HOLIDAY BOOKS AND FASHION



Thanks for all of your comments on Annie's place!  I love putting together rooms and working with what people have.....maybe it takes the pressure off starting from scratch and then wondering if you made the right decisions:)

I am also wondering if I will ever have a finished project again!  With everything being delayed half done rooms are kind of the norm around here.....

UGH.....kind of takes the fun out of it when I go to order something and it's quoted as coming in late 2022....

But I am sure all of this is considered 1st world problems!

I posted some books on Instagram and somebody asked me to suggest a few of my favorites.  I thought I would give you selections of some I have and some I plan on ordering.

They can all be found on Amazon.

I plan on ordering the first 2 [Ray Booth and Brian Paquette]



I have Marie Flanigan's and The White book but the other 2 look like some I might enjoy!



I also have James Michael Howards book [Phoebe Howards husband] and Andrew Howards [their son] 
book.....both of which I love!

I need to order Melanie Turners book because I am a huge fan of her work as well as Ashley Whittaker's book.

AND....if you are renovating a kitchen this year you will love Matthew Quinn's new book on beautiful kitchens!
That one is NOT sold on Amazon but you can purchase it here



Your welcome!

So I went to a party last Saturday night and I was trying to figure out what to wear.  Last spring my neighbor gave me a gift certificate for my birthday to a great store here in Buckhead called the London Trading Co.  Anne and I went together because she thought she could control what I bought....she should know me better than that:)

Anyway.....as soon as we went in I saw this tulle skirt in the window.  Unfortunately it was the only one and a size 6 which is clearly NOT my size but I made them take it down anyway so I could try it on:)

I can be stubborn like that.  Anne was busy throwing things in the dressing room for me to try on but I wasn't having it.  I have always wanted a tulle skirt and I was picturing myself looking like SJP in SATC walking down the street looking so very cute....haha

Guess what.....it must have been mis-marked because it fit.  Anne scowled and said....
"Are you really getting that?"  
Me: "Yup."  
Anne: "Where will you wear it?"
Me: "To your house for dinner.....every night."

Well it has been hanging in my closet and when I realized I might have someplace to wear it I started trying on things that might go with!

This try on session was early that morning so I had not even washed my face yet:)



I just threw on my glasses and some red lipstick!







It's always cold at this party because they have all the doors open so in the end I just wore the white shirt and kept the scarf over my arm!

It just goes to show you that a tulle or just a black skirt can be so versatile!  Plus here is another small tip....the crystal button was in the back but I just wore the skirt backwards....hahaha

Anyway it was fun and I did feel like a party girl. 


I am on the LTK app now [sherryhdesigns] and I try to link everything from my OOTD's that I post on Instagram stories!



If I could figure out how to link it I would....but I am sure you guys can figure it out :)

So there you have it....Christmas gifts and party outfits!

Shaygottagettowork








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BEFORE AND AFTER "ANNIES PLACE"



I am so glad you enjoyed the showhouse pictures....
Even if some of the rooms are not your style you can always find a bit of inspiration!

A few months ago my friend Michael Ladisic asked me to help with his daughters new condo that he was renovating....must be nice to have a Dad that is a contractor:)

Y'all remember when I helped another daughter with her place.....he has 4 so I figure I have 2 more to go!

Anyway she is a Midwife and works long hours at a time....but another thing about Annie is she is big on recycling and using "found" items!  Which of course thrills me as I do not feel like everything needs to be new.  In fact when we were renovating my sisters kitchen we gave her the fridge as it was not that old!

So let's start the story....

Here are some pictures from the first time I went over there.....


The chairs came from her Mom and they had already collected a few pieces of furniture....


Also Rose and I decided that since it was such a long room that some shelves behind the sofa [which she bought from the Goodwill for 100.00] would help cozy up the place since there needed to be easy access to the patio doors....


The floors were stained cement and it was decided to get a huge piece of sisal and layer on a smaller rug to define the seating area....

Before


When we got there....she had put some things up on the shelves....but we did have creative liberty and Rose and I had visited some small flea markets to grab a few things we thought would look good in the room.....

Before

There was a lot of stuff we had to weed through to decide what would work and what wouldn't.  It is a small place so we had to be very thoughtful with the accessories and furniture.

Here are a few before and afters.....

Before

After


Before


After


Before

After





The only things that are new on the shelves were a few faux plants....

Here are a few detail shots.....


The floral pillow was from Homegoods....


The rug was also from Homegoods....






Now let's go to the other side of the room.....



We removed one of the lamps as the console was too small for both.....then we organized some of her art grabbing the black and white ones.....


Threw a faux olive tree from Target in the planter to help that corner.....


Rose and I found that vase at the flea market and at first we thought it might be too colorful but it was good with all the art work being neutral and helped to bring a little of the colors from the other side of the room!


Even thought the small bench was gray and was a little pale for the space....layering the darker throw on it really helped!


See below before the bar cabinet was installed....and I am not sure why it looks so green in the picture above!




We found the vintage bird pictures and I had the bench that I did not use in another project.  We actually did not have much left to work with when we accessorized the bar and they were also kicking around the idea of what to do on the back of the bar.....


We spent a little time zhushing the kitchen.....


After







I am sure you can tell this is my favorite thing to do!  Rose and I LOVE shopping for vintage/used accessories to help a room look more curated and "used".....

Tonight I am going to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens with some friends.....it's rare that I go out really but I need to make that effort.

Hope you are all enjoying the Holiday Season....

Thanks for reading....

Sherika





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