Monday, August 23, 2010

oh audrey.

i love pink. i love audrey. i love, love this picture.

today i must pack. i move next sunday to the new gray walled townhouse. i have never packed before, not like this. i have lived in the same house since i was born so i don't even know how to pack.

i think i need to go find some boxes. and masking tape. and bubble wrap. these are the things i have seen in the movies involving moving.

when i moved to college i just used my never ending supply of bags, purses, and cute totes. but now i think i need to grow up and use boxes. its time to be a big girl.

happy monday.

much love,

mary morgan

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

find your gift.

please take some time out of your day to read more about this organization and their mission. buy one of their baseball tees to raise awareness and half of the proceeds go to feeding children in uganda. how awesome is that?

be inspired today by these woman and their efforts.


A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
1 Corinthians 12:7

find your gift.

much love,

mary morgan

Monday, August 16, 2010

sweet, sweet sugarboo.

there are no words.. for my love of this company.

they are everything that i love about a good company.

run by a husband and wife whose mission is to "make homemade products that add soul to the home," i just cant get enough of their signs and artwork. check out their website here.

and here are some of my personal favorites and commentary,

(awwww.. try not to get all misty eyed on me.)

(so dreamy for a master bedroom.)

(one of my ABSOLUTE favorites, this piece would work ANYWHERE.
i want it above my bed.)

(how sweet is that? again, dont cry. a perfect baby gift. and how cute would it be above a crib?)

(i saved this one for last. its also one of my favorites. and i think it
would just look fantastic on those gray walls i have been talking about that have
been giving me so many problems. so dreamy.)

*on a side note, you may find some artwork that looks very similar to these pieces, but dont buy them. they are not the original. even if they are cheaper, they are not worth it. there are several companies that try to rip off sugarboo's creativity and it just breaks my heart. stay true.

want to buy some sugarboo? guess what, we sell it at lulu, you know the place i work?

what a coincidence? i know. so i guess you are going to have to come see me at work.

and check out our blog here.

see you soon.

much love,

mary morgan

Sunday, August 15, 2010

a few updates.

1. we raised $760 at my yard sale a few weeks ago. we were incredibly blessed. and my new yard sale advice? use craigslist, 75% of the people who came read about it on my craigslist ads. and we had a constant flow of people all day.

2. you know how i said i wouldn't pay full price for the boots? my friend works at nordstrom and she said she might be able to pull some strings. its a sign i tell ya.

3. i would like to state that my friend ashleigh speight simmons (find her blog here.) is the person that introduced me to friday night lights, and for that, i owe her my life.

4. i move in two weeks and i have come to the realization that i give up on decorating until i actually move into the space. it is killing me. literally.

5. remember my favorite artist tricia robinson? (please check out her website here and her blog here. ) well we are thinking about carrying her art in our store and i am beyond excited.

and because i hate posts without pictures, here is my favorite piece of her artwork... if you are looking to buy me something, look no further.

(except i want brunettes)

much love,

mary morgan

Saturday, August 14, 2010

friday night lights.

now i am not going to lie to you, i do love football, but i don't necessarily know a lot about the game of football. if you asked me to call a play or list off all of the positions and their significance, i would fail. miserably.

but i do know that i love the game. i love the story's that go along with the game, the season and the players. i guess you could call this the romanticized game of football, but oh well, i will take what i can get.

i love bundling up on friday nights and going to games, i love making the trek to knoxville for game days, i love to fall asleep to the sound of professional games on tv on a sunday afternoon...

okay, so i may not be the best football fan, but i am an excellent cheerleader.

the point of this post: friday night lights

i love everything about this show. i could talk for days about the characters. tammy is my favorite. no, riggins. no, saracen. no, coach. ugh. i don't know. its too hard.

if you don't watch this show, you need to. that's the point of this post.

i just bought the first season (which i have already seen one million times) for $15 bucks at walmart. what a steal. i was going to buy a bath rug, but i bought this instead.

i just might even let you borrow it, that is how much i want to share this gift with you.

but you have to give me your social security number and credit card number to check it out.

i'm just kidding, i'm joking with you. but maybe..

much love,

mary morgan

ps- don't go trying to just jump in and start watching it on tv on friday nights, thats just cheating yourself. start at the beginning and work your way up till present. you wont regret it.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

decisions, decisions.

i think if i start putting a little money away now i might be able to afford these cuties by the time fall rolls around.

or i was thinking i could not buy a tv for the new house and buy these instead? i mean who needs a tv anyway when you could just sit in your living room wearing these all day?

tv, boots? tv, boots? tv, boots? ugh.

Frye 'Jane 14' Tall Pull-On Boot

i will hunt you down jane boot, and i refuse to pay full price.

much love,

mary morgan

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

oh atlanta.

got to say, i like atlanta, a lot. i really like that atlanta has some big city stores that we dont have in nashville, like ikea. and that its only 4 hours away. well "only 4 hours" is kind of a stretch, i kind of wish it was like "only 30 minutes" away.

moving on.

ikea. i cannot even put into words how much i love this place. like really, i cant.

yesterday my friend libby and myself (see photo below) decided to try driving to atlanta, shop till we drop, eat dinner and drive back to nashville, in one day. it was quite the experience.

(libby and i at the beach in may. i love the beach. and this girl.)

you see we just needed to pick up a few things for our new place. by a few i mean,

-a dresser
-a wall of picture frames
-curtains for 4 windows
-a shower curtain
-an entertainment center
and 12 euro pillows for work

so i took a before and after photo:

(before: all we had was one box of capri suns, a set of curtains,
and a tubberware tub of muffins, our breakfast)

(after: we got EVERYTHING on our list and we stuck to it, nothing less nothing more)

a few things i learned on this trip:

- spending a lot of money is not fun.
-ikea furniture weighs A TON. next time, bring a man. or two. and do not start laughing while trying to lift furniture. it will prevent you from getting anything done.
-if you need an all-access tour of atlanta, i got your guy.
-the flying biscuit in midtown has very, very, very good biscuits. and the little side thing with them is jelly, not salad dressing.
-the parking garage at ikea is very hot, especially if you are loading furniture. don't do it.
-ikea does not take credit cards over the phone.
-you can drive to atlanta and back in one day, it just takes lots of coffee, good food, someone to drive you around the city so you can take a power nap, lots of country music mixed cd's, and 10 pm dipped cones.

best of luck.

much love,

mary morgan

Saturday, August 7, 2010

how could i forget? charleston trip guide.

here i am sitting on my couch at 7:30 am (yes, thats what time my body likes to wake up and get going, but i HATE it) and i realize, charleston pictures? where are they? what have i done with them? i haven't even looked at them.. weird.

we got back from charleston TWO weeks ago now and i wanted to share with you all my favorite parts about the city and trip recommendations.. you NEED to go.

disclaimer: my family REALLY likes history, so we went to several history related places (which i loved, but i also love sitting on the beach from sun up to sun down, so you can choose the history route or the beach route)

1. where to stay?

there are many, many wonderful places to stay when visiting charleston, my family stayed on folly island, about 20 minutes south of downtown and we loved it. (beach route) we also loved the homes in the old town of mt. pleasant and on sullivans island, check out for great rental homes. there are several island along the coast that would all be perfect getaways.

there are some good hotels in mt. pleasant also, which isn't a bad drive either, close to the airport and very affordable. (southwest is fixing to start flying to charleston!)

but if you are looking to splurge for your getaway, the picture below is two meeting street inn, located on battery. it was my favorite home in the city and one day i will stay there, one day.

the is also many chain hotels located downtown, the king charles inn by best western has a great location on king street (close to shopping!).

2. what to do first?

first you need to go to the charleston visitors center , located on meeting street, it is located in a beautiful building and there is tons of area information and make sure to pick up coupons for a carriage ride and any home tours you want to go on.

then you just need to take a drive around the city, become acquainted with the one way streets and the heavenly architecture.

drive down to south battery, park, and walk around. there is a beautiful park there with tall live oaks and you can walk along the old sea wall and look out on the bay.

you will see homes like this,

and maybe a sunset like this,

and stop and take a picture with your sister like this,

and if you zoom in your camera as far as it will go, you will see fort sumter out in the bay.

3. carriage rides

okay, there is no way of getting around it, a carriage ride is going to be a tourist trap no matter which one you take, so you are just going to have to button down the hatches and choose one.

they are all pretty pricey (make sure to find any coupons or deals before you go though).

we choose the palmetto carriage tours, they have "the big red barn" and above are the adorable chinese lanterns they decorated with. we enjoyed our tour, it was HOT, but an experience to remember.

they also let you park in their lot all day, so you can take your tour then walk around downtown later with out paying for extra parking.

4. shopping (my favorite activity)

king street is where all the shopping is, beautiful old buildings with stores such as gucci, williams-sonoma, saks fifth avenue, urban outfitters, gap, and some great local boutiques too. and lots of antiques. its just a must.

another must is the market, located on meeting street (perpendicular to king street), its is filled with local vendors and such. its also just a good experience, with some good food and resturaunts around it.

5. food

jestines kitchen, 251 meeting street.
we just happened to walk upon this place and decided to stop in for an early dinner. little did we know, this place was a landmark of a eatery. the walls were covered with press pieces, from the New York Times to Oprah, Rachel Ray to Southern Living, every one loved jestines. it was a great stop and they had GREAT fried okra and sweet tea.

king street grille, good food, great fries. there is one location on king street and one close to folly.

ritas, folly island. great interior design and even better food. fun atmosphere.

6. out and about

old town of mt. pleasant

this little strip of shops was seen in the notebook as the down town area of "seabrook" in the notebook. there are not many stores, though the one that is there was my favorite store of the whole trip! it is called out of hand, they also have an adjacent event planing boutique called ooh! events . while i was shopping my family got ice cream at the local drug store next door, i hear it was good.

the hotel where allie stays, anyone??

boone hall plantation

this famous avenue of oaks was one of my favorite parts of the trip, to a southerner it was almost like seeing one of the eighth wonders of the world. at the end of this beautiful drive is boone hall plantation, below. it is said that when they were preparing for the movie production of gone with the wind they came to boone hall and took a picture of the avenue of oaks and took it back to hollywood to recreate it. it is the longest avenue of oaks in the world.

(allie's house from the notebook)

the home is not the original home, but it is open for tours, you can view the downstairs of the home.

the original slave homes are still in tact and open for viewing, which was really cool.

i recommend that you take to "plantation tour" of the whole farm. it doesn't cost extra and you need to get all your moneys worth right?? on the tour you can see sets from the show army wives and the movie, roots.

they also sell fresh produce, where we bought some peaches and my mom stole some tomatoes, she says on accident, but i know my mom and she REALLY likes tomatoes.

middleton place

middleton place is a beautiful plantation and gardens built centuries ago. the remaining home, as seen below, is just the left wing of the original house. the original home was burned by union forces during the civil war and the family lived in this portion of the home for the rest of their time there. the home is open for tours and the gardens are also open for tours at your own pace, which i highly recommend.

as you can see be the aerial photo below (which i did not take by the way) you can see the ruins of the original home and the beautiful terraced lawn. a scene from the movie the patriot was filmed here, the scene near the end at the party where they blow up a boat out in the bay and a lady goes, "oh fireworks, how wonderful!" yep, good movie.

fort moultrie

located on sullivan's island (there are some GORGEOUS homes on this island, drive around) it may not be fort sumter but it is cheaper and less crowded.

hayward-washington house

located in downtown charleston, this home tour is only $10 a person and you get to view a home where george washington once slept AND see the most respected pieces of furniture in america. only $10!!

there she is, the holmes bookcase, considered to be the finest example of
American-made furniture.

out back you can view the original kitchen and gardens.

st. michael's church

after you visit the heyward-washington house, walk down st. michael's alley and take a right and you will see st. michael's church. and you, my friend, have just walked down the same alley that george washington once walked to church many, many years ago.

and you can actually view the same pew he sat in, it is known as the governors pew. you will have to read the pamphlet to see which one it exactly is, i forgot. the architecture is beautiful and they have a cute little book store around the corner.

back to folly island..

every night we came back to our condo and got to see this gorgeous sunset.

south carolina, i love you.

hope you enjoyed my guide to charleston, enjoy!

much love,

mary morgan

Thursday, August 5, 2010

amy butler + etsy = dangerous

as i am researching and scouring the web for ideas for our new house i fell in love with the idea of mixing and matching some fun amy butler prints (in no particular order based on photos).

i am thinking one basic polka dot pillow pattern mixed with two coordinating patterns. i can just see it now, pretty white sofas, against pretty gray walls and pretty amy butler prints everywhere. it will be so.. pretty.

Throw Pillow removable cover 16x16 Set of 2 sewn with Amy Butler's Full Moon Lime

Throw Pillow 16X16 Removable cover sewn with Amy Butler's Sandlewood in Ivory from the Love Collection

Throw Pillow 16X16 Removable cover sewn with Amy Butler's Lacework in Gray

Throw Pillow removable cover 16x16 Set of 2 sewn with Amy Butler's Royal Garden Clay

Throw Pillow 16x16 Removable cover sewn with Amy Butler's Tumbled Roses in Pink from the Love Collection

all photos from, persnickety home designs.

i heart amy butler, she is so good at what she does.

happy thursday!

much love,

mary morgan

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

working with gray.

well we signed a lease on a town home in nashville monday night and i am so excited i can barely stand it.

the walls are this great color of gray, the color gray i always dream about, the color gray that i always see in in restoration hardware and say "i love this color," the color gray that is hip and cool and modern.. but there is a problem. gray is great and awesome when you have a great and awesome budget to buy wonderful white couches and you live in a magazine where white couches never get dirty. but i dont have a budget like that and i dont live in a magazine.

so i am scouring the internet for scotch-guarded white slip covers that i can throw in the washing machine every few weeks and fun, bright affordable accents to bring it all together.

i currently have a bookmarked folder entitled, "ikea wish list" and have the gas tank full to drive to atlanta at any moment.

here are some inspirational photos of a world where people live with white couches that are miraculously clean. enjoy.

much love,

mary morgan