je suis amoureux de ceux-ci...

With color copiers and Kinkos I don't know why anyone has empty walls these days.  I have fallen in love with this website with french vintage downloads that I found via pink cupcake vintage.  Everyone needs at least on friend like Melodie.  She is a magnet for fun finds.


real life

I thought it might be fun to see the difference between real life....this is how my porch usually looks ...

and magazine life..this is how it was styled by Natasha Lousis King and shot by Bjorn Wallander for Country Living.

Looks much better cropped in with that pro lighting and I really want those birch logs.  Does anyone know where to get those?



I had to find a picture of all the kids for someone.  I couldn't decide which one I like better.
This one... 

or this one
Do you know how hard it is to get 7 kids to look at the camera?


hostesses with the mostest

We are looking for outgoing, fun and stylish hostesses for our line of clothing in places where we don't have a show or a store.  

the office

I thought some of you might enjoy some photos of our office.

It was so much fun to put together because I was allowed to be as girly as I wanted.  (we have a pink conference room)

Of course it is all thrift store, ikea and target.  

Who do you think has the messiest desk?

Yes....that would be me.


I am loving these two paintings by David Boyd.  The top one would be perfect in my green and red kitchen.  The moon pie would be perfect in my blue lake house kitchen.  Oh you didn't know that I have a lake house.  Well not yet...but a girl can dream.  At $350 and $400 (they are both 18 x 18) I think they are a deal.



It is such a treat when people send me photos of their children in my designs.  How adorable is this little two year old?  Thank you Stella ....you made my day.


strawberry shortcake

We have had the most glorious days ever.  Not too hot but wonderfully sunny.  My children are having so much fun outside after school that I feel guilty having them come in for dinner.
Yesterday I found some small strawberries at the market and we made my favorite Strawberry Shortcake.  I thought it was perfection until I saw these ceramic berry baskets from Jayson Home & Garden.  I found them via Oh Joy.

The next time I make strawberry Shortcake I want to get my berries out of one of these.

union jack

I am in love with this bureau from French Provincial Furniture via Table Tonic.  This would be such an easy DIY.  And it would make a dull room fabulous.


my friend Karee

Every one needs a good friend like Karee.  She is funny, smart, kind, encouraging and obsessed by all things related to skin.  I have been blessed to call her my friend for around 14 years.  If you want an awesome facial for you or your teenager Karee is the best.  She does all the other fancy things too.  If you live in Nashville you can get an appointment by calling her at Retief Skin Center 383-6092 or Kareehays@comcast.net .  Here are her tips for spring...

"Beauty Must-Haves for Spring!!


 Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 8:58pm


Today at 8:46pm

This is a long one…. so print it out and enjoy with a cup of tea.


I am in constant search for the best products for my clients. One of my most favorite tasks is to research what ingredients make a product great and then creating the perfect skin regimen for that individual’s skin type.


As I deal with all kinds of different skin issues in my job, it requires me to study and research hundreds of skin care lines. In that process, I come across some amazing products and countless “not so good” products. I work with several local cosmetic stores and am given bags of things to try monthly. I always tell the companies that want me to endorse their “latest and greatest products” that I can’t and won’t sell anything I don’t absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Those of you who know me know I will tell you what works and what is a big waste of money.


When my clients come in with bags of things they have tried but didn’t give them what they were promised in an advertisement, it excites me to find EXACTLY what THEIR skin needs to get the results that bring huge change to their skin.


These are just a few of my personal fun favorites. I am asked daily what I use from lip-gloss to paint colors. I have such a love and eye for beautiful things. I live through my senses and I’m passionate about what I do; helping people feel and look their best.

My hobby is PRODUCTS!!!!

I never have one of anything…

Sunscreen/Tinted SPF

• Eucerin SPF 30 for sensitive skin (pink top) $8. Great for light everyday use. I even like to put it on, let it dry then add a tinted moisturizer.

• Blue Lizard Australian SPF 30, Banana Boat Kids continuous spray SPF 30 (just check for titanium dioxide and zinc as top ingredients for good sun protection). I like those for the beach, walking outside or any serious outdoor activities.

• Revision SPF 45 with Co Q 10 $49. Nice dewy finish (This is one incredible product if you tend to be dry and have fair to medium skin tone.)

• Healthy Wear Tinted SPF 50 by Physicians Formula at Drugstore $11. (Very pretty, glowy finish)


• Elizabeth Arden’s 8 hour Skin Protectant Cream/Ointment $17. Now, I am a huge Aquaphor fan but every now and then I’ll splurge on this emollient treatment that holds moisture to the skin. I put a tiny bit under my eyes and lips at night for a TREAT! Great for dry hands and feet.


• Bath and Body Works $9 Pink Grapefruit body lotion. Just get ready to buy stock in the company. I started using this during facials for the arm massage and got so many requests that I contacted the company and they now send it to me to make samples for my clients. It is Spring in a bottle!


• Molton Brown’s, White Mulberry hand soap $22. My husband John, who never notices any type of smell, always makes a comment about this hand soap. So for Spring I keep White Mulberry on his vanity and the Rose Granati on mine. It takes me back to a vacation in England and staying at this charming Bed and Breakfast in the Country. The Cosmetic Market has it in their stores. There are many scents to choose from in this line.


I have a high profile client that came in for her monthly facial, she walked in my room and I was blown away by her scent. It was not a perfumey smell; it was so soft and subtle. I asked her what in the world it was. I was expecting some high dollar fragrance name from L.A. She smiled and said, “Karee it is my secret scent.” Of course I begged her to tell me with a little extra facial bribe. Lo and behold it is $9 Amber Oil from Whole Body. All I can say is it has a gold top with a green and red label and I buy 5 at a time. I also like $8 Persian Garden oil. You may have to sample a few to see which ones are for you. I mix oils all the time. Water Goddess mixed with Vanilla Musk is heavenly. Another similar story also led me to the “Perfect Pair” store in Green Hills for my #2 scent, $149 Molecule. Just be ready for people to follow you around like crazy trying to figure out what that marvelous smell is…YOU! It is very SEXY!


• Eminence Lemon, Sweet Rose and Coconut Cleansers are YUMMY! I am so crazy about these cleansers and skin care line. See for yourself. I can make you samples to try when you come for facials and help you find the perfect ones for your skin. I’ve experimented with every Eminence product there is and have not met one I did not like yet. Fire Thorn and Linden are a couple of my faves for dry skin and Stone Crop is nice for oily skin.




• Mascara

Lash Blast by Cover Girl (very black)

Full and Soft by Maybelline (very black)

Stiletto by Maybelline does it all.


• Bronzers/Blush

Dallas by Benefit

Orgasm by Nars

Pale Pink by Bobby Brown


• Lip Gloss

Passion Fruit by L’Oreal (Color Juice) @ Kroger/Drugstores

Bobby Brown in Neutral @ Woo

Mother Pucker at Target for a lip plumper

Belize by Nars @ Sephora


• Brow Pencils

Vanity Mark (I use Blonde and shade in the reverse direction)

Cover Girl (blonde) red pencil

This is just a must have in your Beauty Bag! Don’t underestimate the power of a clean waxed or shaped brow, they can change the whole face. It is all about symmetry when shaping your brows.


Now the best for last…


• Latisse for SUPER long lashes $125

• (Retin A $60 -$160) of course with proper SPF keeps us shedding that dead skin so we can glow. Remember it is very important to have your skin therapist evaluate your skin once per season to adjust Retin A if needed. I use 3 different %’s throughout the year. (I apply 2-3 times a week in the summer on damp skin)

• The Counter Clockwise Mask, it significantly reduces hyper pigmentation and is phenomenal for Melasma, fine lines and is the mother of all "PEELS". Your skin looks like brand new baby skin in 2 weeks. Minimal downtime!!!

• Moroccan Oil (wish I had this the past 20 years.) My hair has never been the same.

• Element Salon is truly one of Nashville’s best-kept secrets. I have never once left that place and did not LOVE my hair. (615-727-8484) Kevin, Abby, Lewis and Story all have done my hair and you can’t go wrong with any of them. You have to get their Pro Titanium Blow Dryer it cuts hair drying in half and makes your hair feel like silk.

• Amazing Cosmetics (concealer that just melts into your skin) Less is more with this product. @ Woo Cosmetics




Happy Spring!

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

-- Confucius

I have arrived.

Today is my first day as a guest blogger!  My good friend Melodie has asked me to do a post for her fun blog pink cupcake vintage.  Read how I made the flag above for our porch.  Melodie has a great eye for everything vintage and if you live in Nashville she knows every cool place.  Thanks Mel!


i love her

I really do.
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Just when I had gotten over her eating my inside chairs. She moves outside.


my favorite film maker...

This is a video my 16 year old did of our Spring break.


I am not sure if it is my age, lack of exercise or the preceding cozy winter months but I am looking just a little bit pregnant.  (I'm not)  Today I decided to design a blouse to disguise the situation.  I have sent it off to the pattern makers and will let you know what they come back with.


nine by design

We just watched the first episode of 9 by design.  I loved it!  Did you watch it?  What did you think?


Nashville only

I have blogged about my good friend Gen before but I am too tiered to find it.  They are moving out of their home and are having a sale.  If you live in Nashville you can not miss it.  This house exudes style and I will be there to look at it one more time.  Hoping to absorb some of Gen and Ben's magic.

Your Host:   genifer sohr
What: Designer Tag Sale
Where: Sohr Log Cabin
5319 stanford drive
nashville, tn
When: April 17th, 2010, 10am - 12pm


Happy Birthday Mom

(That is me peeking out from behind.) 
I am very fortunate to call this beautiful, stylish, creative, smart, generous and caring woman my mother.  I think that I appreciate and value her more with every passing year.

time to get your tickets

for Nashville Ballet's adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.  It will be running from April 23-25th.  I will be there on Sunday.


wishing I was a medium

My good friend Melodie is having a 1/2 off sale and free shipping if you mention her blog.  That means that this fabulous jacket can arrive on your doorstep for $22.  She will even gift wrap it for free.  It doesn't get any better than that.  If I didn't already have a closet full of things that I am going to get altered (as soon as I have free time) this baby would be mine.  Perhaps I should go try it on...never mind please don't buy it.   

what matters

One of my favorite teachers likes to say "Life is hard but God is faithful".  I know that when I am stressed I often miss the most important of life's blessings,  all of the tiny moments that add up to a lifetime.  To all of my friends out there who are struggling, (whether physical, financial or emotional) ... hang in there.

My sweet 4 year old drew this today.  One of my wonderful tiny moments.  As you can see it is a picture of the two of us.  Yes I am actually wearing a royal blue dress today.  



I love drawings.  These two are two recent drawings by one of my favorite artists Martin Pate.  I am wishing I wasn't on a budget.



I am loving these earrings from J. Crew.  I just got my hair chopped off and with these beauties no one would mistake me for a he.


shell love..

I am loving this shell box from First Dibbs.  But I am thinking that $2985 is a little pricy.  I will be scouting salvation for boxes and will let you know if I attempt my own.  This one is 20 inches long which would look perfect in my dining room.  I may be getting a little carried away with shells in my landlocked home.  Feel free to do an intervention.


Etsy love..

These little necklaces from little pink posies are the cutest things.  They make me wish I was 6 again.

etsy love..

I was searching on etsy for wood jewelry and stumbled on this fabulous shop called Retro Classy.  When is fathers day?  My husband would love these.  And I love the price $9 to $20.