Monthly Archives: May 2014

Friday Favorites: Make Your Dorm Room a Home

Making your dorm room a home.

Making your dorm room a home.

Some of my favorite students ever are graduating next week and beginning college life. For most of them, this new chapter will involve a dorm or apartment (and most importantly, it will involve decorating it! :)). It got me thinking about my freshman dorm. For two months, I lived with a vampire; and this was in 2001 before vampires looked like Rob Pattinson.

She decorated her side of the room with fake cobwebs from which plastic spiders dangled, and a 6ft tall styrofoam cutout of Dracula. A small, black coffin adorned her dresser holding her removable fangs. I could write a whole paragraph about her “beauty” routine which involved dyeing her hair a new color (like green or purple) every other day. One night she even ripped down the “Bid Day” Sorority decorations from our door and proceeded to call me “the blonde bimbo” to her friend. I pretended to be asleep. Needless to say, our dorm room was a study in contrasts. Continue reading

Friday Favorites: Indulge Yourself

created by polvore ~ featuring La Mer, Oribe, and GiGi New York clutches

created by polvore ~ featuring La Mer, Oribe, and GiGi New York clutches

As a little girl, I loved “the gift sets with purchase” my mom would get from Estee Lauder, and she would always give them to me, I would carefully unzip the little makeup bags and slowly pull out each individually wrapped item. It was a thrill I learned early on and have never tired of.

There was usually a lipstick, sometimes a small navy blue mirror with “Estee Lauder” written in gold on the back, but there was always a face cream.  Continue reading

Friday Favorites: Faux Flowers and Foo Dogs

Two of my favorite things are faux flowers and foo dogs. What are yours?

Two of my favorite things are faux flowers and foo dogs. What are yours?

Somewhere I read that a woman said she’d rather have roses on her table than diamonds around her neck. I’d definitely rather have the diamonds around my neck (and preferably a neck that had both vertebral arteries working, but that’s another prayer.) 🙂 However, flowers are still one of my favorite things… flowers and stories.  Continue reading

It’s Time to Change Your Arrangements

Change your arrangements with the seasons.

Change your arrangements with the seasons.

No winter lasts forever, thank goodness! As philosophical and spiritual of an idea as that could be, it can also remind us to change some of the accents and arrangements in our homes. Remember Elsie de Wolfe’s mantra about SUITABILITY! Continue reading

To Those Who Carried My Stretcher

I think Matt still wants me to wear this bracelet even though I am home.

I think Matt still wants me to wear this bracelet even though I am home.

 

“He is here, listen closely, hear Him calling out your name. He is here, you can touch Him. You will never be the same.” -Bill Gaither

 

Last Friday afternoon, my mom and I got to sit outside on my patio. After being in the hospital for a week, getting to sit in my backyard on a cool April afternoon was closer to heaven than I ever imagined it would be. We were flipping through home décor magazines, sharing little tidbits, when my mom said, “You know, God is ALWAYS all around us. But sometimes we get so busy by other things that we do not see and feel Him. It’s not He that’s moved away, it is we.”

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