I enjoyed dreaming up my perfect New Year's Eve outfit, but, I feel like truth must be told: I am not much of a NYE partier. My perfect NYE is a night with friends cooking up something good, drinking something warm, followed by some bubbly. So that is just what we will do!
This week has been great. Lots of time to get cleaning and house projects done, while finding plenty of time to enjoy some R&R! My baseboards are sparkling, the brussel sprouts were a hit and today my bookcase in the master bedroom will be a beautiful gold (then I can finally add my Christmas gift)! Its been quite the cozy week, which makes me want to dress cozy as well!
I am lucky to have inherited my love for interior design from my mom! She looked at my Christmas list and knew just the things that I would love to have in our sweet home!
One of my absolute favorite blogs is I Suwanee. I love her eclectic, pattern mixing taste! She also has an interiors store in Raleigh, NC and online! There were three beauties waiting under the tree for me Christmas morning!
This amazing pillow will look great in the center of the couch surrounded by
two large animal print pillows. It fits right into my plan!
This large python tray will replace the basket on our Ikea hack coffee table.
And lastly, these sweet Straffordshire dogs will for now go
in our master bedroom on top of the book case.
I love all of Jamie's stuff! So, might as well keep the wishlist going right?
gold beetle for on top a stack of books, peacocks for my bookshelf, spotted pillow,
lucite coral for the coffee table tray, wine magenta pillow, ahh! that side table,
Hope y'all had a relaxing few days of celebration!
We sure did, it was wonderful to be with family!
Have y'all seen this precious DIY platter floating around pinterest lately? I am loving it! I think I even have a platter that I can use sitting in my cabinet, platters were a hot wedding gift for us!
Voila! Your own easy to personalize platter.
Every year my siblings and I take a picture together for my mama for a Christmas present. We do the whole thing start to finish and give it to her framed. We have been doing it for about 10 years now, and it is so fun to see the changes. And, this year of course we got to add another person! I can't wait to add other spouses and children along the way.
I am a southern girl through and through, which means I have always lived by the rule no white after labor day. And I can see my grandmama cringe as I type this, but I am coming around! The right white can work year around.
I have been loving the wedge booties craze! But, I had not added any into my closet until last week when I walked into target and spotted these. You better believe I snatched them up in a hurry! Although, I do love the exposed sole on the Dolce Vita option (and steve madden here),
The fabrics came for my parson chair project! I love them! You cant beat a classic linen and black with dog silhouettes, and then teal velvet lumbar pillows--yum! Can't wait to get it all finished,
I think it will have to wait til after Christmas, though.
In between the two parsons is a cute little candlestick table that I fixed up. I was inspired by West Elm's gold dipped table. I painted the table classic teal by valspar, then covered it with a pillow case, taped off the legs and sprayed them with Krylon metallic gold.
Above the two chairs I have a beautiful replica of one of my favorite Van Gogh's
They sure have some funky stuff, but I cant help but stare at it.
Check it out, what is your favorite? Here are my top three:
Just a reminder that today is the last day to sign up for the last giveaway of 2011. A year subscription to Charleston Magazine! Wish I could win this one myself. You do not have to be from the Charleston area to enjoy this publication. Think elle decor meets martha stewart. Head on over to make it yours!
We are doing all of our wrapping this year in craft paper. It leaves so many possibilities for creativity! Plus I hate storing wrapping paper, I mean hate! I just found that one of my favorite Australian artists who is the brains behind these beauties--
is offering printable gift tags! Go over to her blog and thank her yourself!
Well, this Christmas is my first buying for a mother and a mother-in-law, I must say they both have excellent taste! But, still sometimes I need a little jump start as to what to buy them. I have put together this little helpful guide for when buying for the mamas, mother-in-laws and aunts in your life, although I would take one of each!
I could not be more thrilled to welcome Emily today. She is the brains behind one of my favorites blogs! I was so excited for yall when she agreed to share a gift giving guide for teens! Not only because they can be hard to shop for, but also because you can now head over to her blog and make it one of your daily reads!
Hello all! I'm Emily from Recently, and I'm so pleased to be here today sharing my gift guide for teens with you! Lowlife Couture is one of my new favorite blogs, and I have a serious crush on Becca's casually cool way of showing us her world.Hopefully my gift guide of five favorites for the teen in your life will live up to that Lowcountry style we all know and love!
1. Rhinestone Friendship Bracelets- Give her the gift of friendship with a bracelet that shines as much as her! Similar styles here, here & here
5. Ban.do Heart- This festive sparkler will make her the life of the party!
If you're anything like me, the teens in your life are usually the hardest to buy for. I'm quite certain that, this year, it's all about making her shine. You might even want to do a little shining yourself with some of the beauties on the list. I, for one, may be snatching up a few bracelets for myself!
Becca, thank you so much for having me today! I hope you all enjoyed my list and that you each have a holiday that shines!
And don't forget to get in on this weeks giveaway! I promise you want this...
I have a couple guest bloggers popping in this week to share some gift giving guides! I am so excited to first share with you Kim from Keller-Creative. Another Lowcountry girl!!
Hi, I'm Kim from Keller-Creative and I'm so excited to be sharing some of my gift guide for the Christmas Host. I love to entertain and would love to receive any of these gifts...
1 A Wishes Ornament from Red Envelope
2 For your dog lover host, some great treats for Fido
3 A Monogrammed Hand Towel from West Elm
4 Doesn't every bottle of wine need a Tory Burch Wine Cozy?
5 You can't go wrong with See's Candy
6 A guidebook for all things Holiday Entertaining
7 A rosemary topiary is a gift that smells good no matter what the season
8 A gorgeous holiday candle
Thanks for having me Becca and letting me share some of my favorite gifts to give this holiday season!
Thanks, Kim! I want to host a party just to receive some of this goodness!
And yall don't forget to get in on this week's giveaway!! It is a great one!
This is a good one, you won't want to miss it. Over the last few weeks we have had some amazing sponsors step up to offer some great giveaways. Well, this week I wanted to do something for yall. To thank you for the great encouragement and support, as I began this blog less than three months ago! It is so fun, I am having a blast tackling the world of design!
So, to thank yall, one reader will receive a year subscription to one of my favorite publications Charleston Magazine! It is full of fashion, interior design, recipes, inspiring articles, art, history-- ahhh all the good stuff! I know this will make a perfect gift for you or for someone on your list. And you don't have to live in the Lowcountry to appreciate the goodness found in Charleston Magazine, trust me, I see these on coffee tables around the country!
I love a good 'cerci'! And, I might love that term even more. I did not learn of it til living in the Lowcountry, but it has been described to me as a gift for no reason, just a little pick me up! Who does not love that?
Well, this cerci was introduced to me by a childhood friend when she came to visit, and let me just tell you it is awesome! A perfect cerci for this winter, or a great gift to take to neighbors or a Christmas host!
Spiced Chai Tea Mix:
• 3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
• 1 ½ cups sugar
• 1 cup unsweetened instant tea
• ¾ cup vanilla powdered nondairy creamer
• 1 ½ tsp ground ginger
• 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
• ½ tsp ground cardamom
• ½ tsp ground cloves
• Whipped cream (optional)
Combine all dry ingredients in a mixer or food processor, blend until powdery. Store in dry airtight container for up to 6 months.
Stir in three heaping tablespoons into one mug of hot water! Enjoy!
Well this weekend we headed off with my best friends (referred to as 'The Grannies') and all the men in our life for some great fellowship and to pick out our Christmas trees! It was the best weekend ever. So blessed!
We were off to breakfast and to find our perfect tree...
It took me a little while to pick the beauty out, but not as long as Anna and Ryan I might add! Since this is our first tree there was a lot of pressure to make it perfect! It didn't take much to out-do my husband's tree from his bachelor life, that was a fake walmart tree that he wired the ornaments onto so he didn't have to decorate it!
A little 4 wheeler adventure
We hugged and kissed on this sweet little girl a whole lot
Then, we said goodbye to our dear friends and headed home to set up our tree! After cutting off at least 18 inches it is up and decorated!
My favorite ornament:
Gamecock Football and DIY invitation ornament
I also did a few other DIY ornaments, they are still drying, so pictures will come later. You can check out my friends Anna's over at A Newfound Treasure.
I love Christmas trees, but I must say my favorite Christmas decoration is this sweet Nativity scene brought back to my years ago when my parents went to Israel.