Declutter and Organize

Happy New Year! 
We are sending you a very warm new year welcome and hope you will pour yourself a fresh cup of coffee, find a quiet place to sit, and enjoy a few moments to yourself as you read.

"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written." ~Melody Beattie

"The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written."
~Melody Beattie

Fresh beginnings can happen any time of the year but most of us focus on the calendar date of January 1st. I too have focused on this date as a deadline....a point in time that if crossed before all of my ducks are in a row for the next year, all "heck" will break loose and the time will have passed to set new goals and aspirations. This is silly of course because a new beginning can start any day of the year. That is what I am telling myself this year.  When the plans are ready we just have to start. And sometimes in order to get the right takes a little longer! 

While contemplating our plan for 2018, I began a declutter mission in our house and in the studio. I'm sharing one of those declutter projects with you today....the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Cleaning and Organizing
We remodeled our house almost 3 years ago and at that time I claimed a small closet in our TV room as my "gift wrapping station." I dreamed of a place where my ribbons were beautifully stored and every supply that I needed would be at my fingertips. That project never took shape and the closet became a "storage unit" for all things we didn't know what to do with. 

After the mess and disorganization of our of Christmas wrapping supplies, and our gift wrapping inspiration in our last newsletter, I had a renewed focus on that closet.


See the full before and after results here and follow along as the project unfolded. 

Featured Artist: Jane Peet

Today we welcome Jane Peet to our blog. She is a sweet soul that I met.....yes....on Instagram. I love following her stories and her treasure hunting journey. I think you will agree that she is one of those people that you just want to have as your friend. And....oh my...what a wonderful eye she has for vintage items and photography. Here is what Jane had to say about her work. 

I want to thank Deb for extending this invitation.  As I ponder what to say I feel humbled and honored to be here.

I am a Vintage Dealer turned visual storyteller.  Over the last several years I have done countless shows and have a permanent location in the largest antique mall in the south.

After my husband built our barn I started to dream of slowing down a bit.

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Gone was the extensive inventory and the monthly three-day show, allowing for more time to explore a new vision I had in mind.

I started to think about photographing my vintage finds.  As a dealer I travel the country looking for unique & often one of a kind treasures.  While these are ideal for home décor I also feel like they are ideal for still life photography.

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There is nothing like the patina of a time worn piece and the feelings it can evoke in others with almost no or very few words.

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As you follow along you will see pieces that call our house home and pieces that are for sale.  

I do this to give my followers a glimpse into my personal style & the story behind it.

Photography has opened the doors to items I may have overlooked in the past.   I now shop with styling a photo in mind.  The voile you often see me use has become a favorite.  It is timeless and with one toss it gives my photographs softness and adds texture. 

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At some point I will retire the antiques that are not in my personal collection.  My dream is to one day see my vintage treasures gracing other people’s beautiful photos.

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With that in mind, I have held back on reopening my online shop…gathering and thinking what others may be interested in.

My hope is that when you read a little bit about me it inspires you to listen to your heart.  As my journey takes a turn I can tell you that I don’t see the whole staircase, but I have faith in taking the first step.


See more of Jane's photography and visit her blog at these links.

Instagram  --  Website