New Year New Ideas

This time of year it’s time for me to start “de-cluttering”…..and before de-cluttering and taking down the Christmas décor I try to get ideas for minor changes I might make as I pack up Christmas and bring back regular life.

I love my decorating magazines….Romantic Homes Magazine has been my motivation for almost ten years….along with House Beautiful and Traditional Home magazines.  I know it’s “old school” to not just go on Pinterest….but I love the glossy pages and keep the issues that motivate me.

Romantic Homes Magazine introduced me to Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic style along with motivating me to take my first trip to Round Top.  That lead to Annie Sloan chalk paint projects and vintage upholstery along with every bed having at least one set of Shabby Chic sheets, extra long bed ruffles to hide roll out boxes under beds and dozens of pillows that I lust and love. It also made me fall in love with Amie and Jolie Sikes, the Junk Gypsy girls!  I’d always loved Mary Englebreit but Rachel Ashwell, Annie Sloan and the Junk Gypsy’s were like Mary on steroids!  I have a red and turquoise bedroom AND an all white iron trundle bed in the second bedroom AND a pink leopard bedroom as the third bedroom….all motivated by these magazines and these super chicks!

House Beautiful Magazine motivated me to put a wall of different sized mirrors in my entryway.  I loved reading about Todd Romero, a San Antonio born decorator now based in New York, and his famous quote “Good Design is Editing” in the April 2016 issue….which has become my mantra and drives my husband crazy as I add and replace different items though out the house to get the “perfect” look.”

Country Decorating Ideas issue 154 “French Country Style” motivated me to get rid of my huge formal dining table and order a custom made 30 inch wide farm table from Bassett Furniture…but keep the Queen Anne chairs that were part of that dining room set and shabby chic them with Annie Sloan paint in different colors.

Traditional Home magazine motivated me to add plaid to my Christmas décor and confirmed that it was okay to have a second tree….but in the guest bedroom so our neighbors could see the lights from the street and our grandkids could sleep in a room during the holidays with a huge tree and shining lights as their nightlight.

The Cottage Journal, Christmas Cottage issue, motivated me to put a small wreath on a cabinet door and decorate the fireplace mantel with white and gold decorations.

Flea Market Décor motivated me to buy a red sled for the front porch Christmas décor and own multiple wreaths….one for the front gate, one for the front door, one on the fireplace mantel, one on the silver deer head, one on a cabinet and one on the backyard gate to the park….I might have gotten carried away.

Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Christmas 2010 has incredible recipes for Tamale Pie, Orange Mexican Wedding Cookies, Layered Fiesta Salad and Cranberry Margaritas….and I am considering all these for our Fiesta 2017 party.

So as I go through my magazines to get motivated to pack up Christmas I will gather new ideas for replacing the items I put away…..and get ready for Fiesta…my second favorite time of the year.  Fiesta is San Antonio’s party of the year for 2 weeks….”I ain’t gonna resta until after Fiesta” will be my motto!

Shabby Cabinet

20161019_110503_resizedOne of the biggest reasons I wanted to go to an auction was to find a cabinet I could transform into my own creation…..and store candles (which I LOVE) and still have space for overnight guests to have a spot of their own.  Our beautiful grandkids enjoy coming over and opening “their” drawers to see the goodies we have been gathering for them and their special visit.    Our daughter can find a spot in her casa for the 5 drawer chest she needs more than us that this cabinet will replace.   I am trying to decide what Annie Sloan chalk paint colors will work best…..am thinking the inside should be a different color….because shouldn’t a guest room hold a piece of furniture that is fun, funky AND pretty? The lower section has 2 shelves….so those will become the grandkid shelves….I removed the shelves from the upper cabinet so we can begin painting.  We paid $135 for this at Voigt Auction House in San Antonio.    They were featuring items from a dealer in Sweden…..so it will be fun to add that it’s “from Sweden”….when we are done.  Will update you when it’s finished!

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