The Golden Ticket

This Thanksgiving I will be a guest, not a host and I have to say I kinda feel like I got the golden ticket.

We will stay local and spend the day with my husbands family.  I will be bringing desserts and after starting with an offer of 4 pies I have switched to an apple and pear crisp and cookies.  Turns out there are others who want to bring dessert too and there are only so many pies you want to see after eating a big meal.

Last year this time I was posting pics of my Thanksgiving table

and collecting brining recipes. 

This year things have been heating up at the new location of my store so I am more than happy to play guest and let my attention stay focused on the busiest time of the year for No. 299.

The one down side to being a guest is that my house is a mess.  Hosting a holiday is the BEST way to get your house into ship shape!  It's a terrific kick in the pants and we have customers buying tables, lamps, votives, mirrors and wall decor to prove it.  We no sooner unpack a new delivery than it walks out the door to its new home.

So while I kinda love holding the golden ticket my house is not the better for it.  I guess there is always Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


Yes or No... are you a fan of home goods?

I must admit I am a fan of Home Goods.

I will preface this by saying there are some things I just would NOT buy at Home Goods.  Like furniture that would be used by my (or my clients) family...pieces that would get lots of wear and tear like  couches, upholstered chairs, dining room and kitchen chairs.  But there are many items I would definitely buy for my home (or clients).

I popped in today to return 2 lamps that I desperately wanted to work but couldn't and to search for a coffee table for a client's finished basement.  That yielded a rectangular, upholstered bench in lieu of a wood or metal table.  I liked the dimensions and knew it would work better than a bulky piece AND would still handle feet resting on top.  I dropped it off to my client telling her to place a tray on one side for a secure surface for drinks and what not.

I then proceeded to wander through the holiday aisles.  You would think that owning a home decor store would cure my infatuation with anything home but it really hasn't.  Not yet at least.  Home Goods is bursting with holiday trimmings and I sure did get goose bumps. 

The only thing I bought for myself was wrapping paper.  Did you happen to see my Instagram post on the rolls of wrapping paper? 

I have a thing with gift paper.  Funny because I have a phobia of wallpaper...hate the commitment.  But I LOVE wrapping paper.  

I am digressing.

I believe the key to shopping Home Goods is a discerning eye.   Knowing the difference between what piece is going to look great in your home and what piece is going to look well, like you got it at Home Goods.  

I have been know to accompany clients on a Home Goods shopping trip (or 2) and we did score BIG with lamps, mirrors, benches, etc.  I know some of you may be saying but you sell all that at No. 299.  You are right, I do.  But the reality is I cannot keep that kind of inventory and variety in the store.  

Recently on a Home Goods field trip I bumped into 2 customers.  I was deep in thought, tape measure in hand but I didn't hide from them.  I stopped, we chatted.  It's good to know that home decor can be found anywhere...you just need the discerning eye!


pining for a rich shade of velvet

I can't seem to get these rich colors out of my mind lately.  I have been dreaming about incorporating a deep shade of velvet somewhere into my home.

While I would love to see a velvet sofa or settee in my living space somewhere...

...I think it would be wise to stick with smaller tidbits.  

I would love to recover the bench cushion in my entry way w/ navy or moss green velvet.  And I think it would be gorgeous to find a teal velvet-y cover for my bed.

I did a little research and found these velvet quilts at West Elm.   How would you choose when there are so many beautiful colors?

This emerald green is beautiful too.  I love that the quilting gives it a vintage vibe and the velvet a touch of luxury.

At a bare minimum I will need to add a few velvet pillows to my current couch.


Third floor bath is complete

I realized I haven't yet posted pics of the final bath reveal.  I have been dragging my feet because I haven't  hung anything up on the walls yet.  

Good news is the water is all hooked up, the sink, toilet AND tub are all functional....YEAH!

And I have even admired my handy work twice from a hot, soapy tub soak! 

It's come so far from the outdated vibe we looked at for 8 years.  Here is an original picture.

And here is the same view now.

I am finding the white to be so refreshing.

I think the last bathroom post showed unpainted walls and a mirror sitting in the bathtub.  You will be happy to know this is now the view from my son's room.

 The small pedestal sink works well in the space and I even love that all the pipes are exposed.  It feels like something you would expect from a third floor bath under the eaves in an older home.

The drum mirror from the store helps to add to the rustic look.  May goal was to mix metals in this space and I think given the white walls it all works nicely.

The light fixtures were mentioned in an earlier post and while I am still experimenting with light bulbs (edison vs. bright white) I love that they are both the same and are on 2 separate switches.

The shelves were once a door into the eaves and I asked the handyman to turn the door into a removable shelf that would allow us to access the wires.

I have to fess up that I stole this idea from my neighbor Betsey who is uber talented.  Such a smart way to make more space when it is limited.  

My son has a collection of pocket knifes, one has found its way onto the 2nd shelf.  I couldn't bear to throw out the original tub faucet so for now it sits on the top shelf.

All the bathroom accouterments can find a home on the shelves.  And I couldn't resist finding a hand towel and wash cloth that looked fun rolled up on the shelf.  I love the feel of organic, simple colors in this space.  I cleaned out an amber colored glass candle vessel and filled it with cotton balls.

The metal bucket on the bottom shelf is a cute way to store additional rolls of toilet paper.

I promise to hang the black and white KINDNESS MATTERS sign.  It was in the other side of the 3rd floor but I brought it into the bathroom and think that is where is will ultimately live.