Friday, October 21, 2016

Feeling Fallish

The end of summer and early fall have been a bit of a whirlwind for me. I made a major career change, leaving my law firm and moving in-house at a Bank. The change was incredibly hard, stressful, and didn't leave much mental space for my creative outlets - working in my house, gardening, cooking, blogging, etc. I am now settled into my new job, feeling rested and happy, and excited to welcome the cooler weather with a renewed outlook and more free-time.

It's the third week of October and we have had weather in the 80's and 90's for most of the month. We are in a pretty serious drought and my plants show the signs of it. Finally, today, we had a gorgeous Fall day. As luck would have it, an exciting new purchase - my first non-iphone camera- arrived on my doorstep. So I walked around my house and my neighborhood and took some Fall inspired pictures.

Most of the trees in our neighborhood are still green, maybe due to the warm weather, but this gorgeous orange maple is the exception. It is so lovely set against the charming white house.

I've changed up a few little things around our house for Fall. I brought out some of our brown pillows and styled our coffee table with some pretty preserved hydrangea.

The neutral colors feel so soothing to me this time of year.

I love to add natural accents purchased from our local garden store like white pumpkins and bleached pinecones.

In the dining room we have added a seagrass rug (it is still flattening out - hence the books around the edge).

I added an acorn table runner purchased from the shop of one of my favorite bloggers Everyday Occasions. For a fall centerpiece I used an antique yellowware bowl and filled it with white pumpkins, moss, and some wiry twigs. I paired it with some antique barley twist candle holders with drab candles (also from Everyday Occasions). I love how it looks!

We've kept it simple on the front porch - my favorite wooden pumpkin, a branch that fell in our front yard, and our beautiful iron planter with some wiry twigs mixed in.

A simple bittersweet wreath for the door.


I am excited to start to learn to use my camera. Lily is an excellent test subject...

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Fall season!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

4th of July Weekend at Lake Martin

We just returned from a wonderful long weekend with Al's family at their house on Lake Martin. 
It's always so nice to spend time with the Teels, and we were lucky that his brother Austin and his girlfriend Casey spent the whole weekend there as well. 

Tracy, Lane and Lynn on the boat heading to Friday Night on the Green

On Friday night we went to Catherine's Market for a wine tasting and some live music on the green. 

Saturday Afternoon was spent at the lake playing with cousins, enjoying some sunshine, and taking naps (for me). 

Al loves to play with his cousin Rachel!

Mamaw Nelda chatting with Julia Kilby

^^Everyone loves to play cornhole at the Lake!^^

The sunset on Saturday was gorgeous as always. I love how it reflects on the water. 

Austin and Tracy

Al and me

Live music at the Landing.

Sunday morning we rode on the boat to go watch the annual Lake Martin boat parade. 

It was my first time to go. It's adorable. 
Everyone decorates their boats and rides through the lake. 
Al and his family used to enter and even won one year!

Casey and me enjoying the Boat Parade
Allison and Jane

^^Sweet Allison^^
^^This was my favorite boat decoration^^

^^Paper Mache Uncle Sam^^

Casey watching the boat parade

Billy, Todd, Lynn and Lane watching the boat parade

My sister Becky and some of her friends came to the lake for the day on the 4th. 

Al and I had fun driving them around the lake. 


We went to the Amphitheater to watch fireworks and listen to music. 

Lori Beth, Becky and Michael

Tracy enjoying the nice weather and live music

Hi Sammy!

^^kids participating in a hula hoop contest^^

Lake Martin has an amazing fireworks show! 

The Sweet Tea Trio band played and they were awesome!


It was a wonderful weekend and we're so thankful to have such a warm, welcoming family!
Until next time, Lake Martin!
Lake Martin sunrise

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Mini-Makeover of our Den

Since buying our house 9 months ago, we have been making each room our own, step by step. 

Our den is one of the rooms we spend the most time in because it has the TV. It's where I drink my coffee and watch the Today Show, it's where we watch football games and Game of Thrones. 

We've left it largely untouched, other than the addition of a Bokhara rug. All of the furniture is hand-me-downs. 

I love that it feels cozy and lived-in, but it really is too dark for such a small room. So I decided to give it a mini-makeover. It's just a side project, so we're not devoting a ton of resources to it. I want to lighten up the paint color, eventually replace the couch with something larger, lighter, and more comfortable, and add an upholstered ottoman. 

My Inspiration Board:


Darker trim with neutral walls. 

Farrow & Ball paint - Old White 4
Farrow and Ball "Old White" on the trim, doors, and built-in bookshelves.

Farrow and Ball "Off White" for the walls. 

Color pallet Inspiration from Pinterest:


architect Stan Dixon's office from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles **paint millwork & walls same:

I love the simplicity and functionality of Shaker design. And these red floors.:

A Country Farmhouse:

Eventually a new couch, like this:


Eventually it'd be nice to add sconces next to the couch, and a lamp next to the leather chair.

I'd love a Federal mirror above the leather chair. 

 The painting process has begun! 

In the past we've hired a handyman to paint our rooms. This time I took it upon myself to paint.. it's quite a process but it's been fun. We ordered Farrow and Ball paint and it really is amazing quality. Two coats seems to do the trick on woodwork and walls. 

Loving the look so far. 

The room feels so much lighter!