Monday, December 31, 2012

HAPPY New Year!

spiked egg nog via pinterest

Happy Holidays from Pickwick House!  We've been out of the office since before Christmas due to a loss in our family.  Will's father passed away.  Thank you for all of your kind thoughts and patience during this time.   

With time and life being so precious, I decided to take some extra time off while all the kids are home. Taking my own advice about SLOWING Down from that last post.  I hope you have done some of the same. 

Starting mid week, I'll be back in full swing.  In the mean time, here are some sweet photos taken by Heather Cherie Photography, from a recent setup we did for KY3 about creating fun for the kids during Christmas, New Years, and winter break.  

We used our large chalkboard as a master plan for things to do over the break.  Here are a few things we wrote on the master task list:
Listen to the Music 
Dance at night by candle light  
Save boxes from Christmas to build and create things with {AKA:  Boxing Day...Make a doll bed, a dollhouse, a boat.}  Bake  
Host a game night  
Celebrate any time you can 
Take lots of photos  
Go sledding  
Do something nice for someone  
Write Thank-yous    

Garlands are all the rage.  These gold stars are actually a ninja star origami made by my friend's nine year old son, Anthony.   I'd hoped to add that to today's post, but blogger is giving me problems.  Stay tuned for that!

We made our own gift wrap using black poster board and interior white wall paint we had on hand.

What are you doing for NYE?  We are spending the early evening with the kids and then we {Will and I are gussying up}.  We will head up to Pickwick House to ring in the New Year with family and neighbors.

I am so thankful for all of you.

I'm also excited to get started on a New Year.  I hope you have a wonderful New Year too!  May it be YOUR year.  One that's filled with peace, love, abundance, joy, and may it be full of promise!

Much Love to you All!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

KY3 TV Holiday Segment + Centerpiece DIY

The holidays are here upon us! I'm feeling WAY behind this year, but as I've gotten older and added a a few more children, activities, and blissful chaos, I've come to realize it's really just about 'being in the moment'.  Making memories.  That's what the holidays are about, right?  This year, inspiration for my table scape came from that motto.  'Slow Down'.  'Stick close to home'.  Create a warm and inviting wonderland that's simple, yet memorable.

My talented friend Heather from Heather Cherie Photography came by Pickwick House to photograph our latest holiday table scape we created for a KY3 segment.  Hop on over to her blog to see the post and you can see the KY3 segment here.

Clementines are a favorite at our house.  Not only are they such a juicy, easy snack for little hands to grab and peel, they have no seeds. And the skins smell so good as you are peeling the vitamin C goodness.  They also offer a juicy jolt of color for the holidays.  [We buy them by the case around our house.]

DIY Clementine Arrangement:

Small wooden box.  {I used one I had on hand from a past wedding}
Nine fresh clementines {We call them cuties.  I like to look for the deeper orange colored ones.  They are my favorite.}
Small sprigs of evergreen {We used pine and rosemary sprigs from the yard}

How To:
Turn the box upside down
Lay the grid of clementines {I put three on each row}
Lay the sprigs of pine and rosemary in between each clementine

That's it!  You're done.  I placed ours over a bed of fresh greens that my friend brought to me.  So easy, inexpensive, useable, and beautiful!!

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Hope you are enjoying this time of year!   Let us know if you need me and my team to help warm up your home or throw an unforgettable party holiday party this year and into 2013!


Friday, December 14, 2012

House Update

Well, it's the end of a productive week on the home 'front'.  Still a mess on the inside of the house, but I feel like it's time for a celebration because we finished the exterior front door!  Haha!  For those who live in the hood,  they will tell you that we've had a camping tent pitched outside for a while now.  We tell people that we live in the tent, not the house, which is sort of a running joke for those who like to tease us that we've been working more on the outside than the inside.  

I have been combing through my 2000 pictures on my iphone to try to find the original picture of the entrance to try to share it with you here, but I came up empty handed.  So, try to visualize that this paneled door was hiding behind a horribly flimsy, hunter green metal storm door {with a sliding screen attachment}.  Yes, very 80's and very ugly!  It was the first thing Will ripped off.  We wanted to  'let the inside door' SHINE, so to speak.  I just love the old paneled door, and original brass hardware and door knocker were worth keeping as well.   The outdoor lights that were on the house were a very small and bad 80's version of brass too.  Those are gone and we replaced every outdoor light with Robert Allen fixtures that were discontinued from Lowes.  Because they were discontinued, there were less than a handful of matching fixtures left at Lowes.  Not good, hence many trips to surrounding towns, {including into Arkansas} to pick up one and two here and there until we finally had enough to cover all the exterior lights.   
This door was a complete son of gun to strip.  I think I bought like 5 things of all natural stripper.  Bless Will's heart!
Stripped finally!
House painted in Benjamin Moore's "Dragonbreath"
Layers and Layers of thick lead paint.

Door Completed yesterday!  Benjamin Moore's "Fields of Gold" in oil-base high gloss
Once the door was done yesterday, I drove the kids over to see it because I couldnt stop thinking about it.  Funny thing is, Sylvia checked the mail slot first thing, and pulled out our first 'real mail'....A Christmas card from our family in Boise, Idaho.  That it made this day so special!
We had a fancy sign made to promote the business.
Sweet old mail slot.  And it's at just the right height for Sylvie's reach.
This is our current kitchen state.  As you can see, no Christmas tree or any decorations to this point this year but I'm not complaining.  Just so excited and grateful!
So, what do you think and what are you up to for the holidays?  I hope you have a wonderful and happy weekend with lots of holiday merriment!

Thanks for stopping in!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Party

Have you considered what you are doing to fill your time over winter break? Are you wanting to have a party, or family gathering during the holidays, but don't want the mess? Pickwick House can take the stress out of hosting your event! 

For December and January ONLY we are booking event space for an amazing discounted price of $75 for 3hrs! Maximum capacity is 50 people! Call today 417-459-8988.

Hope you're having a good week! Be sure and come back tomorrow for a very exciting house update!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Merry On!

Via Pintrest
The holiday season is quickly approaching. Today we are very excited to be working on our Christmas cards for Pickwick House.  We are also very busy planning two holiday decor segments that will be featured on KY3 in the next few weeks. What fun, festive holiday activities are you partaking in?

On another note while attending a Design Camp in October I had the pleasure of meeting Maureen Stevens. I am excited to be featured on Maureen Stevens Blog discussing the
Top 10 Reasons to Attend Design Camp. It was an amazing experience and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to meet experts and fellow designers.

Well, I'm going to merry on my way now.  Have a great day!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Recognize, Visualize, and Prioritize Stocking Stuffers!

Pickwick House is offering exciting stocking stuffer gift certificates for design services including 'refreshing after the holidays'.  For example, organizing and stylizing your home office or work place for the new year, and/or accessorizing any area in your home, or perhaps, helping you plan a private 'winter time' party! 

Let me and my team help you recognize, visualize, and prioritize to get your place in tip-top shape for 2013! 

Please call today to order your stocking stuffer gift certificate! 417-459-8988


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Guest Post: Maureen Stevens

Happy Tuesday!  I have an exciting guest post for you today.  Ready for some fantastic inspiration?  Well...Maureen Stevens, a talented stylist/decorator from Texas is here today on the blog to share a beautiful Christmas vignette.  I love her work and her uber-creative DIY projects!  And, not only is she super talented, she's really warm, beautiful, and funny.  We became friends at Design Camp and I will guest posting for her soon.  

Take it away Maureen!:

Hello everybody! I am so excited to be writing this post for such a creative interior designer and event stylist. Thanks so much Sharon! I've been stalking your designs which are chockful of ideas!
Today, I want to share one of my favorite color palette and vignette for Holiday & Christmas decorating. There are so many ideas and styles out there but if you ask me, I'm all about whites and golds this year. My style is modern with a touch of whimsy. Here's our inspiration image:
Pretty cute don't you think? And this is how it can be re-created:
I'm a Hobby Lobby shopper...can you tell? So, pretty much everything here comes from that shop {spray paint those leaves gold!}, except for the wreath which is by West Elm. Here is the reindeer head template. Scatter a couple of clear candle holders and antique mercury vases and containers and you have a festive and chic vignette!

Darling, huh?

Hope you are having a great week!