Happy Friday!

I always love the regularly updated collection of favorites by Pencil and Paper Co, especially the furniture favorites. Such fun taste.   These guys snuck a fake poster of themselves into McDonald’s to make an important point. Love this, especially after seeing the wonderful Crazy Rich Asians last weekend.   Speaking of Crazy Rich Asians, these are the real crazy rich Asians. Such another world.   In love with this overnight bag. Love the steel blue option.   How America uses it’s land. That’s a lot of golf courses, and it’s kind of mind blowing we use more land to

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Porch and Patio Updates for Fall

This spring, we had big plans to give our porch and patio some TLC for spring and summer. Given that this weekend is Labor Day weekend and that basically the only update I’ve done is sweep, I’d say we pretty much missed the boat on that. Nevertheless, there is a silver lining in all of this. Our delay in tackling this project means that we’re just in time for end of summer sales and that we still have time to make updates and enjoy our outdoor space for some of the year’s most pleasant temperatures. Truth be told, I’d much

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Happy Friday!

Excited to try and squeeze this movie in over the weekend. Love all the actors!   Love a good easy salmon sandwich!   In love with this newest Gal Meets Glam dress. So excited for petites next month!   The dreamiest!   What a performance at 73 years years of age. Aretha Franklin.   This bouquet is giving me such inspiration to put our flowering dill to use- though, I think this may be fennel.   Love this perspective!   Love a good personality test. Adam and I were total opposites on this.   Always love seeing other people’s take

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Savoring Summer: Honey Lavender Simple Syrup

One of my favorite days at the farmers’ market all year long is lavender day. One week each year at the start of summer just before the Lavender Festival, a local lavender farm sets up a booth selling fresh bouquets, essential oil, and dried blossoms. It’s such a heavenly day with the smell of lavender drifting through the whole market. You know it’s lavender day before you even see the booth by the smell and by the small purple bunches peeking out of people’s bags as they walk by. Seriously, such a good day. Each year on lavender day, I

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Happy Friday!

Friyay!!!  So excited for the weekend! We have no plans other than to take it easy, which are always my favorite. I love slow Saturdays that start with a trip to the farmers’ market. Fun fact I heard this week, Tennessee ranks #1 in the growth of farmers’ markets!   I’ve never been to Upstate New York, but it’s on my list. Scrolling through this feed is giving me such inspiration to visit. I love the feel they capture in their photos! So dreamy. Like this photo of the Catskills.   At your wits’ end on what to do with all

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A Southern Family Home with Open Door Architecture

You may remember the last project we shot with local architects, Sean and Sara Martin of Open Door Architecture. We recently had the privilege to style and photograph another one of their incredible projects, this time a gorgeous, southern home in Maryville, Tennessee. Sean and Sara obviously did a wonderful job, and the owners have great taste which always makes for a great day of shooting! The owners have three kids, and Amber and I loved how they were able to combine their sophisticated taste with their lifestyle to make this a true family home. The couple has family ties to

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Happy Friday!

Yay for the weekend! After a long rainy week, I’m excited to have a few days off at home.   We HAVE to visit this shop the next time we’re in Nashville. I love it all.   Such beautiful and classic kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Can’t wait to see how House of Brinson uses them.   The art of stacking books.   Speaking of books, how do you feel about hanging art on the front of bookshelves? This example makes a pretty good case for it.   We just booked a few days to Savannah, GA in October, and I’m

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Happy Friday!

Always love seeing the National Geographic photo contest winners each year. The 2018 photos are nothing short of spectacular.   Utterly obsessed with these metal plant supports. Of course they’re sold in the UK with outrageous shipping costs, but they give great inspiration. The British do gardens so well.   The most charming flower arrangements in the most charming setting.   Am I the only one who has been storing cucumbers wrong?   Great site if you’re looking for products to cut down on waste.   Looks like the Queen is on board with the Pantone Color of the Year.

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Favorite Recipes for the 4th of July and Other Summer Occasions

The countdown is on. The 4th of July will be here in just a few days, and often, that means backyard BBQs or potlucks that leave you in the need of some recipe ideas that match this festive occasion. Even if that is not in your future, it’s always great to have a few tried and true Summer recipes up your sleeve for any occasion. Here are a few of my personal favorites. Image   Fiesta Bean Salad: If you’ve never visited the site Skinnytaste, I highly recommend it. Gina has a wonderful array of recipes that vary depending on

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Why We Have Decided to Paint Our Dining Room Trim

You may remember back in January when we wrote this post about whether we should paint our dining room trim or not. I am back today with a quick update on what we decided, and I am happy to say that we plan to paint the trim! Before you jump to any conclusions, here are the four main reasons we are pulling the trigger and saying yes to some freshly painted trim. ONE: We lived with the decision for a while. I am not by any stretch of the imagination a patient person. Waiting to make a decision, especially one

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