Going to Downtown McKinney

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I’ve talked about Downtown McKinney before in my blog.  It’s probably my favorite place in the DFW area.  I like the food here, the people.  It’s just a great place all around.  It’s also a great place to take pictures, and just down the road, they have a wonderful farmer’s market.

But recently, I headed to this area to check out their home decor.

I went to several of the shops, and if I’m honest, a lot of them were repetitive.  And a lot of them were like walking through an Etsy shop, but like the same one over and over again.  Halloween decor was starting to show up on the shelves, and this pillow was in at least two, maybe three of the stores – for the same 12 dollar price.12915

Of course, I love the pillow and the reference, just disappointed about the lack of variety in a lot of these stores.  But I did find some stores that stood out from the rest.

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The Antique Company Mall felt a lot like a mercantile or a flea market where the sellers own booths to sell their stuff.  A lot of it didn’t really seem antique, more trendy antique, if that makes sense.

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I didn’t have as much time as I wanted to really search through this particular store, but I’m hopeful that you might find one of a kind finds buried somewhere in this place.  There was a first edition or signed books section in the very back, though none of the books really stood out to me, personally.  It was still a cool place to peruse.

Another store I enjoyed walking through was My Favorite Room.  The name of the store, again, pulled me in, but I enjoyed this store more than most of the ones I had visited that day.

It was gorgeous, with grays and creams outfitting most of the decor.  There were linens in the back and these sewing mannequins everywhere in various states of decorative disrepair.  The only downside, like a lot of these stores, was that it was way too expensive.  I suppose one of the reasons that everything is priced high-end is because the rent for these spaces is expensive as well.  But I was afraid to touch anything in this store.

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This sign pulled me into the store because I love a lot of European decors, especially French or Italian influence, and this store did not disappoint. There were a lot of big pieces but none of it seemed like the other stores.  There were survey maps of England in the back.  And the store smelled amazing (they sell the candles that you smell).  The downside is that the amount of stock seems limited and high priced, but there were a lot of great finds.  The only picture I took was of the French pots in the window because I plan to go back for a few of them to put on my herb garden on my windowsill.

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And I plan to go back soon, anyway, because as I was walking through the stores, I came across Eclair Bistro that has a jazz club inside!  I’ve never been to one, so I’m hoping to convince Michael to take me soon.

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Despite the overpriced items and the repetitive products, I still thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Downtown Mckinney.  Every store I walked into, I was greeted by the people who work there.  They really seem to have a passion for their stores and the things that they sell.  I hope to visit other downtown areas in DFW in the near future, but this is still one of my happy places!

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Valentine’s Day Decor

I can’t believe that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  It feels like we just celebrated New Year’s Day.  This January has been way more busy than I’m used to.

But whether we have a busy January or not, I still don’t usually remember to put out the Valentine’s Day decor until the day before.  So I’m pretty proud of myself that I’m a whole week ahead of my usual schedule.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces.

 

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This is a door hanger we got from Hobby Lobby, of course.  That place has amazing stuff!

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I made a heart chain a couple years ago using zip ties.  I hang them with some rose lights I got a few years back as well.

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But by far my favorite piece of decor is this heart shaped box and bear because when I received this gift, an engagement ring was sitting in the bear’s lap.

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day?  Do you keep sentimental pieces to use as decor for the holidays?

A Trip Home

We visited my family for Thanksgiving this year, which meant traveling from Dallas, GA all the way to Atlanta, GA.  But despite the long trip, we really enjoyed the time we spent with my family.20151126_120702

The mantle in my parents’ house.  My mom has a crafty eye for decor as you will soon find out.

As I mentioned in last week’s post, this Thanksgiving day marks the first anniversary of the loss of our daughter.  My parents were acutely aware of this and gave me a lot of space to do what I needed to do.  Instead of being around a lot of people on Thanksgiving day, my mom created the entire feast for just the four of us (my dad, mom, Michael, and me).

Then, after dinner, my mom and I crafted.  By the end of it, we had mod podge all over our fingers, but I had a great time.  Plus, I got several neat decor pieces out of the project.  Below, I did the candles with the ribbon around them.  My mom gave me the frame and the ornaments that she did.

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On Friday, we didn’t do much during the day, except get our toes done, which is a semi-tradition, and one thing I hope becomes a real tradition!  There is a nail salon near her house that does spa pedicures for $17!  That is quite a deal to me!20151127_115108

The rest of Friday was spent taking down Thanksgiving and putting up Christmas.  And Saturday, we exchanged presents with my parents and my grandmother.  I don’t know if I’m completely ready for the holiday season, but it has definitely had a great start!

Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions or semi-traditions that you want to make official traditions?

Do you celebrate Christmas at Thanksgiving with any parts of your family?