sneak peek of AH & L High Style Tour

Last night Anisa and I had the honor of viewing Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles High Style Tour.  The designers worked their magic on the 18th and 19th floors of the W Hotel Atlanta (downtown).  Please click on the link above to buy tickets ($20 each) and learn more about the designers and their portfolios.  Proceeds go to Atlanta’s High Museum of Art!

Of course, my iPhone pics don’t nearly do the spaces justice–I do hope you can check them out in-person.

Can we start with my favorite condo?  I guess we can since I’m writing.

Barbara Westbrook.  So amazingly talented.  I wish I had a picture of her!!  She was wearing a black leather cocktail dress (A-frame, knee-length) with leopard heels.  Okay, this outfit can go many ways in your imagination, but it was so chic, tailored, minimal!  She knows how to edit.

My favorite thing of the night–this little ensemble here.  Her sponsor is Room & Board.



I find her to be a great stylist, too.

picture lights as bathroom lighting–genius.

Second favorite setup of the night?  This beat up, metal vintage goldenrod table multi-purposed as a desk & bar–She is so good with the mix!  Wire stool, upholstered seat, glass lamp, linen shade, metal desk.  Lovely!!

Her man cave was clean, warm, vibrant, fun, thoughtful–just so impressed.

Next, MG + BW sponsored Bill Peace’s condo.  Okay, we didn’t take many pictures because we were talking with our buds :)  Check out the art–made with thumbprints!!

The theme in his space was black & white, so MG + BW’s new lacquered stumps fit perfectly.  I love these.

Michel Ward for Bradley Hughes had living art in his bathroom.  Yes, live moss on the wall!!  Love the table lamp, too.

He, as well as Amy Morris, used narrow horizontal stripes.  Those things just happen.

the cutest pregnant woman ever :)

Bold choice to paint on the ceiling, too!

Anisa was really blown away with Susan Ferrier’s design (Ryan Hughes sponsor).  The way her mind works and how she arranges furniture is so innovative.  The art is covering an unattractive jut-out.  She said there was no other choice than to cover it!

Dig the wood artifact hanging in front of the floor mirror.

And, helloooo, welcome to Kerry Howard’s fun & bright condo!

I believe he designed a modern-day Tara (you have to go to see a huge Scarlet O’Hara on the wall).

How cheerful is this bathroom?!

And, finally, here is a peek at Amy Morris’ place…

striped entry with brass accents

lush fabrics, jewel tones, tons of unique lighting

What a glamorous bedroom!

We really had such a fun night.  If you go, plan to eat at BLT Steak in the bottom of the W when you finish the tour.

Us country girls were happy with our cow butter.  And the warm popovers that accompanied was about the best I’ve ever had.

Have a great weekend


going dark

I never in a million years would have imagined I would paint (and actually love) a room so dark.  Moreover, I will never understand why I have the desire to do such things before I host a baby shower.

Nonetheless, Anisa had fun with all her friends and family so that is what matters!  Her new little smiggin will be here in just a few weeks.

Here is our new “cracked pepper” dining room (a work in progress, of course)

Anisa had the brilliant idea of moving our kitchen light for this room for contrast.

In theory my idea of the custom burlap table cover was good, but it isn’t so soft.  Sometimes I choose form over function (much to husband’s dismay).


My favorite thing is pairing the light with dark.  We got the buffet at a discount due to the broken pull (at The Queen of Hearts where our booth is :)  The lamps I switched from our bedroom.


We found a vintage crystal chandelier (also at The Queen) which now has new life in our kitchen.  My designer friend, Lindsey Hene, scored the set of cane & chrome chairs for $25.  Yes, 4 for $25!


I wish I had taken pictures before or during the shower.  Five of us threw it together, so there was much cuteness to be had.  Really my only decor contribution (besides some balloons) was this garland I made of cupcake liners and twine.  Thanks, Pinterest.


My boys love playing with the balloons the day after, regardless of color.


When I don’t have a lot of time for arrangements, I just buy the grocery bunches of flowers and pair like with like.  Here is a simple wad of baby’s breath…


We are currently enjoying them this chilly morning along with a fire.  Oh, I love a fire.


I trim and de-leave (that a term?) the roses and put them altogether, too.


Anisa’s friend, Chrystina, made this lovely display with twigs & branches and gave each guest a bag of wildflowers to plant in honor of the baby.  Too sweet.  Crafty, I am not.

Enjoy your Sunday,



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