The Chore Chart

It has come to this, friends.  I officially have becoming overwhelmed with keeping up with the simple things in my house.  I am falling behind on getting such simple things done and it is starting to consume me.  I think the main problem I am having trying to keep my house clean (with NO kids mind you) starts at the beginning of the day.  I may have said something before here but when I go to work, I have no air conditioning.  I sit in a hot, sweaty office all day with no AC.  I have brought this up numerous times to the higher ups, but I have seen zero progress.  When you sit in a hot, sweaty office in these Georgia summers, you get really tired really quick.  By the time I am ready to leave for the day, all I have the energy for is to change into yoga pants, eat my face off, and plop on the couch.  It is maddening!  I hate it!  When I do that, I watch a little part of the organized me fly away into the sunset.

Last night I was unable to sleep (yet again) and was laying in the guest room so I wouldn’t keep Matt up scrolling through Pinterest.  I came up on this pretty awesome cleaning schedule from First Home Love Life that is not as overwhelming as “clean the whole house in one day.”  It breaks up each day and I like that.  I think I actually like the idea of breaking up laundry throughout the week instead of taking two days to do it on the weekend.  Ok, let’s be honest, it takes two days to wash and then two more days to fold and put away.

She has a free printable at the bottom of her blog post.  I went ahead and printed one because it is really cute and I need that reminder…

I haven’t used a chore chart since my freshmen year of college when six of us were living in the dorms together and one roommate demanded the space be clean.  Then I hated it, but really liked it because I never had to worry about dishes all in the sink and how many times I have vacuumed while others haven’t.  I think I just didnt want to be bossed!

Now, with my exhaustion running at an all time high and a whole house to keep somewhat spotless, I need structure back in my life.  And to do a deep cleaning in there.

How does your cleaning schedule look?  Have you ever used the self-cleaning cycle on your oven?  I have never had a gas oven before, so I have no idea what to expect!!


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Hometown Gems: Atlanta, GA

Atlanta is a pretty big city.  There are so many things to do here, so many different types of food to eat, attractions galore, but those are all just mainstream type things.  Tourist attractions.  What about the unknown side of Atlanta that most people (even those that live here) don’t know about?  Well, arent you lucky you know me?

RelayRides approached me with their peer-to-peer car sharing services and asked me to highlight some of my favorite hometown gems.  I love sharing the unknowns of Atlanta because who doesn’t love knowing about a small secret in a big city?! And heck while you are here, you are going to definitely need a car to travel around in (let’s not get started on our lack of public trans in this city).  RelayRides is a program that allows car owners to rent out their vehicle to renters like you when you visit me for a much more affordable price than your big name companies.  Next time I need a rental car, I have bookmarked their website for the next bit of traveling I do because I am always on a budget when I travel.

So you’re coming to Atlanta you say……

If you have never been before, you could easily hit up the tourist attractions (Stone Mountain, World of Coke, the Aquarium), but why not come to my side of town?  I live on the East side of the city and every inch of it has something amazing to show.  Again, it is funny how many long time residents of Atlanta know nothing about the city itself.  It happens.  They live in the sprawling suburbs and never get to venture into this part of town.  Boy, people are missing out!  My side of town is artsy, historical, and has tons to do.

We would have to get breakfast (or something late night) at Delia’s Chicken Sausage stand.  Holy smokes, she makes a mean chicken sausage.  I tend to find myself getting breakfast there each time, but they have a killer menu.  Her restaurant is small and very unassuming on my side of town, but we keep coming back for more!  (Embarrassing fact: we were there so often, they recognized us instantly).  And if you are not in the mood for chicken sausage (or you are and stuffed yourself to the gills), they have this AMAZING cupcake milkshake.  Amazing is not a strong enough word for how awesome these shakes are.  They have a flavored cupcake of the week, along with standard flavored cupcakes that they drop into a cup of ice cream and blend.  I have to stop there because my sweet tooth is acting up!!  Good thing I packed fruit for a snack today!

Red Velvet Cupcake Milkshake



The breakfast special…..Eggs, chicken sausage, homemade biscuits, and cheesy, dreamy grits

Now that we are stuffed, we may need to walk it off.  My favorite running spot on my side of town is the Atlanta Beltline.  While I haven’t traveled the majority of the route, what I have traveled is nice and a great place to dog watch.  It is flat and great for riding your bike or going for a little run or walk.

Speaking of pups, there is this great people friendly/dog friendly park smack in the middle of the neighborhood next to me called ParkGrounds.  Not only does your pooch get to run around with the other four-legged visitors, you can sit down with your favorite book and drink an iced cold chai tea latte.  Or a beer.  The laid back atmosphere makes it so relaxing and enjoyable.

I took my pup there this week and he suffers from separation and social anxiety, so it was a trip to have him there.

I could tell you about so many other places, but that is not a blog post, that is a book.  Check to see if your area is on the RelayRides Hometown Gems Pinterest page!

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The Plan….Stan

This weekend was so nice to have time to sit around and do nothing, but I need more of it.  I finally put in time off for the end of August, but SO.FAR.AWAY!

I am clearly not one to focus on getting one room complete in my house at once, I have to roam from room to room.  That might annoy some of the residents, but it gives my brain a break from one particular space and wait for inspiration to hit me.  I am pretty far along with every room in the house, so its not like I have a wall painted and the other three are just hanging out.

This summer we decided we HAVE to work on the office.  Have to have to!  We have no organization anywhere and frankly I am quite tired of it.  Plus, Matt is going back to school so he needs a place to work that is organized.

I shared with you last week the raw space we are working with here.  There is a lot but not a lot to get this room where I want it to be.  Makes sense?

This room has been tough (haven’t they all???) because we both will spend a lot of time in here and it needs to be totally functional and a little more masculine (since I have light blues and light grays around the rest of the house).  My mind went from here to there on the inspiration of this room but I think I have found exactly what I was looking for!  I was glancing through H&M’s website for pillow cases and stumbled onto this one:

What I loved most is it says Barley (my cat’s name) but mainly the colors.  I love the mustard yellow!  I know, I know I am trying to get rid of the yellow in the room, but this is a small accent.  I haven’t bought the pillowcase yet, but the wheels in my head started turning.

I started thinking rich, deep, but not too deep, colors.  Reds, golds, greens, dark browns.  It sounds like Christmas may throw up in my office, but I think I could do those colors tastefully.

So over the weekend I did three things.  First, I restained that desk.

IMG_7640It was looking unfinished and needing to be loved again.  She is still in the drying stages, so I will post a picture when she is done, but boy she looks so yummy.  Next weekend is the chair.

Second, we finally installed a ceiling fan in this room.  For some reason the front two bedrooms get really stuffy, so we bought the last two fans we need for the house.  (If I can offer any advice, get a house with ceiling fans already installed.  Your marriage will thank you!)

Third, we planned our space out.  This space is big and for what we need to do in there, awkward somewhat.  It is hard to see where things will fit, so I measured EVERYTHING out and drew out a floor plan on  I had a great, magnificent plan on how I wanted our room to look.  It was comfy, it was cozy, it met all the requirements that were requested by Matt (the tv had to be on a specific wall).  I showed him said plan and he did not like it because of the location of the computer.  I originally had the desk facing the room with your back to the front window.  He was worried someone would look in the window and see what we have….in a room where I leave the blinds closed…..but ok.  I pouted and we replanned.

Here is what we came up with:


I will admit, I actually like this space.  The only thing I am still trying to decide is if I like the storage idea/location next to the window.  There are always solutions, so I am not going to worry until the time comes to actually build.  I may just buy base cabinets for the bottoms and do a floating shelf up top.  This will give the tv more breathing room and less blockage of the window.

If that is not an option, I may have to venture to IKEA and see what we can work with.  It is probably the only place I can afford shelving at!


Personally, I am thinking the base of the storage unit has to be a solid cabinet.  We have a closet full of tools that need to be organized and hidden!  I think glass would show too many secrets!

I am also scouring Craigslist for a small table I can use as a craft/sewing table.  My ideal table would be 40″ tall and on wheels (which I could install) so I could roll it around and stand up while crafting.  I’m not sure a table exists, but if you know of something.

The pull out loveseat is something Matt also requested in the room.  Yes, we have a guest room, but there might be a time when we have two people sleep over at the same time.  Or maybe our guests want sleeping options.

So that is where we are.  I haven’t pinned much since making my profound decision to go this direction and I may not.  I may fly by the seat of my pants on this one.

What do you think? 


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Guest Room-The Not Final Reveal

I hemmed and hawed about showing you the progress I have been making in the guest room.  I wanted to show you the final product, but that is taking just way too long and I am pretty excited.  I still have a ways to go, but it has come pretty far from its beginnings.


When I am ready to do the FINAL FINAL reveal, I will add more of the before pictures (we just got a new computer, so your guess is as good as mine on where they are)

Anyways, I got 100% free reign of this room so I wanted to do something a little different in here than the rest of the house.  Something outside of my comfort zone.  I wanted an accent wall.  But what kind you ask?  I asked the same thing too.  This room is tough because it does not get much natural light with all the trees next door, so we couldn’t go too dark.  I browsed the great Pinterest (check out my guest room board) and I went into this knowing Coral and Navy were the winning colors for this space and one day I found a picture that made me jump up and down in joy…

Check out the link……the picture won’t display for me.  I swear it is safe!!  Inspiration for the guest room!

STOP IT!  Are you just in love with this wall??  I clicked the link for the wallpaper and it no longer exists.  WHAT!!!  I was sooooo butt hurt. I searched and searched and found the perfect alternative…a stencil

Pretty stinking close, right?!?!  I bought it and picked out all of my colors and waited for a day off to do it.  To be honest, I was scared to tackle this project.  A stencil is pretty intimidating.

I’ll save all the details for the next guest room post, but here is where we are as of this evening.  The pictures aren’t high quality because it was 7pm, but like I said earlier, I was dying to share.



The cat wouldn’t move for the pictures, so I decided to leave him there.






My IKEA hack lamp project that I need to share.  Im not 100% sold on it just yet, but I think once everything is done, Ill change my mind







I almost didn’t want to show you the other side of the guest room because it is a hot mess.  Sort of the dumping ground right now.  Not sure what I want to do over there just yet.


I haven’t put much thought into what is going on that side of the room, but curtains soon.  And the cat food dispenser will be out of there.  This was a temporary location since we cleaned out the office.


Patterned curtains or solid?

Would you introduce another color?  I am thinking about it since Ive got enough coral and Navy of bringing in a gray.

And of course, I will have MUCH better pictures when I actually have the space complete.


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The Office Space

I hope you all had a wonderful July 4th weekend!  It was a spectacular weekend for me.  I ran the Peachtree Road race and actually did way better than I expected and may have found out why my legs have been giving me so many problems.  Then we watched fireworks and celebrated my birthday.  Just one of the many reasons why July 4th is my favorite holiday, birthday weekend!!  More on all that later, of course.

Today I want to share with you one of the last indoor spaces that needs significant work done in our house.  I know I still owe you the updates in our guest room, but I am sort of at a stand still (story of my life with decorating) for now.  I am DYING to share with you what I did in there, but I am not sure I want to show the unfinished product.

So our office.  It is a very LARGE space for just two people.  And two people have to share this space, a boy and a girl.  What does that mean for me?  I can’t have pink and gold like I originally wanted.

Here is a look at the space right now.  I had so many other photos of the office when it was full of crap (this was the dumping room after all), but we finally cleaned it out to bare bones and I guess that is more blog worthy…..


This is the room when you first walk in.  Im telling ya, it is a big space.  Big and long….that’s what she said.  It is also very yellow and warm.  I love the warmth of a room, but I think there are too many similar colors going on in here.  Plus, it is builder grade paint, so it totally sucks!!  I love that we have two huge windows that look out the front porch, but we don’t open the blinds much because people do not need to see the setup we have on the computer.


Here is the view in the same spot only turned to the right.  Another great window in this room overlooking the empty lot next to us.  We are crossing our fingers someone bought this lot so they can take a few of the trees leaning over us down.  Our desk was something Matt found on good old Craigslist and tried to refinish but we sort of stopped.  The chair is also a CL item and I love it.  Of course, it needs to be redone.  Our storage is stellar as you can see and we have a cat that wants to eat dog food.


From the side of the room with the desk.  We have a closet (ooooo ahhhhh) that is in desperate need of organization and blank space nook next to the door.


Storage: we need it.  BADLY!!!  (And no there are no beers in those boxes.  Those are all my jars and vases from the wedding I like to keep on hand for anything that needs mason jars and bud vases).  The beer is in the fridge, duh!


Here is a glamour shot of the desk.  At first, I wasn’t fond of it and the lines, but she has grown on me.  I wanted to refinish her with a Restoration Hardware style look, but I think I have something else up my sleeve

IMG_7641The filing cabinet is one we found in someone’s trash pile in the neighborhood.  Can you believe it??  All it really needs is a good cleaning and it is pretty much done.

So what’s the plan?  HAH Like I know.

I need a rug.  I need to paint.  We desperately need some lighting in here.  Once my two shows are done this summer, I am going to start on this room.  This gives me time to start planning, but I have no idea what direction I want to go in.  My pinterest board is no help either.  I have been picking things I like the most but a certain someone does not want to start his own or contribute to my so I can come up with something.

This happens in every room to me.  I get a decorators block for some reason and just don’t know where to start.  Once I start going though, I can at least get to the 50% mark.

Here is the listy loo of things that need to be done:

  1. Decide on a furniture layout – I have a good idea of what I want
  2. Paint
  3. Find a rug
  4. Refinish the desk
  5. Refinish the chair
  7. New lighting
  8. Accessorize
  9. Organize that closet of mine.  It is nothing but a hot mess of tools
  10. Curtains?  We are at odds about this decision.
  11. Find a craft/sewing table different from the desk.  Preferably one that is tall
  12. Mount a tv in here.

Woof!  We have a lot to do.

Am I the only one that has a hard time getting started?


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I am starting to lose track of my days.  It is getting busier and busier around here.

Last weekend was a wonderful three day weekend and the same with this weekend.  Phew….I need some long weekends before the craziness starts.

Friday, I mainly took the day off because I had a doctor appointment and she is all the way up there, so I did not feel like going all the way up there and then coming all the way down here to work.  Plus I needed the day.  IMG_20140620_101129I had such a long laundry list of things I needed to talk to her about.  She is super excited that I may ditch running and move onto cycling, as she cycles herself.

Speaking of which, Matt had to buy some items for a test he had yesterday, so he mapped out a 10.1 mile ride around town.  It ended up being 10.5 miles and it was so awesome!  We got stuck in a downpour, but it benefited us because it was so flipping hot.  I am itching to plan out a 15 mile ride and build my mileage up over time.  I think I am going to need some butt pads in my future!!

After the doctor, I headed to my favorite, Hobby Lobby.  I have a party to plan and needed some supplies on the cheap.

IMG_20140620_123533I was so sad to see Christmas already up!  Let’s not speed up summer.  I love it too much.IMG_20140620_143640This lovely lady was on clearance and I thought she was an interesting piece to add and hold my necklaces.  Now, I need to give her a sassy, southern name.  I’m thinking Blanche!IMG_20140623_103912In case you didnt know, my 30th is coming up (July 6th if you want to send cake).  I started making some fun labels for hopefully cake pops.  The party is going to be at my house, so nothing fancy and I cant go crazy on decorations.

Saturday I spent most of the day being pretty stinking lazy and cleaning.  My dad and sister are in town, so my messy house can be no more.

IMG_20140610_171159Look who decided to bloom on me.  This one is a temperamental little beast.  I have to constantly keep her watered to keep her happy.  Her brother from another mother in the back of the yard is not acting like this, but he doesnt have a bloom like her.

IMG_20140612_181243We harvested our first cucumber and it was a big boy!  I think we have picked 5 so far and there are more ready to go!  Just a few months ago I thought that plant was dead.  Our tomato plants have tons of fruit on them, but nothing is ripening yet.  Grrr

IMG_20140622_211312Sunday morning I had a little time to refinish some ugly candle holders I bought for $2 a piece.  I am in love with the two toned and sort of how it crackled.  I did not do that intentionally!

My dad and sister are in town, so Sunday we drove down to West Georgia and went on the Wild Safari.  I have never been, so I had no idea what to expect.


Basically, all the animals are roaming and the more aggressive ones are caged up.  You get a bag of feed and follow the road through.  The emu was pretty boring and I worried that was what we were going to deal with for the trip.20140622_131630NOPE!  I was so wrong.  Once word got out that we had food…..people started coming out of the woodwork.  There were SO.MANY.TOUNGES. in my car.  SO MUCH DROOL!  One guy popped his big old head in my car and had the nerve to burp.  It took all I had to not throw up everywhere!  It was a lot of fun and we laughed the entire time.

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This guy walked right up to our car and stuck his head into the sunroof.  I guess he was happy he didnt have to bend so low to get his food.  He was pretty skittish and wouldn’t let us pet him.  Bummer

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The zebras were very bossy.  You cant feed them with your hand (mainly the picture below will tell you why) and when they showed up, other animals moved without question.

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Chair Flipping

As you know, my dining room hasn’t had much mention here on the old blog.  Mainly because I haven’t done much with it since getting our new table.  I did refinish a chair we bought at a consignment shop, but then the room sat.  And I will be honest….it is going to continue to sit until we have come up with a seating plan for that room.  I am going back and forth with ideas.  Bench seating, more chairs, build a banquet?  All these things I have been thinking about, but I have had so many other things, I haven’t moved forward.

My goal this summer is to at least replace all the black chairs I have with something lighter.  I could just paint them, but they were all cheapy chairs.  Two from IKEA, two we found in the trash (and wobble like crazy), and two that my mom gave me that just won’t work out.  Here is what we are working with:


Every time we go out looking at anything Goodwill/consignment/Restore/etc, I am always looking out for a chair.  My mom happened to find a chair she was going to use for a flower pot, but thought it would look cute in our dining room.  I thought so too.

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It was cracked down the middle and while we tried to fix it, we have to refix it because the wood we used was too thick and is popping back out.  But in the meantime, I threw some wood filler in the crack and deglossed every inch.

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I didn’t have the exact color I used on the first chair (because it was an oops color) but I had white and that was close enough.  I toyed with painting it a light blue, but I got nervous!  Once it was done being painted, I stared at it for a minute and thought something was missing.  I grabbed any of the stencils I had on hand and played around.



IMG_7598I have some fabric for a pillow I could sew for it, but I am going to wait until I decide what the future holds for seating in this room.  Hopefully this summer we will come to an agreement and create a plan!!

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98% Complete

Last week I alluded to some good news in my life and good news is what I need right now.  I have informed those that need to be informed, so now I can tell all of you.  Yes, BEFORE I facebook it to the world.  You should feel special!!

Late last week I was offered a new job.  It is a step up for me with what seems like a great company.  My work stress will hopefully diminish to much lower rates and my motivation in life will come back.  The last year I have been busting my butt at work only to find myself completely drained and depleted when I get home.  I would have no interest in much of anything.  Then the bad days started to take over the good days and I was miserable.  I would tell so many other people that you control your own happiness and now was the time I needed to listen to myself.

Anyways, can you believe it has been a year since we bought the house?  I can’t.  I have put a lot of cosmetic work into our sweet little abode and I have come to the realization that TWO of the rooms are almost 100% done.  It is crazy to think because I was so overwhelmed at the idea of being able to decorate and PAINT the walls.  All the rookie questions came into my head, “what if I pick the wrong color?, what if it looks too hodge podge?” Maybe I should stop rambling and show you one of my favorite rooms in the house, the living room.  It is a small and cozy room, but it has come a pretty long way since it’s birth.

Looking from the kitchen to the dining room and living room

Looking from the kitchen to the dining room and living room




Here are the images from a month after we moved in.  I had no idea what I wanted to do with this room.  My mom came over one day and made me hang pictures one day just to give the room something. HA!

Then I flip flopped on which room I should start working on because I was overwhelmed and did not want to make the wrong choice.  I decided I would make some sort of novice mood board and see where that took me

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The room did not end up QUITE like the mood board, but at least it gave me ideas on what to experiment with. Here is the living room today.  The only thing that will bump it up to 100% complete is finding an end table and repainting my lamp


As you walk into the front door you are greeted by a very comfortable loveseat and my Pottery Barn knock off wall art. IMG_7609

Our entertainment wall.  The cable is actually on the other side of the room, but there was a terrible glare on that side thanks to the window, so we had to have another outlet installed on this side so we could hang the tv.  I FINALLY got around to hanging a coat rack for our bags and coats.  I was thinking about adding a bench below, but I do not want to clutter things up more than they already are.IMG_7610

I had the perfect basket to hold some of my bike gear.  This was in another room, but I like to have it near my bag and the front so I can grab and go.  IMG_7611

There is something about this corner that makes me feel so cozy.  I found the most perfect end table for next to the loveseat at consignment that holds the lamp originally made for the guest room, but the lamp I had in here did not fit the space.  IMG_7614

The other side of the room.  I am still in love with my little vintage trunk and all of it’s imperfections.  The brown chair was a steal at the store and is the perfect looking recliner.  I personally cannot stand recliners because to me they look like a pile of poo.  IMG_7615

This room is so warm, I can’t help but smile when I walk into it.  Plus, it has AWESOME lighting.IMG_7616

Here is the lamp and the end table that need a change.  I am going to spray paint the lamp soon and I need to start looking for an end table.  Of course, now that I have told the universe this, I will not find an end table anytime soon!IMG_7617This room will never make it into the ranks of being magazine worthy, but I love just how cozy I feel in it everyday.  The best part: it is almost done!!

Is there anything you would add/take away??

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Next Week

My heart is so full of happiness right now.  Even though today is unlucky Friday the 13th, two great things have happened.


But I cant share until next week!

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I REALLY Miss Weekends

This year I made one small goal for myself, create a better work/life balance.  That has gone out the window.  I have worked every other weekend this year (with the exception of three) and I have worked myself so hard.  This of course means I am really far behind on things I want to get done around the house, personal life, etc.

My running mojo is completely gone.  I have had nothing but bad runs lately and I just can’t get as excited as I was a few weeks ago.  I still have to train for the Peachtree Road Race July 4th, but after that, I am not sure.  I did not run a single run last week because I was so busy with work.  It isn’t a good excuse, but I am on my feet all day when it is show time (and we had two this weekend I had to run) and going for an actual run seems like torture.  I hate this feeling.  I was DYING to run a marathon this year, but right now I cannot imagine even training for a half.

I have a few fun house updates to share with you all, but everything is sort of at a stand still because we spent too much on springtime fun.  I also have some really fun plans to share with you once I finally get around to brainstorming them.

In the meantime, I am getting ready for ANOTHER busy month (wait, it really hasn’t slowed down), but I am getting down to planning my birthday.  It is indeed a big one this year, 3-0!  I haven’t done anything for my birthday since my 25th, so I thought it would be a great idea to do something for this one.  Here are some images from my Pinterest board showing the direction I want to go:

Gold spray painted ikea or thrift store frames with chalkboard painted inside or b photos   #adult party cute decor for adult birthday party   Black and Gold Paper Straws 25 Stripe by LetsPartyCreations, $4.00   300 Sunny Days: 30th Birthday Party   NEW YEARS EVE :: GOLDEN GLAM DINNER PARTY   Glamour, trendy holiday party design style Black. White. Gold   Black/white cups   Black And Gold Party Theme | edible glitter   Antique Gold Garland - Caramel Brown - New Years Garland - Christmas Garland - Party Garland - Festive Garland   That sign is the theme for my 30th   gold balloons | Balloons   Pink & Gold Bubbly 30th Birthday Party // Hostess with the Mostess®   Made from inexpensive gold party fringe found at party stores, this sparkly backdrop has an especially glam look! Get the how-to at Wood & Grain   Black, white, & gold dessert bar   Grammys



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