Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I Heart Chalkboards

I love chalkboards and use them whenever I can.
For my event planning business I use them at weddings and showers, even children's birthday parties.

And back when I had a space at an antique mall I sold a good bit of chalkboard painted items.

And I've got a few chalkboard projects going on right now.
A Door

A Table

And an Ikea frame that used to hang in Baby Girl's UT dorm room.

In other happy(Yes. Chalkboards are happy) news, I have porch posts!

I'm partying with friends at TOHOT

And Make It Pretty Monday

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Favorite Haunts

I was asked recently where I go to get stuff. Stuff being the things in your house that make it your home. That's a loaded question isn't it? But I'll try.
Brick and Mortar Shops
I've blogged about both of these stores before but
My Favorite Room

And Beaucoup

are both the gold standards when it come to home decor shopping.
The displays are always stunning and the merchandise is varied, with price points for every pocketbook.

Locally Run Antique and Vintage Markets

In the Dallas area three come to mind.
Vintage Market Days(This show has events in many cities in the US.Check their dates for yours.)
Red Shed Antiques
The Old Red Lumberyard Junk Market
The fun thing about these type of shows is they are each so different! Even the same show will be different from date to date. I've had great success finding things at all three.The vendors are always so sweet and bring some of the absolute best stuff. The prices are fair considering and most all are willing to negotiate.

Antique Malls

My absolute favorite is Antique Company Mall
The vendors here bring their A game, creating the most charming vignettes. The prices are great which makes it on my go to list.
I have been known to frequent a few others who lack certain shopping creature comforts but manage to somehow present undeniable bargains.

Two Texas towns have reached legendary status in the antique shoppers hall of fame.
Canton and
Round Top.
Space and time won't permit me to tell of their treasures but there's a reason they are legendary.
Invaluable has a fun post on The Best Towns for Summer Antiquing. Check it out for some great tips!
What about you? Where are your home decor go to's?

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Decorating Friend Once Removed

You know those friends of friends? They are friends with your friends but somehow you don't really know them? Well one of those friends once removed is a decorator who just completed renovations for two of my friends. Her work is so beautiful I thought you would enjoy seeing it.
Tracy Frye is the Frye part of DrakeFryeHome. This dynamic duo has done some truly amazing work for ,I'm sure, some very satisfied customers.Have a look

Their style is both charming and timeless.

Truly lovely!

And on another 6 degrees of separation note, Tracy and I both lived in Fairview for many years. Our children attended the same school and 1 of each of our children graduated at the same time. Now much to my amazement and delight I find that Tracy has moved to the same historic district as my new house! That's right. She lives down and around the corner from my new abode!

Stacey and Kitty do you remember seeing her home on the Holiday Tour of Homes a few years back?
Her home is truly sophisticated cottage which in my opinion is really hard to do. Tracy nails it!

Can you say shiplap?

It's all breathtaking isn't it?

I think when I move in I'm going to take a basket of muffins over and ask her to be my for real friend nothing removed.
PS Tracy's husband has a cute food and travel blog you can check out here

It's Thursday and that means TOHOT!

Also sharing at Make It Pretty Monday

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Knobs, Pulls and Stuff

Happy Thursday! I've been in Austin the last few days moving my UT senior to her new abode. And because I can multitask I've been looking at cabinet hardware. Tell me what you think.
These Anthropologie beauties caught my eye.

Rejuvenation has some amazing choices.

This concrete knob is so unique.

Restoration Hardware. Need I say more?

I love these porcelain pulls and knobs!

If you live in the Dallas area Elliott's Hardware has a truly exceptional hardware department. Be sure and check them out.

On a completely unrelated note, the wallpaper for my powder room came in! Yippee!!!

Another random thought

I love this chair.
It's on sale at Arhaus.And they didn't pay me to say it.

It's Thursday so I'm partying with my friends at TOHOT.

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