Things I’m Loving

Because I am sure it’ll be fun to look back years from now and see how my taste has changed, I thought I’d make a list of some of the design-related things I’m in love with right now. 

1. This living room by Jimmy Stanton in Atlanta Homes Magazine


Yes, do click the link, because the whole house is pretty nifty. Lots of Belgian-y inspirations like linen slipcovers, warm colors (think burnt mocha, graphite, and deep cream, and driftwood), natural fibers (rugs, curtains, fabrics), stone galore, bleached woods, and over-sized statement lighting. 


2. Tennessee Wall Art

TennesseeWoodIIIFound at The Old Try, a printmaking company that’s closed on Sundays, even online. 🙂 

3. This. Just all of it. 

74cdea8248e59dae8ac95e99fba45d34Found at Better Homes and Gardens. Can’t you picture it decorated for any season? 

4. Everything about this dining space.586552b4289b45990f37967137443f7a

Love the found chairs unified with a common paint color, the well-worn drawer, the faux grain-sack-stripe armchair, the vintage Red Cross poster, the industrial-style lighting, and best of all, Old Glory. The source is from this foreign website, but I wasn’t able to find the actual original. 

5. I love the details on this slipcover. I’d love to have the skill to make something like it someday! 

Living_Room_after_6I found it on the website (of a talented designer) that, fair warning, has a name featuring a not-so-nice word. Don’t click on it if language bothers you. Here it is

6. This generic example of the kitchen design I love no matter what. 


c7dcefe0e0c2099113a1a871cb8519a7Here’s an easy recipe for a kitchen I’ll love for sure: Bead board on the ceiling; white, navy, natural, or gray cabinets, always shaker-style and flush mount, sometimes mixed with open shelving; corbels a-plenty; a bead board or subway tile backsplash; concrete, carrera marble (honed), soapstone, or butcher block counters; simple nickel or bronze pulls, an apron-front sink placed beneath a window (with or without a skirt); and warm, wood floors (not the super-trendy, nearly-black, wide-plank, hands-scraped look, though). 

7. So many bathrooms… 


af602e81215ff549cb4ace213bb73880This one from AH again… CLICK THE LINK; the whole thing is perfect. 


This dream from Perfect Cococozy

29e65d2aafbc5ff448d08ba2349e2685Found on Pinterest, but sadly there’s no link to an original source. If you know it, please let me know. 🙂 

8. This beauty from Lucas Studio, Inc.

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You can find the whole house by clicking on over to their amazing website here

9. Once again, I don’t know the source (sorry, guys). 




10. The  2012 Southern Living Idea House Idea House’s living room



11. This Pottery Barn bedroom.



12. Vignettes like this: 

ed824cc9f200c6c2dba486057c30e614Once again, the link is worth your “click.” 

12. Salvaged architecture as artwork. 

8997a6d9dfcd8270623ae68de051905eNabbed this Magnolia Homes beauty from Miss Mustard Seed’s glorious blog. 🙂 

13. Impressionist artwork. I know this particular love is life long. 

(c) Fife Council; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Sundown in Spring, Kellie Castle by John Henry Lorimer, found here on the BBC’s website

14. Ethereal abstract artwork, like this piece by Sarah Otts


Go look at her website right here. In her About Me section, she writes, “My paintings are an illustration of my restless enthusiasm to make the most of every moment of each day.” Happy sigh. 




4th of July Weekend Wedding

One of my aunts is a teacher. At her school, there was a precious Kindergarten teacher. She once commented to a friend and co-worker that she wished her son (one of my older cousins) would meet a girl like that Kindergarten teacher; a kind, beautiful girl who loves Jesus. Sure enough, soon after they met at a party, our family was attending their wedding. Don’t you love that? Never underestimate the power of a praying mother. 🙂

The wedding took place on 4th of July weekend. I won’t share photos of the bridal party on the wedding day, but will definitely share the location and some of the sweet details of the weekend.

First, some of the women relatives met the bride and her friends as they prepared the cupcakes for the reception. They made these sweet treats themselves. Isn’t that just impressive? I thought the fresh raspberries were a super sweet touch. IMG_3265 IMG_3266 IMG_3264My dad’s little sister, his cousin, me, my momma, and my dad’s older sister enjoyed a lunch of some yummy salads after our decorating efforts. 🙂 The couple had a relaxed backyard rehearsal dinner which was a sweet way to spend 4th of July. IMG_3282 IMG_3279 IMG_3281IMG_3278Christmas in July, anyone? IMG_3296Gotta love little brother’s silly expression. IMG_3308My adorable second-cousin and my aunt’s husband popped bubbles together on the lawn. IMG_3327I’ll claim this gorgeous sunset as a sign of great things to come for the couple. 🙂IMG_3324Even the family dog sported his American Pride…IMG_3318And Momma, the dog lover, approved! IMG_3406A gorgeous bridge with a picturesque bridge at the wedding site the next evening. IMG_3421IMG_3407The guests all crossed this bridge to watch the two say “I do.”IMG_3411The beautiful backdrop of the ceremony. I can still picture the bride and groom here. Is there anything sweeter than a wedding, y’all?

IMG_3438 IMG_3420I think the prairies and hills are the perfect backdrop for a life-long love story. ❤

Dad’s High School Reunion

Though we traveled to South Dakota for a cousin’s wedding, good fortune was on our side. It also happened to be the weekend of Dad’s High School reunion. Those who were able met at a small pocket park to share food, memories, and warm wishes.

It was a privilege to meet his classmates and hear stories of the huge amounts of fun they created in a small, sleepy town. Like many children, it has been difficult for me to imagine my dad “pre-kids,” but I got a better picture that day. It was so apparent that those assembled shared many common values and much history. Even after decades, there was no lull in conversation.

IMG_3390Daddy chatting away. IMG_3392Love this photo of my momma; it shows her personality perfectly. She is always great company and has a smile and laughter in store for everyone.
IMG_3393 IMG_3394 See this creek? It looks deceptively like any creek you’d find here in the South. We were told we’d definitely cool down on the (uncharacteristically) hot and humid day if we waded into the water. We soon found that to be truer than we could have imagined; the water could not have been any warmer than 40 degrees by my estimate. IMG_3399 Brother bravely waded in deep (I only dipped my feet) and emerged with first numb, then painfully-cold shins! Brrrrr! By the way, did you notice the automobile in the riverbank? 🙂

When we returned, we got to leaf through old yearbooks. 🙂 It was a real treat!
IMG_3400IMG_3402IMG_3401 Wasn’t Daddy fly with that bright red mop of curls and those flared, plaid pants? 🙂IMG_3403Dad taking the opportunity to acknowledge the part his hometown played in the successes and happiness he’s enjoyed in his life so far. He expressed appreciation for his home and its people; a lovely sentiment.

When asked by one classmate what kind of a father my dad had been, I confess that I only managed to choke out the word, “Great.” In truth, my mind was racing with how to put what a great provider he’s been, what security his presence has always given me, how I appreciate the lessons about hard work he’s given me, how my husband and I still seek out his advice all the time, and how I enjoy my folks’ company more than just about anybody’s.  It’s hard for me to string together thoughts like that without thinking for a while.

IMG_3405So thankful to meet these people and pray their lives are full and blessed!


Shopping In Downtown Spearfish


Come and stroll through a special place where my dad grew up, and where I traveled as a child to visit grandparents and cousins.

My Dad’s home town is nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It’s a charming town called Spearfish. I’ve heard so many tales of the city that it has become sort of “legendary” in our family (my cousins who grew up there would probably disagree).

It features an amazing downtown area with uncharacteristically wide streets for the era of its construction (I’d imagine this has really been advantageous in the age of automobiles). IMG_3336We met up with my aunt and cousin for a day of shopping in the little unique stores around the area.

Naturally, we had to start with coffee. We visited a great local coffee shop called Common Grounds. IMG_3331IMG_3330From concrete floors, to mismatched tables, to bags hanging from the ceiling, this place has a relaxed vibe I just love in a coffee shop. IMG_3332The bar where the magic happens. She was pulling a pretty tasty shot for my americano here. 🙂 IMG_3334Spearfish is a goldmine for those who love the outdoors. My cousin, who loves fly fishing, met us in his waders; he simply jumped out of a creek and drove to meet us for coffee. 🙂

IMG_3340IMG_3335I love that this realty office gives a rustic, mountain vibe. They sure capitalized on the appeal of the area! IMG_3337This shop, Hudson & Main, was my favorite by a landslide. If you want to check them out for yourself, click here for their facebook page.


IMG_3344Gorgeous painted table (maybe ASCP Pure White?), hurricanes, realistic faux florals, and yummy smells.

IMG_3345I cannot lie; I was in love with this Toile-Upholstered chair. Did you notice the neat details scattered about?

IMG_3346The chalkboard planters were precious. I can picture it in a kitchen window with herbs planted, labeled, and ready for use.


IMG_3348I adored this primitive horse sculpture. I learned that horses there work hard and are sometimes owned by true ranchers who herd cattle over (literally) thousands of acres. Isn’t that kind of a romantic idea? Reminds me of that old Dean Martin song, “My Rifle, My Pony, and Me.” 

IMG_3349This painted and glazed lamp would be a warm, inviting welcome in an entry way or guest room.

IMG_3351I’m not very well educated, but this looks like a gateleg table of sorts (please jump in and inform me if you know better).



IMG_3354I was truly tempted to take a few of these home and use them as art above our bedside tables. Sort of kicking myself for not doing so! Hudson & Main featured some fun salvaged pieces.



IMG_3357Momma and my aunt.


IMG_3360I’d love an acorn wreath on my door this fall!

IMG_3361They are retailers of Annie Sloan Fabrics…

IMG_3362… AND have a ASCP classroom!




IMG_3366Sorry for the back-lit cell pic!

IMG_3367And one of my favorites from Hudson & Main, a stunning piece of stained glass.

Next, we visited other stores around the square. I loved these items from a local antique store:



IMG_3379I dreamed of using these baskets to store sporting goods in a mudroom or boys’ room. Can’t you picture it piled high with vintage baseballs and a catcher’s mitt? ❤

IMG_3381Another store that, despite changing hands many times since dad’s childhood, had an original ceiling that was a walk down memory lane for my dad.

IMG_3384This vintage wrap dress in an amazing nautical print just begged me to be purchase it and wear it on a cruise somewhere exotic. 😉

IMG_3388Oh, and I made a friend.

Thanks for visiting a place so close to my heart with me!