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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It’s Time To Wrap It Up & The First Gift of Christmas – Ways To Wow With Your Wrapping

It’s Time To Wrap It Up & The First Gift of Christmas – Ways To Wow With Your Wrapping

It’s Day 214 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and since I have a Christmas party tomorrow night, it’s time to wrap it up – the first gift of Christmas that is. Yesterday was a work whopper and I didn’t get to blog, so today, I’m killing two birds with one stone by getting out gorgeous gift bows, paper, and tags in preparation for wrapping a package for my writing group’s book exchange. We were to select a gently used but loved book someone else would enjoy reading. Mine is a modern day version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Jimmy Stewart – Oh, be still my heart!). In keeping with my Shabby Chic vintage take on Christmas decor, I use mostly white, classic silver and gold, and a profusion of pink. Pops of purple and light blue are thrown in for the guys in my life. In addition to leading the caroling, I’m singing some solos and still have to bake cookies. With all of that other prep on my plate, it really is time to wrap it up & get the first gift of Christmas done!

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Shabby Chic inspired gift wrapping with words and Christmas motifs like trees and candy canes but in softer colors. The tags are from Punch Studio, the paper Lady Jane, LTD, Robee, and Echo, discount store bows in assorted colors, and lovingly saved Shabby Chic ribbon from purchases over the years. Frosted Christmas flowers are replace my usual roses & dahlias. All from TJ Maxx, Home Goods, or Marshalls. Simply Shabby Chic tree skirt from Target.

Shabby Chic may not be your style, but with a little effort you can coordinate your gift wrap with your Christmas decor.

Ways To Wow With Your Wrapping:

  1. Choose bows, paper, and  tag colors that coordinate with your ornaments, tree skirt and even the present (Ex. My pink and white skirt with paper in the same colors and a blue bow for the blue book).
  2. Look for paper that complements your decor or theme (Ex. Though my palette isn’t traditional, Christmas trees and candy canes are).
  3. Tie it together with common threads (i.e. Bling/glitter is featured in my bows, paper, and tags).
  4. Shop early in the season for the best selection and after the season for the best prices and save items for reuse when you can (Ex. I seldom use all of my paper and carry it over to the next year and recycle nice bows and gift toppers).
  5. Be Savvy & Chic by owing your style and doing what you love even if it’s not conventional. (Ex. I use silk and fabric flowers on gifts).

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose gift wrapping enthusiast, I’ve always loved gift paper and still drive people mad by painstakingly removing it from my presents. And there’s just something about a sweetly tied bow that makes me want to preserve it. It shows the person who wrapped the gift probably took a lot of effort and time to make it special. And you can make your wrapping special too. Even if you use burlap or cardboard boxes with pre-made bows instead of artfully tied ones, you’ve already put your special mark on it just by making or selecting the present for the person in the first place. So, whether you’re like me and haven’t wrapped a thing yet or are on your way to having it all tied up, it’s time to wrap it up – the first, or last gift of Christmas!

Hosting in your home? The office party? I hope you’re inspired to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose with your gift wrapping.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas – The Tree Has Been Trimmed!

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas – The Tree Has Been Trimmed!

I can honestly say Day 210 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has been one of my all-time favorites because not only is it beginning to look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in the living room with the tree trimmed – my hubby and I did it together! We’ve been married for seven years and each prior holiday season has had us disagreeing on how to decorate the house overall with the tree being one of the biggest bones of contention. Not so this year. I suspect it has a little to do with the fact that our twenty-five, twenty-two, twenty, fourteen and twelve-year-olds have either grown up and/or are growing away. As bittersweet as that is, it has brought my husband and I closer together. Last night, at our tree trimming gathering, no one but four-year-old Izzy (daughter of my oldest step-son) showed much interest in hanging ornaments. So, this morning, for the first time, we worked side by side, listening to Christmas carols, and did it in tandem. It really does look a lot like Christmas in the living room now that the tree is trimmed and it’s beyond beautiful, not just because of the way it looks but because of the heavenly time we spent in harmony.

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Our tree trimmed with all of my Simply Shabby Chic, Shiny Brite and vintage inspired pink and pastel ornaments. They are sharing space with my hubby’s traditional red and whimsical ones.
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Even prettier after the sun went down. Of course the NFL game is lending its own glow!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose cygnet (a baby swan), I have to admit, the children aren’t the only ones who are growing up. Anyone who has had to listen to me lament the conflict over the years knows it not being an issue this year is HUGE. It’s nothing short of a miracle. If you’re a regular reader, you know Joel Osteen’s message often lines up with my life. Today, it was about all of us having two sides and how the positive one can be prevalent most of the time, but how every once in a while, the negative one can rear it’s ugly head. That has certainly been true for me regarding Christmas decorating. But this morning, after I read my devotion, I prayed and decided I wasn’t going to let the ugly me rule the day. And I’m so thankful that I surrendered to Him and for how it turned out. Joyous, peaceful and romantic too. The Lord heard me and honored me BIG time. He never ceases to amaze me! I never would have imagined instead of  it beginning to look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in the living room and tree trimming being a heartache He would turn it into a a holiday miracle.

How about you? Is there something or someone at the holidays that causes you heartache? In your personal life? Professionally? Be Savvy & Chic by surrendering your attitude about it to God. I’m proof that He can surprise you when you do…

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

 

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

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

Day 105 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was spent ticking off my list of professional and priority tasks before getting around to making it begin to look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in the library. Regular readers may recall that this underutilized space was merely a landing a few months ago until I maximized it and made it a full-fledged library. What fun I had decking this hall! And I love passing through it on the way to and from our master bedroom or my children’s. With all of it’s sentimental bits, only a few strategically placed holiday decor pieces and $0 were needed to make my new library look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas.

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The landing to library transformation began with my hubby’s gift of these shelves for his bookworm wife now topped with my collection of Christmas houses from Cracker Barrel.

My father was my best friend. I lost him in 2001. I inherited my love of design (he was an architectural engineer) and other people’s castaways from him. A chair he rescued for me from one of his rental properties is imperfect, which speaks to the life it’s lived and his love for me. I’ll keep it always. It has a palace of honor in the library, so showing this spot some love is a way to have my daddy with me for Christmas. He adored dogs and tolerated my cats, so he’d probably get a kick out the fact that the kitty litter lives next to the chair! Bookshelves from my childhood are another sentimenatl nod. They conjure up fond memories of my mother. I inherited my love of reading from her.

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This sentimental chair is topped with a Simply Shabby Chic round pillow that my cat, Peppa Loveday has claimed for a napping spot. Appropriate since the chair is housed on the catwalk section of the landing that overlooks the living room. The rug is Simply Shabby Chic as well. The vintage look Pink Santa is a Hobby Lobby find from years ago. I got him for half off.
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This green bookshelf has been with me for most of my life and lived on the landing in the house I grew up in. Now it’s come full circle. I painted it this sage-y Shabby Chic green about twenty years ago. It houses books and DVD collection. The pink basket and wicker lamp are flea market finds.  This Santas twin is in my daughter’s room. They too, were half off at Hobby Lobby, so I got both for under $20. His yellow package and red presents pick up the colors in the artwork.
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This newer shadowbox houses a vintage napkin. Both are quintessentially Shabby Chic. The chest with a damask cushion is one of my few Simply Shabby Chic furniture pieces. Before my children were old enough to pick out their own clothes, I laid theirs out for school here every night. The wear and tear speaks to its usefulness.                                                                                      The soft green vintage look ornament reminds me of Shiny Brights. Nostalgic.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose decorating enthusiast, decorating is even more special for me this year because I’m documenting it. It’s yet another way blogging has enhanced my life. Climbing into my attic to retrieve much of my decor is no picnic (I couldn’t wait til this weekend for my hubby to do it) but is so worth the effort because it gives me blogging material. And it was like Christmas morning finding all of my stuff this afternoon! Sharing my finds and styling them to share with you is the icing on the cake. Having to clean in order to style and take pictures is another benefit…

I hope this series  inspires you to Savvy Chic some of your spaces at home and the office – with whatever it is you love and that speaks to you. After all, if you look around, it appears the days of Christmas being strictly red and green are behind us. So infuse your dwelling and workspace with your sentimental stuff and your style. When you do, like it did with my library, I believe they’ll begin to look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas too.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Santa Walking In A Faux Fur Winter Wonderland – Confessions Of A Begging Blogger

Santa Walking In A Faux Fur Winter Wonderland – Confessions Of A Begging Blogger

Day 202 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has been a very relaxed one, so much so that I awoke from a long nap with barely enough time to style a vignette and snap a picture of Santa walking through a faux fur winter wonderland. As a beginning blogger, I must confess I’m pleased with the photo. Though I’m doing a series on Christmas decorating and all of the pieces in this picture are actually in my She Storage Shed, because that is housed in the nook beneath our lower level stairs, I didn’t have the headroom to be able to capture the look I wanted. So I had to try something different. I scooped up all the pieces and hastily arranged them on a living room side table. As is often the case when I have to abandon my original idea and improvise, it turned out better than I planned. Had I been able to take the picture I wanted to it wouldn’t have given the effect of Santa looking as if he is walking through a faux winter wonderland.

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Set against the backdrop of a Shabby Chic inspired folding screen, a faux sheepskin rug, and surrounded by Christmas houses covered in fur snow, with his lantern, Santa looks as if he is walking through a winter wonderland. Santa is from Target’s Wondershop line, the Christmas houses by Jingles and Joy from Home Goods, and the faux Savifeh sheepskin rug is from TJMaxx.

Before I settled down for my long nap, I watched Joel Osteen whose message was on us being “Fully Loaded”. He talked about the fact that we have been given everything we need to accomplish our purpose. If we don’t have something, rather than lamenting that fact, we should realize it isn’t necessary for our success. We need not compare ourselves with others because we don’t have the same destinies. It’s amazing how the truth of that played out for me in the form of taking a picture. I didn’t have a lot of natural sunlight left because I didn’t need it. I didn’t have adequate headroom because I didn’t need it. The light I had makes Santa look as if he needs that lantern. And given enough headroom, I wouldn’t have needed to style the picture in another setting at all.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose begging blogger, I must confess at times I feel I don’t have what it takes to make an impact on readers. Is my content compelling enough to keep you coming back? Are my photographs captivating enough to capture your attention? How are other bloggers able to make a successful go of it? But then, I’m reminded that God planted the seed for me to be a writer deep in my heart when I was such a little girl. Ever since He’s given me so many opportunities to grow my writing skills, including this blog. His unique plan for it is so much better than anything I could ever dream for myself. You’d think I’d understand by now that He’s doing the same with my ability to take pictures. With my career. My life. When I focus on the light of that truth, when I trust, rather than stumbling around in the darkness, like Santa, I feel as if I’m walking in a wonderland. One filled with possibilities.

What about you? Are there times when you question whether you have what it takes to be successful in your personal and/or professional life? Know that you’re fully loaded and equipped to walk confidently into your destiny and to fulfill your purpose.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Children’s Bathroom & Childlike Faith

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Children’s Bathroom & Childlike Faith

It’s Day 201 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and though I didn’t post yesterday, I’m still making it begin to look a lot like Christmas in my children’s bathroom while exercising childlike faith. While my Friday was productive, spent primarily working on professional tasks and meeting with my book launch coach, I felt discouraged (another D or challenge) about some personal matters. Then, after wrapping up my work, I finally got around to doing my daily devotional. It was entitled “Childlike Faith” and spoke specifically to discouragement. It stated that a child’s faith in God knows no doubt. The prayer at the end asked that God give the kind of faith that doesn’t give up despite discouragement, and that trusts like a child would. I’ve always had that kind of faith but yesterday I felt it waver. After praying that God would renew it, my spirits lifted immediately! I should know by now not to delay doing my devotion! With my childlike faith restored, I set a Santa with silver glitter on top of a cabinet and his smiling presence made it look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in my children’s bathroom.

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Santa fits in perfectly in my daughter and son’s bathroom. The room has putty colored walls, but with the addition of lots of white, silver, and Shabby Chic touches, I’ve learned to live with it. 
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This standard builder grade light fixture came with the house. I always intended to replace it, but somehow the addition of vintage style Edison style bulbs modernized it. Now I love it! The Spode Vintage Denim pattern plate and matching bowl ended up mysteriously broken. Rather than toss them, I Gorilla glued. The plate hangs above the light & the bowl sits nearby where Santa stands. 

Today, I remained in good spirits. For one thing, I  not only got to dance, I got to lead class. Our wonderful instructor had car problems, so I got the class warmed up with two songs. Invigorating and excruciating is how I’d describe it! I’m still not back to full strength…But more than anything, it was just pure joy. I ALWAYS feel better, at least emotionally, when I’m dancing. : ) And no matter what my body feels like during, I never regret pushing through the pain. Hanging out with my hubby tonight was good for me too. From the beginning, he’s admired my childlike faith, so when I’m with him, I try to focus on the positive. He truly brings out the best in me.

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A sign from my She Storage Shed. It was a TJMaxx find about a quarter century ago. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose holiday decorating enthusiast, a through and through Zumba lover, and a child of God, I thought blogging about holiday decor would be a lighthearted endeavor. But it has called up some emotions I try hard to suppress. Dancing really does help. Still, the truth of it is, the holidays can be hard. I admit that not to discourage, but to encourage. Sometimes, we have to acknowledge our feelings and cry out for help  during the hard (I cried buckets yesterday) in order to get the encouragement we need. Because just as we parents and lovers of the children in our lives long to give them good things, like a bathroom that’s beginning to look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas, God longs to bless us, His precious children. Call out to him with the faith of a child. He’s a good, good Father, and will answer.

Are you facing the D of discouragement this holiday season? Be of good courage – the opposite of discouraged – it’s the season of good tidings of great joy! Baby Jesus was born!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach