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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.

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

all things grand

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
last weekend i had the pleasure of attending lore emelio‘s fall runway show, all things grand, in charlotte. if you’ve been reading for a while now, you’ll know this is my fourth show of lore’s that i’ve been fortunate to attend, and lore’s collections and following in the charlotte area are definitely growing quickly. i always look forward to her shows for several reasons. one, i often enjoy pretending i’m a cast member on gossip girl. two, there is generally free champagne (this time it was chardonnay, but who am i to complain?). three, they are attended by so many lovely and fashionable people from charlotte’s society and art world. i am not one of those people, but it is really fun to see what everyone is wearing. you know how people watching in an airport is way fun? imagine yourself in the coolest and most stylish airport imaginable. and four, because lore’s collections are creative and unique and have continued to progress over the past two years. it’s fun to see her style developing and this particular show was certainly the most opulent, luxurious and grandiose that i’ve attended. my photography skills are seriously poor, but here are a few looks from the show…
pre-show festivities featured live art installations as guests entered. the car on the left is lore’s grandmother’s rolls royce, or so i was told. fancy. 
these dresses had the look of a very well-tailored grandpa cardigan, worn backwards. the back featured a deep-v with buttons and pockets. the turbans were also a big part of the show. i think they’re kind of awesome.

look how shiny this guy’s hair is. he doesn’t need a metallic turban like the ladies above. see the guest in the turban behind him? she’s jealous.

for some reason, this look reminds me of a more chic, modern version of clueless.

favorite dress of the evening #1. i think the fur did it for me. i also wish i looked this beautiful bald. i haven’t been bald since i was a baby, and i don’t even think it was cute then.

favorite dress of the evening #2. i really want to wear this to runway for the ballet in february. i also wish i had a cool mini-fro in which i could stick feathers and not look like i was dressing up for a thanksgiving play.

this picture thoroughly terrifies me because for some reason it reminds me of the creepy twins in the shining. i’ve never seen that movie, and i don’t want to.

i’m going to go out on a limb here and say i will never look good in teal velvet, but she pulled it off.

lore is all about the low v-back and i love it.

oh wait, a teal velvet CAPE!? i take back what i said.

this dress reminds me of the rainbow fish after he shared his rainbow scales and was happy.

so, all in all, it was a really entertaining show! aren’t you entertained? i’m pretty certain that now that i’ve compared lore’s looks to a horror movie, a children’s book and clueless, i will likely never be invited to another show, but i had a good run. two years, four shows. i’ll take what i can get. that said, here are a few other photos from the evening:
attention women everywhere: just because it’s designer doesn’t mean it’s tasteful, that you won’t still look like a stripper when you wear it, or that it is worth more than $700. that is all.

one, i need a haircut. two, julia and i both look dazed and confused in this photo and three, i am in serious need of some bronzer. not a great photo, but the only one i have and i wanted to include at least one photo with julia, my fun plus-one for the evening. she was an awesome date and even shared a caramel brownie with me at dandelion after the show. and, she also has a puppy named kevin. this is completely unrelated to the show, i just think it’s worth sharing.

and because lacey asked for it, here’s what i wore for the evening. i can’t say it was my best look, but i had to work with what was already in my closet, and i take this event as an opportunity to be a little more creative with my ensemble than i otherwise would be. you can’t really tell in this photo, but i totally went for the blazer-with-nothing-underneath look, which actually looked much less slutty than i’ve always thought it would, probably because i was not blessed in the cleavage department.

hopefully despite the fact that i am in a strange, sarcastic mood this morning, i’ll have the opportunity to attend more of lore’s shows in the future as her brand continues to grow. if you’re loving her work, head over to her website and check things out. i’m so thankful i have been able to follow lore’s collections up until this point, and i can’t wait to continue seeing her creative mind at work!

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

spring sprang sprung

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

it’s finally springtime at my little yellow cottage…

friday spring fever

Friday, February 18th, 2011

this glorious weather has me so giddy. i have my windows open and am enjoying the breeze and hearing the kids at the elementary school across my street playing outside again. as much as i love fall and winter (and as much as i’m not looking forward to the summer),  i am really excited about spring. i miss wearing floaty dresses and sleeping without 16 layers on. spring’s approach means yard sales and farmer’s markets will again soon occupy my saturday morning agenda and that i can once again drive around with my sunroof open and drink coffee on the swing in my backyard. so, happy friday and enjoy some spring pretties…

images: 1.matchbookmag.tumblr 3.etsy living 7.missjordanlee.blogspot 8.emily nathan photography via 9.weheartit

alphabet buildings

Friday, February 11th, 2011

while i tend to refer to anthropologie most often for decorating inspiration, i often find it elsewhere as well. one of my other favorites? ballard designs. they’re kind of like a more grown-up, prim-and-proper version of anthro, but their rooms and furniture designs are still unique enough to keep me interested. today, while flipping though a catalog, these architectural alphabet prints caught my eye.

growing up with my brother, aaron, who aspired to be an architect from the time he could hold a pen and is now completing his masters in arch at rice, i’ve spent a great deal of time admiring buildings and homes for their architectural qualities, looking at my brother’s school work and unique home magazines, and letting him teach me how to sound smart when talking about home styles and design. obviously as you can tell from reading my blog, interiors interest me, but i think a large part of what attracts us to a house or a space isn’t as much the things put inside it, but the very nature of the space itself. we see the possibilities for interior design based on the possibilities that were already created by the architect.

upon further research, all of these plans are legitimate – created in 1773 by german architect johann david steingruber. the only letter missing is “j”, as the german language pronounces “j” with a “y” sound. i find this ironic as the guy’s name begins with “j”, but perhaps it was spelled differently in the eighteenth century. anyway, these ballard glycee prints come at a pretty price – $59 per letter, but i thought they were lovely, unique and interesting and worth sharing on this february friday.

happy weekend!

images: 1.ballarddesigns 2 and 

anthro spring fever

Friday, January 14th, 2011

i love how the retail world embraces each new season so enthusiastically and so exceptionally early. it gives us consumers stuck in the dry-skin-dry-hair-dry-fashion-spell dead of winter something to look forward to. and you know what else i look forward to? the onset of each season brings anthro designers new inspiration and each store is ripe with gorgeously clever why-didn’t-i-think-of-that? window and store displays. and anthropologie spring 2011 windows are no exception. i personally love the way their designers consistently repurpose everyday items in to something beautiful. how very creative and how very green of them. it’s a good way to look at life – finding beauty in the simplest things. here’s what anthro has to say about their spring looks:

“inspired by the most commonplace household items, our visual teams nimbly stitched, draped, cut and dyed every inch of these abstract fashion panoramas. made of clothespins, hangers and construction materials, each avant-garde silhouette and woody blossom explores the spaces between art, craft, design and fashion.”

georgetown, dc store (see image at the top of post as well) – quite possibly the best and most creative anthro store i’ve ever visited. this looks very queen victoria to me. and i bet if you told queen victoria that she would look cool in clothespins, she would have had you beheaded. 
in charlotte, zippers can be cool, too, apparently.
i think i may steal this idea and get crafty with a zipper to make a big pin. we’ll see how that goes…
in marleton, nj, they’ve really got the hang of things. get it? i crack myself up. 
my future children (maybe?) will never wear anthropologie clothing because i refuse to let them drool and spill kool-aid on them. (or whatever you’re supposed to feed kids?) however, the tiny little clothes – like that little tiered skirt – are really sweet to look at. 
more clothespins in skokie, il. this reminds me of the scene in cinderella when the birds and mice make her ball gown. there’s a part when the birds fly around and lift up all the layers of skirt fabric and it looks just like this. 
it’s like a rainbow. except the gold at the end is very very stylish and expensive. 
all images via anthropologie