Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Traditions [Afternoon Tea]


 This year my mom, sister, and I decided to start a new holiday tradition where we take an afternoon off work, get dolled up, and go to The Jefferson Hotel for afternoon tea. Ever since I can remember, my mom has always been an avid hot tea drinker, and I'm slowly enjoying it more and more myself. Besides the soothing and relaxing benefits of drinking hot tea, I love experiencing the rich tradition and formality of a High Tea.

I would love to know what holiday traditions you have?! 

Thanks for reading,

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Duke Addition [Tile Shopping, Pt. 2]

Last week we focused on finalizing our tile choices for the bathroom and the fireplace tile surround. As I mentioned in the last tile shopping post, we decided on a ceramic Carrara Floor Tile Marble for the bathroom floor. I like that it has the look of marble but the durability of ceramic appeals more to me for a bathroom floor (especially considering we have a big dog, and a soon- to- be 1 year old running around under foot). Not to mention the price point hits my fancy. The bathroom tile was an easy decision for us. We were considering the 12x12 or 12x24 size and ultimately have decided to go with the 12x24, laid in a staggered brick pattern. 

As for the fireplace surround, we had a little bit harder time deciding because the options seem to be endless and I like so many different styles. 

Here are some photos I found for inspiration... 

Beautiful millwork on fireplace.

^^love everything about this. 

Simple trim with big impact Hide tv, cable, Internet cords if you can't drill through fireplace brick. my house will have many fire places in it.

^^Love the traditional brick pattern.

family room

^^something a bit darker? 

plaid, tables behind and prints above

Or with no tile at all? 

Fireplace surround in stone beach style by de[luxe] design studio

^^ I love this cozy feel! But maybe a little too craftsmen to fit with our style home..

Carrara Marble hearth with Carrara Marble tile on fireplace. I love the way they changed direction on the running bond pattern.

^^This one just does it all for me. I love how the tile changes direction on the corners.

*images 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ,6

See? So many beautiful options! How to choose?! 

So we ended up taking these samples home to help us make our decision...

^^3x6 Pearl Tumbled Travertine

^^ 1x2 Arabescato Marble Brick Honed

^^ 3x6 Arabescato Polished Marble 

After referring back to our inspiration photos (especially this one) we finally decided on the 3x6 Arabescato Polished Marble!

It's so excited to have some of our finishes picked out and I really am starting to get an overall vision for how the final spaces are going to look. 

***Also on a little side note - the windows and doors were installed on Monday and our new roof is being installed TODAY! Hallelujah, we're back on schedule! 

Thanks for reading!

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Monday, December 1, 2014


I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday! We celebrated at my mom's house this year and it was extra special for our family being that it was Harrison's very first Thanksgiving! We started a new tradition of roasting oysters before we sat down for the main event. It gave everyone something to gather around and catch up over... not going to lie, we kind of stole the idea from my husband's family - they've done it for years and years, but everyone loved it. 

And now that we welcome December, we have so much to look forward to leading up to Christmas. I expect this Christmas to have a fresh feel with a little one running around :) Not to mention, who doesn't love Christmas music and holiday parties?! 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Duke Addition [Tile Shopping]

Last week I took off to go pick out tile for our bathroom floor and fireplace surround. This was a new experience for me, and I have to say it was so much fun looking at the endless possibilities to choose from. Fun, and also a little overwhelming. Luckily, I've spent many hours scouring magazines and Pinterest to get a pretty good idea of what I want. 

Here are some inspiration pictures from a (now not so) secret pin board for our master bathroom...

claw foot tub centered under the window

beautiful bathroom

**I couldn't find original source for this photo, if you know if please share!

Live Beautifully: 1920's Renovation | The Master Bath; mine now is close... but not quite this nice....

Lucite Bathroom Hardware - Traditional - bathroom - Morgan Harrison Home


**Again, I couldn't find original source for this photo, if you know if please share!

Do you see a reoccurring theme here? 

As you can see, I want a white, clean, peaceful bathroom. 
After looking around, it didn't take long for us to decide on this... 

Now, we just have to decide on either the 12x12 or 12x24 and how we want it laid. If we go with the 12x12 I like a diamond layout like this...

benjamin moore-gray owl (bath)

But if we go with the 12x24 I like a brick, staggered layout, like this...

st. nicholas - Nightingale Design

For me, picking out the bathroom tile was definitely the easy part. Deciding on the size and layout is turning out to be the hard part for us. 

What layout do you like?

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Set the Table + A Hostess Gift Guide

With so many inspiring blogs out there these days and Pinterest, it's not hard to find a little inspiration to make your holidays special. With that said, I put together a round up of my favorite Thanksgiving Tablescapes that I would be thrilled to sit down and celebrate at this year! 

xmasparty5 Winter Formal Affair

a blue willow thanksgiving table, seasonal holiday d cor, thanksgiving decorations, A Blue Willow Thanksgiving Table

Fall Centerpiece with Easy Burlap Table Runner


A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner

And if you're not hosting this year, just attending, like me, there's no need to show up empty handed. So grab your favorite bottle of wine, dish, and perhaps a little something extra for your hosts! 

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