Garden Ideas

Southern Living Idea House 2012

It has felt like spring in Georgia even though I know we aren't finished with chilly days. Here are a few of my inspiration photos for the outside of our house (sources here). We have spent so much time inside that our outside is a little sad. We did get our fence put in so here is where we are on the project list:

  • Paint fence
  • Landscaping - front + back + side
  • Paint side of house
  • Paint decks/replace with something more durable
  • Nicer gutters/guards
  • Refresh containers (love this hydrangea/fern combo above - so southern!)
  • Update lighting fixtures. Would love to install some gas lanterns like these.
  • Install a brick mailbox

We started here and have since hired someone to clear the back yard and we removed the chainlink fence. Major progress!! We also updated the back deck here. Sam and my Dad were amazing!!

Still loving this blend of pea gravel with the more formal gardens. We get such little sun that we really struggle with getting grass to grow in the back and front and honestly I would much rather have plants than grass. :)

A tree hedge is something that I adore but the side of our fence is pretty long so it would be quite the investment. I especially love European Hornbeam that makes the loveliest hedge.

I look forward to sharing progress pics soon!! I miss gardening so much. See all pins + sources here.

February Favorites

Watching: The People vs OJ - Sam and I sometimes struggle to find something we both want to watch and this has been an equal addiction. Seriously well done and shocking.

Reading: Sunday Night Habits - love a good post on setting yourself up for success. Also loving this book and this book is next on my list.

Listening to: Red Sea Road for music and How I Built This for inspiration.

Ordering: these sunglasses. Tres chic! These bowls are also at the top of my birthday wish list.

Wearing: Every time I wear this lipstick people ask me what it is. It's delightfully punchy and all natural. Love!

Smelling: Frankincense + Stress Away in my diffuser.

Eating: Our favorite chili (we sub zucchini for the carrots) in our Instant Pot. How did we survive without this thing?

Loving: the new Spring Anthro home catalog (pictured above). Love these plates.

Wanting: a cute one-piece. Can't decide between this one and this one. They fit THE BEST.

Working on: a family shoot with our dearest Katie Oblinger + a full slew of gorgeousness with Morgan Blake for our Golden Drop Society members. So excited! Follow along here for behind-the-scenes on Instagram stories next week.

What are you loving right now? Always wanting to soak up the best! Happy weekend. XO

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the compound effect

Happy Wednesday!!! The sun is starting to peek out from behind the clouds and wanted to share some thoughts about the last 24 hours. Oh Valentine's Day, I truly do love it so much. What is better than loving on others (romantically is optional!!) and all things pink and red?! It's truly one of the winter highlights in my opinion. We had one of my very favorite love days yesterday (minus the DMV and my tragic lazy eye photo that I'm stuck with for the next eight years). We walked to get pizza (for the first time this year! drool!) and celebrated each other with sweet cards + chocolate + flowers but this morning was like the most ridiculous scenario possible...

dress here/ shoes here

Have you ever read The Compound Effect? It is one of my favorite business/life books. Basically the idea is that good and bad little things can add up in big ways and this morning was the most perfect example of that. 

We have been eating only whole foods all year and I bought a pretty bottle of wine and was only going to drink it on Wednesdays (insert eye roll emoji) and I bought a bar of dark chocolate (that I was only going to eat once a week - eye roll!) and I over scheduled myself and the girls are out early all week and literally everything was getting away from me. Ever have those weeks where someone else is driving the bus? Ha!!!
Even though we had the SWEETEST night, instead of having a lovey night with Sam we turned on Netflix to watch the OJ movie which is completely shocking and disturbing and in my carbo load state I fell asleep on the couch, barely brushed my teeth and went to bed.

Woke up in the middle of the night to get some water because I was feeling so yuck and realized we were out of coffee. Grumpy. It was raining so I stayed in bed and then the girls beat me up which honestly I've realized is just the worst way for me to start the day. I normally get up really early to have quiet time and coffee and to catch up on email but I decided not to all because we were out of coffee.
Cue the tears from all the girls this morning. It was just a mess. Everyone was tired, unorganized and yelling was involved. Yup. Guilty.

I am just reminded of what is so easy to miss when we get caught up in satisfying our flesh. So grateful for Jesus, my beautiful family and that we can start over whenever we choose because I want to be my very best for these faces. If you haven't read The Compound Effect then this is a perfect example of how our choices that seem small can add up and give us love handles and heart aches. With a house full of girl feels, Sam does an amazing job of handling us with love and care and we truly had the most magical day yesterday with a family walk, adorable conversations and sweet surprises from people we think hung the moon.

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spring must-haves

I'm getting ready for two big trips. We are heading to Costa Rica with my family (for my brother's wedding!!!) and then to Belize and Honduras for a cruise without the girls. I've had my eyes on these sandals since spotting them on a friend and just ordered them in the powdery blue but she had the beige/gold and I loved them! Love the fringe. I want clothes that will work for date nights + family adventures. I typically always go to Anthro and that water color top has me allll heart eyes but if you are loving the cold shoulder trend like me but are watching your pennies then this top in this dreamy blush is a total winner.

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surf's up

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I love the painted highlight trend (bayalage). Have you tried it? Supposedly it is best for wavy or curly hair because the highlights are so sporadic. I love that it looks like you've just been on the beach all summer with sun-kissed locks. Red heads can't always pull of this look as well but I've been thinking about trying it. I'll keep you posted if I do! xo

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copper in the kitchen

I am on a total copper kick in our kitchen right now. I love metals of all kinds but mostly the warmer golds (hanging baskets here), rose golds (obsessed with our trash can) and currently copper. I just picked up these stemless glasses for my weekly rose nights. Summer I'm comin' for ya. Also, if you haven't tried Cote des Rose, it is the best wine and prettiest bottle. Would be perfect for your val or galentine! ;)
Click below to see more copper favorites in our kitchen and some cook books I'm crushing on! Also prettiest appliance I ever did see. On my wish list. Happy Friday!

Currently reading and crushing on Malibu Farm, French Country Cooking and It's All Easy.

My sister got Sam that gorgeous mortar and pestle (similar here) for Christmas and we've been using it to grind peppercorns and simply elevate the every day. The measuring cups were a gift from Sam and just make every day moments in the kitchen feel extra special. Are you crushing on copper, too?

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