Thursday, March 21

:: Big boy design + a few races ::

Over the last month I've been working on a design for a clients son's room.  Her little one is about to make the transition from his nursery to a "big boy" room and mommy wanted me to help her pull the details together. She already had the precious Serena and Lily Dog pillows and bed spreads, but didn't want it to look like a pre-packaged set.  That's where I come in!  

We chose Restoration Hardware's Belgian linen Provence stripe euros in blue to coordinate with the linens and burlap bed skirts the client already had.  The alphabet fabric from spoonflower will be curtain panels.  I love spoonflower fabrics for their hand-drawn originality, but also because most of their fabrics can also be ordered as wallpaper.  How cool to be able to accent the back of bookcases or pieces of furniture with wallpaper in the same pattern that is on your accent fabrics?!   

I found the vintage dog's of the world map on etsy.  Originally a fold out from the back of an antique book, it will be framed wall art.  

Another really fun project we are working on is initial dog tag art.  Using a huge lot of colorful, vintage dog tags, we are going to back two ready-made shadow box frames with burlap using spray adhesive.  Then we will hot glue the tags into the shape of the letters "V" and "S", which are the little boy's initials.  We'll hang them over each of the two twin beds in the room for a fun and colorful nod to the dog pillows on the beds.

Between the beds will be a commissioned bedside table/bookcase combo from our line, Olivia Charles Antiques.  Made of rustic, reclaimed barn wood, the interior two-shelf bookcase will be painted grass green to coordinate with the underside of the bed spreads and provide both functional storage and a great pop of color.

Stay tuned for before and after pictures once the room is complete!  I'm so excited to see it all start coming together.

Had to post a few pictures of what's been going on in our lives over the last month.  It's hard to believe Parrish's Kindergarten school year is almost over!  I had lunch with him and his class buddies Branson, Cole, Graham and Drew a few weeks ago and they were so funny.  Apparently they have a "club" that competes in races during recess and they were not pleased I was going to check out one of their members after lunch and mess up their race plans.

And they weren't the only ones racing!  I ran the Seaside half marathon the first weekend of March and am so proud to have met my goal and completed the race.  My mom (above, middle)  was supposed to run in the race with us but came down with the flu at the last minute. My new stepsister Kelly completed the race at the same time I did.

This picture was snapped just as my running buddy Nancy and I crossed the finish line.  Those are smiles of pure relief!

Saturday, March 9

:: OCA + Southern Stationery ::

Spring is in the air!  I was so tired of the barren tree limbs around me that I planted daffodils in my planters and hanging baskets this week.  (CC found a great deal on bulbs already in bloom at Wal-Mart - 41 cents each!  Go get some!  I'm tempted to pot some more for my dining table or as gifts as well.  They are so happy!) 

Just like Spring is on the horizon for us all (woohoo!)....I am excited to announce that Olivia Charles Antiques has some new and exciting things on the horizon as well.  We are partnering with my friend and very talented designer Brantley Bowden and her brainchild, Southern Stationery.  

A curated selection of our OCA items will be offered for sale on her site under "SouthernDipity Gifts."  They will be offered for sale individually AND as part of stationery suites inspired by our designs.  Check out her designs below:

When I saw this Easter Egg Hunt Invitation Suite I was tempted to host an easter egg hunt just to use the invites and accompaniments.  Do you recognize the OCA cross in the background of my daffodil picture?  The drawing was based on our designs and Southern Stationery is offering the stationery suites with the matching crosses for your Easter parties and baptisms.  How cool to greet your guests at your home with the exact cross featured on your invitations? For pricing and more info click here.

As you can see...we're planning sweet Knox's dedication on Mother's Day and I can't wait to use these invites and decorate with a personalized OCA cross.

I know Easter is right around the corner, but if you are throwing a brunch or egg hunt, you still have time to order!  Click here to purchase the Easter Brunch party suite.

Perhaps my favorite part of our partnership is the addition of ENGRAVING for your OCA decor and gifts!  As cute as the cross is WITHOUT personalization....can you imagine the cuteness level WITH personalization?  Your last name, initial, or special saying like "Risen" or "Hope" for Easter or baby's last name or initial for a baptism?  Or wouldn't a cross engraved with a new baby's name or initials make the sweetest baby shower gift?  The mom and dad-to-be can hang it on their hospital room door then take home to use over and over again!  Click here to purchase.

So excited to "spring" into this new adventure with Southern Stationery!  Stay tuned for more info.  I'll be posting pictures of personalized carry all caddies, youth chairs (think special chair for your little one at his next birthday party and beyond) and crosses soon!!