May 27, 2016

Thank You!!

busy, crazy week and blogging clearly took a hit. but before the week is out, i wanted say a big huge thank you to style me pretty living for sharing our home on their blog this past tuesday. it's a total thrill to see kate's pictures and my words out there on a (much) bigger stage. thank you also for all of the love on instagram as well.

have a fab long weekend and another huge thank you to all of our amazing military members who serve this country without half the recognition they deserve. a friend of mine's husband is currently on deployment and she is super mom at home with 3 kids! thinking of you!

i'll leave you with some patriotic interiors and exteriors!

via tumbler

i've totally lost track of who designed this room!!

via one kings lane

via midwest living

via southern living

via domino

via house beautiful

via country living

May 24, 2016

Two New (To Me) Artists

i keep missing monday posts - not a a formula for blogging success. the weekends are always so busy that by sunday night i'm exhausted and don't have the energy to put a post together. i wish i could plan better! anyway, recently i found two new-to-me artists who each have a different vibe but i love them both!

susie bettenhausen creates some of the most beautiful abstracts i've seen along with some awesome landscapes (i guess you would call them?). she works out of palm beach and the 30a area - i could imagine worse. ;)

alys beach on 30a!

i die for that last one!!

hayley mitchell is an artist i found through the most recent one room challenge. i love her colors with the added edge of black.

below are a couple of preview images from her website - it looks like a new collection is being released in a couple of days!

any of these catch your eye?

May 18, 2016

Pattern Play With Pillows

today i thought i'd talk about one of my most favorite things - mixing pillows! a question i'm asked a lot is how do i know what fabrics/patterns to put together. it definitely takes practice but when you get the mix just right, you know it.

one trick is to use patterns all from one line where they're all made to work together. you can't go wrong! i would probably throw in one more solid to finish it off.

[studio mcgee mix and match]

so you want that boho vibe? choose indigo, black and white and one or two pops of color.

[laid back cool]

another idea - pick one color palette and stick to it but mix up patterns both in scale and type.


sometimes what works best feels counter intuitive.  opposites attract and the unexpected mix makes this combo a winner. the mud cloth is funky but the colors are subtle. the pinstripe is classic but the olive color makes it interesting. and the pink pillow softens the whole thing and makes it pretty. you might see this one again in the future, just sayin!

[wild card]

May 17, 2016

Minted Fabrics

yesterday i was interviewed by a company about how i started my small (micro!) business. as i was describing my journey and what i'm doing today, i realized that i'm pretty proud of what i've done in the last year! i'm not trying to toot my own horn but i just never thought that i'd be at this point and it's exciting to think about. :)

on another note, did you know that minted has fabrics now? first awesome cards and invitations, then great art - are fabrics their next best thing? i especially love the designs for kids.

i actually think these two would be so good as wallpapers. next idea?

love this take on a basketweave.

how adorable would either of these be in a little girls room?

a fresh take on nautical flags.

a couple of cute geometrics.

pineapples make me smile.

this print would mix so well with other patterns.

and last but not least a perfectly imperfect stripe.

May 13, 2016

30A Recap

blogging FAIL. so it's friday and not monday and i'm just getting to posting for this week. sorry guys!  i thought it would be nice to do a little recap of our trip to the panhandle.  i found this area through  people i follow on instagram so it's kind of crazy that social media created a vacation for us!

30a is a road that basically runs along the gulf of mexico through some of the prettiest communities and beaches. we picked it up in rosemary beach and went down as far as watercolor which is a resort and planned community. we stayed in watersound, another community that is still being built up, that's pretty much in the middle of rosemary and watercolor. the whole area has white sand beaches - literally - and gorgeous homes. it was a designer's dream to drive through these communities and nose around. :) the whole area is filled with young families and everyone was so friendly. it's not "old" florida like you would find in naples or in lots of the east coast.

rosemary beach is probably the most established and has a hotel and a really cute downtown area with shops and restaurants. as you head west you reach alys beach which is just getting off the ground but the architecture and vision for this community is incredible. the pics i got were on the only cloudy day so i've taken some from their website.

alys is clearly going to be under construction for a while but it will be SO cool when it's done. our jaws dropped as we drove through for the first time.

keep going west and you hit watersound where we stayed. it's a bunch of gated communities with some seriously gorgeous homes.

some of the houses had actual gas lanterns - so charming - i fell in love.

the houses were all connected by boardwalks for walking/biking and also separate beach boardwalks for golf carts. here's the view looking back from the golf cart boardwalk.

and that sand!!!

just before you get to where we stayed is this cool 70s style (but brand new) development called the hub that had a bunch of restaurants, a bar, and a big outdoor theatre. it was like nothing we have around here! we sat out on the turf one night and watched a movie on the big screen with the kids. i'm sure they have some great concerts there as well.

via youtube

inside a restaurant - those are cement tiles on the wall!

the next area going west is seagrove and then seaside. we fell in love with seaside. it is just so cute. on the main drag there are a bunch of food trucks but not trucks so much as refurbished airstream trailers. amazing! and then a great shopping area behind with some seriously good stores. on the other side of the road is more retail, including a really cool outdoor market, and a couple of restaurants and then the beach!



and further west is watercolor which is as far west as we went on 30a. it's another planned community  - a large one - well established and is part resort and part homes. we would definitely consider staying there if/when we return to this part of florida. they have pools, the beach, restaurants, tennis, etc. 

the whole area is also hugely pro biking (like bicycles). and i mean like cruiser bikes not like the cycling fanatic types. i think i'm just so drawn to all of the outdoor living and cool things that we would never find at home like a popsicle shop.

overall we loved it. the whole area is super family friendly and the design is to die for. even the interiors of the restaurants were cute. as with any place there are drawbacks and for us one was the amount of construction going on. the sheer amount of building in the area is insane! we wouldn't stay at watersound for another couple of year until the houses are really mostly finished being built out. another drawback, at least from the northeast, is the travel to get there. no direct flights (panama city beach is the closest non-private airport) so it was a bit of a hike. the weather though was perfect - april is a great time to go. february would be too cold i think.

is 30a on your travel list now?! 

p.s. TGIF. longest week ever - i was convinced that yesterday was friday ugh! have a great weekend!!
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