Saturday, January 30, 2016


Despite my blog absence, I have been incredibly inspired lately! As promised earlier, here is essentially what's floating around in my head (in no particular order):

J. Wilson Fuqua

Two-toned monogram

This lake house is perfect.  See more here


J. Wilson Fuqua

Kitchen Sunroom Bump Out

Organized Walk-in Pantry with a sink

Pretty Light Basement (imagine blue and white ginger jars in place of the guitars) 

Monogrammed Little Bean Bonnets! (available at Madre Dallas

And the jolliest Little Peter Pumpkin Bean - my nephew, who's fills my heart with love and joy and sugar and dumplings 


It's me. 

I was wondering if after all these weeks you'd like to read (my blog) 

To go over everything

(Cue my kids screaming in the back of the car for me to stop singing Adele, which is virtually impossible)

Soo about that blogging more resolution. 

I used to be pretty good at managing my time, way back when I didn't have two tiny saboteurs interrupting me for snacks every 10 minutes.  They're cute and cuddly so I often get distracted just trying to get them to give me hugs. 

AND (I buried the lead here), I got my hands on an embroidery machine. Yep. My very own. I'm still learning how to use it. I play around with it during the 3 spare minutes a day that I'm allowed to myself. (I could probably take 5 minutes, but when you hear the sound of a dining chair scooting across the hardwood floor downstairs you, you know it's time to make an appearance. 

So I just wanted to check in and say hi. We are good. All is well in crazytown (seriously, Kip and I looked at each other at dinner last night and said, "what is happening?"). I'm looking forward to a weekend of cleaning the house (monogramming) and catching up on magazines and blog posts. Come back later today for a post chock-full of pretty pictures and no words! Scouts honor! 

P.S. If you love texting, but don't feel that double question marks and exclamation points are getting through to people, get the Bitmoji app.  It will change your texting game. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016


I see you gorgeous powder room! We must get together again soon.  Probably after all occupants of my house are potty-trained.  But, yes, we must get together soon.  

* image via Veranda 

P.S. Have y'all seen the latest issue of Veranda? It's Oprah-voice good.  

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Marble Moment

* Well, I haven't posted everyday, but I have been writing.  Yesterday, we finally launched The Birthday Party Project - Kansas City with our first party celebrating January birthdays! It's kept me busy the last few days and I cannot wait to tell you all about it on Friday! 

As promised some more inspiration for our master bathroom.  Many of these are still "only in my dreams" (singing the Debbie Gibson song in my head now), but I say, go bold with your dreams.

*All of these are from my Ideabook.  Click the picture to go the source.

Clearly, I have a type.  

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year!

One of my New Year's resolutions is to blog more. I think that was my resolution last year, too, but I was all talk and no plan. I still don't have much of a plan for this year, except to sit down and write every day.  I almost failed on Day 1 - I mean, it is 11pm - but I'm here before midnight (oy vey, a day late and a dollar short- the uszh).

However,  I will be back to the blog more this year, if not every day. I have been so inspired lately and can't wait to share all of my ideas and loves with y'all.  This year I'm really hoping to finish up our master bedroom and bathroom so I can have a saaaanctuaarryy (said with drama).  I have visions of having a bathroom so fabulous that everyone wants to hang out in there with me and drink champs.

 Kind of like Heather Dubrow.

Soooo I'm throwing Miles Redd's mirrored bathroom (top image) out there as an option.  I just need to find a contractor who doesn't laugh when I show him that picture and say "do that."  Actually, scratch that.  It would never work.  You put a 2 year old and a 5 year old in front of a mirror and they will for sure turn into slobbery lizards/scientists who want to know what exactly will stick to it on any given day.*  Nope too much temptation.  And it'll tap into one of my very, very few OCD stressors - smudge on mirrors.

* Today, I actually found my boys with their faces and tongues smashed up against the display window at Crate and Barrel.  It's a huge window that looks out over a busy intersection and there they were.  I had to "count to 5" in my super stern whisper just to get them to stop, which is always embarrassing because I know I don't sound as scary as I hope I do.

I could do this though!

I mean, who wouldn't want that to be their bathroom.

Here's one of my all time faves.  I feel like I would need a house in Charleston or New Orleans to pull this off though.

Oops I went back to the mirrors.  So glam.

This sink.  The floor.  The perfect size arched doorway. The wall color.  The timeout chair for me so I don't have to sit on the actual potty to hide.  Genius.

This one looks pretty heavenly.  I bet their view is pretty.  I'm trying to figure out how to get a fireplace in my bathroom.  Kip seems to think you have to have some sort of ventilation system like a chimney.  I say, "minor details."

Anyway, cheers to a fabulous 2016! I'll be back soon with my real bathroom inspiration!

Ok, hopefully this was a good set up so that when I show Kip all of the fancy finishes I want in my bathroom he'll actually be relieved.  

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


In case you haven't heard, I've been busy in the throes of wedding celebrations for my little sister and her lobster.* They married in Dallas at the church across the street from our parent's and had a gorgeous Christmas-themed reception at Arlington Hall. It was a celebration in every sense of the word - families and friends truly excited that this fun couple found each other. Definitely one of those big, magical life moments that reminded me how really lucky we are to have an incredibly loving family and amazing friends. As soon as we get the professional pics I will share them here, but I thought I'd post a few pics from the wedding weekend that I had on my phone for now.  I cannot wait to share more! 

*soulmate (Friend's reference) 

These are from the bridesmaids' luncheon at Marie Gabrielle. We decorated gingerbread cookies and got to take home Christmas pjs to wear on the wedding day (and every day after that because they are amazing). 

The rehearsal dinner at The Mansion was the most perfect blue and white affair. 

My youngest sister and I performed the "Sisters" song from White Christmas for the bride.  Moments after our stellar performance, I looked over and saw the groom's cousin, who was actually on Broadway. Of course, he was. The one time I do a dance routine ...

My phone was all tied up during the rehearsal dinner so I didn't get many more pictures, which is a shame because it was beautiful. 

Here are a few pictures of the wedding. Some are from my phone and others are from the Instagrams of my sister's fabulous vendors. As soon as the professional pics are here, I promise I'll share them with you! 

These two are the best. THE BEST. I love weddings, especially when you are celebrating two people who you know are meant to be together. It is a beautiful thing worthy of a huge celebration. 

I cannot say enough amazing things about all of the vendors who helped make this celebration magical. I had my dream wedding many years ago and I wanted that for my sister so badly. I really think they nailed it. It was like we were in my sister's happy cotton candy Christmas dream. It's one thing to have a beautiful wedding, but it's another to create that extra bit of magic where everyone is enveloped in a cocoon of love and frolick (do you like that?).  Somehow all of these people made it happen and it was perfect. I'll be back with more from all of her vendors throughout the year and a nice little love letter/roundup when we get the good pics. 

Happy 2015! This was one for the memory books. Cheers to an awesome 2016!