Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Southern Spotlight: Southern Charm McDonough

In the latest installment of Southern Spotlight, I want to introduce you to Yasna Grainger. Yasna is a woman about town and is involved in many civic initiatives in McDonough as well as Henry County. She is a small business owner, community advocate as well as a busy wife and mom. 

Her energy and personality are addictive as is her positive outlook on life in general. I hope you can see Yasna's personality shine through in this blog post. She is a powerhouse in Henry County and I'm honored to share her story on The House of Q's. 

Let's get started with the interview...

The House of Qs: Describe yourself in five words.

YG: A thrifty DIY kinda girl!

The House of Qs: Describe your typical day.

YG: I call it the Success Plan: Wake up early! Devotion, coffee, exercise, and a to-do list!

The House of Qs: How do you keep your life in balance?

YG: It took me a while to realize that I didn’t need just a monthly calendar in my life, I needed a journal/planner with hourly slots.  Keeps me in check for the next day’s to-do list.  No more excuses for forgetting to take something out of the freezer for dinner.  Everything goes in the planner, from daily goals, chores, what needs to be painted, and what to make for dinner for the week.   Everyone has 24 hours in a day, it’s how you maximize those hours!

The House of Qs: You own a very successful small business in McDonough, GA. Tell me and (my readers) about your business.

YG: The Southern Charm-McDonough booth is located inside of the historic Planters Walk Antique Mall by the McDonough Square.  The booth was inspired by a fun passion and hobby between my friend Christy Lejeune, and myself.

Southern Charm- McDonough  co-owners, Yasna and Christy. 

Note:  As a shopper and DIYer, I love the Southern Charm- McDonough booth! I drag my husband to the Planters Walk Antique Mall whenever possible to take a look around. We always bring something home that we "need" and it's a fun place to browse and shop. I love finding treasures like these vintage Pyrex bowls. Yasna has a great eye and fills her booth with unique items. 

My booth partner, and I, share the love and appreciation for vintage home decor.  Our style is an eclectic mix of new, old and hand-made. The items that we add to our booth are items that we would personally enjoy in our homes. So, we have to absolutely love the items before it enters our home or booth.  That’s our #1 rule.

YG: We are also both big Do-it-Yourselfers, so we enjoy hand-crafting signs, wreaths, and refurbishing furniture.  We love to give new life to old pieces by making them beautiful again. 

Here's a few examples of the pieces created by Yasna or her business partner, Christie... 

Note: I drag my husband to Planters Walk every chance I get. We always leave with an armful of items that we "need". Yasna has a great eye and stocks her booth with things like these vintage Pyrex bowls. On my next visit, I may have to "need" these bowls :) 


The House of Qs: What advice would you give to a woman who is interested in starting her own small business?

YG: To get out of your comfort zone, and do the impossible!

The House of Qs: How did you discover your passion (if you have discovered it)?

YG: I believe we all have a passion for one thing or another, but we sometimes don’t know how to execute them. If you sit down and make a list of all things that you love and enjoy, you will realize that you have loved and enjoyed all of those same things your whole entire life.  Think about it! 

So, you need to go beyond the list of your favorite things, and see how you can channel your passions.  Seeing beyond the horizon is what helps you make your passions come to life. 

Fortunately, through Southern Charm, I have been able to bring more light to the two charities that I created years ago, Warm & Toasty and the #cerealboxchallenge. I am forever indebted to a community that has supported our booth and my two favorite charities.  I have said this many times before, but Henry County is the most giving county ever! True story!


The House of Qs: What is your favorite holiday? Why?

YG: Oh boy, I’m a sucker for all holidays. I think the holidays from October-December are a given on how much I love them.  But, there’s something about the red, white & blue in July that fills me up with pride.  Being born in Chile to a Chilean mother, and Taiwanese father, and coming to the states at the age of five, my father instilled the love of the United States in me. I was taught to love and respect our new country, and most importantly, to be thankful to our service men and women. I LOVE the Fourth of July!


To learn more about Yasna and her business, Southern Charm- McDonough, please click on the links below. If you happen to be a local and visit her booth inside Planters Walk Antique Mall, be sure to sign the guest book! 

Contact Information:

Social Media

·         Instagram: southerncharm_mcdonough

·         Facebook: SouthernCharmMcDonough

·         Pinterest: SouthernCharmMc

·         Email:

Physical Address (brick and mortar location):

Southern Charm- McDonough is located inside of Planters Walk Antique Mall near the McDonough Square. 

42 Keys Ferry Street, McDonough, GA  30253


From my home to yours, 

CEO- The House of Q’s
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Jade & Zac's Fairy Tale Wedding Part 2 of 2

Part 2 of 2

On to the reception! You can see Part 1 of this series here. After we had all cried our eyes out, had been surprised by a horse-drawn carriage that brought the bride and her dad to the wedding aisle, it was time to relax, unwind and let loose. Guests made great use of the on-site cotton candy machine, Polaroid cameras as well as a variety of adult and non-alcoholic beverages. 

You can see a few wedding party pictures are below. Please keep in mind that these pictures were taken by me or other guests at the wedding. THESE ARE NOT THE PROFESSIONAL PICTURES. Professional pictures were taken by Heather Lauren Photography. I will share those pictures on the blog when they are available. 

After pictures were finished, the wedding party and the bride and groom joined the reception.

Guests found assigned tables by locating his/her name on the mirror below. Please forgive the odd angle and not being able to fully read the words (my iPhone can only do so much!) :) 

The mirror says "Welcome to Our Forever".  Under each table number, a list of guests were written in in a gorgeous, light green. 

Each reception table seated six guests and was assigned a number as well as a Disney character. 

Each woman who attended the reception had a decorated (and extremely useful) lace fan to help keep the vapors away. There were large electric fans on either side of the tent as well
 that helped with keeping guests cool. 

Each guest was also given a small, personalized keep sake to remember the day. Inside the small jar is local sand, a baby turtle coming out of it's shell/nest, sea shells, etc. The reason for the amber lighting in the tent is to help the nesting sea turtles stay on their path to the ocean when they hatch. Baby sea turtles hatch at night and find their way to the ocean so bright lights can't be used during evening activities and events along the shoreline.  Both conservation and preservation are at the forefront for Siesta Key and surrounding beaches.

When guests discovered that tables had a Disney character "assigned" it was another sweet surprise. Everyone wanted to know which table had which character and started to mingle with other guests again. :) 


Without question, the bride and groom's table had the Disney characters Minnie and Mickey!  

Here is a short video showing the reception as guests are eating and mingling.  


How about this cake? I loved it so much! The fondant had a pearl sheen and every layer seemed to sparkle and shine. 

 Me and my sweet niece at the reception. 

Me and my sweet, handsome nephew, Baley. 

Father of the bride, Chris. 

This photo is property and courtesy of Deb Aubin. 

The groom, Zac and Jade's aunt, Debi.  

This photo is property and courtesy of Deb Aubin

Father of the bride, Chris and groom, Zac. 

This photo is property and courtesy of Deb Aubin

Aunt Debi with Baley (brother of the bride).

This photo is property and courtesy of Deb Aubin

This crazy guy is the groom's dad, Ray. Ray and I went to school together I could have never imagined all these years ago that our lives would be intertwined in such a sweet way. Jade and Zac
 are wonderful kids. 

Photo is property and courtesy of Martha Goodman

Here are a few videos of the first dance and the father/daughter dance. "At Last" by Etta James was played during the first dance and "She's Got a Way" by Billy Joel was played during the father/daughter dance. Again, tears streamed down my face. 

First Dance

Father/Daughter Dance

I hope you have enjoyed this recap of Jade and Zac's special day. The couple are currently honeymooning in The Bahamas and will end their honeymoon at Disney World.

Please feel free to leave your questions and comments below. I would love to hear from you!

With warmth and love,

CEO- The House of Q’s
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