quick and easy headboard change


over the weekend i pulled out my stash of domino magazines.  i love looking through them every now and then just to see what i can find that i haven’t noticed before.  i find that as time goes by i notice different details in the articles and pictures.  sometimes it’s a light fixture; other times it’s a particular color. 

this time i noticed a great way to make an easy change to a headboard.  domino did a article in their june/july ‘08 issue about stephen elrod, vice president of design for lee jofa, and his seaside cottage.  the “new to me” element in the home was the layering of throws on top of headboards in two of the bedrooms.

although i’m not crazy about the fabrics he used i do love the idea.

i thought i’d throw out some ideas of how i would pair the two.

for an upholstered look i would pair this thomas paul print slipcovered headboard with a gray chunky tassel throw from west elm.

Skyline Furniture Slipcover Headboard in Gerber SungoldChunky Tassel Throw

for a seagrass look similar to the headboard in the second photo i would pair this pier 1 headboard and a suzani overlay from wisteria.

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and for a darker option i like the pier one chocolate seagrass headboard with the ws home zebra stripe throw.

Rope Queen HeadboardSafari Printed Cashmere Throws

another great and inexpensive way to achieve this look would be to purchase a fabric remnant at your local fabric store.  once you hem the edges or use stich witchery then you could just drape it over your headboard. 

hope you all had a great long weekend.  i sure did!

my happy place


i’m in my happy place right now…


 meg ryan’s martha’s vinyard home in elle decor

that place is listening to my brandi carlisle station on pandora and looking at lovely magazines{unfortunately i’m not doing all of this at martha’s vinyard}.


 meg ryan’s martha’s vinyard home in elle decor

hope you can go to your happy place sometime over the long weekend.


 meg ryan’s martha’s vinyard home in elle decor

enjoy your memorial day weekend!

headboard love


my heart did a little pitter-patter dance when i saw this headboard upholstered in one of my favorite quadrille fabrics.  this headboard is pure perfection.

you can see the rest of this park avenue apartment here on the house beautiful website.

**side note – i have been out of town all of this week but i did see the new house beautiful at the grocery store on sunday.  why is this a problem?…because this is the second month in a row that i’ve seen house beautiful in the store before i actually got my copy.  i never received last month’s issue and when i left home i still hadn’t gotten this month’s.  house beautiful and i will have to have a serious talk if i don’t get my issue for the second month in a row.

in disguise


does your closet look like this?

or these?

bad closet bad closet 2

if you said yes then turn that frown upside down. thanks to country living you can make it look like this!

i’ve seen a lot of closets-turned-offices but i think this is by far my favorite.  the bright punch of aqua and the floral wallpaper add so much character.  the peg board and tackboard on the backside of the doors makes storing small items that much easier.  the best thing is that it can be completely contained with the closet doors should it start to look like this again.

closet edit hopefully that would never happen though.  check out how to create your own office nook here at country living’s website.

i didn’t want to leave you with an ugly “eek” picture so here’s one of my favorite images completely unrelated from the post but still pretty from the latest coastal living issue.  isn’t that sofa amazing!

Turquoise and Green Living Room



i was reading camila’s blog today where sweet nothings was guest blogging about their favorite artwork and happened to click on one of the art links.  i’m so glad i did because i fell in love with the etsy shop that it sent me to.  LoveSugar design has some of the cutest prints ever!  i love the colors, graphics and sweet sayings that are on all of the prints.  check it out for yourself here.  below are a few of my favorites that i found.

Life is Grand (Sky Blue) - 4x6 Archival Giclee Print - Customizable Colors

Come Fly With Me - 8 x 10 Archival Giclee Print

Gumdrop Tree - 8 x 10 Archival Giclee Print

You Can Have It All - 8 x 10 Archival Giclee Print

Follow Me - 8 x 10 - Archival Giclee Print

Good Company - 4 x 6 - Archival Giclee Print

Birds of a Feather (New World Quail) - 8 x 10 Archival Giclee Print

Live, Laugh, Love - 11 x 14 - Archival Giclee Print

We Go Together - 8 x 10 Giclee Print - Sweeten Your Life

Cherie (Darling Owl) - 8 x 10 Archival Giclee Print

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paint problems?


while we were killing time before heading to the airport to fly back from our vacation this weekend we hit up the barnes & noble down in west palm beach.  i always make a b-line to the periodicals so i can see the latest home decor issues that are out.  while scouring the magazines i came across a house beautiful “bookazine” that was all about paint colors and paint choices.


i flipped through it and immediately thought that it was a great tool for those of you out there who aren’t in a financial position to hire an interior designer but still need help with paint selection.

this bookazine is a collection of the “color” sections of the last dozen or so house beautiful issues.  {basically what i’m saying is if you already subscribe to house beautiful, and have for the last year or so, then i wouldn’t go out and buy it because you already have -or have read- what is in it.}  if not, and you are considering painting and need some guidance, then go for it. 


here’s a run-down of the topics the bookazine covers…

chapter 1 – neautrals

chapter 2 – color by color

chapter 3 – room by room

chapter 4 – how do you want your room to feel

chapter 5 – naturals

chapter 6 – how bold are you

chapter 7 – solving problems with color

the bookazine is full of color suggestions from many well-known designers.  windsor smith, phoebe howard, suzanne kasler and many more suggest an array of their favorite colors from multiple paint manufacturers for you to choose from.

the layout is fun, fresh and very readable.



they’ve also thrown some beautiful interior shots into the mix.

for about $10 you’ll get 500+ paint suggestions to help you paint the rooms in your home the perfect shade. 

so what are you waiting for…paint away!

{all images – either house beautiful  or mine :o)…i’m sure you can tell the difference.}

our anniversary


{photography by angela wilson photography}

today is mine and billy’s anniversary.  i can’t believe that two years have already gone by.  they have been two wonderful years, and i can’t wait for us to share many, many more. 


{photography by angela wilson photography}

it seems like it was just yesterday that billy asked me to marry him.  it was an amazing engagement.  i thought today would be fitting to share our engagement story with you all.  it was the sweetest engagement ever and even better than me telling it is having billy tell it himself. 

long before we were actually bloggers he wrote a blog about our engagement on myspace.  yes, you read correctly.  we used to live on myspace, and as soon as he got back from the trip where he asked me to marry him he wrote a blog about it.  he has no clue that i saved it on my computer and decided to post it on the blog.  so here it goes… 

our engagement story {in billy’s words}


Monday, September 03, 2007 


I’m engaged....details

Brian G------- told me a few days ago that I will never find anyone better than Cristi and I can't agree more! I'm very lucky to have found such an amazing woman. I realized about six weeks ago that there was no reason to wait any longer so I started looking at rings and decided to pop the question this weekend!
Here are details if you care to hear how the proposal went. It was very fun for both of us:
I found the ring that I wanted to get Cristi about a month ago.  My next step was to figure out how I was going to propose. I wanted it to be a surprise and wanted it to be a good story. SO, I was sitting at home a few weeks ago thinking about football season starting up on Labor Day weekend and suddenly realized that Cristi was going to be in New York with her friends that weekend and it would be a complete surprise to her if I flew up there and surprised her and her friends and popped the question. I had a huge dilemma though. I DID NOT want to interrupt girls’ weekend or pull her away from her friends. I know when the guys and I go to Lake Hartwell every fall....we would be very upset if one of the girlfriends or wives pulled up and interrupted our weekend. I love all the wives, but I don't want to see them on guys’ weekend.

My cousin and his wife live in the Upper West Side so I decided that I would go ahead and fly to New York to surprise Cristi, and then I would vanish after I asked her so that I did not interrupt girls’ weekend. Cristi thought that I was just staying in Atlanta to play golf and watch college football at Taco Mac all day...a very likely story. I decided not to tell any of her friends and only a hand full of mine. I knew that we would talk a few times a day, and she would tell me where they were or where they were going so I thought it would be easy to find her and surprise her. This past weekend was Labor Day so here is how it all went down...
3:45PM- Dropped Cristi off at Marta for her flight to NY.
3:50PM- Met my Mom at Taco Mac to give her Sweetie (Cristi's dog that she thought I was keeping for the weekend).
10:00PM- Cristi arrives to New York and we say our good nights.

6:00AM- I leave to go to the airport
8:00AM- My flight leaves heading to NY (I tell Cristi the night before that I'm playing golf early this morning with Brian and some people so I will just talk to her after I'm done around noon. I didn't want her calling Saturday morning and wondering why I wasn't answering the phone or calling back.)
10:00AM- I land at LaGuardia and catch a cab to my cousin’s apartment on the Upper West Side at Columbus and 83rd street.
10:40AM- I arrive at my cousin’s and call Cristi. I tell her that we decided to just play nine holes because we were so excited about watching Game Day and football. She tells me that her and her friends are going to eat brunch somewhere in Soho (I'm thinking...great...how am I ever going to find her if "somewhere" is all the detail that I'm going to get all day).
11:30AM- I head to this Sports Bar called "Blondies" (No, not a strip club) because they have the best wings I've ever eaten and I wanted to watch the NOON football games. My cousin and his wife meet me and hour or so later. We order food and I start thinking about how I'm going to find Cristi. Luckily, my cousin knows NYC very well and can help track her down quickly if we know the area and store (or restaurant) that she is at.
2:55PM- Cristi calls and tells me that her and the girls are shopping and that they are about to head to Filene's Basement. She also tells me that her friends were disappointed that she showed up without a ring (She said it half jokingly so she didn't come across as trying to pressure me...little did she know). After we hang up, I tell my cousin and his wife "Let's pay the tab and head to Filene's basement". It turned out that there are 5 or so different ones in the city (Oh crap!) but they think it's probably the one in Union Square considering where they were and that is the biggest one.
2:56PM- I throw the money down for the tab and we RUN outside to catch a cab.
2:57PM- We catch a cab and head to Filene's at Union Square.
3:07PM- We arrive at Filene's Basement. We do a walk through and don't see them so we head out front and decide to wait by the entrance door.
3:36PM- I send a text message to Cristi asking her if she bought me anything at Filene's Basement :)
3:55PM- Cristi sends me a message saying that they have not gone yet but asks me why I deserve anything.
3:57PM- I respond back "Because I'm the best boyfriend ever"
4:40PM- Cristi calls me and tells me that she bought me a massage bar at "LUSH". I casually ask her what they are doing now and she tells me that they are walking into Filene's basement (My cousin and I have been waiting outside over an hour at this point). I don't see her walking in so I ask Cristi what part of town that is in. Thinking nothing of it, she tells me that it's on 6th Avenue.
4:41PM- My cousin finds Filene's Basement 6th Avenue on his blackberry and luckily it was only about 4 blocks away so we start walking (very fast).
4:48PM- We arrive at Filene's Basement and I walk in. I SEE HER FRIENDS (they don't see me). I walk around the corner and I SEE CRISTI. I duck out and walk around to the front of the store and go outside with my cousin (very nervous and excited) to wait on Cristi and her friends to walk outside (I realize that this is where it's going to happen). The way the store is laid out....everyone has to walk up the escalator once they exit the store to go outside. I decided to wait at the top of the escalator and had my cousin follow her around in the store and let me know when she was coming.
5:20PM- My cousin comes up the escalator and tells me that they are all coming. I get the box out of my pocket. I see Cristi get off the escalator and I'm standing at the side and she does not see me at first so I called out her name. She turns around and was in SHOCK to see me. Her friends realize what is happening and start grabbing their cameras. I drop to one knee and tell Cristi some sweet things and asked her to marry me. She cried and said YES...picture of the moment coming soon (We have to get from friends). Here is a picture of the ring...

here are the pictures from our engagement moment in 2007 taken by our wonderful friends.  the photography is not the best but because it was spur of the moment but it captures the moment completely.

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the photographers

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the end


{photography by angela wilson photography}

Happy 2 year Anniversary Baby!!!!

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