I mentioned a few weeks back that I was hoping to return from our trip to Dallas on Memorial Day weekend with a new piece of furniture. As you may have guessed from my lack of posting on said piece of furniture, the deal didn't go down.
While doing my usual browsing on Craigslist, I came upon a beautiful leather ottoman that I thought would be perfect as our new coffee table. You all know I've been searching and analyzing over finding a new coffee table for some time now. Well when I saw this one, I thought I had found my answer! And with a price tag of just $100 (the cheapest I'd found prior was $300), it was a gift from above!
I thought the color and nailhead trim were just what the coffee table doctor ordered. Unfortunately, the deals you can find on Craigslist are often counteracted by the difficulty of communicating with the seller. The problem in this case was the seller's slow response to all of my inquiries. He said I would be able to come view it while we were in town that weekend, but then never got back to me on what day or where. Before I knew it, the weekend was gone and my dreams of the ottoman were too.
I assumed the seller must have sold it to someone else and thus didn't respond back to me, but it sat on Craigslist for at least another week before the listing was gone. Oh well. I guess it wasn't meant to be, and the search continues!
The dream of the tufted ottoman is still alive though. If Keri Russell has one, so should I. :)
And I have to say, this velvet one is pretty amazing too.
Last month I helped throw my best friend (we met in 9th grade speech class :)) Lauren's baby shower for her soon-to-arrive baby boy, Gunner. The shower had a "Southern gentleman" theme complete with bow ties, silhouettes and gingham print. Personal touches and family items were used throughout, including baby Gunner's dad's bow ties :)
Gunner's daddy's "going home" outfit greeted guests at the sign in table, along with a framed "Southern gentleman in the making" print.
A variety of centerpieces graced the tables with groupings of baby mementos, flowers and photos.
An antique baby basket helped house the gifts.
The drink menu consisted of milk, apple juice (one of Lauren's cravings), fruit-infused water and coffee.
The menu was made of a variety of brunch goodies including fruit, doughnuts, muffins, shrimp and grits, breakfast casserole and a waffle bar.
And of course no shower is complete without a little something sweet. These b…
It's only been 6 months now, but better late than never, right?
Auden turned one on November 11th and we celebrated at our home with close family and friends. The theme of the party was pumpkins and pearls. Pun'kin is one of the nicknames I called her when she was little and pearls bring a girly flair and tied into our reveal party when we found out we were having a girl so it seemed perfect.
I had so much fun creating her invitation and all of the party printables. And for a little extra adornment, the invites were tied with jute twine and placed in scalloped envelope. Invites available for purchase here.
Here's the sweet birthday girl in her homemade hat. I love how the bow on top turned out :) Her birthday stats poster is now available here.
The smash cake table with our go-to milk jars (Starbuck frappuccino glasses) with paper straws. The tree slab plate they are sitting on was also used at our wedding. The smash cake was a $10 cake from Public and Auden LOVED …
Over two months later, I'm finally getting around to posting on my nephew Cohen's first birthday! Because he was born just six days before Christmas, it was important to my sister, Meredith, to have a party to make him feel special, separate of the normal seasonal celebrations. And I'm always up for a planning a good party!
Since Cohen was little baby, he has loved giraffes. First introduced with the paper mache bust hanging over the changing pad in his nursery(here), my sister says he's been a fan ever since. Using that as the inspiration, the party planning began. Meredith found an invitation she liked at Tiny Prints and thus the color palette of green, yellow and brown was established.
Cohen wore a monogrammed yellow chevron coverall on the big day, and the cheerful pattern was also used throughout the party. To create a prominent backdrop on the fireplace mantel, we covered a remant piece of beadboard with chevron fabric. It made a big statement with little…