Thursday, August 20, 2015

Big Bird

I painted our downstairs powder room months ago.
Remember that whole discussion about being a 95%er 80%er?

I had tone on tone stripes in there before - they were SW Rainwater and Rainwater at 50%.
This time I went with a white base and a color off of my go-to Sherwin Williams paint strip which runs from Shoji White to Urbane Bronze.
This has been my go-to strip for years!!!
It's brighter and crisper than the soft tone on tone I had before.
I like both looks.

I painted because I found the bamboo mirror at Goodwill and could not resist.
I painted it SW Ryegrass. A fabulous green.
I mentioned this print in my One Room Challenge  post
about inspirations and possible accessories and art for the room.
It did not make the ORC cut.
 I feel bad because I love it and I've had it for years - literally.
I just never found the right spot.
On the flipside I just couldn't seem to nail down the right combination of art and accessories
 in the newly painted powder room.
 What to do??

But now the Big Pink Bird has landed.

The Big Pink Bird has landed in the downstairs Powder Room 

which is impossible to photograph.
I was always happy that this Powder Room was a decent size compared to some that are stuck under stairs, etc. But now, it's pretty tight when you start trying to take photos AND stay out of the mirror reflection (pre-shower photo sesh.)

How the color reads in there is like day and night - literally.
It looks more gray in the daytime and warmer, more khaki at night with lights on.
It is my favorite "greige"- Intellectual Gray by Sherwin Williams.

And our dog ate the little white covers that go on those ugly screws on the toilet.
We haven't tried again.

I freshened up the old vanity cabinet with a coat of Porpoise SW7042. 
And I just realized I never changed out the knobs. OY!

Folding vintage bamboo shelf was a Craigslist score!

Not to mention that I got to peek inside a perfectly restored and decorated cottage in Morningside in Atlanta. Bonus!

The blockprint is from a Charleston SC artist that I picked up at Candlefish, just off King Street.

The painting over the towel bar is called Ghost Crab. 
I love him!

This swirly turtle was carefully carried home from Honduras.

This little bath is full - painted walls, cabinets, mirror, thrifted blue and white, acrylic lamp, art, a tray, a basket, a big jar, ikat at the windows and more, but we love it and I think, maybe, it's 100% finished!!!

** Sherwin Williams does not sponsor these posts.
They just gave me a fandeck full of fabulous colors to play with 
and the rest, as they say, is history!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Business in the front...

... party in the back!!!

That's the story around here. 
We had a Low Country Boil a couple of weeks ago when College Girl graduated.
It was all about the school colors - red and blue! Go West!!
( Excuse me while I post one more Proud Parent photo!!)

If you follow along on Instagram - my fave!
then you know we have been in Bridal Shower prep mode since then.

The Bride-to-be's colors are coral-y blush and pinks, gold and white. 
That's all I needed to know. 
I went to town spray painting frames, papier mache letters and signs in those colors!

That's a serious spread right there!!
Someone said they felt like they were in a Southern Living photo shoot - so cute!

(On a side note the sign above is not quite finished... I still have to paint flowers in those fab pinks and corals at the top before the wedding!! But we used it at the shower anyway!)

There is a blush and gold polka dot runner down the middle of the table under all that yummy food.
It's hidden but I did my old gift wrap runner trick!
And I made the tassels from plastic tablecloths late one night using directions from a Youtube video. It's addicting. I couldn't stop making them!

I had a lot of help with the food. 
The MOB made these adorable little carnation looking, bite-sized cupcakes for dessert. 
They're small so having 6 is like 1 serving of a regular sized cupcake, right? Right?

The bride loved the idea of a Mimosa Bar and who wouldn't??
A family friend offered to take care of that!! 
But who has 35 champagne flutes...

The Mother-of-the-Bride cleverly started picking them up at Goodwill and thrift stores
and they were lovely - some were quite nice and old.
 We each took a couple afterwards to use and remember the special day when we sip champagne!

( I used a gold Sharpie to create all of the signs!! That's right - Sharpie!!)

 All the little gold frames sprinkled around have Bridal Etiquette Tips 
from Emily Post's 1922 articles.
The times they are a changin'!!

The Bride-To-Be is a cutie!!

We filled the swinging bed with gifts.

And then we oohed and aahed and laughed while the BTB opened and opened her gifts.

( And there is a reason we have a huge pink crustacean hanging on the wall of our porch behind everyone - don't you? #itsagoodstory)

And by the time we ate all the delicious brunch treats, sipped mimosas, and admired all the gifts we were tuckered out...

It's not a party until someone falls asleep :)

And then we cleaned up all of our Bridal Brunch paraphernalia 
and set up for a party at 7 p.m. ... 
Another day, Another post - 2 big parties in one day!!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Summer, continued...

or discontinued???
Tomorrow the kiddos in my county go back to school.
Yep, it's just August 3rd and hotter than you can imagine.
Especially on a school bus.
So everyone around here is thinking about
Image result for school bus
and I'm still thinking about things like this
india hicks
Portofino, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy  画
Lapahoe'hoe rocks & surf, Hamakua Coast, Big Island, Hawaii  The Big Island is the best!!
Beach Cottage, Jamaica
Sea Cliffs, Normandy, France
( The whole fam is dying to return to Normandy).
And I'm not just daydreaming...
I've worked out the transportation issues, too!!
Underwater train in Venice, Italy.
You prefer boats?
On our next trip to Italy, we are going here... Capo Vaticano, Italy @Karie Hayden @Leah Pinholster @Colleen Willoughby
A newer model, perhaps?
so awesome!
And if you are not crazy to be beside the water like I am then we could just go here.
giraffe manor kenya
Premium Experience #6: African Safari - Private tours to see animals in their natural habitats. Relaxing spa treatments in the evenings. Exploring authentic cuisine and beverage!
Where do you want to go?
All images and sources are on my Pinterest 'Take me There" board.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Celebrate!!! Cause We Have a Graduate!!

College Girl graduated over the weekend.
I guess we have to call her Graduate Girl now :)

It was a fun-filled weekend with friends and family.

She had her Chi Omega stole to wear and we had it monogrammed. 
(Again, I say, it's the South and a Sorority)
She had a cord in the UWG colors to represent her time 
as an Admissions Tour Guide and Ambassador.

( Mollie and Wolfie)

( She was Tour Guide of the Year!!)

But mostly, it's about the cap.
What you put on your cap says it all...

This cap speaks the truth.
Starbucks gift cards were the currency of her college life.

( Mollie's Chi O sister who is married and in NY joined us for the weekend of festivities.
It was fun for Molls to have Courtney home for the weekend!)

The ceremony was very nice - and not too long!
It started at 9 am which was crazy early since we had to leave home at 6 am but we made lunch reservations and were seated and starting a lovely lunch by 11:45. Not bad.

Then we headed home to prep for the Lowcountry Boil she requested for her party.
We had been planning and prepping for ages but due to crazy unforeseen circumstances we were waaaaay behind schedule.
My family swooped in and pitched in and we were ready for our shindig on Sunday evening!

We made a Cornhole game with the West Georgia mascot and shield on them.

We cleaned and painted our porch, did some yard work and then the fun began - decorating.
The UWG colors are red and blue and our graduation party was a couple of weeks after July 4th so we scooped up a lot of great red and blue decor on clearance!

I was having so much fun at our party that I forgot to take very many pictures
 and the ones I did take are not very good :(  Oops!

I should have taken better pictures but the hanging photo board was a hit!! We suspended it over the table so it could be viewed from both sides. I printed 91 pictures that gave an overview of Molls college experience. I printed them in black and white except for the ones where she was in school colors and then I printed those in full color. It was fun. 
I also printed a picture from the first day of preschool and kindergarten.

Mollie wanted traditional Southern desserts with her LowCountry Boil - 
Banana Pudding and Key Lime Pie. 
Neither one of those holds up or serves well to a large group in the 95 plus degree weather we've been having. So we bought these adorable little canning jars that do not have any writing on the sides and layered the desserts into them. Then once they were sealed they could be thrown into a cooler or galvanized tub full of ice.
 Everyone loved them. 
I made little signs with directions, the menu, etc. on them. 
I used cardboard and stood them in buckets and old cans we saved.

We had a Sangria Bar which was a ton of fun and I took not one single picture of - Gah!!
My mom bought the cute jars that sit either upright or tilt to one side - like old fashioned candy jars and we cut up the fruit and put in those. We set that on a chill platter insert I had.We put out red wine and a cooler of white and ice and everyone created their own concoction. Very refreshing!

 We put the "glasses" which were mason jars upside down in this metal tub.

(With The Grands as she calls them)

With her cousin, who graduated this week too :)

  We just hung out and devoured 20 pounds of shrimp and fixins!!

( Brook was so busy eating he couldn't pose for a pic!!)

Mollie nannied this little cutie for a couple of Summers!!

Sorority Sisters - the one closest in the pic is Mollie's Big!!

LCB and friends and family relaxing and chatting - 
that's how we do Graduation in the South!!