BEFORE & AFTER: I AM HERE TO SERVE YOU….

BEFORE & AFTER: I AM HERE TO SERVE YOU!

It has been all about me on this blog for weeks! Are you tired yet? I am tired of promoting myself! I’ll take a quick break and focus on serving my readers what they want.

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BEFORE:
AT YOUR SERVICE

BEFORE:

I got this Butler’s Table at a flea market. It was tired but stylish. The functionality is its hard-sell, but still wasn’t enough to get credit card swipe. The solution was a fresh coat of paint.  I hand brushed Farrow & Ball’s Parma Gray on the the tray and then came in with steel wool to return the piece to its vintage charm.

Parma Gray

Parma Gray

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AFTER:
BETTER IN BLUE

AFTER:
The result is below. What I like about the picture is the way the tray is used. It is not just about cocktails and food. This is a multipurpose piece.
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I always like to end in a sell. This Butler’s Table did just that, following the fresh coat of paint in a shabby chic finish. So I will return to a subject I sell well. That’s me 🙂

UnknownI went to visit my buddy Brian Meece at RocketHub. He’s a rockstar-literally. That was the first step in a brilliant idea that centers around crowd sourcing. Brian’s story is great and all started when he wanted to get friends and family jazzed about his music career. He decided to explore the crowd sourcing platform and out of it came his company Rockethub.

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ROCKETHUB
LAUNCH PAD

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So we’re taking a journey together. I am getting my Rocket Fueled. This is my first share on this subject. More to come xx

 

YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY

 

 

 

 

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LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY

THE ASSIGNMENT:

Make it your own homework. Practice the theory that if you give, you will receive. I do this almost everyday in one form or another. This week it brought me back into the classroom at Greenwich High School where I had the pleasure to speak to Mrs. Myer’s Interior Design class that on Tuesday meet at high noon. I have Cardinal pride. I am graduate.

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I had a few things to say to the class which detailed my own coming of age and how it is possible to identify your dreams early and work toward them everyday. I shared with them that life has the same movement as the graphs they study in math. It is not always predictable, it has highs and lows but overall it is consistent. There are truths that keep us all moving and striving toward what we want out of life. The beginning is the declaration of what it is you want.

LEARN & RECEIVE:

I affirmed another declaration of what I want out of life. I want to share my experience, to inspire other people to live, dream, create and share. I thank Mrs. Meyers and her wonderfully attentive class for listening and encouraging me. I gave and I received.

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It turns out the class, look at how awesome they all are in this picture, got something out of what I said too. Mrs. Meyer’s sent me this note:

THE GRADE:

“Thank you so much for speaking to my class today and sharing your story! You are an inspiration and while the students seemed quiet, I actually think their heads were spinning. You hit on several topics to get them thinking. “

I left the class with one final thought that I share with you:

“I want the freedom for the full expression of my personality”

-Mahatma Gandhi

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BEFORE & AFTER: LET’S FACE IT-MAKEUP GOES A LONG WAY

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BEFORE & AFTER: LET’S FACE IT-MAKEUP GOES A LONG WAY

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BEFORE:
PREPS
SAM ON THE SCENE

BEFORE: 

I am all about the before and after. This time it is me! This is my before. This is how I look on most days, especially following three straight of burning the midnight oil. I am working hard lately to grow my business. When it comes to operating your own business, days and night go into the “before.” How do you impact growth? How much of what you are doing adds to the bottom line?

 

Winston Churchill once said,  “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”  A successful business has give and get. Victoria De La Rios and her team at http://www.mymakeupartistvictoria.com, is helping me here. Both of us donating time and energy to the 8th Annual Taste of Hope, benefitting the American Cancer Society. It is held every year at 82Mercer.

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IT TAKES AN ARMY
HAIR & MAKEUP TAG TEAM

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AFTER:
FINISHING TOUCHES

AFTER:

It is amazing how you can start the day off one way and with a little help, hair and makeup, transform into something entirely different.

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AFTER
READY FOR THE WORLD

Taste of Hope is the American Cancer Society’s signature culinary, wine and spirits event featuring some New York’s most popular chefs, restaurants and beverage vendors. Here’s a freeze frame  from the quick interview with Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster and Food Network Fame.

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I watched him touch the heart of a cancer patient. It took her a good deal of strength to walkover and talk to him.

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I asked her about the experience. When I get the video together #neednewintern #rockethub I promise to share  her inspiring story with all you.

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In the end we celebrated more then Taste Of Hope. It was the American Cancer Society’s 100th Birthday. We closed on a strong note. When I close, you can expect a sell. This one is a pull on the purse strings for the American Cancer Society. Money raised on this night go to the goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Together we save lives and create a world with more birthday’s.

 

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If you got this far and wonder about my need for an intern. That still exists! For more information on our blog, you can check out the website, tigerlilygreenwich.com.

 

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

Dr.Suess

BEFORE & AFTER:  ONE DOOR SHUTS & ANOTHER OPENS

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TIGER LILY’S
OLD SCHOOL
241 East Putnam Ave

BEFORE:

BK, my amazing, high-octane momma started Tiger Lily’s on 404 West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich. The picture above is the second stop on the road 241 East Putnam Avenue. I love this picture. B, living her dream. There is a long story that gets her to this point that is deep, refreshing, inspiring and  full of all the life-struggles that make best-sellers sell. Through it all she’s remained determined, optimistic, creative energetic and open to all types of new growth. One day we will open to the door to that story.. for now we open it to the Old TL.

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INSIDE
241 EAST PUTNAM

241 East Putnam was a menagerie of chair frames, fabrics and books.  It was old school, classic grab a fabric and go!

AFTER:

I am honored to share the after with the help of WAG Magazine. Journalist Mary Shustack spent a few days getting to know me and the vision I have that started with my family to grow my brand.

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AFTER:
NEW SCHOOL
154 Prospect Street

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http://www.wagmag.com/a-singular-style/

If you read the fine lines it gives you a true sense of what we are all about. I have love and gratitude for the magazine who helped in sharing my dreams. Perhaps it will invite more people to open our 154 Prospect Street door.

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INSIDE
154 Prospect Street
WELCOME

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls”

Joseph Campbell

BEFORE & AFTER:  ONE DOOR SHUTS & ANOTHER OPENS

BEFORE & AFTER: NEW PEEPS IN MY POSSE

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YOU DON’T WANT’EM DRAKE?
GIVE THEM TO ME!
#newfriends

BEFORE & AFTER: NEW PEEPS IN MY POSSE

Drake doesn’t want them, but I do.  I am proud to profess, I have new peeps in my posse 🙂

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LAURA BEHIND THE SCENES
TALK TO THE HAND
KEEP TWEETING

Laura gave me the inside on Drake. I can’t take credit. Ask me about music and I am bound to tell you #bobmarley #onelove or that I loved the music from Broadway’s “Book Of Mormon..” I love the show and the thumbs up for gays. I give thumbs up, they give me ruby slippers. More on that later but  if you’ve seen it, you might agree Laura’s giving the Hasa Diga Eobowai here. She apparently doesn’t want anymore peeps herself spent the morning trying to raise our numbers. The limit for the day is 1,000.  I am 52 twitters strong @talktigerlilys. Follow me friends clearly I need more.

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FOLLOW & TWEET ME
@talktigerlilys
http://twitter.com/talktigerlilys

Here’s some interesting facts: I found this on the website expandedramblings.com:

Arguably to get to the land of #beliebers I have some distance to cover. I return back to the yellow brick road and the friends I met along the way and one that is a new twitter friend and overall blog fan. Enter Susan Jensen Smith @yourhomebetter. She recently shared my story:

http://yourhomeonlybetter.com/the-wizard-of-art-and-upcycling/

The blog is called the “Wizard-of-Art and Upcycling. I am not sure I could say it any better myself. This does after all have to do with my Wizard of Oz booth. Here goes nothing…

BEFORE

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BEFORE
SOFA IN SAD SHAPE
BOUGHT ON THE CHEAP $35.00

Here’s the sofa. It was bought on the cheap. I love to give to charity. That ‘s what this project was about. Design On A Dime for Housing Works. Everything I put into the booth raised money for the cause. I had to be resourceful. The upholstery we do in our custom workroom, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com, is artisan in nature. It can be pricey and here I had  to save a buck. To cut the cost, I literally cut out the back.

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CUT THE COST
CUT THE BACK

 Once the back was out, the sofa became a day-bed. Less fabric, less labor and less out of pocket for me. We upholstered the daybed in Robert Allen’s Tularosa in Stirling.

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AFTER:
DYNAMO DAYBED

The Dynamo Daybed debuted in my Wizard of Oz booth. The new Queens in my posse loved it. It got two ruby slipper’s up.

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IF THE SHOE FITS
ROCK IT

I generally finish my blog with a sell. I can’t sell the daybed. It sold.  I can pitch ny new friends,  Second Shout Out. Find some of my favorite “afters,” vintage finds and one-of-a-kind pieces at their website http://www.secondshoutout.com. A portion of the proceeds if you by my goods, go directly to me or pays Laura’s salary. Support our cause! Buy.

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SECOND SHOUT OUT SELL
http://www.secondshoutout.com

 

To all my new friends, peeps in my posse, thank you for sharing in this journey with me…If the shoe fits rock it! Thank you all for continued support. I am overwhelmed with gratitude.

 

“Live for yourself and you will live in vain;
Live for others, and you will live again.”
― Bob Marley