A Great Hardware Giveaway ~ Get Your Bling On!

Are you getting ready to do any renovations that may include replacing hardware on your cabinetry?

OR, do you need beautiful hardware on an item that you are refinishing? A makeover?

OR, how would you like to freshen up your kitchen or bathroom with some great bling

using fabulous hardware from D. Lawless Hardware?

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Patriotic Ideas & Projects

So starts the season of red, white and blue,

we’ve gathered ideas and projects from us to you

to carry the theme from May all the way

thru ~ ~

Patriotic Ideas & Projects http://mysoulfulhome.com

Patriotic Ideas & Projects

Let’s start at the front door

with Ann of On Sutton Place.

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Ann is a master of the

wreath as you can see. Her front door and porch welcome

visitors and the season while decked out in tasteful red, white and blue.

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Wonderful Chippiness Added to the Guest Room

Once upon a time there was an antique blanket chest

that was at the foot of the iron bed in the guest room.

You can see it here when I revealed the guest room makeover.

That blanket chest was relocated to the sunroom to add more texture and warmth seen here.

Well, that left a void at the foot of the bed in the guest room.

So what is one to do? Well, you visit Mary Alice’s shop!

Guest Room Vintage Bench-Housepitality Designs

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How Texture Makes the Difference in Your Decor/ Vignette

Combining textures in a vignette always lend for a prettier and more interesting look.

Whether the vignette be in a bookcase, on a table or any other setting,

the combination of many types of textures is always the key.

Fireplace Hearth  Vignette-Housepitality Designs

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I Will Keep The Light On

OK . . . you are probably going to say . . . you are showing us another treasure?

Yes, I am! :)

When I was placing some things on the table

that is between the two chairs in the dining room sitting area . . .

I thought, it would be nice to have a lamp on the table.

Then it came to me, after releasing my senioritis, that I bought a lamp at the estate sale!

Dining Room Sitting Area-Housepitality Designs

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A Beautiful Handcrafted Table

I have come to the conclusion that estate sales will be my go to place for searching

for quality pieces of furniture and home accessories.

I was lucky that I had a snipit of time to check out this past one

that yielded some great finds.

Like this table that came home with me and I gave it a new home.

Tea Table-Housepitality Designs

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An Estate Sale In The Country Yields Changes In The Dining Room

So I asked my friend, “have you ever been to Youngsville?” “No”, she replied.

It’s a beautiful evening, so why not spend it at a beautiful farm

and you get to shop as a bonus! She gladly agreed.

So off we went on a 55 mile drive through the countryside,

leaving the house at 3:30pm to secure a great  place in line.

Now what could be a better view while standing  in line than this:

Hills Farm-Housepitality Designs

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Put A Lid On It

If you are like me, I am always looking for something different

to place on decorative items, such as books.

Or just looking for something out of the ordinary to use for everyday purposes.

So what do you do?

You put a lid on it!

Vintage Ironstone Lid-Housepitality Designs

I have been collecting orphaned lids in hopes that I can one day create a gallery wall with them.

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Dear Carolina . . . and a $1,000 Giveaway

A very special blog friend Kristy Woodson Harvey of Design Chic

asked me a while ago if I would read and review her book “Dear Carolina”

that was scheduled to launch some time in May.

It launched yesterday, May 5th.

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Isn’t this cover gorgeous?!!

I am not quite finished reading the book, but so far, I must say that it is fantastic!

Kristy is an incredibly talented writer . . . This book will make you laugh and cry.

Kristy Woodson Harvey-Dear Carolina

This is the beautiful Kristy.

For those of you who live in my neck of the woods, Kristy will be at

McIntyre’s Book Store at Fearrington Village on Saturday, May 16th, at 11am for a book signing.

You can get the details here.

You can go to the book signing, meet the sweet and talented Kristy, then pop next door to have

a great lunch at the fabulous Granary Restaurant.

McIntyre’s is in the beautiful area of Fearrington Village, NC.

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Fearrington Village where they are famous for their Belted Galloway cows.

Belted Galloway Cow/Fearrington Village-Housepitality Designs

Also known as the “Oreo Cow”

I actually did a post about it and you can read it here.

I met the fabulous Giada De Laurentiis there when she was also doing a book signing.

Fearrington Village-Housepitality Designs

I truly love this story and I have been documenting all of the wonderful Southern

quotes/colloquialisms that have made me laugh out loud!

My friend Sherri so happens to be born and raised in the same North Carolina town that Kristy grew up.

So it was fun reading the colloquialisms that I often hear from Sherri.

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Here’s what some other great authors had to say about Dear Carolina.

“Characters with rich, complicated lives…beautifully shows how a family comes to be.”

—New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas

“Dear Carolina is Southern fiction at its best.

Lovely and lyrical, with the strong voices of the two female narrators

taking us deep into the heart of what being a mother is about.

It shows us that love is not without sacrifice,

and there’s little in life that doesn’t go down easier with a spoonful of jam.

Beautifully written.”—New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge.

Here is a little more about “Dear Carolina”:

A moving debut novel about two mothers—one biological and one adoptive—from a compelling new voice

in Southern women’s fiction.

One baby girl.

Two strong Southern women.

And the most difficult decision they’ll ever make.

Frances “Khaki” Mason has it all: a thriving interior design career, a loving husband and son,

homes in North Carolina and Manhattan—everything except the second child she has always wanted.

Jodi, her husband’s nineteen-year-old cousin, is fresh out of rehab, pregnant, and alone.

Although the two women couldn’t seem more different, they forge a lifelong connection as Khaki reaches out

to Jodi, encouraging her to have her baby.

But as Jodi struggles to be the mother she knows her daughter deserves,

she will ask Khaki the ultimate favor…

Written to baby Carolina, by both her birth mother and her adoptive one, this is a story that proves

that life circumstances shape us but don’t define us—and that families aren’t born, they’re made…

So here is the information on how you can win a $1,000 Spending Spree.

How wonderful is this giveaway.

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Purchase Dear Carolina between May 5 and May 10 (pre-orders count too!)

and send proof of purchase of to readdearcarolina@gmail.com (Pictures are fine — and if you buy at a

signing just email) to be entered to win a $1,000 Shop Design Chic Shopping Spree!

And you’ll also get the Dear Carolina Companion Cookbook and fun printable quotes just for entering!

Good luck everyone.

Available for purchase at your local bookstore or:


This is truly a great book!

Have a great day!

Vintage Brackets and Tole Sconces

When shopping in Pennsylvania with the lovely Yvonne of StoneGable last week, 

we spent lots of time in a booth with great architectural pieces.

Some were repurposed, some in their original state, their original beauty.

Yvonne picked up a pair of brackets, then at the last minute

she decided to purchase a different set of brackets;

therefore, her brackets went into my “buy bin.”

I was not exactly certain of what I was going to do with them; however, for now

they found a home in the dining room.

Dining Room-Housepitality Designs

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