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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Behind the scenes....the Holiday Open House

Every year as we wrap up our Holiday season, we wonder how we can  possibly top what we've just done...how can we  find cuter ornaments, how can we come up with any better ideas for next year...no way...it's going to be impossible!

Then we go to Atlanta for our major January shopping trip,where all of  next season's themes are figured out.... the blood starts flowing...the ideas start coming, and the cute stuff starts appearing before our eyes and Voila! We know it's going to be another killer Holiday Design House.

I thought it might be fun to give a little insight into what goes into creating the house and let you know how its coming along.

This year we bumped our opening back a week because its almost a nervous breakdown trying to take apart the October Design House and take it to the level of our Holiday open house in three weeks. As it stands, our families are not fed and no laundry gets done at home until this puppy is done.

As we have mentioned in previous posts, the ornaments, garlands, and such are all purchased in January.  Amy and I also start purchasing vintage auction finds, sleds, skates, tobaggens, skis all throughout the year and stow them away for this event. The boxes start trickling in in July. Kim and Diana try to keep up with the unwrapping and pricing during the summer as they know all too well that its like a slow moving freight train that's coming straight at them with delivery after delivery after delivery.

Next when it becomes apparent that the freight train is winning we bring in the high school recruits all lined along long tables, laughing, eating and pricing Christmas bears, balls garlands....

Meanwhile Amy is formulating her game plan and themes for all of the rooms. She starts assessing her color palettes to see what tones work  well together, what walls need to be painted, what antique elements need to be brought in and what other layers she will need to complete the look.

Some rooms are no brainers like "letters to Santa"...we found a killer life sized Santa who sits at a desk and gorgeous ribbons with letters to Santa printed on them....soooo cute.

Once everything is set, furniture, trees, lighting, the ornaments start coming into the house...once they start rolling in Amy personally styles each and every room.( because she is ridiculously good at it!) ..it will take her one full day per room...which is two weeks!

Holy Crap Batman!!! right about now we have a come to Jesus meeting and she delegates out the spaces she will not be able to get to...such as the barn, , front porch, bathroom, outdoor areas...and we start to figure out how to get these areas up to par with the beautiful house.

 This year we will be hosting 60 extra vendors that will stretch from Lucketts Store on over to the Design House so that should make all of this even more awesome than usual.

We hope you'll come visit us November 8-9-10  10 to 5 
see ya then!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Holiday Open House Winter Market Vendor Reveal

We have 60 additional vendors lined up for our winter market outside during our Holiday Open House.

We wanted to share a few of the shops and dealers that will be joining us Nov. 8-9 & 10.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

What we're painting with this week...

A few pieces from around the shop today.

Here is what our dealers were painting with this week.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Past Holiday Open Houses

As we were looking working on the ads for this year's Lucketts Holiday Open House, we were going through TONS of old photos of the house and shop.

We wanted to share with you some old photos 1) so you know what to expect during our open house on Nov. 8-9-10, and 2) so we can recycle these images that were long buried.

This year, we are having an outdoor winter market with 60 additional vendors outside so the 14 acres surrounding the shop will have additional tents with holiday and winter-themed merchandise outside.

Here are some pics from past years, enjoy!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Flea Market Decor - Winter Edition

We made it in to Flea Market Decor's Winter Issue!

We are excited that Lucketts and The Design House was included in the Holiday issue of Flea Market Decor Magazine!

The issue has a bunch of decorating tips and advice, and our favorite article starts on page 114   : ) 

Be sure to pick up the issue for lots of eye candy and holiday decorating tips including a few from our very own Suzanne!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Holiday Open House Sneak Peek

Here are a few shots from around the Design House over the last few days. 

We're busy prepping for the Nov. 8, 9, & 10 Holiday Open House.

Still lots to unpack and Suzanne just went to auction Sunday and scored another trailer load full of fun!

We got a delivery of doors, shutters and windows on Friday.  The boys were stacking them against the barns so Amy can take a look and see which ones are going where in The Design House.  We moved some over to the shop's porch too.

Our themes this year are developing.  So far, our rooms have naturally morphed in to some great themes...

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Building the perfect fall pantry

I absolutely love the smells of fall, rich damp black soil, warm fires burning, fresh picked apples, earthy fallen leaves and the crisp cool air. Could it just stay fall and skip winter, please.

Autumn is romantic and calm. It is my time to prepare for hibernation. I just switched my summer and winter clothes along with the cleaning & organizing of closets. I washed all my windows inside and out. Entertaining moves inside, I enjoy rearranging the furniture to make the rooms cozy and inviting.

Most importantly don't forget the kitchen, this sounds crazy but it is time to clean, arrange and stock up your pantry. The winter is the busiest time of the year in most kitchens.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Design House Open & Hometalk Halloween Hunt this weekend!

The Design House is open this weekend!

We also have a great Halloween Hunt with Hometalk on Saturday that starts at Sweet Clover Barn.

We can't wait!

Here are a few pictures of The Design House and The Old Lucketts Store.

Can't wait to see you all this weekend.