The Final Stop of the Style & Grace Christmas Race!

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Annnndddd that's a WRAP! The Style and Grace Christmas Race is finished! 

This install was like coming home! A warm welcome when I came in the door, greeted by just two of the 5 awesome family members who live here: One 5 year-old little man (who basically stole my heart the first time I met him) and his sweet loving mama who always makes me smile!

This was where it all started! This was the home that made me realize that I LOVE design and that I really could have a career that I love and still be there for my family all the time!

This was the home and the family that took a giant leap of faith and put all their trust in a girl just getting started and told her to "go for it!" They put their home on tour and raised a lot of money for Childhood Cancer, while giving me the courage I needed to follow a dream. That is priceless. Faith and trust are priceless.

The end of this long but important post is that at the end of the day (or in this case, 7 holiday decorating days), I realize what I've probably known all along. All these homes that I styled for the holidays are different. Just like my clients, they are all different and have different visions for their spaces, yet they all still call on me to design their homes. They let me be creative. They allow me to have fun doing what I love the most. They give me opportunities that I don't take for granted. I know that I am lucky that they choose me and that I get to be part of giving them the home of their dreams and the cherry on top is going "home" to decorate it for the holidays!

Style & Grace Christmas Race House Three!

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Day One of this client's home went so smoothly!

This is my third home in one week and while it is a ton of work, I am blessed to have people who trust my vision and allow me to be creative and dress their homes with holiday light and style! When I walk out that door at the end of the day they are happy. That makes ME happy! 

Take a look at how plain the Christmas tree in the foyer was "before" I added some Christmas cheer to it. You can also see the bird's eye view! 

I also wanted to share a look at a "family" tree. This tree is where this family puts all of their special ornaments. Classroom ornaments, pictures from when their kids were younger and ornaments from all their vacations and memories together! I just gave it a good base for them to work so when it was time for them to decorate it together, it would be fun and whimsical before they even started! I just love all the pops of red and white!

Style & Grace Christmas Race Stop Number TWO!

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I just LOVE this time of year. We did this second stop on the Style & Grace Christmas Race from top to bottom and I am in LOVE with how it came out!

We styled chandeliers, mantels, tables, a Bannister garland and one big beautiful tree. This family is READY!

I've had some of you asking about how I decorate my trees with ribbon. Be on the lookout for more information about this later, but for now I'll leave you with this quick tip: run the ribbon vertically instead of horizontally! I hope this helps you add a little bit of depth to your trees!

Day 1 of the Style & Grace Christmas Race

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Stop number one of the Style and Grace Christmas Race got off to a good start!

I am loving the tree we picked out for this space. She's 10 1/2 feet tall and stuffed full of loveliness! When you have a great room with tall ceilings like this one, a giant tree is a must-have. Anything less just doesn't seem to fill the space with as much Christmas Cheer, ya know?! 

I also added some touches to the mantel and shelves, and snagged a bird's eye view shot when the space was finished. Santa's stopping here for sure, and might not ever want to leave! 

At the end of these two weeks I'm sure to be in the spirit (and covered in glitter!) 

Spring Succulents

Hello Beautiful!

 I have been eyeing this gorgeous white ceramic bowl at Home Goods for quite some time, but I never had the right use for it.

UNTIL I was in the garden section at Home Depot and came across these fabulous live succulents for only $25! This picture can be deceiving because it is a an enormous bowl! I just love the way it looks in our kitchen eating area!

Pray for me that I can keep it alive! Do any have you have tips on how to keep a succulent going?