Antiques in the Garden {also where I met Bill Ingram}

I have said it before and will say it again, why did I not use our good camera? The IPhone yet fab just does not compare. I did just get the IPhone 5, maybe it will better. Anyhow on Friday I went to the annual Antiques in the Garden show at The Botanical Gardens. This year was a bit different as they had tastemaker booths designed by local masterminds in design and architecture. All in which a have been published over and over. The highlight for me was to meet and chat/gush with Bill Ingram. As you all know he is an all time favorite of mine and have posted his work over and over. He was as kind as can be and did not make me feel a fool when I asked for a photo. His booth was amazing to say the least.

Oh yes, I threw in another pic just so you know how excited I really was and to show off his dapper style.

In Kitty White's booth I saw a plethora of painted fabrics and rugs. The detail was exquisite...

Throughout the show were stunning flower arrangement. This one stood out to me for some reason. Perfect for fall I would say. On the right was Tammy Connor's booth. She had an amazing array of lighting. The custom lighting was beautiful and I managed to snag the one on the right.  It will go in my entry and I will share as soon as it's up. I believe it will add the touch of color that my home needs. She and her team were sweet as can be.

Mary Evelyn Mckee also took the time to chat and was quite kind. The whole booth was quite dazzling but her attention to details was what striked me. You really could purchase the booth as is and move it straight into your home.

Ware M. Porter also had a space move in ready. It was right up my alley. He used color brilliantly without it feeling overwhelming. It was a very young twist on traditional style which you know I adore.

These are just a couple of pieces that stood out to me while meandering around. Are they not divine?

Needless to say I had a wonderful day spent with good girlfriends. Can't wait to see what they come up with next year! Maybe a bloggers take on design, ha. I wish.


New Pieces for the Dining Area {my home}

I know I have shared on twitter/instagram my new dining room piece, but I can't recall if I had here. If this is a repeat I do apologize. A friend was selling this antique pie case and as soon as I found the dimensions to be perfect for my space I jumped on it. It did come with doors that had punch tin inserts that were well worn. I had full intentions of either changing the tin out for glass or chicken wire, but once the Mr. removed the doors I fell in love. This piece had a few paint splatters from when her home was painted and I lightly sanded them out and coated the whole piece in Restore a Finish in walnut. It gave the richness to the wood that I wanted to restore. Anyhow, here she is in her happy new home...

One of the many reasons this piece was meant for this space was the cabinet below. I desperately needed a place for all the kiddos art supplies. This houses them perfectly.

Did you happen to notice the new rattan chairs also? They sit at the head of the table. I needed to break this space up further from the light color scheme it had going. It was a little too flat for me and the chairs added the extra layer the space needed. The extra two slipcovered parsons now sit against the wall and are pulled in when company is over.

Do you remember the small chalkboard wall that I painted when this room was used as our office? Well, now that it is the dining area again we rarely used the chalkboard wall. I seem to have grown quite a love for cutting boards and have amassed a small collections. I decided to hang a few here with simple twine and coat hooks. I can not tell you how happy this makes me. In the below image you can see how the keeping/dining area is in reference to the kitchen. Our do it ourself painted cabinets have held up quite well by the way!

I hope to share Ellie's room next week! She and I both are so excited with the way it turned out. Have a great weekend!


Flowers {around the house}

Whole Foods always gets me with their gorgeous flower supply. Yesterday they did not disappoint and I came home with some beauties. Having fresh flowers around the house continually lifts my spirits. You could say I am just better with flowers.


A Mat DIY {ellie's room peek}

Here's a peek into Ellie's room redo! This is the wall that you first see from the hall when looking into Ellie's room. I wanted it to represent Ellie, but also didn't want it to look too child-like since this is a highly viewed area from the main house. I knew the art work from Sophie and Lili would be perfect. Ellie calls the girl in the striped dress her now and the other is when she grows up. I could not be any more pleased with the pieces. They really are so beautiful. The chair I re-covered in La Fiorentina that I received from Shannon of Pink Wallpaper and The Designer Attic. I must say I am in LOVE! Also the chair really doesn't go right there, I just wanted show it off. Ha.

I wanted to add more color to her room and make it even more personal for Ellie so I had her paint the mats any way she wanted. She was THRILLED to say the least. It was an easy project for both Ellie and KJ. It also added the punch I wanted and makes the drawings stand out even more.

The kiddos have loved to have been able to have part in their room designs. They love what I have done, but feel extra proud of the things they picked and created themselves. For me that is a huge win!


Fall Plantings {my home}

Over the weekend I planted our fall pots with the kiddos. I love that they like to help in the garden and makes me all the more eager to get our raised veggie beds built for the spring. The sweet people at Collier's helped me pick the plantings for the pots. Southern Comfort Heuchera + berries + Yellow Anne Begonias make for quite the pairings. Of course mums are making an appearance, a fall staple in my book. I also thought I would share how my front bed looks now that it had time to fill in a tad. Here is where it began in June, can you imagine what it will be like next summer!!! I am seriously giddy with how much it has grown. English beds here I come! Below is our neighbors house. Is the Jasmine not stunning? I just planted our own to cover the porch. Hope mine looks as lush as theirs in no time.