Monday, November 28, 2011
Ahh, the joy of having great neighbors is one of the many perks of living in our fun neighborhood. The people who shop our merchants, eat at our restaurants and live in our 'hood are what make living in Dilworth sort of like living in a small town. We see each other at the grocery store, the pharmacy (what up Dilworth Drug!) and just about every other place one could imagine.
Every time I tell people which house is ours (and I really mean it) it is always followed with "of course, next to the Teeds!" Karen Teed, is the co-founder and Creative Director for Something Classic Catering in Charlotte. Karen and her business partner Jill Marcus's most recent claims to fame are the wildly successful restaurants Halycon: Flavors From The Earth and vegetarian restaurant Fern: Flavors From The Garden.
Last weekend I wondered over to her house to discover she was hanging these amazing River Birch limbs as curtain rods. They look designer, were totally affordable and are the perfect supports to her new oatmeal linen curtains and gray chaise lounge.
See below for more pictures of her sunroom:
Just in case you were sweating the funky chandelier, the "jump right in comfy" gray chaise or the divine linen curtains, they can all be found at our local IKEA. Creative Director. . . .Oh yeah!
To learn more about Something Classic go to http://www.somethingclassic.com/
To learn more about Halycon: Flavors of the Earth go to http://www.halcyonflavors.com/
To learn more about Fern: Flavors from the Garden go to http://www.fernflavors.com/
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Ahh, Brass and Gold, a glamour girls call of the wild. How we love things that sparkle and shine! Here are just a few of my favorite recent finds. The good news is that a good bottle of gold spray paint can turn almost anything into a diamond in the rough! What you do with it is up to you:)
Etsy: A Vintage Goldmine!
The Perfect Center Piece For A Festive Table: Vintage Italian Tole Candle Holder.
Small Sunburst Vanity Mirror: Perfect For Any Dresser.
Hollywood Regency Chandelier: Perfect for a Minimalist backdrop!
This divine piece would solve all of my fireplace mantle issues. . . period.
Layla Grace: Well Currated For Sure
One Of My Good Friends Has This Piece. Off Limits For Me ='s Good For You! From Currey & Company.
World's Away Tess Cocktail Table and Side Table. . .A Girl Can Dream Right?
Etsy: You Knew it Right?
I wish I may I wish I might. . .
Just in time for the holidays!
Gold Urchin Sculpture, found this afternoon at Slate Interiors on Central Avenue.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
I have a love / hate relationship with my fireplace mantle's. I love them because they are the perfect backdrop to our old fireplaces; but I struggle with them because the grand space calls for something extraordinaire, not ordinary.
The mantle in our bedroom is giving me fits right now and the mantle in our family room feels pretty stale after 3 years. SEE MY TROUBLED MANTLE BELOW. . .
In search of inspiration I found these.. . .
Mirrors, purple layers, and golden sunburst....I love thee already.
Trefoil Geometric mirrors plus organic curly willow!!!
What to do when you have two pieces that aren't quite big enough?
Use them both and vary the heights to fill the spaces.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Take home luxury to a new level with Restoration Hardware's 5 pound Chenille Throw! When I first came home with ours years ago, Scotty declared for "$60 bucks you had better be able to wear it!" He now refers to it as his "blankey." Yup, he's a grown man!
Friday, November 11, 2011
My friend Christy just announced that Santa is already at the mall. . . .
SHUT THE DOOR
HOLD THE PHONE
WHAT IN THE WORLD!!!!
It's two weeks before Thanksgiving. . .
Repeat after me. . . . I will not go BROKE over Christmas, I will not go BROKE over Hanukkah. . .
So. . . I promise that over the next several weeks (yes we have that many to shop) I will send out LUX presents that your friends and family will die over and that will leave you a little left over for (this never happens) you....
Here are my first two favorites from the best little shop in the world, Cottage Chic. Seriously, If I die before I wake I pray to thelord it's on their sheets! (I pray for more of course but you get my drift.) Cottage Chic is located on East Blvd in Historic Dilworth. Check out www.chicgoodness.com for more information and store hours.
From MOR Cosmetics may I introduce my new, absolute favorite perfume in the whole world, Little Luxuries Perfume Oil in Belladonna. The whole line is so divine that I promise your friends will think you spent "too much!" And for around $20 it wont break the bank!
What to give your friend/sister who has everything: the gift they didn't know they needed. Check out the Butter London's nail polish in the Full Monty. ( My personal favorite.) The best part is the whole line has no carcinogens and is non toxic, making it the ideal gift for your heath conscious friends and pregnant sister. Pair this "molten" holiday gold with everything from now through Valentines Day. It lasts forever and dry's so fast that I can fumble for my keys minutes later. Oh and it's so classy even your in-laws will approve. Retails around $14.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Local favorite and long time establishment, Reid's Fine Foods, had an open house today at its new Selwyn location. When I was in college at Queens, I would often frequent it's location in Myers Park on Providence Rd. (It was there LONG before I was in college, specifically 1928 or 31!) The grocery was full of old-time charm and such modern-day inefficiency's like honor charge accounts, delivery service (if I remember correctly) and rows of above average grocery's, wine, meat and seafood to die for and so much more. Then one day in 1998 they closed and moved uptown to the 7th Street Station location in order to ride the uptown boom. I went there also. Lots of people did, but because of the recession, Reid's Fine Foods has moved again and is back in the neighborhood that it came from, and I could not be more excited. (To learn all about Reid's past check out http://www.reids.com/aboutus
The Open House today was full of fun festivities such as wine tasting and food sampling. Here are some of my favorites:
Cant wait to mix this with Olive Oil and serve with flat bread or use as a marinade to just about any kind of meat I could dream up!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
A recent and yet quite random conversation yesterday left me extremely clear in my personal intentions. Shocking, as I am rarely clear on anything, not even in yoga. I am envious of those who are.
When I was in my teens, I thought I knew everything. I knew nothing.
When I was in my 20's I thought my life would be a "spectacular" achievement. I was going to do "something" amazing, live in Paris, London or New York. I would change the world in a way that most people could not begin to imagine. And although I was not yet sure what that "something" was going to be, I was positive in its outcome.
Oh, and I thought my family was completely screwed up.
Today, I am well into my 30's and my definition of a "spectacular" life has changed drastically. I am a "stay at home mom" with a plentiful social life full of rewarding friendships, a fulfilling and wonderful (not perfect) marriage, two children who challenge but "complete" me and a couple of animals who seem to think I am the pack leader. (not in that order) We never have enough money. The American Dream I never knew I wanted.
Nope. Never. Knew. I. Wanted.
I wanted a career in the Arts. A career in Fashion. I wanted to be skinny, drink lots of coffee and cocktails and smoke way to many cigarettes. I wanted to make tons of money. I wanted to party. A lot.
I dont do any of the above.
What I do, is roll around on carpets and let my toddler use my side handles as airplane supports. We read 30 page children's books, a lot. I forget to shower more than I will ever admit and I load up on antioxidant drinks that promise I will live to see my great-great grandchildren. I had better.
Everyone's family is screwed up. I pray my children come to the same conclusion one day.
What I have is more than enough and I am grateful for that every day.
We all should be.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
This one doesnt float your boat? Check out how others have defined their spaces:
This layout is similar to our bathroom. . . It would be so much better with above mentioned wallpaper. . . wouldnt it??
You see where I am going with this. . .dont you:))
If only we were going to have more children. . .
Straight from Charlotte, Laura Vinroot Poole's dining room as seen in Domino.
She saved money and design overload by wallpapering only one wall!
Are you inspired yet?