The Needlepoint Queen

Needlepoint has been around since the 15th century and has developed so much over the past 400 plus years.  From a learned "accomplishment" to a treasured gift for another the art has not lost its charm but in fact has only grown more popular.  With the help of Tory Burch, Jonathan Adler and antique auctions you can add some adorable pillows to your decor.  From Smathers & Branson you can purchase belts and key fobs and from Stubbs & Wooten you can snag amazing needlepoint loafers and darling bags.  Needlepoint has never been more popular!


Vacation Essentials

I have started to pack for our trip to the beach. We leave bright and early on Saturday for a week in Sea Island and we are all so excited.  A week away to relax, refresh and regroup ... is there anything better?

Let's get this week started!

I am a crazy packer.  I pack well in advance so the fact that I just started is alarming. I have lists galore for everything from the camera (old school for Lawyer) to daily snacks and every single thing in between.  We are renting a house so that makes our trip a lot easier, but I still like to have so many things from home.  Let's just say the words ... I am an over packer.

When it comes to vacation I spend more time packing stuff than I do clothes.  I am pretty simple when it comes to my outfits; shorts with pattern shirts for the days with either flip flops or converse and white jeans and simple tunics for the nights with my gold Jack Rogers. Since we are heading to the beach and the pool I have pulled a few swim suits and a variety of tunics to wear over.  My goal is to completely relax, so my hair will be up on top of my head 90% of the time and I will fancy it up with a scarf for the evenings.  It is time to truly take a vacation!!

Follow along on Instastories today and tomorrow to see how packing comes together for the Minears. I have some fun tips that work for us along with some questions for you all.  I have snagged a Elin Hildebrand book for myself, but I would love a few more to read while we are gone.  I read in the car so I need one for the ride down, one for the ride back and two to read while we are there.

I am off to get started pulling this vacation together.  Need to wash some clothes and pull some cute outfit combinations.  If you have book recs, let me know!

Happy Thursday!!


Introducing Room 422

One of many amazing creative companies I met during The Southern C Summit this year was the amazing duo of Room 422. As I shared on The Southern C blog I was first introduced to this company during a newly introduced pitch session.  A limited number of companies were chosen to pitch their business plans and introduce themselves to a well chosen panel of media.  I had seen the session on the agenda and decided to use the time to regroup at the table and make a plan of attack for the rest of the day.  Approximately five words into their pitch and my well planned out time was thrown aside as I was determined to hear every single word Frances Lacefield and Pierce Persons had to say.  I was completely sold before their pitch was over and I knew immediately I wanted to know more about this company and these girls.


Tabletop Tuesday ... Breakfast For One

Since I vowed to work on my health this year and make some life changes I have taken on eating a full and healthy breakfast.  For me this is usually a waffle with peanut butter and a banana or oatmeal with berries and almonds.  In the past I have just had coffee and maybe something small as I was rushing around for the day, but now it is committed time to sit and start my day with a full meal and do it right.

My favorite part of breakfast now is setting the table and truly enjoying the time.  I love to mix and match all of my things and truly use what I have.  The sun light pours into the kitchen even on a grey day like today.  I love how I am greeted while I sit with the sun, the birds and all of the beauty of the day ahead. 

Having coffee in a true cup with a saucer is the perfect way to start the morning for me.  Adding a book or magazine to read assures that I will make the time to sit for a while.  We have a no phone rule at the table so sitting here for a few without technology is a true blessing. 

None of our pieces are new to us, a little collected here and there and the shell dishes meant for berries are the newest addition to my collection of tableware.  I only have a few of them, but that is all you need when setting a table for two to four.  

I love gingham, as you know, and these monogram napkins I have owned for a while but I never tire of them. We also own them in green with a navy monogram with is super fun to set a table with them mixed together.  

Individual salt and pepper shakers are so fun to collect.  When you set the table you can use a set for each place setting.  I love a table where so many pieces are used, it starts so many conversations of where each piece was found.

When you set a table it doesn't have to be a formal setting for six or more, set something just for yourself or even more fun, for two.  Treat yourself to a fully set place setting for breakfast or lunch.  You are not only worth it but the meal will be so much more satisfying.  Even better, add in your favorite Pandora station.  I have discovered all the time I set aside to treat me comes back to bless my family trifold.

Happy Tuesday!


Monday Goals

Racing around today to knock out my long to do list.  We have one week until spring break and we are all so ready for a vacation.  Just popping in to post some inspiration for your day.  Make Monday amazing and know you are the best around!!

Happy Monday lovies ... 


TPC Loves Hazen Jewelry

I think I fell for Hazen Jewelry at first sight and then I read about the darling Taylor Miller and the rest was history.  This amazing powerhouse has been designing jewelry since the age of 9 and has really never stopped.  As a mother of a 12 year old I would be beyond proud to see her be so passionate about a calling.  To me Taylor does have a calling to create such beautiful pieces and run her company the way she does.


6 Things That Mean Spring to Me

After a long fall and winter with sweaters and fires and warm drinks for days I am always ready to embrace the new season. There is something about spring that makes me so excited each year.  I think it is the promise of new growth and new life along with the vibrant colors that remind me it is a fabulous time of the year.  The boots and coats are packed away and changed out for gingham button downs and white jeans with sandals.  The long days remind me that summer isn't far away and the quality time with my loved ones will be here before I know it.


Getting Ready For Bed ...

I love pajamas and the whole evening routine.  Don't get me wrong, I love to get up early and fully embrace the day, but there is something amazing about getting ready for bed.  I think it is the thought of a full day spent well and being ready to refresh my mind and body and prepare for another full day of life.  Well, that and cute pajamas I know are waiting for me.


Table Tuesday ... Spring Soiree

Since yesterday was the first day of Spring I decided it was time to host my first soiree of the season.  It is time to put away all things winter and dust off everything spring.  I found a fabulous Kate Spade tablecloth at Home Goods and the rest immediately came together.

Bring on the warmer temps and long sunny evenings ... 


Introducing ... Britt Ford

After writing the feature on Well + Wonder a lot of artists reached out to me to introduce themselves. Since I don't know a lot about art but am very drawn to artists I asked them all to share more about their work and themselves.  I was very excited to meet so many darling artists which I will be featuring over the next few months.

One of the first to reach out to me was the darling and super talented Britt Ford.  I truly loved Britt's email as she introduced herself and shared some of her work.  I think part of me always wanted to be an artist, letting the paint and the canvas take me wherever I wanted to go. In art class I always was excited to try out oils and watercolor.  I was never very good but I am thrilled to meet and share some of the best in their field.

The first thing that impressed me about Britt was her spunk and her detailed email introducing me to her work.  She told me exactly how she felt we were a good match and how we could work together. Girl had done her homework and I was very impressed!  She creates one of a kind thermographic embossed maps and illustrations and has caught the eye of Urban Outfitters along with some local shops who carry her creations.  She created her own medium to be able to produce "100% custom 3D artwork that doesn't break the bank.  Your home, boat, neighborhood, you name it and I'll make it". 

See why I was drawn to her?  You will love her work ...

I had the pleasure of getting to know a lot more about Britt as we chatted over the phone.  She is creating a fabulous gift for the Hubs for his birthday and I can't wait to give it to him.  I love that her pieces have so much detail and are so personal.  It is hard to give gifts that have true meaning when you have been together a long time and I am beyond thrilled with this one!

More about this talented girl ... 

Where did you grow up and how did your childhood influence your career as an artist?

I grew up in Chatham, New Jersey - 35 minutes west of New York City. Growing up I played sports and was recruited to play lacrosse for the University of Denver. My Mom always made sure that I took art classes in addition to sports which ended up being the best thing because my lacrosse career ended early due to multiple knee surgeries. I’m never able to run or play sports again so having that creative side really came in handy as an adult. My Mom is truly the person who influenced my creativity - every time my Dad would go on a business trip we would redo a room, from painting the walls, refinishing furniture to picking out new fabrics. I've been a DIY-er since day one thanks to my Mother.

As a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?

I started working at a high end jewelry and home decor store, F. Gerald New at the age of 14. I always knew I wanted to own my own company but wasn't sure what direction that would lead to.

Anything you wish you had done along the way and didn't do?

I wish I had taken more drawing classes. I can draw on the computer but really struggle with free-hand and shadows. It's not too late though, I believe that you can never stop learning and YouTube has some pretty amazing tutorials.

Share two people who have inspired your career and why?

1. Marie Forleo - Almost three years ago I quit my corporate fashion job and started nannying in Chatham to have more time to work on my company. I had watched a few of Marie’s podcasts and was instantly hooked but couldn't afford to take part of her coaching series, B-School. She offered a few scholarships and in order to win you had to submit a YouTube video. I was fortunate to win a scholarship and B-School was literally the best thing to happen to me as an entrepreneur. Through weeks of modules and exercises Marie helped me shape my ideas and passions into an actual business model. Any entrepreneur that feels like they don't know which road to take should really look into B-School.

2. My other half, Parker. Parker has supported me since day one and has been there for me on the best and worst days. I really don't know how he does it sometimes. PJ pushes me to be a better person - he's always there to offer an ear, read over pitches and give me constructive criticism. There have been days where I'm a complete train wreck but I know that when I come home PJ will be there with open arms and words of wisdom.

Can you share a high point in your career and what was that like for you?

Last Summer, after six months of negotiations I received a purchase order from Urban Outfitters. It was for 375 12x12 units of David Bowie, Prince and Drake. An acquaintance from growing up reached out and I wouldn't have been able to do it without her pushing for me at corporate. It was awesome to get an order from such an established brand but absolutely crazy. I had to get a loan in order to purchase all of the supplies and learned so much about producing artwork at such a large scale. It helped me realize who my customer base is, that I wanted to do do more custom artwork and work directly with my customers/small retailers. It was good exposure and I'm really grateful for the experience.

What inspires you to create?

- My clients - I want to create beautiful pieces that make a lasting impression and provide happiness
- Natural light
- Water (the ocean and Lake George)
- Traditional architecture

Do you have a favorite thing to create?

Recently I have been creating Turkish floral patterns with gouache and thermographic embossing - they’re totally unique, colorful and really make a statement. I also love making home portraits, each one is different and they are by far the most meaningful gift.

Do you have a favorite color?

Navy, navy, navy. And gold!

Anything you must have to spur creativity?

A clear mind and time. If I feel rushed or am worrying about something I cannot create.

Favorite item on your desk (or creative space)?

My navy Smythson agenda. I bring it with me everywhere - it has all of my to-do’s and calendars.

What is your favorite way to unwind?

A gin & diet tonic and chatting/cooking dinner at home with Parker. It is my favorite time of the day.
Five must haves.

- Chai tea
- Natural light
- My agenda
- Gin and diet tonic
- Flavor blasted goldfish (I could seriously live off of these)

Favorite quote. 

I have two!!

It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to, has power over you. - Leon Brown

For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over. - F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I can't wait to see Britt grow and her one of a kind pieces in stores nation wide.  Until then you can order her one of a kind pieces which make fabulous gifts.  I can not wait to gift the one she is working on for me.  He will be so surprised.  

You must check out all of her work on her website and follow her on Instagram.  To place an order from contact her here.  

Thank you darling girl for introducing herself  to me and creating an opportunity for us to work together.  I see a long and happy friendship in our future!

Happy Monday all!


Etsy Love

Happy Saturday!  I am posting on the weekend which I rarely do and I am here to share some of my favorite people on Etsy.  I shop quite a bit from the amazing options on Etsy and our home and my life reflect it.


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today is one of my favorite days of the year!  Twenty four years ago after work a cute boy invited me out for a green beer and as they say, the rest is history.  Who knew one green beer would lead to a whole life together, but it did!

I would say I am lucky, but instead I am blessed!

I got up early this morning to set up a coffee and hot cocoa station for the kids.  I love to set up something fun to start the day off with celebration.  I mean, why not?

A trip to Trader Joes for a clover plant, a trip to the market for marshmallows and the kids favorite Pistachio muffins and I was ready to go.  I did add in a banana with all that yummy to round out the meal for all of us.  That sugar rush would have had me skipping all day long!

I literally have been biting my nails waiting to debut these darling new coffee cups from Southern Hospitality Company.  I adore them!  And they are perfect paired with all our green and blue for the day. I love that the mug is a little larger which allows me a little more coffee.  This girl loves her caffeine!  The darling bamboo monogram napkins are from Emily McCarthy Shoppe.

A little addition of green marshmallows and sprinkles makes any hot beverage more fun, don't you think?  I scored the amazing Spode bowls from Home Goods (I snagged three) and the fun coffee canister is from Target.

These mugs are the best!!  I need to order more ... maybe some blue ones for our new guest bedroom. You will love Southern Hospitality, the girls are so sweet! I love every single thing in their shop.

Of course my favorite Keurig was the star of the morning pumping out coffee for me and cocoa for the littles.  I made theirs in to go cups since we are still adjusting to daylight savings.  This year it is killing me softly.  #ugh

One more cup and I am off for the day.  I need to get a long list of things done to be able to truly enjoy the weekend!  Oh, and I have two more bags for today's 40 bags in 40 days commitment.  I am loving the feeling of purging things we truly do not need.

Happy Friday ... may your day be full of blessings!!


Spring Bar Essentials ...

It is freezing here in Georgia (this am it was 27) but I am wearing bright colors and ushering in spring every where I possibly can.  I almost feel as if I am willing it here as quick as possible.  A few weeks ago I changed over our bar cart from a winter feel to a happy colorful reminder of all things set to come.  With the warmer weather around the corner (please Lord!!) I am envisioning lots of dinner parties and girlie happy hours where I will need a stocked space to be able to serve those I love and adore.

First of all you need a fabulous cart.  Mine is the Audrey Butler cart from Ave Home and we love it. It is large enough for me to load it up and leave it. When I know people are coming over I add a small cutting board and a fun vase of flowers.  Just a little freshen up and a place to cut citrus.

Next up glasses.  We love Catstudio and their darling designs.  I love that we have glasses that mean something to us, not to mention they are full of amazing images to chat about.  Since the Hubs grew up in Jupiter and his mother's family is from Palm Beach that area means so much to our life.  These are perfect for us.  I also love the size, they are perfect for anything from a sparkling soda to a full cocktail and every single thing in between.  I also love to give these as gifts.  I have my eye on this set for a friend who just vacationed in Paris.  It will be a perfect reminder of her family vacation.

Next up and super important to include, napkins.  I love a colorful monogrammed napkin, it is just one more way for me to add color to our home.  These are from Emily McCarthy Shoppe and the monogram I chose is one of her options.  I mean, those elephants are darling, don't you think?  A few times a year she sells the napkins as buy one, get one and I stock up.  I have them in pink, white, green, orange and most recently navy.  They make an appearance for so many functions.

I love swizzle sticks!  I have a huge collection of them and this summer I had to tell my assistant to keep me from ordering any more.  I mean, they are just so fun to add to any cart!  These are also from Emily McCarthy shoppe and I ordered them with my napkins.  They are from the gift bar and are always available.  I love to give them as hostess gifts and paired with a set of cocktail napkins they make a perfect birthday gift for a bestie.

I use this vintage blue and white monkey to hold all kinds of things but citrus is very favorite.  He is perfect for the bar cart and plays so well with others. I found a few of them available on Etsy for you. Check out this one, this one and this one which is identical to mine.

Foo Dog Lamp || Shade (custom by me)
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