helping those in need


Thank you again for all of the thoughts, calls, texts, and emails checking in on us to make sure we are okay. I really appreciate it.

A special thanks to a blog reader of mine for emailing me with these links to let me (and others) know how to help in this time of need. Please see below for ways you can help.

Red Cross Local Locator
Alabama Red Cross
Red Cross Safe and Well, helps let family know you are okay
call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter. This is National Donations for the Text, so beware. Advise to try a local link provided
Toomer's For Tuscaloosa
How to Apply for FEMA
Volunteer Station
Birmingham Red Cross Donations
MS Red Cross
MS Emergency Management
Mid-Alabama Red Cross Local Donations by County Portal (does not include Tuscaloosa)
Alabama Disaster Relief Drive
Blood Donation Life South
Red Cross Blood Donation
AL Governor's Office Donation Effort

And Paula let me know about what her church was doing:
Church of the Highlands

i want one


*I usually write my posts the day before and schedule them to post the following morning. That's what I did for this one not knowing what would transpire over night. Just wanted to pop in this morning to let you know that we are okay here in Birmingham. Thanks for all of the emails/calls/texts checking in on us. Praying for those who were affected by this tragic storm. I hope that you will pray for them, too.

I had this grand plan for my breakfast room. Round stained pedestal table with 4 tolix chairs (with 2 extra to pull up as needed).

This + This

But then I came across Shelli's blog and saw this image:

And now I am leaning towards an oval stained table, 4 tolix chairs, and a settee/banquette in a fun print. I just love the look. It reminded me of this image that I have had bookmarked for awhile:

Here are some other fun ones that I found online:

Sutton Sofette, Performance Velvet, Dove Grey

 High Back Settee

My wheels are I am thinking that this will be my new plan. And while I kept reading through Shelli's blog I came across this post about Tolix chairs. I loaded up yesterday and headed to our local Southeastern Salvage in search of the chairs... but they only had them in black. Such a bummer. But great deal for anyone who wants them in black---- they are only $75 each and they had a lot!

dark velvet sofas


Love them? Or not a favorite of yours?

I am thinking about one for our new living room. Not something that I usually gravitate towards... but I have really been drawn to them lately.

living rooms - pink brown velvet sofa white wood lattice chair glass lamps silk pink brown drapes curtains valance wood accent tables  Thanks

living rooms - ivory brown purple wood beveled convex mirror velvet brown sofa glass top coffee table wood upholstered chairs lamp iron floor lamp oatmeal gray linen drapes curtains eclectic photo gallery silk purple pillows

living rooms - charcoal. gray velvet sofa white slipcovered chairs glossy black square cocktail table white slipcovered chairs art gallery  Turner

living rooms - grasscloth wallpaper blue gold porthole mirror silk pleated drapes curtains orange black brown striped throw pillows blue velvet French sofa round wood coffee table tiled floors iron candlesticks lamp floor lamp
decor pad

Southern Living
*while I am leaning towards a brown/grey sofa... I love the one above!

this and that


I just opened my mail and received this painting that I ordered on Etsy from this seller. I love it. Thanks, Charlotte!

AFAR, oil painting, 100% charity donation, original painting, 5"x7"

Really like this console that I first spotted here

Aiden 3-Shelf Console | World Market

Thinking about using these bar stools
 (I think when I looked at them last week they were $69.99. Or I could have made that up. Did anyone else happen to see that?)

Twist Swivel Stool | World Market

Saw this kitchen while blog hopping this morning. This makes me rethink open shelves. Filing this away in my 'one day' file.

I opened a fun email in my inbox this weekend letting me know that I won these pillows on Elizabeth's first giveaway! I think I have the perfect spot for them in the new house.

Happy Monday!

My House Inspiration: Master Bathroom


We aren't sure yet if the master bathroom redo will make it into the budget for this first go round or not. While I am trying not to get my hopes up... I am still planning away. Here are a few images that are inspiring the layout/renovation:

1 & 2 :: 3 :: 4
*does anyone have the source for image 5?

i've always been a fan...


... of this image. I first saw it when it was published several years ago in Laurie Smith's book, Discovering Home.

Citrus 3

I was reminded of it this week when it appeared on Holly's blog. I didn't realize at the time that it was a Galbraith and Paul fabric that was used on the chairs. I'm such a fan of their designs.

Wide on the Windows


I have been brainstorming about what I want to do on the windows in the living room. There are two small windows flanking the fireplace that I will do some simple roman shades on but for the french doors/windows... I have been thinking wide stripes. Here are a few inspiring images:

While I know the image below is not me (due to the bold colors)... I think it has made up my mind to do a large chevron print for my panels.

I recently purchased several yards of this from Premier Fabrics that I plan to use:

*for some reason they don't have this color on their website but you can order it from here

Floating Sofa


I really like this living room designed by Bates Corkern Studio. After looking through my files there are very few rooms that have the sofas floating and not placed against a wall. I love how they handled the walkway and the wall behind. Definitely something I am going to keep in mind!

Smith Hanes


You may remember this post in which I talked about a night out at JCT. Kitchen in Atlanta. Not only the was the food wonderful.... the decor was beautiful. After searching around online I found out that Smith Hanes is the designer of the space.

JCT. BAR 2 (Bigger)

I knew that name sounded familiar and after some more searching... realized some of his work was featured in House Beautiful a few months ago.

And his designs aren't the only thing that are good looking....

Another fun fact... he is married to Alisa Barry who is owner of Bella Cucina. Have you ever been?  If not, I highly recommend it. Great shop in the Virginia Highlands area!


*Bella Cucina images via here

looking forward to...


... being able to decorate my house with Collins' (and hopefully other's) artwork one day!

our home



here as seen here

How do you display your children's artwork?