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Holiday Tables On The Brain

Can you believe we are about to enter the holiday season?  I can't be the only one in shock that tomorrow is November 1, can I?  How does the time go so fast?

As I was thinking about last year's Thanksgiving and the plans we are making for this year I immediately thought of the colors I want to use.  After finding some fabulous hedge apples at the Country Living fair last weekend I settled on a blue, green and white theme. I am really excited to use things we have mixed with a few new things and most of all to have people we love gathered around a table giving thanks.  First and foremost that is the most important thing to me. 


Eddie Ross And The House of His Dreams

When Eddie Ross and his partner Jaithan Kochar bought their new home it was truly a stroke of luck locating the house that they will call their dream home.  After moving out of Pine Hill Farm a few years ago they boxed up their "pretties" in three pods and set their sights on finding a new home.  At a photo shoot for Better Homes and Gardens they stumbled onto an area on the Main Line of Pennsylvania, an area that Eddie says was completely new to him.  After searching with Jaithan and an agent for a while Eddie told me he just simply stated "I just want an old Colonial in a neighborhood where we can walk to town".  A few months later their agent found exactly what they wanted and the rest is history.


Dutch Door Love

image from Madcap Cottage via Traditional Home

Remember yesterday when I said I was installing a dutch door?  Yep ... it is only a week or so away from happening and I am truly giddy.  I have wanted a dutch door for the longest time and I am truly so excited I get to install one in our home.


Random Thoughts #10252017

Happy hump day!  I hope your week is looking up, I know mine definitely is.  Why do Monday and Tuesday drag on for ever and then the rest of the week seem to fly by in a wink? I do not understand one single bit.

I have so many things running through my brain this week I decided it was time for my favorite post ... a random thoughts.  It allows me to share so many things with you and covers so many topics on my to share list so it is a major win, win for me. 😀


Five Must Haves For Fall

It is just beginning to cool off here in Atlanta and I am truly loving the chilly mornings with the clear blue skies.  It isn't so cold that I can't wear my favorite pieces, but it will be here before I know it so I have prepared myself for those mornings.  I love so many things that are on trend at the moment, a lot of them are speaking to my old school prep self.  If I know I can keep it for a while and wear it year after year I grab it up.  This year has me wearing my fun jeans and mules on repeat, but there is so much more to come!

Shopping?  Oh, yes please!


Tretorn Nylite Is 50!

I have been wearing Tretorns since I was in college and one of my roommates moved in wearing a pair.  I was instantly in love with the darling shoe and how much she raved about how comfortable they were.  Debbie Denman (cutest girl ever) wore them all the time and the more worn they got, the more she loved them.  I felt the exact same way with my first pair, a pair that I wore until they truly were hardly even there. They were white with navy details and I immediately fell in love with them and have been wearing the iconic shoe ever since.  My current pair in rotation is a pink on pink pair and I get so many compliments on them every single time I wear them.  Pink + Tretorns ... #yesplease.



Debuting Prints Charming

When I think of Madcap Cottage my head and heart are filled with thoughts of color, pattern, whimsy and fun.  Add in two fun loving incredibly talented designers, Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, and you have pure design magic. I can not think of one single Madcap room that I have ever seen that doesn't make me smile.  Perfect layers with lots of color and pattern and you end up with happy rooms and, of course, happy clients.


On The Way Home ...

I am so excited to say I am on the way home today!!  After four amazing days in High Point and a total of twelve days on the road this month I am thrilled to be heading home to my sweet family and my adorable pup.  I honestly can not wait to squeeze my children and have my pup jump up with sheer excitement when he spots me.  And my bed is truly calling my name. Traveling is always so much fun but there is truly no place like home!

Sigh ... 


Introducing Sweet Caroline Designs

I am completely confident if you were looking for the words "high energy + buffalo check + pink + small business owner" in any google search you would absolutely end up at Sweet Caroline Designs. Caroline Frierson is all of the words above plus so many more. A graphic designer by trade she recently launched the most darling wholesale business which has taken the market by storm.  I love seeing her goodies pop up in my favorite shops and even more I truly enjoy every single product I own.  It is safe to say I am a Sweet Caroline Designs fan!


Warby Parker Goes Archive

Remember this photo from this October 2015 post?  I had the pleasure of trying out five pairs of Warby Parker frames from their Home Try-On to debut their new fall frames.  I absolutely loved the company and the frames were fabulous.  I ended up purchasing the one in the image above, it was by far my favorite of the ones I chose to try on.  Since then my eye prescription has changed but the frames themselves are still timeless and perfect to carry to my eye doctor when my new appointment occurs. 


Pink All Month Please ...

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and a cause that is near and dear to my heart I have definitely been thinking about how I can incorporate more pink into my life this month.  Is that even possible you wonder, but I am here to share with us that it is!

Pink all day everyday please!



Introducing THE GROVE

As I mentioned yesterday I had the absolute treat of being hosted at The Grove in Winter Park, Florida for two days last week.  If you are like me you have followed along with The Grove on Instagram since they opened and it was a huge treat for me to get to meet the girls (finally) and to spend some time in the magical shop in one of my favorite places in Florida.  It mas truly magical from the moment the Uber drive delivered me to the moment a second special Uber driver picked me up the evening of the second day.


Four Days In Winter Park

Where oh where do I begin?  Maybe at the very beginning a few months ago when I received a fun little email from Ginny Enstad asking if I would ever consider coming to Winter Park, Florida. Little did she know at the time she emailed me that not only was I willing but the response she got would be in all caps with an OMG ... YES PLEASE.


Front Door Decor

So the temps are cooling off just a bit and I am contemplating what to do for our front door for the new season.  I am seeing so many inspiring photos on social media with amazing pumpkins and wreaths and the wheels are beginning to turn in my head.  I am a girl who loves her Summer (as you well know because I haven't stopped going on about it) but the moment the air gets its first chill I am dressed head to toe in plaid and layers.  I get it ... enter eye roll here. 😳


Deep Breaths ...

It is incredibly hard to process all going on in our world at this moment.  So much heartache and so much loss.  Truly nothing short of shocking and devastating.  I find in times like this the only thing I can do is pray.  Pray for our people, pray for peace in the suffering, pray for healing. Just pray.

This image popped up in my feed on Facebook yesterday and I immediately knew it described all I felt and the feelings I have every single time I deal with anything that is more than I can handle.  Life is hard, sometimes completely unbearable.  And we have way more questions than we do answers.    But it is also full of joy and love and good times that truly do overcome in the bad.

Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful and relax and exhale during the ordinary.

Much love and prayer!

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