This is the last time I'll be decorating this house for Christmas so I'm feeling a little (a lot) sentimental. We empty nesters are down-sizing and simplifying this next year. I really want to...but...it will be hard. My husband takes one look at my office and shudders.
So now, here's Christmas at the Boot house 2010:
I love my white tree, it shows all the jewel toned ornaments so well.
A few years ago I found some ornaments on sale that matched my living room furniture
Which I love! Yup I'm a black and white and jewel tones girl. The pillow (Pottery Barn outlet... only comes out at Christmas) just has gift wrap ribbon tied around it.
I love my nativity set, I bought it at a Dollar store...really!
I made a huge ornament topiary out of all my left overs.
Use it or lose it is my motto this year.
I brought in a metal topiary form that I had out in the garden and stuck it in an urn I had
and wired on the Norna - ments...that's what my daughter, Melissa calls them!
I like the way it turned out.
Bright and shiny - that's how I like everything.
Garland is hung everywhere....and not a penny was spent in decorating!!!
THIS..I will do...and probably tomorrow. This wreath is simple to make (just a low melt glue gun needed) and packs a punch. I like how it shows off particularly beautiful ornaments that sometimes get lost on a tree. I will be putting mine over a large round mirror that I have in the living room.
There are still many things to do...add racks...find a couple more apparel lines...
Here is the showroom window.
I love the vintage mannequins for Knuckleheads!
Oh...we decided to change the name of the showroom...the old name was also the name of a brand...
that I don't rep!
...and from the back of the room...the rack between the two tables is to hang clothes on as store owners put together outfits and decide what they want to order.
That whole wall on the right is all Baby Legs, then Diaper Dude (cool diaper bags for dad...it's time has come), then Hip Babies pearl jewelry, Mini Maniacs Bibs, Me in Mind and on the back wall is Pink Axle, then Ma Petite Amie, Scout Hula Mula and Knuckleheads
I love the Eames Eifel sp?...tower chairs at the writing...as in orders... tables
Now for something a little different. I am opening up a children's wear showroom in the Atlanta mart (a huge combination of connected buildings in downtown Atlanta that I affectionately call "the great and spacious building" I'm fairly certain that it is the largest merchandise mart in the world. The building that my showroom is in (see photo) has about 15 floors, a huge interior atrium and houses women's and children's wear, jewelry, purses and everything else a woman could possibly drool over. There are samples, fabulous jewelry, and purses all at wholesale prices - if you can get it - which ain't easy!
There are plenty of blogs about design for the home, fashion, organizing, and saving money (all topics I love) but none that I have ever seen on an inside look at the kids clothing industry, with its trends, insider tips and hot topics.
So, here I go for awhile..... Come along with me and my new direction and new life as a kids clothing rep as I set up a showroom and see all kinds of fun things happening.....warning: THERE WILL BE GIVE-A-WAYS, donated to me by my generous brands, to give out to YOU from time to time.