Jack and the Beanstalk


Me and the fur kids are camped out on the couch again today… Long story short, my palindromic rheumatism (which flares up every few years) caused the big ol’ Bakers Cyst behind my knee to rupture, and I’ve been limping around since Friday night. Short story gross– there’s a bloody/cyst-y mess the size of a […]

Green Paint Colors

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Remember when I blogged about the Chip It! tool from Sherwin-Williams? Well, I’ve been eye ballin’ the green paint colors in my inspiration photo for a few years now… …so I thought I’d do a little experiment. I got a $5 sample pot of the color Dill (SW 6438)… …and painted it onto the lid […]

Inspiring Designs


A couple of home magazines featured some of our photographs this summer, so I thought I’d blog a little bit about them here today…before it’s time to break out the pumpkins- ha! We shot Ashley and Jamin’s veranda for the June issue of Cottages & Bungalows, and the photos we took of our neighbors (Peter […]

Boys Bedroom – Pick My Presto


Hello, and welcome to another installment of Pick My Presto! I received an email from a nice young man by the name of Jake asking for some design help with a wainscoting dilemma in his bedroom. His email read: Hello Layla, My name is Jake and I am a 16 years old. I’m looking to re-do […]

How To Shoot Photography – Affiliate Program

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Before we move on to blogging about the grodiness that is currently our master bathroom- I wanted to share a quick ShootFlyShoot.com announcement. Kev and his BFF, Josh, have received a ton of great feedback on their first two classes (Photography 101 and Photoshop Elements 10), and they’re super excited to finally offer an affiliate program for those who […]

Barn Light Electric Sky Chief Ceiling Light


We’re photographing Kev’s new office/our guest bedroom today, but in the meantime, I wanted to share a quick post about the ceiling light we went with. It’s the Benjamin Sky Chief from Barn Light Electric… We went with a jadite colored, enamel-coated metal shade, a 3-inch brushed aluminum stem, and we added the brushed aluminum […]

Ask The Blog Squad (Session #1)

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Just a quick heads up: Kev and I will be on “Ask The Blog Squad” duty over at True Value’s Facebook page tomorrow. (Tuesday, July 17) So if you’d like to throw any home improvement-related questions our way over there, we’ll do our best to answer them for ya! PS- This post is part of […]

Schoolhouse Electric Wall Sconces


I’m looking forward to sharing a “room reveal” post about Kev’s office/our guest bedroom in a few days, but we’ve still got a few things to finish up in there between now and then. In the meantime, and as promised, I thought I’d blog about the light fixtures we’re using in the room. First up, […]

This Tool Rocks (Swift Driver by Master Mechanic)


Remember those window treatments I blogged about the other day? Well, part of our 2012 DIY Blog Squad duties involved trying out a new tool from True Value, and since we used it to put those window blinds up, I thought this would be a good time to blog about it. It’s called the Swift Driver, […]

A Rare And Beautiful Treasure


Have you met my friend, Erin? She’s been loving a little beach cottage back to life lately, and I wanted to share her latest project here today… To read about how she did it, click on over to her lovely blog:  Rare and Beautiful Treasures. She’s got lots more cottage-y updates in works, and I can’t […]

Greg Tankersley Home – Old Cloverdale


Kev and I had the pleasure of visiting a really fantastic house in the Old Cloverdale neighborhood of Montgomery (Alabama) recently, and I thought I’d share the photos we took of it here on our blog today. Old Cloverdale is just down the interstate from us (about 15 miles) and the houses there are all […]

Lucy Loves Lush

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Remember Lucy? I wanted to send her a little surprise for doing such a great job on that awesome kids room decorating video she made for all of us, so I sent her a gift card to one of her favorite stores… …and since Lucy loves Lush, (and so do I!) I thought I’d give […]

Chip it!


Have you heard about the Chip It! tool from Sherwin-Williams? It helps identify the color palette of any online photo. Like this: The paint colors Chip It! suggested aren’t the actual names of the paint colors in the photo- they’re colors that are the closest match based on the color information it drew from the photo […]