Friday, August 28, 2009

Weekend Plans

This is my first weekend at home in forever and I am beyond excited to have some time to get my house organized! I will start my organizing spree in the office/playroom/husband's dressing room.....this room is a catch all room for anything and everything. Fabric swatches are thrown across the floor, along with Annie's quilt (for tummy time) and stuffed animals, and my husband's's a mess. Once I work my magic it's going to look just like Celerie Kemble's home office shown above :). I WISH!! I love the whimsical feel of this just seems to breathe creativity. Maybe one day my home office will look like this, but for now I'll just have to make due with the catch all room it has become.

Whatever your weekend plans may be, I hope you have a great one!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Annie's Head of the Class!

Annie had her 2 month check up today and weighed in at 12lbs 5oz and is 24" tall. She is in the 90th percentile in weight and the 95th percentile in height.....get it girl!!
p.s.- she is 100% the cutest and most loved baby in the world!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What's Cooking?

I know everyone and their brother has been blogging about Mark Badgley and James Mischika's horse farm in Kentucky featured in the September issue of Elle Decor, but I just couldn't resist posting about Mischika's cookbook library in the kitchen. First off, I am obsessed with this kitchen! I love everything about it...from the Urban Archaeolgy subway tiles, La Cornue range, Rohl sinks, Newport Brass faucets, to the hanging copper and stainless steel pots and pans. BUT my absolute favorite part of the whole kitchen is the "cookbook library" displayed in open shelving above the bar. I love cookbooks and would die to have this amount of storage in my kitchen to display these beautiful books full of yummy recipes. I get my love for cookbooks from my grandmother. She could honestly spend a whole day reading one cookbook cover to cover, and it would be the happiest day of her life. When I first got married, I used to love coming home from work and flipping through all my cookbooks to decide what we'd have for dinner. It was one of my favorite parts of the day. Once I got preggers, cooking just wasn't that much fun anymore. Now that I have little boo, I can't seem to find the time to do anything but throw some chicken on the grill and boil some rice in a bag. My poor husband is ready for me to start flipping through the cookbooks again and get creative with my cooking :)! This got me thinking about what my favorite cookbooks are....check out my top 3 listed below.

What are your go-to cookbooks?
Happy Cooking!

Monday, August 24, 2009


I was a bridesmaid in one of my best friend's weddings this past weekend. Everything was perfect and the bride looked absolutely beautiful! As you can see from the pic below the bridesmaids dresses were BLUE...I guess you'd call it a cornflower blue. Blue is one of my favorite colors (I go back and forth between blue and green). I love the color blue because there are so many different shades and each shade can provoke a different feel for a room. What is your favorite shade of blue?? I tend to lean towards a more pale blue or green/blue which I find very calming.

Annie boo and the blue bridesmaids
Me with the Beautiful Bride...isn't her dress gorgeous?!
Peacock Blue
Allan Reyes, Metropolitan Home

I love the range of blues in this room designed by Phoebe Hoard, from the headboard to the lamp, and the blues in the coral prints.

Vibrant Turquoise Blue
House Beautiful

Benjamin Moore- November Skies
Mary McDonald, Domino

Navy Blue

Benjamin Moore- Marylin's Dress
House Beautiful
Benjamin Moore- Blue Seafoam
Margaret Brunelle Fooshe, House Beautiful
Benjamin Moore- Bold Blue Mary McDonald, Domino
My living room walls are painted in Sherwin Williams-Sea Salt. This room has been completely neglected and needs lamps, pillows, a rug, window treatments...the list goes on and on BUT I do love the blue walls!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Have a great weekend!!

*image courtesy of flickr

Guess What...

Annie turned 8 weeks old yesterday!!

Can you believe how much she has grown?!

She loves playing on her jungle gym and grabbing at the animals hanging down.

Tummy Time! She's getting close to rolling over.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Stars and Stripes on The Farm

Interior Designer Ginger Barber created heaven on earth when she decorated this 1850s guesthouse and main house in Round Top, Texas....

The guesthouse sits across the meadow from the main house. It is actually larger than the main house with a couple of bedrooms, kids loft, living room and bathroom.

LOVE the brown and white striped floors and moravian star lantern! Barber used porch stain to get "that on-and-off paint look - imperfect" for the striped floors.

guesthouse awesome is the zinc top console with white vessel sinks?!

guest house main hallway...once again LOVE the painted checkerboard pattern on the floors.

guest bedroom

guest bedroom

My all time favorite porch!! You may recognize the pic from my porch swingin' post.

The main house has a master bed & bath, combined kitchen and family room and wraparound porch. Barber boarded every wall in the main house with reclaimed wood and whitewashed the boards. Love the soft, subtle, rustic look!

family room / kitchen

master bedroom

This is my favorite room on the farm....the outdoor dining area. It is the farm's only real dining room. One word...PERFECTION!!

the old horse barn

Reg and I have always said that if we win the lottery we are going to buy a farm in Madison, Georgia for the kids to run wild on. If that ever happens my farm is going to look just like this one :)!!
*All pics & info courtesy of House Beautiful*

Websites I'm Loving

I can't get enough of the following websites....
Roberta Roller Rabbit-
Fun & Funky quilts, pillows, curtains, placemats, napkins and tablecloths AND kartas, beach bags, hats, pereos and lounge wear for women and children...

I LOVE all the graphic patterns and bright colors!

I'm thinking about ordering this rectangular tablecloth in the elsa brown pattern for my dining room table.

If you love monograms then you have to check out the next 2 sites...
La Plates-
10" melamine monogrammed plates and other monogrammed accessories. You personalize your plate by picking from a variety of designs, colors, fonts and personalization. The plates are durable, fun and only cost $22 for a set of 4...that's hard to beat.

Annie will be getting a set of these for Christmas.

They have trays too. This would be a great wedding shower gift.

My absolute favorite is Dabney Lee at Home-
I want it all... from paper goods to lucite trays and icebuckets!!!

The patterns and monogram styles they have to choose from are to die for! They make great wedding & shower gifts too!

I HAVE to have this lucite tray!!

It's time to do some back to school shopping for Annie. I know, I know she is only 2 months old and rarely leaves the house but how can I resist these precious outfits from Mini Boden????
Happy Shopping!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009


I LOVE Bunny William's room at the 2009 Kips Bay showhouse featured in the August issue of House Beautiful. Bunny used furniture from her BeeLine home collection and threw in a red Egg chair from Design Within Reach. In the article Douglass Brenner asked Bunny, "That red chair throws it off, doesn't it?". She replied, "Somebody asked me why I put it there and I said, 'Because I just felt like it.' The eye is connected to the heart and soul. Rooms should have spontaneity. Nothing quite matches but it blends." I agree with Bunny (I love calling her Bunny like she is my BFF), rooms should have spontaneity. We should all push ourselves to think outside of the lines and not be so by the book when decorating. Here are a few rooms with some spontaneity...

I love how Elizabeth Martin incorporated the hot pink moroccan poufs. So fun!
Elle Decor

In this living room designed by Miles Redd, the orange coffee table and skirted desk really make the room pop!
House Beautiful
These yellow chairs brighten up the room.
Elle Decor

Jonathan Berger used hot pink accents to give this family room a little flare.
House Beautiful

THANK YOU to Blue Hydrangea and The Newlywed Diaries for featuring The Buzz on their blogs last week!!!