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Monday, October 20, 2014

A Haunted Hotel and Living to Tell


Last Thursday, I took a little trip with Abby to a volleyball tournament in Chattanooga.  Since it was just the two of us, we thought it would be fun to make a little girls' getaway out of it, so Dave found great deal for us at the Sheraton Read House in downtown Chattanooga and sent us on our way.  

He said it was cute. He said it was charming.  But what he didn't say was that it's famous for being haunted.  I found that out after I googled it to find out where I was going.  

Well, I don't know if I believe in ghosts, but I do believe in staying in cute hotels when I get the chance, so we went for it.

I'll admit I was a tad bit leery, but most reports said the ghost resides mainly on the 3rd floor, specifically in room 311, so my plan was to avoid that floor and not tell Abby until the next morning.

Haunted or not, the hotel really is adorable with beautiful wood paneled walls in the lobby and plenty of architectural eye candy.
















Abby and I loved the Silver Ballroom as well which is a popular venue for weddings here at the hotel...






Our room was cozy and charming as well with cute arched doorways and vintage fixtures.














I'm happy to report that up on the 9th floor, we never saw or heard any sign of a ghost, but then again, I slept like a rock so I may have just missed the whole thing.

Click here to visit the hotel site and read more about the history! 

The next morning, we headed to the art district for breakfast at Rembrandt's Coffee House at the recommendation of a friend.  (Thanks, Kelly!)

It was just another big dose of delectable charm with its beautiful curb appeal outside and delicious coffees and pastries inside.  They're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so check out their website here for the address and more info!

























So if you're looking for fun in Chattanooga, take it from Abby and me:  the Sheraton Read House and Rembrandt's Coffee House get our stamp of approval!  


 Who else has been to these before?








Thursday, October 16, 2014

October's Pretty Preppy Party: Come Link Up!


Welcome to the October Pretty Preppy Party where all the cool kids come to link up their latest and greatest preppy projects!  So many great posts were linked up last month and I can't wait to see what you've got this month!




Take a look at what our party hostesses have been up to lately...



At 11 Magnolia Lane, Amy updated her Breakfast Room with new shades, painted her table set and added neutral decor.

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11 Magnolia Lane



Sarah tried to be artsy and made some DIY art for her entryway. That project prompted a new bench and some DIY throw pillows to finish the space!


Year of Change DIY Art - Life On Virginia Street

Sarah @ Life On Virginia Street
Who doesn't love a pretty work space? Heather is busy setting up a new home office and couldn't stand to look at her boring old black office supplies anymore. So she painted it all gold, and now they add the perfect amount of glam! 



Heather @ Southern State of Mind


This week, Brett from Being Bianca shared these {free printable} precious tags for fall. Add a polka dot bow and you have easy preppy goodness at your finger tips. These would be so perfect on all sorts of gifts and treats ... TGIF, 

indeed!

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Brett @ Being Bianca

Nothing says "preppy" like a classic monogram, and I recently shared a quick and easy DIY monogram that's perfect for hoodies, totes, pillows, and more!  Just the thing to thrill a Southern girl's heart.  
Check out the tutorial here.



Julie @ Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss



Alright ladies, it's your turn! Link up your Prettiest and Preppiest project from the past month. You only need to link up on one blog, and your post will show up on all five blogs. Not a blogger? No problem! Just post a photo on Instagram, be sure to tag at least one of the hosts and use the hashtag ‪#‎prettypreppyparty‬ so we can see your prep goodness!



Guidelines:

- Link to your specific post, not your home page.

- Your project must be pretty and preppy. If it doesn't fit this category, it will be removed. We want this to be a cute and fun prep-destination! 
- Please link back to one of the hosts in your post. Only those with a link will be considered for a feature!
- Be inspired! Visit and comment on other links in the party.



Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss



We will pin our features to our Pretty Preppy Party Pinterest board each month, so make sure you’re following along to see the best projects and inspiration!

Each hostess will be choosing a few favorites to feature next week, so be sure to stop back by to see if you're featured.  Now, let's see those Pretty and Preppy projects!


And before you go, be sure to enter my Amelia Lawrence jewelry giveaway!  Check it out here.








Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Faux Fur Vanity Stool Makeover


This is one of those projects that I've been waiting to do for months, searching thrift stores and clearance aisles for just the right candidate for a vanity stool for my bathroom.

Then, I finally spotted several of these ottomans left over from the dorm room decor at Target and it was marked down to only $24.98.  It's exactly what I've been waiting for.






So I brought it home, removed the cushioned top from the base, then wrapped it with the fabulous faux Mongolian fur I had left over from the pillows in my master bedroom makeover.  (I LOVE this fur!)  With just one yard of it, I've made 2 pillows, plus covered this ottoman and still have some left over!  Click here to get some for yourself!









After covering the top, I sprayed the base with my favorite Krylon gold, and it was done!





It was so much fun to make, I almost wish it had taken longer.




Reminds me a little of this little beauty which costs approximately $1,120 more than my version.  (I love it when that happens.)





This is the first project in my plan for a little bathroom update.  More on that to come!  What do you think?




Don't forget this month's Pretty Preppy Party is coming up this Thursday!  Can't wait to see your projects!