Neutrals Are Crisp


I have seen the work of this firm published before here and there- but a friend recently sent me their website (after my post on cedar shakes). I don't guess that I realized that Bates Corkern Studio is located here in Birmingham.
Continuing from my last post--- a little more black and white. A crisp, neutral palette with a dash of purple in this Birmingham home (who belongs/ed to Birmingham designer Betsy Brown).



While the summer usually has me wanting to lighten and brighten things up around my house... I have really been liking black and darker shades lately. Of course, I like it best when used with white. Love the contrast of the light and dark.

Fun Finds


As you can imagine- things have been quite busy around my house with a new little one. I promise to be back soon with design related posts. But right now all I know is baby stuff and a few shopping trips here and there for some non-maternity clothes!
I received a gift in the mail today for Collins and was so excited to find these inside. I was not familiar with this brand--- and these are the softest, thickest burp cloths that I've ever seen. And they are fashionable on top of that. They are by Baby JaR. Check out the site here. Lots of great baby gift ideas for yourself or a friend.
Another fun gift that we received recently is this precious baby kerchief/bib by Zebi Baby.
Okay, off of the baby subject and on to clothes. I found both of these dresses at Target in the girl's department. They often have cute clothes and for half the price. And their L and XL sizes work for me. I know that these first two dresses are the same dress- but just different patterns. I didn't mind for $12 each.


My sister had on this
smocked denim dress last week and it looked so great on her. So I snagged myself one while in Target this morning (found in the juniors department).

I'll be back to posting on design soon. But my first priority is to get Collins' birth announcements in the mail and to finish writing thank you notes!

around my house...


I love having fresh flowers around my house. Thoughtful friends have brought these by to celebrate Collins' arrival. I smile every time I walk by them.

Mexico Modern


I am loving this Mexican getaway designed by Barbara Howard belonging to an Atlanta couple. It's located where the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez meet in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
I love the simplicity of it and that they used some Mexican influences in the design. How nice to have a place like this to retreat to when you want to get away from it all.

Giveaway Winner


Thanks to everyone who left a comment entering the Shabby Apple dress giveaway.

The lucky winner of the L'Opera Dress is . . .

is #89 Erin Louise. Erin- please email me at

And just a reminder of the 10% discount offered to you- just enter blueprintbliss10off at check-out!

Thanks for all of your sweet comments on the photos of Collins... We are loving every minute with him. And design posts will start back soon!

Shabby Apple :: Dress Giveaway


I am so excited about today's giveaway. I wish that I could win!
The girls at Shabby Apple have offered to give away a dress from their collection to a reader of Blueprint Bliss. The dress that I chose is the L'Opera dress:
There are so many great dresses on their site... as well as jewelry and accessories. I encourage you to go look around.

Shabby Apple also has a blog. Check it out here.
To enter the giveaway:
1) Go to the Shabby Apple site and look around.
2) Leave a comment on my blog stating your favorite item on their site.
3) Open to US residents, only..
The giveaway is open until midnight on Tuesday, June 8th. I will announce the winner on Wednesday morning. Good luck!
Shabby Apple is also offering 10% off to all Blueprint Bliss readers. Please enter code blueprintbliss10off at checkout for your discount.

Shopping: Cottage & Bungalow


What else is there to do when you are 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant? Shop online!

Note: Yes, I'm still pregnant. Baby C must be quite comfy in there. The doctor plans to induce me on Thursday morning if he or she hasn't arrived by then.
My mom sent me the link for the online store Cottage & Bungalow. Wow. So many great items on one site. I didn't realize just how much time had passed while I played on their site.
They have lots and lots of rugs & accessories:


Cabinets & Bookcases

Accent Tables

And, of course, fabulous lighting....

Carmel Beige Wash Ceramic Lamp

Mischa Half Crackle Lamp