Sunday, November 28, 2010


On your mark....get! I have one more deal to share with you for CYBER MONDAY. Use code: CYBMON10 for 10% off EVERYTHING in my Etsy Shop. Happy shopping!

Friday, November 26, 2010


First of all...I hope you had a very HAPPY TURKEY DAY! I would like to thank each of you for following my blog. I started my blog in April of this year (so, I'm still a newbie) and it's been a lot of fun! I've met some amazing and talented bloggers and followers in the process and have enjoyed our blog experience together.

To thank you- I'm offering an EXCLUSIVE "Black Friday" 10% discount on EVERYTHING in my ETSY SHOP! Enter coupon code: BLKFRI10 during checkout.

So, enjoy your shopping today! TO YOU ALL!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Introducing an exclusive, and EXTREMELY RARE- NEW color option for the Imperial Trellis "alternative" fabric! Gun metal gray/light gray color combination and  even reversible! Gray color option sells for $46/yard....Way cheaper than the Kelly Wearstler (KWID) designer fabric. These fabrics are 100% polyester, and categorized as a multi-purpose fabric, which makes it perfect for drapery and upholstery projects. HAVE TO HAVE IT?? Get yours here!
Looking for some examples of what other designers have done with this NEW color gray fabric or other color options in this same pattern? are some ideas for you! 

Gun Metal Gray

Gun Metal pillows!

Gun Metal roman shades!

Gun Metal (reverse side)

So...what would you do with yours???

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Yep...whether you want to admit it or not, you should be making your Thanksgiving plans by now! If you haven't already started, let's get to it!

Dinner Table
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a white tablecloth and polished-silver event to be elegant. Small, thoughtful touches are all that guests need to feel the Thanksgiving spirit. Here are a few ideas to spruce up your table decor:



Using fruit can be a nice touch and inexpensive (especially, if you already grow them).
Use pears, acorns, persimmons, crab apples, etc.

Bring a bit of nature in for a more organic look (and inexpensive). Search your yard for autumn leaves, twigs, branches or use your sweet gum trees for decorating your table.

Personally, I LOVE the idea of using natural decorations like fruit and foliage because you don't have to store them!
And we can all use some extra storage space!

Start the day with a list of kitchen tasks. In general, begin by assembling the stuffing, mashing potatoes, and making pie crust. The cook can rest and dress a couple of hours before guests arrive, while the turkey roasts and the pies bake. As guests arrive, you can be caught preparing appetizers, salad dressings and opening wines, social activities that allow you to chat and prep at the same time.

Sounds  like a lot of work, right?! Well it doesn't have to be.... try sharing the duties by having a pot luck (welcome to 2010). If that's the route you go, then you (the host/hostess) should make the main dish (turkey, ham, etc) and allow your guests to bring the mashed potatoes, stuffing, pies, etc. Instead of using name cards on the each place setting, use the name cards in front of the side dishes to let everyone know who brought what...for example: "Aunt Gina's Creamy Mashed Potatoes" or "Mom's Corn Bread Stuffing".

Host/Hostess Do's and Don'ts:
You have the menu, the decorations, the guest list -- the biggest variable left is your stress level, and stress has a funny way of making us morph into those beings (or other B-words) we don't want to be. Relax. Or you could just find yourself behaving like...
The Invisible Hostess: Having failed to start on time, or having decided to make difficult, last-minute dishes, you're in the kitchen, alone-all night. Very bad! As is jumping up to start cleaning while your guests are still at the table eating dessert.

The Insecure Faultfinder: Do not start telling everyone whats wrong with your food dishes before they even pick up their silverware. If you're one of those that sit down and say...."So no one thinks the soup's too salty?" or "Sorry, but the turkey is probably really dry", or "Are the mashed potatoes are too lumpy"....Really, what can they say?! Stop worrying! Let your guests decide what's good....and unless your preparing Thanksgiving dinner for Emeril, you shouldn't worry about your guests critiquing the entire meal. RELAX and let them just enjoy the food!

The Child Chaser: Okay...okay...we all know your house is GORGEOUS....but do you really need to chase all of the kids around with paper towels and glass cleaner? They're guests too, and they also need to be "entertained". So, keep things "kid friendly" and "house friendly", by setting up a special kids table. Use butcher paper as a table cloth so they can draw or write messages. Set up some crafts/activities or have Thanksgiving themed coloring books on hand. This will keep them entertained and keep their parents happy too!

The Bickersons: It's a challenge to have people over when you and your spouse or significant other are in the midst of a squabble, but it happens. No matter what, avoid nit-picking at each other and rehashing any long-running arguments. Your guests WILL feel the tension and become uncomfortable. So, put it to rest before your guests arrive and enjoy each other's company.

The Depriver: A good host/hostess always has some wine or other alcoholic beverages available for their guests. Just because you aren't a "big drinker" doesn't mean you should deprive your guests from what they enjoy. Just avoid the DO want everyone to be responsible, so too much isn't always the best way to go either....Need a festive beverage idea? Here's one I found that looks perfect for turkey day!

Cranberry Martini
Serves 2

• 1 lime wedge
• Red sugar
• 8 ounces vodka
• 1 ounce cranberry juice
• 1 teaspoon vermouth
• Skewered fresh cranberries (for garnish)

Rub the rims of 2 martini glasses with a lime wedge, and then dip each rim into a saucer of red sugar, rotating gently to evenly coat. Chill in freezer at least 10 minutes. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake vodka, cranberry juice, and vermouth until chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into chilled glasses, and garnish with skewered fresh cranberries.

So, that's all I have for you today....happy planning!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Our Powder Room Remodel-Featured on Remodelaholic Blog

Looks as if we are getting some ♥ from Cassity at Remodelaholic again! This time, our powder room remodel will be featured! You can catch it tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7:00am. The Remodelaholic blog is all about DIY in its finest. We are very honored to be featured for the second time! Thank you for sharing our bathroom remodel project with your followers. We hope to inspire some other DIY-ers out there!