Beaux R'eves

Thursday, April 16, 2015

We Have A Winner!

I want to fill you in on everything 
that has been going on lately.  
I hate when I am "absent" 
and unable to let you know what is going on.  
My sweet Summer girl has been very sick.  
She is a Cocker Spaniel and she is 16 years old.  
She has lost a ton of weight 
and has had all kinds of problems.  
We were convinced that she had cancer 
and we were ready for the grave news 
this week during an ultrasound.  
But it turns out that she has Cushing's Disease 
and there is medication for it that will 
get her all healthy again!   
The signs and symptoms were almost 
the same as bladder cancer.  
I am so grateful that she will soon 
be back to her old self!  
Between caring for her and 
having a ton of 
"Showings" for the house
I haven't had a minute 
to do any blogging.

That's her on the left.  
She is such a sweet girl!  

OK, sorry to hijack the prize winning announcement!  

The winner of the beautiful wreath 
from Nana's Bungalow is:


To check the validity of the random drawing 
you can go to: 
and enter ticket number:



Congrats O'Irish!

Since you are a "no reply blogger" please contact me by email so we can get your wreath to you!  

And a BIG thank you to Nana's Bungalow

for the lovely wreath!  


Until Next Time,

Beaux R'eves,



Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Using Larger Accessories in Your Home

As you know I do a lot of Home Staging 
for a Realtor friend of mine.  
We were staging a home today 
getting it ready for the photographer 
to take his photos tomorrow.  
In most of the homes that I stage I try 
to use the homeowners own things.  
People usually have enough things 
(usually too many) that I can tweak for staging.  
What I was noticing today 
was how many small items this 
homeowner had on hand.  
My usual rule of thumb for staging 
is that if it is smaller than a football 
then put it away, it is too small!  
Let me show you a few examples...
This is a home that I staged a few years ago.  
See all of the small things on the shelves 
and on the fireplace?  
See the small pictures on the wall?  
It just ends up looking like clutter.
Lots of clutter!  
It is distracting for potential home buyers.  
Unfortunately, they can't see past 
all of the "stuff" to see the bones of the home.  
I decluttered, and only used larger accessories 
and see how much better the space looks!
Clean, light, bright!  
This home sold in just a few weeks.  
Here is an example in my own home.  
Lots of little things...
It's a little cluttery!  
I cleaned it all up used one large piece 
instead for a bigger impact. 
A much cleaner look.  
This is another home that I staged in December.  
Lots of things on the hutch that didn't relate.  
Cleared off it looks a LOT better. 
This is the kitchen dining area in the same home.  
Again, lots of little things that didn't relate.  
Really guys, I don't make this stuff up!  
This is the way it was when I got there.  
And After...  
The moral of the story is 
"Don't be afraid to bring large 
accessories into your home"  
whether you are 
selling or just refreshing your space.  

The impact will be HUGE!  

Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves

Sharing at:
What We Accomplished Wednesday @ Green Willow Pond
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch To Yours 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Making A Rustic Spring Basket

There is still time before Easter 
to create this easy Rustic Spring Basket.  
Here is what you will need:
A basket - it can be round or rectangular. 
A grapevine wreath
 Fresh Spring Flowers - I used tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, 
and gerbera daisies,  
filler flowers like babies breath
 Green Moss
A nest with eggs
Floral Foam

I placed the wet floral foam 
into the basket inside these "to go" cotainers.  
Then I cut apart a grapevine wreath 
and started winding it around the basket.  
It gets a little unruly 
so just keep working with it 
to get it the way you want it.  
I wound it up around the top 
to make a handle on the top.
Because tulips have delicate stems 
that don't stick into the floral foam easily, 
I placed these dollar store vases 
in the middle of the basket.
I put the tulips in the vases 
and stuck the hyacinth into the floral foam.  
I then started filling in with the rest of the flowers.
Just play around with it until 
you get the look you like.  
I even added some daffodils from my own garden.  
 To finish it off, add some green moss 
around the edges and I added a nest with eggs.  
A cute sign or bunny would be fun too!
The great thing is that you can easily change 
out the flowers in the vases 
when they start to wilt.  
Keep water in the floral foam containers 
and your flowers will last quite a while.  
Happy Easter Everyone!  
Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves

Sharing at:
What We Accomplished Wednesday @ Green Willow Pond
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Home Sweet Home @ 
The Charm of Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch To Yours 
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