Saturday, January 15, 2011

This post is titled new post....

creative, isn't it. Sorry for the long departure and didn't even know I had followers yet. I hope to be back soon with a finished layout and some true posts. Thanks for hanging in there!

Friday, December 10, 2010

All I want for Christmas is...

A DSLR...Nikon or Cannon.

Preferably a Cannon.

(As you can tell, my pictures just don't cut it!)





Thursday, December 9, 2010

Crafters...

Do you use Stampin'Up stamps? Here is a LONG list of retired stamps at a huge discount! Contact lcarp@nc.rr.com if interested in any.

A home that is Wild about Christmas...

My dear friend Shannon from New Orleans has a wonderful blog, Crescent City Ramblings and a beautiful home. I have known Shannon for quite a long time now and have seen the pictures from when they first built their house and through the years when they have added on and redecorated. After the house was built, Shannon and her husband have done just about everything themselves...talk about saving money! I have also seen her holiday decorations through the years. She never seems to disappoint! And most of her decorations are REPURPOSED. She definitely has Signature Style. She is a relatively new blogger so her posts only cover decorating this year.


Please stop by and check out Shannon's Signature Style for Christmas and tell her I sent you!

In My Mail

One of my most favorite emails I get is the Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper newsletter which you can sign up for on her website. I save so many of her photos in my decorating inspiration folder on the computer. I absolutely LOVE her Before & After segments.

Yesterday, in my email inbox, I received what I believe to be her best newsletter yet. It was her weekly Q & A and one of the best questions I have seen asked.

The question was, "Can you tell me what it costs to properly furnish a house? We are thinking of moving, and want some sort of idea before we commit of how much it might cost us to decorate the new house."

Great question and one I ask myself often when I see people I know going out and buying these huge houses (especially the younger generation who don't want to work their way up the housing chain) how in the world can they afford not only to purchase a house of that magnitude without being "house poor" with just the house, but HOW are they going to afford to decorate this house? How can someone live in a house, without any decor. With nothing on the walls? (I am going through that quite a bit now...haven't found the perfect wall items yet.) With nothing to make it comfortable and welcoming and without their own Signature Style? Mrs. Howard actually touches on this in her newsletter. However, the best part of the article was the financial numbers...it really gets you.

From her reply:
"That is a very good question. I am asked this almost every day. Over the years, from decorating so many houses, as well as just rooms, we have come up with a formula for what you should expect to spend to furnish your house. I am talking about furniture, rugs, curtains, accessories, bedding, etc. Basically from soup to nuts. We calculated a square foot formula at three different levels, and I call the three levels: Coach, Business, and First class. (And of course some people don't fly commercial, so these rules do not apply to them!)  So, here is what I think you should expect to spend per square foot:

Coach class: $50.00 per sq. ft.
Business: $75.00 per sq. ft.
First Class: $100.00 per sq. ft."
Well, when I fly, I would love to fly private, but I fly Coach...I shop for the cheapest ticket I can find. However, when it comes to my home, I want to go first class. Can I afford first class? No, not at all. But I do want that look. I think I call my style, southern traditional with a casual elegance. I would love to go more formal yet still be able to live in it. And yes, I am one of those who would love to have my home look like a home in a magazine! That is why my blog is titled Signature Style ...on a budget! I am doing my best to get that first class look for coach prices or LESS!

To read her article in full, and I suggest you do, check it out here. Thank you once again Mrs. Howard, for you knowledge and words of wisdom.

Monday, December 6, 2010

BNOTP's Deck the Halls Party


Finally, my first Metamorphosis Monday/ Party at Between Naps on the Porch! If you only knew how exciting this is for me. I have found such inspiration seeing many of the posts on MetMonday. Many of those confirmed my idea of starting this blog.

Since this is the Deck the Halls Party, let the party begin:

This is the first year I have really decorated the exterior of our home. You will find through the course of reading my blog that I TRULY hate our house. The exterior is awful. BLAND & BORING. It is bland yellow with white trim and boring brown shutters. (Hopefully next year, it will change colors!)

Usually, I just do the little pre-lit trees on the small front porch, but this year, thanks to my mama's help, I have garland and wreaths and 16 new bows.


A close up below..beautiful white bows at the top and corners of the swag.




Looking in the window at the Christmas tree as you approach the front porch.


When you first enter our house, you find our "love" tree.


This tree I came up with this year to celebrate my husband and my love for each other.


The blue pottery angel we puchased at the State Fair this year. He is a UNC fan so he has an ornament for that and I have a Duke on on the other side. The snowflake represents when we got engaged during a snowstorm.


Here is a glass ornament of wedding bells as well as one for Our 1st Christmas, and then a gold one with the same idea.


We also have a crystal cross (we met at church) and a seashell angel because we love the beach and spend so much time there.


At the base of the tree are 2 little Santa boots. My mama made these when I was little. They say Jennifer and Jack. The Jack was my brother's back then. My husband is a Jack as well, so it is now his.


Last for today is THE Christmas tree in our home.


oops...the bow isn't on straight and it looks crooked, and I see some things I want to move around and re-adjust a ribbon.


All of the ornaments on my tree were handmade by my maternal grandmother and her sisters. They were passed down to me. I am very thankful for them. I remember being a little girl watching them all sit around the "dining" table making these gorgeous ornaments. I absolutely love them!


The tree one more time. It will be adjusted and reposted!


O' Christmas Tree, O' Christmas Tree!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Budget Before and After #1

My dear friend, Michelle, is quite a decorator and can see potential in everything! This past summer, her family moved from Georgia to South Carolina. Her husband actually picked the house out without her even seeing it...can you imagine? Well as usual, he picked a wonderful home, definitely a diamond in the rough. Michelle recently redid her dining room which she will be posting pictures of this week, however, today she posted about her budget before and after of the dining room chairs. Please check out her post on The Free Chair Redo It is a wonderful budget project. And let Michelle know I sent you.

As a teaser, here is the "sad" before picture:


Go check out her afters!

December 1st: The Roll Out...The Countdown to Christmas


Today, December 1st, I am officially rolling out my new blog. I hope everyone enjoys reading and hopefully finding some inspiration. In the coming days, I will be posting pictures of my Christmas decor and sharing some Ballard Designs remakes for much less!

Let the countdown to Christmas begin!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Welcome to Signature Style

What is Signature Style? As we all know, everyone has their own Signature Style. Some of us are traditionalist to the core, some of us decorate as southern, southwestern, or geographically as we can. Some like old, some like new. Some like bright, energetic colors, some follow the trends, some choose neutrals, while others choose cool, soothing colors.
Each of us has our own Signature Style. However, most of us, whether we have the funds or not, love to decorate on a budget. That is what we are going to do here on Signature Style.

As we go along, you will figure my style. However, you will see designs and crafts and links to great inspirations for every style with MOST being on a budget, the way I have to decorate to get my Signature Style.

I hope you become a follower and not just a reader, I hope that you leave me comments, because I love to read them, and I hope you get some ideas to either find your Signature Style, or to make your current style more yours!
Even though I am not actually showing a Metamorphosis of Sort, I am introducing my new blog on