Saturday, October 15, 2016

A recipe for Thanksgiving dinner design

Since moving into a home more suited for large-scale entertaining, I've taken over the Thanksgiving responsibilities for my mom's side of the family. While I don't cook, I do pride myself in serving up a mean dinner table design. I love pulling all of my supplies together to create a visually appealing tablescape, and enjoy picking up new odds and ends, ensuring guests can expect to find a different twist on decor from year to year.

When purchasing entertaining products, I tend to gravitate toward items that aren't occasion specific - ones I can continue to use time and time again. I thought I would share my go-to recipe for creating a well-rounded dinner display. Here's what you need to know:

Start with jewel tones 

Inspiration via 100 Layer Cake

Jewel tones on the table is no brainer, especially for fall. The rich, bold colors reflect the season and are easy to mix and match.

Mix in metals

Inspiration via Style Me Pretty
Have you noticed that copper is having a moment again this year? While it's a super star, this metal looks best when paired with other finishes and natural textures. Notice how this display from Style Me Pretty includes copper, bronze, metal full of patina and weathered wood.

Sprinkle in a touch of glam

Inspiration via Randi Garrett Design

Every girl needs some glam, right? A touch of glitz goes a long way in elevating everyday place-settings. Incorporate a show-stopping table runner or try sprinkling in some sparkly votive holders.

Blend in candlelight

Inspiration from JoPhoto via BRIDES Magazine

Candlelight is a must for an intimate dinner party. It definitely sets the mood and elevates the occasion.

Top off with fresh floral

Inspiration via French Kissed

Can we pause for a minute to appreciate the beauty of this floral centerpiece? It's simply a stunner. The best part of this is that it's not a super structured arrangement. The flow of branches makes it look as if it has been growing there all season.

While I understand crafting a centerpiece such as this may seem overwhelming, it doesn't take much to wow with a floral arrangement. If you're nervous about putting together something that includes a variety of flowers, go with all the same type in one hue. Then bunch them together in a short, tight arrangement. Finish off with bits of foliage.

Whip it all together and make it happen

Blend all of the above elements together and you have the recipe for a tabletop that's sure to please!

Ready to get started compiling your own plan for the Thanksgiving holiday? Well you're in for a treat. I took the guesswork out of entertaining and pulled together some of my favorites from Century 21. I recently discovered this store and was so tickled to see the reasonable pricing, combined with items that on point with the latest trends.

All of these items are on my wish list. Which would you like to add to your collection?

This post was sponsored by Century 21 stores, but all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Quick and Easy Fall Gift

My favorite time of the year is full of the most fun and festive goodies. Once the stores start putting out all of the fall decor and home accents, I can't help myself. I want all of it! So instead of buying it all for myself, I decided to spoil my friends. I put together two of these gift baskets for my besties who both have September birthdays.

It all started with this wooden, polka dot crate. I saw it on the shelf in Target yelling, or better yet, screaming my name. It's so Simply Sarah Style. I had to have it...uh, had to have it for my friends, that is.

From there, I started brainstorming all of the things I could put it in the box. Within a few steps, I stumbled upon Target's fall kitchen display, so I picked out a kitchen towel featuring a recipe for pumpkin pancakes and spatula. This fall goody box was starting to come together.

Then I discovered the end cap display of seasonal party supplies. Cue the "hello fall" napkins and Cheeky plates.  (Got to love those Target end caps! They get me every time, and I'm sure I'm not alone.)

I saw some pumpkin spiced caramels and thought, "What the heck...throw those in too!"

I still had room in this cute, little crate, so I included some of my favorite soap from Bath & Body Works. To top it off, I added fall foliage and curly ribbon.

It's so easy to find fabulous fall things. Curated together they make a great basket of goodies that I was proud to present at my friends' birthday dinner on the first day of fall. Here's to the start of all things pumpkin and plenty of fall favs!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A fall festival to-do list

I love fall. Hands-down, it's my favorite season. With pleasant temperatures and some sort of festivity every weekend, it is, no doubt, the best time of year. Ever since I can remember, I've been a festival go-er. My mom and I were always out and about exploring new places and getting ideas for new projects and crafts.

Since there's so much to do in town and around the region, I thought I would share a quick list of the fall events I typically attend. Here's to celebrating pumpkin and apple everything!

September 24: Country Applefest (Lebanon, OH)

October 1 - 30: Fall Fest at Neltner's Farm (Camp Springs, KY)

October 7 and 9: The Wool Festival (Falmouth, KY)

October 7 - 29: Keeneland (Lexington, KY)

October 8 and 9: The Sauerkraut Festival (Waynesville, OH)

October 15: The City Flea (Cincinnati, OH)

October 16: Herbst Farm Tour (Camp Springs, KY)

Others I would like to try include:

Every Saturday in October: Country Harvest Trail Days at Reed Valley Orchard (Paris, KY)

All October: Various festivities at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (Harrodsburg, KY)

All October: Fall Festival at Kinman Farms (Burlington, KY)

October 19 - 22: The Pumpkin Festival (Circleville, OH)

Any events I missed? I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cincinnati shopping: A trip to Bargains and Buyouts

I love home design. There's just no denying it. When I walk into a room, my mind instantly sketches up what it could look like and explores at least ten hypothetical design possibilities within minutes. If I only I had an unlimited budget to make all of my design dreams come true.

Unfortunately, I don't, but I do have a solution to cure my design envy. I said it before and I'll say it again... 

Here's why:
  • You can find a wide variety of home decor items: furniture, rugs, artwork, patio furniture, pillows, lighting, mirrors, mattresses and a variety of "you never know" kind of items (e.g., kitchen sinks, electronics, even clothes).
  • You can negotiate! Each price tag features the retail price and the Bargains and Buyouts price. Then you can negotiate on top of that. (Be sure to check out the pricing on the items from my first ever B&B haul.)
  • They have a rewards program that allows you to pile on savings, even on top of your negotiated price. (Get more details here.)
  • The sales associates are so nice! Seriously, I get great service every time I go. (Josh, the GM, is my man. Ask for him. He'll take care of you!)
I've outfitted my house with numerous Bargains and Buyouts finds. Honestly, not a week goes by that someone doesn't ask me about this store. (I'm sure some of you probably discovered Simply Sarah Style through my initial Bargains and Buyouts post that went wild on social.) 

Since discovering this store almost two years ago, I've partnered with the store owners to share my favorite finds with you. This time, I thought I would share some items I discovered on my last trip.

Wall Art

Love, love, love this mirror. Definitely contemplated taking this one home with me, but I couldn't decide where I would hang. I am haunted by the fact that I didn't buy this.

Another mirror with great personality. This would look fabulous in a half bath.

The Kentucky girl in me felt this was a noteworthy piece.

I was also drawn to this three-piece canvas. How enchanting! Again, my mind was rapidly touring the rooms in my house trying to find a spot for this gem.


Oh, so many fantastic seating options! This would be the perfect piece for the foot of a bed.

I seriously wanted both of these. Two very different styles, but equally swoon-worthy.

I couldn't help but love this small, cheerful patio set. I think Lilly Pulitzer would of had something similar.

More end-of-the bed seating options.

And look at this beauty! My mom tested out this timeless set. These say Ralph Lauren Polo to a good way.


You'll find rugs for days!

I'm kicking myself for not bringing this one back for my dining room.

Over-dyed rugs are all the rage.

I also thought this was a classic pattern. 


So many stunning storage options! From bookcases to sideboards to side tables, you'll find plenty of options.

Again, kicking myself for not taking home the two pieces below.

How awesome would this look styled up in a kitchen? It reminds me of the one Kris from Driven by Decor has in her kitchen. I had to give this a good tug test to see if it would withstand the baby/crawler test.


Simple, clean lines. This would be great for an eat-in kitchen.


So many dreamy options...No pun intended.

This is the item I absolutely, without a doubt, wanted to take home, but it was already sold. It seriously miss having a footboard. This would have made all of my bedroom design dreams come true. 

You never know what deals you'll discover. Here's a snapshot of the offers available during my visit:

Find the Bargains and Buyouts location closet to you:

Western Hills
5150 Glencrossing Way
Cincinnati, OH 45238

Green Hills
50 Eswin Street
Cincinnati, OH 45218

I'm excited to share that Bargains and Buyouts is giving one Simply Sarah Style a $50 gift certificate. Enter below.

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This post was sponsored by Bargains and Buyouts, but all opinions are my own.