Friday, January 18, 2013

Valentine's Giveaway from Shabbyfufu

Happy Friday!  Be sure to pop over to Shabbyfufu for some beautiful decorating ideas for Valentine's (I personally fell in love with the pink painted glass jars and painted tin cans!!) and a chance to win one of her beautiful ruffled throws!!  Have a great weekend! xoxo Drena

Statue at The Biltmore Estate, NC

Red bud tree (or as I like to call it, my pink trees!!) Biltmore Estate, NC

All pictures taken by me : )

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Around the cottage

I have been busy, busy the past couple of weeks. I love the start of a new year, as it is a great excuse to clean, organize & purge! How many things do we hang on to for reasons even beyond just being sentimental? I am trying to be "less is more" around the cottage, which isn't always easy when you are from a family of collectors! I find myself inspired by so many blogs, showcasing beautiful, open spaces. So, I have been carefully sorting through...
I have also gotten around to several painting projects but there is still more! I am in love with Annie Sloan Chalk paint & highly recommend it!
I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their week! Less is more!
x Drena

My workspace

Living Room

Side Tables before paint

Lovely things from Shabby Chic line at House of Fraser, UK

It has been gray & rainy but this is cozy

View through the cottage

I adore my kitchen!!

The dark trim has got to go...

2013 from Shabby Chic Couture (thanks Rachel Pallas for the heads up!)

Bar Cabinet before paint

The ever changing workroom

Dining Room

Hutch before paint and all my china stacked on the table, what a mess!

I love vintage bottles & jars

Amazing what a coat of paint can do! (Annie Sloan New White)

Side Table done in Annie Sloan Paris Grey

Bar Cabinet after paint!

View through the kitchen (my dad built my chopping block island to match my mums)

Sunday, January 6, 2013


I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel a little guilty for not posting to my blog more often.  I post pictures to my personal facebook page as well as my Glamourustique facebook page but lately, I have been so busy with the holidays and projects around the house...
I know a lot of us are using Instagram.  Here is the link to me:  It is fast, easy and full of inspiration and I'm a big fan of instant gratification!  So, I have added my Instagram feed to my blog, so those of you stopping by may not see a new post but you can check out my latest pictures.  If you want to add this to your blog (rather than just the Instagram badge) here is the link to generate the code:
As soon as I get a little more caught up around here, I hope to return to blogging more regularly.  Thank you again, to all of my friends (new and old) and family for stopping by.  
Wishing everyone a beautiful week ahead! 
xoxo Drena
My master bedroom

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Blogs I look to for Inspiration

Blogs I look to for inspiration

Hope everyone is having a beautiful start to the new year.  I am still organizing and packing away Christmas before taking on some major painting projects to finish my living room & dining room.  I can't wait to share the before and after's with you.
I wanted to take a moment to share with you a handful of the blogs that I follow and look to for inspiration.  These are some amazingly talented ladies who offer me daily support and TONS of creative ideas.  I urge you to take the time and check them out if you don't follow them already.
Ok, I better get a move on!  Wishing everyone a beautiful and blessed day! xoxo Drena