"Holiday Decor Inspiration"

For the past couple of weekends, I've been working to pull out my "main" Christmas decorations.  I have to admit, after getting my garage organized, it was a much more enjoyable experience.  I managed to finish things up this weekend and thought I'd share it with you guys since you'll likely be doing the same soon (if you haven't already).
 
Let's being in my master, shall we?
 

It helps that I still love my bedroom.  Making it over was, by far, one of my favorite projects this year.  I decided to purchase a new tree this year.  I actually got rid of two very sad, small (and cheap) trees during the garage overhaul and I knew I wanted to find something slim that would fit in the space between my new wing chair and the console.  I blogged about my plans HERE on the Habitat ReStore blog.  I thought I might be able to thrift something, but gave up hope after a couple of weeks and purchased this one from Home Depot.
 
I like that it's NOT pre-lit.  I'm always so irritated when the lights begin to die on the pre-lit versions. 
Of course, wouldn't you know that I finally found a skinny tree at the Habitat ReStore this Saturday.  Figures!
 
 
Despite missing out on a deal, I do love the tree.  It's the perfect size.  I love the mixed metals and natural and neutral ornaments.  I'm thinking of adding in some ribbon.  There is a garland, but it's a little small and hard to see.

 
 
Besides the tree, I believe in keeping everything else fairly simple. 

 
I recall one year, pulling out a ton of Christmas decor and I sort of felt like I was suffocating. A wreath here, a stocking there and that's just about enough for me. 

 
I picked up this glittery wooden deer at the ReStore on Saturday and I LOVE it so much. It's the little things. 
 
Moving on to the living room...
 
 
For the most part, the decor is the same as last year.  I did add a few more ornaments.  Who am I kidding? That tree is packed!!
 
 
I don't think I could find a spare branch if I tried. Lol!  What can I say?  I like a full tree.
 

It wasn't really my intent to go so "matchy-matchy" on the pillows, but it just sort of happened.  Strangely enough, I like it.  Of course, the Tobi Fairley Santa pillows I won last year were a must, and since fuschia is already one of my accents, I just went with it.





My mini pumpkins are still hanging in there, so we worked them in too.  

 
I'm probably a little too excited about the sleigh bells I scored at a Goodwill in High Point for just 2 "bucks" (pun intended).  : ) They're the perfect accent on my large deer head.

 
As mentioned, everything else is pretty simple.
 


 
I'll have to keep you posted on these paper whites.  I'm pretty pumped about their progress so far.  I was inspired by Pam of Simple Details, who blogged about them recently.  They grow a little each day.  I can hardly wait until they bloom. The brass bowl is my favorite!
 
 
I'll likely add a few small touches here and there in the next couple of weeks, but for the most part, the big stuff is all done.  There's nothing better than enjoying this time of year and for me, the holiday decor is a huge part of that. 
 
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Until next time...

"The Reinvented Recliner"

Whew!  What a week last week was!  Thankfully I made it through and as promised I'm back to share with you guys the details of the wingback recliner in my recent client project. 
 
 
First off, when your client tells you she NEEDS a recliner in the living space, you deliver a recliner.  I'll admit however, sourcing a chic recliner on a budget is no small feat, especially when your upholsterer has mentioned on several occasions that he hates recovering recliners.  Thankfully, you have a really good relationship with him and he makes an exception for you.  ; )
 
First I needed to locate a vintage option that had a streamlined silhouette that would work well with the plan for the space.  Thankfully, I was able to score this Lane Furniture wingback recliner on Craigslist. 
 
 
I know, it's pretty bad, but the best ones always are.  I decided on a navy blue cotton blend for the interior of the chair and decided to go with a blue and cream herringbone print on the exterior. 
 
 
Mark worked his magic on this piece and I don't begin to try to understand what that means exactly.
 
 

 
All I know is that when I get that final text message with the finished product, I can hardly believe the transformation.  
 
 
We decided to dress it up a bit with a nail head trim. How awesome is that result? 

 
So awesome in fact, I had a really hard time giving this one up.  I think there may be a recliner in my future. 
 


 
The finished product was absolutely amazing in the space.  So sophisticated, yet so comfy. 
 
 
In addition to the recliner, Mark also spruced up a pair of leather ottomans I found. 
 
 
It's amazing how a simple faux leather trim and a few brass nails elevated the look of these two.
 
 
See the full reveal HERE!
 
Yet another case for the value of reinventing furniture.  Speaking of reinventing furniture, I'm pleased to announce that I'm a contributing writer in this month's Pride Magazine.
 
 
  I'm sharing my top tips for breathing new life into vintage upholstered pieces.  If you're local to Charlotte, be sure to check it out!
 
Have a great week!!
 
 
 

"Not So Nautical Client Project Reveal"


It's my favorite day! It's reveal day!!  So excited to share with you my latest client project.  We began with a living space in need of a spruce up.  After the client shared with me that she had a map that was purchased while she and her husband were on a cruise, I decided to use it as a jumping off point for the design plan. 


Honestly, I never intended for the space to have a nautical vibe, but it sort of evolved in that direction.  I knew we needed comfortable and livable, since the family spends most of their time in this space.  Let's take a look, shall we?


First off, we needed to update the walls.  The existing wall color was dating things and the client wanted something fresher that was a bit out of their comfort zone.  We decided on a cool gray blue from Valspar.


I addressed the long narrow hallway as you enter the space by adding a large sunburst wall piece with a capiz shell center and a collection of rope mirrors.  I think they lure you down the hallway as you anticipate what's around the bend. 


By far, my favorite piece from this project is this chair.  It's actually a recliner.  The client owned a big, bulky recliner and enjoyed lounging in it to watch television.  There was no hope of it ever being chic, so we ditched it for a vintage model.  We'll talk more about this transformation a little later. 

In order to have a little perspective, let's check out the before

                 
                 

The client requested that a workspace be added and this nook near the entry was the perfect place. It's also where we decided to showcase the map that inspired everything.   Instead of framing the entire map, I actually cut it (since they purchased two on their trip) and frame it in two matching frames of different sizes. 


Shortly before reaching out to me, they purchased a new leather sofa, so we worked it into the plan.  It was the perfect backdrop for a few new throw pillows.  
Needless to say, an animal print had to make an appearance...


Because the sofa floats in the space, lighting flanking the sofa wasn't an option without major electrical work.  We opted for swing arm lamps on either side of the window adjacent the sofa.  They provide nice ambient lighting in the evenings, perfect for making things cozy. 
 There's no doubt that design is in the details and this space wasn't short on those. 




As usual, it was a labor of love on this one.  I absolutely love transforming spaces for my awesome clients that they'll use for years to come. 


Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

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