21c Museum Hotel – Louisville

June 23, 2015

Art and preservation often cross paths; last weekend I found them happily intertwined at the 21c Hotel in downtown Louisville.


21c Louisvile

Photo: Ryan Hines

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June 10, 2015

The summer is here and I have the tropics on my mind. Right after I completed my undergrad degree, I moved to Maui for a few years. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and was itching for some adventure. It was a surreal experience that went by way too fast. Ryan and I were only there for two years but tried to capture the incredible beauty of the islands much as we could with photographs and other keepsakes. We’ve been talking about paying homage to our time there somewhere in our house for a while now and I think this summer it is finally going to happen!

I put together this mood board to help get the ball rolling… I picked out three of my favorite photographs that Ryan took with film: the palms, fern frond, and Honolua Bay. The bottom left is a limited edition print called Finding Home by Brad Huck. This print is really special to me because it was my first fine art purchase.  I love his earthly color palate and the bohemian look to his work. The top right is a photograph of a lei I found on pinterest. We brought back our last leis when we moved and I’d love to feature those somewhere.

I always try to support independent artists as much as possible and thanks to the world of online shopping I can support artists and makers from all over the world. One piece I did not get in the islands is this Pining for Pineapple piece I found in the limited edition art collection at minted.com. This piece is by Joni Tyrell framed in reclaimed barn wood. Joni hails from North Liberty Iowa and is passionate about modern photography. A symbol for hospitality, the pineapple is synonymous with the agricultural history in Hawaii and are really beautiful. “Pining for Pineapple” will be the perfect addition to our Aloha collection.

If you haven’t visited Minted.com before, it is an incredible resource to find handmade limited edition work from real artists around the world. Depending on the piece and artist, they have different sizes available and a wide range of cool frames to fit any aesthetic. BTW They also have a fabulous wedding invitations available too.

hawaii moodboard

It’s hard to believe we were there six years ago; the smell of the ocean and tuberose are still fresh in my mind. Images barely do this paradise justice but this gallery wall will have to do for now. I know we will go back in the future – just a matter of time. Have you been to Hawaii? If you ever need tips – find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

Father’s Day Gift Guide

May 25, 2015

For Dad this year I’ve put together a list of things he’ll actually want. No ties here!


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Preserve Greater Indy

May 22, 2015

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I have found my preservation people up here in the Midwest! I’m now involved with a new historic preservation organization – Preserve Greater Indy.  The mission: to connect, engage, educate, and empower advocates of preservation throughout Central Indiana.  Continue reading “Preserve Greater Indy” »

Escape to Charleston

May 8, 2015

I’m back in Bloomington riding the inspiration waves from last week’s Southern C Summit held in Charleston. No trip to the Holy City is complete without eating great food, shopping way too much, and cruising the streets scoping out the beautiful historic buildings. I visited several new spots this year and had to share a few of my favorites with y’all.


the southern c summit


Our Summit headquarters was once again the art deco stunner, The American Theater circa 1942. This theater is a favorite venue on King Street; you may also remember this spot from The Notebook filmed in Charleston in the early 2000s. Right next door to the American Theater is the William Aiken House built in 1810. We had a fabulous lunch inside the house with kate spade new york tablescapes provided by Lifeguard Press.


the southern c summit

William Aiken House

After a quick bite and business card trading, I had to take a look around.

william aiken house


The Grocery Charleston

The Grocery


Charleston is a food town so leave your diet at home. I tried a handful of new restaurants this trip that were excellent! Some highlights…

dining in Charleston

Left to right: Leon’s Oyster Shop, The Ordinary, The Butcher & Bee

One on my list that I didn’t make it to was Chez Nous. Follow them on Instagram and you’ll see why. YUM. Oh and Edmund’s Oast is a must for next time. Apparently they brew a PB&J beer… going to be all over that next time.



croghans jewelry box

Croghan’s – #UseYourSilver


I hit King Street hard this year. One of my favorite events at the Summit this year was Shopping with House Account at Hampden Clothing, Theodosia Jewelry, and Croghan’s Jewelry Box. After our sessions Thursday, we stopped by Hampden Clothing to check out jaw dropping pieces from SUNO and Theodosia with special looks styled by the fabulous Chassity Evans of Look Linger Love and Hanna Seabrook of gadabout. Next we moved down the street to Croghans to drool over vintage baubles and beautiful silver vignettes.  reminding you how to “Use Your Silver” at Croghans. This was genius because it gave me new inspiration to utilize some of the fancier pieces we got as wedding gifts. Major props the team that put this event together. Who doesn’t a love a cocktail party where you can shop?

charleston shopping

New shop favorites:


Mitchell Hill Gallery

Mitchell Hill

I’m starting to get used to this annual Charleston trip. For more about The Southern C Summit click here.

Happy Travels!

Spring Reset

April 26, 2015

spring is here

Despite the chilly weekend, Spring is in full swing here in Bloomington (finally). My job keeps me on the road a lot. Don’t get me wrong – I love it but every now and then you need a weekend or two to reset and relax. As I gear up for my annual trip South for The Southern C Summit in Charleston (YAY) I spent the weekend at home relaxing with my hubs and pups. If you find it hard to chill out, here are my favorite relaxation ingredients…

BTW these all would be perfect for Mother’s Day. 

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Views of Coastal Georgia

March 23, 2015

First off – Happy Spring! I’m so looking forward to long sunny days and many adventures ahead.

After years of coaxing, my hubs is finally on YouTube!

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Charleston Hideaway

March 2, 2015

I’m currently sitting in my office looking out of my window staring at mounds of powdery snow piling up. As I sit here bundled willing the snow to melt and the sun to shine, I’m daydreaming about warmer days to come, specifically sunny days to come on my trip to Charleston, South Carolina for The Southern C Summit! Since most of us in the US have been pretty chilly lately, I thought I’d share one of my favorite spots to soak up the sun and color of Charleston.

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Circle City Sesh 24

February 26, 2015

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After following the Igers Indy group on instagram account for months, I finally attended one of their monthly Instameets. This meet, dubbed #CircleCitySesh24, was held at the historic Union Station in downtown Indianapolis. We huddled under the clock in the Grand Hall at 3pm and after a brief intro from the Igers Indy creator we slapped some name tags on and began scanning the space for worthy instagram shots. Continue reading “Circle City Sesh 24” »

I Heart Preservation

February 10, 2015

Buildings need love too. In honor of Valentine’s Day, this past Saturday I joined a group of preservation enthusiasts, professionals, and students to heart bomb a couple of buildings that were in need of a hug.




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