Top Five Posts of 2015

Top five posts of 2015 decorating and design tips for every season

Design, decor,'s what I love to share here on the blog and it's been a busy and fulfilling year!

Before I get started sharing the top 5 blog posts of the year in a quick review, I want to wish you a wonderful happy & healthy 2016...filled with everything that you wish for yourself and your family!
My own family is in town and for us it's hopefully going to be a quiet transition this evening into 2016...
So let's get started and I hope to inspire you with some ideas, so please click through the links to take you to the entire posts shown!

Easiest DIY Oil Candle Lights Ever!


Hi friends! I hope that your holidays have been filled with everything that makes you happy and thank you for stopping by to visit me today. It's been busy and yet relaxing in my household this past week with family and friends and way too much food {and maybe some cocktails:~}}

Today I'm going to share the easiest DIY project perhaps that I've ever shared here on the blog and it's a beauty too!

Share It One More Time Link Party...Holiday Edition

You'll probably notice a new look to my blog and I hope that you like it and embrace change. I know that I do, and there are still some tweaks and adjustments to make but that seems to be what life is about!

Christmas Morning Panettone French Toast Recipe

the best panettone french toast recipe christmas

Did someone gift you (or re-gift:-) with a Panettone bread this year for Christmas? We seem to receive one every year and this is what I love to do with the fruity sweet traditional Italian bread...

With family gathering and opening presents on Christmas morning, my Panettone french toast recipe served with coffee for the adults and hot chocolate for the kiddos is a great way to relax and enjoy and are fuss free for the home chef!

Ultra Decadent Christmas Recipes

fancy holiday recipes entertaining

Warning...decadent you should make no attempt to go further here if you are on a diet! Not sure why anyone would be dieting at this time of year...but anyway, today's recipes are for entertaining and to be consumed not in mass quantity;~}

Easy Ways To Change Christmas Decor In A Room

This post is all about some easy ways to change your Christmas decor by using accent colors. I've gone from a white Christmas to a pink Christmas just by swapping out a few key pieces and show you how to do this too!

shabby chic pink christmas decorating

Wait a minute...did she do something different in this room? Why yes I did and I kid you not that it took literally 15 minutes of my time. Taking photos and writing this post took way longer, and today I'm sharing what I did in a side by side comparison and tips...

Christmas Tablescape From The Market

coastal christmas table setting at shabbyfufu

When I design a tablescape I always think about the fact that I like easy and casual entertaining. Yet when I do invite guests in I have never been a paper plate, pick up a platter at the grocery store type of girl. I love to plan it out and have everything look pretty and it makes guests feel special when thought goes into it.

French Country Rustic Elegant Christmas Dining Room

french country christmas dining room

In the dining room this year I'm keeping it somewhat simple with a rustic French country feel. You might be surprised if you are new here that I don't live in France and I don't live in the country, but I decorate with what I love.

Pink Spritzer Cocktails With Prosecco

Let them eat cake and all of that...and I'll have to admit to that fact that I have a sweet tooth that I try and keep in check most of the time. Pink prosecco cocktails are simply perfect with sweets and since I love having dessert parties it's a great drink to serve. 

pink prosecco recipe christmas

Let them eat cake and all of that...

HGTV Dream Home 2016 Tour

HGTV Dream Home 2016 Tour by Shabbyfufu/
Last week I had the exciting opportunity to visit the HGTV Dream Home 2016 courtesy of Delta Faucet. Since I live in Florida myself it was particularly interesting to see what fellow Floridian designer Brian Patrick Flynn did with this fabulous tropical home (hint...ideas!)...

Christmas In The Master Bedroom With A White Tree

Hello again friends. I'm excited to share Christmas in our master bedroom with a white tree, which I actually styled and shot weeks ago and finally had the time to talk about today. 

shabby chic bed christmas

Keep reading because there is a party going on with lots to see about a WHITE CHRISTMAS TREE!

10 Minute DIY- Beach Glass And Driftwood Christmas Sign

I've been at our beach home for close to two weeks, as I stayed up here where it was fairly close to the HGTV Dream Home event that I attended a couple of days ago. More about that one as soon as I have a chance to edit photos! Every year I try and make something new for the holidays but to be honest I don't have a lot of crafting supplies up here at the beach and no dedicated room or storage. So I was inspired by some things that I found on the beach, and one of them was...

Beach House Coastal Christmas 2015 & HGTV

coastal beach christmas

Coming off a long holiday weekend with our family and some friends up at the beach house, and I'm spending the day cleaning and getting ready to leave tomorrow for an exciting event that I can't wait to report to you from! Speaking of sharing, if you haven't yet been over to the Christmas Ideas Blog Tour with 28 fabulous bloggers, you'll find the corrected links on my previous post...

Christmas In The Living Room: My Holiday Mantel

elegant french christmas mantel

It's such a busy time of year and definitely my favorite as a wife, mom...and a designer/stylist/photographer with some exciting events to share with you over the next couple of weeks! As I write this post I think that I'm pretty much finished with Christmas decorating and...

How To Decorate For Christmas On A Budget

white christmas budget

I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving! I'm actually going to be celebrating today with our family up at the beach place, since Thanksgiving day was the perfect day for them to come in from out of town... 

So now on to the merriment of Christmas, and I'm here to tell you that you don't need to spend a lot to have an elegant look! Here are a few of my tips for BUDGET decorating, so read on for the inspiration and some sources...

Stocking Stuffers 2015 Online Sampling Event

Hi everyone...I hope that you are having a great week so far! I am super excited to be one of the bloggers hosting the Stocking Stuffers 2015 Blogger Event this holiday season, especially because I try and live a healthy lifestyle and these products are perfect for that! #StockingStuffers

Some Shops To Check Out

You know that expression that is perhaps a bit overused "and so it begins"? I'm not really sure how else to word it and it applies in this case to my own holiday decor. Getting my mojo going quickly over here with Thanksgiving popping up next week and heading out of town for awhile...

Dress Rehearsal In My Head

Like so many of you, I am in Thanksgiving mode and also beginning to get geared up for Christmas. Call it seasonal confusion I suppose...

I've been away from home quite a bit lately, so have been doing sort of a Christmas decorating dress rehearsal. 
In my head!

Shopping From Home With CyberMonday

One of my closest friends here in town has been inviting me for years now to get dressed in the middle of the night on Cyber Monday and head out to battle the gift purchasing crowds with her...

Thankful For...Getting Personal Today

These dogs...we just love them so much and they are really such a huge part of our little family...

A Thing For A Little Bling / DIY

I'm feeling pretty good about the fact that I've been organizing, and this weekend started the most arduous process of getting into my studio and going through bags and boxes of supplies. I have an old library card catalog (the studio is just too much of a disaster zone to show right now) and the drawers are filled with old jewelry findings, buttons and other other assorted small crafting pieces to repurpose. Some I will be selling and some keepers and today I'm sharing...

Free Friday Thanksgiving Printable And News

Happy Friday everyone! It's been a stellar week here and I'm so thankful with lots on the plate in many ways. So...
I'm sharing a little happiness this morning and just whipped up a graphic for you to download...
It's free for you to print out and frame if you'd like. The link is below...

Styling A Romantic And Elegant Thanksgiving Table

It all starts with flowers for me when I plan a table setting and it's one of my favorite ways to get creative in my home with design that can be temporary and not expensive. I'm sharing tips in this post on how I started this look.
french country fall table centerpiece

Styling A Romantic And Elegant Thanksgiving Table

Creating a tablescape for any season can be something that you don't just need to do for events. Why not enjoy the beauty benefits for a couple of weeks at a time, especially if you don't eat at that table often like in our home.

How To Make A Seasonal Magnolia Garland For Your Fall Table

Beach house decorating fall magnolias

This weekend we spent up at the beach house and one could have almost forgotten that it was fall, except for the fact that Saturday was Halloween followed by turning back the clocks. 

Faux Mercury Glass Mason Jar Tutorial

This post is about Mason jars and how to make them into functional mercury glass inspired candle holders for Christmas. 

mirrored jars

Is it really November? Well then, for those of us in design and decor it's once again time to get ready for the festive holiday season! Since I style and shoot for a couple of different magazines freelance I actually have done that several times already the last couple of months, and thought I would give you a head start with a popular blog post that I did from last year...revised.

Published Photo Shoots and Romantic Christmas Decorating Looks

romantic decorating looks for Christmas - a romantic bedside upholstered headboard and pink flower arrangement
In the real world it's still October, but in the blog and also the shooting for print world we work ahead to give our readers inspiration and generate a certain amount of excitement and buzz. Timing is definitely...

New Vintage Items Coming To The Shop and a Discount!

Having an on-line shop is tough business and lots of work, so don't let anyone tell you that you'll be able to stay in your pajamas all day and watch the cash flow in! I've been in the vintage business for many years and started selling on the web back in the early days and it's pretty rare for me to spend a day in my pj's unless I'm sick. Hah! 
So finally I'm carving out some time to...

How To Create A Faux Fireplace When You Have No Real One

fake fireplace ideas

In the seasonless south it's all about creating that feeling with my own spin on what it means to feel cozy by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate in hand (or in this case, glass of wine:~). It's been gloomy and wet most of the week, so I had a little time to "warm up" the master bedroom mantel today and change it around with a few autumn touches.

Decorating With Traditional Colors Of Autumn In A Table Setting

If I had to pick a color that I would call my least favorite, that would probably be orange. That being said, I'm open to try new things and I've been looking around my storage shelves for some table accents for a dinner party.

aqua bottles thanksgiving table setting

Chair Slipcovers To Change The Look Of A Dining Room

The heart of our homes is generally where we gather for meals, and in my home (as I've mentioned before) it's open plan with no formal dining room and just the dining area as you see it here. 

Since our home was built in 1962 I have always found that to be sort of forward thinking, or maybe it's because Florida life tends to be casual and lots of it is centered around the pool.

Shopping For Throws and Some Sources

My little photo bomber Bartley sitting on the window seat behind the sofa as I worked on a photo shoot for an upcoming project while it was pouring rain outside. He's a curious one and definitely the leader of the pack of our doggie family of three! 

Fall Decorating With Flowers and Free Fall Printables

One of my favorite ways to do low cost decorating is to add fresh (or sometimes faux) flowers. For fall I'm not necessarily into the typical oranges and blacks, but go with flowers that I love and mix in richer tones with...

Top Ten Tips For Living A Healthy Lifestyle

Of course you know that old expression "you are what you eat" I take that pretty seriously and always have when it has come to feeding my family. Now it's just my husband and myself that I prepare meals for perhaps the pressure is off some. He is happy with pretty much everything that I set in front of him, but our health is important and wholesome food is what I aim for.

tips for living a healthy lifestyle - mango salad with feta cheese

Today I'm going to share my top ten tips for living a healthy lifestyle...and we can all strive for good health!

The Best Elegant Jewel Tone Mantel Ideas For Autumn Decorating

I usually base my vignettes around flowers in my white inspired French elegant styled home, and my mantels change in a heartbeat depending upon what I find when I'm out shopping for the weekly groceries. This week I was inspired to go with jewel tones this year by something inherited.

elegant fall mantel purple velvet pumpkins

 It's probably not what you might think, but it comes from nature and is very heavy, sparkly and really large! Any guesses?

New Pottery Barn White Slipcovered Sofas

I finally got the Pottery Barn White Slipcovered sofa and love seat that I have been wanting for several years now and...

no sooner did we come back from California then we headed out to spend some time on the...

A Few Days In San Francisco

I hope that you are having a great week so far and thanks so much for the visits on my previous post of the living room dressed for fall.  

My husband and I hoped for some of that fall weather and headed out to the San Francisco bay area last Thursday and just came home this morning to a shorter work week. Since we are both...

French Farmhouse Table...My Muse, His Muse

french farmhouse table diy

Our new French farmhouse table that we built and love:~)
I'll tell you a little bit about how we put all this together with a little DIY and a pinch of elbow grease...

French Modern Fall Home Tour

french modern blue and white bedroom

I approach designing a space as if it's a living, breathing being. Almost like a child that evolves over time and grows up. Maybe an unusual metaphor, but you sometimes have to let go of the past and stop treating the room like a baby and just let it breathe...and grow. 

Shabbyfufu Fall Home Tour - French Country Style

Welcome on in to my home today, as I participate in another gorgeous fall home tour along with 27 other bloggers so there is something for everyone and every taste! Let's get started with what I'm sharing today.

shabbyfufu fall home tour french country style

Faux Flowers For Fall

Best tips for styling centerpieces mixing faux flowers with real flowers

I love having fresh flowers in the house, but there are times when the selection at the grocery store is picked over. Since I do a lot of styled shoots, I keep several organized

The Beauty Of Copper For Elegant Fall Results

fall entertaining outdoors with copper accents

I'm thrilled to be participating in this year's round of blogging home tours and although it's still stifling summer here in South Florida have slowly been transitioning and changing it up...

Beach House Weekend & Plush Pumpkin Giveaway Winner

I'm here at the beach house for a few days of play and work and going in a million different directions as usual. Did you enter the Giveaway that I partnered on with LoveFeastShop for the trio of pumpkins? Check below to see if you've won...

Angular Or Curved In The Kitchen

Hansgrohe kitchen faucets

Angular versus curved, boy vs girl. In my house with a builder husband who has literally hundreds of high end kitchen remodels under his belt by now, he prefers angular objects for the most part. Maybe it's a guy thing too, or maybe it's his...

Pretty Pillows and A Giveaway and a Mirror DIY

french living room with delphinium

As an artisan and designer I have always embraced color and lately have been all over the color map in my posts! It always goes back to my basic interior aesthetic based around white and neutral furniture and walls. A late summer look here at the house with...

Plush Pumpkin Giveaway For Autumn

Transitioning To Fall With Color...And Artist Tips

beautiful fall flowers in an urn

Sometimes I'm inspired to change things up by just one item in my home and it's that time of year that many of us are.

purple mason jar with flowers

switching it up for Fall. Or thinking about Sept is going to be here in just a few more days!

antique pink roses oil painting

Today I had a little time to FINALLY arrange some of the florals that I had purchased over the weekend.
This antique painting is one that I've had for many years and although it's normally stored away in my studio I've been contemplating bringing it out for Fall. It's moody and rich in tone and to my eye those colors seem to be more attractive in the cooler months...

My muse for this palette.

fall mantel designs with rich color

I don't have much hanging on the walls in our home and much prefer propping things like paintings up on one of the two mantels that we have or on a shelf. It's easier to change things out and I've been decorating for long enough to know that I bore easily and love to restyle...
As often as possible!

fall flowers

Rich colors against my white decor are what I'm seeing lately. Speaking of seeing, a little trick that I learned while studying painting (and art in general) in college is to step back and squint.

fall flowers with rich color

Since I wear glasses I just take them off and it helps me to visualize movement of color in designing a room or a simple restyle of a mantel.

Transitioning To Fall With Color...And Artist Tips

Just a few things on the mantel are enough in my "less is more" outlook as my tastes mature along with me.

fall flowers in an urn

A rusty urn filled with a go big and bold or go home arrangement in transition to Fall colors. A purple Mason jar filled with the leftover bits. And the painting, which may come and go.

artist tips for fall color