The Handmade Home

and speaking of Cottages & Bungalows– the other day we had fun shooting a room over at Ashley and Jamin’s house that’ll hopefully appear (fingers crossed!) in the mag at some point or another.

(Holy tripod-handle-up-the-nose Batman! LOL!)

We can’t post pics of the room we shot until after the issue they’re (potentially) in comes out, (hint: it’s not any of the rooms in the photo above!), but I wanted to share a few pics of another space in their home that is pretty darn amazing. Behold- the dining room…

Behold- two hubbies playing a game of “Layla says” while Layla prepares to snap pics of the dining room…

(Thanks again for playing along, guys!)

That new shelving system along the back wall of the room is to die for, don’t ya think?

They had a friend weld the side pieces together, and the big old chunks of (70-year-old) barn wood were salvaged from an old barn being torn down in Troy, Alabama.

They paid $25 a piece for each “shelf”, and Ashley had fun deckin’ them out with dishes and artwork.

She used a row of baskets on the lower shelf…

…and tied clay tags (made by Vintage Skye) to the front of each of them.

There’s so much personality in that there house, and we can’t thank A & J enough for allowing us the opportunity to get snap happy in it! Oh, and for introducing us to Zoe’s Kitchen. Holy awesome-chicken-kabobs Batman!


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  1. says

    Layla ~

    Everything in that dining room is awesome!!!!! The photos turned out beautifully!!!! Thank you and Kevin for all your great work and for sharing it with all of us!!!! If you ever get a hankering for a vacation/photo shoot/project in the pacific northwest please let me know…got the perfect little beach cottage…would love to set you loose and say, “please go create”!

    Smiles ~ Sharon

  2. says

    I love Zoe’s Kitchen! It’s also really cool to have you 2 so close by….. I’m in Auburn. Wish I could have been a fly on the wall that day! Those shelves are really cool!

  3. says

    What a gorgeous room with so much personality! The wood and iron shelf is breathtaking in my opinion. I love that they still have display area that can easily be changed about and lots of access to their dining room items. I would sure love to see more of their home if this is any indication. Hopefully it will hit the magazine. Congrats on the other shoot in Cottages and Bungalows, I found it yesterday.

  4. says

    SWEET sweet Layla! Thanks so much for this kind feature. Jamin and I had a BLAST with you and Kev. And I snorted at the tripod up the nose batman comment. Hilars. We had fun doing this dining room, too 😉 I’m actually doing a how to on it tomorrow! ha! Thanks so much for stopping our hizouse. You rocked it. Thanks again, girl.

    • says

      Amazingly beautiful, friend!!! LOVE that shelving…man, if I only lived close to Troy, AL. 😉 Gorgeous room, gorgeous family.

  5. says

    I just wanted to say how stinking adorable you are, really … this picture of you cracks me up, as does your comment about the tripod handle! You’re a doll!

    • Layla says

      Well spankyouvery much Polly! And I too had to laugh when I noticed how that picture happened to line up! 😀

  6. Beth Miller says

    I bet you shot their amazing kitchen! That dining room’s not too shabby either! Love Ashley’s style and their awesome blog! Thanks for sharing!

  7. says

    What a great house to get to photograph – looks like y’all had a fun time! Those shelves are pretty awesome!! Oh – and one of my daughters worked at Zoes while in college…. their chicken salad sandwiches are pretty darn good too! :-)

  8. says

    Hi Layla and Kevin,
    Kristi here, just had to leave a comment on your gorgeous pics and awesome post.
    Ashley’s dining room is fabulous,
    It’s so fun to how she used the tags!

  9. Laura says

    oh, oh, oh, ooooohhhh! Thank you for posting this! This solves my dilemma for my dining room! :) Yay, now I can move forward!! I am getting rid of the old china cupboard, but needed some storage and also something of interest going on. Those shelves are IT! Thank you! Thank you!

  10. says

    Beautiful job on the dining room — the reclaimed barn beams as shelving; the artwork — and the ‘primping’ and photography of it. Perfection on both parts! Looking forward to seeing more of this lovely home in Cottages and Bungalows.

    Your Friend,

  11. Laura says

    May I say how much I love your Batman references? Our family spent much TV time in the last year watching EVERY EPISODE of Batman. It was so much more ridiculous than I remembered, but our kids (especially the 4 year old) loved it and couldn’t wait to “tune in next time”! Thanks for making me smile this morning and for some pretty pics to enjoy!

    • Layla says

      I know, right?! Ashley painted it…maybe you could talk her into painting one for you? 😉