Our First Family Home…

** UPDATE:  A member of the Gazette staff finally responded to my many emails regarding the misrepresentation of my work.  To ‘be fair’ she altered a paragraph to include my name and the description of me as “a lovely lady who writes about beautiful homes in her blog, awelldressedlife.com.” Ha! Thanks, Maria, but “a nice lady who writes about homes” feels more like a slap in the face than proper credit! Shame on you and shame on YDI for not standing up and making this right for a fellow artist. **

Check it out!  Our first family home, which I’ve blogged about several times was featured again in the Charleston Gazette!  This time, by a Designer that I went to school with (and has her own design boutique in our hometown- so proud!).

Dixie, the sweet lady that purchased the home from us, fell in love with my design and decor the moment she walked through the door.  After negotiations, she asked that I leave everything left as-is and asked to purchase almost all of my furniture, window treatments, rugs, decor, artwork and accessories in it.

living room- Jaime vs Dixie

Then | Now

She recently commissioned the help from Elizabeth Yeager -of Yeager Interiors and Design- to help her fill in the gaps of things I took with us in the move and to accessorize with some of her own items.  Elizabeth did an outstanding job with those little touches and I’m thrilled to have my beloved, favorite home brought to life once more in print!  However…..

WARNING- I’m about to get real here……..

…. As exciting as it is to have my last home featured in print, I was not credited for the design or decor of this home in any way.  While I don’t believe this was done with mal intent, the article was written to that suggested that the new owner decorated the house herself- right down to the mention of my well curated collection of ‘white ceramic pieces’ that I had personally gathered over the years.

“While the space she has created is designed to the hilt with crisp white ceramics, gorgeous exotic florals and some of the latest transitional styles and pieces, it remains a comfortable family space that they can use and be proud of.”

The only mention of there being another person involved is when they briefly stated that she purchased ‘some’ of my things because they simply ‘fit the space’…

“Dixie explained to me that she had just purchased the home from a lovely lady who had the room laid out in a very similar way and had even sold her some of her furniture since it fit the space so well.”

Instead of ‘some’ try ALMOST ALL and in lieu of ‘in a very similar way’, try EXACTLY THE SAME… right down to my simple DIY fall aubergine flower arrangements, on a mirrored tray, on the crocodile coffee table, that was once mine, positioned at the exact same angle in front of the exact same grey Pierre sofa from ZGallerie which sits on the gray shag rug I sold them, too.

purple flowers- Jaime vs Dixie

Photo from the article | Photo I took several years ago

Or, how about the exact replica of the starburst mirror hanging over the bed in the master, along with the same bedside tables, and the duplicate ZGallerie Buhkara throw pillows…

master bedroom- Jaime vs Dixie

Then | Now

Every lamp, rug, table (minus the mirrored nesting tables to the left of the couch), placement of artwork… EVERYTHING was chosen and styled by me.  No other designer had ever stepped foot in this house, nor was involved in any purchasing decisions.

The new owners have a heart of gold- I know this as I’ve had countless conversations with her over the phone and email, explaining exactly where she can buy the items I didn’t sell her and exactly how to position them in the rooms.  She’s thanked me a hundred times for creating such a beautiful space and allowing her to maintain almost every detail- and I so appreciated her kindness.  Even after we moved south, she would ask to buy items that I took with me and I’d send them back up the road anytime we had family going that way.  I truly wanted the Pack’s to love this home and everything in it just as much as we did.

But I can’t help but to feel heartbroken when reading this article- with it’s blatant suggestion that someone else created this beautiful space.  It’s even harder to scroll through the photos to see my old house looking EXACTLY the same as I left it, per their request (only with a few new canvases hung on a wall and the only obviously difference- the dining room furniture) with the photo descriptions eluding to every item being meticulously chosen by someone else.

dining room- Jaime vs Dixie

Then: Photos 1-3 | Now: Photo 4 (bottom right)

I designed this interior space to be a showstopping home; to be a stand out in our small community.  I just hope that the author of this article does the right thing and gives proper credit where it’s clearly due.

You can read more about how my husband and I personally brought this once boring home to new life- all on our own- here, here, and here, as well as through my Instagram.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”– said no creative person EVER

Red, White & BOOM! 2015 Event Design

Shwooh!  What a busy, fun, creative  weekend it was for AWDL!

This year we celebrated our 2nd annual July 4th weekend blowout party on the lake with family and friends.  I truly enjoyed planning and executing this year’s events and couldn’t have been happier with the decor!

I found these adorable Robin’s Egg blue chargers at Party Reflections Charlotte (give my girl, Linsey Martin a shout, she’s amazing to work with!) and built my decor from there to form a Country Chic vibe that pairs so well with the easy going, southern family feel.

DSC_0853I added in burlap linens, roped flatware, delicate eyelet napkins and vintage crates to round it off.

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I utilized several items from last years decor pile, but really chose to take the floral game up a notch this year.  I’ve had such great luck with FiftyFlowers.com for other events lately, so I ordered all of my stems through them for this event, too.  Everything arrived on Thursday, giving me ample time to unpack and process the flowers so they’d be hydrated and open for arranging come Saturday morning.

I chose the following based on color and heat resistance (since this event was outdoors):

  • Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
  • True White Garden Roses
  • Red Anemone
  • Dusty Miller Green Filler
  • Lipstick Red Mini Garden Roses
  • Dahlia Style Cremon Snowflake (because true Dahlia’s don’t hold up well in the heat)
  • Aquamarine Airbrushed Spider Mum (to tie into the Robin’s Egg blue)
  • Lamb’s Ear Green Fillerfloral stems collage

For the long farm tables, I used the vintage crates to build my centerpieces in.  I simply lined them with .2Mil plastic painting dropclothes (from Lowes), to keep my wet foam from leaking through the gaps onto the table runners.  Then, I placed 2-3 blocks of presoaked wet foam in the bottom of each crate and began to insert my stems.

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DSC_0883I started with the fillers along each outside edge and worked my way inward with flowers.  Making ‘country’ style arrangements truly is easy since they’re free flowing and wispy.

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DSC_0849The Dusty Miller and Silver Dollars were the perfect filler choices!  I love the cool blue tones they lend and how easy they both are to work with.

I alternated the farm tables with other crates that were slotted for bottles- the perfect means for me to reuse a ton of these colored milk bottles I scored on sale from Hobby Lobby last year!  Just tie a bit of twine around the necks and pop in a few stems- super easy centerpieces!DSC_0848

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DSC_0886I found a ton of other amazing vintage pieces at Party Reflections including wine barrel bars (1 for the salad bar turned dessert bar and the other for the DJ table set up on the dock), 2 8ft tall boxed hedges that I used as a backdrop for the DJ and 2 picket fence shelving units that held the personalized Tervis Tumbler party favors.  Photos to come!DSC_0890Buffet collageParty Reflections also had these great wooden risers that I mixed in with serpentine tables for the buffet.  They added extra display space AND an awesome rustic feel!

**Things to note about my floral choices:  The Anemone and Lamb’s Ear both have very short stems, making them difficult to use in the large arrangements.  I had to add watering tubes to the Anemone which was both time consuming and a pain.  I’ll probably steer clear of both in the future, as much as I love their look.

Hope everyone enjoyed the 4th!!  Until the next party…. CHEERS!