I'm SO Excited!

And I just can't hide it.

Who is excited for Christmas vacation? This girl. I am exhausted and burnt out and ready for a new year! This year has had more downs than ups and I am ready to bid it adieu. And I am excited that I get to spend some QT with my family and excited to see some ol' friends too. And I am excited to meet up with Ryan Reynolds in Atlanta now that he got rid of Scar Jo we can finally be together! Plus I get to do a little shopping along the way. [Shopping for my new online shop that will debut in January!] In fact, I have lots of exciting things in the works for Eclectic in the new year....soooo I am taking some time "off" to git 'er done and recharge my batteries. Until then....

"I love smiling, smiling's my favorite." -Buddy The Elf

"Merry Christmas! Shitter's full!"-Cousin Eddie

"I want to live again!"-George Bailey

"Oooh fuuudge!" -Ralphie

"At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell. But as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found, one Christmas, that she could no longer hear it’s sweet sound. Though I have grown old, the bell still rings for me. As it does for all who truly believe."

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
See ya in 2011!



As Christmas nears, I always reflect back to my youth and all the excitement that this holiday promised. And these reflections usually encompass massive amounts of Barbie. I was obsessed! I still am in a way. I adore my nephews and the tomboy in me loves playing sports and wii with them however, I wouldn't mind a niece to have an exscuse to play with/shop for Barbies on a regular basis. Whenever I go to Target I purposely cruise through the Barbie isle just to see what's "new" in the world of Barbie. Yes, I am aware how creepy that sounds.

My all time favorite, the Southern Belle of Barbies, Peaches n' Cream.

The business gal in me loved the Day To Night Barbie with the home/office combo.

I inherited lots of Barbie stuff from family friends and relative which was awesome because our basement was a full-on Barbie Wonderland! However, most of the stuff was 70's Barbie vs. 80's Barbie. Perhaps this is why I am so into 70's fashion??? Interesting theory. Y'all remember this stuff?

Hmm, adult Sidney is suddenly realizing that my Barbie Wonderland looks more like a trailer park.

So my friend told me the funniest story that I have to share it with y'all. (And by "friend" I don't mean me.) She said that when her parents were moving she was helping them pack up the attic and found all her old Barbie stuff. Among that stuff she found a naked Barbie and Ken tied together with a rope! [I think a lot of us women (and maybe some men?) learned a lot from Barbie and Ken despite their lack of appropriate anatomy.] So my friend decided to leave them "as is" before putting them in the Goodwill box to give the person who opened that box a good laugh. I love it!

If you were a child in the 80's I know you cut your Barbie's hair...perhaps into a mohawk/rattail combo like I did. Here is a little tip, toothpaste makes for great hair color when creating "Punk Barbie"!

I remember spending hours coordinating a Barbie fashion show to the music of "Sugar Walls" by Shena Easton. Yeah, that song is not about a Gingerbread house. I had no idea until my mom asked in a concerned tone where I got that cassette tape. [I had stole it from my older brother's room of course, that is what I got all my "cool" stuff.]

Leave a comment and share your funny Barbie memory!


Wrap Stars

I will be doing lots of this over the weekend. Here is some inspiration in case you are as well...

13 Best Holiday Gift-Wrapping Tips: Help your kids make their own wrapping paper.

Gift wrapped in gold paper with silver snowflake ornament

Gift wrapped in blue and white paper with a ribbon tied onto a loop

If only I had this room to wrap in!

Show off.

Have a great weekend!


Spoiler Alert!

My office face-lift is coming along swimmingly. Well, other than the fact that the wrong piece of furniture was picked up and already lacquered by my painters. Ah, details, details. But we are back on track now. I can't show it to you until it is finished. So for now, here are some teasers. There is something from each of these photos (or very similar to it) that is also in my new office.

Seagrass Rug

Zebra Rug

Chinoiserie Chandelier

Sunburst Mirror


Pair of Upholstered Ottomans

Large Inspiration Board

Ok, ok that is all you are getting for now!

Have I mentioned that I am staring a new online store in January? Well I am. And you are going to love it!


Fabric Help

Can someone please tell me the vendor/name of this fabric?


Many thanks!

Top Five: Design Books

Brother and sister-in-law in Ireland

Before I get to it, I want to wish my sweet brother a Happy Birthday!

If you are a design enthusiast then here are some books to add to your Christmas list. Now I own thousands (ok, might be a slight exaggeration) but these are my Top Five books that I refer to often when I need inspiration.

Suzanne Kasler's Inspired Interiors

Celerie Kemble's To Your Taste

Kelly Wearstler's Hue

Darryl Carter's The New Traditional

Victoria Hagan: Interior Portraits
Victoria Hagan's Interior Portraits

With an honorable mention to...
Domino Magazine's The Book of Decorating

And these are on my Christmas List this year!

Mary McDonald: Interiors: The Allure of Style
Mary McDonald Interiors

Bobby McAlpine's Home Within Us

Allegra Hicks: An Eye For Design

Do you have any "go to" books that you love? Leave a comment!


The Silhouette

Silhouettes originated in France in the mid-1700's and were named after one of the most famous artists to practice the technique, Eteinne De Silhouette. The art made its way to America by late 1700's as an inexpensive and quick way to capture one's likeness and remained a popular until the advent of photography. Below are some updated takes on the classic art form.

I really like the colored ones!!!

Designer Tobi Fairley

Designers Massucco Warner Miller

Pillows by Thomas Paul


And perhaps the most famous silhouette of all time...

Local resident, Clay Rice, a silhouette artist who has gained fame nationwide with his works of art, each taking him only a minute to create! Clay takes after his grandfather, Carew Rice, whom Poet Carl Sandburg called "America's Greatest Silhouettist" and Pat Conroy described as "a great talent who combines soul and passion." Click here to read more about him and see a gallery of his work.

They make great Christmas gifts!


Design Crush: Massucco Warner Miller

Melissa Warner, Julie Massucco, and Carrie Miller

The three principals each previously worked at top design firms in San Francisco and New York but they felt that their impact would be greater as a team. The result is Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design and Decoration- a group of highly skilled and experienced designers who each bring their unique style and energy to the table and truly enjoy working together. One of the draws of the trio, beyond their down-to-earth, friendly demeanor and upbeat style, is their ability to bring a freshness and vibrancy to projects ranging from elegantly detailed residences in Presidio Heights to handsome, modern spaces in West Hollywood, or mid century, kid-friendly homes in Seattle. Using classical motifs in a modern way, the designers work closely with their clients and craftspeople to achieve exceptional spaces that reflect their clients' personalities and lifestyles. -via their website.