Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sparkle Party

I am very rarely home during the afternoons, so imagine my surprise when I realized that this went on in my dining room around 4pm...

And THAT is why you have
disco balls in the house.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Found: Dream Kitchen

Kitchens are awesome in general. The whole mess about people gathering in the kitchen... all true stuff. Plus, food lives in the kitchen, and I love food.
I am completely happy with my kitchen remodel, done almost 3 years ago. I love the colors, the layout, the concrete countertops, the sofa, the massive refrigerator... It is an extremely happy place for me.
I love daydreaming about kitchens I might have for myself or design for others one day.. marble countertops, duel ovens, walk in/ organized pantries...
but I have never been knocked out impressed by a photo of a kitchen until the Dec/ Jan issue of House Beautiful.
This is a little out of the ordinary, but I do believe it is my dream kitchen:

This is against every thing I thought I wanted in a kitchen, aesthetically, but I am in love with it. I love the one floating shelf (wouldn't that be gorgeous with a row of big fishing weights?).. but even more so all the closed storage. The Eames chairs look comfortable to sit in for hours. And Slate countertops? Done. With an open floor plan, I would have a cozy living area to the right and the dining room with my Mia's Danish dining table nearby.
Calm and Rowdy all at the same time.
What is wild is that it is perfect for my mid- century ranch dream house down the street (that I have never been in, by the way, but will own one day).

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tis the Season

Ladies and Gentlemen... It's now officially...
Lord, Thanksgiving dinner was awesome. Seriously. I feel for you people who are stuck with turkey. Our hunting camp cook makes The. Best. Fried. Deer. Meat. EVER. It's the cutest when my 6 year old niece wants more for dessert. I don't blame her.. I did steal off her plate.
But after the ever eventful Christmas Card Extravaganza of (Enter Year Here.. they are all something else).. I booted myself back home to get to work.
Definitely not done (Too short to hang my disco balls. Miserable Fail).. but put a good dent in Holiday 2011 Decorating.

Of course, a little bourbon and ginger and some White Stripes/ Nirvana/ Bobby Bare Jr/ Bob Dylan. mix on the iTunes didn't hurt a bit. Niether did the fact that Tallulah fits in soooo well with my Christmas Decor. Thanks for joining the party, Girl.
I'm thinking disco balls and more deer heads. I have two spray painted in the carport as we speak.

PS.. I have decided the devil is living in my tree and cuts random lights out. See those two rows of darkness? Get Out Of My Tree, Satan!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I'm a Winter

Did your Mother have this book?

My mother and my Mia both did. 
When the three of us shopped, which happened quite often before I started kindergarten, we knew only to look at "our color" clothes.
We are all three "Winters". {PS.. we also show up in the same colors/ outfit to this day when meeting for lunch} My cousins on the other hand were "Autumns", which made passing clothes down a little tricky.

Sidenote: One of my favorite bookstores, McCormicks Book Inn, in Greenville, is closing. While it is extremely sad to me, it was a good excuse to rack up on Christmas presents. Mainly To Myself. A Stack of Walker Percy hardbacks, people. Merry Christmas to me!!

I did pick up a copy of Color Me Beautiful for a friend who was raised the same way.. though as a Summer... she looks amazing in a light blue.  and a pastel.
Flipping through the book before I passed it on made me think.. What if we decorated our homes for OUR season...
What if successfully decorated homes already ARE?
Looking around my own home, I have recently changed things to the colors I actually wear the most of.. subconsiously?? Who knows.
Blacks, whites, teals, reds, blues. Pure bright colors. Colors of a Winter.
Would you be happier in colors that you looked the best in? Both on your body AND in your home??
It would look a little something like this...




Do you know your "colors"?
What season are you?
Want to borrow the book? It will change your life.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Twas the night before...

Speaking of the Weddin'... I have been trusted (ohgoodgodthatmakesmenervous!!!) with decorating for the rehearsal dinner. I've been knee- deep in planning for the last few weeks and cannot wait until the big day before the big day to start implementing all my plans. It has been so much fun.
Main Plan: Complete happiness for two of my favorite friends.
Second: Rustic and Elegant.. with bowls and bowls of Chicken Rotel. (SeriouslyAmazing)
Just some of my inspiration pics on this Monday morning..

Source: via MaryNeff on Pinterest

The Countdown begins!

Friday, November 18, 2011

This is Happening....

in just a few hours..

These girls.
(sadly minus one, but adding another!!)
In Oxford.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wednesday Night Dinner

Last night, the greatest group of girls got together to smash peppermints and melt chocolate to make peppermint bark for Laura Merrill's Weddin'. I have never seen such aggression taken out on some peppermints before.
It was an absolute hit.. if you are so lucky to get an invite to her and her man's shin- dig, please don't forget to pick up a bag of bark on your way out.

Another hit?
Cheeseburger Chowder.

It's from the Delta Magazine Cookbook... which if you don't have a copy yet, you are missing out!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Disco Fever

Oh, Disco balls. How I love you so...
I think they are totally underused.
I only bring mine out during the holiday I'm not speaking of yet.
Things are going to change.

I hate to copy. But lets be honest. We all get our ideas from somewhere.
You can steal the fact that I use mine as a tree topper.
But December 26th, at least one is finding a permanant home somewhere in the house.

I may need more disco balls.
This might become an addiction.

I'm fine with that.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I'm so busy I don't know what to do with myself.
My to- do list has to- do lists.
I promise to write more blog- worthy things this week,
but I must first kick today's ass.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Obsession: Opaline

Last year, while shopping with my mother in Jackson, I found and fell in love with these gorgeous pieces of glass called Opaline. I had never seen it before (how had I missed it??) but knew I needed some in my life.
Fast forward a year, and I found myself at a photo shoot for the magazine. In the bedroom of this amazing home was the greatest little collection on green opaline "caskets" that once upon a time held sugar or sometimes were used as a form of gift wrapping.

The color was beautiful! And while they are not huge pieces, they can totally stand on their own. Of course, I would go for the turquoise, but I truely wouldn't be so picky!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bulls Eye!

Don't you love Target? I miss living in a town where I can spend a good hour or so lost in that store for absolutely no reason but to be there. Toting a Starbucks around. Filling up your cart with random crap only to edit down to 3 things when you're checking out.
Want to love Target even more than you do right now?


Ghost Chairs.
With or without arms.
In ClearWhiteBlack,  or Amber.

And now, see them in action.

The mix of gorgous antiques (that chest!) and big box store.
Bulls Eye.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Case of the Wants: Charms

Lesson 1: Pinterest is great. Period. But especially great for Christmas shopping.
Lesson 2: If you are not careful, Pinterest can make you start shopping for YOURSELF for Christmas instead of others.
This has happened.
I "remembered" I needed a charm.
Lesson 3: The price of gold has gone UP! My wrist needs security.

Sidenote: Do you know why I named my blog A Charming Day? This was from my very first post in January 2010:
"I chose the title "A Charming Day" because I am rarely without my charm bracelet (seen above). My mother gave me this bracelet 3 years ago with one charm, her debutaunte crest from 1970. The bracelet makes me smile every time I look at it. It is a collection of memories of the places and people that have changed my life. Hopefully this blog will reflect the same."