Saturday, July 9, 2011

Moving back over...

I am moving back to my Divine Living Interiors blog. Please follow me there!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A weekend in the bluegrass state

We spent the weekend in Louisville, Kentucky visiting my mother-in-law and Chris' granddad. How I love that state! It is absolutely beautiful country with miles and miles of horse farms that flank both sides of I-24... makes the last leg of the 6 hour trip a bit easier.

While traveling and staying in a hotel with 2 small (1 really small) children is challenging, we made the best of it... we sent Chris over to Texas Roadhouse to get us some to-go desserts for a "dessert party." You can get Keegan to do ANYTHING if you attach "party" at the end of it... which we may pay for when he becomes a teenager!

Here are a couple of pictures of us enjoying our "Hotel Dessert Party." Enjoy!

Yep... that is what we were eating at 8:53 p.m.- A cinnamon bun with apples, Carmel sauce and vanilla ice cream & a chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. YUM-O!
so much for weight watchers!

Monday, June 13, 2011


I know... it's been over a month since my last post! But, I have lots of fun things to share!

On Friday, Chris (my hubby) and I went down to the Scott Antiques
Market in Atlanta. If you have never been to Scott's- it's AMAZING!! You walk up and down hundreds of aisles with hundreds of people with hopes of finding that unique treasure that you just can't go home without. They have prints, guns (Chris' favorite), silver, jewelry, furniture, textiles, and the list goes on and on.

This trip to Scott's wasn't just for pure pleasure... it was to try and find the first "chair" for my new (yes, I'm trying something new AGAIN) venture and to get information on having a booth rental so that I can sell these chairs. I have been toying with the idea of reupholstering antique chairs with "flair" for almost a year now. So, I finally marked a date in my calendar to roll out with my very small inventory... the date... August 11th!

I did find several fabulous chairs that would be perfect for "still working on a name," but just couldn't pay the hefty price tag of $2200. So... we left there and I hit every salvage and antiques store this side of 285 with no luck. I decided to try this little consignment store about a mile from my house and I hit the mother load!! I didn't have to drive all over Georgia to find the first chair after all! So... meet "her" (still working on her name):

She has really ugly fabric- some sort of weird bird. It sort of reminds me of what my grandmother would have if she owned a beach house

I went fabric shopping today and here is what she will be recovered in. I traded one weird bird fabric in for another (but mine is much more fun)!!

A sneak peek of all of the fabrics that will used...
I am super excited to get started... but I need some help making some decisions!
1). What should I name this little chair company-
I have been playing with
"chair-olo-gie : The art of creative seating"
Flint Design Company and still name the chair portion something
"chaired," This way I can tie into design jobs and have chairs on the side. I could piggy back on Divine Living Interiors but I have been playing with different names since I am super slow right now. Plus, I thought that maybe Divine Living Interiors lends itself to more residential type of projects where "Flint Design Company" is much more broad. I. Don't. Know!! So ANY help, opinions, suggestions, etc. would be awesome!

Thanks! Nicole

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Gift

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, so I decided to show you what we made for Keegan's 2 teachers to give to them tomorrow. It's a Sharpie Bouquet! Both teachers listed that they like markers... so instead of handing them a pack of sharpies, I decided to get a little crafty with it.

Here are the supplies:
1. 24 pack of sharpies (I split the pack in half and gave both teacher 12)
2. Flowers
3. Styrofoam
4. Green shredded tissue
5. Bucket
6. Glue gun (I thought the flowers had glue dots already on the back of them... but they didn't)

Here is the finished product! It was super fast and easy... it took me about 15 minutes to make them both.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

It's been a crazy busy past week. I first want to start off by showing a picture of my grandfather, whom I lost last Thursday to cancer. I have tons of amazing memories with my grandpa and I sure do miss him!
He was always in my corner and would give me my special boost of confidence before I gave a presentation. We called each other #1... mainly because I was the first grandchild and the first
girl in the Dunn family.
This picture was taken of us this past Christmas...

Let's change topics (while I dry my eyes)...
my step mom said this the other day... "it's in our genetic (female) makeup to
have the desire for 2 things- be mothers and create." Not to say that
women don't strive to do other things, because if you know Jenn, you know
that she is the ultimate "I am woman, hear me roar." But that comment is very true!
So, on my motherly side- I have been touring Pre-K programs! I can't believe my baby will be going to Pre-K (granted he will be doing this for 2 years). So today after MANY sleepless nights (mainly because of baby Gavin) worrying about what to do and which is best for Keegan, I finally made a decision! What a relief! The program is 4 days a week from 9-1... still trying to work the logistics between work and getting Keegan from school by 1.

Now for the need to create... this is this weeks project- the burlap wreath. I have a wall in my family room that desperately needs some love. So, I thought the burlap wreath would be a nice addition to attach to the mirror- hopefully it will give me the texture and dimension my wall needs!
Here's a couple of burlap wreath ideas. I bought the wreath form and burlap a week ago and can't wait to get it done, I have only been trying to make it for a week now! I will post my finished one soon!

Not a burlap wreath, but a cute rag one...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Startin' it up again!

We now have 5 in our nest... Chris, Keegan, Gavin, Madi and I. Since having baby Gavin (4 weeks ago), I have put work and design aside to adjust to my new role as momma of 2. Well, I can't give up my creativity and the need to hang onto something that is just for me... so, I decided to start blogging... again. This is the 3rd attempt and I plan on keeping up with this one (as of today). I hope to share the ups and downs of life, throw in some design (because that's my passion) and a little bit of creativity... let's start bloggin'!