I Cannot Stop

... Eating.  Just Kidding. But not really. But really, I cannot stop looking at fashion designer Andrew Gn's Paris apartment in Elle Decor.  It's fantastic. I even read the article that goes along with it. (yeah me!) You should too!

As The Suze said, "he wins!"

Have a lovely weekend lovers!

a foot in the way

Blue & White Kismet

Morning Y'all! When I saw this on the back page of this months Veranda, my blue and white endorphins kicked into gear making me very happy and therefore motivated to read the text (rare for me when it comes to looking at magazines).

Blue & White Bliss all around! 
I will take a couple of those blue and white antique chargers ...

This blue and white Madeline Weinrib chair that I've had my eye on forever ... 

That "ikat tape" by Travers for Zimmer + Rohde ...

And if anyone wants to throw in this gorgeous jewelry, I wouldn't protest ... 

This bracelet would look so gorgeous in the summer with my tan skin. 

Ugh ... I wish I wasn't soo high maintenance. Anyway, I love stories of fate and coincidences that are all too perfect.  For instance, I've always had a love for the number 32.  I don't know why, it was probably something I decided in middle school when I was forming my identity.  You know, like, "pink is my signature color" or trying to make "fetch" happen sort of thing, but for number nerds.  Anyway, one day a couple of years ago, I'm standing in the parking garage with my bestie, Lindsay, and I see a guy drive buy and I say, "I feel like I know that guy.  I'm probably going to end up dating him or something." One week later, I'm checking out his car as he's driving through the parking garage and I notice the license plate is simply the number "32." Weeeird! Four years later, I married that guy! I know, right?

So I'm reading the short little blurb by Lisa Newsom and she writes that famed Atlanta architect Philip Trammell Shutze helped foster her love of blue and white.  Philip Shutze.  I know him! You may know him as the architect of The Swan House in Atlanta.

The Swan House
But I know him as the architect of the Sea Island home we've stayed in for the last 10 years.  

We know it as Barnes by the Sea, but I have since learned it was originally named Southwind.  You can read all about the history of this house here.  I've noted before that I have so many wonderful memories in this house.  When the owner passed away and it came under new ownership, we could no longer rent it.  Sadsville, USA. It's now being renovated and I'm told the new owners want to stay true to the architectural integrity of the home.  I'm so excited to see what they do!

So this is my lame attempt to make another prediction and thus seal my fate based on my love of blue & white.  I love blue and white.  Philip Shutze loves blue and white.  I love Barnes by the Sea.  Philip Shutze designed Barnes by the Sea.  Therefore, it is meant to come back to me someday so I can properly deck it out in blue and white. I know, it's a stretch, but a girl can dream.  If you're still reading this and you hate me now, I don't blame you.  I will offer you this baby elephant as a thank you for sticking with me through this post.  I just had to get it out there to marinate in the Universe and then come true.

Hi baby elephant. I love you! 

Please come back.  Please! I promise tomorrow a post with pictures and no words.  Ok maybe a few words.  I'm a talker y'all.  Ok, I have to go now before I annoy myself.  Well, I've already annoyed myself so I just really need to go. Ok bye bye.

P.S. Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments on Edward's birthday party! Ok, for realz, bye. 

2 min figure drawing

Prince Edward IV Turns 1!

Morning y'all! As promised, I'm sharing pics from Edward's first birthday party.  It wasn't anything too fancy.  We did it at home with familiar friends and family.  Edward has turned into a very sensitive little man and gets overwhelmed easily so I wanted to make sure we didn't have any epic meltdowns on his big day.  It turns out, he loved the attention.

I swear, he knew it was his birthday.  He woke up in a fantastic mood. As well as interesting hair that suggested he slept on his face.

I had the Etsy store Trafalgar's Paper Company custom make the invitations using the elephant I used in Edward's nursery.  I think he is so sweet and the red balloon and blue crown became somewhat of a theme for the party.  

A lonely red balloon is the only thing signaling there's a party at this house.  I ran out of steam and helium at this point, but I sort of like it.  

The table display. I'll show you before and afters of my kitchen tomorrow (if I can get it clean today).  

All of the buffet cards, favor tags, water bottle labels and pennant banner from Chickabug. I, of course, waited until the last minute so I had to order the DIY printables.  I would recommend ordering the water bottle labels ahead of time, but everything else turned out nicely.

I ordered the cake from Cake Girl in Kansas City.  I am not a baker and an even worse cake decorator so this was a real treat.  She did a great job and the cake was delish!

 The man of the hour wearing the cutest outfit ever.  It's not a dress people.  It's just a fancy outfit.  (ignore our orange floors please)

The Suze (whom we call French Grandma) & The Birthday Boy

This next picture I'm showing you because Belclaire House is ultimately design blog and this is a perfect example of what happens when a girly girl moves into her husband's home ... that TV.

Of course, Kip can juggle.  He's good at random things like that.  He's also a skilled potter, pianist and whistler. 

That TV = compromise only because all I had was a tiny white boxy TV from my apartment.  We actually had a new TV, but I asked Kip to hold off on installing it until after the birthday party so we wouldn't have a bunch of wires hanging around.

Ok, back to the party.

There's no way he would actually wear a crown.  I can barely get him to wear diapers.  
Party Favors = trail mix in jars with cute tags.  Yeah. I'm creative like that.

Edward looking nonplussed.

Yeah family picture! 

The usual indication that he's dunzo.

Looking tired from party time. 
Finally, I couldn't bring myself to throw away the crown or let anyone eat it.  A lot of the childrens were eyeballing it, and I was like, "back off little ones, no one eats the Prince's crown."

I don't know why I became so territorial.  I was a total fun ruiner.  Now I have a fondant crown in my fridge that I feel like I have to keep out of spite.  Can I bronze it? Is that even possible? or sanitary? I'm becoming a hoarder of Edward's childhood memories.  I need help.

Hope you enjoyed our little party!

Wordless Wednesday

pink hair

Suzeday Tuesday: Kitchens, Butlah's Pantries and Storage

Morning Y'all! It's been one of those mornings if you will.  Edward's all, "I'm one now Mom, I don't need to sleep and you can't make me" and I'm all "GO TO SLEEEEEEP" (like when Bethenny yelled at Kelly Bensimon on Season 3 of Real Housewives of New York).

Ok, first things first, I've only heard from a small portion of y'all (that would be one) who won the Hadley Pottery giveaway.  Click HERE to see if you won & then if I haven't contacted you, email me so I can tell you how to claim your prize!

And now for some Suzeday Files! For those of you who are new to my blog, The Suze is my mama who has been collecting magazine images for about 20 years.  They are all in boxes and folders and drawers and under her bed and thus I am attempting to sort of organize them by sharing them with y'all!

So here are some pretty blue and white kitchens, a couplah Butlah's pantries, and some kitchen storage inspiration for you.

First, zee kitchens ...

Traditional Home 2005 

I'm going to guess it was the blue & white that warranted this tear-out and not the hanging dried flowers. 

Mr. Belvedere's Office 

And, finally, wouldn't it be nice to have a special place for everything ... 

She likes the floor, y'all. 

And just to reiterate how I feel this morning: 

Have a lovely day! 
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