happy new year +one table, two ways

happy new year! as with so many people i know, myself included, i’m so glad that 2016 is over- yay for 2017! i always treat the new year as a pre spring cleaning- there’s just something about dejunking, purging and starting with a clean slate to head into the year. one of my first projects this year is amping up some of the spots that have been ignored. our house doesn’t have much of an entry so i’ve been scheming a plan to give the illusion of a grander/ more exciting entrance.



which one would you pick?


fourth of july sales

i love how every holiday has become just one big excuse to shop. here are the best home goods sales. happy 4th and happy shopping!


anthropologie– 30% off sale- use code ‘evenbetter’

celadon-20% off everything! no code needed

crate & barrel– up to 50% off of outdoor furniture- no code needed

design within reach– save up to 60% on summer items- no code needed

furbish– 20% off everything- use code ‘fireworks’

land of nod– up to 65% off site wide- no code needed

lulu & georgia– save up to 75% off- no code needed

one kings lane– head to the website for a blowout sale! no code needed

open door– take 20% off select items- use code ‘july4’

pottery barn– 10% off $100, 15% off $250, 20% off $500,25% off $1000-use code ‘savemore’

serena and lily– 10% off $100, 15% off $500, 20% off $1,500- use code ‘summerbreak’

studio mcgee– 20% off everything- use code ‘america20’

sur la table– save up to 60% on summer items & free shipping on $59 and up- use  code’shipfree’

target– site wide sales!

the company store– save up to 70% site wide- use code ‘g16july4’

west elm– 20% off most items and up to 70% off clearance- no code needed

williams-sonoma– 20-50% off & free shopping- use code ‘july’

world market– 15% off everything & free shipping on $100 and up- use code ‘yay4th’


bathroom: before & after + accessories



our mini bathroom update (paint and tile) was finished right before thanksgiving and i never shared- sorry about that! although they were just small changes, it really did a lot for the space. ultimately, we’d like to gut/ rearrange it but for now, its good to go! now i’m just looking for small accessories (ie new knobs, some hooks, hand towels) to finish off the look.


before (scary!)
after (tiny places are so hard to take pictures of!)



decor + home goods gift guide

so I’m going to join the masses and try out this whole gift guide thing. i’m so unique!  but hey, my stepdad (hi swan!), told me that he just bought a christmas present for me, based on my blog. so, i mean, if that’s all the good that comes out of these types of posts, that just kinda means i get to not-so secretly tell everyone what to get me 😉

some of my favorite shops just happen to be located in charleston- thank god they have the option of online shopping although i sure do miss popping in! also, i tried to round up some stores in charlottesville but as i haven’t lived there in over ten years, i’m a little out of the loop- would love recommendations!

open door + mac & murphy

open door: cyber monday 20% off- use code givethanks
mini pineapple bowl// copper mug (i’m a huge fan of moscow mules and swear these mugs make them even better!)// gold leaf glasses// terrafirma tart tray (these are hard to find on sale, so take advantage today!)// silver slate coasters

the southerner’s cookbook// bathing beauty stationary// gold foil + letterpress charleston print (one of my favorite prints-seen here)// white + gold stapler// grocery goals

celadon + candlefish

celadon: cyber monday 25% off-use code cyber25
charleston quilt// charleston rock glasses// morrocan basket// paddle cactus print// vintage oushak pillow

‘under the tree’ candle// ‘hippie hollow’ candle// charleston rice bead earrings in rose gold// small batch tonic// ‘lady’ candle// ‘fig’ candle



camille styles entertaining// the kinfolk table// the new york times 36 hours// habitat// mounted elephant-cyber monday 25% off- use code best monday// peach and gold dot dish// bedding– use code cybermonday2015) sconce// radio// natural hide rug// circular hanging rattan swing// sea cloud towel// moresque chair// sunshine art– check out the website for cyber monday sales codes!// design darling cocktail napkins– love these! cyber monday 20% off- use code thankful

weekend edition


its been rainy here this week but those leaf colors kiiiinda make up for it. we’re sticking around here this weekend (finally!). my sister is coming for a visit so i’m sure we’ll be eating a lot of candy, watching netflix and laughing way too much be enjoying the weather and halloweening.

»don’t know when my design aesthetic evolved/ broadened but when can i move in? 

»a few serena & lily things:
love love this
fall sale
holiday shop

»so helpful!

»how to find your own style

»we are toying with the idea of hosting thanksgiving here and if we do, i think i need to finally bite the bullet.

»starting to form thoughts (perhaps even darker grout?) on a phase 1 bathroom reno. (sidenote- our house is c 1926 but has a small addition with a full, yet tiny, bathroom. it has been updated .1% aka they painted the wall/ shower tile, which isn’t horrible but pretty bad. but the kicker is the 1968 floor tile. its that shades of yellow/ beige and different size square look. super chic. 😐 sooo to make the bathroom a little more bearable until we can really make it pretty, i’d like to put new floor tile in, paint the vanity (which is currently some sort of light wood) and paint the walls. or maybe if i’m feeling sassy maybe some dramatic wallpaper (here, here, here) ?

serena & lily

just a quick hello and a few of my favorite picks from serena & lily’s private sale. there are some amazing things (think rugs, wallpaper, baby items, lighting, etc, etc!) for up to 60% off!! also, take an additional 20% off with code ‘bonus20’. there’s a couple days left, so hurry!

Pinstriped Fouta Beach Towel
French Tassel Shower Curtain
French Tassel Shower Curtain
Riviera Stools
Riviera Stools
Bobbin Ottoman
Bobbin Ottoman
how pretty would this be in an entry?
Brasserie Bench
Seychelles Chandelier
Seychelles Chandelier
"Water and Weather V" by Karen Smidth
“Water and Weather V” by Karen Smidth

weekend edition

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[this is a new little series i’ll be doing- just of my favorite weekly articles, pins, thoughts, finds, favorites, etc. so keep an eye out every sunday! -in this case monday night!]

» can’t find a good article on it but did y’all know that serena and lily came out with a capsule collection that comes out tomorrow (4.21)? pretty excited to check it out!

»i sure do love everything that domaine puts out.

»more studio mcgee love. great little housewarming gifts.

»i’ve been making these for as long as i can remember. and would love to incorporate into a gallery wall.

»oh yeah- forgot to mention some BIG news. see that house at the top? yeah we just bought that. in virginia. we’ll  be moving in a short FOUR weeks. and would love to hear y’all’s additions for my charleston bucket list. don’t worry, we’ll be back often! but i have lots of ideas and projects for this new house. something about a house being a hundred years old really inspires me. can’t wait to share.

crushing on: patios

with all this nice weather happening in charleston lately, all i want to do is be outside. i feel that sometimes its easy to forget about outdoor living spaces but if designed right, it can totally be used year round. i like my porch/patio to be equal parts cozy, coastal, preppy, bohemian.

some of my favorites

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some of my favorite finds

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some of my favorite places to shop.

serena and lily

west elm



one kings lane

gallery wall recipe


– a good mix of art- the more the better! you can always eliminate when you layout your design. my gallery wall includes thrift finds, original artwork (including a mixed media, abstract ice cream cone by my favorite 5 year old), abstracts and photography. i really like illustrated quotes, organic paintings or photos (rocks, leaves, etc), neutrals with pops of vibrant colors and old maps/topography.
[side note- i’m really sentimental (maybe too much?) so i added some kitschy art from my granny and a random sticky note that simply says “jordan’s gold heart” that she had written and placed in a plastic bag with my heart necklace that had broken. i took it to staples and had them blow it up. it’s something so personal and gets a lot of attention.]

-frames (i really like these. keep it simple with uniform frames or you can mix it up with vintage and new)

-hanging tools (see below)


-find your art. places to look include goodwill, antique stores, flea markets, estate/ yard sales, online (etsy, 20×200, serena & lily, design darling, etc), anywhere! if you like it, scoop it up!

-find frames you like or better yet, if they’re framed already, great!

-find a big wall- location suggestions- half bath, entry, living room, kids/playroom.

-lay out your design on the floor. make it very uniform or organized. also, here are some layouts.

-actual hanging directions!

also- a few quick reads on gallery walls! (apartment therapy & architectural digest)

need some real life inspiration? here’s mine!