Some Changes in the Dining Room

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It wasn’t planned but the dining room got a little facelift this weekend. Nothing drastic (it all probably looks the same to you) but it’s different enough to appease my design ADD. It all started very innocently with wanting to incorporate one new painting into the dining room art wall.

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(The table set for a dinner party this weekend.)

I had also been wanting to try out the farmhouse table from the kitchen in here and this weekend was finally the time because we were having a dinner party and it’s much longer than the table that was in here.

Of course that meant the chairs got swapped out too.

And while we were at it, why not the sideboard?

And why not add that new mirror too?

So I took one painting down, then another, then the entire wall, moved some furniture in, others out, pulled up the rug and the next thing I know, the dining room looked like this…..

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A disaster.

But then I put it all back together…..

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and it’s working for me…..

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Let’s see for how long!

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The dinner party was a lot of fun with great food (if I do say so myself!) but the highlight had to be Nigella’s No Churn Coffee Ice Cream. I made it for the first time and OMG I may never buy ice cream again. I don’t have a huge sweet tooth but I do love ice cream in the summer and I can see making a whole host of other flavors using the same idea. It is the most delicious ice cream I think I have ever had and it really is no churn – no ice cream maker needed! Go make yourself some this very minute. You can thank me later…..

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Some Recent Acquisitions, Purchases, Gifts and Bartered Items…..

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I want to thank everyone who came out to support our first ever Designer Stock Exchange this past weekend and also those who helped get the word out about the event. We really appreciate it! A special thanks to my good friend Angela (The Painted House) for lending a hand and especially with hanging all of my art. Tall friends come in so handy!

The event was a great success and while it was completely exhausting, we had a great time. It was like a weekend-long party with just an all around fun group of peeps. Aside from all the work, a lot of this sort of thing took place throughout the weekend too…..

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We’re already looking forward to organizing the next event!

My one personal goal for the weekend was to not buy more than I sold. I barely achieved that goal because we all ended up buying and trading with each other and just giving stuff to one another too. Let me show you some of my loot.

From my co-organizer and vintage collector extraordinaire Brendon Frasier, I bought this pair of awesome marble obelisks. I never met an obelisk I didn’t like. We also made a trade for this malachite-looking tray.

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Then my pal Sherry (Design Indulgence) gave me this beautiful painting. The style is so me, isn’t it? I need to incorporate it into my art wall in the dining room STAT. My other co-organizer Elle Cantrell (whom I want to adopt) gave me the adorable pineapple and Erin Giglia gave me the awesome scalloped brass tray. Thanks again, girls! I got the sweet faux bamboo bookstand from Dara (Details Atlanta) after I fought Brendon for it. I hadn’t met Erin or Dara before the event and now we’re all one big happy family.

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Elsewhere in town, I was busy sourcing items for the HLN shoot this week and I came across this Serge Roche-esque number at HomeGoods…..

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Do I need it? Of course not. But how could I pass up this oh-so Albert Hadley mirror? So here it is hanging out in the guest room for now.

And hanging out in the kitchen waiting to be installed is this…..

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It’s the Delta Trinsic in Champagne Bronze color and it’s exactly the style I wanted in the color I wanted. Once again, an FTRB reader came through for me. A big, huge thanks to LC who suggested this model on my post a couple of months back. I really appreciate it!!

And last but not least, Brazilliance is finally in the house!!!!!

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So it’s basically like Christmas around here. There’s probably more but that’s all I can see around me at the moment because with so much going on, it’s chaos in our house. I think I need to block out the entire weekend for a top to bottom cleaning. Or I may just sleep for two days straight. Yeah, that sounds better.

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Designer Stock Exchange This Weekend + Winner of the HomeGoods Giveaway

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Oh, you should have seen my house the past week, guys. I say you should have but I’m not actually going to show you any photos because you would be horrified. I turned it upside down and had stuff everywhere to get ready for Designer Stock Exchange and it was madness, I tell you. The whole time I kept thinking I’m never buying anything again. Yeah, right. But I did think it. Well, after many, many days, everything is finally sorted and ready to go on the truck tomorrow and I can’t wait! This is some of what I will have for sale and there is plenty more from all the vendors on DSE’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram if you want a peek at what will be on offer.

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We’re kicking off the event with a preview reception tomorrow night (you are all welcome!) and we’ll be selling through the weekend so I hope to see you there! We’ll be at the very back section of Westside Market.

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Moving on to Organizing in Style…..Thank you first of all for all of the nice comments on my linen closets. I have to say it feels so good to have them neat and tidy! And to help you get started on your own organization projects, here are the five winners of HomeGoods gift cards!

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101. Krista W.
121. Elizabeth T.
33. Elena
49. Rachel

Congratulations! You will be contacted today for your mailing addresses. Thank you all for entering and to HomeGoods for the fantastic giveaway!

Okay, that’s it for me today. If you make it to Designer Stock Exchange this weekend, please be sure to say hello!

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My Organized Linen Closet + A HomeGoods Gift Card Giveaway

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Organizing the linen closet is one of those things that never seemed to get crossed off of my to do list. You know the ones that get put on the back burner because there are always more pressing matters? (Please tell me you have some of those too?) While I’ve made a little headway here and there over the years, it still had a long way to go and was starting to really bug me. So when HomeGoods contacted me about partnering with them for their Organize in Style program, the timing could not have been better.

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I first cleared everything out of the closet then took some quick measurements before skipping on over to my local HomeGoods. I was looking mostly for containers to neatly hold everything and after looking at a lot of choices, I settled on these pretty white baskets in various sizes…..

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I also picked up one large basket to hold heavier blankets and larger pieces….

and some lidded glass jars…..

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Armed with everything I needed, it was just a matter sorting, dividing and organizing the contents. Here we are in progress…..

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and the final result…..

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Tidy, no?

I placed all the coverlets, throws and blankets on the bottom shelves. On the top shelves are bedskirts and extra duvets. (Since it’s already hotter than Hades here in the South, this is where they’ll be stored for the season.)

Next I sorted all the sheets by size and put them in their own basket…..

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then did the same for the Euro shams and extra pillowcases…..

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The little basket with the handle turned out to be the perfect caddy for linen spray, sachets, etc.

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I wanted to label the bins in some way so I dug through my stash of paper goods and found these orange tags that I got at Ikea a long time ago. Then I had a Hermès inspiration moment and remembered I had picked up some pretty brown ribbon with white stitching on my last trip to Seoul. (I always stock up on stationary, paper products and trim like this when I go to Seoul. The selection there is mind boggling!) #hoardingpays #sometimes

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No more toppling stacks of sheets and guessing which ones are the right size!

If you’re wondering where all the towels and supplies are, come with me to this second closet…..

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Glass jars are great for storing soaps, bath salts and other supplies…..

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The same style of white baskets hold TP, tissues, etc……

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So everything is organized, in its place and easy to see and access. It’s one of those little things that make life so much easier. It’s motivating me to make organizing a bigger priority around here!

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Now for the best part…… HomeGoods is giving five lucky FTRB readers a $50 gift card so you too can Organize in Style! Yes, I said five!

To enter the drawing, just leave a comment on this post by next Wednesday, May 28, 2014. We’ll draw five names randomly from the comments. If you want to share this post via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest, leave an extra comment saying where you shared. The winners will be announced here next week.

Good luck!

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The giveaway is now closed.

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Project Laundry Room Progress: The Before, Wallpaper Ordered, Light(s) Found

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I realized that in talking about Project Laundry Room all this time, I hadn’t shown you any pictures of the space. I could have sworn I had so sorry about that. It’s a pretty small room with a sink and cabinets on one side and the machines on the other. Because it’s such a tight space, it’s hard to get a good shot but this will give you an idea…..

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So this is what we’re starting with and I’m sure you’ve been on the edge of your seats (ha!) waiting for me to decide on the whole Brazilliance question. Well, I finally pulled the trigger and the wallpaper has been ordered! In the end, the fact that this was the only place where I would have the chance to use it made the decision for me.

With that done, I wanted to address the fluorescent light situation. Basically, it had to go.

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I wanted something unique so I got on ebay – which I haven’t done in a long time – to see what I could find. Sure enough, ebay came through which made me wonder why I don’t go on it more often. (Maybe because I don’t need to feed my hoarding habit, that’s why.)

Anyway….. this little chandelier is one of the first things I saw and it just struck me as the perfect thing – once it got a little makeover, of course.

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When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at how heavy it was. I admit I hadn’t paid attention to the length of the wiring but luckily it turned out to be just long enough. (Let that be my duh ebay tip for the day. If you’re buying a light fixture, make sure there is enough wire!)

I debated a few colors but ultimately decided a clean white would be best. So a can of white spray paint later we got this…..

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I love it so, so much.

So I thought I was all done but then my friends at Parker Kennedy posted this on Instagram over the weekend…..

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A few texts later, it was mine! (You’re going to want to buy everything they post so follow them at your own risk!). It’s kind of perfect for the room too. I’m thinking of maybe giving her a new coat of paint too but haven’t decided yet.

In any case, either light could work in a number of other places in the house so it’s just a question of choosing which one goes where. I’m leaning toward keeping the first one in the laundry room but we’ll see.

So it’s going slowly but hey, it’s progress…..

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