Before and After Dining Room Makeover Reveal

We spend the most time as a family and with friends around this table. I knew it was one of the first rooms in our rental house I really wanted to take time to make it feel inviting, as if it were to say, come and sit a spell as we pour you a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Here are a few of the before and after dining room makeover photos…

Before and After Dining Room Makeover | In Honor of Design

We started from scratch with nothing but this table Gabe built. (He might share the directions for this one soon!) I knew I would never be able to execute decisions to save my life, so I called in the expert Kristin Jackson of The Hunted Interior. She is my brilliant and super sweet friend here in Atlanta who does no wrong in the interior design realm. I am so thankful to her for teaming up with me on this project and completely nailing my style. We have another project we are working on we will share soon!

Statement Chandelier | In Honor of Design
Dining room makeover | In Honor of Design

A few behind the scenes things you may want to know…

– Wallpapering was not as difficult as I had anticipated! I followed tips from Yellow Brick Home which was super helpful. Hygge and West also has some fantastic removable wallpaper options for those of you who may not want to commit to permanent.
– We only keep out glassware when we are hosting. When you have busy little ones running around, acrylic glassware is a good option! Otherwise, we keep the rest hidden:)
– Gabe built the bench (measurements and details coming soon), so that we could fit more people on one side! Leaned it up against the wall with pillows for a comfortable lounge area.
– We left the windows without curtains to maximize the natural light. I love as much natural light as possible in a room, and since it is a smaller room, I didn’t really feel like it needed the extra textiles.

Dining Room Bart Cart

So thankful to West Elm for teaming up on this project (they have that mid century modern edge to their pieces that makes me swoon.) All Modern had the statement chandelier that was a welcome and dramatic change to the rental fixture. Plush Rugs had just the right selection of overdyed rugs, and we found the peacock blue hue I was hoping for.

Dining Room Makeover Reveal | In Honor of Design

I look forward to many brunches, birthdays, and long lingering dinners around this table, and hope my little ones can have some of those memories to keep.

Head on over to Style Me Pretty Living for the full gallery of images, why we chose to makeover the dining room first, and how Kristin came up with the color palate and layering the design elements!

All the details:
Rug  // Table – Handmade // Chairs // Bench – Handmade // Pillows  // statement chandelier // Wallpaper // Mirrors  // Bar Cart  // Decanters  // Mercury Vases  


Spring Break Dreaming with Teva

Jump right inspring breakWhite + Grey


It hit a warm and sunny 60 degrees this week in Atlanta and my sun soaking heart was dreaming its way out of winter. Thankfully, we have a big lake with sandy shores nearby that does the trick until we meet saltwater season again. Getting to team up with Teva this week for some spring inspired photos was timely and welcomed!

I will be guest pinning for Teva all week long as I share some of my favorite spring break dayscapes and ways to upgrade spring break travel plans:) Come on over and join me!

*Wearing: Sandals: Teva, Dress: J.Crew, Sweater: Lookbook store
Tennis shoes: Teva, Tank: Transforming Beauty, Jacket: Albion Fit

The art of getting dressed.

The art of getting dressed (photo source)

I see myself in some of these women above. I have a feeling I will be wearing big sunnies and a yellow scarf at the age of 73. There’s a reason for that…

I have three beautiful children, each with their own inquisitive, curious, and unique personalities.
They ask me approximately 143 questions each and every day.
Since Max cannot talk yet, he smacks me on the leg an equal amount of times to get my attention or show me something new.
Oh how I love those little dimpled hands, and their dimpled cheeks and wonderous eyes.
And oh how weary I can get by 5 PM.
Motherhood is my favorite aspect of life, and so I commit each week to try to become a better one.

One of these ways is getting up a little earlier than my little ones to get spiritually and physically dressed.
I have a little prayer/meditation time, and then I sometimes (sometimes mind you!) I get dressed.
I go into my closet and instead of being on the receiving end of many questions, I get to make some decisions. I get to creatively assemble what reflects the weather, mood, or goals for the day. Sometimes that is workout wear, but sometimes, it is my favorite jeans, oversized sweater, and bold lipstick.
The art of getting dressed.
It does something for me. It gets me equipped for what the day will bring like a fresh cup of coffee and a clean kitchen. You see, we each have this ability to choose who we will be in this life, and how we will give to those around us. We each have our own set of physical characteristics as well as personality and character traits. There are not two of us who are the same. In this fact alone, I celebrate! I celebrate the ability to have a fresh start each morning, with the choice to be the best version of myself.

My grandmother Lucia had a marvelous hat collection.
She is one of the strongest women I have ever met.
Having lived through poverty, the loss of children, moving her spanish speaking family to an english speaking city, and feeding many mouths faithfully and lovingly every day of her life. Lucia dressed her best every single Sunday, and would pull out one of her many hats to wear to church. She would smile and hold her head high, and you could sense the pride in which she felt when she was her best dressed.

My grandmother Margaret still does her makeup.
She also raised  a large and wonderful family, and worked every day as an oil painter for my grandfather’s photography business.
In every photo she is breathtakingly beautiful.
She can ride her bike around town, and her old victorian home draws in many grandchildren and visitors who love to have her ear. She is such a good listener.
I received a handwritten letter from her this week I consider it a treasure.
She still has incredible style, and puts on lipstick for all the right occasions.

I get dressed every day because it is the art of womanhood.
It is taking the example of the great women who exemplified living a life of purpose.
It is small step in the goal to pass on with grace the life giving love we are capable of.

I think I’ll read this essay again tomorrow afternoon when my son’s peanut butter stained hand is patting my favorite jeans…