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This one’s for you…

May 8, 2015

Peonies in paper via In Honor of DesignFlower Bundle Gifts via IHOD

As we were wrapping up some peonies in paper for some mama friends this morning, I couldn’t help but whisper a prayer for those who have a difficult weekend ahead. 

There are wombs in waiting.
There are arms aching for the children they have lost.
There are sons and daughters with fresh wounds from the loss of the person who raised them. 

It is easy for me to be overwhelmed with tears these days.
I tear up when I notice my child is growing.
I straight up weep when I think of their birth.
But today I can’t help but shed some tears for those mothers in waiting, those who mourn, and those who are trying to muster through the weekend.

A prayer for you today and through the weekend that God brings you peace, comfort, and HOPE that life still holds so much goodness for you, and is not too far in the distance. Know you are not forgotten, and that big bouquet right there^^…that one is for you.

And for each of you new and long time mothers, cheers to the life you give to your children tirelessly. I hope you are celebrated this weekend, and throughout the whole year!
x, Anna

Bathroom Reveal! (The one with the Alpaca.)

February 1, 2018


As part of our daylight basement remodel, we set apart a space for a bathroom that was adjacent to both the boys’ room and the multi-purpose room. We designed this space with Kohler, and it all come together over the last few months. It took a good deal of patience, but we got here! Today we are sharing the tour as long as some of the process behind this big project. Oh, and there’s an Alpaca.

Renewing your spirit.

January 14, 2018


I realized as I started this series that I have never written about spirituality for the 6+ years I have been blogging. Mainly because this was always a design blog that I never intended to get personal on. However, its a topic that is integrated into every facet of my life. Our souls perhaps require the most care and attention, yet it is often what we are pushing aside or to the bottom of the priority list. It is hard to deny the presence of the soul in our human existence. It is what makes us come alive as human beings. It is the animating principle, and what activates our connections to the world around us. Whatever God or spirituality you believe in, your soul is what reaches towards it. That being said, let’s talk about the spiritual relationship that stems from the soul…

It has always fueled everything I do, and so it’s something that I wanted to address when it comes to whole being health. It’s impossible to talk about wholeness for me without including the glue that keeps it all together. Every person reading has a unique experience of spirituality, and probably a wide range of beliefs. (Which I love!) Since we each have our own story to tell, I hope in sharing part of mine, it gives you the opportunity to share yours too.

A Year in Review: Your favorite posts of 2017.

January 2, 2018


It’s safe to say 2017 was one of the fastest years of my life. Oh wait, was that my opening line of 2016? Probably.  I don’t think I could proceed here without a proper salute to 2017,  and the days that made way for a new year. Here are the top 10 posts according to you readers of the past year….

1.A Family Update

2. Holding  her on the other side.

3. How we met/ dating story: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

4. Living room makeover 

5. Master bedroom makeover

6. Marriage: Loving through the rough and tough.

7. 22 piece summer capsule wardrobe

8. Holy grounds.

9.  8 bite sized habits for a better day

10. Back patio reveal


A very merry Christmas to you.

December 22, 2017


We have been winding down over here and welcoming the chance to use these short winter days for rest and renewal. These children make me feel like I get the chance to relive that childhood magic of Christmas all over again. Each year, no matter how challenging, gets to end with the holidays….when we are reminded of the gift of each other. When the simplicity of that first Christmas asks you to make room in your heart for more love, forgiveness, and compassion. I’m grateful for that chance.

Those cute little faces that have minor anxiety when mom goes to the mailbox without them. This pic ended up landing on the Washington Post! Before we sign off for the year, I wanted to welcome you all into our home for a cup of coffee or cocoa;) So how about at least a glimpse of what’s been going on around here…

I don’t think those 5 noses pressed against the glass will soon forget that unexpected southern snow fall!

Love in Action Week: Day 5 – One warm coat.

November 30, 2017

This is something that we may often think about, but don’t know where to turn to help the homeless in our cities. In Atlanta alone there are 7,000 homeless men, women, and children. That is a heartbreaking number! In the U.S. (which is considered a wealthy country) over a half a million people were reported homeless.

Children have such big hearts, and are always so eager to serve. When I mentioned I was trying to find coats to bring to people who don’t have a home to keep warm in, my kids started offering their currant coats to give. So of course it made me think I should probably go through my own stack. I love a good coat, and have collected a stash that I don’t actually NEED. I went through all of our coats and realized we had two bags worth of children’s and adult coats. I admit it was a little hard to part with some of my favorites, but I would rather them be put to use to keep someone warm this season.

If you are not sure where to start, organizations like One Warm Coat help you find local places to donate gently used or new coats to distribute to the local shelters. Some places offer ways to even schedule a pick up of items like Salvation Army. J.Crew and Madewell were offering discounts if you brought in a coat to donate. Any other ideas? Leave them below!

I hope these posts have been helpful for you as you figure out ways to give back this year!

The 1-2 punch for warming up your winter bedding.

November 21, 2017

In partnership with Bed Bath & Beyond.

Our bedroom is the place we unwind at the end of the day. So especially during winter, I like to make it as cozy as we can to get into rest mode easily. When the temps start to drop, I will add a few pillows, change the sheets from linen to cotton, and pile on the blankets! Here is the breakdown of what I’d call an easy 1-2 punch for warming up your winter bedding…


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