A Blue and White Weeknight Dinner

I love hosting friends during the week. 
It feels a little like I am getting away with something on a "school night." :)

The combo of blue & white, hydrangea, a delicious dinner, and three girl friends....well, it's just too fun! 

Wanted to share the simple table scape that I pulled together with lemons from the fridge, hydrangea from the yard, and my tried-and-true blue and white dinnerware. 
Maybe you'll be inspired to host a little dinner too! :))

{Happy Dining} blogger friends! 


Marketplace Gainesville

Once again, I am proudly volunteering with Marketplace here in Gainesville. The Marketplace event, held at the Civic Center, showcases many local vendors just in time for your Christmas shopping!
Women's clothing, men's clothing, children's wear, home accessories, furniture, gourmet food items...and more! 

Here is more information on the event.

I am a part of the Artsy Garden committee, too. Artsy Garden, a collection of fabulous donated items all available for silent auction, is held on the porch of the Civic Center over the course of the 3 day event. 
The money is raised for the volunteer services at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, a cause close to my heart! 

As a member of the NGHS Auxiliary and the Trellis Society Board at NGHS, I see first hand the incredible community outreach that's served through our hospital. 
We, as a community, are beyond blessed to have such wonderful, nationally recognized healthcare at our service. 

Please plan to attend the events coming up soon! 
Preview Party is so fun, and gives everyone a chance to dress up, have fantastic food, and participate in the energetic live auction, as well as the limited-time-offered silent auction. 

Hope to see you guys in November! 


Monday Maven: Marquin Campbell and a GIVEAWAY!!!

Congrats to yesterday's winners! 

I believe the 15th entry goes to Hollie Hill! 
You are the winner of the black and white original painting! 

And the 27th entry belongs to Allie Wilkinson! 
Excited that you'll have an original Marquin Campbell painting in your home! 

Be on the lookout for more Monday Mavens and GIVEAWAYS coming up in the future! 

I began stalking following Marquin on Instagram, via her gorgeous website and we chatted over email. A fellow UGA girl from Savannah, she is the first {Maven} in my new blog series!   
(follow her on Instagram @marquindesigns)

Maven means "expert, or connoisseur." And well, it just sounded cute to do it on Mondays. ;) 

Starting today, and continuing through the holidays and into the new year, I will be hosting a bi-monthly feature on a talented friend of mine....artists of all sorts....painters, photographers, jewelry designers, cooks, and so much more! I do hope you will follow along with the series as there will be some fun surprises along the way too! 

The lovely Marquin Campbell is an artist and paint studio owner in Greenville, South Carolina. She graciously allowed me to interview her...and I have loved getting to know this fun, endearing business owner! She bursts with creative energy...akin to my own love of creating! 

Marquin's interview below:


Tell me about yourself: 

I am an artist living in Greenville, South Carolina.  I have an art school, Vino And van Gogh, that started out as a wine and paint studio, but has grown into a full blown school: I have 10 teachers that work there and  also host guest artists to teach workshops.  We teach classes to kids starting at one to adults.  

I work out of the studio painting, drawing, and making jewelry.  Basically, I love making things and have created the perfect job for myself: one where I can be surrounded with creativity all the time. 

Tell us about yourself as an artist: 

I am inspired by a lot: I find the world around me endlessly interesting: food, wine, travel, textiles, color, pattern, and books all inspire me.  Lots of my current work is driven by the land in the lowcountry- especially focusing on the marsh and water.  But really, I paint for pure enjoyment.  So I paint what moves me in the moment. 

What inspires you to create: 

I have an abundance of creative energy.  If I don't get that energy out into the world I feel a void.  Its really the equivalent of working out: once you've been doing it your whole life, its hard to not keep up the routine because you thrive off of it. 

What are your favorite color schemes?
I am drawn to watery blues, grays, and I love using a really deep brown that has a tinge of purple in it in all my paintings.  But I am always moved by color and react to it differently every time I work. 

What is your favorite Medium? 

I get horrible migraines, so oil is a no-go for me.  I stick to acrylic and watercolor. I also love gold leafing and gold paint in my painting work. 

Do you have any art pieces that are particularly special to you? 

In each piece I learn more, so I usually love the last painting I created the most.  My first big painting was in first grade: it won an award with Scottish Rite Children's Hospital and was placed on a Christmas greeting card and went in their permanent art collection.  That is when I knew I wanted to be an artist. 

How does your art style translate in your home? 

I have an unfussy, yet traditional home. I would like to think the my work is elegant but fun and approachable.  I want the space in my home to have that same feeling. I have a very low-patterened home with strong textures so that art and accessories show up well in it.  Too much pattern and color makes me overwhelmed. 


I loved sneaking a peek into Marquin's gorgeous home and inspiring studio space! So much so that, I now have one of her fabulous original black and white paintings hanging in my home. 

Check out all of her gorgeous work here.

I began a simple gallery wall in my bedroom, and have loved seeing how different combinations pop against the chocolate color of the walls. This amazing painting fit right in and really sings to me from this little corner of the room. 

I love mixing in abstract art, and the movement of this piece is both invigorating and calming to me. The layers of paint give it texture and interest....and by hanging it one of 4 ways gives me a different feel with each turn of the canvas. 

SOOOOOOOO, Now its: 

Marquin has generously sent not one BUT TWO of her originals for my fantastic bloggers! 

One super duper lucky reader will receive this black and white original painting!

If you don't win either of them, have no fear... Marquin is generously offering a discount code of 20% off to my readers on her website:

Just enter
at checkout on any product till September 21st

It's a "sister" to mine, and just as wonderful! 

Not only will one reader receive the black and white painting, but a second reader will receive this original abstract piece on heavy weight watercolor paper. Shades of blue, taupe, cream and metallic gold combine in this piece! 

I love them both, and am super happy that two of my sweet readers get to have a piece of Marquin's talent in their home. 

You guys know the drill.....comment below to "enter"! Giveaway time ends 9.16.14 at midnight! :))) 
Good luck!!! 

If you're in the Greenville area, be sure to check out her studio space at Vino and Van Vogh! 
And don't forget to peruse her incredible original pieces too.

Just enter
at checkout on any product till September 21st

Don't forget to follow her on Instagram @marquindesigns too! 

Thank you again to Marquin!


A Christening Lunch

A few weeks ago, we attended a family christening in our hometown. My husband's first cousin's baby boy, Grayson, would be dedicated in the church where we grew up. 
I write about this church a lot. It means so much to us, as my grandparents and husband's grandparents were members, our parents and all of our siblings are too. Not to mention most of our aunts, uncles and cousins. 

It's extra special because we were married there 5 years ago. ;)  

I have also been working on several projects there that you guys may remember. 
The ladies' parlor dedicated to our grandmothers.
The ladies' powder room.
And coming up soon, the library.

Anyway, this time, a Griffin family christening brought us to our hometown church for the sweet celebration.  I was tickled to be asked by David's Aunt Vicky (grandmother to baby Gray) to do the flowers for the sanctuary. 

A shell insignia graces the baptism banner, and I only thought it apropos to use a shell as the container for the display too. 

Bridal wreath, or spirea, served as the base, with oak leaf hydrangea from my yard as the flower filler.  Popcorn tree pods gave a nice spill in the front and as a garnish along the base of the shell. 

After the service, we headed to Aunt V's for lunch, and for me, to take in her lovely house which always leaves me inspired and loving it more. 
(Side note: My bridesmaid's luncheon was held here too!)

This gorgeous floral cross graced her front door. Truly, it was breathtaking. 
Soft and sweet, with cream roses and baby's breath. 

Her tables were set with blue and white, baby's breath and hydrangea, and antique linens and silver. 

Here are a few details around her home. 

There's that beautiful baby boy - the man of the hour! 

Hope you enjoyed this post: a little bit of floral arranging, a little table scape design, and a mini-house tour...all in one! 

Happy Friday Bloggers! 


Stripes on Stripes: A baby boy nursery

I had so much fun helping pull this nursery together. Some of my very best friends from home are having a baby boy and asked for my assistance. Yay yay yay! 

After a little planning, we decided on a variation of stripes...in shades of aqua, cream, green, and gray. The result is a fun mix of pattern that's still soft, and ready for a baby boy. 

Murphy, the current prince of the house, helped me take a few pics of his soon-to-be-here brother's new room. 

Murphy's portrait hangs in the rocking corner. I love it! 
The gray and cream geometric rug grounds the room and is super soft under foot. 
I love the charcoal gray glider and ottoman - the contrast piping gives it a preppy punch.
Wide aqua and white stripes flank the window....I am a little cray over this fabric! 

How cute is he?!?

Baby animal watercolors in white mats and natural wood frames add a sweet touch over the classic white crib. The crib bumper is a mix of the same wide aqua stripe and a contrasting geometric green along the other side while a chevron crib sheet ties in with the rug. 
The timeless stripe of the crib skirt looks clean and chic. 

The handsome distressed gray dresser and round wood mirror will work in a big boy room too! 

Here are a few more deets around the room...it's all ready for it's occupant to arrive! 
I can not wait to meet him!