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Before they move from the Westside to Edgewood I stopped in to the Chrome Yellow Trading Co. // Brick + Mortar popup shop. It’s one location shared by two companies- Chrome Yellow is the clothing, accessories, housewares and gifts part of the store and the decor is contributed by Brick + Mortar. The new location off Edgewood will have a coffee shop built in-a perfect combo of all the things I (and likely you) love!

Some of my favorite pieces from the Brick + Mortar collection were the taxidermy animals, like the above bull and the bear head in the last photo. Got a thing for stuffed dead animals and bones. I’m not at all creeped out by them, which is likely because I used to hunt with my dad back in middle and junior high school. I’m glad that it’s become a trend, but I’m sure the animals aren’t as stoked (ps: sorry not sorry Peta!)

Scroll down to see a tour of the shop-


First spotted these pendants on the Chrome Yellow Instagram and knew I must get one, decided on the navy color. It currently resides in our bedroom.


The brands of clothing and accessories are on point with labels like Ace + Jig, Boutonne, Rogue Territory, Alternative Apparel- just to name a few..


The two companies combined bring Atlanta a shop that is both unique and practical. A place you can stop in and get a gift or piece for your home and wardrobe, and soon to be added to the list: caffeine!

Hope on over to the shop + follow along on IG to keep updated and inspired @chromeyellowtradingco and @thisisbrickandmortar

Limited time location:
1100 Howell Mill Road
Suite A06



Wednesday evening I got invited to preview the first outdoor furniture collection from Birch Lane at Wahoo Grill.  The garden party took place out in their beautiful atrium, which was a perfect setting for their outdoor furniture and dining collection.  After arriving there was a table of appetizers which Dustin and I gladly visited especially since we’re familiar with the restaurant and it’s delicious!  We really enjoyed the baked apples wrapped in prosciutto and the fried calamari-which was the legit-tenticals and all-kind!

If this is your first time hearing about Birch Lane, no worries. They are around 1 year old and are a sister company of – which I’m sure you know. Birch Lane can appeal to my age-late 20s/early 30s-on up. We got a small preview of their line but after looking through their site I can tell you it has vibes everyone can get into.

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After apps and visiting we all took a seat.  The table I was sat at was set beautifully with a Spring palette consisting of gold, white, peach, yellow, purples and greenery.  There was another table that had sage, white, navy with silver and lots of green garland.


We were given a menu and started dinner. For the first course, a salad, Dustin and I both chose the blood orange citrus and fennel salad which was a perfect balance of fresh and tangy. Next up was dinner and most of us chose the grilled amberjack over rice pilaf with capers and spinach.  Amberjack is such a hardy fish, almost as dense as chicken, which I really liked. The capers really made this meal, added a little jolt of flavor. Lastly, was dessert. I got a lava cake and Dustin got the bourbon bread pudding, naturally. Man oh man was this meal tasty! And in such an elegant setting, I felt very lucky and wanted all the beautiful tablescapes!

Thank you to Birch Lane for hosting our group of lifestyle, fashion and decor bloggers-we had a terrific time getting a first hand look at your Spring outdoor line!


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I’ve never met a weekend I didn’t like and this past one was exceptional great! Friday after work, Dustin and I had a date night. We kept it convenient and went to Atlantic Station. I snapped the above photo before dinner with my Iphone after looking over and thinking “dang, what a hunk!” Then we had beers and supper at Yard House followed by the movie theater to see American Sniper. Though it was sad, it was a really good film. Dustin had read the book and said a lot of it was embellished but I suppose that’s how most stories get construed. Sienna Miller has always been one of my top favorite fashion inspirations, always enjoy seeing her act as well.

Saturday the weather was gorgeous and we had tons of natural light pouring into our little home and since I had rented an 85mm L series lens, I experimented with it indoors. First with our fancy coffee we grinned up and used in a French press. I randomly saw this limited edition coffee on Manready Merchantile’s Instagram and thought Dustin would love it and he did! There are whiskey and smokey notes, both of which are right up his alley.16146731323_d03cfdb903_k
The buffet cabinet I use in the master bedroom with some of my weavings I put on dowels along with trinkets and my new West Elm jewelry box.

My stock pile of flower crowns. One of which I made recently for a friend for Hangout music festival we’ll be attending in a little under 2 months. Can’t wait!
Pottery made by Dustin’s sister Sarah Anne, the pitcher holds my Nana’s old spoons and our muddler.

The only time I left the house on Saturday was to walk to Spotted Trotter, a local charcuterie, for some breakfast sausages.  Just now realizing everything I wore was from Gap (minus the Frye boots) guess they have been my go-to brand as of lately.
Our home has two non-working fireplaces, one in the living room and one in the guest bedroom. Though it would be nice if they were functioning during the cold winter days, I still appreciate the mantels we use to display our favorite trinkets like this deer candle I was given as a gift from Emma, one of Dustin’s knives from India, a pitcher from my grandparents, a chardonnay flavored candle and a hawk feather I found at a music fest a long time ago.
A favorite part of my weekends is time spent hanging around the house goofing off with the cats. Of our two indoor cats, Tater is the most playful and snugly.  He’s actually very strong too!

Not shown here are the cocktails Dustin and I made and I photographed. Those I’m saving for the next post! Also, Sunday was a much busier day with a picnic and photographing a supper at the Goat Farm. I’ll be sharing both of those here as well! Hope your weekend was equally as sunny and all you ladies took the time to celebrate National Women’s Day!

Greenhouse Serenbe

As promised here is the tour of Greenhouse at Serenbe owned and operated by Kenya! This little shop is packed with vintage goods and brands made in the USA. 16555799196_f714e934e3_k16394561068_2ad8d13e5f_k16555798796_9a6fb493a7_k15959647114_2847edaa68_k
Those are my wall hangings! So cool to see something you spent time on displayed in a brick and mortar, what a good feeling!
If you live in Atlanta or find yourself visiting, it’s definitely worth a little road trip out to Serenbe to not only explore around the town and farm but also to pop into Kenya’s shop. You’re sure to find an inspiring cook book, gift for the man in your life, a fun tote for yourself, something for the house or straight up just get inspired!

Store hours are Thursday-Sunday 11am – 5pm. Also, if you don’t live in GA, visit her online market


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For the month of January, Dustin was searching for jobs and the days he wasn’t interviewing he was at the new house working away on unpacking and home projects.  He accomplished so much! I can’t say I’m surprised because he’s very driven and extremely handy but I am still impressed!  In this post are some of the things he created not including one project still isn’t done and our headboard that he refinished doesn’t photograph well because it’s nearly black.

Above and below are the light fixtures he made in less than 10 minutes.  They are in our master bedroom above each of our nightstands.  I saw the idea on Instagram and he made it come to life the very next day! He got all the materials from Lowes-his second home-and they were very inexpensive.  We’ve talked about staining the wood to match the headboard but since he started a new job Wednesday, the honey do-list has been put on hold till the weekends.
This is our new coffee table he made from Ikea butcher block he had from the desk he used at his old apartment.  To make it more suitable as a table he coated it with a butcher block sealer.  We found these hairpin legs on Etsy for about $12 a piece which we thought was a really good deal and he sealed them with Rustoleum metal sealer. We both love the outcome! Minimal with Mid-Century vibes, exactly what we wanted.
I purchased this little guy at Root City Market from Saga Mountain Workshop. He gave it to me for $5 because it wasn’t finished with a hanger or hooks or anything just told me “do with it as you wish.” So Dustin made it into a key and sunglasses holder for the entrance. Easy little project that comes in handy every day.
16456088441_3b8b67c80d_k15837759903_de3109c188_kLastly my favorite of his DIY’s – my looms! I had wanted to try my hand at weaving and since I had an in-house handy man I figured I’d get exactly what I wanted in a loom if we just made it ourselves.  The original was the larger loom. I thought I’d want a big one for larger weavings but then realized I preferred to weave in bed or on the couch hanging with him and the cats and the large was too much to manage on the reg so he made the smaller one. I’ve created several weavings that I’ll be sure to share soon!

Thanks to my handsome fiance for making so many projects come to life and getting so much of the house done single-handedly! You rock!