THE PYREX PIE PLATE

When Andy and I got married, we had a beautiful wedding shower where several of our friends and family came to celebrate our upcoming nuptials.  My matron-of-honor and myself opened countless gifts from our guests.  We, at one point, tallied close to 22 platters that I had received.  They were spectacular!  The majority of them were all white and they came in several shapes and sizes.  Rectangular, round, square, they were all lovely.  I still use the majority of these platters that I received as gifts sixteen years ago.

What I also received were Pyrex pie plates.  I believe I received a four pack of them and I graciously smiled when I opened them.  Honestly though, I was thinking to myself I truly had no idea what I would be using these plates for in the future.  I had never baked a pie in my life and I was not anticipating any interest to start baking once I was married.

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That certainly held up to be the truth.  I have never baked a pie in my life — ever.  My mother makes the most incredible strawberry pie. The strawberries glisten with a deep red and the flavor is infused with the sweet and fresh ingredients she uses.  My mother-in-law makes an apple pie that has a handmade crust and the perfectly laid crisscross design of the dough is a vision out of a magazine.  Bottomline — all pies are made by others in my family and I am completely fine with that.

So what shall I do with these pie plates?  There was even a fleeting moment where I thought giving them to Goodwill was the answer.  I had moved them from one house to the other and they never were used.  Until one day, I had a dinner at my house.  It was just a small gathering but I quickly wanted to make some green beans.  I washed the fresh green beans, placed a small amount of water in the bottom of the Pyrex dish, popped them in the microwave for 5 minutes, and had wonderfully cooked green beans when the microwave dinged!  I transferred the green beans into another Pyrex pie plate, crumbled gorgonzola cheese on top, and finished it off with bacon pieces.  Straight to the table went my Pyrex pie plate.

The rest is history, as they say.  I have used these pie plates as serving dishes so many times since the initial green bean presentation.  Now that the dinner table is often surrounded by my children, it makes passing what is being served, much easier.  The edges of the dishes prevent slippery potatoes from falling over the edge.  The watermelon slices stack easily in these pie plates too.  The uses are countless.

We have also discovered the Pyrex pie plate does a beautiful job in holding Lego kit pieces in place and prevents them spilling on the floor.  My daughter gets so excited when she gets a new Lego set, but often she runs out of steam when building the entire kit.  The Pyrex pie dish is a holding zone for all her pieces.  It offers a sense of task accomplishment as she gets to the final pieces of “Bag 1 or 2” that remain in her dish.  She gets excited to open a new bag and refill her bowl.

We use these dishes for sorting exercises too.  I have lined them up and my other little girl will dump out her beads and stickers and other treasures that may have gotten mixed up in her arts and crafts bin.  One by one, she will go an sort her colorful beads and place them in a Pyrex dish.

Finally, the Pyrex pie plate could possibly be the best snack container in the house.  From boiled peanuts, to popcorn on a Friday night, they get filled with all the goodies.  However, my boys claim they are the best nacho plates in the world.  They will grab them and fill them with some tortilla chips, sprinkle on some Mexican cheese, and transfer the dish straight to the microwave.  A fun and happy snack to fill their bellies in a pinch.

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So there you have it, just some of the fun ways we use the Pyrex pie dish in the Pepperberry house.  I don’t anticipate them ever getting used for baking a pie … ever.  We will leave that for Nana and Busia.

Let me know how you use your Pyrex pie plates — I’d love to hear other ideas!

Make it a great day!

Kellie

 

 

TWEEN DREAM ROOM(S)

I received an email a few months back seeing if I was available to meet with a young girl and her mom.  This sweet girl had just celebrated her birthday and she could not be any more excited to make some changes to her bedroom and playroom.  She wanted to officially ban pink from her spaces and cover up the bubblegum colored walls with lavender and turquoise.

We sat down and chatted and she shared with me that she liked “girly” things.  She liked pretty details and finishing touches that were glamorous.  Her mom and dad shared that there was a need for a bigger bed in her bedroom, and for her study/playroom, we needed to find good storage solutions.

Like every young lady, this gal has several treasures that she still loves and cherishes.  Some needed to be displayed and others could be safely tucked away in decorative boxes and crates throughout the room.  I was on a mission.  I brought back a design board with some of my inspirational pieces and ideas.

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I brought four paint swatches and had my young client make her favorite choice.  She went with Sherwin Williams Potentially Purple for her bedroom and Tame Teal was the wall color for the study/playroom.  I shared trimmings for draperies and gold polka dots were going to be the element that connected the two spaces.  She had pillows and bedding to touch and artwork to view.  She and mom went through the items and the final selections were made.

While they were away, I went in as a worker bee and was able to get things transformed for her.  We painted the walls, took delivery of furniture, built a desk and chair, styled bookshelves, made the bed, strung twinkle lights and flowers from the canopy, hung artwork on the walls, finished white drapes with lavender pompoms, added gold polka dots to the walls, and steamed every fabric in the space!

For her bedroom, a full size bed was in order.  We decked it out in layered bedding including a purple quilt and another in white and gold polka dots.  I found wooden crates with gold dots on them, to tie in with the rest of the room.  She is able to store headphones and keepsakes in these boxes that sit on various bookshelves in her room.

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We hung a lavender chandelier where her old fan was on the ceiling and I added lavender pompoms onto white drapes that I found at Homegoods.  The chandelier artwork was such a great compliment to the fixture overhead and had just enough bling to it!

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The finishing touch was the accent of the gold polka dots to the walls.  They are peel and stick vinyl decals that I adhered in a random pattern on the wall.  I wanted it to feel that they were falling from the sky.  We added a few lamps to brighten up her room and provide a soft glow when not using the overhead light.

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Next was the playroom.  We transformed this space by bringing in a little glamour that will last throughout the future as she continues to grow up.  She was in need of a study space that provided storage for all of her trinkets and specials.

I found this turquoise sofa and built the room off of it.  I highlighted the space above the loveseat by using these dramatic gold mirrors.  It tied in the gold from her bedroom and the bookcases that we brought into this space.

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More pompoms to finish off the curtains — and a white desk with a fuzzy chair and shelves for storage was next.  I found coordinating desk accessories and baskets to store notions in on both the desk and the bookshelves.

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It was a busy week, but such a joy to put this space together for such a special girl.  Let me know your favorite parts of the rooms…I’d love to hear!

 

Make it a great day!

 

Kellie

Georgia Pepperberry: Update

We launched Georgia Pepperberry three months ago and everyone has been so kind and supportive as we venture off into this new frontier!  We continue to have many wonderful opportunities and projects … we are grateful!

I have been getting the question, “How are things going?  What projects are you working on or have you finished?”  So, I thought it would be fun to share an update as to what we are currently working on, so you can get a little taste of what Georgia Pepperberry is up to these days.

To begin, we have been helping some good friends renovate their kitchen.  I posted some initial photographs and things to think about when renovating your kitchen. PLANNING FOR A KITCHEN MAKEOVER  We are about halfway done with the project and are moving along.  We hope to have the new space completed by the beginning of September.  We have demoed two rooms and have created a completely new and functional layout that will lead to many hours of productive and fun cooking.

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Andy has been busy on the real estate side of our business.  He is working with home buyers as they seek out their new place to call home.  Andy and I are collaborating as our clients venture through the real estate process.  Georgia Pepperberry has been able to give vision and thought to design, function, and style even before our clients buys a home. We also have been able to help customers and other realtors stage homes as they prepare to market and list homes. Home Staging  You can visit Andy’s site for current real estate information.  Andy’s Webpage

We have done some party planning including a couple bridal showers WINE TASTING BRIDAL SHOWER and I am helping someone create a style for their fall wedding.  It has been an absolute joy helping to craft a look for these events.

We have been asked to help decorate several spaces for families.  It has been a pure joy to be invited into others’ homes and be able to listen to what their desires are for their rooms.  Often things haven’t changed in several years and a new look is requested.  I enjoy listening to what their “likes” are for their new space and working with them to pull together a new and functional look and design.  We are in several phases of waiting for product to arrive and I am hoping to be able to post some pictures of these projects over the next few months.

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In addition, we have helped with a few “refresh” projects.  They have been so much fun!  I had a new client who has a beautiful dining and living room space that has been recently painted.  She selected her new furniture but was looking for some finishing pieces to tie the room together.  I helped her with new accessories for her space and worked within her budget to complete the look she was trying to achieve. A SOPHISTICATED SPACE

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Most importantly, we are truly enjoying this new venture because we get to spend more time with our family.  It has been great to see the kids get involved and show a true interest in what we do.  We often are asked by them how they can help.  Whether it be looking for the lavender pompom trim in the sea of notions at JoAnn fabrics or looking for lamps with black shades at Homegoods, the little monkeys are willing to step in and help. Sometimes it is just emptying or loading the truck, but they are aware of what we are trying to do and they often are ready to lend a hand.

Finally, we want to give back.  Stay tuned and I will share some information on how we are preparing to help a non-profit in the area.  I am so excited about this opportunity and I look forward to seeing it come to fruition.

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We continue to develop our business — because this is our dream.  We are working on our logo design and crafting future endeavors for Georgia Pepperberry, LLC.  We hope that we continue to have the courage to grow and build out our dreams.  Thanks for all the support!  Make sure to follow our story and like our Facebook page or follow us on  Instagram @georgiapepperberry.

Make it a great day,

Kellie

 

WINE TASTING BRIDAL SHOWER

About two months ago, I received an email from a woman who had seen our website on Facebook  .  When I took the call, I had no idea that I would be meeting such an incredible gal.  She reached out looking for someone to help coordinate a small and intimate wedding shower that she was going to be hosting for a family member.

We scheduled a time to meet and I met her in her home.  We discussed what she was looking for…”personalized*special*unique* fun*contemporary” were all the words that came up in our conversation.  I also learned that the family has a true love for wine…and from that moment, the theme was born.

About a week later, I came back with some ideas to present to this special lady.

I had found the style of invitation that was encompassing of the wine tasting theme and it had a modern style.  This invite set the tone for the event.

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I had spoken with a winemaker in town and they recommended some great summer wines to be paired with the meal that was planned.  It included a Michigan salad, chicken picatta, and some roasted redskin potatoes.

The wines were selected and custom wine labels were crafted noting the date of the upcoming wedding.  We went with a Pinot Grigio, Muller Thurgau, a crisp Cucumber Melon, and a Pinot Noir to finish.

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I shared with her that we could have custom chalkboard wine glasses that I painted and the girls could each write their names on them.

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White hydrangeas and mums were the flowers of choice and they would be displayed in gold toned vases placed on the tables and in the kitchen.  The day before the shower, I purchased 8 dozen blooms to make sure we had flowers everywhere.

Gold chargers would be the platform for white china and lace-trimmed,white, cotton napkins tied simply with black and white string.  I placed the table settings on a chalkboard fabric table runner where I had written the couples’ name and wedding date.

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We set up a wine tasting station in the kitchen where all the wine glasses were placed, along with the wine bottles for tasting.  What the guests didn’t know is that their amazing host purchased a bottle for each one of them to take home!

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I thought it would be nice to have a keepsake for the bride from the special day.  I found this glass display board.  Each guest wrote sweet words of advice on scalloped white tags for the bride and groom.

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I’m hoping my wonderful client was happy with how things came together for this lovely bride-to-be.  I had so much fun helping putting everything together for this special event.

Cheers to many years of happiness for the bride and groom.

Make it a great day!

Kellie

 

PLANNING FOR A KITCHEN MAKEOVER

It is without a doubt, one of the biggest changes and investments you will make to your home, ever.  A kitchen makeover is often something that is seemed to be a relatively easy task, but what is often not realized, is all the behind the scenes activity that is required to pull off the kitchen of your dreams.13612162_1714276792158118_50816283216706796_n13619842_1714276762158121_2150315216864665304_n

Andy and I are working on a large kitchen renovation project now for some friends who had never experienced the process before.  They needed help in understanding what is involved, so we crafted some initial basics to get them started.

  1.  What is your budget? — No one ever enjoys discussing budget, but when redoing a kitchen, it is critically important to have the conversation.  Kitchens often require a lot of money, depending on the extensiveness of the project.  The budget will help in the material selection process as you build your design.
  2. What is your style?  — You are at the point now that you want to renovate and I am sure you have flipped through a few catalogs.  What are your thoughts on the design? Dark cabinets or light cabinets?  Dark toned concrete countertops or light colored granite?  Save those pictures that you are drawn to and set them aside in a folder.  Your designer will use them as a platform for the “look” of the new room.
  3. What are the functional requirements? –  Do you have a need to move the refrigerator because you can’t access it when you are cooking?  Is the sink not big enough for your pots?  Would it help to include a prep sink? Be open with yourself and your designer about what is not functioning in your space.  Things can be changed.
  4. What is your timeframe?  — Kitchens require time. There are several contractors involved in the process and often schedules get interrupted.  Also, materials and supplies need to be shipped in throughout the process.  Typically, an extensive kitchen remodel will take close to 8 weeks to complete.
  5. Where is your temporary kitchen?  — Do you have an area where you can move your refrigerator too during the renovation?  Perhaps you can grill outside or use a slow cooker to bridge the gap during the renovation.  Eating out for eight weeks can get exhausting and expensive.

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These simple 5 steps are just the beginning to your kitchen project.  If you are starting to think about doing a renovation take the time to think through the process.

Give us a call and we will be more than happy to help you answer any of your questions you may have regarding your renovation project.

Make it a great day!

Kellie

“WHAT’S YOUR STORY?”

Sixteen years ago today, I walked down the aisle holding on tightly to my dad’s arm and approached Andy at the altar.  We both said, “I do.”  The rest is history, as they say.

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The day we got married was something out of a fairytale.  I wore the Stephen Yearick dress that I had saved for with all my bonus dollars.  It was cream toned and hand beaded and had a sweet little train that bustled in the back.  Andy was looking handsome as ever in his crisp, black tuxedo.  The two of us stood together in our church surrounded by hundreds of people we knew and loved.  There was a vintage car waiting for us in the driveway that was there to whisk us away for pictures after our nuptials.

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The reception was incredible.  My mom was the event planner for this wedding and she truly amazed us.  She transformed the hall into a “Night in Paris”.  We had an ice sculpture crafted to look like the Eiffel Tower and there were custom made candy bars with our picture super-imposed over the Paris skyline.  There were white flowers everywhere.  Roses, lilies, hydrangeas, all cascading from table arrangements and the ceiling. Thousands of tea lights illuminated the tables and we were welcomed by a seventeen piece Big Band playing the classics.

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Our song was, “In the Mood” and we danced and celebrated the entire evening.  We never wanted the night to end.

The wedding truly was something out of a storybook.  It was a night that many people still talk about today.  It was amazing.  But to me, what is more amazing is what has become “Our Story”.

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You see, Andy I didn’t just meet in our early twenties and start to date.  Well, we did, but there was history to our relationship before we even knew it.  I was out one evening with high school friends and saw him standing at a table with some fellas near where we were gathered.  I thought he knew some people I was with, so I approached him, asked if he was with our group. I then followed it up with the question, “What’s your story?”

He looked at me confused, but then proceeded to tell me that he did not know any of my high school friends.  He was simply sharing a table because the venue was crowded.  We small talked for awhile and then it was time to go — we exchanged business cards (Ha!) and planned to talk again.

I played it “cool” with Andy, but I was secretly hoping and praying he would call someday.  He did.  Andy always keeps his promises.  He told me he would call and he did.  For weeks he would call every other day at 10pm.  Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday…you get the drill.  This went on for weeks.  We would talk for one hour about almost everything.  We shared details about where we worked, our college experiences, our hobbies, and our dreams.  I’d ask him where he went to high school, but he wouldn’t tell.  He said, “If there is ever a lull in the conversation, I’ll let you know, I’m sure we’d have some shared friends.”

Finally he asked me out after a month of the alternating night phone calls.  Andy was very methodical in his approach.  We went out to dinner at steakhouse near where we lived.  We had a filling dinner and grabbed a beverage at the bar before heading out.  A man approached us and asked if we had already bought the Christmas tree for our home.  We were both shocked and quick to let him know we were only on our first date.  Perhaps this man knew something we didn’t.

He told with us that he was selling fresh cut Christmas Trees for his children’s Catholic school.  As soon as he said the name, Andy and I shared that we had both gone to Catholic school growing up.  We looked at each other and immediately realized, this was not the first time we had met.

Come to find out Andy and I had gone to school together since we were seven.  I was in a grade below him, but we grew up going to school in the same building for seven years of early lives.  Andy also discovered an old VHS tape with him playing eighth grade football filmed on it.   He asked that I come over to watch it before we went out one night.  Sure enough, there he was, young and lean in stature (I can see where our oldest gets his looks from) getting ready to enter the huddle.   His dad was the cameraman and he panned over to the cheerleaders.  There I was, young and lean too, Coke-bottled tinted glasses, wavy blonde hair, cheering him on for his game.  His dad zoomed in on me, zoomed back in on Andy, and then came back to me for a final zoom in shot.  Unreal forshadowing of a couple who would be married someday.

Our story is fun, our wedding was magical, but our marriage is something else.  Is it perfect?  Nope, but it is the most special marriage I could have dreamed of.  I don’t know if I ever believed in having a soulmate or someone who could just truly balance me out.  But I should have believed. There are often times where we are thinking the same thing and don’t even need to speak to acknowledge what is on our mind.  He knows when I need encouraging, I know when he needs support, we know what each other needs.

Our marriage is fulfilling.  It is filled with our amazing children and family.  Our union is strong.  Our faith is the underlying element in our marriage.  Trust is a given.  Forgiveness is a must.  He knows I have his back and I know he has mine.  I still look at him and think he is the handsomest guy in the room, because he is.

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So it’s cheers to you, Mr. Pepperberry.  Thank you for picking me to be your “Forever Girl” and continuing to craft “Our Story” with me.  Thank you for your loyalty, your passion, your love for life, and your commitment to our family.  I love you with all my heart and am absolutely thrilled to be continuing this ride, called life, with you.

Happy Anniversary, Andy.

 

Love,

Kellie

 

 

 

FARMHOUSE PART 2: The TV Room

One of my favorite rooms in our house is our TV Room.  One of the reasons we bought this home was because of this room.  I loved that there was a first floor bedroom with a bathroom attached.  We have not needed the room for its original purpose, so we have decided to use it in a different way.

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Initially we used the room as an office, but we decided that having it as a family space would make more sense.  Our house is long and what I love about using this room as a TV room, is that it has become the “hangout” space for the kids.  The boys especially, will have their buddies over and play Xbox and they truly have a space to go to be on their own.  I like that its on the main floor so they are able to have their independence, but mom still gets to be close by.

The room once had carpeting in it and we pulled it up.  Our initial plan was to lay down some Pergo laminate flooring because all we saw were large pieces of plywood.  We even brought the flooring material home! But underneath the plywood boards Andy  discovered some beautiful pine floors that needed some serious refinishing.  He sanded the floors for days (and I mean days!) and then stained them with a clear sealant to maintain the pine finish.

We painted the walls a soft grey color and placed our sectional in the room.  Again, this is a piece of furniture we brought over from our old house and what we love about it is that we can all sit on it at the same time!  Friday night is often family movie night in our house and during the winter, there have been copious amounts of popcorn consumed right here!

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I fell in love with the “spider” light fixture when I spotted it online.  I saw the piece and stared at it for months.  I always like to build a room around something that I LOVE and needless to say, THIS WAS THE PIECE!  The price eventually fell into our budget and I clicked “place order” online!  The brass finish is beautiful and the twelve extended arms offer a lot of overhead light to the space.  Plus, it’s look became the focal point of the room.

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I added some gold pillows that the covers can be swapped out on, and included a modern rug for a fun vibe, and brought in a huge ottoman for feet to rest on while watching TV.  End tables and soft lighting are a must in a room like this.  I have two small tables that can be placed close by for a drink glass, when needed.  Two lamps are typically what are turned on to provide great soft lighting while watching a show.  Finally, the gold and white drapery panels were a must to add color to the walls and for the functional purpose of blocking out sunlight during movie time.

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On the walls I included a big mirror to make the small room feel larger, and some bird drawings to complete the space.  My mom gave me the whimsical picture of my flying pig that I reminds me of her saying, “when pigs fly”!

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On top of the entertainment center, is a display of the kids’ Lego creations.  I get them down often for them to play with when they request them.  My other son displays his puzzle cubes, as he is often grabbing them to solve while lounging on the couch.

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This truly is the monkeys’ room to hang with us, their friends, and each other.  Hope you enjoyed our second feature room in our Farmhouse Tour.  What does your TV room look like?  Please share in the comments!

Make it a great day.

Kellie

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

It’s hard to think that we are six months away from winter and Christmas. These days everyone is drinking cold lemonade and making yummy smores while enjoying a warm evening sunset.  The thought of eggnog is far from everyone’s mind.

BUT, Georgia Pepperberry is in full effect as we start planning for the upcoming months.

Christmas truly is my absolute favorite time of the year!  I enjoy the memories that are made, the expressions on the monkeys’ faces when they realize Santa has come, and of course, celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.

I think back to what Christmas was like growing up, and a big part of the holiday was watching my mom decorate our Christmas tree.  She always had one for me to style with my own personalized ornaments, but her decorated trees were spectacular.  They would draw neighbors from down the street because they were gorgeous!

 

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Andy and I are excited to announce a service to help you all make your homes Christmas ready for the holidays.

It can often be stressful getting a home fully decorated for the holidays, and we would love to take some of that burden off of your shoulders.  Decorating trees, hanging garland, and stringing lights, are all things that I started doing many years ago because of my mom.

Bing Crosby and Harry Connick Jr. Christmas music is always playing while we decorate.  After we are done, we sit down and enjoy a well deserved break as we take in our new holiday view.  Needless to say, she has taught me well, and Georgia Pepperberry looks forward to bringing this decorated Christmas magic into your homes.

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We will be offering the following services:

  1. Decorating your Christmas Tree – Whether it be artificial or real, we will be happy to string your lights and hang your ornaments for you.  For an additional charge, I can purchase coordinating ornaments for you to make sure your tree has a classic and cohesive look.  Tree white roomPink Tree
  2. Decorating your Mantle and Bannister – Customized garland and trimmings can be purchased for your home, or we can use the items you already have.  Whether it be hanging your Christmas stockings or setting up your Christmas Village, I’ll be there to help with the task.Mantle
  3. Holiday Party Planning–  Are you hosting a holiday party?  Let Georgia Pepperberry help with the details.  We can get everything from the custom invitations to catering for the event–just let us know what you need.DSC_0468DSC_0466
  4. Holiday Wrapping –  Wrapping all of those gifts can be a true time spend.  We can handle the chore for you.  We will make sure they look like they were all wrapped at a department store.  All of the wrapping paper will coordinate with your tree and each present will come with a beautiful custom bow!DSC_0452DSC_0445DSC_0478
  5. Holiday Décor Takedown – Because the thought of taking down your tree and wrapping up all of those ornaments individually makes you shiver — we will take care of that for you.  We will ensure that each special ornament is wrapped properly and stored away safely until next year.

 Be sure to book early for the holidays as the calendar always fills fast.  Contact us to discuss your project and pricing!

 

Make it a great day!

Kellie

 

 

4TH OF JULY FARMHOUSE LIVING

The 4th of July is only one week away and that date on the calendar often reminds of a few things.  First of all, it makes me think of how lucky we all are to live in this amazing country and have the freedoms that we truly can enjoy.  It makes me think of outstanding memories watching beautiful fireworks with my friends and family off of our balcony, on a beach, or from our front porch.  It also reminds that we are already half way through summer, and that just wants me to make time stop for a little bit!

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This year, we brought a little of the red, white, and blue into our family room.  We are decorating the outside of our house too, but I thought it would be fun to add some color to our typically white room.

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As I shared in my first FARMHOUSE TOUR post, all of our walls are painted white.  My slipcovered sofas have become a pair again and are together in the family room.  We have a side chair with a red strip down the middle, that I fell in love with when I was at the store.  And the red floral curtains, well, they were the steal of the century a few months ago, and I knew they would bring some life into the room!

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(Can you spot the THE DRESSER OF SANITY? It’s resting while on summer vacation.)

We just needed a few accents.  I picked up the Liberty sign and the silver eagle statue at Homegoods, along with the two red, white, and blue pillows.  The little flags are from the grocery store and I just popped them into a Ball jar.  In just a week or so, the nostalgic reminders of the USA will be tucked away until Labor Day, and the red, white, and black palette will be the foundation of the room.  (I’ll make sure to share that with you too!)

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Our living room is long and narrow and honestly, a real challenge to decorate around.  These sofas have been everywhere in the room.  In the winter I love to put them facing each other right in front of the fireplace, with our table in the middle.

 

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I love to move the furniture around, because it makes me feel like I have a new space regularly.  It keeps things fresh and enjoyable for me.  The layout we currently have, means that the whole family can enjoy the space.  Try it in your home, if you can.  It’s amazing what a little change with your own things can provide to your home.

Here are some final tips in incorporating some holiday spirit into your room:

  1. Focus on incorporating small items: throw pillows, a decorative sign, or some basic flags, can really give the splash that you need to incorporate the holiday.
  2. Make sure the items you include don’t overwhelm the space, but instead, enhance it.
  3. Limit the number of decorative elements that represent the holiday, as to not have them take over the space.

So have some fun sprucing up your space for the holidays!  Please share how you brought some Americana into your home this year!

Have a wonderful 4th of July with your friends and family.

Make it a great day,

Kellie

 

OFF TO CAMP

The time has come where my boys are packing up their sleeping bags, making sure they have enough bug spray, and checking to see that their flashlights are charged with enough battery power to last all week.  They are headed off to their first sleep away camp with their friends.

While mom may shed a tear as we drive away from the “drop off zone”, they more than likely, will not even look back.  They are young boys maturing into young men and this rite of passage is a special time in their lives.

Because I can only think they may get homesick (However, I’m probably completely wrong on this!) I created some fun little treats for them to open each evening when they are back in their cabin.

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I found these adorable tags in the $1 section at Target.  They also had all sorts of candy treats, including some of the boys favorites, like Gummy Bears and Altoids, all for $1.  I packed in some protein bars and beef jerky also.  I found the cellophane treat bags in the party section of Target, and wrapped each “treat” individually.  There is a bag for the first six nights away at camp.  The seventh day, we get to pick them up…we are their treat that day!

I tried to write something special each day reminding the boys of what I remembered about camp.  Making a new friend, watching a campfire and telling stories, jumping in the lake and swimming to the raft, or just eating a meal in the “mess hall” with my friends.  I let them know how proud Andy and I are of them and their willingness to try something new, like going to camp.

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I’m hoping they come home happy and filled with stories to tell and remember for years to come.  What are you sending your little campers off with this year?  I’d love to hear your ideas.

Make it a great day!

 

Kellie