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Happy International Women’s Day! As mother, wife, and friend it means so much to me to see women celebrated and lifted. I know I just shared these photos last week in Lilly’s Bedroom Reveal post but I want to share these three again today to highlight one of the best books Lilly and I have ever read (and we’ve read a lot!).



Bedtime Stories for Rebel Girls is comprised of 100 stories about the lives of 100 extraordinary women from the past and present. All beautifully illustrated by 60 amazingly talented female artists from around the world. This book is so good that I think every girl should own it. We are getting the sequel  edition, Bedtime Stories for Rebel Girls 2, for Lilly for Easter.



“Adventure is worthwhile in itself” – Amelia Earhart. Check out the Rebel Girls books right here :)



my white shirt, lilly’s yellow shirt


Photos by Gray Benko.




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I am REALLY happy to share these pictures of Lilly’s bedroom makeover with Annie Selke. It was high time for a fresh look in here. When I asked Lilly if she would like to make over her room she gave me one of these…



Duh, Mom. Annie Selke was the perfect partner for this project because we already know and love the brand. I used a lot of AS products at Coral House! They hold up well and are easy to care for, so they’re great for a kid’s room.



It’s obvious that Lilly loves her “new” room. The bedding is SO soft. Like, so soft that I barely want to get up after bedtime stories. We knew we wanted to lighten up her room so I chose the Stone Washed Linen White Duvet Cover for her bed. It feel cozy and luxurious, and it’s machine washable and can be thrown in the dryer, too.



The Trio Coral Sheet Set is 400 thread count and has a clean but bright look. Super comfy, too. These are her new favorite sheets that she wants on her bed at all times.



Naturally Lilly wanted some more pink in her room, so the Stone Washed Linen Coral Shams were the perfect accent to pull together the linen duvet and coral edged sheets. And the Laundered Linen Coral Decorative Pillow gives a nice seamless look (plus it makes for a great body pillow).



The Citrus Shimmer Velvet Decorative Pillows pull in the green stripe of the rug. That Annie Selke makes it easy to mix & match ;)



Here’s a close up of the Josie Ticking Woven Cotton Rug. If it looks familiar, we have it at Coral House, too!



Annie Selke sent along their Odette Ostrich and it’s a big hit with Lilly!



The Washed Linen White Window Panels brighten up the room a ton and make the small space feel larger.



We love Lilly’s new room, it’s the perfect space for her to play and dream.



Annie Selke Home Products:


stonewashed linen white duvet cover

trio coral sheet set

stone washed linen coral shams

laundered linen coral decorative pillow

citrus shimmer velvet decorative pillows

josie ticking woven cotton rug

washed linen white window panel

odette ostrich



my white shirt, lilly’s yellow shirt,

good night stories for rebel girls book



Photography by Gray Benko. Thank you to Annie Selke for partnering on this post. 





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Date: Nov 30 2017

Filed Under: Entertaining, Family, Lilly Likes

I’m excited to share my 2nd Gift Guide this season… this one is for the kids. If you’re anything like me you need all the ideas you can get, and these are my best picks!



Book Collection – Books are always under the tree at our house!

Easy Weaver – For all the creatives out there, looks so fun.

Wheely Sneakers – Don’t pretend like you don’t want a pair, too.

Bluetooth Headphones – So you don’t have to hear the song 10x + great for travel.

Hatchimal Eggs – I’m pretty sure this was Fletcher’s favorite birthday gift.

Rainbow Bird – Lilly has. Lilly loves. We even had her birthday cookies made to match.

Gizmo Smart Watch – The #1 item on Lilly’s list.

Scratch & Sketch Book – Trust me on this one. For all the ages.

Hazel Village Dolls – My most favorite stuffed animal to gift.

Umbrella Ice Pop Mold – Kids love ice pops.

Magic 8 Ball – My kids love the one we gave Lilly for her birthday. #nostalgia

Flamingo Slippers – How can you resist these?

Croquet Set – Great outdoor game and it’s portable.

Bumper Balls – Wouldn’t these just be the most fun?

Taylor Swift Record – Because you’re a cool mom/aunt. Pair it with a new…

Turntable Record Player – 1 of my fave gifts to give this year.




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What’s better than back to school shopping? Back to school shopping with your BFF! Lilly and Farris are ready for their first day of school with their new outfits from Kohl’s!





It’s shocking how much kids grow in a summer. Keeping them dressed in cute and comfortable clothing that actually fits can be a struggle, so I’m thankful for affordable resources like Kohl’s. Their back to school collection is pretty cool, and thankfully Lilly agrees (making my life a little bit easier finding first day outfits for under $50).





Cute and comfortable sneakers are a back to school necessity for my kids, and I love that Kohl’s carries both converse and the classic stripe adidas :) Super cute mini style!






And can we talk about how seeing Lilly carrying a Jansport backpack makes my heart happy? I had a pink one just like it when I was little.




These two have their game face on and are ready to crush their first day of 2nd grade. You can check out the Kohl’s back to school collection right here! And a bonus – today is the first day of the Kohl’s big Friends & Family Sale with 20% off site wide! Happy Shopping :)


Lilly Wearing:

navy poplin belted shirtdress, checkered head wrap,

pink converse sneakers, pink jansport backpack


Farris Wearing:

white picot polo shirt, stretch skinny jeans, stripe adidas sneakers


Photography by Gray Benko. Sponsored by Kohl’s and ShopStyle. 20% off sitewide Friends and Family Sale. Gift Cards; Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise or other charitable items; prestige brands of cosmetics, skincare and select brands of fragrance; select electrics; premium electronics and warranty products; consumables; premium sunglasses; sporting goods; sports team merchandise; select online-exclusives; American Girl; Columbia; Converse; Dyson; Koolaburra by UGG; Levi’s; Nike and Under Armour. 8/17 – 8/20.


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Date: Aug 3 2017

Filed Under: Decor, Family, Lilly Likes

As kids grow their needs change. We moved past cribs and toddler beds a long time ago, but for the past 2 years Fletcher has been sleeping on just a bedspring and mattress. At first it was to transition him from side rails because he’s kind of a wild sleeper and I didn’t want him to fall from a high bed. He liked sleeping pretty low to the ground though, which was fine by me. When he recently expressed interest in an actual bed I turned to ducduc because I’ve been a long time fan of their eco-friendly kids furniture.


Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer


While ducduc has a whole collection of really cool, modern furniture, what I love most about them is that you can customize each and every piece and they’re all made to order! Fletcher loved getting to help design his new alex platform bed! He insisted upon having these two large pull out drawers to stash his toys and things he wanted to keep out of his sister’s eye sight.


Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer


And I really love this little bench and storage shelf at the end of the bed! It get’s used A LOT.


Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer

Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer

Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer


All of ducduc’s pieces are made well with solid hardwood and plywood (no mdf) and are made in Connecticut. They use green materials and finishes that can be color matched to any Pantone color. They also provide white glove delivery service with assembly :)


Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer


Don’t worry, Lilly wasn’t left out. She starts 2nd grade in two weeks and has outgrown her little antique desk that we used to have in her room. We chose this ducduc cabana vanity because it doubles as a desk/vanity.


Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer

Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer


It has two drawers on each side (with ouchless, self closing drawer glides) for all of Lilly’s supplies. The middle compartment easily pops up and has a mirror, which is Lilly’s favorite part.


Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer

Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer

Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer


I love it because it’s the sort of piece that I could totally move somewhere else in our house.


Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer

Charlotte Elizabeth Photographer


The kids are so happy with their colorful and cute new rooms. You can check out ducduc’s whole furniture collection right here!


Photography by Charlotte Elizabeth Photo. Thank you to ducduc for partnering on this post.



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Date: Feb 6 2017

Filed Under: Decor, Lilly Likes

I’m highlighting an artist crush today who is full of talent and that I’ve talked about before. Chambers Austelle is a Charleston girl who first caught my eye thanks to her lady portrait series. I commissioned her to do a portrait for Coral House and couldn’t be happier with how the piece turned out. Now she has me coveting more pieces from her upcoming Birdcage Exhibition!



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Lilly and I popped by the Beresford Studios gallery over the weekend for a sneak peek of some of the pieces. This pink lady below is Lilly’s most favorite (and I think maybe mine, too). Isn’t her face exquisite? I love her raised eyebrow.


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I can’t wait to see the whole exhibit come together because these are just the beginning. There will be a mix of portraits and abstracts and prices begin at $150. The show opens this Friday night (February 10th) with a reception from 6 – 9 at Beresford Studios located at 20 Fulton Street downtown Charleston (right by Fulton Five). Maybe I’ll see some of you there? And you can follow along with Chambers on her instagram!



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