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We are moving at the end of the month and I am having to say goodbye to a few pieces. Our current home has a lovely sitting room and the custom croc velvet patterned sofa has been one of my favorites since the day it came home. Unfortunately our new home does not have a sitting room, and it is now time to say goodbye!
Did you know that Minted now has a huge collection of Home Decor including fabric, pillows and draperies? I love that they have now expanded their independent artist prints into the home collection too, it give you the opportunity to find pieces that are unique and have a story to them.
Of course I found a print that I loved and since Fall is here, I thought it was the perfect time to change out our duvet cover for the season. I wanted something bold in pattern, but I wanted to color palette to work with the soft blues and greens in the room. I fell in love with Painterly Splash from Alethea and Ruth’s Store because of the soft watercolor pattern and deep teal accents. I love the way it helps our master bedroom feel a bit more fun and colorful too.
One of my fur babies is having ALC surgery today. She hasn’t been able to walk on her back right leg for a while now, so it is time to pull the trigger and get this sweet girl back on all four of her precious furry feet. As I was driving away from the surgical center today, I received this awesome text from one of my besties…
Don’t judge. And, yes this would be awesome if I could check in on my sweet Ivy Banks to make sure she is doing ok. Like I always say or hashtag #nokidsjustdogs. For the next 10-12 weeks, we will be connected at the hip pretty much. She will not be able to run, jump or play WWF with her sister until her bone heals from the plate and six screws.
Making time to get away and enjoy a short vacation with my family has been on my “to-do” list for a while. Since my Dad passed away, we haven’t taken the time to get away and really enjoy having fun with each other again. My Step-Mother decided that we needed a girl’s weekend in Las Vegas, so we packed our bags and took off for a long weekend to reconnect and relax. Shopping, spa days and taking in a few shows took up most of our time during the long weekend. We laughed, cried and spent a bit too much money!!!
Of course I love popping into all of the casinos to see the interiors, so I wanted to show off a few of my favorite pictures from the trip. You know I had to get a few glitzy glam chandeliers too! Vegas does it big and I love nothing more than a room filled with shimmery chandeliers!!!
The past few years have been a little rough and my personal life has been full of challenges. The Studio has been a saving grace through of the hard times, but burn out sets in quickly when you just don’t stop. So, I decided that a quick little vacay was in order! A little get away is great way to shake off stress and relax, especially when there is a Spa involved. We found The Sanctuary Spa in Scottsdale, AZ and it was pure Heaven!!! Amazing food, a gorgeous pool and multiple spa treatments were just what I needed to relax for a few days.
The grounds were absolutely gorgeous, the food was spectacular and the spa…well…I can’t say enough about that!!! Here are a few shots from our stay at The Sanctuary Resort. If your looking for a luxury get away to shake it all off, this is your place !!
We host Thanksgiving every year here in Dallas, and I love pulling the dining room together for the occasion! This year was our first Thanksgiving without Dad, so I wanted to make sure that there were extra special touches to honor him.
My Grandmother moved from her home of over 40 years into an assisted living community last Spring, so she wasn’t able to take everything with her. Thanksgiving and Christmas at her home was always a big deal, and she loved to have us all together laughing and telling stories. So when I had the opportunity to take her dishes, I jumped at the chance.
These turquoise fern pieces were given to her in the 40s and I have loved them ever since I can remember. Being able to use them on my table this year was a bit emotional, but special. They really did brighten up the table and I wanted to keep the overall feel bright and light. Antlers & agates was the them and I threw in a few succulents too!
Our new Agate Chandelier is by far my favorite piece in the dining room now! I selected all natural agates to keep the space neutral, I still have big plans for the rug and seats on the chairs so I want it to all work together. The agate napkin rings helped to tie in the theme and I loved mixing in the gold antlers!
So excited to be featured as a tastemaker on Style Bistro this week!!! I was able to share a few little things about me and a little something from Dallas Esthetician Renee Rouleau that I can’t live without!! Renee’s product line is beyond amazing and keeps my skin in check while working long hours!
I’m not big on sharing tons of personal details about my life. Of course pictures of my puppy dogs & family trips are fun to include, but I have always wanted to keep my business…well…business. The past 10 months or so have been completely surreal for me, my Dad was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and he passed away last week. It pretty much sucks and there is really no other way to describe the experience of being with your parent as they pass away. My Dad was the best Dad ever, isn’t that what all little girls think of their Dad? Well I do and I will miss him so very much. He was my spell checker on the blog, voice of reason when I flew off the handle and of course my biggest fan. I look like him but am a complete 180 in personality from him. I guess that is why we just got each others bad moments and laughed them off.
Before he was sick, he read my blog and literally kept EVERYTHING I sent to him. I am not kidding, we found EVERY Father’s Day, Birthday and other card or post card that I ever sent to him this week. So today as I am so fortunate and thankful for the wonderful moments that are happening in my life and my business, I am really bummed out that I can’t talk to him about it. Sure, I have tons of friends and family that I share great news with, but its your parents that always let you get by with being over the top excited about all of it. Of course I will share my great news with the world later, but I just want to figure out how to get back to reality for a bit. Although I have an amazing family and circle of friends, I feel a huge absence in my life. And since its not just me missing him, we can all remember my Dad together as family.
He loved this country and was proud to serve. It has been so comforting to hear stories from those he served with. He did so many wonderful things for others and had so much passion for what he did. I too love this country and am fortunate to have had a father that taught me what being an American should be. Love of God, country, freedom, passion and dedication will always prevail. I’m sure God has given him a wonderful place in Heaven to continue his great work!