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Nov 22, 2013
Mother Nature is redecorating. She seems to be taking her time this year.
I have been taking my time to redecorate as well.
For me, styling and inspiration can’t come unless I give them time, toys, and/or purpose. I’ve always loved to “play” in my house.
Year round, temporary installations go up and come down on the dining room wall .
This year I redecorated for Fiona’s coming out party. And I’ve been juggling a baby ever since.
Nothing like having a baby to
a) appreciate all the time you used to have and
b) have no “spare” time to do the things you used to love to do.
Like breath, eat, shower in private, and restyle your home.
I hate that this always seems to be an issue for me. I’ll even corral all the elements into the room and then stare at them for weeks.
New leaf here. I’m going to “use” the blog as inspiration for a “better well lived life“.
This is a little inspiration I got from my Decor8 ecourse this morning from our teachers Lisa Nieschlag and Holly Becker.
So my challenge is to empower myself and make a difference in my life, enjoy it, and blog about it. I can’t tell you how much I actually enjoy creating this blog.
Although I’m not as technically proficient as some, I am declaring my imperfections human. So forgive me if the edges are dirty but my heart’s in the right place.
And a new goal? You will get to see the imperfect inside of my house on video soon. That’s right. I made an offhand promise not too long ago.
And maybe y’all can give me some suggestions.
(Which I can then promptly blow off and continue to do nothing but complain still about how frustrated I am about my decorating quandaries. Just kidding.)
Nov 6, 2013
With the event this weekend successfully completed, I was able to refocus on the homestead.
The porch benefited from the leftover cornstalks and pumpkins.
Stunt leaves and all.
But wait, there’s a baby who woke up and since it was such a beautiful day, what the hay. She crawls now you know.
She loves to crunch and crumble anything natural.
The corn silk was the same color as her hair. But she wanted to eat it so I tossed it aside.
She still ended up with leaf in her mouth.
Not completely done but it felt good to decorate!
See more soon.
Oct 25, 2013
And finally I bring you the television commercial for Bally Eden.
A 30 second spot I paid big bucks to have produced and shown on local cable.
I think HGTV was one of the stations I chose to run it on.
This was a risk for me because there was no money.
And sadly, it really didn’t drive traffic my way either.
That was me behind the counter, yes.
And a lovely lady who worked for me named Cindy was the customer.
I’m also the magical force that opens the door in the beginning. I laid on the floor in the entry hall.
When people told me they kept meaning to stop in,
I used to say, “Brake’s on the left”.
So if you never did stop by, here’s your chance to see what you missed.
One last piece from the Bally Eden puzzle tomorrow and then Halloween week begins.
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Oct 24, 2013
In 2004, this was the house that I rented to build the business that I named Bally Eden.
Before I moved in, it was an insurance agency.
The walls were wood-paneled and the floors had carpet glued to them.
I completely renovated the space and it went from scary to very very lovely.
This was in my entry hall. All this woodwork was that dark stain and had never been painted before.
After the renovation, I said that Hell must be made of painting miles and miles of woodwork.
Having worked for the fabulously too talented Pama at Moonvine,
I love florals otherwise known as silks. These are not low rent flowers.
And Feather Wreaths, ahh.
Are you catching my Victoriana theme? Or old lady parlor? Grandma chic?
I may have had a candy dish at the front counter. And Irish music playing.
That’s the front counter through the dutch door.
The wicker table was the first big piece I remember selling. I know who to as well.
The boot became an image for my shop. I loved that mirror.
Before I had my line of Bally Eden bath products, I carried this toile line.
I can almost smell the floral/citrus scent.
I installed a giant padded pinnable board in the linens room to display the doilies and hankies.
This room also housed the vintage clothing.
I decorated the dresser. The jewelry boxes are from Two’s Company.
And the dresser contained bath soap pedals, potpourri, hankies, and bath confetti.
Welcome to the retro kitchen.
The lemonade urn was from Two’s Company but everything else is vintage.
Either collected from yard sales or flea markets or the auction.
We took the plaster off the brick chimney to expose it just like at our house.
I sold aprons for $6 each. I enjoyed people’s nostalgic stories of their family’s womenfolk and their aprons.
This was the men’s rustic corner. I still have a few of those cigar boxes.
Anything else that was leftover was sold at one of two yard sales or shipped off to auction.
These darling felt Americana ornaments and key chains were my first order at the Atlanta Gift Show for my new shop.
This is me behind my counter framing a picture.
I still have that picture above my vanity. You can see it in a recent Instagram selfie.
And we return back to the entry hall. Those encyclopedias on the floor I’m using
for my paper wreaths for the butterflies.
And that hall starburst coat rack was a project my husband took on after buying it at an auction.
Bally Eden was truly a co-venture for Mark and I. He worked hard there for me.
Chatting up little old ladies on Saturdays.
And working on whatever project I got in my head.
I miss it dearly but I am so happy to have these pictures after all.
Next up is the Television commercial made by some people in the television business my husband knew.
Oct 23, 2013
Do you remember the movie Out of Africa? “I had a farm in Africa”, Meryl Streep’s voice says somberly at
the very beginning in that foreboding way that you know she no longer does and you’ll find out why…
…I had a shop in Denton. I named it Bally Eden. Baillie is Gaelic for ‘at the mouth of’ or ‘source of’
Towns on rivers can have this first name. And my house is on the Choptank River.
And Eden is from Edenton which was my town’s name before it got shortened to Denton.
At the source of Eden is how I thought of it.
I opened the shop in 2004 in a lovely little house a block up the street from my own home.
I filled it full of antiques, cards, vintage doilies and aprons,
flowers, and new gifts that fit the theme. I decorated thematically so there was a linens/sewing/children’s room
and a rustic/boys area.
And of course a kitchen.
When Eamon was born, he was my little shop baby. People came to see him too .
I began a short-lived Farmer’s Market that year while I was pregnant. And helped set up a
downtown business association.
My sister did a spectacular job designing this beautiful brochure shopping guide.
And when the economy tanked in 2006, I knew I could not justify taking food out of my little boy’s mouth.
And we closed Bally Eden on the coldest day in January of 2007.
My first-born, my shop, was put to sleep. My hopes and my opportunities to play with display were gone.
A tragedy to me. I all but buried all the shop pictures.
But this month was an opportunity to resurrect my visual past. And to commemorate the effort and beauty that I created at Bally Eden.
Thanks for your compassion through the years you people that remember.
Next post up is the tour of the shop with pictures from the day we opened. And after that, the television commercial.
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