My Cup Runneth Over

July 18, 2011 at 9:49 AM 7 comments

As I mentioned, it was my birthday recently.  One of the great things about birthdays is pressies!  Don’t I sound spoiled?  But, well, it’s true.  This year was a stellar year in the decor and fashion department for my birthday and I thought I’d share how loved ones helped to gussy up my home and wardrobe.

The hugest thank you goes to my MIL, Glynnis, for actually MAKING me a superb pillow.  Not only did she sew, she also needlepointed!  It’s the most beautiful pillow…


The only issue is now that I get to keep her amazing crafting talent, I may come begging back for more. 🙂

Not only did Glynnis make me this but she and my FIL, Brian, also got me the cutest pair of dog bookends.

It’s a doggy dog world out there and I’m thrilled my collection continues to grow. (For the record, I do realize the proper saying is “a dog eat dog world out there”).

I titled this post: “My Cup Runneth Over” because of all the fabulous gifts but this next one is really where the heart of the title came from.  Thanks to my brother and SIL, Bridget, for my first plant.

I really love the stars on the Italian tea cup and to add in a cactus is just genius to me.

This next gift, I found myself in a tiny antique store and asked my mom if she would go for it for my birthday.  I actually purchased it about four months ago, before I knew we could not switch out the lighting in our apartment…

It’s a Capiz shell pendant light and it looks even more beautiful hung and lit up.  A similar light made an appearance in this month’s, Lonny Mag:

This photo was taken in Nate Burkus Associates office; I’ll admit I let out a squeal when I saw the light in the photo.

And last, but def. not least, because birthdays can’t be all about decor, Graham got me a gorgeous dress for the wedding in Alaska.  He also got me a new pair of jeans.  Okay, okay, so I picked both out and let him know he got me gifts.


(The dress pictured above after the after wedding party).  Graham then wanted to surprise me and got me a gift certificate to one of my favorite local stores: Eel and Ermine.  If you’re local, check them out!  They have beautiful bespoke clothing and the shop owners are so nice!

My cup runneth over this year!  I’m so happy my apartment and wardrobe are now styling.   A huge thank you to those who celebrated my birthday with me on the day, before and after.  They made turning 31 a cinch.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Shannon  |  July 18, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Such a cute post! Loving all your new goodies, the bookends are just the cutest things ever.

    • 2. katecollinsinteriors  |  July 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM

      Thank you!! I love the bookends as well :); their spots are so cute.

  • 3. Katie  |  July 18, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Love your new presents!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Especially your dress!!!!!!

    • 4. katecollinsinteriors  |  July 18, 2011 at 1:00 PM

      Thank you!! The dress is Karen Millen and you can wear it a couple of different ways which is always fun.

  • 5. Glynnis  |  July 18, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Love the dress, favourite DIL!

  • 6. Alexis  |  July 18, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    I’m drooling over those bookends, I’m definitely going to have to find me a pair now!

  • 7. Joe  |  July 19, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    I like where the cup ended up. For interested readers, it came from Nathan and Co in Oakland on Piedmont Ave. I’m glad you like it, Kate.


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