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By |January 28th, 2016|

I read my friend Marian’s post this week.  I loved her words.

I lived my life this last year.  Hard.  I have never felt more imperfect than I do right now.

R.M. Drake

But never have I felt more at peace with myself.

Don’t fear the broken places, friends.  They won’t break you.


New Dining Room Chairs

By |January 26th, 2016|

The dining room makeover, to date, still stands as the most popular post on this blog.

And that one about the chicken soup that grew hair.


You can see all the posts on the dining room here.  You can see the chicken soup that grew hair here.

I’ve been in the market for some new dining room furniture and […]

Design Inspiration: Tracery Interiors

By |January 25th, 2016|

While digging around for some inspiration last week, I stumbled across one of my favorite designer’s portfolio.  These spaces are too good not to share with you….




I love a neutral space, but what makes these rooms sing is all the texture.  The paneled walls, reclaimed beams, natural fiber rugs and chunky linen fabrics make them […]

Market 2016 Recap & New Lines

By |January 21st, 2016|

Every January we head to market in Atlanta.  I’m not sure how everyone approaches it, but we buy the bulk of our products for the year in a 4 or 5 day period.  We tend to get freight discounts, etc. so we tend to buy as much as we can for the year…it can be […]

Guest Room Redecorating

By |January 20th, 2016|

Way, way back when (I had no idea how to pick a paint color), our guest room looked like this….


Not only did we have a Scorsese red going, it was also a semi-gloss finish.  Good Lord it was bad.

Once I started brightening up our house, the guest room was one of the first to transform. […]

Heading to Market & Periscope

By |January 14th, 2016|

I know.  Two posts in one day??

We’re getting ready to head to market in Atlanta in the morning…

And the girls have convinced me that I’ve gotta be on Periscope.  They thought this trip would be the right time to get started, so if you’re on there (I don’t understand this at all yet), then follow […]

Our Holidays at a Glance

By |January 14th, 2016|






1.  sweetest place setting in Nashville at my brother’s for Thanksgiving dinner (thank you, Sara)

2.  Ice at the Opryland Hotel…pretty amazing if you ask me

3.  Favorite new table at Factory South.  That top.  Mercy.

4.  The kids and I kept it simple at Christmas this year…one tree, just a few ornaments.  Worked for us. 🙂

5.  My […]

25 Things We Know to be True about Working at Perfectly Imperfect

By |January 12th, 2016|

This post was written months ago, after closing (all a little loopy), by us in an attempt to be candid at the happenings of this little retail/online store thing.  No more build up…here goes…

1.  There’s always a decently stocked bar/beer in the fridge but we tend to run out of water.  All. the. time.

2.  Every […]

A Look at 2016

By |January 11th, 2016|

2015 brought with it many incredible moments.

In business, through the blog, even an unbelievable opportunity to work with HGTV, and at home.  The year also brought struggle and immense change.  There was great difficulty, which I mentioned before, but it was not the right time to share it.  I’m sure the time will come when […]

Behind the Scenes at PI/FS

By |November 21st, 2015|

Just a few snippets from around the shops this week…



1. in love with our vintage chenille candy canes at both stores & the red/leather sofa combo at Factory South

2. book tree Kaitlyn put together. it’s sort of adorable.

3. had my sweet friend, Lucy, down this week for a trunk show and workshop. More pics to […]

Sweet House Alabama Update

By |November 19th, 2015|

Almost one year ago, we began filming our pilot for HGTV, Sweet House Alabama.

The process of getting there was a couple of years in the making, and when filming began, there was excitement, anxiety, and eagerness to try something new.  That’s me in a nutshell.  Always ready for something new, while sweating about it, all […]

Market on Chapel Hill Displays

By |November 3rd, 2015|

I realize I’m a little late on this post since the Market was a few weeks ago.

Alright, maybe more than a little late.

Had a lot of life going on lately, and we’ve been busy busting out projects at both stores.  The Market is one of our favorite events of the year..we dig the day and […]

Antique Desk Chair, Vintage Camp Stool, & Other Stuff

By |October 26th, 2015|

One of my favorite parts of prepping for the Market on Chapel Hill is designing and working on the pieces we find scouring flea markets & antique malls.  I’d been keeping my eye out for an old desk chair, and the girls found one nearby.

I honestly love these chairs in their original state, but this […]

The Market on Chapel Hill: Antique Hall Cabinet

By |September 22nd, 2015|

Well, we’re in high gear for The Market on Chapel Hill, and have (yikes) a little less than two weeks to get everything loaded in the truck and on the way to Pike Road.

Most of the pieces we’ve found this year needed full overhauls, but this antique cabinet just needed a little hemp oil on […]

The Market on Chapel Hill Inspiration: Wood & White

By |September 14th, 2015|

The Market on Chapel Hill, formerly known as The Chapel Market is less than a month away, and we’re panicked prepping like crazy.

We are busy shopping for some small finds and we still need a few more furniture pieces.  The girls may kill me if I ask them to paint the base coat on one […]

August Happenings

By |September 8th, 2015|

August came and went in five minutes.  I gave myself a bit a break from blogging, and enjoyed the last few bits of summer I had with the kids.

This little lady turned 6 and within a few weeks, she and her brother were off to school this year…

Most of you know that we’ve been homeschooling […]

The Truth of It All

By |August 7th, 2015|

I think I’ve been avoiding this post for a while.

I’m not sure why.  You guys know quite a bit about me, and I’ve shared so much of my life here with you.  The truth is, I’ve been quite uninspired the last 6 months.  Maybe longer.

To create, to paint, to tell a story.

Life became real and […]

Introducing Parsons West Collection & A Giveaway

By |July 28th, 2015|

****This Giveaway is now closed.****

One of the most rewarding parts of blogging is meeting new people.  People who do the same things you do.  Love the same things you love.  Work the same way you work.

Marian, a.k.a. Miss Mustard Seed, and I were fast friends after meeting, and we’ve since discovered that we’re basically the […]

Planning a Creative Retreat

By |July 23rd, 2015|

Well we are back from our Creative Retreat. This one was a little different than the last.

Last year’s Creative Retreat, we spent a ton of time on customer quality service and infusing magic into our business, and lots of energy defining our styles individually and as a brand.  And of course we had lots of […]