Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall has arrived and I'm SO excited!  Look at some of the Fall- appropriate things I spotted around town:

I am a huge houndstooth fan and this small chest uses just the right amount of the pattern.  It serves to make a space chic and homey!

The linen and stud combination is sooo popular right now.  It's being used on screens (like this one), headboards, sofas and more.  The linen fabric gives the pieces a clean, modern edge while the nailhead studs lend the piece a historic air.

I don't know if you know much about bamboo, but it's not just for pandas.  It hit the scene BIG with the green movement.  Bamboo continues to find new ways to be relevant, like these cable-knit throw blankets.  They are soft and perfect for snuggling up on the sofa or by the fire.  Some other great bamboo products include bedlinens like sheets, and bath towels. Who knew this plant could not only be beautiful in our landscaping but also inside our homes?!

Happy Fall!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Christmas decor is starting to appear on store shelves.  Here's what I saw when I was at my local Hobby Lobby the other day:

The metallic color scheme is still very chic this holiday season!

 Look at all these super-cute stockings! 

This stocking is particularly appealing to me.  I have a penchant for the fleur-de-lis.

 If you have a love for all things Western, there are gobs of festive decorations for this Christmas.

Bandana-themed star shaped ornaments.  Adorable!
What a fun way to go all-out with the Western theme.  Everyone could have their own cowboy boot stocking!      

Christmas will be here before you know it, so its not too early to start thinking about your theme. Happy holiday decorating!                                                                                                                                                                 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

What is your home telling you??

I recently had the opportunity to be trained with the American Lung Association to become a Master Home Environmentalist.  

 “What in the world does that mean???”,  you ask.  It means that I am certified to conduct complimentary home inspections to assess indoor air quality and suggest low or no cost improvements.  It allows me to offer a personalized approach in helping people who suffer from allergies, children, those who are confined to their home, or those who just want to know what they can improve within their home.  The assessment considers everything from dust and pests to household cleaners/chemicals and the environmental factors surrounding the house.  

If you are interested in finding out what your home is telling you OR know someone else who could benefit from this, please contact me to schedule an appointment:

Happy breathing!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tailgate Decor

Sorry I've been MIA for the last week, I must have misplaced my blogging manners!  But now I'm back and have some exciting tailgate- enhancing decorating ideas.

Football season is upon us and with that comes 2 of my favorite things: Fall weather and tailgating!  Tailgating is my excuse to be a perpetual hostess- to coordinate a gathering of close friends, make great food and dress up in my favorite school colors: blue & white.  Of course, being in the decorating field I think every good color scheme needs some pattern which is why I LOVE the UK Plaid products.  The Plaid brings a whole new dimension to the beautiful, but solid blue, white & occasionally black color scheme of our tailgate decor.  Check out some of my faves:

The tablecloths compliment your basic blue tailgate tent & chairs.  Your grill- master can don some snazzy gear to get in to the festivities, as well.

I am personally most excited about one of the new products,   
the cotton scarf.  I am so into wearing the long scarves right
now and this piece makes me feel like I can wear some official gear to the games beyond my trusty UK tees.

Here's my pup modeling it for you.

The coozie is another super-cute addition this year that I will not be caught without at my tailgate party.

*All of these photos were pulled from:!/pages/The-Official-Plaid-of-the-University-of-Kentucky/112274539202

All of the Plaid products (there's a whole array I didn't even mention) can be purchased from various retailers in Lexington as well as some stores out in the state.  It's a project especially near to my heart, as the students from the Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles department (my major) designed the Plaid.  The students also design the products that are produced each year.  I think it's a super-exciting opportunity for these students and I'm jealous that I'm still not in school to participate!

Some other fun products that I have recently been painting more and more of are UK themed glasses:

 Boy or girl, you can have one for your signature drink this football season.

So when you get all of your new tailgate-enhancing products, be sure to snap some pics and send them my way- I'd love to see what you've done! Happy tailgate decorating!