Monday, January 5, 2015

Jenna + Bernie

Since it is sooo cold and snowy out today I thought I would share photos of a beautiful wedding I decorated over the summer (figured it'll brighten your day) .  Jenna wanted a light pink elegant wedding with a little rustic flair - I love how it all turned out!  The wedding was held at the grand ballroom at the Joliet union station - it is such a beautiful venue so decorating was easy!!  Jenna was such a beautiful bride (seriously it's not fair) and such a sweet person to work with! Here are Jenna & Bernie's photos!
Thanks for taking a look xoxo Traci
first photo courtesy of Adam Novak Photography


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Romantic Wedding

A mix of mauve and purple is such a beautiful color combination!  Meredith wanted a vintage and romantic decorated wedding.  I think we accomplished this with vintage containers and accents of lace!  I just loved how it all turned out! 
We used a mix of roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, kale rosettes and hanging amaranthus!



You can get these fun toppers at With Love Paperie in Morris

What a BEAUTIFUL couple!

XO Traci

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Owning a shop can be rewarding in many ways and lately I have been feeling even more blessed.  I would like to share a story about a very special customer.  I met Loretta years ago when I first opened my shop - right away I knew she was a special and strong person (she cares for her daughter that was in a severe car accident) but now I know she is one of the bravest women I have met.  Loretta was diagnosed with melanoma not too long ago and because of a misdiagnoses it has progressed.   Loretta had always talked about a camper she had finished - a place for her to take her daughter (a mini vacation in their own backyard).  She told me about her love of all things shabby chic, vintage and cream!  So obviously we had an instant connection - she had me at camper and cream!! 

Loretta and I have always talked about a day for me to come and look at her camper - life becomes so hectic and time goes by so quickly and we never made arrangements.  Last week I got a call from Loretta letting me know that her cancer is getting the best of her.  I immediately went to see her and her amazing camper.  I wanted to share pictures of her beautiful camper with you...

Yes, this is a camper (you probably can't believe it).
Beautiful drapes, pillows, custom cushions all in cream!!!
Loretta has thought of every detail!

Cabinets with crystal knobs!
What an adorable bar area!  
 I would love to have a drink and lounge in the camper!
In the bathroom she hand painted this beautiful cheetah pattern in the softest colors!
Vintage luggage and the sweetest vintage dress!
Loretta was sharing so many great stories - we had such a fun time!

 She said she had to have a chandelier (no is complete with out a chandelier) so made this to sit over the existing light - how clever!! 
I love the little crystal details she glued to the top of the camper!

I am loving these boots and hat!!

All of the windows have crystal prisms that gave a great twinkle to the space!
I love these elegant lace drapes and of course the dress form is adorable!

She made all of these flag pendants that are hung around the camper!

Even her license plate has bling!!

She is a member of the Sisters on the Fly! 
I didn't know they had a group - how cute!

I absolutely love the cream and beige color of the camper - you never see that!!
This camper was definitely meant for her:)

Loretta is such an artistic, talented, caring and amazing person!
My mom and I had a wonderful visit and were truly inspired!!
Xo Traci



Monday, March 24, 2014


Some of the before pics...
This wall, the below bathroom and the staircase to the basement were all taken out to create a larger kitchen area!!  This picture shows the original wood floors - we put all new wood floors since the wall, stairs and bathroom were moved.
This bathroom and these disgusting stairs were taken out to expand the kitchen!
This house actually didn't have a kitchen when purchased!  This is where it was designed to go - it was WAY too small!!
 This was the original dining room but now it will be the main part of the kitchen.
I love the original radiator cover but couldn't make it work to keep it there (they are just for show because it was converted to forced heat/air many years ago).
The stained glass was taken out decades ago - I might put them back in!

Here is a look at the progress...
They are working on my island this week - I can't wait to see it!
I found this vintage table for sale but I wanted something counter height so it wouldn't work. 
James (the cabinet guy) is going to try to reproduce the table the best that he can but have it function as a counter with barstools.
Thanks for all of the compliments:) - I had no clue how stressful a remodel could be!!
Xox Traci