Happy Friday!

I don’t know about you, but we’re so glad it’s Friday! Adam is wrapping up band camp, which has entailed 15 hour days each day this week. So, our plans mostly just include relaxing and slowing down. With as hot as it’s been, it would be nice to go for a swim here. What are your weekend plans?   Don’t forget to share your favorite design books here by midnight for a chance to receive a copy of Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style by Mark Sikes.   This has been such a wonderful book so far! So deep and

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Our Dining Room Transformation

From a garage to a bonus room to our dining room. This space has been through many changes, and we’re so excited to share how it came together! As you can see, this room didn’t quite scream bright, happy dining room when we first moved in, but oddly enough, it was one of the easiest rooms for us to envision what we wanted the end product to be. We outlined a few weeks ago the inspiration we pulled together to influence our design decisions for this space. We wanted a room that was multi-functional and could incorporate our piano and

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Building a Design Library: Our Favorite Design Books (and a Giveaway)

It’s no secret that the Internet is full of design inspiration. A quick scroll through Instagram or our favorite design blogs always leaves us with dozens of new ideas to ponder, but there’s something about books that I find especially inspiring and honestly a bit less overwhelming. Sitting down with a well-curated book gives you the chance to take in the style of the designer(s) and really study what it is that makes their work stand out. Are there any trends you notice that you may not have seen by just looking at a single photo? What things do they

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Happy Friday!

What are your weekend plans? Adam is recovering from his first week of band camp for the summer, and we’re enjoying a visit from my mom and grandmother, which means a visit to our favorite local ice cream shop!   Summer bug bites got you down? This stuff works wonders. Natural but also very effective!   Have any of you seen the New Southern design series by Alyssa Rosenheck? Each week she’s highlighting designers redefining Southern style, and I’m so excited to follow along!   Summer seems full of gatherings with friends and family, and I loved this list of

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A Timeless Office Inspired by the New York Public Library

Each time we have visited the New York Public Library I have been completely captivated. There are so many things to love and see about this space, and I find it flooding my thoughts for days and weeks to come after each visit. The beauty of this space is undeniable, and the fact that it functions as a public building that everyday people can use in present day to me is so intriguing. On our most recent visit, I tried to take in all of the design elements that give it the classic, grand yet approachable vibe. Several elements really

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Summer Skincare Routine

Anybody else have an overabundance of cucumbers right now? I love cucumbers, but with the quantity I’ve had coming in from our garden and CSA, I’ve had to get creative with how to put them to use. It’s no secret that cucumbers are a common skincare accomplice, think bright green slices atop the eyes of most every person pictured in stock spa photos. The truth is cucumbers really do have a lot of skin benefits, largely from the caffeic and ascorbic acids that help with inflammation. Inspired by the cooling and calming properties of cucumbers, we put together a soothing,

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Happy Friday!

This cinemagraph (and her entire series) created by Ann Street Studio is seriously mesmerizing.   We always love a gallery wall, and this one is so lovely and soft.   Wanting to make your own birthday cake is normal, right? I don’t get the chance to bake that often, and I chose a recipe from my go to Back in the Day Bakery cookbooks (1, 2). They have the best, dependable baking recipes!   It went perfectly with the watermelon juice we made on Monday!   Adam got me this book as a birthday gift, and it has given us

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New York City Travel Guide

As some of you my have seen on my Instagram, we were recently fortunate enough to spend five days in New York City. We had a blast and decided to put together our own guide of what we did (and loved) in the Big Apple. Where we stayed: We stayed in Soho at the Nomo Soho. Out of all the times we have been to New York City, this was our first time staying in an area with a real neighborhood feel. We ended up loving the area, with all the beautiful architectural details and proximity to shops, restaurants and

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Watermelon Juice Recipe

I look forward to this time of year for so many reasons, one of them being the chance to make fresh watermelon juice! Our first exposure to watermelon juice was a few summers ago at the Forsyth Farmers’ Market in Savannah, GA. The SAAFON booth was our first stop each week for a glass of their refreshing goodness! Today we’re sharing our own fresh, super simple watermelon juice recipe. Since watermelons are large in size and have a high water content, they yield a lot of juice, making it great for get togethers (or a house of 2!). The melon

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Happy Friday!

It’s almost the 4th of July! The 4th is one of my favorite holidays maybe partly because I was hours away from being born on this lovely holiday. There are so many things to love from the festive decorations, time with friends and family, and eating outside. We usually go see the Knoxville Symphony play on the lawn of World’s Fair Park and watch fireworks. What are your plans? Is there anything more classic than American flag buntings? They’re not the perfect fit for the exterior of our home, but I love them hung from windows and porches of classic,

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