Monday, November 15, 2010

My Two Minutes of Fame ...

or less than that, if you're a quick reader! 

Yes, folks, my sincere apologies as I'm starting my week off with a shameless shout out ... 

Last week, a local magazine, Coastal Carolina Home & Lifestyle, did a  big ol' spread on the homes that were on the "Christmas Tour of Homes" last year ... our humble abode being one of them.  They included several pictures and an article for each house.  *Thare* she is, in all her Christmas glory (feel free to click on pics to enlarge):

I love how the writer *outed* me right off the bat by referring to my self-prescribed "ADD" (Attention Decorating Disorder)!  LOL.

It truly was an honor to have been asked to be part of the tour, as proceeds from the ticket sales benefited many organizations. (And, okay, to see your home in a magazine is pretty neat, too)!

And, speaking of Christmas ... I was really super flattered and humbled to have been hired by a local business, Marine Service Center, to decorate their store for Christmas.  It's a super fun place (owned by a great couple, Mickey and Kayla Thompson) that sells all kinds of boats in every size you can imagine and other outdoor fun "toys."  (If you're ever near Longs, SC, you should pay them a visit!)

While I don't have a picture of what it looked like last year, it was done in a nautical look with red, blue and gold ornaments.  The owners wanted it to still coastal/nautical feel as it did last year, but to change it up a bit.  Sooo, I traded out their gold ornaments for silver ... added more blue and red and white ornaments and hoped for the best:

To keep it not so "froo froo" (since mostly men frequent this store), I decided to add nautical rope and burlap as garland (adding the red ribbon for a fun pop of color).  I carried that to the top, as well, by adding two large bows made from burlap, red ribbon and a white (with silver) ribbon.  Too, considering that there are mounted deer heads all around (who watched my every move ... scary), I thought the brown burlap might tie in with the mounted creatures. 

I wrapped the presents in coordinating blue background paper and chose burlap for the ribbon/bows, adding a snowflake on a few packages to tie in with the tree.  I also added plain white boxes (with red ribbon) as well for contrast:

And, as for those mounted deer ... well, of course they needed some Christmas cheer, too!  HowEVER, I've never come close (by choice) to a mounted deer head.  It was a funny (no, make that pa-THETIC) sight to see me tossing the garland around their necks to form a wreath, praying every.step.of.the.way that: a) the deer head didn't fall on me; b) it didn't all of sudden yell "boo," sending me to the floor; or 10) I didn't have a panic attack.  Seriously, folks, I was sweating!  When it was time to add the Santa hats ... well, forget it!  I couldn't do it ... I couldn't get *that* close.  Thankfully, Kayla and her receptionist, Melissa, did that for me.  I'm so ashamed!

After I was done, I decided to have some fun on the toys.  I think I can get to Home Goods SUPER fast on either one of these!  Watch out, here I come! Vrrrrrroooooommmm!

Well, I'm off to tackle more Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by and humoring me, today!

I'm  linking up with some fun par-tays ... come join the fun at these awesome blogs:

DIY Show Off

Boring to Better at Savvy Southern Style

Southern in My Heart for Inspiration Friday


Denise said... Reply To This Comment

Oh wow, look at you :-) Congrats on the feature, your home is really stunning Becca, be it at Christmas or any other time too. Love how you did the nautical tree too.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said... Reply To This Comment

Wow, Becca, congratulations on both! I'm with you on the deer head. That is not something normally seen around here on Long Island {at least the places I go to} and I think I'd be feeling a little freaky near one.

Vanessa said... Reply To This Comment

Oh Becca! Girl you are BEYOND talented! Your gorgeous home absolutely deserved to be in that magazine for all the rest of us to drool over. And on that note, I have a confession...I am so glad you don't have one of those things on your sidebar that shows the face of who is visiting your blog because it would have me popping up over and over in the last few days as I have been totally studying/stalking your photos of your mantel from last year! :-) It was so inspiring to me and truly gave me the courage to put a new spin on my own mantels this year! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us and just so you know, me and ATV's go WAY back! :-)

Jemsmom said... Reply To This Comment

You go girl!!!!! You deserve your shout out! Your home is beautiful any day and just magical at Christmas! That tree you did is awesome! It is perfect for a boat store and is the perfect amount of manly but yet gorgeous! You rocked it!

Sailing Simply said... Reply To This Comment

Well, I would have been thrilled too if I were featured in a mag. You deserve to enjoy your moment of fame! Your decor was so fantastic that it inspired me too this year. I just got back from Hobby Lobby and Carolina Pottery with bags full of holiday decorating goodies! I just love the Boat store tree! It is so wonderfully nautical! I hope they loved it because you really nailed it! Great job!

Teri said... Reply To This Comment

Congratulations! How exciting! Hey, will you be able to post pictures of the other homes that participated? =)

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said... Reply To This Comment

OMG! Becca you have out done yourself! I love the red, white, and blue Christmas tree!!! So original... you should be in a magazine....wait a were in a magazine! I'm so honored to blog with a star :D

Blondie's Journal said... Reply To This Comment

Congratulations, Becca. What a nice long article they wrote! I'd be dying right now!!! Bravo!

You did a wonderful job at the marina...I love the tree. The boat rope garland is the best idea!! And the deer is adorable in his little Santa cap! Nicely done!!


Pamie G. said... Reply To This Comment

Hey Becca, I am from Loris but live in Texas between Austin and San Antonio! It is so much fun reading your blog and Congrats on your fame!!! You go girl!!! I love the tree!!! I love the idea of making it manly without making it so dark and dreary, nice job! We bought a new home a year ago and I have done nothing yet, all the walls are light yellow and I just can't decide. I never purchased a home that was all one color, imagine that stumping me!

Creative Decor by Brooke said... Reply To This Comment

No surprise there! You are an amazing decorater. Your house at Christmas is like a dream. You deserve all the honors. Great job on the tree too.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Congrats! That's so exciting! What a gorgeous job you did, both on your home and the tree!

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Krista said... Reply To This Comment

Hey Becca! Thank you for visiting me!! I get SOOO excited with new friends! I am TOTALLY following you! I am Head over Heels for you blog! Love the Christmas Burlap! Ive done that too! I think we JUST COULD BE 2 peas in a pod!

Pamela said... Reply To This Comment

How exciting is that!! I know I would have been thrilled as well! Your home is always sooo beautiful Becca! Thanx for stopping by earlier!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, that had to be so much fun being part of a home tour and then having your home in a magazine. How cool is that! I love the tree you did for that store. Great idea using the rope for garland. That is what I call thinking outside the box! Thanks so much for sharing this!

Marsha's Mpressions said... Reply To This Comment

Congrats! That's quite an honor. You will have to give us some looks into your decor as the holidays approach.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said... Reply To This Comment

Stopping by from Kim's Boring to Better party!! Congrats on the tour! Great job on the holiday decor, too! I am so used to the deer mounts and I really like the idea of a wreath around his neck!! You see, I am married to a hunter and have one hanging high above my fireplace (thank goodness for tall ceilings!!). said... Reply To This Comment

Girlfriend, get you a Button, because I want to put it on my page :-)
Still Drooling over all your ADD pictures! Enjoyin every second of it!


Liz said... Reply To This Comment

OMG...CONGRATS!! That magazine spread is so beautiful and you so deserve it! I have never seen such a beautifully appointed Christmas home such as yours! When I came across your site this time last year, my mouth literally dropped to the ground in pure and utter amazement. How wonderful to have that keepsake magazine forever. =)

How nice that you were asked to decorate the Marine Service Center. You did another AMAZING job....everything down to the packages and bows is to perfection. I don't know how you do it girl! You are superwoman, truly! XO ~Liz

Liz said... Reply To This Comment

Opps, forgot to add that the last pic of you is too cute, love it! :)

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Congrats! What an honor
Talented lady
You have a beautiful home.
The nautical tree is decorated so nicely! Perfect for the Marine Service Center. said... Reply To This Comment

Hey pretty girl! WAITING for a new post...Ur killin me :)
I have a NEW GIVEAWAY for you!



mydesignchic said... Reply To This Comment

How exciting to have your beautiful home in a magazine...thrilled I found your blog this morning!!

Vanessa said... Reply To This Comment

Hey! Just coming back over to say thanks for linking up to the party this weekend! It gave me a chance to drool some more over the pics of that fabulous tree...and the ATV! LOL! :-)

Melissa Miller said... Reply To This Comment

Becca that is awesome and well deserved! Love the pretty tree you created and all the decor'.

Can you email me your address? I'm working on my Christmas card list. Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
~Melissa :)

Debbie said... Reply To This Comment

You go girl!!~ That must have been such an awwwwww moment for sure. It is no surprise as you did/do an outstanding job. Cute tree too. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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The DIY Show Off said... Reply To This Comment

Congratulations on your feature - so exciting and well deserved! :)

Thanks for sharing!


Melissa Miller said... Reply To This Comment

I added your Christmas-y bedroom to my post today. I hope it's okay with you!

Happy long weekend!
~Melissa :)

Terry said... Reply To This Comment

My nephew and his wife live in Myrtle Beach! I have yet to make it there, but hear it's wonderful. Love your blog. Terry

Melanie said... Reply To This Comment

Congrats! I will have to go and buy the magazine since I live in SC now:) Do people tell you that you look like Kim Raver on Grey's Anatomy? You do. So cute!