summer memories

The Seaside Yard Sale was a great success and we sure appreciated everyone who came out to support us!  Loved meeting lots of blog readers and selling off fabric I’ve been hoarding for years.  It did my heart good to know it was going to good homes.  Everything that didn’t sell we’re rounding up for an online yard sale… coming soon!

Summer came and went all too fast.  I want to post a few memories before they evaporate.  The summer started with two wonderful interns joining us at Urban Grace, Kendall and Anne Scott.  Anne Scott has been around the past two summers, but this year we knew we’d need an extra set of hands, so we hired Kendall too.  They were a dynamic duo.  We’d line them up on Monday mornings with some crazy project we hoped they could accomplish that week and Kendall would start dancing… and Anne Scott would laugh and then they would hit the ground running, no matter how odd the requests.  Their excitement about design (and all the not-so-glamorous stuff that comes along with it) was refreshing. What a joy these two girls are.

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Kendall closed out her internship with a wedding… her own.  And we decided we couldn’t live without Anne Scott so she’s the newest member of our design team.  You’ll see her pretty face and bio on the website soon.  We miss you Kendall, but we know we’ll see you again real soon.


When I wasn’t working I was soaking up every ounce of my little Sloaney B.  Now forgive me while I cram four months worth of photos into the remainder of this blog post.

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Our cousins visited for Sloane’s 3rd Birthday!
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{I ordered the letters for Sloane’s cake from Signe Sugar… and smoothed the butter cream frosting with a paper towel, to make it look like fondant.  I think it turned out pretty darn cute, if I might say so myself.  Thank you, Pinterest. }

My summer garden was alive and well up until a few weeks ago, picked my last few tomatoes and then pulled the plants from the beds.  The hummingbirds have come and gone too.  I moved my feeder this year so I could see it from my kitchen window.

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Be back soon with some photos of the Coastal Living idea house, our fall wishlists, and an online yard sale!  Happy Fall!

Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House

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The Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House is complete.  We nearly killed ourselves to meet the deadline (the house is 7,000 sq ft under roof and was built in 7 months), but it is finished.  We celebrated with a grand opening party back in June, but it has taken me this long to recover and get back to blogging.  If you are in my neck of the woods the house will be open for tours through mid-October.  The hours of operation are: Wednesdays- Saturdays (11-5) and on Sundays (1-5) (closed Mondays and Tuesdays), I’d love for you to check it out.  The house is in Rosemary Beach (at 194 W Kingston Lane, 32413) and the tours are $15/person (benefits the Rosemary Beach Foundation).  If you are looking for a vacation and have never been here, you should make the trip!  And if you can’t make the trip the spread will run in the October issue of Coastal Living magazine.  Here are a few photos from the grand opening party. nicole and erika

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My sweet summer interns, we couldn’t have done it without them, and I really mean that.  These girls worked their tails off. 2012-07-03 iphone pictures (clubH, summer, etc) 3077

Me with all my team + the builder’s wife, Cindy, who we’d like to adopt into our family, because she’s pretty fantastic.  I would not have survived nor finished this project without Anne Scott, Allison, Kendall, and Leigh Ann. (And Paula, Annie and Joan… who aren’t pictured.)  Thank you, girls!



In other, much more current news, we are participating in the Seaside Annual Yard Sale this year! We’ve already started clearing out all of our fabric remnants, so if you want to come see the Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House (open through October 7th) and also hit up our Yard Sale (October 6th in Seaside)… start planning your adventure now.






Good morning, friends.  I don’t have a post together, but I love these photos so figured I would share them.  One morning I found these two laying on the daybed talking about that fox in Sloane’s hand.  The lighting was so nice I ran back downstairs for my camera.  Mornings are sweet around here.  I remember distinctly the day Sloane came out of her bedroom on her own for the first time.  She stood at the top of the stairs and shouted, “I waked up, Momma!”  That tiny little voice and big messy fresh-from-the-bed hair, I could gobble her up.

This is the daybed that I recently posted about finally ordering pillows for.  My collection of Paint By Numbers has been in the works for years, slowly collecting them and storing them in a drawer until I had enough to make an impact.  I have two more to add to the collection that aren’t hung yet.  I had the daybed made years ago by a local carpenter.  It was inspired by one that Habersham used to make.  It holds a twin mattress and is a great spot for my nieces and nephews to sleep when they visit!

I’ll be back soon with our summer wish lists… stay tuned!