It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Master Bedroom

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Master Bedroom

Day 218 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has been an unusual Sunday for me in that I spent the entire day working on professional tasks, however, because I’d taken pictures earlier in the week that depict how it’s beginning to look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in the master bedroom, I’m happy to be able to post. I’m still like a child myself when it comes to Christmas, and my tall, handsome, sweet hubby reminds me of the cutest little boy. Our room is a beautiful, romantic space and serves as a sanctuary from the world. Filling it with little touches that remind us it’s Christmas makes it an even more inviting retreat. Between all of my pink Shabby Chic and vintage inspired touches and his traditional red and green (not visible in my photo of course!), it really does look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in our bedroom.

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Our huge four-poster with all  it’s sumptuous Simply Shabby Chic bedding. A perfect spot to hang green & pink His and Her stockings. Sunlight streaming in makes it hard to see His…My nightstand holds a tiny frosted pale green tree with pink pom-pom ornaments; his is green.
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You may recognize this Simply Shabby Chic Santa. He’s not like Elf on the Shelf getting moved around; He’s actually a triplet! After searching for years, I scooped up three at Target last year. The candle holder is one of my faves – pink and rhinestone bling!                                                        The runner is a treasured piece from my beloved Aunt Bertie. Can’t recall life w/o it on a dresser.
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This busy corner makes me happy. A pic of my hubby and me on our big day, a Shabby Chic inspired mannequin decked out in Christmas finery in the form of pins from Simply Shabby Chic stockings. More Christmas Houses in pastel colors & my side of the bed reflected in the mirror.
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Another candle holder with bling that complements this bottle brush tree encased in a dome. One of my sisters-in-law embroidered the handkerchief with my name as a wedding gift. I framed it in a shadow box, which are a recurring theme in our room, as are roses evidenced in this Shabby Chic inspired painting on wood. I got it at the grocery store soon after I got my own place after being homeless.

Still, the day itself really has been unusual. No church. No Joel Osteen sermon. Just getting work I’d normally do on a weekday done today so I can spend the bulk of tomorrow with a soul sister for her birthday. But something that wasn’t unusual is the tender love and care my husband showed me today. Every day he does something that reminds me how blessed I am. When I went through my rock bottom stage, my prayer was that God would give me a godly husband. Boy did He deliver! If you’re familiar with the Bible story of Ruth and Boaz, you know, like me, she’d lost everything. But then Boaz, who was a man of means and also a distant relative, let her glean from his fields. Essentially, he told his workers to leave extra wheat on the ground for her to pick up when they were done. Eventually they married. Ruth referred to him as her kinsman-redeemer, which is a picture of Christ.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose wife, I too, feel as though I was grafted into my husband’s family. He’s more than my hubby. He’s kin. And he’s redeemed me in so many ways…Not only am I happy to be in love with my best friend, I’m happy that it’s beginnning to look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in our master bedroom.

Whether you’re married or single, I hope you’re inspired to bring your own Savvy & Chic Christmas style into your bedroom too. Sweet sugarplum dreams…

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

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Who Are You and What is Your Center?

Who Are You and What is Your Center?

It’s Day 217 of the Pink Collar Savvy Chic on Purpose Project and watching one of my favorite Christmas movies, Rise of the Guardians, has me wondering Who are you and what is your center? Yesterday evening, before the family was due to go see the Christmas lights, I took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy some of my Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Christmas cookies and milk with Izzy (my stepson’s daughter) while we watched the movie. It’s an animated and speaks to my inner child in a profound way. The premise of the movie is that all of us who believe in Santa, Jack Frost (the main character) and the other guardians, are guardians too. I do believe and am proud to be a guardian who keeps the magic of Christmas, The Tooth Fairy, The Easter Bunny, etc. alive for children. But that’s not the only reason I was compelled to purchase it after I saw it in the theater with my own kiddos. The scene where Santa asks, “Who are you, Jack Frost? What is your center?” presents the perfect Pink Collar Savvy & Chic professional development opportunity.

A Russian Santa uses Russian nesting dolls as a visual aid. You may be familiar with these stacking dolls, which according to Wikipedia are “a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside the another”. The largest doll shows Santa is fierce and intimidating, the next shows he’s fearless, and the next depicts that he’s jolly. The final one has big eyes that are “full of wonder”. Santa explains that he has always seen the wonder in everything – lights in the trees, magic in the air, everything –  and that he puts it back into the world and also protects it in children. “It is my center,” he finishes. Then he repeats his question to Jack: “What is your center?” Jack admits he doesn’t know. But by the end of the movie he does. Long before Jack discovered his center, I knew I’d use Santa’s illustration someday. Today is that day. Recently, I was delighted to find my own visual aid in the form of a pink Russian nesting doll.

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A pretty pink Babushka (another name for the dolls & one my children use often!).                         She looks truly at home in front of my largest Christmas house, also known as a Putz House.  They originated in Central Europe as well.  
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The intricate painting on each of the dolls is exquisite.                                                                       Another of my amazing TJ Maxx finds for under $10.                                                                               The Christmas House was a Marshall’s clearance find years ago.
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I adore this periwinkle stacking doll but almost let her go.                                                        Thankfully, she waited for me & is now a Christmas gift for a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Swan.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Coach, my center is encouragement. Encouraging others and protecting them from discouragement is who I am. As a child I started a club to encourage other children. I gave my first public speech and sung my first solo at eight to encourage my church congregation. I got my own Sunday School class at thirteen to encourage preschoolers, which led me to become a teacher so I could encourage more children. My role as a child care center director allowed me to encourage my staff, parents and you guessed it – even more children. I fell in love with training because I could encourage workshop participants. My debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, was written to encourage women, as is this blog. When I got promoted to a Leadership Coach position encouraging program leaders, I knew I’d finally found my dream career. So, at age forty-six I earned a Masters of Leadership and Coaching degree and an Executive Coaching Certificate. These accomplishments didn’t make me a Coach – an encourager – they just put an official title on my center.

What were you created to do? Who are you? What is your center? How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and put it back into the world? In your home? At work? How can you protect it in others?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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

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

Day 209 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has been packed with leading warm up for Zumba, cleaning the house and decorating another space so that it’s beginning to look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas – in the dining room this time around. Now we’re getting ready for dinner and a little tree trimming get together, so I’m trying to post before it gets too late. The dining room looks beautiful tonight (maybe I’ll be able to get a few shots). For now, I’ll just share the way it looked today after it got a little Christmas Savvy Chic-ing.

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My Willow Tree Cross, Nativity and figurines of an expectant mother and one of mother and child. Normally they remind me of carrying my children. At Christmas, of Mary & baby Jesus. 
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The hutch is filled with cloches containing Christmas houses. In addition to my Simply Shabby Chic Santa on the table, there’s an oversized one proclaiming the reason we celebrate. I found him after a coaching session and fell in love. If I could marry a Santa, it would be him! ; ) 
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The Simply Shabby Chic stockings were hung on the hand rail with care,                                                in hopes that St. Nicholas soon will be here! The staircase is open to the dining room. A large pink gift box with an aqua bow is actually metal and sits in this spot every year. The colors tie in with the other blues in the room, like the Keep Calm and Carry On sign and the set of floral paintings leaning against the wall. Eventually I’d love to paint the stairs white…
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A Christmas house village set on top of the buffet. The lace edged Simply Shabby Chic runner beneath it looks like snow. The houses have light bulbs inside and cast a warm glow at night. Collected over time, the large house was my ultimate score several years ago.                                    My children used to beg to play with their Littlest Pet Shops here. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose holiday decorating enthusiast, I’m having such a great time getting ready for Christmas. I love doing things around my home, for my home, and those who live here and visit. It fills my heart with such joy that the house is full right now with family and friends (I’m with four-year-old Izzy right now, finishing up my post and playing while everyone else watches sports of course). Whether or not they appreciate the aesthetics and the way the everything looks isn’t the point so much as that they feel the welcome and love. And I hope you feel inspired to show your spaces some Savvy & Chic Christmas attention, whatever that looks like and feels like for you. Whoever will sit at your table this season, my prayer is that you’ll enjoy each other’s company and that they’ll appreciate your efforts to make it look a lot like Christmas in your dining room, or even the office break room too.

How are you making it look like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in your home? Or maybe you’re hosting the office Christmas party. I’d love to hear from you. Who knows. You may even win a giveaway…

Be savvy & chic,

!Pink Collar Coach