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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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20.01 20140

Design Inspiration: Madison214

Over the holidays, I traveled to visit family in Dallas. On vacation, I shopped in a gorgeous store named Madison214. Becca showed me around the store. It was bright and colorful, and I loved the details in this shop. Place settings and displays of china were cheerful and beautiful, as you can see.China   I got a couple of closeups of individual pairings. more fine china   What a beautiful variety.Fine china On display with flatware on a table, as if ready to serve: Colorful dishes   Books and accessories that were on sale provided some of the interior detailing as well. bookshelf The titles almost suggest a story themselves, don't they?   Books Planners and notebooks lined up in bright colors:Binder display I love this display of monogrammed handkerchiefs!   Napkin display   This little bird is distinctive and stylish. Partridge   Bright, sassy purses all lined up in a row!  Colorful purses   As you can see, the overall effect of the store was chipper and friendly! I truly enjoyed shopping here. The owners, Kirsten and Kelli, have put together an inspirational showroom to be proud of. Colorful display   Which are your favorite pictures? Are there design ideas you can use here? Let me know what you think, and if you're ever in Dallas, stop by Madison 214 and tell them Renee Lilly sent you!

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14.01 20140

Design Inspiration: Melissa Benge Collection

Over the holidays, I visited family in Dallas, Texas. Of course, I’m always on the lookout for inspiration and design ideas when I’m out and about! One place I discovered while seeing how the old neighborhoods have changed was Melissa Benge’s store in Dallas. I was given excellent service by Monica, who invited me to look around and gave me Melissa’s card. Melissa gave me more information about her store.

mannequin at Melissa Benge

The building that the Melissa Benge Collection is in was built in about 1938. The part of the building she occupies housed the Alamo Glass Company for 70 years. Melissa says that when she moved in, it was very much a 1970s office building, complete with white peg board, low ceilings, and fluorescent lighting. It took her almost six months to remodel the space. She designed her logo and all of the store fixtures to coordinate with the logo.

Melissa Benge Logo

The building itself was pink, and the windows up high were boarded up. After taking the boards down, she replaced all the glass. She also restored all the original vintage hardware, and they still hand open by chains. Melissa decided to expose the original ceiling tin. They also kept the original floor by simply polishing the terrazzo in front and the old concrete in back. Melissa has vintage grill work at various places in the store, creating what she calls a "hacienda/maison" feel.

Grillwork

She also designed the front door, laying out design elements purchased separately for a French boutique feeling.

Storefront at Melissa Benge Collection

Her attention to detail was really remarkable. She told me in her email:
My style has always been "tough & tender" so I think the design elements appeal to both men & women.  I am so happy that men really enjoy looking around my shops, also.  I have always combined old & new, also.  Vintage pieces strike a chord in people's hearts & memories & "new" keeps it all fresh & exciting.  Crazy about "opposites"!

Heart in antlers

You can see that tough and tender aesthetic throughout. This buffalo head was created by a chainsaw artist.

Buffalo head - chainsaw artist

She sells fashion accessories, clothing, and items for the home.

necklace

Details matter! Even the soap was wholesome and beautiful.

Soap

Melissa Benge tries to buy from American sources, and finds great pleasure in looking for that rare, unique piece that will set someone's interior apart.

Antlers

For more of Melissa’s collections and learn more about her, visit her sites: www.gunslingerofbandera.com www.melissabengecollection.com It was truly a pleasure visiting her store. I got a lot of inspiration from the trip. It’s always a joy to find someone else who puts a lot of thought and emphasis on beauty and design. What inspires you? Have you visited some amazing stores lately? Let me know about it in the comments or on Facebook!

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11.12 20130

Talladega Christmas Tour of Homes 2013

This Sunday, I  had the opportunity to tour a couple of the homes the Talladega Christmas tour. These are always fun for getting design ideas in general, but especially in decorating for the holidays! This Victorian home was built in 1906. The Lacys have lived here for 26 years and completely restored it. They were able to keep the original pine floors, as well as high ceilings, mantels, and fireplace inserts. Victorian home Talladega   I also visited this Greek revival cottage, built in 1950. It has been renovated and updated, but is a "work in progress." The owner is a fan of all things French, and it's apparent by visiting and seeing her interior.   Greek Revival cottage   Here are some of the interesting items I saw on the tour. You can see how just a subtle accent or two can make a beautiful home holiday ready.

bric-a-brac

 I love this cute little Christmas tree! Very understated and works well with the decor.

 subtle holiday accents

A splash of color is always festive and cheerful!

hallway

 Of course, sometimes you just want to go all out! This kitchen table is bright and cheery and cozy. It makes you feel like you're home. Christmas table There was plenty more to be seen. I've shared the highlights and best pictures from the day. Touring homes is a great source of inspiration and can put you in the holiday mood! I had a great time.

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11.03 20130

Spring Picks from A Design Resource

By: Renee Categories:Bee Inspired, Buzzworthy

Have you looked at A Design Resource yet? The weather is warming up, and we're looking forward to outdoor gatherings. Here's some favorites from my catalog.

Candles offered by interior design website adesignresource.com

These citronella garden candles are a pretty alternative to the ordinary citronella bucket candle we see in so many gardens.

Pea Pod dish at interior designer Renee Lilly's website

If you're doing more entertaining with the nice weather, this adorable pea-pod shaped serving dish will do well for finger foods and nibbles.

Asian Prosperity Tea Table sold by interior designer Renee Lilly

Beautiful Asian prosperity tea table, which could double as a stool if it is more appropriate to your garden. This is a lovely addition to any garden, especially Southern gardens that often have azaleas and other Asian style plants.

What are you doing to celebrate the beginning of spring? Are there items you're on the lookout for to complete your outdoor design? I'd love to help you find that perfect piece.

Enjoy the weather while it lasts!

Reneesig

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22.01 20130

Upcoming Changes to A Design Resource

By: Renee Categories:Bee Inspired, Buzzworthy

It's a brand new year, and I'm excited about the possibilities. I have been to the January Market and am bristling with energy and creativity! My e-commerce website, A Design Resource, has some big changes coming up in development that should be rolled out shortly. There will be new product posted on the website, and it should be much easier to navigate and purchase.  

Rugs @ Lilly Designs, a Design Resource

  I'll be adding some new portfolio pieces in weeks to come, as well as adding to my pictures and updating my blog on a consistent basis. I'm working on adding a quarterly newsletter so you know all about interesting interior design ideas at Lilly Designs in Pell City.  There will be interesting happenings on Lilly Design's Facebook page and Twitter, and I plan on using Pinterest to generate some buzz about design ideas I think are worth checking out! I'd love to hear from you, as well! What kinds of interaction would you like to see from me?  2013 is a bright new start for Lilly Designs, and you are all a big part of that. Let me know in the comments or by contacting me personally.

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01.03 20120

36th Annual Red Cross Designer Show House— Palm Beach, Florida

Recently in sunny Palm Beach, Florida, I visited the 36th annual American Red Cross Designer Show House. Each year, Red Cross hosts the event to showcase local designers. This year an impressive spread, nicknamed ‘The Mansion’ by locals, received a make-over from 18 talented designers.

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19.10 20110

Spooktober!

By: Renee Categories:Bee Inspired, Buzzworthy

Martha Steware Cut out pumkinsToday is the first day I’ve gone outside and needed a jacket, and I can’t tell you how alive that makes us feel. My halloween decorations were literally melting on my front door, and had to be re-glued! Check back later today for our Halloween ideas, from decorations and inspirations to ‘spooky’ rituals for grown-ups to clear their homes of clutter.

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