Thursday, April 24, 2014

This is Happening...

We have been spinning... Between Habitat and the Designer Show House, we are not sure which way we are going. We have been doing things like pouring OJ on our kid's cereal instead of milk. I enter a fog about 3 o'clock and mumble yes to whatever my kids ask. I am pretty sure I gave my 13 year old permission to get a tattoo. Luckily I caught that one!  

But half of our craziness comes to an end Friday night. WooHoo! We are so excited to be a part of the Habitat Restyle! 
We have been painting, and transforming everything! Remember the 80's cabinet we found? By attaching a few wooden panels and lacquering the piece we gave this cast away a glam makeover!
Swoon... We found these Henredon beauties during the Habitat commercial shoot. See here
Unfortunately they were a little beat up as is....
But look at them now!
Gorgeous fabric and nail heads turned this faux bamboo coffee table into this stunning ottoman.
This stool got a makeover and might need to come home with me! Yes, that's right- Everything will be for sale and the sale starts at 6:00 p.m. Friday night.  
There is a lot more available in our "room" and all the other designer spaces as well.
So... grab your hubby or best bud and come see us tomorrow night! Contact us if you want to buy a ticket! We can't wait to see all the other spaces ourselves! You can also visit us 
Saturday from 10-5. 

Bye, bye birdie,

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring - Break?

No one told me about jet lag. really. I thought I may be a little off, tired, etc. I didn't think my system would shut down, I would be in some kind of time warp and take my kids to school today only to find out that it is still a holiday. Yes. I 'm that mom. They are thrilled. I. could. cry. Happy Easter Monday. 
We just returned from truly one of the best trips of my life. Read was dragging his feet saying things like: Sounds like a lot of work. Are we SURE we want to do this? ... To prove him wrong, I had to make it extraordinary. So today, I am giving myself the award for the best trip planner. Forget the fact that my body still thinks I am in California. 
We left Friday for San Fran. The plane itself was a blast (for the kids). I honestly think we could have taken them to the airport just to let them ride the escalator and terminal trains and called it a day. Our plan/itinerary:
San Fran: Alcatraz, Ghirardelli square, Fisherman's Wharf
Carmel: 17 mile drive, Carmel Valley Ranch
Drive the Pacific Coast Highway to Los Angeles (seriously saw whales and seals)
LA: Universal Studios, Hollywood, Beverly Hills
San Diego: Legoland and Zoo
Our first stop was the Golden Gate. The kids loved seeing the place where Full House was filmed. Seriously? 
The painted ladies were way cool.
Ghirardelli Square was a big hit. We are still trying to teach her how to share. 
 Once Read got a look a Pebble Beach, he was happy and thought this was the best idea for a trip that HE ever came up with. Our drive to Carmel was stunning. I have deemed Carmel the cutest most perfect town in the WORLD. It is also the most expensive. 

We had a blast at the Carmel Valley Ranch -- I would highly recommend it - very kid friendly too! Kids had s'mores each night by the outdoor fire pits and mama had wine from vineyard. 
Next, we hit the road for a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway... stay tuned and Happy Monday -- especially to those who are back in school. I'm off to tend to my jet laggggg.....

bye bye birdie.... -H

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bring your Peeps....

What a week... Round here the wallpaper went up in the Designer Show House, I can add building scaffolding to my reseme', and everything is on it's way to done for the Habitat Upscale Resale event! 

 We scored a ginormous (is that a word?) canvas from habitat and I painted it to go in the Habitat for Humanity space...

Remember, EVERYTHING will be for sale at the event! 

But as for today... I will be painting at the Coop so... OUR DOORS ARE OPEN. 

Bring your
and come see me from 10:00- 1:00! I will be the sleep deprived looking chick slinging paint professionally 
painting a desk at...

Hope you can swing on by! ...-A

Hoppy Friday
(see what I did there)

bye, bye birdie,

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Upscale Resale... Habitat for Humanity!

You may recall that we made a commercial for the Habitat for Humanity Restore. (insert commercial where we look like the biggest losers)... Just kidding. Not showing it to you.... 

We are participating in the Designer Challenge. 
Things you must know:

1. We got EVERYTHING at the Wilmington Habitat Restore. You won't believe what we found.
2. We have tricked it out and our stuff looks like a million bucks.
3. Mark your calendars for April 25-26. 
4. Everything is FOR SALE and all proceeds go to Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. 

Be sure to check out what we do with our 10X10 space. 
There are so many talented designers and we can't wait to see all of their finds and creativity at work. You will FLIP when you see what you can do with very little money. Habitat is wayyyy more upscale than you realized. 
See you there! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mark Your Calendars! Designer Show House...

We want to begin this post by saying our deepest sympathies go out to the  Newsome Family here in Wilmington. On Friday, sixth grader Alex Newsome was hit in the head with a baseball during practice. Alex's injuries were severe and he passed away Friday night. This is one of those we can't understand tragedies and our community is still in shock from the news. Hug your loved ones and keep The Newsomes, Alex's coaches, teammates, classmates and friends in your prayers.

 The Arts Council of Wilmington invites you to visit our first Designer Show house, May 2-18, 2014.  Some of the area’s finest designers are dramatically transforming interior and exterior spaces of 1909 Gillette Drive, a stately Georgian-styled home overlooking the Cape Fear Country Club Golf Course. There will be a private Preview Party on Friday, May 2, 7 to 10 pm.  For tickets to the Designer Show house and/or the Preview Party as well as more information on the event, please visit
We are decorating the entry to Designer Show house! Included in
 our space is a custom Chinoiserie wallpaper that we designed (donated by Port City Signs and Graphics), a gorgeous Oriental rug from the Gallery of Oriental Rugs, a fretwork lacquered console, a coral Hollywood Regency chandelier and many other stunning pieces. Oh yeah, and in case you missed it and forgot to visit us while we were in the looney bin, a hand-painted leopard runner. Painted by, yours truly. Like us on Facebook for sneak peeks of our space. 

 Did we mention that many of the items in the show house will be FOR SALE? A portion of the proceeds go to the Arts Council of Wilmington. You don't want to miss it so MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 
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