orla kiely at one kings lane


i really like the orla kiely journals, composition books and stationary sets that are on sale over at one kings lane.  they get me in the mood for spring…as if i needed any help with that.  i’m not a journal person but if i were i would buy up every single one.

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color scheme


i saw this color scheme in last months fresh home magazine and was immediately drawn to it.  i can’t wait to use it in someones home.  


better after


a big thank you to lindsey from the blog better after for featuring charm home on her blog.  she posted pictures of a changing table transformation from a nursery that i’ve been working on for a good friend and client of mine. 


you can see her post here.

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1.  this lafayette chandelier from pottery barn.  simply beautiful.

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2.  this “kitchen love” post from paloma at la dolce vita.  so many great kitchen pics in one spot.

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3.  this chalkboard decal from chiasso.  if you’re scared to used chalkboard paint on your walls then this is the perfect alternative.


4.  i’m not loving this sofa from cb2 but i’m really, really liking it.  it’s definitely growing on me especially since it’s 40” deep.  this could be a really close contender to the one i posted last week that i want for our living room.

image5.  this amazing artwork from restoration hardware by atlanta-based artist todd murphy.  todd is actually a friend of a friend of mine.  i’ve never met him though.

 Dress Straw Artwork by Todd MurphyElephant Straw Artwork by Todd Murphy

Goose Straw Artwork by Todd MurphyHorse Straw Artwork by Todd Murphy

oh phoebe


a couple of weeks ago i took a trip to south of market over by adac.  just around the corner from south of market is phoebe howard’s max & company store so i stopped in since i was in the area.  max & company is set up like a home, and each room is designed with a particular theme.  i fell in love with the top floor of the store which had a very european feel to it.. 

i loved all the architectural elements and special touches that make the space truly look like a real home…or even better than most homes. 

this zinc top table with nailhead details was for sure my favorite piece of furniture in the room.

close up of the nailhead detail.


i also liked this little reading nook that was tucked into a corner over by the bedroom area.  i wish i had a small area like this in my house to set up like a reading nook…one day, one day.

i would love to have windows like the ones behind this bed.  the light poured into the and lit the whole room.  natural light is so necessary in designing a home.

for some reason the image below is my favorite one that i took while i was there.  the symmetry of this vignette speaks to me. 

i didn’t get pictures of the rest of the store but if you want to look at some you can view them on the store website here.  if you’ve never looked at them before believe me you will be completely inspired.



today i have two bits of randomness to post about. 

first bit of randomness…


i discovered angela(a picture of her from her blog is to the left – isn’t she beautiful) from the blog the painted house last week and was so excited to find out that she was working on a new blog design.  you’ll see when you take a look at her blog that she is an amazing artist and a very fun blogger.  she actually incorporated her own “doodles” into her new blog design.  to celebrate her new design she is offering a giveaway of one of her original oil paintings to a lucky reader.  no, you didn’t read it wrong, i did say an original oil and a very cool one at that.  head on over and check out her blog if you get a chance.  you’ll be glad you did. 


second bit of randomness…

how to make the silhouette nursery artwork that i posted on yesterday. {this is for you amanda


i wasn’t planning on doing a “how to” on this artwork while i was making it so i’m sorry for the lack of pictures to go along with the directions.

things you need: quilting fabric, staple gun, acrylic paint, paint brushes, ribbon, paper, pencil

1) to make the silhouette artwork first i figured out the silhouette i wanted to use and i drew it out on paper.  this took a while because i had to play with the size and scale of each image.  after i got my image drawn then i cut it out.  you can use any image you like.  i suggest experimenting with different images.

2) then i took my fabric and wrapped it around the canvas.  i used my staple gun to attach the fabric to the back of the canvas.  i only attached it in a few spots in case i needed to move it later.  i used 2 different fabrics – a seersucker and a polka dot.

3) next i placed my silhouettes in the center of the first pair of fabric-wrapped canvases and i lightly traced around the edges of the silhouettes with a pencil.  then i flipped the images over and traced them on the second pair of canvases so i would have a mirror image.

4) once i had my silhouette traced i used my large paint brush to paint inside the silhouettes and i used a smaller paint brush in the areas that were small (like the bird’s legs and the owl’s legs.)  then i did the same thing to the second set but i painted around the image instead of inside. (repeat with 2-3 more coats of paint.)

5) after the paint was dry, i secured all edges of the fabric to the back of the canvas with the staple gun.  i used about 5 or 6 staples per each of the 4 sides of the canvas.

6) to give the art a more finished look i painted all of the edges a darker pink.

7) finally, i attached two strands of ribbon to the back of each canvas with my staple gun and tied the ribbons in a bow.



over the weekend i went to my friend shelley’s baby shower.  for her shower gift i decided to diy it.  i made some silhouette art similar to the ones that i posted in my “loving…” post from last friday. 

i used quilting fabric, acrylic paints and ribbon in her nursery colors to make them.  i thought they turned out pretty cute if i do say so myself, and i can’t wait until she sends me a picture of them hanging in her nursery.


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i’ve found a couple of great stencil ideas lately so i thought i’d share them with you.

1.  this stenciled roller shade.  marianne over at haven & home posted it a couple of weeks ago and you can view the whole diy guide here at southernliving.com.  who knew a roller shade could look so good.

Window Designs: Stenciled Roller ShadeWindow Designs: Stencil Shortcut

2.  this d.i.y. imperial trellis stencil project featured over at the blog hello gorgeous.  you have to have extreme patience for this project, but if you want imperial trellis wallpaper and don’t want to spend a small fortune then this is the way to go.

3.  this silhouette art for little harper’s room.  it’s not quite a stencil but how cute is it!  you can view the entire post over at grace happens.  if you head over there be sure to look at grace’s kitchen and bath renovations. 

4.  this slipcovered sofa from zentique.  i am completely in love with it.  luckily for me the showroom is right around the corner so i can drop by today on my way out of town.  i’m thinking about getting it for our family room.  i have to make sure that two people can lay on it comfortably though.

happy friday to ya!



i thought i’d give you guys a break from my guest room.  i’ll do the post on the crown moulding a little later.

1429e3120dd7319653247170a8acda89kay doglass’ home {atlanta homes and lifestyle} 

last week i took a little trip over to south of market (som) in buckhead.  it’s located right next door to adac.  south of market is one of my FAVORITE design stores here in atlanta.  kay douglass has filled it with antiques from belgium and france as well as unique re-purposed industrial artifacts.  they have amazing upholstery and lighting too.  the prices are a little more than i can personally afford but the inspiration is priceless.

i won’t say much of anything else.  i’ll just let the my pictures speak for themselves.  swoon with me, won’t you??


south of market has recently started a blog.  so welcome them to the blog world and give them some bloggy love by checking it out.  click here for their blog.

bargains in buckhead

i want to give a big thanks to anna, author of the blog bargains in buckhead, for featuring my review of the dump on their website.  you can check out the post here.

if you are from atlanta and haven't checked out the bargains in buckhead blog make sure that you check it out.  anna does a great job at posting about all kinds of bargains and deals in and around the buckhead area.  she's even just recently expanded her bargain hunting to include other atlanta-metro areas.  check her blog out here.
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