Merry & Bright


Wishing you a very, Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Time, Love & Peace


If you are like me, the pollen has nearly killed you! Thankful for the rain we are getting today ... and for a relaxing morning to finish up my "to do's"! Looking forward to a weekend with great friends, family and my hubby!

Here are few pictures that I have bookmarked ... Just love these kitchens!

Happy Friday!

'Tis the Season … How did it get here so QUICKLY?!?!


It has been a while ... a long while! Wonderful things have happened, and here we are again at the most wonderful time of the year! What better way to start this post than with this master bedroom? If you don't know Atlanta Home & LifeStyles, you should! These are some of the most exquisite homes I have ever seen, starting with this dark navy master bedroom, accented with a canopy bed and gold chandelier that is shaped very much like branches and antlers. I am in love with the whole room! Imagine coming home from a long day and escaping to these soft sheets and a fire, good book/tablet, with no other connections to the world  … 

This looks like a great place to have a cocktail party on a mid-saturday afternoon … Any of you Mommies GAME? I'm thinking a "Mrs. Tatum", lemon-cello with a sugar rim …   

How can you not love this bathroom below? It is the home of one of my dearest friends and where I spent several very special hours on my wedding day. The home of Dr. Mark and Dana Gray has been intricately designed by his expertly, talented wife Dana with her passion for blues, checks, and french antiques, and last but not least surrounding the house with english gardens. Dana Gray Designs can been seen in the upcoming Shelby County Living where they debut their home in the December 2012 issue as they prepare for the holiday season! Please pick up a copy of the magazine to see the extreme talent that Dana brings to Shelby County, Shoal Creek and our community. But ... just for a sneak peak, and a glimpse into the best day of my life, here are a few shots! And to know me is to know I love robins egg blue and a MARBLE bathroom!!!!!! Let's not overlook the custom linen blue drapes that keep the sun just from peaking in. This is any woman's heaven!!!

We have to slap ourselves out of it and remember that men need a nice oasis, too … um … "To themselves" …. Here they are … in my opinion looking like KINGS!!! The colors and the marble are beautiful! I love how the bold brown and caramel marble is complimented by the green tones and incorporated with the geometric print, as well. The windows let in plenty of light to start the day, just the right space to sip a cup of coffee and prepare yourself to take over the world!

I love any rich colored paint with gold accents, especially when the are paired with honeycomb white tile in the bathroom that gives the impression of modern, class with a superior sophistication! 

How creative! Upgrading a small corner with a linen ruched drape cloth and an extremely hip wallpaper pattern that will do work wonders on any bathroom such as this! Love!

This is the exact room I would want to be in in the early Fall, with the doors open allowing the cool fall air to creep in as I snuggle up with a cup of joe and an old classic like "A Separate Peace" by John Knowles. If you have never read this book, I highly recommend it, especially after high school and even college! The story is very compelling, relatable, and at the same time witty boyish fun. Add it to your Santa's Wish List! A Santa List just as adorable as this … 

As life unfolds we are individually writing our own stories, each and every day. As you go throughout your day I encourage you to help others as they write the stories of their own lives. A smile, a hug, a helping hand can work miracles … especially in the life of a child. 

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." 
- Proverbs 22:6

In closing, I will leave you with a few pictures of our favorite day! Just a hint … golf is ingrained in the family! I hope you enjoy … 

Our first time seeing each other that day … 

We both love to play golf, and the day wouldn't have been complete without a Titleist involved!


What a celebration! Back soon with my "IT LIST" this holiday season!!

Enjoy time with family and friends!

* All wedding pictures provided by Gresham Photography at
* Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails created by Satterfields Restaurant
* Cake by Sweet Spot Confections in Birmingham, Alabama
* Monogrammed Pastry Bites made by Pastry Art - Birmingham, Alabama
* Cake Topper from Wedding Etc - Melissa Hill in Homewood, Alabama
* Brides Gown from Bella Couture in Mount Laurel, Alabama
* Flowers designed by Jean Brown
* Confetti Poppers from Anthropologie's BHLDN