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Cotton & Quill

Hey friends! It feels like it has been forever since I’ve blogged! Probably because it has :) To those who made it out to our FLASH SALE, thank you!!!! It was a huge success! We had so much fun and we hope you did, too!

A lot of fun things are happening around here lately and the first one we wanted to tell you about is our trunk show with COTTON & QUILL! Mary Catherine Folmar, founder of Cotton & Quill, is a born and raised Southern belle. She attended Auburn University and now resides in Birmingham, Alabama.


Her textile and stationery designs are hand-illustrated by Folmar herself. She has them digitally printed in North Carolina. Every product from her line is custom created in Birmingham and all of the envelopes in her stationery collection are hand-lined with vintage wallpaper. Swoon!


Mary Catherine’s quirky and eclectic style lends itself to the dynamic colors, crisp designs, and bold prints of Cotton & Quill. Some of her fabric designs begin as a painting and are transformed into stunning textiles that can be enjoyed everyday. Her artistic background ensures that not a detail is missed.

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I am drooling over these custom papers!

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I can’t wait to see the selection of pillows she is bringing! Her designs do not disappoint!

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I’ve never been more happy to see Ikat and Foo dogs together in one shot! Too fun!


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Mary Catherine posted this the other day…this is some prep work for our trunk show! We can’t wait!


Mary Catherine is bringing pillows, stationery, cocktail napkins,  scarves,  and so much more! We CANNOT wait! The fun begins Friday, April 11th at 10:00! Join us for mimosas and a drawing for a fabulous Cotton & Quill product! We hope to see you here!

Until next time!


Before & After…and a giveaway!

It’s a bittersweet day for the Gilbreath family! They are moving out of their home on Old Farm where they watched Cates grow from a baby into a toddler and brought sweet Rett home and are moving into their Felder home! In honor of this time we thought we would show y’all the “before and afters” of their home on Old Farm Road. *The “after” pictures are from 4 years ago after the initial renovation. When Ashley and Barrett moved in in 2012 additional renovations took place*




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And for some of the “Afters”










What a difference a year makes! The two left photos were taken by the talented Holland Williams of Holland Williams Photography! The picture on the bottom right is of the Gilbreath family today! Little Rett and Cates sure have grown since they moved into their Old Farm home! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for them in their new home!


Now, it’s giveaway time!!!!!  Many of you commented on our last post with your favorite Christmas tune! We had so much fun reading your favorites! We gave everyone who entered a random number and drew the number from the website! Who would have thought there is site where you could do that?  Well there is…and the winner of the flat weave wool rug is………………………………….


LUCKY NUMBER  21 which belongs to


 Congrats, Casey!! Contact me at to arrange pick up or delivery!

Now, on to the next giveaway!!

This 24X24 green and brown gingham pillow and potted Christmas Boxwood wreath can be yours if you share this post on your Instagram Account with the hastag ” #MyParishHoliday ” . If you don’t have Instagram, simply share this post on your Facebook page and tag Parish in it! Lastly, comment on this post and tell us your worst Christmas gift ever! Mine? Socks…eww!


Ok, people!!!! Start “sharing” “tagging” and “commenting”!!!!! Good luck!

Until next time!





The Countdown is on!

Things have been crazy around here lately! Actually, crazy is an understatement. As many of you know Ashley & Barrett have been renovating the cutest cottage here in the historic district of Old Cloverdale in Montgomery. Well…move in day is upon us and we know y’all are chomping at the bit for a preview! I drove by this morning on my way in to work and saw the outside, but didn’t stop in. I was very curious to how the inside was coming along. Luckily, Ashley called and asked us to come down and take some pictures so y’all could see what was happening! Have I mentioned that my boss is amazing? She is! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been to the house, but the house I walked through this morning compared to a few weeks ago will make your jaw drop!


A little “before” action to jog your memory!


If any of you follow Layla Palmer’s blog, The Lettered Cottage  (if you don’t, you should!) then you already know about this fabulous wood plank ceiling. The planks you see were actually the beams from the original roof on the house. When someone tried to throw the planks out, Ashley quickly came to their rescue and we are so glad she did because this ceiling is amazing!


 The light fixture in the center is being replaced by a beautiful chandelier.

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Remember when the living room looked like this?

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Another aspect of this renovation that is very important to Ashley is that they salvage and repurpose as many details original to the house as possible. Every door is original to the house and although the tile came from Lowe’s, its style is as historically accurate as possible.


The kitchen is also coming along! Those pendant lights will hang above the island which is one of Ashley’s Scott’s Antique Market finds. Speaking of those pendant lights, right now they are sitting in the spot where she will store her kitchen electronics and pots and pans. Refurbished doors will cover those eye sores giving the kitchen the classic charm and elegance that Ashley is known for.

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Under all of this lumber is the kitchen island! The island will have casters put on it to make it a little bit taller so that she can pair some barstools with it.

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This is looking from the breakfast nook into the kitchen!

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When you leave the breakfast nook you enter a small hallway which will be home to a pantry and bar. Once again, old doors will hide these spaces and Ashley is leaning toward paining them a dark gray.


This sweet wall paper will be the backdrop to glass shelves above the bar and a skirted countertop will store all of Barrett’s favorite spirits.


 Opposite the bar will be the pantry. More shelving will be going in to get the optimal amount of storage out of this space.


Moving on to other parts of the house! The claw foot tub for the master bathroom is another one of Ashley’s Scott’s find, but the tub in the hall bathroom is original to the house. Brad McDonald, of Bath Innovations  has been a huge help in restoring the old tub!

This is Cates standing next to the tub while helping Ashley with some plans! She is a little interior designer in the making :)


The original cabinetry in the hall bath is perfection. How fabulous are these refurbished vintage built-ins? These will serve as storage for the children’s bathroom.


The faucet for the claw foot tub has been quite a problem around here! It seems as though it grew legs and decided to walk right on out of the studio! Thankfully, we ordered a new one and it was here in less than 24 hours!!!! It is pictured below.

This faucet is from FaucetDirect


 Because paint colors and flooring are such a huge part of not just a renovation project, but any interiors project, we couldn’t let you go without seeing the ones Ashley chose for their charming cottage.

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The trim and cabinet colors are Revere Pewter from Benjamin Moore and the walls are White Dove, also from Benjamin Moore. The floors are original to the house (although some have been rearranged) and have been refinished in Jacobean stain from Minwax. The closet in the master bedroom has wall-to-wall seagrass from our friends at Georgia Floors Direct.

I know many of you are curious about the floor plan. It has changed a few times, but below is the final layout! We’re still working on furniture placement, but as many of you know this changes day-to-day in our little world!



As we wind down from this update, let me say that not only are we ready for this project to be complete, but we also know that Ashley and Barrett and more ready than anyone!

One more reason the studio has been crazy? All of the little hardware details for the project have been sent here. It’s been cleaned out, but this is what it looked like a few days ago…no wonder the faucet got up and left!



 Hopefully next week we will be posting about the COMPLETION of this project! The cleaning crew arrives tomorrow and move in day is Friday! Please pray for all of us :) Especially Ashley!

And last, but not least, if you find yourself with some extra time, please check out The Vintage Mulberry, the blog outlet for Mulberry Heights Antique Store in Mountain Brook, AL. They posted the sweetest article about Ashley’s feature in The Cottage Journal’s  Christmas issue which is on stands now! And don’t forget to visit our last post to see how you can be entered into our current Holiday giveaway! Only 2 more days until the winner is announced!

Until next time!