How to do Birmingham like a Local

Hey friends! This week I'm virtually road-tripping around the South with a whole bunch of great bloggers for The Great Southern Road Trip.  We will be linking up all sorts of fun southern inspired posts for y'all to enjoy, sip and savor. So, grab your mason jar of sweet tea and let me take you on a tour of my hometown, Birmingham, Alabama. I've drawn you a fun little map to help you get your bearings around town.  To the south is Red Mountain, to the West sits Legion Field (home of … [Read more...]


Host a Neighborhood Outdoor Movie Night + Free Printable Invitation

This post contains affiliate links. School is out and we are raring to go for a summer of fun around here! First order of business? Hosting an outdoor movie night for the neighborhood! When we moved into this new house, I volunteered to be the Special Events Coordinator for the entire neighborhood (I know, I know…I couldn’t help myself). One of the summertime bucket list things I’ve always wanted to do is host an summer movie night.  I intended to do it last summer but I was like 40 … [Read more...]

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A Backyard Makeover with Raised Garden Beds

When we bought our house last year, the backyard left a lot to be desired.  It was one of the major makeover projects I dreamed and schemed about over the winter as I waited impatiently for Spring to arrive. After months of imagining what the back yard could look like, I am finally able to report back with some MAJOR progress! Here is the back of our house before the makeover began.  This shot was taken in winter so the weeds aren’t knee-high in the flower bed, but you get the picture. In … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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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