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GBTHS Thrift Makeover

GBTHS Thrift Makeover

How often does a girl get to shop using someone else’s money? In my case, not often. But this month, I did!! I was invited to participate in a thrift makeover competition (or Upcycle Challenge, as they’re calling it) for the Great Big Texas Home Show at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. The guidelines were simple....
Living Vintage by Alt for Living

Living Vintage by Alt for Living

We can probably all agree that complaining is bad. It brings along with it negativity, discontent, and lots of other yucky stuff I’d rather not get roped into. But, today, I have just one teeny-weeny, itsy-bitsy complaint to submit. It’s about an aspect of the industry I work in… interior design. I spend a good...
Better Than Before

Better Than Before

Hello friends! I’m back after a busy few days with renewed vigor for blogging. Over the weekend, I took some much needed time to reorganize a few disheveled spots in my house, one of which was my jewelry perch atop my chest-of-drawers. Inspired by THESE suggestions, I set to work with a few unexpected storage props…...
New Pillows - Quick Tip

New Pillows – Quick Tip

I tout the virtues of second-hand shopping more than enough on this blog but I’m afraid you’ll have to endure my praises still. Last week, while scouting for an exciting patio project (keep your eyes open for that one in May), I came across these mustard, camel, and navy velvet pillows. At $1 a pop,...
Twin Poster Bed... TAKE TWO

Twin Poster Bed… TAKE TWO

I came across this tall, twin-sized poster bed a few weeks ago and immediately thought of the charming country guest bedroom from the home of fashion designer Emerson Fry of EmersonMade (i love her designs, it’s no wonder i love her house too!). How often do you even see twin poster beds? Not much anymore,...
A Night at the Thrift Studio

A Night at the Thrift Studio

Oh dear, dear, dear…. we are already half way through the week and I haven’t spoken to you once! The weekend is well over and I am a full week and a half behind in telling you about what I did the weekend before! Despite my tardiness and delayed posting, however, here I am –...
Daily Paper (bag)

Daily Paper (bag)

I don’t read the newspaper. In fact, does anyone read the paper anymore? (that’s a sad thought to think about). Print publications are becoming more and more of a luxury as fewer and fewer people purchase them. While the paper isn’t a part of my morning routine (I prefer to listen to NPR) I do...
Old Dress, Old Chair... Old Soul

Old Dress, Old Chair… Old Soul

Since  I first started taking notice of clothing and decor as a young girl, I have been drawn to old things… clothing from a different era, patterns with a sense of heritage, decor telling a piece of history. I thinks it’s kind of odd considering that I am now such a fan of the modern...
A Bit of Nashville

A Bit of Nashville

Last week, I made an impromptu visit back home to Nashville for the holiday weekend. It was a timely escape during the transition between my old job at Havertys and my new work with Arteriors Home. Here are a few tidbits from the weekend. My mother, brother Nick, and I stopped by the new Antique...
Be-Bowed

Be-Bowed

Wedding season for the lady-folk means lots of dresses. Sun-dresses for showers and luncheons, party dresses for rehearsal dinners and bachelorette events. And then of course, there is the dress for the actual event…the wedding! Well, this past weekend gave me the opportunity to doll up my dress ensembles for a special occasion. I love...

Thinking Outside the Table

Another household item that can often be found floating around my house without a place to rest in are my books. David and I have an ever growing collection (which I love!) but I think we’re running out of places to put them! For those with the same predicament, here is a wonderful solution. Photo...
Confessions of a Thrifter

Confessions of a Thrifter

By now, most of you know that I have a keen appreciation for hidden treasures and diamonds in the rough. My favorite pastime is vintage, antique, and thrift shopping. After my “This to That” series, which I am taking a short break from, and other second-hand inspired posts, I thought a brief summary of my...

Bright Idea

Have I ever told you the story about this unusual art accessory? Well, if not…here goes. When David and I moved into our first apartment in Fort Worth, we decided to change out all of our light bulbs from incandescent to fluorescent lights. Less energy, less heat, and lower electricity bills! But what to do...

No Time to Waste

Yes…I have finally returned from my relocation vacation (well, “vacation” may not be exactly the right word). Although I missed sharing my daily snippet of style and design inspiration, I have to be honest…the time away gave me a wonderful opportunity to consider and reflect on my work here…past, present, and future. If I took...

Thrifting Thursday’s: Episode 9

Last episode of “Thrifting Thursday’s: From THIS to THAT“, I highlighted the transformative power of a shiny coat of black paint. This week, I am featuring the work of a tremendously talented DIY-er and new found design blog acquaintance, Holly from Life in the Fun Lane who has a distinctively stylish eye for white paint. In her time at...

From This to That…with studio bon

Today I would like to take a short detour from our regular Thrifting Thursday posting to share some exciting news. After many hours and tedious editing, the studio bon blog (that I participated in the collaborative design of) has officially launched and I would love to invite you over for a visit! In celebration of...

Thrifting Thursdays: Episode 7

Ok, Texas Winter…I think we’ve had enough! I am definitely ready for sunshine, warmer weather, and brighter colors. My gray and black wardrobe is beginning to depress me! As a result, this week’s Thrifting Thursday episode is intended to offer a bright spot in the gloomy winter day of all DIY-ers. (Or, maybe just those...

Wrapping Gem

What’s more fun than receiving gifts during the holiday season? (Even though that is so much fun!) Preparing and giving gifts to those near and dear. While browsing through one of my favorite design blogs yesterday, Design Sponge, I discovered a charming way to embellish your gift wrapping while also adding on a special something...

I Read My Magazine!…Rue Review

Shocker…I know. Who reads magazine articles anyway? Don’t we all just flip through the pages to capture the visual candy between the paragraphs? Not this gal apparently! After completing my article for Rue Magazine Issue 2, I became a tad more interested in the stories behind the spreads. So, at the earliest chance available after...

Appetite for Inspiration

Photo Credit: House of Brinson By now, most of you are probably well ahead on your Thanksgiving planning and preparation…so I trust that today’s post will be merely inspiration to fuel your existing plans. Since I am also in the middle of my own holiday preparations, I will keep things short and sweet. You absolutely...

White Elephant…Part 2

I told you there would be more! By now you’ve probably picked up on the fact that White Elephant is a treasure trove of gorgeous antiques. Here is the last installment of my Antiquing After Dark photos: I am also a huge fan of the silver screen antics of Laurel and Hardy (a favorite watch...

Thrifting Thursdays: Episode 4

Hello again weekly thrifters! (My spell check is going crazy with all these made up thrift words). This week’s scavenge uncovered some real beauties in the world of second hand furniture. I wish I could have taken them all home with me, but aside from that little thing called a budget I would have had...

FLOR-ed

For quite some time now I have been a huge fan of the residential rug company, FLOR. Aside from the endless accolades I could give this group for environmental friendliness (the design itself is intended to reduce waste, not to mention all THIS) , affordability (buy as much or a little as you want and...

Thrifting Thursday’s: Episode 3

Since this series began, I have been amazed at the seemingly endless supply of second- hand pieces ready for creative transformation. In the process of scouting for this post’s featured objects, my thrift store search has become more focused and my eyes are open to much greater hidden potential. This week’s round-up of thrift goodies offers a...

Thrifting Thursday’s: Episode 2

Once again, the local 2nd hand stores had some wonderful pieces on the floor this past week, making for a great follow-up to Hilary Inspired’s inaugural Thrifting Thursday’s post. From THIS to THAT: Episode 2 Also, if you’re looking for another resource for some cool home DIY projects, check out Fresh Home Magazines blog….lots of...

Why Don’t You…

…Learn to See the Silver Lining… Rain, rain GO AWAY! We know you’re an absolute necessity but our silly roof  is leaking again and you are the reason!…Promise you will only visit semi-regularly and in light spurts of misty showers….Ok, never mind, I understand your duties and will agree to be pleasant. (sigh) Although you...

Thrifting Thursday’s: Episode 1

Ok, so this is a series that I am very excited to announce…Thrifting Thursday’s: From This to That!! It’s no secret that I thoroughly enjoy the adventure of scavenging through the unknown of 2nd hand to find that one special piece that I “can’t live without”. Tuesday’s post made that fact even more clear. But...