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My Favorite White Paint Colors

By |July 24th, 2014|


One of the questions I’m asked most is about my favorite white paint colors.  I’m working on updating the FAQ’s section of the blog but I thought this one needed answering in a new post.

When we changed our entire home from dark to light, I scoured loads of white paint choices…in any brand.  I’ve used […]

What I Love About You…

By |July 23rd, 2014|

To my littlest.

I hope your birthday was so much fun, and was a time you’ll remember fondly.

I love your quiet moments.  You can be so calm and reflective.  You were my lap baby, the one who likes to hold my hand when we walk into a store or into a crowded room.  I love how you […]

Favorite Family Photo Books

By |July 22nd, 2014|

The living room used to be a constant evolving door for decor, pillows, wall art, etc.

Since we redefined our style, and found some key pieces we love, it seems that I’m content with this space to mostly remain the same.  I’ll occasionally switch up a throw pillow here or there, or a piece of wall […]

Our Week in Instagram

By |July 21st, 2014|

The last couple of weeks have been a happy blur, filled with parties and life and work and some stress, but I am so grateful for it all.  I wanted to share some snippets from our Instagram account to document them all here…

Some reclaimed canvas bags we will be carrying in the shop and will […]

New Blog Features

By |July 16th, 2014|

Well, you may have noticed that we have a new look here on the blog.

It was time for more clean space to make room for things like larger photos and videos.

And while I love the new, even cleaner look, I am even more excited about the new features on the site.  It’s sort of a […]


By |July 14th, 2014|

Well, this weekend was incredible.

The book launch party was SO much fun, and such a success in my mind.  It was so very special to meet some of you, to hang with our local customers and to enjoy some celebratory time with friends and family at the end of the evening.

The music and food were […]

It’s Book Launch Day!!

By |July 12th, 2014|

Well, it’s been a surreal week, gearing up for the party and swooping in and out of market.  It was such a fun and challenging process to write the book, and today, we get to celebrate it.

I can’t wait to see some of you there and I hope it’s as much fun for you as […]


By |July 11th, 2014|

If I could give one bit of advice to new shop owners–Curate your style.

Own it.  Be selective.

It’s okay to think a lot is cute or pretty or amazing.  But you don’t have to stock or sell everything you like.  I think all of us shop owners, antique fair blazers, etc. go through times when we […]

The Summer Pillow Collection, a Sale, & House Beautiful

By |July 10th, 2014|

As our business has grown and changed, I’m in an ever-evolving process of putting my finger on my 90/10 rule.

You know, spending 90% of my time on profit-enducing activities and 10% on those not directly related to profit.  It’s not just about profit either.  I am constantly identifying what only I can do vs. what […]

Favorite Troy Places & A Get Together With You

By |July 9th, 2014|

I love our quaint community.

I never thought I would.  Love Troy, that is.  But now that I have my own children, and now that I’m older, I appreciate everything about where I am.

Opening a shop brought about such a sense of where we raise our family, and how wonderful it is to really get to […]

Clearing the shop, The kids, & a Party

By |July 8th, 2014|

What a full week this is turning out to be!

We are gearing up for the Book Launch Party this weekend–in full force.  Shop displays are being cleared, inventory stored to make room for flowers and yummy food, and people.  Kids are going with me to work, which is always a little challenging, but so much […]

TV Cabinet Makeover | How to Use Dark Wax

By |July 4th, 2014|

Happy 4th of July!  I’m going to be taking off the rest of the weekend to enjoy time with the family here at the beach, and I hope you and yours have an amazing weekend.  A quick furniture before & after for you today…

While I don’t paint as much furniture as I used to, I […]

Marble Counters

By |July 3rd, 2014|

The last time I showed  you our kitchen, this is where things stood…

Things have moved along mostly well, with a couple of snags here and there.  The cabinets were installed early last week, and we were able to start filling some of them.

Hello blissful organizing excitement.

And now, there are counters…

And I am in love with […]

Book Launch Party Invites | Counterpart Brand & Design

By |July 2nd, 2014|

We’re getting close to the book launch party, and I had to share the amazing invites with you.

We’ve been working with Kristy from Counterpart Brand & Design for several months now.  She’s the gal that’s responsible for all of our amazing chalk art walls.  She is an incredibly talented artist, designer, and her branding work […]

Heather Bullard & The Polished Pebble

By |June 30th, 2014|

I’ve been in photography/styling/inspiration mode for a couple weeks now that we are finally gearing up to shoot more of the look book.  After browsing around a bit, I ran across this styling from Heather Bullard (whose work I adore)…

Amazing styling (and home!), right?  This shoot was featured in the June 2013 issue of Country Living.

Board […]

Product Spotlight: My Current Faves

By |June 28th, 2014|

We launched a new look for the site yesterday!

We’ve been working on it since way back in January, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out.  If you’re joining us via email or reader, click on over to check it out.  More on the new functions soon–

I was browsing our online shop as I’m planning […]

Live Your Intentional Life

By |June 27th, 2014|

I’ve heard it at least five times this week.

I think it’s meant as a compliment–most of the time.

“You must be so busy with all the projects you have going on.”  Or… “You do so much…how do you do it all?”  Or even sometimes… “Your kids will only be small once so you better slow down […]

Shooting The PI Look Book & A New Camera

By |June 24th, 2014|

We have finally begun shooting the PI look book.  We have planned and thought, and dreamed and man, we have just not gotten our act together until recently.

And so we had a beautiful photo shoot, and then it was time to begin the book party planning–and so we are […]

Book Launch Party Inspiration

By |June 24th, 2014|

Happy Tuesday, friends.

I invited you to the book launch last week, and I wanted to share some party inspiration with you!

I’ve been trying to finish up extra projects so that I can focus on the book launch party the next couple of weeks.  I’m getting sooo excited […]

Dry Brushing Video Tutorial

By |June 21st, 2014|

Hello there, friends!

I’ve decided that it’s time to bring back some posts from way back when…those buried in the archives of this 4 year old blog.  I’ll occasionally post an old tutorial on Saturday’s instead of a Worthy Reading links.  This one comes from a painted french chair using a dry brush technique.

Here’s one of my […]