Designer Stock Exchange This Weekend + Winner of the HomeGoods Giveaway

*You may have received an unfinished post yesterday via email or your reader. That was due to a scheduling mishap. Sorry!*

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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…..

(Photos: 1.House & Home 2-6.FTRB)

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A Designer/Blogger Tag Sale, My First TV Appearance, ASOS Decorators’ Showhouse & More

Spring has been really busy around here and it seems to be flying by faster than usual. Here’s some of what’s happening.

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First, as you may have seen from how I flooded my Instagram feed (@FromTheRightBank), the 2014 ASOS Decorators’ Showhouse is now open. Like every year, it has more inspiration than you can handle – like this solarium designed by Robert Brown. The house itself is a historic piece of Atlanta architecture and an opportunity to have a tour of it is a real treat. The showhouse is open until May 18 and you can get more details and ticket information here.

 

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Second, mark your calendars for the first ever Designer Stock Exchange (DSE). It’s an epic designer/blogger tag sale that will be held in Atlanta on May 31 and June 1, 2014. A group of designers/bloggers and I will be selling everything from furniture to textiles to accessories and having some fun in the process. So please join us!

There will be previews of items for sale on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram leading up to the weekend so follow us if you’d like a sneak peek.

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Next, I’m both excited and a little terrified that I’m going to be making my first TV appearance. (What?!) A little while ago, the very nice folks at CNN/HLN contacted me about doing a decorating segment for the Project Home feature on HLN. We had a meeting last month and just like that, we’re taping next month. YIKES. (As a side note, up until then I had never been to the CNN Headquarters. Have you? It’s massive!)

I’m thrilled, of course, but there’s nothing like an imminent appearance on national television to shed light on all of one’s insecurities! Am I going to be a total dud? Does the camera really add ten pounds? Will I sound like Minnie Mouse? (Does anyone like the sound of their own voice?) I tell you I don’t know how all those housewives and Kardashians live their lives in front of cameras….. Anyway, I’ll keep you posted as things happen.

Finally, I’m working on a great giveaway that I know you are all going to want to enter. That’s coming up in a couple of weeks. As I said, there is a lot going on!

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Palm Madness + House of Hackney

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I guess it all began with my wanting to put some sort of leaf (probably palm) pattern wallpaper in the laundry room. I was trying to decide on a pattern when I saw the Brazilliance installed in a showroom and was convinced that was the one. 

Then I went off to London for spring break and I stopped in Liberty (like I do on every trip) and I saw this…..

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WOW.

It’s from a new-to-me company called House of Hackney and boy, do I love what they’re doing.

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There were other sofas, pillows and accessories and all of it unbelievably beautiful. Check out their site and you’ll see what I mean.

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Anyway, seeing all these upholstered pieces made me think I may actually love the Brazilliance fabric more than the wallpaper. I mean, look at this chair from Carleton Varney.….

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And remember the pillows on the cover of Lonny….

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So my conundrum is I want to use both the paper and the fabric but I need to choose one or the other because we don’t want a 70′s/Golden Girls situation happening…..

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Don’t get me wrong, this is spectacular and fabulous but my traditional house could not possibly handle it.

Decisions, decisions…..

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