New Kitchen Decor and a Giveaway

Well it happened again.

I stopped in my favorite shop . . .

should I tell you which one it was?!! . . .  you probably already know!

Yes, Always Home in Durham, N.C.

On my way home from Trader Joe’s, I thought, “I think I will just stop in for a moment.”

I am always on the lookout for some pieces that may go with my new bed.

There was nothing there that would go with the bed;

however, there was something that called out to me!

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No . . . not the bread boards or the pretty MacKenzie-Childs plate . . .

It is this beauty!

A MacKenzie Childs three tiered stand with bowls in the Courtly Check pattern.

The price? $58.00 for all four pieces . . . Score! . . . Happy Dance!

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Angela, the sweet owner of the shop said that she thought of me

as soon as she placed it on display.

I believe she had just put it out right before I came in.

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I so love the pretty details in the finial and “feet”.

The stand swivels, so you can arrange it many different ways.

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The finial:

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My hubby is a happy camper as he loves eating fruit throughout the day

and this will serve as  our mini fruit buffet!

I used to have multiple bowls of fruit on the vintage baker’s rack,

but that piece is currently in storage.

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Since I placed the three tiered stand on the counter,

it caused the Domino Effect.

I thought, “hmmm, let’s try bringing out more of the Courtly Check pattern

that I have.” I posted about these pretties this past Christmas and you can see

it here: A Christmas Tablescape .

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Previously, the counter was pretty neutral in color with a few pieces of ironstone.

Now it just pops with pattern!

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In the Christmas Tablescape post, the teapot served as the centerpiece.

You may remember this:

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Now it sits on the stove serving me well . . . boiling water for my tea!

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I love the new look of this counter and I am sure it will go through

some tweaking here and there.

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Now on to the GIVEAWAY!

I was contacted by the publisher of this book:

“Organizing For Your Lifestyle, Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases”

by Jane Stoller.

She wanted me to  review this book and give away a copy to one of my readers.

This book truly does organize your lifestyle from socks to suitcases!

Organizing for your Lifestyle

I hate to admit that I have had this book for a while. I actually forgot about it

as MY HUBBY CONFISCATED IT,  as he loves reading about organizational techniques!

I found it in one of his bedside drawers when I was putting something away.

I asked him for his opinion. He stated that he loved how it covered so many

aspects of organizing other than just organizing an area like a closet. Which it does!

There are so many great tips and tidbits. I am in the process of applying one now

that I will reveal soon. It involves guests!. . . and I LOVED her idea!

This book will organize you as it says from socks to suitcases/travel.

I want to give you an excerpt of something that made me giggle (in a good way!)

This excerpt was taken from the book of “How to be a Parisian” 2014, the authors wrote about what

a Parisian woman would NEVER have in her closet:

1. Three inch heels . . . they prefer 6 inch heels.

2. Ugg boots.

3. Logo shirts

4. Sweatpants . . . but leggings are O.K.

5. Skimpy tops (not to be worn on women over the age of 15)

6. Anything fake

7. Anything that makes you sweat ….. like nylon, pleather, vinyl

So if you want a Parisian wardrobe . . .  throw away the above 🙂


In this book, I especially loved the tips of organizing yourself for travel.

So all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and you

will be entered to have the opportunity to win a copy of “Organizing for Your Lifestyle”

The giveaway ends at midnight on May 25th, 2018. Good luck!


Have a most beautiful day!!!

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  1. KAren W. says

    Organizing tips are always something I need! The format of this book is intriguing based on your hubby’s review.

  2. Nancy cox says

    Sounds like a fun way to learn about organization.

  3. That sounds like an awesome book.

  4. I love your new decor on the counter!! Love the pop of color I love organizing so would LOVE this book!! Keeping my fingers crossed!!!! Thanks and have a great weekend!

  5. PS. What do you use to clean your copper?

  6. Your MacKenzie-Childs brighten your counters – such a fun pattern. Just yesterday I started organizing in our bathroom. It felt so good to get it done. I would like new organizational ideas. Thank you!

  7. Always need help with organization! My master bedroom closet requires a map to get around!

  8. I just love your blog. So many fantastic ideas

  9. What a find! Looks beautiful in your kitchen with your other pieces. I love the Parisian woman list. I agree with most of it but could never wear six inch heels and love my Uggs. Bought them years ago to wear in the snow. Need serious organization here.

  10. Oh dear Lord do I need help organizing my home. Thanks for doing this!!!

  11. Linda shoemaker says

    I love Mackenzie Child’s and it goes with everything. Looks pretty in your kitchen.
    I would love to be more organized!

  12. Organization. What is that?? Seems I need to read up on it…..

  13. Love your new Courtly Check find! Don’t enter me in the giveaway. She sent me the book to review on Amazon, so I have already read it.
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  14. The Courtly check pattern is so pretty, and it looks beautiful on your counter! Such a find, that serving piece is so handy, not just for fruit but for everything. I loved doing the teapot arrangement with you last holiday season, and love using my tea kettle for tea every day.

    I laughed at the Parisian fashion rules, it’s true! All the bits except the uggs, when we were there I did actually see uggs, mostly on younger Parisians. But definitely NO sweatpants!! I think the biggest trick I learned in Paris is to accessorize, Parisian women almost always do, and they almost all wear a beautiful scarf when the weather is colder.

    Happy Mother’s Day Shirley, I wish you a beautiful time with your beloved family Sunday! Love you, my friend.
    Xo Lidy

  15. Donna G. says

    Good morning Shirley! Love your Courtly Check pieces. I am with your husband when it comes to reading about organizing techniques! Have a beautiful weekend. ~ Donna Grimes

  16. I love your new counter display… pops with delight. I need a good organizing book to get me going on my many closets. Thanks and have a nice weekend

  17. Alice Genzlinger says

    You bad girl, I am at the airport in Denver on my way to see friends and family in NC and my friend is taking me to your store, Always Home in Durham. I call it your store because I love hearing from your stop by triips and purchases. If I had been there I would have grabbed the Mckenzie Child’s also but now I will watch to see how you use it in your gorgeous home. Happy Mothers Day!

  18. Love to organize but need some new ideas!!

  19. Susan Kistler says

    Does it have tips on organizing all the college stuff your child drags home? If so, definitely enter me! More fun to organize other family members stuff- I can’t even look at my own-lol- thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Like your husband, I too love to discover new ways to be organized!

  21. I also love to put things in order!! This book looks fabulous! Also love, Always Home…one of my fave shops 🙂

  22. I love your black and white check!
    As to organizing. I love the books and think I will do it and then! Keep hoping one of them really sticks

  23. Oh my dear, what a steal on the M-C! Blows my mind. The new display is terrific. Happy weekend!
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  24. I enjoyed your post with your new Mackenzie Child’s find. Tomorrow is my birthday and my husband is taking me shopping to pick up a new piece for my very small collection. I’m still undecided which piece to choose. The book on organizing sounds like something I could use. I enjoyed How to Live like a Parisian, and the first thing I am doing is getting rid of my sweats. I never wear them anymore and they take up way too much space in my closet. Thank you for your inspiration and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  25. I can always use some new organizing tips, especially for traveling. It looks interesting.

  26. Love anything or any book when it comes to organizing. I am a neat freak and always wanting to find ideas I don’t already know. I feel certain it is an awesome book!

  27. Swoon Shirley! Only you would find a MacKenzie-Childs CC stand WITH bowls for that bargain price! Such pretty details and so versatile and I adored your CC teapot centerpiece! Wishing a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend. ♥
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  28. I love the Courtly check pattern,my teapot looks so cute on the stove. Love yours with the flowers on the holiday table.

  29. Jann Olson says

    Shirley, what a find! It is perfect and I love how you pulled out the other pieces. The book sounds very interesting.

  30. Love the black and white checks and would love to have some new organizing ideas!

  31. Jeanne Bell says

    My life so needs to be organized. Thanks for the chance.

  32. Jeanne Bell says

    My life needs to have some kind of order…..and that is surely missing now!

  33. I had to chuckle reading about your husband and your book, my husband likes his things in his office in its place but doesn’t care the rest of the house. Love the Courtly check pattern also. Been adding to my collection also. Great find!

  34. sheila k says

    In the process of moving. Could use this book in a heartbeat. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there.

  35. Great score ! I have the large tea kettle ! Love !

  36. Teresa Ann Harral says

    Always love your posts! Love the tier fruit bowls and stand. Love anything on organization! Always great to have help in organization especially on travel!

  37. Absolutely love the current decorating with MacKenzie-Childs ! I am a person who is organized. And I like to even be more organized. So I think I would probably enjoy this book. Have a great day!

  38. Rebecca M says

    Is there anybody out there that couldn’t use organizational tips? Sign me up! Love your blog Shirley and your new bowl stand!

  39. I love organizing (and re-organizing). I’m obsessed with it! But I know I could use so me help, since I can’t seem to keep it organized for long. I’m clearly doing something wrong. LOL

  40. Shirley, I love your new find and what a bargain! I don’t own a single MC piece and I am not sure why. I have long admired the beautiful details. Happy Mother’s Day!❤️
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  41. This American woman would never have those things either. Haven’t worn heels in years!
    You do find the best bargains at your favorite shop. Great way to display the fresh fruit for healthy snacking. Have a fabulous Mother’s Day!!
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  42. We do not have much storage space in our place and still we do not have a lot of “stuff” but what we have I need to organize.

  43. Your MC 3 tiered stand is perfect in your kitchen! Another great find! I definitely need that book as I
    I love organizing things but I am not good at it!

  44. Janine Wolfe says

    Hi Shirley,
    How did I miss you. I was at Always Home with my cousin who had never been and we did a little retail therapy. I know you and I are sisters of the heart and mind. I love Mackenzie Childs checks. I’ts beautiful and I just ordered the extra large bowl as a treat to myself. I love what you did with your tea kettle for Christmas. I need to reorganize my whole house and you are a great inspiration. I’m glad you had a great mother’s day and your mom is precious. My mom was 100% french. She would have agreed with your list of things she never wore. We had to fight to get her out of her 6in. heels at 80. She passed away in 2015 and I still miss her every day. Take care sweet friend and I hope to run into you soon.

  45. So funny that your husband had the book. Made me chuckle. Sounds like a great book.

  46. My motto: ” Organizing is my jam!” When my husband sees me reading my latest organizing book, he wonders why I haven’t written one yet!

  47. I could use more organization in my life!

  48. I am a firm believer that almost every kitchen is made prettier with a piece of Courtly Check!! Your tiered serving piece is wonderful! It’s definitely the perfect fruit holder this time of year.

    About those fashion rules, I agree with most of them except…I have to have my inexpensive (fake) jewelry!
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