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Hello and welcome to a new week!  As you may have noticed, the blog has been a little silent the last few days.  Last week was one of those weeks when my schedule got the best of me and blogging got pushed to the side.  Despite everything and a week of rainy days, I had a good week and got lots accomplished.

One of the fun things on my schedule last week was a preview event for the Atlanta Symphony Decorators’ Show House.  Along with select designers and bloggers, I was invited to a private tour of the home before it opened to the public.  Having attended many of the ASA show house over the years, I must say at this years’ show house, Chateau Soleil is one of my all-time favorites.

Let me take you on a little tour….

Chateau Soleil

Built in 1998 and designed by architect William T. Baker, the 14,000 sq. foot French style estate sits on 2 beautifully landscaped acres.  Named for its sunny, golden façade, Château Soleil is a show-stopper both inside and out.

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There is just something about a garden bench nestled amongst tress in the yard or cozied up on a front porch. In addition to adding architectural interest in your yard, a decorative garden bench is a perfect way to personalize your outdoor living space.

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Happy Friday!

I’ve got some great links for you to enjoy today but first I wanted to say Thank You to everyone that took the time to wish me Happy Birthday here on the blog, Facebook and instagram. You really know how to make a girl feel special.   I spent the day with a good friend shopping Scott’s Antique Market, received lots of cards and a special gift in the mail from another friend and had a relaxed dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant with the hubby. All in all, it was a great day!

Enjoy these links and have a super weekend!

Love The Home You Have

 

 

What do you do to Find Your JOY at Home?

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Such a beautiful outdoor space with lots of DIY ideas.

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If you need a dose of spring, check out these amazing photos.

Home Tour

The quirky details in this home tour will make you smile and the bathroom will make your envious!

Miss Mustard Seed

Her painting and DIY skills never fail to impress and I must say this is one of my favorite pieces she’s ever done.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Do you love grilled cheese sandwiches?  If not, this might change your mind.

Shelly

Start Each Day

Today’s my birthday and I thought what better way to celebrate than to bring you some party inspiration.

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A garden party is the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion during the spring and summer.  A table runner made from turf add a touch of realism and whimsey!

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Get inspired by this Chanel themed dessert bar and create a theme for your next soiree or party!

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Best Friends For Frosting

The little touches you add to your party decor can make it extra special.  I love the idea of adding large glitter to the water in flower vases for a hint of sparkle and glam.

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Mod Wedding

And when it comes time for the cake, how about creating a beautiful tower of cupcakes and flowers.  The perfect way to say Happy Birthday!

Gift Wrap Inspiration by ConfettiStyle4

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Tutorial for ribbon tie gift boxes here.

Cupcake Tower

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 I’m off for a day of fun!  First up Scott Antique Market (I haven’t been in months) and then a birthday dinner with the hubs.

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Yesterday I shared some of the sights from our trip to Mobile, AL and some of the treasures we spotted at the Olde Mobile Antiques Gallery.  Today I’ve got a few more photos to show

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This scale was beyond amazing and unfortunately so was the price.

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Lots of antique quilts.

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Olde Mobile Antiques Gallery had some really beautiful clocks.  The one with the big brass pendulum was my favorite.

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There was lots of really great furniture.

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If I didn’t already own two bar carts I would have bought this one.  I love the shelf on the side and the brass details.

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Here’s the color of the year, Marsala on a beautiful settee.

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After we finished our shopping at Olde Mobile Antiques we checked out a few other antique stores in Mobile including Antiques At The Loop. This store is huge and was filled with just about every kind of antique and vintage piece you could imagine.

They had a great collection of vintage dough bowls which were priced about the same as what I see here in Atlanta, at Scott’s.

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There was lots of chippy furniture and these vintage pizza boards were awesome.  I think they’d look great hung on a wall in a kitchen.

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Large demi-johns jars are really popular now and they had a nice selection of clear and colored glass.

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Their grain sacks were a nice quality and were priced well.

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Just one of many Ironstone serveware groupings.

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And check out this gorgeous bamboo magazine rack (which I bought).

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And these vintage apothecary jars which also came home with me.

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So let’s take a look at a few of the things I purchased from the Mobile Antiques Gallery warehouse sale.  I did buy a couple of things for myself but most of what I purchased was for my Etsy shop.

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I found several of these glove forms for under $15 so I purchased a few.

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 I wrote about my love for brass trays last week and found this one for $5.00

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There was lots of ironstone dishware and all of the small pieces were less than $4.00.

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One of my favorite purchases was this vintage brass tape dispenser with double cutting blades.

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I bought several sets of these acrylic steak knives and will be keeping some for myself.

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This brass perpetual calendar was just $1.00!

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Another great find was this really old ceramic bento box.  What made it really stand out was the brass lock and handle.

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And you know I can’t pass up a chic ice bucket.  This octagon shape burl wood bucket was less than $10.

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We had a great trip and can now check another new adventure off the list!

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If you want to take a road trip to do some antique shopping in and near Mobile, here are a few shops to check out:

Olde Mobile Antiques Gallery, 1616 West I-65 Service Road South, Mobile

Cotton City Antique Mall, 309 Williams St., Mobile

Antiques At The Loop, 2103 Airport Blvd, Mobile

Daphne Antique Galleria ,1699 US Highway 28, Daphne, AL (15 mins from Mobile)

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Last Thursday the hubs and I headed out-of-town for a little weekend get-away.  Short weekend trips are one of our favorite things to do, especially when we are visiting a city we’ve never been to before.

The destination for this trip was Mobile, AL and the gulf coast.  The reason for the trip was to do some antique shopping and visit the beach.

Mobile, the original home of Mardi Gras, is a quaint little city that has a lot of similarities to New Orleans.  In the heart of downtown, many of the store fronts have iron balconies and beautiful brick details.

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Trees along the downtown Carnival route were still draped with Mardi Gras beads and they added a fun and colorful touch to the city.

Mardi Gras Beads in Trees

One of the store on the hubs must-see list was the A&M Peanut Shop.  The shop opened in 1947 and sells peanuts of all kinds along with all kinds of chocolate and peanut candy.  The hubs bought enough peanuts to last  a good while and I got a small bag of mixed nuts that are served warm. Boy were they good.

A&M Peanut Shop

The downtown area is a great place to walk and we spotted several really pretty parks near the city center.

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As you move outside the downtown area you find the most beautiful tree-lined streets with hanging moss–so southern.

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And the homes in Mobile are just so charming.

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We stayed at the Renaissance Hotel (the tallest building) which sat along the edge of Mobile Bay and overlooked the convention center.  The view at night was really stunning.

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Friday morning we were up bright and early so we could get to an antique warehouse sale I wanted to check out.  Olde Mobile Antiques Gallery is a large antique store in Mobile and the first weekend of each month they have a huge warehouse sale.  We arrived a little before 8:00 am only to find a long line outside the door.  Word on the street was that the first people in line were there at 5 am.

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After the doors opened it took us about 5 minutes to get inside.  I couldn’t get any good shots of the warehouse set-up because there were so many people but I did take lots of photos of what was for sell.  I’m going to show you a few photos today and tomorrow I’ll show you the rest along with a few of the pieces I bought.

The warehouse sale was set up with tables in the middle, and furniture and wall decor lining the perimeter. You can see a bit of the space in photos below.

There were rows of table set up by price-point starting at $1.00 all they way up to $100+.  The tables held accessories and smaller items, and pieces were being snapped up quickly.

The furniture selection was pretty good with lots of great chairs, most under $75.

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I loved the round seats and the details on the chairs below.

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There were several fold down desk for sale at really great prices.

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This secretary was under $150 and was in pretty good shape.

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There was a big selection of accent tables.

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At the very front of the warehouse is a section with furniture that was in need of minor repairs.  I think this cart was $15 and all it needed was to be re-finished.

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Most of the artwork was very traditional and this ginger jar ink print with bamboo frame caught my attention.

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Smaller decorative accents were scattered around the space.

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In addition to their warehouse space, the store also has a large store front where they sell higher-end vintage and antique items.  Here’s a few of my favorite pieces…

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The collection of silver was just amazing and fairly pricey!  There’s lot of polishing going on in this place.

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This vintage sign was really unique and was being used as a broom and brush holder.

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I loved this black and ivory Transferware and almost bought a few pieces.

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So there’s a little glimpse into the Olde Mobile Antiques Gallery.  I have a few more photos to share with you tomorrow as well as a couple other shops we stopped at.

Shelly

 As you read this I’m either scouring antique stores or sitting on the beach.  I was in need of a weekend getaway and some R and R.

Wherever you are this weekend, I hope you find time to relax and enjoy the links below.  Oh, and if you want to check out my weekend adventures, you can follow me on Instagram.

Decorating with Confidence

No matter what age you are, you can decorate with confidence.

Emily A. Clark

Great advice on taking ownership of your decorating!

Idea to Business

How to turn your idea into a business.

Inspired by Charm

Simple and easy ways to style your table for spring.

Mother daughter

Sometimes you just have to stop and remember those words of wisdom your mom shared with you.

Have a great weekend.

Shelly

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Can you tell that I have night stands on my mind?

I’ve been thinking about changes I want to make to the decor on our nightstand.  I’ll be keeping the mirrors but can’t decide the direction I want to go with the accessories.

Do I keep the accessorizing to a minimum like this?

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Or go for a layered look something like this?

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When it comes to decorating your nightstand is your style ‘less is more’ or ‘more is better’?

Shelly