Monday, September 27, 2010

Are you ready for Christmas?

Lux Art in Sarasota is!  Lux art is a wholesale silk floral company that offers high end floral arrangements to the trade.  Over the weekend I had the pleasure to visit the Lux Art warehouse for their Christmas Open House.  I was greeted with a red and white striped tent full of previously discounted Christmas decor that was an additional 50% off!  Girls, I got the shakes!!!!!  I am kicking myself for not taking more pics of all the sale items!

Here are a few pics....

They were still unpacking the boxes when we got there.

I really hit the jackpot on a few items that I will share in a future post.  In the meantime come take a tour of the Lux Art showroom.  There were at least 50 trees decked out. 
WARNING:  This will be a photo intensive tour!

I wanted these so bad.  The $95 per stem price tag was a deal breaker!

The top hat came home with mom!  It will be perfect on her Circus themed tree!

These balls were at least 3' tall!

I just loved the fairies and their fun chairs.

Love the chest!  Can you tell that those are Santos type angels?

This turned out to be my favorite section!  I love the colors, mermaids, flamingos and of course the fun
50's mannequin just makes me smile!
I wish I would have taken a pic of her backside!  It was complete with buttons to give her the cellulite look!

I hope you got a little taste of the showroom!  If you are ever in the Sarasota area, you must visit.
Christmas is just around the corner!  I can't wait.

I have been working at a store in town helping decorate.  I can't wait to show you some pics of what has occupied my time lately!

Come back soon!  Saturday I will start a fantastic giveaway!  You will not want to miss out!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

My To Do List

It has been a crazy week and I have not gotten much done.  Between baseball, volleyball, PTA, FFA, School Open House, a part time job, becoming a hunting widow, cleaning house, grocery shopping... You get the picture!
I decided to write my To-Do list so that I would be more focused on what projects I have that need to get done. It is very overwhelming.  When will I find the time?  OK reality sets in and I know that I will get this done one day.  Here is the list..

  1. Paint Molly's desk and find a chandelier for her room.
  2. Complete the back porch and add a conversation set.
  3. Decorate for fall.
  4. Paint the china cabinet.
  5. Re-grout the master bath.
  6. Paint the cabinets in the master bath.
  7. Paint the walls & ceiling in the master bath.
  8. Change the lighting in the master bath.
  9. Build a built in cabinet for the living room.
  10. Add cabinets in the garage.
I am going to stop at 10!  Babysteps, I keep telling myself.  Some of these goals are easily achieved, but some I know may not happen for quite some time.  But at least I have set some goals.

In the meantime, here is a peek into Molly's room.  We did a makeover for her birthday last December. 
She went from sweet shabby chic to sassy hot pink!

 Until next time...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Remember when?

I showed you this?  And said she would be coming home with me soon?

Well, she didn't.  But her friend did!!  Here is the story of how I got my swans.

I grew up with two swans.  I don't remember a childhood memory in our house without the two swans.
They sat on a ledge in our house and cast a shadow at night that could be seen from my parents room.
I used to wake my mom up at night because of those shadows!

Well they were in my mom's house for a long time and my step-dad even took some paint to them.
But I rescued them from the attic and brought them home to have a happy life with my family.
The swans came from Spiegel over 25-30 years ago.

Here is the before complete with bronze paint.

The transformation begins

One simple coat of paint was all it needed.

Then I distressed it with a light sanding and added some definition with Valspar glaze and acrylic paint.

Do you see his broken tail feather? This happened when I was about 8! 
They have been around for a while!

So what do you think?
Not bad for an old hand me down!

I am linking up with Between Naps on the Porch  for Metamorphosis Monday
A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesdays
House of Grace for Twice owned Tuesdays
Domestically Speaking for the Power of Paint Party
Faded Charm for White Wednesday

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mom's Living Room

Previously I have shared with you my mom's house.  She recently got new furniture and I wanted to share a few pics of her living room.  I think it is absolutely gorgeous and best of all very comfortable. 
This is a thought out room that serves to be comfortable and offer plenty of seating options.

Notice the antique fish bowl behind the Bergere Chair?  It was my great-grandmothers.

The accessories lend a nod to the circus and of course Disney. 
The mirrors really make the room larger and brighter.

I hope you enjoyed another room in Mom's house. 
To see Pappy's office go here.
To see the Guest Suite go here.
To see the Kitchen go here.

I am linking up with:
Color Outside the Lines for Vignette Fridays (I have a new blog crush!)
A Stroll thru life for Tabletop Tuesdays
Under the Table & Dreaming for Sunday Showcase
Bargain Hunting with Laurie for A few of my Favorite Things


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Round Table

My family spent Labor Day Weekend at my Mom's house in Sarasota.  We shared a few meals at the round table.  So I thought I would share it with you. 

This is a simple tablescape with Pfaltzgraff Heritage White dinnerware, simple wine glasses, tropical water goblets and highlights of silver.  I love the contrast of the white against the dark table.

We did have a small hiccup deciding on what the use as the centerpiece.  The centerpiece started with a large gold pear.  My step dad made a trip to the grocery store while we were trying to make up our mind and came home with some pretty pink flowers.  Thank you Pappy! We made a change halfway through with a silver water pitcher and pink poseys!  I loved both of them...

Pappy made an appearance on "The Crusty Nest!"

Thanks Lolo & Pappy!  We had a great time!

I am linking up with:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursdays
The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesdays