34 {and a gift unlike no other}

Today I turn 34. Funny how one can still feel straight out of college with 2 kids and 10 years of marriage under their belt. Of course once I actually talk to a college age person I realize I am no where near. Those kids these days. HA. I kid, sort of.

I thought for my birthday I could ask for gift, well not for me but for some friend's and a child that has yet to be placed into their arms. They are raising money for adoption. She's the one by me on the end with the infectious smile and her husband John Mark who is equally as fun. I know God has given them this desire to give a child a forever home. I know they will make the best parents. They are two of Ellie and KJ's favorites. I would love to be part of gifting them the greatest gift I know to give... parenthood. So that is where you all come in...

Currently they are hosting a Puzzle Fundraiser. They are half way to their goal of $5000! We did some math and that means if 250 of you donated $10 towards buying a puzzle piece {your name will be placed of the back and be part of making the puzzle whole} then they would be there! Of course more would be welcome!!! Adoption is one of the greatest gifts, but not the cheapest which I have come to learn after walking through this process with many of my friends. Would you all be part of this greatest gift? You can read more of their story here and donate there as well.

Love you all!!!


four things

These are a few items that I have been eying as of late...

ONE - would be amazing in our living room, but not really a need.

TWO - been waiting months for this cookbook to come out! It's almost that time!

THREE - Thinking this pillow needs to make a home in our tv room.

FOUR - these could be added to my other candlesticks in my dining room, but maybe it would be two too many?


It's Coming Together "the dining room"

I finally hung a piece of art. I only have about a dozen or so to go, but I want to be sure each piece is where it should be. This piece, by the Aestate, I came across on instagram and instantly fell in love. The color was perfect and I loved the free form and scale of it all. I used an ikea frame, but may upgrade later. Ikea's large mats are a slight off white and compared to this print looked yellow so I just reversed the mat which is a more blue/gray/white. I'm still deciding if this works or if I should get another mat cut to match the paper. For now I will just live with it. The baby fig is from ikea too and the bucket was a thrift store find. I keep on moving it back and forth between a plant pot or a trash can for the office. Can't beat the price at $2.99 either way. Our new side chairs from West Elm came in and I could not be anymore happy with them. The woven chairs came from the old house and are a tad big for the space, but will do for now. Our new light fixture should arrive today and I could not be anymore excited. I will be sure to share once the space is all pulled together!


Adding Warmth in the Kitchen

Our rental home kitchen has had me a bit baffled. It is very different from our old home. Our old kitchen was open to the rest of the house and was more pretty than anything else. This kitchen is much more utilitarian which makes perfect sense in a 1931 home. It was made for function. I do LOVE that, but at times it feels cold especially with the washer and dryer being part of the space. Don't get me wrong I am beyond grateful that I have so many appliances. Not sure how I would function without a washer, dryer, dishwasher and the like. I am also finding that having a microwave on our limited counter space drives me a bit nuts. Never mind our kitchenaid, vitamix {early birthday present from the Mr}, cake plates ect have no where to go but on the countertop. So after much thought and kitchen gazing I think I want to add a bookshelf. I think it will add warmth to the space and free up some countertop space for things like actual cooking. Even if I just moved the microwave here along with the cakeplates, mixing bowls, and maybe add a few baskets for pantry items it may help this kitchen feel more homey and function better for the way we live. The bookcase will go where this bench sits now. Oh, and I finally found school house lights that were oversized and short enough! I shared them on instagram, but will be sure to share here too soon. Do any of you have a bookcase in your kitchen? Do you like it? To me it feels somewhat European for some reason and who wouldn't want that! HA.

Contenders... ONE & TWO


An Inspired Shoot

I had the pleasure of shooting Tiffany at The Optimist in Atlanta last weekend. It was by far one of my favorite shoots ever. The light filled space plus working with one the most beautiful people I know, inside and out, makes for the perfect pairing. The Optimist has some of the best food hands down. The design of the space inspires me like no other. It really was quite a wonderful day to say the least.

Ellie also makes for the best test lighting subject. She came along for the shoot and a little shopping after. Ellie is also becoming quite the photographer herself. She snapped this pic of Tiffany with an iPhone. I mean really. I love her composition.

Tiffany is sharing more on her blog today!