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24.10 20160

A Glimmer of Glitterville

By: Renee Categories:Buzzworthy

Stephen Brown and longtime friend and business partner, Bryan Wilkerson, know how to throw a party. Every year the Tennessee based duo hold Seasonal parties in Stephen's family home. Built in 1904 with Edwardian Arts and Crafts architectural detail, it lends itself perfectly to compliment their party décor. And while they always hold a very large Christmas gathering for around 400 attendees, Halloween has to be their favorite. Stephen Brown and Bryan Wilkerson are the founders of Glitterville, a unique line of whimsical seasonal décor that has a multi-holiday giftware line and limited-edition handmade collection. Glitterville's favorite holiday is Halloween, with funky original designs and a playful color scheme. “Glitterville is H.R. Pufnstuf with a Tim Burton cherry on top,” Bryan Wilkerson said in an interview. They have a wide variety of items to liven up a party, from a “Big Top Halloween Tree” to vintage inspired paper jack-o'-lanterns that come in unique styles. The bright colors, attention to detail, and incredible insight and imagination that goes in to creating this fun, whimsical collection will inspire you to get into the festive spirit. Stephen and Bryan gather inspiration from everywhere, from a mother bird feeding her babies in “Trick or Tweet,” or arachnophobia inspiring a cuddly spider riding a tricycle festooned with banners. The fantastic imagery will enliven your festivities and make your Halloween gathering one people will enjoy. catolantern jackolantern2 jackolantern1

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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.


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


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:


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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."


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.


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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