There are three things I believe are a necessity when completing a room(s) in a room. They bring character, elegance, richness and drama into the feeling of the room. Furniture, accessories and color are important aspects on decorating but just as important are the architectural details.
Extra #1: Wall Molding
Extra #2: Crown Molding (the bigger the better)
Extra #3: Tiled/Tin Ceilings
Can you tell my new obsession is tin ceilings? I adore them!
I have fallen in love with everything vintage. Vintage furniture, clothes, accessories...you name it, I love it. One thing I am horrible at is putting together the vintage pieces and making it look adorable. Although, to make that job easy all you have to do is walk into Anthropologie and they pretty much take care of any disability you may have in putting a vintage looking outfit together. Anthropologie is full of inspiration. Their store decor team never fails to amaze me with their inexpensive creative masterpieces that they do every season. Honestly who thinks of making tropical flowers out of water bottles? Or grass boxes out of cut up water hoses? Or a winter wonderland out of plastic cups and milk cartons? Or falling snow out of fishing wire and mini marshmallows? Or an ostrich out of rolled paper?
Not only do their decorations leave me speechless but their clothes are so adorable. They are the definition of girly. Ruffles, bows, floral.
I have discovered a couple of women's blogs that make amazing vintage accessories. Check these out! Most of the girls have etsy stores so you are able to purchase their stuff to complete your future outfit!
Blog #1: Viva Full House
This girl has been blessed with twin girls and triplet boys! Talk about a crazy busy life! I don't know how she finds time to make these amazing belts/shoes/hair accessories!
Blog #2: Whippy Cake
This girl knows everything girly! She gives videos on how to get great hair and can make some amazing accessories! My favorite are her Glamour Bands, chokers, baby saks and boy ties! There is something that makes my heart melt when a baby girl has a headband with a flower the size of their precious head!
Blog #3: Vintage Dreamz
I just came across this blog this week. These girls know what they are doing! They make the most adorable wall hangings and accessories! Here are a couple pics but browse the blog and find so much more!
This post is going to be a little different than anything else I've really said before. I have just started reading Free Book by Brian Tome. I have only read the first two chapters but it is filled with too much wisdom to just keep in the book. It shouldn't be too hard to figure out what this book is about...Freedom. Here are a couple things that are definitely worth sharing.
The entire Kingdom of God is about freedom. "It is for freedom that Christ set us free." We've been freed from sin, and therefore we are free to have job. Why is that so hard for us to accept? The Bible says God hasn't given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline.
NOTHING ever gets done unless its done by a FANATIC!
Somewhere along the way, the message and reputation of the Bible got reversed. Instead of people recognizing it was a message about total freedom and perfect love, the Bible unjustly earned a reputation for being a book of restrictions. But that's because of who has been representing it.
God's primary mission is liberation. He wants to liberate us from our fears, grievances, addictions, petty preoccupations, and dozens of other distractions.
Here is a story that started Chapter 2. It happens way too often.
A guy was drinking a Bloody Mary in our church parking lot the other morning. We were tailgating--it was Super Bowl Weekend--and the day was close to perfect. Football, trucks, fire pits, hot dogs, and beer? Perfect.
But not everyone thought it was perfect. If you haven't heard, church parking lots aren't supposed to host tailgates, and Bloody Marys are off-limits when you're fifty yards from a church door. So, apparently, we needed some reprimanding.
It came in an email:
"I'm deeply offended and greatly disappointed by Crossroads' involvement with alcohol during the Super Bowl event. Such a move can be personally and spiritually devastating for people like myself [with an alcoholic past]. Will your next event involve weed or porn?!"
Now honestly, I thought about calling this guy and saying, "Great idea! We love weed around here!" until I realized he probably wasn't in the mood for my sarcasm. Instead, I emailed back:
"No, we won't be having weed or porn. We believe those things are wrong under every circumstance. but we don't believe alcohol is wrong under every circumstance. And I could quote you many scriptures about this, but then you'd probably have some to quote as well.
We don't want to cause anyone to stumble, and I don't think we caused you to stumble, either. Unless we consider giving you and opportunity to judge us as "stumbling." [That wasn't sarcasm, I promise.]
Now, alcohol isn't an agent of freedom. What I'm saying is that it seems as though many of us are so fearful of only doing what's "right" that we've lost sight of the life Jesus came to give us.
***There is so much truth in this book and can't wait to see what the rest of the book has!!***
Although I love things with that are old and have a story behind them, there are some great new things too. I would have to say that ZGallerie is the best store in KC. I love seeing all their fun accessories and furniture. Why is it that I get depressed by the time I leave because I want to buy so much? Although the prices are very reasonable they become unreasonable when your list has 100 things on it. I keep thinking the Powerball is in my near future but I guess that means I would need to play it to win it...
(I'm in love with this end table)
(Chandeliers are a MUST HAVE...the girlier the better)
(I absolutely love sconces)
(Best variety of Wall Art EVER)
(I've become obsessed with the British Flag...)
(Bed for a princess...or prince I guess)
(Lovely sofa...with studded accents)
(Wingback on crack...love it!)
(My newest love...crystal chairs. This one is only $199!)
(I saved the best for last! The accessory I am begging the Easter
Bunny will bring me! The most adorable umbrella holder ever!
I was supposed to be in NYC right now. I was looking forward to seeing my BFF and seeing the "concrete jungle". After a canceled flight and four hours of stand by I found out that I will no longer be getting the vacation I had planned. Bummer.
Although Kansas City doesn't have as much to do as NYC probably does, I am going to have a positive outlook that I am lucky to have a week off of work and going to pamper myself as if I was in the Big Apple. Plans include sleep, shopping, getting my hair done, nails, decorate....I will let you know how the Staycation goes!
This image is from my favorite magazine of all time...Living Etc. They always have the best decor...every issue! Why is it that the UK always knows decor so much better than the US?
So I guess I've been on a color kick. First I showed my love for purple, last time was pink and today is turquoise. I've always been a blue girl. I don't know how you couldn't love turquoise. It pretty much can paired with any other color to make a pop of statement in any room.
(Below is my favorite)
Grace Home Furnishings does amazing things with turquoise! Here are a couple pics of their rooms!
Today was absolutely amazing! When I left work, my car read 61 degrees! It's been a looong winter and I am very ready for spring and summer. I love spring colors. So girly. So fun. So happy. So playful. Here's some girly, fun, happy, playful pink decor!