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.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dinner Party Details

Happy Friday Everyone!

What a week it has been for me. I was locked in the house for two whole days because I was getting a new HVAC system. No one told me that was an almost a 20 hour job! Nevertheless, the new system is in. I would say its cool in the house, but its not. So I won't. lol

In the past I have always entertained and hosted dinner parties, but slacked off over the last few years for different reasons. While I was in DC, I thought about hosting a dinner party for my birthday in my studio. that never came to past as things just didn't fall into place. So when I returned from DC, I decided to take the studio for a test run and see if I could actually host an intimate dinner party. Well, as you know, last weekend, I hosted the first installment of #RashonsDinnerSeries. Although none of my guest realized it was a test run, the even was amazing. This 360 square foot studio did the job quite well. 
After calling around to a number of restaurants and getting measurements from them of their dining spaces, I then knew I could do it. 
There was a lot of planning involved in order to make the space serve as a backdrop for my guests. Some of the details are not readily seen, but the dinner party would not be the same if they weren't in place. The most important thing was lighting. I spent a lot of time researching trying to make the best choices when adding the lights. I wanted to make sure the lights could serve multiple purposes. 
Because this is a studio loft, there was no way I could afford to hard wire new lighting. Plus I am only renting. So, as a solution, I added track lighting and used colored flood bulbs. The best decision. The overhead lampshade from Ikea were perfect. Id seen them before but didnt have a use for them, but came full circle when I needed the space filler. I added pink bulbs to the oversize shades. 
Pretty much all of the tablescape was picked up from various Dollar Trees I visited. I dont really spend a lot of decor because it is so temporal. Of course if a client wanted to go over and beyond, that could be arranged. 
Oh yes. Under table light is essential. It adds that special touch.

If you enjoyed these photos and would like an invitation to the next diner party please click HERE.

Monday, August 18, 2014

All White Dinner Party | #RashonsDinnerSeries

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Mine was busy, seeing that I was hosting a dinner party in the studio. Ive always had the idea to make my studio work double time and this weekend prove it to be correct. I stored everything away and created a magical backdrop for my amazing guests. 

Here are just a few photos from the dinner party. 
Can you believe this entire tablescape was done with items from Dollar Tree? I know right. I will go into more details later this week. 
Remember this console table I picked from for FREE from the dumpster? Yea. It was the perfect beverage spot during the dinner. 
If you'd like to see more photos click HERE. Keep a look out for tickets to the next dinner party 

All photos were taken by Donald Wilson 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Vintage Plaid Suit

Happy Sunday Evening! 
My best friend Lavonndra, hosted 1st Sunday brunch in Charlotte today and of course I had to be there. I was a bit late...parking. I'm not sure why parking is hell on wheels in uptown Charlotte, but I eventually made it and I wore this vintage plaid suit. I've worn it before, but it has been some time.

So here is the breakdown. The shirt is Ralph Lauren purple label. The tie was from Nordstrom Rack (my favorite store). Suit, Vest and Lapel Pin are all vintage pieces from The Carraway Concept. Shoes are Maganni 

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Chair Makeover Class Fabrics!!

CocoCozy sent over this amazing box of fabrics for Saturday's Chair Makeover Class!

If you need to register please click HERE

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Finds

Oh my. Its Friday! I know today is going to be quite busy for me, but I wanted to share a few of my "Friday Finds". I did not buy any of these pieces as I don't have a need for them, but all of these were at great prices and would excellent candidates for a make for someone's home. 
Finding a great sofa in a thrift store is rare for me, because of the style and color sofa I prefer. Since everyone's taste is different this sofa would be right at home for a number of you. I could actually decorate a bright and fun room around this piece. I would take off the skirt and expose the legs for sure. Perhaps this sofa was 80 some odd dollars? I cant remember, but it is a great buy. I know someone is going to ask about bed bugs. That is not an issue here in the South. So I never worry about it. If you are in New York, that's a different story. As always, you are required to buy anything, so if you are scared about bed bugs...ummm.
I so wanted this rustic table. It was so sturdy. Of course I want to repaint it. I will admit the wood makes this table amazingly beautiful. 
Side Chairs are really abundant at thrift stores. Some of the prices have gotten a bit high, but some are very reasonable as well. Like these. I think they were $15 a piece. In order to get the same look they would definitely have to be take to a professional upholsterer. OR you could take THIS CLASS and walk away with amazing skills on how to redo them yourself! 
The problem I find with dressers is at thrift stores is this. I want to take them all home! The other problem is, I dont have the space, neither a truck. Ive got 99 problems and most of them deal with dressers and thrift stores. If you have a little time on your hands, I would so tell you to pick up a dresser make it over and put it in your home. It is completely worth it. 

These are just a few of the amazing pieces I came across and I wish I could rescue them all, but I cant. So I will have to leave them in hopes they find a good home. 

Which one was your favorite?