Friday Insta Faves is back!ย 

Hey yall! Long time no see :). I thought I’d come back for some #fridayinstafaves today and share some of the things I’ve been loving this week on Instagram.

I used to spend a lot of time on Pinterest and now I feel like Instagram is just as good for inspiration – especially since you can save things to your profile and make collections.

What accounts are you loving from Insta?

@affordablychicart posts some great #blueandwhiteforever inspiration and also has a shop where you can buy  some gorgeous blue and white! Can you believe those plates are paper? Friday Pizza Night can be fancy too!

@dunesandduchess always kills it with her lighting – I would love to have one of her candelabras or sconces in my house!

@schumacher1889 love this beautiful wallpaper – I wish it wasn’t only “to the trade

I’m dying for all things fall – love this wreath from @olive.hill.interiors

And this is G and I checking out the pumpkin display in Boone a few weeks ago!๐ŸŽƒ

@bunnywilliamshome – her pieces are beautiful and I love to see how differently they are styled

Connor would never deign to stay outside (he’s a high maintenance pup) but this is the cutest doggie house – maybe I’d add a window box? Or a wreath for Christmas?! From @dearlillie

@houseandgardenuk Love the buffalo check sofa and bookcases

I found @maggiegriffindesign through the Ballard Designs podcast. Love her feed and her clean and traditional style.

@ericrossinteriors Love the pop of pink. He said to zoom in on the chair – Love the fabric!

@plantersinncharleston always has some beautiful downtown Charleston photos. We stayed there after our wedding!

Again with the beautiful wallpaper, love the pillows and the trim on the sconce. @tiltonfenwick

The inset bed from @townandcountrymag with matching wallpaper and bedding – be still my pattern loving heart.

Hope you have a great weekend! If you like this post, let me know! Maybe I’ll be back next week too :)!




Miles Redd for Ballard

Y’all know I love some Ballard Designs.

Their newest collaborator is Miles Redd. I’ve seen him on Instagram and Pinterest but he wasn’t as well known to me as some of the others they’ve featured recently.

His New York house was featured on How to Decorate and his new collection is all over the Ballard site. I picked a few pictures to share of his home that I really enjoyed. You can see the rest here.


I loved this style window on his staircase!


Also – the black lacquer kitchen is really cool.

It’s not a huge collection but has some cool pieces. I picked just a few that I really liked. Some of his bigger furniture pieces areย a bit art-Deco/modern for me. I really love the wallpaper that it was styled with in the magazine. I think that got me more than the new collection did :).

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I really liked the dining chair and the side table.

I like the mirror too but think if I purchase one, it will be the Atoll mirror. I’m dying for the wallpaper used in the shoots!

atoll mirror


What do you think? Do you like this collection? Do you like Miles’s style?


Some of the most-liked photos on my Instagram are photos of my Mom’s house. I asked on there and you said you’d like to see more of it – so here we go.

First, my mom is super Traditional (probably where I get it from). My whole family wishes we lived in an English castle/country house, so you’ll probably see that theme throughout this post.

We didn’t always live in this house but we lived here the longest that I was at home. I grew up in a small town in North Carolina where we drove around and went to Wal-Mart on Friday nights.ย  Essentially – in the words of Luke Bryan – “We rode in trucks”.

I don’t think this style house was very typical of the 90’s in the small town where I lived nor is it typical now.ย  I remember thinking as a child that my house was beautiful and I hope Gigi has that same feeling too as she grows up.

Hope you enjoy!

Foyer and one of my most liked Instagram photos to date!


This is the den. We always have a beautiful Christmas tree in here and family functions usually happened in this room. I believe the ceilings are 20 feet! Lots of chinoiserie touches in here and my parents sectional has been recovered several times.

dining rm

The dining room is one of my favorites and those curtains are a beautiful fabric. Mom has some chair covers made for the host chairs in that same material. I’ve always love the rust color in this room and the fireplace is beautiful and so cozy. I love a fireplace in a dining room.ย  The table is inlaid and I’ve always loved it.


The kitchen has recently been re-done. They added granite countertops and painted the cabinets white (they wereย a pickled wood) and painted a light yellow on the walls. For most of my childhood, this room was a pretty turquoise. The island is a marble dining room table that my parents found at a junk shop and had it made into the island.


Off the kitchen is the mudroom. They also added granite in here and painted the bottom cabinet this gorgeous blue. And I absolutely adore that Thibault wallpaper in the hall bathroom.


The library is gorgeous too. I painted my foyer this same Benjamin Moore color.

living rm mom

Next, is the den. A beautiful #blueandwhiteforever room but (sorry to call you out, Mom!) we were not really allowed in here as kids. I don’t blame her though! ๐Ÿ™‚


I thought I would also include a picture of my room. It’s changed a bit since I moved out but I always had those curtains and the green was bright and happy!

So – that’s about it! Some of these are some listing photos they had taken and some are mine! Hope you enjoyed the tour of my childhood home!

What did your childhood home look like? Did you have a favorite room?


Christmas in July

I love decorating my house for a season, but the ultimate for me is Christmas. I feel like Christmas decorations make a house feel alive and totally different than the rest of the year.

I’m totally that person that gets sad when they have to take down their Christmas decorations after Christmas – or January 10th – whatever :). I also may or may not put them up in November. It is a lot of work to just enjoy for one month – amIright?

So,  I’ve seen some fun Christmas in July sales online and apparently Hallmark is playing Christmas movies so I thought this post would be fun.

I’m going to share a few pictures from my  house last Christmas and some inspiration for this year. Hope you enjoy!


Gigi has her own tree and I just can’t with this picture from 3.5 years ago!


Christmas at Mom’s house is also magical!





xmas mantle

My grandmother and great-grandmother always had these elves on their mantles so now I do too. I’ve added to the collection with a few new ones. It’s caused a bit of confusion with our Elf on the Shelf too!

Below there’s a bit of Pinterest pins too that I’m liking for the upcoming Christmas season.


Rach Parcell from Pink Peonies house last year was so beautiful! Love the 3 trees. 

I think this may be the year we splurge on Christmas sheets! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Love decorating outside too!

And lastly, a little English country christmas! 

Do you like the Christmas in July theme? Are you already thinking about holiday decorating? 

Red, White and Chinoiserie

Ever since I had my first condo at the ripe old age of 21, I loved decorating forย holidays. The table, a cute wreath, and definitely the mantle!

On Sunday, I was doing my usual cleaning and weekly prep when I realized I had no festive Summer/4th of July touches in my house.

So, I dug through my china cabinet drawers and found a few fun things to decorate the table.

I did a couple of versions, depending on what you have and the look you were going for.

Blue and White


Red, White and Blue


Red, White and Blue (Chinoiserie)


I also decorated Gigi’s table for the holiday. She was so excited aboutย itย when she woke up from her nap. ๐Ÿ™‚


I even added these pinwheels from Hobby Lobby to my wreath on the mirror. And yes, its from Christmas. I loved it so much I couldn’t take it down!


What’s your favorite table look? Are you decorating for the holiday?


Madcap Cottage Gents

Hey Y’all! How’s your week going? I’ve been pretty busy at work and at home and one of my favorite things to do when I’m busy and need to get things done is listen to podcasts.

I really like the Ballard Designs “How to Decorate” podcasts. Their latest episode features another episode from the Madcap Cottage Gents.

ballard madcap

They are known for their love of pattern, prints, and fun use of color!

They are John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon and are based in North Carolina and describe themselves like this:

Imagine a British country house that pairs Grannyโ€™s antiques and a spirited dash of Chinoiserie chic with a dash of Morocco-meets-India รฉlan. Shake, stir, then pour.

Doesn’t that sound super fun? They tend to be more adventurous with color and design chances than I am but I feel like we would get along!

Here’s a few of their projects from their website.


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They have a book coming out in Fall 2017 called Prints Charming that I definitely want to check out!

prints charming

Rest of photos via Madcap Cottage Pinterest page.

Have you heard the podcast? Do you know the Madcap Cottage Gents?

Follow them on Instagram if you aren’t already! They have a cool blog and their Insta is so fun :).


For the Love…of Green

I pulled this picture in the spring of 2014 from Southern Living and knew I was going to paint my dining room green.



We tested a few colors and ended up with Twist of Lime from Valspar. As we’ve discussed, I’m not sure it’s quite right.ย ย  It doesn’t show up great in pictures but this is a pretty true photo of the actual color.


I’ve decided to complete the room first and then truly decide. So, until then, I’m pinning all the green dining rooms and – heck! – just green rooms that did it right.

So I thought I’d share some green Pinspiration for your Monday!

This first shot is gorgeous on several levels – the gallery frames, the sideboard and the styling. From Ashley Whittaker Design.


I couldn’t leave this post without posting some Bunny inspiration. This is her dining room in her Affair with the House house. Love the wallpaper and rich color of the dark green mantel and molding.


Traditional Home has showcased quite a few green dining rooms.

This photo from House Beautiful is showing off the 2017 Pantone color of the year – Greenery.

Do you like green? Would you paint a room in your house a bold shade of green?

Friday Insta Faves – We Made It Edition!ย 

This Friday is special as it marks the end of a rough two weeks. So I’ll get right to sharing my faves from Instagram!

Loved the blue and white buffalo check in this install photo from Mark D Sikes!

The next photo from Country Life Magazine – a beautiful look through the house into the manicured garden. Ahhhh๐Ÿ’š.

Next, I love @amandalouiseinteriors and her love of color. The blue animal print rug and orange buffalo check is so fun!

Mrs. Alice posted the cutest picture of Nancy and those giant ginger jars!

Emily Henderson’s new patio. That tile is so good!

Charleston Home and Design magazine posted this lovely blue pool photo. With this humidity, it’s needed!

Again, that photo from Mark D Sikes is too good not to post again!ย Check out my Look for Less on this room here!

I saved this photo reposted by Ballard of that block print bedding!

Cutest puppy and love the pilllows @theblueoctagon.

This bedroom is simple and I’ve been crushing on indigo pillows. @danielleoakleyshop

Mark D Sikes killing it with the pattern overload!

This picture from John Rosselli reminds me a bit of my living room. And the view framed by the window is just lovely!

Hope you have a great Friday!!

The Look for Less vol. 2

I’ve touted Mark D. Sikes and the #blueandwhiteforever trend that’s going on pretty recently. I thought it would also be fun to do a look for less with a one of the more famous pictures from his Beautiful book.


The original block print bedding, curtains, etc pattern is from Les Indiennes. My friend, Elizabeth, wrote a great post about the originals here.

block print bedroom

Ava block print ballard

Ballard has a block print bedding (that’s currently on sale!) that could give you the same look. The King duvet in Indigo is on sale for $129!

Ballard also has their Bingham Printed Damask Panels in Indigo – which would most likely be the same color and would continue the pattern play look.


blue drapery ballard

I love the mirror that he uses here and thought it would work to do a bone inlay instead. They are more accessible and you can go several different colorways with it.

Blue from

Brown from Wayfair

He uses a shell mirror and stenciled dresser to continue the pattern play on the other side of the room. Those would also be fun projects to diy!

He also uses a pair of mis-matched blue and white lamps.

Here’s an option from Wisteria. With all of the blue and white trends, any store should have some great options!

simone bench

The Quincy Indigo Simone bench from Ballard mirrors the one he used under the window.

This more modern one from Target is a good look too in a solid.

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These striped LaJolla baskets from Serena and Lily are a great copy of the dipped basket he used in the corner.

He also included a patterned headboard.

Many stores have good options that you can customize with their fabric but it would also be really easy to make yourself.

We diy’d our headboard for less than $100 and it has held up really well – 3 years and counting! As long as you have the tools to cut the plywood in the shape that you want for the headboard, you just need fabric, batting, a staple gun and nailheads.

Lastly, to complete the look, add a cool striped cotton rug like this one from Dash & Albert. 

Would you duplicate this look? Or maybe incorporate some of these elements in your house?





For the Love of English Country

I think if I had to pick a certain traditional style – English Country would be it. If you know me in real life, you know I’m an Anglophile. I’ve always been. Ever since I watched Prince William grown up, watched Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 and then studied at Oxford in 1999 and 2004.ย  I’ve lived there for a short time and it only grew my passion.

Our house growing up had English Country influences with florals and checks, Staffordshire and all of that fun pattern mixing and oriental rugs.

I also love an English garden – some are rambly and wild and some very manicured. But they are unmistakable.

I have several boards on my Pinterest devoted to this – shall we call it – obsession?

I thought I’d share some of my favorites that I’ve pinned recently.

Love that we got a peek into Kensington Palace when the Obamas visited last year.

Do you love English Country? What’s your favorite style?


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