Life + Style

September 30, 2009


Photograph by Josh at
Loves and Kisses Baby Graham!!!
It is incredibly hard to fathom that we've only known this gorgeous, smart, sweet, loving and overly fantastic baby for only one year. On the other hand, I can't believe a year has already gone by since my only sister became a mom for the first time. I love you so much sweet baby and am so proud to be your official Auntie Jules. This giant bubble of smiles also started school today. Such a big boy! Elizabeth had the same photographer, Josh, come out to mark this milestone and I cannot wait to see the proofs. Hopefully she'll buy some of the jpegs so I can post them on here for all to share. The picture above is from when he was still teeny tiny and not yet so grown up! I'm so sad to miss his big party this weekend but am sending lots of love and Birthday kisses (and cheeri-O's) from Pawleys Island.

September 29, 2009


When I was home in Richmond last month I attended the Forrest Hill Farmers Market. It was awesome! It's held every Saturday morning in the summer and there are similar local markets all over town. I have so many wonderful things to share from that day and I'll break them down into smaller posts so you don't get bored. You can click on almost all of the pictures to make them larger. They are so much better bigger. I wish I could figure out how to make them larger on the blog.

I thought I'd start with the people. Most of them were musicians. Just local guys entertaining the crowds thankful for an audience and a place to play. So much talent in this community.

The music man

Hanson Brothers go Hippie

The most adorable little boy I've ever photographed (after G baby, of course). I really wish I new his name or his address, or his mom's email address so I could send her these pictures. Her son is fantastic. He was selling lemonade with his best friend right in the middle of the walkway.

This guy reminded me of John Denver or Bob Dylan. Not that I ever met them. But if I did, I'm pretty sure this is how they would sound and act. This guy jammed out.

Lost in deep thought

carrying bushels of apples to his stand. So iconic

Not people, too cute to leave off. Both these old dogs seem to have huge personalities.

Perfect summer treat!

All photos taken by Pawleys Island Posh


September 28, 2009

Art project

This is a really easy art project that you can't mess up! They are little quote blocks that can be used for all sorts of things. I bought ready made rub-off transfer quote books (a small notebook of quotes with a theme) a few years ago and never really did anything with them. I decided to quit waiting for "just the right project" and made some cute little decor with leftover wood from our trim projects. The wood comes already primed white had been cut into various sizes by my husband and his saw. You can buy an assortment of wood at Lowes and have them cut it for you or ready to go at any craft store in lots of fun shapes. All of these quotes were about love and will be perfect for Valentines Day. I'd like to go get some new quotes for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. They'd be just the perfect touch to add to our Holiday Decor.As you can see, I simply lay the transfer onto the piece of wood and begin to run. You can buy a plastic tool to do this, but honestly, the popsicle stick they come with works much better. Just make sure you rub the entire transfer on really well. You can peel back the transfer paper slowly to see how it's working before you mess it up.

This one looks like I just have really fantastic handwriting. Which I do. It's amazing what a simple word can do.

Some more examples of the block all strategically placed!

You also use these as paper weights, glue them to another picture frame, glue a ribbon on the back and use them as wall art (for the big ones) or Christmas ornaments (for the small ones), or glue a magnet on the back and place on the fridge. By glue I mean hot glue gun or gorrilla glue. Which do you prefer? Has anyone else made something similar?


September 23, 2009

Another post about lamps

Monday I confessed to you my obsession with pairs. Especially lamps. While this is essentially true 99% of the time I have to say that sometimes I stray. I think thats a good thing because, afterall, rules are meant to be broken!

Today, I'd like to share with you a lamp project (yes, just one lamp) involving two of my all time favorite things-the salvation army store and the spray paint handle thingy. They will transform your life, I mean room. The entire project cost me $1.99.


I purchased this heinous, but in working condition, faux brass lamp from the Salvation Army store for $1.99 (tax free) which included this tan linen shade. I eyed it from across the room and thought to myself what a great transformation it could make with alittle glossy white paint. Spray paint of course.

This is the spray paint handle thingy. It eliminates the mess and finger cramping that spray painting causes. It's really cheap, maybe $2.50ish at Lowe's or HomeDepot, and, best of all, resusable. You just slide it on to the paint can until it clicks and then slide it back off when you're finished. I purchased this one after seven or eight projects ago so I'm no longer considering the cost when tallying up the cost of a new project.

I used white semi-gloss paint by Rustoleum. I like the sheen of gloss over flat paint and the high gloss would have shown any imperfections in the application. You can use whatever you like. Just make sure you to buy the thingy. Also, notice that this can says 2x the coverage. This isn't just a marketing ploy. This can had already been used on two other projects so, again, I considered the paint free.

It's important to spray paint outside. I've only disregarded this rule once and it was such a pain. I covered my driveway with flat boxes to catch the overspray but a drop cloth would have worked better. It's really good to do this in the fresh air or else your babies might be born naked. And we don't want that.

A few more pictures of the transformation!

I can't get over this lamp's gorgeous curves! It seems to glow like a candle when it's turned on. Oooh, that sounded weird, sorry. It's already found a home sitting on the desk in our den. If you're really clever you may have noticed the white paneling and blue walls in the background.

More on that update later.


September 22, 2009

Double take

I was out on the creeks in Pawleys last week taking pictures and noticed a really pretty yellow house with a light blue ceiling. Something felt really familiar about the picture. I'll let you decide...
picture taken in Pawleys Island
picture found via House of Turquoise
Do y'all think this could be the same house? I'll have to do a little research on this one. It's a fabulous house overlooking the creeks on Pawleys Island so the potential for it to have been featured in glossy print is highly probable. I think the light fixtures look different but stylists on a photo shoot could have easily added them. Even if its not the same house, it clearly illustrates the popularity of the blue porch ceiling down here in the Lowcountry.


September 21, 2009

I'm Baaaaaaaaaaaack!

First of all, I'd like to apologize to everyone for not keeping up with the blog lately. I really appreciate of y'all who come here for inspiration or support or fun (even making fun) and I'm sorry I haven't updated in so long. For those of you who know me, no explanation is needed. It hasn't exactly been the best two months. I could write a really good and long explanation for my absence, but, dear diary style self-divulsion and pity isn't my thing. I prefer witty humor and great style! I am so thankful for all of my friends and family who inspired me to begin this blog and now also to continue it. I choose happiness and this blog makes me happy! And since I clearly have plenty of freetime these days there are no more excuses! Well that's enough borderline depressing or emotional blah blah blah for now.

On a fun note, today is my six month anniversary!! That makes me really happy. God has shown me, in many ways loud and clear, what a fantastic husband I have. It's hard to believe that it's already been six month since we said "I do". Just in case you're wondering baby, I still do and I'm still happy I married you!

Okay, here is a little something that I hope makes up for my slack-ness...

So by now I think I've mentioned (probably twice!) that I have an absurd affection for pairs of lamps. I love them. It doesn't matter what the lamp looks like or where I plan to use it, I just can't seem to buy only one. I've passed up really fabulous lamps that were great deals because one was missing it's mate or I couldn't afford the price tag times two. There is something so desirable and polished about a pair of lamps. When I see them, I notice that you took your time and thought through their placement in a room. It demonstrates your ability to see past the obvious task of creating light in dark spot but rather showcasing them as a deliberate addition to the design. Now that I have a whole house to light, I am always on the hunt for a new pair of lamps.

On a side note, I'm not sure if you're as annoyed by the $5 footlong jingles from Subway as I am or maybe you're impressed that you can get so much meat at Quiznos for the same price, but, when I hear $5 I can't help but think of a sandwhich. That's pretty cheap. Even for lunch. So imagine my surprise and elation when I found a pair of ceramic candlestick lamps at a local thrift store during my lunch break back in July. Granted, the store smelled as bad as Subway and made me about as hungry, but, sitting amidst all the old crap were these two beacons of cannary yellow design hope. And for just five bucks each. Oh, and they work! That's a lunch lunch more well spent than that meat stacker would have been.

Back to the lamps, as soon as I got back from lunch with my lucky find, I began browsing through some of my favorite interior design pics and noticed just how many of them have pairs of yellow lamps. I've never really considered myself much of a yellow person. It's not really my color, at all. Yet, I love the playful pop it adds to these otherwise sophisticated rooms. Yellow tells you to relax. It helps you to be mellow. To sit down. To not take yourself too seriously. That's a good thing in any space and in life.

*I promise to post pics of my yellow lamps soon. I know I know, it's only my first day back to blogging and I'm already being somewhat slack and making more promises. Oh well, here are some gorgeous pictures of yellow lamps that will make you not only forgive me but also want to buy me Starbucks. Non-fat grande white mocha with caramel, syrup not drizzle, no whip. Just in case you were wondering.
I've added the yellow lamps promptly as promised! They didn't come with any shades (who cares for $5 bucks each) so I snagged these bold black and white graphic shades from the white lamps in the living room. More to come on what I did with those lamps. Sorry these pictures aren't styled but I've really struggled to find a home for them and I didn't want to keep you hanging on until I do.


*I can't remember where Ifound this picture, but, I think it's orginally from the set of the movie Bedtime Stories. Please let me know if you discover it's source.

Image found via Decor Pad

Image from Room Service via Elements of Style

Image found via Everything In It's Place

Image found via Patricia Gray

Image found via Patricia Gray

Image found via Patricia Gray

Image of a design by David Jimenez found via Elements of Style

Image of a design by Jay Showers via Patricia Gray

Image of a design by David Jimenez found via Elements of Style

I'm happy to see that lots of real-live designers are as obsessed with pairs of lamps as I am! I was starting to think it was my bipolar OCD kicking in. No, I'm not bipolar, my OCD is bipolar. I'm usually super laid back and easy going...and then it strikes. I only have OCD for particular things at totally random times. I can go a month without putting my laundry away and have no problem pulling clean clothes out of a laundry basket but yet I will reload the dishwasher twice if someone puts something away wrong. I know. I know. I digress.

To be honest, I'm not really sure where my new gems are going to live. They don't really go with anything else in our house. But you better believe I'll be letting you know when I do find them a home!

That's all for today y'all.

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