Happy (throwback) Halloween, friends! My Mom sent me these Halloween throwbacks last night so I had to share. Me and my baby sister sure were cute! Hope you have a great day filled with candy and treats!
Little me, I think I’m getting ready to be a scary bat with my Uncle Markie!
Witch Whitney! (Also seen here!)
The bat with wings this time!
And my little sister Anna as a cute dalmation! Woof! (Also, nice jacket, Mom!)
It was our little Birchie’s 5th birthday last week! He’s such a goof. He’s brought us so much joy and laughter over the past 5 years. Birch is a big softie and an anxious fella who needs to be touching you at all times. I love the tippy tap he makes walking around the house, how he has to spin around almost one hundred times before he settles on a position snuggling up next to you, how he tries to sneak cat food and looks embarrassed when we catch him, how he gets under the covers when I let him sleep with me when Allen’s out of town, and how he trades who he snuggles closest to between me and Allen. He’s probably just getting comfortable, but I think deep down he wants us both to feel equally loved. We love you right back, Birchie!
PS – Birch is a Hungarian Vizsla. Vizslas are really wonderful dogs!
Photos by Katie Oblinger Photography (outtakes from our Guest Bedroom shoot!)
I am loving these loose zipper clutches lately and these patterns from Kindah Khalidy are so fun. I like the dark greens for this fall and the pink palettes for next spring. Yes, I’m already thinking about next spring. I’m not really a cold weather gal…
I love the strawberry pattern and the abstract paint palette clutches too. So cute, right?! See all the clutches here.
We made some serious progress in the garden when Mom was here last week! It doesn’t look like much now, but we got a ton of plant material in the ground. Mom brought at least 14 or 15 big trash bags full of plants from her garden. Isn’t she the best?! Yes. Yes, she is.
We planted everything pretty much like we planned out over the summer. The cool, fall weather has been perfect for these new plant babies to get used to their new home.
This corner is the closet garden area to the deck… This will have my favorite perennial begonias, a gardenia, an American boxwood, Solomon’s Seal, a couple of Soft Caress Mahonias, and then a gorgeous hosta and fern collection by the tree with some Lily of the Valley in front. It’s going to be gorgeous when it all fills in this spring!
Mom and I dug most of the holes the first day, but we had 2 fabulous helpers – Allen and Lee – who relieved us and did most of the hard work for us, including operating the tiller! Side note, planting such a massive amount of plant material is so much easier with a tiller!
Everything will get settled in with the cool weather this fall and will hopefully grow in nice and full in the spring! I can’t wait to see it all come together! :) This is a really solid base for the garden and now we’ll just get to add fun accent plants. Yay!
We’re pulling our house together little by little, and I’m enjoying taking my time with special pieces and creating a collected space. I was super excited when I got the chance to pick out a couple of Caitlin Wilson pieces to finish up our guest bedroom and pull everything together! And to have the lovely Katie Oblinger come shoot it for me. (Psst – Here’s where we started: before, progress, more progress, and the finished room.)
Caitlin Wilson pillows and fabrics are super bright and happy! I think they’re a great accent to pull together colors and patterns in any room.
I loved the look of the British Bouquet Pillow with the blue and grey bedding, I liked the triangle pattern on the Tribeca Fabric for the fireplace cushion paired with the shiny Gold Lotus Pillow. I also paired these two modern looks with the traditional look of the old doily pillow. It that belonged to my Grandmother, I think it looks good just about everywhere!
I’m so excited to have our guest room finally feeling finished! I have no idea why I started with this room, we barely use it! Except when my family comes to visit, which is kind of often. You’re welcome, Mom! :) It makes me happy to walk down the hall to peek in and see all the color and pattern. The light in this room is so gorgeous, too. Mmm! In love!
First of all, we had to get rid of the awful red and blue stripes we started with: here’s the before, progress, and more progress. It was fun to see the room develop over time. I knew I wanted to try mixing a couple patterns (the floral and stripe came together really nicely) and I knew I wanted to add a surprising color to lengthen the bedskirt. That part turned out even better than I envisioned! (We had to put the bed frame on risers to get it to attach to the headboard.)
The dresser was our dresser in our room at the old house. There’s a lot of wood tones going on in here, and Birch blends right in!
The inspiration behind finishing this room was a really fun partnership with Caitlin Wilson Textiles. This was such a fun excuse to pick out one of Caitlin’s fun patterns. Plus, I just love their team! We have a really exciting giveaway coming up later today!
It was really fun to have Katie, of Katie Oblinger Photography, come shoot the room for me. She is the sweetest! We were just chatting away while she click, click, clicked away on her camera. If you’re looking for a photographer in Atlanta, Katie is your girl!