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christmas home tour

Thursday, December 24th, 2015


i always love my tiny apartment (at least when it’s clean and i’m not complaining about the lack of closet space) and i’m really excited for some fun redecoration plans i have for the new year. but, it’s safe to say that i never love my apartment as much as i do at christmas time. so today, from me to you, here are a few snaps of my own home this christmas. i’ve had the most fun decorating this year and really worked to simplify my decor and de-clutter a bit (the struggle is real in a tiny apartment). the result has made me very happy and i’ve enjoyed these decorations probably more than any other year thus far.

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i went a little crazy with the evergreen boughs, which i actually got for free from lowes when then cut them off the bases of their real trees (most hardware stores and tree farms will give you their cuttings for free if you ask). it looks pretty adorning the mantel and a little out of control on the mirror (i’m not mad about it though), but making those garlands from crude tree trimmings was messy and so very sappy/sticky. i’m surprised i didn’t ruin my carpet and in the future, projects like that will be done outside. i also had a lot of fun collecting all the brass candlesticks, found at local yard sales and thrift stores. none of them cost more than $3 and they’re nice to have to rotate into decor year-round because brass is pretty classic and candlesticks are nice for entertaining. i’m particularly smitten with the brass sconces i added above the fireplace, which will stay year-round from here on out.

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so there you have it – merry christmas from my tiny little home to yours! i pray that the hope and joy of Christ’s coming will be present in your homes and hearts over the next few days. i am overwhelmed with the glorious gift of His coming in our broken world.

light ’em up up up

Sunday, January 5th, 2014


on thursday i was really bummed out about the holidays being over. like REALLY bummed. so bummed i made my friend sarah go eat mexican with me and ate so much that i still wasn’t feeling great on friday morning. generally (as much as i love christmas) once the new year hits, i’m ready to say goodbye to the christmas decs and music and hallmark movies, but this year, i’m still pretty unhappy about it. i resent whomever’s fault it was that there was one less week of christmas season this year. that was a cheap trick.

anyway, in an effort to curb my depression, i wandered anthropologie on thursday night after mexican (i was wearing bright yellow rain boots and could barely stand up straight i was so full and i’m pretty sure the sales girl really hated me) and picked up a few new candles for the house since all i have been burning lately are ones that smell like fresh christmas trees. voluspa candles are my favorites there and i figured i’d share my two favorite ones (both part of the japonica collection) as they smell incredible, burn forever and have a nice coconut oil wax that burns really cleanly without any of that black soot.


crane flower reigns supreme for my overall house scent. you know that wonderful smell when you walk into anthro? i think this candle is more reminiscent of that smell than any of the better-known capri blue candles. this scent is apparently inspired by the birds of paradise flower, and is a combination of birds of paradise nectar, grapefruit, geranium and lavender.


mokara is my favorite scent for my bedroom. a combination of mokara orchid, white lily and spring moss, it smells light, clean, and really fresh and feminine.

both of these candles come (in small and large sizes) in textured glass jars that look as pretty as they smell. you can pick up a small tester version of both of these for just $10 at anthro, and i doubt you’ll be sorry.

as a fun side note, if you visit the voluspa website, you’re greeted with a lovely classical sonata that sounds like it’s straight off the pride and prejudice movie soundtrack and a photo on the main page of the custom candle they created for kim kardashian’s sham of a wedding a few years ago. i’d probably take that down at this point if i were them, but whatever. anyway, happy rainy sunday afternoon!

image credit: 1.@wearegoodstock on instagram 2-3.candle delirium

my christmas house

Thursday, December 26th, 2013


christmas at my house is basically my favorite. it’s kind of depressing how much trouble it is to decorate so extensively for a mere three weeks, but it’s still worth it. thankfully, because i choose not to use red or really any bright colors this time of year, a lot of it is also relevant to the rest of the winter, which makes some of the un-decorating a bit less painful in january. if it were up to me, i’d put up these decorations in october, but alas. i won’t bore you with too much narration here – enjoy a little glimpse of christmas at my teeny-tiny house!

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monday mums

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

why is it that when you get out of a habit, it’s much harder to get back in the swing of things? runway has been finished for two weeks now (best two weeks of the year so far) and i’ve so been looking forward to blogging again, but as it’s no longer a part of my routine, i’m spending a lot of time thinking about my blog and not a lot of time actually blogging. with three major grant deadlines at work this week, however, i’m thankful that blogging is something that i can do when i’m in the mood and no one is forcing me to write when i don’t feel like it. there are few things in life without rules and obligations and i’m glad that this is one of them.
in the meantime, above is a photo of my coffee table currently (the last surviving buds from my lovely runway bouquets), and i’ve made a new playlist, to which i’ve been listening pretty much nonstop. it’s lazy and lovely as we wrap up these last few weeks of winter-with-an-identity-crisis. much more to come, including what i learned from co-chairing runway (a lot) and a few recent great deals. thanks for hanging in there with me!

p.s. in a random side note, the top book in this stack is one of my favorite possessions – it’s a book of henry wadsworth longfellow poems from 1898. it’s in surprising good condition considering its age and has a number of items stuffed in the pages (newspaper clippings, church bulletins, a funeral program for an infant) that are all dated between 1900 – 1910. i love thinking about who owned this book before me, what their life was like, and how the lovely words on its pages are still meaningful and timeless. while we’re at it, the book below it is a 1950’s unabridged version of victor hugo’s les miserables (my favorite book) and the one below that is an old collection of cezanne’s sketches and paintings. the final book isn’t old, but is a stunning photography collection of france’s lavender fields. all of these books came from the goodwill. go figure.

blog to book

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

tonight i got home very late and this little baby was waiting on my front stoop thanks to amazon and their free two-day shipping. if you don’t already read design sponge, it’s time that you start. i can not wait to find ten minutes to sit down, drink some wine and flip through these pages. it’s going to make me want to redecorate my entire house, but you know…

i’ve really missed blogging lately. runway for the ballet has been taking up nearly every moment of my free time, but i’m looking forward to a little peace and quiet this weekend. more to come soon!

hometown holiday

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

the historic downtown concord holiday tour of homes was much more enjoyable than the charlotte one, to be honest. downtown concord is so sweet and boasts a lot of really beautiful historic homes. i love them and going inside them and enjoying all of their historic quirks and impressive renovations is so much fun. especially when your mom buys you a homemade peppermint ice cream cone at the cabarrus creamery after you’re done.

home #1 had the most fantastic art collection – including a lot of local artists – and was almost condemned before the current owners gutted and renovated the entire thing. very impressive.

my favorite pieces in the house – totally smitten.

 the cannon house, one of concord’s oldest and most well-known homes is for sale and can be yours for just 1.3 million. and just when you weren’t sure how to spend your christmas cash. you’re welcome.

my favorite home on the tour:

the dining room was the best, however i didn’t get a very good picture.

quite possibly my dream kitchen. my entire house could fit in this room.

love big prints in small spaces. this wallpaper was top-notch.

house #3 is also a favorite – i spent two summers nannying for the family that lived here at the time. it’s lovely and it was fun seeing the changes that the new owner has made over the last few years.

the owner collects antique british tapestries like the one shown here. cool.

quite possibly the sweetest girl’s room ever.

and i would really love it if this were my bedroom.

more gorgeous powder room wallpaper.
some shots from a few other homes on the tour…

yes, that’s a silver leaf ceiling. stunning.

my most favorite house in concord. if it were for sale (and i could afford it) i would live there. wish it had been on the tour so i could see inside!

love this living room (above and below).

why, yes, that is a coffee maker in the bathroom. genius.

i also used to nanny for the family that lives here. i didn’t take a lot of photos (it was crowded), but the home is also one of my very favorites. it’s so quaint and cozy with a great backyard. and, in case you’re interested, the front yard is a great place for sword fighting with a five-year-old.

stay tuned for my christmas house tour!

it’s christmas time in the city

Monday, December 26th, 2011

merry christmas! i had an absolutely extraordinary holiday with my family, and i cannot believe how blessed we are. i fully recognize that christmas was yesterday, however, i completely believe that christmas/the holiday season should be celebrated just as exuberantly between now and epiphany (january 4th), so i intend to do so with a fun queue of christmas blog posts over the next week or so. merry christmas from me to you.

over the past few weeks, i have had the opportunity to go on two christmas home tours. i don’t know about you, but i am extremely nosy when it comes to pretty houses. being able to go in people’s homes and snoop through their rooms and decor style is guaranteed to be enjoyable, even when the decorating style isn’t my own taste. don’t you agree? visiting people’s homes as a guest (or home tour ticket holder) is way more fun than peeking in the windows. but, um, i don’t do that kind of thing. really.

first up, the fourth ward charlotte home tour. the fourth ward consists of the northwest tip of uptown and features some truly beautiful historic homes and very cool new spaces as well. honestly, while i love the area, i wasn’t extremely enthralled with most of the homes on the tour. the decor was rather uninspiring and unchristmas-y with the exception of a few spaces below. rather than bore you with the details, enjoy some lovely photos and forgive my extreme inability to take adequate night photos.

there were hand-bell players on the porch of this home. it was lovely.

alexander michael’s is the sweetest, coziest neighborhood tavern.

and now, my favorite home on the tour…

the original house was moved in the 1970’s and placed sideways to fit on this lot. the front door is actually on the side and it’s excellent.


i am dying over all the built-ins. so fantastic.

this home also had the most exceptional little collection of iron structure souvenirs – vintage and new. there was actually an entire other shelf of them – i think it’s such a unique thing to collect.

…and, i’d like to move in tomorrow. the end.

i drive past this building every day on my way to work and i think it is beautiful.

i know i live/work here so i am technically biased, but i think uptown charlotte is lovely, especially at night.

the mccoll center for visual art is a renovated church that now hosts artist studio and gallery space. i love how they’ve kept the integrity of the building and all the original brick – it’s a stunning space. 

stay tuned tomorrow for many more (daylight and therefore not blurry and dark) photos of the historic downtown concord christmas tour. and then, a christmas tour of my own house as well. because i’d really rather you not peek through the windows.


Thursday, October 27th, 2011

thy bounty shines in autumn unconfined, and spreads a common feast for all that live. – james thompson

paper flowers

Monday, October 17th, 2011

last night, i decided i needed to hurry up and finish my fall decorations or it was going to be christmas and i still wasn’t going to be finished. as of today, i’m almost done and a blog post is on its way. i’ve been toying with the idea of making brown paper flowers for the old decorative window over my television/entertainment cabinet for a few weeks now using this pinterest inspiration and i’m so happy with how they turned out. they took me about an hour to make (while i was watching my new favorite fall show, pan-am) and because i made mine smaller than the tutorial ones, i think i only used about eight paper bags total. easy, cheap and lovely!

this school house rocks

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

this morning, i locked myself out of the house. in the rain. in my pj’s. with no shoes. or coffee. it was not a good way to start the day. when i finally made it back in the house and managed to get some of my morning agenda complete, i switched on the nate berkus show while i ate my lunch. i was never a huge oprah fan. i can’t stand dr. phil. but goodness if i don’t love some nate berkus. i recognize that nate likes boys and my feelings towards him are not mutal, but that doesn’t change the way i feel. he is a stylish, talented, beautiful man. today he showed a cottage in the catskills that used to be a one room school house and had been made over into a tiny 800 square foot home. it’s a little more colorful than i would choose for my own home, but that doesn’t mean i don’t think it is about the cutest little house in the history of the world (besides mine, of course), and i just had to share.

can’t get enough? watch the video for a lot more school house loveliness!

all images via thenateshow