Posted on Jan 22, 2014 in HOT SPOTS | 1 comment
The ever-evolving 12 South neighborhood now has a new Lebanese bistro. Epice (from the French word for spice) resides where Clean Plate Catering used to be, and is now officially open for lunch and dinner. Be sure to try them out if you’re craving some authentic Lebanese home cooking!
Posted on Jan 17, 2014 in HOT SPOTS | 5 comments
Not only is Holly Williams an accomplished musician (who just so happens to be related to country music royalty — ahem, her grandfather is Hank Williams), but she also has her finger on the pulse of emerging fashion, interior design and the culinary world. A woman of many talents poised with style and grace, you’re able to shop her curated selections at H. Audrey in Green Hills or at her latest venture, White’s Mercantile, which pays respect to her mother’s grandfather who owned and operated a mercantile in Mer Rouge, Louisiana.
Housed in an old gas station that was formerly an architecture firm, Holly’s now claimed the white building and filled it to the brim with local to regional goods from a broad range of artisans. Described as ‘a general store for the modern day taste maker,’ you’ll find an assortment of items such as antiques from her trips abroad, must-have coffee table books, a variety of grocery products, table top accents and dozens of other items falling under this new age general store concept.
If you’re in town, set your sights on 12 South this weekend. Grab a bite to eat at Josephine, fill up a growler at The Filling Station and then wander down the street to White’s for a plethora of items to outfit your abode. Who knows, maybe you’ll even see Holly there arranging new pieces and able to lend you some shopping wisdom.
Posted on Jan 14, 2014 in HOT SPOTS | 3 comments
Nashville has become somewhat of a mecca within the craft cocktail and southern haute cuisine scene. And GRAY’S on Main is upping the game with their epicurean cocktails that celebrate the brandy culture of the late 19th century. What’s even more intriguing, is that they’re acing the movement while strategically paying homage to their building’s roots.
Formally a pharmacy known as Gray Drug Co., you’ll now find a thriving 3-story restaurant and bar housed in the 1876 Victorian building. Immersed in its own rich history, owner Michael Cole kept all the original wood floors, tin ceilings, wall finishes, and select pharmacy memorabilia as seen on the walls and in display cases — the design and architecture is truly something else.
This is definitely the place to revel in fine Tennessee dining and some home run sips.
Posted on Dec 29, 2013 in HOT SPOTS | 0 comments
Coming home to New Hampshire during the holidays is something I always look forward to. Blissful amounts of powdery snow, wood stoves roaring, and the smell of a blue spruce Christmas tree woven with festive lights and my grandmother’s signature painted Santa Clauses provide so much charm.
As you can see, it’s very quiet here in the winter. Right now, you’ll find swirling smoke from chimneys disappearing among the bare tree tops, and people bundled up in L.L. Bean attire from hat to boot scurrying to and from their destinations. There’s something so satisfying living a quiet New England lifestyle. Especially when you take a 360° forest view with four vibrant seasons and its moody weather into account. It will ultimately captivate your mind in the best way possible.
This time being home, I set out to document a bit more of my house in Nottingham and some of the surrounding towns. This is where you’ll find horses in pastures living the good life and stretches of farming fields minted with deer tracks in the snow. I also ventured to downtown Portsmouth where there’s a cluster of small side streets that intertwine with houses built between the 17th and 19th centuries in the Colonial, Georgian and Federal style architectures.
Well, that’s it for now. I’m logging off early to celebrate the New Year with family and friends before I head back to Nashville. You can read up more on what I’m wearing in the photos above (love my new Rachel Comey dress) on The Luxe Life and maybe get a little NYE outfit inspiration for tonight if you’re still scouring the web.
Happy New Year to you all and cheers to a healthy and prosperous 2014!
Posted on Dec 18, 2013 in FASHION | 0 comments
Meet the designer behind her namesake label, Elizabeth Suzann. I originally came across Elizabeth’s work on Instagram, and was instantly drawn to her clean silhouettes. All the garments are handmade in her Nashville, TN studio where she uses natural plant and protein based materials, while incorporating printed and hand dyed tactics on select pieces. What’s even more impressive is that Elizabeth is a self taught designer, making her craftsmanship and vision that much more inspirational.
Elizabeth’s space is very much a reflection of her style, and filled with creamy hues accentuated by warm light streaming through the windows of this once upon a time yoga studio. Feel free to browse her collection online, or make an appointment to stop by her space for a peruse.
Posted on Dec 15, 2013 in FASHION | 2 comments
Here’s a little taste of yesterday’s Leona popup sale I co-hosted at Elaine Turner. The event was so much fun and filled with glam clothes and accessories from both designers.
Shop Leona’s collection online or swing by their 12 South location if you’re looking for a splashy new outfit (maybe for an upcoming holiday party?) Their pieces are versatile and perfect for mixing with other pieces.
Special thanks to Will Vastine for the shots he took of me wearing all Leona + Elaine Turner shoes and clutch.
Posted on Dec 13, 2013 in HOT SPOTS | 0 comments
This is my friend James, and his gem of a studio in Nashville’s Germantown. After four years of building displays and windows for Anthropologie, he’s taken his vision and craft to the next level and opened Handy Dandy Productions. This is where he focuses on building furniture and home goods that incorporate reclaimed wood and found materials. As you can see, combining his knowledge of woodworking and keen eye for merging quality pieces makes for an entirely unique home item.
Looking for a last minute Christmas gift? Consider browsing his home good collection here. Without a doubt, you’ll find something completely original to put underneath the tree.