Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Christmas Tabelscape

This holiday season we are teaming up with wedding and event pros to get you inspired and in the Christmas spirit!

Christmas & Holiday TablescapeToday we are excited to share this Christmas tablescape photo shoot with Classic Party Rentals.

Christmas Decor and Tradition

Every event or party begins with a plan. Here is our Christmas tablescape mood board that inspired our look.

Christmas Tablescape Inspiration

You can find all the details behind the inspiration for the Christmas tablescape in our previous post here.

Christmas Tablescape

There’s no place like home during the holidays and that’s why I choose my own home as the location. I absolutely love my dinning table and chairs from Accents and Beyond in High Point, NC, which always adds warmth and character no matter what season to any tablescape.

Christmas Tablescape

This year I decided to go back to traditional colors for my Christmas décor and the Christmas tablescape continues the tone that I have set through out our home. I wanted to bring the outdoors in and you certainly get that feel.

Christmas Tablescape

I love how the red cherry linen from Classic Party Rentals brings the entire tablescape to life! The chevron table runner gives the look dimension and pop of white along with  the glass gold bead charger and the white and gold dinner plate from Classic Party Rentals.

Christmas Tablescape

Just because I wanted a traditional look doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Christmas and the holiday season is about being together as a family and all about the kids, at least in our family! Bring a little whimsical into your tablescape.

Christmas Tablescape

These fun and festive birds I found at Target add just the right whimsical element to the Christmas tablescape.

Christmas Tablescape

Another party planner tip is to use what you already own to complete the look. While I absolutely love Oh Joy’s Holiday Collection, I have tons of gold ornaments laying around that I put to good use!

Christmas Tablescape

These gold ornaments serve as place settings for my guests, which add a little sparkle and glam! To get the look simply cut out paper and use marker or colored chalk paint and write the name of each guest.

Christmas Tablescape

Make your look more formal by adding napkin holders, such as the berry ones in this tablescape that flow well with the red berry garland.

Christmas Tablescape

Every tablescape needs a centerpiece. I love using floral arrangements, but you can simply use pinecones in a bowl or a white candle in a glass candle holder with red berry garland around it.

Christmas Tablescape

Another decorating tip is to add height and layers, which draw your eye in and make the look more interesting.

Christmas Tablescape

Don’t forget to dress up your chairs! Sashes are just for weddings. Adding this Victorian Gold Satin shash from Classic Party Rentals not only ties the red and gold look together but adds a more formal and special occasion feel.

Christmas Decor & Tablescape

The holidays are the perfect time to bring out your special china and linens. Sometimes what you own doesn’t work with your design or you don’t have enough in your pattern. That’s when you should check into renting your china, linens, and glassware from places like Classic Party Rentals.

Christmas Decor and Tablescape

This look could also serve for a New Year’s Eve party!

For more Christmas and holiday inspiration check out our previous posts for décor, recipes, and crafts here, here, here, here, here, here, herehere, here, and here.

Christmas Decor & Tablescape

Credits

Design, Planning & Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Glass Gold Bead Charger – Classic Party Rentals

Gold and White Magnificence Dinner Plate – Classic Party Rentals

Cromwell Flatware – Classic Party Rentals

Operetta Glassware – Classic Party Rentals

Cherry Red table linen – Classic Party Rentals

Cherry red napkins- Classic Party Rentals

Victorian Gold sash – Classic Party Rentals

Berry Napkins Holders – Classic Party Rentals

Birds – Target

Red berry garland – Target

White beaded cake stand – Crate & Barrel

Red and white paper decorations – Hobby Lobby

White lanterns – Ikea

Ornament place settings – Sarah Sofia Productions

Gold candle holders – Michael’s

Dinning Table and Chairs – Accents and Beyond

Christmas Stockings – Pottery Barn Kids

Hope marque light – Target

Merry Christmas garland – Hobby Lobby

Burlap wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

 

 

 

 

Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Trimming the Tree and Christmas Décor

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We are teaming up with wedding and event pros to inspire you this holiday season! If you’re just joining us make sure you check out the other posts in the series: Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party with Elf on the Shelf, holiday dessert bar and sweet desserts, Christmas Tradition and DécorChristmas Tablescape Inspiration and Mama’s Cranberry & Apple Dish, a Christmas tradition in our family!

Today we are sharing the fun tradition of trimming the tree and our Christmas décor this year.

Trimming the Christmas Tree

Last year I was all about burlap and the natural look. This year I went back to my favorite color red and used all our ornaments. I added a basket to make the look interesting and vintage.

Trimming the Tree

This was our second year not traveling and continuing the our family tradition of decorating the Christmas tree during Thanksgiving weekend. Both my girls loved it even more than last year!

Christmas Decor & Traditions

Since I’m highly allergic to trees, we stick with a faux Christmas tree. This one is 7 1/2 feet tall and has built in lights, which is a time saver.

Decorating the Christmas Tree

I love how the color pops against the neutral walls. Even our dog Bailey feels the warmth and coziness that the tree brings to our family room!

Christmas Decor & Traditions

Christmas Decor and TraditionsThis year we added box wood wreaths to our décor. I love how it pulls the room together! A florist can easily cost you $30-$40, but we found ours at Trader Joe’s for $9.99 each and added the red bows.

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As my daughter Sofia says “let’s decorate more together”! So naturally, we moved on to the fireplace and hanging the stockings.

Christmas Decor and Tradition

I had wanted to get to update our fireplace with unclaimed wood for a mantle piece, but it’s still on the to do list for our new home. Thus, we improvised again this year with nails to hang our stockings from Pottery Barn Kids.

Christmas Decor and Tardition

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to decorate your home for Christmas. Use what you already own and add to your collection each year. My favorite two new pieces this year are the Hope marquee light from Target and Merry Christmas gold glitter banner from Hobby Lobby.

Christmas Decor and Tradition

Christmas Decor and Tradition

I love using vintage finds like the Santa Claus Advent Calendar from HomeGoods. Be creative with your décor and add vignettes to your build in shelves.

Christmas Decor and Tradition

Christmas Decor and Tradition

I’ve used some of my burlap décor from last year in this years. This burlap wreath was an easy DIY craft that I have used for all seasons by simply switching out the ribbon. Get the details on the DIY wreath here.

Christmas Decor and Tradition

When decorating your home remember to pull your design through out your home. I love how the red pops from the Christmas tree, to the box wood wreaths, to my tablescape!

Christmas Decor and Tradition

 

This last image is from our photo shoot with Classic Party Rentals. Come by next week to get the details on this Christmas and holiday tablescape!

Vendor Credits

Design & Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Vintage Santa Advent Calender – Home Goods

Christmas Stockings – Pottery Barn Kids

Hope marque light – Target

Merry Christmas garland – Hobby Lobby

Burlap wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

Box wood wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions and Trader Joe’s

White lanterns – Ikea

Santa Claus, elf, snowman, & reindeer – Hobby Lobby

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration for The Holiday Season: Christmas Tablescape

We’re teaming up with wedding and event pros to inspire you this holiday season!
Today, I’m sharing my Christmas tablescape mood board that helped plan the photo shoot with Classic Party Rentals.
This holiday season I went back to the classic look with a little glam and a modern twist. Red, white and gold is what is inspiring me!
Christmas Tablescape
 
Christmas décor allows you to be so creative.  Since I have two children I wanted a festive and whimsical look to this tablescape. There’s something magical about Christmas when you look at it through children’s eyes!
Oh Joy Holiday Collection for Target has some festive décor items like the paper lanterns and ornament placecard holders.
I’m loving Target and Hobby Lobby’s Christmas décor this year and the bargains I’m finding this week! I knew as soon as I stumbled upon these birds that they were going to be perfect for my Christmas tablescape!
Don’t be afraid to mix and match high and low items to get the look. Another party planning tip: Don’t invest in new linens and china. Instead, rent linens, china, and glassware from party rental companies such as Classic Party Rentals.  Also, you might find some great décor items in their showroom that you can rent instead of buying, like paper lanterns.
Here’s a sneak peek of the Christmas tablescape photo shoot we had with Classic Party Rentals.
Christmas Tablescape Inspiration
Make sure you come back next week for all the fun and festive details! For more Christmas and holiday inspiration check out our previous posts for décor, recipes, and crafts here, here, here and here .
Credits
Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions
Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Blue and White Bash: Family Room Sneak Peek

blue-and-whiteI have the pleasure of linking up to the talented The Pink Pagoda for her October Blue and White Bash! If you know me, I love blue and white and have used these elements through out the design in my home.

I shared blue and white pieces from my kitchen on The Pink Pagoda back in the spring. You can find this post here and more details on my kitchen here.

Thrill of the Hunt

Today, I’m sharing a sneak peek of our family room with some of my favorite blue and white touches!

Blue & White Bash: Family Room Seak Peek

This photo has some of my favorite blue and white accessories in our home.  I love this blue and white bowl we received as a wedding gift.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match prints and shades of blue and white as shown here.

Blue and White Bash: Family Room Sneak Peek

One of the first orders of business when we moved in was to paint these built in shelves a grey blue.  Again, having that contrast of different blues is striking.

Blue and white bash Family Room Sneak PeekCan you spot my other blue and white treasures?

Blue and White Bash: Family Room Sneak Peek

Even the gallery wall has blue and white touches!

Blue and White Bash: Family Room Sneak Peek

This white and blue chevron pouf is stored in our family room, but is also used in our patio for additional seating. Plus, this kids love it! It adds a little modern to my vintage and classic look.

I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek into our family room.  If you haven’t already, make sure you pop on over to The Pink Pagoda for more blue and white home décor inspiration!

 

 

 

One Room Challenge Week 1: Big Girl Room

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Yesterday was the first day of One Room Challenge Fall 2014 for 20 talented professional designers to redo a room in their home or clients home in six weeks. Today is the first day for all of us interior designers and DIYer at heart and professional bloggers like myself! 

One Room Challenge was created by Linda from Calling it Home, who is an extremely talented and creative designer.  20 professional designers will be updating you on their rooms every Wednesday for the next six weeks.  I will be joining a crew who will be updating you on our room progress on Thursdays. 

I first participated in ORC last spring and did our Master Bedroom.

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One Room Challenge Master Bedroom

To view more details of my ORC Master Bedroom from spring 2014 click here.

I had two rooms in my home that were front-runners, and it came down to updating my three year old daughter’s bedroom.

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We moved into our house 20 months ago, right before she turned 18 months and I had my second daughter.  While she has grown and is becoming more of a little girl, her room hasn’t changed since the last update that I shared from our old home.  You can view that post and her nursery here and here, and her Cherry Blossom & Bird Themed Birthday Party inspired from her nursery here.

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When you first walk into my daughter Sofia’s room your eye immediately is drawn to this green blue dresser.  It’s by far been my favorite piece of furniture in her room, and maybe in our entire house!

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You’re eye follows the great light in the room to the window seating area and her bed.

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I found this cute table and marching chair at antique shop and repainted my old rocking chair that my grandfather had made with Sofia’s name on it.

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We recently moved the kitchen out of our family room into Sofia’s room and I like the placement.

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Then you turn around and you have this great long wall that I use to display her art work and the cherry blossom painting that has anchored her room since she was born.

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My punch/to do list for Sofia’s updated room:

  • Update the overlook of the room to match her age
  • More toy storage (her room has become the toy zone/play room in our home)
  • Update the photos (I still have baby/1-year-old photos displayed)
  • Replace overhead lighting with chandelier
  • Add a princesses castle element for play
  • Update bedding
  • Make her bed into a real “big girl” bed (it’s currently in the converted crib stage that we call her big girl bed)
  • Finish reorganizing her closet (It’s constantly the storage area for push toys/cars etc.)

Next week I will share more details with my floor plan and my inspiration behind updating my daughter’s room.

Thank you for stopping by and make sure you check out all the other participates in One Room Challenge!

Sarah

 

Festival Fall Decor: Tablescape

Since Monday is the official first day of fall we are sharing some festive fall décor with you today.

Festive Fall Decor

The colors red, orange and brown usually come to mind when I think of fall décor.  However, don’t be afraid to mix it up with blue and green or even some pink and purple.  You can still be classic and elegant with being different!

Festive Fall Decor Tablescap

Use décor items that you already have but in a new way to showcases your fall tablescape. Such as this turquoise table runner over a burlap table runner.  Adding new décor items to your tablescape doesn’t have to break the budget. For example, these colorful branches of leaves we a great find at my local grocery store for under $10. Wondering what to do with all those apples you just picked? I used mine as centerpiece here.

Festive Fall Decor Tablescape

I love mixing high and low items such as my Villeroy & Boch china with Pottery Barn blue plates and my Target linen napkins.  The combination really makes the colors pop.

Fall Festive Decor Tablescape

While I am all about pumpkins, try using another vegetable like squash, which makes your tablescape unique and adds dimension with the various colors.

Festive Fall Decor Tablescape

Another easy décor item is switching out your candles.  I love how these gold and white striped candles look against the array of colors.  These candles were a hostess gift from my friend and fellow blogger Summer, Simply Stylings and they add just the right touch to this tablescape.

Happy Fall Y’all!

Credits

Styling, design and photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Burlap Table Runner – Hobby Lobby

Linen Napkins – Target

Blue Rope Plates – Pottery Barn

China – Villeroy & Boch

 

The Thrill of the Hunt Summer Series: Sarah’s Treasures!

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Today marks the last post in a summer series on “the thrill of the hunt” AKA finding that one piece of furniture or item for your home or event your hosting.  The summer series featured guest posts from professionals in the interior design, estate sales, professional organizing and event industries.  My guests included Jennifer Burnham, Pure and Simple Organizing, and Cheryl Luckett, Dwell by Cheryl.  You can view their “treasure hunting” tips here and here. Make sure you follow both of these talented women on Instagram and Twitter!

What makes something a treasure? It’s what ever accessory, piece of furniture, décor item that you value or that you like!  Often times you may see the value in something that someone else might not.

As a wedding and event planner, I’m always using different pieces to decorate and style an event. These pieces may also be part of my home décor.  I hit up garage sales, yard sales, Charlotte Market Place’s Vintage Charlotte Pop Up Flea Market, Metrolina ReStores, HomeGoods, Southern Marketplace, Sleepy Poet Antique Mall and Catawba River Antique Mall to name a few.

Just like my two guests, Pure and Simple Organizing and Dwell by Cheryl, I enjoy a good deal and making that “treasure” fit my home or event décor.  It’s fun when I can kill two birds with one stone. Like these two bunnies I found at Catawba River Antique Mall for my Easter décor, which was featured in Easter Celebrations.

Easter Bunnies

My home décor is full of blue and white and I was thrilled to find these plates, tea pot, and containers, which have all found homes in my kitchen and living room, at a local yard sale.  I still can’t get over scoring all of the below finds for a total of $14.25!

The Thrill of the Hunt

I had been looking for an arm chair for my mater bedroom during One Room Challenge last spring and of course found this beauty a few months later for a whopping 25 cents! The chair is currently in my family room and waiting for a little TLC reupholster make over. I would love to do something like this to it in the below right photo!

Thrill of the Hunt

I hung my blue and white plates from the yard with my three other plates I purchased from Lance Jackson with Parker Kennedy Living, on the kitchen wall.  It’s add the perfect dimension and depth I was looking for to complete the kitchen updates without breaking the bank.

Thrill of The Hunt

I scored this white porcelain Royal Haeger pitcher and basin for 25 cents at the yard sale! Yes, that’s right $0.25 for both, which could run you $40-$60.  It completes the vintage look in my front entryway and looks great styled with hydrangeas as seen below from my Front Entryway post.

Front Entray Way

Another favorite from my treasure hunts is a beautiful miniature pitcher from Modern Cottage’s booth at Vintage Charlotte! It’s currently in my kitchen and is a great place to display small flower arrangements or herbs like basil.  I also found these vintage metal spike flower frogs and stand at a vintage Parisian booth! All three finds look great in my kitchen.

Thrill of the Hunt

Let’s not forget all the Lilly Pulitzer I found at the Metrolina ReStores in Charlotte!  So excited that one of my friends scored this white ottoman to store her shoe collection after one of my recent posts!

The Thrill of the Hunt

I had a hard time walking away from these Lilly Pulizer elephant garden stools, especially since I already have one elephant stool in my home.

 

The Thrill of the Hunt

My last major treasure from this summer was this campaign three drawer piece from Habitat Metrolina ReStores.  I’ve been slowly transforming the former dinning room into my office since we moving into our house a year and half ago.  We are in desperate need of storage, especially for our files and this piece is a perfect fit.  The cell phone photo is grainy, but you can see it has good bones.

The Thrill of the Hunt

I started spray painting this bad boy white and it just doesn’t look right.  Back to the drawing board and rethinking the color and paint.  Chalk paint might be interesting or going bold with coral to match with the color scheme of mint and coral with mainly white furniture and pops of green in my office.  Stay tuned!

I hope you have enjoyed my summer series and have learned a thing or two about a long the way.  Who knows, maybe your next big score is just around the corner!

 

Credits

Styling and photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

 

Brunch with the Girls: Summer Entertaining

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I’ve always enjoyed being a hostess and brining people together, even before I decided to become a wedding and event planner!

Brunch is one of my favorite types of events because there is so much you can do, plus who doesn’t love a little sweet with their savory and some bubbly!

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This past weekend was no exception, as a group of professional small business owners from interior design, to events, to PR gathered at my home for brunch.  It’s an eclectic group of women, some of us friends from before, some of us fast friends from One Room Challenge, and some of us friends via social media finally meeting for the first time to discuss our businesses, blogging and everything we find fun and fabulous!

Left to Right: Beth (Dwell by DeVore), Airene (Dress My Room Interiors, Kim (Legere Creativ), Malloy (Charming in Charlotte), Summer (Simple Stylings), Sarah (Sarah Sofia Productions) and Lory (Lory Cobb Interiors).

Left to Right: Beth (Design POST Interiors), Ariene (Dress My Room Interiors, Kim (Legere Creativ), Malloy (Charming in Charlotte), Summer (Simple Stylings), Sarah (Sarah Sofia Productions) and Lory (Lory Cobb Interiors).

I’ve been dying to use more of my Oh Joy Spring Collection and brunch with girls was the perfect opportunity!

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

You know you’re in the right company when your guests notice the Oh Joy Collection and all the details of your event! Only DIY enthusiasts, interior designers, and bloggers alike would get excited and request a home tour with details on the DIY stencil in my daughter Charlotte’s room, listen to me talk about updating my daughter Sofia’s room again, and know the details of my One Room Challenge Master Bedroom!

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

When styling any event I always mix lows and highs. Don’t wait until you finally host Thanksgiving or Christmas to bring out your good china, place settings, or silverware!  I love how my new Pottery Barn Rope Outdoor Dinnerware looks matched with my Homegoods costal dishes!

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

The napkins and multi-colored glassware are from Oh Joy Spring Collection along with the paper mini lanterns.  For the mimosa bar I had to bring out my Waterford champagne glasses, which adds a touch of fancy to any occasion!

Brunch Sarah Sofia Productions

After styling everything for brunch outside, I had to move everything inside due to the rain.  However, that didn’t stop us from having a good time.  We immediately started remincing about One Room Challenge and what room we are going to do for the next one! YES, we are THOSE girls!

As we ate my signature egg casserole dish, enjoyed biscuits and mini croissants with peach jam, fruit salad with mint, and sipped on peach or mango passion fruit mimosas, we had to talk about our latest design and DIY projects and of course the fun at Haven Conference that some of missed (including myself).

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If you don’t know these women picture above you should. They are all talented in their own right!

Beth Barden, Design Post Interiors, is a Charlotte interior designer who I got to know through One Room Challenge! She makes it look easy juggling three kids and a full time business.  You will be impressed with her style and work, especially her recent work on the Home Depot Outdoor Games Style Challenge!

Ariene Bethea, Dress My Room Interiors, is a Charlotte interior designer, who has her own Etsy shop, and sells vintage home décor furnishings and accessories on One Kings Lane and Hunters Alley and  recently opened a booth at Slate Interiors. If that wasn’t enough Ariene launched her own handcrafted paperweight line and was thrilled to receive one of her pieces as a hostess gift!

Kim Loring, Legere Creativ, is another Charlotte interior designer who also has a booth at Slate Interiors and participate in One Room Challenge.  It was a pleasure meeting her for the first time and learning about her trade!

Mallory Fitzsimmons, Charming in Charlotte, is just as charming and stylish in person as she is on her life and style blog! Mallory shares her interior design, fashion and DIY inspiration on her blog with all her latest projects! We became fast friends through One Room Challenge and this girl did two rooms! If you missed  my post on my favorites from One Room Challenge, which includes Mallory, check it out here.

Summer Hogan, Simple Stylings, is one of those people you meet and you instantly connect and know you will be fast friends! Summer is an interior designer at hear like me and is always working on the next space in her home or design challenge.  Summer hosted some of us local Charlotte One Room Challenge participates on her finished deck, see details from my previous post here, and this group was formed! She is currently participating in Home Depot Outdoor Games Style Challenge and has some great design ideas!

Lory Cobb, Lory Cobb Interiors, is one of the first friends I made when moving back to Charlotte and has become a close friend.  Like me, she has two kids, and owns her own business, an interior design firm, here in Charlotte.  She is so creative and has been a great sounding board for me to bounce design ideas off of.  Not to mention Lory is usually my partner in crime going to furniture stores, flea markets, and High Point Market! One of my favorite design projects she did was of her daughter Hensley’s room with beautiful gold and blush stencil and trim work all around the room.

We missed Sarah (Matters of Style), Cheryl (Dwell by Cheryl) Bethany (Dwellings by DeVore), Jennifer (Pure and Simple Organizationing) and Converse (Converse Falcon Design).

Vendor Credits

Event Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions http://www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Floral arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Food – Sarah Sofia Productions

Pop Fitz Clink sign – Sweetly Smitten https://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetlysmitten

Sweet As A Peach Sign – A Taste of Everything https://www.etsy.com/shop/atasteofeverything

Rope Dinnerware – Pottery Barn http://www.potterybarn.com

Costal blue and coral plates – HomeGoods http://www.homegoods.com

Mini multi-colored lanterns, multi-colored glasses, and napkins – Oh Joy Collection at Target http://www.target.com

Turquoise chevron table runner – Fantasy Vintage Bridal https://www.etsy.com/shop/FantasyVintageBridal

Mini coral serving bowls – Target http://www.target.com

Serving dishes – Villeroy & Boch Mariposa Collection

Sterling silver silverware and flatware – Villeroy & Boch

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The Thrill of the Hunt Summer Series: Helpful Hints for the Hunt, Dwell by Cheryl

Cheryl Luckett, Dwell by Cheryl, is my second guest in a summer series on “the thrill of the hunt” AKA finding that one piece of furniture or item for your home or event your hosting.  You can view my previous guest, Jennifer Burnham, here. Make sure you follow both of these talented women on Instagram and Twitter!

Cheryl is one of those people that you first meet and instantly makes you feel at home. Not to mention she gets excited over the thrill of the hunt like I do and does it with style, as you will see from her fun wardrobe!

Cheryl has her hand in everything.  If you follow her on Twitter or Instagram you will know that she is always out finding the latest treasure! She’s a registered dietitian by trade, works in Human Resources by day, but “completely obsessed with interior design”.  Cheryl’s obsession became a business venture when she started her own interior design business, Dwell by Cheryl.

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Those who know me know I am ALWAYS on the hunt for a good deal.

On The Hunt

Whether it’s at a thrift store, an antique mall, a yard sale or the clearance aisle at my favorite retailers, I can always sniff out a good deal.   In fact, it’s hard to say when it first began, but I have memories of a Michael Jackson purse strapped across my chest stuffed with my allowance as I scoured through a table at the local salvage center with my Aunt.  Yep, I’ve always loved a good deal.  There’s just something about finding something you love and paying next to nothing for it, even if it does require lots of work.

I’m often asked, how I find so much “good stuff”.  It’s seems like a simple question, but the answer is pretty complex.  I actually taught an entire class on it this Spring.  You can read more about that HERE.

Finding the good stuff

There are so many things you can do to increase your chances of finding great deals on home décor and furnishings, but there are a few that top the list.

Finding the Good Stuff

The first is frequency.  This is the tip that most don’t like to hear, but the fact of the matter is I don’t always find great deals.  Some trips to the thrift store are a total bust.  However, the difference between me and many others is the fact that I don’t let that deter me from going back.  You see, thrifting in particular is all about timing.  The more often you go, the better the odds of finding something spectacular.

Finding the Good Stuff

The second is do your homework.  I actually study before I hit the road on a serious deal-seeking adventure.  I find that it helps to know what’s new and now when you’re standing in a sea of old stuff.  With home décor and furnishings, context is everything.  However, the context in thrift stores, antique malls and yard sales is less than inspiring, so you often need to bring the inspiration with you.  For example, you need to be able to envision how the vintage lamps will look in your modern space.

Finding the Good Stuff

For an untrained eye, that can be difficult, so magazines, apps and catalogs can be great for translating what you see into what the item could become.

Lastly, don’t over think it.  Lord knows I’ve faced my share of retail regrets, but few of them resulted from a purchase made verses the ones not made.  In my humble opinion, home should be a haven, a safe place for you (and yours) to dwell.  It should be filled with memories and you should aim to fill it with things you love.

It's not perfect, but it's mine and I love it!

It’s not perfect, but it’s mine and I love it!

I find it interesting that so many of us over think the whole process.  We debate over how it will be used, where it will be placed, is it “on trend”.  However, when you really love something (not just like it) I’ve found that it often just works.  It works not because it’s the perfect hue or just like the one you recently saw elsewhere for much more, but simply because you love it.  So quit worrying so much.  It’s YOUR home and it should be a representation of YOU.

Happy hunting!!

Dwell by Cheryl is an interior design company based in Charlotte, NC.  Among Cheryl’s many accolades is winning Best of Houzz in Design and Service for the second year in a row.

Everyone deserves to Dwell in a space that they absolutely cannot wait to come home to.  Let Dwell by Cheryl  help you to create a dwelling you love.

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Wine Tasting Party: Summer Patio Wines

Sarah Sofia Productions

Sarah Sofia Productions

A wine tasting party is a great way to get together with friends while enjoying and learning more about wine! It’s always a festive way to celebrate a Bride-To-Be for her bridal shower. Check out more details of this bridal shower wine tasting here.

What better way to host a wine tasting than to have an expert guide you through the wine selection and tasting.  Sam Ryburn Jr. was our sommelier aka wine expert for the night! Since this wine tasting was held in the summer, we choose patio wines.

Wine Tasting

We had 8 wines that were all reasonably priced and perfect for summer. Cremat Rose’, which is a dry sparking wine from France, outside the Champagne district and LaMarca Prosecco. a semi sweet sparkling wine with notes of peach and citrus were our two sparkling wines.  Rose wines go great with salads and light summer foods.

Sarah Sofia Productions

Sarah Sofia Productions

Our next two wines were Bila Haut white and Bila Haut Rose’.  A favorite of mine, which is also a good selection for weddings, is A to Z Pinot Noir from California, was compared to Belle Glos Pinot Noir from Oregon. North Star Merlot and Vin de Pays d’Oc Chardonnay rounded out our tasting.

The menu was tapas style with light appetizers including caprese skewers, applewood smoked bacon wrapped dates, sweet figs with walnuts and honey, watermelon and mint skewers, an artesian cheese plate, prosciutto, several different salami options, Palmetto cheese bites, grilled apple chicken sausage bites, and spanakopita.

Wine Tasting

The most fun for me besides drinking the wine, was the use of the colors from the food, to décor, to the flowers! I was so excited to finally use these vibrate colored lantern string of lights from Oh Joy’s collection! I also used some of her napkins from her spring collection.

Wine Tasting

I have been using this set of costal appetizer plates all spring and summer, and the wine tasting was another good reason to bring them out. Probably my favorite HomeGoods find of the season.  I absolutely love the way the wine tasting party looked at night with all the lights on the deck!

Wine Tasting

Just as the event was set up it down poured and was brought inside.  On to Plan B! However, the rain eventually stopped and cooled down the humid Carolina air, and guests were able to enjoy the festive deck under the lights.

Sarah Sofia Productions

Sarah Sofia Productions

 

Wine Tasting

Sarah Sofia Productions

Sarah Sofia Productions

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting

 

Vendor Credits

Event Design & Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions http://www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Flower arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions

Food and wine – Sarah Sofia Productions

Featured photography – DeAnna Stephens, Dee’s Adventures

Colored lantern string lights – Oh Joy Spring Collection http://www.target.com

Costal blue and coral plates – HomeGoods http://www.homegoods.com

Beaded coral serving plates – Pottery Barn http://www.potterybarn.com

Coral mini bowls – Target

Coral and blue costal serving plates – World Market http://www.worldmarket.com