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Hi there and Happy Monday!

I hope your weekend was a good one.  The hubs and I continued our weekend road trips, exploring the cities surrounding Atlanta.  On Saturday morning we headed north of Atlanta towards Cumming to check out some antique stores and see the countryside.  It’s amazing that how much beautiful land is still untouched just outside Atlanta.

We stopped at a few local antique and thrift stores and found some treasures along the way.  I scored on some wonderful ironstone pieces, a large (and heavy)  brass pineapple, some milk glass and red tole trays.  It was a good antiquing day.

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On Sunday I set out to practice my photography and take photos for this weeks class lesson.  I wanted to take photos of something unique and different so that first place we headed was Oglethorpe University.  If you’ve never been on the school grounds you need to plan a visit and walk around.  The architecture is amazing and you feel like you have been thrust into mid-evil times.

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Hermance Stadium (entrance, view from the east), Oglethorpe University

Directly behind the campus commons building  is this handmade iron globe fire pit that sits in the middle of a ring of chairs.  It was fun photographing this piece.

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After leaving Oglethorpe we made our way over to Chamblee Antique Row and I found this pretty fountain to photograph.  I’m learning how to use all the settings on the camera and was able to capture the water in motion.

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Our last stop was at the Chastain Horse Park.  I’ve loved horses ever since I was little so taking these photos and petting the horses was a real treat.

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This white horse was so sweet and just kept nuzzling me.  I think she wanted to come home with me.

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There were about 25 horses in the stables and this next one stood because of its eyes.  One eye was light and the other was dark.

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I could have stayed there all afternoon taking photos of these beautiful animals.

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The hubs likes horses as much a I do and after spending the afternoon with these horses, he made the decision to take riding lessons.  I’m looking forward to him starting class and creating some great moments for me to capture on film.

I’ve got some great design post planned for this week so I’ll see you back here tomorrow!

Shelly

It’s Saturday….yea!

I thought I’d drop in today and share some amazing room transformations with you in case you need some (major) decorating inspiration.  These spaces come courtesy of the One Room Challenge project hosted by the fabulous blog Calling It Home!  Have you been following along over the last 6 weeks as  the participating bloggers turned their spaces into works of design genius?  There is so much great stuff  but I had to narrow it down to just a few spaces for today’s post and am only showing you a glimpse of the rooms.  You’ll definitely want to click the links to see every detail of each of these spaces.

OMG….so many inspiring ideas!

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A roll of this marble contact paper is on my shopping list!
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Now I know I need to find a couple of chairs to make over!
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Everything looks great in a silver champagne urn.  So glad I scored a couple while thrifting.
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The styling of these bookshelves is brilliant, as is the animal print rug and the tassels on the doors–design details!
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I know I’ve left you wanting to see more. To see all the One Room Challenge transformations, head here!

Design tip:  An element of black and white is one of the easiest ways to add a classic yet modern accent to any room.  (notice the black and white touches in each of the spaces above)

Shelly

Fabric…It’s Not Just for Curtains Anymore!

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Ever since I saw this amazing fabric covered console table by Timothy Corrigan at the ASO Showhouse, I’ve been smitten with the idea of covering a table of my own.

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Not only does a fabric covered table stand out as a unique design element but the texture and visual punch it adds to room is really dramatic.

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When you think about all the fabric options out there, this fairly easy diy project is a great way to create a custom look for your home.

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Even though I didn’t need any more inspiration, I went looking for some and came across these looks and ideas…

Sometimes a room just needs a bit of natural texture and covering a table in grasscloth can add the touch needed.

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You can never go wrong with an animal print and this python print turns simple stacked console tables into a stunning look.  I also like that a coat of Mod Podge was  added to give the fabric a more durable surface.

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A mini chevron pattern is subtle but interesting.  With a print like this you can go neutral in color or create a table that adds a pop of color.

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Even tables with a design detail can be covered in fabric.  This silhouette is perfect for the finishing touch of nail heads.

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A bold fabric choice on a stylized console table would look great in a foyer.

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Even the big box stores (HomeGoods) is getting in on the look with this navy fabric covered table and silver nail heads.

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If you’re a diy’er and want to give this project a try, here’s a great tutorial on the process. And if you can’t score a super cheap parson table at your local thrift store, here’s a couple of budget friendly tables to check out.

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Northfield Wall Console Table via Amazon $68.50  Also available at Target for $66.99

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Parsons Console Table via Home Decorators $152.10

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American Heritage Console Table via Target $113.99

So, are you as  smitten with the idea of a fabric covered table as much as I am?

Shelly

 

Hi there! I hope you’re having a good day. The sun is shining again today here in Atlanta and that makes it a great day in my book. As promised,  I’m back today to share an easy Gift Wrap Inspiration for you, perfect for Mother’s Day.

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I always take extra care when it comes to wrapping a gift for my mom.  She’s one special woman and deserves a special gift wrap.  For her mother’s day gift this year I decided to craft a flower bouquet for the outside of the box.

Here’s how I did it.

Once the box was wrapped in a black and white check paper (from TJMaxx), I added a band of pink striped grosgrain ribbon.

Next I folded the left and right edges of a paper lace dollie towards the center of the dollie to create the shape of a cone.

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I taped the dollie on top of the ribbon and paper and used glue dots to attach an assortment of paper flowers.  The pink roses, yellow flowers and pink and yellow tiny flowers came in a cluster on stems so I simply inserted those into the cone and added tape behind to hold them into place.

The last step was a pretty pink bow and a gift tag.

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Since I can’t give my mom flowers in person, her flower bouquet wrapped gift will do the trick.

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Happy Wrapping!

Shelly

Greetings!  I hope you had a great weekend!  My weekend started off awesome and ended the same way so I have nothing to complain about.  The sunny skies and warm weather were an added bonus.

Did you get out and do any shopping this weekend? Maybe looking for a Mother’s Day gift like me?

  If you were out and about you probably noticed that a lot of stores have spring sales going on now. It’s a great time to pick up spring fashion accessories, home décor accents and spring footwear.

 If you follow me on Instagram (which I hope you do), you saw that I mentioned the buy one, get one 50% off accessory sale at Target. There are some really great pieces that would make fab Mother’s Day gifts.

 How about a pretty scarf for mom ($14.99)…

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or maybe a summer tote bag ($34.99)!

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  I spotted several scarves and summer totes I wanted for myself but after getting the “not another handbag” look from the hubs I decided a trip on my own was in order so I’m heading back today to do some more looking.

Another store I popped into over the weekend was C. Wonder.  You all know I love that store!  They have their additional 50% off sale going on now and if you or your mom loves monograms you don’t want to miss this.

This monogram iPhone case is $24.99 less 50% and every letter is a different color combo.  I couldn’t pass up the ‘S’ since it was my favorite color combo–red, white and gold.

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I know my mom would love a monogrammed mug paired with her favorite tea.  The mug is $7.99 less 50%. You can’t beat that and it’s never to early to start thinking about Christmas gifts too!

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This monogram pillow cover is gorgeous in person and I wish I would have found an M but no go.  $29.99 less 50%.

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If you’ve wanted one of the classic C Wonder nylon totes, now is the time to snag one on sale.  Not all the sizes are on sale but the mini and Easy tote sizes are.  Mini–$44.99 and the Easy tote is $59.99 less 50%.  You can also get the bag monogrammed for an extra $10. What mom wouldn’t love this?

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If your mom loves to entertain, she’ll love these fun herringbone coasters Set of 4 for $34.99 less 50%.

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And I love this Trellis print travel case for $49.99 less 50%.  There are more sizes available too!

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I need to get my gift wrapped and in the mail.  Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you a fun and easy gift wrapping idea your mom will  love.

Shelly

I can’t believe that this time last year I was in Kentucky to attend the Kentucky Derby.  Boy was it am amazing experience.

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Despite a little rain (ok, it was a down pour) we had a great time and enjoyed seeing the people, the hats and the festivities.

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Even though I didn’t spend a lot of money on my hat like many people do, it was special because I made it myself.

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This year we’ll be watching the Derby from Atlanta but I still plan to wear my hat and wear a fun and colorful outfit.

For all of you that will be watching from home and want to turn Derby day into a party,  I thought I’d share a few key essentials for the perfect Kentucky Derby Party.

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I love crafting and wish I had more time to spend doing it.  When time is limited I find myself stealing away a few minutes on Pinterest checking out craft projects and getting my craft fix.  There have been some really stylish projects that have caught by eye recently so I thought I’d share them with you so you can get your craft fix too.

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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.

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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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