Tuesday, November 24, 2015

in all things

This year has blown by.
I cannot even believe Thanksgiving is in two days.
Can I get a hands up for who's not ready?
I've got two hands raised.
That's how behind I am.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

best recent beauty buys

You know I'm a self professed beauty product junkie.
I don't know why but I've never met a new product I didn't want to try.

Friday, November 13, 2015


As they say in the South
where I come from
stick a fork in me,
I'm done!
Sending loads of gratitude to our host Linda
from Calling It Home  and her biannual One Room Challenge.
I've been an avid reader of her blog for years and honestly
without the push of a deadline this little room reno
may would definitely have taken me years to finish.
No lie.
I'll share pics in a second
but its on my heart to say this first...

Saturday, November 7, 2015

when i loved him least

This post isn't about decorating or deals.
Forgive me if that's what you're here for.

Friday, November 6, 2015

have a seat...its week 5 of the ORC

 Back when I first got hooked on pinterest
I would spend every single second of free time on it.
Not proud, just being honest.
That was a few years ago.
15,000 pins plus since.
I know.
Insert ashamed emoji here.
One good thing that came out of that time well spent er wasted
is now that I'm circling back as a serial redecorator
to update rooms in my house
I usually peruse the many pinterest boards I have saved.
Like when I lost my mind threw my hat in the ring for my first ORC
the first place I went is my "where i work" board.
I saw certain trends of things I've loved
{some things that may be considered trends but
I figure its my space and I've got to love it right?}
 I've tried in these few short weeks to make them come to fruition.
One of the first things I started searching for
was the perfect place to sit while I work.
One type of chair in particular kept coming up on repeat in my pins.
A Chinese inspired Chippendale...

Of course these had me at hello...
In green if you please.
When I spotted this on One Kings Lane...
I thought it was "the one".
It was priced at $199.
I hit "add to cart" quicker than sweet tea disappears in my house.
Up popped white glove delivery fee of $200.
You know how I feel about shipping fees.
Um, no thank you.
I'll pass.
Undaunted I found it on other websites because that's how I roll.
Unfortunately on the other websites you had to buy them as a pair.
I kept searching for my perfect chair like Prince Charming for Cinderella.
This site has a ton of Chippendale chairs
{among other treasures}
but again...I only wanted one, not ten.
If you're in the market for multiples check Circawho out fo' sho.
Another great place for these Asian inspired items is Gumps.
I found Gumps during my initial foray into collecting double happiness.
This time I was all about their chairs...
but because of the desk I needed one without arms.
Gumps even had one of those but it was pretty pricey...
Ballard is a great place for chairs as well.
I knew their Dayna chair would work...
since they have both arm chair and side chair versions. have to buy their side chairs in pairs -
I assume because of shipping issues but I'm not sure.
In any event I hesitated since I knew I was going to Round Top.
More on that in a minute but if I could I would like to
 humbly suggest they offer these in green and navy.
Just saying Ballard Designs.
I found one in navy at my favorite catalog store Wisteria
but alas it only comes in the arm chair version.
 I have loved everything I've ever gotten from Wisteria.
One day I'm going to make it to their headquarters in Dallas.
And I may never come back...they might find me living in their warehouse.
Look for me in the blue and white porcelain section. ;)
Ok since that sounded kind of stalkerish let me tell you that
I did indeed stalk Ebay and Etsy scouring for one of these beauties
oh and Everything but the you know that site?
Be careful...its like pinterest.
It will suck you in and three hours later you're wondering
what space vortex you stumbled into
because you thought it had only been like ten minutes.
Or so you tell your husband when he calls you one afternoon
to ask where you are since you haven't left to do car pool yet.
'Cause you were in said vortex.
All this to say I couldn't find what I wanted in a chair
for what I wanted to spend online.
Which leads me back to Round Top.
Y'all may know that I am lucky enough to live less than two hours away.
I'm even luckier to have friends who are expert Round Top goers.
Over the years I've gone with them
they've taught me where to go, who to see, and how to deal.
Also where to eat and where the best restrooms are.
And they do the best wine and cheese tailgate parties.
Muy importante stuff y'all.
So this fall I made my little wish list.
A little background in case you're just joining me...
my husband and I had this little room reno on our books for years.
We had planned to make this old wine bar into a desk area
but with the thought that it would be a family command central.
Over the summer I told him I was dreaming of doing something, anything
in the field of design since I'm hopelessly passionate about it.
It was his idea to turn the bar into "my" little space to dream design dreams
{whatever those may be}.
Now I admit I have extra chairs in the house
and I was just going to use one of those but then the hubs casually said
"while you're in Round Top
look for a square game table
and also a chair for your office."
Who am I to turn down his requests?
So on the way to Round Top my peeps and I
go over our wish lists in the car as we drive through the countryside
because we always keep our eyes peeled for each others desires.
So the whole day I'm looking.
But I'm not seeing anything even remotely Chippendale like.
By the time we reached our next to the last stop at Blue Hills
I admit that I had given up.
I'd found a few treasures like double happiness calligraphy pens
and I was as happy as a clam with those.
Two of the cars in our caravan got to Blue Hills before we did.
Just as we drove got there I get a text asking where we are.
Just got here I texted back.
Then I get this picture from my peep Laura...

And within another minute I got nearly the same picture from another friend Angela
who was in a different car and had also arrived separately.
I started frantically texting...
Where are y'all?
I'm on the way!!!!
  It must have been funny to other antiquing fans,
a middle aged woman running through Blue Hills as if her hair was on fire.
I stopped at the door of the tent they told me to go to and took a deep breath,
already in line of sight at what can only be described as
Asian inspired furniture heaven.
Only it was in the middle of the Texas farm country...
no lie
the fields around Round Top
and a rainbow to boot.
Heaven indeed.
As was this little slice of heaven by Red Egg...

My friend Laura was patiently waiting on me,
smiling like she had found the holy grail.
Because she had :)
We were greeted by the booth owner Carol.
She was so lovely I can't even tell you.
Now let me tell you that when I'm happy or excited I tend to talk fast.
I saw the furniture and accents she had and I was just goofy giddy.
I told her about looking all day for the perfect chair for my new office.
Laura, the best-est peep ever, told Carol about my blog,
about how I was dreaming and scheming of a new business venture.
Laura is seriously the best thing since sliced bread.
I tried to put the kibosh on her,
telling her to stop because I'm sure Carol didn't want to hear it
and how my blog was tiny compared to most.
{that's a whole separate post by the way...

Carol stopped me in my tracks and kindly said...
If your friend wants to beam about you and your dreams you should let her :)
She's your best form of advertising.
So I blushed while Laura, my new VP of PR, told her my story.
I asked Carol how she got started in the furniture business.
She shared her story with me,
how she took some things she bought and collected
while working overseas in Asia and sold them at a show like Round Top.
She wasn't sure if the items would sell but she took a chance
figuring she'd take them to a flea market if things didn't work out.
She sold out immediately and knew she was onto something.
I seriously got chills while she was talking.
I just love that Carol took a chance and went for it.

The chance she took seventeen years ago grew into her company called red egg.
I knew I wasn't leaving her tent empty handed.
The deal was sealed when Laura ushered me over to a red egg table.
She didn't say anything, rather just pointed to the label.
The table was from a line by red egg called "double happiness."
Meet my new desk chair otherwise known as the Indochine side chair...

via red egg

 or as I fondly call it - my red egg chair :)
Carol also told us the inspiration behind her company name...
in Chinese culture red is the color of prosperity and fortune
and eggs signify birth or a new start.
To me it couldn't get any better than this

 Ok...the desk is in, the paint is on the wall.
We have light and some artwork and now a place to sit.
I'm wrapping up the last big part of my ORC puzzle.
Here's a little sneak peek for week 6...

 Thanks for stopping by to check on my progress.
I feel like I'm about to run a marathon to get the last minute details done.
Wish me luck :)
Click over to our host Linda's Calling It Home
to check out the other linking participants
who are rocking it out of the park!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

I think its official...

As well as being addicted to
{in no particular order}:
 hair care products
lip gloss and lip balms
ok, beauty product junkie in general
blue and white double happiness porcelain...
 I think its safe to say that we can add pillow hoarder to this list.
It started in late summer when I finally ordered these
from Martha and Ash for our little bedroom reno...


I love them with the new drapes and my old Chiang Mai pillows.
Guess we gotta add Chiang Mai to the obsession list.
I now have three different colorways of it working in the house.
And because I love imperial trellis I was debating about whether to add a few
Euro sized pillows or a bed scarf of it to our bed but held off.

Then I saw these...
Hubba hubba.
I've seen these on One Kings Lane  and on a few other sites too.
Then I saw them on
Where they were a little bit less.
Plus free shipping.
One problem.
While I contemplated they sold out.
Dang it.
I signed up for an email alert if they ever came back into stock.
Sometimes when you snooze you lose.
In fact the whole reason I stumbled on these pillows was because
I had my eye on a game table for like ever on overstock.
I'd been hoping to find a square one in Round Top to no avail.
{I sold the oval barley twist table I found in the spring since it didn't fit the room right.}
Then one night my husband said will you just order the game table already?
He was afraid it would sell out and although it was more than I wanted to pay
it was the right size and shape for our room.
So I did one last search before pulling the trigger.
Glad I did.
I found it on for $200 less.
And I may have thrown this in my basket too...
one of these in navy to try it out in the family room.

Its down filled and nice size for under $25.
I'm thinking I might need more.
It looks lonely below doesn't it?

Or is that just the junkie in me talking?
Right after the navy pillow and table arrived I got a little email alert.
Guess what was back in stock?


I was on these like white on rice and quickly ordered two.
It was my birthday month I told myself.
And its easier to ask for forgiveness than it is permission.
I originally thought I'd put them in our bedroom 
but when they arrived I put them on the sofa in my husbands office
until I could take them upstairs...

 I'm thinking they may stay here.
That's the new game table I scored by the way.
The table top flips and you can play like seven different games on it.
Its awesome as are these pillows...they're 22 inches and came with down inserts.
I think its safe to say that besides pillows
my newest obsession is


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