Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Images via ~ Design Is Mine (plant), Crow's Nest Trading Co. (boots), We Heart It (outdoor table), From Moon to Moon (peeling walls), Home Design Interior (dining room), Simple Everyday Glamour (doors).

Monday, June 13, 2011


Okay, okay, I know I do not live at the beach anymore and these outdoor curtains look pretty beachy. Right? But, still I WANT them! We just painted some adirondack chairs {photos to come later} for our patio and striped drapes would look fan-tas-tic with them! AND they used umbrella fabric that was only $1.00 per yard! 

Friday, May 13, 2011


Can you believe how gorgeous cakes are today? The bar has definitely been raised since I got married 11 years ago! Wow! I still lean towards elegant, classic and simple though. All of these cakes would be lovely at any special event...I will have to celebrate something! Maybe my 40th birthday (double ugh) next year!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


What a fantastic idea this is! Love the idea of cutting up a large map (or any image for that matter) and framing it as separate pieces.

image source unknown

Friday, May 6, 2011


Vintage travel trailers are everywhere I look these days. And refurbishing them is all the rage! So of course, now I want one too! I love camping, but I'm not much of a tent girl. One of these little gems would be great for an outing with the family and I am fairly confident you can get one pretty inexpensively. Happy camping!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Starfish Sunset, Cannon Beach, Oregon

photo via sunsurfer

Saturday, April 30, 2011


I am such a fan of reclaimed anything and it was always at the root of my inspiration when buying for my store. This headboard is so simple, yet so rustic & elegant...a hard combination to pull off! I just wish I had another bedroom so I could make one!?!?

photo via House Tweaking

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Oh, you creative people!!!! Why can't I come up with these clever ideas? Talented textile designer, Angella Eisman, makes these lovely little pillows out of recycled sweaters. Her scarves are beautiful as well. Check out her shop--The Funky Boutique--for all her amazing products!

photo via Angella Eisman Designs

Sunday, April 17, 2011


What a great idea for using mismatched dishes you may already have, and if not, you have an excuse to do some vintage shopping! It is a lovely way to keep your jewelry organized and easy to access. Another creative idea from Martha Stewart! She also suggests using felt or velvet to keep the vessels from moving around.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Our Story

The beginning ~

Five months pregnant, with an Air Force Husband overseas at the beginning of the Iraq War, I thought it was the perfect time to open a business!?! Not sure what I was thinking but I have never regretted my decision once. Owning my own store was a dream that I had written down in my Senior Book and I was lucky enough to see it come to fruition. I was a little off on the marrying an Australian boy prediction...he is British though! So I did pretty well! I digress.

Our happiness soon turned to devastation as we lost that little boy--Liam--I was pregnant with at full-term on May 16, 2003, due to an umbilical cord accident as I went into labor. Some of you have been my customers since the beginning and watched me go through an incredibly awful ordeal. Many of you were all too familiar with the pain I was going through and some came in just to tell me I wasn't alone, and your stories and your kind words helped get me through it all and have stuck with me to this day. I have met some incredible people along the way...I feel truly blessed to have met each and every one of you.

But of course the journey doesn't end there. The store helped me get through that awful period in my life and still does. I went on to have two incredibly beautiful and sweet children, 6-year-old Drew & 14-month-old Sophie. They have often been at the shop with me and are asked about time and time again. Not only have you watched my business grow, but also my children, and I yours.

The "end" ~

I hate to even use that word, because it's not the end...I feel it's only the beginning of another chapter. So fast forward 8 years to the present. I opened my shop mainly to have the freedom to follow my dreams AND to raise my children as I wanted...very near me. I have loved everything about this little shop. Loved coming to work each day, loved opening every single box that was delivered, and most of all loved meeting YOU and helping you find the perfect gift or piece of furniture. And being in a tourist town allowed me to meet people from all over the world, what a pleasure, truly.

With the slowing economy, came the struggles and worries of everyone. And of course it impacted my decision to close my doors. But most of all, we were focused on having the very best for our family and our children and we have made the decision to move! We made a list of our top choices of states and luckily enough, we get to move to one of our top picks. Gorgeous Colorado! My Husband was offered a fantastic job and we decided now is the time to move on; this is the direction we need to go.

SO...although it is incredibly sad to leave my shop behind, I am excited to my core to be able to start on a new adventure. And as I have said many times, this is NOT the end for Not Too Shabby. I am exploring many different options, and will carry on in some way. Whether it be another store front, an online shop or attending antique shows I do not know. I would be honored to get your advice or opinions, so e-mail me if you would like at: NotTooShabbyStyle@yahoo.com. I thank you a million times over for your patronage, your friendship, and the devotion you showed me and Not Too Shabby over the years! Thank you! 

Please continue to follow our journey...
~ Not Too Shabby (store blog)
~ A Not Too Shabby Life (personal blog)
~ Not Too Shabby on Facebook

Not Too Shabby Is Closing

Dear customers & friends,

Not Too Shabby is announcing that after 8 amazing years we are closing our Myrtle Beach store as of January 30th. BUT we are continuing on in some form, in some capacity...we just have to figure out the details!  

We will share the reasons and our personal story in a separate post, but for now here are the details regarding the sale:

Starting on January 15th, nearly everything in the store will be 25% off and discounts will increase over time! But don't wait, because what you want might already be gone.

• Console Tables • Bookcases • Coffee Tables • Bath & Body • Jewelry • Stationery • Gifts • China Cabinets • Pajamas • Store Fixtures • Wall Decor • Signs • Lighting • End Tables • Artwork • Accessories • Frames • Candles • Double-Stack Hutch • Office Equipment • Armoires • Baby Gifts & Decor • Soaps • Cabinets...and much, much more

~ All sales are final.
~ All furniture must be removed no later than January 30th.
~ Any store credit, gift cards, or exchanges will be voided after January 30th.

Please continue to read our blog and follow along with us on our journey on our Facebook page. Please remember we are not going away, just closing our doors in Myrtle Beach.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your patronage over the years and most of all the friendships formed because of this little store. And we will see you again!

Lisa & Danny Britson, Owners
& our two smallest associates, Drew & Sophie


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