Steals and Deals on New Furniture

Check out this great furniture find.

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Happy New Year, y’all! I hope everyone enjoyed spending time with their families and friends over Christmas. I had a great time in Dallas with my family and spent NYE at home in Charlotte with some good friends. It was perfect!

Over the weekend, I made some big girl purchases that I’m eager to share with y’all. Kevin discovered a local furniture store and we stopped by on a whim, not expecting to get anything. A truckload later we made it back to the house with our new furniture. Oops…BUT, I have really great reasoning behind each purchase (duh).

Entryway Table

The entryway to our home is HUGE. When we viewed the house for the first time, it was staged with furniture to aid with the selling process (y’all know what I mean). The table used in the entry was 90” long (dang!) I knew our petite 30” console wasn’t going…

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A Trip to Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas


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Long time no see, friends! In case you forgot, I have an obsession with HGTV’s Fixer Upper. I know I’m not the only one! Lucky for me, my parents live in Dallas, TX, which is only about an hour and half drive to Waco. Since Magnolia Market opened back in October, I’ve been planning our trip. My mom and sister were totally onboard to go while we were home for Christmas and we even convinced both of my grandmas to tag along too! Here’s what our day trip consisted of…

The Silos. You can see them from a mile away (literally) and that big Texas sky makes for a stunning backdrop. They were left in their natural state (no paint) and draped in lights for the Holidays. I must say, I love the rusty, rustic look;)img_7014Feed and Seed. A cute little shop situated on the backside…

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The Perfect Bar for a Holiday Party

Loving the color this season..

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Throwing a party this holiday season? I’ve rounded up my favorite holiday bar essentials and a few tips! Check it out:)

Holiday Bar Essentials


BAR CART — If you don’t have a bar space, invest in a bar cart! They are functional and easy to stow away. I love this one from Target.

ACCESSORIES — If you are serving cocktails, I highly recommend getting a set of bar tools. Make it easy for your guests to measure, shake, and strain their own drinks. This gold set from Urban Outfitters is adorable!

GLASSWARE — It’s a must. Solo cups were cool in college, but it’s time to step up our game. Provide the appropriate glassware depending on what you’re serving. I’m stoked to use my new copper moscow mule…

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DIY Decorative Mason Jars

I love this look! 🙂

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Hey y’all! Sorry for being MIA. Our pup had surgery last week, so between that, work, and Christmas shopping I’ve had my hands full! Anyway, as promised here is a DIY tutorial on decorative mason jars. I made these jars a while back just for fun and now they are a staple in my décor! Anyone can master this DIY project, seriously. Not only is it easy, but it’s fun and relatively inexpensive! Similar items sell on Etsy for $40 or more per set…yikes!

What you need:


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DIY 5 Minute Christmas Floral Arrangement


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If you’ve been reading along, you may have noticed that I have a thing for florals. I use them wherever I can around the house and change them out frequently to coordinate with the seasons. However, it is not necessary to swap them out completely since fall and winter florals can easily overlap and spring and summer florals can practically be interchangeable. Read on to see how you can make a floral arrangement in less than 5 minutes!

The idea for this post came when my mom visited me in Charlotte last October. While she was here we do what all mothers and daughters do best: shop. As we strolled through Crate and Barrel, I giggled at the bundles of decorative “logs” that they were selling for $30 a pop. Seriously? They are sticks that I can pick up from the backyard. However, we both admittedly loved their various…

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The Best Gifts for the Home Decorator

Great gift ideas 🙂

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Hey y’all! Still have some Christmas shopping to do? I’ve rounded up some of my favorite gifts for your “home decorator” friend or family member, but honestly, they are great gifts for anyone. When I’m brainstorming gift ideas I try to think of something functional and useful.

Home Decorator Gift Guide 1. Toaster // 2. Herbs // 3. Voluspa Candle // 4. Garden & Gun Magazine // 5. Reindeer Ornaments

  1. The Retro Toaster

How cute is this retro toaster by Smeg?? Kitchen appliances are extremely practical gifts and this retro line is making them more stylish than ever! Gone are the days of getting out and putting away the toaster with each use. Now you can leave it on the counter as an adorable accent piece! (Pssst, this is on my personal Christmas list. Hehe)

  1. Potted Herbs

I got my first set of herbs last spring and instantly fell in love. Not…

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Christmas Décor Update

Totally inspired 🙂

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I’ve finally wrapped up Christmas decorating around the house, y’all! It definitely feels more like Christmas now. Only 19 days to go!!


Originally, I got artificial, snow-frosted garland for the table and it was a complete mess. I opted for my own tree trimmings instead (beware of sap!). They haven’t started drying up or shedding yet, so in the meantime it looks great! I’m ready to have a dinner party! Who’s in? ( Farmhouse Dining Set // Burlap Wrapped Tree // Stoneware // Placemats // Napkins //Napkin Rings // Candlesticks //  Glass Candle Jars )


Gotta have candles!! All my candlesticks and jars are from Target. The small gold jars are $3 (in stores only) or get similar ones here. I had plans to add even more candles, but they happen to be stashed in a cabinet behind my massive, double-wide tree . I won’t be attempting to retrieve…

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Knock, knock — Contemporary Charm

Hey everyone! Thank you for stopping by Contemporary Charm. Blogging wasn’t something I planned on getting into, let alone blogging about interior design, but let me explain. The past four years I’ve been consumed with pharmacy school. Literally. Eat, sleep, breathe, study, repeat. When people asked me what my hobbies were, I never knew what […]

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