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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?!)


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!


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!



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


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!


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,



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!


 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!


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!


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!”


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!”




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!


 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!




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!”




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.


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!