One of Many

I love the idea of using a screen room divider as a headboard. This one is rather stunning...

I also think it could make a good DIY project. I would love to recreate this one...

Today I am over on Mrs. French sharing another use for screens. Of course a gorgeous antique one would make quite the statement.

{image 1 western interiors magazine via Material Girls, Image 2 via Martha Stewart}


Still one of my favorite images from Cottage Living. The whole home was rather lovely. I needed a simple dose of pretty for today. I have been working daily on organizing and purging our home of non essentials. I will share my embarrassing progress later this week. Today I am still working away. Feeling completely grateful for having a smaller home right about now, whew.

Home Tour That I Adore

You know how one click leads to another here in blog land, well my search led me to this local and gorgeous home. It is the home of Graham Yelton a photographer and a brilliant branding and design artist.  Her home was designed by her and her husband and I could not be any more inspired...

As soon as I saw this image of her dogs I soon realized I am friends with one of her friends that own the other part of this dog family. They are some of the most beautiful dogs I have ever seen.

Oh, and let's not forget to mention the before of this amazing home. I can hardly believe it.

I find myself looking at the images over and over and noticing new details every time. Thank you Graham for allowing me to share your beautiful home and images.

Here is a list of where she found some of her gorgeous finds. I love that there are highs, lows, and pieces they made...

Bedding: White Linen Duvet by Matteo Bedding

Headboard/Bedskirt: homemade, fabric is from King Cotton
Bed Sconces: Pottery Barn (via ebay!)
Curtains: Ikea!
Jute Rug: west elm outlet
armless chair: Abode Knoxville, Tn (just closed)
chandelier: vintage, found at Retropolitan in Nashvile, Tn
TV armoir: Scott's Market Atlanta

Posters: Hatch Show Print in Nashville
Frames: Ikea
Sofa: Bernhardt "Taylor", At Home
throw pillows: Ikea
coffee table: cb2
rug: Hannah's Antiques 
bertoia chairs: Scott's Market Atlanta

bathroom mirror: Scott's Market Atlanta
vanity: jay made this with the heart pine wood
sink: Ikea
faucet/fixtures: Kohler

stool: At Home
woven baskets: discontinued pottery barn
chandelier in closet: found on ebay

hallway letters: ebay

planters on porch: ikea

living room rug: ikea

"fresh" sign: At Home
ceiling light: At Home
Chairs & Table: Pottery Barn (Outlet!)

Design Crush

Do you remember this image from Better Homes and Gardens that inspired me ever so much? Well, it's from the home of Amy Meier. This past week I somehow came across her blog and was in awe of other snippets of her home. This is one from her bedroom. Isn't is lovely? The simple color palette has such interest with the use of different patterns. That checked chair is something I so want to recreate.

I then took a peek into her portfolio and instantly new she is my design match. Her traditional design takes on such a fresh and young feel with her use of color, texture, and patterns. What I love most is that every space looks livable even if you have small children like me. I would be ecstatic to have any of these looks for my own home.

Seeing Redd

Miles Redd is known for his rather elaborate designs quenched in color and pattern. As you know I am drawn to neutral simple palettes, but I must say all these designs from Mr. Redd have me singing a new tune. I adore these rooms and could easily see my family living in them. Well, if we were loaded that is.

It was also fun to see Ashley sitting on his stoop on her lovely blog. It would so be something I would do.

Cottage Living

Do you all happen to remember Lindsay Bierman's kitchen from the January/ February 2008 Cottage Living issue {second image}? Well I do and came across it again while doing my weekly real estate browsing. I know I am a complete nut, but then again at least I share my nuttiness with all of you right? It is one of my favorite kitchens and seems to have stayed mostly the same except for recovering the settee and maybe an art change. Still adore it and the rest of the home.

Remember I am always happy to put you in touch with the listing agent if you want more info. I will not in any way send out the actual listing and therefore will not share location. Thanks for understanding.

A Bold Teen's room

I rather enjoy a bold room although I can't actually live with one. I thought I would indulge myself and play pretend for the day. I could see a young teen's bedroom painted white or maybe even a dark gray if I want to be completely daring. Imperial Trellis wallpaper would make a bold statement on one wall. A fabric headboard in a fun bird fabric could take center stage against the trellis. A simple white duvet with a lovely trim would keep it from being too overwhelming. A nightstand with a modern feel makes me ever so happy. How about a traditional chair in a stand out color for a desk where I am sure homework would be getting done. The striped pendant really could make the whole room all on it's own. Let's not forget a soft spot to rest, I think a faux sheepskin rug would do the trick.

The Marion House

Joslyn of Simple Lovely has a weekly line up of bloggers favorites. It truly has become one of my favorite reads. Well a few weeks ago she posted on Emma of The Marion House Book. Let's just say I became a tad bit enamored and soon a downward spiral of reading every single one of her posts ensued. Lucky for me she hasn't been blogging for too terribly long, ha! One of my favorites features on Emma's blog are posts on her home. This lady has an insane amount of style. Oh and I am not the only one that thinks so HGTV Canada and Bloesem blog both did features hence the crazy amount of photos. Now if I can somehow add a full black wall and a marble one to compliment I will be set.

Ellie's Room Makeover

Well, I finally got it done and posted! I have to say although the before was rather fun this version is a bit more soothing. Ellie loves it and says she feels like a princess. The paint color which she picked out before stayed the same. We did a bit of rearranging , the occasional mess is now hidden from the door way is a huge plus. The biggest difference for me was painting the bed. I went with the same gray that is on the dresser in our room since technically they are a set and one day the dresser will go in Ellie's room. This was also my first time to make fully lined curtains, I must say I am quite proud of the way they turned out.

Paint: Sherwin Williams Parakeet Green
Gallery wall: here
Lamp, side table, white quilt, rug: Home Goods
Fabric for curtains: Paula Prass Garden Trellis in Aqua
Pillows on bed made by me: Barbara Barry Poetical linen bought from LGN and Pink fabric bought from local shop King Cotton.
Bulletin Board Fabric: Same as on pillow
Pink and white Blanket: made for Ellie when she was a baby
Doll Houses: Pottery Barn kids
Kitchen: Target
paint on bed: gray (my own mixture made by Benjamin Moore)

I did a fun little interview with Catherine from iBlog. Her husband is the creator of the gorgeous frame that hangs over KJ's bed. Oh, and when they lived here in Birmingham her sweet little nursery was featured in Southern Living. How fun is that!

Laura Day

I really wish I could remember how I came across Laura Day's webazine, Laura Day Living, but alas I can not. This issue focuses on her summer living and her Bridgehampton farm house. I am smitten with the simple design of the master. The soothing colors come alive with texture. Oh, and the vertical bookcase filled with books is officially on my want list...

And this shot proves it's so very kid friendly. Such a doll, right?

A Place in the Hamptons

This may be my favorite issue of Elle Decor yet and I have been receiving this magazine for years. I absolutely adored the sneak peek into Meg Ryan's summer home on all my favorite blogs, but once I actually received the issue I was elated with Timothy Whealons summer home in the Hamptons. He made the purchase on a snap decision and had to redo the whole place. I think he did a mighty fine job, so much so that I keep on rereading the article and keep on studying all the pretty pictures. I simply can not put it down.

Kristen Hutchins

I have posted this office from Kristen Hutchins before. It is completely chic to perfection. Well, I recently came across Raenovate, a blog that posts before & afters that featured the rest of this home. I am smitten to say the least and am quite impressed with the transformation. And by impressed I mean let me just pick up my jaw that fell to the floor. Before & After...

*to see more of this homes before & after go, here.

A Boy's Room

This boys room would be perfect on the coast although I would love to recreate it here in the suburbs. Love the green painted floors with matching beds. It would be easy enough to rip up KJ's carpet and just paint the concrete then add a pretty rug. That sign with old barn wood and of course zinc letters from Anthropologie would easily top it all off. It's probably a good thing I am away or my husband may come home to a pile of mess, ha!

Elizabeth Dinkel Design

I posted the kitchen to this house earlier this week, but the rest of the home is just as smashing. Even though this home is on the grand side I love how it still feels cozy. It seems like every room is used and I could easily see children running throughout. To me livable design is design done right.

via here

Tracery Interiors

Tracery Interiors is one of my favorite design firms. Not only is there work absolutely stunning but they are some sweetest people around. They are based here in Birmingham, Al and Rosemary Beach, FL. Doug and I have become friends through this crazy world of blogging and I am always sure to stop in to say hello to Bess when we are at the beach. I was very excited when I found out Doug uploaded some of their work to Houzz. Here are a few of my favorites...

This one is of Doug's living room. Isn't it just gorgeous?

More of there work can be found here, here and here.

Adding to my Inspiration Folder

I know you all have seen this home throughout blogland, but the first time I saw the full tour was via Flourish Design + Style. By the way Sarah's blog is a daily read of mine. She and I share much of the same style, love that. Anyway, I had to re-post it. I think if we every get to build this will be one of those homes that I show the architect and then I will want to recreate the light and airy feel. There is not a detail I don't love. Oh, and the fabulous photography was done by this brilliant lady who also happens to blog. I love getting to see a few extra photos here. Gorgeous, right? My only wish now is to get my hands on the actual magazine. I love pouring over a good magazine more than the computer screen. It makes it easier for me to study.

{via Style at Home}


After seeing the top image on High Street Market I was quickly reminded how much this home inspires me. It one of those that I never tire of. It is from the June/July '08 Domino issue, one of my fave issues of all time. I even used the second image as inspiration for my style test that Kirsten of Simply Grove did of me way back in '08. I must say all the images I used then would make my list today. Oh, and what did my style test come out to be... Traditionally modern with a love for sporadic rustic and natural elements. She was spot on I believe.


This home is the perfect mix of being swoon worthy and child friendly. I look at images like this and just fall head over heels for all the color, so why can I not personally live with it baffles me. One of my favorite pieces in the article is when the owner and designer Jenny Keenan states, "I love things to be beautiful and be perfect, but that's just not realistic. Baskets are a pretty and practical way to sort of have it both ways." I must agree, baskets have become my best friends too.

{via Better Homes & Gardens}

And always I love to see my sweet babies up on Party Perfect. So fun!

Around the House

I feel like I am continually tweaking our home. I have some new additions and changes that I thought I would share. Nothing big, but I enjoy them just the same.

In the dining room I added a mirror that we had and a few plates. The mirror I painted mega griege by Sherwin Williams. This room gets lots of light so I added a natural touch with plants. The candle sticks were all thrift store finds.

This is the main living room. The wall behind the chair is huge and I could never find the "perfect" addition to fill it up a bit. Three years later we came up with a solution. The picture was taken by my husband at our favorite beach spot. We had it blown up and my husband cut it to fit six Ikea ribba frames.

In my entry I simply added a couple of reader's digests and a Penguin Classic, but after seeing this from A Little Sussy I am thinking I want to add more. A lot more.

Our master has the addition of the two front pillows. A friend bought them at market for her home, but they did not work. I traded two lamps for them. And yes, I should have made my bed better for the picture, but I was just grateful the kiddos did not jump on it while I was taking it.

The bath I painted Benjamin Moore stratton blue when we moved in. It's the main bath and sits between the kiddos rooms. I wanted to tone it down a bit, but was not willing to paint. I am somewhat over painting for awhile, so I took out all the red accents and added black and white. The towels are from Ikea, the antlers were an ebay score, and the shower curtain which set the whole tone is from Target.

Finally here is the new gallery wall. We had all black frames prior to this and we wanted to mix it up a bit. Of course you can tell it's not completed, but its on its way. I was going to slipcover the bench in a fabulous pink, but I think it's too much for my neutral love so the fabric will become a couple of pillows for Ellie's room and I will do something neutral. The garden stool I found at T.J Maxx for $30.

Currently I have my dining chairs and a bench that goes at the end of my bed at the reupholsters. I will share those as soon as they come back. Again, nothing too jazzy, but more practical for the kiddos. It's how I roll these days.