Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Beauty of a Snow Storm

So we new that we might get a little snow. They said it was going to be a couple of
inches, but that the worse would by pass us. They were wrong. When I woke up this morning
it was starting to come down. I high tailed it to Food Lion and got what I needed in case it
gets worse and I am snowed in for a couple of days. The grocery store was pure mayhem, my
check out guy said he doesn't see why everyone is panicking, it is going to stop snowing soon.
He was also wrong. I snapped these pictures this afternoon from my porch, and Mandy's
bathroom break, before the sun set.

A good day to stay in and get things done while watching Christmas Shows.

Monday, December 3, 2018

It's Time to Start Decorating for Christmas

  I was waiting for the end of November and the first of December to take all
the Fall decorations down and start my Christmas decorating. It is a fun slow
process that really sets the tone for a warm and seasonal house, all tucked in for
the winter months with a little sparkle and glitter.

  Last Monday I went on a search for some Paper Whites, I had seen some at my local
Foodlion, potted and blooming but they had fallen over. So I went by Honey Bee Florist
and asked the owner to order me some potted Paper Whites and went by to day to pick them
up. i had several to pick from and she even added some moss to cover the dirt.

  Today I also went by Big Lots to look at their Christmas decorations, I was looking for
some fake greenery picks and found these.

I needed some thing to act as a starter for my urns at my front door, I already have the existing
ivy, I just wanted to add to it with some greens for Christmas.

I remembered that my Mom lost a lot tree limbs during our last ice storm and had offered me
some of her Magnolia, so Mandy and I went over to my Mom's to clip some greens. I got the
Magnolia with the red seeded pods and some of her Mahonia Holly and filled the back of my car.
I was pretty happy with the results, I may leave them as they are or latter add a bow.

I also found some Christmas place mats at TJ Maxx to put me in the mood.
More on this Christmas decorating adventure latter.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Shopping The Shops and an Ice Storm

Recently I have been trying to sell more of my stuff. I have purged my dressing room,
cleaned out closets and emptied my storage boxes. As I have written before, I have antique
spaces at The Staunton Antique Center were I sell things large and small, some things I
have re purposed and a lot of it I also sell online.

My Ebay shop is listed under ,mmcelroy313, and  have listed more than 100 items, it is
a little bit of everything from my shops to my closet.

The Thibaut wallpaper book I no longer use, the egg plate sold this
week to a teacher in upstate New York and the jewelry was in a jewelry box
I bought on Ebay. 

Vintage Ralph Lauren blazer I bought on Etsy, a dining room table I bought
from a neighbor, and yes the picture was taken in my dining room and a
group of discontinued fabric samples from Kravet.
I also have several items listed on my Etsy shop, a little over 30 items, under my
name, Margaret McElroy, were you can list anything vintage, self made, including
clothing. Here are a few things from my shop.

 You can also find me on Instagram under, Margaret M Mcelroy, were I love
to post pictures of my daily life and I love to pin on Pinterest under, Margaret Mcelroy Interior Design.
And on a last note, we had a cold snap come through late Wednesday night, I
could hear the ice cycles hit my roof into the morning. As the storm got worse, this is what fell in my back yard.

  Limbs fell everywhere, exposing the top of the trees and even a large nest. Now we clean
up the mess. More pictures of the storm on my Instagram page  and please check out my antique
booths when you are in Staunton and shop my online shops from your sofa at the comfort of
your home.

Thursday, November 1, 2018


Fall is my favorite time of year, I know I have said this before, but it is true. Here are
a few pictures from my neighborhood.

The last of my roses from my garden and a pretty yellow Birch near my back yard.

Colors peaking through the roof tops and a stunner down the street where Mandy and I

 My front door is ready for trick or treaters and a last look in the back yard at the colors of
Fall and a great scary sky.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Pretty In Pink Drapery Installation

I have finally finished the living room I was working on in Stuarts Draft.
I meet with the client in the Spring to talk about what they wanted to do.
Picked out the colors, fabrics and waited for the painted to come in, he was
booked till August. Had the chair seats reupholstered, ordered the fabric and
trim, the trim was on back order for 17 weeks, yes 17 weeks! Ordered beautiful
hardware, installed that in September and Friday we hung the drapes. One job done!
The results are stunning, so here is the before and after......

This is what the room looked before, straight up 1990's decor. The walls had been
sponged, there is a wallpaper border and it was dark and cramped. The rug is beautiful
and I used it as my inspiration. The clients wanted to make the room appear bigger, let
more light in and bring it to a more current look.

We painted the walls a Benjamin Moore Shell Pink and painted all the wood white,
put in a chair rail and framed out the bottom portion of the room. It made the room
bigger and brighter.

Here is Donna hanging the panels after we put the Duralee hardware up. What a big
difference. I couldn't get a full picture, to many people in the room, me, Donna and the
Here is a close up of the main products, the top herringbone is the seat cushions on the dining
room chairs is from Stout, the silk tone on tone floral and pink ball fringe is from  Robert Allen with
the B. M. shell pink paint color. Next, new chandelier. I help them with their kitchen after the new year.