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Hello there my friends!  You may have noticed that I’ve been away from the blog for a few days and haven’t shared my spring bedroom refresh yet.  Well, sometimes life hands you lemons and sometimes in comes in the form of a nasty cold virus.  I’ve been down and out since last Friday and haven’t had the energy to do much of anything, let alone blog.  I finally broke down and went to the doctor yesterday (ok, my husband got tired of me coughing, made an appointment for me and took me there himself) and after a few doses of really good medicine I’m feeling a tons better but still not up to speed.  I did manage to get out our the house today to run a few errands and finished taking photos of the bedroom re-do so the so the big reveal will be happening tomorrow.

I hope you’ll stop by for a visit tomorrow to see the changes.  I’m in love!


By the way, while I’ve been hold up on the couch, I’ve been flipping through Windsor Smith’s new book, Homefront.  If you love design and beautiful spaces, you’ll definitely want to add this to your library.

Windsor Smith HomeFront


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Happy Friday my friends.  I’ve been fighting a cold the last couple of days and while most of my symptoms are gone, I have a lingering cough that is driving me batty.  In between coughing spells I’m trying to finish up the last few things for my spring bedroom refresh and hope to have to done to show you tomorrow.  If not, Monday for sure.  Until then, be inspired by this gorgeous outdoor space and enjoy your weekend.

Outdoor Living via BHG

via BHG

Links You’ll Love!

1.  All of the chic details in this home tour.

2.  So glad I discovered this designer and her portfolio–so inspiring.

3.  I WON a $200 credit to this shop and can’t wait to spend it.  Big hugs and thanks to Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof!

4.  The thought of going to adult summer camp?!

5.  I loved all the DIY ideas in this screen porch makeover.

6.  OMG!  Have you seen this master bedroom makeover?  Cheryl did an amazing job and that headboard is beyond gorgeous.

7.  Someone figured out how to save money at Whole Foods.

8.  These quirky ideas for personalizing your jewelry storage are fun and stylish.

9.  Yum!  I can’t wait to make this chocolate dessert.

10.  How beautiful the butterfly gift wrap I created for Mother’s Day turned out.


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When it comes to furniture functionality and chic diy transformations the Hemnes Shoe Cabinet is probably one of my favorite Ikea hack pieces. The slim size of this piece make it ideal for narrow closets or hallways and the piece can be used for much more than shoe storage.

You can create a compact mud room next to the front door and use the top drawer to hold keys, chargers, batteries and other daily essentials.

Ikea Hemnes Shoe Cabinete

Ikea sells several styles of shoe cabinets including this  4 drawer version.


There are a thousand and one ways you can customize the shoe cabinets to give it a unique style.

Ikea Hemnes via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

I love this library look achieved by adding brass label holders with pulls.

Ikea Hemnes via Windgate Lane

via Windgate Lane

A couple of coats of paint and stylish knobs can dramatically change the look of the basic shoe cabinet.

Ikea Hemnes via I Heart Organizing

via I Heart Organizing

O’verlays has created a collection of designer overlays to fit the Hemnes cabinets which is another easy way to get a designer look in a flash.

Overalys on Ikea Hemnes Shoe Cabinet

I love the look of two shoe cabinets placed side by side to function as a console cabinet.

Ikes Hemnes via Scraphacker

Most of the shoe cabinets are available in black-brown and white or a wood grain finish.

Ikea Hemnes via Intergrations Blog

The shoe cabinet can also work to hold cold weather accessories, files, cords or lightweight books.

Ikea Hemnes via Frugal Faye

The 3-drawer Brissa shoe cabinet is a great buy at $39.99 and looks great customized with a wood frame and brass cup pulls.

Ikea Hemnes Single Unit via Yellow Brick Home

via Yellow Brick Home

I love these Ikea shoe cabinets so much and have been trying to figure out where I could put one of these in my home.

Here’s a round-up of all the Ikea styles available…


I hope you were inspired.


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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 ASO 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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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.

Mobile, Al

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.

Mobile, AL2

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

Mobile, AL3

And the homes in Mobile are just so charming.

Mobile Home1

Mobile Home2

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.

Mobile Renaissance

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.

Olde Mobile Antiques Gallery

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.



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


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


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


There was a big selection of accent tables.


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.


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


Smaller decorative accents were scattered around the space.


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…


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



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



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


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.


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I just love it when a project comes together.  After finishing my stenciled shower curtain, I set about pulling together the accessories to use in our guest bathroom.

The bathroom is all white so I had a clean and crisp color palette to work around.  Since the black and white shower curtain is a bold graphic pattern, I wanted to keep the rest of the accessories elegant and pretty.  The color palette is black and white with accents of gold, pink and grey.


I loved using the Drifting Arrows stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils to create my custom shower curtain.

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I placed a grouping of decorative accessories on the vanity and this gold leaf tray is the star of the show.  It is so gorgeous!

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I placed a vintage brass stool I found last year at an antique store next to the tub.


I had this framed chalkboard and hung it on one of the side walls.  The quote adds a little whimsy to the decor. The gold frame helps to tie all the gold elements together.

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I replaced basic brass knobs with these beautiful crystal knobs.  A decorative knob is such an inexpensive and easy updated for a bathroom.


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 I painted the shower curtain and changed all the decor in the bathroom when the hubby was at work and boy was he pleasantly surprised when he came home.  We both love how the space turned out.

I hope you are inspired by our little bathroom update. I’ll be sharing more bathroom decorating tips with you next week, including how to make a simple bathroom look more expensive.

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Product source list:
Crystal knobs–D. Lawless / Floral Artwork–HomeGoods / White Shower Curtain–Target / Drifting Arrows stencilCutting Edge Stencil
Brass Stool–Vintage/Antique Store / Gold Leaf Tray–HomeGoods / Glass Vanity Jar–TJMaxx (purchased years ago)
Scalloped Edge Brass Bowl–thrifted / Towels–HomeGoods and Ikea

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The much ‘anticipated’ winter storm that never really came to be earlier this week gave me some time to surf the web and catch up on my blog reading so I have lots of great links to share with you today.  Enjoy your weekend!  

Style Mixing

 If your style is eclectic (and even if it’s not), you can learn something from Lessons in Style Mixing!

Stuck on Hue

A fabulous & new to me pillow resource with great prices too!

Black Kitchen via Splendid Habitat

A round-up of gorgeous black kitchens that just might have you wanting to run to the paint store.

5 Steps to Success

5 Steps to Success that are valuable not matter what you want to achieve in life.

Flower Arrangement

If you’ve ever wanted to create a flower arrangement as beautiful as this, check out these flower arranging tips.


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Mind, Body and Soul…

Hello my friends!

Complete Rest

Have you ever felt like you needed a break to regaing control of your runaway life?  Well, I’m facing one of those times.  My lengthy to-do list needs priortizing, I’ve been on the verge of catching a cold, I haven’t fully organized myself for the new year, I’m lacking creative energry and I just need some time to re-group and find my joy.  So I’m taking the week off from blogging to get things in order and will be back on Monday with a fresh mind, body and soul.

Until then, here are a few things that are bringing me inspiration.

I’m working on a guest bathroom update and this rug might be the winning look.

Threshold Rug

I wish someone would DIY this gorgeous headboard for me (hint, hint Tina)!

Black headboard

I’ve got a black and gold barcart in the works, inspired by this image, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Black and gold barcart

Have a great week and I’ll see you back here Monday.  I’ll be sharing a highlights of the week on social media so you can follow along there.

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