Wednesday, August 24, 2011

{Featured} Floral Loveliness!

Who knew this was my feature week online! My wedding flowers are being featured online today over at my AH-MA-ZING florist's, Alison Kynerd Thomas, new blog. Please hop over to her new blog and check out her magic.  She is the lady responsible for this and this and of course this.

Welcome to the Blogosphere Alison and we can't wait to see what other outstanding arrangements and designs you will be working on. Hey maybe I might even redesign some of your bouquets!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

{Featured} How Lovely!

I am so honored! My new friend in town Becca, of the fabulous Rebecca Rose Events, featured little ole me on her Ever Lovely Blog. She has done such an amazing job of welcoming me to the Triad area and sending me freelance jobs along the way. Her taste is impeccable, not to mention that I can't get enough of her two adorable pugs! Hop on over and check it out here.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Keys to a Happy Home

Well we have been in our new house for over 2 months!   We still have several rooms to update and decorate but it is starting to feel like home.  Even on the days when the Mr. has to work a night shift at the hospital, I look forward to coming home.  I think one of the happiest moments was getting our keys at closing and hooking them on our keychain.

I came across a large oversize skeleton key at this cute vintage/consignment store here in town, Retale. {Every item has a story}  I mean check out how amaze balls this store is from the street.

photo via Retale FB page

I am still kicking myself for not buying that key.  I am crossing my fingers it is still in the shop and will try to find it this week. Because just look at all the fab, decorative things you can do with skeleton keys.

1. Framed in a shadowbox-easy and awesome {photo via Hollysrollercoaster}
2. Another shadowbox but with sheet music behind it-get it keys/music keys!  {photo via etsy shop Country Chic Cottage}
3. Please look at this creative way to decorate a bookshelf, I even love the keys in the vase {photo via Country Living}
4. Okay I am utterly in love with this bouquet-vintage & romantic {photo via The Bride's Cafe}
5. Matching guest table idea, little notes tied to keys aka-"Keys to a Happy Marriage" I totally stole/altered the title for this post by the way {photo via The Bride's Cafe}
6. And I absolutely adore this idea for escort cards-BA-NAN-NAS {photo via United With Love}

There are so many reasons why I am digging these right now. The key alone feels like it has a story to tell, a secret to unlock and a code to crack. They are vintage, mysterious, romantic and intriguing.

Hey maybe I could redesign that vintage skeleton key into a simple "We've Moved" card.  If you know me well enough then you probably walked to your mailbox in the last couple of weeks and got our card.  I chose a simple key/heart motif and I used green to match our front door/shutters.

To everyone who received our card-Home really is where the heart is and pieces of our heart are all over the country in each of your homes! We miss y'all!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sunburst Save the Dates

While in the throes of home decorating, I have fallen victim to the cliche of the Sunburst Mirror.  I had no idea these mirrors were in such high demand and pretty common among home interior circles.  But the moment I saw them on HGTV and in design magazines, I had to have one.

Then my newest Ballard Designs catalog came and what do you know-boom Sunburst Mirror. Case in point-screen shot from the digital catalog:

screen capture via Ballard Design online catalog
We already have painted our den a bold navy.  ( Don't worry a Redesigned Room by Room post coming soon)  I knew I wanted to display our yet to be purchased Sunburst Mirror in the den but I was a little fuzzy on the other details. 

So I did a trusty Google search and stumbled upon the fab blog of interior designer, Emily A Clark.  Not only do we share the first name Emily and middle initial A, but we also both live in North Carolina!  After that, the similarities pretty much stop there.  Please enjoy her fabulous living room, complete with navy walls and a Sunburst Mirror.

all photos via Emily A. Clark
So being the thrifty gal that I am, I found a Sunburst Mirror from Target for a whopping $24.99 and it was the first item to go up on our navy walls.  Here is your sneak peek. Once the Mr. helps me hang some shelves, we will have a complete post.

Sorry for the crappy iPhone photo
Hey, maybe I could redesign that Sunburst Mirror into a fun Save the Date.  I would stick with the navy & gold-why mess up a good thing and I will even create a backer for this invite.

Sunburst: Front of card. Stripes: Back of card.

So thanks Emily A Clark for much needed inspiration and maybe some day when I'm making the big bucks I can hire you for a real consultation!