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My name is Gerrie Wydeven doing-business-as Wydeven Designs. I have been conducting this small GREEN business since 2004. Wydeven Designs, based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, sells CHAIRS, LOVESEATS, CHAISES, SETTEES and other fine, well-constructed refurbished upholstered pieces. I love to travel, cook, take photographs and generally follow style and decor topics as well!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Yellow is the Color of Sunshine - Spring is Near

Daffodils at Gibbs Gardens website
Last Sunday, my husband and I traveled about an hour north of the Atlanta area to visit Gibbs Gardens and the first event of their season - acres and acres of daffodils. It was a beautiful day and a great outing. We became annual ticket-holders last year and are going to try to make all of their big events!

The fields of yellow just glowed in the sun and yellow is the color that most reminds me of spring and sunshine. We've have a harder-than-usual winter here in the South and spring is beckoning! Yellow is also my personal go-to color for decorating - at least 75% of my house has either some or a lot of yellow. Even on gloomy days, the rooms retain a certain amount of sunshine!

I just added a great little settee and chair (very nice Mitchell Gold products) reupholstered in a wonderful large pattern daffodil yellow and white and thought I'd use this posting to highlight it and other yellow favorites from my recent collections.
Here is the Mitchell Gold set - love this fabric!
The buffalo plaid has to be my all-time favorite bright yellow fabric - I had enough to do three pieces! 
Nice pieces from last year! I have some of the yellow and blue toile left over and am doing a bergere chair and ottoman right now - should be available soon!
Nice pieces as well - the two fabric on the lower-right chairs is actually brighter than it shows here!
Clearly, I need to keep the sunshine going with yellows and pale golds - more to come soon!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Shopping on Magazine Street in New Orleans

Magazine Street in New Orleans
My husband and I just returned from a four-day trip to New Orleans - a "pre-Mardi Gras" extravaganza! We stayed in the French Quarter (shout-out to Travelzoo link to website for some great rates on the French Quarter Wyndam - link ).

While in New Orleans,we took the cable car to the Garden District and walked to Magazine Street to check out the shops. This is the premier shopping street in the area - link.
Sidewalk near magazine street - beautiful trees!
Magazine Street was named for a “magazin,” a warehouse that was built in the late 1700s to house products awaiting export. Today this vibrant street features eclectic architecture—from the large columned Greek Revival style of the mid-19th century to the colorful Victorian cottages trimmed in quirky gingerbread millwork
Typical homes in the area - many decked out for Mardi Gras.
Very pricey (but interesting) shop!

My goal was to find (and perhaps purchase) some great, well-priced "refurnishable" upholstered furniture to take home. We covered many blocks of great shops although most were either slightly overpriced for me (or a LOT overpriced).

Here are some images of the area and the shops!

We had a great time visiting Magazine Street and came back with the car two days later to pick up our treasure!