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European Inspiration

Hi PARISH friends!

Happy Thursday! We are so excited to finally share some photos from our shopping trip in Europe! Ashley and I picked up so many ideas and were absolutely inspired by the intentional details throughout Belgium, France, and England! We were so humbled by the experiences we had and the places we visited! We cant wait to show you all of our purchases… but they are currently on a big container sailing the open seas! Stay tuned for a fun “our container has arrived” announcement! :)

We started our European adventure in the beautiful city of Brussels, Belgium. We arrived and immediately went exploring! The city and the people were completely enchanting, and we quickly learned that no one was in a hurry to do anything!! If you know Ashley and me, you know we are always on the go and can’t sit still for very long! After our very first dinner in Belgium (which lasted about 3 hours), we knew we were in for some change! Thankfully, we welcomed the break and learned to slow down and just enjoy ourselves (an idea we are trying to enforce over here!)

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Ashley and I are rarely left speechless… however, when we stumbled into this stunning church (Notre Dame du Sablon in Brussels), we were so emotionally overwhelmed and just stared in awestruck wonder!! This was such an incredible experience that definitely started our trip off on the right foot! Its amazing to think that this structure took over 2 centuries to complete!

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We also explored some beautiful gardens and courtyards! Many of the antique dealers that we purchased from actually operated their business out of their homes! This gave us such a good chance to get to know people on a personal level! We made lots of new friends! (How perfect are those beautiful planters?!)

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We explored the city of Antwerp and learned the history of this fabulous statue! It is rumored that hundreds of years ago, a giant terrorized the city. In this “David and Goliath” type tale, a young boy cut off the hand of the giant and saved the people in the city. This statue is of the young boy throwing the hand of the giant- thus the name “Antwerp” is translated to mean “City of the throwed hand.” We were fascinated!!

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While we were in Belgium, our sweet guide surprised us with a trip to Axel Vervoordt’s castle home! He is such a talented designer… and his castle property definitely did not disappoint! Even his horses were stunning!

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We stayed at multiple hotels throughout Europe, but a sweet bed and breakfast in Belgium took the cake for us! We slept with the doors open at night and woke up to this beautiful countryside! It was so picturesque- literally bunnies were playing in the fields!! Heaven!

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From there, we headed briefly through France and then to England! This is of the beautiful coast of the English Channel! Brighton Beach was filled with such an eclectic crowd of people and incredible views!

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As we explored through all of Europe, Ashley and I experienced “Charm overload” and loved every minute! I think we were constantly snapping photos of storefronts that spoke to us!! This green storefront is a Pet Shoppe… take note petco. THIS is how its done :)

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This is the Royal Crescent- an area of luxury condos! We were told that if you live in England, this is THE address to have! The building overlooks a beautiful park with a killer view!

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Can I just say that after coming back, I’m mildly obsessed with the idea of having a blue door?! We saw about 500 different shades of blue doors, each one perfection in its own way! This one in the Cotswolds was my favorite! Everything about this house is pretty great in fact!

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The charming streets in England were to die for!! Strategically placed flower boxes, chalkboard signs, and beautiful storefronts filled this beautiful country!

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We visited an incredible warehouse in Belgium that was actually attached to the owners home- how gorgeous is this entry? We can’t wait to show you the inside!! Let’s just say I’m still dreaming about it!

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One of our favorite parts of the small cities we visited were the cozy alleyways in between buildings. This one is so sweet! Boxwoods, mossy cobblestones, and wood beams… doesn’t get much sweeter, folks!

I hope you all enjoyed our little photo recap! For more pictures, checkout our Instagrams using #AFGIDdoesEurope. I think we took about a thousand pictures, so more to come! Stay tuned for a fun announcement regarding our container’s arrival with all of our purchases!! We can’t wait!

Until next time,

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green with envy (a work in progress!)

Hi PARISH friends!

Ashley and I have just returned from our European shopping adventure and we are SO thrilled to show you everything we found! We picked up some great inspiration and some really great furniture and accessories!

Today, we are sharing a fun job that we have in the works! These precious clients are a few of our favorites and their son, is one of our favorite builders! We absolutely feel like part of the family (which we love!) :) We are sharing photos of their living room today- Our focus was balance, texture, and intentional color placement.

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A large rock fireplace made a huge impact here, so in order to soften the space, we used light upholstery and texture to take away the focus from the rock. (FAB artwork coming soon- use your imagination!) Because the space is so large, we were able to have 3 sofas and two separate seating areas. These gorgeous sofas are two of my personal favorites! The minimal touches of green here add just enough color!

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Opposite the fireplace, another stunning sofa and two chairs serve as additional seating and balance the weight of the heavy rock fireplace. An antique oushak pillow adds texture to a creamy ticking armchair! (gorgeous combination!)

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We used a beautiful table behind the sofa and some massive lamps that serve as a visual division between the kitchen and the living room. How fun are these antique wine jugs?!

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The corinthian column bases serve as cocktail tables… swoon. These are absolutely my favorite part of the space! The subtle touches of green in the pillows added just enough color to this area.

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This is a little detail shot, but it shows the pops of green in the background! So gorgeous! PS… we will share their beautiful kitchen in another post- you can see the pecky cypress cabinets in the back of this image!

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One of our favorite things about install day is getting to see (and play with) accessories that our clients already have! This sweet client had a beautiful collection of saints…. we loved them!! They also inspired some of our purchases in Europe!

I hope you all enjoyed our little wrap up- more fabulous pictures to come! :) Stay tuned for more details on our shopping adventure and how you can be a part of the fun when our container arrives from across the ocean! We can’t wait! Have a fabulous week!

Until next time,

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YOU FOUND $100 – WHAT’S YOUR SPLURGE?!?

Happy Thursday PARISH Friends!

I hope everyone is having a great week so far!! Martha Ann, Rebecca, and  I have been holding down the fort at PARISH and AGID while Ashley and Jessica are finishing up their trip in Europe! They are currently in Wiltshire shopping around and we can only assume they are finding some fabulous treasures for both the shop and for some clients!! We hope that everyone is following along on Instagram and Facebook! You will not be disappointed that’s for sure!!

Today, we thought it would be fun to share how we would indulge our design obsessions at PARISH if we suddenly found a little extra cash…$100!!

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I would definitely buy art or design books! I  absolutely LOVE to collect books and I am a firm believer in that you can never own too many of them! They are the perfect addition to any coffee table, book shelf, night stand, etc… A few that have my eye right now….

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{all available at PARISH}

Martha Ann

I would have to buy these fabulous Willow Wrapped Canisters for my kitchen! My husband and I have just moved back to Montgomery and are in the midst of unpacking and getting settled… these would be the perfect the addition to our kitchen to hold my various cooking ingredients!! Cooking is my absolute favorite hobby.. so naturally I would choose something for the kitchen! :)

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Rebecca

I would choose a potted Preserved Boxwood because plants give life to any room and you always need a little green!! These are the best because there is no upkeep… and for those who don’t have a green thumb.. look no further!!

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We hope yall enjoyed what we would splurge on if given the chance… now if I could only have a money tree in the back yard!!!!

If you didn’t get a chance to check out our last post…. don’t forget to mark those calendars on July 24th for our trunk show featuring Vintage Green Jewelry and Amanda Roberson Art!!

Until next time!

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