Living Like You’re in The South of France

via Elle Decor

This post is sponsored by One Kings Lane, but my daydreams are my own.

Alright. So, I admit it. It isn’t really a secret around here anyway. I have always been a dreamer when it comes to my home. I grew up dreaming of living in castle, if that gives you any indication of my reasonable expectations. While I have matured a bit to where I do realize, now, after years of therapy (I kid! I kid!), that I will probably never live in a chateau in the South of France, I still like to feel like I’m that little girl living in her dream house. Even though I’m actually living in a new house on a small lot in the state of Washington. Don’t burst my bubble.

Do you all get a picture in your mind of where you live? One that doesn’t even really resemble reality,  but it keeps you somewhat entertained and enchanted with your fairly ordinary home? Maybe you add great architecture to your builder house, plant lovely gardens, or keep your eye out for just the right furniture pieces and accessories to get the look you dream about, even though you live in an ordinary house in the suburbs?

After our little getaway this week to Victoria and seeing the beauty of Empress Hotel, I’m feeling in the mood for a summer home in the south of France. Maybe like the one in the picture at the top of the post? Do you think it’s too much? I picture it overlooking the sea, of course. Details, whatever. You’d visit me there, right? I would invite you to a party and maybe you could have your own wing in the guest quarters.

But until that dream comes true, I can add a little bit of that style right where I am with a few inspired pieces. On that note, I found a few items I would LOVE to have from a Martha Stewart sale over at One Kings Lane. I’m sharing these just in case, you know, you too might want to create a South of France inspired dream in your little corner of the world.

1. Chester Dining Table 2. Georgia Chaise 3. Cuisine Hanging Light 4. Cheese Chalk Board 5. Rectangular Tray

You can find all these items and more at One Kings Lane. A little tip from me? It is one of those flash sales again where quantities are limited and you have to be one of the first to get there to shop, or your bubble might burst before your “I’m moving to the south of France” dream comes true. And I for one don’t want to dash your dreams. So RUN! GO! See what loveliness awaits! But don’t worry, there is always something new to discover even if these items disappear.

So have a little fun window shopping today in the South of France and maybe you’ll find something you love. It is completely free to sign up, browse, and dream a little. You are welcome.

PS. Can I just tell you that my kitchen counters are going in TODAY? Maybe you’ll see some sneak peeks on Instagram if you follow me there (theinspiredroom), but I for sure will have updates here for you SOON on all that has been happening and what is left to do! There was a bit of a lull on our progress the past couple of weeks, but this week the pace is picking back up! YAHOO! I don’t like lulls.

Use What You Have to Make 3 Quick & Simple Winter Tablescapes

Epsom Salt Candles – via BHG

Winter Decorating

I know I’ve showed similar Epsom Salt Candles before, but these are too cute not to share again! Epsom Salt Candles are a timely and fun project even the kids will enjoy! You could leave them out all winter long (the candles, not the kids)!

I love to use what I already have around the house to decorate. Having simple things on hand allows me to put centerpieces and quick decor together even right before guests arrive! That makes the procrastinator in me very happy!

Some of my decorating staples include mason jars and Epsom salts, candles, and things like fruit (real or faux), pine cones, sticks, leaves, rocks and moss.

Today’s ideas are perfect for what I usually have on hand!

winter mason jar craft cranberriesBHG – Mason Jar Floating Candles

Floating candles in mason jars? Yes, please. These are adorable.

BHG – Natural Centerpiece

How much do I adore this? This neat basket arrangement of natural items would be awesome from Fall through spring and beyond.

Of course, my easy wreath centerpiece could also easily be adapted to whatever you have on hand in any season!

Hope you are enjoying the remaining days before Christmas!

Festive Ideas for Christmas Parties & Winter Traditions

How Does She?

Peppermint Rimmed Hot Chocolate?

Yes, please! This festive and tasty idea from How Does She! would be so fun for Christmas parties!

It is the little things that make events memorable, don’t you think?

Peppermint Rimmed Hot Chocolate would make a great winter tradition for your family, too! Your kids will never forget family treats like this.

Hey Gorgeous

I thought this similarly festive idea for decorating a beverage glass from Hey Gorgeous was super neat too! My girls are always adding sprinkles to things, so I know they will love this.

Can you imagine how great this would be to dress up ice cream after dinner or milk glasses at the kids’ holiday table?

I found some cute straws at Garnish so you might want to have them on hand for the holidays (they are not an affiliate, although I do love their products)!

Too cute not to share! Happy weekend!

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