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A Rundown Mill, Pink Walls and a Brood

On Black Friday, my brood opted for a walk in Sweetwater Creek State Park and came across this awesome rundown shell of an old mill. I love the architectural details of old brick, stone walls (often built by slaves and ubiquitous in the South) and strong wood beams.

These details can be reflected in interior design even if your space doesn’t have the big wooden beams and exposed brick walls you might covet (guilty!) in magazines and catalogs. I love this photo below from Crush Cul de Sac. The gallery wall of scenic paintings is beautiful and, juxtaposed with the Eames Eiffel chairs and glam capris chandelier, it is perfection. The wood floors and table are, of course, critical to the rustic feel but the pink walls and flowers keep it from seeming masculine.

Image from Crush Cul de Sac

A freebie picture of my brood. I have this thing about being in front of the hiking line. Always… must … be…first. Bonus of leading the way, however, is that you can look behind you and see this glorious sight.

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Happy Thanksgiving and One Very Long Table

Today is Thanksgiving. In a few hours, I will gather around a very long table with the beautiful family I was lucky enough to marry into. It’s a very long table because my husband’s 94 year old grandmother insists that each and every person sit at one table. There are 12 adults and 12 children to fit this year, so we add card tables end to end and a few people literally eat in the hallway. But we’re at one table!

As I get older I am increasingly more aware of how rare it is to actually enjoy the members of one’s family and not just tolerate them once or twice a year. I’m blessed to genuinely love and like these people. They say there’s also that one ‘crazy’ family member that’s weird and eccentric and awkward. Since I don’t think we have anyone like that, I should probably assume that it’s me.

I’m also grateful for this space, my blog, to share my passions, my creative self, with you. Thank you for being here. There is a lot of transition going on in my life right now and it’s not painless, but I know that in the end it is going to be an even better version of my life, which, without a doubt is already pretty crazy great. So Happy Thanksgiving. Gather your family near and love on someone who is missing their loved ones. And finally, thank God for the beauty we get to enjoy in each other and the world around us, lest we forget.

Why yes, that is me blogging today in my Indian head dress.

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Dining Drab turns Dynamic: Before & After!

I am working on this dining room right now and it is turning out beautifully! The ‘before’ picture is drab and completely dated. We painted a cool grey and dark blue, added a beautiful wood cornice board with raw silk steel grey drapery. We kept the old table but changed the chairs out. We upholstered inexpensive chairs and a bench (not shown) with a gorgeous grey and tan ikat fabric and tufted end chairs. And what a difference a beautiful chandelier makes! The brass sconces sitting on the table  in the ‘after’ photo I found on Ebay and put on the wall on either side of the mirror. I’ll show you that wall…later.

And after… Gorgeous!

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I’m Registered to Win!

I just registered to win this sofa on Apartment Therapy. My track record with winning things is, um, purdy bad. I know some people who win things, though, so that’s something. It’s a gorgeous couch. Would it go in my house? Hmm. Not really. It’d be a switch from my mid-century style sofa but I might be willing to glam up the casa a smidge. An impact piece can really make a room or stick out like a sore thumb. If I do win it though,I’ll invite you over and we’ll all share a good laugh while sitting on this sore thumb. Have you ever won anything big?

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Little People on the Wall

This family gallery is in my hallway and it makes me smile daily.  I wanted to mix color and black and white prints so keeping the style of photography and the color of frame similar (even though they are each unique) is what brings it together. Someday I look forward to larger mats and frames for these pictures that will make a larger statement on the wall, but right now these need to be out of easy reach to little hands and bouncy balls (we encourage playing ball in our house). I love our little family!

Much of the photography is done by catiteague.com

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