I hate not finishing something. I haven't finished my office, and it is starting to get to me. It's kind of a disaster in there. I'm giving myself a 2 week deadline. I need to make a list. Anyone want to come hang a chandelier??
I am constantly switching things up on my dining room table. It doesn't get used for meals much, so I like to keep it a little creative. I spotted these huge strips of cork bark at one of my favorite places, Neysa's, Fireside Shop in Cleveland and knew I had to have it.
Isn't it beautiful? It will be great for arrangements for parties, but for now it is helping to add sparkle to my table.
I remember the first time my friend Lauren and I were allowed out on the road for a day trip. Lauren must have just turned 15, and I was the lowly 14 year old passenger, though the much better driver. We set off for lunch and shopping in Cleveland and at McCarty in Merigold. We were so excited. I was playing DJ.. probably rocking out the Indigo Girls... and we were "discussing" our previous Friday night out. Right before we got to Boyle, Mississippi, I turned down the music to ask L, "What's up with that helicopter? It sounds like it is right over us." You all know what happened next... Blow Out. Major, tire ripped to shreds, blow out. And two girls who were taught, mind you, to change a tire, but had absolutely no idea how to do it.
Day trips are always eventful. Yesterday was a lot less tragic but just as memorable. I love a trip to Merigold, period. Driving through the town, the visitor might be a bit nervous. One might not know such treasures exist in this little town. Eating at the Gallery is the most perfect, ladylike, delicious luncheon. With beautiful tapestries on the walls and huge pieces of pottery... the best way of taking it in all before the big shopping extravaganza. Delta girls were raised on this. The whole experience. From being a little girl with your mother and grandmother to day trips in high school to taking your new friends from other parts of the state in college. Selecting the perfect piece for your collection. Spending time with the women in your life (Say all you want, the men just don't enjoy it as much). Devouring the most wonderful combination of chocolate and caramel cobblers.
My mother and I always stop at the front door. We love the insect gallery wall.
Silver, porcelain, antiques and tapestries. Popped with huge pieces of jade pottery.. gorgeous.
Summer lunch. Chicken salad, green beans, Merigold tomatoes, and cornbread.
Cobbler a la mode.
Madonnas and Angels.
A traditional mother's day or new mother's gift.
These tiny pieces are the death of me.
I want tons of them.
Hidden in the shelves are great pieces of art the McCarty's have collected.
What we "said" we were going for... wind chimes.
(We got platters.)
Love these in front of a home.
The unique pieces with glass melted in are the best.
The gardens behind the shop have the prettiest little treasures.
I don't know what it is about pillows this week. I'm waiting patiently on my own pillows for my living room, I'm ordering custom pillows for 3 different clients, and we just got a new line of pillows in at the store. Pillow overload. We never have loose pillows, but I love this line...
Sometimes when I need a shot of inspiration.. it just takes the tiniest thing around my house to fix it. I think that's truely what your home should be about... those little details. The little spots of things you love and what make you happy. I just needed that today. Here's a few from around my house.
My sista in law visited my favorite crazy store in Greenwood last summer and picked up this little dude to remind me to be happy. Works every day.
The pitchfork is another gem from that trip.With the San Miguel de Allende heart, it's the perfect contast.
Some of my favorite glass .. very modern with a twist of traditional from an antique plate.
Pieces from The Help set design department. They brighten up my office.
I've always been obsessed with paperweights. They are scattered about my house and always make me smile. That lamp was one of my favorite gifts from my mom. During the day, with the backdrop of crepe myrtles, it seems to have been made for that space.
Clash of traditional and coastal.
Delta and Beach.
Putting these two together were a no- brainer.
Once a set, only the female foo- dog remains after a painting crashed off the mantle. Since she was such a badass (duh, she's the woman) she gets her own glass case now.
Another favorite from the movie, a tiny ashtray.. love the pattern with the new chair and an old belt of my mother's as jewelry for a garden stool.
You all know I am cracked out on books. If you don't... please see above, they are in most photos. You can NEVER have too many. This glass vase gets to sit by itself... a "happy" from my friend Kristen who's always gives such fabulous gifts.
Honestly, this post is more for me than it is for you.
I heard/ saw/ killed a roach the size of a small cat in my pantry last night and in turn threw ALL my food away. All of it. I have no sugar, flour, random asian rice wraps. And then sat on top of my counter with a glass of bourbon because I didn't want to touch the ground.
Just a little sneak peak of whats coming.. I'm getting the Amanda Talley fabric done in a bolster with red welting.. and updating my sad black and whites on the end. They need to be a little bigger.. and with a different geometric design. I can see the finish line!
Rain in the mornings makes me sad since I can't get up for my walk/ run. I've been offsetting that with a few afternoon walks, but it's just not the same. For some reason this morning's rain was pretty awesome. Crazy thunder and a cuddled up dog made for the perfect way to start my day. Know what else was awesome?
These HUGE letters at David Pitts Interiors on Park.
I'm loving this for my guest bath. Seems like an easy yet perfect solution for my guest bath for some color. Has anyone used removable wallpaper? Would it work in a bathroom? Surely, since the shower only gets used once in a blue moon?
Didn't you hate getting progress reports in school? Like you weren't going to get in enough trouble when the actual report card came out, they wanted you to STAY grounded. This progress report is not so bad.. I still have some more work: a new faucet, paint or stencil the walls, possibly paint the cabinet. Epoxy Painting the tile was time consuming and sticky. But Laura Merrill whipped up the shower curtain in under 5 minutes. Kind of a wiz on the sewing machine. Overall, I'm pretty pumped. And that fabric makes me real happy.
PS.. Laura Merrill is also pretty fab in the kitchen. Lucky for me since I am not. She is giving away one of my favorite cookbooks today on her blog. Go Comment and Win!