Living Room Secret

Go See | Painting

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.” -Roald Dahl Wanna see a secret? Remember that painting I did…the abstract one of the lake, that we framed in reclaimed wood? I stamped a message smack dab in the center the day […]

Farmhouse Art

Big Cow Painting | Ruthie Carlson

“Now and forever, You are my great reward. I won’t demand to know the reasons for my suffering. These open hands will trust Your wisdom, beyond what I see. Help me to know You are God, I am not. Remind my soul You’re in control.” ―Tim Timmons I photographed some of my friend Ruthie’s paintings […]

Adoption FAQs

Haiti Adoption

“Patience is the virtue that gives you freedom. Freedom to know that in waiting there is a reward. Like the farmer who patiently waters his crop….knowing that it will bring forth growth.” -Julia Case Since we’re raising funds to plan a trip back to Haiti to bond with our babe this week, I thought I’d publish a […]

August Designs

Blog Threads | All Good Things Are Wild And Free | T-shirt

Okay- it’s Blog Threads day! 😀 I loaded up the shop with LOTS of design options this month because it’s time to book our trip back to Haiti to visit our Sweet P for his birthday in November! We’re planning to travel at the same time as our friends/fellow Three Angels family, the Riehms, again. We had such […]

Fireplace Update: I Fixed The Brick!

Fireplace Makeover | During | The Lettered Cottage | Antique Brick | Reclaimed Wood | Farmhouse

“Designing, redesigning- they both feel like fun to me.” ―Layla Palmer Y’all!!! I have some fun fireplace news to share with you today! 😀 First, let’s revisit the inspiration pic I put together in Photoshop a while back: Remember that? Remember how I dreamed of a gray-blue background, a chocolate-y brown rustic mantel beam, a custom-built mantel, […]

I Heart Deann Hebert Art

Deann Hebert | Painter | Franklin | Tennessee

“Friendship is an obstetric art; it draws out our richest and deepest resources; it unfolds the wings of our dreams and hidden indeterminate thoughts; it serves as a check on our judgements, tries out our new ideas, keeps up our ardor, and inflames our enthusiasm.” ―Antonin Sertillanges I had a great conversation with a new […]

Fireplace Update: Mortar-Washed Brick

Mortar Washed Brick | Fireplace | Makeover

“I live in my own little world. But its ok, they know me here.” -Lauren Myracle The brick is in…and boy I have got some questions for you! I’m an Obsess-y Bessie about this stuff…but that’s okay ’cause you know me here, right? 😉 Okay. Here goes. (gulp) The mortar wash dried heavier and lighter than I […]

Shelter And Roost – NEST (A Cabin In The Woods)

NEST | Cabin in Franklin Tennessee | Leipers Fork | Shelter and Roost | Book Wall

“Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.” ―Marcel Proust I got to spend the weekend in Tennessee visiting with four of my favorite mamas. Amanda, Jen, Nikki and Esty. They’re names feel like lyrics when I say them out loud. They, too, are adopting children from (or have already adopted children […]

Living Room Update: Low Country Art

Coastal Gallery Wall | Farmhouse | Cottage Decorating | Dimension

“Even when muddy your wings sparkle bright wonders.“ -Aberjhani Still pulling things together, little by little, in the living room. This week: another fun addition to the gallery wall! My friend Ruthie painted this one, and it is definitely one of my favorite handmade things in the whole house. I will cherish it forever…not only because […]

Thought-full Thursday (Enthusiasm)

Ryan Adams Quote | Enthusiasm | Love

There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything. Negative people find their walls. So never apologize for your enthusiasm. Never. Ever. Never.” -Ryan Adams Here’s to the electricity of life…and to never, ever, never apologizing for it! XO

Favorite Wallpapers

Miss Mustard Seed | Upstairs Bathroom | Anthropologie Wallpaper

“Every plain wall deserves a piece of work, so why not cover it with a smile?” -Shawn Lukas I stumbled across a website the other day and even though I’m not in the market for wallpaper right now, I wanted to share the link here because some things are just too cool to not share, […]

Living Room Update: Throw Pillows

Fabric from JoAnns | Living Room Throw Pillows | Navy | Gray | Farmhouse | Cottage

“It doesn’t matter how old I get, whenever I see anything new or splendid, I want to call, “Mom, come and look!“ -Helen Exley I’ve been having fun popping my favorite colors here and there and everywhere in the living room. A little blue, a little green, a little gray…they feel like home to us. […]

Dining Room Rug – Homespun Trellis

Cottage | Farmhouse | Dining Room | RugsUSA Homespun Trellis Rug

“Anything that is worth being written on pretty paper is worth being written on ugly paper.” ―Elevetha Houre You should’ve been here this afternoon- it was 89!  In Alabama! In AUGUST!! Who knew we’d luck into such a cold snap this week? 😉 And where did this week go anyway? Feels like time drags by sooooo slowly […]