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15.04 20160

Trip to Roundtop Texas

I have some great pictures to share with you from my trip last week. I flew into Houston Airport were I rented a car to drive 100 miles or so to Round Top Texas, home of the Round Top Antiques Fair.

Airport

Here's a bridge on the drive to Round Top.

driving

Traffic in Houston is notoriously bad.

traffic in Houston

A gas station on the way to Round Top.

gas station

For miles, there are vendors along the sides of the roads.

vendors for miles

More vendors in a barn:

vendors in barn

There are so many interesting things to see in Round Top itself. Here's one of my finds.

find at Roundtop

Automotive art was a major theme of the trip. Here's another view:

car

This artist makes art from old wood.

old wood art

Some of her pieces have quotes and sayings painted on them, and others are painted with patterns.

artist 2

Another image of that mirror. Beautiful workmanship.

artist 3

Here's a whimsical entrance with lots of interesting things to discover inside!

whimsical entrance

A cozy couch inside the camper matches the bed and the kitchen!

little camper interior

More of that adorable camper's interior. Here's the kitchen -

old camper interior

And the bed!

camper bed

The exterior of the camper was just as colorful. Every detail was coordinated. So cute.

Old dolled up camper

Another old camper, this one with a Native American flair.

native camper

Everything's bigger in Texas!

Big Texas

One of my favorite areas is this shop:

favorite area

This TV stand is made from the back of a car! If you love a car, why not turn it into something useful after it's broken down?

tv stand

More automobile re-purposing with a bar made from a Chevy truck:

bar from a chevy truck

The "outhouse" with lots of succulents out front.

outhouse

We'll end with one last piece of automobile art, this time in the form of wall art.

wall art

It was a great trip! Thanks for sharing my journey.

 

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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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23.07 20150

Island Style

This year, my summer vacation was to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton, which was beautiful! We saw so many design ideas while there. The island old world meets new world style was evident everywhere. Here's a view of the entrance to the hotel: walkway

Indoors was gorgeous as well. Look at those dark ceilings, contrasted with the light walls.

ceiling

Here's a view of that mirror you can see in the corner. The bright sun motif really lights up that dark background, and the orange accents are understated but lovely.

restaurant

Another display in light airy colors. Neat and beautiful.

shelf

Light fixture at the end of a stairway. The metal work is old plantation style, charming but durable.details

Mirrors everywhere caught the light and background plants. The island was lush and vibrant.

mirror

The artwork kept to the tropical and island theme. Here's a pineapple print.

pineapple

An interesting fresco that caught my eye.

painting

Detail on the furniture added those little reminders that this was a sophisticated, but comfortable getaway.

woodwork

Flower and plant arrangements were everywhere, emphasizing the vibrant island life!

table and arrangement

Marble was a common element. It stands up to rough salty air well.

table

A potted plant surrounded by columns:

tropical foliage

Outdoors, I found one of my favorite things - an herb garden!

herb garden

A racehorse training in the water. I'm sure it enjoyed the chance to cool off.

water

Outdoor showerheads help get the sand and muck off of swimmers before they go indoors.

outdoor shower head

Many outdoor items had a patina. It's a good thing it's so beautiful and rustic looking, because on the island everything is subject to the elements.

Patina

A water fountain with lots of tropical plants around.

plants

Does anyone know what these plants are? They're very interesting looking!

tropical plant

This was the chalkboard at one of the restaurants. We definitely took some time to relax and unwind.

coconut cove

Another spot to unwind. Beautiful and tranquil.

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The "wish you were here" photo everyone sends home. I loved the palm tree on the railing. And I had a great vacation!

island view

         

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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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21.07 20140

“The Way We Worked” Smithsonian Exhibit

This weekend, a really interesting traveling exhibit by the Smithsonian made its way to Pell City, AL. "The Way We Worked" is on display at the Pell City Center until August 23. You should come out and see it! Pell City was natural choice because of our history. We do not have a museum of our own, but we have an active interest in both our past and the future.  In the al.com article linked above, Pam Foote is hoping that this exhibit will be a springboard for a museum in Pell City. It might be a great way to stoke interest in the regional heritage that makes us so great! A lot of interesting furniture has been made from repurposed items that lived another life as work items around mills, factories, and farms. These vintage items might be kept as-is, and simply preserved. Sometimes the wood is salvaged and made into something entirely different. Either way, a bit of history is preserved. Here's an example of a light fixture made from salvaged wood at Lilly Designs, A Design Resource. Just think, this wood could be sitting in a landfill, rotting. But instead it's a beautiful piece just waiting to add personality to someone's home. Salvaged wood slat pendant light (blue tint) This piece is in my showroom in Pell City. It's a refurbished cart being used as a coffee table now. It was most likely used in an old mill. Pell City's industrial history is a treasure trove for decorators! coffee table   In addition to my normal items, I carry unfurbished and refurbished items. It's interesting and responsible to repurpose these items, and they're great talking pieces, too. I can always find you that perfect item you're looking for to add that touch of history and interest to your living space. You should visit the exhibit in Pell City, then take a stop by my shop to continue to be inspired by the voices of the past!      

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30.06 20140

Scouting Scott Antique Market

Beautiful pillows at Scott Antique Market: Pillow Scott market   Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles June magazine has a great article about Scott Antique Market in Atlanta. Last year, I wrote about Scott Market and how much I enjoy spending time there shopping and just getting lost in all of the merchandise.   distressed furniture   There are so many vendors and items it's worth taking two days! Mirror Gorgeous one of a kind rugs and other items you won't find anywhere else, like this rug: Rug scott market   You never know when there will be that perfect item you've been waiting for, so bring your tape measure! Scott furniture   Scott Market is open on the second weekend of every month. The main show is at the Atlanta Exposition Center in Atlanta, Georgia. November through March, they also have a high end antique show that is at the Ohio Expo Centers. scott market   Scott Market is billed as a huge treasure hunt, and that's exactly what you'll find when you get there! There are so many vintage items, as well as unique one-of-a-kind gems that you won't find anywhere else. Designers from all over love searching through the wares of more than 2000 vendors. still life at Scott A few tips: bring a camera and a friend with you. If you're searching for a specific item, it helps to know sizes and to bring color swatches to help you match items to your room. And take advantage of the on-site food vendors, too. Make the most of your shopping trip to Scott Antique Market, and come away with something special. Mirror at scott

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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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