Saturday, January 23, 2010

My favorite shops in Franklin!

Show Us Your Life with Kelly's Korner

Show Us Your Life is a weekly blog event hosted each Friday by Kelly's Korner where bloggers indulge readers with fun facts about their worlds.  There is a different subject each week and so many interesting bloggers participate!  I hope you enjoy!

because home is where your story begins.....kelly

I love to shop...really love to shop!   Historical downtown Franklin has several shops and restaurants.  Here are a few of my favorites!

PDs is a great place to find decor items at a great price.
119 South Margin St.
Franklin, TN 37064

What's in Store has great accessories!  My husband always finds great birthday and Christmas gifts here!

407 Main St.
Franklin, TN 37064

Franklin Farmers Market a great place to support local farmers and vendors.

The Factory at Franklin
Franklin, TN 37064

Hope you can visit us here in Franklin soon!


Define your Style!

I want to make my own imprint on life, which suggests I know exactly how to express my individual style...but do I?  Do you?

 I had a couple that wanted help decorating the main rooms of their home.  We sat down for our first consultation and I asked them what their style was.  They looked at each other and then looked at me and shrugged.  They didn't know how to answer, they weren't sure how to define it. 

Do you know how to define your style?  Have some fun and consider the possiblities!  No rules here (we will worry about those later) so don't worry about making the wrong choice, just dream!

Write down 10 must haves for your main living space.  How do you want to feel in the space?  How do you use the room?  Do you want a big comfy chair to curl up in and read, a room to play games in with your kids, a hang out to watch the big game? 

Do you like light and airy rooms?  White furniture, faded colors and texture with a vintage feel. 

Are you more tradtional or modern?  Do you like clean lines or layers of textures and accessories?

 Maybe Old-World European decor full of character and sophistication appeals to you. 

I know you have heard this before but look at magazines and create an idea folder.  You don't have to have everything at once, the best homes are made not bought.  Develop a plan to avoid costly mistakes.  (This is where an Interior Decorator can help)  Set priorities and tackle one project at a time.   Get a notebook and write down measurements, take this with you when you go shopping.  Don't buy anything you don't love, I don't care what the sale price is.  Get rid of things that don't work in your space.  Donate or sell items to make room for your vision.

Now have a reality check.  Your project isn't a design show on TV, the results won't be instant.  It is always a process so be prepared to take your time and have fun.  Trust will be worth it!

because home is where your story begins.....Kelly

Monday, January 18, 2010

Married Monday

I plan weddings, beautiful, charming, romantic weddings. I love LOVE. I work with brides that have planned their weddings since they were young girls, the fairy tale, over the top extravaganza. For a year the couple is focused on the ceremony and reception. It is a very exciting time for the entire family but there can be some stressful moments.

Things can get overwhelming quickly so here are some tips to get started.

Budget  A beautiful wedding is possible with any budget. You just need a plan. A realistic plan. Who is paying? What can you afford to spend? What do you want to splurge on and what can you do without?

Timeline Plan your calendar a year ahead of the wedding date if you can. I have planned a wedding in 4 months but it does create some problems with getting your first choice in venues and vendors, so be flexible.

Location Traditional religious ceremony in the bride's hometown? A charming venue? Destination? It is easier to see what weekends are available and choose a date if you have your heart set on ceremony site.

Bridal Party Who will participate in your wedding party? Ask as soon as possible so they can plan their
   calendar accordingly.

Dress Have fun. There is a dress out there for you!

Invitations How many will you send? What style?

Flowers, Photography, Color Palette The options are unlimited so try and stay focused.

Reception A sit down dinner, a cocktail party or a backyard bash, how do you want to celebrate?
Please remember a wedding is a day but your marriage is for a lifetime. Spend some time planning for that too!

Have a love filled week!


Friday, January 8, 2010




Ready for a change?

Are you a little restless? Looking for a change but not sure what you want to change? Well join the club. I have several projects that I really want to start...remodel my master bath, put new tile floor in kitchen, paint my trim black and the list goes on and on. I also have a few projects in the works, building furniture for my boys bedroom (just need to put the finishing touches on) reorganizing my office (nightmare) and cleaning out the garage (an ongoing project that never seems to end).
So yes....I am a little restless.

When my job is to organize projects for other people, I tend to get behind on my own. Then add in 3 kids that all have activities and homework plus a husband that travels some and I end up getting nothing finished.

Here is where I should follow my own advice.

Prioritize projects
Your house is the biggest financial and emotional investment you will ever have. Take care of it, make it your home. Figure out what will make you happy and go for it.

My priority is my office. It is my creative space, the room where my inspiration and vision boards are. When it is organized, I get so much more accomplished. I rarely do something just for me but this is the year that I am changing that. The other projects will get done too, but all my focus is going to my office until it is complete. That is the secret; when you prioritize you don't spread yourself thin with 4 or 5 projects. You have all of your attention on one and it becomes much easier to complete. I will take you on my journey to complete my office and hopefully inspire you along the way.

So what is your priority? Come on let’s do it together!

because home is where your story begins......kelly

Thursday, January 7, 2010

No Resolutions

I don't make resolutions....never really have. Oh I will say I plan on being skinny by summer, or I am going to work out 3 or more times a week so my arms will look great by summer, or okay you get the idea.

I never think it is a good idea to make life changing decisions on New Year's Eve when you have a drink in your hand (and after you have consumed a few earlier in the evening) but I am a sucker for a new year and all the possibilities it holds. So I made a couple of decisions on the long car ride home the other day and I will share them with you.

First, I am going to live more authentically. I am going to find my joy. Really....I know it sounds silly but I have found that people aren't honest in their lives. They do things they don't want to do because they think they should and don't do things they want to 'cause what will people think. So here is my advice to you....don't be a martyr. No one but you will notice. Do things in love and be generous without any thought of acknowledgement. Don't expect anything in return and guess what happens? Karma baby....good karma! Like your Mama used to say "What goes around, comes around" and it does, you're just not always there to see it.

Next, I am going to let the people in my life that are important to me know it. I am going to make an effort to really connect and not just pass texts and quick phone messages back and forth. Friendship is so important and so easy to take advantage of. I have a ton of acquaintances but only a handful of friends who would hold my hair while I know who you are! I couldn't imagine how I would have survived this past month without that love and support.

So, no resolutions, to much pressure. Instead, just make an adjustment of priorities and guess what? You will find your joy too.

Joyfully yours,

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The New Year

It is with a great deal of emotion that I start this New Year. I lost my mother on Christmas Eve after her 22 year battle with breast cancer. The past week has been a blur.....well really the past 2 months. This holiday season was a very difficult one for my family. I wasn't able to do the special things I normally do with my children during the month of December and never really finished decorating my house.

The week before Christmas was spent at the hospital hoping my mom would get enough strength back to be able to spend Christmas at home. She fought a hard fight but the cancer just wouldn't let go. On Christmas Eve morning I made the difficult decision to bring my mother to my home to spend her last hours surrounded by her family. I sat my children down at the dining room table and told them that "Binky" wasn't going to make it through the day and that I wanted to bring her home. I made sure they understood that she would die here and if that was something that they would be okay with. Each sweet child (ages 8 thru 15) said it would be very sad but they wanted her here too.

So with the Doctor's help we made the arrangements for her to be transported by ambulance with the help of hospice when we arrived. Once she was settled, she opened her eyes for the first time in over 24 hours. I told her where she was and all the grandchildren came in to talk to her. Each one handled it differently but my sweet Tanner was overwhelmed with emotion. He held her hand and cried while he told her how much he loved her. She was able to slowly say in a muffled voice "I love you too" Those were the last words my mom spoke.

We took turns sitting by her bed and holding her hand. I continued to prepare for Christmas morning and tried to finish up wrapping the gifts that I had hidden all over the house. It was just about seven o'clock and my brother called my name in a panic. The hospice night nurse had just arrived and I hurried downstairs. Mom was I knew it was coming but nothing prepares you for that moment. I had to call my dad down and tell him she had passed and then we had to tell the children.

I can't tell you how blessed we were. It was the most difficult moment of my life and one of the most precious. As we started handling the business end of everything, we had the support of a wonderful nurse who promised to stay with us until everything was taken care of and she was so comforting and sympatheic, I don't know what we would have done without her.

The first call was to the funeral home back home in Kentucky. They took care of contacting a local funeral home to come and pick up my mom until they could get her the next day. Once that was arranged, we waited for the hospice RN to come by and pronouce her dead. The men from the funeral home arrived and were so thoughtful and caring. They assured us they would take very good care of her. It was so hard to watch them take her.

Okay now what....I took a deep breath and told everyone to get their Christmas PJs on and head to the living room. The annual Christmas Eve tradition of watching Christmas Vacation wasn't going to be missed. Mom wouldn't have had it any other way. We decided to wait to start calling family and friends until after we opened our gifts on Christmas morning. We wanted that night just to ourselves.

As difficult as the next few days were, I have never felt so blessed to have the support of family and close friends to ease the pain. Somehow we made it through and life is slowly getting back to normal. As the New Year rolled around I decided that no huge resolutions were in order this year. I just wanted to say "I love you" more and "I'm sorry" less. I also decided to live honestly. No more agreeing to things I don't want to do out of obligation or guilt. I want to be authentic in my life and in my relationships. I am going to simplify and find joy in the small things that happen during my day. I will be grateful for the many blessing I recieve and say thank you every chance I get.

My mission is to help people simplify their lives in a beautiful way. Isn't that how you want to start the new year too? So follow me on this journey and lets see where it takes us. So glad you came by for a visit, stop by anytime!

because home is where your story begins.....Kelly