tried something new


This year we tried something new and had a tree sent to us from Green Valley Christmas Trees! This was a new concept to me but I'm learning that you can order just about anything online. The 8 foot Noble Fir arrived in two days via FedEx at my doorstep!

I know you are thinking that we took the fun out of taking our kids to go get a tree... but they are at the age where they find more excitement in decorating the tree and aren't worried about cutting one down.

I love the look of the Noble's full and beautiful!

Loved having a tree cut, boxed up, and delivered straight to my door. Thank you Green Valley Christmas Trees for the beautiful tree!

lighting for sale


One of my favorite things to choose for a space is lighting. I love all aspects of lighting and think that it adds so much to a space!

Here are a few items that have been ordered for various projects that didn't work/ or client changed their minds. 

1. I have two LARGE Darlana Lanterns by Visual Comfort... one in Aged Iron (dark) and one in Gilded Iron (gold). Dimensions are 24" wide by 34" tall. Would work great in a foyer or over a dining table! These retail for $949. You can see details here.

Gilded Iron/ gold (below)- SOLD
Asking $595 each (plus freight). Will get a UPS/FedEx freight quote for you if you don't live in the Jackson/Meridian area. 

2. Table Lamp from Zentique

But I updated the shade:

It's 29" tall x 17" wide (and it's very heavy!)

Asking $195 (plus freight). Will get a UPS freight quote for you if you don't live in the Jackson/Meridian area.

3. Visual Comfort Small Bryant Chandelier- SOLD

See details here
Asking $300 plus freight (this has been installed before in my dining room, not new). Retails for $630.

4. Visual Comfort Small Cornice Hanging Lantern in Bronze (reads as black):

Asking $395... retails for $895- you can see details/dimensions here. (this has been installed before in my foyer, not new).

5. Stray Dog Artichoke Lamp in White- SOLD
$425 plus shipping (retails for $730)

*Don't worry... I am not selling mine. It's one of my favorite lamps!

6. Changing gears from lighting... I also have this coffee table for sale. It's by Dovetail (new) and when it arrived the wood had more white in it than the photo online:

Length: 52" Depth: 28" Height: 16"

Here is a photo of it in my living room- you can see that the wood has a white washed look:

Cost is $550 and Jackson or Meridian pick-up only!

Please email me here if you are interested in anything that you see. Thanks! 

summer faves


A summer fave that isn't listed below is Spotify. I finally jumped on the bandwagon and I'm obsessed! Here are a few other things that have become favorites this summer!

shorts :: bag :: sunglasses :: book :: sandals :: sunscreen :: jeans :: kilim rug :: running shorts

open ended life


Always a fan of black and white... and lately have liked {a little bit of} color thrown in the mix. Great group of images that have been inspiring me lately. Currently listening Open Ended Life by the Avett Brothers.  Happy Wednesday! 

Watermelon JalapeƱo Margarita


I posted an image of this drink last night on my Instagram account and had lots of requests for the recipe. I followed the one I found HERE only omitting the triple sec because I didn't have any.

Jalapeno Watermelon Margarita
Sweet and spicy margaritas made with fresh watermelon puree, lime juice, Triple Sec, and jalapeno-infused tequila
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 4
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup white tequila
  • 8-10 cups watermelon chunks (a large dice)
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • ⅓ cup Triple Sec
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • salt, chili powder, and lime juice for salting rims of glasses
  1. Place tequila and about 4 slices of jalapeno in a glass measuring cup and place in the refrigerator for 1 to 4 hours depending on how spicy your jalapenos are and how spicy you want the tequila to be. Take a taste after 1 hour and decide whether it is spicy enough. If so, remove jalapenos.
  2. Place watermelon (you may need to do it in batches) in a blender and blend until liquified.
  3. Pour watermelon through a fine-meshed strainer, pressing on it with the back of a spoon to get all the liquid through. Measure out 3 cups of watermelon juice.
  4. In a large pitcher, combine the 3 cups watermelon juice, tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec, and simple syrup.
  5. Place salt with a little chili powder mixed in on a plate. Coat rims of 4 glasses with lime juice and dip in salt mixture.
  6. Fill the glasses with ice and pour Margaritas into glasses. Garnish with lime slices and jalapeno slices if desired.
To make a simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar in water in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Can be stored in refrigerator for future use.

*Recipe and image hove from here.

favorite gifts for kids


A few people have emailed to ask if I would do more posts about kids/how we do things/etc. I thought that a post on birthday gifts would be a great start. We are getting to the stage where we are having more and more birthday parties to attend. If we've been invited to yours before then you know that I love to give practical gifts. Here are my top 5:

1. Initial Towel
You can find great solid towels at TJ Maxx for about $6. I took a scrap piece of fabric and cut out the child's initial (I printed out a letter template from Word and traced it). I use this product to iron it on and then do a simple stitch around the letter. I always love how these turn out and I can get about 3 done in just 30 minutes. These are great to give in the spring summer for pool/beach towels! Often I will tie up some goggles or diving rings with it.

2. Pajamas
I often throw a couple of extra pair in my cart when ordering the pajamas for the boys. Zulily is my go-to for their pajamas but often I can find some on Amazon, etc. Cat & Cow and Leveret are my favorite to watch for on Zulily.

3. Art Supplies
I love Melissa and Doug coloring/sticker books paired with their crayons or some markers.

4. Honeybee Tees
I love these t-shirts and my boys wear them often. You can't beat a simple design on a solid shirt and they are hard to find (especially for boys).

5. Calling Cards
You know that I love some paper products! If you have Microsoft Publisher, Illustrator, or Photoshop--- these can be easy to make. I just set up my own template and plug in different names/clip art. Print on white linen cardstock and then use a paper trimmer to cut them out. While the kids might not love this gift... the parents usually do!

spring finds + favorites


A few new finds and a few favorites!

1. Love this piece of artwork !
2. This water bottle is a favorite of mine that I use daily.
3. I've been eyeing this umbrella for our back patio.
4. I recently made this recipe for a girls' night and it was delish. Champagne + cupcakes is one of my favorite get togethers to host!
5. Love the color and pattern on this pillow.
6. Came across these espadrilles when looking for spring shoes.
7. Loved the frames on these sunglasses.
8. Zara has some cute things this season like this top.
9. These are my go-to shoes for running. I've lost count of how many pair of these that I've had! *great price too!
10. Cute, simple clutch that would go with most any outfit!

my house :: the dining room


I haven't shown you anything from my house in awhile so I thought I would share our dining room. While it's one of the rooms that we use the least... it is one of my favorites. Please excuse my poor photography skills!

I will also admit that I hesitated posting these because of the wrinkled table skirt. I washed it recently (before my glass top was made) and didn't iron it when I put it back on. This is real life and how it's looked for several months... so why not post?

Chest: Urban Suburban Antiques in Birmingham
Lamp: Large Alabaster Ring Lamp by Visual Comfort*
Bowl: Sally Legg from Table Matters
Artwork: Painting by Cecily Hill Lowe (custom framed)
Small Mirror: Ballard Designs
Large Mirror: Vintage
Rug: West Elm
Panels: Custom with fabric from Grayline Linen and trim from L&S
Wall Art: artwork by me and printed on canvases from Easy Canvas Prints
(canvases are 1.5" thick and 24"w x 36" tall)
Chandelier: Small Bryant Chandelier by Visual Comfort*
Chairs: Zentique*
Walls & Trim: Benjamin Moore White Dove
*available through Brooke Chamblee Interiors