Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Discovering Chairish

When I was contacted by Chairish to create a style board using one of the rugs from their latest collection, I had no idea just how much the project would resonate with me!

I had seen a few other bloggers mention Chairish but hadn't delved into the story behind their amazing furnishings. is an online marketplace which buys and sells high quality, gently-used vintage furniture, decor, accessories, and jewelry. Its inception came about as the result of a husband and wife team who were moving and wanted to replace some furnishings, while still respecting the value of pieces that just didn't fit the new design scheme. And can't we all relate to that (especially those of us who enjoy changing things up often.)

I am so glad that this opportunity came my way...not only did I find an incredible source for one-of-a-kind design pieces, but through the process, a positive personal transformation took place for me. As I worked on creating this style board, I returned to my long-latent love of good design and my past career as a designer. In fact, I was in the "flow" and spent hours perusing the site for the perfect pieces to complement my virtual room!

I favor eclectic spaces which successfully marry contemporary, masculine lines with softer curves and period-style elegance (like these Ming style chairs.) Green is a favorite go-to color, so this emerald sofa really sang to me. And as far as I'm concerned, black always adds drama and grounds a room. I love the juxtaposition of the modern table, rug, and art with the antique bar and column lamps. And doesn't every great room need just a hint of animal print? The special touches (like this Russian Artisan serpentine box and the green iron traveler's trunk) are what put a personal stamp on a space.

All of the elements you see on the board were found on It was easy to create a complete look, since they offer furniture, accessories, rugs, and accents. This room is so "me" that I plan to use it as a springboard for a future living room update.

This project has absolutely been a win-win for me...thanks, Chairish!

To view the other great rugs that were available to select, go here.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Beautiful Bridal Brooch Bouquet

Today's post is brought to you by Alliteration Station....(haha, couldn't help myself!)

So, I've been pretty scarce in the blog world for awhile. We've been on a crazy road of twists and bumps for the past few months around here.

My daughter married the love of her life on December 28th, and we couldn't be more thrilled! I must say, though, that there was plenty of upheaval and drama during the wedding-planning process (which is part of the reason that I have been an absent blogger.) Be that as it may, when the big day finally came, the love between my daughter and her now-husband was evident as their blissful emotions filled us all with joy and blessedness.

For many months, I worked on the perfect bouquet for our special bride. It was a true labor of love, and it included pieces from both of her grandmothers and one that had been her great-great-grandmother's!

I can hardly wait to see the photographer's shots of my daughter holding her brooch bouquet. I hope that those photos will always remind her of her family heritage and of how much I treasure her.

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