Dear Carolina Is Born



I am such a believer in this sentiment. Perhaps that is why I feel  a connection to my sweet, blogging buddy Kristy Woodson Harvey.

Kristy and her Mom, Beth Woodson, pin one of my favorite blogs: Design Chic and as fellow Southerners we became fast friends a few years ago even though we have never met in person.

Today is a very special day in Kristy’s life. It is the launch of her first novel, Dear Carolina, and I was privileged to get an advance copy to review.

This is the teaser that drew me in:

Frances “Khaki” Mason has it all: a thriving interior design career, a loving husband and son, homes in North Carolina and Manhattan—everything except the second child she has always wanted. Jodi, her husband’s nineteen-year-old cousin, is fresh out of rehab, pregnant, and alone. Although the two women couldn’t seem more different, they forge a lifelong connection as Khaki reaches out to Jodi, encouraging her to have her baby. But as Jodi struggles to be the mother she knows her daughter deserves, she will ask Khaki the ultimate favor…

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Mode Studio: It Ain’t Your Grandmama’s Sears Catalog



When I was a little girl, my uber creative Grandmama would take whatever she had and make beautiful things. One winter she took old Sears Roebuck Catalogs and  folded each page into shapes and pulled the front cover to the back creating something that looked very much like the column in the first photo. She used them as door stoppers and I thought she was genius. Mode Studios took my grandmama to a whole new level!

cafe graffiti by Mode studio

  But Y”ALL! Who does this??



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Silkie Chickens

Have you ever heard of Silky Chickens? Well I haven’t but with so many of my friends and clients getting into urban chickens I am super excited about these little dudes.


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What If We Did This? Rooms Re-Imagined.

my living room makeover

Share        It has been a really fun season of helping clients  imagine how their spaces could look if they were re-decorated: rooms re-imagined, I call it. I have learned that it is not necessary for me to spend the hours/days that it takes to do a perfect “rendering” of the space. I […]

Kitchen Before And After


ShareI am so far behind on posting client projects photos. Today is the day to start the catch up process! Woo hoo! So here we go with one of my favorite kitchen before and afters.   We started out with a very dated, very dark, very ….ah… green kitchen. smile   We sprinkled a little […]

Which Rug Is Best For You?


Share  HAND KNOTTED Hand-knotting is the most labor intensive of all. This type of weave takes a lot of time and skill. Quality is determined by the number of knots per square inch. The tighter the knot and more dense the carpet, the better the quality. Much training is required to learn to create these […]

What’s Your Party Style, Southerner?


ShareY’all! I have been catching up on my magazine reading and oh my gosh, have you been following Garden and Gun’s series on Party Like A Southerner? Good heavens. I am such a loser in the party house category.  I thought these were way cool (and they are!)….   Who wouldn’t love to have a party […]

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