Top Five Trends from the 2016 Parade of Homes

It’s that time of year again! Time for me to make the annual trek around to a bunch of open houses and report back my findings on the latest interior design trends from the Birmingham Parade of Homes. This year’s post is going to be chock full of eye candy photos, so pin away to your heart’s content.  Come on inside and let’s look around these uber-trendy houses all built in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama. I’ll just be honest and say that sometimes I fell in love with the staging … [Read more...]


The Grand Bugapest Hotel + Crafting with Nature Book Giveaway!

When I was a kid my mom would take me to the library at the beginning of summer where I would check out all the books I could find on nature crafts. Then for a few weeks I would take my books outside and try out all the projects that caught my eye. When my friend Amy at A Nest for All Seasons told me she was writing a book called Crafting with Nature it was like she was writing it just for the little girl in me. So, today I'm excited to offer you a Crafting with Nature book giveaway along … [Read more...]

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Keeping up with the Gaineses

If the 2016 Birmingham Parade of Homes is any indication, everyone wants to keep up with the Gaineses. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the Fixer Upper couple as much as the next person, but Joanna Gaines has taken the design world by storm and ship-lapped her way into pretty much every single Parade Home I toured so far this year.   There was shiplap EVERYWHERE!  And I LOVE IT. There were also some more new and surprising trends that are starting to take hold, like aged brass fixtures … [Read more...]

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A Case of the Aprils

April the 8th is a notoriously bad day around here. Over the years, I can list many things that have happened on April the 8th that range from pretty bad to just plain horrible.  Among these things are first boyfriend breakups, friend’s deaths, and an f5 tornado that almost wiped out my mom’s hometown. Each year I watch the calendar in anticipation of the day and breathe a sigh of relief if all my friends and loved ones make it through it unscathed.  Most years we do ok, but this year? Not so … [Read more...]

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Privacy Please: How To Add a Door To a Cased Opening

As any mom of little kids can tell you, bathroom privacy is a Sacred and Holy Experience. When we bought our house there was not a door between our master bedroom and our master bathroom—only a cased opening. Inside the bathroom there is an enclosed potty room and of course our bedroom has a door, but there was nothing but a short hallway to separate the bed from that big garden tub right there.  Also, when we moved in, there were no blinds on the double glass doors that open to the back … [Read more...]

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5 Simple Painting Tips for Beginners

Paint is an amazing thing. I can’t think of a single decorating item that you can buy for your house that can make such a dramatic change to a room for such a small investment. A can of paint and some rollers costs very little, but the impact it can have on the overall vibe of a room is YUUUUUUGE. Check out the instant facelift that Caroline’s nursery got when we painted it last year: See what I mean?  It’s like the interior design equivalent of a messy bun/no makeup/holey t-shirt … [Read more...]

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A Q&A with Me! {Haven Mentor Blog Hop}

Back in July of 2012 I attended the very first Haven Conference with my best friend Dusty in tow.  Within the first 10 minutes of our arrival we got busted by Rhoda (one of the founders of Haven) as we rolled my giant blue cooler--affectionately dubbed Big Blue--into the elevator to our room. Then we unpacked our stuff, filled our wine glasses and set to work meeting every single blogger that we possibly could meet that year. We laughed, we cried, we sang, we danced to “Get Low” with a 6 month … [Read more...]

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Cozy Spring Home Tour Blog Hop

I know, I know. I just posted the Hallelujah Home Tour a few weeks back. Is it too soon for another one? Maybe. But my daffodils are in full bloom, and they have taken over my house right now, so I might as well show them off, right? I also couldn’t resist joining some of my very favorite bloggers for this Cozy Spring Home Tour today, hosted by my friend Rachel at Shades of Blue Interiors.  As a gardener, Springtime is one of my favorite times of year. And this year I have a … [Read more...]

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I believe that every home has a story to tell, but especially the Old Ones.  Those 100+ year old homes that have seen multiple generations of folks pass through the halls and swing on the front porch. Imagine if those walls could talk.  What would they say? Mobile, Alabama has it’s fair share of these matriarchal mansions, standing proudly under the dappled shade of the tall live oak trees. Over the decades, some of these beauties have been neglected and fallen into disrepair.  But then there … [Read more...]

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The Hallelujah Home Tour

How’ bout we kick off 2016 with a FULL home tour, shall we? Welcome to our new home! I've done a Christmas Home Tour and even a video home tour, but up until now I have not posted a full-fledged Old School Blogger home tour of our new house. And yes, before you ask, it has taken me an entire year to decorate this house and post pictures. Somewhere in there I had a baby and lost my mind for a few months, but I’m back and ready to get back in the blogging saddle. I’m calling this … [Read more...]

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