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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Make your Office Chic

I have been reading Jennifer L. Scott's book At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life for the last several weeks. I must say I love this book! But I expected it to be great because her first book Lessons from Madame Chic was just fantastic! Last week I gave a list of affirmations that one could say to themselves for confidence (see here) if you missed it. Today I am going to list some ideas from Jennifer about how to make your office chic.

In April I wrote a blog entry about office inspiration (see here) if you missed it. Below is the list and as always enjoy!!

1:  Forgo the typical generic storage containers found in most offices. You can use mini antique orchid pots to hold you pencils and pens. Use apothecary containers to house your paper clips and rubber bands.


(My office)


2:  Display pictures of loved ones in pretty antique frames.




(My chair at home, no throw rug but a throw is a great option)


3:  Lay out a throw rug.




(My home office on the left)


4:  Hang art on the wall that makes you happy when you look at it.

5:  Place a postcard from a faraway place by your computer to conjure up great memories.





(My oil warmer from Bath & Body Works)


6:  Use potpourri or dried lavender to keep the room smelling fresh.




(My guest chair at work)


7:  Keep a luxurious shawl on the back of your chair to stay warm in the air-conditioning.










8:  Keep a china teacup and saucer or your favorite mug on hand for coffee & tea breaks. Bring real silverware from home to keep lunchtime dignified (even if lunch is eaten at your desk).  See my blog entry (here) on how to eat alone. 








(My tulips)



9:  Bring a bouquet of flowers from your garden or from the farmers' market and change out the water every day in the vase. It should last you all week. Or bring an orchid or African violet in to beautify your space. 



(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)



Monday, December 29, 2014

My New Office

My office had some openings this past year and I was so anxious to apply for them. I have an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies so when some of our paralegals retired I knew that I would finally have the opportunity to start a career.

There were 3 paralegal openings on my floor and I applied for all 3. I interviewed for 2 and my boss asked me which one did I really want so I told her. Well, last week she and the U.S. Attorney told me that I got the job!!!

I was so excited!! What a fantastic Christmas gift!! So out of my cubicle and into an office I go. I am so excited to start my new career! Below are some photos of my new office. I really hate the furniture but oh well....


Overview of my office







Family photos of course






I decided to bring my Von Maur throw and place it on my chair.
I love it for warmth and the color that it provides.






We have limited resources for furniture so I used my drawer for a table.
I dressed it up with some of my photos and magazines.






I snagged this chair from another empty office. I placed it in front of my desk
so that when people come in to talk they have a place to sit.
I added my faux scarf for some luxury. 




And of course one must have a mirror for decor and personal grooming.




(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)



Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas from AHFE

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

I hope that you are enjoying this day with your families and friends and celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.

We all know that Christmas is not about the presents but about Christ's birthday! So enjoy this day celebrate our King and smile and be grateful!


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Beauty Interview with Aerin Lauder

I love Aerin Lauder. I recently posted an entry about her home tour (see here) if you missed it. Her home is so fantastic. I recently stumbled on this interview with Sally Hughes.

The interview with Aerin is so inspiring and as a look around the decor is also inspiring. I am now interested in bringing gold accessories into my home. Watch the video and get to know Aerin and her brand. Enjoy!!!









To watch this on your mobile click here.




(photo via Vogue)




Monday, December 22, 2014

Furniture Shopping for my Home

This past summer my husband and I went furniture shopping for our family room. We have had the same furniture for over 7 years. I am so ready for a change. I am hoping to buy some new pieces this upcoming fall but we will see.

We went to Haverty's furniture store which is located here in Indianapolis. I have to say I just loved the store!!! They had such a great collection and the prices where pretty fair. Below are some of the pieces that I picked out. I haven't purchased anything yet. I am still looking. Let me know what you think.



I loved the nightstand next to the bed. Just beautiful....






This sectional is what I am going for. 
I want a gray sectional because the decor colors in the family room and kitchen
are going to be blue and white. 








These lamps would fit right in with the blue and white decor.






An up close photo of the lamps.





The side tables... love!!






I love the coffee table. It's sturdy and is an excellent source for storage.






Oh, I just love this rug!! This would also go great in the family room.
It is timeless and can hide stains well.





Now we already have a dining room table but I just loved this one!!
I wish I could get it! The cupboard in the back, gosh I would love to 
store my china on that!!!






I have always wanted a tufted headboard and this is the bed I picked out.
I think it is timeless and classic. I could have this for years!!






And last but certainly not least.. the starburst mirror. Now I want one a little bigger
but I loved the way this looked. 





(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)








Friday, December 19, 2014

Banana Republic Ivy League Bracelet

I love Banana Republic!! I love the jewelry and clothes. Everything is just so beautiful and chic. I love to shop the sales rack at our local store. I recently found this beautiful bracelet online during Black Friday!

It is called the Ivy League Line Bracelet and it is on sale now. Below are some of my photos. Check out their website for more beautiful items for low prices! Enjoy!













(photos via Mrs. Shockley)



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to Fold Hospital Corners

I didn't really understand this concept until I saw a how-to -video from Ballard Designs. Once I saw it I loved the way it looked. It also got me thinking about my fitted sheets. Sometimes those are so hard to get on the bed and this would be a nice change every other week. So I think I am going to give the hospital corners a try. Below is the how-to-video from Ballard Designs. Enjoy!


Hospital corners



To watch the how-to video click here.



(photo via Google)

Monday, December 15, 2014

How to Eat Alone

I always look forward to author Jennifer L. Scott's Youtube videos on Sundays. A few weeks ago she gave a wonderful tip on how to enjoy your meals alone. Once I watched the video I have to admit I became much more aware of how I dine alone. I am now on a mission to implement these tips on my lunch break. Watch and enjoy!!!











To watch this video from your mobile click here.



(photo via Pinterest)







Friday, December 12, 2014

Simple Christmas Details

I can't believe Christmas is just in a few short weeks! It came too fast but I am ready. My local grocery store had small poinsettias on sale really cheap. So I purchased a few and placed them all over the house. It makes it look so festive and I like the idea of having real plants around our home. Below are some photos of my home and also watch the video from Mrs. Nikki. I love her ideas about simple tips to make your home festive. Enjoy!!!


My poinsettia in my sitting room. I just placed it in my vase from T.J. Maxx.






Our family room has 3 full size Christmas trees and each one has a different theme.






I placed this poinsettia on my nightstand in my gold vase I found at the thrift store.






This is my reading area in our bedroom.






My poinsettia on my island in my kitchen.






Our dining room table. 






To watch it on your mobile click here.


(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Chic Affirmations ~At Home with Madame Chic

I love to hear and say personal affirmations to myself in the mornings. While reading At Home with Madame Chic author Jennifer L. Scott mentions a few powerful affirmations that one could say to themselves to improve their quality of life.

I am a firm believer in one using their best and now I am learning that one should believe their best and say the best about themselves. So below are the affirmations that Jennifer mentioned in her book. I would encourage you to add these to your daily thinking. Enjoy!!!

1. I am vibrant, healthy and full of energy.

2. My beauty is radiant.

3. I am a calm and patient parent.

4. Today I will relish the small things.

5. Today I will make my home beautiful.

6. I choose to eat healthy foods today.

7. My home is a sanctuary.

8. I can remain effortlessly in the present moment.

9. My creativity is inspiring.

10. I can get through any situation with grace. ( My absolute favorite!)

11. No matter what happens today, I will cultivate inner peace.

12. I can change the world.

13. All is well. 

For more ideas on living well check out Jennifer's book. I already have a copy and love it!!!



Author Jennifer L. Scott and both of her books.





(photo via Google)




Monday, December 8, 2014

Statement Necklaces for the Holidays

Well the holidays are upon us and I always like to have a few statement necklaces to wear. Below are some of my recent finds for this season....




I found this necklace at Talbots for $26!







I found this at New York & Company.






This I found at Francesca's last year. 




This necklace I just purchased from New York & Company.
It is from the Eva Mendes Collection. I got it on sale for $25!!




(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)




Friday, December 5, 2014

Home Tour with Timothy Corrigan

I first heard of Timothy Corrigan on the Quintessence blog earlier this year. Stacy Bewkes and Susanna Salk were able to video a home tour with Timothy in his chateau. It is absolutely stunning!!! Timothy also wrote a book about his renovation and decor process for this chateau. An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Luce: Decorating a Great French County House is a wonderful story of the restoration of this home. Amazon will allow you to view the "inside" of this glorious book. Below is the home tour with Susanna Salk, as always enjoy!


Timothy's Chateau











Timothy's Book




To watch the video on your mobile click here

(all photos via Google and video via Youtube)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Faux Poinsettias

I was watching QVC one evening during the holidays last year and one of my favorite hosts' Lisa Robertson decorated the stage for Christmas. On that day they were selling faux poinsettias. Lisa had the poinsettias on the side of the staircase and I just loved the way it looked.

So I went to my local Joann Fabrics and purchased about six faux poinsettias for under $25! I put them by my staircase and I just adore the way it looks. If you can get your hands on some faux poinsettias by all means give it a try! They won't leave a mess and are pet friendly! Lastly, below is a video of Lisa decorating her home for Christmas. Enjoy!



My poinsettias at home










If you wish to watch this from your mobile click here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Plates

I have been on the hunt for Christmas plates since this spring! It has been really hard trying to find something affordable and beautiful. Last month I was doing some shopping in Walmart (not fun) & just looking around when I spotted these plates below.

They are from the Better Homes & Gardens collection. I just loved them! They were affordable and very pretty! I have gotten plenty of compliments on them and I am very pleased with them. I used them for our Thanksgiving meal and I will be using them throughout this winter for dinner. 

As I said before, "always use your best". My family and I will enjoy these plates all winter long! My photos are below as usual. Enjoy!!  




My table setting during Thanksgiving











The dinner plate











(all photos via Mrs. Shockley)