Monday, January 31, 2011

Above the Sofa?

The only thing left to do in my living room before I feel my "married makeover" is finished( I just came up with this...because everything in my living room used to be pink, green, and I have toned it down in favor of more gender neutral colors) is done is to change up what is behind my sofa.
I like the black and white sign here mixed with all the other small frames.
This is a great idea if you don't want to put thirty holes in your wall, you can just make four huge ones instead :) But seriously I really do like this! Because it's a shelf you can change it out whenever you like!
I have tons of random white platters and plates, this might be a good way to display them... These pictures look really clean and simple but still make a statement, but the trick is finding just the right pictures and frames. I have thought about framing some old black and white family photos.
More plates, although I like this...I am not sure that the living room is the place for a wall full of plates?
What do you like? Any suggestions or unique ideas are welcome :)

Sunday, January 30, 2011


On the corner of Eighth and Market sits Chattanooga's first departments store, founded in 1875 by two brothers from Atlanta GA, David and Herman Loveman. At one time the store employed 300 people and sold everything from fur coats to fishing line. The store was so successful that it was able to open 5 chain stores including one at Eastgate Mall. In 1986 Loveman's was bought out by Proffitt's which is now Belk. Today the Loveman's building in downtown Chattanooga has been converted to house both businesses and condos. So what brought along this post about the Loveman's building? Well today I ran out for a bit and stopped at the Signal Mtn. Thrift Store and found this vintage coat from Loveman's at $10 it was a steal and a little piece of Chattanooga history.

Loveman's in the early days
The coat is black with a fur collar, quarter length sleeves and comes just below the knee.

Obviously a "Styled by Ken"...?

The Loveman's label. I have several vintage coats that I have picked up here and there but none in this condition. The buttons ares still on tight and the fur is holding up well, but the thing that impressed me the most was the lining it is just like new!

Now here is the best part! These are pictures from a condo for sale in the Loveman's building. So cute...when can I move in? I love love the exposed brick and the huge arched windows. The whole space has a open and airy feel but iy still looks very cozy.

Great hardwood floors
Shared With: Finding Fabulous

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Unique Headboards

I am thinking of re-doing my guest room and would love to find or make a really need headboard.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Mad Men

So glad for the weekend...can't wait to start season 2 of Mad Men!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How Do You Get Your Bounce?

A bounce commercial just solved a "huge" problem! I almost always forget to put a dryer sheet in the dryer and Rich absolutely despises static! He has even gone so far as to tape a sign on the dryer to help me remember. I had no idea these Bounce bars existed, but I feel they are here to save the day ;)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Our Fall Wedding

We just got our "official" wedding pictures from our photographer Melody Hood, who did a great job capturing our wedding day. There are about 1,000 here are just a few.
Rich and I decided to see each other before the ceremony. I would highly recommend this even though this is not the traditional order of things. We were able to spend some time alone before the ceremony and we got to take plenty of pictures together and not feel rushed because our guests were waiting.

Here are my wonderful bridemaids! From left to right, Marissa, who got married one month before me which was such a blessing because we were able to plan our weddings together! Next is my little sis Chloe, who literally got me in and out of my wedding dress like 50 times... she is such a doll! Cherish, poor thing, she had to listen Marissa and I talk about all things wedding for six months anytime we were together. Since we have been friends since six grade I also had no reservations about sending her out on all kinds of errands...sorry if I was a little bossy ol'chap! Last but not least is Rebecca my new sister-in-law! Rebecca was such a calming presence through out the whole process and always told me it was going to be okay...and it was!

Rich and his dashing groomsmen

One thing that I absolutely loved was the way all the flowers and the boutonnieres turned out! I am going to do a detail post about them.

The Barn at Laurelwood

Kim C. put these arrangements together using greenery and berries gathered from the gardens

The centerpieces to be described in detail later

We spend weeks gathering nuts...

Mom and I picked up this little chalkboard at a yard sale and was the perfect place to thank people for coming to celebrate with us.

The Treehouse monogrammed pumpkins for us.

Rich chose pies instead of a grooms cake; we had peach, pumpkin, and pecan.

The cake and pies were done by the Cake Boutique. I wanted something that didn't look fussy and absolutely no fondant... We chose a butter cream vanilla almond flavored icing and alternated layers of vanilla and chocolate cake. We wrapped grape vine around the bottom of the cake to cover up the cake stand.

My grandpa driving us away in his '40 Ford.

I hope to do a couple more specific posts about the wedding, I just have soo many pictures!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Golden Globes

My faves...
Claire Danes

Mila Kunis

Carrie Underwood

Olivia Wilde

Emma Stone

Amy Adams