Archive | February, 2011

our guest room {aka holly’s room}

In preparing for Holly to visit, I knew I needed to give her a special place to sleep.  I have to admit, I was a little intimidated creating a guest room for a lady who has such design talent. I mean, how could I possibly come up with something as beautifully decorated as her desk:


Or these rooms she has designed?

guest   bed

Our little guest room is just a teensy room off the playroom. It was originally built as an office for me, then used as a bedroom for my best friend’s daughter when they lived with us.

girl room

When they moved into their new home, we brought my office back in until we moved it {again!}downstairs and the room became the guestroom.  All of our family live nearby so, truth be told, we don’t have many visitors. Which means our guestroom {pre-holly} was just a big unmade bed used mostly as a trampoline for the boys.

In true Emily fashion, I waited until two days before her arrival to put it together. I ran around like a crazy woman borrowing pieces from other rooms and digging through closets trying to gather things to make the room look like it was put together with purpose. 

I was actually pleasantly surprised with how it all came together.


With a queen bed, there is only just enough room for a little side table and a pathway to the bed. But I love the way it is all framed by the curtain panels – they make it feel cozy.


The wall behind the bed is covered in book pages {my fave} and the old paned window hangs from a wire to give a little more cottage charm.


I wasn’t sure what to do with this large expanse of wall, but when I found these sticks in a closet, I decided to treat them like driftwood and hang them. Sort of quirky, kind of haphazard, but I like it. 


The bedding was a mix of Amy Butler sheets {a very exciting find at Marshalls}, a white quilted coverlet and shams {from Target years ago}, a white duvet with blue stripe {hand-me-down from Rae} and a random assortment of pillows made in chipper fabric from Premier Prints, Amy Butler Nigella in olive/primrose, a polka dot tea towel turned pillow and that sweet little dotted one from Marshalls.




The curtains are actually shower curtains from Target, with a thick band of black and white ticking to extend them to the floor.  I covered a drum shade with a tea towel and hung it using a plug-in pendant light bulb socket {I have no idea what it is called or where it came from, but it sure worked out well as a bedside light!}


A few little goodies for the guest.

The best part of all was that Holly loved it and felt comfortable as our guest for one of the most refreshing, inspiring, healing, productive, chilly {!} weekends I’ve had in a long time.


I can assure you that miss Holly Mathis is just as delightful, real, sweet and completely talented as she seems on her blog.  I really am thankful for this girl. And her accent. Y’all.

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wedded bliss


mom & walt wedding

My sweet momma was married one year ago to the most delightful man who has added so much to our crazy family.   Poor guy inherited three daughters, three sons-in-law and seven grandchildren with one more baby girl a few weeks later. But he’s adjusted well and we all adore him : especially the kids.

To my mom & ‘new’ dad : wishing you years and years of wedded bliss. We love you.

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the march giveaway

Hooray! It’s time for a new giveaway.

This time around I was feeling inspired by this fabulous dishtowel by Noonday Collection. I found Jessica’s website and love her mission “to adorn you and your home in style while providing a path out of poverty for artisans around the world.” She sells an amazing assortment of jewelry, accessories and gifts  : take a peek at her shop at

The dish towel inspired my ‘yellow kitchen’ theme – a little bit springy, a little bit fun – and a whole lot of useful.



1. J.R. Watkins hand soap. Love this stuff. Love the scent. Especially love the packaging.

2. Ruffled rubber gloves. Because don’t you think you should feel fancy while washing dishes? Made by me – with a tutorial to come. Sort of silly, but oh so fun.

3. Flower headband from my shop

4. Set of two hand-cut sponges.  They are the magic kind that puff up when wet.

5. Rainy Day Tea Towel from Noonday Collection

6. Set of small nesting bowls. In bright yellow.

7. Emily’s brand dark chocolate covered dried strawberries. I couldn’t resist.

8. Set of two cork placemats.

9. And to top it all off, a good reminder that even though you have fancy gloves, cute sponges and yummy smelling soap, sometimes you just need to pop a chocolate in your mouth and admit that you “Can Not Do It All” {its an art print from my shop}


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