On Answering Great Questions & A Company Called Sevenly

By |August 14th, 2017|

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 question, we gotta ramble a little…

So here’s some news.  But first, back to the beginning.  Or middle.  Or however you […]

Beauty in Brokenness

By |March 27th, 2017|

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, you’ve already recognized it.  You can almost taste it.  Know it’s real.  And while you’re terrified,  you wonder if it […]

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

By |March 22nd, 2017|

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 see us chat back and forth about what we’re doing and where we’re headed next.  Casual.

And the videos have been […]

Marsh Collective & Perfectly Imperfect Video Series: Part 4

By |March 17th, 2017|

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 about this one in almost every video)

Have you moved?  Are you going to?


Happy Friday, folks.  We’re having a wedding at […]

Meet Marsh Collective-A Video Series for You

By |March 16th, 2017|

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 not a lot to say, in fact, it’s the opposite.  There is so much, too much even, to say about […]

New Shop Plans

By |August 12th, 2016|

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 until the last few months.  Having the store was always part of the plan for PI, but I knew eventually […]

Haven Conference, Inside Scoop, & Agoraphobia

By |March 22nd, 2016|

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 you who don’t know, Haven is a DIY/Design bloggers conference packed with loads of great classes and speakers, covering everything […]

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 […]

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 […]

Behind the Scenes at Factory South

By |June 23rd, 2015|

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 up the new business and running both of our current stores in Troy.  Then there’s the blog, and online store […]

Growing Slowly

By |April 13th, 2015|

I’ve had one of those months.

Things aren’t really lining up perfectly at work…sales are a little slower, some systems aren’t as efficient, and I’m most certainly more scattered & unorganized.  Some of my ideas aren’t panning out, and the ones that do seem to require a lot of my time–which is a little limited right now.

This doesn’t make […]

Factory South: Shop Displays

By |April 8th, 2015|

Things are slowly settling down since our opening last week of Factory South, our new sister/brother store.

It was a whirlwind week for sure, setting up late the night before our soft opening on Wednesday morning.  By the time the doors opened up at 7 a.m., my feet were already screaming and my eyes were on […]

FS Grand Opening Details (& a store sneak peek)

By |March 29th, 2015|

If you would have told me five years ago that I would be a store owner, a blog/book writer, and run an online store, I’m not sure I would have believed you.  If you had told me that writing that blog would lead to all it has, I certainly wouldn’t.

After a couple of years of […]

Behind the Scenes: Opening Factory South, Week 1

By |March 12th, 2015|






1.  You know I’m obsessed with books–love these quirky picks we’ve found for Factory South.

2.  Gave away a print from The Old Try this week on our Instagram account.  Be sure to follow us over there if you aren’t already!

3.  Antique rug scouting–got some good ones!

4.  Holy beautiful sofa love


Psst…our Grand Opening event is April […]

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals for You!

By |November 26th, 2014|


For all of you online shoppers, know that our online store can run a little slowly on Cyber Monday…We appreciate your patience!!   To speed up the checkout process, create a customer account ahead of time.  We’ve added hundreds of new items to our holiday collection, so browse away.  To see our holiday Look Book, […]

Book Launch Party Details

By |September 3rd, 2014|

Well, after a few days of photo uploading issues, we’re back in action here in our favorite place. Thanks for all of your sweet comments on the book launch party video…it was such a fun night! I couldn’t wait to share some details of the evening with you.  Since we were hosting the party […]

Behind the Scenes: Shipments & More Shipments

By |August 14th, 2014|

My friend, Barb from Knack, writes these behind the scenes posts sometimes, and since I love getting to know the people and process behind the business/blog, I love her posts.  They remind me a little of our 25 Things posts, but with a what’s-going-on-behind-the-business kind of twist.

So here’s some of our last week at PI […]


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 […]

Work Smart (& a free printable)

By |April 17th, 2014|

Talking about creative business has been so much fun for me, and I’m still knocking ideas around on how to bring these ideas & classes to you personally.  Business is scary, and it is a leap of faith, and some days, it is hard.

We took our first Creative Leadership […]