i feel a change comin’ on


At the moment I have a pair of these on order…

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I’m totally in love with the fabric.  I’m anxious to see if I love it as much in person.  If I do, then Baby Chase may have a new nursery design coming his way.  Luckily everything that I’ve purchased for his nursery up to this point will either totally work with this fabric or is able to be returned. 

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Stylish blogger award


I’m so excited because earlier this week Heather from Satisfying Spaces awarded me with the Stylish Blogger Award!  I’ve seen this little award floating around the blogosphere and was hoping that someone out there would pass it on to me.  So, a big thank you to Heather from me!!

Now for the fun part.  When you get awarded the Stylish Blogger Award you are required to share 7 things about yourself.  Some of these facts may be new to you and some you may have heard before.  Here it goes…

[I thought I would throw some pretty pics in so you wouldn’t get bored reading]

1.  I have the most amazing husband in the world, and I’m so fortunate that he “gets” blogging.  He’s actually the person who introduced me to blogs in the first place.  He had one before me.


{Love this office by the way}

2.  I’m pregnant with my first child.  William Chase Holcombe will be his name, and I can’t wait until he gets here in June.

mla103122_0907_beds_xl3.  I grew up on a farm in rural Alabama in a town called Slapout.  Yes, you did read that correctly.  I did say Slap Out.

md105545_1010_4_000989_livingroom_xl4.  One weird fact about me…I don’t like to eat the part of the sandwich that I hold.  So, most of the time there is always one tiny bite of a sandwich that I don’t eat.  Don’t ask me why I do this.  I couldn’t tell ya.

mla103670_0508_pinkkids_xl5.  I am ALWAYS cold.  It could be 90 degrees outside and I’ll probably still have chill bumps. 


6.  I’m extremely indecisive when it comes to designing my own home.  I don’t have a problem coming up with a design for someone else’s though.


7.  I don’t think a meal is complete without a piece of bread, but I could care less about dessert.

I’m passing the Stylish Blogger Award onto these 3 lovely blogs that I’ve been digging lately.  Check ‘em out!

Flip Flops & Pearls


All images – Martha Stewart Living

baby chase’s nursery


So many of you have been asking about my nursery design for baby Chase, and I finally have something to show you!!  Billy and I are so excited about getting this nursery started.  Chase Nursery copySo, this is my inspiration board.  Not everything shown on it will end up in the nursery, but I’m set on the overall look.  I’m about to make the crib purchase, and I’ve already purchased a vintage dresser that is very similar to the dresser on the board.  It needs a lot of tender love and care before it will look like the inspiration dresser though.  I’ve decided against the daybed and I’ll be using a glider instead.  It will give us a lot more room if we use a glider.  

I can’t wait to share more of the design process with you as I make my purchases.  Today I found this great lamp and shade at Target for only $26!!  That definitely beats the price of the Robert Abbey lamp on my inspiration board. 

2011-01-19_16-12-11_679And, you’ll never guess how much I paid for my dresser/changing table…thanks to my friend Dayka.  

Stay tuned for more on the nursery as the months tick on by. 

2011: Words to live by


Seriously loving this quote from the latest Lonny issue.  Enjoy the quote and have a lovely weekend!

“I’m often asked to point out trends in home decor, and my simple advice for 2011 is to figure out what you really love and donate everything else.  Be confident in your taste and make small changes to amplify your style.” 

~Michelle Adams, Editor in Cheif

Lonny  lonny2Lonnylonny{all images – Lonny}

Inside the design: Sherry Hart


From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I’ve been scouring the blog world for inspiration for my own nursery.  Right before the new year, designer Sherry Hart of Design Indulgence revealed pictures of a nursery that she designed for a client.  I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw Baby G’s nursery.  It was love at first site for me from the rustic barn doors to the Ouef Sparrow crib to the rocker with nail-head detail.  This nursery is truly a work of art.  IMG_5093

I knew I wanted to find out more about the creation of this design so I interviewed Sherry herself to see what her thought process was and get some inside details on the design.

To get an idea of where sherry’s inspiration came from, you have to know that this nursery was previously a guest room.  About four years ago Sherry designed a family’s home in the Virginia Highlands area of Atlanta in only three weeks.  You can see pictures of this home which was actually featured in Better Homes & Gardens on her website here.  The guest bedroom isn’t pictured on Sherry’s website, but the inspiration for it was based off of a bold yellow and white Raoul Textiles fabric [it can be seen on the small chair in the nursery] that Sherry had seen in a showhouse that Kay Douglass designed.  She then found the rustic barn doors that were originally used as the guest bed headboard, now used as the backdrop for the crib, at an antiques store here in Atlanta. 

IMG_5042Charm Home:  When it came to creating the nursery design what did your clients have in mind?

Sherry:  I knew that Mande and Joe wanted a very un-nursery look.  We decided to leave the barn doors and place the crib against it.  They had their heart set on that crib :)


Charm Home: One theme that is subtle but seems to flow throughout the nursery is animals.  I’m curious, which animals came first?  

Sherry:  The first animal was the paper mache [gazelle] head from Anthropologie. I actually went to Lewis and Sheron Textiles and pulled a few fabrics to show her what my thoughts were...I was hoping she would like the animal prints.  We did the shower curtain first.  That got her excited!  After we hung the shower curtain I think she felt better about adding some more babyish fabrics.  In came the larger animal pillows.  Then the gray geometric for the crib skirt.  I found the animal prints on etsy framed them with Ikea frames.

IMG_5041Charm Home: One of my favorite pieces in the nursery is the repurposed rocker.  Did the homeowner own this chair or was this another great find? 

Sherry:  She [the client] found the chair at Scotts and sent me a picture to see if I liked it and if it could be cute recovered.  I said yes and yes!


Charm Home: I love it when designers use furniture pieces other than changing tables for their changing area.  I see you’ve done that exact thing here.

Sherry:  When we started thinking about a changing table I showed her how I had seen the Ikea shelves turned sideways....again...a picture is worth a thousand words.

IMG_5075Charm Home:  One of the highlights of this room is the yellow ceiling color and the woven light fixture.  Can you tell us about how both of these elements came about?

Sherry:  The Raoul fabric that was first on the guest room pillow and is now on the accent chair is how we came up with the paint color on the ceiling.  Originally we had a big brown drum light in the room but we had gotten that basket at Scott's for 75.00 and her husband made the light out of it.


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Charm Home: Very often the charm of a design is in the details and the accessories that are added as finishing touches.  This definitely rings true in Baby G’s nursery.  Can you tell us where some of these adorable accessories are from?  It looks like many of them aren’t actually from a baby store.

Sherry:  The bike, orange aardvark in the crib and the block letters are from the Seed Factory.  The mobile on the barn doors is Christmas decor from West Elm, but I don't think it looks very Christmassy.  The Chalk/magnet board came from a yard sale for a $1.00.  The abacus came from CB2.  And, the white painted chair she [the client] found on the side of the road!

One last shot…WAR EAGLE!!!  This baby knows his stuff.



I’m sure that Baby G is going to love this nursery that you’ve designed for him.  And, I’m even more sure his mommy and daddy are just thrilled with this lovely space.  Thanks so much for sharing such wonderful insights on the design process with us! 


Sherry Hart Designs, Anthro Gazelle Head, Animal Print Fabric, Animal Art, Seed Factory, Abacus

*all images via Design Indulgence

Adore Home Magazine



So, if you haven’t seen Adore Home Magazine, the new Australian online publication, then you are seriously missing out.  This new publication is packed full of design inspiration and beautiful images.

Since the seasons in Australia are opposite from ours, Adore Home has their summer issue out now.  It’s the perfect thing to read while snowed in for the day.  In case you haven’t heard, Atlanta got shut down by a snowstorm last night.  As I type I have 6” on my deck. I know, I know 6” isn’t much for someone who lives in say NY but we don’t have snow shovels and plows to clear anything away…plus we are getting ice too. 

Anyway, back to the magazine.  The cover story features the home of fitness trainer Sonja Bouw and her husband which Sonja designed herself.  She drew her design inspiration from where else but design blogs.  Score one for the design blog team!


My favorite room in her home is by far the sweet little nursery she designed for her daughter.  Adore does a fantastic job of providing the sources from which Sonja used to create this room.

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Another feature that I’m loving is a feature where Adore creates story-board-like pages that highlight some of the latest and greatest in design.  Many of these items come from Australian online stores.  I have really enjoyed exploring some great new sources.


Here are a few more of my fave images from this issue.


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To check out the magazine you can visit the Adore website at www.adoremagazine.com.  Adore will be coming out every other month and you can purchase back issues on the webpage. 

Long Distance Design


One really fun part of being a designer is designing a room for a client that you would love to call your own and have in your own home.  I’m so lucky to be doing this exact thing right now!  I’ve been working with Aimee, a long distance client, on a design for her living room.  I’m finished with the planning, and now it’s just a waiting game until all of the items are ordered and received.  I can’t wait for this room to be finished.  I’m going to want to move in with Aimee and her family when it’s all installed.

Keep in mind that even if you don’t live in the Atlanta area you can still have your home designed by Charm Home.  It’s really easy and basically works the same way that it does if you are in town. The only difference is that I will probably never set foot in your home…unless you happen to live at the beach.  I might consider making a special trip if it includes a beach vacation...[giggle].  If you are interested in finding out more information on how this service works just email me at charmhomedesign@gmail.com and I’ll send you all of the details.    

Here’s the design board for her living room.  I’ll be back to post pictures of the finished project hopefully in about 6-8 weeks.


It’s Official



Today the doc confirmed that my little peanut is definitely a BOY!!  Billy and I are so excited.

William Chase Holcombe

will be coming into this world in about 5 months.  We actually had the name picked out long before I got pregnant.  Billy’s first name is obviously William, which I really like, and we both loved the name Chase.  The only thing I worry about is that I’ll be living out his name by “chasing” him around during his toddler years.  I have a feeling I’ll be doing that regardless of his name though.   

The art above is a print that I feel in love with from this Etsy shop.  I think it is just the sweetest little saying.  It will be coming to my doorstep in a few days too.  Stay tuned to see more of the nursery design later this week.

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Goodbye 2010


Hello 2011!!!

Well, 2011 is here, and I’m really excited about it.  2010 was a great year for me, but 2011 is without a doubt going to be life-changing.  I’ll be giving birth to my first child in about 5 months.  Being a mom is going to be a totally new experience for me, and I’m so ready to take it on.

from LEB

[image via LEB]

I’ve never been one to make many New Year’s resolutions.  I think it’s because I don’t like to admit that I probably won’t keep them for very long.  This year is no different.  I’m looking forward to all that 2011 will  bring, but I’m not making any kind of “resolutions.”  I do however have a long “to do” list that continues to get longer and longer.  One thing that is obviously at the top of my list is designing my new nursery.  I pretty much have it all figured out but it all comes down to whether we are having a boy or not.  The doctor told us about 6 weeks ago that there was an 80% chance we were having a boy.  We find out for sure later today if there is a little blue bundle of joy in our future.  If not, I’ve got some redesigning to do.  We are dying to know one way or the other and tomorrow can’t come soon enough.

from moth designs [image via moth design]

Second on my to do list is finishing up the rest of my home.  Last year began with me saying that my main goal was to finally get my home decorated.  I got off to a good start but then got a little sidetracked once I found out I was expecting.  I’m planning to finish all the decorating before June though. 


[image – d home]

I have many more items on my to do list but I won’t bore you all with any of the other ones.  I would love to hear some of your New Year’s resolutions and goals though. 


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