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When Cottage Hill Magazine reached out to me about sending some samples for a shoot in their new publication, I could tell they had a little something special going over there.  And, BOY was I right.

When you bring together super talented, creative minds the outcome is explosive {which in this case translates to serene}. When I received these images I was so smitten. The way in which they told the story spoke straight to my heart, and here’s why.

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The apron was styled, for the most part, outside of the kitchen. Which truly is how I loved to use my pieces. I remember when I first started out,  I would wear these waist aprons with a simple jean and ribbed tank and go out on the town to do what I needed to do. Somehow it just worked and I love how it does here as well.

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I also love the way they portray the made-from-scratch concept of cooking. With mom in the kitchen cooking and teaching to cook. AND, with boys no less. So sweet and so important for all young ones to learn and embrace these techniques.

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To see the full story & shoot over at Cottage Hill, click here.

To click to see the full image gallery, click here.

 

Thanks again to Cottage Hill & the team for including us!

Images via Cottage Hill. Creative Direction by Cottage Hill :: Story by Kaitlin Holland + Katie Selvidge :: Design by Kaitlin Holland :: Photography by Sawyer Baird :: Hair + Makeup by Hannah Bolton :: Sponsors: IceMilk Aprons

 

We’re in the midst of building a house, which has been one of the most fun {most work} projects I’ve ever done. I absolutely love every little detail and have been inspired by the farmhouse aesthetic along the way. Because remember, I wish to live in a barn …

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I thought I’d share a few of my favorite details along the way, and the inspirations behind them. So today I’m sharing the subtle crossbuck detail that will give nod to the traditional barn “X” doors. We decided to do a double door on the front to really maximize the space and capture the essence of that grand barn door entrance, and I really love the solid crossbuck for the side door.

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These details are all over the farm, from the inside of the barn doors to the long, dark fencing that lines the front of the property.  And because I think the art of careful juxtaposition in design is so important, I love the balance of bringing this “rustic” detail into a nice home exterior.

Crossbuck Farm Fence

More to come! For a sneak peek into my total home design inspiration, take a peek at my Pinterest board here.

As summer comes to a {sad} end, I look back at my much-neglected, much loved blog and all the wonderful things I have to share these days and commit to being more frequent in my postings.

We’ve been “on the farm” for several months now. We’re in the midst of building a new house {and studio!} and as I’m sure the kids would put it – having the time of our lives living in the country with my in-laws on the family farm. It’s so beautiful here and I find a little dose of inspiration in something new every day.

I wish to live in a barn and this just might be as close as it comes for now.

Take a peek at my Instagram to get just a tiny glimpse of what we’ve been up to and I hope you’ll enjoy seeing a little more on the blog these days!

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Some things are far in the making, and this Spring photoshoot is no exception. I’ve kept these photos under wraps since last July {if you can believe that!} and for good reason. I took some truly special people to capture the beauty of the sunlight and new heirloomed linen Collection.

We crammed a lot into this day-long photoshoot, with a prelude of coffee shop planning sessions, style board sketches, and trip to both the farmers market & the wholesale florist. I found a new love of scabiosa in these floral blooms. A swarm of angry hornets and a sting led to a quick location change at the farm, and a 400 lb pig who devoured the vast majority of fresh fruit & raw veggies, and a few of our florals made for a more “simple” look on the final tablescape. But, all in all the final outcome was perfection. Big thanks to the photographic talents of Heidi Geldhauser & the styling {and modeling} by Christina Loucks for making this come to life!

Spring in the South is simply beautiful. It reminds me of brunches, picnics, impromptu backyard barbeques, romantic weddings and light, fragrant cocktails. The simplicity of the heirloomed Collection is meant to capture these special moments.

Stay tuned and tomorrow I’ll share my favorite staples for Spring entertaining in the South!

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This week neutral hue had a fun rustic vs modern holiday tabletop styling event at West Elm Atlanta and I wanted to share some of my favorite [rustic ] picks for your holiday table. There were so many things to choose from, and I especially love that we have a MARKET concept in our West Elm here. Rustic woods, camp-inspired enamel wear and a juxtaposition of more polished pieces bring this tablescape to life.

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Like the more modern side? Click over to see my rustic table vs. Christina’s modern.

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I’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio working on some fabulously creative projects lately. Designing new products, reviewing fabrics, planning a photoshoot, reworking our space for the gift show … the list goes on. So, I thought it might be fun to share a little behind-the-scenes look into the IceMilk Aprons studio! I hope you enjoy … more to come so stay tuned.

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If you know me by now, you know I have a thing for jars { just two examples here and here }. So, I just had to share these two new preserves jar finds that I found. The Luxe Canning Jars from Jayson Home have a great vintage appeal and I love the classic gold tops. And, I’m sure you’ve seen these blue Ball jars that have been popping up all over the place, in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the first perfect Mason jar. I know these will be a big hit for 4th of July parties this year.

If you find any hidden gems I’m missing, I’d love to see any other fabulous jars that you find, too!

Southern Gardens

Since Spring has sprung and we’re in the midst of showers and sunshine, what better time to chat about Southern Gardens than now. I have extensive photos of my Great-Grandmother {Nana} and her rose gardens in our family collection, and have been so inspired by the beautiful, white climbing roses at Serenbe where we got married. That will be the next garden I tackle, however this year I decided to replant my herbs and go a little further with my vegetables this year in the tiny, square container garden my husband built for me a few years back. I’ve been busy posting photo updates on my Instagram, and pinning some of my favorite garden inspiration as well for ideas!

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Southern Living has long been a staple for our Southern home {as I know it has for yours} and Senior Gardens Editor, Steve Bender {aka The Grumpy Gardener} is joining us to chat all about the essentials for growing a Southern Garden today!

As I planned for and planted my own herb & vegetable garden this year, with little thriving success over the past few, I got the chance to ask Steve a few questions, tips & pointers. Here is what he had to share …

 

Steve Bender Southern Living What are your favorite plants & flowers to grow in the South?

Native azaleas, angelonia, coleus, oakleaf hydrangea, clivia, Japanese maple,  Lenten rose, daffodils, crepe myrtle.

What are your favorite fruits & vegetables to grow in the South?

Blueberries, figs, Japanese persimmon, sweet peppers, lettuce, okra, basil, rosemary.
What epitomizes a truly Southern garden?

A garden with plants well-adapted to the region that expresses the personality of the owner as well as Southern gardening history.
Tell us your top tips for a successful garden in the South?

Give plants what they like — sun or shade, dry soil or wet soil, mild winters or cold winters. Don’t mix plants that have different likes.

What is your favorite thing about gardening?

My favorite thing is it helps you relax and forget about everything else going on in the world. Your garden is your refuge.
What are some of the most creative garden containers or elements that you’ve seen?

There are so many old junky things that make really cool containers — like boots, colanders, bathtubs, suitcases, coffee pots, etc. Last year at P. Allen Smith’s place in Arkansas, I made a beautiful mixed planter out of a bedpan.
When is the best time to plant your garden?

The best time to plant is when it’s right for the plants and right for you.
What is the best way to prepare your plot for planting?

Good soil is everything. Before planting, loosen the soil to a foot deep and mix in lots and lots of organic matter, such as chopped leaves, ground bark, composted manure, garden compost, and sphagnum peat moss.
Who inspired your love of gardening?

My Dad. He was a big gardener and I followed in his footsteps.
How are you carrying on the tradition of gardening?

My garden has lots of pass-along plants given to me by family, friends, and complete strangers. Every time I see one of those plants, I remember the time I got it and the person who gave it. I share my plants too.

 

#southernchat:  Southern Gardens (Monday, 4/29/13, 9:00 pm edt.)

Q1: What elements truly epitomize a Southern garden?

Q2: What are your favorite plants, flowers, fruits & veggies to grow in your Southern garden?

Q3. Who or what inspires your Southern garden?

Q4: What are some of your favorite pots & creative containers for growing a Southern garden?

Q5: What tips & tricks have been passed down to you for growing the best garden?

 

Images via Shabbiness to Fabulous, KaraRosaLund, Pinterest, Flora & Fauna, Garden Artistry, Williams-Sonoma, Crush Cul de Sac

I have always had a passion for interiors, architecture and designers with a clearly defined signature style. I believe in the South we have a simplicity in home design. Yet, in the simplicity there is a rich and thoughtful detail that helps give nod to the care and craft that went into each selection. I love the craftsmanship of a wooden door and the inclusion of a farmhouse sink.

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This week’s #southernchat is focused on the Southern Home and all the goodness and richness that goes into our Southern style. I am so thrilled to have a special guest, M.K. Quinlan, Senior Style Editor at Garden & Gun Magazine. When I asked her if there was an approach she’d like to take to the Southern Home concept, her answer was so much more thoughtful than I could ever have hoped…

MK Quinlan Garden & Gun “Lately I’ve gotten stuck on this idea of “slow-style.”  It’s a play on the slow-food movement, a way of considering your personal style – whether in your home or your wardrobe—in a manner that is authentic to the person you are and the place where you’re from. There’s no science to it, but I think combining heirloom pieces with new purchases that have meaning to you is a good place to start.

My least favorite thing in the world is walking into a home that has been “designed”—each piece of furniture new, fabrics perfectly color-coordinated, family photos stuffed in drawers. It doesn’t tell me anything about the people who live there. This is the danger of hiring an interior designer and not including your personal tastes and opinions in the design process.

In the South, I think we’re able to rise above this more than most because of the value we place in our personal history, and because the home is about so much more than “looking pretty” to us. It’s about entertaining and letting people into your life.”

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I have never thought of the Southern Home in such a way, but it truly describes the Southern way and my own personal approach to decorating. I have been collecting and curating pieces for as long as I can remember to slowly build my home into the unique interior it is today. The story behind each piece is truly inspiring, when you step into someone’s home, being able to learn the history behind an item is even further rooted in our art of storytelling. And, if you know me well by now {or if we’re friends on Pinterest …}  you know my own personal Southern home style is most certainly barn chic.

I know you’ll enjoy chatting with M.K. as much as I have on this topic, so be sure to join us Monday 4/15/13 at 9:00 PM EDT for this week’s #southernchat! Also, be sure to follow along with M.K. on Twitter at @GGBelleDecor and on the Garden & Gun Style Blog – Belle Decor – that she pens.

#southernchat:  The Southern Home (RESCHEDULED TO: Monday, 5/6/13, 9:00 pm edt.)

Q1: What key elements define a Southern Home (interior & exterior)?

Q2: What elements in your own home are Southern-inspired?

Q3: Who are some of your favorite Southern designers, architects, or artists for the home?

Q4: What home accessories & furniture companies are your favorite to shop for curating your Southern home?

Q5: What questions do you have for M.K. about about “Slow-Style,” Garden & Gun or her Southern home?

Images: Garden & Gun / Elle Decor / SJP Home

Spring Table

Spring has nearly sprung and these are some of my must-haves for setting the perfect Spring table this year. I’d love to know what you need for Spring … what would you add to the table?

wooden egg from west elm / heirloomed linen napkins from icemilk aprons / egg crate from anthropologie / organic sea salt from st. helena olive oil co. / bubble drinking glass from canvas / my favorite riondo prosecco / egg cup from match pewter / egg platter from martha stewart for macy’s / big picture farm goal milk chai caramels from eat boutique / honey dipper from brook farm general store / wax resist easter egg party invitation from minted / wheatgrass seeds from terrain / french urn pedestal dining table from restoration hardware.

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