4.28.2017

Crafted Cocktail Series ~ Sea Island Punch


Happy Friday to all my palm loving friends.  I am back today in part two of a four part crafted cocktail series with my favorite vodka company, Cathead Vodka.  Last week I shared my afternoon of girl time and cocktails with my darling friend Emily and today I am here to share a bit of our time in Sea Island earlier this month.  

We had the pleasure of spending a week in Sea Island for Spring Break and to say it was magical might be the understatement of the year.  We spent a week relaxing, refreshing and soaking up some series family time.  Our days with filled with morning walks on the beach, long chats over shell collecting, lazy lunches and afternoons of bike rides and reading on the beach and wonderful evenings of watching the sun set lounging at the pool.  It may be our family's favorite vacation.  



One of the days we gathered around the pool at just before five to begin our late afternoon appointment with a picturesque sunset.  I had mixed up a batch of Sea Island Punch and we all sat and played cards waiting for the evening to begin.  One of my favorite juices is a batch I purchase locally and consists of a mixture of orange and ginger among other flavors.  There is something about it that just refreshes me and gives me the feeling that I have just spent a short time at the spa.  I used this combination to create a punch that the kids could enjoy and adults could drink spiked.  I love these recipes, a complete win, win for all. 


Since the weather in early spring can be chilly in the evenings I wore one of my favorite caftans along with my new favorite hat to block the sun from my eyes while we hung out.  Can I please wear this darling hat from Dear Keaton every day?



I love to use a tray to carry out drinks for happy hour and this white one was perfect.  Since we planned on being outside for a while the tray was perfect to hold extra punch and it was ideal for carrying everything back to the house when we were ready to end our time outside.  The handles were important to help me carry a full load and not spill any of the important things. 


If you have never drank from a brass pineapple tumbler you must add it to your list immediately.  The metal is perfect for keeping drinks cold and who doesn't love a pineapple.  Most of the ones I own are vintage but these I found at Target were just darling and I knew we would use them for many occasions. Aren't they just amazing?


We had such a fun evening watching the sunset and chatting about our days away.  I asked the kids to share their favorite activity and as usual they both had a different take on things.  Our daughter loved our bike rides to the beach and our son loved hunting for amazing shells.  I love that our children view life so differently, it makes it so much fun. 



The Sea Island Punch recipe was created with my favorite vodka and some fabulous fresh ingredients. I always use Cathead Vodka when I want a vodka based cocktail.  This Jackon, Mississippi distillery creates the most delicious vodka with their three flavors.  For this recipe I used the honeysuckle variety which paired perfectly with the orange juice and ginger flavors.  I find these delicious vodka pairs well with so many things. 

Here is the recipe for this delicious cocktail.  Don't forget to start with Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka ~

Sea Island Punch 

1 bottle of Simply Orange orange juice 
16 oz Belvoir Ginger Beer 
1 oz Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka

Mix together in a glass pitcher for a mix crowd and add vodka for the adults
Garnish with fresh mint


I had to share the sunset that night since it was the reason for our quality time and wonderful evening. For me there is no sunset quite like one on the coast, it just seems even more magical.  

Chin, chin to the best day of the week and quality time with your favorite people!

4.27.2017

One Room Challenge ~ Spring 2017 (Week 4)


It's week 4 of the One Room Challenge designed by Linda of Calling It Home and sponsored by House Beautiful Magazine.  This is the part where I am wondering why I have done this to myself once again. Why oh why did I sign up to be stressed, exhausted, overworked and feeling like I will never finish this rather small space in our home.  That was my thought almost every single minute of yesterday, thankfully the day is over and I am once again feeling more upbeat.  Little Bit came home from school and squealed at the progress in the bathroom and I remembered why I took on another six week challenge.

4.26.2017

Introducing Steve McKenzie ...


I had the amazing pleasure of meeting Steve and his lovely wife Jill a few years ago at an industry event.  I don't recall which event it was, I just remember thinking how kind they both were and how much they seemed to adore working together.

Jill and Steve McKenzie own Steve McKenzies in West Midtown Atlanta. If you visit the store you will feel an incredible old world collected feel about it with the perfect blend of the lines they carry mixed in with Steve’s art and textiles. You can pick up amazing blue and white porcelain, fabulous fabrics and wallpapers from fellow industry artists, incredible china, design books and amazing gifts, and of course, all of Steve’s creations.  While you are there make sure you meet their adorable rescue pup Duke.


Over the past few years I would run into them at markets and events but we never had a true chance to sit and chat, it was simply one mingle event after another. I always left feeling the same way, such kind and talented people and a duo I needed to know more about.


Fast forward to this February at The Southern C Summit where I found myself seated next to Steve at dinner. I had the absolute honor to chat with Steve for more than an hour where we conversed about our businesses, our lives and the journey along the way. I was immediately smitten with his southern charm and his incredible passion for art. I knew I wanted to know more about Steve “the artist” and “the McKenzies” as shop owners and business partners and how it all fit together.



I interviewed Steve for my series with The Southern C which you can read here.  You will fall in love with him, the shop and his incredible talent. 

Happy Wednesday!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway for a $200 gift card to Waiting on Martha online boutique!

4.25.2017

Table Top Tuesday ... Pink, Green & Blue


Happy Tuesday!  Our weather is almost sunny today so I am already playing fabulous music on Spotify and kicking tail on my HUGE to do list.  These One Room Challenge's kill me softly.  Please pray the weather in North Carolina holds and my friend Thomas Ard can travel here safely in the morning.  I can't wait to see his magic come to life!

4.24.2017

Mother's Day with Waiting on Martha


Happy Monday!  It is rainy and cold here so I am drinking coffee on repeat and working on my master to do list. I have already added fresh flowers to the house to add some color on this grey day. Since I am in the thick of another One Room Challenge I am sourcing fun art and happies for this bathroom and bedroom refresh like it is my full time job.  I have found some darling things and even picked out a few from my darling friend Mandy's online boutique.  I love shopping from friends, it is like having a tiny piece of them in our home.

How fun, right?

I found such fun things for Little Bit's space and now just need to narrow it down to a few happies. I definitely can't make her space look like she is hoarding.  That would be wrong, right?  But just look at all these goodies ...



Time to start making some serious decisions!!

While I was shopping at Waiting on Martha I found so many fabulous things I need to share.  Since Mother's Day is literally around the corner I figured you needed some gift ideas just like I did for my sweet little peeps.  I don't know about your people but mine ask for a list.  It makes it so much easier for all parties involved and then they get creative with their homemade cards and plans for the day.  I call that a win, win for all!



I definitely have a theme for my wish list, but I kind of always do.  It may in fact be the theme for my life; lots of relaxing, a cute pair of earrings, a new candle and some fun entertaining items.  Yep, not much of a shocker with that list. But it definitely isn't broken so I won't be fixing it!

I have such fun news for this Monday!!  I have partnered with the darling team at Waiting on Martha to give one lucky reader a $200 gift card which would make one lucky reader one happy camper. #canIenterplease??


Good luck and tell all your friends!

Happy Monday ... may it be short, sweet and super productive!!

4.21.2017

Crafted Cocktail Series ~ Amalfi Lemonade


I am beyond excited today to launch a four week Crafted Cocktail series I have been working on for quite some time.  I have four amazing posts to share with you to celebrate the best day of the week, Friday!  As a girl who loves all things entertaining this series is perfect for me and I have partnered with the most amazing people to bring it to life.

Chin chin to the best day of the week! 

4.20.2017

One Room Challenge ~ Spring 2017 (Week 3)


Well hello week 3, I feel like you snuck up on me from out of no where.  I have been so busy freaking out about all the details and all of the things I was sure would never come together that I barely noticed a whole week had passed by. As I was looking at the calendar on Tuesday I had a slight panic attack that I had literally made no changes in the space.  It was time to get my bum into gear and get working on the room.

I might be breathing into the paper bag already ... 

I am speaking of my One Room Challenge Jack & Jill bathroom and I will admit this one has been quite tricky.  It is a rather simple space but designing something that will work for a 12 year old girl and a 16 year old boy to share is not easy at all.  Life was so easy to design when they were little and no one really had any opinions about their bedrooms and bathrooms.  Now they have very large opinions and I feel very led to make sure they love their spaces.  Luckily for me our son doesn't really care about his bathroom or the space their share so I am just juggling her thoughts at the moment. 

To catch you up on the progress let's take a little look back at the reason this whole transformation began.  Our daughter changed rooms and moved down the hall and found herself sharing a bathroom with her middle brother. After moving in she came to me and said it was a "boy bathroom and what could we do about it?"  I checked out the space from her view and had to agree.  It was outdated and very boy which doesn't really work when you are a girl.  We definitely want her to feel comfortable in her new room and her bathroom so some changes needed to be made.  To read all the details thus far read about week 1 and week 2.


The initial plan has been expanded to include all the little details.  I had originally envisioned the same color for each of the sink sides and then I realized that wasn't going to work.  Our daughter's room is navy, green and pink and our son's room is chocolate and orange.  There wasn't a good color that would work for both of them.  I spent a little too long trying to figure out how to make it work.  With a baby blue ceiling for all three spaces I finally decided that both sink areas didn't need to match, they just needed to coordinate well.  That was a whole lot harder than it sounded, especially when Little Bit spotted a wallpaper she absolutely adored.  #yikes



I fell in love with the wallpaper just as she did but I couldn't make it work with the soon to be handpainted lattice pattern for the shower area.  I am a girl who loves pattern and isn't afraid to mix them but these two just didn't mix.  Hence the reason I spent two days working on the walls and trying to not freak out.  

In my freak out I managed to run around and get every other thing the room needed.  I am a girl who works well under pressure and since I was completely avoiding painting two rooms it was easy to make long to do lists and gather every other thing I needed.  I am not kidding one single bit.  I have every single thing for the room either at the house or on the way.  We are talking about mirrors, lighting, hardware, light bulbs, art, tile, towels ... literally every single thing including the soap for the soap dispensers.  I am really good at being busy when I am avoiding things. 

At the eleventh hour it occurred to me that I had a solution and its a good one!!

Jack & Jill Bathroom The Details

Since all the details were nailed down and I had literally done everything else I could no longer avoid painting.  It was time to get my shiz done. 






This is the area that greeted me yesterday.  Her side is a L shaped space heading into the shower area.  I cleaned out all of the stuff that was in the way and immediately got to painting.  I went to bed last night with the cabinets painted and one wall tackled.  



It is already a 100% better.  I am once again excited about this project.  And as a bonus that is a sneak peek of the shower curtain which is hanging in the new space.  

Checking in on the to do list ...

1. Add in crown molding to all three spaces. (next week)
2. Decide on tile. (done)
3. Paint vanities. (done)
4. Replace mirrors. (week 4)
5. Replace faucets. (week 4)
6. Replace lights. (week 4)
7. Paint all three spaces. (in progress)
8. Wallpaper. (week 4)
9. Replace chandelier in shower area. (ordered)
10. New shower curtain. (done)
11. New window treatments for shower and MHM side. (ordered)
12. Rugs for all three spaces. (in progress)
13. Artwork. (done)
14. Style.

I am so excited to share I have partnered with three amazing people to help finish Little Bit's room.  It needed a few extra details and some fluff in the hang out area and they are taking care of all of those details. How blessed are we?  Woven in Vintage is managing the rug decision (amazing selections), Megan Carn is helping me with the art (she is so darling) and Elizabeth from Wheaton Whaley Designs is managing the fluff.  I can't wait to share the whole room and the hang out area at the reveal.  These three small businesses are rocking my world!! #dreamteamforsure

Oh, and how could I forget.  I handed over the towels to the darling Cynthia at the Monogram Merchant. She jumped right in and asked some questions and then ran with it.  I love a girl who takes charge, especially one from my old stomping grounds.  #thankyou!!



Now to tackle the rest of the painting and get ready for TomTom's visit next week.  I can't wait to watch him work his magic with some lattice and a few palm details.  It is going to be epic!!

See you next Thursday ...

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Have an amazing Thursday, back to painting!!

4.18.2017

Introducing Creative Candles



As you know I am one who loves to set a table.  I have posted many photos of our tables both full views and snippets and one thing I never leave out are the candles.  In my opinion the candles almost make the table and should never be set without them.  They provide instant atmosphere and are sure to add incredible details to any table you set.

4.17.2017

Easter at The Minear House


Happy Monday! I hope your holiday was amazing.  We had such a fabulous weekend starting with an incredible Good Friday service on Friday and ending with giggles and endless games of War last night.  It was the best weekend, my favorite kind spent with family and the dearest of friends.

My heart is very full today!

I have some photos of our Easter table from this weekend to share with you along with a few details from our Sunday.  It was a relaxing day and the best kind for this mama.  We made a last minute decision to scrap the dining room for the deck since the weather was ideal for alfresco dining.  I left it set and I will make some changes and use it for Mother's Day.  I call that a complete win, win.














Like I said we decided about 11 am on Sunday to eat outside so we grabbed another set of dishes and made it work.  It was the perfect weather and though a few of us need sunglasses it was perfect otherwise.



And the food was fabulous!  We will be having leftovers tonight and I could not be more excited for all these amazing foods again.  And yes, that is a big helping of Banana Pudding which I gave up my no sugar rule to completely enjoy!


Cheers cup || Straws (Target dollar spot)


To get the day started we had a few appetizers, way too many peanut butter eggs and some super yummy Bloody Marys.  The kids had bottled cokes and Arnold Palmers and everyone sat around giggling and catching up.  It was so fun.


Cheers cup || Straws (Target dollar spot)

Are you familiar with Coton Colors Happy Everything pieces?  I am completely in love with all of my pieces and I love how easily you can change them all up to fit your everyday life.  This platter was perfect for yesterday to be able to serve our Bloody Marys and the canister was all dressed with the cute bunny attachment to let the kids know I had hidden some treats in here for them.


Not that it takes my people five whole minutes to figure out I have treats in the house.

I love how simple these pieces are from the Happy Everything collection and how easy they are to mix into our blue and white pieces and into the kitchen.  I love using them, but who wouldn't?

I hope your Sunday was fabulous but most of all I hope you experience the peace and love set aside for all of us with the ultimate sacrifice.  We are all incredibly blessed!

Happy Monday~


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