Thursday, November 29, 2012


I'm making mad dashes on rugs this week. Runners for narrow halls and large scale ones for dining rooms, in particular.  This week, I've been purchasing rugs for a couple clients and our new home.  So excited! Let me know if you'd like me to find you one or several beautiful ones for your home.  For a limited time only, I'm able to source really good deals for you.  Oh, and this Saturday's sale, I will also have a few rugs we are parting ways with from the old house!

I'm currently in love with multi-colored, faded, low-piled, natural fiber, afghan rugs that wear well w/animals, children, and heavy foot traffic.   They stand the test of time and don't ever lose their value.

Feel free to give me a call.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pickwick House Holiday Prop Sale!

Don't forget we are having our exciting Pickwick House {One Day Only} Prop Sale this coming Saturday 1st December at the store.  We have a great round-up of beautiful things including lots of props from previous events, beautiful hand-made items by some of Sharon's very talented sisters and also some fresh Holiday baked goods from Tea Bar and Bites.  We have lots of vintage pieces, glassware, accessories and miscellaneous items.  Very special bargains including some of our remnant fabrics which always get snapped up really quickly! 


Tuesday, November 27, 2012


As most of you know, I'm the mom of five, and the middle of nine kids.  My life has been full from the very beginning with little time for pauses or pocketfuls of money.  One thing I find of great comfort is the soft drive of taking my son to high school in the mornings every now and then {when he lets me}.  That drive happens to also be the very exact route my mom would take me.  To the very same school.  A soft drive through our old neighborhood and past the old park.  She would turn on NPR every morning on that drive.  It was one of the few one-on-one moments I had with her.  I know I didn't probably appreciate that time much back then. But I wish I could tell mom now that I very much appreciate her ritual she shared with me.  It was a gift.

Yesterday, on my drive there to school, we listened to a piece on NPR.  You can read the story here.  #GIVINGTUESDAY. It moved me.  Quite a lot.  It reminded me of years past.  It reminded me of a Christmas when us Arnolds were given special gifts by a generous 'giver'.  That one time.  I don't know what mom and dad were going through back then but 'that gifting' has stuck with me ever since.

I am hopeful to make a difference in some other people's lives on this very first #GivingTuesday, as they call it.   I'm grateful that it doesn't have to be a big check signed off at the end of the year.  It can be however big I am able to give. Maybe it's just time.  Maybe it's just a soft drive.  Maybe it's listening.  What is most important this holiday season?  What will you give?  

Much Love,


Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday: Modern Lantern

Happy Cyber Monday!  Thought I'd share another something fab I was exposed to at Design Camp.  A fab line of lamps introduced recently by Modern Lantern.  These are cordless lamps! Genius and beautiful too.  {Who likes being dictated by cords and plug-ins?  NOT ME!} CUT THE CORD!!

Modern Lantern has just launched their first line of many more series to come.  Peruse their first collection, w/free shipping, plus an extra 10% off {today only}.  And please tell them I, Sharon Taylor, sent you!

While I was chatting with the founder of Modern Lantern over dinner, she told me that she is currently working on a plan for a future release of outdoor lamps/pendants as well....which to me, is another, just hugely brilliant idea.  {Think outdoor chandeliers for outdoor parties and events.}  I can't tell you how big that is and will be for wedding planners/designers/homeowners/clients.  Makes me happy as cricket!  

Here are my top three picks from Modern Lantern.  And believe me, when I saw them in person, they not only gave off a good light, but their presence was pretty stunning too!

Have a great week!


Friday, November 23, 2012

Living Thankfully

Hoping you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We certainly did! I documented my day on instagram. (Instagram is my favorite.) It's my personal locket.

This past week, Martha Stewart Living encouraged instagram users to post pictures of what they were thankful for and to use the hash tag #livingthankfully alongside their picture. I loved that title. We can all say we are thankful. But do we 'live' it?

Here's what I'm #livingthankfully for.

Mostly, as you can see it's family, and family time. My kids. Will. A roof over our heads. But I'm also thankful for YOU!

My work, a storefront that is right up the street, my vendors, my clients, my projects that end beautifully as well as my difficult project experiences that dont go so smoothly and have taught me things. Friends, and my interns who donated their time this past year. Stormy, the contractor who has fixed all of our doors time and time again.

Last but not least, the beautiful Ozarks, and the best neighborhood in the Midwest--Rountree.

Sorry if I overloaded you on pics or doubled up on them. (I'm blogging on the go!) But I will tell you...My heart is SO full. Thank you again my dear ones!!

What are you living thankfully for?

Hope you eat lots of pie today!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012


MY WISH LIST from my new favorite shopping site; Vand M{Vintage and Modern}.  I must've been living under a rock or something because I'd never heard of it until recently while I was at design camp.   A group of us designer campers were invited to go have a bite for dinner with the co founder of V&M {a sponsor of camp}. Bill Indursky.  A magnetic, smart, and quirky guy.  He was a fantastic speaker who had us revved up from the GET-GO at camp!

While at dinner, he shared with us his personal and inspiring story of growing several businesses and then his latest, V&M.  V&M one of the fastest growing curated online marketplaces on the internet.  We all know about 1st Dibbs, right? Well, V&M is a close second to it with it's impeccable selections.  It's known for more affordable prices, however.  Who doesn't love that?

When we all parted from dinner that night, Bill told us to be prepared for his 'TREND' talk the following day with his over the top attire.  We tried to guess but would've never guess him to be 
sporting head to toe tattoos, some sort of slick material-ed kilt skirt, spiked gloves, and shiny gold high top nikes.  Almost as catchy as his talk.  ALMOST! 

Go check out V&M!  You'll be glad you did!!  

OKAY, here is what's on my wish list from V&M. {Btw, how many times have I said V&M in this post? I can't say it enough!} 

I would love to add this bleached wood trestle table to my new home office.  It would be an amazing desk. What I really love is that it has a parque top.

This guy is definitely on my list.  Not for cheerleading particularly, but for waking my teenagers up.  I hope they come in extra large! It's only $200.  I LOVE the look of these megaphones.  

Great paper weight.  

 I'm ordering this suzani for a client and hoping to order a couple extra for our new house.
Vintage metal baskets always come in handy for art supplies, linens, and books.  
This turtle shell is so sweet.  Turtle shells for good luck for the coming year. {This is an antique turtle shell and is not on the endangered list.}

Hope you're having a good start to this holiday week!