Wednesday, April 16, 2014


I know y'all are saying "wow....only 3 weeks to go".

While I am saying it more like "AYFKM?  3 WEEKS TO GO????"

But here we are almost halfway through the ORC.


I think it's cool that there are so many different styles among this talented group.   I get pretty darn excited to check on all of the progress......I mean we have people doing big  renovating out there....that is some kind of pressure!

We left off with the decision of wrapping the room in 1 by 8 boards.  Many of you wanted to know how to do it.

Well....I don't know how..... but I know what I told them:)

I did not care if it was perfect.....I was going for a more casual look.

They took the trim off from around the windows and just used 1 by 4's.

Same with the floor trim....

You can see there are gaps which I think is part of the charm.....I did NOT want caulk in-between the boards

Here are a few images painted [BM White Dove] in an eggshell finish.

The doors were just painted here.

Here you can see how I wrapped it around the front into the LR.

I have since painted that old register..... we have the "big picture".... I happy with it?  If I could..... I would cover every wall in my house!  For realz.

I still have not sold my table yet.  One of the reasons I decided to replace it is because of the size and now I feel guilty cause I am about to have 2 DR tables.  Crikey.

Search Limestone DR tables on CL Atlanta if you are interested.  You can see a picture of it here

A little peek of what is coming.  

That is a whole other story involving 3 other designers/bloggers. I get a prize for finally getting this post out before 8:00 AM:)

Here's a list of talent to keep you entertained today!

Get to it.

In other news I work in the yard planting for the first time in 10 years and 2 days later it gets down to 34 degrees.  Really?  I will be one mad old lady if it all dies.


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Monday, April 14, 2014


Many times when I am starting a plan for a client I try to find a fabric that is not used very often.  It's my way of giving them that little extra effort of hiring a designer to personalize their space.

Recently I posted a picture of a plan on Instagram and I got a few emails asking about one of the fabrics.

The fabric in the middle is by Kerry Joyce Textiles.  

Kerry is an LA based designer.  He was repeatedly selected as one of America's Best interior designers for 7 years by House Beautiful.  In the examples below you can see his clean lines and sophisticated textures with a touch of glamour.

This room is so beautifully curated. I love the rich texture of the velvet sofas, natural fiber rugs along with white walls.

I am a fan of 2 sofas.... if there is space, and that beautiful mirror over the mantel.

Oh mommie....those walls and white bedding.

Again...white walls and then the warmth of wood. Love the brass window hardware and the leather sofa at the foot of the bed.  Also notice the wood on the ceiling.

His look is classic and timeless.  Let's hear it for the framed ferns huh!

And then....these turquoise steps.  Now I am officially in love.

But....just when you think you understand his style you see this....

But back to his fabrics.

I picked a few of my favorites.  He also has furniture , lighting , rugs and wallpaper.

I think his style reminds me a little of Daryl Carter and Thomas O'Brian....what about you?

Yesterday I worked in the yard all day.  Y'all that kind of hard labor is not for wimps.  I had this whole area of rosemary [planted years ago] that had gotten out of hand and then of course the winter weather was not kind.

I was sick of looking at it so I pulled those prickly bushes up.  Unfortunately I don't have before pictures cause usually when I start yard work I lose interest quickly and don't finish it. 

Some sort of miracle happened yesterday and I completed the whole task.  

 I still have some planting to do in another area....but I am crossing this one off my list.

I got smart this time and put the rosemary in containers.  My favorite thing is this old birdbath I got at Scotts probably 8 years ago.

This area might not look that big but I put in 22 plants and used 10 huge bags of mini pint nuggets.

Right in the middle is a Crapemyrtle and my husband decided to give it a little trim....I guess he wanted to feel useful as he has a bad back and really can't do much yard work.

It looks like a dead shrub now.  Bless his heart. next up on Wednesday are updates on the ORC.  You ready?


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Friday, April 11, 2014


Have you checked out all of the ORC updates?  I can't believe how much work is being done around blogland.  I feel kind of lame that I am not doing manual labor on my project.


Speaking of walls I will discuss the specifics of my horizontal planking next week although I am not sure there is a "right way" to do it.

Well we made it to Friday and I couldn't be happier.  Today I am going to scoot over to Scott's to see what's new.  I also think I will get real serious and do some spray painting this weekend....I'm such a crafty bugger.  The only thing getting in my way is this dang yellow pollen.  I have to quickly paint and then bring it inside.....

I took a few shots around the house the other day since the sun was out and light was awesome.

Y'all remember when I got this mirror right?  Well I stuck a dogwood branch in one of the pitchers and it was love at first site.  Might have to go fake when it dies....WHAT!  Sin.

And of Waterlogue.

I wish I knew the name of this plant from Ikea....seriously it grows in a bookshelf.

When I find something that works then I just hang on to it!  I am all about easy.

These were just yard pickings.....

Here are some of the things I saw at ADAC this week.

I snapped a few more pictures of the Dana Gibson wallpapers....lick them if you want cause they are so good.

The I ran up to Schumacher to do a little ordering for "somebody".....:)


Ahhhhh  so pretty.  Loving the wide trim.

And yes it wasn't all shopping and prettiness.....there was laundry, cleaning, organizing, get it.

Remember all those clients who could not make up their mind....well boom....somebody sent out a memo cause it's crazy town right now!

Not complaining...


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Thanks to all of my "friends" who commented on "trash talking".  I say friends because you are the ones who love me in spite of my self.  I am officially putting "cussgate" to bed:)  

Speaking of....who is so over "book gate" on RHONY?  Crikey.

On to week 2 of the ORC.  

If you are late to this about it here.

I don't know about you but I love catching up on all of the progress....although it usually takes me 2 days to get around to every post!

OK....the dining room....where are we today.

If you guessed wrapping the room in horizontal planks then high five!

It was gonna cost me plenty to get these walls prepped for paint so for a little extra coin  I decided to add major texture.

I had it wrapped around into the LR.

The doors were hung and need to be painted.  They were white on one side and stained a dark brown on the other.

Here is the paint color I that took me a thousand hours to choose chose:  Benjamin Moore Granite AF-660

If you remember these are the pillows in my living room.

Schumacher Hollyhock.  I love it.  Period.
I know you think I am fickle when it comes to pillows but I don't see myself getting tired of it anytime soon.

Famous last words right:)

Here is the door hardware I ordered.

It's from Emtek.  Black and crystal.  I looked for some vintage hardware but since I needed [4] it was proving to be slightly impossible and time consuming.

So far I am keeping the chairs but I have had the table and base on Craigslist for 3 weeks now and nothing.  What?????  Where are all these people who shop on CL. 

Here are some other things that will be happening:

Window Treatments
Table and Base

Each one will take about 100 hours to decide.  Yes...I am definitely feeling the pressure.

I am on my way to see what everyone else has gotten done this week.


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