Buffalo Check Table Settings

I am excited to share today’s blog post! Hobby Lobby has some really cute black and white buffalo check decor for fall. However, I want to show you that it’s not just for fall! The table runner and napkins that I picked up can actually be used for a lot of different themes and seasons. Here is a picture of how I used the black and white buffalo check decor for Halloween, but it can also be used with September Sunflowers, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Now here’s the really exciting part: I am giving away a table runner, set of 4 napkins, a garland of black and white wooden beads, and a garland of orange and white wooden beads. Find out how to enter at the bottom of this post!

Buffalo Check decor at Halloween

Here are my black and white buffalo check table runner and napkins on our table for Halloween. The black and white are easy to mix with Halloween decorations. If Halloween is a busy night for you with trick-or-treaters, just pick up some basic orange paper plates to go with these, and clean up will be a snap.

Several other people have done a fantastic job of setting their tables with black and white buffalo check decor. I want to share a few of theirs with you so that you can see how versatile this pattern is.

First up is this sunflower table setting with buffalo checks from Driven by Decor. To me, this table setting is perfect for that time at the end of summer/beginning of fall when it’s still hot, but summer is over. Kris over on Driven by Decor did a beautiful job showing that fall decor can be more than just pumpkins!

Here’s an example from My Creative Happy on how you can use black and white buffalo check for Thanksgiving. She paired it with touches of brass, which brings up a great point. You can pair it with golden or silver tones, wood or metal. This pattern is very versatile to your tastes.

And for the fourth look today, here is a Christmas table setting using black and white buffalo check. This one is from Make a Joyful Home, and Tammy uses red accents with hers. But you could totally add green, or just silver, and it would still look Christmas-y.

Now for the exciting part! Here is a picture of what you can win: a table runner, a set of 4 napkins, a garland of black and white wooden beads, and a garland of orange and white wooden beads. To enter, simply hop on over to my Instagram, follow me on Instagram, like the contest post with the same picture as below, and tag a friend in the comments. Contest ends on Friday, September 13, 2019. You must live in the continental US to win.

Good luck!

A chair, Me, and God

It’s raining today. It’s a typical Atlanta day in October, overcast and somewhere in between warm and cool. But the humidity envelopes you when you’re outside, so, for the most part, it’s basically warm.

Today I take my project outside despite the rain. I have a chair that I’ve painted gray with some spray paint. I’m going to finish it with some antiquing glaze. I take the chair onto my little front porch, and together my chair and I are protected from getting wet.


Since I’m outside in the humidity, it’s going to take longer to dry and finish once I put my glaze on. But it’s so peaceful. Amidst the steady rain, the birds are still singing and leaves are cascading from the tulip poplar in my front yard. I am away from the computer, iPad, and phone. I am away from the multi-tasking. It’s just me and the chair.

It looks so much better with glaze. More finished. More natural and “relaxed”. Less “freshly painted.” Less sterile.

While I am adding the glaze, I am thinking. I’m currently running a giveaway on my Facebook page, and Ken (my husband) and I were discussing a trend that I noticed. Every time I post something related to God people “unlike” my page. (The book I’m giving away has God in the title.) This makes me sad, and it makes me want to tell you part of my story.

For years I prayed. I prayed for a lot of things, but something that I prayed louder, and longer, and harder for was this: Please God, point me in the right direction. Lead me down the path I should go. I’m not always good at picking up on small clues, God. So please make it obvious.

For years God’s answer was “not right now.” About a year ago I was lucky enough to have God shout loud and clear. While “working” on the blog, searching for antiques, and repurposing I had a moment that with every fiber of my being, without a shadow of doubt in my mind, that THIS…this “Belle & Beau Antiquarian” is exactly what God wants me to do. In that moment I was 100% sure that I was doing the thing that God had planned for me. This is the path I should go down.

I can’t say that since that moment I have experienced 100% easy success. I wish I could say since that moment that I have not doubted that I was on the right path. I have doubted. I have wanted to quit. I have experienced failure time and time again, in small ways and big ways. I have had many months where I did not break even. I have had months where I overspent and then spent months paying for it. I have had months where I have neglected the blog. But I always return to that moment of 100% conviction. Despite failures, I have had successes. People read this blog. A lot of people. People are interested in what I do. I have an opportunity. This is what God wants me to do. Now, I need to make sure that I do it HOW he wants me to.

So like this chair that still needed a finishing touch, I still need some finishing touches, too. It’s hard not to take “unlikes” personally. But if you are “unliking” my page because I “like” God, then go ahead. The unlikes are certainly something that I will put in my “success” column.

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
Proverbs 16:3

Hope you “like” the chair.


P.S. Um, there’s a fabulous giveaway going on. You should really enter it!

Giveaway Time!

I’m giving away a copy of Miss Mustard Seed’s Book, Inspired You: Letting God Breathe New Life into Your Heart and Home.
For details and to enter, visit my Facebook page.
Good Luck!
This giveaway is over. However, if you’d like to order your own copy of this fantastic book,

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November Giveaway

It’s time for a giveaway! We’re giving away a handmade frame that is just perfect for your Thanksgiving decor. Y’all didn’t skip Thanksgiving and go straight to Christmas, did you? Poor Thanksgiving. Everybody skips decorating for him.

This harvest themed frame could be yours!

Here’s how to enter:
1. Head on over to our Belle & Beau Antiquarian Facebook page. “Like” our page and then “like” the giveaway post that is pinned to the top of the page. (required for entry)
2. If you want to have an additional entry added into the mix, here’s what you can do: (optional) Look at the Mason’s jar below. Find a source on the internet that dates the jar, and post a link to it on the November giveaway post on our Facebook page

Jar reads, “Mason’s Patent 1858.” Please note that it does not include the words “November 30th.”

 Once we reach 100 page likes or November 14th, whichever comes first, we will pick a winner. All entries will be entered into Rafflecopter and a winner will be picked randomly. We will ship the frame to you. Immediate family cannot enter, sorry!

Good luck!

Thursday – Win 10% off!

On Thursday and Friday we’ll be posting preview pictures of just a small portion of what we’ll be bringing to the Braselton Antique and Holiday Festival. And just because we want to show you some love, we’ll be giving away 10% off to one winner on Thursday and one on Friday. There are several different ways to enter. You can pick one or all 3. Good Luck! XOXO, Abby a Rafflecopter giveaway//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js

October Giveaway

Are you ready for our October giveaway? Entering is easy. 
1.Simply like our Belle & Beau Antiquarian Facebook page sometime between now and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 10/23.
2.”Share” our Facebook page on your own wall. To “share” our page, click on the drop down menu under our cover photo, and then select “share”. Be sure to “tag” Belle & Beau in your Facebook post so that we can see it.
Here’s what you can win: An original, one of a kind frame made by Belle & Beau Antiquarian. Just in time for Halloween, this frame adds a spooky touch to your Halloween decor. PLUS, 10% off your total purchase if you come see us this weekend at the Braselton Antique & Holiday Festival.
A winner will be announced no later than noon on Wednesday.
Good Luck!