Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Just a friendly reminder to pick up a copy of Birmingham Home and Garden from the newsstands.  It features a home we (AK and I) designed in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.  It was a really fun renovation for a really great family.  More to come but here is a peak at their new kitchen.  Makes you want to pour a glass of Rose’ and have a seat on the counterstool…. I wish I was doing that now  “Mary and I chatting about life and family and clinking glasses”.





Before and Afters: Southern Living 2012

Here is the second post of our new before and after series.  Remember the 2012 Southern Living Idea House we designed?  I just received some of the before photos from our friends over at Historical Concepts.  Historical Concepts was the architect for this renovation addition along with John Bynum Homes.  This project has so many moments it will have to have a second post.  Here are a few of my favorite moments in the project.


The before exterior elevation


The before Front door


The before kitchen


The before stair


The after front door


the after stair


The after kitchen


The after front elevation

Until next time…



Day 12 of 12 Days of Giveaways!

On this twelfth and final day of our 12 days of giveaways we are offering to one lucky commenter a copy of Sister Schubert’s ‘Cast Your Bread Upon The Waters’ cookbook. The best part-it was signed by Sister herself here in our Rosemary Beach shop!

To enter leave a comment on this post and tell us what favorite dish you will be making or enjoying this holiday weekend. I’m hoping my Meme makes a big bowl of Ambrosia {Bess again!},  that my mother may throw together her amazing Brussel Sprouts while I’m home and for a taste of my Mema’s home-made mac-n-cheese! Yum! Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! You have until 5:00pm on Friday, December 23 to enter. Winner will be announced that night. Good luck!

{now available} Sister Schubert’s ‘Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters’

Hi Y’all, we had a very exciting visitor in our Rosemary Beach, FL shop the other day-the sweetly southern, yeast roll extraordinaire, Sister Schubert herself! Her cookbook, ‘Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters’, features 5 generations of her family’s favorite recipes. While in the shop she shared a few recipes with a fan. Turns out one of her favorite recipes from the book is her mother’s Whipped Cream Pound Cake served with her great-grandmother’s Fudge Sauce. That sounds divine! I have to admit that we are all big fans of Sister’s rolls and are chomping at the bit to dive head first in to her cookbook. Lucky for all of you Sister oh so graciously signed all of the books in our first shipment. What a great gift idea! You can call 850.231.6755 {rosemary} or 205.414.6026 {mt. brook} to check availability.

Ive been meaning to try my hand at Tomato Pie this Summer. I do believe Sister’s cookbook has the perfect recipe! Ill let you know how it turns out. Hope everyone has a great day!

Pearfect little giveaway

Summer is in full swing here at our Rosemary Beach shop & studio! With the 4th of July just around the corner I’ve been contemplating what to make for our annual block party. My Key Lime Pie? Should I use the blackberries from my mother’s garden back in Georgia and whip up a Paula Dean style Blackberry Cobbler? Or perhaps this is a good time to make my first attempt at Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream? Decisions, decisions.

With all of these recipes milling about in the back of mind I suddenly had a vision of an old, old recipe I grew up on-Southern Pear Salad. This is no gourmet dish, but if you have spent any time around  family style Southern cooking then chances are you know exactly what I’m talking about. These  little pears in our shop are a sweet reminder of those times with family & friends as a little girl without a care in world. At only 5″ tall one would look perfect on your kitchen window sill or maybe as an addition to your favorite grouping somewhere?

How to Enter:
Comment on this post & tell us what your favorite Summer Recipe is-so simple! It can be a classic you grew up on or a new favorite you just discovered. Be sure to include your email address so we can contact the lucky winner and harass you all for the amazing recipes to come. You have until Monday, June 27 at 5:00pm Central Time to comment & then we will select our winner at random to be announced on the blog next week.

Good Luck & happy first week of Summer!!

[in the kitchen] Bess’ key lime pie

Bess here, forever & a day ago my Mother gave me my first cookbook when I moved off to college. I grew up in the kitchen with both my mother & grandmother, but she wanted to be sure I had a tool to get me through that first year away. That cookbook is where I discovered what has become my ‘signature dessert’-this light, sweet & tangy frozen piece of limey heaven. I have ever so slightly tweaked the recipe over the years. They tell you to make your own crust…seriously?! Who has time for that anymore? haha. I have also learned that I like the ‘fluffiness’ I get when I whisk in the Cool Whip verses folding it in. If you want to get fancy purchase the individual sized graham cracker crusts. It’s summer time & the living is easy-just like this pie! Whip one up and enjoy it with a few of your favorite people on your back porch, grassy lawn, on the beach or on the couch.

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[in the kitchen] Paige’s family favorites

Paige here!  Last night I whipped up an old family favorite in our house that’s great for the weeknight rush.  I kept it simple and made turkey burgers, hash brown potato casserole and green beans.  The secret to my turkey burger is to mix in Italian breadcrumbs, one egg, thyme and cumin.  YUM!!  To accompany our turkey burgers I made my grandmother’s hash brown potato casserole and steamed green beans with sea salt.  Making an old family recipe makes everyone feel good.  What is your favorite family recipe?