A red and white Christmas giveaway and fabulous teacher gifts!


Wow, I don’t know about you, but I’m up to my ears in school parties, teacher gifts and the last few Christmas details.  Today, I’m heading out to the Christmas parties for both of my girls and then there’s only 1 more day before they are out of school for 2 weeks.  I’m really looking forward to hanging out with them and not running around like crazy people every day.  But, back to the to do list.  Last night, I finished up my teacher gifts which were inspired by this post by Pam.  Here’s how my Ikea lanterns turned out.


Ikea lanterns

This was such a great deal.  The lanterns were $8, the etching was $5, the candle was $2 and the decoration was $1.  ( I owned the ribbon.) How’s that for $16 per gift?  I love how they turned out.


Here’s a closeup of the etching.  I think this really added a lot to the overall look.  In the South, we like to monogram everything!


Now, on to my other project, you can see that there’s a color theme going on with this post.  I seem to be drawn to red and white this year.  You’ll see a lot of it in my kitchen when I give you a tour of my home on Friday.  But today, we’re talking about you.  It’s giveaway time!


Christmas giveaway

I took my love of red and white and put together a collection of Christmas goodies just for you.  There’s a set of 4 stockings from Ballard Designs, 1 yd of ribbon, a 5ft snowflake garland, a dotted metal bucket, set/6 peppermint scented tea lights, sparkly bowl filler and the cutest snowman angel you’ve ever seen.

I wanted each of you to know how thankful I am for your support.  The blog has taken a back seat to my design business lately, but you are always there for me with your kind comments.  And for those of you who don’t comment, no worries, I’m just glad you’re here.

So, this is for you!  All you have to do to enter the giveaway is follow my blog and comment on this post.  You can get another entry by posting about this on your Facebook page and twitter and then come back over and post another comment, so I know you did it!  The giveaway will end 1 week from today on 12/28.  I’ll announce the winner on Friday, 12/30.

You all mean the world to me.  I wish you a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.

Take care and see you on Friday for a tour of the Christmas touches in my home!

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Sneak peak of Saturday's office install and some exciting news!

Hello friends, I have to say I’m feeling a bit more sane at the start of this week versus the past few weeks.  The Christmas list is shorter, not finished, but much shorter.  There are some final decorating touches around the house, a whole lot of gift wrapping and Christmas dinner meal planning to be done.  Even though there’s still a lot to do, I’m really feeling the spirit of the season, so it all seems a bit more manageable now.  (Check back with me on Wednesday and see if I’m still sane, but at this point, I’m all good!)

The weekend was good as well.  I spent Saturday installing a home office project.  It’s not completely finished, but I thought I’d share a few pics with you today.  (Yes, you have to read the whole post to get to the exciting part!)


This is the office before.  Nice built ins, but the wall color really did nothing to compliment all of the stained wood in the small space.  So, changing the paint color was the first step.


new paint

What a difference a paint color can make, huh?  I also removed the desk return to open up the space.



Here are the built ins with added accessories and storage.  There are still a few changes to come here, but you get the idea.  More later…



One of the biggest changes came on this wall.  Here’s the before shot.



And the after.  I’ll apologize right now for the quality of the photo.  It was so sunny outside that it was really difficult to get a good shot.  But, don’t you just love those window treatments?  They make a huge difference in the space, as they always do.  They add texture and the color palette of citrine and gray is one of my favorites right now.



A closeup of the pillow in the gray pinstripe velvet chair.


desk top

I added very few items to the desk top, but I wanted to make sure that the items I did add were functional and special to my client.  A treasured photo will be added to the frame, a clock with a traditional feel to balance out the modern desk and the sweet little zebra from my client’s collection.

So, what do you think?  Do you like the changes?  I’ll share more photos soon.  I still have a gallery wall to finish as well as a few more accessories and storage pieces.

Oh, and now for the exciting news.  There will be a Christmas giveaway on Wednesday!!  I know, I know, I almost missed it, but who doesn’t love a gift this time of year and it can be just for you!  So, stay tuned.  I promise you won’t be disappointed. 🙂