Barn Love

I'm finally having some of my work photographed.

If you read this Garden and Gun article you saw a glimpse of Ronnie Dunn's barn. Located right outside of Nashville it sits on a gorgeous plot of land that overlooks a picturesque bluff. Needless to say, it has been a really fun project. I've loved working on the land, working with the Dunns, the boys on the farm, the peaceful porches, the fishing ponds and 4-wheeler trails, clear night skies and baby deer.. You get the point: I got alot o' love for this spot.

The photographs below are taken by the very talented Caroline Allison. She was extremely pregnant when on this photoshoot but still managed to crawl into tiny corners behind the camera and do a fantastic job.

These are just a few of my favorites. The rest will be on the website* soon...


There's something about this place that just makes you want to breathe deep, kick your feet up on the porch swing and never leave. And maybe listen to some country music??? Yup. I think so.

And if you need some new tunes Ronnie has a new solo album out- get it. It's GOOD. 

* To contact the photographer, Caroline, click here. And just in case you were wondering, last week she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Congrats to the family! And Caroline please hurry up and get back to work. :) 

* Calling all web designers. I am hiring. If you're interested please email your info and rates to rachelhdesign(at) or leave a comment below. Thanks!

* If you are interested in purchasing a custom swing (like pictured above) email us for pricing and more information. 

* Ok I think I'm done. Bye bye now.

Tops, Tunes, and Everything in between...

The following post is all over the place- clothes, music, shoes, and other randoms. Welcome to my scattered, bouncing brain. I'll start with a pretty room that has been in my thoughts lately...

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 <Vogue Living/via greige>

Next topic: Clothes.

Since the Garden & Gun issue came out I have received a lot of emails/comments asking what I wore in the magazine spread. I'm flattered you asked! As I described before, this photo shoot was a not a big production- it was very laid back and casual, which I loved. (I'm acting like I have had a lot of photo shoots to compare them to.. Ha! Not.) The jeans and cowboy boots were a no-brainer so I dragged them out of the closet wore them like I do everyday

Thankfully, I had the help of a Nashville wardrobe stylist Tina Adams from Tina & Rebecca! (You've seen her kitchen renovation here.) I helped Tina renovate her kitchen while she helped me complete several 'looks' for the photo shoot. She was gracious enough to let me raid her closet and jewelry box- and thankfully I was able to walk away with the perfect options for this last minute photo shoot. She did a great job of picking the right tops and accessories that were a perfect mix of casual, professional, and "me." Don't you think?  {for a wardrobe consultation with Tina & Rebecca, click here!}

The Boots

  I went to college at The University of Georgia- did you know that? Anyway, I had been eyeing these boots in the window of a store called McColly's in downtown Athens. Hoyt and I had just started dating and he surprised me one day with this pair of cowboy boots. Swoon. Little did I know that my feet would be glued to them for the next 6+ years of my life. (And I'd be glued to Hoyt for the next 60+! He's a keeper.)


 These particular boots are Penny Loves Kenny. And after that long and pointless story I regret to inform you that I cannot find them anywhere. They are tan, a little pointier in the toe (which makes them feel more feminine), and they turn slightly green every year. Yikes. But I love them.

If you'd like a pair that are great quality and have the same look- go for Old Gringo. They're awesome and you'll have them Go to (or call) The Perfect Pair in Nashville. My friends, Whitney and Casey, will hook you up with the best pair of cowboy boots you'll ever own. Last fall I decided that Kenny & Penny needed some friends in my closet, so I got a pair of these (in brown)... LOVE.

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{from P.Pair- click here to contact}
 If you don't own a great pair of boots- go get some. You deserve it. 

The Jeans

I am wearing my old Seven jeans in the cover picture (they literally have a gaping hole in the knee), and Paige jeans in the inside picture. Both are bootcut. Another one of my favorite jean brands is J Brand. Good jeans come with a price tag but in my opinion it's definitely worth it.

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The Shirts

On the cover I am wearing a henley tee from J Crew. I think this one is from a few years ago but J Crew carries so many versions of these tees year round. The main thing I love about this shirt is the color- it's a pretty blush/soft pink/peach. (I refuse to say salmon)

 Here are some J Crew lookalikes...(I would recommend going to the nearest store because there are many shades of this color- some are pinker than others.)

Paris pink  Erez 

Also, Banana Republic is currently carrying some great shirts and sweaters in this same color.

The peasant top

I have had a LOT of inquiries about this lovely tunic below because let's be honest- it's comfortable and stylish. Winning combo! (Thanks to Tina:)


{photo taken by Hollis Bennett}

Tina said she bought it at a boutique in Nashville called Blush but unfortunately they don't carry it anymore. Being my stubborn self I decided to look around for something similar on the internet. I typed in some key words, and came upon the top on a random website.!!

 Y'all. This is SO weird.

Peasant top 

Please LOOK at the name of the shirt!!!...

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Seriously??? !!

So weird. But great price. {from Ruche}

The Swing

It makes me SO happy that you all love porch swings as much as I do. I am currently working on pricing and details for different size swings so that they can be available to you. If you have emailed me already I apologize for the delay but more info is coming soon.

The Tunes

I love good design (that's a given), but I equally love good music.

Garden and Gun asked me to be part of their Tastes & Tunes newsletter for the month-  an email newsletter for club members where they feature a recipe from one of their favorite chefs followed by a playlist from one of their favorite tastemakers. They chose ME for the playlist portion. <insert squeal!>

"Just send us 12 of your favorite songs!" they requested. 

I was like a giddy schoolgirl making a mix tape for her new boyfriend. I immediately started to make my list and realized at song #36: Hmm...this is going to be extremely difficult. I love way too many genres of music to narrow it down to 12. I admit- I bust a move to Beyonce just as often as I blare Neil Young on road trips. So I chose to narrow it down and choose some appropriate tunes for the setting... 

Please enjoy my "Porch Swingin' Playlist"... (and a cocktail)

Tastes and Tunes
Click here to see (and download) my Porch Swingin' Playlist on iTunes!


For more information on the G&G Club (and to sign up for the Tastes & Tunes monthly newsletter!), visit  


Garden & Gun

Remember when I posted about the barn swing being the highlight of my year? Well apparently it's the gift that keeps on giving. 
Little did I know that this special swing would find its way to the cover of a magazine. .!!?

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From the second I got the news I have been speechless since.  I am beyond honored to be a part of this awesome magazine and among the list of talented southern designers and artisans. (Including my friends, Matt & Carrie, from the hippest store in Nashville- Imogene and Willie.)

Really... Speechless.


Full of soul and Southern charm, Garden & Gun has become one of my very favorite magazines. It's not just for Southerners! Once you pick up a copy you'll see-  It's effortlessly cool. Their writing, photography and approach to stories is so down to earth and REAL. No bells and whistles. No team of stylists. What you see is what you get.

Haskell Harris, the {effortlessly cool} associate editor, called and said "OK, we're sending a photographer over in one week to photograph you at Ronnie's barn."

I panicked.   "But.. what do I wear?!!"

 "Well... what do you usually wear when you go out there?" she asked.

"Uhhh....jeans and my cowboy boots." 



*Thanks to all of you who have sent me sweet, encouraging emails and comments. I am so very grateful.

 Garden & Gun, August/September Issue 

Go getcha' one!!


*Special thanks* to Haskell (read her stylin' blog!) , Ingrid, and the G&G team- y'all rock! *to Tina Adams for helping me put those jeans and cowboy boots with the right tops and accessories:),* to Hollis Bennett- the incredibly talented photographer that is responsible for these pictures, *to my encouraging and patient husband, Hoyt- for sitting there at the shoot and telling me when my hair was stuck to my lip gloss * to RD and Janine- for letting me take over your swing, and for challenging me to be the most creative I can be.  *Thanks y'all*

Let there be Light

One of the best parts of my job is when I see things come to life. It's like a Disney movie, really. (I expand on this experience in this post)

 So, about a week ago I experienced yet another Disney moment....

One of my projects is a big barn.

(And in this Disney story I am just a weeee hobbit.)  ^me^

 As you can tell from the picture, everything about this barn is HUGE and masculine.  Remember the swing? Same place.

 In the great room there are 25' ceilings and a kitchen island that is over 13' wide. So looking for an island light fixture became a bit of a problem. 

 I wanted something large (obviously), industrial, and somewhat indigenous. And let's not forget: masculine


I had been sketching up ideas for a few months and nothing was clicking.

Then one day.... it clicked. 

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So I color-coded a set of construction drawings for The "Boys" (what I like to call the extremely talented boys men that work on the property and can build almost ANYTHING in their sleep) ...

Wb kitchen light1 

and the construction began.

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 With the help of The Boys, Tommy the electrician, the Client, the Knot Magician, (3) Restoration Hardware 16" Benson pendants, some old barn wood, a local welder, a large lift, and a bunch of other tools I don't even know how to spell, we were able to make it happen. (Note: this would NOT have been possible without these talented people)

Then two weeks later.... 

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 It appeared right before my eyes....


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<insert Hobbit for scale... seriously- look at my head, then look at the light. It's huge.>


WB RD 36 2010 

Fits right in...

More pictures of the barn to come. It's not finished, yet. But you'll be the first to see them!


<I wrote this post a few days ago... and am now on vacation.!! >

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A rainy day on the coast? I can't complain.

Have a great rest of the week!

Be back soon...