Monday, December 14, 2009

letting go

"you must be open to change in order to evolve and achieve success"

I have some news to share with you today, I have decided to close @home. We have had a good 10 year run but in order to pursue new opportunities with my freelance career and event design it was necessary to make the change. This change will also give me more time with my family, time and space to be creative on a grander scale. I've spent the better part of 20 years in retail. I have garnered a great deal of recognition and have enjoyed the rewards of my hard work but I think now is a great time to re-invent myself. The prospect is both scary and exciting.

I am so grateful for all the good fortune my shop has brought my way and all the lovely people I have met along the way. You have been such an inspiration.

I would like to acknowledge my family and friends, my wonderful staff, loyal customers, sales reps and fellow retailers for all your support over the last 10 years. It has been an amazing journey, thank you for coming along and thank you for believing in me.

When it is all said and done if you are wondering where can you can find me? You can check in on my blog or send me an email for any updates. I will be in a tiny studio where I can meet with brides and work on projects for my editorial clients. I hope to teach some workshops, finish the two book proposals I started over a year ago and I'm bound and determined to get a product development/licensing deal with a manufacturer. I'm also planning to get a couple of spaces in antique malls and host some sort of pop up shop or warehouse sale from time to time (announcements will be on the blog) and if that isn't enough, I will finally have time to concentrate on getting the e-commerce portion of the @home website so I can sell online. So you see I will be very busy, just a different kind of busy.

I'm sure this has come out of left field for many of you but for me, it has been a year in the making. This was not an easy decision. I have loved having a retail store very much. My shop had a winning combination; it is really neat, people love it, I have great stuff, a fantastic location and an outstanding staff and most of all the BEST customers in the world!

Thank you for everything and stayed tuned, lots to come.


vintage general

Monday, November 30, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

holiday hues

This is the most recent installment of my styling/production work for Savannah Magazine.I will be doing some more assignments for Savannah Weddings and Savannah Magazine in 2010. Look for the current issue on news stands and look for the new Savannah Weddings in February. Click on the image to enlarge and zoom in if you want to read the editorial.

photographed by Erin Adams

christmas ideas

Our house was photographed for Country Home magazine a couple of years ago and was slated for a holiday issue before they closed so our story was passed on to one of their Special Interest Publications Christmas Ideas and is on news stands now. I've included some pictures below.

If you are a Christmas Ideas reader looking for the items pictured in the CI story I regret to tell you most of those items have sold but if you are a hunter and gatherer like me check in with your local independent retailers or look online. I've been getting the most calls about the red bottle brush trees on my mantle and they are made by Bethany Lowe Designs. The wreath above my sideboard is from Katie Runnels and the new glass jars are from the Paris Market (old candy jars are mine and are not for sale). The boxwood garland came from The Magnolia Company and the boxwood topiary came from Arcanum in Savannah. As always I sell loads of vintage ornaments at my shop @home and the wrapping paper & ribbon is from my shop as well.

The magazine neglected to source all the lovely people that loaned me things, put up with my frenzied attitude or made things for me. So I hope you patronize their shops too.

photographed by Reed Davis

And these are the pictures that did not make the cut. I styled the house for this feature so and can't help but share.....

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

well isn't that nice

I got all teary reading the kind things Grace said about me and my shop in the October 18 post on Martha Stewart Weddings blog.  I cut and pasted the post below. 

Grace Bonney's Décor

Posted by Shira Savada, Real Weddings Editor: Martha Stewart Weddings

Today we've got a double dose of our behind-the-scenes series about Grace and Aaron's wedding. Grace bulked up her standard rentals and enhanced her décor with the help of two great shop owners. And in case you wanted to revisit Grace's first mention of incorporating vintage pieces into her wedding, you can reread the post here.

Photo by Tara Donne.

Grace: Our wedding wouldn't have been the same without the help and generosity of Paula from Paris Market & Brocante and Liz from @home vintage general. Both women really embody the welcoming spirit of Savannah and were incredibly kind to let us borrow such beautiful vintage and antique pieces. 

When I walked into Paula’s store (which I visit religiously each time I’m in Savannah) during wedding planning, I knew that her collection of vintage and antique chandeliers would set the perfect tone for our "secret garden" reception. At first, I think my guests thought the pieces were just for show, but when the sun set and the lights turned, on I watched people admire the soft, romantic light they cast on the reception. People like Paula really helped us have the sort of dream wedding that wouldn't have been possible without the generosity and support of a team of local artists and business owners. 

When it comes to Liz from @home, I can't say enough nice things. I’ve known her for a while now, and she's the heart and soul of the Savannah scene for me. Her support of local students, designers, and businesses is incredible. Liz’s store feels like the sort of place you want to move into, so I knew I’d turn to her for help with the wedding. And thankfully, she was kind enough to let me borrow some really key pieces, like the vintage petticoat dryer and the green-tiered plant stand. I think people thought I was a little nutty wanting to use the petticoat dryer for the escort cards, but I loved the way it expanded and thought the miniature clothespins we used to attach the cards was such a fun play on the idea of drying clothes. Liz’s store is always full of unexpected but beautiful items, and I felt really lucky to be able to use a few of them for the big day.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

send holly to martha bake sale saturday oct. 31

We are hosting an old fashioned bake sale Saturday Oct. 31 from 10-6 to help raise money for @home shop girl Holly Sexton.  The money will go towards tuition for her dream internship at Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine.  We are all contributing yummy baked goodies so please stop by, meet Holly, make a purchase and wish her luck.  

320 West Broughton Street Savannah, GA  

Saturday, October 24, 2009

blog announcement

After much pressure I've started a blog for my event design business. As if there isn't enough technology in my life.  I'm not sure I can handle anything else. I have a store, a store website + blog, an event design business + blog, a face book page for me and the shop and photo styling work flowing in.  I get tired just typing all of it.  My friends in the event business keep hassling me about twitter but I have been able to resist (for now).  

Thursday, October 22, 2009

local lovelies guest blog

Nicole, of the blog Kirei Nest, recently contacted me about contributing ideas for Local Lovelies Georgia edition.  I jumped at the chance to share my favorite edible goodies, gifts and must dos found right here in Savannah, GA.  I hope you can hop over there and read all about it.  

visit here to see for yourself

Friday, October 16, 2009


Yeah!  The flip house is under contract!!!!!  Apparently the owners had 3 offers (all female, first time home buyers).   AMAZING, it was only on the market one month.  I like to think it was the splendid selections of one such designer (me) that helped get it sold but the truth is the owners and the workman did a terrific job.  I'm ready for the next one.  I love to spend other people's money.  :  )

read the previous posts here & here

Sunday, October 11, 2009

now that is the money shot

I found this fantastic picture in the 5th installment of images from Grace's wedding in Savannah.  It is of my petticoat dryer all decked out with her escort cards.  LOVE it!  

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

boho magazine

New fall issues just arrived in the store and I'm pleased to report @home was included in a boutique feature in the magazine.  Come by and get your copy today.  

grace + aaron

The much anticipated (at least for me) fall Martha Stewart Weddings is on news stands! Featured in the pages is the lovely wedding of Grace Bonney (of Design Sponge fame) and her husband Aaron Coles.  I was fortunate enough to provide Grace with some vintage elements that made their way into her wedding day.  Here are a few of the images of the items I shared with her.  If you would like to read more about her special day you can see the first of several parts here

oops, I forgot to mention the items....

she borrowed: 
1875 metal petticoat dryer $375
1890's painted iron multi arm plant stand $450 (sold)

she purchased:
vintage handkerciefs prices vary $4-$6 each
vintage belt buckles prices vary $2-$10 each
velvet ribbon prices vary $4-$8 per yard

Thursday, October 1, 2009

we are live

Meg, my super talented graphic designer with the help of Devin O'Bryan (my @home web designer) just put the finishing touches on my wedding planning website.  We are still tweaking some stuff but I could not help but share it with you.  Go for a visit here:

Saturday, September 12, 2009

this might explain my absence

I've been really busy producing some articles and features for magazines lately so I thought I should share. I didn't want you to think I wasn't thinking about blogging I just couldn't fit it in.

I feel especially lucky to have three really fun projects I did featured in Country Living's October issue. I also produced two stories for Savannah Magazine and styled a house for Savannah Magazine. So....check it out.

Click on the image to make if larger if you want to see more detail.

Country Living Features

Savannah Magazine Features