"I've discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it."
- William Faulkner

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

house of fifty

Do y'all read House of Fifty? It's an incredible online magazine about home, lifestyle, food, blogs - basically everything I love - that's a spinoff from Isabella & Max Rooms, a beautiful home design blog that I adore.

Check it out here (they have an iPad and iPhone app!), and maybe you should follow them on Pinterest, too. Like I just did...

Friday, January 27, 2012

celebrities read?

I like celebrities to have an air of mystery about them. I don’t care anything for those pictures in tabloid mags that say, “Stars: they’re just like us!” because frankly, no, they’re not. I would be so disillusioned if I ever saw Nicole Kidman picking her nose or George Clooney wearing Crocs. Don’t try to convince me of how down-to-Earth you are or how you are still so surprised you get recognized in the street. You’re famous. Zac Posen does not call me to offer a dress to wear to my friend’s wedding.

Still, hearing that that you have one teeny thing in common with a celeb is so fun, right? My friend, Erin, sent these articles to me about celebrities’ favorite songs, movies (they called them “films” of course) and books. Alec Baldwin and I have the same favorite book! And Roger Federer’s favorite movie makes me love him even more…

Do you share a fave with anyone?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?
* How 'bout some actual cold weather in January? I'm practically sweating over here.

* A cool print shirt like this to spice up my usual weekend uni of top + jeans + boots.

* I LOVE the colors of this club chair! With the right throw pillow, it could go from super mod to traditional in a snap!

* Have y'all seen these? They affix to Ikea furniture to make it custom!

* A storage bench for all our blankets. This cool ikat one is from Target!

What's your wish?

Monday, January 23, 2012

bedroom re-do

It's no secret that I am totally enamored of Jenny Komenda and Joanna Goddard. Fortunately, they are blissfully unaware of how stalk-y I am of their blogs. Imagine my happiness when Jenny re-decorated Joanna's bedroom! Have you seen it yet? I'm so envious of Joanna's life in NYC with her cute husband and little boy; this did NOT help.

Here's her before...
Pretty, but how cute is the after?

Joanna and Jenny both posted about it on their blogs (images from Joanna's blog), so you should read them and get inspired like I did. Kell and I (well, let's be honest - just me) are working on re-doing our bedroom (Thanks, Freddie!), and I can't quit thinking about fabric and paint and bedding! I even created a Pinterest board dedicated to it so I don't forget the stuff I like!

In other totally awesome home re-do news, check out Mary-Kathryn's uber-cool Oxford crib. Yes, that's a garage door in her kitchen! Fab, right? Go to her blog to see the whole thing. I'm telling you, it's like something out of Garden and Gun.

I'm so envious of her vision, and her adorable hubby's handyman-ness!

What's your favorite room in your house?

Friday, January 20, 2012

for a friday giggle

I don't particularly care for Star Wars OR the Super Bowl, but I do love a dog AND a VW. Check out this ad scheduled to air during the game!

Have an epic weekend.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* That Harris would hurry home from her honeymoon!

* A cupcake from Muddy's Bake Shop in Memphis. Just go.

* A white blazer. Maybe like this one?

* Some Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn. Could you die?

* How about some snow?

What's your wish?

Monday, January 16, 2012


I'm one of about 5 people in my whole office at work today. I suppose what they say is true: when the cat's away, the mice will play. Needless to say, I'm finding it hard to get motivated to be productive.

Can you think of some sites that are good time wasters to help me survive the day? I know I'll be hanging out on Pinterest and Suri's Burn Book for sure.

I hope you're having a lazy MLK day!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

wish list wednesday - etsy love!

What Etsy items am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* I love the color combination and pattern on this pillow.

* I'm not sure what I'd do with this yellow lantern, but I love it!

* These adorable gift tags, hand made by Mary-Kathryn's talented sister-in-law Amy. The burlap is perfect.

* One of these sweet custom house portraits. She can add dogs, too!

* You could wear this cool bracelet with anything...year round!

What's your wish?

Monday, January 9, 2012

grammar nerd

English was my favorite subject in high school. I loved studying grammar, and diagramming sentences made me giddy. Still does. I laughed out loud at this article about diagramming Sarah Palin's particular, ahem, "style" of speech.

Grammar is one of those thing that you don't notice until it goes terribly wrong. A person can be impeccably dressed, perfectly coiffed and have a spot-on handshake, but when he or she opens his or her mouth and says "whelp" instead of "welt" or hands in a memo incorrectly using "it's" or "its," the facade is ruined.

If you are like me (not "I"), you'll love this article as well.

Speak well, or forever hold your peace!

Friday, January 6, 2012

welcome 2012 - better late than never...


Where did December go? Remember being a kid and it seemed like Christmas would NEVER get here? Maybe it’s a sign that I’m aging at a rapid pace, but man, it flew in and out to me.

I am going to admit something to you guys: I hate new years. Not New Year’s Eve, a new year. I know everyone always says they can look ahead with fresh perspective, think about all the good things that could happen and all the stuff they are looking forward to. Well, perhaps it’s my anxious nature, but I can’t help but think about all that bad things that will/could happen. I’m not going to run through the list that’s in my head; trust me, you don’t want to hear it. Plus, that’s not the operation I’m running here.

Instead, I’ve decided to make a list of things I’m looking forward to in the next few months or so. I can’t think too far past spring, so forgive my lack in forward-thinking.

The Civil Wars concert January 10

MK and I are going to see the Civil Wars in Memphis next week, and I am so jazzed! You might remember my post about them a few weeks ago. One of my resolutions for 2012 is to go to more concerts, and I think this is a great start. YAY!

My sister’s wedding January 14

I can’t believe my little sister will be a Mrs. soon! I still think of her as the little pipsqueak that I used to steal french fries from. Sweet tee, Harris. You would.

Joy the Baker’s cookbook – out February 28!

I cannot wait for this. I was so disappointed to find out that it wouldn’t be out before Christmas, but now I’m glad so I can look forward to it! I love a cookbook.

Making my master bedroom presentable

Ever since we moved into our house, I have closed the door to our bedroom whenever we have company. I finally picked out the color palette for the room, and I’m so ready to start getting stuff together. It will be so nice to have pretty bedding and curtains on the windows and coordinating bedside tables! Oh my!

What are your feelings on a new year? What are you looking forward to in 2012?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?
* That I could have gotten a few posts together last week. Sorry I left y’all hanging! I know you were totally lost. ;)

* Some of these ballet flats. I am so digging on the poppy ones!

* A new chair for my living room. I’m so enamored of the colors in this one, but frankly anything would be an improvement from the blue recliner.

* This cute shirt I spotted on Pinterest (you can follow me here!). I think it would be so cute in the summer with black shorts and wedges, too!

* A leopard scarf. Isn’t it so hard to find the exact print you want?

What’s your wish?
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