Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer Travel Plans

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My first summer trip is around the corner! I am heading up to Charleston for a trunk show with my friend Grimsley.  I haven't been to Charleston in ages so I am so excited to visit there.  My first pit stop will be at my parent's on Amelia Island, it's a perfect 6 hours from Miami. Leaving on July 11th, my show will be on the 12th.  


This invitation might be one of my favorites ever in the history of my business. I LOVE Dixie Designs and think their designs are fresh and adorable.  This invitation would get me out of the house showing up to a trunk show, right?

Next stop-visiting Meg at her parent's house in North Carolina.  Always a fun time there. I haven't seen them in a month-which seems like forever.

After that-heading to Atlanta to hit one of the last days of the Atlanta Gift Show.  I should be able to do this on Sunday and hit the road to head to my parents house but not sure about this part of my plan.  My goal is to be back in the office by Tuesday.

The next trip is up North!  I leave at the end of July for my week on Nantucket with my old Newport roommates.  So excited to get up there. I have a couple of days in Boston before and a couple in Providence on the way back.  Tuesday, August 8th I will be in Newport so I can keep my blog honest and check out all my favorite Newport spots. 

Amidst all this planning, I still do not have a nailed down kitchen plan!!  The guys I want to do my kitchen are super busy and have postponed my meeting several times.  I am supposed to meet with them tomorrow so hopefully, that will work out.  If I get the plans for the cabinets nailed down this week, it still realistically means there won't be any action until September with the way things move around here.  So much for "Kitchen Summer" which was what I was calling it. I have bought my faucet and am about to buy my sink, so that is something.


My closet...oh my goodness I had so much stuff in that closet.  Seriously, I found things I haven't seen in years.  I packed it all up using all my Pierre Deux duffle bags and various totes that were in there I put them in my living room.  I was doing ok putting things away in the new closet when I looked for something yesterday and found two duffle bags that went unnoticed so now I have to find more room in there. Please don't email and tell me to purge, I have been purging but there are just some things that I can't get rid of!  I have a 4 day weekend coming up this week and it will all be spent working on my apartment putting things away and clearing things out.  

No solid plans for the 4th of July yet...I used to LOVE that holiday. Every year I would buy a new outfit to go watch fireworks.  Now, it is so unbelievably hot in Miami, I usually am trying to find something to wear so I don't melt. But that is a whole other post.

If you are in Charleston or have friends in Charleston that might want to come to my show, please reach out to me at summerinnewport@gmail.com for the address. It will be fun!

Thanks friends!
Xo, Kristin


Monday, June 19, 2017

Finished closet..it's a miracle!

TAfter an unfortunate cancellation by the closet people on Friday with my entire apartment in shambles-literally piles of clothes everywhere, they finally came today to finish up.  I think I am too nice and they didn't think it was a big deal to cancel on me at the last minute, especially since I had to hunt them down to find out they were canceling. It's really fun...

The problem with my closet in this old building that I live in is that there an air conditioning handler up on the left side that is bulky, loud and has water running through it.  It was always hidden inside my drop ceiling, so it wasn't really a concern.  When I opened it up at one point with the A/C man, I realized the entire right hand side was unused and became obsessed with reclaiming that space.  I need more storage space always!

It started to look like too complicated a job until the right person came and after 3 hours of chit chat sweet talking Robert from the closet company, he decided he could not only fix the a/c handler situation but he threw in the demo of my old closet and even offered to paint-two things he previously told me they did not do.  I have to say that turn of events was exhilarating and confirmed to me that if you are nice it can get you a lot farther than being not so nice.

So, now the closet is done..it needs a quick paint touch up in a few places, but I am so excited to put the obvious things back where they belong and start the not-so-sure pile to go through.  This will for sure be a task but the thought of having a pretty, organized closet where I know where everything is will be a treat!

Here is the end result of the closet renovation:






Starting tonight to fill it up with my stuff.  Wish me luck!
Xoxo, kp

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Closet Update

Well, lost of activity this week in the condo!!  I emptied my closet out last weekend, literally removed every thing in there and it is all over my apartment.  Once the electrician came by, it delayed the plan by a few days, so I have been living with piles of clothes in every room-exactly what I was trying to avoid.

Anyway, Tuesday, they came to remove my old closet shelves and racks and patch the walls and smooth them out...



Wednesday, they came to paint everything white and get ready for the install...




Today they came to install the bulk of the closet.  I can't believe it actually happening.  



Tomorrow, they are coming to box in the air handler and install the shoe rack.  They need to use a saw on my balcony and I am sure that is not allowed so hopefully they are quick so we don't get in trouble.

Now the thought of putting it all back in scares the heck out of me.  I hope everything fits!

It's coming along...
The Kitchen plans get nailed down on Tuesday!
Xoxo, KP

Friday, June 2, 2017

Mom's Favorites

This past weekend was my Mom's 70th birthday.  At this point, getting gifts for my parents has become sort of difficult.  They don't really need anything and they get annoyed if I spend too much money on them.  But, for 70, I decided to do something fun for my Mom.

One of my favorite artists, Paige Smith, does commissions and her work is amazing.  She painted something a long time ago that I loved for her Grandmother, an illustration of all of her favorite things.  

I decided to do this for my Mom and sent Paige a list of all her favorites.  It came out so terrific..


She was so surprised when she opened her gift..I love a good surprise!  Now I am thinking I need one for myself.  My list of favorite things is kind of long but I am planning on doing a gallery wall in my apartment and keep thinking of things that I can add to my art collection.

Check out Paige's blog here.  If you are a Lilly Pulitzer aficionado, you will certainly recognize many of her prints. She is an amazing artist.

Happy Weekend!
Xo, kp