Monday, September 12, 2011

Room to Room–September

Cottage & Vine is hosting a “Room to Room” party and each month there’s a different room to focus on.  This month’s room:

Living/Family Room 


Welcome to our Living Room!  This is the first room you enter through our front door.  We used this room for years as our TV room but now we use it more for a traditional Living Room.  I love the fact that it’s typically straight and neat if we have un-announced guests. 

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We got the sectional when I worked at Storehouse Furniture.  It has a nice nubby orange fabric.  And I ♥ the chaise! It’s the perfect spot to snuggle up and read a book.  The cocktail table is actually a side table that I thought would be good as a tea table height.  The polka-dot pillows were also from Storehouse and Geisha girls were a super duper find at a yard sale!

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I love my sunburst mirror – it was a “gift” from a designer friend, for working at a designer house one year.  The vintage chair is from Habitat Re-store that I recently had re-upholstered.

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This dresser was my Mom & Dad’s.  I remember this being in their bedroom growing up.  I love having all this storage – I use this for our “gift storage.” 

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So that’s our Living Room!  You need to hop over to Cottage & Vine and go on the Room by Room tour!  And maybe share yours too!  Let me know if you do, I would love to see it!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Mail ♥ Packages

I got a super exciting package in the mail…


It's the Garmin 210 - GPS Forerunner

You're probably thinking, "Katy, what does this watch have to do with eating, drinking or decorating??"  Well nothing really...  but I haven't really been keeping y'all in the loop on what I've gotten myself into.  Wait for it...  a HALF marathon!  What!?!?  Am I mad?  Crazy?  Overzealous?  Well maybe.  No probably.  Okay – YES!

I told y'all about a 5K I did last November and ever since then I have been slowly but surely trying this running thing again.  The longest race I've ever done is the Cooper Bridge 10K Run earlier this year.

Cooper Bridge Run

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I've also done a 4 miler a couple months ago and then we did an obstacle race that was a lot of fun.  But HARD!! 228946_2181934863420_1098410735_2751852_4477675_n

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So back to the exciting package in the mail.  I have been really wanting this GPS watch for running.  It's a great tool to have when training.  It keeps up with your pace, your route, heart rate and more!  It almost runs for you but not quite.  The only challenge was this watch ain't cheap - people!  Typically it retails for $299 but I found an awesome deal on Amazon for $185 and then I did a little bartering with a client so he put $140 towards the watch.  So for $45 I have a GPS watch!!  YIPPEE SKIPPEE!!  I hit the pavement this morning with my new toy and ENJOYED watching the progress of my 5 mile run.  After your run you hook up the watch to your computer and it uploads all your data and stores your runs:


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It will be so nice to see my progress and keep up with my training.

Are you a gadget girl like me?  What are some of your favorite gadgets?  Any other runners out there?  Do tell!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sister Pickin’

Ok…  so you know how I was telling y’all about my new obsession with Pinterest.  Well I have another addiction to admit…


The Picker Sisters!  They’re not actually sisters but best bud’s.  These girls are HEE-larious!  They go around the deep South picking junk and their minds are just running! They find all these different items that they take back to L.A. and re-develop the items into chic d├ęcor.  I love watching them bouncing ideas off of each other – it reminds me of my days with my design girls (Cindy, Shannon & Courtney). 

I found this show this past weekend. Joe and I were totally engrossed in a Marathon – show after show after show.  What really makes this show good are Tracy and Tanya.  The way they banter back and forth trip us out! 


The other part I love about this show is you see them pick the JUNK and then by the end of the show you see the transformed item!  For instance check out the girls in the picture above.  That’s a silo cut into a slice and made into a hanging seat.  Funky = YES!

Let’s check out some other things they’ve turned from TRASH to TREASURE


Metal rings and rope used to create a gorgeous chandelier

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Old rusted truck fenders become:

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Super funky swivel chairs!  WHAT?!?!  So cool!

So bottom line – you’ve just got to check these chickies out!  They’re on Tuesday nights @ 10 pm on Lifetime.  Let me know what you think!  It’s a good time!

Something else that happened over the long weekend…  I got an AWARD!!  Woot!  Woot!  A friend from high school has a blog, The Lint Trap.  I love her candid description as life as a new mom and all that it entails.  You need to check her out!  But back to the award…  Y’all have the distinct pleasure of learning 7 random facts about moi…  Can you handle it??

1.  I can recite almost every word of Steel Magnolias.  And one of my favorite lines is from the doctor after Shelby’s transplant…  “Looks good, looks real real good.”

2.  I love shoes.  I always have.  My mother loves to tell the story of how as a child I would throw one shoe away when I didn’t like them.  That way it looked more likely to have been “lost.”  What can I say – I’m sneaky!

3.  Ketchup is my condiment of choice.  I like it in my spaghetti and my chef husband thinks it disgusting / rude to put ketchup in his perfectly tasty marinara.  Sorry honey.

4.  I signed up for this really cool thing the other day.  It’s called Birchbox.  Every month they send you a box of all kinds of fun samples of hair care, skin care, perfume, etc. samples.  I ♥ samples.  I can’t wait to get my first box!

5.  Cyndi Lauper’s “Don’t Want to be your Friend” was a song that I played over and over when Joe and I broke up in high school.  It’s one of the only songs I’ve never gotten tired of.  It’s good stuff… check it out here

6.  I cry a lot in movies.  Well in TV shows too.  And even some commercials. I cried in the first scene of Finding Nemo when his Mommy gets eaten.  Oops.  Sorry if I gave that away.  But normally I lighten the mood.  I cry so much that people typically start laughing at me cause I’m sobbing in the middle of the theater.  A.bit.embarrassing.

7.  I have a HORRIBLE memory.  I keep my bestie, Julie around just to remind me of the things I’ve done in my life.  It’s a blessing and a curse. 

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