Friday, April 29, 2011

Delayed Birthday Gifts = Awesome

It came in!!!
My Amanda Stone Talley yard o' amazingness
from my mother came in yesterday,
and I am P.U.M.P.E.D.
Still no concrete ideas what I am doing with it...
Just going to stare at it for a while.

On another note,
Did anyone else get up at 4am to watch the Royal Wedding?
My husband woke me up and cuddled on the sofa for it.
My Prince Charming.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Our backyard

It's hard to believe all of that rain resulted in all of this beauty.
Prayers for all people who are suffering because of the tornadoes.
It is just heartbreaking.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Shopping Trip: Paul Micheal's

One of my favorite places in the world is Paul Micheal's
in Lake Village, Arkansas.
Love It.
Only ONCE have I left empty handed.. that was a sad sad day.
Just a glimpse of what caught my eye on my trip Tuesday...

I don't normally go for the distressed look,

but I love this! Aren't the barstools perfect?
And these gold lamps need to find their way
into someone's home soon.

Isn't that angel- winged armoire wild?

This last sofa table got lots of consideration for my dining room.
Until I decided on these:

 See the new additions in the corner?

They are amazing pedestal cabinets.
Still playing around with them,
but they are just what I wanted!

Moving our favorite glass of both of our grandmothers'
 into the dining room is a nice change.
Of course, I will have to rework our mantle.
It's always something.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


That was a terrible pun, but I am pretty excited about my latest project. A few weeks ago, a friend sent me an email asking if I could paint a dresser and rocker for her adorable blond little girl. My friend is expecting her second child and wants to fix up Ruby's first "big girl room". Absolutely no problem, I replied. Bring them by the house, I will get started. Then she asked about recovering the rocker. Ummm. I don't really know how to do that. Isn't there sewing involved? Don't you hire professionals to do that? But never one to turn down a challange.. I finished the painting and started to rip off the old fabric and tackle the bubblegum pink and white damask.

That finish was THICK. It took lots of sanding and lots of primer.

It took pliers, a screwdriver and hours of Mad Men to get the nails out.

I added lots of batting to the seat and to both sides of the back.
The seat was easy to cover for the most part.

Ok. I had a little bit of help. I don't have this photographed,
but I cut panels and pinned them
inside out tightly around the edge.
I started to hand stitch them, but realized that
that was an awful idea.
I took it to Greenville and my mom ran a seam in like 2 minutes.
Cheating is ok, sometimes.

I did a little hand stiching myself.

This is what my living room looked like for a whole week. Gross.
Turns out lots of supplies go into upholstering.
I even added a panel to the underside
so you would never see the old seat straps.

I DID IT! I'm pretty proud of myself!
I think it is just the cutest... and I think Ruby will like it too!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Home Sweet Home

I told you yesterday that I went to visit my parents while Nick was away. I realized while I was there that you might not know where I get my style/ obsession with color. My mother (if you haven't guessed by now) is my mentor, especially with design but really with most everything. Her house is the epitomy of amazing. It is pretty much where I came up with saying "amazing" so much. I love it. I strive to make mine like hers. She has the most badass style of anyone I know. And she just rolled her eyes that I typed "badass".
She sent me a text Monday afternoon, saying "Come to dinner. Spend the night. Play with me." How would you ever say NO to that??? We had the most fabulous day.. coffee outside with the dogs, lunch with her parents, and shopping. 
In my hurry Monday afternoon, I forgot my camera, but these are the shots I got with hers.

Isn't it fun? This is not the house I grew up in,
but is the one I feel the most at home (other than OURS!).
We had our wedding and reception here.

And don't you want to squeeze that dog?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Helping The Help

If you follow this blog, you might remember 6 crazy months for me last year when I completely slacked on blogging (and housework, friendships, my husband, taking care of my dog). During that time, I worked for the Art department of the DreamWorks film, "The Help". I "helped" take care of a million little things during that time. It was exhausting and fun. I met some wild people, a few who I know I will keep in touch with for years. There were so many talented people in my department who patiently taught me what goes into making a major movie. The trailer to the movie came out yesterday, and I am sure most of you have seen it already, but if not.. here it is:

I have watched it 10 times in the last 24 hours. I am proud. I kinda teared up. I feel all the work was worth it! Every lamp, switch plate, book, drapery, and toilet (you'll see)... I have had my hands on. That's pretty cool if I say so myself.
Stay tuned: August 12th is the big day!

Home Cooked Meal

Nick has been out in Napa again, so instead of moping around the house alone, I have taken myself and Frida to Greenville to visit with my parents, do a little shopping, and get a home cooked meal... at Doe's.
Yes people, I was raised on Doe's fried shrimp and hot tamales. (Plus chip and dip from the Cow Pen, pasta at Fermo's, etc) My mother is an incredible cook but found we spent more time together if we were out to dinner. I am a very lucky girl. And amazingly, not 300 pounds.
On Monday nights lately, one of Greenville's illustrious citizens has been coming to Doe's to prepare his version of an avocado salad using Doe's salad dressing.

I promised not to share the recipe.. sorry. It is pretty amazing.

Not your normal Doe's plate, huh?

Sorry for the BlackBerry photo, but I do what I can in a pinch!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Happy Friday!

Don't these tulips look like they are sticking their tongues out?
Have a very fun weekend!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Search of the Day

I am looking for an affordable version of this:

It needs to be affordable enough to still be able to recover.
Local would be great, and
I love vintage.
Any suggestions?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rhythm and Books

So I took yesterday off from my life. It was awesome. My husband came home from cooking at the Masters late Monday night, and we celebrated and in turn, slept in. It was much needed.
I did though get back into action last night for the book signing of friend/chef/author Martha Foose at Turnrow Books. Turnrow is one of my all time favorite places in the world. The owners are great and have turned this old building into a well designed dream. The store was packed with friends, the food was delicious, we got to brown bag it and to top off the night, George McConnell was playing. I felt like I was 18 years old, and it took every bit of my being not to dance at the "stage" all night by myself to old Beanland songs.
So much fun. Go Greenwood!
We were also celebrating an art opening for Georgia artist Kendall Boggs. Her pieces are all over Turnrow right now. They are very feminine with amazing texture. I hung out with her the afternoon of my birthday and was so happy to see her again. She is also featuring some great photos from last night on her blog.

Have a great day!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday Morning Inspiration

I am up to "here" with work this morning, so I am leaving you with these beautiful breakfast rooms... my inspiration for the day. I am obviously into the bench/ banquette set up right now.

cereal or cocktails? eclectic dining room

New Construction eclectic dining room

Breakfast Room traditional dining room

Breakfast dining room

Friday, April 8, 2011

Little Rock Star

I am posting this A. because I think this designer is awesome. and B. because I am super jealous that my friend Amy (who gets mentioned here a lot.. here, here and here) is going to her Design Camp this Saturday. I am double jealous also because IF I could go, I would top it off with the two of us (really, three of us. We would totally talk Tobi into going with us) going to the Bourbon and Bacon dinner at Ashley.
Back to the point. Tobi Fairley is a quintessential Southern designer. I am a fan of hers, for sure. Obviously Southern Living is too. Check out this amazing kitchen she designed:

What a soothing color palate! Can't you imagine cooking/ eating/ enjoying this space?
That Cowtan and Tout dot fabric is my favorite but runs a tight race with the pewtery/ mocha Hickory Chair leather seats.
I also have a under- counter microwave and I. Love. It.
I am not a fan of appliances on the counter for aesthetic purposes,
Nick just wants more counter space in his life.
I definitely will steal the under counter shelves for cookbooks and display one day.
And we all know how important it is to have comfortable seating in the kitchen.. since that's where everyone hangs out.
These homeowners would have to kick me out.