Simple (Inexpensive) Gold Frames

A recent trip to Pottery Barn Outlet yielded these pretty gold frames–18×18 inches for $24.99.  That’s a great price, isn’t it?  But by the time I realized I really wanted four of these, my closest PB Outlet was sold out.  Bummer.  But the friendly salesperson did an inventory search of all national PB Outlets and gave me a list of stores that had stock.  So now I have four!

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I thought it was such a good deal for such a classic frame that I had to pass it on.  You could fit it with a mat, but I am going to attempt a faux mat with watercolor paper–we’ll see.

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SKU Description: PB Carolina Frame: 18×18 inches

SKU Number: 3632270

Find you one!

I’m using these in a little redekoratin’ I’m doing at the cottage.  The master bedroom has never been right to me so a little change is in order now that we are going into our 5th rental season.  I’ll share my plans after the Joss & Main event runs next week–February 5th!

Pleasant Happenings & Goings On

Three good things to share:

First:  Ohmygoodness, ohmygoodness, it’s out!  The February issue of Atlanta Magazine has arrived with some dreams come true within its pages.  My little slice of paradise, my painting studio, made it on two pages.  Thank you to Lisa Mowry for the lovely story, to Christina Wedge for the beautiful photos, to Rhoda Vickers and Annette Joseph for getting the ball rolling, and to all the editors at Atlanta Magazine for producing this story.  I just can’t believe it.

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The loft is such a sacred place for me, feels just like me, and therefore, I was nervous to share it.  But it was the encouragement of these ladies in the biz that made me think maybe the place was wonderful to more people than just myself.  Thank you for the encouragement and acceptance of the way my blood flows–and, trust me, people, it isn’t normal.  Thank you to my husband for giving this place to me to nest it just the way I wanted, and thank you to Chris Lund who made my ideas happen from custom cabinetry, oak chevron track doors, bunk beds, 12-foot tall mirror frame, and neon pink electric cord on everything!  Every time I am there working, I text “thank you” to my hubby.  It is a gift, and I am so grateful.

Second:  The Painted House Curated Collection with Joss & Main is just one week away!  I had so much fun putting the collection together that I can’t wait for it to go live.  Joss & Main is a home decor flash sale site–it’s members only but you can join here.  The best part of doing this sale is that all my proceeds–100%–will go to the spring Room Service project.  You can read all about Room Service’s mission on their website–I believe in what they are doing and look forward to working on the next space.  And if you join through my link above and buy something purdy for yourself, I will get a $15 credit in my account, which I will also use to buy something for the next Room Service project.  I’m sooooo excited about this whole full-circle goodness!  One week away!

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Third:  I have a new blog look!  It is just a little tune-up on the layout and graphics.  I have a few other things to do on my end–like add my blogroll, which has been in bad need of an update–that I will work on over the next few weeks.  I do believe my subscription button at the top is now working–hooray!  And, yes, believe it, I’m actually active now on Facebook–so please listen to those voices in your head and like TPH on Facebook.  Thank you to Shari and Karen at Little Blue Deer for helping a techless sista out.  They were so fast and professional!

There you go…three things making me happy.  Your turn: what 3 things are making you happy?

ps. comments are back on…  :)

Cathedral Antiques Show Inspiration House 2013

The Cathedral Antique Show, an annual Atlanta event, kicked off this weekend.  It is a two-week design extravaganza of antiques, private home tours, lectures and book signing (Miles Redd this year!), and an inspiration showhouse done up by Atlanta designers.  I went to the press party last Thursday for a sneak peek of the rooms–so here are some photo teasers.  If you are local, get yourself there in person to see these beautiful spaces; otherwise, wait patiently to see the full spread in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle magazine.

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The Emile T. Fisher Boardroom by Reiner/White Design Studio

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Apartment Bedroom & Bathroom by Jonathon Gonzalez

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Four of my friends had rooms!

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Ally Kim added mod color to a traditional Tudor porch.  Recognize the table?  Between the two of us, the base has been silver, neon pink, and white!
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Dayka Robinson held nothing back in her narrow stair hall space–hot chartreuse!

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Sherry Hart and Lori May turned a tiny stone room into a cozy retreat.

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And, you know I like some quirkiness.  Clowns aren’t for nightmares anymore–this isn’t your Grandma’s Lladro.

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Apartment Living Room & Dining Room by Bryan A. Kirkland Designs

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Virginia & Harry Dobbs Library by Summer Loftin Antiques…has more stuffed animals than my kids’ playroom in what comes off as perfectly offbeat and kooky Hemingway

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I’m planning on going back for another look to take it all in.  Beautiful work, ladies and gents!  You can get the full schedule at their website, Cathedral Antiques Show.

Heart of Hospitality

Wise woman and happy home maker in every sense of the word, Edie of Life in Grace presents her very first ebook today:  31 Days to a Heart of Hospitality.

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I hope you will hightail it over to her blog and get yourself a copy.  I enjoyed every one of her thoughts about opening our homes and lives to others.  She is a smart cookie so it is just as much philosophical as it is recipes and how-tos.  Did you know hospitality starts in the bedroom?  Edie knows this secret.  And, a beverage center just has to be on my have-to-have list for the next home.

Thank you, Edie, for living your life so much in color and for others.

Drayton Hall | Charleston, SC

Drayton Hall charts the top of my favorites list from our Charleston trip last November.  A plantation home preserved in its near-original 18th-century state, it has survived two wars, hurricanes, and an earthquake.

The grounds are quiet, still–just like the empty interior of the house.

The trim–chains, key, daisies, sunflowers, and dogwood blooms–and the paneling in each room wear the perfect patina that only time can produce.  Each craved leaf, petal, and shell testify to the skill of many enslaved hands.

It is an impossible feat to wrap my brain around the history this house represents, at what cost this beauty came.

But, almost three hundred years later, the delicate handiwork remains.


I closed my eyes and tried to connect with the rooms as they were newly constructed.  I’m weird like that; and, if I thought that you wouldn’t judge me, I would tell you that I think I have some sort of 6th sense about place.

The Ashley River runs behind the house.  The kids threw pebbles.

The house still remains in the Drayton family.  Our tour guide told us that they reunite on the grounds for a Thanksgiving picnic every year.

You can visit Drayton Hall’s website for an online tour.

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