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A Funky Kirkwood Cottage by Susie Mae Design

Hello everyone! I'm finally posting about this master suite and guest bathroom that I promised I would post about a million years ago. I'm getting preeeetty good at this protracted posting schedule :) 

Christina and I are both in the midst of renovations. Which, as you may have experienced yourself, typically uncover some fairly interesting issues. So, we've been sorting through stacks of wood, dust, cans of paint, tile samples, and plenty of stress. In times like this, it's nice to look back on finished projects that are clean and pretty and don't have stacks of junk everywhere. 

I'm very lucky for several reasons (and here are just a couple). One, because I have a job that I love and clients who are really great to work with. And two, because I get to work with Christina who so beautifully captures interiors and graciously agrees to photograph my work for our blog. 

I love the calm white bedding and cool neutral walls with the more active prints and colorful accessories. This client lives in a fun Kirkwood bungalow and is not afraid of color and pattern mixing--I love that! 

We chose to anchor the room with touches of black, including this fabulous table by Jonathan Adler. It's such a gorgeous black laquer finish and the pagoda style is classic and modern all at once. We had to wait a while on this one as it was custom ordered, and the finish and hardware we chose is no longer available. But it was worth the wait! 

Now, for my favorite part of the room. The fabrics!!!! On this king sized bed, which is a Beauty Rest Black Hybrid (plug for my hubby's company), we used 3 Euro shams in the same style as the duvet cover. In front of that, we had two custom king shams made with the most sumptuous and beautiful Laura Kirar for Highland Court embroidered material with green backing and piping. From the moment I saw this material in a presentation by the Duralee rep at Miko + Boone Home, I knew I HAD to use it! More specifically, I want a dress made with it but I figured something beautiful in my client's home was more appropriate... for now ;)

Let's not overlook the drapery material, which you will see again in the master bathroom. It's a white background with black polka dots that get thicker and thinner to create stripes. So, pattern mixing in one material? Oh yeah!

We finished the space with a simple gallery wall in soft colors. 

For the master bathroom, my client was very adventurous! I suggested we paint the walls black and she said "Sounds good!". It's a bold statement, but it works since the tile and countertops are light and reflect a lot of natural light coming in through the window. The master bath is also just off the bedroom, so it connects the two rooms with that anchor black color we used on the drapery, side table, and rug. 

My client had these gorgeous, colorful prints of birds. They were the perfect addition to the bathroom walls. Large, white mats were used with white frames to make them pop off the wall and add a little more light and bright to the bold bathroom walls.

The bathroom has plenty of good storage, but for a little extra towel storage and decorative appeal, we added a simple white cart. This could be used as a bar cart, but they don't have to be used just for bars! 

Perhaps my favorite part of the bathroom is the towel rack. Acrylic antlers! Aren't they cute? The layout of the bathroom doesn't have enough wall space just by the shower for an easily accessible towel just after a shower, so now my client has a place to keep her towel and she doesn't have to get water all over the floor. 

Ok, ok, so I may have another favorite part of this project. This wallpaper!!!! It's a block printed grasscloth in a natural tone with white zebra print. It's important to have a good wallpaper installer for grasscloth, especially the kind that needs to be trimmed first. There's something so spa like about this bathroom, and yet also funky-cool.  

Again, my client already had this artwork and it is the perfect style for the room being that it is a bathing lady.  

This was such a fun project to do! My client and I have just started two other rooms and we've begun ordering, so more from this fun house to come in a bit! 

 

 

Design by Susie Mae Design. All photos by Christina Wedge Photography. Written by Susie Prince. All photos by Christina Wedge Photography. 

Drapery Solutions for Difficult Windows

Window coverings make a HUGE difference in the way a room feels and functions. They provide privacy, energy efficiency, softness, and beauty. If you happen to have a window that is a different shape or surrounded by unusual moulding or built-ins, what do you do? This is when custom draperies are especially important. They hang better, look better, and are way more functional than a one-size-fits-all ready-made drape. We're going to highlight some lovely solutions to unique windows with gorgeous window coverings by some of our favorite designers and we know it will inspire you to take on your next home design project! 

I love Roman shades! They are simple and elegant, and most of all, super functional. This design by Cristi Holcomb Interiors features both Roman shades and drapery panels. The window seat would feel incomplete without a window covering of some kind, but obviously drapery panels would not do the trick in this built-in and seating area. I love the addition of the pink trim on the edge to tie everything together.

How pretty is that valance on the right?! I love the use of the same material in such different ways in this design by MBG Interiors. Since the fabulous ceiling and beams come down lower on one side than the other, a valance is the perfect solution for creating height and continuity between the windows and doors on the opposite wall. I am really digging the fabric in this design!  

This open-concept space by Julie Montgomery Interiors features several different types of window coverings, all of which solve a different problem for different windows. This one creates height and warmth and feels a little like a headboard when there isn't room for one. And how cool is this bed? Built into the wall with storage below. Such a smart solution!

I love big, dramatic windows. But sometimes they can be an energy suck and make the house really hot, particularly here in the South. I adore these drapes designed by Lori May Interiors! They are so fabulous and luxurious and they solve that problem by creating a barrier between the hot outdoors and the cool indoors, while also framing the windows and highlighting their beauty. 

Miko + Boone Home 

Miko + Boone Home 

What do you do when a bay window needs to be softened and you need to add height? You do what Miko + Boone Home did in this lovely dining room. These drapes are so pretty. Without them, the room would feel incomplete. They draw your eye upward and create height in the room while also adding texture and a little bit of color. Just gorgeous!

There are so many more complicated windows and creative solutions by designers, it would take forever to even scratch the surface! If you have a design dilemma, let us know! We'd love to hear from you and would love even more to work with you.

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...

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!

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!



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

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!

 

Spotlight On: Gretchen Wagner of Thrive or Dye

Every so often, you run across someone who is so warmly genuine, kind, and positive that you can almost feel it before you even speak to them. That's the case with our spotlight today, Gretchen Wagner

I met Gretchen one night this summer when Victor and I went to Decatur to meet our friends Josh and Lauren from Home Free. They were celebrating a friend's birthday, so we joined them and had a blast! The birthday girl was Gretchen. She was so sweet and inviting, even though we were crashing her birthday party. As we chatted, I learned that Gretchen has a beautiful line of hand dyed goods cleverly called Thrive or Dye. It turns out, she already knew about Ends In Style because she knows Christina! Such a small, wonderful world sometimes.

We are so happy to introduce you to Gretchen Wagner if you don't already know her. She's a great lady and we're thrilled to turn the spotlight on her and her beautiful work today! She has an enormous amount of talent that inspires us. After reading this, I feel sure you'll want one of every single thing she makes!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

"I may be a one woman army when it comes to putting the pieces together, but it's the late nights drinking wine with friends while they help me put on the finishing touches where the magic really happens. I take pride in that the work is all produced locally and by me. Maybe I'm a quality control freak but I like knowing that every piece I ship has been through my hands. Since I produce on a smaller scale, I put a little part of me into every piece and that's what is most important."

- Gretchen Wagner

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

How did you get your start?

I graduated from SCAD with a BFA in Fibers and immediately moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee. With a less than "state of the art" studio I started out painting watercolors which eventually led me back to working in a dye lab with textiles. After a few years of building Thrive as a brand, I made the decision to take some time away from dyeing and sewing to recharge myself creatively. So, I exchanged my thread snippers for my paintbrush and here I am. Exploring and having the most amazing time reconnecting with myself and my art. That's always been my passion.

Photo by Christina Wedge 

Photo by Christina Wedge 

Was there one job or contract that set the course of your career?

This is a difficult question to answer, but what most people don't realize is that I actually work a full time day job for a radical company, Interface (www.interface.com). I spend my days working on their Creative and Marketing teams and at night I work on all this (waves hands) in my home studio. I've learned what it means to run a good and honest business, how to stay true to myself all the while staying creative and passionate about what I do. Interface is an integral part in supporting this vision of mine and the people are pretty great too.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What is your favorite/most successful way to advertise?

I guess I rely mostly on social media, and by social media I mean Instagram. To me it's the only way to be. Everything about it screams visual overload and there are endless ways to connect with likeminded creatives. Of course I post my final "styled" shots but my favorite things to share are the works in progress where I can reveal something about my process or studio life. To me, running a small business is all about being transparent and showing your true self and what better way to communicate that than through pictures?

If there were one thing you could change about your career, what would it be?

I spent so much time trying to scale and grow my business only to realize that one of my favorite things is how small it is, how I get to call all the shots and how I get to say yes and no whenever I want to. If I want to laze around all weekend and do nothing but eat french fries and watch Netflix, I can. I can't even tell you how many times I've been swept up in the speed of all this only to realize that it's my foot on the accelerator. I'd like to go back and teach myself that lesson a little earlier. Life and art is so much better when you can take breaks to be with the people you love instead of feeling lonely in your studio.

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Photo by Christina Wedge

What is your favorite stress reliever?

Watching "Clueless", dark chocolate with raspberries, hot water with lemon and rummaging through my old sketchbooks (I save everything!).

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Photo by Christina Wedge

What is your favorite destination?

I'm fortunate in that I get to travel a lot for my day job, but I'd have to say my favorite place to travel is Savannah. I take a few trips every year and try to take at least one solo voyage. Maybe it's nostalgia, maybe it's not, but it's the place where whenever I go back it feels like coming home. It's the best place to spend a weekend sleeping in, drinking coffee and biking to your next sketchbook stop.

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Photo by Christina Wedge

If you're even half as in love with Gretchen's work as I am, check out her website at thriveordye.com and her etsy shop! You've got Christmas gifts to buy and you're sure to find amazing things for everyone on your list with Gretchen! Shop small, shop local, and shop Thrive or Dye!  




Women (And Men) Be Shoppin!

The "women be shoppin" joke has been alllll over TV and the internet, but it always brings me back to the first movie I had on VHS tape to go with my TV/VCR combo I got for Christmas in 1997. That movie was The Nutty Professor. This post isn't about the Nutty Professor (disappointing, I know!), but do yourself a favor and reminisce the Dave Chappelle comic spoof here that started it all. 

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Since we’re closing in on Thanksgiving in a hurry, that means it’s almost time to start shopping for Christmas. This year, when you make your plans for Black Friday shopping, check out these local shops where you can get great deals and know you’re supporting our community. So come on, everyone! Let's be shoppin'!

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Beehive –The Beehive is a boutique filled with artfully designed handmade gifts and more!

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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

Brick+Mortar- A great shop featuring different vendors each month. November is Yield Design and December is Yield Design, Abbey Glass, and Little Barn Apothecary. 

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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

Crafted- Crafted/Westside is a collective comprised of talented artisans and designers, primarily from Atlanta and the surrounding region. A great place for unique and beautiful gifts including cards made by us!

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Stanton Home Furnishings- A Virginia Highlands home décor and furniture store with gifts and home goods for everyone on your list.

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Miko + Boone- Gorgeous home decor shop with beautiful artisan made gifts in Roswell. Read more about them here!

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Redefined Home Boutique- Beautiful, classic home décor and gifts shop with two locations. One in Westside and one in Brookhaven.

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Savory Spice- An Atlanta shop for spices and herbs of all varieties in pretty packages.

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Steve McKenzies- Home décor, gifts, tabletop décor, jewelry, bags, and more!

Scarlet Thread ShopFor the creatives in your life, the planner by Michele Williams of The Scarlet Thread Consulting is the perfect gift! I'll be ordering one for myself as soon as possible!

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Tough Boot Co.- Stylish boots, denim, jackets, and accessories with high style and quality, too!

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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

Vintage ATL- A great local frame shop where you can have special items framed beautifully in many custom arrangements with a great gallery of art for sale as well.

Casual Elegance in Roswell, GA

Among the sea of little boutiques for furniture and home decor, a few stand well above the rest in quality, service, and taste. This week, I attended a business education class with Michele Williams of The Scarlet Thread Consulting (if you own a business, you owe it to yourself to take this class!!!). The class was held in the designer resource center at Miko + Boone Home in Roswell, GA. 

 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Miko + Boone is a store that offers so much more! For homeowners, they have retail furnishings and full-service by-appointment interior design. For designers, they have a trade program along with an entire resource center downstairs with book after book of exquisite fabrics, rugs, wallpapers, and basically anything else designers wish they had all in one place. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

There aren't too many stores that I think "I'll have one of each, please!" upon walking in the door, but Miko + Boone Home is certainly one of them. The graceful, casual elegance that meets you at the door is the same you'll find in their friendly and knowledgeable staff. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

The space is so inviting! Come to shop the decor items and the furniture, and you'll feel right at home. Each piece is so thoughtfully selected, that every area of the store feels as if it could be a cozy room in a beautifully designed home. 

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

If you're looking for gifts, Miko + Boone has them! From beautiful, handcrafted cards, to place cards, to guest napkins, and more, they've got lovely pieces from local artists that are sure to please.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Speaking of local artists, Miko + Boone features artwork by local painters, including Britt Bass whose studio is two doors down. In fact, Owner and Principal Designer, Amy Ferrer just so happens to be Britt's mom! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

So, if you're looking for high quality, high style home design products, stop by and shop local with Miko + Boone! If you're a designer, talk to one the their staff about their designer resource center downstairs. I can't wait to source some of these beautiful pieces for some lucky clients!

 

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Woof! Woof! We have an announcement!

We are pawsitively thrilled to announce that we are partnering with PAWS Atlanta for a very special Ends In Style project, coming to you just in time for the holidays! 

Christina and I are both absolutely crazy about our dogs (some friends say I'm a crazy dog lady, but I prefer "dog enthusiast"). We are especially fond of rescue and shelter dogs. My sweet and perfect angel baby, Weezy (see? I'm not a crazy dog lady!) was adopted from a rescue society, STARS, just outside of Statesboro, GA and Christina adopted her sweet pup, Hershey from PAWS Atlanta.  Our pets have given us so much love and happiness over the years, so we wanted to do something to give back and to help those dogs and cats who haven't yet found their furever homes. 

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Photo by Christina Wedge

Hershey is pleased to help us announce that we are creating adorable paper goods featuring precious adoptable cats and dogs from PAWS Atlanta. All proceeds from the sale of these products will benefit PAWS Atlanta! Just in time for Christmas gifts, our cards and calendars will be for sale with the cutest little models you ever did see! This year, give your friends and family a gift that gives back! Add Ends In Style's cards and calendar to your wish list and know you're helping dogs and cats find homes this Christmas season!

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

So, look out for the adorable paper goods by Ends In Style coming soon to benefit PAWS Atlanta!

Fringe Skirt: 3 Ways

This season, fringe is in! When a new trend is on the rise, figuring out how to wear it can be a little tricky. We've teamed up with Shein.com to give you a few ideas for how you can wear fringe in a variety of ways! Check out their site for more on-trend looks shipped directly to your home. 

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photos by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photos by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Look #1

This look is a twist on a classic. If you want to play it safe and dip your toe into wearing a fringe skirt, this is a great way to do it. Using neutrals ties everything together and keeps your outfit soft and light.

SHOP THE LOOK: Silk top by Banana Republic (Similar), Brown Tassel Straight Skirt by Shein, Booties by Crown Vintage (Similar), Gray Felt Hat by CottonOn, and Quilted Leather Bag by Michael Kors (Similar). 

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, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

Photo by Christina Wedge, Style by Susie Roupe

LOOK #2

This look is also pretty tame and can be switched up a bit by changing from booties to heels. Again, using neutrals keeps the outfit easy to put together and adding a pop of color in a handbag (in the season's hottest mustard shade) keeps things a bit more interesting. Because the skirt has a high waist, I paired it with a cropped grey sweater. Perfect outfit for a fall day out on the town!

SHOP THE LOOK: Cropped Grey Cable Knit Sweater (Similar), Brown Tassel Straight Skirt by SheinBooties by Crown Vintage (Similar), Gray Felt Hat by CottonOn, Mustard Leather Handbag Michael by Michael Kors (Similar), Nude Leather Heels by Stuart Weitzman (Similar) 

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, Style by Susie Roupe

LOOK #3

This last look is the most funky of the three and I think I had the most fun wearing this one. Try wearing a fringe skirt with some colorful heels, a fun belt, and a colorful graphic tee for a more playful look. Add a neutral sweater for warmth and a neutral handbag to keep things from getting too crazy. 

Shop the Look: Blue Ombre Heels by Boutique 9, Kissing Foxes Belt by Anthropologie, Colorful Graphic Tee (Similar), Brown Tassel Straight Skirt by Shein. Grey Waterfall Cardigan (Similar)

 

So, tell us! What would you pair with a suede texture fringe skirt? Which of these outfits do you like best? 


Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

As a photographer and a photo stylist, we are obviously pretty big fans of pictures. It's an art that is close to our hearts, and is one that can so clearly capture love, pain, joy, and the full breadth of human emotions and creations.

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photos are such an important part of our culture. After all, when someone gets married, they have photos taken, when someone completes a work of art or design, they have it photographed for their portfolio. And when we see images of people in need or of historical events, we are moved and connected to the story. 

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

If you love photography like we do, you're in luck! Atlanta Celebrates Photography has hit the scene. Our city's heartbeat is our thriving art scene thanks to the Art Institute and SCAD, along with other colleges and universities drawing creative minds to Atlanta. In addition to the local art schools, Atlanta's culture draws people from near and far who are art enthusiasts or artists themselves. 

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Atlanta Celebrates Photography is happening throughout the city this month. You can find works of art, attend lectures, check out some films, and enjoy all that this festival has to offer no matter which area of the city you live in. Check out the festival guide here to find out where and when to be for all of the best of Photography in Atlanta. 


A Room With A Hue

What's a parent's greatest joy? When their kids become successful and move out, of course! While being empty nesters means more space and fewer mouths to feed each day, it also means a lot of old furniture and decorations that become a time capsule of 18-year-old-kid-style. 

In the case of these clients, they wanted to update their daughter's childhood bedroom from a whimsical blue and yellow teen bedroom with a traditional style to an inviting and more modern guest room for hosting family. Mrs. Client made a few attempts at updating on her own over time by bringing in antique twin beds to make space for more guests and purchasing upholstered stools that double as luggage racks. However, she felt like it just wasn't going anywhere so she brought me in! 

Merging styles is one of my favorite things to do at Susie Mae Design. These homeowners have a traditional style but they want to take it in a more modern direction while still maintaining their personal style. Having a room redesigned doesn't have to mean buying all new everything and starting from scratch--sometimes it may, but in this case, we were able to use a lot of pieces they already owned and just give them a quick facelift.  

BEFORE

Before we got started, the room was a flat pale blue and the trim was a deep glossy cream. The beds had traditional blue and yellow quilts. The oil rubbed bronze stools at the ends of the beds disappeared on the dark stained wood of the footboards. The room was laid out in the most efficient way, but there were a few things that needed to be changed to make it feel more open. The color needed updating and the lamp in the middle of the window was blocking the light streaming in from outside. This is one of the best parts of this room--dreamy daylight! The dresser in between the windows was not necessary as this bedroom is only being used for a guest room and storage is no longer an issue. The blockiness of the dresser made the room feel too heavy. Let's get to the afters!

AFTER

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Remember our post about when white does and doesn't work in a room? This room is one of those where it works beautifully! Lots of light pours into this room all day long, making it a perfect candidate for white walls. We chose to paint the ceiling a bright, fresh, flat white and the walls and trim in egg shell Dover White by Sherwin Williams. Painting the trim and the walls the same shade gives this room an airy feel and "adults it up" a bit. Dover White has just the slightest hint of warmth in it which goes beautifully with the warm tones we chose in this room.

The first piece we chose for this room drove the color palette and was the inspiration for the look and feel of the rest. We found these soft, luxurious throws and loved the coral/poppy color. This room needed a punch of color and these throws helped us start that off in the right direction. The homeowner wanted to maintain some traditional elements and I really liked the lines of the twin beds and the benches as well, so we chose to keep those.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

However, the stools disappeared on the footboards. We painted the stools a satin off white and recovered them in a beeeeeeautiful watercolor floral fabric with touches of gold. Something that is really fun to do right now is bring in gold and brass when updating a traditional space. This home has all brass doorknobs and brass is makng a comeback in a big way, so instead of replacing those pieces, we brought in touches of the hue on our fabric, some accessories, and hardware.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

We swapped out the white faux wood blinds for bamboo shades for a more modern look and replaced the yellow and white striped valance with some custom made drapes. Custom made....for someone else! When you're on a budget, a great resource is a drapery workroom or decorator warehouse (like this one) that often has custom made high quality draperies that either didn't fit or a client was unhappy with them. Sometimes, it may be that there are only one or two panels. In this case, we found these gorgeous panels (fabric I'd already been eyeing for the space!) originally made for $525 for the custom client on sale for $75!!! My client had a gift card for the store for $50 so we scored $525 custom drapes for $25! Talk about an insane deal! We already loved the fabric and were talking of making window coverings with it so we knew it was meant to be! Picking up some extra, the handy homeowner made the box pleat valance at the dimensions I requested. Is she good, or what?!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

The window has just enough space on either side to mount the hardware for a valance and we took advantage of every inch for maximum impact.  

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

In the before, the room seemed so heavy with the weight of the wooden beds and the dresser in un-matched stains and styles. It took a little searching, but we came across this beauty at a consignment shop. I wanted something wider than the dresser that would sit either just under the window sill or flush with it. The turned legs had that traditional flair I was looking for and the open shelving meant more storage without the visual weight. I painted this a snap pea green to bring in a more playful element and to pick up on the greens in the floral fabric.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Another great resource for decorating on a budget is a hotel liquidation store. There are a few in Georgia and they're quite the treasure hunt! We found these lamps with the exact right green translucent portion for $20 each! I wouldn't recommend going there looking for something in particular, but it's worth checking out and if you see something you love, maybe store it for future use! The stock is constantly changing. For this room, the hotel function on the lamps is convenient for guests. The room feels like a boutique hotel and also a home all at once. 

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

Every room needs a personal touch, even the guest rooms! We chose to use a wool throw the homeowner's mother crocheted to warm up the room for chilly Christmas-time visits. It's such a beautiful touch!

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

Speaking of personal touches, Not only did my client sew all her own pillows using the fabrics and pillow sizes we selected, but she had a great selection of artwork in storage in the bonus room. We chose three paintings of homes, two of which were collected on a trip with her husband to Bermuda, and one brought back from a mission trip to Trinidad by the very daughter who used to sleep in this room each night. We framed them all in gold/brass frames and balanced them on the opposite wall with a large print of "The Secret Garden" which was the homeowner's favorite book as a child. The mirrors were a find my client already had as well. They had a cottagey feel with the original paint colors, so we painted them cream and added Rub 'n Buff in antique gold to the edges to tie in the touches of gold around the room. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

One of my favorite touches in a room is hardware. Why add boring knobs if you can use a beautiful textured gold knob that looks like a tiny piece of art, or a hand painted knob, or knobs like these! These little beauties jumped out at me when I was casually shopping in Anthropologie (more accurately, I was getting knots in my stomach because I wanted EVERYTHING). I just knew these were the final touch I'd been looking for. The knobs are made from new bone china and have the same watercolor look as the floral fabric we chose for the stools and throw pillows. It doesn't hurt a bit that they have a hint of gold on the edges!

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

A guest room isn't complete without cards to write either thank you notes or letters home to tell about your trip. It's old-fashioned, but a real card beats an e-card (unless its a dancing elf with your face on it Jib Jab style) any day of the week! Also, give guests an alarm clock so they can stay unplugged but won't miss out on any fun you have planned for them. This clock and tray for the cards had both a little black to help anchor the room and touches of the gold hues I wanted to bring in whenever I could. 

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

Flowers and a live plant are an essential to almost any room. They bring life and brightness just by being there! I love these tulips! They're the perfect colors for the room and really make it feel welcoming.

We hope you enjoyed this little tour of a one room makeover on a budget completed by Susie Mae Design and we hope you feel inspired to tackle some projects in your own home so you can enjoy it more than ever! 

Interested in getting started? Give me (Susie) a call! I'd love to work with you to achieve the home style you've been hoping for!

Hop's Chicken at Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market is a wonderful location for shopping, eating, and even living! You can get just about anything you want in this one location, and with more shops opening in the coming months, it will just keep getting better and better! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Atlanta, of course, is a destination for delicious fried chicken. The birthplace of chicken and waffles as well as Chick-Fil-A to name a few and now, Hop's Chicken joins the ranks of fantastic fried chicken establishments in "the A". Hop's is owned by the same group who brings the acclaimed "Best Burger in Atlanta" to Braves games and to their amazing restaurant, Holeman and Finch. If you need more convincing to try them out, please see the photos below of the crispy, juicy awesomeness.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

At Hop's, the prices are great, and the chicken is greater! We ordered two different meals. I got the sandwich with Frim Fram sauce and a side of cole slaw. The chicken is juicy and tender on a soft, buttery bun topped with bread and butter pickles. When you add on Frim Fram sauce, it adds a layer of tang that is positivley delightful! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Order chicken by the piece, and you get an amazing deal! The chicken is where it's at. You'll get more bang for your buck by ordering by the piece and it is to die for! Very tender and juicy with excellent seasoning. We ordered this with Aunt Julia's Barbecue sauce. Divine! We tried this one with succotash for a dash of color. 

Our recommendation? Go to Hop's and get the chicken by the piece and an assortment of sauces. You won't regret it!

What to Wear in September

Tranistional weather can be a tricky thing in Georgia. We don't really have much of a spring or fall, so when you see the cute fall outfits in the back-to-school ads, do you think to yourself like I do "that outfit MIGHT work in November...but not September!"? How do you dress comfortably here in the South when the weather is still hot, but autumn is just around the corner? What do you reach for when you want to dress seasonally appropriate but also be comfortable and weather appropriate as well? 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Our recommendation? Start lengthening your sleeves OR hemlines, but not both at once. Also, wear very light fabrics like chambray that lend themselves to layering throughtout the fall but have breezy nature to the material you can enjoy wearing while the weather is still muggy and hot. 

Links below for where to buy similar items

Links below for where to buy similar items

We are loving gold accessories for September. The warmth of the metal is great for the upcoming fall season. Bring in a dash of suede into the mix in either your shoes or a handbag. A great way to lighten up the heavier fall material is to get some transitional sandals like these. These sandals are a favorite! Suede with a peep toe and laser cut details with a little more coverage than many other sandals, make these shoes perfect for the "in between" seasons. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

A color that is very "in" for the fall is MUSTARD! YAY! As a redhead, I love all of the colors that are in during the crisp autumn months. Most everyone who has any pigment at all to their skin (you're so, so lucky if you are tan, by the way!) may not be as wild about the more muted harvest-inspired shades. If you are afraid of mustard tones washing you out, go for shoes or a nice skirt, or maybe even some bold pants for a fun way to mix this hot shade into your wardrobe! 

PS. Want to feel pretty? Hire Christina Wedge to take your portraits for your website or just for fun! You are guaranteed to feel like hot stuff!