Sunday, January 24, 2016

Let the games begin...

The party has started! Football fever is running wild here in the US. Fans are passionate about their teams and are predicting huge wins. In honor of football, I am posting some of my favorite man caves. I found these ideas on Pinterest, which is overflowing with tips and some very creative ideas for football themed parties. Here's hoping your team wins!

 Garage transformed into "man cave". Love how ceiling is painted red.

 Great idea for re-purposing those empty liquor bottles.

 Nothing spectacular about this one but bar area here is great.
 Another use for old corks. Protect those walls!

 The scoreboard fixture in ceiling is awesome!
My favorite idea...using old shoes, cleats for an over-sized clock.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Loving this Fixer Upper till the cows come home

Did you catch the latest episode of HGTV's Fixer-Upper last Tuesday night?
If not, it was a great episode where the Gaines once again worked their magic
on another "hopeless case" house...this time it was a barn!
Loving the simplicity of the front. A true modern
farmhouse makeover in black and white color theme.

 My favorite part of the kitchen was the B/W tile backsplash with concrete counters.

An unusual entry with a dining hall banquet style for entertaining.
Loving the oversized light fixtures.

 A modern staircase with wrought iron railings.
Great contrast of new black railings with old white shiplap on the walls.

This front door is a favorite of mine because
it lets the light shine through the house.

Simple work area with a modern floating desk and built in bookcase under the stairwell.

For more info on this barn makeover, check out Fixer Upper on HGTV.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Opposite attraction

I have a client that wants to discard a modern piece of art because she doesn't think it matches her traditional antique furniture. I say "No way! We can work modern into your predominate traditional themed house.". Actually, designers mix and match styles all the time. Sometimes we have to mix it up because of budget restrictions. But, most of the time, it's done because it is far more interesting to add the unexpected. Here are a few of my favorite examples of how opposites attract....

I like how Designer Lisa Hilderbrand painted the brick wall to focus
on the art and furniture (Traditional Home).
Love this traditional entry table paired with a great piece of abstract art
by Virginia artist Kiki Slaughter from My Notting Hill (Southern Living)

Incorporating modern into a nursery (Pinterest)
 Great example of mixing modern art, lighting and furniture into a traditional
house with molded ceilings by Designer, Tish Mills  (Traditional Home)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Timeless treasures for sale...

Lately, I've been busy selling some of my antique treasures online. Over the years, I've collected so many pieces from inheritance to also picking up a few items at auctions. On top of that, I still have tons of "leftovers" from the Charlotte and Rock Hill stores. When I realized that I could not fit anything else into my storage unit, I went into full panic mode and started photographing and posting like a mad woman! Below are a few of my "for sale" gems...

Set of 5 antique china RC Versailles finger bowls made in
Germany from 1891-1906 for sale on Etsy.
Gray vintage bachelor's chest. You might remember this piece from the store.
It's been safely packed and tucked away in storage for the past couple of months.
It's listed on Chairish.
Vagabond Thermos vintage ice chest. This was my Grandfather's from the 1940's.
It's in pretty good condition considering age.
It's also listed on Chairish.
Vintage Porcelier China Teapot made in the 1930's for sale on Etsy
Iron loop chairs for sale. These are reproductions that I purchased for a client
who decided against them because of lack of space. Feel free to contact me
if you are interested (