Monday, November 23, 2009

Making a difference in a community!

Lee McElwee, our office manager, made the comment after seeing the movie Blind Side, "This movie inspires you to want to do more." I hope this movie will inspire everyone that sees it to do more for humanity. Our entire family and several friends are going to see the movie on Thanksgiving night. I have heard rave reviews about this movie. I can't wait to see it; I love movies based on true stories.

This movie made me think about the nonprofit organization in which Dandelion Interiors is a member. The group is WCAA (Window Coverings Association of America), which is a nonprofit organization for the custom window treatment industry. This organization sets the standards for business owners that fabricate and/or sell window coverings. WCAA members are committed to educating themselves and providing the highest quality custom window treatments. Dandelion been a member of this group for over 10 years and we have dedicated ourselves to maintaining these high standards. In fact, I believe in this organization so much that I am an active WCAA board member.

This year, our members decided to get involved with Habitat for Humanity after Julie Coleman and Jill Robson spoke with Lisa McIntyre at Habitat for Humanity. Jill Robson was instrumental in securing the donations for the hardware and linings that were used in the homes. The hardware was donated by a local company, United Supply Company and the lining was donated by both Read Window Products and United Supply Company. The cost of the fabric was paid for with our local chapter's funds. Additionally, many of our members donated lots of time to fabricate the drapery panels. Very proud to be a part of this giving group.

What is Habitat for Humanity?
  • They are a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. They build homes for people in need, regardless of race or religion. They welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.
  • The houses are simple, decent and affordable to low-income families around the world. See what Habitat houses are like around the world.
  • Whenever possible, they build energy-efficient, sustainable housing. Learn more about our construction and environmental resources.

This week, Jerry Green and Johnnie Davis installed drapery panels in two Habitat for Humanity homes. Originally, they were scheduled to install draperies in three homes, but they ran into a snag when they noticed a doorbell was installed over the window in one of the homes. The homeowner was disappointed, however she was assured that we would return with a solution and she would have her draperies soon. Our group is providing draperies for nine new happy homeowners.

This is Jill, chapter Vice-President, steaming the panels after Jerry and Johnnie installed the draperies.

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments regarding activities you are involved in to give back to your community, the earth or anything you do to make someone's life a little better.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Decorating for Thanksgiving

Spring and fall are my favorite seasons. I think the fall colors are inspiring. The cooler weather always gets me in the decorating mood, I begin pulling out my fall/Thanksgiving decorations. This year, I purchased a few new items to add to my collection. Decorating for the holidays is an easy and inexpensive way to totally change the look and feel of your home.

I found this classic turkey a couple of years ago at Williams Sonoma. He will always be part of my Thanksgiving decorations. The swag/pumpkin garland came from Pottery Barn. These decorations made a perfect addition to my dining room table.

Since my house has been the gathering place for Thanksgiving for the past 15 years, I always seem to adorn the dining room more than any other room in my house. We will have 18 -20 people ready to gobble down the feast on Thanksgiving day. I picked up this cute pheasant at Z-Galleries this year. They had a great sale on their accessories.

I added my rusty wire pumpkin to a bookshelf in my family room and sprinkled a few dried leaves around the base for added interest.

I had to purchase the adorable ceramic pear and pumpkins from Z-Galleries. The price was too good to pass up. I added a few fall leaves that were kissed with a touch of glitter.

Of course, I always have to burn a few spice candles and brew some spiced cider to complete the mood. Now all I have to do is work on my menu, determine what dishes my family will bring, go to the market, cook the turkey and dressing, set the table . . . . Whew, I think I am tired already. Happy Thanksgiving, hope all of you have a great day with your family.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Favoriate Finds at High Point Fall Furniture Market

Jerry and I returned from High Point Furniture Market recently. High Point Market runs for seven consecutive days. Everyday designers walk until they feel like their legs will fall off and then get up the next day and do it all over again. There is so much to see at this market. I wonder if anyone can see it all. You can tell in the videos I am still perfecting my video skills. Just use the pause/rewind button if I moved to fast in the video. More videos showing you what's new when I visit Atlanta's Merchandise Mart in January and High Point again in the spring.

Below are some of the showrooms I found interesting at this market.

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*Song: Stop and Stare by One Republic

Loved the furniture pieces and accessories in this showroom.

Minutes Matter Studio
*Song: Fireflies by Owl City

More great furniture pieces. I love the distressed looking furniture. So much less fussing and worrying over dents and scratches.

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Song: Hallelujah by Brandi Carlile

Great outdoor pieces.

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*Song: Show Me What I'm Looking For by Carolina Liar

Great lamps with great pricing.

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*Song: Free by Sarah Brightman

Beautiful glassware.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Blending Family Heirlooms Into Your Space

I love the pieces that my Grandparents and Great Aunts have handed down to me. That special chair or maybe the bowl that always had the best homemade potato salad at the family gatherings. Those things bring back memories every time I see them.

This past weekend when I was in Huntsville visiting, I helped Casey blend an antique corner china cabinet and several pieces of glassware that her Grandparents had given her into her dining room. Casey's dining room walls are a deep red color and the china cabinet is a dark wood color. The challenge was to create a display that was not too old fashioned. Casey likes mixing old pieces and new pieces together and that is exactly what we did!

First, we pulled out the pieces from her Grandmother that she loved, then we looked over things that she had in her cabinets and picked the things that would mix well.

We decided on martini glasses, two antique platters, several vases, a cake stand, ice cream cups, a soup tureen and a hand embroidered hand towel. We purchased three cupcake candle holders to add some interest to the cake plate and crystal knobs from Anthropologie. Those crystal knobs really did the trick to help the cabinet come alive.

Since this corner of the room lends itself to be on the dark side. We decided to leave the doors open on the cabinet. What a difference leaving the doors open made. When the doors are closed the reflection from the glass made it very hard to see what was in the cabinet. With the doors open you can see everything clearly. We have already had a little resistance to the idea. Maddie (the eight year old) and Owen (my son) were trying to be helpful and closed the doors. We've now enlightened them when it comes to open China cabinets.

As we studied our creation, we decided the addition of a few funky plates would add even more charm. Here is one of the plates Casey ordered.

When you receive a family heirloom, many times with very little effort you can create a very unique look. Try covering an old chair with a really cool fabric and you'll fall in love with the chair all over again. I'm sure Casey's grandmother will be love seeing her China cabinet being enjoyed by her granddaughter and great granddaughters!