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I have to say that I am super excited about today’s post. So much so that I am going to let the pictures do the talking. Maybe because I am relaxing at our cabin for the week and I just spent FORever uploading and editing pictures but nonetheless, I’ll keep my typing short and sweet.
In January, we bought a cabin in Big Canoe, GA. Walking in the front door was literally like walking into a time machine to 1976. The home had been maintained but seemingly untouched in decades. We fell in love with the potential and immediately got to work. Once the weather warmed up this Spring/Summer, we decided to tackle the exterior. Doing exterior work within the community of Big Canoe is pretty much comparable to the iron man triathlon and I am not even talking about the rough, steep and mountainous terrain. I am in fact referring to the architectural control committee. Getting colors and additions approved is like getting approval to ride on Air Force One. To submit a color for the exterior of your home, you must purchase paint, apply it to a board that is the same type of wood as your siding and submit it for review. You see, they actually have pre-approved colors. Unfortunately they are not even guaranteed to be approved for your home. Make sense? Nope, it in fact does not make much sense. It is in fact extremely frustrating. Although I love the fact that they are extremely particular about keeping up the aesthetic of the neighborhood, it is “pull my hair out” annoying. Depending on the location of your home, the type of wood and many more factors some pre-approved colors are in fact not approved for every home. So, four submissions later we FINALLY got the go ahead. Here’s a look at our before/after…
Siding & Trim: Cabot Pepperwood Solid Stain
Doors: Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black
Last year I did a round-up of my absolute favorite make-up products. My quintessential go-to list of tried and true products has been requested so much I decided to do an update! I’m always trying new colors and new brands so I wanted to share everything you’ll find in my make-up bag right now. My color choices are in parenthesis. Here’s my list of the make-up must haves for Summer 2015…
1. Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultra Radiance Lifting Creme Makeup (2N1 Desert Beige)
2. Estee Lauder ‘Double Wear’ Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup (2C1 Pure Beige)
5. Anastasia Dipbrow Pomeade (Soft Brown)
6. Anastasia Brow Wiz (Soft Brown)
9. it Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner (Black)
10. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil (Turn On)
11. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (Aria,Carina and True Red)
12. Bare Minerals Marvekous Moxie Lip Gloss (Punchy Melon)
XOXO, Brittany Hayes
One of the things I’ve absolutely loved most about blogging, creating and being active on social media is the amazing friends I’ve made. In the “real world”, it’s so hard sometimes to connect with people who share your passions, loves and interests. In the “not so real world”, otherwise known as social media, finding those who love to dream, work and create comes so much easier. One such friendship for me actually began through a Shark Tank connection. In 2013 Melissa Hinnant, the beautiful and amazing visionary behind Grace and Lace, contacted me just prior to their airing on ABC’s Shark Tank. Her and her husband had seen me on the previous season’s show and had some questions about our experience on the show. From there, we created a fast “virtual friendship” and have stayed in touch for the last couple of years. There are no words for how proud I am of how amazingly Melissa and her company have skyrocketed since 2013. After scoring a deal with Barbara Corcoran, Grace and Lace has become a household name. What began as knitting lace boot socks to recover from a devastating loss has become a company founded on His grace that not only provides gorgeous clothing but has also become a platform to make a difference. You can read more on their mission HERE.
As you all know, I love to share with you things I love and I absolutely ADORE Grace and Lace. From their mission to their products, they have nailed providing unique clothing and accessories with amazing customer service all while making a difference in the lives of others. So today I am sharing a little something Melissa recently sent me that EVERY girl needs in her closet as well as a few of my favorite things…
I mean, who doesn’t have a dress they adore that has become a tad too short?!? Before you add it to your “sell stack”, check out this…
And don’t forget their signature lace leg warmers that Addie rocked in my foyer stencil post…
More of my faves…
XOXO, Brittany Hayes
Guest Editor, Maghan Sisk
Y’all…this over-sized shirt is everything! It is so comfortable and unique and the grey color is so beautiful! These jean shorts are amazing and everyone should have a pair in their closet! This is a perfect weekend get away outfit, running around town or anything casual. I adore these sandals and they are so fun to wear! This necklace is old but I have linked a similar style that I love below!
Yours Truly, Maghan Sisk
Have you ever thought of the most random thing ever and then you try and figure out the thought trail it took for you to get to the most random thought ever? My over-creative brain is almost always all over the place and I seem to do this way too often. In fact, this blog post came from the absolute most random thought trail ever… So I was planning on doing a wallpaper post for today. And then I was making a joke in my head about how you’d have to hide in a closet to not see some form of wallpaper in our home. And then I remembered that actually won’t work either! We have a closet that is wallpapered! “Hey, I should blog about said closet!” So here we are…
As you may know by now, I love to design. I am in love with design. I am obsessed with design. My home is my canvas and I am obsessed with making things beautiful. It’s just so fun, so relaxing and such an outlet for me that not even a coat closet is safe from my designing self. There are so many fun little areas in our home that I have yet to share and today I am doing just that. You see, when you enter our home from the garage, we
have had a little coat closet. Let’s be honest folks… the probability of any one of my family members coming home, opening up a door, taking down a hanger and hanging a coat is about zero. Is there such thing as a negative probability?
Although our home is “fancy” and funky and all of those kinds of things, it’s actually super functional. Shocking, huh? I love to think of ways that we really use our home and design around reality. And the reality is, we like easy organization. If it isn’t easy, we won’t do it. So I decided to transform this coat closet into a bit of a catch all for everything we bring in from school, work, errands, etc.
First, we removed the door and patched/painted the holes from the hinges. Next, I used extra wallpaper from our powder room to cover the back wall of the closet. And yes, I still have yet to blog a bathroom. I PROMISE that is coming soon! Finally, I hung organizational baskets and hooks for every possible thing we would carry in the door. Oh and then I had to top it all off with this amazing canvas to beautify the space even more.
P.S. I apologize these photos are super edited and grainy. I really try and minimally edit most everything I post but this “closet” is in an awkward, tight and very dark spot that is rather difficult to photograph. May also be one reason I have yet to blog it too!
Within this new little nook, both my girls have a spot for their homework, artwork, school papers, etc. My husband and I each have a cubby on the left side wall as well as another spot for bills. Since I try really super hard to encourage everyone to remove their shoes, we have a big ol’ basket for shoes. Seeing as though we can all literally kick them off as soon as we enter the house, there are no room for excuses! And finally, on the right wall, there are four hooks for coats, umbrellas, diaper bags and everything in between. Hope you enjoy our little “catch all nook!”
Hooks & Other Wall Basket- HomeGoods
XOXO, Brittany Hayes