St Jude Dream Home, Yay!

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was asked to decorate a room in the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

I decorated the guest room. Some of you may recognize items from Chao Camp. Another fun fact: all of the plants/flowers I used for styling came from my parents' house, which is located within walking distance of the St. Jude house.

Some awesome shops that donated items include Fabulous Fabric (curtains, curtain rod), CoCo's (bedding, green lamps, orange throw), Woodstock (bed, bedding), Traditions on Trenton (bedside tables, jar with spools, Black Forest antlers), and Paul Michael (cowhide rug, log side table). Wire chair, kilim pillows, Meredith Pardue painting, table accessories, interior, prop, and floral styling courtesy of AB Chao Interiors.

Here is some more information about the contest and the house:

The St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway is a chance to help the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Each $100 ticket represents an opportunity to win the beautiful house with an estimated value of $330,000. The house is located in the Belle Point subdivision in Monroe, Louisiana. The house was built by BRACO Construction.

The winner of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway will be drawn on KARD FOX 14 on Sunday, July 15, 2012, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Visit the St. Jude Dream Home house June 9 – July 8, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. The house will also be open July 9 – 14 daily from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sign up free at any open house to win the Open House Prize: A $2,500 Visa gift card!


Your Tuesday Father's Day Photo

I'm a little late. Nonetheless, Happy Father's Day to Vince Chao, the MOTHER of all daddies. (Hee.)

As I am officially back from vacation, I'll return to posting actual content this week. I have a lot to share! Excitement. Please read that in a French accent.


Notes: Still at the Beach Edition

This is basically my favorite picture that has ever happened: my child driving a kayak, with Hank following along behind her like a bodyguard. (And the tennis ball. Never forget the tennis ball.)

In camp news, if you have written me about the Austin intern position and I haven't responded, it is not because I don't love you -- it is because I am on vacation and am kind of distracted by things like the above. I will be in contact next week! Please be patient with me during this difficult time.

OK, now I have to go cut a three year-old's hair in the bar. Don't ask; just accept it.


Your Friday Beach Picture: Hank Chao Edition


Hank overcame his fear of the water today with the help of a Lab friend he made, and a frisbee. And now he is so tired he cannot even stand up.


Your Thursday Headless Picture


I fell into the water seconds -- SECONDS -- after this was shot. Perdido Bay, you scamp!