Grant Park & Tabarka tile

We have our first referral from the work we did at Aqua Restaurant at Rosemary Beach.  Our clients (the wife–a total artist at heart, the husband–an architect, and two young boys) were vacationing on 30A in Florida recently.  She loves the whole rustic-modern vibe and is planning for their 1910 Grant Park home (Atlanta) to have the same feel.  They are in the throes of a total gut job there, so they called us for some guidance when they returned home.  (Thanks, Kim & Kevin!–the owners of Aqua and La Crema)

Oh, it would be so cool to live in Grant Park.  It is one of the oldest (and coolest) neighborhoods in the city.  The homes are from the turn of the 20th Century and, thus, filled with hardwoods, stained-glass windows, tall ceilings and inherent charm.  Our clients’ home is no different.  We are excited to be invited to be on board!

Some of what you find in Grant Park:






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Grant Park flowers


First matter of business:  tile for the new master bath

One thing they know for certain?  They want Tabarka terracotta tiles on the bathroom floor.  They are gorgeous!  They are antiqued and each one painted by hand.


We narrowed down their favorites to two:






How beautiful are these?  And all the colors you see above (the vintage green, the royal blue, etc.) can all be changed.  You can mix and match each style & color you love.  Here are the colors:

(the color scheme for the home?  lots of gray & white with hints of turquoise, navy, poppy and yellow…okay, and green, too.)




The tile is, shall we say, not plain.  To make it work on the floor, we are editing what we do everywhere else–matte subway tiles, light grout, chunky wooden vanity (but clean-lined), simple frameless mirrors.  The only other bold choice are polished brass fittings & faucets!

kinda like these bathrooms below (I don’t know proper credits)




Tabarka’s offerings remind me a bit of the backsplash in our kitchen:

(as featured in BHG, photo by Rob Brinson, styled by Annette Joseph)



















I’m not sure if they are used in this kitchen, but how gorgeous for a kitchen floor or wall?




I hope you have a beautiful weekend… news on the home front yet.  We countered again this morning.  Of course I’ll let you know!  (Their realtor said “our offer was quite low for a seller’s environment”…..the drama continues.







For a girlfriend whose been there through thick-and-thin.

I imagine this was my first and last time seeing Madonna, but what a show and what a night.

Attendees were either middle-aged women in gloves gripping a beer in each hand, sunglasses and tutus in all their middle-aged glory, or men who came with other men.  Not many exceptions.


We are middle-aged-ish, but no gloves.  Jennifer did sport a mini sequin number, but she runs five miles a day.  Me, no so much–yet, anyway!


proof of said women:


My friend, Jen, and me


Grateful for a getaway last week with my husband to Charleston.  We both got reacquainted with one another and we both feel in love with this historical southern city by the sea.  So much so we started looking at real estate.  We just felt like we fit in.



We had a little star sighting.  Lauren Hutton is even prettier in person, and the epitome of style.


Grateful to Lisa Mowry and Atlanta Magazine for featuring us in December’s issue…

what an honor!



Grateful for an amazing friend, Anisa–she is so kind & talented.  Here a few pictures of her girls’ rooms:

(big girl’s room:)


forgive the cheesy watermark.  Pinterest makes them almost necessary, though.




and the baby’s room:





I hope your tummies and hearts are full today.  Don’t you love the day after Thanksgiving?


I’m signing off for awhile, and to be honest, might be signing off for good.  I have just grown very weary of blogging lately, and I imagine my posts reflect it.  I just feel God tugging on me in another direction, and I have no idea what that is.  I need time away to devote to Him for discernment and prayer.  You know when you feel those winds of change blowing in?  Exhilarating and fear-creating all at once?  The weathervane of my heart says those winds are close.  My apologies for always been so deep and melancholy, it is just the was I was made.


Peace and love to my readers….what a journey.



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