Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tabletop for Children's Hospital

As you know our store is constantly changing. We are forever moving things around and creating new displays.  We love it! So when get the opportunity to work on something as amazing as a tabletop display, we jump at the chance.  Especially when it benefits a great cause like the St. Louis Children's Hospital.  We've participated before and it's always so much fun.  It's hosted at the Ritz and so many local organizations and private designers are there creating amazing displays!

Here's a look at what we put together.


We chose to work with moss as the base of our table.  It's really easy to work with and not messy at all... yeah right. 


We added burlap, to soften it up and bit, along with pretty bows and navy accents. 



Keeping with the natural elements, we used ivy, lavender and white roses.  



We do love our gold at The White Rabbit so we chose to use a gold starburst mirror as the base of our centerpiece.  It tied in perfectly with the gold trimmed white china.  Simple crystal candlesticks and glasses kept the table feeling 'light and airy' next to the amazing wood chargers from Knollwood Lane (coming soon to the store).  



We were pretty happy with the end result!  It took a lot of time but it was definitely worth it.  Anyone is welcome at this event.  Join us next year! Info at https://www.stlouischildrens.org/classes-events/table-tops-annual-spring-event

Friday, April 11, 2014

And the winner is....

Congrats to Kimberlee Johnson for getting the most votes in our Spring photo contest!  We counted 76 votes for her fabulous room. (some people had trouble voting on the blog so I counted a bunch of Facebook votes too)  I see lots of things from The White Rabbit in this photo.  I especially love the barn door propped against the wall and the old suitcase adding height to the chest.  Kimberlee is getting a $125 gift certificate for winning the contest.  Good job Kimberlee!!  We'll see you soon!

The person with the second highest number of votes was Krystal Brinkman with her creative use of our wooden numbers.  She got 59 votes for this photo and because she got so many votes and we loved how creative she was, we have decided to give her a $50 gift certificate for second place!  Woohoo!  

It was so very much fun seeing all of the wonderful ways you all are using White Rabbit items in your homes.  We absolutely loved getting the photos and have decided to give everyone who entered a $10 gift certificate as a thank you.  We are already brainstorming other ideas for contests so check back for more fun!    

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Photo Contest

I cannot even tell you all how much fun it's been seeing the pictures that were sent in for our photo contest.  We love all of them!  Thank you so much to everyone who participated!  Now for the voting!!  Just leave a comment with your favorite photo's number or name and whoever gets the most votes by April 10th at noon wins a $125 White Rabbit gift certificate.  Woohoo!


Entry #1: Emily O'Brien-I'm a regular White Rabbit shopper--every room in my home has a White Rabbit piece! The store is also on my sister's "must list" every time she visits St. Louis. If I had to pick a favorite piece, it would be this functional and beautiful hutch. It holds all my old, mismatched china, glass, silver, and linens, and it looks gorgeous in the dining room.


Entry #2-Franny Powers-I love this mirror I got from The White Rabbit (my favorite store)!  It has moved with me twice and makes the room wherever it's placed. It's the feature of our living room right now above our fireplace (really fun around holidays to hang garland and decorations too).  It's the perfect neutral mirror and a piece I'll have forever!



Entry #3-Abby Manzella-This past weekend was my first time at the store! There are so many things I fell in love with but I had to get this little pink tutu for my daughter, Kylie! I bought it for her photo session next month! It is absolutely adorable :)


Entry #4-Claire Wiese-We owe a BIG thanks to Emily Murphy who selected this perfect dresser/changing table for our baby's nursery. She listened to exactly what I needed! This beautiful and functional piece of furniture inspired the shabby chic theme of the nursery. I know we will put it to good use for many years to come! 



Entry #5- Anna Guasto-My beautiful hutch! This lovely piece I discovered from the White Rabbit has become the centerpiece of my "country chic" dining room. It never goes seen without a compliment!



Entry #6-Krystal Brinkman-I purchased these numbers for my kids playroom! I love them! Not only do they add to the wall decor in a fun, colorful and distressed way - they are also educational! Perfect for a kids room without being too childlike! 



Entry #7-Karen Schmidt -This is one of my favorites from White Rabbit. We have a 14 year old beagle that this adorns out mantle in honor of!



Entry #8-Sandy Branson-I bought my peacock at the White Rabbit and I love its presence in the dining room. In fact, I love him so much that we have already named him! I also bought my mirror in the background from the White Rabbit, and I think it adds so much interest to the wall. I love this store.



Entry #9-Julie Thomas-I got this cute frame at The White Rabbit last week. It is a darling shop in Brentwood–I could outfit my entire home with their cottage and shabby chic items.
I added some homespun fabric for the base and then glued the button card on the front and voila–easy peasy decor. (Julie blogged about the frame too! http://www.juliestitches.com/2014/03/24/they-dont-buttons-like-this-anymore/)


Entry #10-Kimberlee Johnson-A few years ago, I decided to change the look in my home to a lighter, more vintage romantic style, discovering your store made that transition so easy! Thank you for all the inspiration your store has brought to my home, I love that you carry a mix old vintage and new pieces. Some of my favorite pieces from you are my vintage suitcase, old books, and mirror, I feel they add one of a kind character to the room. Some of my favorite newer pieces from The White Rabbit in this photo are the terrarium, stone, and boxwood pieces. I love mixing different elements and textures in my decor, thank you or carrying such a wonderful variety of things! 
                              


Entry #11-Kristin Weis-I love my faux leather love seat in my home office. It was important to me to have a statement piece that I look at everyday and love each morning. It makes my settle room look rich and inviting. 



Entry #12-Barbara Hopson Kasten-I got this mint colored mirror many years ago and made it the theme color and feature for my daughter's room. It is about 30 inches tall and still leans against the wall in her room. Six years later, she uses it less for less to watch herself during tummy time and more for dress-up and dancing.



Entry #13-Bob and Janet Hines-We love our  pretty White Rabbit etagere.  It provides extra storage for favorite cookbooks, fresh produce and our oxalis plant in our small kitchen.


Those are all the entries!  Now please leave a comment with your favorite!  Use either the number or the name of the person who entered.  Thank you!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's Spring!! Some pics of the store and a Spring Photo Contest!

Yippee!  It's officially Spring and we are so excited about what that means for decorating our homes!  It's time for bright colors, new paint, and fresh flowers!  We've been busy getting the store looking fresh and cheery for the beautiful weather ahead.  Here are a few pictures of what we've been doing for Spring.  Take a look and then read about a contest where we'd like to see what's in your home!



We've been experimenting with sort of a purple/gray color, yellow, and turquoise.  We are loving gold mirrors with the shabby chic look.  
We are STILL in love with the mint green color that was popular last Spring.

 We've been loving a few special items WITHOUT paint(GASP!)
Yep, that's a real first for us!  This is a bench made from an old headboard.

 Pretty, pretty turquoise is amazing on vintage pieces.  It gives them a whole new life!
Colorful curtains and pillows.

 Above all for Spring of 2014, we are using a lot more color in the store.  We still love white and it remains the best-selling color for vintage painted furniture but we've added a lot of colorful pillows, curtains and wall decor.

Now that you've seen a few pictures of The White Rabbit this Spring, we'd love to see what you've done with something you bought from us!  Send us a picture(1 pic only please!) of something from The White Rabbit in your home along with 2 or 3 sentences about why you love it.  I will post the pictures on the blog and then ask people to vote for their favorite photo.
The winner will get a $125 gift certificate to The White Rabbit!!

Send your photo to emailtwr@yahoo.com along with your 2-3 sentences and your name.  Deadline to enter is midnight on April 1st.  I will post the photos on the 3rd and count the votes on the 10th and announce the winner.  I'll also be promoting it on Facebook so you can link to it on there too.  Can't wait to see your picture!  

P.S. Sorry to our 7 employees but I think it would be unfair for you ladies to enter.  (I knew you'd ask, especially Emily...lol.)  

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fall and Christmas Market orders

I already posted my entry about the everyday items we ordered at this Market in Atlanta.  Now I'm writing about the Fall and Christmas items we ordered for 2014.  We didn't find a ton of great Halloween goodies this year, but we did find more Fall than usual.  As far as Christmas, we ordered, as usual, TONS of animal things.  We cannot resist a sweet deer, polar bear, or snowy owl.  Impossible.  
We are really excited to start getting the shipments in July so we can prep for an amazing holiday season.


Here's an owl on the moon from the Bethany Lowe showroom.  Owls are always popular, especially for Fall.  I kind of want to hang him in my window for Halloween.

We've had this pillow before and everyone loved it!
Park Hill always has great dried leaves for Fall.  They know how to make a Thanksgiving display look so classy and we love that they mix real plants into their showroom displays.



We are really picky about our florals, especially about how shiny they are.  We try to find wreaths and garlands that look real and believe me, it isn't easy.  The ones above and below made the cut.  Thank goodness.  
There is a fun showroom that is nothing but ribbon and we always get stuck there for like 2 hours.  We asked one of the reps to take our picture.  This was right before we made a giant pile of everything we wanted for the holidays.  Left to right, Angie(my Mom), Susan Medart, and me(Lindsay).
The photo isn't great but here are our Fall, Autumn, and Thanksgiving choices.  The chevron on the left might be my favorite. I also think the pheasant ribbon would be awesome mixed with the argyle one for a Fall wreath.
These pumpkins have a masculine touch to them.  I absolutely love them.  Susan held them up so I could take a picture.

We ordered the pillows below for Fall and they accidentally shipped them already.  We decided that they're pretty for all year so we kept them!

So, I have a confession to make about Christmas.  We kind of went animal head crazy.  Like, we couldn't stop ordering heads.  We found a lot that we liked and we couldn't resist.  We've decided that there is literally going to have to be a whole wall of choices for animal heads this Christmas!  I only took pics of some of them.  Below is a moose.  He's really cool with a wreath around him!
Got all three of these.  The two on the ends are made of a sweater-like material.
Got this slightly smaller one too.
...And a driftwood deer head.
If I had to guess, I'd say we got about 10 different styles of animal heads for the wall.  Let's hope that you guys really want one for above your mantle!!

The Polar Bear is going in the window.  He's pretty big so we just got a couple.  What a sweet face.  Got the garland he's wearing too.
It's hard to see but this is a garland with mercury glass ornaments hanging from it. So fantastic to hang with greenery across a mantel!!

A couple of sweet Eiffel Tower and Fleur De Lis ornaments.
Glitter moose.
This dove is way cooler in person than it looks in the picture.  It's really big, like the size for a large buffet.
Pink trees for our pastel area.  They come as a set in a cute box.
We got this garland that looks really retro.  It's chunky but lightweight.
Look at this fun tree that they made from cardboard.  They literally cut the pieces into triangles.  It's so simple and cute!  I'm going to attemt it with some of the cardboard we get with our shipments.
A couple of stockings with a sweet ruffle and a simple stripe.  I like that they're a little girly but not too much.
One of our sections for Christmas this year will be all pastel colors.  We got this pale pink birdcage to display inside of.  I don't think I've ever seen a pink birdcage before.  Maybe a vintage one that has been sprayed pink?  I can't even imagine how much I would have wanted this in my room as a girl with finches in it.

This is a crown that has clips hanging from it.  Maybe we'll display Christmas cards from the clips.
These gold birds could be used all year but they were in the Christmas collection.  We may just go ahead and put them out when they ship in July.
This is a big white deer statue.  I love the idea of him as a centerpiece with greenery wrapped around the base.
I am so in LOVE with these winter prints.  They are GORGEOUS and the frame color is absolutely perfect.  These could really be out year round but the company only offered them to be ordered with their Christmas items.  The images are a sepia tone but it's the blue on the frames that I'm so obsessed with.
We found more fun ribbon in another showroom.  It's printed on burlap!  We still saw a lot of burlap this year but a lot of it was printed with color, instead of just plain.
Snagged these table toppers and runners for Christmas.  In years past, we have stuck with an all white,silver and gold palette but we've really fallen in love with color lately.  This red is so muted that it really looks great with anything vintage.
Bethany Lowe always has some fun vintage inspired ornaments, garlands, and santas.  She really sticks with the vintage look and we always know we can go to her showroom for the quality accents that will fit in with our look.

You can't really tell from the picture but this garland is lightly flocked so the deer are kind of fuzzy.  It was my absolute favorite item in their Christmas collection.  The antlers are silver.  We ordered quite a few of these.  They would be good on a tree or a mantle.


Here's my mom looking around in a more traditional showroom.  We didn't find a lot in there but there were little things here and there that go with our style.
Cute little birdies!
My mom has a thing for anything fuzzy so she was obsessed with these little skates for the tree.  They come in a set and I think they're actually felted.

We didn't get the huge skis but we got some smaller ones to hang on a tree with the skates.


These stockings have burlap on top and red ticking on the bottom.  We saw a lot of burlap at market but it was definitely mixed with color more for 2014.  In years past, it's been just plain burlap on everything.


Some trees set up at Park Hill.
We got these cotton wreaths because we're always looking for wreaths that are a little different from your standard Fall orange leaves styles.  I think it would be fantastic with a fun bow!

A deer table runner we ordered.
We added touches of plaid into this year's selection.  Mr. Santa has on a stylish plaid coat.  He's also carrying some little pinecones on his back.
A matching runner.  This will make for a cute little display with the stockings below.

Found a plaid deer in a different showroom.  I love it!!

We found a cute Cardinal ornament!!!  We saw several but a lot of them were kind of cheesy.  This felted one is adorable.  I can't wait to get him and see him on a tree!  Now let's keep our fingers crossed that our St. Louis Cardinals have a great season!!




I saved the Cody Foster pictures for last because it's the most fun showroom for Christmas!  They always have a lot of fun, creative displays along with the cutest ornaments and houses.


An awesome collage above their mantle.
There were a TON of ornaments to choose from.
More animal heads.
One of the coolest things in Cody Foster was the GIANT paint by number painting on the wall.  I don't know whether they had a stencil or an actual painting or what, but it looked really neat.

I think this ornament is so charming!  There is a little vintage looking truck inside.
We always get our little houses from Cody Foster.  We ordered these three.

The house below has a bunny in the front yard!!!  It was pretty obvious that we had to order this one!

Overall, market was a great experience.  We ordered a lot of great goodies that are already here as well as some fun things for the winter.  There are a lot of things I didn't get pictures of because we were so busy making decisions!  When they ship in July, I'll post some pics so you can see some of the other things that will be out for Christmas.  Can't wait!!  Thanks for reading!-Lindsay