Category Archives: Our Home

“Nursery Magic”

In This Sweet Waiting | Part II

“Weeks passed, and the little Rabbit grew very old and shabby, but the Boy loved him just as much. He loved him so hard that he loved all his whiskers off, and the pink lining to his ears turned grey, and his brown spots faded. He even began to lose his shape, and he scarcely looked like a rabbit any more, except to the Boy. To him he was always beautiful, and that was all that the little Rabbit cared about. He didn’t mind how he looked to other people, because the nursery magic had made him Real, and when you are Real shabbiness doesn’t matter.” The Velveteen Rabbit

 

I took my time.

I didn’t want to rush it and for this part to happen all at once.

I wanted it to come together bit by bit and to savor every moment of the planning.

This was the labor I was looking forward to.

And this made the waiting all the more sweet.

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Friday Favorite: Oriental Rugs in the Kitchen

I love the contrast an oriental rug adds to a kitchen. From www.homebunch.com

I love the contrast an oriental rug adds to a kitchen. From www.homebunch.com

I’m currently on the hunt for an Oriental or Persian rug for our kitchen. I LOVE the warmth they bring to kitchens.

Kitchens, with their chrome appliances, shiny tiles, and slick countertops can sometimes seem too cold to me and so unlike the other parts of the home.  With fall approaching, I find myself being drawn more and more to elements of warmth and the addition of an antique or Persian rug to the kitchen seems like the perfect touch. It creates contrast, and contrasts are what create interest.

Here are some of my favorite looks and sources:

Favorite Sources of Inspirations:

Camille Styles
Peppermint Bliss
The Peak of Chic

Let the hunt continue.

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Summer in a Bottle

Photography Print by Grey Malin~ visit www.graymalin.com to order

Photography Print by Gray Malin~ visit www.graymalin.com to order

I wish that I could bottle summer. Sun-kissed days give us a feeling of fearlessness; anything is possible under the summer sun. The real allure of summer, whether you are a student, teacher, or in the corporate field, is that there is time to take a break from the daily grind of “routine.” There are family vacations, traditions, and long, slow days where it’s so hot outside all you feel like doing is sitting on the couch and sinking into Bravo TV.  Continue reading

It’s More than a Wreath

Wreaths are an outward sign of an eternal belief

Wreaths are an outward sign of an eternal belief. Visit: HOST and SERVE’s Shop to buy this wreath.

As a little girl in church, I remember struggling with the concept of “eternity.”  I didn’t understand time not having an end. We lived our lives marking beginnings and endings. How could there be “no end” to something? It wasn’t until my mama explained the significance of wedding bands, that “eternity” seemed a little easier to understand.  Circles, rings, wreaths…   they have no beginning and no end.   Continue reading

[master bath] Wallpaper on Trial

Gold Dot Decals as Wallpaper from The Lovely Wall Co.

Gold Dot Decals as Wallpaper from The Lovely Wall Co.

Wallpaper is serious. It contributes to a woman’s increasing insanity in the short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” It even plays a role in Oscar Wilde’s last words, “This wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes or I do.” I love wallpaper, but it is quite a commitment. Continue reading

Bedspreads, Pocketbooks, and Settees

Custom throw pillows from Calico Corners.  Blue ikat mixed with pink and red tribal print.

Custom throw pillows from Calico Corners. Blue ikat mixed with pink and red tribal print.

In 7th grade, my mom let me redecorate my bedroom. I got to go to Calico Corners, a fabric store in Jacksonville, and pick out the fabric for my “bedspread”, bed skirt, and coordinating shams. A “bedspread” was the only term I ever knew to describe bedding. My whole family had “bedspreads” made with fabric from Calico Corners. I thought everyone had a “bedspread.” It wasn’t until 7th grade when I excitedly told a friend about my project, that I thought twice about my word choice. Continue reading

[our home] The Front Door

Makeover your front door. It's the first thing that greets your guests.

Makeover your front door. It’s the first thing that greets your guests.

Emerson said, “Be an opener of doors.” The most important door a host opens is his or her own. One of the first things I wanted to change in our new home was our door. It’s the first thing a guest sees and I wanted its exterior to represent our interior; classic, a touch of whimsy and glamour, and a sense of history.  Continue reading