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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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I have long, long been a fan of foodie-fav site food52. Merrill and Amanda have a fabulous knack for keeping things in the realm of simple that I can only accomplish by taking away one or two things, an aesthetic I most adore.

I count myself so fortunate to be have my heirloomed tabletop linens collection as part of their new provisions site, and am equally as thrilled to be included in the upcoming provisions Holiday Market this weekend. Were I not 9-months pregnant and due any day, I would surely love to be there for this fabulous series of events and curated shopping in New York City!

There are so many fabulous finds on the provision site, and that will be included in the Holiday Market this weekend, that I could hardly choose my favorites for this little food52 gift guide I compiled – but there are several things here that I’ve been swooning over for quite some time {read: turkish pans & beeswax birthday candles & heirloom brass scissors} that I had to limit my picks to just a select few!

food52 provisions gift guide

I’d love to know, what are your favorite finds for holiday gifts on the provisions site?

I’m in the holiday spirit and ready to break out the Christmas tunes at any given moment {too soon?}.

One of my favorite things about the holidays is looking forward to a mailbox full of happy & festive holiday cards from friends and family I hear from every day and some I haven’t heard from in ages.  Since it will be Baby Girl’s first Christmas, I hate not to include her on the holiday card but not knowing when she will arrive exactly and coordinating a family photo for Christmas cards and then her newborn shots has my head spinning just a tad – but mostly because I look forward to it so much every year!

I ordered Wyatt’s birthday invitations this year from Minted and had such a fabulous experience that I decided to go with them for our holiday cards this year as well!

So, here are a few of my picks for our holiday card this year. Do you have a favorite?

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After browsing tons of fabulous designs, I thought I’d share how I went about selecting my holiday cards. Everyone has different priorities for selecting their card designs, but here is what I found to be my top 5 “must haves” for my holiday cards:

1. Single, Large Photo Layout
I love a good reason to take yet another family photo that really reflects the personality and lifestyle of our little clan, so a flat card with a clean, simple one-photo layout was my #1 priority. I filtered out all other design options from the search for that reason, which made my search quite a bit easier!

2. Classic Holiday Message
Around the holidays, I’m especially nostalgic for the “classics.”  This year, I must admit I was tempted by some of the very cute & clever phrases, song lyrics, and words that adorned the sweet designs, but I decided sticking to a classic message like “Happy Holidays” or “Joy” felt more like something that fit our family so there I stuck.

3. Whimsical Design
While I stuck with classic message, I love a little juxtaposition so a bit of whimsy in the design was also important to me. I love the hand-painted look of some of the design treatments like the evergreen sprigs, the shiny gold foil, or the special edge designs. Pairing a little something fun with the classic message and a photo I’m in love with makes for a homerun holiday card in my book.

4. Last Name Leaders
Call me traditional again, but I just love having a strong, simple statement like “The Schoenith’s” or even the year stamp showing as a prominent design treatment. When you see a wall or fridge filled with holiday cards, making yours easily identifiable and a keepsake (especially for family members that love to keep cards!) makes this touch especially significant.

5. Ease of Use
Onto the more “2.0″ version of myself, ease of use in browsing, ordering, & ask questions is such a priority for me {especially this time of year …} so being able to filter my search, find my perfect card on my iPhone at 1 AM from the comfort of my bed, and live chat customer service with a question made my choice even easier. And, don’t think for one minute I won’t be uploading my Christmas List so these cards come pre-addressed and ready to go!

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Last but not least, I have a fun giveaway for you and YOUR holiday cards this year from my friends at Minted.  Click here and enter to win $150 credit towards your holiday card purchase at Minted this year!

 

Giveaway entries accepted 11/22/13-11/26/13 11:50 pm PT. Giveaway sponsored by Minted. All opinions are my own. As part of this collaboration, I received compensation. All opinions are my own.  A winner will be chosen at random and prize fulfillment will be handled by Minted.

I’m in countdown mode to the very first Garden & Gun Jubilee – have you heard? With holiday shopping {and music} on my brain already, coupled with the fact that I have yet to make it to a G&G event  {despite my many hints to attend the Blackberry Farm weekend … ahem}. And, as if it couldn’t get any better, the Jubilee is in Charleston …. December 6th thru 8th.

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I’m so thrilled that IceMilk Aprons will be participating by showcasing some of our items – what a treat! Unfortunately with the upcoming birth of baby girl I can’t travel to make the event, so one lucky person will win two tickets to the G&G Jubilee instead!

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Camp Party Chalkboard Sign

Last weekend we held Wyatt’s 2nd birthday party – where has the time gone!? We have always had a fondness for camping and the outdoors, and Wyatt shares the same passions. And, his “big boy” toddler room {which is nearly complete .. stay tuned!} has a camp-inspired theme, too so it was the perfect fit.

Camp Party Invitation Smores Cake

I instantly found inspiration in this sweet Minted birthday invitation and got so many comments from the guests on the cute theme. We pitched a big tent in the backyard for the kids to play under, and outfitted with a few simple swags of burlap and a hand-stitched red cross flag it made the perfect backdrop for the party. The flag made it’s way into Wyatt’s new room, too.

I’m by no means a food blogger, but I must say this s’mores cake might have been my very best baked good to date. I just may post the recipe if there is some interest because I’m dying to make it again {already!} I’m a sucker for a good graham cracker crust.

Camp Party Tent

I also made a kid-friendly s’mores cake and pitched three little graham cracker tents on top, which was simple to cut and share with the kiddos.  And, just when you start to feel a little crafty, I have my talented mom to thank for Wyatt’s cute hand-painted “Camp Wyatt” thermal shirt, tent flag sign and chalkboard sign! And, I had to get these classic kids Hunter Boots as the perfect birthday present, though he hobbled around in one most of the day!

Toddler Camp Party

Everyone had fun playing and roasting s’mores in the firepit. This s’mores station was pretty much completely gone by the end of the afternoon and the perfect Fall day added a crisp little note to the fun.

Smores Station

 

 

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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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There are few things I enjoy more than entertaining. My entertaining style is simple, inclusive, unexpected and rustic – and the more the merrier.

I love the styling of author Annette Joseph, so I instantly knew her new book Picture Perfect Parties would be right up my alley. Her focus on simplicity shines through each page, making any event seem effortless and chic.

Annette Joseph

Annette was kind enough to include one of our IceMilk Aprons, the full sash Morning Bun Moments, in the styling of the book. And, by happenstance it landed a place in one of my favorite occasions … the Thanksgiving section. So, a fun giveaway for you this week as we’re teaming up and giving you the chance to win a signed copy of Picture Perfect Parties and a Morning Bun Moments full sash apron.

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The giveaway is open through 11/04/13 – best of luck to those who enter. No better time to get ready for simple entertaining in style, right before the holidays!

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, we announced the launch of our new Burlap Holiday Collection by IceMilk Aprons so today we have a very special giveaway for you from the Collection!

This week, you have a special chance to win our new Burlap Santa Sack to start a family tradition of your own and instill the spirit of giving for your children this holiday season! You may click here to read a bit more about the story behind the Santa Sack, or click here to order yours today {they can be personalized with your child’s name, too}.  A portion of the proceeds of this item support CURE Childhood Cancer.

Giveaway Santa Sack

If you’ve followed the heirloomed blog for sometime now, you know that CURE Childhood Cancer is one of my favorite non-profit organizations. The people behind it are passionate, the funds go directly to solving and supporting initiatives to find a cure for childhood cancer, and it is a cancer segment that is highly under-funded. I am hoping we can raise as much money as possible and do some good this holiday! I hope you’ll take a moment to click thru to their website and learn more.

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And, for the moment you’ve been waiting for … be sure to enter to win this special giveaway below in the Rafflecopter widget! You have many extra chances to win, too! Good luck!

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After months of design, production, photoshoots and styling, I am SO thrilled to {finally} share our brand new Burlap Holiday Collection by IceMilk Aprons!

Family and tradition are the root of our company, and there is no time like the holidays to truly ring in the spirit of what these values mean. The Holiday Collection is a combination of simplicity and function, leaving plenty of room for creativity for you to add your own spin to create the perfect holiday tradition with your family.

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  Burlap Santa Sack

The Burlap Santa Sack is meant to be a signature in our Holiday Collection, instilling the spirit of giving in children at a young age. Pull out the Santa Sack each holiday with your decorations and encourage your kids to fill it with 10 gently used toys to donate to a local charity of your choice. Your children can write a special note to Santa telling them what they donated and include their special Christmas list for the year, tucking it inside the pocket in the front of the Sack. Then, leave the Santa Sack under your Christmas tree and on Christmas morning your kids will find their Sack filled with special presents from Santa. A portion of proceeds from the Santa Sack go to support one of my favorite non-profit organizations, CURE Childhood Cancer.

The Burlap Advent Calendar is also a special item for me, as one of my favorite things growing up was looking forward to breaking into our little chocolate calendars each night with my sister to get our special treat as the countdown to Christmas was on! The Advent Calendar has generous pockets to fill with tiny trinkets & treasures, and fits perfectly over a standard sized bedroom door so each child can have their own decor, and a fun tradition each night before bedtime!

 

I hope you enjoy this special Holiday Collection as much as I do. It’s a limited-time collection, and we do personalization on most of the items for a red touch of holiday cheer! I’d love to know what you think!

With Easter right around the corner, this week we will #southernchat about Easter Traditions, a topic suggested in one of our earlier chats.  Everyone has their own special traditions for Easter – from family to eggs to baskets. Some of my favorite Easter style pieces are oh-so-Southern-inpsired, keeping it classic but still spring fresh. Seersucker, straw, pastels, stripes and floral scents help set the stage for an Easter gathering you’ll never forget.

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My own traditions growing up were family events that brought us closer together. My grandmother always put together special Easter egg hunts at her house, leaving little clues in each egg that led to the next.  After the last egg, the next clue helped us to find our Easter baskets which were filled to the brim with treats.  The wooden baskets we found were handcrafted by my parents and painted in soft spring colors, mine with a bunny and my sisters with a chick on it.  They went perfectly with the Easter dresses my sister and I would wear as we made our way to Easter brunch at my grandmother’s country club.

Liza Graves Style Blueprint This week, we have a special guest, Liza Graves, co-founder of styleblueprint.com.  I very much related to the Easter memories that Liza had to share.

I grew up honoring Lent, with a grandmother and all of her sisters who gave up liquor each spring for 40 days and then got quite tipsy at the annual Easter party, held at my grandmother’s on a 3-acre lot on the river in the second oldest house in town. It was THE party to be invited to. Ham biscuits, coconut cake and sparkling punch, spiked and served out of a punch bowl, were always mainstays on the buffet table. Sometimes my grandmother & her sisters would get a little tipsy, get into arguments and storm off to their respective homes, all within one block of one another – just in time for the caterer to leave and everyone to proclaim that it was the best party yet.

I do think that everyone has funny Easter traditions, but the big Easter Egg Hunt at a friend or neighbor’s house, lent, smocked dresses, ham biscuits, coconut cake and family spats that end in hugs are something that most southern families have in common!

I love Liza’s spin on Easter, and I can’t wait to hear all about your Easter traditions, too! I hope you can join in the fun.

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#southernchat: Easter Traditions (Monday 3/25/13 9:00PM est)

Q1: What Easter Traditions do you & your family have?

Q2: When you think of Easter, what elements come to mind?

Q3: What are some of your favorite southern foods on the Easter table?

Q4: What are the perfect pieces for a classic Easter outfit?

Q5: What southern goodies will you be filling the Easter baskets with this year?

Kayce Hughes Logo Giveaway!

Special thanks to Liza for coordinating this week’s giveaway – a $50 gift certificate from our friends at Kayce Hughes! With stores in Nashville, Chattanooga, and now, Atlanta, what better place to outfit your whole family for the Easter holiday than here. Just join in the chat by using the #southernchat hashtag sometime from 9:00-10:00pm est on 3/25/13 and you’ll be automatically entered to win.

Easter Style: Rachel Zoe Straw Hat, ASOS Cork Clutch, NARS blush, Happ & Stahns Eau de Parfum, J.Crew Seersucker Dress, Gucci Necklace, Butter London Polish, Sperry Wedges.

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