around here

hoarders buried alive

Is anyone concerned about our whereabouts?  If not, perhaps you should be.  We are working in this jungle, slowly, but surely, burying ourselves alive.  It is as oppressive as it looks.  We will be back once we get this disaster zone de-disasterfied.  We are actively working on it, so don’t go calling A&E just yet.

falling in love

Someone requested our Fall picks which really excites us.  We love when seasons change and we also like to shop and daydream.  Who doesn’t?  So, without further adieu…

EMP-fall

My name is Erika and I love Fall!  I picked A because it popped up on Pinterest and I keep going back and looking at it.  I rarely go back and look at my pins (is that weird?) but for whatever reason I keep looking at that bag.  B because deer goodness, it’s festive for a powder bath or a dog leash or with my new bag hanging on it. C “Chopsticking To My Story” I’ll be honest I already own this and have been sporting it for a couple of weeks.  It’s a good orange.  Very autumnal.  D, just love them and think they are festive.  E, I love green and I love gold. F, because it’s a wood keyboard! G, really wanting a portrait of my girl and saw this artist in a magazine a few weeks ago, keep thinking that I need to be snapping pictures with an oil portrait in mind.  Love the casualness of this.  H, saw these throws at West Elm when I was in Puerto Rico and they are gorgeous.  Everyone loves a cozy throw when temperatures drop. I, just haven’t worn dangle-y earrings in awhile, so why not.  J, I just ordered them…. because I was worried if I didn’t y’all might snag the last pair in my size!

 

fall

This will be my first “Fall” at the beach–which leaves me wondering if I should list my wool peacoat on Ebay. Anyhow, these are some things I have been eyeing as of late (please note the lack of sweaters and wool–ha!). A These are like Wallabees, but only fancier (real word?). Could they be as comfortable as well? B This is my favorite book (and movie). To me, it’s the epitome of a great Fall classic movie.  I still have yet to be a ham for Halloween–maybe this year. C Yes, I’m serious. He’s just so quirky and weird–and that’s no bull. D Cords. These are loud. And I like that. E Love the combo of rustic leather with gold. F Brown and grey leather, with enough room for all my cr*p. G Love the bright colors of the flowers over the muted background. Light and airy.  H My sister and I have been eyeing this watch from J. Crew for about two years now. It also hasn’t helped that Erika has one and wears it everyday. Turns out, Timex also makes a similar one for Target and Walmart. Winning. I In order to honor the late, great Steve Jobs, it is only fitting that the iphone 4s make an appearance on this list. That, and the fact that I’m due for an upgrade (so long 3g!). J  This mug probably makes coffee with white chocolate mocha creamer taste even better!

 

AS fall

A. Even though it’s still in the 80′s here, nothing says Fall like macaroni and cheese.  B.  I love antique rings that mix gold and platinum (and who doesn’t need a little more luck in their life?) C. Perfect for gameday. D. I think I need these shoes in my life.  E. When Erika and I visited our clients in Memphis, we were introduced to this artist, and I have been in love ever since. F. Football season is the best season. While at Viking earlier this year, Zack introduced us to Smathers and Branson’s very stylish belts. I’ve been wanting this ever since.  G. My poor 5 year old wallet is falling apart. I love the colors and little leaf design on this one. It very much reminds me of Autumn. H. While in Houston, we were lucky enough for Courtney to show us these absolutely beautiful sheets which would be perfect for adding that extra layer on my bed. I. Nothing says Fall or football to me like Bon Jovi’s “Livin on a Prayer”. J. We all died when we saw this new Brunschwig fabric. The colors are much richer in person and the pattern is so unique. I love the striped leaves.

here lately

I caught the stomach bug.  It was pretty miserable, but I have fully recovered.

sick day

One day last week, sometime between Sloane fully recovering and me fully deteriorating, we went out for a picnic. This was a first for us and I was excited as I packed a blanket and a picnic basket of goodies.  However, when we pulled up to the park Sloane (remember she’s two years old) had a meltdown and told me she wanted to go home.  I told her I had packed lunch and by golly we were going to stay and enjoy it.  She finally came around and decided that she did love the idea of a picnic at the park.  This specific park is close to our house, the whole place is canopied with huge oak trees and right smack in the middle of it all is a historic antebellum home.  I let Sloane pick the picnic spot and she selected the front porch of the house.  That’s my girl, I feel certain I would have picked the same spot if someone had given me the choice.

eden

eden 2

back to house bw

baby bear

If you vacation in my neck of the woodsEden Gardens State Park is just north of Seagrove Beach in Pt. Washington and is well worth the $4 it costs to get in.

In other news, one day pre-stomach bug we ventured out and snapped some pictures of the newest addition at Urban Grace Interiors, Leigh Ann.  Isn’t she pretty!?  She’s now on the website.  And I know someone will ask… her bracelets, they are her own creations (plus a few vintage gold bangles she found on ebay).  If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Leigh Ann or working with her you know that she is talented, hard-working, and is such a pleasure to be around.  She, like the rest of Team Urban Grace, cracks me up which makes being at work fun.  We’re really glad you came along Leigh Ann!

 

LAHWhile I’m on the subject of Leigh Ann I’ll throw in some photos of our adventures yesterday.  I’ve had friends and clients tell me that they think this business must be fun and glamorous, which always causes me to choke a little.  You see, if you had spent the day with Leigh Ann and I yesterday it would be clear that behind every finished project is a lot of work, and I don’t mean computer work and playing with fabric samples.  Yesterday we went to a storage unit where we loaded up three massive light fixtures, hauled them to a construction site, only to find the stairwell between the second and third levels of the house impassable (scaffolding in the way), so we called in for back up.  When we finally got to the third floor with the massive lights we discovered that the scaffolding we needed to get the lights into position was that which we had just climbed over in the stairwell.  Good thing we have that proper-lifting technique poster at the office.

The storage unit where we picked up the 800 pounds of lights has a pink rolling cart that delights me.  I don’t know if I was delirious or what, but I started to think that I need to order those lanterns (in a smaller size) for my kitchen and paint them pink.  Hmm.  (Someone asked about my sunglasses, there they are on that cardboard box.  Banana Republic, “Deborah“, mine are tortoise.)
pink cart copy
in kitchen

After the lighting was safe and sound back in the storage unit we popped a few muscle relaxers and went out to do some rug shopping.  I love rug shopping.

rugs

Then this morning some of our favorite art for little people arrived along with a hand-full of teeny tiny buttons that make you want to squeeze a fox or kiss a bear…

berkley buttons

berkley stamp copy

My girl is stirring from a nap… so I better hurry and throw some photos in here and call it a post.

peek a boo sofa

 

hats

She was waving at a baby.  She loves babies. At the very last minute she decided on the moose hat.

flower picker

bridgewindow boxes

cheeto girl

spunky

This weekend we are headed to Chance’s twenty year high school reunion.  They do it up big in his hometown of Geneva, AL and I’m looking forward to a fun weekend!