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30.03 20160

More Going Green in 2016!

For Saint Patrick's Day, I blogged on Going Green. But there's so much more to be said! Spring is all about green, which can mean a lot of things to different people. For some folks, it's all about fashion. 13

Others think of it as a beautiful color for their home.

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Or a way to bring the beauty of the outdoors inside! Maybe it's floral or leaf motifs as details.

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Or perhaps it's actual plants that you place throughout the house.

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This vase is empty right now, but it's just waiting to be filled with spring flowers!

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Science has proven that adding plants indoors can improve our air quality and mental health. They can be very elegant additions to your decor, too.

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Of course, for those of us who don't really keep plants alive, there's also artwork inspired by spring. This painting is very verdant and alive.

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There are other ways of going green, too. This article lists many ways to "go green" in an ecological way, while saving money in the process. One easy way is a low-flow showerhead.

Low Flow Shower Head

Saving water is very earth-friendly. There are other ecological ways to improve the world around us, too. One way is eating right - local and fresh foods. Perhaps you like to get outside and dig around in the dirt yourself. Here's a great article on drought-resistant shrubs that are perfect for Alabama's heat.

Locally, there's Pell City's Gateway Community Garden. "The goal of Pell City's Gateway Garden is to help everyone experience the thrill of growing your own lunch and give back to our community by helping others have access to healthy local foods."

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If you don't have a green thumb, you can always support your local farms, like the Red Hills Farm in Cropwell, AL, is great because you eat local food, support your local economy, and reduce your carbon footprint. Another way to get local food is Pepper Place Market, which will start for the year soon! This is one of my favorite ways to get local food, as well as see local artists.

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There's also a getting outdoors. One great way is riding a bike. The bike culture in Birmingham lately has grown almost overnight! The new Zyp bikes are as green as can be. Biking down to Pepper Place can be a great Saturday treat.

So - how about you? What does going green mean to you?

(Photos from my store at Lilly Designs, A Design Resource, and two of my favorite places  - Chelsea Antique Mall and Black Sheep Antiques in Harpersville.)

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17.03 20160

Going Green 2016!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! We're excited about the warmer weather and bringing a lot more green into life, and what better day to start the conversation? In fact, March 2016's Pantone Color of the Month is an interesting green, Parisian Patina. I'd like to explore this color today in honor of both Saint Patrick and the coming spring.     Patina is a thin layer of oxidation that occurs naturally on metals, particularly those with copper content. And of course, Paris is full of statues, so it's very fitting. These bowls are darker than Parisian Patina but are in the same palette, with some Celtic-inspired design. Bringing Ireland and Paris together!   Bowls Going green is more than just a color, though. It's a whole lifestyle. Going green means respecting our world, so that people from all over, Ireland, Paris, here in the United States, and many many other places, will have healthy, happy lives on our precious planet. Green Globe   Green is the color of life, and it brings our hearts joy to see a splash of green plants mixed in with other design elements. We love our planet, and a little bit of growth indoors can be a beautiful thing.   Fern and green table     One of my personal favorite ways to go green is to repurpose or upcycle items. This champagne bottle is getting new life as a lamp stand. Wine bottle lamp Maybe you're inspired by Parisian Patina and want to paint a piece of furniture that needs new life: 16   This oil canister could have easily ended up in a landfill, but someone saw its beauty and saved it. Range Oil barrel Here's a similar piece, this time a lard container. There's lots of beautiful green in this picture, including some genuine Parisian Patina! Lard   That brings me to my other favorite way to go green. In my field, it's probably easy to guess. dresser   That's right - antiquing is a very green way to decorate  your home! Maybe you have an idea to give an old piece new life. Or maybe you love that weathered look. 19     I can't resist sharing with you another example of beautifully weathered furniture. The old fashioned fan is a nice touch. 9   One last picture of beautiful Parisian Patina. All items in this blog are from Lilly Designs Inc. or one of my favorite places, Chelsea Antique Mall.   6   What a fun blog! I'm planning to talk more about going green soon, so let me know your thoughts and stay tuned for my next installment of design inspiration!    

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27.02 20150

Indoor Gardening

We had our winter blast here in Alabama over the past few days! Let's share a little green to chase some of those winter blues away.  Before the snow came I cut these beautiful daffodils from my yard and put them in a cut glass vase. When I see the daffodils blooming, it gives me great pleasure to know that spring is just around the corner. daffodils   During the end of February, and all the way into March, the weather here in Alabama might still be too bone-chilling to get out and play in the dirt. My suggestion to all you gardeners out there is to do some indoor gardening. Find a sunny spot in the front of a window and a portable planter. Plants some herbs or tulip bulbs or whatever your heart desires. Natural light is the key to a successful indoor garden. African violets and orchids are two species that thrive indoors.  Look for an attractive container and arrange them on a stunning shelf, and they will become the star attraction. Terrariums are eye catching and a wonderful way to bring the outdoors in. Find some green moss and a glass dome. Ivy or ferns work well. Citrus trees are another favorite for indoor container gardens. daffodil Source: Garden Magazine. Distinctive Daffodils. They range in colors from pure white to golden to nearly green, with orange. Pink and almost red cups. tulips Source: Atlanta Homes Magazine. Tulips are another sign of spring. If you plant bulbs early in your favorite vase or container in your shed or garage. You can bring them in the house and force their blooming. Don't forget to water. primrose  

Source: Martha Stewart Living Primroses. You might find Primrose at your local super market in the floral department. Bring one home and place on your windowsill.
tree seedling
Source: Martha Stewart Living. Pick up a tree seedling from your local nursery and enjoy on a tray in a sunny spot in the house until the weather warms up for outdoor gardening. Find the perfect spot in the yard to plant.
orchid
Source: Atlanta Home Orchids. Antique urns are the perfect home for a fanciful orchid.
amaryllis
Source: Lilly Designs Amaryllis bulbs are easier to grow. Place in a special container and place in a sunny spot and water regularly. From the time you plant it should take about 5 weeks to see the beautiful trumpet shaped flowers that will brighten your winter windowsill.
seedling
Source: Real Simple Magazine Seedling Starter. Poke a whole at the bottom using a pin feel with soil and plant your seed. I love this idea!
lavender
Source: Country Decorating Ideas French Country Style Magazine This container of Lavender sits on the counter in front of the kitchen window.
herbs
Source: Garden Design Magazine Herbs: rosemary, spearmint, basil, Spanish lavender, marjoram, sage, Greek oregano.
hens and chicks
Source: Garden Design Magazine Hens and chicks in homemade hypertufa container
bell jars
Source: Real Simple Magazine
A terrarium is a type of miniature ecosystem of plants. You can simply place a dome over a orchid or succulent to create humidity for your plant and it make a beautiful statement.

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20.02 20150

Romantic Style

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's weekend and had the chance to experience some love and romance! I’d like to talk about Romantic Style. Imagine the fresh smell of white Oriental lilies, with their intense fragrance wafting in the air in your Romantic style cottage. The Romantic Style is a comfortable design style that appeals to the senses through flower arrangements, soft fabrics, painted furniture, or light filtering through sheer linen curtains. When creating the romantic style think about white washed walls, color palettes, fabrics and textures, and cherished items. Here are some things that work well when you are creating the Romantic style. Furnishings: Painted pieces, small accents with graceful curves and dark or natural wood accessories. Color: Soft grays, dusty blues, sage greens, antique ivory. All of these colors I’ve used when decorating in Romantic Style. I believe color schemes with muted tones  are best to use to create comfortable and relaxing rooms. Fabrics: Plush is the word that comes to my mind. Velvets, linens, lace. Soft, supple fabrics, like Egyptian cotton sheets. And don’t forget to add a touch of silk! Decorative Accents: Bring in silver frames with your loved ones photos. Candelabras or lighting with sparkling crystals. A carved French commode for a bedside piece. Sentimental family objects. IMG_6608   Love the champagne color velvet and the nailhead trim. IMG_6720 French dining table with acanthus leaf carving is gorgeous in this room with the white antique linens and antique candelabra. IMG_6471 Nothing is more romantic than a roaring fire. The beautiful antique tapestry looks lovely hanging on the wall next to the stone mantel. IMG_5615 I'm a lover of blue and white china. Blue willow, transferware, and flow blue are just a few I've collected through the years. In 1824, the Ceramics Act was passed requiring all pieces to have a country of origin mark. IMG_4721 Beautiful! A grapevine basket filled with the most magnificent color of roses. IMG_1299 A dining room should, in my opinion, have a beautiful center piece on the table with the perfect chandelier above. And of course, it should have fabulous artwork on the wall. IMG_9966 What a great spot to curl up and enjoy that juicy romance novel. IMG_4184   Bedding is where I love to go wild with pillows. How about a little pillow talk or maybe a game most commonly played by children but also enjoyed by adults? Let's have some fun and frolic with a good old pillow fight!   All pictures from Better Homes & Garden's Romantic Styles & The Cottage Journal 2014.

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03.02 20150

Organizing and the New Year

By: Renee Categories:Bee Inspired, Buzzworthy

Whew! I can hardly believe it’s already the first week of February! I’ve spending my days in January enjoying wood burning in the fireplace and the scent of my paper whites blooming throughout the house. I’ve been doing a lot of time reorganizing and purging pantries and closets. I have bags and boxes ready to donate to The Foundry’s new location downtown Pell City. I’m so excited to have them right around the corner from Lilly Designs, Design Resource & City Market!Couch with basket The beginning of a new year is always a prime time for me to reflect on what is working in my life, and what I can do to incorporate some fun new ideas to help stay balanced in this very busy world we live in today. Before I’m overcommitted overtired overwhelmed, it’s important to take this time to refocus. The time I’ve taken in the past month will help me through the new year to be better organized a more balanced.   Organization In other news, January’s market was bustling and chock full of great new product! I picked up a great basket line to add to my stock while shopping. I love baskets for organizing, because there are so many ways to use baskets. They’re beautiful as well as functional. They add that bit of organization and beauty that I’m looking to add to my life at this time of year. mainly baskets Don’t forget to shop at Adesignresource.com for fun items to use while embracing order in your life!

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10.12 20140

Christmas at North Park Mall in Dallas

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? My annual December trip to Dallas, Texas always includes a trip to North Park Mall. It is known to be one of the premier Malls in the United States.  They always do such a great job during the Holiday season. They have a great many stores including: Robert Graham, Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren, William Sonoma, Henri Bendel, BeBe, Godiva, Fresh,  Nordstrom, and more!   Check out some of the Holiday cheer I discovered at North Park. Christmas dishes   Amazing artwork inside the mall: Artwork Cheerful clothing displays: Bright display  Color everywhere   Cattails make a darling decoration!   Nike swoosh!Nike swoosh   Comfy slippers make a great Christmas gift of luxury. Paisley slippers   Handbags against a backdrop of color: Purse display   Some staples never go out of style, even if they're updated for the colors of the season. Ralph Lauren   What would Christmas be without that jolly old elf himself, Santa? Santa sleigh   Understated elegance. Tory Burch   More Christmas lights outside. Tree lights   One of my favorite parts of the holidays! SALES!Wish   Hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday season!  

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31.10 20140

High Point October 2014

photoHigh Point is always such a great time for me to recharge, get new design ideas, and pick up new lines.table   I thought you'd enjoy a few of my favorite images from this year's fall High Point trip. lighting Unfortunately, I can't always buy everything that interests me, but if you're interested in one of a kind items like this, let me know so I can be on the lookout for you! elephant I love the look of this distressed table. distressed table This display looks homey and friendly. For the music-loving, cane collecting old man in your life. display Beautiful candlesticks! candles Peacocks are beautiful even without their colors. This white peacock is striking.peacock  

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03.10 20140

Black Sheep in Harpersville, AL

Have you checked out this new shop in Harpersville? Black Sheep Antiques is located on 231 S just before you get to Highway 280 on the right. Black Sheep Hours The proprietors, Barbara and Sonny Adkins, are a creative couple who took an eyesore of a building and turned it into something very special. Next time you are out for a Sunday drive during this beautiful fall season, stop by and take a look. DSC05955 Barbara's attention to detail is amazing. Look at this guy, all ready for Halloween! Skeleton in Rocker There are lots of unique, one-of-a-kind items throughout. DSC05950   The arrangement of merchandise makes great use of space with lots of visual detail to please the eyes. DSC05954   We need more of this popping up around!! DSC05952

Stop by the next time you're in the area, and tell them Renee of Lilly Designs: A Design Resource in Pell City sent you!

    Black Sheep
    Proprietors: Barbara and Sonny Adkins
    39509 Highway 25
    Harpersville Al 35078
 

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09.06 20140

Revitalization of Downtowns

The face of America is changing. Small towns that cropped up around industries that have moved on, now have to find other ways to keep the community from falling apart. ghost town     Large cities have lost once vibrant urban centers because of corruption, crime, and poverty. Detroit used to the "The Renaissance City." detroit   The trend of moving to the suburbs and leaving these centers of community is starting to reverse, though. People are realizing that community is impossible without a concentration of people working hard together. There are a number of movements that can help a community. Green space, like a garden can do wonders to improve a city's livability. Just look at our neighbor, Birmingham, and Railroad Park. An ugly concrete crime-riddled part of town is now a beautiful green space that attracts visitors from all over. railroad park   Pell City needs to look to other successful urban revitalization projects and find what works for us. We need more events, attractions, and business. We need to shop locally, instead of driving elsewhere to get what we need. Instead of looking at Birmingham's renewal as a competition, we need to figure out how to capitalize on that and become another success story for Alabama. In the recent Discover St. Clair, there's a spot on Lilly Designs and City Market, which is a rebranding effort on my part in this very spirit. I looked at what Pell City is missing in terms of commerce, and did my best to try and fill that niche. We need more foot traffic in the beautiful downtown area. Cogswell Avenue needs to be a place of vibrancy and life, but it takes vision and commitment from many people to make a change like this happen. It doesn't happen overnight, and we don't need to give up. I believe Pell City can be a wonderful attraction, but it's vital that the residents make the commitment to their home first.   Downtown-Pell-City-St-Clair-County-Courthouse-banner      

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19.05 20140

Fourth Friday for May 2014

Fourth friday May 2014   Don't miss out! This Friday from 5:30-8 PM. We've got some new stuff going on, including a Pony Party where kids can paint, braid, and brush pony's hair! Great music with Carly Black, Shannon Hawkins, and Brantley Gernheart. Special guests Paul Manning and Ron Crumpton. There will be great fun, food, and family entertainment for all, so come out and SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY!

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