Friday, October 17, 2014

Gearing up for High Point

Tips for attending the High Point Furniture market:
1. Do not catch the fever bug traveling around my house that has infected 2 out of 3 kids. Must be on "A" game.

2. Assemble 3 outfits (all black) as to fit in with other designers at market. And no, just because they are black, yoga pants don't count. 

3. Wear COMFY shoes. Must be stylish so not to look like frump girl (after eating candy/snacks at EVERY single showroom). My C Wonder driving mocs will do just fine and match my 3 black outfits.
4. Do not eat snacks/candy at EVERY Showroom.

5. Do not drink wine/champagne/special market cocktail at EVERY Showroom, so as to not overspend/buy unnecessary furnishings.

6. Do visit the David Francis showroom to see new fretwork pieces.... check out this cobalt headboard. Anyone need a twin bedroom? I have this all planned out in my head.

8. If run into Novogratz or another celebrity don't tell them that Ann and I have 7 kids between us. Uh. Awkward. Also, refer to point #2 and don't wear horizontal stripes. Black only.
9. Never, ever miss Global Views. Best eye candy (and candy). 
10. Take tons of pictures so show readers upon return!
see you next week!
bye bye birdie....

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Mom!

My mom is celebrating her 64th birthday this weekend. She has had a rough few years and I have watched her handle her health issues with grace and courage. This year, I am extremely grateful to be celebrating her birthday with the mom I know and love. In the midst of difficulties, it is so easy to forget how truly blessed we are and that we are so much stronger than we think with God's help. This year, I wanted to give her a poignant gift -- one that reflects how much she is loved. I came across a beautiful album by Sugarboo Designs and knew I had found the perfect gift. 
It is a stunning weathered (just like us) leather album filled with beautiful vintage style paper stamped with the most beautiful sayings... "you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think..." 

When I became a mother, and only then, did I realize how hard it must have been for my mom to raise all of us. It is the toughest, most rewarding, most under-appreciated job there is. So, this is a thank you. A thank you for all of the times as a child, adolescent, adult, that I didn't say "thank you" from one mother to another. 

I filled it with images of the ones she loves. Her four children and their spouses, her husband, sisters, mother, father and nine grandchildren. I filled it with images of the ones that love her back. All the way to the moon...

I found pictures from when her grandchildren were born right up until my brother's wedding this past Spring. I found pictures of my mom and dad before an onslaught of children and pictures of my brothers and me when we were.... well, not very cute. 
Yes, I do look mad. Perhaps is it because I have the same haircut as my brothers...Or my outfit leaves much to be desired. 

My mom doesn't read my blog unless I print it for her (she isn't very tech savvy). If you see her, please don't mention her surprise... but do wish her a very happy birthday!
Happy Birthday Mom! I love you!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Soccer Mom...

Who Knew? I am a soccer Mom. But let me be clear... I am a good one. I do not think my child is the best on the field. I also do not coach from the sidelines (most of the time) . I trust the coach and trust he knows what he is doing. (My husband happens to be said coach). I do not mutter passive aggressive comments under my breath about other players.  Hmmmm... Can you tell I have spent a weekend away at a soccer tournament? 

Deep breaths... Happy place... 
And here it is.... My finished Master Bedroom...

Remember my board...
I am still debating side tables... I am using some antique side tables I found but I am still digging the ones on the board.  Should I just go for it? I didn't get my WE pillow but instead have a needlepoint pillow my Grandmother made.  That makes me happy...
The bed is one of Jeff and my first grown up purchases. I still love it though I always thought I'd put it in Jackson's room when we build and get something else for our room. Then I remembered we are no longer on our same 2 year plan and 8 years later our tiny farmhouse will have to do! In summary... we are not building and my master bedroom is not growing. 
Love the one you're with... right? So paint will do. I enlisted the help of a few 7 and 9 year olds I know. I figured I had a 50% shot that one of them could paint. It paid off! Molly can paint! 

I rehung my DIY necklace holder.... Yes a $5 piece of antique molding and cut nails make for a great necklace holder.

I added some art.... Jackson painted Jeff and me when he was in 1st grade. There is a striking resemblance... The best part is if you look close up you he erased the ginormous horse teeth that he had originally given me. Thank you...

So after a long weekend I was happy to come home to my freshly painted master retreat....-A

How about you....
Long weekend? Need a retreat? Got one? 

Happy Monday,
Bye, bye birdie, 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all!

Ann and I got the chance to style one VERY FAB table (for sale at The Coop) two VERY different ways. WE both brought some of our favorite pieces (silver, glassware and china) from home and mixed in some fun finds from The Coop to style the perfect Fall table. We wanted to show our readers that you can take one killer dining table and create two different looks both fit for a formal dinner party or Thanksgiving dinner (if you dare). 
I remember years ago, thinking that china and silver patterns weren't for me when it was time to register for wedding gifts. A little too "required" by my very proper mother. I picked out something I thought was timeless and finally, I appreciate it's classic look. I registered for Towle "Old Master" and Haviland "Old Paris Green" (that's the translation). 14 years later and I am still trying to complete the set... which means I can have about 9.5 people over for Thanksgiving. 
It's traditional with a pop of color. Kind of like me.
Remember the jewel tone vases I found at HomeGoods? They were a steal ($39.99) and I designed the table around them. I love the coral and plum colors. 
I used one of my favorite bowls as a centerpiece and filled it with cabbage, orchids, hydrangeas and coral roses to bring in fall colors. I picked the cabbage because I love the rich greens and shade of purples. 
We styled the killer black and white lucite chest (also for sale at The Coop) two different ways. Mixed with barn wood floating shelves by Soundside Carpentry and it is the perfect juxtaposition.  We both accessorized with cool pieces from The Coop. 

I chose Jonathan Adler lamps, orange lacquer boxes and brass peacocks. 
The table, a signed Thayer Coggins parsons table has 2 burl wood leaves. It is showing only one but with two leaves can seat up to 12 people COMFORTABLY! 
We both used Design Institute chairs upholstered in aqua velvet which picks up the aqua and emerald in the 8X10 over-dyed rug. 

I chose the coral pagoda mirror from The Coop while Ann chose a funky modern art piece. 
The smoky lucite chairs worked for both looks which means.... whatever your dining table and chairs look like, you can change the look to suit the occasion! 

I chose my "Juliska" looking water glasses from my everyday stash. Yes, these are so pretty and $5 each from Pier 1. Mixing in affordable pieces makes for table that not only beautiful but attainable. 
Stay tuned, these HomeGoods vases might just become something else... lamps perhaps?
Check out the natural wood table on the right -- wouldn't it be great in an entry or as a serving piece in a dining room? I love the fretwork detailing... more on that later.
One more tip to styling the perfect able... add in reflective surfaces. Ok, for the glam table, add reflective surfaces whenever possible. 

The antlers on the table (on my table) are gold. Yes, a little more glam than Ann's real antlers with an organic vibe

Happy Fall Y'all! Who are you having to dinner?
                          bye bye birdie - H

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mod Nod Table...

We love a pretty fall table.... Remember last year I had Thanksgiving at my house just so I could use all my stuff and set the table? Well, we are not having Thanksgiving at either of our houses this year so we decided to show you 2 ways to do a fall table...(just in case you are dumb brave enough to host). 

Can you guess who did which table? 
 hmmm... brass, organic, graphic....

Hmmm.... coral accents, mirror, linen, elegant....

I know it is sooo hard to figure out but I did the 1st table and Hooper did the 2nd. We knew our tables would be different but how different they were!!! 

 I really wanted to nod to the mid century vibe of the table but still use all the traditional pieces that I have and love. Remember our fave word of 2012? JUXSTAPOSITION?? That's what this table was all about....
I love my wedding china and paired it with vintage transfer ware salad plates, my Grandmother's silver bread plates and inherited silver placesettings- I have inherited no complete set but 4 different sets that make a set for 12. I mix that in with my own and love the result!  
 While the china is traditional the graphic runner relaxes the look. I know, I know... runner? But in this case it works! Wooden mushrooms and vintage brass stags offer a bit of whimsy.... Oh and the stags are available at The Coop! (I fought an inner battle but left them for sale though they would look good at mi casa!) 
The faux bois vase is a Home Goods score and the perfect punch of white and mid century!  The vase holding all the Pheasant feathers is another HG find and a DIY project. I took the clear vase, taped it off and spray painted the bottom gold. It looks dipped and way more then the $5.99 it cost me. You can do this with any shape glass vase and use any color! 

Now let's talk feathers and antlers.... This is a nod to my roots! My Dad and brothers hunt and aways hunt Thanksgiving Day. So our meals growing up were often later at night. I have a collection of things my brothers and Dad have given me.... pheasant feathers, turkey feathers, mistletoe in the fall, antlers... and my favorite was the beaver skull my brother found, dried out and mounted to a piece of wood for my son.... TMI?? Yes, the table is definitely also a reflection of  my redneck Southern roots. (minus the skulls of course!) Yes, that was plural... It didn't stop with the beaver skull.... 

Are you swooning over the actual table yet? It is a vintage (in perfect condition) Milo Baughman for Thayer Coggins work of art. It is for sale at The Coop and on OKL. (sob...sob... I would have to buy a new house to keep it, but it's that great!)

 A table scape just like any room in your house should be reflective of you... Bust out that china and silver that you never get to use and throw in  things you love.... Have fun and don't be scared to mix it up, not everything has to match. My table looks different every year and I do not always use the same china or accents. Happy fall....and email us if you are interested in buying this gorgeous table (sans table settings).

Stay tuned for Hooper's gorgeous table on Friday!


Bye, bye birdie,

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