a toast to 2016

I love to fill my BAR top with festive decor for the Holidays.

Everything sparkly
... everything Vintage.

As you can see the cabinet itself is not very big.
Inside it has a lovely lazy Susan style bottle holder that spins. Very helpful to select your desired concoction for the evening. Since we don't have that many desired concoctions, I also use the space to store extra drinking glasses and special candles.

The top hat....

my collection of cut-outs are SO CUTE !
They highlight the area... don't you think.

... in case you didn't realize what this space is...

the little red reindeer was from my house when I was a little girl... the black guy I found out junking one day !! Happy to me !

I hope you too are lovin' some New Year Cheer.

What is store for 2016... at this point I am not even sure myself.
I do know I will wrap up my kitchen project, start and finish my stairway project, and then move on to a dozen more.... I can't wait to get started. First, a few days with friends in a cozy little cabin. - I might have to grab those large martini glasses for the trip!!!


Lori ~ RBPCo. 

Merry Christmas

A little more sparkly Cheer.  

Everything about this Vignette is lovely. The small tree, the simple ornaments and hanging baby shoes And the drippy white candles !! So sweet.


Good Tidings to All!

oh Christmas tree

This little tree has adorned many different rooms in my house over the years.
I have tiny little balls...one year they were red and green, and one year gold and white.  This year, I threw on some sparkle wire and old hardware. 

... the more chippy paint and rust the better.

The clock was from my Dad's stash.
Yes, my dad was a collector also.  He loved the junking ...back then it was called "antiquing." I remember mom and dad would go out antiquing and come home with boxes of mystery. Most things dirty...you could almost see the puffs of dust when the boxes were opened. Sometimes smelly... well - most times smelly.  Things haven't changed much !
I do try to avoid the smelly items these days. Now that I don't have the Barn, my treasures come directly home with me. I do not want ANY smelly things in my house. 

My focus these days are on the holidays.
Christmas is coming way too fast.

I don't want to think about the new year...not yet...this years adventure must come to a close first.
If I don't get a chance to blog again before the 25th....

Merry Christmas !!

greens in a box

I love pulling together the unusual for my vignettes....Yes, even at home, I call the decor "my vignettes."
To me, it's just an easier way to say, I pulled together a bunch of stuff I had laying around that makes a cute arrangement. 
It sounds better too... slightly more professional...maybe.

Bella...photo bombed the gathering of goods...

 Instead of packing everything up for the winter months, I wanted something fun to look at out the back patio doors.  With this, it's not too close, but not too far away either. I can put out some bird food and watch the birds, and have a festive view during the long winter months.

I love the greens in a box. 
So Fun.

I was going to stuff it with color and lights and cones but then I changed my mind. The simple greens in a box IS JUST PERFECT.

and with a little snow covering my Vignette....I am happy as can be.

How cute is this...
now I just have to get the bird food.

I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving and have moved on to your Holiday decor.
I worked at the hospital doing rounds all weekend but I did get to spend Thanksgiving with the family and spent the rest of the weekend eating and shopping.
Now this week I will finish the decorating.

I need my Lists....so much to do.

Lori ~ RBPCo.

Coordinate your look

It's getting closer.
That time of year ... time to design the annual Christmas card.
I have always enjoyed designing my Barn greeting cards, this year I did the card for our office. 
Team Cardiac Surgery.

First, I gathered a few props.... tools we use during surgery on a daily basis.

Next, some props for the season... some pine and some cones - good and simple ...and then find a good background. 

Play around a bit ...
tuck one here - one there...then rearrange 20 more times.
Many, many photos later.
Review and pick your favorite.

this is the one I decided on

black & white added a tiny bit of natural charm

There you have it - the perfect match.

One project done.
Now on to the many others I have lined up this week.

The weather here has been so unexpectedly warm and uneventful.... normally we are buried in snow by now...actually the grass is as green as can be, and some of my plants have started re-sprouting. 
All GOOD for me - because I hate doing the outside decorating when it is freezing.

Get your lists going....
Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

Lori ~ RBPCo.

set the table - cheers

It's always fun to present something grand for friends and family.
The other day it proved to be A beautiful day for a gathering.

It is always a bonus when you can use your outdoor space, in the Fall, for a get together.   With the closing of my brick and mortar space, I started to realize how much time I had spent with some very special women. It also made me think about how much I missed them, now that I didn't see them on a daily / weekly basis.
(...for the past 8.5 years !!!)

So the invites went out.
Please come for some wine and cheer.
...and the table was set.

It was a simple gathering.

I started the table set up with Glassware.
How fun it was to see the sparkle of the glass in the sunlight.
I mixed all different sizes and shapes to keep things interesting.

I am not one that has ever felt like things have to match - no rules with decorating - is my only rule. If you like it, if it makes you smile, then it is perfect. 

I love the black strands of beads... so fun to just throw them loosely on the table.
For some Fall touches I used mini Terra-cotta pumpkins and a single large skeleton.

For my ever present - in every setting - Vintage touches, I gathered my stash of silver salt and pepper shakers....all sizes, all different degrees of tarnish - ALL fabulous.

Also, vintage funky silver - housed in a fun vintage carrier.

Add a few touches with small chalk board signage... and desert before dinner... why not.

Gather around.

the menu

The side table.
It is ever helpful to have some extra serving room.
I left all the fall leaves that had fallen from the trees in place, along with the mini pots. 
Why not let nature set the stage.

Baby Jaxon, ( 18 months now) left out one little lizard by the pool...so I incorporated it into the decor. A perfect touch with a little of my decorating whimsy.

We ate, drank and enjoyed the beautiful Fall day. The best thing was the laughter, the smiles and the promises to do it again soon.

It was fun posting about something other then the Barn close down. So I hope you enjoyed my little bit of table decor.  I will share more soon.  
In the mean time, many ask over and over again, what am I doing with my free time.  I really have to tell you, I don't feel like I have any free time. Between the Hospital, my home and family And those two special Grand babies....my time is consumed. I have also begun to spend more time with clients, as a one-on-one consulting. Some is spent with decor and Event styling clients and some with gals (and Guys) that want help with achieving their dream, of opening a shop of their own. 

I really do think that Those that seek help with the unknown, with those that are in the know...are so far ahead of the game to start with. - I'm just sayin' 

talk soon
Lori ~ RBPCo.

Layer it on. Change it up.

Time for a refresh. Have you ever looked at an area in your house and thought I am done looking at that mess.   Or maybe it's just time...