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The Eleventh Annual Tour of Fine Spaces… Presented by the Junior League of Winston-Salem

Its that special time of year again…SPRING!! The flowers are starting to bloom and people are starting to be running down Stratford Road in droves. Also, this time of year… The Tour of Fine Spaces presented by the Junior League of Winston-Salem.  This is one of my favorite events EVERY year!!  I love looking at newly renovated homes big and small and getting all sorts of home ideas.  The Junior League is near and dear to my heart, so when they asked me if I would blog about the Tour this year I said YES!!  Also, near and dear to my heart is a contest!!  Enter at the bottom of the post for your chance to win TWO tickets to the Tour of Fine Spaces. The JLWS is responsible for BookWORM, the Child Abuse Puppet Show, as well volunteering with community partners throughout the city. These include the Backpack program, Golor Community Garden and the Children’s Museum, just to name a few!! So lets get to it… here are a few pictures of some of the homes that will be featured on 2013_TOFS_Logo

Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Begin the morning at Keller Williams Realty from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Tickets are $35 at the door or $30 in advance online at

Enjoy breakfast treats and exchange vouchers for maps and tickets while mingling in the newly renovated office space at 280 Charlois Boulevard.


The Raffle Ends March 17th!! Winners will be contacted the 18th of March. Thank you for playing 🙂 a Rafflecopter giveaway

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The Junior League of Winston-Salem’s Sixth Annual Boutique…Spotlight on City Prints LLC

Its that time of year to get your holiday shopping lists together and figure out who is getting what.  Again, this year the Junior League of Winston-Salem will be holding it’s annual holiday shopping experience the Boutique. As a reminder you are shopping for a cause.  The tickets purchased help the Junior League of Winston-Salem continue their mission to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.  The Junior League of Winston-Salem’s current projects include the Child Abuse Puppet Show and also BookWORM.

The annual Boutique shopping event will be held on November 20 and 21, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Ballroom, Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston Salem.

Every year I struggle with what to get Bain for Christmas.  This year I’m so excited to say that one of the vendors, City Prints, LLC is coming to Boutique and is the perfect gift for the man in your life … AND… AND… I just happened to grow up with the couple that started the company Katie and Tony Rodono.

The Rodono Family

Katie and Tony began the company in 2012 and haven’t looked back.  City Prints, LLC creates fine art map prints of college campuses, world cities and sports stadiums.  They have sold over 25,000 prints and there are over 700 different options.  Geez Louise that is a lot of options!!!

Here are just a tiny sampling:

 I thought y’all might really like to see what the UNC one looks like.


Also, personally I really like the Fenway Venue

Even if I didn’t know this sweet family I would still tell you that you needed to check out this booth.  You know the sports fan in your family would be thrilled to find this unique gift under the Christmas tree.   They have been praised in the press by ESPN.COM, Apartment Therapy, and The Atlanta Journal – Constitution .  Katie and Tony will not be there next weekend, so there won’t be any embarrassing stories about me as a tween, but Tony’s brother Tim will be so get your favorite person (people) a City Print at Boutique.

Here is some more details about Boutique:


Girl’s Night Out

7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 
 Boutique Girls Night Out:

“Twas the Night Before Boutique”

Is your “sneak peak” event. Ticket includes wine/champagne,  dessert showcase, and silent auction, and shopping the fabulous vendors where attendees will find items for everyone on their Christmas list.  Tickets sold in advance are $30 per individual/4 for $100. Tickets sold at the door will cost $35.

Saturday Shopping 

All Day Shopping!

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday with Santa:

There’s something for everyone in the family while you shop! Holiday crafts and visits with Santa will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

General admission tickets will cost $5 per adult and $2 for children ages 6-12. Children under age 6 will be admitted for free.

This year there are 67 vendors (at time of posting):
1. 4 Fosters Candle Company
2. Above the Norm Designs
3. All Natural Dips
4. All She Wrote Notes
5. All That Sparkles
6. Amy Lynne Originals
7. Bauble and Seed
8. BC2Envy
9. Black Mountain Chocolate
10. Boho Blu
11. Bourbon & Grits Boutique
12. Brown Paper Crafts
13. Camel City Goods
14. City Prints, LLC
15. Collared Greens
16. Connected in Hope
17. Cottage Lane Kitchen
18. Cottage Products / The Candy Cottage
19. Cutco Cutlery
20. Cute Buttons & Gifts
21. Dana LeBlanc Designs
22. Dewey’s
23. Dove Chocolate Discoveries
24. Facemasters Day Spa
25. Fourth & Trade
26. Fraleigh’s Boutique
27. G & S Gourmet Dips
28. Gutter Dome Mid-Atlantic
29. Handpicked
30. Haymarket Designs
31. Heather Leigh Designs
32. Hip Chics Boutique
33. India Hicks
34. J. McLaughlin
35. Jamberry Nail Wraps
36. Janice Cain Stationary
37. Kerr Lake Candles
38. Kim Taylor & Company
39. Lavender Anne’s Herb Farm
40. LuLa Roe
41. LulaJack Designs
42. Mary Kay
43. Mis Match Boutique
44. Paisley Boutique
45. Pendred Keller Designs
46. Perfectly Posh
47. Pixie Garden & Gifts
48. Quick n Brite Inc.
49. Red Clay Gourmet
50. Restoration MedSpa
51. Rodan + Fields / Gigi’s
52. Salem Gourmet Olive Oil
53. Seton McGlennon
54. Stella & Dot
55. Struttin Cotton
56. Swoozie’s
57. Tastefully Simple
58. Ten Thousand Villages Greensboro
59. The Go Girl Shoppe
60. The Pinky Girl
61. The Purple Polka Dot
62. Theresa’s Best Apparel
63. Thirty-One Gifts
64. Tin Roof Teas
65. Tonya’s Cookies
66. Unique Wreaths
67. Usborne Books & More

So get there NEXT WEEK AND SHOP ’til you drop for a great cause!!!!!

Dashing – xoxoxo

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Tour of Fine Spaces is TOMORROW!!

Get your walking shoes on and grab a friend, the Tenth Annual Tour of Fine Spaces is TOMORROW!  There will be ten homes to look at and admire.  Plus, amazing food from some of Winston-Salem’s best spots to eat.  The weather is suppose to be lovely so come and enjoy yourself.


Excited to see what is featured this year???  Look at the spaces below…

Are you excited yet???  I am!!

Half of the fun is getting to go inside homes that you’ve watched go through a big transformation…

Here is one I can’t wait to get inside…

So what is stopping you?  The weather is going to be great, the food is going to be delicious, you will get so many home design ideas…

Purchase your tickets today for the Tour of Fine Spaces tomorrow… plus all the money raised goes to putting trained volunteers into Winston-Salem / Forsyth County.  The Junior League of Winston-Salem has been part of the community for 92 years and has helped the the creation/created organizations such as The Arts Council, SciWorks, the Children’s Museum, Horizon’s, BookMarks, and there are so many more!

What could be better???

Support a great cause and get to see fantastic homes.

Dashing – xoxox

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Boutique is Tonight and Tomorrow

Boutique starts TONIGHT!!  All the women on the committee have been working as hard as elves to make sure that the event is a huge success!!

A new element that has been added to this year’s Boutique are wreathes…

I offered to make one, I thought I’d show y’all how you could easily do it too.

I started with you basic 16″ form and these cute bulb ornaments.

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Boutique … I’m giving away Two Tickets to the Girls Night Out Party

As many of you know I am deeply involved in the Junior League of Winston-Salem.  I firmly believe in our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  I take a lot of pride in what the Junior League has accomplished in Winston-Salem and all of the amazing community volunteers of the JLWS.


As a member of the Junior League I am  proud today the JLWS is community partners with such organizations as Golar Community Garden, The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, HOPE and many more.  The JLWS also has some phenomenal signature community projects including the Child Abuse Puppet Show, where the JLWS has reached every third grade child in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System for almost the last thirty years.  The JLWS is also proud to have a new community project BookWORM which is working with five community partners distributing age appropriate books to children in need.

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The very Last Rummage Sale is this Weekend

This weekend will mark the last Junior League of Winston-Salem‘s Rummage Sale. Every year (for sixty!!) the women of the JLWS come together, spending a lot of time away from work and family, to produce one of the largest second hand markets in the country.  All the money raised goes right back into Winston-Salem through the trained volunteers of the JLWS.

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Junior League of Winston-Salem Tour of Fine Spaces … 2014

This Post is written by my great friend and boss Liz Morten of Dovecote Decor.  She has been nice enough to support the Junior League of Winston-Salem and all of our events and causes.  She wrote this fantastic piece today about Saturday’s Tour of Fine Spaces!!  I have reposted it for you all to enjoy.
Thank you Thank you Thank you to Liz!!!!Junior League of Winston-Salem Tour of Fine Spaces 2014written by Liz Morten

On Saturday, March 22 2014 The Junior League of Winston Salem will present their Tour of Fine Spaces from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Ten houses showcasing stellar collaborations between home owners, architects, interior designers, cabinet makers, flooring/tile specialists and builders are open to inspire your next project. Our starting spot will be at Schiffman’s, as ticket holders may mingle there from 9-11 a.m. enjoying mimosas and other culinary treats from local chefs, wineries and artisan coffee brewers. So we will start and finish at 137 S. Stratford Rd. across from the Midtown Cafe and Dessertery.

1.Head northeast on S Stratford Rd toward Miller St – 0.1 mi
2.Take the 1st left onto Country Club Rd/Stratford Rd N – 46 ft
3.Turn left onto Country Club Rd – 0.8 mi
4.Turn right onto Westview Dr N – 0.2 mi
5.Take the 2nd right onto Forest Dr

Destination will be on the left

  – 207 ft

Arrive at Stop 1 – 2655 Forest Dr. Winston Salem North Carolina
 Sponsored by Icon Custom Builders
6.Head west on Forest Dr toward Westview Dr N – 207 ft
7.Take the 1st left onto Westview Dr N – 0.1 mi
8.Turn right onto Reynolds Dr NW

Destination will be on the right

  – 0.1 mi

Arrive at Stop 2 – 2747 Reynolds Drive Winston Salem North Carolina

 Sponsored by June DeLugas InteriorsCustom Homes by Hamrick and Twin City Custom Cabinets

9.Head west on Reynolds Dr NW toward Pine Valley Rd – 167 ft
10.Take the 1st left onto Pine Valley Rd – 492 ft
11.Take the 1st right onto Country Club Rd – 0.3 mi
12.Turn left onto Plymouth Ave

Destination will be on the left

  – 0.2 mi

Arrive at Stop 3 – 2935 Windsor Rd. Winston Salem North Carolina
Sponsored by Emily Taft

 13.Head north on Plymouth Ave toward Fairfax Dr – 0.2 mi
14.Turn left onto Country Club Rd – 0.4 mi
15.Turn right onto Sherwood Forest Rd NW – 0.4 mi
16.Turn right onto Silas Creek Pkwy – 0.6 mi
17.Turn left onto Pennington Ln NW

Destination will be on the left

  – 0.2 mi

Arrive at Stop 4 – 3320 Pennington Lane Winston Salem North Carolina

 Sponsored by Icon Custom Builders and Cabinet Studio
18.Head west on Pennington Ln NW toward Yorkshire Rd NW – 0.2 mi
19.Turn right onto Archer Rd – 0.4 mi
20.Turn left onto York Rd – 46 ft
21.Take the 1st left onto N Peace Haven Rd – 1.9 mi
22.Turn right onto Mountain View Rd NW – 0.4 mi
23.Take the 2nd left onto Rockmont Dr NW

Destination will be on the left

  – 210 ft

Arrive at Stop 5 – 305 Rockmount Dr. Winston Salem North Carolina
24.Head north on Rockmont Dr NW toward Laurel View Dr NW – 210 ft
25.Turn right onto Mountain View Rd NW – 0.4 mi
26.Turn left onto N Peace Haven Rd – 2.1 mi
27.Turn right onto Robinhood Rd – 1.6 mi
28.Turn left onto Kearns Ave

Destination will be on the left

  – 0.1 mi

Arrive at Stop 6 – 936 Kearns Ave Winston Salem North Carolina
Sponsored by Susan Bradford Designs and timberwolf designs

29.Head north on Kearns Ave toward Dearborn St – 0.2 mi
30.Take the 1st right onto Dearborn St – 338 ft
31.Turn right onto Vernon Ave

Destination will be on the right

  – 318 ft

Arrive at Stop 7 – 968 Vernon Avenue Winston Salem North Carolina
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Sponsored by timberwolf design and Susan Bradford designs

32.Head south on Vernon Ave toward Robinhood Rd NW – 0.2 mi
33.Turn left onto Robinhood Rd NW – 0.3 mi
34.Turn right onto Roslyn Rd

Destination will be on the right

  – 400 ft

Arrive at Stop 8 – 830 Roslyn Rd. Winston Salem North Carolina
Sponsored by Cabinet StudioEmily TaftQuinn N. PillsworthJALA, and QFC inc

35.Head north on Roslyn Rd toward Robinhood Rd NW – 400 ft
36.Take the 1st right onto Robinhood Rd NW – 1.0 mi
37.Turn right onto Reynolda Rd – 0.5 mi
38.Continue onto West End Blvd – 0.1 mi
39.Turn left onto Brookstown Ave

Destination will be on the right

  – 0.2 mi

Arrive at 1204 Brookstown Ave. Winston Salem North Carolina
Sponsored by McCullough Tile

Head southeast on Brookstown Ave toward W 5th St – 0.3 mi
41.Turn left onto 2nd St W – 0.6 mi
42.Turn right onto N Liberty St – 0.4 mi
43.Continue onto Old Salem Rd – 0.5 mi
44.Turn left onto Walnut St SW – 354 ft
45.Turn right onto S Main St

Destination will be on the left

  – 292 ft

Arrive at Stop 10 – 921 South Main St. Winston Salem North Carolina
Sponsored by Wilson-Convington Construction Company

Buy your tickets online HERE. Let’s meet at Schiffman’s at 10:30 and go together!
We will have great fun while supporting the hardworking and wonderful women of the Junior League of Winston Salem
For more design inspiration
Visit our online store!
Dashing – xoxox
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Dash on over to Boutique

Today is the last day to check out all the fabulous vendors at this years Junior League if Winston-Salem’s Boutique. Starting with Santa being there this morning, bring the kiddos and get your picture with the big guy done early this year!

Also, not to be missed are some of the fantastic vendors from tonight:

                     Dovecote Decor

                Jack and Jill Designs

                    Invitation Only

                 A Little Something

                 Camel City Goods


The Junior League of Winston-Salem’s 
today only!!
Hours are: 9 am – 6pm
Benton Convention Center
All the money raised through admission helps to fund the JLWS’s mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and bettering the community.  
Dashing – xoxo
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Styling Tables

Here are my pictures from my little dinner party tonight.  It was really fun to mix my grandmothers, Bain’s great aunt’s and my china together creating an eclectic table full of family heirlooms to Homegoods finds.  The conversations were fascinating, the drinks were flowing, and people were eating.  It was a great night of solidarity. 

Woah… I’m exhausted so tell me your thoughts about how I styled the table.  Tell me the good and the bad.  I’d love to know your thoughts.

I turned my living room into the dining room.  Having twenty two people over I knew I wanted to do sit down, but my dining room only fits eight.  So there are three tables here with chairs from all over the house.  The mix – match made the table incredibly intimate and personal, instead of long and massive. 


I showed y’all my inspiration yesterday, my take is with a magnolia leaf.  They were longer and smoother, which meant easier to write on.

Here is the buffet table with my tree. 
No it isn’t a huge tree but it worked and with the extra leaves it made for a very fallish centerpiece.

Close up with some of my fav books!

Dashing – xoxo

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Last Post about Detroit…

You might have noticed last week there weren’t any posts Thursday or Friday… its because I was a slacker.  When I got to Detroit I had high hopes of making it to Detroit Institute of Arts and posting about it but I was slammed with the Fall Leadership Conference for Association of Junior Leagues International.  I am more than proud to have represented the Junior League of Winston-Salem.  It was a fabulous event where we got to learn best practices, leadership training, and meeting with the other Junior League leadership members especially from North Carolina.  They are all very special women.

Detroit calls itself the comeback city and I’ve told everyone who listens that I believe it will.  The people that are there are determined to see their city thrive again.  They are tough people with an incredible spirit of survival.
 I had the great opportunity on Saturday morning to go to the Eastern Market to see the great work that Fair Food Network is doing with its program, Double Up Food Bucks
 In short, Double Up Food Bucks is a fantastic idea for getting healthier eating for lower income individuals.  All over Michigan this is taking place at farmers markets and now some grocery stores.  An example is the iconic Eastern Market.
 When the participant goes into the welcome center and says they want to purchase from the market they get special coins worth X amount, if you want to participate in the Double Up Food Bucks you get Double X.    For example, you tell the attendant you want $20 off of your SNAP card to shop in the market you get $40 if you are participating in the Double UP Food Buck program.  How can you participate you ask?  The items bought must be Michigan grown produce. The farmers are winning and the SNAP beneficiaries are winning too.  
I was blown away when I was listening to the founder or Fair Food Network, Dr. Oran Hesterman explain the program.  It was so encouraging when he also told us that he is consulting with other programs across the country.  I hope that this program is adopted throughout the country and especially here in Winston-Salem.  There are too many families that are hungry currently in this city and across the country, this could be a tool to help with the hunger problem.  
It was an inspiring few hours that I will always take with me.
Detroit was an amazing learning experience that I am so grateful for the Junior League of Winston-Salem for the learning experience.
Dashing – xoxo