Category: Decor

Happy Halloween Skull Succulent

Happy Skull Halloween!Skull Succulent

Do you want to decorate for Halloween, but you don’t want to use the same old tired Halloween decorations?

The other day I was passing by this display of very cool looking skulls at World Market.  There was several different sizes.  Most of the skulls had a pink candle in the head that looked like a pink brain (it was gross, so gross I threw out the candle).  I really liked the look of the skull, but with no candle it look strange.  I bought it anyways.  I knew something would pop into my head and I would figure out what I could fill it with.

A few days later I happend to be at a nursery (for plants) when I was drawn to the succulents.  That was it, I’d fill the hole in the skull with succulents!  I bought several different ones because I wasn’t sure exactly how many I would need.  I especially love the ones that looked like little spider webs, perfect for the eyes of my Halloween skull.Skull Succulent

I think it turned out great!  I like the dirt all over it.  What do you think of the skull succulent?

Until Next Time…






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Favorite Fall Home Decor

Yay!  It’s finally Fall!

Favorite Fall Home Decor

While some people can’t wait for summer, I long for it to be fall all year-long!  The leaves are finally falling, there is a crisp chill in the air (not so much in Southern California, but hopefully soon), and I’m decorating my home for this glorious season!  I love the ease of fall decorating; soft cozy blankets, faux pumpkins, and cute pillows make it simple to bring autumn into your home.  Lately, I’ve been scouring the internet for some new decor and I’m so excited to show you what I have found. If you fall in love with any of these items like I did, you can buy them right from the affiliate links (FYI, I will receive a small commission). (more…)

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Driving Up The Coast From San Diego

Driving Up The Coast From San Diego

There are two ways for Handsome and I to get home from Temecula, CA.  We could take the faster somewhat boring freeway route.  Or, we can take the freeway in to San Diego and drive up the coast to Orange Country.  Handsome and I will always choose to take the scenic Highway 1 coast route home.  For two reasons. One, it’s beautiful and we’re lucky enough to live by the Pacific ocean.  Two, there are always cute little shops that we stop at along the way.

Our first stop: Torrey Pines Gliderport

It’s amazing to watch the Paragliders and Hang Gliders run off the side of the cliff to soar among the birds.  Sadly, the weather wasn’t cooperating and there was no one sailing in the beautiful blue sky.  Did you know that since the late 1920s sailplanes have been gracing the bluffs just north of La Jolla {right behind the campus of University of California, San Diego}?  If you are ever in the area stop by.  Or if you have the guts, take a class and take flight!

Torrey Pines Gliderport

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037   {858} 452-9858

Our second stop: Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

Driving Up The Coast From San Diego

Driving Up The Coast From San Diego

“The mission of the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association is to create and maintain a monument that pays homage to veterans who have honorably served our country and to educate the public on the contributions of military personnel throughout our nation’s history. Shimmering black granite stories tell a tale of honor and sacrifice for the greater good upon Mt. Soledad.”

The memorial is quite moving and a beautiful tribute to those brave men and women who have served our coutry.  I am honored to say my father served in the Army and I can’t wait to see his Veteran Plaque up on this memorial.  The views are breathtaking from the memorial.

Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South, La Jolla, CA 92037 {858} 459-2314

Our third stop: Timeless Furnishings & and Patio.

We were traveling through Solana Beach when all of a sudden I saw the most adorable shop on the opposite side of Driving Up The Coast From San Diegothe street.  We made a U-turn and in we went to look around.  They have a wide range of furniture {home, office and patio} , lighting fixtures, and accessories.

Driving Up The Coast From San DiegoHandsome fell in love with a beautiful Teak Patio table that seats 6 and extends up to 10.  We left, but Handsome couldn’t get that Teak table off his mind.

We are now the proud owners of this beautiful Teak table {it is currently in storage awaiting it’s debut in our soon to be renovated back yard}.

Go take a look, you won’t be dissapointed.  Tell Heather, Mary from Its All About The Pretty sent you!

Timeless Furnishings & Patio

301 N. Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA 92705   {858} 509-2620

Driving up the coast is always interesting.  You just never know what you will find and what you’re going to come home with!

Until next Time…


*This is NOT a sponsored post.  We purchased the Teak patio table.
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Decorating for Christmas

Happy Decorating For Christmas Season!

How fast did this year fly by?!  Thanksgiving is over and now it’s time to start thinking about Christmas and all that goes with it, including decorations.  I know many people like to put their Christmas decorations up the weekend of Thanksgiving.  And then, there are the stores, who seem to put up Christmas decorations around Halloween.

I myself, like to take down my fall decorations Thanksgiving weekend and give myself a breather before the Christmas decorations go up.  So this weekend is the weekend my decorations go up.  I did however go up into the attic and pull the decorations down so I can go through them and see what I need to replace or add.

There are so many Christmas decorations I love, I thought I would share with you some of my favorites from my favorite stores. Want to know the best part?  Many of the stores already have their Christmas decorations on sale, so no need waiting to get your favorite items after the holiday is over!

When your family and friends come to visit you need a beautiful wreath greeting them at the front door.  I fell in love with this one from Pier 1 Importsdecorating for ChristmasJust yesterday, I was at a very high end garden store in Newport Beach, CA and they were selling very similar wreaths for over $100.00!  I think this is a deal at $37.46!

Pier 1 Imports also have this Pinecone Garland I fell in love with.

decorating for Christmas

It is indoor/outdoor so it’s perfect to decorate the back patio.  And it’s only $18.71 for 72″.

I am in love with these Elegant Scroll Dinnerware.  They are so pretty and can be used anytime of the year.

decorating for Christmas

They would be perfect for New Years Eve!  They range in price from $10.95 to $11.95

How cute are these Glittery Jingle Velvet Stockings?

Decorating for Christmas

I really like the monogrammed stockings! $19.99  Monogram might be an additional charge.

I NEED this!  I’m in love.  How cute is this Santa Clause Velvet Hat and Bag?decorating for ChristmasIf I only buy one holiday decoration this year this has to be it!  Cost…$19.50  Monogram is an additional charge.

What is your favorite item on my list?

This is not a sponsored post.  I just thought these Christmas decorations were pretty and I wanted to share them with you!

Until Next Time…


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My Obsession With My Bar Cart

When I was growing up, our family home had a formal living room that was only used on holidays and when my parents entertained.  Located in one corner of the room was a bar cart that was fully stocked.  I always loved that bar cart.  The crystal decanters and the fine cut crystal glasses glistened in the light of the room and the rainbow of colors they made danced off the avocado green curtains.

As a child, I always thought the adults looked so elegant drinking their alcoholic beverages, men with a high ball glasses and ladies with their martini glasses.  There were no bottles of beer anywhere in sight.

My Obsession With My Bar Cart

When decorating my home, I wanted to add that same elegant memory of my childhood home.  For several years I have been looking for the bar cart that catches my eye and I finally found it.  I fell in love with it for many reasons, the first, is it comes with two removable trays that can be used with or without the cart, I really enjoy that feature.  The trays are covered in leather and have french inspired embroidered wine labels, they each also have two metal handles.  The cart is on casters which is perfect to be able to wheel the cart to which ever room Handsome and I are entertaining in.

 Bar Cart, beverage holderI did have a custom piece of glass cut for each tray, I thought it would keep the embroidery and the leather nice for a long time.

My Obsession With My Bar Cart 2 (1 of 1)

“I have a bilevel oval brass bar cart that was my grandmother’s, which I adore.  There’s nothing quite like being able to roll an entire mini bar up to where you’re sitting – especially if it’s in bed.” – Mary McDonald, designer

My Obsession With My Bar Cart 3 (1 of 1)

If you like this bar cart and would like it in your home I got mine here.

What memory from your childhood home did you bring into your now home?


*this is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to tell you about my new bar cart


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Houseplants for a Healthier Home

For a healthier home, houseplants are the ultimate decorating accessory, while looking pretty they also clean the air space of harmful pollutants, naturally. Studies have shown that just a few specific houseplants throughout your living space can rid your home of harmful VOCs like formaldehyde and xylene.  Most people don’t realize the air quality inside our homes can often be worse than outside our homes.

Here are just 10 of the many houseplants that can improve your indoor air quality.

1.  Aloe (Aloe Vera)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home, Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera ~ A sun loving succulent that is used for burns to the skin and is also know for removing formaldehyde and benzene from the air, which can be found in paint and cleaning products.

2. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home, Gerbera Daisy, plants, flowers

Gerbera Daisy ~ Not only is this flowers pretty, it absorbs carbon dioxide and at night gives off oxygen.  NASA has reported this plant removes benzene, a cancer causing chemical. It also removes trichloroethylene, which can be found in dry cleaning.  The Gerbera Daisy loves light.

3. Mother-in-Law Tongue (Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home, snake plant, mothers in law tounge, Sansevieria

Mother-in-Law Tongue ~ It is a wonderful houseplant because it requires little light and loves steamy humid conditions, perfect for a bathroom.  It is know as the very best plant to rid your home of formaldehyde which can be found in toilet paper & cleaning products.

4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home

Spider Plant ~ This hearty plant is the perfect choice for the non-green thumb person.  NASA has said this plant ranks among the top 3 houseplants for removing formaldehyde in the air.  It is also known for removing carbon monoxide. A perfect plant to hang in the garage ( as long as it receives some light).

5. Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum Morifolium)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum (Mum) ~ With so many color choices the Mum can blend into any decor.   It is effective for removing benzene, a carcinogen (a known cancer causing substance). , which can be found in plastics, glue, paints, cigarettes, and some detergents. Mums love lots of water and partial sun light.

6. Pothos ( Scindapsusaures)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home Pothos

Pothos ~ This fast growing plant is powerful against formaldehyde, toluene, and other toxins in the air.  Pothos is the perfect choice to put in a area with low lighting and cooler temperatures.  This is also a good choice to place in the garage.

7. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home Peace LilyPeace Lily ~ This is one of my favorite indoor plants.  I just love the dark green foliage against the bloom of the stark white flower.  The Peace Lily aids in the removing alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, and benzene. It has the ability to remove many pollutants and it has topped NASA list to be among houseplants for removing all 3 common VOCs.  The Peace Lily like indirect lighting.

8. English Ivy (Hedera Helix)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home English IvyEnglish Ivy ~ Besides looking great planted in baskets with other plants. A study has shown that the English Ivy plant reduces airborne fecal-matter.  It also aids in ridding the air of formaldehyde.

9. Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron Oxycardium)

Houseplants for a Healthier Home Heart

Heart Leaf Philodendron ~  This plant is a defender against many different VOCs, particularly against formaldehyde from particleboard.  **This plant is very toxic, keep away from children and pets.

10. Phaeleonopsis Orchids

Houseplants for a Healthier Home

Phaeleonopsis Orchids ~ This plant rids the air of xylene, a pollutant found in glues and paints. They also give off oxygen in the evening so they are an excellent plant to have in the bedroom.

Always check to see which plants are safe to have around children and pets.

Until next time…

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Peeps Bunny Flower Arrangement

Peeps flower arrangement, pinterest Have you ever seen this adorable spring time Peeps flower arrangement?

Well, if you go on Pinterest, you have!  All last spring I kept telling myself I was going to make one, then spring came and went and it was too late.  So this year, as soon as I saw peeps, I bought 2 boxes and went to work.

Here is the items I used…

Glass Cylinder ~ The large one that holds the peeps.

Small Glass ~ For the one that holds the flowers.

These Peeps and these Peeps.

Marbles ~ To hold the flowers in place.

I purchased the flowers at Trader Joe’s.

Here is how I did it…

Place the smaller glass inside the larger class cylinder.  Place the bottom row of peeps (what ever color you like) between the walls of the two glasses.  Now place the second row of peeps on top of the first row.  Don’t be afraid to squeeze them into place.  Add a small handful of marbles to the glass that will hold the flowers.  Carefully add water to the inside glass about 1/2 way full.  Cut flowers to the desired length and add the flowers to the water.

Nothing says spring like a peeps floral arrangement.  It’s so easy and rather inexpensive to make.

Happy spring!

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Easy Fall Centerpiece DIY

There is a lot going on for several days before Thanksgiving, if you are hosting the Thanksgiving meal.  The last thing you need to think about is the Thanksgiving table centerpiece. This easy Fall centerpiece is so simple it will come together in about 5 minutes, really, 5 minutes and it could be made days, even weeks ahead!

Thanksgiving DecorHere is how I made this easy Fall centerpiece!


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Color mine a…Blue Bedroom

Looking to change the color of your bedroom?

How about going for a blue bedroom?

The older I get, the more I like the color blue.  It seems to have a calming affect on me and that is exactly what Handsome and I need at the end of a long day.

Blue Bedroom


Linen Navy Nail Button Bed King $699.00 + free shipping

Knotted Wool Rug by ZARA HOME $799.00

Olivia Salon Chair Design by Aidan Grey $1950.00

Verona Home One Drawer Accent Table $203.00

Ulysses Pendant Lamp $1575.00

Haley Table Lamp $293.00

Streamline Blue Throw Pillow 12X20 $60.00

Mary Ann Leff, Dream Beach art work Williams-Sonoma $2800.00

TAG Indigo Glass Votive Holder $16.95

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Thanksgiving Succulent Centerpiece

Pumpkin succulent on display to make a Thanksgiving Succulent Centerpiece today, that will look as pretty and fresh on Thanksgiving?

My friend Julie, was telling me about a class she attended at a local garden store.  In the class she made a Thanksgiving/Autumn table centerpiece.  She explained the base of the centerpiece is a pumpkin, and the flowers adorning the pumpkin are succulents.  She showed me a picture of hers, it was stunning.  From the direction she gave me, I decided give it a try.

The reason the arrangement lasts so long is you never cut into the pumpkin.  Leaving it in tack ensures no rotting for the duration of the Autumn season.

I decided to use one of the mini pumpkins. Since I was going off memory and didn’t want to spend a lot on the items, just in case it didn’t turn out well.

Pumpkin succulent with moss

Pumpkin succulents succulents

Remove all soil from succulents.

Pumpkin succulent dry fit fit your succulents, then glue them in place

Pumpkin succulent direct view

Here’s how I did it.

Items Needed

Pumpkin {the cinderella pumpkins look very pretty with succulents}


Succulents {as many as needed to cover the top of a pumpkin in a variety of colors}

Pods, Seeds, Nuts {optional}

Tacky Glue {clear}

Spray Adhesive


1. Clean pumpkin.

2. Spray the top of the pumpkin with the spray adhesive.

3. Add approximately 1/2 inch worth of moss to the top of the pumpkin.

3. Clean all soil off of succulents.

4. Place large ones first in the center, using Tacky Glue to keep them in place, in the moss.

5. Add smaller succulents and pods, etc. to fill in.

It’s that easy!

Keep your Thanksgiving centerpiece looking beautiful all season.  Place your pumpkin on a placemat or a plate to protect the furniture you’re displaying it on.  Keep pumpkin in a bright location, indoors or outdoors.  Avoid direct sunlight for long periods of time.  Mist with water once a week.

The beauty of this arrangement…When you no longer want to display it.  Just cut the succulents off with a butter knife under the moss and place them in your garden.  They will continue to grow.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Succulent Centerpiece

Thank you, Julie!

Please send me pictures of your pumpkins with succulents with the hashtag… #itsallabouttheprettypumpkinsucculents

Until Next Time…


Thanksgiving Succulent Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Succulent Centerpiece



Thanksgiving Succulent Centerpiece DIY



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