Deck the Halls with Boughs of Ikea

It’s FRRRRIIIIDAY and I feel like celebrating! We’ll be having Thanksgiving at my mama’s house tomorrow so you might not hear from me for the next few weeks #bringonthepiecoma. So for today we talk Christmas! Que the fake snow and the White Christmas soundtrack!

This past weekend, Robb took me on a wonderful little trip to Georgia that included IKEA! While Atlanta is not that far of a drive it’s not somewhere I get to go that often but somehow, this is my third trip this year. Let me tell you it did not disappoint one bit mostly because IT WAS ALL CHRISTMAS!!! I was pretty much Buddy the Elf the whole day #smilingismyfavorite.

(disclaimer before we go any further: these are all iPhone pictures. I left the big mama camera in the car. Big mistake.)

First thing, we walked in the door to this…

Um. Wow. It was all I could do to not throw every single item in my cart but they don’t give you a cart in that part of the store. Now I know why.

Why I love it with all my heart:

  1. Various dishtowels for napkins tied to the chair with the same ribbon! Read that again, it’s about 47 reasons in one sentence. I’ve already hopped on the dishtowel bandwagon so bring on the unifying ribbon!
  2. Red, Red and more RED.
  3. Ribbon around the lights.
  4. Faux wood fabric everywhere,
  5. Did I mention how much red they used?
  6. That “ribbon” I keep mentioning is not really ribbon but strips of fabric. Shabby cute!
  7. White dishes to keep it classy.
  8. Trios of varied texture centerpieces. So yummy!

Moving on to table number 2. Are you noticing a trend? I am and I LURVE it! Bring on the Red!

Next up is more of a countertop setting but still with the red and then the silver.

What a great way to use a tiered platter! I’m taking note for sure.

Everything is better in threes. These little potted trees make a huge impact in their sleek white pots and shiny red beads. So simple individually but Ah-Mahzing together.

Here’s where things get a little more earthy. This would make a great Thanksgiving, Christmas or just seasonal table. Greenery down the middle, texture-y balls, bambooish dinnerware and what? A pop of red underneath.

Need a kids table? Here you go! So cute- it really hits the right note.

And then we come to this…

I am still so mad at Ikea for being out of those silver snowflake table runners, but I still love this table. Not too fussy, plenty of red and room for the important part FOOD!

This next one makes be almost wish I had not painted my black chargers gold.

This is the perfect mix of traditional Christmas with a big old heaping scoop of modern and plenty of texture in the napkins, faux sheep skin, and glasses in differing heights and weights.

They even remembered the little ones at this table.

I picked up a few items (NOT that table runner. Shame on you Ikea!) Just wait until I get my table all set. I bet you can’t guess what color it’s going to be!

Anyone else seen the Ikea Christmas this year? Are you all about the red too?

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Savannah, GA {Window Shopping}

Happy Friday! I think I still may be in a little bit of denial that my vacation is over, thus waiting like a month to tell you about the fantabulous shopping looking I did in Savannah. But today is the day your suspense ends (ha!) Let’s go shopping, shall we?

We spent a day in Savannah. It’s about an hour drive from Hilton Head and while it is completely worth it, one day is no where near enough. We still packed in as much as we could, which was a lot.

First stop and 99% of our purpose in Savannah: The Lady and Sons. I heart Paula so much and let me tell you her restaurant is well worth all the hype.

I made our reservation three weeks in advance. I have no idea if that was necessary but I made mine as soon as I had the date. Being in Savannah and not eating at Paula’s is like going to Disney World and not seeing the mouse- translation: sin.

We arrived a bit early and way hungry and they actually could seat us ahead of our reservation time- all the way up on the third floor. This place is serious. Everything is just so pretty. They even put a little sprig of mint in your tea. You know Paula likes to add “vegetables” where ever she can. Let me make it easy for you to decide what you want here…I’m not a fan of buffets but this place is not your average buffet. Get it, trust me. You get a choice of 3 desserts: Peach Cobbler, Banana pudding or… Gooey Butter Cake. Yes, please. Delish.

The Lady and Son’s is delicious and the service is even better. The entire staff is so warm, happy and helpful- from the gift shop, to the servers, to the bus boys. The famous “Jelly Roll” who is responsible for the bisuits and hoe-cakes even stopped by to see how we liked it. This really is southern hospitality at it’s finest. (let the record show, I love Paula’s cooking, but my mama still beats her on EVERYTHING!) So now it’s time for my second favorite past time (eating being #1) SHOPPING. Savannah’s shopping is almost as good as their food. I didn’t do much buying, but I did some serious browsing.

Savannah Bee Company was new to me. It’s on Broughton Street and absolutely beautiful. They have everything you can imagine made from honey and lots of samples that I couldn’t handle. Did you see what I ate right before? The door is actually what made me go in. How beautiful is this? Continuing down Broughton Street, we stopped at Clipper Trading Company housed an old store. The current stock is far from $.50 and $1.00 but it was beautiful. Just look at the rich details. Just down the street I found Villa Savannah. I loved everthing in there. If there was room in the car, this all would have been MINE!For bonus points, I actaully have these! I got then at Marshalls ($4.99!) and they’re on the gallery wall. And now for our feature presentation: I’ve only been to Savannah one other time, but that’s all it took to fall head-over-heels for the Paris Market. Here are just a few of my favorites…While I love the Paris Market, clearly, it is a bit expensive for me. I did bring home just a little something that you will see soon enough. I know the suspense will kill you :)

Off of Broughton Street, near the heart of SCAD I found this amazing little fabric store. Fabrika I wanted a yard of everything, but left empty handed. The embroidery hoop trend is one that I have not embraced, but after seeing their take on it, I may become a believer.

Whew! I warned you we packed a whole lot into our day! And guess what- that was not everything. There is still more to share, but I’ll wait for another day. You’re welcome :)

Have you been to Savannah? What’s your favorite spot and have you tried Paula’s Fried Chicken? Put it on your list for sure! Happy drooling :)

Impulse Upgrade: Lamps!

You can call me a lot of things, but impulse buyer is typically not one of them. I’m a fan of calculating expenses and ROI, bargain shopping, spreadsheets, and over thinking even the smallest purchases. This is exactly why my mama almost fell over in the middle of Home Goods last week when I unplugged a pair of lamps and headed to the checkout. I don’t even know who I am anymore.

In all fairness, I have been secretly wishing for new lamps for the living/dining room. I love my current lamps, but the more I looked at the black shades and shiny silver, the more I wanted to move them to the bedroom.

And the more I saw clear, big gourd-like based lamps with clean white shades, the more I coveted. So when I saw the ones at Home Goods, it was love at first light. I pulled the plug trigger and paid $49.99 each.

Robb was beyond proud of my impulse purchase- really, he was. My dining and living rooms are much improved. What do you think? I love that they have some visual weight without being too heavy or dark.

I walk by them 15 times a day and tell them how perfect they are. We are so happy together. (sigh)

BFF Staycation, Part 3: Project Projecterson (and a teeny more shopping)

We have finally reached the end of our little BFF excursion. I am almost as tired as the first time around, but it’s also just as worth it.

This next one is going to go pretty quickly because the real exciting part is the project. We made a stop at Southeastern Salvage which I lurve with all my decorating heart. We found lots of goodies we wish we could have taken home like…So we didn’t really want to take it home but we did love the details. This would be perfect (in someone else’s house) 

Sometimes the lighting section is pretty bare, not true on this trip. Here are just a few of our favorites…

This one was beautiful and came really close to going home with Sarah. Really, it was on sale and she stared it down like a menu full of grilled cheese but the shade looked like it had some water damage so we hung our heads and walked away. Stupid stain.Fortunately, I don’t have kids or a place for this sofa. If I had both I might be willing to give my first born for this nailhead trim. It’s ok, go ahead and sigh with me. 

I really do love that little couch, but please know I was joking about the first born thing. It would have to include at least a chair for that :)

If I didn’t offend you with that little joke, let’s give it a try with sports. We’re in Nashville. Sarah lives here and I’m about 30 minutes away. Nashville is home of the Titans but to be honest with you, I’m kind of over them. I may change my mind eventually, but for now I’m looking for a new team. And with their new quarterback, I must say that this team is looking even better :)

Who doesn’t need a rug for the J-E-T-S- Jets! Jets! Jets :)

Back to serious shopping. Add both of these to the list of items I should have bought. These baskets were like $19 and the bread tray was $13. Non-Buyers remorse again! And I dont know where I would put these, but I am seeing them all over the internet and magazines. They are fun. 

Now for the fun part. What you have all been waiting for- our little project. I told you way, way back when that Sarah bought these great curtains from World Market and I even made it one of my goals of 2012 to help her hang them. Here’s a little reminder of what they look like.

Pretty huh? I told you before that Sarah is an excellent cook, but she’s also an excellent decorator and painter so you can imagine the beautiful colors she has in her house. Maybe we’ll show you some more of those someday but for now, take a look at the color she picked for her master bedroom.

That’s Valspar’s Woodlawn Valley Haze from Lowe’s and I think it is sooo pretty. Her bedroom ceiling slopes way up on one side so the darker color was absolutely perfect in there. Just like her curtains are absolutely perfect with the color. See what I mean? 

She picked a simple ORB rod from Ross that really work with the gauzy light panels. 

The windows are on the short side of her room so we hung them super high to balance it all out. I happen to think they are gorgeous! They’re light and airy and casual yet dramatic and glamorous all at the same time. My BFF did so good! 
(Just a little side note here- does anyone watch Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis? I LLLLOOOVVVVEEE Jeff and I’m one episode behind but I was looking at the gallery. Did The Jeff Lewis use these same panels in the after? Someone please confirm this for me!)

Back to Sarah, she’s still looking for the perfect new bedding and putting together a little gallery wall that I cannot wait to see how that turns out but I happen to think this all looks fantabulous as it is. So, you can admit it, you’re jealous of how awesome my painting, decorating, waffle making BFF is, aren’t you? I know I am, but I’m the lucky one that gets to keep her around :)

Psstt… Did you miss parts 1 and 2 of our fun day? Check those out here and here.

My Kind of March Madness: Flea Market 101

I hope you’re not tired of hearing about the Nashville Flea Market already because it happens again this weekend and I’m headed that way with my BFF! If you’ve spent 3 seconds at home sweet here, you know that I love me some flea market (if this is your first visit, welcome and take a look here or here to learn more about my obsession.)

For those of you that are anti-flea market, don’t stop reading here. This is kind of for you. When I am bragging about all of my fabulous flea market finds, a lot of people tell me they’ve tried it and just can’t find anything. They don’t get how to look. So, when I went in February, I did some shopping for you. I found so many great things that I think you’ll like and hopefully, you’ll be inspired and I’ll see you there this weekend, loaded down with goodies.

First and foremost, you have to see the rehab potential and look past redon’ts. For example- look at the shape, size and sturdiness of these chairs. Ignore the awful fabric and silver spray paint. These chairs were $35 for the set (read that again, $35 for the SET, like 4 chairs) and make-over gold.

Laugh at the oddities, but try not to have nightmares. I’m all for seeing potential, but who would buy this?

If Pinterest is your crack, consider the flea market your dealer. Old door knobs to make the perfect coat hanger deal, check. Furniture pulls, check. Skeleton Keys, check. Mason jars, check.

What about these lanterns? Clean and paint them and they’re better than Pottery Barn. I would love these in a bright color, lighting my patio steps. Pretty!Industrial lights are everywhere. Including the flea market. Look at how huge these are? I’m sure they could be rewired and cleaned up and make the perfect obnoxiously large pendant light. (thanks mama for modeling next to it so we can see how HUGE these are!)You’ll find pretty new stuff, too. These bunnies were almost too cute to resist. I heart bunnies.

Everyone needs a seasoned cast iron skillet. Period. You will find plenty here for great prices. Mmmmmm, cornbread. 

Ever break a crystal off your chandelier or lamp. I have really. Well someone else broke one off a lamp carrying it out of the flea market for me. This is where your find your replacement. Or your inspiration for a little gaudy project.

Back to some oddities. Please laugh with me. 

Why did the chicken cross the road? To go home with you. These are not quite my style, but if I liked to decorate with chickens, these are as cute as they get. And here is Robb’s birthday present. Shhhh, don’t tell. Love the shape of these lamps- paint, a new light kit, and pretty shades and these are so perfect, Taylor Swift may write a song about them. Look for unusual items. Like these puppies. I wanted them so much, but not $35 much. Let’s talk Linens. Etsy has a bajillion people making the cutest little aprons you’ve ever seen. Unless you’ve been here. These are old, homemade and they ooze with character. And they’re cheap! Speaking of linens, hankies are so stinking cute and only $2. These babies are not just for nose blowing. 

Especially this one. If my name even had a C in it I would buy this and frame it. This is beautifulMetal is also in abundance. My BFF got some coppery tiles like this several years ago here for her half bath. They are beautiful. I copied her in my half bath, but mine came from Hobby Lobby and don’t have near the character. Sarah wins. The flea market wins. Notice the bull head in the corners if both of these pictures? Why do I want that? 

For Swamp People watchers- “Choot-em, Liz-beth”I heart the flea market, obviously. It’s frugal, original, and I really think everyone could find something. Each month is different and some are much better than others. But hopefully you’re starting to see what it has to offer. There are 2 things left for you to do.

1. give the flea market a try this weekend and

2. raise the roof if you love it.