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Happy Birthday JFK!

It is hard for me to comprehend that President John Kennedy would have been 100 years old on Monday. To think of the life he would have led had his life being cut short is a lot for me to process. Since he passed away almost ten years before I was born his life and the life he led with Jackie has always been incredibly intriguing to me.  Their lives were magical and complicated, family oriented with a duty to public service.  It almost seems unreal at times.


A Box Fit For A Mrs.

It is hard for me to believe but one day my one time very tiny girl will become a Mrs.  Of course every mother dreams of the day her daughter will get married and I am just like everyone else. Not to say I am rushing anything, I can't slow time down enough for me, but I know one day it will come and we will plan her perfect wedding to the man we have prayed for since the day she was born.


Happy Memorial Day

It is very easy to get sucked into the family time and barbeques and the beginning of summer and forget all about why we get an extra day off this week and it would be completely wrong to do so.  So many people have served and continue to serve to ensure our freedom.  We sit by the pool relaxing thanks to many who have given their lives and served for our freedom.  Freedom isn't free and we all must remember why we celebrate. I am eternally grateful to a father who served in the Navy, a grandfather who served in the Korean war and a father in law who served in World War II.  Their example of service has made a huge imprint on my life. 


Saturday Scores Vol. 2

With the holiday weekend I have pulled out all of my favorite red, white and blue pieces to wear to show my support of why we celebrate this Memorial Day.  I remind my children and myself daily ... freedom isn't free.  And especially right now with everything going on, I have to remind myself how blessed we are!


I Heart HomeGoods ...

Blue & White tray and Stools both from HomeGoods

It is no secret that I am a huge lover of all things HomeGoods.  I pop in about once a week or two, sometimes just to walk around and take in all of the goodness.  If I am knee deep in a project or a styling post I can be found there at least once a day, sometimes more.  HomeGoods is my favorite source for so many different items, it is truly the best location for all things home related. Sometimes it can be a treasure hunt ... and sometimes you truly hit pay dirt and find something you want or need at a fraction of the cost you had originally intended to spend.


Memorial Day Planning

Is it just me or is it surprising to anyone else that this weekend is Memorial Day?  It completely sneaked up on me, but actually the entire month of May did. It was just Spring Break and now school is ending.  Say what?  I can't say I am sad to see summer coming, it is my favorite time of the year. I absolutely love Memorial Day because it is the official beginning of summer vacation!!

Cue the confetti!!


Introducing Madeline & Company

I will never forget the day I received an email from Madeline & Company, I had to read it twice. As I was reading my darling assistant was googling the company.  I remember hearing her gasp with excitement. What she discovered was the most adorable and fabulous backpacks I had ever seen. Stylish and large yet still so girly ... the perfect backpack for any girl and something my daughter and I needed immediately.


Saturday Scores Vol. 1

I am thrilled to introduce a new series and one I am super excited to launch, an ongoing series called Saturday Scores.  Each Saturday I will share my favorite picks of the week with you, things I either have purchased, want for myself or think are too good not to share!


Watermelon Mint Lemonade

Yes, you read that correctly ... Watermelon Mint Lemonade.  Can you think of anything more delicious when it is as hot as it is right now.  Somehow we went from mild weather to HOT in one short week.  I am hoping it cools off a smidge before it gets really hot or it will be one very long summer.


Dresses for Days ...

Dress (me) || Shoes (both of us)

ps ... Gotta love a good photo bomb!

It's the end of the year and tons of middle school and high school happenings and I found myself needing quite a few cute dresses.  For some reason my closet was lacking in cute options so I hit a few of my favorite stores to snag some cute dresses for all of the end of the school year events.


Happy Hour Nibbles ...

As you know one of my favorite things to host is happy hour.  It can be a quiet evening for myself and Lawyer or it can be a gathering of besties, I love to host my loved ones with food and drinks. I have perfected my choices for a smaller group of people vs a large group which requires a whole lot more thought.  Who doesn't love an intimate gathering?  It makes for a wonderful time of catching up and quality time.


Jack & Jill ... The Details

Good morning and Happy Monday to you all ... it is a blue skies and sun filled day here in Atlanta and I can't get enough.  I hope each of you had an incredible Mother's Day.  I must share mine was perfect.  More than I could ever have asked for ... being their mama is gift enough for me!


One Room Challenge ~ Spring 2017 (The Reveal)

I am truly so excited this day is here, I have been dying to share these photos all week long, and now I can! I am thrilled to be here at reveal day of the spring session of the One Room Challenge designed by Linda of Calling It Home. I truly did think there was a time I wouldn't finish.  I am not sure if I am more excited to be finished or to see my sweet girl's face light up when she talks about her new bathroom and completed bedroom. Her joy was truly worth all those weeks of work and stress and worry.  Honestly for that reaction I would take it on all again!


Introducing Dear Keaton ...

Christie Shepard and Chris Hutcheson aren't new to the home textiles industry so it was no surprise that they hit the scene with a loud bang with they launched their lifestyle brand Dear Keaton. Perfectly described as "resort living everyday" Dear Keaton is the perfect choice for giving your life and home that well traveled and relaxed feeling.


Blue & White Table Bliss ...

Have you seen Aerin Lauder's new table collection for Williams Sonoma?  It has been the talk of the internet but truly I wasn't surprised one bit when I spotted it, it was love at first site.  Classic blue and white paired with amazing woven pieces and incredible blue glass.

Simply put ... perfection!


Buried ...

Happy Monday! I am running around like my hair is on fire finishing the bathroom and Little Bit's bedroom for the One Room Challenge reveal on Thursday.  My amazing photographer comes tomorrow and I am down to the wire finishing my massive to do list.  


Crafted Cocktail Series ~ Spiced Pecan Spritz

Happy Friday Lovies!!!  As we all know it is my favorite day of the week and this cocktail series with the incredible Cathead Vodka has been the most fun.  Today I have a fun soirĂ©e to share with you, a Derby inspired cocktail hour with my friend Steve McKenzie.  Steve invited me to his charming condo to try out a fabulous recipe he created using the same vodka I was featuring. It was the perfect timing and I truly had such a lovely time.


One Room Challenge ~ Spring 2017 (week 5)

It's week 5 (yep!) of the One Room Challenge designed by Linda of Calling It Home and sponsored by House Beautiful Magazine. I am in the home stretch (hopefully) of creating a new Jack and Jill bathroom for our 12 year old daughter and her 16 year old brother.  It has been quite the week to say the least.  But, there is a huge light at the end of this dark tunnel and I am slowly making my way through it.  

Let me back up just for a minute. 

This is the goal for the space.  Something they will both love, something that is girly enough for her but remains boy enough for him.  Something that combines both of their styles and likes and still makes the mama happy.  As in, "there will be no bat signal painted on the wall to help balance out the gold palm chandy".  And, yes, I said that more than once last week!

This is the detail design board with all the details that will be included in the space.  We have changed up a few things but nothing major and for the most part I have stuck to the details above.  We swapped out the paint color for the Jack side painting it light blue instead of khaki and leaving the ceiling in the wet part the fabulous khaki color.  It looks fabulous!

contractor mess ... great sign

So much happened this week, both good and bad.  Both the trust contractor and Thomas arrived Friday am ready to get to work.  We had to juggle some space, but they worked together perfectly and all went well.  That is, until I found out that the tile we installed on Friday afternoon was recalled and it all had to be taken out and I had to chose a new tile.  This was the beginning of the end of me.  I sat in the tub calling around to find a suitable tile only to give up two hours later and just agree to start over.  I wasn't feeling completely me on Saturday while I was laying in the tub but I just chalked it up to being exhausted, dehydrated and not eating well.  Honestly, I beat myself up quite a bit thinking I knew better and to feel the way I did was completely my fault and so controllable.  If I had only known then ... 

ps ... a bathtub can be comfy if it is the only place to sit! 

new tile 

The walls Thomas created were nothing short of an incredible masterpiece.  He is magically to watch work.  He free hands almost everything and his vision for the space was beyond what I dreamed of.  I told him I wanted lattice walls in green and what he delivered was green lattice bamboo magic. Words do not do it justice and I can't wait to reveal the whole space to you!

After listening to my sweet boy share his heart about the girly feel to the space Thomas came up with the most amazing solution.  When he first shared it with me I thought he was a little tired as well, but when he walked me through his idea I was so excited.  He convinced me to let him paint only two of the four walls of the wet space.  From the Jill side the room looks one way and from the Jack side the room looks another.  Basically, they have their own views and the room in the middle looks completely different from both sides.  Girly to her and less girly to him.  Absolutely brilliant.  I may have cried tears just hearing him tell me how much he was concerned about our child's concerns.  It truly meant the world to me!

On my end I got a ton done.  Both blinds are installed and the trim is attached.  I ran out of the trim in the Jill space so I chose a different one for the wet space once again reminding myself to stay somewhat neutral in the shared space when I can.  The trims look fabulous together!

Brass faucets were installed and instantly brightened the sink areas ... 

All silver elements were gold leafed ...

The molding is done in the Jack space, just needs to be painted. The floor moldings will go in after the tile has been grouted.  I may be painting those at the 11th hour but I am perfectly ok with it. 

I ordered some super fun goodies to style the space from Waiting on Martha.  I shared with you my picks in this post and I am excited to show you what I ended up purchasing.

Megan Carn finished the painting for the space and it is sooo good.  I captured a video for Megan when I shared it with Little Bit. I let LB chose the painting she wanted and she chose this one because it reminded her of the two of us.  Yep, I teared up some and thinking of this reminds me why I bust my hump to create rooms for our family.  Their smiles and excitement are worth every single second!! And did I mention the piece is 30x40?  #hellolover

Checking in on my to do list ... 

1. Add in crown molding to all three spaces. (done, except floor molding)
2. Tile sink areas. (new tile goes in Friday am and grouted Saturday)
3. Paint vanities.
4. Replace mirrors.
5. Replace faucets.
6. Replace lights.
7. Paint all three spaces.
8. Wallpaper.
9. Replace chandelier in shower area.
10. New shower curtain.

11. New window treatments blinds for shower and MHM side. (blinds done, valances done Saturday)
12. Rugs for all three spaces. (in progress)
13. Artwork.
14. Style.

I know it isn't just me, crossing things off a to do list is truly the best feeling!!

I pick up the rug, last of the artwork and pillows for the hang out space in Little Bit's room on Sunday.  I will be cleared to drive I pray and all will be in my car and ready to install.  Towels arrive tomorrow and I can not wait to touch them!!!

A few more sneak peeks ...

These rooms will be fabulous!!!  

See you next Thursday for the reveal!!

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

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Have the best day!


Introducing Willa Heart

I clearly recall the moment I laid eyes on the first piece of Willa Heart art.  I was scrolling through Instagram one late afternoon and spotted the most amazing original art on my friend Teggy French's feed.  I gasped, scrolled to read the caption and immediately followed and fell in love with this precious girl and her incredible art.

Isn't it divine?

Fast forward just a month or so and my adoration has only grown.   Alyssa Harris and her amazing talent seems to know no end. Of course I love the Staffordshire pups but all the pups are darling. Their faces are truly precious! I love that her originals have layers and you can see those layers in the zoomed in details.  I love the bamboo edges and the greenery.  Truly, I can't think of anything I don't love about her pieces.

I am thrilled to share her work with you today and to get to know this darling Aly along with you.  I truly do love interviews.  You get to learn so many things about people and Aly was so fun in her responses.  I found myself stopping more than once just to say ... how cool is she?

You will love her answers, she is quite a fabulous thing!  Her must haves were my absolute favorite ...

Where did you grow up and how did your childhood influence your life and your life today?

I grew up outside of Boston in a town called Needham. Growing up we split our time between Boston, Florida and on vacation.

When I was very young a teacher picked up on a learning difference I had, later it was diagnosed as Dyslexia. I was moved to a new school that specialized in learning differences and it had a strong art program. I had such a tough time learning to read and struggled with all the other aspects of my learning issues. The problems I encountered made me look at all situations from a different perspective and I think make me extra unique. I have learned to embrace my terrible spelling and I am thankful everyday for my dyslexia.

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

I wanted to be an actress because Hollywood seemed like the most glamorous place in the world. In my mind I would live at a hotel, have daily beauty treatments, drink Strawberry Daiquiris all day by the pool and tell the hotel staff to keep the chicken nuggets coming. In retrospect maybe I should become an actress?

Did you always want to be an artist?

Yes, but I never thought of it as a career. I always thought it would be something I would do on the side for fun.

What has your career path looked like and how did you get to the present day?

I started working during high school as an intern for a family friend and haven’t stopped since. I have always worked for small businesses, mostly in the fashion industry. In my early 20s I was a showroom manager for a high end men’s custom clothing store in Boston. After that I was a personal assistant, household manager and then worked for a start up. Working for these small businesses has prepared me for having my own business.

How did you decide to take the plunge and launch Willa Heart?

Willa Heart was a hobby until recently but I am embracing this new business and running with it. It always felt like a pipe dream and not something I could actually do but then a few special people posted about it on Instagram and voila, it is real!

Share two people who have inspired your journey and why?

My husband constantly inspires me because he is always on the move and doing doing doing! He is the hardest working person I know and the way he applies himself to even the small tasks is inspiring. He is the definition of a highly productive person.

My friend Megan also inspires me, I have watched her build this amazing brand called APPRVL over the last few years. Seeing someone I know start a creative business and grow it into this amazing thing is wonderful. She is very creative and talented and I want to be just like her when I grow up.

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

Every time I ship out a print to a customer it is the best feeling in the world and definitely a high point. I love to imagine their fabulous home and the frame they will choose and where it is going to be hung and what it will be surrounded by. I can’t imagine anything better than thinking about my paintings being hung in people’s homes.

Anything you must have to spur creativity?

Movies and books. I am always watching old movies, old TV shows and looking at old books for inspiration. Right now I am very into the 1970’s and early 80’s so I have been watching things from that era.

Do you have a favorite thing to create?

Things for my friends. I love making gifts; nothing is better than a homemade gift.

What is your favorite color?

Pink, it’s the color of passion!

What is your favorite way to unwind?

On the couch, watching TV with my husband and dog…I get the remote.

If I spotted you on a random Saturday, what would you be doing?

If I am in South Carolina I am home painting and hanging with my husband. If I am traveling, I am out shopping and walking around for hours. Nothing makes me happier than to just walk and talk and shop all day!

Five must haves.

Leopard print shoes, a red or pink pedicure, diamonds, sushi and TV

Favorite quote.

“Don’t stop till you get enough” – Michael Jackson

Isn't she absolutely adorable??  I am blessed to own a Willa Heart original which she has named Buffy & Muffy (how fabulous!) and I can not wait to get it back from Framebridge and get it on the wall.  I love adding incredible pieces to our art collection and this one will be just perfect.  I am thankful she painted a piece just for me, I feel truly lucky!

To shop my piece and all of her other work check out the Willa Heart website.  She sells most prints in two sizes, 8x10 and 12x16, and each of her pieces is more amazing than the last one!

And can we please discuss her darling shoes?  I tell you, I just can't get enough!!

Happy Tuesday lovies.  I am in the home stretch of the One Room Challenge or as I have learned to recognzie it as hell week crunch time.  There is literally not one minute to waste!  Follow along on my Instastories, I have a huge to do list and no moment to spare!

Have the best day ... 

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