Monday, January 31, 2011

Tennessee Me

Recently, I'm lovin Garden & Gun magazine, AND their new feature artist, The Dynamic Duo. To listen to their song, Tennessee Me, Click here. They are the real deal!

Also, can't go without mentioning the G&G feature artist of the last issue... The Avett Brothers, one of my favorites!

Click here to watch an original G&G video of Seth and Scott Avett playing "The Weight of Lies" at their farm in Concord, North Carolina. I could listen to this song over and over...great background design music when I'm working today...


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Molly Frey Design

I stumbled upon Molly Frey's website a little over a year ago, and just love her coastal look. This first photo is my inspiration photo...white cabinets with touches of pale grey. 
 I love this bar area... so functional and good looking!
Such a beautiful room and the subtle use of animal print on the chairs add some personality.

  Love the simple slipcovers on the stools!

Leavie Rose

I gave Caroline Reehl's blog, Leavie Rose, a facelift yesterday and redesigned her header. Today I'll be working on my own, so stay tuned!

You can check Leavie Rose out here. Become a "Follower" and you'll get to participate in giveaways! We're in the process of adding her work to Etsy so you can buy it online, and I'll let you know as soon as it's set-up!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

like mother, like daughter

My mom surprised me with this beautifully framed, signed print from Suzanne Kasler for Christmas. She met her at an incredible home store in Chattanooga called Revival. (BTW, If you're ever in Chattanooga you must stop by this store, recently featured in Southern Living! So chic and awesome.) Anyways, mom had Suzanne (yeah, we're on a first name basis) sign a page of her new book. She wrote, "Design makes a difference." I love it, and every time I see it I'm reminded of my mother and our special relationship.

So, I can't have a design blog and not mention and credit my mom for everything. It's true, anything I know about design I learned from her. Here's a little background on me and what brought me here in the first place...blogging about antiques, paint colors and fabric swatches...

I grew up in a fabric store. 
I remember the smell of new fabrics and the cold, concrete floors like it was yesterday. As a child, I hated that place, and could not understand what was fun about it — whatsoever.  I remember thinking, if it was up to me, I'd never walk in another fabric store for the rest of life.

It's ironic but very fitting, that today I spend hours in fabric stores, going through every sample book and studying the different fabrics and trim. I remember being on a long, delayed flight with my mom as a child, and telling her I was bored. Her response: "Hadley, just close your eyes and rearrange your entire room in your head." And so I did...I was THAT nine year old child rearranging her bookshelves on a plane ride.

My mom is a talented interior designer, who has the rare ability of turning a shoebox into a masterpiece. Everything she touches turns to gold, and I'm not just saying that because she's my mom! I think my favorite part about it all is that she absolutely LOVES what she does. How many people can honestly say that? She thinks and breaths design 24/7, and even on her days off, you'll find on her "mystery ride" (as she calls them), driving down country roads outside of Chattanooga...most likely in her overalls and a baseball cap...searching for antique stores, estate sales or any place she may be able to find that "perfect treasure."  

These are cards for my mom's antique booth, Sisters. She named it Sisters in honor of her big sister, Beverly Bangs, who owns a 10,000 sq. ft. antique store in Kennebunkport, Maine, Antiques on Nine. If you're ever in Kennebunkport, you must stop by! This store is amazing and Barbara Bush is regular :) It's full of American and European furniture, paintings, decorative items, architectural elements and garden accessories!

Mom, I love and admire you more than you know...
Design makes a difference.

Quote of the Week

I love quotes. As a child, I would fill entire sketch books with inspiring quotes and Bible verses. I found this quote on the first page of my "Quote Book" in high school.

Here's to my first Quote of the Week! Thanks for reading—I really appreciate it.


Monday, January 24, 2011

Sarah Haas Otts Paintings


Visit Sarah's newly renovated Studio in Midtown:
2605 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL


I am constantly inspired by Sarah Otts.  Not only is she one of my closest friends, but one of the most talented people I know! We both went to Ole Miss and spent a lot of time in the Art Department, working on projects and trying to make deadlines. She was painting and I was in the graphic design lab, but I can remember us sharing our love for art and design back then. 

I never would have thought that five years later, we'd both live in Mobile, pursuing the same passion we were back then, but now on a professional level. Sarah exudes talent, and her work just keeps getting better and better! I have a Sarah Hass Otts painting in our living room, and it makes ALL the difference in the world and ties the entire space together!

Check out her website to view all of her work.

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