Our Sunday traditions have pretty much taken root as we have gotten more used to being home alone. "Empty Nesters" they call us! Well, it seems to go in spurts but I like it like that! Anyway, after church and lunch we usually go walk the parkway or I go to Pure Barre and Jim goes to Lifetime to workout. Regardless, we always run by my shop so that I can sit in the dark and the quiet and just BE! It is so nice to see what has gone on over the weekend and get my thoughts together! And it's always so nice to find a surprise! The Cottage Journal was a great surprise on my desk today!
As I've been reading it and re-reading it my heart kept going back to this lovely home owned by designer, Ashley Gilbreath in Montgomery, Alabama. Yes…maybe it is because it's just right down the road from us in Birmingham but I think it's because I LOVE her Christmas decorations! Elegant but understated! Just like I talked about in my last post!
I knew I would love her for a lot reasons! One being that she resides in Alabama…two being that she studied in New York and started her career with Richard Keith Langham and THREE being she is a Louisiana native! Being that my daughter and her husband live in Louisiana I am always partial to that!
But truly it was her style that drew me in when I first perused the magazine…her seemingly effortless creations that breathed life into her Christmas decor. Sometimes I feel so burned out with doing everything over the top…maybe it's because I have a shop and we start decorating so early and have to truly "showcase" all of our "wares"!
It is a breath of fresh air to see all of the wonderful and natural greenery that Ashely incorporates in her Christmas decorating. I was so glad they showcased her very own home in Montgomery!
Don't you just love this gorgeous magnolia and boxwood wreath? I truly would kill for that!
( ok…maybe not kill, but you knew what I meant!)
And these beautiful stockings! I'm always searching high and low for these! For myself as well as for the shop! I love these! I love the colors especially!
Her kitchen is stunning…it's calming…it's a place to retreat. I love the candlesticks, the boxwood ball and the mirror! I'm in love with the mirror!
Ok…maybe not all day….
But it sure is pretty!
And I can certainly picture myself relaxing in this gorgeous family room just staring at the beautifully decorated tree
after washing dishes! But what a gorgeous room this is! I would bet that a roaring fire in the fireplace would only add to the warmth we can already envision here!~
The Cottage Journal certainly gave us a great window into Ashley Gilbreath's home.
As I was researching her I came across this Christmas picture from her website.
It was too pretty not to share! I love the hide rug as well! And I love a live wreath over a mirror! It is probably my all time favorite way to decorate a formal or informal room!
Meet Ashley Gilbreath! Check out her gorgeous website as well as her portfolio as soon as you can!
You can see her website HERE!
Hope this gave you some wonderful ideas for your Christmas decorating this year! I'm still stuck on selling our beautiful turkeys at the shop so we can enjoy Thanksgiving!
Nonetheless…it's the most wonderful time of the year for sure!
Let's talk soon!