Friday, December 19, 2014


How lucky for me that I recently had 2 design projects shot for upcoming magazine features!  

The first one was that small kitchen makeover...

Photographers Owen and Christine worked their magic  skills to get some gorgeous shots along with just being cool and fun to hang out with.

I love working with these guys....go here to read 10 things you didn't know about them!

Then just recently I spent the day with Lisa Mowry  [thanks for always being so supportive!] and the talented Emily Followill shooting the modern rustic bath.

It can be a great learning experience watching them work..... Especially deciding what their detail shots will be.

Here is a pretty one from Emily's site.

Alrighty then....I am in full party mode.  What does that mean actually?  Well....I made a list that could only be accomplished if I had a crew of 10 and about 3 months to do it in.

Yeah....I always over estimate what can and can't get done in the roughly 5 days I gave myself to pull this off.

I guess renovating my kitchen is probably not gonna happen:)

I did buy some of these cool lights and you would have thought I discovered toilet least in my mind.

Turns out that after I posted on Instagram I am the last person in the United States or maybe the world to actually get some....


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014


I decided to cast aside all responsibility last Friday and head to Scott's.  I have an uncanny ability to be able to shirk my duties at any given time and retreat to a better shopping and looking at pretty things.

Anyway.....forget about my faults.

It happened to be a beautiful day and I used the excuse that I needed a few accessories for an install.  I remember saying during the great "guest room" clean out last month that I was never going again....well that lasted a hot minute right?

Oh well.

I always start outside in the south building cause I am a "junker" at heart.

I saw this great cornice....

And these awesome indigo fabrics.

My wheels were turning with these.

Pretty fabrics including this gray mohair below!

Sold....thank goodness for me:)

What is not to like about this pillow!

I was drawn to the bright colors....

I tried not to get involved....which would have led to trouble:)

Hello gorgeous....

This chest....

The colors in this rug....I am ready for someone to let me do some blue and coral....

Sexy huh?

Chairs....chairs....I can't quit you!

Why did I not get this cute little trash is the perfect color for my bathroom.

Here is the color scheme.....

But of course I am drawn to this lamp....

What did I buy?

The best deal was that little vase for $1.00

And....look who I crossed paths with!  My friend Lisa Mowry who was shopping with designer  Michelle Workman.  Michelle just relocated to Chattanooga from LA.   Wonder what I have squeezed in my hand?  I need to learn how to stand like I own the joint!!

9 days until might as well be 9 days until July 4th......because time is going so darn fast.  

I decided to have a few neighbors over next Sunday for some holiday cheer.  I wrote the e-vite and sat on it for 3 days knowing that if I pushed send it could thrust me into a small design panic.  I am not worried about the food like most people because my sister owns a restaurant [I'm covered there].

But you know....the little things that you keep saying you will get around to doing.  I went running into Sudi's workroom yesterday like my hair was on fire shouting how "I needed a window treatment for my guest bath ASAP."  Forget all of your deadlines......[pillows for the Atlanta show coming up in January and other designers deadlines].  I can be selfish like that.

There will be more similar moments before Sunday.  I mean my measly pathetic holiday greenery now looks like a version of the "Charlie Brown Christmas tree"

Crikey I will have to step. it. up.



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Friday, December 12, 2014


I am sure you have been waiting with anticipation for the rest of my Christmas decor....thinking oh boy maybe she got crafty this year....


 Gave myself a good laugh there:)

I did do some holiday baking....How great is a  recipe that doesn't dirty any pans!

You can find it on my food pinterest board.  

Of course I ate quite a few and again....if I don't stop then the size of my  butt will soon become a "tourist attraction".

OK....Holiday decorating.

I still love my new DR which I got a makeover during the spring ORC.  My swan painting which was gifted to me from Dawne Raulet [you can find her work at Huff Harrington] is one of my favorite things along with my Schumacher Pyne Hollyhock curtains which my friend Sudi made for me.

I am blessed with the kindness they showed me!

I filled my dough bowl with greenery, coral, some ornaments and candles.

I wish I could say I glittered up those pinecones but nope...bought them that way!

Some pretty magnolia goes a long way to help warm up an area....

A few touches in my bedroom....

My favorite Wrist Soriee bracelet that I wear everyday!
I have actually done a little more since I took these...layered it a bit.  Just like's never done right?

 Scott's is this weekend....are you going?

I also want to say thanks for reading DI because if I don't say it enough I am humbled by all of you and I appreciate those who take time out of their busy schedules to comment:)  Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!


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Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Every year I think maybe I won't do any decorating.....then I get shamed by all of the blog tours and great ideas on the web and I fold like a cheap tent.

The first thing I did was drive all over tarnation looking for black and white stripe ribbon.  That was a bust.

After going to HG's, Marshall's, Michaels, and Target I gave up.  It looks like every blogger in the city bought it all.  Of course they probably started in November:)

OK....scratch that..... go up to the attic and dig through what I hastily shoved into bins last year. 

I am thinking you better  bring your expectations way....way down.  

This shot is the entrance after coming through my foyer.  A plaid bow, some greenery from the back yard and a strand of gold mercury glass beads from West Elm [all Christmas decor is 30% off].

Easy peasy.

I added a few small mercury glass balls on top of my limestone sewer balls....


Moving into the LR

Who am I's all one room actually:)  There is my one piece of stripe ribbon that started the hunt.

I mean black and white ribbon was made for me right?

You can see I went all out  here....with some more greenery and a large glass ball.  Are you scratching your head wondering what all the fuss is about?  It looks so much prettier at night with all the candles lit and Christmas music playing:)

I know....lame.  And guess what?  Of course I am going to stretch this out for another post cause what else is there to talk about in December?

Go ahead and hate.

I can take it.

And it will give me time to steal some more ideas from y'all:)

16 days.


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