Friday, December 19, 2014

Deck the Halls

Recently, a client asked me to help her decorate their new home for Christmas. This is not one of my strengths. I can do it, but, being the impatient person I am, it isn't my favorite type of decorating so about the time the first strand of lights get tangled, I'm done. So, I called for back up. Edith Kerns has been decorating her own home, my own and friends homes for the last few years and the result is beautiful! Edith and I filled three shopping carts of ornaments, pheasant feathers and cotton bolls to create a low country masterpiece. Check out the result! Thank you Edith! It's beautiful! 
The family was planning an office Christmas party complete with bar-b-que and fireworks so the decorations had be stunning and natural all at the same time. The goal was to make it look effortless (even though it wasn't).
Edith added fresh greenery to the banister and tied in some glass ornaments and burlap tassels to add some sparkle. 
We mixed the ornaments from their collection (kids' and keepsakes) with some new glass balls, mercury glass and sprigs of cotton, branches and burlap for an organic effect. 

I love how it turned out and so do the clients! The party was a big hit and thanks to Edith, it was festive and beautiful!
bye bye birdie...

photos via Frank Hart
G. Frank Hart Photography

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


I have been given the gift of perspective this Christmas. Yes, as I am rapidly approaching 40 and after witnessing too many "design emergencies" and people with real problems, I am thankful for the gift of PERSPECTIVE this holiday season. Now, let me preface this by saying, I am also being awarded "mother-of-the year" as my second gift. Yep, when this happened.... 
 I screamed "Merry #$7*+#@ Christmas" in front of my kids. Graham said: Mom, is Teddy under the tree? I said: "No, thank God" and there it is. Perspective. This 10 foot massive tree that we hauled all the way out of the mountains on the top of my car (que sap lecture from Read), was laying across chairs, sofas and my oriental rug in ruins. But, no, it did not harm my dog or my children, so we should be thankful. And, because I. AM. SO. TIRED. (and there are people with real problems in the world). We aren't redecorating this tree that my kids named "Richard". 
With my husband away on business, I did what any sane mom would do. I undecorated the tree on Dec. 14th. I hauled it out of the house and left it on the porch (indefinitely) and I packed up the ornaments or what's left of them. I then took the leaf blower and opened the double doors to the outside. I blew out the 1,000,000,000,000 pine needles and glass into our back yard, vacuumed up the rest and put the furniture back. My kids watched in silence (they knew better) as their mom had either a manic moment/nervous breakdown or a pure moment of sanity mixed with wisdom and clarity. 
I asked the kids to bring in the nativity. Right in the spot where our tree was supposed to be for the next few weeks, we placed the TRUE meaning of Christmas. A scene of just as much beauty and marvel as that of a Christmas tree. I'm not suggesting you get rid of your tree and replace it with the beloved baby Jesus. But I am saying that instead of worshiping at the foot of a massive 10 foot tree lit from top to bottom and layered with tons of gifts, presents and surprises for our family and friends...STOP, for a minute and worship in awe at the true meaning of this Christmas season. Marvel at the gift we were given on that special morning. 

It is the gift that keeps on giving. It is the only gift that matters. For now, my children are happy with our new "tree". It holds a new focal point of beauty in our living room and we will gather around it this Christmas morning and hopefully many more to come. May you receive the gift of perspective this Christmas season. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

12 Days of Christmas!

Yes, we have a theme song. Haven't you always wanted one? A song that plays while you go on about your day... Yep, after studying The 12 Days of Christmas, I realized, it has so many birds in it, it could be our theme song. Turtle Dove, Hens, Swans, Geese... 
For the month of December, "The 12 Days of Christmas" is now our official theme song. In honor of this festive tune can't get it out of my head,  we wanted to share some of holiday decor and gift ideas since we only have 12 days to go!  
Let the countdown begin!
On the first day of Christmas...
 I love Michal Aram ornaments, I have 1. They are quite pricey, so instead of hanging it on my tree, it sits on a book, all year long. Two Turtle Doves...
 Get your hands on a numbered Audubon plate like this one and you can score a piece of history and art.  I convinced Read to swing my Southpoint Mall on our way home from a trip. Er um, needed to do some Christmas shopping for me the kids. I mean, my kids love Anthropologie.
 Could you not just take these birds home for a centerpiece of mantle?
 4 Calling Birds... in an entry or coffee table? Swoon. Michael Aram rocks.
 6 Geese a laying... loving these Mid-Century fliers from Ebay. Vintage goodness for a gallery wall or on their own...
 This vintage chair reupholstered in Highland Court showcases a pair of beautiful swans. It's in the details people!
 Tried and true. I couldn't resist for 8 Maids a Milking. The go-to for every asymmetrical space....
9 Ladies dancing. Nobody puts Baby in the corner....

10 Lords a Leaping... I'm at a loss. 

Hoping this will end up under our tree:
11 Pipers piping... Sonos. Enough Said.

A "drum" stool from 1st Dibs. Yes pleeeeaaaassssee.

Merry Merry Christmas and let the countdown begin!
bye bye birdie (swans, geese, turtle doves)... 
we are equal opportunity birds over here....

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday FINDS at The Coop

So our Festive Flea was a big success. Lots of fab finds flew The Coop last Friday night, but that doesn't mean you can't still partake in some holiday shopping! 

Email us at and we can meet you over at The Coop so you can see them for yourself! Check out today's Friday Finds (and yes, these are still available!)
 This lacquered desk is beautiful in person! 
 Lots of fun accessories and lucite....
 This console would be perfect under a TV
 Storage galore! Beautifully lacquered with gold accents. This piece would be great for linens in a bathroom, or books in a study. Fill with accessories, baskets or china. The possibilities are endless. In other exciting news, it's FRIDAY. TGIF and be sure to swing by The Coop -- we would be happy to meet ya!

bye bye birdie...

Friday, December 5, 2014

TONIGHT!!!! Festive Flea... See you soon...

WHEN: Tonight from 5-8
WHERE: THE COOP: 1930 Oleander Drive, Wilmington 
WHAT: FAB finds for your home and gifts for your friends...
oh and wine...

We have been working all week filling up The Coop with great finds for our Festive Flea! We have slashed prices and I must admit, priced the items while drinking.... hence lots of STEALS! Here's a SNEAK PEEK!
When our Flea is over, these beauties and many more are headed to our shop on One Kings Lane. What does that mean to you? The prices will go up on OKL so this is your chance to get them at killer prices. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you...our loyal clients and readers! 
Yes, this is INSANE. 
 We have lots of interest in this piece and now that it is lacquered, it will fly The Coop! 
Desk? Bar? Hutch for storage? Endless possibilities

The most perfect shade of Jade lacquer. 

bye bye birdie...

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