21 Aug

Treat Yo Self: Printable Monograms

I thought I knew all of the sources out there for everything monogrammed, but apparently I was wrong. I was super excited to find out about Printable Monogram during the HGTV event I attended last week.

Printable Monogram is a site full of over 20 pages of pretty monograms that you can download and input your own monogram and then save the files to print at your hearts content for FREE!

Here is one of my favorites:

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Head over and check out all of the rest. The print above can be used as artwork in an 8 x 10 frame, but they have other patterns that are notecards, stickers, fillers for lucite trays.

I have a feeling my whole office is going to be filled with the monograms by the time this week is over. :)

If you are having issues saving files from a pdf to a jpeg then make sure you use this site.

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20 Aug


My friends from Zevia contacted me again to help spread the word on a new contest they are currently running. Zevia wants to know what makes you an original. They wants to see what makes you shine in an original way. In my circle of family and friends I’m always know to shine in the way I always add little details to make things go from blah to special.

I was so excited when the rainbow pack of sodas that they sent me arrived at my house.


I very quickly gathered some supplies from my house and put together a very “me” set up that only took a matter of minutes to achieve yet packs a big punch.

Lately we have been hosting a lot of get togethers at our house. Instead of simply leaving drinks for guest in the refrigerator or stashed in a cooler I like to put them out on display. I picked up this cute raised planter box for less than $10 and I have been using it like crazy.


It was the perfect place to house my Zevia cans. Instead of leaving well enough alone I also used some striped craft tape to attach colorful straws to each can.


I always pick up trays when I find them for a deal. This bold blue beauty was only $4 at a thrift store. I love using trays when entertaining because it helps me have an additional drink station in another part of the room.


The craft tape was also used to dress up the straws. I simply folded a section of tape over the straw and then cut a little triangle out of the end. Voila!


Now it’s your turn to show Zevia how you shine. Once you snap of photo of your style make sure you share it with Zevia via instagram or twitter with the hashtag #zeviastyle. Just for sharing a photo and following them on instagram or twitter you will get a free 6 pack of Zevia! They are also giving away loads of prizes including a $100 Target gift card everyday from Aug 15th-Sept 5th for the best style pics.

*This post is sponsored by Zevia.Thank you for supporting the companies that help make this blog possible.


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19 Aug

HGTV Blogger Block Party!

Yesterday I was able to jet into the city for a couple of hours to attend a little bit of HGTV’s Blogger Block Party.

It was so nice to have a little quiet time on the train ride in. I made sure to fill my tote with a couple of magazines I had that still hadn’t been read.


I saw the coolest chevron wall design made out of plastic trash bags on a chain link fence that belonged to a school.


When I got to event I was met with a colorful display of HGTV reusable totes and the latest issue of the magazine.


The day was full of activities but I was there to support my pal, Roxy from Society Social.



After checking out the decor of the event I sat down for the main event. Roxy was there to show the audience how to DIY a lucite tray.


Two lucky audience members got to go up and make a tray of their own with Roxy’s help. If you want to try and tackle it yourself the steps are pretty similar to the ones I did for my monogrammed cutting board. I used mod podge, but Roxy used 3M Spray Mount.


Close up:

If you want to tackle the project yourself the acrylic trays were purchased here.

I was hosting dinner at my house for my family that was in from out of town so I had to skip out of the event right after Roxy went on, but I was happy I attended and saw Roxy’s part.

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18 Aug

Scenes from my weekend…

Like all weekends this one went way too quickly. Especially since we worked on a photo shoot on Saturday and between styling everything and the photography it took all day. I can’t share pictures yet, but it’s for HGTV.com.

Here is a little hint:

{A movie under the stars in our backyard.}

Sunday was just as exhausting because we were hosting a BBQ at our house for relatives that drove down from Canada. So nice to see them all and Hudson had a blast with the kids.

Jon grilled up our lunch:

Everyone enjoyed our outdoor furniture:
{Blanket (currently unavailable)and outdoor sectional}

The trampoline has never seen more use. The boys were in it all day!!!

Hudson’s new thing is shaking hands and saying, “Name Hudson”. It’s super cute.

Dessert was a hit with ice cream sandwiches and all of the fix-ins.

Hudson got lots of love from everyone.

I got some one on one time with my little man.

Jon got a little one on one time too.

Plus I got a new sisters shot which is always nice to do.

Of course when taking photos with your sisters there are a lot of outtakes due to laughter.

We even got to take a group shot. It’s so good to take out the nice camera and have something better than an iphone photo.
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Lovely end to a lovely weekend.

This week make sure you check out the following blogs for a fun blog series I did with Crane & Canopy and my favorite Southern ladies.

Monday – Amy from The Blissful Bee
Tuesday- Laura from Bright Bold & Beautiful
Wednesday – Rhoda from Southern Hospitality
Thursday – Mandy from Waiting on Martha
Friday – Caitlin from Southern Curls and Pearls


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15 Aug

Friday Finds…


{Image via Atlantic Pacific}

I know we are all wishing we in the photo above instead of working away. Here is what caught my eye this week so take a little break and check it out.

-All of those years of H.S. and college French will finally come in handy with this chic handbag.

-How adorable are these pretzel shaped earrings? Typically I only like to eat pretzels and not wear them, but these are just screaming my name!

-Stunning sconce at an amazing price point all the way from Greece. Gotta love Etsy!

-I started Weight Watchers last week to help me lose the baby weight. Things are going well, but all I can think about it is everything I shouldn’t eat. Check out my YUM board on Pinterest for loads of dessert that you should be eating. Make some and then tell me how good they are.

-Do you read Smitten Studio?If you don’t you must start. Sarah has such a beautiful eye and getting glimpses into the progress of her home is pure eye candy. Just look at her bathroom.

Happy Friday! Hope you all enjoy a little time in the sun this weekend.

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14 Aug

Treat Yo Self: Bello Pop

Etsy shop, Bello Pop has been making it rounds in the blog world due to it’s super chic matchboxes.


They are currently sold out, but I was happy to see that had a pretty array of prints available.

Here are my favorites:

Mondrian Love Print

Spots Print

Moons Print

I can’t decide which one should come live with me. Ah decisions are the worst!

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13 Aug

Fabric Scheming: Chintz meets Trellis

I really enjoyed sharing a fabric scheme a couple of weeks ago so I think it will become a more regular thing.

This next fabric mix is one of my favorites. It’s a little bit of grandma chic with a little bit of palm beach and it contains one of my favorite color combos; orange and pink!


Chintz fabric: Magnolia by GP&J Baker
Trellis fabric: Imperial Trellis II
Lattice Fabric: XU Garden
Embroidered Floral fabric:Montmartre
Mini gingham fabric: This was a score from a fabric outlet, but here is something similar.

Typically I like to vary scale when I’m mixing fabrics, but with this round up I did two large florals and two large trellis/lattice fabrics. One would think it doesn’t work, but it does due to the negative space in the fabrics. In the florals one has more white/cream background space showing which makes it possible to have two large florals work together. With the trellis/lattice fabrics one of the backgrounds is white and the other features main color in the background. This helps differentiate them and again make it work.

Don’t be scared to switch things up a little bit and go outside your comfort zone. This fabric scheme helps update traditional chintz and works with a wider age range of clients.

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12 Aug

Shop Girl: Birch Lane

Yesterday I got a new catalog in the mail. I always love finding new sources and love to spread the word even more when I find something I love. Birch Laneis the brainchild of the creators of Wayfair. It’a a place where customers can find traditional pieces that work in a number of design styles at affordable prices. In flipping thru the catalog it felt like a marriage between Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware with better pricing.

Here are some of my favorite pieces:

Parker Bed for only $799!

Dorset Pendant for $99.

Lisbon China Cabinet for $999.

Montgomery Slipcovered Sofa for $1399.

Grafton Side Chairs $318 for 2.

I’m happy to have stumbled upon it and will continue to check it out. According to my catalog you can use the code WELCOMEFALL for 20% off your first purchase until Sept 19th.

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11 Aug

Scenes from my weekend…

Another summer weekend has come and gone. So sad that they are quickly disappearing. I feel like summer just started!

The weekend was exhausting! I didn’t have concrete plans for Saturday, but I was hoping to do something fun. We had to work on a project for an HGTV article we are working on, but it was suppose to only take 30 mins or so. Famous last words in this household because while Jon was digging up a hole in the backyard he cut into our sprinkler line!

{No Bueno!}

So, the rest of the day was spent with Jon fixing that oops and me wrangling the kids and taking care of some projects in the house like this massive amount of laundry.


I also played around a bit with our outdoor set up and laid out a new rug I got for Hudson’s little picnic table section.


I also added some new lanterns that I picked up at Target for the dining area. The outdoor section in Target is teeny tiny now because of back to school, but if you need some goodies these babies were 30% off!


The only thing that kept me cool outside during the heat was this misting fan. We have had it since last year but this was the first weekend using it and it was delightful.


Overall it was just a hectic day due to our little project snag. Luckily Jon was able to fix the issue and on Sunday we were able to have a little fun and attend a birthday party the boys were invited too and then headed out to the beach!




I can’t believe this little man turns 3 months old today!


Hudson was with us too, but you wouldn’t know by the pictures. He found a group of kids the second we got there and spent the entire time running around like a crazy boy and not wanting to stop at all for pictures.


And holding hands with a leggy brunette 8 year old. Oh boy I’m in trouble!


Happy Monday!

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08 Aug

Friday Finds…

Yay for Friday! Potty training a toddler while running my design business has been quite stressful this week. Add to that the fact that Asher deciding he no longer likes to nap and I’m one exhausted momma. Luckily Hudson has pretty much gotten it down and work and deadlines have also been accomplished.

Here are finds that caught my very tired eye this week:

{Darius Rucker’s Entry Way via Domaine}

-I honestly don’t know who Darius Rucker’s is but his home was featured on Domaine this week and it is stunning! I expect nothing less from designer Angie Hranowsky.

-The prettiest dog leash I have ever seen.

-Gift wrapping paper with my monogram?! Don’t mind if I do!

-Have you caught the new show Jersey Belle on Bravo? I had seen the commercials and wasn’t sure if I would like it. Saw it though and loved Jamie! Let another show that Jon will make fun of me for watching on Bravo.

-My girl, Mackenzie is celebrating her 25th birthday and like previous years she is offering up a massive sale in her shop! Use code BIRTHDAYBASH and get 25% off your order for anything in the shop. Already toying with picking up this ikat stationary,a hot pink cake stand,(totally necessity in life),striped candles for my dining room, striped straws, this leather tote with a bow accent on handle that I have been dreaming of owning since it showed up in new arrivals,and these adorable matches.


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