Fresh veggies, fruit and flowers from the farmer's market... Always.
*Never underestimate the power of food and flowers in decorating.
The artwork. Everywhere...
My mom told me not to put a picture of "that ratty sofa" on my blog. Oh well, the room is in the process of getting a face lift so stay tuned... (and say goodbye to Ratty)
*chicken painting in the background is one of my mom's pieces- I'll post more on her artwork soon!
and my mom's ability to bring the outside IN... literally!:
And probably my favorite part about home...
Mona. She's new. She's a rescue dog so she's pretty shy- but sweet as pie.
Fish, but we call her Fesh. My mom rescued her from a neighborhood near our church. She's a drama queen but her eyes are the prettiest color green. I want to turn them into a paint color.
..and call it "Fish Eyes"
I can see it now: me walking into Porter Paint with a cat carrier.
"May I help you?"
"Yes, please. I need you to match a paint color to something..."
Buck, best dog in the world!
(you can argue with me in the comments section)
Grace, another rescue kitty found around our church. She rules the roost.
Baby Box Turtle-
We found him on our walk the other day- he's too cute. And way too small to cross the road! (check out fingernails on either side of him, that small!)
But I let him go because I couldn't figure out what to feed him. And he'd be happier outside anyway.
So those are the main reasons I appreciate going home to Birmingham.
I have to say that it has a lot to do with my parents- the house wouldn't be the same without their welcoming arms (and fresh, home cooked meals).
Which is a good thing to remind myself when I work on residential homes all week. You can spend all the money in the world on fine linens and antique furniture to make your home more inviting and beautiful. But, in the words of Michael Bolton, you ain't got nothin' if you ain't got love.
Last year Southern Accents had an article called "One Headboard, Three Looks." I remember this article because I always find it interesting which "look" people prefer. I also remember this article because it contained none other than: My ideal bed.
One of these pictures is what I want my bed to look like. I'll tell you at the end.
But before I tell you which one I covet- I want you to pick your favorite and let me know in the comments section.
(because we can all agree that it's fabulous... and bejeweled!* (with nailhead)
all styled by Birmingham designer Liz Woods
#1 Blanketed in White
#2 Shades of Gray
#3 An Appealing Pattern
Which one do you choose?
Or if you can't see yourself sleeping in these beds you can choose to veto all of them.
Which one doI choose?
You probably could have guessed...
#2. Love at first sight...
So I did what any scatter-brained, magazine inspired, have-to-have-it-NOW, interior designer would do:
I started shopping.
Then I quickly realized that this #2 bed would not only empty my wallet- but it would flat out destroy our nest egg.
I went to the website of the resort we are staying at and found a category called A Typical Day. Hmmm... intriguing. I had to click.
(I don't want to make fun of whoever wrote this but I think it's highly entertaining and had to share:)
A Typical Day
(my favorite parts highlighted)
The sun rose at exactly 7:03, however the two didn't move until almost an hour later. It was warm, comfortable. He glanced at the clock as she said room service. Good idea. The breeze from the doorway finally stirring them.
They decided on shopping, at least for a couple of hours, something for the kids. Cabo San Lucas was bustling, but they knew what they were looking for. She winked at him. Better take that nap he thought.
As they entered the Manila Bar back at the resort, their appetites were stirred. They started with salsa, chips and two blended margaritas, followed by two tostadas la casa. Yes, he thought, a nap definitely.
They awake refreshed, and energetic. Just enough time for a set of tennis and a quick jacuzzi before the cocktail hour. I finally beat you, she said. I slipped on set point, he replied. Right, she said. He dunked her.
Something different tonight? Of course. They relaxed completely in La Nao, their restaurant of choice, and night in the resort. I believe I'll have the salmon. And I, the veal. It was perfect. The food, the wine, the company.
Later, after a walk on the beach, she reached over and pinched him.He knew what that meant, and he was glad they had napped. The night was young and would last into the early morning.
Sign me up!!
I hope they found what they were looking for.
Anyway, I'm SOOOOO excited!!!
In most cases like this I always feel like I don't deserve a 4-star vacation. But over the past 2 months I have been working my b*tt off to start my own business. And I finally feel like I can say: I deserve this vacation.
nevermind. I still can't say it. I will never deserve this nice of a resort-!!
but hey, I'll take it. And raise you a daiquiri.
I'll be back in a week with pictures and maybe a funny story or two. (that hopefully doesn't involve dunking...?)
p.s. While I am gone you are allowed to date other people look at other blogs. Here's a few ones I have found recently that I really like:
The past several days I have been doing her "Mat Workout DVD" and I'm telling you- it is one of the best workouts ever. If you are someone like me who hates running and loves pilates- you'll LOVE this video. Trust me-
Apparently she is Gwyneth Paltrow's personal trainer (along with many others).
And remember my post about her home? Looking back, I'm almost positive that this Mat Workout DVD is filmed in Gwyneth's private pilates studio.
If you have seen Tracy's workout DVD please let me know what you think.
I know this post has nothing to do with interior design- so for kicks I'll include what I noticed in the background of Tracy's studio: