Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

After an incredible Thanksgiving break at home, I have to remind myself to be thankful in all things. It's so easy to focus on the holiday event itself (the delicious food, decorations, football games, you name it...) and forget about the actual act of giving thanks. We have SO much to be thankful for this year, and I need to thank God every minute of every day for ALL of the blessings He's showered on us.

Our Bible Study recently read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. What a powerful, life-changing book. I highly recommend reading it, as it is truly a dare to LIVE FULLY right where you are.

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas...

I loved this entire article in the most recent Southern Living issue. Selenta Hayes Howard designed this beautiful beach home in WaterColor, Florida and I would absolutely LOVE to call this my home!
Don't you just love the Christmas decorations? We're decorating our tree tonight, and I can't wait to get out my shimmery glass ornaments!

I also fell in love with this custom banquette. Seleta made it out of faux-ostrich vinyl so it's mess-proof for the kids. What a great idea. Hmmm...trying to figure out where I can replicate this in my own home...

Happy Christmas decorating everyone! I can't wait to begin as soon the hubs gets home from work!:)


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Our Nursery

The nursery is finally finished! I'm so happy with how it turned out, and now we are officially ready for Baby Binion! We didn't have to repaint the room, and I'm so glad we originally chose to paint this room Benjamin Moore's Celery Salt. It's perfect for a gender neutral nursery, and I love how the white looks against it.

I absolutely adore this handmade mobile. It adds so much to the room and aren't these little sheep adorable?

My major splurge item was the glider. I got it from Serena & Lily, and fell in love with it online. It's SO comfortable, and I know it's a chair I'll be spending a lot of time in. Also, I figured in the future, I'll love this chair in any room in the house!

I found the mirror and pair of white sconces at Stray Dog Designs in April, before I even knew I was pregnant. I bought them at their Flea Sale in Chattanooga, and couldn't pass up the deal. I'm so glad I did because they are perfect in the nursery! The green adds a pop of color to the room, and I love the playful designs.

The dresser is a family antique that we repainted. It was in my room as a child, as well as my moms.

We also bought these little birds at Stray Dog Design. I just couldn't resist! The little frog is from the handmade napkins at my baby shower. My sister-in-law sent them all the way from New York!

Now all we need is our baby!:) Just 6 more weeks left. Can't believe time has gone by so fast!

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Reehl Deal!

I am so proud of my good friend (and client) Caroline Reehl! I've blogged about her before, but if you haven't heard of Caroline or seen her work, you must check out her website and blog.
Her work has recently been featured in Flower magazine, and now you can purchase her work at her new, online ETSY store!

Also, check out this adorable post on Vintage Mulberry's blog. You will fall in love with her and her work!

Congrats sweet Caroline!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Enclosure Cards

Enclosure cards make great gifts! I made these for all of the hostesses for my baby showers. Mom and I had so much wrapping them, and we did it differently for each shower. We got these little jars at Revival in Chattanooga, and the cards fit perfectly in them!

And for my next shower, we had to be a little more creative since there were 14 of them! The cards looked like they were in a little nest and it turned out really cute. We got a little carried away with the photoshoot, and mom brought the little chair in that we found at an antique store recently. How cute is it??

Let me know if you're interested in ordering cards. These would make great Christmas gifts or hostess gifts!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Girls Night Out Event

Whew, what a week it has been! Last week I was busy with Junior League's Christmas Jubilee event. I was the Girl's Night Out Chair, which was an event on Friday night with a fashion show by Private Gallery, Makeup by J.Edward, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. This ticketed event allows guests to shop and socialize in the private shopping event and raises money for Christmas Jubilee, JLM’s largest fundraiser.
We've been preparing for this event since May, so it was wonderful to see everything come together. The event was a great success and lots of fun!

Thanks to everyone who helped make this event such a success, and thank you c spire for all of these wonderful photos!

Monday, November 14, 2011

My baby shower invites!

I have been busy with baby showers lately, and the fun part is, they were my baby showers!:) I wanted to share with you these adorable baby shower invites! Both were designed by close friends and amazing artists. My first shower was in Chattanooga (where I'm from), and was at the Fairyland Club on Lookout Mountain. It was absolutely gorgeous and such a special day! It was so fun to celebrate Baby Binion with my best friends from high school!

Meredith Whitaker designed these precious invites. Check out her blog here — she lives in Atlanta and is a VERY talented graphic designer! My friends decided to include these cute little cards in the invitation that said "If I could give Hadley any Parenting advice it would be...", "My favorite thing about Hadley is..." and "The best advice my mother gave me was..." Guests were asked to fill them out and mail them or bring them to the shower. How cute of an idea is that? Then, the girls gave me this beautiful scrapbook filled with the note cards at the shower.

I will cherish this forever! Whenever I feel down or need a little advice,  I have to remember to get this scrapbook out! I don't think I will have to look very far since it looks perfect on the dresser in the nursery!

My second shower was in Mobile at one of my best friends homes, Ashley Dukes! It was absolutely beautiful and again, SO SO special! I can't thank the hosts enough for such an amazing shower! The invites were designed by Sarah Otts, one of my best friends and an AMAZING artist and painter. You must check out her website (designed by yours truly)! She drew this drawing of me, and I think it turned out great!
I am SO blessed to have such wonderful friends. I love y'all and can't tell you how much this meant to me! Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday.


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