Monthly Archives: February 2010

Model for a Day: A Magazine Photo Shoot

My four best buddies came into town for a whirlwind trip that included a photo shoot for a magazine. More details will come, but for now I’ll just show you what we wore.

Our Five Outfits

All of the clothes came from local boutiques including Hampden Clothing, Augusta Twenty and The Runway. We were so pressed for time that I had to borrow the clothes from the stores so that my friends could select their outfits at my house on Sunday, the day before the shoot. These stores let me walk out with over $10,000 worth of merchandise so we would have exactly the right thing to wear. Many of the photos were taken at my home, but we also hit downtown Greenville for a different look.

In Falls Park for Our Photo Shoot

If all goes well one of the 1200 shots that the photographer captured will be hitting newsstands in a May issue. I’ll keep you posted!


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Cool Art for Less Than $10

My house lacks art. I’ve got a few cool pieces, but there are way more empty walls than there should be. Several years ago my mom gave me an oil painting of Jesus she got an auction for probably about $10. My mom’s always giving me stuff she bought at auctions. The painting is beautiful, but looks more like it belongs in a museum than my Ikea-filled house. Plus it’s got a big hole in it. However, since I was scared it may be worth like $60,000 and because it’s a picture of Jesus I never got rid of it. I’ve just been storing it, hauling it from home to home, attic to attic.

Well a couple of weeks it dawned on me that it’s in a really cool, big wooden frame which I could easily put to use. So the hubby and I went to Home Depot, bought a $6 piece of wood underlayment and went to work. Here’s the finished product, proudly displaying Proverbs 25:11:

Our New Dining Room Artwork

We think it turned out pretty cool, especially since neither one of us is what you would call an artist. I wrote a how-to post if you’re interested in making your own custom artwork. So the frame may not hold a painting of Jesus anymore, but at least it’s still proclaiming the Word of God!

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Making the Light Choice for the Closet

I realize that picking a light for the walk-in closet should probably be an easy choice, but it’s not. I want something that puts out a lot of light (duh!) and is the right scale for the space. The ceilings are angled and the light will come down from the point where the walls meet which means it must be a pendant of some sort. Here are five that I like. Which one is your favorite?

The 3-Light Pendant from ($118)

Mini 3-Light Antique White Chandelier from ($29.99)

Chrome Crystal Chandelier from ($86.99)

Paper Cloud Vines Pendant from ($154)

The Sonneman Bubbles Globe Pendant ($104)

I know they are all very different but I am drawn to them all! Fortunately the rest of the master suite is recessed lighting which means there are no choices to make.


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Before and After: Organized Office Shelves!

I spend the biggest majority of my waking time in my home office. I love the room. It’s bright, modern and most of the time, pretty organized. However, I noticed recently that the shelves behind my desk were getting super cluttered looking. See what I mean?

The Cluttered Shelves that Tower Over Me All Day

So yesterday I decided to do something about it. I took everything off the shelves, stuffed those ugly orange tin shoe boxes in the closet, and created a new way to keep all of my coupons organized. (I’m always printing and clipping coupons at my desk.) I also subscribe and buy a lot of magazines so the two black and white holders I had were stuffed. I decided to make a new one rather than try to buy one that matched or coordinated with the ones I already owned.

A New Place for All of My Copies of Redbook

You probably can’t tell but that box is actually a large flat rate box from the Post Office that I got for free! No I didn’t defile government property. I just recycled a box I had written a wrong address on, painting it with chalkboard paint. That way if I decide to put other magazines in there besides Redbook I can just wipe it off and relabel it! Here’s the finished, organized shelving:

Ahh, Much Better!

Not sure if you can see it in this picture, but I also painted a tin can (you know, the kind that hold vegetables) with chalkboard paint. I wrote “biz cards” on it because I’m using it to hold business cards from networking events. Before they were floating around my desk drawer. I’m not sure how long my organized shelves will last, but for now I’m enjoying them.

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New Sinks and Faucets for Our Master Suite

Tony, our contractor, says the drywall should be complete by the middle of the week which means we can begin the fun part of picking out fixtures and colors. This weekend we ordered two sinks and two faucets which will go on the vanity that Tim is building. The sinks and faucets came as a set from

The Kraus Rectangular Sink and the Bruno Faucet

Since the faucet shares the same name as our min pin we took that as a good sign. While other sites sell this set for $400, we picked it up at for less than half that. They sell them for $219.95 with free shipping, but we bought them in two separate transactions and used a coupon code to take $15 off each. We also bought them through which means we’ll get an extra 4% cash back. (If you’re not signed up for, do it now and never shop online without heading their first!) In the end, we paid about $197 for each set which I think is a great deal for some really nice looking fixtures. These will really give our custom vanity a high-end look.

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