Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Year’s Eve Party: Fantasy Style

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This year, I’m thrilled to not be the one hosting the New Year's Eve party, thus this post will not be filled with how to decorate your table, what to serve, etc. Instead, I want you to join me as I prepare for the evening; free of the responsibilities that come with being a generous and meticulous hostess. Also, you’re going to be green with envy when you see where I will be ringing in the New Year…

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The kiddos are with the in-laws which gave me the rare opportunity to take a rejuvenating long soak before getting dressed.


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opulent jewelry is a must


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makeup is applied with a light hand; after all I’ll be dancing the night away and too much make up would not be a good idea...

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i think this bun is a success, don’t you?

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so, what do you all think about my look? my dress is a Ferragamo btw

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my girlfriends should be here any minute now…

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one final check to make sure i have all the essentials...

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and we’re off! time to partaay!!

O.K, my friends, while we’re on our way, feast your eyes on where the party will be…

Location: Miami

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what a place right? perfect place to ring in the new year

O.k, darlings, what a ride we had this year! I have a feeling 2013 will be even more spectacular! Thank you for sharing 2012 with me, now onward to an even better 2013. I’m off to dance the night away; see you back here in January! Blessings and much love. XX

{images: fantasy story made possible by this Ferragamo shoot. House in Miami is on sale for a cool $38 mil. More here}

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

A Winner, $80 Gift Card Giveaway from The Container Store, and Tips!

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A big Thank You to everyone who participated in the West Elm giveaway! The lucky person via random.org is the lovely Anita from Castles Crowns and Cottages! Congrats Anita! Whoo hoo!! I will email you shortly with the details!

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     I hope everyone had an Amazing Christmas with their loved ones! I don’t know about you, but I am already thinking about how I’m going  put away and store all my Christmas décor. Also, I am ready to purge, purge, purge other areas of my life/home. I am not a resolution making kind of gal, but, I want 2013 to be my most organized year yet! It’s time to get rid of the clutter in the closets, utilize my storage space(especially in the kitchen and laundry room) more efficiently. Whose with me!? To get you all started, I am hosting an $80 gift certificate from The Container Store!  I know, just what you wanted; you’re welcomeSmile.
     Before we go into the specifics of this wonderful giveaway, let’s check out these 12 invaluable and simple tips from the folks at The Container Store on how to create a well-organized, efficient space…

1. Start in one place

If you have several areas in your home you want to get under control, start with just one. You decide which one to start with — is it the area that gives you the biggest headache, or the area that guests to your home most easily see? Whatever your priorities, select one area and stick to it. Many attempts at organization fail when the task of cleaning up the entire house seems daunting and folks give up. When you complete one area, celebrate and then move on to the next.

2. Allow plenty of time

Don’t expect organization to happen overnight. Depending on the area to be organized, schedule a couple of hours each day to work on getting the area organized. Getting a garage whipped into shape will take more time than it takes to organize a linen closet.

3. Clean house

Once you’ve selected an area, go through the contents. Donate or hold a garage sale for anything you don’t or can’t wear or use any more. Use the two year rule of thumb — if you haven’t worn it in two years, it’s time to say goodbye to it. These items take up valuable space and probably won’t be missed.

4. Take inventory

After you’ve removed extraneous items, take a look at what remains. Does it belong here? Does it make sense to keep it here? Is there another place where you’ve got more room to keep it, or another area where it would be more easily accessible for its purpose? For example, take that professional-grade mixer that you’ve been keeping in the back of your closet and move it to the kitchen. When it’s time to tackle that area of the home, you can incorporate the mixer into the new storage plan for the kitchen.

5. Look for wasted space

If you’re in need of more storage space, think creatively about additional areas that you can put to work. Prime examples include over doors and underneath beds These areas are valuable real estate in your home and are often overlooked.

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6. Maximize vertical space

If you don’t have a lot of room to work with, a surefire way to instantly create more space is to go “up.” Instead of only having a couple of shelves to house your kitchen items, take them up to the ceiling to really maximize the vertical space — you’ll store the things you need less frequently on the higher shelves.

7. Divide the space

By adding additional shelves to a single shelf, or by using containers that stack atop one another, you can divide the vertical space and make efficient use of the area you have to work with. By dividing the space, you eliminate the possibility of stacking tall piles of clothing, papers or other items that are destined to topple over.

8. Keep it moving

Consider storage options on wheels: to allow for greater flexibility and to help keep the clutter under control. Carts can hold an assortment of accessories in a small amount of space, and can be wheeled back into a closet or storage area when not in use.

9. Organize with color

Whether you’re working to organize the family room or striving to get your home office under control, use color to enhance your efforts. Assign each child a different colored container to keep his or her belongings in and keep them responsible for cleaning up after themselves. Organize projects, bills and other important papers by function and color in your home office.

10. Visibility

The three rules to organization are visibility, accessibility and flexibility. Choose containers that are either transparent or that you can easily label to help immediately identify the contents and save valuable time.

11. Accessibility

Make sure that the items you need most often are the easiest to access. Likewise, place the items you don’t need to get to as often on a higher shelf or in another area.

12. Flexibility

Select a storage system that can adapt to your changing needs. That way, you can reconfigure and reuse solutions to solve a variety or storage and organization problems.

Feeling motivated yet? Yes, me too! Ok, here’s how you enter the giveaway:

How to enter: (open to only U.S. and Canadian residents)
Mandatory: Must be a follower of Design Addict Mom.
If you are a follower, simply comment below. It’s that simpleSmile

Additional entries:
Tweet about this giveaway


Post about this giveaway on facebook


Giveaway ends Friday January 11, 2013. Good luck everyone! XX

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Zion’s DIY Tree and Christmas Around Our Home...

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I had a small tree in Zion’s playroom but he kept moving it around, so I removed it and we made this one together. I had pom poms and glue dots laying around just waiting to be made into a tree. Thanks to my friend Will for posting these alternative trees which led to this idea.

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I traced the shape of the tree using chalk first and then used glue dots to adhere the pom poms  on the lines of the shape. Zion’s role was to give me whatever colour pom pom I needed. It was a great diy to reinforce colours and he enjoyed it!

And in other parts of our home…

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The Christmas decor was kept very simple, but sprinkled with a little bling and some colour here and there. The fireplace is see through and double sided and I decorated each side differently. One side is sleek and simple and the other side(shown above) while still simple is more colourful and earthy.

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at night when the candles are lit; so beautiful…

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This Ikea light is the least expensive one in our home, but it’s everyone’s favourite. It casts these snowflakes on the wall when it’s on, perfect Christmas décor…

Zion’s DIY Tree and Christmas Around Our Home...I love handcrafted items and this beautiful reindeer was handcrafted in India. I  scored him at my local TJMaxx


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can you tell I have a thing for deer? this one is from Zgallerie and the handblown Italian ornament is the perfect addition to one of its antlers.

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Last year, the hubby drew this scene the night before Christmas for Zion. I am no artist so I won’t even attempt to do this. We sure miss him and I felt I needed to post this again to have a bit of him in this post…*sniff, sniff* (Don't forget to keep our men and women who are away fighting for our country in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season).

I will be back to update this post with the winner of the giveaway(probably after Christmas). Until then, I want to wish each of you Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas and please be safe. Lots of love! XX

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A little Distraction…?

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     Many of us are probably still glued to the news after what happened and could use a little distraction. I am still trying to come to grips with the shooting that took place yesterday in Newtown, Ct.  I was brought to tears like so many of you I’m sure. Just last school year, I was teaching 2nd grade at an Elementary school; the thought of this happening to any of them is unfathomable. Yet, it did happen. in. Newtown. I am at a loss for words and can lean only on my belief in prayers and its power to heal…
     This beautiful home is actually located in New England and was designed by the talented Lynne Scalo who coincidentally  is a Connecticut based designer. “Design is a very personal process that evolves by really getting to know how a person lives and wants to live.’’ says Scalo. Her design of this New England home infuses modern with traditional effortlessly. Enjoy…

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very Mad Men-esque, isn’t it?

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Squeeze your loved ones, love them, and have a weekend filled with laughter and joy. Personally, I am going to try and avoid the news, spend quality time with my boys and count my blessings! XX

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Namaste: A Light-Filled Moment…

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This moment; meditative, reflective, and enjoying a brief respite from all the hustle and bustle that comes with this holiday season.

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Slow it down, remember the reason for the season and let’s keep our lights bright. Much love my friends. XX

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P.S. If you live in Nashville Tennessee, you can enjoy a mind blowing light art show by the artist, Bruce Munro(who is responsible for the stunning light art in the first image). Go here to learn more.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

West Elm $60 Gift Card Giveaway!

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First a huge thank you for your blush inducing complements on my prior post. You all are so kind to me.  I am truly appreciative! Now onward to this giveaway! Seriously, this West Elm giveaway doesn’t need a narrative; I would be surprised to meet someone who didn’t know about West Elm.  Whatever your design fantasy, chances are you won’t be disappointed to shop West Elm. Are you looking for the perfect accessory for your kitchen,

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the perfect and affordable bedding(or even bedroom furniture)

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mercury glass and candle holders to wow your guests when you entertain, OR,

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the perfect rug…?Really, I could go on and on, but you get the picture; this giveaway has something for EVERYONE!
 
(Yes, this giveaway is open to everyone; international readers too:))

How to enter:
Mandatory: Must be a follower of Design Addict Mom.
If you are a follower, simply comment below. It’s that simpleSmile
Additional entries
Tweet about this giveaway

Post about this giveaway on facebook

Giveaway ends Friday December 21st 2012. Good luck everyone! XX