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To Step Outside of the Box

September 13th, 2019|6 Comments


I sit in the living room typing.  It is the same spot I’ve sat for the last 10 years typing, recording for myself or for you all, here at Perfectly Imperfect.  Today I sit typing, […]

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The Birthday Cake

September 11th, 2019|3 Comments

It was the Friday night before Ava’s tenth birthday.

Keep in mind we were having a small celebration, nothing fancy, on Saturday, with our family and a few of her close friends.  There would be fun […]

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The Creative Exponent

August 13th, 2019|0 Comments

So interesting where life leads us.

For the last few years, I’ve spent time consulting and coaching into other companies, focusing on marketing, branding, and story telling.  While I have loved every single minute of it, […]

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August 2nd, 2019|6 Comments

I sit quietly in my living room, a room I wouldn’t sit in for almost a year before my marriage ended.  It was like the silence of what was happening under the surface of me […]

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Begin Again

July 11th, 2019|7 Comments

There is just something about a studio.  A clean, white space.  Everything is fresh.  Everything is new.  Blank.  This is the place where new things are born.  I walked into Marian’s studio this week, and […]

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June 20th, 2019|45 Comments

Every time I opened my laptop to write my first post in the last few years, I inevitably shut it, apathetic and uninterested.  My world had shifted dramatically after my divorce, and for me, I […]

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On Answering Great Questions & A Company Called Sevenly

August 14th, 2017|4 Comments

I’ve been thinking about questions lately.  The ones I ask myself.  The ones I want other people to answer.  The ones that make me think.

What is the most challenging thing you’ve done lately?

To answer this […]

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Opal’s Table: Restaurant Design Before & After

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

One of the things I’ve loved most about collaborating with the folks in Opelika has been hospitality design.  Ashely, who’s become a great friend to me, is someone I could work with all day long. […]

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Beauty in Brokenness

March 27th, 2017|6 Comments

There’s just something about being broken.

After you’re at your bottom, whatever that looks like at your place in life, you begin to slowly crawl your way back up…if you’re lucky.  And while you’re crawling up, […]

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Creative Business: On Teams, Being the Front Man, & Miracles

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

These videos (in my head) were just supposed to be a way for you to get to know the company I collaborate with.  To meet the people that mean so much to me, and to […]

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Graphite Console Table Makeover

March 20th, 2017|5 Comments

We’ve been working on moving me (and Ashely) into the new studio space the last couple weeks.  We’ve had to do this in between other projects, so it’s slowly coming together.  AKA we just got […]

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Marsh Collective & Perfectly Imperfect Video Series: Part 4

March 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Well.  There’s this…

John refers to some of our team as the muppet judges in today’s little segment.  And in fairness, we did all laugh.

Today’s questions I’ve gotten asked…

What do they do? (because we basically talk […]

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Meet Marsh Collective-A Video Series for You

March 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Every time I’ve sat down to tell you more about the people I work with now, I just sort of stare at the screen.  I’m serious.  I just get stuck.  This is not because there’s […]

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Side Track Coffee Design – Before & After

March 1st, 2017|3 Comments

One of the projects I came into at the beginning of my collaborating with Marsh Collective was the design for Side Track Coffee…


Since I came in at the end, I had nothing to do with the […]

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Soo…What have You Been Doing?

February 4th, 2017|7 Comments

In light of my most recent post, I thought it fitting to answer this question—-what have I been doing???

It’s so interesting to me that minus the year I wrote the book, these last couple of […]

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On Blogging, Creativity, & Insecurities

January 30th, 2017|38 Comments

You know, there are just times when the stars align, and for just one brief moment, things actually make sense. This weekend was such a time.  I went to Memphis (more on this soon), and […]

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Christmas Decorating with Ava

November 27th, 2016|3 Comments

Listen.  I know everyone thinks their kids are cute.  I know they’re mostly just cute to us.  But in the spirit of that (and the fact that I had zero desire to decorate […]

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The In Between

November 22nd, 2016|6 Comments

You know, I’ve spent the last few months with this on my mind. That so much of life is love and loss. Strip away the work, the list, the busyness. So much of it is […]

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Stephanie’s Playroom- Wallpaper Installed!

November 21st, 2016|2 Comments

Whew.  Well the blog/site have been dooowwwnnn for about 3 weeks.  Thanks for your patience there, guys.

Since then, Stephanie’s playroom is pretty much complete.  I only have to hang a couple more pieces of art […]

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Stephanie’s Playroom Inspiration & Design Board

October 25th, 2016|1 Comment

Now for the good stuff.

I told you about Stephanie’s girls’ playroom we’ve been working on…


The main objective was to refresh the look of the space and reorganize the girls’ art/playing school supplies and give them […]

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Design Project- Stephanie’s Playroom

October 20th, 2016|1 Comment

I told you a while back we’ve been taking on design clients again, and when I tell you I love it…I love it.  And I missed delving into these projects so much.  That, writing, and […]

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The Market on Chapel Hill Displays

October 18th, 2016|1 Comment

We had blast at this year’s Market on Chapel Hill…

After my decision to turn PI into a design studio, we brought way less.  We stuck to my typical palette of wood/white focal pieces and mixed […]

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October 5th, 2016|0 Comments


Because heirloom pumpkins might be one of my very favorite things on earth.

Forget a bouquet of flowers.  Give me pretty pumpkins.

We’re slowly recovering from The Market on Chapel Hill…all the display pics coming soon!

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PI Studio Makeover

September 21st, 2016|6 Comments

Oh my word.

When I say running.  I mean running lately.

I’ve had these studio pics ready to share with you for some time now, but between all of the projects we’re working on, there’s not been […]

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Happenings at Factory South

September 9th, 2016|0 Comments

It’s been a hot minute since we talked about Factory South.

We opened the store in April 2015 and this, if you remember, is what it looked like…

We moved things around here and there, but overall […]

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Creamware Dessert Pots, Fishs Eddy Sprinkles, & Photo Shoots

September 7th, 2016|0 Comments

We’re currently buzzing around PI.


I have 2-3 huge design projects going right now (yep I’ll fill you in soon), and we’re gearing up for The Market on Chapel Hill and the fall shopping season for […]

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The End of Your Comfort Zone

September 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Hey y’all!

As you know, I’ll be popping in once a week with some behind the scenes talk, inspiration, or maybe just to give you some random positive vibes for the week. Regardless of what my […]

Giverny is Here!!

September 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Well you can get your own can of Giverny now, folks!  I’m telling you, next to French Linen, this will be my new favorite.  We begin planning our Market on Chapel Hill space today, and […]

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Small Farm Table Makeover | Chalk Paint White Wax Tutorial

August 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Well, I’ve officially gotten back in the proverbial groove of painting.  The store was open last week, as we were still putting the finishing touches on the space.  I’ll share some before and after pics […]

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Fully Engaged | A Note from Julia

August 22nd, 2016|2 Comments

Well you’ve met Julia a couple of times now, and I have to say…she’s fit right in at PI seamlessly.  She’s keeping me organized, getting all my dates in Google Calendar (I’m so bad at […]

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Photo Shoots & Sneak Peeks

August 19th, 2016|0 Comments


I know you do it too.

I just put some decisions off and off and off.  And when I bite the proverbial bullet, I wonder why it took me so long.  Working in the more studio-like […]

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Painting & Painting. And More Painting.

August 16th, 2016|1 Comment

My mercy we have been painting.

I’m pretty sure two separate days this week, at approximately 6 p.m., Julia has looked at me like a very tired puppy…not saying a word, but completely glazed over and […]

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New Shop Plans

August 12th, 2016|6 Comments

A lot of you guys have been around since the beginning.  Since I started the blog in 2009, and then opened the store in 2012…

The shop changed and changed, and our space was mostly packed […]

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Keep Moving/Haven Conference

August 9th, 2016|0 Comments

I spent last weekend in Atlanta surrounded by good friends, a little wine, and a whole lot of inspiration.  Honestly.  It’s not just one of those cheesy things people say.  Or maybe it is.  But […]

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Southern Living Inspired Home: Dining Room & Guest Room

August 1st, 2016|1 Comment

It has been a whirlwind of a few weeks for me.  I’ve gone to market for the online store, and we hosted an incredible event at The Southerly last week.  We’re also in high gear […]

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Southern Living Inspired Home: Study & Master Suite

July 8th, 2016|2 Comments

If you saw my previous post, you know I got to tour The Southern Living Inspired Home in Hampstead in Montgomery, Alabama.

The study & master suite are up today…

How about that bathroom?  Those tiles….that shower.

Let […]

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Southern Living Inspired Home: Living, Kitchen & Laundry

July 5th, 2016|4 Comments

Recently, I got the opportunity to tour Alabama’s first Southern Living Inspired Home.  I grew up with Southern Living magazines spread on our coffee table and in my mom’s kitchen.  Still to this day, I […]

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4th of July Shoot

June 30th, 2016|0 Comments

A few weeks ago when I was shooting like mad at The Southerly, we threw together a last minute look to feature a more simple gathering at the space.

We just stumbled upon doing a patriotic […]

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Simple Centerpiece

June 27th, 2016|0 Comments

This last couple weeks for me has been filled with loads of planning and scheming and some goal setting (sounds so cliche but what else do you call it?).  This year has brought a ton […]

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The Southerly Warehouse

June 21st, 2016|0 Comments

I mentioned to you I was working with Marsh Collective in Opelika, and I’ve been wanting to share more of their event space with you.  The Southerly Warehouse is located in the historic district downtown, […]

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The Grape Chandelier

June 9th, 2016|8 Comments

We’ve not really updated much at the beach condo the last two summer seasons.

We tackled the biggest of the projects like our bedrooms, getting paint colors changed, and we updated mine/my brother’s/Sara’s bathroom.

Things were pretty […]

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Oak Side Table Makeover with Black Chalk Paint Wax

June 6th, 2016|3 Comments

As promised, I painted something for you guys.  I loved Annie’s green piece we featured last week, but I wanted to try the new waxes out for myself so I could give you a few […]

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Shooting the Summer Collection

June 3rd, 2016|3 Comments

It’s been a productive (and exhausting) week in the store.  We’ve been getting in new product, painting furniture and new sample boards for our new tinted waxes, and I started shooting the Summer Collection. I’m […]

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Shop Talk- Meet Julia

June 2nd, 2016|1 Comment

Well, we’ve come full circle at PI.  Kaitlyn & Julie moved on this year to other careers..and there for a while, it was just Adam and I at the store.  We missed the girls, but […]

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New Black Chalk Paint Wax

May 31st, 2016|1 Comment

Well, it’s here.

shop Black Chalk Paint Wax

Annie Sloan came out with some new tinted waxes, which I love.  I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the black wax, and I’ve only played with […]

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The Southerly & Photo Shoots

May 25th, 2016|2 Comments

I recently began working with some pretty incredible folks in Opelika, where Factory South is located.  You know how you just meet some people, and you know they’re just going to be a part of […]

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Shop Newness

May 19th, 2016|0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some of the newness in the shop.  It’s still one of my favorite things when a couple of boxes come in.  I’m looking forward to bringing our new […]

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Jekyll Island, Part Two

May 18th, 2016|2 Comments

If you missed reading the first part of our trip to Jekyll Island, Georgia, you might want to start here.

Like I mentioned, the trip was magical for us.  The perfect family getaway at just the […]

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Jekyll Island, Georgia

May 2nd, 2016|6 Comments

On a Thursday afternoon, the kids and I loaded my car and took a little drive.  As with most trips, I drove with music blaring and the sunroof down.  They sing along or play games […]

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Spring Mantel & Living Room Plans

April 23rd, 2016|2 Comments

Lord I don’t know where my week went.

Maybe between being sick isn and work, it just sort of disappeared.  I’ve had this post in my queue for almost two weeks.  Never said I was super […]

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Ugly Cords & Simple Decorating

April 12th, 2016|4 Comments

I remember when I first started writing about my home, it was totally real time.  Photos were barely edited much less styled, and I never thought twice about things like dust on the floor, lego people […]

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The Wrong/Right Dining Room Chairs

April 8th, 2016|2 Comments

I showed you the chairs I thought about getting for the dining room a while back.  When I got the order in at the shop, I opened up the big boxes…pretty sure there was a […]

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The Question That Made Me Queasy

April 4th, 2016|14 Comments

My baby brother is engaged.

The week before he left on his trip to Patagonia with his future bride, Sara, he called me. Talking ninety to nothing and giggling like a school girl, he told me […]

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Coffee Table Makeover with Salt Wash

March 29th, 2016|3 Comments

I think the last time we talked about the living room (maybe two years ago?), it looked like this…

Well.  The entertainment center was there…in too small of a spot.  Then I got a new sofa, […]

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Haven Conference, Inside Scoop, & Agoraphobia

March 22nd, 2016|2 Comments

If you’re hopping over from Brooke at All Things Thrifty, welcome!  I’m happy to be joining in this blog hop today to chat up Haven Conference happening in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 5-7.

For those of […]

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The Corners

March 16th, 2016|7 Comments

I was walking on the beach, the sun on my face and salt in the air.  To my right there were two women talking.  One younger, wearing shorts and a tank top and the other, […]

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Factory South Shop Displays

March 3rd, 2016|4 Comments

It’s been a while since I shared any displays at our second location, Factory South.  I’m in and out of there once a week or so, and I still love the way it looks when […]

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February 19th, 2016|4 Comments

The kids and I had the chance to run down to the beach with my brother and Sara.  It was so good to get away, and I love being there this time of year.  Nobody […]

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Spring Shop Displays

February 17th, 2016|2 Comments

If you follow us on Periscope, you know we’ve got a new pantry section & organic bath line coming to the store.  We’ve been getting in lines a little along the way since our trip […]

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Some Real Imperfection

February 16th, 2016|49 Comments

We’ve spent a great deal of time talking about imperfection, you and I.

I named this blog because I was aware of how very flawed we all are.  How flawed I am.  But the truth of […]

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Salt Wash

February 10th, 2016|8 Comments

Speaking of paint inspired, we found a new product we’re thrilled about…

If you follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Periscope, you’ve seen us talking about Salt Wash.  It’s a powder additive that can be mixed […]

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Shop Instagram Moments

February 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Since market, we’ve been all kinds of paint inspired.  Working on window display ideas, bringing in new products, filing some pieces away to paint.

Case in point….

working on prep for a spring window paint […]

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5 Gorgeous Instagram Feeds

January 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Thank the good Lord it’s Friday.

In light of the weekend, here’s a few Instagram feeds that have caught my eye lately.  Hope you enjoy…

Garden & Gun

National Geographic Travel


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January 28th, 2016|4 Comments

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 […]

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New Dining Room Chairs

January 26th, 2016|4 Comments

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 […]

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Design Inspiration: Tracery Interiors

January 25th, 2016|1 Comment

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 […]

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Market 2016 Recap & New Lines

January 21st, 2016|2 Comments

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 […]

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Guest Room Redecorating

January 20th, 2016|4 Comments

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 […]

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Heading to Market & Periscope

January 14th, 2016|1 Comment

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 […]

Our Holidays at a Glance

January 14th, 2016|2 Comments






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 […]

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

January 12th, 2016|4 Comments

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 […]

A Look at 2016

January 11th, 2016|52 Comments

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 […]

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Behind the Scenes at PI/FS

November 21st, 2015|6 Comments

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 […]

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Sweet House Alabama Update

November 19th, 2015|10 Comments

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 […]

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Market on Chapel Hill Displays

November 3rd, 2015|3 Comments

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 […]

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Antique Desk Chair, Vintage Camp Stool, & Other Stuff

October 26th, 2015|2 Comments

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 […]

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The Market on Chapel Hill: Antique Hall Cabinet

September 22nd, 2015|2 Comments

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 […]

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Tinted Wax Tutorial

September 17th, 2015|3 Comments

Hey there, folks!

For those of you who don’t know, here’s a little bit of background for you.  So I started my business back in 2009 with babies on my hip (literally), and began custom painting […]

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The Market on Chapel Hill Inspiration: Wood & White

September 14th, 2015|4 Comments

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 […]

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August Happenings

September 8th, 2015|0 Comments

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 […]

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The Truth of It All

August 7th, 2015|46 Comments

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, […]

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Introducing Parsons West Collection & A Giveaway

July 28th, 2015|205 Comments

****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 […]

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Planning a Creative Retreat

July 23rd, 2015|1 Comment

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 […]

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25 Things (that we do know to be true)

July 15th, 2015|6 Comments

Disclaimer: This post brought to you by Shaunna, Kaitlyn, Amanda, and Adam.  Opinions are ours only, and are not forced on you in any way. Ahem.

1.  Mayo is, in fact, made by the devil.  Or […]

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PI Goes To Market

July 14th, 2015|3 Comments

Happy Tuesday!

Kaitlyn and I are back from market and gearing up for PI’s creative retreat this weekend!

Market is always so much fun.
Normally, we do not make the trip in July, but this year we were […]

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Life’s A Beach

July 7th, 2015|5 Comments

Yep, you guessed it… I’m back to redecorating the beach condo.

When my parents bought my grandparents condo a couple of years ago we knew the space had potential but we would have to do a […]

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Happy 4th!

July 4th, 2015|2 Comments

Well, Happy 4th of July, friends!!

We’re still at the beach enjoying a little time off (Thank you, Jesus), but I wanted to wish you a happy holiday with your family and friends.

And here’s a little […]

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Shop The Space

July 3rd, 2015|4 Comments

Good Morning from the beach!

I’m sitting outside enjoying my morning coffee and wondering if I ever have to come home.

Do I??  Maybe nah.

We’ve been digging around for […]

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Lance’s Latest Photography

June 30th, 2015|5 Comments

You all met my brother a while ago.

He’s lots of things, some wonderful, some frustrating, but one thing he most certainly is…an amazing photographer.  I was perusing on his Instagram feed last week, and realized […]

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In Any Given Moment

June 27th, 2015|0 Comments



I’ve never fully understood this until recently.  Sometimes plans and vision aren’t enough.  Real, nose-to-the-grindstone work has to happen.  Sometimes there are actual growing pains in the process of growth.  That […]

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So I have this thing…

June 26th, 2015|4 Comments

So you see….I may have a thing with open shelving.


It helps me stay organized and neat (uh sort of), which I love.

Remember when I first took the doors off my cabinets in the Kitchen?

I feel […]

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Blogger Spotlight | Holy Office Space

June 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Every girl dreams of champagne confetti canons right?

Well maybe that is only us and one of our favorite new bloggers, Emily Henderson! I have admired her vintage finds on Instagram for years now and Julie has […]

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Behind the Scenes at Factory South

June 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

To say that it’s been busy since opening Factory South is an understatement.

We’re running back and forth between two stores, and I have no expectations that will end anytime soon.  It’s a lot to juggle, setting […]

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Flash Back Friday | The First Post

June 19th, 2015|1 Comment

Happy Friday friends!

So today I am taking y’all back to the very beginning. I was sitting in my pj’s on the couch after the longest Christmas day I can remember.  Up to my eyeballs in crumpled […]

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Living Room Inspiration

June 18th, 2015|2 Comments

Good Morning, Friends!

I’ve been wanting to switch up the living room lately, but between Perfectly Imperfect, Factory South, and being a mama, I’ve just not found time.  This hot Alabama summer heat has gotten to […]

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Our FAQs

June 17th, 2015|3 Comments

Well you guys asked and we have answered.

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions….

Dianne Sawyer… I mean Julie and I had so much fun with this and we hope you guys enjoy the […]

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When Life Gets You Down | From Julie

June 10th, 2015|0 Comments

Hey you guys! 🙂

It’s Julie today…some of you may remember me.  Shaunna and the team did an AMAZING job on my room redo last year. It was great, right??

Kaitlyn and I decided it was time […]

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Our Favorite Blog Posts Of All Time

June 9th, 2015|4 Comments

It’s been about five years since I began our blog, and a couple thousand posts later, here we are.

We’ve had a ton of fun working on all these projects, and honestly, looking back, we were […]

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Perfectly Imperfect Shop Displays

June 5th, 2015|4 Comments

So I know we mentioned to you guys last week that we had changed the store up on y’all…

And as Julie and I promised, here is our current shop displays.

Plus those gorgeous white walls Matt […]