Oh, BABY!

Hi everyone! 

Yes, we are still here. I must apologize for the absence of posts lately. We've had a whirlwind of events (including Christina visiting gorgeous Iceland!!! We'll have that post for you soon), but that's no excuse for neglecting our baby, Ends In Style.

SPEAKING of babies (how was that segue?!). I, along with my co-host, Amanda, threw a baby shower for my sweet friend Suzanne last weekend just before her first Mother's Day. She is such a dear friend! We grew up right around the corner from each other, played on the same volleyball team in high school, and were just acquaintances until we bumped into each other in college and decided to be roommates. Now I cannot imagine life without Suzanne in it. She's the kind of friend everyone needs. Caring, sweet, genuine, funny, and full of life! It was an absolute joy to host a shower for her!

Styled by Susie Roupe

Styled by Susie Roupe

Baby Charlie is already so loved! We showered Suzanne and Charlie with gifts and also with lots of yummy snacks, because no party is complete without snacks. My sister always says that if you've had children, you love lemon desserts. She has to be right even if you haven't yet had your child because when I asked Suzanne what kind of cake I should make, lemon was a top choice. I made a 4-layer "Luscious Lemon Cake" with lemon curd filling and cream cheese frosting. Here's a recipe for a similar cake and filling via Southern Living. My recipe is from a very old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook (couldn't find it online) and I frosted it with a simple dyed-blue cream cheese frosting in a star-tipped piping bag. Topped with cute letter candles from Target's party department, it was really a cute cake! I love Target! Great prices and really good selection of stylish party decor.

Styled by Susie Roupe

Styled by Susie Roupe

I made coffee punch, which is an absolute must if you're having a party for a coffee lover. It's about 50% ice cream, 50% coffee. Here's a great recipe if you'd like to try it!

COFFEE PUNCH

  • 1 pot very strong coffee, cooled
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Stir together coffee, milk, and vanilla. Float half of the ice cream on top until it melts in. Just before serving, float the other half of the ice cream on top and enjoy!

We also enjoyed some Baby Boy Blue punch made from Hawaiian Punch, Pineapple Juice, and Lemon/Lime Soda. It was blue sugary heaven! Keeping all of the snacks pretty simple and keeping the decorations cute and easy makes for a more fun party for the host, guests, and most importantly, the mother-to-be! If you're not sweating and worrying about too many little details and how many dishes you'll have to do after the party, you'll definitely have a better time and be a better hostess. 

After snacking and talking, we took the time to play some games. One gross one not-so-gross. I'll spare you images from the dirty diaper game! We melted various candy bars in diapers and had party guests guess which candy bars were in them. The winner got a little gift bag and the pride of knowing which candy bar looked the most identifiable when looking mostly like poop!

The second game we played didn't turn any stomachs. We guessed the size of Suzanne's pregnant tummy and the closest guess won a prize! Suzanne was a great sport!

Adding little cute touches of decorations (like this polka dot table cloth, the pennant banner and chalkboard food markers, and the baby bootie mixed nut cups) adds a touch of whimsy to the party. And who doesn't love a little whimsy ;) By the way, if you're interested in making the baby booties, here's a good tutorial. We made ours with little ketchup cups, tissues, cotton balls, and ribbon. 

And no baby shower is complete without a diaper cake! I made one by just tightly tying rolled up diapers together in a 3 layer cake shape without any glue or cardboard, but if you like instructions, which most sane people do, here's a tutorial for making a diaper cake!

To thank everyone for coming, we made little bags of popcorn as favors with gold and silver rimmed tags we labeled "Ready to POP!". Cute, right? 

We hope you had a great Mother's Day and feel inspired to take on throwing a shower sometime! Keep each thing sweet and simple and don't worry too much about all of the little details--it's about enjoying the moment with your loved ones. 

Many Fold Farm (LAMBS!)

If you have been reading our blog for very long, you know that there are a few things we absolutely LOVE! Animals, beautiful places, and delicious food, specifically cheese.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of enjoying all of the above in one day. We drove just a little south of the city and visited Many Fold Farm. It's a beautiful place filled with sheep, baby lambs, chickens, cows, a few cats and dogs--so yeah, we were in heaven!

Many Fold Farm  is the creation of husband and wife team, Rebecca and Ross. They're even high school sweethearts! Can this get any dreamier? Oh just wait until you see the lambs

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

With a strong desire to do something real and to ethically treat both the animals and the land, they got educated on cheese making, farming, and even worked with Heifer International (if you aren't familiar with that organization, click here, it is awesome!). They took their time learning the ropes of farming and cheese making with strong ethics in place to be sure they did things right! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

When you buy products from Many Fold Farm, you can be sure that you're supporting a great local business that is truly doing good. They also offer educational programs in order to teach children and adults alike with cheese making tours, farm tours, school educational programs, workshops, and more! We definitely recommend a visit! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Interested in seeing some baby lambs? I know I am at all times! They are so cute and they hop around! Not only do we have photos of them for you to enjoy, but there is a LAMB CAM!!!! Many Fold Farm has a lamb cam set up so that you can watch the precious babies do adorable things all day long. If you boss asks why you're watching lambs all day, tell him/her this is important mid-week therapy to keep your endorphins going strong!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Come for the lambs, leave with some cheese! Check out their beautiful shop! We wanted one of every kind of cheese, kitchen item, and t-shirt!

We hope you have a great week! To help ensure that, we leave you with more lambs...

Traditional or Transitional?

Knowing what your style is goes a long way when it comes to making your house feel like your very own home. What about if you don't know what the names of different styles mean?

For today's post, we're reblogging from Laurel & Wolf about learning the difference between Traditional and Transitional. Enjoy!

Laurel & Wolf Explains: Traditional vs Transitional

Ever wonder what makes a traditional or transitional design? We’ve got the 411 on a few tricks for detecting the differences between the two!

TRADITIONAL

Traditional design has its roots in 18th century England and French countryside. The style is known for its warm, inviting interiors that scream comfort.

Bronze accents, a rich chandelier and luxe drapes gathered loosely are common in traditional interiors.

A wall sconce with an ivory shade and detailed millwork create a warm, inviting feeling in the bathroom.

Traditional color schemes typically include neutral tones with warm, rich woods.

This traditional office features a Persian rug, dark wood tones and coffered ceilings.

Symmetry is important to traditional design. The furnishings are balanced to create a room that invites conversation. Accents include plump cushions, plentiful pillows and silk flowers in a gorgeous vase.

Traditional designs feature soft, curved edges and natural stone, such as granite countertops.

Walnut railings are a common feature in a traditional space, and detailed millwork can be found on the staircase and the wood molding.

TRANSITIONAL

Transitional design combines the best of traditional and contemporary styles to create a timeless interior that everyone will love! Together, the perfect balance of masculine and feminine results in an elegant, classic design.

Transitional designs are known for their subtle, clean color palettes, which create a relaxing and uncomplicated room.

Accents of rich wood range in shades from white to chocolate are typically added to create a sense of warmth.

With transitional design, soft-colored carpets (or warm wood floors) and a textured rug are generally used.

Clean lines and rounded profiles keep the room feeling fresh and comfortable. The result is a room that is not too manly and not too frilly.

 A signature light fixture, minimal accents and solid-colored drapes exude a sense of simplicity and sophistication.

A neutral backdrop allows the exquisite traditional millwork to have a powerful impact in the space.

Geometric tile patterns in natural tones on the floor provide a subtle contrast to the traditional settee.

Check out our Pinterest page for more examples of traditional and transitional designs!

xoxo, Laurel & Wolf

Spotlight On: Studio M

We at Ends In Style love to support and highlight other creatives in the Atlanta market. We love to see other people succeed in their chosen field and to be inspired by their work. Today, we're turning the spotlight an inspiring girl power design duo, Studio M Interiors! Just try not to be inspired by their work in the photos below. Just gorgeous and vibrant! 

Let's get to know them a little better:

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Which of your career milestones make you most proud?

Marni: The upcoming 10 year anniversary of Studio M Interiors. I saw a quote recently that said 'I once went job hunting. Hired Myself. Never looked back'. Growing my own company and making a name for it has been incredibly rewarding. We're proud of the awards we've received including several 'Before and After' Contest awards and we were excited to be nominated for an IIDA BOB award this year for our Cambria Showroom project. Also, several years ago I was recognized as one of The Atlantan's 'Women of Power and Influence.’
Jennifer: Being able to stay busy during the downturn of the economy is a ‘milestone’ that we are very proud of. We are a unique firm in that we do a combination of projects ranging from residential, multifamily, and boutique commercial which means that we are able to flex with the markets in the Southeast depending on which sector is busiest at the time. I have also participated with several charity organizations to offer my design skills and time to help others which is the biggest blessing and accomplishment I can think of.

 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

 

How did you become a designer and where did you learn your skills?

Marni: I always knew I wanted to be a designer. When I was 10 years old I wrote a paper on what I wanted to be when I grew up and I said 'a successful residential designer in Dallas, TX.' I used to shadow an interior designer cousin of my Mom's for fun. Coincidentally, I ended up going to The University of Texas at Austin. Unlike most of my friends, I knew from day one what my major was going to be and actually stuck with it through college. Somehow I persevered trying to land my first job at a design firm during a very bad economy and the rest is history!

Jennifer: Being an interior designer is just something I innately knew I wanted to be, even as a child. My parents were often displeased at my incessant need to rearrange my room, whoops! I attended Valdosta State University to study interior design, embarking in design immediately out of school in 2010 after moving to Atlanta. I began working as a designer at a high-end home furnishings retailer until I was offered a full-time position at Studio M in 2011. So many of the skills I’ve acquired have been learned in the field while practicing. Design is ever-changing and your roles can range from pillow-fluffer to full-on counselor, so being able to think on your toes creatively is crucial.

 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

 

What's your secret for running a business and maintaining your personal life?

Marni: This is a loaded question! Seriously though, it's a constant process of trial and error. Mainly, I have to set boundaries and stick with them. I try my best to remember to make time for myself. Sometimes I go as far as blocking out an appointment with myself in order to make it happen.
Jennifer: The world of design is very tricky. It has a way of blending into your everyday life, sun up to sun down, particularly in a small business such as ours. There is always something to be done and never enough time in the day to do it all. I have tried (successfully, after much trial and error) to set a schedule each day and stick with it. Having a regimented work time schedule means nights and weekends are mine to spend on other things without feeling guilty. I do frequently attend industry events and am on the board of Design Collective Atlanta, but I always try to leave myself enough time and energy to do things that I enjoy outside of design. 
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

 

What's your favorite destination?

 

Marni: I am enamored by Rome, Italy. I find it inspirational from a design standpoint and I love wandering the streets aimlessly. You never know what you are going to stumble upon.

 

Jennifer: Although my list of future places to visit is extraordinarily long, my favorite place I’ve visited thus far is LA. It has such cool blend of historical sites, outdoor landmarks, and a great food/music scene that we end up doing completely different things each time we visit. On our last trip, we stayed in a early 1900’s Bungalow right off Abbot Kinney which meant we were within walking distance to the beach, wonderful food, great art galleries, amazing coffee shops, live music bars, and the fun people-watching on Venice Boardwalk. 

 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

 

 

 

All the Rain Was Worth It

Well, everybody, we survived the weeks and weeks of pouring rain! Winter and rain seemed to drag on there for a bit, but then, suddenly, as if by magic, little colorful blossoms started popping up all over my yard! First it was the bright yellow daffodils, then the deep pink camellias, then the entire yard seemed to burst into a variety of beautiful colors that I couldn't help but cut and put on my tabletop. 

All of this blooming got me inspired! So often I feel like to have a decent looking arrangement for my own house or especially to bring to a friend, that I need to either order from a florist or go to a flower shop and get one that was pre-made. But what i love so much about the flowers in my yard is how natural they are. Nothing is dyed an unnatural color or trimmed to perfection. They're wild and unruly and glorious. So I thought to myself, why not make wild, unruly and glorious flower arrangements for Ends In Style? So, that is what we did! I called up Christina and we devised a very simple plan. Walk around my yard, take photos and make something beautiful. 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Flower by nature in Susie's yard

Photo by Christina Wedge, Flower by nature in Susie's yard

Photo by Christina Wedge, Flower by nature in Susie's yard

Photo by Christina Wedge, Flower by nature in Susie's yard

Let's go through my yard together and create something pretty! You can do this, too. I do have a lot of flowering plants in my yard, and I'm lucky, for sure., but if you open up your options to grasses, weeds, vines, etc., any yard is a treasure trove! 

Photo by Christina Wedge Arrangement by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge Arrangement by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Arrangement by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Arrangement by Susie Roupe

Christina had the idea to make an Easter flower arrangement, so we kept it simple and sweet. The wreath is made of long, soft flowering weeds and some twisting branches. I wound them into a wreath shape in a trifle dish and nestled 3 hard boiled eggs in the center. A beautiful arrangement made of weeds! 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Arrangement by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Arrangement by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Arrangement by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Arrangement by Susie Roupe

Next up, another beauty for your tabletop made of a more flowery mixture. I used two types of Camellias, Loropetalum, and Eastern Redbud. I love the mixture of perfect bloom on the Pink Perfection Camellias and the long, wild looking Loropetalum and Redbud branches. Keep it casual and natural for the best look with these pieces! I made a very similar arrangement to this for a friend who recently had a baby. I had a glass peanut butter jar I was going to put in the recycling bin that made the perfect vase! It doesn't have to be fancy to be beautiful. 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Arrangement by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Arrangement by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Arrangement by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Arrangement by Susie Roupe

Finally, we know that while you may like the rustic looking arrangements you can make with all kinds of wild plants, you may not have access to big, beautiful Camellia blooms like I have in my yard to make it look a little less unruly. So, it's OK to mix in some nice store bought flowers! In this last arrangement, we mixed in some nice full white roses with an assortment of other plants I found in my yard. I LOVE how the Oregon Grape Holly looks in this arrangement. Is it not the coolest? It's the one that looks like a big bunch of grapes. Bring it all together with a small white tree flower and ta-da! Beauty and it only cost us the couple of dollars to get those beautiful roses. The neutral palette of this arrangement would look so beautiful on an Easter table.

 

We hope you're inspired to go in your yard and make something pretty. Enjoy!

Bar Cart Styling

Every magazine, catalog, Pinterest page, and blog now is filled with photos of gorgeous bar carts. They're a great addition to your patio, dining room, or even bedroom if you like! A junky looking or bare bar cart looks sad, though. So how do you style it so it looks great even when you're not shaking cocktails for a party?

We'll show you!

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

The incredible design team of Parker Kennedy Living invited us into their studio for this project. All of the pieces (aside from alcohol bottles and flowers) are from their amazing warehouse of goodies. I could have made a home in that warehouse and lived there happily for a while! So many beautiful things!

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

Things you may want to have on hand for a pretty bar cart:

  • Gorgeous bar cart you love even when totally bare
  • A tray to contain small items
  • An assortment of libations
  • Pretty glassware
  • Flowers 
  • Drink making accessories
  • Fruit
  • More flowers
  • Non-drink-making-related accessories
Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe    

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

Like any other styling project, creating balance is key. You don't need things to be the same heigh on both sides, or even two of anything. What you do want is repetition of a few elements. For instance, we repeated gold and green and white throughout the cart to create visual balance. Add in a few elements that are just for fun! 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Susie Roupe

Now that you've gotten a quick tutorial on some elements you need and some balancing tactics, check out this swoon-worthy bar carts styled by Parker Kennedy Living themselves!

Photo by Christina Wedge, Bar Cart Styling by Parker Kennedy Living

Flower Power

Last spring, we had the pleasure of working with Floral Designer, Amy Osaba of Amy Osaba Events as well as Annette Joseph, stylist and producer, and writer of her style blog, Annette Joseph Style

As we get excited for the beautiful colors of spring, we hope you'll feel inspired to put together a nice lunch or dinner with friends to enjoy this perfect weather!

We gave you the behind the scenes look at this late spring/early summer, and now we're showing you the gorgeous photos Christina took for Muses and Visionaries Magazine with styling by Annette Joseph and florals by Amy Osaba. It's a beautiful story! Enjoy!

We hope you feel inspired by this gorgeous shoot! 

PAWS Atlanta Valentine's Day Pop-Up A Success!

We are continuing to raise money for PAWS Atlanta and are thrilled with the results from our recent pop-up shop! If you'd like more information about the fundraiser, visit www.gofundme.com/pawscards where you can donate today! PAWS Atlanta is Atlanta's longest running no-kill shelter. They're celebrating 50 years of helping to save lives and making families complete by adding a tail or two! 

Photo by Polly Nance

Photo by Polly Nance

As an animal lover, doing these pop-up shops is such a treat for me! We hope to do a few more to continue raising money for PAWS as well as awareness of the need for funds for shelters like them. The beautiful shop, CityDog Market, hosted us again, and we could not be more grateful. If you haven't ever shopped with them, it's time to make a visit! They've got amazing food, treats, toys, training tools, and even a self-serve dog wash! 

Photo by Polly Nance

Photo by Polly Nance

Unfortunately, Christina couldn't make it to the pop-up last minute, but fortunately, the very sweet Polly Nance said yes to fill in! So HUGE thank you to Polly for helping out and being so positive and fun!!! It was a pleasure to work with you and we couldn't have done this without you!

Photo by Polly Nance

Photo by Polly Nance

We made $710 at the pop-up shop! Add that to the previous pop-up and all of the donations for the cards, and we've raised over $1500!! If you'd like to be a part of the fundraiser, donate here!

Photo by Polly Nance

Photo by Polly Nance

Thank you so much to everyone who came out and participated in the fundraiser and thank you to CityDog Market for hosting us again! It was a great day!



Simple and Relaxed Valentine's Day

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

A few Valentines ago, Victor and I had reservations at a nice restaurant in the city. It was a place where we had one of our first dates and so it was special to us. Unfortunately, it must've been special to everyone else in Atlanta also, because even though we had reservations at 8pm, we waited for our table for over an hour. Once we sat down to eat, the entrees we each wanted to order were sold out. 

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

This year, I think we'll keep it a little more low-key and have the entrees we pick to make at home. While going out is nice, keeping it simple at home can be just as special, if not more. Christina came up with this nice meal and how to enjoy it with the one you love, or with your closest girl friends! 

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Dinner doesn't need to be fussy to be special. Make your favorite salad, appetizer, and pasta dish for a hearty meal that isn't too heavy. Making multiple, simple courses gives dinner a fancy feeling without having to spend hours in the kitchen. More time to make moony eyes at each other!

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Make dessert fun and unexpected by dipping yummy snacks in chocolate! Refreshing orange or clementine wedges and pretzel sticks hit all the sweet, salty, and tart notes you crave!

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Having a Galentine's night instead? Pick up some cute V-Day tags like these from Target for serve as wine charms for your best friends.

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Keep things simple and make it buffet style. Everyone will appreciate that you've made a delicious meal, even if it was super easy to make! Using basic pieces you already have and adding in some sweet Valentine themed accessories add a really special touch. You can find these pretty heart napkins at West Elm.

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Dress up easy appetizers by making them bite-size and individual! Who doesn't love a ball of cheese on a stick, right?!

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Easy pasta keeps it low stress. Make your favorite one-pot pasta dish to make clean-up a snap so you and your friends can enjoy more time chatting and eating and less time scrubbing pots and pans. A fresh salad is a breeze to make and will add brightness to your dinner. 

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

Photo and Styling by Christina Wedge

What's better than a cupcake? A NAKED cupcake! Cupid goes around naked, so it's only fitting your dessert do the same on Valentine's Day. Top some rich chocolate cupcakes with these pretty little hearts from Target for an extra special presentation. 

We hope you have a sweet and Happy Valentine's Day!

DIY Sugar Scrub for Your Sweetie

Style by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge

Style by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! What could be sweeter than making something for those you love to let them know you're thinking of them? Chocolates are a sweet gift, but what about something that pampers a little more? What about if you just want to pamper yourself? The perfect gift for your Valentine, Galentine, or yourself: DIY Sugar Scrub!

Style by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge

Style by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup sugar (we used white sugar, but you can use raw sugar, organic, or brown as well)
  • 5-8 drops essential oil (we used lemongrass)
Style by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge

Style by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge

Style by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge

Style by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge

DIRECTIONS

  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar and oil. Add in the essential oils one or two drops at a time for the level of scent you desire. 
  • Put in an air tight jar and wrap with a utensil to scoop the scrub and you're done!
Style by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge

Style by Susie Roupe, Photo by Christina Wedge

Personalize your gift with a pretty tag, ribbon, and instructions for use. Use about 1 tablespoon in the shower to exfoliate by gently rubbing in and rinsing away excess. Dry by patting with a towel rather than rubbing. Use caution in the shower as the coconut oil will be slippery!

We hope you'll love making this sweet pampering treat for your loved ones and for yourself this Valentine's Day!

Spotlight On: Paige Minear

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

If you follow design in Atlanta at all, you've probably already heard of Paige Minear. She writes the design blog, "the pink clutch" which is a great read and you should definitely subscribe now! Paige has a style that cannot be denied in all of her work. It's colorful, vibrant, bold, and inspiring! We have the joy of taking a peek into the perfect reflection of Paige's design style--her own home! And we're bringing you with us! 

Join us as we turn the spotlight on Paige Minear! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Define your personal design style and perspective.

I am most definitely a preppy chic girl.  Most everything I am drawn to in fashion leans toward traditional with an edge.  It is the same in my style for our home. Very classic and preppy with an edge.  Lots of color with texture and pattern. 
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Which of your career milestones make you most proud?

The past year has been out of control.  My brand has tripled and the opportunities that have been offered to me blow me away.  Being an invited participant in the One Room Challenge was the biggest opportunity so far and definitely the one I am most proud of. Growing my Instagram following has really been exciting.  I love my followers and their incredible support!
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

How did you become a design blogger and where did you learn your skills?

My passion and background is fashion.  For me I see our home as an outfit needing to be put together.  You start with a piece that inspires you and you grow from there.  In our dining room it was the pink walls and an antique table that my in laws received as a wedding present.  The table provided the traditional and the pink the edge and it just grew.  I don't think it is hard to transition from fashion to design, it just seemed to be an easy transition.  I have been blogging since 2007 and love the creative outlet it provides.  I get to write about all the things that inspire me. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What's your secret for running a business and maintaining your personal life?

I have learned in the last six months to pick and chose projects.  I say no a lot and I am good with that. Saying no also allows me to pick the right projects and opportunities for me.   I can't do everything and when the day is done I have to be true to me.  My family always comes first and that gives me the greatest comfort and joy. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What's your guilty pleasure?

My love language is quality time.  Any time given to me by those I love fills my soul.  All my best friends know that I love their time and of course a fabulous meal! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What's your favorite destination?

New York and Palm Beach.  I think I was meant to live in both.  I could have an apartment in the city and a home in Palm Beach.  It might be the perfect combination! 
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Leave a comment below and tell us which of Paige's rooms we've featured is your favorite! Like what you see? Follow Paige Minear on Facebook, Instagram, and her blog!

We hope you enjoyed this spotlight as much as we did! 

Across the USA

Across the United States, Christina and her friend Danielle made the trek from Northwest to Southeast, stopping at beautiful locations along the way. It's amazing to see the photos of our beautiful nation. 

If you've ever said the USA is boring and lacks beauty, you should plan to drive across the country and then prepare to eat your words. America is home to deserts, plains, mountains, coastlines, cliffs, and everything in between. There's so much to see, it would be a shame not to get out there and enjoy it! 

We've prepared a little photo journal for you so we can all follow along as they drive through San Francisco, San Luis Obisto (Hwy 1), LA, Salton Sea, Joshua Tree National Park, Phoenix, Sedona, Sante Fe, Taos Pueblo, Texas countryside, El Paso, Marfa, Austin, Houston, Louisiana, and Panama City, FL. Enjoy!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Citizen Supply: A Truly Unique Retail Experience

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Have you been to Ponce City Market yet? If you haven't, YOU NEED TO GO NOW! It's a gorgeous selection of shops and restaurants and beautiful things. Take a moment this weekend to wander the hallways and stroll through the shops. It's really an inspiring location.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Citizen Supply is one of the awesome shops located at Ponce City Market. They're a unique store featuring all artisan goods. Here's what they're all about:

"Citizen Supply is an artisan marketplace that brings quality handmade and small-batch goods to Atlanta’s urban shopper in a truly unique retail experience." 

Pretty cool, right?! they feature many of our favorite vendors like East Atlanta's own Brother Moto which is a super cool shop with a unique take on the motorcycle experience. 

"Our goal has always been to provide those with a DIY spirit like ourselves the necessary tools, environment and knowledge to work on their motorbikes themselves. We believe in empowering riders with a space to learn how to fabricate, experiment and repair within a community of really really good people."
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Remember the post about the drapey cardigan and the super-soft-really-want-one-t-shirt? Welllll, the love affair continues! So Worth Loving is a vendor at Citizen Supply! Go on and feel the shirts. I dare you to even try to resist their siren's call! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Whether you're looking for housewares, decor, clothing, or gifts, you'll find beautiful, unique, and handmade pieces lovingly created by artisans and brought to you at Citizen Supply

So stop by, shop, and enjoy the beautiful pieces available at Citizen Supply. You'll love it, we're sure of it!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

How to Wear a Drapey Cardigan/Cape

If you want to have a fabulous time with one of your BFFs, travel across the country with no specific deadlines, take photos, and enjoy the views! That's what Christina and her friend Danielle did during the month of December. If you follow us on Instagram, you've probably seen some of the gorgeous photos and like me, have been insanely jealous of their trip. If you don't follow us on Instagram yet, you should! Here's our handle: @endsinstyleYou'll be glad you followed :) So many reasons to double tap.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

It would be a crime to wear a cute outfit and travel with a professional photographer and NOT take photos to document it, wouldn't it? We sure think so! Doesn't Danielle look adorable in this sweater? We've partnered with SheIn again to bring you this super cute look inspired by their Beige Long Tassel Sweater! We love this sweater for transition months all the way through the chill of winter. Great for layering and looking effortlessly chic.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

From Joshua Tree National Park to the sidewalks of Atlanta, the Beige Long Tassel Sweater fits the bill. If you'd like to get one for yourself, be sure to order a size larger than you normally wear as SheIn products run a little small.  

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

I love this look Danielle and Christina put together! It's relaxed, casual, and super duper cool, with the added bonus of sharing a positive message: "you are so worth loving". Have you heard of So Worth Loving? They're an Atlanta-based company spreading positivity through fashion. That's something we'd like to see more of in our clothes! By wearing the message "you are so worth loving" on your clothing, you'll be part of starting a conversation of empowerment and you'll encourage others to consider their value and that no matter who or where they are, that they ARE worth loving. Check out the other super-soft, super-cute, perfectly sized shirts available in their shop and read all about them and their mission! We're in love <3

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Shop the cute and cozy look! 

Sweater | T-shirt | Similar Jeans | Similar Shoes

Happy shopping and styling, love!


What to Wear for New Year's Eve 2015

New Year's Eve is the best opportunity in the year to wear your sparkliest, brightest, wildest, borderline-tackiest looks and still look absolutely fabulous! It's not too late to get out and take advantage of all the great post-Christmas/end-of-year sales to create your best New Year's Eve look yet! 

Need a little inspiration? We're here to help! 

We love the look of a crop top with wide leg pants. Wide leg pants may not be what you think of when you want to look sexy, but they are the perfect addition to a nice crop top to give you a classy, polished look and you're sure to feel comfy right through the countdown!

What is more New Years-y than a sequined romper?! Add a pair of understated heels so your shoes and romper don't compete with one another and wear a solid color jacket or cape for warmth and elegance. If you can't find a sequined version, go solid black and add layered sparkly necklaces and a statement bracelet and/or ring. 

Feeling bold? Try a pair of fitted sequined paints, a high-neck, tailored top, and accessories that make a statement! This would also work well with a skirt and you could even get away with a shorter hemline if you keep the neckline high!

Staying in or having a casual gathering? A cute and soft graphic tee like this is the perfect look! You could even wear your PJ pants with it and stay extra comfy and cute, no high heels required!

Happy shopping!

Amazing Meals, Amazingly Easy

It's the holidays. You're busy! But you still want to eat delicious, well-rounded meals, right? Not every meal can be sugar cookies and egg nog...at least that's what I'm told...

The trickiest part of cooking for one or two people, is portions at the grocery store. If you buy a bag of chopped kale, you'll be eating kale smoothies, roasted kale, steamed kale, and kale with grits for a week just to keep it from wilting in the fridge before you can eat it. A solution for those busy times when you want to have a few nice meals at home but you'll be out for holiday dinners half of the week is Peach DIsh!

No measuring of ingredients required! You get the right sized portion for the number of servings you want. Each meal is prepared by a chef who pulls together exactly what you need to recreate the tastiness on your own, complete with all fresh ingredients and a detailed list of instructions. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

It really couldn't be easier! Choose your delivery day, and select from the meal options for that week and viola! Awesome food. The meal in this basket is two servings of Hanger steak with a mushroom-shallot sauce, and kale & apple salad. Yum! 

 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

See? Perfectly portioned ingredients PLUS labels if you aren't familiar with certain ingredients. Peach Dish is a great way for the beginner cook to get his or her feet wet. You can try out different recipes and know you wont be wasting a ton. If you tried cooking mushrooms for the first time ever and find you don't want to cook them again for 3 weeks but you went to the store and bought a 1/2 pound of fresh mushrooms, you're practically flushing money by letting good food go bad. I cook a lot and find is really relaxing and enjoyable, so it can be a thrill to figure out how to make that leftover rosemary work with whatever other ingredients are lingering in the fridge after a couple of well-planned meals. However, Peach Dish is still super appealing to me! Particularly during this time of year when several nights a week we have plans that limit my kitchen time. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Oh, speaking of time! Each meal comes with a cook time estimate. That way, you can time your meals out just like a 1950s housewife who manages to have everything on the table at exactly 6pm with not a burnt roll in site. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Not only is Peach Dish convenient for their prep work, but they also deliver your basket of ingredients directly to your front door. Say goodbye to elbowing other shoppers in the Publix produce section on Christmas Eve! You no longer have to fight for the last 2 baking potatoes! Let Peach Dish do the hard work of creating delicious meals, measuring, and delivering ingredients directly to your door. You take care of cooking and feeling like a super hero who just whips up fantastic meals without ever breaking a sweat. 

If you need a little help making amazing meals for the holidays, check out their holiday menu and order today! You will not be disappointed and you'll be filled with pride knowing you cooked it yourself (from scratch!) rather than ordering from a caterer or getting pre-packaged foods at the deli. 

Go on, make and eat great food!!


10 Things To Do for Christmas In Atlanta

Ahhh, Christmas time! There’s a chill in the air of about 70 degrees, no snow on the ground, and Peppermint Mocha is in season. That’s how you know it’s almost time to open presents and spend time with loved ones here in Atlanta.  If you’ve got family coming to visit this holiday season, don’t just sit around and stare at each other, go out and do something!

Not sure what to do? We’ve collected some ideas of great holiday fun for the whole family all around the city.

1.     See the Sights, All Covered in Lights! From Centennial Olympic Park downtown to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens midtown, the city is covered in lights. Some are free to see, others charge a fee. I’ve turned into Dr. Seuss by accident… Don’t miss your favorite Atlanta attractions decorated for the Holiday Season.

2.     Tour the Governor’s Mansion! Take on some political debating at Thanksgiving with your family? Why not stir the pot even more and take them to the helm of Georgia’s government! But seriously, it’s beautiful and packed with history. Make reservations for groups of 10 or more or just pop by Tuesday-Thursday between 10-11am.

3.     Tour Callanwolde all dressed up in Holiday lights and designer décor. This beautiful Tudor Revival home is a real show stopper on a normal day, so check it out now to really be blown away!

4.     See a Felt Rudolph Gallop About! If your guest list for Christmas includes children, a trip to the Center for Puppetry Arts is a must! Not only is there a remake of the stop motion Rudolph TV special, but they also have a new Jim Henson exhibit complete with Miss Piggy’s Treasure Island costume!!!!

5.     Have Tiny Tim Melt Your (and Scrooge’s!) Heart. Head over to the Alliance Theater for the classic Charles Dickens tale “A Christmas Carol”. While you’re at it, make some hot chocolate and watch the Muppet version at home first. Gonzo and Rizzo perform their little felt hearts out!

6.     Get Outside! Nothing is better than crisp winter air. If you aren’t familiar with the many trails in the city, check out the Chattahoochee National Park for starters. It’s close to the city, absolutely beautiful, and full of falling leaves, waterfalls, and nature all around. The perfect activity for burning off some of those cookies you ate and enjoying the outdoors.

7.     Go Tubing! In the snow! Stone Mountain is only a stone’s throw away (hehe) and features a winter wonderland with snow tubing, lights everywhere, and much more for the whole family.

8.     Make Apple Cider. Just north of the city, in the North Georgia Mountains, there are apple farms where you can pick your own apples! What a fun outing for the whole family. After that, try your hand at baking a pie or making your own cider. Cooking can be fun, especially when you do it together!

9.     See A Holiday Movie. There are so many movies that come out on Christmas day, and while I’ve never been a fan of going to the movies on Christmas, if you’re feeling froggy or if you want to do something laid back on the 26th , stop by one of the area’s movie theaters with recliners! One trip to AMC Phipps Plaza, and you’ll never want to sit in a regular movie seat again. It’s advisable to reserve you seat in advance to make sure you get a spot.

10.  Stay Home and Hang Out! Last but not least, spend some quality time together with your family and friends just hanging out and enjoying each other’s company. Pick up some board games or download a few on your smartphone like Ellen’s Head’s Up. It’s fun and makes hilarious videos of your family acting things out like cute little fools.

 

We hope you have some fun things planned with your family this holiday season. Do you have any great ideas for other things to do in the city this Christmas? Let us know in the comments!

 

It Looks A Lot Like Christmas!

It's not even just beginning to look a lot like Christmas. It's been looking a lot like Christmas for quite some time and we don't mind a bit. We love the sparkly lights and brightly colored ornaments all over the city.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Have you had the chance to decorate your home for the holidays yet? If not, check out the beautiful decorations you can get for yourself from West Elm at Ponce City Market, Parker Kennedy Living, and Stanton Home Furnishings!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What's better than an adorable Christmas ornament that looks like a dog? One that gives back, of course! If you've been reading our blog for any length of time, you know that we LOVE animals and that we are in the middle of a fundraiser to benefit PAWS Atlanta. Interested? Donate now to get some beautiful cards that make the perfect gift for the animal love in your life. While you're at it, head over to West Elm and pick up one of these ornaments with a portion of proceeds benefiting the ASPCA!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

There's a great selection of soft, white, more glamorous Christmas decorations at West Elm. If that's not your thing, the whimsical decorations abound, too!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

If you're looking for something with a little more dramatic, then you have got to get to Parker Kennedy Living! Their curated collection of Christmas decorations is bursting with color and personality!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

We wish you a very happy holiday season!

Photo by Christina Wedge of Stanton Home Furnishings

Photo by Christina Wedge of Stanton Home Furnishings