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luxe + lillies: October 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010


It has been a slow and quiet weekend around here. Perfect for a little reprieve and relaxation.
I hope your's was restful - and fun too!
Happy Halloween!

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Thursday, October 28, 2010


You will have to excuse my absence yesterday. I had to take a day and let the fact that it now gets into the 20 degree mark at night and no higher than 40 during the day set it. It is now winter. It came quickly, and with hurricane force winds...

hats and mittens are now a must...

and it would be so nice to cozy into rooms like this...

sipping hot chocolate...

while keeping warm in this luxurious sweater...

of course these deep walls and fur throw look cozy and lovely too...

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Lindsey Bond took this mid-century Birmingham, Alabama home and turned it into pristine luxury with some white paint and fabulous accents! 

Bond used floating shelves [ and this desk ] as furniture instead of cluttering up space with chunky furniture to create a feeling of openness and cleanliness.

She removed accents previously existing in the home like the mantle on the fireplace, moldings and other  features that would otherwise date the home.

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Monday, October 25, 2010


Today I am over at Tiny Bit of Sparkle! Sarah is so sweet to have me over, and her series "Blog Du Jour" has been a great way to learn fun little things about other bloggers... [ like whats one thing you may not know about me! ] Please go over and check out her great blog!

Thanks Sarah!

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Friday night I entertained for some of my childhood girlfriends. It was so nice to see them, as we have been friends since grade school, however went to different highschools, colleges, and somehow, we all ended up back in Minneapolis. Needless to say, I hadn't seen them in forever...

It also gave me a great opportunity to get out some serveware that only sees the back of my cabinets. 

As I began to get my things out, and light a few seasonal candles, it reminded me of the holidays at my maternal grandmothers home. Each meal was so spectacular, the table setting so beautiful and well thought out, and all of the accessories so perfectly fitting for each and every meal...

It also made me think of my maternal great grandmother - my namesake.  The only thing I inherited from her was her beloved tea cup collection. Every teacup and saucer is so different, yet all of them so ornate, and so lovely. 

With my talented and always welcoming grandmothers on my mind... it had me thinking that I too [ the girl who says she absolutely never wants to own china ] just might want a few great entertaining pieces of my own. Pieces that aren't white and go with every occasion... pieces that truly make dinners at my home special for the people who attend them.

... things like monogrammed cocktail napkins, cutlery I adore, serving platters, plates and bowls that are unique, and of course, a few teacups here and there.

I think my pieces would be more like these. Pretty and ornate in their own rights, but different, not too matchy-matchy. A mix of classic french design, fun patterns, and great color combos.

Wouldn't a white monogram be fabulous on those napkins!?

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A little later than planned... but better late than never as they say!
Jami's website is live this morning!
Her site turned out beautifully, and I think exactly to her clean, earthy, and pure specifications!

Check it out and let Jami know what you think!

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Friday, October 22, 2010


Today is an exciting day at the luxe + lillies house. 
I've been working on custom designs for two lovely ladies over the past month, and today-

TWO fabulous websites are launching!

Ashlina's has already launched. And Jami's will be live at Midnight CST.

The Decorista is super chic, fun, and glam. Check it out!

I offer really affordable rates for web and blog design and would love to work with you!
Please visit my website for more information. My web-services are under "Daily Style". Or email me at !

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So, yesterday, it was all about white and bright. 

Today it's all about royal, luscious, and perfect purple...

Purple velvet with pink piping... I die!

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Thursday, October 21, 2010


A great entryway is something I love to see when coming into a home. It gives the person who lives there the instant feeling that they are back into their familiar space, and it gives their guests a first impression. Its a small space that can ooze with style...

Lately, all I seem to notice is gorgeous white entry way tables. They are chic, have a personality of their own, and give a sometimes ill-lighted corner of a home some brightness.

I'm loving this one that belongs to Palmer Weiss. The elephants are to die for!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Pretty Please!?
I am entered in the Apartment Therapy "Room For Color" contest! They just put my entry up today, and the contest is only open for 9 more days! 

If you could pop over there and give me your vote, I would be SO grateful!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010


A couple things I'm wanting RIGHT now...

a fabulous cheetah print dress

this stunning rug...

 and a super chic pair of cheetah shoes...
[via] pinterest, home decorators resrouces

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Monday, October 18, 2010


These open shelving kitchen units have me totally inspired - to get organized! Not only are the glass jars functional, but they are pretty and add so much character to each one of these little nooks!

 [via] pinterest

do you love it, or loathe it?

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

OUR FAVORITE ONLINE MAGAZINES can be accessed from one place!

 I am always trying to make luxe + lillies more "inspiration friendly".  In addition to some of the other resources on my far right sidebar, I have now added one solely for all of the fabulous online glossies we love to read over and over. With six (wow!) new publications in the last year alone, it can be easy to forget about one or the other from time to time. Hopefully you will find this function of my blog helpful when you are looking to peruse online!

Happy Reading!

If I am forgetting one, or you know of a new one starting up, I would be happy to add it, please comment or send me an email!

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Saturday, October 16, 2010


... where these simple and stunning photos are from

if you guessed IKEA- then you are right! It looks like the home store is stepping up their game yet again.
The kitchen is especially drool worthy. Don't all of these rooms feel cozy and inviting?

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Friday, October 15, 2010


Wow. I can't believe how quickly one year has gone by. It has been one of my greatest joys to share here with you, and to get to know each and every one of you. luxe + lillies is something that I try to put my heart into each and everyday, and in this one year all of your blessings have been immense. I am so thankful for each of you who reads this, supports this, gives me inspiration, direction, creative opinion... the list goes on. 

Today is also national mammogram day. I had been planning to do a pink post this month sometime in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I thought that there would be no better day than today. Many women in my family have gone through breast cancer, so its something that touches me very personally. I know the same can be said for many of you...

If you would like more "Pink" inspiration, visit my "pretty in pink" Pinboard on Pinterest

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