Category Archives: Inspiration

A WORK IN PROGRESS…FRATERNITY FUN

Hi PARISH friends!

Today, we want to share one of our most recent projects with you! Our studio is filled with young women, and as much as we like to think that we JUST graduated from college…. It’s just not the truth. However… some things about college just don’t ever change- like FRATERNITY houses! They’re always messy, sometimes smelly, and usually full of handsome fun loving guys!

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The Sigma Nu chapter at Auburn University is no exception! We have been enlisted to update the main living room and of course, had to share the nitty gritty details with you!

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 The Beta Theta chapter was chartered at Auburn University in 1890. They have been pledging great guys and winning numerous accolades ever since! One of our favorite alums is Ashley’s husband, Barrett! They (along with Cates and Rett) spend many football Saturdays at the house in the fall in anticipation for an AU win!

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These are some of our selections for the new living room! Our primary concern in this space is DURABILITY! These guys play hard so our choices have been smart ones that will last many pledge classes to come! Every single fabric that we chose is washable! We have opted for deep, comfy sofas and club chairs to give the guys ample seating in their home away from home. This space will be used for studying as well so a large chandelier, sconces, and drum shades will provide plenty of lighting!

When selecting a color scheme, our intention was to create a timeless space that can be enjoyed by alumni and actives for years to come. Our favorite selection was the drapery fabric. What could be more masculine or southern than pointers?!

We can’t wait to show you some “after” images of the living room in the fall! We are so excited that these sweet guys will have a great new space to relax and enjoy their college days! We all wish we could relive ours!

 

See you next time!

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War Tide

It’s that time of year again, y’all. No, I’m not referring to the annual Fall feast that is Thanksgiving. I’m not referring to the time spent with our families being thankful for all we’re blessed with. I’m not at all referring to what is now known as the appetizer to Christmas…no, once the feasting is over and our bellies and hearts are full, after the family football game is played and naps are taken and after *some* of us head out for that “Black Thursday/Friday” shopping spree (don’t even get me started on that nonsense), THE day is here.

It’s not that big of a deal in other parts of the country or even the south for that matter, but in the state of Alabama it is one of the biggest days of the year. It’s Iron Bowl time, people and this girl can’t wait!

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Can you tell I’m ready?!?!

My mom taught me to say “war eagle” before she taught me the word “mama.” I was born and raised an Auburn fan and I bleed orange and blue. When I applied for college there really was no question to where I was going…in fact I didn’t apply anywhere else, but Auburn! So what does this Auburn girl do after she graduates college? She meets and marries a Bama fan of course!

This game has clearly taken on a new meaning for me as I have had to teach myself to be humble during Auburn’s triumphs (did anyone catch our 2010 28-27 victory over UA?) and have been humbled during our hard times (anyone catch Bama’s 49-0 victory over us last year?) At the end of the day I have to remind myself it is just football, but goodness it sure is easy to feel like you’ve left your heart on the field of your home team’s stadium come game time. Ashley and I are both Auburn Tigers, but sweet Jessica cheers for the Crimson Tide…bless her heart! JUST KIDDING! Jessica is probably the best sport I know and there is no one I would rather work with during Iron Bowl week than her. Anyway, in honor of the biggest rivalry in sports, the Iron Bowl, we thought we would share some pictures of our favorite ways to jazz up a tailgate and our favorite tailgate recipes!

 

Jessica’s Favorite Tailgating Tips:

“I love the look of a chandelier in a tent! If you can make it happen, you should. I know it sounds dressy, but it really can add a fun and special touch to your look, plus people dress up like they’re going to church on Game Day so why not let your tailgate reflect that as well.  Some Bama fans might not like this, but please stay away from the houndstooth! It is just unnecessary. And sorry boys, but drinks don’t need to be iced down in your favorite cooler. Galvanized buckets or the nice acrylic ice buckets look much nicer!”

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Southern Living featured the tailgate you see above! I think it’s pretty fabulous…even if it is Ole Miss!

This galvanized bucket is one of the many great ideas you can find here

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Sweet Jessica tailgating with friends!

Jessica’s Favorite Tailgating Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Dip

Two 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened

2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

½ cup of your favorite wing sauce

Large can of chicken, drained (or you can use fresh)

Mix everything together and put in oven safe dish

Bake for 20 min on 350 degrees

Serve with tortilla chips or carrots and celery

 

 Rebecca’s Tailgating Tips:

“I love little details at tailgates and one of my favorite “happies” is cocktail napkins. Last year I found some great cocktail napkins for Game Day. They are pictured below and I love that they aren’t your typical logo napkins. I also think a burlap table cloth is a must. Those plastic tables just aren’t pretty and burlap is inexpensive, but still looks great! Lastly, I love a 7:00 pm game just as much as the next person, but now that I no longer live in Auburn they are just harder to go to. I love a 2:30 game because that gives you a great opportunity to host a brunch tailgate. Think Mimosa and Bloody Mary bars, sausage and cheese biscuits, fresh fruit skewers and mini orange rolls or cinnamon rolls!”

 

 

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This set-up (along with some other great entertaining tips) can be found here.  I love this look and create it in my home whenever I have friends over for brunch!

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 This looks yummy. May I have one now, please? I love the idea of the decanters with the different juices and the simple name tags

These napkins from Caspari are a great way to show your school spirit without getting too cliché with the logos!

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Rebecca’s Favorite Tailgating Drink Recipe: The Recipe

1 fifth of light rum

1 large can of pineapple juice

I large can of frozen orange juice, thawed

1 large can of frozen pink lemonade, thawed

Mix all ingredients together

Add a splash of club soda or sprite at the end for fizz

Garnish with orange slices and cherries

*This recipe is famous in my family and should come with a disclaimer. Drink with caution ;)

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 Me with my best friend and Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Iron Bowl in 2011

Ashley’s Tailgating Tips:

“I’ll never forget about a tailgate I went to with Barrett when we were dating. It was perfection with its cute little tent, a skirted table to the floor, fresh flowers and wine chilling in an ice bucket. To me that is tailgating at its finest. Also, if you can do it, opt for wine glasses over styros or solo cups. GoVino is a great line that offers wine glasses that look and perform like crystal, but are plastic. I also love the Sofia Champagne by Francis Coppola Winery. There is something fun, yet sophisticated about sipping champagne from a can. And it has a tiny little straw that comes with the can! I love it! And my last little but of advice….stay home if it isn’t an easy 72 degrees! I love watching football in my comfies by the fire!”

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Ashley’s Favorite Tailgating Recipe: Bacon-Jalapeno Cheese Ball
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (2 ounces)
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Pinch of cayenne
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 jalapeños, stems and seeds removed, diced, divided
6 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled, divided (about 6 ounces)
Salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped pecans, roasted
Crackers for serving

Mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, cilantro, garlic, cumin, cayenne, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, half of the diced jalapeños and half of the crumbled cooked bacon. Taste and adjust seasonings and add salt.

Place the roasted pecans and remaining diced jalapeños and bacon on a plate. Stir together so well mixed. With your hands, roll the cheese mixture into a ball, then place on the plate and roll in the jalapeños, bacon and pecans until covered.

Chill covered for at least an hour before serving. Serve with crackers.

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If these tiny fans aren’t the cutest little Tigers out there, I don’t know who is!

 

Don’t forget to visit our last post to be entered into our giveaway! Share the post on your Facebook and comment on it with your favorite Thanksgiving traditions in order to enter. The winner will be announced this Friday. We hope everyone has a very happy and safe Thanksgiving with their friends and family! We are very thankful for all of you, our loyal friends, customers, clients and followers! Also, happy Iron Bowl week and WAR TIDE!!!!!! Here’s to hoping the outcome of the game doesn’t end relationships, friendships or marriages…..kidding!

Until next time!

rebecca

A Bittersweet Goodbye {and giveaway winner!}

Hi PARISH friends!

As some of you know, today is my last day working at Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design and PARISH. Three weeks ago I made the very bittersweet decision to take a job in Atlanta. I am thrilled about being closer to my friends and working in a big city but I will miss this crazy fun job so very much! This was my very first “real world job” and I have loved learning from Ashley and working with each and every one of you! The friendships I have made in Montgomery are such a treasure to me and I hope that you will all keep in touch and visit me whenever you venture to ATL!

Here is a look back at some of my favorite projects from the last two and a half years…..

Ashely Gilbreath Interior Design

Custom banquette and pendant design at Rosemary Beach

Custom Powder Room Vanity

Custom Powder Room Vanity

Loft Apartment in TriBeCa in NYC!

Loft Apartment in TriBeCa in NYC!

Loft Apartment in TriBeCa in NYC

Loft Apartment in TriBeCa in NYC

Kitchen Renovation in Selma, AL

Kitchen Renovation in Selma, AL

Alys Beach!

Alys Beach!

I also get to announce our giveaway winner!!

Congrats to Jodi Woods! Please email Rebecca {rebecca@afgid.com} to claim your Pacific Lime Blossom candle!

PARISH giveaway winner!

I hope you will all take the time to come meet Jessica & Rebecca (and of course say hey to Ashley)! I know you will love the new girls of PARISH!

xoxo,