Monday, November 18, 2013

our home: fall floral decorations

Every year it seems like Christmas decorations come out in stores earlier and earlier.  Yesterday, I was looking at Christmas decorations and felt like I was somehow behind on decorating our house.  The thought seems crazy though since Thanksgiving is still over a week away!  Therefore, I can totally relate to this weekend's SNL skit with Mr. Senior...



In the spirit of delaying Christmas decorating, I wanted to share some pictures of some of the faux floral decorations I put up this year at our house to dress it up for the fall season.  Faux florals are easy to use for decorations because you can simply switch out the florals depending on the season.

For instance, this is a comparison of what our living room looks like in the summer vs. the fall...


On the fireplace mantel, I switched out the faux florals in the tall vases on each side.  I replaced the coral with a small vase with more fall florals.  I also switched out the white picture frames and book ends with some brown ones.


On the ottoman tray, I switched out the white vase and florals with some more fall colored florals in a bronze tin vase that we received last year as part of a Christmas gift basket.


On the console table, I simple switched out the florals in the rounded vase.


And finally some close-ups from around the house...






More dining room decorations {here}



Friday, November 8, 2013

London, United Kingdom

On my way back from my India last month, I met my husband and a few friends in London for a few days.  London has been on my bucket list of places to visit so I was excited when my friend suggested we stop there on the way back.  We saw all the normal tourist sights and also did a quick trip to see Oxford, Bath, the Cotswolds, and Stonehenge.  The trip was a lot of fun and such a contrast from my previous two weeks in Hyderabad.  Here are some of my favorite pictures...

View from St. Paul's Cathedral
Piccadilly Circus
Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
Guard at the Tower of London
Harry Potter WB Studio Tour, Leavesden
Harry Potter WB Studio Tour, Leavesden
Oxford
Oxford
Bibury
Bibury

Chipping Campden
Roman Baths in Bath
Bath
Stonehenge
Stonehenge
British Museum
Big Ben
London Eye & Thames River

Monday, November 4, 2013

Hyderabad, India

Last month I got the opportunity to travel to Hyderabad, India for a couple of weeks for work.  The trip was amazing and I would definitely recommend a trip here for anyone that is able to go.  Everything on this trip was truly fascinating from the people, culture, sights, and food down to the smells, colors, and sounds.  Today, I wanted to share a few pictures with you from my trip.

Qutub Shahi Tombs
Qutub Shahi Tombs
Qutub Shahi Tombs
Golconda Fort
Taj Krishna Hotel  
Falaknuma Palace
Falaknuma Palace
Falaknuma Palace
Falaknuma Palace
Market by Charminar
Market by Charminar
Charminar
Market by Charminar 
Birla Temple
Dandiya Night
Chowmahalla Palace
Chowmahalla Palace