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Style Sister

It is no secret that my favorite store is J.Crew. I love the mix of the bold with the old school prep vibe that stays around season after season.  But it isn't just the clothes that keeps me coming back, its Jenna Lyons and her incredible style.  I am in love with Jenna Lyons style.  Madly in love actually. Her style just speaks to me.  I love that she mixes patterns like a rock star and truly shys away from nothing.   I mean, we were meant be sisters really ...


My Cyber Monday Picks

Happy Monday!!!  I hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous and you gobbled til you wobbled just like we did.  I don't know what makes me eat so much at one meal ... maybe it is all the incredible food.  It happens every year and the left overs may be my very favorite part. #stuffinggravysweetpotatoeswithasideofcranplease


Black Friday Goodness

Black Friday is one of my favorite days of the year ... the excitement and the amazing sales always begin my gift shopping season. This year since we are celebrating our oldest's birthday I am forgoing my usual early morning shopping spree for sleeping in and breakfast at Waffle House. It's his day and he will chose the festivities all day long.  Pass the waffle and the crispy bacon with a side of hashbrowns please!!

So many of the sales are available on line so I suggest pouring another cup of amazing coffee and shopping in your jams for all the incredible sales.  Here are the ones I have gathered along with the pieces I will be stalking!!

Top || Pant || Leather Clutch || Vest || Slippers || Pajamas || Scarf ||
Jewelry Roll || Eye Mask || Heels (similar) || Bow Top || Camisole Set


Must Have Plaid ... (and on sale!)

I interrupt your Thanksgiving week (and mine) to bring you my favorite plaid items.  I was leisurely drinking coffee in my jams this morning and I popped over to my favorite shop to realize so many things I love were 40 percent off.  It was time to put the coffee down and make sure you knew immediately a sale was happening.  And I promise you ... very few things are worth setting down a hot cup of coffee!!


Thanks and Giving Table

As I prepare to celebrate the amazing holiday that Thanksgiving is I can't help but reflect on all the incredible blessings I have been given.  Just as the attendees of the first Thanksgiving we set aside this day to reflect and give thanks for all we have.  As I mention quite a bit I am immensely blessed.  With both family, friends and of course each of you my life is full and rich and truly lacks for nothing.  I have to remember that many days when I spot the new #fillintheblank that captures each of our eyes.


One Room Challenge || Fall 2016 Reveal

I have never been more excited, or relieved, to be able to compose a post in the nine years I have been blogging.  I have access to my blog and the incredible images that were shot of our recently completed One Room Challenge space.  I will keep my chat until the end since I am dying to show you each and every inch of the room.

Without further ado ... our new Master Bedroom ~

The amazing Butler Tray comes with a stand which we used in the last One Room Challenge in the den.  To show the tray used in a new way I left the tray off in this room.  I love both styles and of course the hand painted tortoise is everything to me.  

Headboards || Fabric || Antique Silhouettes || Brackets (estate sale)

Bedside Table || Stool (vintage) || Lamp || Pups ||
 Candle (gift from Parker Kennedy Living) || Monogrammed Mint Julep Cup || 

(The stools were custom painted and covered with fabric to match the room)

Drapery Fabric || Chair

Double Happiness Jars (estate sale) || Yellow Cache Pots (gift) || Lamp || 
Dressers (inherited pieces) || Tassels (estate sale) 

First of all I must thank each and every one of you for being so kind and patient to me during these last five days of waiting.  It was awful for me and yet I had to step back and let it all work itself out. I honestly felt like an expectant mother who was trying to have a baby only to be told many times she wasn't ready and had to leave the hospital.  Been there done that and it bites, pinky swear! The best part of me for these challenges is reveal day and when I couldn't produce the post for you I was heartbroken.  Your support and grace meant everything to me!!

You can catch up here -

Week 1 ... Before
Week 2 ... The Plan and Fabric
Week 3 ... Paint, Accessories and tons of sneaks
Week 4 ... Headboards, Lamps and the Final Plan
Week 5 ... Almost done

I am truly thrilled that we now have the master bedroom we both truly wanted!  I pulled together who we are and all the things we love to create a space that is both relaxing and beautiful and perfectly fits our home.  And the bathroom looks even better now that the bedroom matches it perfectly!

Thank you Linda for creating the One Room Challenge. You work so incredibly hard for each and every one of us that are privileged to participate. I now have seven amazing spaces in my home that I can thank you for helping me and encouraging me to create. Our house is so much more a home and we have you to thank for that!

Thank you House Beautiful Magazine. It has been a pleasure creating this space with your amazing magazine following along.  Since you were such fans of my room the first round as our media sponsor I strove to create another room you would love. I have loved and read House Beautiful for many years and reading the 120 anniversary issue was so special, especially reading it in my new room!

All images by the insanely talented and patient Christina Wedge.  Without you holding my hand as you shot these for me I would have collapsed!  I adore you!!

All sources will be added this evening, I couldn't wait to get these to you and I am hitting publish and then adding sources.  Make sure you check back for every single one!

Thank you for following along with me on this journey and reading daily. I am truly blessed! xo



Deep breath, deep breath, deep breath ... ok let's get this started!!

Welcome to Week 5 of the One Room Challenge.  I will be very honest, I stumbled over saying the number 5 because all week it truly felt like week 4, but week 5 it is so no sense in completely freaking out and running away.  It is time for a top knot, pink lipstick, good music and some serious focus!!

So to catch you up super duper quick like ... I am in the middle tail end of transforming our boring master bedroom to a fabulous Palm Beach inspired retreat.  Lots of color, everything we love and some perfect little elements to make it a perfect place for us to regroup and refresh at the end of each busy day.  You can catch up with the previous weeks here

The walls are an amazing high gloss chocolate brown and all of the color in the room comes from the amazing Mad Cap Cottage fabrics mixed with blue and white porcelain and some of our favorite Rose Medallion pieces.  

Add in some incredible Couture Lamps, more fabrics and my collection of Staffordshire pups and antique silhouettes and you have the design plan for the space.  It is coming along right on schedule except for the part where I was thinking I had an extra week to paint a dresser, make some custom shades and pick up a mirror from Charleston.  Enter panic attack here.  Deep breaths!

Here is where I am with the space ... 

1. The walls won't change color, but they will change from dull flat to fabulous high gloss.  DONE
2. We are getting a new bed. The mattress will remain but the headboards and height of the bed will be long gone. DONE
3. All new bed linens and no more sad comforter that the sick puppy has snuggled on for many months. Think fabulous with a big juicy monogram. #eek IN PROCESS
4. Chairs will be recovered and moved. DONE AND REPLACED WITH NEW CHAIRS
5. Blanket chest = coffee table is out of here.
6. Left over rug from office = gone
7. Mismatched bedside tables = no more .. DONE BUT THEY ARE STILL MISMATCHED
8. One too many chairs = no more
9. Out of date ceiling fan replaced with chandelier if I can convince the Hubs to let me take it down. If not, it will be replaced with a new and fabulous fan. IN PROCESS
10. Color, color, color on its way in. IN PROCESS
11. Fabulous curtains and curtain rods. IN PROCESS
12. Create a cozy yet beautiful master refuge! ... ALMOST!!!

I have some sneak peeks of the space for you ... 

I shopped my house and found the perfect chairs for our bedroom.  The colors are spot on and they are the most comfortable chairs in the house so this is a #winwin!!

Dressing table in place and I am currently playing with styling for the new piece in the room.  I am super excited about this little nook. The Dana Gibson for Soicher Marin piece is perfect here!!

Television wall is styled and perfect.  I love the mix of the two patterns and the sconces on this wall are getting some super fun lampshades for an even bigger pop of color.  #fun!!

The bamboo lamps are in place with their custom finials ... and I couldn't love them more!

A collection of the pups in the house are on the move to our room ... and some of them are getting dressed for the reveal!

My favorite antique oil paintings are ready to hang ...

And the little nook in the corner is being dressed for the reveal!  

What is left to do ... 

1.  Paint the dresser under the TV white
2.  Install the linens and drapery
3.  Custom lampshades   
4.  Decide on an ottoman
5.  Style and shoot the room

Otherwise known as I have to split and get immediately back to work!!

Make sure you have checked out all the sneak peeks provided by the talented Wednesday group. These room are TO DIE FOR!!!

Follow along with the remaining linking participants ... see you next Thursday for the reveal of our incredible space.  I may not sleep until then but it will be worth every second!!

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