Inspired By: Michelle Smith’s Southern Masterpiece

Designer Michelle Smith’s Palmetto Bluff home is on the cover of the new Traditional Home and it’s STUNNING.  I absolutely loved the mix of old, traditional Southern style with a hint of a modern edge to it.

This shot in particular is incredible and very inspiring to me- the color scheme, the mix of glam and rustic elements. It works so well.

I used it as inspiration for this living room design, utilizing some similar elements and mixing in my own touch.

1. Benjamin Moore Raindance // 2. side table // 3. pillows // 4. chandelier // 5. sconces // 6. antique painting // 7. bowl // 8. bust // 9. chest // 10. sofa // 11. chair // 12. marble coffee table // 13. shell bowl // 14. chair // 15. painting // 16. vintage rug

The master suite is another room to behold… the custom Gracie scenic mural wallpaper in a the bathroom paired with the antique wood vanity is breathtaking…. and the marble tub? Wowzas.

You can see more of this house in Traditional Home or on her website (alternate shots and styling, which is always interesting to see.)

Photos by Emily Jenkins Followill for Traditional Home.

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Fashion Friday: The Staple Trench

Just a quick Fashion Friday today as I’m not only on a family trip but also am feeling a smidge burnt out this week.  I have long been pondering a splurge/investment of a Burberry trench coat.  I’ve had other versions that have been nice but not QUITE the timeless quality of Burberry.  And the trench is something that will not only never go out of style, but is a piece that can last you a lifetime.

You can dress a trench up or down- it looks great both with jeans and a tee as well as a topper over a dress. And sleeveless versions are great for layering or wearing alone as a dress (a la Meghan Markle).

Here are some great choices in different price points:

Fashion Friday: Pretty Bags For People Who Actually Have S#*! To Carry!

I keep seeing all these teeeeeeeeeeny tiny mini bags everywhere and on every fashion darling, but you guys, the number of times I am going somewhere where I only need a lipstick and credit card is like…… never.  I am either toting around my laptop, samples and work stuff or a diaper clutch, sippy cup, snacks and kid stuff.  And I know a lot fo you are the same way! My dream bag would have a wide crossbody strap like the Hermes Evelyne bag with a body the size of my Cuyana tote- pretty structured with some pretty details on the exterior and a couple decent pockets on the inside.  Is that so much to ask?  Until that bag is made,  I rounded up a slew of pretty but roomy bags that can actually fit the stuff of life in them!


I also discovered this company, Senreve, which makes this great bag that can be a backpach, tote or shoulder bag and has tons of great compartments.  They also make this bag liner that makes it a cinch to switch bags without forgetting anything!