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Happy Independence Day Tomorrow! I hope you will be able to celebrate it with family and friends. To my friends and family at the beach on the Carolina coast, stay safe and send Arthur on his way! Today in honor of the grand occasion I am sending you a little random red, white, and blue inspiration. Wave your flag and enjoy your day.
Love this contemporary occasional chair. Find something similar here.
Plush Decorative Pillows
Red Vintage Truck
Love, Love Love The Detail On The Back Of This White Sofa
Red Vintage Hotpoint Refrigerator. Interesting article here about vintage stoves and refrigerators.
White Octagonal Laser Cut Table. Check out another cool design here by furniture designer Lee Walsh.
Cinda B Tote at Picket Fence Interiors and Gifts. Travel in style
A Red Rose
Occasional Chair Covered In A Bold Red and White Geometric
Red Kitchen Counter Tops Demand Attention In The Atlanta SubZero- Wolf Showroom.
White Replica Vintage Steam Trunk Jewelry Chest With Blue Leather Trim. Devine!
Luscious Blue and White Curtain Panels.
So, I am looking forward to celebrating July 4th tomorrow. One of my favorite things growing up was watching fireworks and using sparklers. I remember one July 4th in particular spent with my family and my cousins. We watched fireworks from the old fort in our nations oldest city, St Augustine, Florida. Another favorite is to listen to the Boston Pops who’s Fireworks Spectacular which has actually been moved up to today. Patriotic music doesn’t get any better than that. Click on their link to watch a live stream of tonights event.
Have fun celebrating! – Marianne
|Haul Couture “Hedges” Cargo Bag|
Well I am excited to be headed to my next adventure. This involves a trip to Atlanta to the Design Blog Conference. Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed with these things before I even get to them. I am so excited about all the things I hope to learn, the people I will meet, the exceptional presenters(Oh my gosh, I love Candice Olson and EVERYTHING she does, can’t wait, what if I met her, oh my), the sponsors, and blogging about it all. Then my less confident side stresses me out. Like questioning whether me and my tiny little blog should be making a presence there, deciding what I should take with me(cameras yes, laptop..not sure), what should I wear(I am an over packer), driving in Atlanta, check in isn’t until 3:00 and activities start at 12:00. I guess you get the picture of the emotional highs and lows.
My favorite travel companion and biggest supporter can’t make it with me this trip. He will be greatly missed. In his absence my new Haul Couture cargo bag will be my companion along for the ride. I might even sit it in the passenger seat and talk to it and let it sing along with me to the radio to pass the time.
|Haul Couture Cargo Bag Folded Triangle Shape|
I found out about these amazing bags from my big sister Rebecca, can’t wait to see which one she got, and a great shop in town Picket Fence. Now that I have bought one and have done a little research on the company I realize that many of you may already know about these because they were included in Oprah’s March 2013 O list. I was drawn to this particular bag because of it’s bold greek key pattern in bright red which is stylishly offset with black trim. The real beauty of this product is the exceptional fabrics they are made of. Offerings include a wide variety of styles.
|Haul Couture Cargo Bag Square Fold|
Versatility is a key element of the cargo bag. It will fold flat for storage. You can fold it in a triangle shape to make it smaller if you will not be filling it up. With maximum capacity the shape is square and the top folds flat. The bag is fully insulated which is how it got it’s start as a food transportation bag. As interest in the bag grew consumers like me have bought them for travel and other things. Actually I did not even realize that it was insulated when I bought it so I’m excited to have lots of uses for it.
|Cargo Bag and Stacker boards|
It comes with two stacker boards that I will use to separate shoes, bathroom products, and clothes but could be used to separate drinks from snacks and paper goods. The Spring 2014 collection includes the “Le Jardin” collection with beautiful fabrics inspired by some of the world’s most famous gardens.
|Red Greek Key Haul Couture Cargo Bag|
So here sits my travel companion. Ready to be filled and join me on this trip to meet the “big dogs” in Atlanta. Wish us well. Don’t worry. All my feelings of being overwhelmed will be gone in the morning when the car is packed, the cd player is full of good tunes, and my loved one gives me a kiss to send me on my way. Those feelings will all be replaced with excitement about where the road leads. – Marianne
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Jingle bell rocking santa.
German jointed wooden Christmas Pinocchio.
Prancer cozy in his reindeer stall.
Red mirrored Christmas trees.
Saxophone santa with dogs musical figurine.
Antique ornement under a cloche.
Large lighted mercury glass balls.
Love this little reindeer pair. Just look at those expressions. Can’t you just hear their conversation, “Lighten up buddy, it’s Christmas.”? Hope you will share some of your visions of a red christmas. Tis the season to be jolly. – Marianne
Just sitting here thinking about how I would like to wrap this years packages. Last year it was all about red. My strategy is to choose a feature color and a few accent colors. Then I coordinate the” kids” papers with the more sophisticated “adult” wrap. This way it all just blends together nicely.
I just loved this tone on tone red zebra wrapping paper from last year. A cute check paper leftover from several years ago was able to make an appearance with this color theme. The pink in the santa paper kept all of it looking up to date and fresh. Silver is brought in from the tree, the paper, and the package attachments like the reindeer above.
Choosing one predominate color makes it easy to pick up gift bags that will blend easily with your theme. This penguin bag was so adorable. I am not alway sure what I will put in a bag when I buy it, but if I love it I know I will find something to put in it.
Do you have a color theme when you wrap presents or do you prefer the “anything goes” approach? Either way, creatively wrapping your gifts allows you to make a design statement during this favorite holiday season. – Marianne