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beautiful organization

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are off to a great start in 2013!  I had a great time up north with my dad and brothers, but nine years in the south has definitely spoiled me....a few days in Philadelphia felt like I was in the tundra!  Still can't believe how 2012 FLEW by, either....I'm not much for making New Year's resolutions, but the one thing I do get the bug for right around this time of year is better, more efficient organization-something about starting the new year off with everything in its place and a place for everything, right?  Thank goodness for all the pretty, color-coded and orderly images on Pinterest of closets, pantries and drawers organized to within an inch of their lives-the inspiration is never ending!

I'm currently loving the closet of Kate Davidson Hudson, former Senior Accessories Editor for Elle.  Not only does she have amazing personal style, but her organizing and compartmentalizing skills are equally impressive.  The costume jewelry in just one of her drawers probably costs more than a year's worth of my mortgage payments, but I love how she treats her clothes, jewelry and accessories like art, displaying necklaces on 18th Century first edition books and making use of every last inch of space on her built-ins.  Everything is orderly and....gorgeous!

To see more of her space, check out The Coveteur here.



There's nothing like a few throw pillows to brighten up your space - when working on a tight budget, it's one of the first things I suggest to freshen a room and add a pop of color.  CCDeuxVie is one of my favorite online sources for custom pillow covers.  Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, etsy shop owner Carolyn Cobb specializes in high-end vintage furniture and accessories, as well as upholstered pieces, but I can't get enough of her fabulous line of custom pillows in designer fabrics.  I have coveted the navy, cream and camel chevron pillows above for quite some time now and am just waiting for the right opportunity to use them in a client's space (hint, hint, Sarah!)  Check out some of the lovliness from her shop:






To see more of Carolyn's pillows and to check out some of her fabulous upholstered pieces, visit her website here.  Have a wonderful weekend!



quick fix for leftover trimmings from the tree

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway yesterday; I can't wait to announce a winner this Friday!  We always get a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving and this year was no exception.  There are always a handful of extra branches that get trimmed off the bottom of the tree to fit it into the tree stand and for some reason, this year I had even more than usual.  I filled pitchers and bud vases with some of the extras and then decided to fill in urns on either side of our front door with the rest.  All spring, summer and well into fall, huge Boston ferns flank our front door, so when it gets cold and the ferns move to the garage, the porch always feels so empty and bleak to me.  Leftover frasir fir branches were the perfect, inexpensive way to give a little holiday cheer to the front of the house!

I filled urns halfway with pinecones from my backyard (I always do this in my pots to help keep them from being too heavy to move, but also to help with drainage):

I filled the rest with dirt and padded it down tight:

A few branches from trees in the backyard went straight into the middle of each pot for height:

And then I filled the rest with frasir fir branches, packing them in good.  I watered mine to help keep them fresh - no idea if this will work, but hopefully, it will do until Christmas.  As you can see, I still have yet to find the perfect gray/blue for my front door!

Happy Hump Day!


giveaway: book page wreath! (closed)

Nothing shows how much you care like a handmade, homemade gift...even if you didn't make it!  Last year around this time I posted a tutorial on how to make your own book page wreath...it's super easy, but it is a tad bit time-consuming, so I thought I'd give one away to a lucky reader today!  This beauty is a 24 incher, with more than 500 pages! Here it is hung on my plate hutch...with fresh greenery and a red ribbon, it makes such a simple, yet dramatic statement. 

To enter, leave a comment with your email address below and a winner will be chosen at random this Friday! 

Happy Monday!


diy: gilded picture frame

I hope you all had a wonderful Turkey Day!  For those of you uninterested in the chaos that is Black Friday, how about a little DIY? Old picture frames and spray paint go together like peas and carrots, but I've got a twist for you today!  I love gilded picture frames, so I thought I'd try my hand at giving a little golden TLC to a 20x30 frame that is currently black.  The result is subtle and oh, so pretty! To start, I gave the frame a good sanding with 400-grit paper:

Next, I sprayed two light coats of this, my favorite gold spray paint.  Be sure to keep the coats light to ensure no drips!

The gold was beautiful enough on its own...

...but I really wanted to see how it would look with a little "gilding", so, using a foam brush, I brushed on a light coat of stain in dark walnut, then wiped it back with a rag:

The stain really got into the crevices on the inner part of the frame and as a little added benefit, unbeknown to me, sanding it before created a beautiful crackling effect in the corners, which was highlighted beautifully by the stain:

A little bit of stain really did go a long way in creating a subtle, antiqued feel:

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Stay tuned for a giveaway on the blog on Monday!