The Linen Closet – Tuscalooa’s Most Exquisite LinenSelection

If you’re from Tuscaloosa and have a passion for luxurious linens, you probably know all about The Linen Closet. It’s one of my favorite stores. photo 2

For those of you that aren’t familiar, they have exquisite linens for the home. Not into fancy linens? Don’t worry, because they have something for everyone ranging from candles to soaps and even furniture. Their Nest candles smell fabulous.

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Curious as to what brands they carry? Here’s a few:

  • Yves
    Delorme
  • SDH
  • Dash and
    Albert
  • Jacquard Francais
  • Vera Bradley
  • And many, many
    more

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I’ve always loved linens and when I want to indulge I love to go to The Linen Closet. What can I say…700 count thread sheets make me happy. But, even I can get excited when I buy pretty kitchen towels at Target.

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Stop in today and tell them Phyllis sent you! You won’t regret it. They are located on McFarland Blvd. in the Galleria (across from Indian Hills).

 

photo 2 P.S. They sell
the most amazing sheet sprays by The Good Home
Company
.
I highly recommend Beach
Days.

A Look Inside the White House

Tuesday is Election Day! No matter what your political affiliation may be, there’s no denying how stunning the White House is. I thought it might be fun to share a few of the interior rooms with you. The official website of the White House has a great interactive tour. Enjoy your tour of the one house in America that I can’t sell. The Oval Office One of the more well-known rooms, the Oval Office is where the President works. Each President is able to tailor the office to his liking, but primary features remain constant through each presidency. The One of the more well-known rooms, the Oval Office is where the President works. Each President is able to tailor the office to his liking, but primary features remain constant through each presidency. The Vermeil Room This room takes it’s name for the display of guilded silver. The French word for silver is vermeil. The Vermeil room is home to portraits of the First Ladies, including style icon Jackie Kennedy. The State Dining Room Roosevelt renovated the dining room in 1902 and upped capacity to 140. Throughout Obama’s Administration, state dinners have been held in the larger East Room and in tents on the South Lawn. Now, the dining hall is mainly used for meetings with members of congress and other groups. The Green Room The Green Room of the White House, Feb. 18, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian) The walls are covered in green silk. Historically, the Green Room is one of the more famous rooms that Jackie Kennedy helped redesign in an effort to give a more formal feeling the public rooms of the White House. Do you have a favorite room in the house? Or maybe one that you would redecorate given the chance? Share your input! Please remember to vote this coming Tuesday, November 6!

DIY: Interior Design Simplified

Last week I had a client ask me if hanging family pictures is a good idea (where to do it, how to hang them, is it tacky?). This got me thinking, why not blog about simple ways to make your home look even better than it already does?

My answer to the question is, yes! Show off your family, here’s how…

Gallery Walls

  • First, select a unifying element. Having a large group of pictures hanging together can become too busy, quickly. Make a decision. Try using all black and white photos, black frames with white matting, a unifying color, etc.
  • Next, choose an arrangement. Do you want the wall to be organized and methodical or free flowing?
  • Once the arrangement is determined, select a focal point (this is optional). If you want one piece to stand out, you’re going to have to vary the frame size/shape.
  • Now, the fun part…hanging the pictures. Try using the Template Method to conquer the task. To do so, you’ll cut out pieces of paper the size of the frames you’ll be using and attach the paper to the wall. Use painter’s tape to attach the paper to the walls and avoid leaving marks behind. This allows you to get a feel for what the wall will look like once all of the frames are hung. Happy hanging!

For more gallery wall tips and tricks click here.

Style Your Coffee Table

According to an article from Southern Living Magazine, there’s 4 essentials to get it right. It’s as simple as having something tall, 1 oddball object, something fresh, and a stack of books.

Style Your Sofa

A soft should be the focal point of the room, be sure it makes a lasting impression on guests.

  • Strip it. Start from scratch.
  • Add some type of textile to give it a fresh look. Try using quilts, throws, scarves, or fabric scraps.
  • Add your pillows. Start with basic, square pillows to anchor the look.

  • Add 1 oddly shaped pillow in the middle. Look for round, boxed rectangle, or lumbar pillows.

  • Now work inwards, adding a second set of square pillows to the couch.

For a different spin on the arrangement, view the original blog post from The Glitter Guide here.

Have fun decorating! Feel free to share any tips/tricks you’ve come across. I’m always looking for new ideas for myself as well as my clients.

Let Barton’s Nursery Help Brighten Your Home on a Dreary Day

 Tuscaloosa has had quite the whirlwind week of weather. On dreary days, like the kind we had yesterday, it’s easy to lose all motivation. Fortunately for me, I pass one of my favorite shops, Barton’s Nursery, on my drive home every day.  I stopped in and asked Amanda for tips on how to brighten my home and overcome the long, rainy dreary Winter days. Here’s what she suggested:

  • For those of you on a schedule, you can drop off your container, have the Barton’s staff fill it, and pick it up later that day! Of course, if you don’t have a container for them to fill already, they have plenty to choose from. 
  • Use mixed greenery (different shades of green) to add “life.” All mixed greenery of different shades can be very dramatic.  There are many options for low light in a home.
  • They sell accessories like this flower arranger to help you easily organize cut flowers.
  • Dough boards are very popular right now. Fill them with moss balls or greenery to spruce up your centerpiece, island, or bar. Also, try using a combination of live flowers and silk plants for an interesting decoration.
Don’t forget they also sell home accessories such as small tables, lamps, linens, containers, etc. Stop into Barton’s today and see everything they have to offer. They are located at the intersection of McFarland Boulevard and Rice Mine Road, NE. Give them a call at (205) 345-5544.

New Year, New You: Get Organized

How many of you resolved to get organized in 2012? For some, organizing seems like a daunting task. For us OCD people, organization is a part of your daily life. It isn’t difficult or expensive to get organized. Plus, the ideas I’m going to share with you are easy on the eyes, The added bonus: It sets a good example for the kids (both young and old).

Pinned ImageWe all can relate to having a million cords plugged into a surge protector and never what cord belongs to what electronic. This idea is the solution to your problem. Doesn’t get any easier or cheaper than this! Now you’ll be able to tell what you are unplugging before disconnecting everything! Whew!

Pinned ImageLadies, do you need some place to put your makeup brushes?  Buy a glass container and little stone/bead fillers (use whatever you like, as long as it will hold the brushes in place). Put your brushes inside. Not only does it make your brushes more accessible, but it looks great on the counter or vanity too!

Closet Storage, Sock DrawerDo your socks always end up missing? Buy organizers for your drawers. They are inexpensive and a great way to organize socks, underwear, as well as all sorts of smaller clothing items.

Pinned ImageI never would have thought of this, but turn a wine rack into a towel holder. It looks great on the wall. Towels take up loads of space in closets and cabinets and not everyone has a linen closet. If you can’t find one that you love, it would be easy to spray paint it a color to match your decor.

Pinned ImageIt is easy for the office to get cluttered. You could try using a shower organizer to organize your office supplies. Great to store cards, stationary, pens, staples, paperclips, etc. Get creative with it…make it a statement.

I found all of these ideas and many others on Pinterest. If you don’t already have an account, get someone to invite you or request to join. The possibilities are endless!

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