Ever since the weather turned warmer I’ve been itching to do some thrift shopping. Wanting to explore new shopping spots, the hub and I have hit the road the last two weekends to explore new areas and new shops.
This past weekend we made the short drive (about 45 minutes) to Newnan and visited a couple of shops including The Bone Yard. I’ve read about The Bone Yard and have always wanted to go check it out. I mean the name alone makes it worth a road trip.
Unfortunately I only snapped a few pictures but this will give you a glimpse into this great vintage and antique shop.
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Posted in Antique Shopping, Shopping The World, Things I Love, Thrifting, Vintage | Tagged GA, Kasmir Fabrics, Newnan, The Bone Yard, Thrift Store Finds, Vintage Art, Vintage Brass | 3 Comments »
When we lived in Seattle I made it a point to attend the Street of Dreams Show House tour every year. Yes I went to see what it would be like to live in a multi-million dollar home but I also went to get design ideas. I also made it a point to tour builders model homes on the weekends to seek out even more design ideas. Show houses and models homes can be a great source of design inspiration and product sourcing (and buying) if you know how to look beyond the beauty of a space and learn to analyze how a space was put together. Want to know what you can learn about design from show houses and model homes? Well follow along and I’ll tell you.
First let me say that most show house designs push the envelope with style and are decorated to the hilt. The designers that do these homes are challenged to make the rooms stand out and have drama and impact. You’ll often see bolder colors, more elaborate mill work, exotic finishes and over accessorized spaces in a show house.
When it comes to model homes, builders have a completely different agenda when it come to decorating. Builders want to make the home feel as large as possible and decorate it so that it will appeal to a range of people. The decor of model homes can sometimes seem sparse and the design details can come off as elementary but there are still a few things you can learn from these model homes.
WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM DESIGNER SHOW HOUSES
Designer show houses are filled with all kinds of amazing design ideas, from the latest furniture and accessory trends, unique wall-covering and paint options to custom details that you may not have seen before. These show houses can also give you an expert lesson in accessorizing and styling a room.
Want to learn the art of coffee table décor, then check out the table arrangements in a show house. You’ll see how different accessories are grouped together for impact and to achieve a balanced arrangement.
There will be lots of vignettes in a show house so analyze how they are styled and layered for new ideas.
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Three cheers for a great weekend! I hope yours was great too!
Last Thursday I was invited to preview the 44th Annual Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Designers Show House and let me tell you, this is one of the best show houses I’ve seen in Atlanta in many, many years.
Built in the 1920’s, the Palazzo Rose is a beautiful Italian inspired estate that sits on West Paces Ferry Road, one of Atlanta’s most distinguished streets. This year, over 30 of Atlanta’s top interior designers and design firms were selected to design and decorate the home and every room was breathtaking!If you love touring show homes and live in the Atlanta area, you should definitely make time to see the Pink Palace. If you can’t make it, here’s your own personal tour of The Pink Place. Enjoy and be inspired!
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Posted in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle, Show Houses | Tagged Altanta Showhouse, Annual Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Designers Show House, ASO Showhouse, Atlanta, Atlanta Designers | 6 Comments »
One of the best ways to stay motivated while working is to have an office space that gives you everything you need–inspiration, comfort, visual interest, organization and storage. Combine these ingredients with your personal style and you can create a work space that allows you to maximize your work efforts while at the same time fueling your passions.
Inspiration for your work space can come in the form of artwork hung on the wall or by creating an inspirational vision board. Hang things on the board that relate to your goals, the dreams you have for your life and your business and be sure to include inspirational quotes to keep you motivated and moving forward.
Ample lighting is a key to an effective work space. I love using decorative tabletop lamps instead of traditional office lamps when the decor allows. Pretty lamps, with pretty lampshades will make your office feel more intimate and relaxing.
ORGANIZATION AND STORAGE
It’s hard to be productive or creative in a work space that is messy and cluttered. Take advantage for the vertical space in your office for storage and use space under tables to store office equipment or supplies you don’t use often.
Surround yourself with things you love. Tea cups, pretty pencil cups and stylish desk accessories will help personalize your work space and make working more enjoyable.
In my world, every office space needs a punch of color. Vibrant colors stimulate the mind and will keep you energized when working. Simple touches like colorful storage boxes, a framed bulletin board or even flowers on your desk can add the pop of color you need. Tip: your desk chair is a great way to introduce color into your work space.
CREATIVE WORK AREA
If space allows, create a separate meeting or work area in your office. Just getting from behind you desk and creating a different view to look at will make working more enjoyable. I love the corner work area below–big enough to spread out and get creative, but compact enough not to crowd the room. And check out all the personal touches that give this area style.
COMFORTABLE AND PRETTY SEATING
And of course a pretty chair is a must for an inspiring work space. Check thrift store for a chair that you can easily re-upholster, paint and make your own.
If you thought these design tips were just for home office spaces, check out how these cubical work spaces were given a dose of style by their owners.
Posted in Office Accessories, Office Design, ORGANIZATION | Tagged Creative Work Area, Cubical Decor, Home Office, Home Styling Tips, Inspiration Board, Style, Work Spaces | 1 Comment »
Outside the holiday season, the spring and early summer months are prime gift giving times with graduations, weddings, mother’s day, father’s day and many of my friends and family’s birthdays taking place during these months. Shopping at the last-minute for gifts is not something I like to do so I tend to keep a stash of essential gifts on hand in my gift closet. These are items that have universal appeal and items that can easily be paired with another piece if the occasion calls for a little something more. Here’s a look at the items I like to gift most and always keep in my gift closet.
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Posted in GIFT GIVING, Gift Guide, GIFT WRAP, INSPIRATION | Tagged birthday gifts, Celebrations, father's day gifts, gift, Gift Closet, Gift ideas, gift wrapping supplies, Gifts, girlfriend gifts, graudation gifts, Men's Gifts | Leave a Comment »
Today I’m going to share part 2 of my DC trip. As I told you last week, I had a fantastic time and so enjoyed seeing the city and the cherry blossoms. I arrived in DC on a Thursday morning and after dropping my luggage off and stopping for a little lunch, the walking tour of the city began. During my 5 days in DC, my brother and I walked, walked and walked some more, visited all the major attractions and we also experienced something that was totally unexpected and thrilling. Here’s my trip in pictures (lots of them) and words.
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Posted in Travel | Tagged George Washington University, Georgia Brown's, JFK Center, Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, POTUS, Travel, Vietnam Memorial, Washington DC, White House | 2 Comments »
Yesterday I shared my first spring tablescape and to celebrate Easter I crafted these cute bunny candy pouches filled with jelly beans for the Mr. and me and added them to the table.
In addition to celebrating Easter, today marks my 1000th blog post. While I can’t believe I’ve written that many blog post I can tell you that after four years of blogging I still love sharing my passions, tips and ideas with you, and look forward to many more blog post ahead. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading along, sharing your comments and for inspiring me in more ways than you know.
Happy Easter! I hope you day is filled with love, faith and all things beautiful.
Posted in Crafting, Easter, GIFT GIVING | Tagged Candy Pouch, Celebrations, Easter, Easter Bunny, Gifts, Inspiration, Seasonal, Spring PlaceSetting | 4 Comments »