a premium we tried to show several quick and easy ways to decorate a pumpkin without carving (consequently keeping it fresher longer).

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Carved gourd, chicken with mustard dip, fall colors, fall foods, easy appetizers

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Our guests pondering over the pumpkin ideas!

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"Mixed Salad Satan"

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"Help Me" says the fly

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"Metallica"

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Left to right: "Caught Up in the Web", "Pearl Jam" and "All Wired Up and Nowhere to Connect"

So we showed you our stuff…pumpkin decorating ideas.  Now you have a chance to show us your’s!  Enter our 1st Pumpkin Decorating Contest between now and October 23. Decorate your pumpkin, give it a funny name and bring it by the store to be photographed or submit a photo online.  Online entries must include a small sign in the photo, “MSLL Pumpkin Decorating Contest 2010” to verify authenticity.  NO, you can’t just pull a picture from the internet and claim it as yours!  Bring on the pictures!  Our loyal MSLL fans will vote on their favorite pumpkin design.

At the end of the entry period, we will send out the voting information.  Voting will be blind, so no names or personal information will be shared.

The ballot will contain pictures numbered in the order they were received.

The award categories are as follows:

1st Prize as voted by our customers

will win a $50 MSLL Gift Card

The winners of following categories

will each win a $20 MSLL Gift Card

*Most Creative Use of Materials*

*Spookiest*

*Friendliest*

So the challenge has been launched!  Show us your creative stuff!!!

Looking forward to your entries!

Mary

Mary Sherwood Lake Living

Working with you to create your lifestyle at Lake Gaston and beyond!”

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