Merry Christmas from TPH!

For unto us a Child is born…

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and beautiful new year!  I will see you in 2011…

Cupcakes, Cupcakes, Cupcakes

Atlanta Cupcake Factory

Finally Christmas Ready

So are you ready for Christmas at your house?  Two days away and I can say we are finally ready for all the holly-jolly festivities.  I dropped a portion of Christmas cards off at the post office today–the same cards I decided I wouldn’t send because they turned out so hideous.  Well, I finally caved, shrugged, addressed envelopes, and sent those sad puppies off.  Oh, well, can’t win ‘em all.

December has been crazier than usual so I didn’t do much decorating, but here are some Christmas scenes around TPH:

(If you know a showstopping leopard fabric for these bamboo chairs, please let me know…it has been harder for me to find than I thought.)

Did you see that I finally found a shade for my cubist kitty cat lamp?  Oh, my, the lamp is so inappropriate yet divine at the same time.  And just look at that base and finial!  Does it make up for the kitty part in between the two for you?

Someone please get me a real cat soon so I’ll stop buying cat objects like this vase I found at a junk store…how weird is it?  But I couldn’t pass it up.

I love this little gold reindeer I found for 99 cents last year at Salvation Army…next to a-new-to-me lamp I found with Ally at Kudzu Antiques in Atlanta.  (Ha, Ally, you don’t mind if I do a little name dropping, do you?)  The lamp has a crackle finish.  Just ask my sister about a three-page letter I sent her on crackle paint in 1997.

So that is it!  We are gearing up for our annual traditions of Christmas Eve pajamas and a reading of the Christmas story in Luke.  We have our special Christmas breakfast planned starring the famous Christmas apple muffins.  But I think all our kids can think about is tearing into these boxes.  True meaning of Christmas, right?  Poor Baby Jesus.

What are your Christmas traditions?

Doubletake, Atlanta

It was a blustery day last week when I blew into Doubletake, a recycled luxury boutique in Atlanta.  I had my posse with me so I really couldn’t browse around–but I’m definitely coming back to treasure hunt through all the designer labels and vintage pieces that owner Daniel Troppy finds while thrifting.  He does all the sifting and sorting for you!

Check out this little ray-o-vintage-Italian-sunshine:

Difficult to tell from the photo, but the yellow subtly graduates from frothy to golden.  If yellow were my color, I’d own this pleated princess.

I quickly did try on this Milly top–even though it was cold outside I could still channel the beach.  Too bad that it was a size too small.

You can find Troppy’s well-edited space at the cool Studioplex development straddling Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park.  He also blogs about his finds at The Thrifters and Doubletake.  I’m so glad I found him, and I can’t wait to go back when I can try on the goods!

Doubletake

659 Auburn Avenue #G7

Atlanta, GA 30312

404-935-8253

Featured on Live.Like.You!

This is Jill who runs Marmalade Interiors in Virginia and writes Live.Like.You design blog.  She also is the reason why I would never send my husband to Sweden without me.  She is Swedish, and I imagine the whole country is teeming with gorgeous goddess women like her.  All those gorgeous Swedish women in their beautiful Swedish houses eating Swedish meatballs–nope, hubby and I will vacation in a log cabin in West Virginia (no offense to women who live in log cabins in West Virginia).

Anyway, Jill’s talents are many so I was extremely flattered that she asked me to write about my bedroom for her series, “10 Things I Love About My Bedroom.”

Her home here in the United States is color expertly executed–but her lake house in Sweden…like a dream.

Lovely, isn’t it?

Thank you, Jill, for the opportunity!

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