It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Girl’s Room – Part 2

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Girl’s Room – Part 2

It’s Day 199 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and while I would have loved to spend the early part of the day making it look a lot more like Christmas in my teen girl’s room, the bulk of the day was spent trying to catch up on all the professional tasks that went by the wayside while I was sick. Working on a giveaway for those who sign up for my mailing list (I hope you will!) and on my book launch homework were among the things I accomplished. By the time I was able to turn my attention to more decorating in my daughter’s room, the sun had begun to fade. This turned out to be a positive as it tested my newbie photography skills. Using my iPhone, I tried some new things and am must confess I’m pleasantly surprised with the nostalgic look of the photos, which lend themselves to my Shabby Chic, vintage style. With the addition of a Shabby Chic inspired wreath fashioned from pastel ornaments and a small white table tree with a Simply Shabby Chic skirt, the room looks a lot like a girl’s room from a Christmas of yesteryear.

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A quintessentially Shabby Chic girl’s room with bohemian flair. The bedding, curtains, lamps, tree skirt and wall decor are from Target’s Simply Shabby Chic line. Most of the items are no longer available, except on eBay, so I’m glad I purchased them when I did. I found the chair at an antique store, painted it, and added a Simply Shabby Chic cushion.                                                         The tree will get a few ornaments next.

Speaking of nostalgia and yesteryear, anyone who reads my posts knows I’m divorced from my children’s father. For many of us in this situation, the holidays can be hard. Even in the age of starter marriages, prenuptial agreements and blended families, most of us didn’t set out to have children with someone we loved only to have them with us only part of the time. That means there was a Christmas years ago when the future seemed bright for our family together, but it wasn’t to be. Now I’d love to have my daughter go to sleep in this lovely room every night and wake up here every morning.  That said, I believe God allows us to go through things for a reason. Mine is so I can encourage and inspire other women facing this challenge or other personal ones, to try to minimize the negative aspects of the situation and to maximize the positives. For me that means decorating the room with all the love I have for her so that my daughter will feel this is home when she is here. Also, Izzy, my stepson’s daughter, loves it in here and plays with the toys visible in the Simply Shabby Chic laundry basket turned toy box.

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This photo looks like an old one from a time gone by. So sweet and sentimental.
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The Simply Shabby Chic chandelier lends a soft glow to the wreath. Though natural light is best for photos, there’s something ethereal about this one that spoke to me. My daughter’s American Girl doll, seated in a corner of the daybed, was a Christmas present when she was ten.  

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Christmas decorating enthusiast, I love making every space in my home, even those that are not always occupied, beautiful for the holidays. Because even though it sometimes feels as if we’re premature semi-empty nesters sometimes, my husband and I are always here. You see, I’m a nest featherer who was created to feather my families’ nest, whatever it looks like, whoever it holds. That includes my office and workspace. If you’re anything like me, rather than closing doors on empty rooms, I want to see them so I can remember and pray for the vacant occupant. And who’d rather look at an undecorated, uninviting room or workspace when you can make it look a lot like Christmas, for a girl, a boy, a co-worker, or just yourself?

Maybe you’re dealing with a D – a challenge. You’re divorced, separated, single, never married, widowed, etc. Perhaps you’re an empty nester. Or you work for Ebenezer Scrooge. How can you still be Savvy & Chic on Purpose with your space to make it look a lot like Christmas?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like a Savvy & Chic Christmas” Series – Girl’s Room

“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like a Savvy & Chic Christmas” Series – Girl’s Room

It’s Day 199 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and it’s also the third post in the “It’s Beginning To Look Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas” series, with today’s focus being a girl’s room, my daughter’s in particular.  Hers is probably my favorite room in the house. Until a few years ago, it was pure Shabby Chic, but when she hit her tweens she wanted bohemian elements infused. Shabby Boho is how I’d describe it now. It’s the perfect backdrop for my Savvy & Chic Christmas decorating style, which is inspired by quintessential Shabby Chic and vintage decor. I thoroughly enjoyed cleaning and then decorating this space today and watching it begin to look like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in my girl’s room.

Originally my daughter and son shared a room when I married my hubby and we moved into the house with him and my three stepsons seven years ago. Then three years ago, my middle stepson headed off to college, my “surrogate” son moved into an apartment with my oldest stepson, and my youngest stepson moved to the lower level bedroom. All this change freed up a room so the two youngest could have their own rooms. Once that happened, unlike all of the other rooms which are either communal (i.e. living, dining, kitchen, bathrooms, etc.) or shared spaces (i.e. master bedroom, my son’s room/occassionally older boys’ room too, and children’s bathrooms) where I inherited some furnishings and decor, her room presented a perfectly clean slate (other than a blue and yellow tulip wallpaper border along the baseboard – I never knew such a thing existed!) Eventually I’ll tackle the unfortunate border, but since it’s not visible, the room looks gorgeous decked out for Christmas!

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I’ve always been a bit obsessed with pink Santas. Even though he’s carrying a green tree (not my fave) I love it with his gloves. I found the trees with their pastel ornaments and they’re perfect with this Santa. A tree on the nightstand is visible in the Shabby Chic-Inspired mirror.                 Such a sweet look for a girl’s room. 
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Atop a vintage nightstand I purchased long before she was born sits my daughter’s picture in a Simply Shabby Chic frame. Surrounded by small trees, with a Simply Shabby Chic Kids lamp, house bank, an etched mirrored vase (actually a toothbrush holder with the lid removed), and pale pink roses, this is such a pretty Christmas vignette.  
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The last of the Christmas trees (Hobby Lobby) on display in this corner of my daughter’s room where a bit of her Shabby Boho spirit is evident. As soon as she expressed an interest in it, I found the Shabby Chic dream catcher on Ebay and snatched it up for a song. The Simply Shabby Chic lamp shade, dress nightlight, and more roses make for a cohesive, collected look, at Christmas and all year.                                                                                                                                      My children are “besties”, so both have pics of the other in their rooms. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Christmas decorating enthusiast, I hope you’re enjoying this series as much as I am writing it. Whether you’re enamored with Shabby Chic style or not, the point of Savvy & Chic style is to own your personal decorating sense of style, whatever it is. If you love traditional holiday decor, go for it. If ultra modern  is your thing, do it with gusto. Just love what you do and have fun doing it. Make your home and your workspace what you want it to be so that you can celebrate this Christmas season in a setting that is beautiful, comfortable and functional for you and yours or for those popping by your office or cubicle. Perhaps that could mean placing a Pink santa or pastel ornaments in a girl’s room or your office to make it look a lot like Christmas…

Is it beginning to look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas at your house? At work? I’d love to hear from you. And who knows, you could even win a little Christmas present…

Be  savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

The Difference A Door Makes – How Beyond Salvageable Became Savvy & Chic

The Difference A Door Makes – How Beyond Salvageable Became Savvy & Chic

It’s Day 198 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m amazed at the difference a door makes! It may sound  bad to say this, but sometimes I’m happy when things break around the house because it provides me an opportunity to choose something better. That’s what happened today. Just yesterday my husband told me we had to replace the old garage door to avoid safety hazards. The home is an original HOMEARAMA model from the 90s and I’m pretty sure the door was original too! And while I admire my hubby’s efforts to prolong its life by repairing different parts over the seven years I’ve lived here,  it had gotten to the point where the door could have damaged a vehicle. Or worse, a pet or person. Though this was an unexpected expense  and in many ways couldn’t have come at a worse time with Christmas around the corner (even with my husband doing his due diligence and getting the best deal), the fresh, bright, white door I selected improves the curb appeal of the house so much that I feel I got an early Christmas present. What a difference a door makes!

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Garage Door Update almost complete. The new door is in but I still have to order the trim paint to cover the old color so it matches the existing trim and window box. The front door (not visible) is still green but will get a coat of white as well! And of course the rug thrown over the shrubs and lumber need to go. Even so, what a vast improvement to the home’s overall curb appeal.
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The old green garage door. Because it’s front facing, the color stood out like a sore thumb, especially because the green front door isn’t visible. The master bedroom’s octagon window gets covered each night (but not the sliding doors – I love the moonlight).  It hadn’t been uncovered when I captured this early morning  before picture. It all appeared a little random…

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose wife, mom, and stepmom who moved into the house my husband already owned and lived in with my stepsons, I’m thankful it came with good bones like a finished walk out basement, floor to ceiling windows, and generous square footage with living space to accommodate a big fat blended family. But I’m not gonna lie. I get a little giddy when things go bad and am also thankful that over the years I’ve gotten to select a new dishwasher, fridge, microwave, toaster oven, and kitchen table chairs. The latter was because the kids grew and were bursting through the cane seats! And when the washing machine died we got a modern high efficiency model. We finally got a flat screen television to replace the relic that took up so much of my living room when it just refused to turn on one day. Outside, the dilapidated mailbox was replaced by a white classic one. I probably sound like a retail manufacturers dream…It’s not that. If you read my blog, you know I actually prefer old over new when it comes to my home. But not when a new item, like a garage door makes a difference by providing not only function but Savvy & Chic style and beauty too.

Have you ever had to replace something and it made a difference not only to the function but look of your space? What do you need to replace and how can you do it in a way that fits your finances and your Savvy & Chic style?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Laundry Room

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Laundry Room

 

It’s Day 197 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and this is the second post in an “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas” series. Originally I was using the term Shabby Chic in the title, but after posting and receiving very few visits to the post last night, I did a little research on whether the Shabby Chic decorating craze that sweep the world in the 90s and the first decade of the 21st century has had its day. What I discovered is that while vintage chic, granny chic, up cycled chic, and a myriad of other terms have replaced the Shabby Chic description of the style, the style itself is alive and well. Even so, I’m wrestling with letting go of using it and replacing it with Savvy & Chic, which is basically owning your personal sense of design style be it Shabby Chic, farmhouse chic (ala HGTV’s  vastly popular Fixer Upper) or an eclectic blend of various styles. The point is to decorate with what you love to make your home beautiful, comfortable and functional for the holidays and all year long. For me, that means making every room in the house feel a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas, including my newly made over laundry room.

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A silver dressed Santa that complements the launry room silver bling perfectly, down to his glittery star. The bottle brush tree is a variation on the creamy ones all of my other santas hold. Not usually a fan of the industrial look, budget constraints caused me to embrace what I have – exposed ductwork, pipes, and concrete walls. By adding touches of silver, and lots of Shabby Chic elements, I am pleasantly surprised by how pretty this functional space now is. 
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Santa from another view of the laundry room. While I didn’t add drywall, by using a Simply Shabby Chic clearance curtain I got for a song over a year ago, I gained a “finished” space. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Christmas decorating enthusiast, I hope you are inspired to add a holiday touch to your utilitarian spaces.

Savvy Chic-ing Christmas

  1. Santas or other decor in the same color scheme as your utilitarian space or in complimentary colors (i.e. My silver Santa in my silver and white space).
  2. Santas, a small tree or other decor with similar textures or finishes as your utilitarian space (i.e. My Santa’s glittery star with my silver foil baskets).
  3. Holiday artwork can bring a festive touch to your utilitarian space (I plan to add some of my children’s – it’s quirky and I’d rather display here than in more elegant spaces).
  4. Shop TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Target, Hobby Lobby, and antique/flea market, secondhand/thrift stores for great decor at affordable prices.
  5. Use what you love and have fun!

Would love to hear if you use some ideas found here. And I’m considering a giveaway for any who send in photos. So how can you Savvy & Chic your space to reflect your holiday spirit?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Boy’s Room

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Boy’s Room

It’s Day 196 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m excited to kick off an “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas” series, starting with a boy’s room, namely my son’s. After not using Santas in my Christmas decorating for years, it’s so much fun to deck the halls (and every room) with them now. And while I used to almost dread the profusion of red and green that clashed with my soft interiors every Christmas, I can truly say it’s now the most wonderful decorating time of the year!

So why was Santa excluded from my holiday celebration? For nearly a decade I attended churches that frowned on Santa because they felt Xmas was literally taking the Christ out of the holiday. Somewhere along the way I became a Christ follower as opposed to being religious. There is so much freedom in that! And I also learned that the birth of Christ and Christmas can coexist. In fact, I believe kind Saint Nick would have been the first to bow down and worship baby Jesus – The Reason for the Season. An ornament with Santa, hat in hand and on bended knee kneeling by the manger is one of my favorites. But I’m not blogging to try to convince or convert anyone to my way of thinking; just sharing my personal journey and how I came to peace with Santa sharing Jesus’ birthday in my home.

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I’m a sucker for white Santas holding white bottle brush trees. Whenever possible, I have him positioned to proclaim the birth of Christ. The crown symbolizes Jesus as King of my heart.

And the red and green thing? Anyone who knows me they’ve never been my thing. So until the last decade or so, I stuck mostly with white, silver and gold decor. Then I began incorporating Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic pretty, pink and pastel take on Christmas into my interiors. Now I truly get into the decorating spirit! Again, the look is not for everyone, if you want to color outside the traditional red and green box (pun intended) and add some Savvy & Chic style to your Christmas decor, I’ve got a few tips.

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The Christmas house on the right was my first. Though dark, it was the first I’d ever seen and I fell in love, especially with the bottle brush trees. Like the burgundy house, the one on the left and the village in the middle all have touches of red. This makes them ideal for my son’s room. The burgundy tree in the background of the village ties in so well with the original house…
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I didn’t have a tree for years. Now each room is graced with at least one, often many, in varying sizes. My son’s room gets decked out in green bottle brush trees that tie in with the ones on the Christmas houses. His room has blues, purples, and golds, so these are nice but still masculine.
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Try as I might, I must confess as a new blogger and photographer, I couldn’t get the lighting right for this picture, even in natural daylight. It has me thinking maybe I want a camera for Christmas…Now I only use my iPhone. Still, you can see how all of the elements play well together. the whites, golds, and bottle brush trees are the common denominator. The lamp is an antique store find that I painted cream to match the shade. The Simply Shabby Chic green curtain with a subtle blue stripe has been in my son’s room since he was an infant.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Christmas decorating enthusiast, I hope this post has inspired you. If you want to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic with your decor, here’s what to look for:

Savvy Chic-ing Christmas 

  1. Santas in whites, creams and pastels. If carrying a bottle brush, this can be incorporated into the room’s overall scheme.
  2. Christmas houses with bottle brush trees. There are new ones out there or you can find vintage versions online at eBay, Etsy, or by doing a search.
  3. Bottle brush trees bedecked with ornaments. Here’s where I mix in the traditional colors with my Savvy & Chic palette to make the look cohesive.
  4. Shop TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Marshall’s, Target, Hobby Lobby and antique/flea market/secondhand/thrift stores.
  5. Use what you love and have fun!

Would love to see any pics if you decorate this way already or are trying something new.

Be savvy and chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

 

“Wonder” Review – Wonderful Children’s Movie We’d All Do Well To Watch, With Or Without Them

“Wonder” Review – Wonderful Children’s Movie We’d All Do Well To Watch, With Or Without Them

It’s Day 195 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m excited to review “Wonder”, a wonderful children’s movie we’d all do well to watch, with or without children. My daughter read it when she was in seventh grade last year, and while I used to read most of the great children’s literature books in order to cover them when I was a teacher, I haven’t been able to keep up the practice and am glad this one was made into a film. I anticipated the movie would be good based on the acclaim the novel received, but didn’t expect to be transported back to the days when I was bullied for being different myself.
Apparently the novel is based on the experience of the author’s child when they attended middle school with a student who had the same rare facial condition as Auggie Pullman, the main character. Auggie’s symptoms are extreme and cause his face to be severely distorted. He also suffers a degree of hearing loss. The young actor who plays Auggie does an outstanding job portraying the physical, emotional, and social challenges he faces transitioning from being homeschooled his whole life to attending school with other children for  the first time in fifth grade. Though ostracized from day one, Auggie soon makes it clear he doesn’t struggle cognitively. He’s exceptional.
While Auggie is a star in the role, the cast of supporting characters that orbit his universe are the ones who make his performance and the movie shine. His supportive parents and sister are in his corner to a degree that Auggie is the center of their world. Their struggles to let Auggie navigate the complexities of middle school on his own coincide with their own quests to find out who they are apart from him and together as a healthier family. And the friends/frenemies Auggie makes at school demonstrate how difficult it is to choose kind in the midst of mob mentality where the popular kids are anything but. In the end, not only does Auggie emerge a hero, his courageous heart calls out the best in those around him – adults, teens, children, and in the unexpected. Moviegoers as well.
Hope you see the movie! I’d love to hear what you think of it and how you can be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose with the lessons it teaches.
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach

 

Black Friday Christmas/Home Decor Double Score

Black Friday Christmas/Home Decor Double Score

I’m Day 194 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project fell on Black Friday, so being the Maxxinista I am, it naturally yielded a Christmas/home decor score. I hadn’t really intended to brave the crowds today, however, when my hubby abandoned me to golf, the thought of sitting around the house all day after being in sick for nearly a week didn’t appeal. Also, because I haven’t been able to start teaching my Zumba class or complete some coaching projects, I need to be a good stewart of my resources. Good thing for me I a gift card! My strategy for Christmas shopping at TJ Maxx, Home Goods or Marshall’s is to leave no stone unturned. I scour the entire home decor department including the clearance aisles, end caps and check out area in search of Shabby Chic decorating items that help me create the timeworn vintage feel I love for the holidays. When I spy a Christmas item that will work year round for home decor, like I did today, I’m thrilled to have double scored!

I’ve always been drawn to hearts, probably because I’m a romantic at heart. I lost a heart mirror I loved when I became homeless in 2006, and am always subconsciously on the lookout to replace it. In addition to that, Sacred Hearts are a recurring theme in Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic decor, and while I’m not Catholic, I love how the Sacred Heart devotion uses Jesus Christ’s physical heart to represent His divine love for us. Another version of the heart, with wings, can symbolize the soul, the seat of the emotions, sincerity, charity, mercy, and truthfulness, all of which speak to me on a profound level. At my core. They are a little Boho, but still in the Shabby Chic world. Finally, I just think they’re beautiful and am happy to sprinkle them, like love, throughout my home. When I spotted these two heart ornaments, I wasn’t sure where they would land in my home decor scheme, but I knew they weren’t meant merely for my Christmas tree(s). I purchased them for a song and knew instantaneously where they belonged when I walked in the front door.

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Shabby Chic inspired winged hearts – $3! The wing detail is different on each side. They now hang in the opening between my living and dining room/office and are visible from my favorite side of the sofa and my work surface. Clear tacks are one of my go-tos. So Shabby Chic, but not for everyone… I prefer over nails.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose holiday decor shopper, I’m able to maximize my money (and minimize buyer’s remorse) because I have a solid sense of my interior decorating style. I’m not easily sucked into the latest greatest fads (though I did purchase a galvanized farmhouse shelving unit from Fixer Upper’s Joanna and Chip Gaines’ new line only to return it promptly – so popular but not so not me!). Knowing what I really like helps me stay focused and to stick to a budget. I find many things interesting, but for someone else. By not squandering on items that will lose their appeal over time, I’m able to afford the special pieces I’m meant to take home. And I’m seldom disappointed when I unpack my holiday decor items. Instead, I look so forward to seeing them on display during the season. That’s what makes today’s finds even more fun. It may have been Black Friday, but I didn’t break the bank. Rather, I did score a set of special heart Christmas/home decor pieces that will bring me joy throughout the year.

What about you? How can you be a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic shopper this holiday season? Have you defined your style? Your budget? Are you on the lookout for pieces that can be used beyond the holidays? I’d love to hear if about your Christmas/home or office decor scores!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach