M.I.A.

You’ll have to excuse me if I’m a little preoccupied this week.  My hubby is taking the bar exam this week, and we are all on pins and needles.  MY brain hurts, so I know his does!!

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But don’t worry, I won’t leave you hanging.  I’ve got some fun posts lined up for you, and I’ll be back soon with more house updates!

In the meantime, you can keep up with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! And be sure to check out the shop at Hunters Alley! :)

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Coffee Table Book Love

I’ve never been an avid reader.  I’m envious of the people that can sit down and finish (and enjoy!) a book, but I’m just not one of them.

That’s why I love coffee table books!  I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to this love.  I can sit and go through every page, or thumb through as I have the time and patience.  Plus, we all know how easy it is to style with books!

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In my opinion, there are a few staples that every well-decorated home should have…

1. The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd

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“An internationally acclaimed interior design sensation, Miles Redd is known for his quirky brand of cozy glamour. This lavishly illustrated volume features a diverse selection of his unique interiors, an inspiration to anyone interested in spirited, eclectic design.”

2. Domino: The Book of Decorating by Deborah Needleman

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“Domino: The Book of Decorating cracks the code to creating a beautiful home, bringing together inspiring rooms, how-to advice and insiders’ secrets from today’s premier tastemakers in an indispensable style manual.”

3. The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman

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“Over the years, founding editor in chief of Domino Magazine Deborah Needleman has seen all kinds of rooms, with all kinds of furnishings. Her conclusion: It’s not hard to create a relaxed, stylish, and comfortable home. Just a few well-considered items can completely change the feel of your space, and The Perfectly Imperfect Home reveals them all.”

4. Design Sponge at Home by Grace Bonney

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“’Thank you,’ wrote a reader to Design*Sponge creator Grace Bonney, ‘for teaching me that houses don’t have to be frumpy and formal. They don’t have to be matchy-matchy or rigidly modern. They can just be comfy and unique and reflect who you are, no matter how small your budget or space.'”

And then there are some that I am just dying to get my hands on…

1. Glamorous Rooms by Jan Showers

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“Glamorous Rooms showcases the elegant eclecticism of renowned designer Jan Showers’s interiors, including many projects unpublished until now.”

2. The Age of Elegance by Alex Papachristidis

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“One of today’s eminent tastemakers, Alex Papachristidis is known for arresting, elegant interiors that meld classical motifs with a modern perspective and sophisticated details. This volume pays homage to Papachristidis’s refined sensibility and celebrates Alex Papachristidis Interiors’ twenty-fifth anniversary.”

3. Fifth Avenue Style by Howard Slatkin

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“In this gorgeously illustrated volume, Slatkin, an interior designer and founder of the iconic home-fragrance and lifestyle brand Slatkin & Co., opens the doors of his legendary Fifth Avenue apartment and invites readers to accompany him on an intimate tour.”

4. The Welcoming House: The Art of Living Graciously by Jane Schwab

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“The owners of the acclaimed stores and decorating firm Circa Interiors present eight stylish, beautiful homes blending comfort, beauty, and function with classic Southern hospitality. A house with an open door is like a friend with an open heart: inviting, generous of spirit, and constant at the core.”

5. The Find by Stan Williams

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“In The Find, Stan Williams and some of today’s most clever style makers, including Simon Doonan, John Derian, and Real Simple’s Kristin van Ogtrop–all diehard devotees of New York City’s Housing Works–show not just what to look for, but also how to look at an object to identify a great piece.”

I’m ashamed to say that the only one of these I have in my collection is Design Sponge.  But you have to start somewhere, right?

What are some of your favorite coffee table books?  Do you have a good collection going?

The Snail Mail Project

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Do you have mounds of beautiful stationery that you aren’t using?  Do you get stationery for multiple occasions, but then have very few occasions to use it?  Do you miss getting cards and notes in the mail for no reason at all?  If so,  you’re like me.

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So I’ve decided to start my own little Snail Mail Project, and create those occasions.  My goal is to send at least 3 handwritten notes, cards, or letters each week.  It can be anything from a birthday card to a little note just letting a friend know I’m thinking about them.  But it has to be handwritten!  No typing.  No email.  No text.

Are you a lover of snail mail? Would you like to receive a cheery note or a funny card?

Email me your name and address and you just might get a little snail mail from me!  My handwriting is nothing to write home about (pardon the pun) and it may not be overly creative, but I can promise it will brighten your day.  You can email me here: 702parkavenue (at) gmail (dot) com.  You can also instagram or tweet your own snail mail…just use #snailmail702!

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Rollin’ with the Homies

I feel so honored to have been nominated for Apartment Therapy‘s Homie Award in the Home Project & DIY category!  I know I don’t hold a candle to most of the bloggers nominated, but it feels wonderful to even be included in the discussion.

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If you enjoy following along and would like to vote, you can do that here.  While you’re there, look around at all the other nominees…it’s a great way to discover some interesting new blogs!

Bless This House

Hi friends!  I’m in need of a little advice today.

It’s very important to me to have our house blessed.  To some, it probably sounds really silly, but to each his own, right?  It’s more a spiritual thing than a religious thing.  This is the house that Charles and I hope to be in for the foreseeable future, and it’s important to me that it be filled with love and “good vibes,” for lack of a better word.  I’m a strong believer in energies, and I want our home to emit nothing but happy and peaceful energy.  I feel that a house blessing is especially necessary after all of the months of stress and frustration that have led us to where we are now.

I’ve done a lot of research, and I’ve read a lot on how to bless your own house, but I really want to bring in a professional.  We are not Catholic–in fact, we are Southern Baptists, which is far from it.  Do Baptist ministers perform such blessings?  Where should I look to find someone to do this for us?  Does anyone have Rafiki’s number?

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