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What’s in a Name? Familial Thoughts on Names and Nicknames

In June of this year all 29 members on my side of the family were together for the first time in 10 years. I’ve mentioned this before and will probably be guilty of pointing it out again but was quite momentous. For us, at least. It’s even been called historic.

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I’m the oldest of 5 children. Iris Dawn was my first name. Well, technically it was the original name my parents chose while expecting their firstborn.

But you have to say it the right way. IIIIris – making sure to go heavy on the I and Dawwwwwwn – heavy on the w. Not like Don. Dawwwwwn.

While quite a lovely name, it wasn’t meant to be. My Dad’s secretary at the time was Iris and her daughter Dawn, so my parents settled for Sonya Annette.

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Houndstooth & Burlap Curtain (12)

Houndstooth & Burlap Curtains – An Unexpected Combination

Houndstooth & Burlap Curtain (12)

Houndstooth and Burlap. Not a common fabric combination.
But for this in-home beauty salon, it was the perfect collaboration.

Kerrie’s beauty salon is located in a back-porch-turned-beauty-salon that was enclosed by the previous home owners. The large wall of south facing windows offers an abundance of natural light but can be over powering during certain months of the year.

Kerrie made the burlap cafe curtains to help with light control but wanted a valance to pair with the burlap and provide color as well as additional sun block.

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How to Recover a Lamp Shade

Creating a Lamp Shade Slipcover with Six Different Fabrics

 

How to Recover a Lamp Shade

Meghan sent me this lampshade along with 6 different fabrics in shades of red, gold and black and asked it I’d recover it for her. Well, technically she asked before she shipped it.

As you can see, the before shade is very cute but Meghan wanted to spice things up a bit.

Warning: Lots of how-to pics ahead!

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My Favorite Room

Savvy Southern Style Front Porch

Fridays over at Savvy Southern Style are dedicated to favorite rooms. Today, Kim is featuring my favorite room.

Well, technically I’d have to say it’s my current favorite room. I honestly had a hard time deciding which one to feature but ultimately chose the one room that currently seems the most complete, Or in other words has the least number of changes listed on my house-to-do-list.

Visit Savvy Southern Style to see which room I decided to feature. And while you’re there be sure to say hello to Kim and take a moment to visit a few of the Favorite Rooms in her series. So much inspiration!  You won’t be disappointed!

Two Story Curtain Installation (3)

What to Do When Your Windows are 16ft Tall

Two Story Curtain Installation (3)

You may recall a post I wrote a few months ago answering a reader’s question concerning window treatments options for 2 story windows. Shortly after that post I had to put my own advice into practice when I client contacted me about her own two story window dilemma. 

The windows in this family room are 16 ft tall. Light control was a big issue but we also had to consider the budget. 16 ft windows take a lot of fabric.

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Homemade Wedding Favors

Strawberry Jelly: A Family Tradition aka Wedding Favors

Homemade Jelly Wedding Favors

Have you ever thought about the fact that your family has it’s own culture? I tend to think of culture in the broad sense…as in Native American culture, Southern culture, Western culture, etc.

One of Webster’s definitions of culture is...the characteristic features of everyday existence shared by people in a place or time. 

Every family has it’s own culture. Some good…some bad…(we’re dwelling on the good here)…things like Friday night pizza night, a specific holiday menu, extended family weekend at the lake, cousin sleepovers at the grandparents house and in this case…

Home Strawberry Jelly. 

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