October 17, 2014

fess up friday - my notting hill

#TG&TF y'all!

Thanks to each and every one of you for your sweet comments and emails about our feature in Refresh Magazine. And what better way to celebrate than to bring back a little Fess Up Friday action! Wahoo!
Today we've got Michele from My Notting Hill. I've been a long time fan of Michele's and I learn something wonderful and design related each and every time I visit.  So Michele, fess up!

Elizabeth - thanks for the invite to Fess Up Friday!  They say a little confession every now and then is good for the psyche.  You know, releasing the pent up anxieties that come with trying to keep hidden one's foibles, and all that.

Well first I was going to fess up about my addiction to design but then realized in the world of bloggers and people who read blogs it's not all that unique. Besides, that pretty much gets chronicled on a weekly basis on my blog anyway.

So here goes my confession- I still use my Motorola Tracfone from 2008!  It's an old school flip phone and I kinda love it.   Yes, it is pretty much good for only two things:  calling and sending simple text messages, which by the way can take me forever to do on this key pad.  At one point my kids (now almost 21 and 16) said, "Mom, why do you keep spelling out numbers when you text us?" Sad truth - I didn't know that if I pushed one extra time I'd get to the number part…  That tidbit of info sure did save me some time.  I love that it's narrow and long and feels more like a real phone that stretches from your ear to your mouth.

I love the little mirror feature and use it to help me put on my lipstick.  I also love the fact that I only spend about $100 bucks a year total on minutes and that I'm never tempted to look at it when I'm walking somewhere because, let's face it, there's not much to look at. I haven't even changed the screensaver pic in over 6 years.

Just recently I went on a long weekend with college friends.  They couldn't believe I still had "that friggin flip phone."  I always tell people the same thing, "Oh, when my minutes expire, I'll finally get an iPhone" but I know that's a lie.  I plan on keeping this thing until it dies.    xo Michele

October 14, 2014

refresh magazine feature

I can't hold it in any longer! After teasing y'all for weeks (you are really good sports) I'm thrilled to share that my home is featured in the new issue of Better Homes & Gardens Refresh Magazine!! Woot Woot!!

There is so much to share about the whole experience, the shoot and the article, and now that I can spill the beans I'll be sharing every last detail. But for today, I'm just going to walk around with a goofy grin on my face and enjoy a wonderful day off.

So enjoy the sneak peak and I'll be back later this week with the full scoop. Happy Tuesday!

October 13, 2014

guest post - krystine edwards

Hey y'all. I'm out the door but wanted to say Hi and tell you to visit me over at Krystine Edwards today where I'm talking about design and a bit about myself. Check it out here!

And make sure to come back tomorrow for my little show and tell!

October 10, 2014

i've been waiting for you all week

Oh Friday. You have no idea how happy I am to see you!

Y'all, this week was Brutal. Yes, with a capital B. Glass shattered, fabric was wrong, furniture broke and tantrums were thrown. But all of that will be washed away now that you have arrived Friday. #TG&TF (thanks Chez V for coining such an awesome hashtag).

This weekend I plan to do a little shopping, some sourcing and celebrate the hubs birthday. And then I'll be back on Tuesday where I will FINALLY be able to share my big news!!

Happy TG&TF! See you on Tuesday!

October 6, 2014

family hangout design board and the blue and white bash

Recently I worked with a fun and active family who is lucky enough to have a big, bright walk-out basement in their beautiful home. But with such a big space though, it was hard to decide what to do or where to begin. So we created a plan that would work for a sports loving family, but would still give the style mom was after. A warmer take on a classic blue and white color combo.

The big blank space will be given character with the addition of paneling up three quarters of the wall and built-ins at the end of the room to house the TV, books, etc. Around the corner a bar will be added along with an area for card games and the wall of windows will be given custom roman shades. Much of the hard work will be done by the homeowners over the winter months and I can't wait to see the progress.

I'm happy to share this board today here, and over at The Pink Pagoda's Blue and White bash. Head over to see more blue and white inspiration.

Do you have a room that you don't know what to do with? Email me and let's work together on creating a space your whole family will love.

October 2, 2014

the cork at the end of the tunnel


What day is it? What's my name? Where am I?

I've got one of those good problems going right now my friends. As Dolly Parton would say, "I'm busier than a one-armed paper hanger." (name that movie). Lots of balls and I'm juggling the best I know how. Just know that good things are on the horizon and I can't wait to share it with you soon. Very soon.

Until then, I'm putting the champagne on ice. It will be chilled and ready for us to celebrate soon.


September 29, 2014

design crush - schuyler samperton

Well here we are again, another Monday. And I don't know about you, but after that weekend I need something pretty good to slap me into action. Luckily I have just the thing. Two words - Schuyler Samperton. When I saw this spread in House Beautiful over the weekend I sat right up and said, "You are speaking to me HB. Give me more!" So of course I immediately went to Schuyler's web site and well, I was pretty much giddy for the rest of the day.

all images via

And there is a lot more where that came from. As I went thru her whole portfolio I noticed several images that I had ripped from magazines to put in my design binders, you know pre-Pinterest.

So what about you - found any new inspiration lately? How do you get moving on Monday? Want to help me sift through a big pile of paint chips?

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