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13.02 20150

Valentine’s Day

By: Renee Categories:Buzzworthy

Every year on February 14th, many people around the world exchange candy, gifts, flowers, jewelry, and cards. It’s been estimated that one billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent yearly. Here are a few items for that special someone that you can get online at ADesignResource.com, and at our retail location located at 1917 Cogswell Ave in Pell City, Alabama.

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I had a wonderful time over the weekend creating a valentine for that special man in my life. Two of my best girlfriends and attended a workshop at The Black Sheep in Harpersville. We all created wonderful homemade valentines. We used things from our past that I’ve kept through the years like lace, buttons, photographs, etc. The girls and I had a great time sipping on good wine and nibbling on great food while we created our masterpieces.

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I would recommend to all to put some time aside to have some fun and frolic with your girlfriends while creating something special. Whether it be a homemade valentine for your loved one, or painting a piece a furniture that you picked up and a yard sale, it will be a blast. Of course, the best gift you can offer someone on Valentine ’s Day or any day is investing quality time together.

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I consider myself to be somewhat of a romantic. I love lace, pearls, white linen, chaise lounges, candlelight, and gentle settings. I enjoy bringing that sense of romance into my work with clients and into my retail shop.

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Enjoy looking at some inspiration for the Romantic Style!

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Happy Valentine’s Day. xoxoxoxAntique rose

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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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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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05.05 20140

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

The old saying is true! As an interior designer, I find cool items in junk sales, yard sales, and flea markets all the time that can be repurposed, recycled, or even used as-is in the appropriate type of decor. This bench is on display in my store and showroom, Lilly Designs and City Market. This could fit right in to some people's existing decor. Some people might want to spruce it up with paint or a different fabric, or by adding pillows or a throw. It's certainly not junk, though. Too many people just put their old furniture in the dumpster and don't look for a new home for it. Bench   Here's a group of pretty blue Mason jars, vintage bottles, and even a kitschy doll from the days when ladies crocheted doll dresses to cover scandalous toilet paper in the bathroom. While I don't personally need a toilet paper doll, someone else might find it adorable and nostalgic. But those pretty blue Mason jars do speak to me. They could make a messy pantry look uniform and organized. A little chalkboard paint or other creative label would make this "trash" modern and trendy at yard sale prices! Yard Sale Jars Antiques Roadshow is coming to Birmingham in June. This is a perfect example of turning trash into treasure. Things that are gathering dust in the attic turn out to be gems worth a fortune, just because a collector somewhere sees the value in it. If an accessory has a history, it's got more value than if it's simply an attractive piece. ar-logo_t250 This is the time of year for yard sales! As more people are spring cleaning, there will be great opportunities to turn someone else's trash into your treasure. Or, on the flip side, getting rid of your own clutter can be a great way to revamp your house and let someone else decorate with your old furniture, accessories, and art. The great part about it all is, nothing ends up as waste or in a landfill. It's all reused and getting new life.

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