All posts filed under: DECOR

My wreath-making adventure and other hall-decking ideas

I just got finished decorating for fall, and now it’s time to decorate for Christmas, so I decided I needed a wreath for my front door. I searched Pinterest for wreath-making ideas and and found many creations made from a variety of materials. Here are some that gave me inspiration, and at the end, you can see what I created. A Bright Idea – This colorful bulb wreath was first spotted on a blog called Layers of Meaning that also offers other holiday decorating ideas. Pine Comb Wreath – This is simple, but with all the right touches. It is featured in an Internet article on the Better Homes & Gardens website called Creative Christmas Wreaths that offers a few other unique ideas. Burlap Wreath – There’s a step-by-step guide with instructions for this one on the Craftaholics Anonymous blog. Green Trio – I really like the way that these simple wreaths in descending size are displayed with ribbon on this door. The idea was pinned from a blog called Stina Ballerina. A la Natural …

‘Mad Men’ Madness

Jackson residents Michael Busbin and Brian Kendrick have gone mad for “Mad Men.”Tonight is the season finale of AMC’s hit show about love, life and business at a Manhattan advertising firm. Currently set in the 1960s, “Mad Men” premiered in 2007 and is in its fifth season. It has become a pop culture sensation, influencing everything from hairstyles and fashion to cooking, decor and entertaining. Because of “Mad Men,” Busbin and Kendrick bought a retro home in northeast Jackson. “It has the grass cloth wall paper and all the cool retro vibes of the ’60s when it was built, kind of like Don Draper’s new apartment now,” Busbin said. “We have updated some of the features of the house that make it more fashionable, but we still have some of the features that are ’60s-inspired, such as the rock garden in the living room. We love Eames molded chairs, scoop chairs, Panton chairs, and anything with that ‘Mad Men’ vibe. That is how we like to live in our home – cool and relaxed with …

Repurpose driven life, continued.

I recently wrote an article for The Clarion-Ledger about the repurpose trend that is being fueled by Here’s a couple of additional shots I took at a local flea market in a booth owned by Nicole Nelson, who is featured in the story. I love the colors of her weathered door. She’s the one who had transformed a claw-foot bathtub into a love seat, reminiscent of the one Audrey Hepburn had in her New York apartment in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I just bought an old door myself that I want to transform like this, if I can ever find enough time to strip off its paint. Mine, I discovered, has glass window panes underneath the paint. And check out this chandelier. It’s old mattress springs with Christmas lights weaved in them. This is the view I had lying underneath it looking up. Very creative. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Repurpose driven life

Fueled by the economy, environmental awareness, and a creative desire to be innovative, repurposing is gaining popularity. The décor style, which appears to be a modern day take on California designer Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic brand (trademarked in 1989) has been updated and propelled by the popularity of Log on, and you’ll see pin after pin that are leading Mississippians to flea markets and thrift stores to salvage remnants of the past that they can transform and incorporate into their décor. It’s about turning trash into treasure, finding new appreciation for obsolete items that some would send to the landfill. If your antique dresser is worn and weathered, don’t stress — distress. Paint it a bright color and embrace it’s wear and tear. Some think the trend represents a generational shift sparked by the desire to save fading 20th century items — a sharp contrast with the recent mod décor revival that began in the new millennium. Mary Katherine McKelroy is trying to capitalize on the repurposing trend. She is taking over The Green …

Just pin it

Chances are you Facebook, you Tweet, but do you Pin? As, a visual bookmarking site that launched in March of 2010, continues to grow, an increasing number of Mississippians are describing it with the words “addictive” and “obsession.” Users pin images that are linked to other websites, sharing everything from craft and décor ideas to wisdom, travel and food pins on boards they create. “As long as you see an image on a page, you can pin it,” said Shawn Rossi. “Users can pin anything, from family photos to business presentations.” Rossi collects her future Pinterest projects on a “To-Do List” board. “We just bought a 1983 Prowler travel trailer from the ’80s, and we’re going to renovate it,” she said, recalling one of the ideas she found on the site. Natchez resident Shannon Jex compares the site to a SkyMall flight catalog “There are a million products in that little magazine,” she said. “Few of them have anything to do with one another, but you find yourself wanting one of each. I draw …

Ornaments from The ‘Sip

While some Mississippians are making ornaments for a good cause this holiday season, others are just doing it for fun. Summit resident Leslie Gordon is selling handmade Christmas ornaments to help her friends with the adoption expenses they will incur when they bring home a child from the Ukraine in January. She created an ornament inspired by the architecture of Ukrainian churches that features the blue and gold colors of the country’s flag. It’s being sold for $20 in some Mississippi stores like Zsa’s Zsa’s at 2222 S. Frontage Road in Vicksburg. The Mustard Seed, a community for adults with developmental disabilities, is also selling ceramic ornaments created in its workshop by the center’s clients as part of their activities program. Each year, the organization features a specific ornament. This year, it’s a mitten. Others sold include angels, stockings and gingerbread men. Almost all are $10, and all proceeds benefit The Mustard Seed. To order or learn more, visit the website at Mississippi College art students who are members of the National Art Education …

Patchwork chairs and the Mississippi sky

I ran across a cool decor article today on the Ready Made blog about a Brooklyn native who moved to Starkville and furnished her new business with patchwork chairs. Because architect and designer Annie Coggan couldn’t afford to spend a lot of money on new seating for her restaurant, she scavenged for sturdy old chairs, refinished them and pieced some together to form unique works of art. The result gives the Little Building Cafe originality. She painted the chairs with Mythic paint (a company based in Hattiesburg) “Medicine Blue, described as “a hue that matches the peculiar color the Mississippi sky turns as storms are gathering.” Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Photo credit: Caleb Crawford

Bugged by the weather

Last weekend it was snowing. This Saturday, it reached a high of 80 degrees. Does this make sense? Not really. Unless you’re a Mississippian. We know to keep both our winter coats and sandals handy for any given day. Since warmer weather “seems” to be headed our way, I stopped by the Ridgeland farmer’s market today to see what plants and vegetables they have for sale. That’s where I spotted this gigantic, metal, folk art grasshopper waiting for someone to take him to their garden. He’s about 3 feet tall. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

The stained glass catfish chef

I visited a Jackson eatery on Highway 80 called The Country Fisherman today and noticed this stained glass catfish chef inside. He seemed to fit my blog theme. According to the Web site, the restaurant’s recipes were developed by Peggy Harris Tuma at the Prentiss location in 1988. They also have restaurants in Brookhaven, Laurel and Mendenhall. Check it out if you want to sample a great Southern food buffet. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Budget bedding

The image at left is not my bed, but I recently purchased this comforter from Wal-Mart. Right now, it’s on sale for $74-$84, depending on the size you need. It comes with a bed skirt and two matching pillow shams. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

Bird is still the word

I’m a fan of the bird motif, and today I ran across this vintage-style pillow with blue birds made by Hattiesburg seller AvalonSewingCo. I also found this pillow featuring caged birds by Jackson seller CottonColors. Click here to read previous posts about bird and tree motifs. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.   Save

Flushing $150 down the toilet

A company called Renova Colors is selling vibrantly colored toilet paper for those who want to make a bold statement in their bathroom.The concept isn’t really new. You can buy pastel toilet paper in stores now, but this paper comes in bright green, orange and black. It’s unique, but something about it just seems wrong. I initially wondered what the dye used would do to the environment, but a quick Internet search reveals The Chicago Tribune did a story on the toilet paper this week. They say the international sales of Renova toilet paper tripled from 2005 to 2006, and company owners say the paper is environmentally safe. In the article, an EPA spokesperson said there are many environmentally friendly, biodegradable dyes in existence today, unlike 30 years ago. So if the dyes are safe, I guess the toilet paper can’t be “wrong,” unless, of course, you look at the price – a case of 45 rolls cost $150. I guess you could use them for birthday party streamers if you wanted, but $150 seems …

Fung shui for monkeys?

The BBC reports today that the L.A. Zoo is paying a fung shui expert $4,500 to create a comfortable space for three monkeys on loan from China. My question: Do you think a monkey really knows he’s from China and, therefore, opts for Asian interior design over, say, contemporary modern or country chic? I personally think he’d rather have $4,500 worth of bananas. What’s next? “Trading Cages?” Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Trends: "Suspiria" wallpaper in; country ducks out

Remember how back in the 1980s, every house had wallpaper and border that ran around the top with apples or country ducks or hunting dogs or bunny rabbits or drunk roller-skating clowns or something cheesy printed on it? It may be news to some that wallpaper and borders met their demise sometime in the 1990s when most modern decorators began painting walls instead. But depending on how out-of-style you are, you may actually be in-style when it comes to wallpaper, because a retro wallpaper revival is occurring. If you put expensive wallpaper in your home in the 1960s and 1970s and never bothered to change it, you just went from lame to hip, because it’s back and bold. Most of the trend Web sites I visit show that the latest in modern home decor is graphic wallpaper. I call it “Suspiria” wallpaper, because the decor in that 1977 film classic aptly captures what I am trying to describe. Wallpaper From the 70s offers a number of vibrant unusual designs and colors that will make an …

Trends: How cool are these plates?

If you’re looking for something unusual, Rab Labs has a line of agate plates and coasters that are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. They’re sleek, modern and artistic. According to the Web site, the company was founded in 2002 by Anna Rabinowicz, a designer and engineer. Rabinowicz has designed webcams for Logitech, concepts for General Motors and medical devices for cardiac surgery. She currently teaches in the design department of Parsons School of Art and Design in New York. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Trends: Shower tiles that change colors

Speaking of things that change color, like the purses below, these are heat-responsive shower tiles that change color when they are wet. Created by Moving Color, the company said the tiles were inspired by the Northern Lights of Alaska. They appear black at room temperature and change colors when temperature is applied.The company offers three types of tiles. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Photo credit: Moving Color Save