It’s Friday, High Five!

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It’s Black Friday everybody, who’s going shopping? Well I am but not for the deal of the century, I’m headed out to my favorite Atlanta antique and resale shops for a different kind of retail therapy and hopefully to find some new additions for my retail space. Yesterday I spent Thanksgiving with family and ate way too much, so today I’m planning to walk it off at the biggest antique malls I can find. I love the hunt so I’m looking forward to a day of finding great treasure, a yummy lunch, and hopefully bringing home lots of goodies for the new shop. High-five to that!

Here are a few more high fives I found this week…

friday1.You know when you run across that blog you’ve never visited before and totally fall in love? Well this week I ran across Michael Wurm, Jr.’s Inspired by Charm and his home (photo above) is totally swoon worthy. I am now a regular reader!

2. Ever wonder why the American film stars of the 30’s and 40’s sound sort of British,I just learned about the Trans Atlantic accent. Wow who knew?

3. Bar carts aren’t just for bars, Refinery 29 shares some of Justina Blakeney‘s Boho style including her amazing plant cart.

4. I ran across these Original Toy Planter sold on Esty by PlaidPigeon, how cute would these be for teacher gifts?

5. Los Angeles-based painter Kelly Reemtsen’s newest works focus on well-dressed women toting household tools like mallets and power saws. These paintings are so totally me, wish I could afford to buy one, but for now I’m just hoping Kelly comes out with print versions so I can have one for my studio.

Have a great weekend,


Killer Kilim Pillows

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I’m sure it’s not surprise to you that I’m totally crushing on Turkish kilim pillows. I’m such a fan of color and these one of a kind pillow covers made from authentic Turkish kilim rugs totally have my heart. You may think of these beauties as a bohemian style accent but they truly blend with any decor. From modern to traditional, rustic to bohemian, they just work. Although they typically run about $50 for a 20″x20″ pillow at retailers like Pottery Barn but if your willing to hunt around you can find them at all different prices, depending on the size. I found some on Etsy for a little as $11.75. The best part is they come in an amazing variety of colors and patterns, and because they are made from the cuts of larger rugs each is one is truly one of a kind. The real problem is which ones to pick…

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It’s Friday, High Five

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Less than a week until Thanksgiving, Is everyone ready? I am especially since I won’t be the one cooking and I am ready for a little vacation. I’ve had a busy week. I’m frantically trying to get things together to fill my new store (pictures soon guys,) I have been sewing costumes for an all out Colonial Day at my son’s school that required full costume for everyone attending, and on top of that I’ve come down with a yucky cold that has me exhausted. So today being the end of this week is a big high-five. Next week is rest, some Atlanta shopping, and hopefully lots of good food, high-five to that!

And since I figured I can stand a little embarrassment for your enjoyment, the Colonial costumes I made for this weeks activities. My husband and son felt they needed to look stern in the second photo since they always look that way in old photos. I guess they forgot that there were no cameras in Colonial America, but oh well.

and a few more high-fives from around the web…


  1. The photo above of the most amazing office by Amie Corely keeps popping up on my social media feeds. I spotted it first on Amie’s Instagram and fell in love. I have a smaller bank of book shelves that look very similar to these every time this picture pops up I feel inspired to add an accent color to them!
  2.   Okay this ones just for fun. Check out these photos where 500 sheep go completely undetected. Who knew lamboflauge was a thing?
  3. These stunning wall hung circular terrariums created by Kim Fisher are so cool, wonder if I could keep one alive?
  4. I just missed this, It’s like the Rose Parade dedicated to Van Gogh. In September the Netherlands hosted an over-the-top flower parade featuring floats inspired by Van Gogh that are one, amazing, and two decorated completely with flowers. This parade commemorated the 125th anniversary of Vincent Van Gogh’s death.
  5. Feeling inspired by Amie Core’s office design and can’t find those amazing vintage chairs, these metal frame chairs from West Elm might do the trick.

    Have a great weekend,



Boys Room in Navy, Orange, and Green


My son’s room has been a work in progress since we moved into the new house back in August. You’ve seen a few sneak peeks on Instagram and my progress painting stripes here on the blog but now I’ve finally pulled the whole room together and am ready for the big reveal.

I had to get the photos fast because with a ten-year old boy the room won’t look like this for long…


Most of the furniture from his old room came to the new room with some small changes and a few additions since the new room is quite a bit larger.

The bed got an easy update with a new coat of paint.


I also added a new personalized vinyl decal. This is a decal like you would put on the back window of your car. I got mine at my local hardware store but they are also available online and you can customize them any way you like. The old decal pealed right off, I repainted the bed and put the new one on.


The rest of the room was just a matter of paint and fabrics. The bedding is a mix and matched I pulled together from TJMaxx and the orange fabric on the curtains and bed skirt are Premier Prints Towers in Sherbet.


Here is a reminder of what we started with.Again this beige brown color, which seems to be the go to neutral for a rental.  I’ll take grey or white over this any day.


So I repainted the room with Valspar Morning Lake for the wall and Valspar Indigo Streamer for the stripes.


And then my son got to add all his favorite things. Yes that is the Titanic up top, one of his favorite things.


The inspiration for bringing in the orange was the project that gave me so much trouble in the beginning, my German cabinet. It has turned out to be one of my favorite pieces in the end and provides lots of storage for all those little boy things…


My son loves his new room and I do too. So glad to have another room down.

Before long I might actually get this house together…

It’s Friday, High Five!

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Happy Friday guys! Yesterday a shared my I completed my One Room Challenge and I’m feeling like it’s time for a rest, a little vacation might be nice… but you know the adage “no rest for the weary.” Instead of a rest I decided to do something I’ve missed during our two years in Germany. I signed a lease for a new retail space. Nothing fancy, just a large space at the Ivy House antique mall in Eglin, SC.

This is a huge high-five for me! I am so excited to have my store back but at the same time am totally unprepared to do it TODAY. That’s right I got a call on Wednesday that the Ivy House, which was devastated by the recent flooding here in South Carolina, is reopening on Sunday. They have space available and if I can get moved in by Sunday I can be a part of the Grand Re-Opening. What I have two days to to get an entire 11’x 13′ retail space set? Well I’ve decided to jump in with both feet and get as much as I can done in that short time. So while I love you guys I guess I better get out of here and get to work. Wish me luck!

Here are a few more high-fives for the week…


1.The photo above of a colorful Brooklyn loft shared by Architectural Digest España is amazing, but the full tour is even better…

2. The final reveals from the Fall 2015 round of Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge, 130 fabulous room updates completed in just six weeks.

3. Emily Henderson shared on her blog an amazing LA vintage store called 45Three, I think I may just move right in and never leave!

2. This DIY kit from Vintage Revivals, a modern take on the Christmas wreath just in time for the holidays.

5. Always a fan of street art I couldn’t help but love these re-purposed wood doors and furniture transformed into geometric faces on the streets of Belgium.

Have a great weekend,


One Room Challenge – Week Six, Studio/ Sewing Room Reveal


Has it been six weeks already? Six weeks means it’s final reveal time for my Studio/Sewing room. I hope you guys are as excited to see the results as I am to share them with you. I’ve been a little absent this week getting everything finished up but I think it was time well spent since I am loving the results.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about let me get you up to date. For the last five weeks I have been participating in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home. Twice a year designers and bloggers are challenged to transform one spaces in just six short weeks. Today everyone will be sharing their final reveals that means 20 featured designers and over 150 linking participants (that’s me) will be sharing one room they have totally transformed.


Are you ready so see what I’ve done? I will let the photos do most of the talking since you have all followed along in the process but I will remind you that for this room I was looking for a colorful, inspiring place to create.

Let’s remember what this room looked like before… Not very inspiring.

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But with lots of colorful additions, vintage finds, and collected art, this room now has me ready to create something amazing.


I think this is your first real look at the area that will help this serve as a guest room when neede. The Ikea FREHITEN sofa pulls out into a bed  and with the addition of a pair of lamps and an alarm clock to help make guests feel at home this is a space that will easily transform into a comfortable place to sleep. (You can learn more about the sofa here, and the amazing Comfort Works slipcover here.)


This fabric samples art is fun and functional.


and of course I had to include lots of storage and display for my West German Pottery collection.


and don’t forget the boring stairwell…


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This two story wall is the perfect home for my collection of giant sign letters. I love seeing this fun collection every time I enter the space.


Six weeks well spent. I am glad that it is over but I am so please with the results in this room. It has turned out to be a happy space that makes me smile every time I walk in.

What do you think? Was this One Room Challenge a success? I’d say for my first time participating it was a total success!

If you want to refresh you memory on the progress from the beginning have a look at Week 1, Week 2Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5

Don’t forget to check out the final reveals of the featured designers and linking participants, amazing things have happened these last six weeks!

One Room Challenge – Week Five, Fabric and Storage

ORCOh my goodness, its week five already and although I’ve accomplished a lot, I still have a tons to do before next week’s final reveal. If you have been following along the last four weeks you know I’m participating in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home. Twice a year designers and bloggers are challenged to transform one spaces in just six short weeks. The full reveal will be November 12th with 20 featured designers and over 150 linking participants (that’s me) sharing one room they have totally transformed. This is week five of the challenge and since next week is the big reveal I don’t want to give too much away, but I will tell you what I’ve been up to this week.

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On Tuesday I picked up my Dash and Albert Field of Flowers rug from the cleaners which means for the first time I got a chance to look at it with fabrics and make a final decision on which ones to use. Here are the winners…


Here you can see how ell the rug works with a few pillows I have finished, some metal storage boxes from Homegoods, and a vintage crochet pillow I found at Goodwill. I love the way everything is working together now that the rug is down.


I  have also been working on additional storage for all the little things like notions and art supplies. I purchased paper mâché boxes from Micheal’s which I plan on adding some color to using different techniques.


Here are a few I have finished. On these I used spray paint and decoupaged fabric to create a mix and match set.


These boxes will be stores on the built-ins and under the end tables for easy access.


While we are talking end table, I had a little change of plans for my lamps. The lamps above were originally going to be revamped to revamp but I ran across a pair of brass and marble lamps at Goodwill for only $7, and decided I couldn’t pass them up. Plus, I thinks they will work perfectly in the new space.


My, My, Time is really flying with only one week left to the reveal so I better to get back to work. Mostly sewing and organization and lots of photography left. I have a roman shades to make, pillows to sew and lots of organization before I can take all those pretty photos for the big reveal.

Wish me luck in the home stretch!

If you want to check out the progress from the beginning have a look at Week 1, Week 2Week 3 and Week 4


Join in the Fun, #MOSchairjunkie


Does this garage look familiar to you? This is my garage but if you have one that looks similar you may be one of us! A tribe of crazy folks that just can’t stop buying chairs, #MOSChairJunkie.

A while back I started a hashtag on Instagram for just our kind, #MOSChairJunkie. This hashtag is for anyone who’d like to share their love of great chairs, whether you bought it, passed it up or just ran across one you’d love to have. All chairs are welcome and now and then I share my favorites here on the blog. I like to think of this as a way to enjoys great chair design without taking every single one back to my garage but really it might just be chair junkies enabling each others addiction. I’m okay with that because it’s nice to know I’m not crazy alone.

Turns our there are quite a few #MOSChairJunkies out there on Instagram and as long as they share their finds with me, I will continue to share a few of them with you.


I found this amazing pair of butterfly chairs on Craigslist in Columbia, SC and could barely resist. Fortunate for my garage they sold to someone else in the first few hours, at least I won’t be tempted anymore.


Have a look at these French Bergere style chairs shared by . She scored these for a steal at just $8 each. How do you do pass a deal like that up, oh wait you don’t!

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This mid-century cutie tagged by brittkingery, how great is the original orange upholstery?


And who doesn’t need a cute velvet chair like this one in their life? polly_hermione took this one home with her.


tesoro_az  shared this unique asymmetrical wicker chair with wood detail so perfect for a sunny spot.

These are just a few amazing chair finds. You can check out all the amazing chairs at #MOSChairJunkie and by all means if your one of us, join in the fun.

It’s always nice to know your not alone!

Please note that by linking up with #MOSChairJunkie, you are giving me permission to share your finds via social media or on my blog.

It’s Friday, High Five!

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It’s been a rough week with technology working against me,  a downed server, camera problems, and mid-shipped orders have really been testing my patience. Why is it that things that are supposed to make life easier can sometimes make life more difficult? After lots of troubleshooting and deep breathing exercises  I have finally gotten my technology wrangled back to my side (high-five for that.) Now thanks to all this stress my emotions are fragile but it’s not anything a little chocolate won’t cure, hmmm where to get some chocolate? Oh wait, tomorrow night the kids will be  trick or treating and scoring the good stuff that will keep Mamma sane. High-five to raiding the Halloween candy! Stay safe out there with all the ghosts and goblins tomorrow night and stay away from computers, they are evil….(add evil laugh here.)

Here are a few more high fives for the week…

friday1. The Barcelona apartment above has all of its original charm from the scuffed paint to the original plaster, this beauty is only getting better with age!

2. This week I ran across the New York Times collection of video House Tours. This collection has tours of homes from everyone from fashion designers and architects to Hollywood directors. The homes are all style and from all over the world but in watching each video you see the love people have for their homes and collections.

3. The completely customizable Turner collection by Jonathan Adler, it comes in four lacquer colors—white, black, orange and navy—and two metal finishes. So lovely!

4. Just because tomorrow is Halloween doesn’t mean this cute little milk glass pumpkin wouldn’t be stylish all year round. Check out this tutorial by Kelly at Spray Paint and Chardonnay.

5. And these glossy black stairs via Architectural Digest Espana are definitely stealing the show!

Happy Halloween and have a great weekend,

One Room Challenge – Week Four, Lighting


Technology has not been my friend this week. The web server for my blog has been down off and on for almost two days and on top of that I have somehow lost the charger for my camera battery (that’s how things go after a move.) I ordered a new charger which was supposed to have already arrived except it was mis-sorted and went to Pennsylvania instead, needless to say the delivery has been delayed. I’m hoping my I Phone photos will do for this week, but we’ll see. With all this calamity I’m running little behind on my posts for this week, most importantly my Thursday update for the One Room Challenge.


If you have been following along the last three weeks you know I’m participating in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home. Twice a year designers and bloggers are challenged to transform one spaces in just six short weeks. The full reveal will be November 12th with 20 featured designers and over 150 linking participants (that’s me.) This is week four of the challenge and I am working on updating my Studio/Sewing room which will also double as a guest room.


You may remember last week I was struggling with where to put my cutting table, it’s very large and heavy so it’s very hard to move. I sometimes need open floor space to layout large pieces of fabric when making curtains, for this it works best near the shelving. I also take a lot of photos using the light near the window so it works great on that side of the room for setting up small displays but needs to move out of the way if I’m photographing something bigger. Last week an amazing reader Carla made the ingenious suggestion of putting the table on wheels. Why didn’t I think of that?


The cutting table which is actually an Ikea VÄRDE island already had leveling feet so it was just a matter of removing the old feet and screwing in the locking casters I bought at Lowes for about $7.50 each. (If the bolt on the wheels does not match the size of the existing t-nut these can be removed and replace with a larger size by drilling out the hole and replacing the nut.)

With the new wheels the cutting table glides around the room like a dream! Thank you Carla!

My second task for week four was lighting. I know fluorescent lighting would give me the brightest light for the work space but I just couldn’t do it. Instead I opted for lots of different lighting sources.

I found this super cute daisy chandelier at a local antique shop for $89 and with a little work I got it working perfectly in this space. I even decided that since my cutting table could travel so could my lighting. I added a two different hooks so I can move the light as needed so no one hits their head when the table moves. Since the ceiling are low this is easily done without even needing a step-ladder.

Near my sewing machine I added an LED strip under my ledge shelf


By the serger one of my tiny West German Pottery lamps.


And for the side tables next to the sofa/bed I am using my old lamps from the living room. I think maybe I need to find a way to make them a little more fun like the two tone lamp on the right by Land of Nod, but for now at least we have light.

I still have lots left to do but things are definitely coming together.

If you want to check out the progress from the beginning have a look at Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3