What do you get when you mix HGTV, a toddler, some paint, and lots of wine?
My sister-in-law's house!
About a year and a half ago, she moved to the cutest little town in metro Atlanta, Historic Roswell. The house she had her heart set on was the perfect location: close to work, close to schools, and within walking distance to shops and restaurants. The only catch...it needed some love! So today, I am sharing her renovation. The best part, she didn't tear down one wall or complete any complicated construction projects. The most invasive projects were the bathroom renovations, which required the use of a contractor. Her number one tip, choose a contactor you trust. She went with JK Smith Enterprises of Roswell.
But, the majority of things were fixed with a little paint--well let's be honest, a lot of paint and, simply, good taste. You won't believe the difference! Take a look for yourself!
Little Girl's Room
Now don't ya wish you could just move right in?
I sure do!
This just goes to show that with a little time and patience and a LOT of paint, you can easily change the look of your home without breaking the bank or undergoing a major renovation.
I have linked some of my favorite pieces here:
A huge "thank you" to my wonderful sister-in-law for letting me invade her house and share her home with you all!
Thanks for reading!
Cheers to happy & beautiful homes!
Last weekend was a whirl wind to say the very least! But...I wouldn't have had it any other way!
Take a peak at some of my favorite memories captured from last weekend's events...
Even though things didn't go EXACTLY as planned, we're grateful to Delta for getting us there safe & sound!
A grand view from the Grandover Resort :) Be sure to check it out!
Crushing on this North Carolina weather...perfection!
After a LONG day of travel, it was time for some cocktails...
Sippin' on some grapefruit, rosemary Moscow mules at my favorite college-town restaurant--Southern Roots!
The most adorable wedding venue, the Avoca Historical Museum in AltaVista, VA
Perfectly polished grounds
My bestie girl-friend Bri, author of Just a Girl Boss!
We've been dates since college formals, when our BF's couldn't escape military school.
I spy the most adorable tiny flower girl!
A perfect evening for a beautiful tent reception!
Adding to our collection...
Cheers to beautiful flowers & the happy couple!
Shop all of my outfit details here...
Dress (ON SALE!) - Lord & Taylor
Necklace - Bauble Bar
Shoes - C. Wonder, Old - Similar Here
Bag - Lilly Pulitzer, last season - Similar here...and ON SALE!
My forever & always handsome hubby
Enjoying some family time with two of my favorite guys before heading back to the Big Apple.
We certainly squeezed a lot into one trip! Such a fun weekend of celebrations--girl time with my bestie who simply lives too far away, cherishing sweet wedding moments with our dear friends, & being able to squeeze in
a family dinner on the deck.
We are so grateful for times like these!
Sweet tea is a staple in the South; but since moving north of the Mason-Dixon Line, I have had no choice
but to make my own at home.
I pride myself on being a Southern girl, and as every good Southern girl knows, you must know the proper way to make "real" sweet tea!
So today I am sharing my Southern sweet tea recipe. Enjoy...
Here's what you'll need:
- Tea maker (or a tea kettle will also work)
- Regular tea bags
-Tall wooden spoon
- Serving glasses (mason jars are my favorite!)
- Separate serving carafe or pitcher - optional
Get all of your goodies out and ready to go!
Place your tea bags in your tea maker, or in your tea kettle of boiling water. I use 8-10 small tea bags, 2-4 medium, or 1 large. The more tea bags you use, the stronger the tea flavor.
While your tea is steeping, prep your glasses.
Fill each glass with ice, slice your lemons into wedges, and get your straws ready!
Lots of sugar is a key ingredient when making sweet tea...
I use 1 full cup per pitcher. Yes, you read that correctly!
Now here 's the true secret to "real" Southern sweet tea...so listen up!
You must add the sugar while the tea is still HOT, so it melts completely.
Once your sugar is fully melted and combined, add ice and stir!
And there you have it...
Simply fill your glasses, add a lemon wedge, a straw, and you're ready to serve!
Thanks for reading today!
Make sure to stick around for more Southern specialty posts!
Cheers to sweet tea y'all!
Trends are always changing and evolving; and in our industry, it can be a little bit like trying to determine the future.
So, I thought I would share my new color and design trend boards for 2016!
These concepts are present through many different avenues and materials. These looks are congruent across the fashion, accessories, home, and textiles markets.
Most of us are probably already unconsciously choosing items and materials that fall into these categories in some way, but color theory and the subconscious are for a whole other post. For now, enjoy this little bit of inspiration!
That's all for today!
Thanks for reading!
Cheers - Molly
Last weekend Conner & I were lucky enough to be able to spend the weekend at the lake with his family; and to top it off, we were blessed enough to take part in our close friends' wedding. It was such a magical weekend spent with family and friends--full of lots and lots of celebrations.
The perfect spot to get some work done...
The perfect weather for a rag-top-down ride!
Such a beautiful bridal luncheon and the perfect way to kick off the celebrations of the weekend.
Bridal brunching and lunching!
Off to the rehearsal...practice makes perfect!
The most perfect wedding venue there ever was - The Wright Farm!
Rehearsal dinner decor!
Getting all fabulous before the big day! How cute are these robes?!
Sneaking a peak of their "first look"
I'm a lucky girl--I get to call the cutest groomsman my hubby!
The beautiful bride and her "tribe"!
The cutest groom's cake station--pecan pie, Cracker Jacks, & peanuts!
One last day to relax on the lake...and trust me, we needed it!
It's safe to say I have the cutest niece in the entire world!
Check out all of the details from this post here:
- Bridesmaids dress: Dessy Group
- Wedding venue: The Wright Farm
-Photographer: Aislinn Rain Photography
- Lake location: Lake Tara at Fairfield Plantation & Country Club
- Bridesmaids robes: Etsy
- Swan float: Amazon
-Lake decor: Scott Antique Markets
Thanks for reading!
Cheers to family time, your best friends weddings, and lake time activities!
Y'all...I can't even describe how happy I am that it's Cinco de Mayo!
It's probably one of my favorite holidays, simply because it's a good excuse to eat guacamole and drink margaritas (not that I need one; let's be real!).
In honor of today, I thought I would share my famous guacamole recipe along with my Aunt Tina's margarita recipe!
Check out below for all the details... Ole' to my favorite day!!
Molly Mays' Famous Guacamole Recipe:
What you'll need...
- 4 Avocados
- 1 large red onion
- 1-2 tomatoes
- 1 lime
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- Tostitos Scoop Tortilla Chips
-Large mixing bowl
- Spoon (for scooping out the avocado)
- Fork (for mashing the avocado)
First, gather all of your ingredients and kitchen tools.
Slice and core your avocados.
Chunk up avocados and place in mixing bowl. Mash with a fork until the desired consistency.
Less mash = more chunk
More mash = less chunk
Chop up the rest of the ingredients: onion, tomatoes, & cilantro. Cut limes in half.
Add all of these to your avocado and mix together.
Lastly, squeeze in your lime and add salt and pepper to taste!
Taste test with a chip, and add more of "this or that" as needed!
Aunt Tina's Margarita Recipe:
Margaritas (better known as "Margs" at my house!)
What you'll need...
- 5 oz. silver tequila (preferably Patron)
-2 oz. triple sec
-12 oz. margarita mix (preferably Jose Cuervo)
-2 oz. Rose's Lime Juice
-2 limes, juiced; 2 wedged for garnish
- Cointreau (for garnish)
-wooden spoon with long handle
-shot glass & measuring cups
P.S. - I usually double this--you can never have too many margaritas!
Gather all of your goodies in one area and start the mixing process!
Measure each of your ingredients into the pitcher.
Stir to combine.
Squeeze in your lime juice.
Add ice, stir, & chill!
While the margaritas are chilling in the fridge, prep each glass!
Run a lime around the rim of each glass, and place the rim into the margarita salt. Move the glass around making sure
the rim is evenly coated.
Slice up your limes for garnish, and squeeze one wedge into each glass.
Add a few ice cubes to help chill the glass and keep your marg cold!
Pour in your margaritas! For an extra special touch, float a teaspoonful of Cointreau on the top of each glass & serve!
Now for the fun part....invite your friends over and enjoy!
Happy Cinco de Mayo, Friends!!!
Thanks for reading!
Cheers - Molly
I always say Market is my favorite time of year; and with my new job, I'll be attending 7 markets a year!
I better find some comfortable shoes...
Last weekend was High Point Market, which is extra special to me because I attended High Point University; and
High Point Market is where it all started for me!
Today, I'm going to review some of my favorite trends that I spotted and discuss how you can implement some of these into your own home!
Since it's springtime and the outdoors is on all of our minds, let's start there...
Indoor/Outdoor living has become such a popular lifestyle,and it has definitely made its mark on the home furnishings industry. There is a wide variety within the marketplace now, everything from the looks of indoor furniture, to the use of innovative materials, to infusing bright colors!
Bright outdoor furniture was EVERYWHERE this market--and I absolutely loved it! It really gives you the opportunity to experiment with something a little more adventurous without making major alterations to your home
and without breaking the bank!
Here are some things I spotted...
If you aren't a fan of the bright-colored furniture or it's just a little too much for you, try starting with accessories!
-Outdoor rugs are a perfect way to set the tone, and they come in a variety of patterns and colors.
-Outdoor lighting is also becoming a huge category and is an excellent way to introduce some color.
-Outdoor pillows are a great way to infuse color and pattern into what you already have. They are inexpensive and easy to replace or update ftom season to season. Don't just think summer here!
-Garden accessories have also become popular among the masses. Try something new with funky pots, bright-colored plants, ceramic garden stools, and lanterns.
Hides! They are everywhere and not just in Southwest or mountainous settings anymore! Hides have become a staple accessory available for almost any home and setting.
Not only were hides everywhere but they have taken on different applications--embossed patterns, acid washes, and metallic foiling to name a few.
Check out some of my favorites...
They are extremely versatile and great for layering. Try using one on top of an already existing rug in your home, or drape it over a bench or ottoman.
Wood products have been around since the beginning of time!
But, we have started to see wood used in new and different applications. The juxtaposition between rustic, raw wood and sleek, shiny acrylic/polyurethane creates a whole new look! This contemporary use of the two materials is both visually interesting; and, if you ask me, creates a conversation piece!
Check out these awesome pieces...
Adding a side table is a great way to incorporate this trend into your already existing décor without it being overly dramatic! If you're feeling more confident, try a larger item like a coffee table or buffet.
Chinoiserie has been around for centuries and is actually a very ancient art form. We are seeing it more and more throughout the home furnishings industry; both in accessories and accents as well as furniture. A few classic things to look for when trying to identify this trend are pagodas, bamboo prints or patterns, birds, and small florals branches.
Here are few that caught my eye...
This style can be very specific; so if you're looking to try it, start with removable wallpaper, lamps, mirrors, or a small side chair. You would be surprised at how easily this style will fit in with already existing décor!
Now, let's talk about Global Views Furniture!
The Global Views showroom is like the end-all-be-all for trend spotting of the design world; so, of course, I took a stroll through! Scroll through these pictures...I promise you won't want to miss them!
P.S. -As if it weren't already obvious, their main color story is GREEN!
That's all for today! I hope these trends have you feeling inspired!
Thanks for reading!
Cheers - Molly