This holiday season feels a lot different than others in the past. Is it the failing failed economy, that our country is STILL in a war, or that our country still feels very divided? Probably all those things. Personally this has been THE MOST STRESSFUL YEAR ever..or at least in my more recent history. So, this Christmas and Thanksgiving I have really felt like knocking out the not so well thought out gifts and the impersonal last minute presents.

At the nice adult age of 33 I can’t believe what an amazing time in my life this is. And it’s just awesome to see some of my oldest and closest friends do just as well..if not better!…than I am at this point in our lives. For example my old friend Dabney of Dabney Lee Stationery and Dabney Lee at Home is killing it these days!!! When we first met back in our high school years, she was always so creative. A few of us girls would get together and do paper crafts of one kind or another and of course Dabney always came up with the cutest ideas. She also was always doodling her cute characters and people on cards and notes. So of course when she started her own stationery line it was not a total surprise. She was MEANT to do it!

Well back to the thought out gifts for this holiday season…. Dabney’s home line has some of the cutest ideas for all the women in your life! Check some of these ideas out:

 For your Mom or MIL:  Recipe Cards in lucite box $80.00
 
 For your couple friends who throw a lot of parties: Ice Bucket $60

For your best friend: Catch All $40.00
 

For your hip boss: Calendar on Lucite Stand $25.00

For YOURSELF..just because they’re too cute! Salt and Pepper Shakers $40.00
All of the items on Dabney’s site can be customized with your fav pattern and monogram font and color. You can find them here:
 
I know what I’m going to be giving as gifts this year!
All photos from Dabney Lee at Home
 
 

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November 13, 2009

It’s all in the campaign.

by Shelly

Well, it’s official…Van Rozeboom Interiors is in full swing! I got my first client about a week ago…YIPPIE, but scary too. So, now that I’m back working a bit, it’s probably about time to start focusing on the mess that is suppose to be my office.

Currently it’s a DISASTER! When we moved in mid-July it became the “throw anything and everything that doesn’t have a home into this room” room. Awesome. Now it’s bad…really, really bad! So I’m currently searching around for ideas for my home office and I’m continually leaning towards one look. CAMPAIGN!! I’m not sure how or where it started, but I”m seeing a lot of this look around lately and I LOVE!

Hickory Chair-Asheworth Campaign Desk $$$!!
Crate and Barrel- Campaign Desk $999
 

Orvis- Campaign Style Navigator’s Desk $1725
And the office that really made me want to find an old campaign style credenza is this one:


 from Little Green Notebook blog

Check out her whole office redo here!
 

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November 5, 2009

Flower Power!

by Shelly

I’m getting up super early tomorrow and heading to the Los Angeles Flower Mart to buy more orchids for our house and possibly snatch up some pretty blooms to decorate my dining room table. I’m throwing a Stella and Dot jewelry party this Sunday for my girlfriends. Should be fun!  So of course I have to have the house looking all purty for the girls!! I’ll be posting pics of my flower finds and sharing my little secrets too!

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November 1, 2009

Boo!

by Shelly

Two Halloween parties, dogs dressed in costumes on parade, lots of walking in the heat IN costumes and wigs, and too much wine, beer, candy and pizza later….WE’RE POOPED!!! But we had a fabulous night with friends. Halloween was a complete success!

Our little Tinkerbell decorating a hat at a Halloween party at our gym in Belmont Shore.
 
 Can’t believe I didn’t take a better pic with me as a vampire. God I love wigs!

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