Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy "20th" Birthday, Dad!

Today is a tremendous milestone for my family. 
It marks the 20th anniversary of my dad's organ transplant. 

On August 25, 1994 my dad received a successful liver donation from a sixteen year old teenager who had been killed in a car accident.  It was because of that family's unselfish generosity that we have been able to enjoy 20 more healthy and happy years with my dad. 

Kurby's Wedding 2004

The transplant literally provided him with a second chance at life.  My dad walked his children down the aisle at two weddings.  He became 'Grandpa Dewey' to four grandchildren.  He retired as a seasoned Colonel in the army; established a second career with the American Red Cross and now enjoys retirement at our local hardware store.  And, this summer, he celebrated 45 years of marriage to my mom. 

Christmas, 2011 with Vivster

Happy 45th Wedding Anniversary, 2014

The benefits of organ donation are endless.  Not just for my family but for thousands of others. 

Last year alone, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible. Another one million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment and vision loss.

Every 10 minutes, a new person is added to a donor waiting list.

On average, 80 people a day receive a transplant; but 18 die because the lack of eligible donors. 

Unfortunately, the gap between donors and recipients continues to widen.  (For example, in 2013, there were 121,272 people on the wait list and only 28,954 transplants).

I don't usually use Vivid Hue Home as a place for PSA's, but each year on the anniversary of my dad's transplant, I take the opportunity to share these important statistics.  I can't imagine how different my life would have been these last few decades without my dad.  And luckily, because of that one family's act to help save lives through organ donation, I don't have to!

Please consider being a donor if you aren't already.  You can register here in your specific state. 

(All statistics quoted in this post are from the US Department of Health and Human Services Organ Donor site here). 

#organ #organtransplant #organdonation #organdonor #donateorgans #savelives

Monday, July 28, 2014

Rehoboth's R Squared Designs

 Earlier this week I introduced you to J. Conn Scott Showhouse along the trendy Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth, Delaware.  Today, I'm sharing another favorite stopping ground along the avenue, R Squared Designs. 

Courtesy of Vivid Hue Home

R Squared Designs debuted along Baltimore Avenue this spring, 2014.  It's officially located at 39 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  302.212.2703.   It's the brainchild of Rex Rogosch and partner Wayne Knaub.    Rex was at the store when I stopped in last week.  (What a cutie).  He was wearing one of his trademark bow-ties, a style he's become known for over the last several years.  Rex has been in the interior design business for over 20 years and opened R Squared Designs as an avenue to really showcase his talent. 

Courtesy of R Squared Design Facebook

The shop was filled with wonderfully modern home d├ęcor accessories.  I was drawn to the cow-hide serving tray and marble wine chiller.  The furniture offered sleek lines and clean details. 

Courtesy of Vivid Hue Home

Courtesy of R Squared Design Facebook

Courtesy of R Squared Design Facebook

Courtesy of R Squared Design Facebook
Courtesy of R Squared Design Facebook

Courtesy of R Squared Design Facebook
 Rex custom designed this unique topiary chandelier.  Birds are another theme in his designs and this would make a fun statement in a sitting room!


The store was creative and inviting.  It should definitely be a stop on your shopping tour along Baltimore Avenue.  You never know when they'll be serving up a little champagne.   

Courtesy of R Squared Design Facebook

Look for the red "R" sign out front and Rex in a bowtie inside.  If you do stop by, tell him Vivid Hue Home sent you! 

 Enjoy your stroll along these fabulous home design shops.  You'll find serious eye candy! 
Visit R Squared Designs here:
Facebook:  R Squared Design

Friday, July 25, 2014

Visit Rehoboth's Trendy Baltimore Ave: J.Conn Scott Showhouse

As a reformed Army-brat, I call Northern Virginia my "childhood home" simply because we lived there for ten straight years in my youth.  My dad kept getting reassigned  to the Pentagon so my family was fortunate enough not to have to relocate.  During our summers, we would venture off to the Delaware beaches which are very popular for DC area residents.  Bethany, Dewey, Rehoboth.   We would spend literally weeks at a time making the trek back and forth. 

My dad is now a retired Army Colonel and still lives in McLean with my mom.  (Recall stories about my mama here).  They still head to Rehoboth multiple times each summer. 

Last week, I decided to join them and relive some of my childhood memories of Rehoboth.  With my mom (now 'mor-mor'), Dad (now 'Grandpa Dewey') and kids in tow, we set forth for a few days of adventure at the beach.   

There are many things I love about this area...but in recent years, one of my most favorite pastimes is visiting the numerous home furnishing stores that have opened up along Baltimore Avenue.  They are surprisingly high-end, very fashionable and extremely well represented in design! 

One is called J. Conn Scott "Showhouse."  Located at 27 Baltimore Ave.  Tel. 302-227 3780.
J. Conn Scott "Showhouse" displays high end furnishings from designers such as Drexel, Hickory Chair, Vanguard, Curry & Company, Bungalow 5, Lee Industries, Lily Pulitzer, Company C and more. 

Each room in the store showcases a different look and the owners swap out the entire look of the rooms on a regular basis. 

They also offer unique lighting and accessories and the perfect gift items. 

Currey & Company Sconce


This picture is blurry, but I loved the floor in the "Lily Pulitzer" room...
patch worked from Lily fabrics. 

It's a fun shop to peruse through.  It's very likely that no two visits will be alike!  I'd highly recommend stopping by if you find yourself in Rehoboth.  Check back soon for tours through some of my other favorite home stores in Rehoboth, like R Squared Designs

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