Skybell: A Video Doorbell

Skybell: A Video Doorbell

I treat my home as a sanctuary, a place away from the world where I feel safe. Yet, the sound of the doorbell disrupts the peace of my little oasis. Doorbells just always unnerve me, even if there isn’t a reason to worry. Our doorbell rings often with the delivery of packages, family coming home without their key, or solicitors. Sometimes a kind neighbor has come by to let us know our pups Jack and Lily snuck out and are running around the lake!

Even though the doorbell ringer is probably harmless or ringing for good reason, I often don’t answer the door unless I was expecting someone because I don’t want to look out the window to see who it is. If it was a killer I wouldn’t want them to see me. :) With all of our windows in front of the house, and a covered porch, there’s no way to see who is at the door without looking out the window and being seen. So, I either have to go answer the door and risk it, or I just have to wait for the person to go away (and that can be a little unnerving when they are persistent.)

Skybell: A Video Doorbell

Recently I received a neat little gadget that has changed everything about how safe and secure I feel! Skybell is a video doorbell that you can answer via an app on your smart phone. I can’t believe how cool it is! When someone rings our doorbell, my phone signals me via the Skybell app with a chime so I can look to see who it is (but they can’t see me!). With the two-way audio feature, doorbell ringer person and I can even discuss what to do with the package or I can answer a neighbor even if I am away from home. Anytime I want to see who or what is on my porch, even if I am away from home, I can just click the live video feature to see and hear what is going on. With the built in motion detector, I can see who is on my front porch even if someone doesn’t ring the doorbell. It is pretty amazing! I can even turn the doorbell to silent if I don’t want the sound of the doorbell to send the dogs into a tizzy. That feature alone helps keep the peace in my home!

Skybell: A Video Doorbell

Here are some images of my son at the door, so you can see the Skybell in action!

Skybell: A Video Doorbell

Skybell works with your existing mechanical doorbell chime and it takes only minutes to install. Our doorbell is located kind of far from the door, but fortunately it came with a little adapter that helps angle the viewing range so I can see my entire porch with ease.

Skybell: A Video Doorbell

I love our Skybell! Order your own on Amazon!

This post is sponsored by Skybell blog program as a member of One2One Network. I was compensated to review the Skybell doorbell and I only share sponsored products I love and use myself.

Tips for Styling a Table

Tips for Styling a Table

Hello & happy April! (How in the world is it April already?!) Michaela here– I’m happy to be back today sharing a few simple tablescape and styling tips with you all! A few weeks ago, Melissa’s book, Love the Home You Have, arrived at my door step and I have been enjoying reading it ever since. There are so many practical tips in her book about how to truly fall in love with your abode, no matter how small or big, new or old it may be. The book inspired this post, as it encourages to love the home we have by merely setting a simple table. It’s amazing what small gestures and some quick styling can do for your home’s love tank :) Are you ready for some table styling tips?! Here we go!

This is a tablescape and dessert bar I styled for The Bloom Workshop, a creative workshop I co-founded last year. The deep purple hues and warm palette makes me swoon all over again! I am so excited we will have Melissa and the rest of The Inspired Room team at our Seattle workshop, called Bloom Bash, in October (tickets open in May!) They will be sharing all their styling tips at the 2-day workshop. Come on, October! :)

Tablescape Styling Tips:

1. Create a vision.

Come up with a solid palette or theme first. Look for unique decor, vases, and dishes to bring this vision to life.

2. Make it unique.

If the idea you have for your tablescape has been done before, find a few elements you can incorporate to breathe new life into the look.

Tips for Styling a Table

3. Choose a statement piece.

Whether it be the blooms (always a great statement!) or a different type of centerpiece, make something your special focus.

4. Personalize those place settings!

There’s nothing sweeter than for guests to arrive for a meal and find their own name tag and thoughtful place setting. This shows extra thought went into your design. As they say, design is all in the details!

Tips for Styling a Table

5. Incorporate texture.

This can be done with flowers, branches, the vase or vessel you use for the centerpiece, the charger under the plates, the etching on the glassware, or the napkins. To maintain visual interest, texture is key.

Tips for Styling a Table

6. Use varying heights.

This is a great general styling tip! Whether you’re decorating a vignette in a corner of your home, you’re styling a tablescape or a dessert bar like the one below, using different heights in your design makes it more visually appealing and creates a focus. As you can see below, we made the three main cakes the focus by putting them in the middle, arranged in a “V” shape. Next, we added other elements to fill in the dessert bar. A tiered cake stand stacked on books anchors the left side of the bar, while the brass candlesticks also offer even more varied heights to the set up. Filled in with lots of flowers, this dessert bar was absolutely stunning.

7. Group smaller items on trays.

The mini creme brulee dishes grouped on a low profile tray fills that gap in the front, while maintaining the antique vibe of the dessert bar. Grouping these items on one tray, as opposed to just leaving them all to sit directly on the bar, creates unity and visual harmony.

Tips for Styling a Table

ARTISTS | Photography: Ashley Slater Photography / Vintage Rentals (china, chandelier, upholstered chairs, etc.): Southern Vintage / Flowers: Lindsay Coletta / Venue: Vinewood Plantation / Cake & Desserts: Blooming Flour Bakery / Cake Table Styling: LeeAnn Hurd of Southern Flair Events / Design & Styling: Michaela Noelle Designs 

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Now, don’t get me wrong here– my every day dining table looks nothing like this pretty set up! However, I do use these same styling tips to style my little dining table on a smaller scale. Hopefully you found something new to try in your home. You’ll be surprised how setting a table really does make you love your home more, being content with the space you have.

What are your go-to tablescape styling ideas?

Have a wonderful day!

Tips for Styling a Table

 

 

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