Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Using thrift store items to create a dream space

Happy Tuesday Everyone!
Its been a great start to my week and I started going back through photos of my old living room on last night looking at just how many thrift store items I was able to find to create a "dream space" for myself. My style has always been very tailored and streamlined. Although my first attempt at styling my space seemed like a hodgepodge of items, over time I managed to find MOST every single piece at a thrift store and create a very calm organized contemporary space. Symmetry was an important factor in creating my space because I feel more at ease when my eyes can visually rest. 
So what came from the thrift store? Pretty much everything. The sofa, the end tables, coffee table, the lamps that beautiful mirror;  all were thrift pieces that spoke to me when I saw them. The price also spoke to me as well. When you don't have a lot of money, you have to take time to create a space and if you are shopping thrift stores the most important thing is to wait! 
None of the pillows were thrifted, but they were all purchased on clearance, which is almost the same thing. 
The only thing that I would really change in my living room would be to have hardwood instead of carpet on the floor. Well since I am a renter and I have carpet it would be really be nice to have the Dyson DC59 Motorhead vacuum to help me keep my carpet clean. Having a dog doesn't really help my carpet all that much either. 

When it comes to cleaning I need something that is compact and really easy to use. 
Like a Dyson. This model is cordless (which I need, because I hate cords going everywhere because I tend to knock stuff down without knowing). Cordless means I can even use it to clean out my car, which is very very important.

Unfortunately, I don't have one right now, BUT you WIN ONE!
You can WIN your very own Dyson DC59 Motorhead to help you clean your dream space. 
Okay here are the rules. 

1. FIRST check out the Dyson DC59 Motorhead vacuum and all of its amazing features. Go ahead.
2. LEAVE A COMMENT on this post telling me which feature from the Dyson DC59 Motorhead vacuum will help keep your dream space clean. 

Then, one winner will be randomly selected by the comment they leave on a campaign blog post. 

The winner will be announced Wednesday, September 24th, and the Audience member will be notified by the Storyteller who's community they are in. They will have 5 business days (by 10/1/14) to submit their email address and claim their prize.


So lets hear it in the comments how you would use the amazing features on the Dyson DC59 Motorhead to help clean up your space and who knows you could be the lucky winner in just a few weeks!

*thank you Dyson for supporting this post*

Sunday, September 7, 2014

First Sunday Brunch

Happy First Sunday Y'all!
Do forgive the iPhone photos as I forgot to bring my clunky and chunky DLSR with me to #1stSundayBrunch, which was hosted by LaVonndra Johnson. With an attempt to add some quality to the social scene among young creatives in the Charlotte area, First Sunday Brunch is certainly well on its way to filling that void. Of course anything that deals directly with the consumption of great food, has me hooked lined and sinked.

If you want additional information about first Sunday Brunch or would like to attend simply follow @ElleVJ_ (don't forget the underscore) on InstaGram. You can also follow me on InstaGram (Business: @TheCarrawayConcept  | Personal: @RashonCarraway.

Alright. I will see you all later on in the week!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A few finds | Thrifting

Happy HumpDay!
I popped into the thrift store the other day and snapped a few photos of some great buys (and I few thins I purchased). 
If you follow me on Facebook, then you have already seen these chairs. They were only $10 each. I sort of have the room for them, but the just didn't fit the style I am going for this time around. I hope someone picked them up. 
Thrift stores always have great dinning sets. If you look with a just a little bit of inspiration you can surely add something unique to your space for just a few bucks. 
I know folding chairs aren't really that exciting, but since these were just above $2 each, I decided to buy them. I figured these would be great for extra seating even though I have 24 of these chairs. I know it is quite different in appearance, but this link inspired the creative in me. 
I thought this butterfly painting was really amazing. If the border was painted white, I think this piece would really make a great statement in a space. There may even be a chance to perhaps enhance it a bit with some additional coloring. 
These ornate frames were all the rage a few years ago in blog land and I still think they are pretty awesome. So collecting these would certainly be ideal. Most times they are less than $10 and can be used for a number of purposes, such as creating chalkboard, organizing board or even creating a mirror. I think these frames done properly is always a keeper. 
I don't pick up as many pieces as I used to when I am thrifting, but every now and then I have a project that I am working on and a few vintage pieces are just the right touch.

Have you come across anything amazing lately? Semi amazing? Down right ghastly? Do share!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

blueberries | thrifting

Good Wednesday Everyone! 
It has been so busy around these parts lately, I am going to really have to hire someone to take over a few business duties. Its time. 

Anyway. I wanted to show you guys these 4 blue glass cups I found the other day. 
When I saw them, I knew I had to get them. I love their rich blue color and I think they will be amazing on the table for an upcoming surprise birthday brunch. I will probably put flowers in them or maybe brightly colored jelly beans, because I love jelly beans!

 Thrifting can certainly be addictive, but if you are finding all the right pieces, there is no reason why you cant keep them all! 

Side note. These made me think of the youtube clip with the precious little girl and her blueberries. So not funny, but I cant keep from laughing. lol. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

VIDEO | #RashonsDinnerSeries

I forgot to share the video with you guys from last weekend.
So here it is. 
click HERE to be part of the next dinner party.