Friday, November 8, 2013

Show Off & Inspire-Atta Girl

Today I am super excited about getting to Show Off & Brag about Amy at Atta Girl Says.  One of the first things that brought me to her blog is this really fabulous logo and header.  Now this immediately told me this was going to be a fun place to visit.  She is super sweet, funny, down to earth and oh so talented all rolled into one fabulous blog.  I love her style and I know you will too.

Atta Girl Says: Ideas to Make Your Home Brighter and Your Heart Lighter
When Marty asked me to be a guest at her weekly Show Off & Inspire party, I was honored. I feel like a little girly in a twirly skirt and her first pair of high heels. I'm dancing around the room, all giddy and silly, but secretly hoping that I don't stumble and wind up on the floor with my skirt around my neck! Atta Girl Says Amy

In case you don't know me, I'm Amy (that's my son Jackson in the photo with me). My blog is Atta Girl Says, where I share ideas to make your home lighter and your heart brighter, and I sure hope I can inspire you. We moved into our dream home 2 1/2 years ago, and living here has really sparked my creativity and awakened my love of decorating. Because while it was a move-in ready home, there's always something else we can do to make the home better reflect our personalities, our personal style and our lifestyle. Home is always a work-in-progress. But I do feel so blessed to live here and have the opportunity to share our home with you.

  Simple Fall Decorating Ideas for the Front Porch

I was born and raised in North Carolina, where big front porches are a must.

  Atta Girl Says: Fall Home Tour Front Porch

Simple Fall Decorating Ideas for the Front Porch

We're finally moving into cooler weather here, so the front porch is a prime gathering spot (or the perfect spot for lolly gagging.) Come on in, and let me show you around. If you'd stopped by just a few weeks ago, this is the scene that would have greeted you as you walked in our front door.

  Southern Gothic Halloween Decorating Ideas from Atta Girl Says

Hotel of Horrors: Macabre Halloween Decorating Ideas from Atta Girl Says

Spooky, huh? I do love decorating for Halloween. Pretty soon, the entryway will begin to look a bit like Christmas.

handpainted vintage buffet decorated in pastels for Christmas by

I can't wait!

Atta Girl Says: Handpainted Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint Buffet in Foyer

But most of the time, the space looks a little something like this. If I had to describe my style, I'd say it's traditional, eclectic vintage -- with a few French touches thrown in here and there. The entryway, which gets changed a lot, depending on the season, pretty well sums up my style.
  dining room and foyer winter woodlands decor
I love painted furniture and this buffet in our foyer was the piece that started my love affair with painting and inspired me to go into business painting furniture. I'm also a sucker for vintage pottery and mercury glass. If it's shiny, I can't look away! (And do you see my little dog in the photo above? That's McCoy, who is named for my favorite vintage pottery!)

  Atta Girl Says: Traditional Dining Room with Wainscoting

The entry leads right into our dining room.

  Atta Girl Says: Easy Summer Wine & Cheese Party Dining Room Tablescape

The table is always set for some little get-together or another, like a wine-and-cheese party.

  Atta Girl Says: All About the Details Kitchen Tour

Now, let's head into the heart of our home: our kitchen.

  Atta Girl Says: Mason Jar Lamp with Faux Zinc Shade

I shared lots of photos and details about my kitchen this summer during the All About the Details Kitchens Showcase. Be sure to click over to see more kitchen photos.

Atta Girl Says: All About the Details Kitchen Tour

We eat most of our meals here, when the table is not covered with Legos or homework or craft projects.
 (Its current state!)

  Casual Fall Tablescape for Sunday Dinner

But I do like to dress up the table for different occasions. This casual autumn tablescape is one of the favorites I've created, and it was just for a simple Sunday dinner with my husband and son. I fully believe everyday moments can be a special occasions.

  Atta Girl Says: All About the Details Kitchen Tour

Our kitchen, breakfast nook and keeping room are one large space, and we spend most of our time here. These are cozy, well-used rooms, filled with the things we love. And they're not always neat as a pin. Look closely, and you might see some Legos in the keeping room. Even though I do try to keep most of them stashed in my storied empire-style sideboard, a true estate sale treasure. I love decorating the keeping room mantel for different seasons.

  Rustic Fall Mantel with Mason Jars

Last year's fall rustic chippy wood mantel was one of my favorites. I just love aqua and mason jars.

  Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas

This year, I went for more traditional colors in my fall mantel decorations. And I can't wait to decorate the keeping room for Christmas soon.

Joy Christmas Mantel with Grain Sack Tree and evergreen and holly

I loved last year's Christmas mantel look, but I have something entirely different planned for this Christmas. Next, we're going to head to one of my favorite rooms in the house. But it might surprise you...

  Atta Girl Says: Watery Blue Cottage Style Laundry Room

It's our recently renovated laundry room and mudroom.

  Atta Girl Says: Laundry Room Built-in Storage and organization

We designed and added the built-in storage, so this room is much more functional than it once was.

  Atta Girl Says: glamorous powder room in silver and gray by

We can also take a peek in the powder room. It's tiny, but elegant. (And so very hard to photograph!)

Atta Girl Says: living room with botanical prints and ballard designs susan kassler ikat curtains

You're fancy company, so I'll invite you to have a seat in the living room.

Atta Girl Says: living room French settee and chalkboard armoire doors

To be honest, we don't spend much time in this room. But I love having a formal living room when we throw parties.

Living Room decorated for Christmas

And it's one of my favorite spaces to decorate at Christmas. (And yes, I know I need a rug in here. But remember earlier when I introduced you to McCoy? She's 14-years-old and prone to accidents every now and again. A rug wouldn't stand a chance!)

  Atta Girl Says: Yorkie Poo McCoy on Living Room Ottoman

So the room remains rug-free while McCoy (aka the Queen of the Ottoman Empire) still reigns.

  Atta Girl Says Blue and White Master Bedroom and Sitting Room

Now, let's head into our master bedroom and sitting room, one of the first spaces we finished in the house.

  Atta Girl Says Master Bedroom Sitting Room Reading Nook

It all started with those Farrah Fretwork curtains from Target and those gorgeous French chairs, which I bought at a local consignment store. (Oh the perks of living near the High Point Furniture Market.)

  Atta Girl Says Wrought Iron Glass Lamp with Hobnail Globe and Bird Shade

You may notice from our bedroom that I'm just a little bit obsessed with birds! Let's head upstairs now.

  dinosaur boy bedroom Jackson bedroom

This is my son's room -- the room that sold us on this house.

  A Boy's Dream Bedroom & Playroom

What little boy wouldn't love a bedroom and playroom like this?

  boys playroom and bedroom north carolina sports mural

The mural, which was here when we bought the house, even features the Tar Heels, my alma mater. Good thing it wasn't Duke or N.C. State. Boo! My office and craft room is also upstairs...
  pink and blue ribbon wreath for office

but I'm still working on it. In fact, I'd love it if you'd weigh in on some fabrics I'm considering for the space. We also have a guest suite upstairs...

  Aqua and Pink guest bedroom bed with chevron and damask pillow and greek key blanket

Otherwise known as the inlaws' room when they visit.

guest bathroom damask shower curtain and shell artwork

The guest bedroom is another work in progress. I had plans to decorate it completely in shades of aqua and pink, but a new furniture find had me rethinking that combo.

Gest bedroom antique tole flower table

So, you'll have to stop by Atta Girl Says to find out what I have planned for this space. Thanks for dropping in and touring our home. And thanks Marty for giving me the chance to show it off. This home truly is our dream home, but not for the reasons you might think. Square footage and decor don't matter nearly as much as the memories we share here.

Isn't she just a total delight and her home is gorgeous.  You really want to keep up with all of her projects to see what she is doing next and how she is going to design these rooms, so rush over and click to follow.  Thanks tons Amy for letting me Show You Off and Brag a Little.

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  1. What a beautiful home! I loved the tour and need to go visit her blog!

  2. Her home is so tastefully decorated and absolutely gorgeous-thank you for introducing her! Going to visit right now!

  3. What a beautiful and well put together home. I love her master bedroom. So pretty!

  4. Hello Marty and Amy. Amy, I loved having a tour thru your lovely home. You must be very happy there. I especially loved the bird lamp shades. They must emit a lovely glow. And Marty, thank you for bringing your guest blogger here. I'm new to your blog but like it very much already. :)

  5. You home is wonderful Amy! So many beautiful things to see and savor! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Always great to meet a new blogger and tour their home! Thanks for joining TTF this week!

  7. Amy has a beautiful home and blog…I know her home is beautiful as I have been there…she is very talented and her home reflects that!!

  8. Beautiful home! Really enjoyed the tour...

  9. Just beautiful! Love the master bedroom.