Thursday, August 30, 2012


I'm putting together a post of before and after pictures of Melrose's guest bedroom, I posted a sneak peek here at the end of my master bedroom reveal, and in the meantime I wanted to share some inspirational pictures of amazing inspiration boards. If you remember -- long, long ago I posted about the office space I created in this guest bedroom. It has come quite far since that post and I think you will be pleasantly surprised! Until the full reveal, here are some pretty inspirational office images.

 lilly pulitzer inspiration board via lonny mag

 via decor8
super cute office of bash, please

all other sources via my pinterest board

Thursday, August 23, 2012


I have posted about my lust for black and white stripes, but now I want to share my adoration for black and white flowers. One pattern to be exact - Schumacher's Pyne Hollyhock print. I am in love with it. Ever since I saw Michelle Adams', Lonny Editor in Chief, office makeover in the May/June 2011 Lonny issue, I have been obsessed. I'm telling you now, if I have a baby girl, this will be what her nursery is based off of. It is so classic, but can be used in a contemporary way with the right decor and accent patterns. Check it out for yourself:

I guess Michelle Adams has a love for the chintz pattern as well, because she used it again in her New York apart in the recent issue of Lonny. She designed a fabulous, inexpensive canopy bed with some industrial pipe rods. I also love how she unexpectedly paired it with some leopard footstools. It is a daring combination, but it is perfect. 

New York Space's Magazine also featured this fabric in Joel Woodard's study for the Mansion in May Showroom and Gardens. His tailored curtains are beautiful in this black and white toned room. 
The Pyne Hollyhock print is available in three colors: charcoal, tobacco, and indigo. The charcoal is obviously my favorite, but I have found another alternative color-way produced by House of Hackney - Dalston Rose in navy. Another nice chintz pattern to keep for future reference! This pattern is available in a multitude of options too. 

Monday, August 13, 2012


I'm pretty much at a point where I consider the backyard complete, except for maybe hanging a mason jar chandelier from my wedding and adding black and white stripes, so I wanted to share some final pictures I took. I am more than happy with the end result, and as soon as the temperature drops a few more degrees (Alabama heat is miserable!) I will be spending every afternoon out here! And, once it is chilly enough to build a fire, I know we will enjoy the fireplace a lot as well. I'll try to snap a picture of the pergola at night, because the lighting is fabulous. 

If you have forgotten what I was working with, here are a few before pictures (pardon my iphone):

If you missed the update process, then click here, otherwise here is Melrose's new backyard!

Do you see the copper lighting in the corner of the pergola we installed? 

Do you like my boxwoods? I'm still practicing my shaping technique!

So, what do you think? Does it look like my inspiration? I can't wait 'til the entire pergola is covered with the jasmine! Mmm ... I can smell it now! And combined with the tea olives and gardenias, it should smell heavenly back here. 

If any of ya'll are interested in the sources, let me know and I'll do a follow up posts with the links. Have a great week!

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Hi all! Here is a recent baby shower invitation I designed using my calligraphy and some watercolor flowers. The invitation turned out so sweet and dainty and the spring color palette really topped it off. 
If you are interested in custom design work, please feel free to contact me!

Friday, August 3, 2012

the dirty details of MELROSE

After posting some beautiful detail images of bathrooms, I decided to snap a few pics of Melrose's dirty details. I was searching for a tray for our master bathroom and finally found this rustic, concrete stone to hold a few items. It fits perfectly on the comode (doesn't that sound better than saying toilet!?) and helps fill the negative space on this side of the bathroom. 

Our guest bathroom is much simpler, but I hope to add something else to this area - maybe an antique picture above!? I found these quaint ceramic jars at Scott's Antique Market and this tray at Anthropologie. I love the gold accents! I'll share more full pictures of the bathroom soon ... especially since I painted it Newburg green ...