design obsessing + life

How was your weekend?  It flew by for us.  Our dancer’s last performance of the season went well (after a scorching long day in the sun, whew) and our other two are having a blast on their youth group retreat. I get occasional texts from them at random hours.  Yesterday I crawled out of bed straight to the coffee maker and poured my trusty, steaming cup of liquid joy.  Couldn’t figure out why I was so sluggish the rest of the day.  Some might even say cranky.  Peter later informed me that I accidentally brewed decaf.  Ha.

I digress.  How about some design talk?

Really love the style, colors, and textures of this nearby Rosemary Beach home by Interior Designer, Ashley Gilbreath.

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Well, that was a modest way of saying I’m really obsessed with this chick’s design work.  She is good.  Really good.

Love the casual elegance of the whole house, particularly the beautiful galley kitchen.  It’s one of the few times I’ve liked the look of a step-up bar.  Normally it’s the first thing I change in a kitchen plan.  Although I lost that battle in my personal kitchen’s design.  But this is perfect.  Of course, what’s not to like about this entire kitchen?!  A vintage paddle board, banded woven shades, perfect pops of color, and more. YES.

ashley gilbreath

Ashley is also one of the designers (and in great company) for the 2016 Southern Living Idea House, which just opened in Birmingham, Alabama.  Check out her portfolio here.

In other news, I was cruising around Target’s clearance section looking for nightstands for one of the kids and bumped into this cutieI know, it’s not a nightstand…I’m easily distracted.  Less than 100 bucks.  Somebody snag this!


And now for a mini chicken/design update in our home.  Here is Champagne, our hen, enjoying a Sunday snooze in one of our newly upholstered wingbacks.  Throw is older pattern  from Target – similar one here.  


I had this exact stripe fabric made in some roman shades almost 10 years ago and still love it.  So 3 years and 5,000 samples later (my average decision time since Pinterest was born), I decided to go back to this same stripe when reupholstering our wingbacks.  Then I found out it was discontinued.  Aggghhhh!  Thankfully, design friend Shannon Darby of The Designer’s Attic came to the rescue.  She somehow found tracked this fabric down and shipped it to me right away.  She’s a great fabric resource.  Thank you, Shannon!

I know it’s Monday and life gets crazy.  Be sure to do something nice for yourself this week.  My big goal this week is a pedicure.  It’s been forever since I’ve had one.  Been taking ballet classes all month, and my feet feel like rocks, so a pedi will be so nice.

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tgif + a preppy top

It’s Friday!  Here’s a little preppy inspiration for your weekend.



I’m pretty picky about off-the-shoulder tops, but THIS one!!  Love.

striped top

When I peeked at the big sale at our local Anthro yesterday, I spotted this adorable sketch journal for our young artiste…so cute in person.  Going to snag it for her birthday!  Still can’t believe we actually have an Anthro now!!   

This weekend two of our kids leave for their church youth trip and another has a Saturday afternoon dance performance in town.  The month of June is seriously flying by.  What have I been up to this month?  To be honest, a lot of dishes, driving, and dancing.  Pretty much in that order.  I may be a few weeks away from that moonlight picnic, but lots of good things happening.  Hope you have a fun and happy weekend!

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white moonlight evening picnic

The days really sizzle this time of year here in the south, so much so that it’s preferable to stay inside during the heat of the day.  I’m a big picnic fan, but this time of year it’s almost impossible to enjoy one outside during the day.  You could die of heat exhaustion.  A fun idea on when to have a picnic in the summer is in the evening!  Have you ever had a night-time picnic?  It’s actually one of my favorite kind.  I love the idea of an all white moonlight picnic.  So easy to create – all you need are candles, simple dishes, tasty treats, a table or a blanket, and twinkle lights if you’re picnicking at home.

evening picnic


For those of us with busy daytime schedules (and kids), moonlight picnics in the backyard or back porch are very doable and easy to create.  And romantic.  Think about it – you don’t have to pay a sitter, make restaurant reservations, or worry about a big tab at the end of your meal.  You are in charge of it all – and to make it easy, you can simply pick up your items along with your errands during the week and tuck them away in the pantry or fridge so there’s no big prep situation.  Best of all, you can be as creative as you like!

I loved this eco-friendly Acme Party Picnic box and hoarded it on pinterest forever, but now it’s sold out.  This happens to me so much, I think I have a semi-serious pinterest hoarding problem.   

acme picnic party


Not to worry, I found a few cute and affordable items so you can put together your own similar picnic set.  Starting with this Moroccan tote for less than $30.  Other items found:  mason jar sippers (singles), mason jar sippers (set of 12),  heart shaped cutting board.

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All you need now is a set of cute linen napkins, a carafe, and plates.  Much of this you probably have at home.  Almost forgot the eco friendly cutlery – found a set over here.

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And if you’re looking for the mack-daddy classic picnic basket that comes with everything, I found this guy by a company called Picnic At Ascot.  The best price I could find online for this set was on here.  And a close second in price was this site.



I like to pack fanciful items whenever we enjoy a picnic – it makes the whole experience more fun.  A few favorite picnic ingredients:  sparking apple juice or champagne, french brie, crackers, nitrate-free salami or summer sausage, seasonal fruit, and caviar.  And of course, every picnic must have flowers.

Hmmm, maybe I would like a moonlight picnic for my birthday treat this year : )

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july 4th in seaside + running

Hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend!  We enjoyed a mini family road trip taking our runner to her Junior Olympics track meet.  You may remember her as our equestrian, but she has gone from horseback riding to running and it looks like she has truly found her passion.  She tells me she wakes up and just wants to run.  My husband is a runner and marathoner, so his influence been an inspiration.  The only time I run is to a sale or maybe a pas de couru en pointe across a studio floor.  I’ve tried running several times but can’t seem to get into it.  I have great admiration for those who run – it’s such a demanding and difficult sport.  Very proud of the runners in our family.

Here are my two girlies sporting some SEASIDE swag.  Runner on the left, ballerina on the right.  They are growing up so fast!

Seaside girlies

seaside hat bud hat

Since July 4th is just around the corner, I wanted to share with you these fun tees you can find over at The Seaside Style.  It’s their very first July 4th tee design.  I love the classic SEASIDE design and American flag on the front…

Seaside tee front

And the festive, signature “Bud” icon on the back.

Seaside July4th

I really love these tees!  First of all, they’re super soft – not your average tee material.  And the design is simple and classic.  It’s a great keepsake for your Seaside beach vacay or fun outfit for the 4th.  Or both.  When my daughter posted this pic on her IG, several of her friends went out and grabbed one, so the teens love them too.  They’re going like hotcakes, be sure to check them out over here.  They have kid sizes here  and a grey version here.

Seaside tee

You can check out more from The Seaside Style on their website.  I pretty much adore all of their things, but my favorite essentials are their hats, dog leashes, and butter-soft hoodies in great colors.  Check out their fun instagram page here.

seaside style 4th of july

Have you made your July 4th plans?  Ours are still up in the air – we are trying to decide between beach or mountains.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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