Etsy Treasures

Etsy continues to be one of my go to resources. Lately I have been narrowing down my search to "Vintage" (from the drop down menu in the search bar) and coming up with some really great finds!

 When I'm supposed to be coming up with a blog post I am actually just getting lost in the world of etsy...or pinterest. Too many outlets, not enough time.

    I created a few Treasury Lists- a compilation of some of my finds. Considering it's the holiday season (omg.) these are also great gift ideas. 

So, now it's your turn--get lost!

'Nestegg treasures' 

With me on a shopping spree

Went to Scott's Antique Fair in Atlanta last week and found some great things.

I buy things with a specific client in mind so,  as you can see, I have projects with ALL different tastes.

But the common thread being that I love every piece I choose to get, for different reasons. And then I come across things that might not have a specific home YET but I just can't go back to Nashville without it.

Alot of it was not photographed but this is what I took away from the day:

*hutch piece in background, only 8" deep, perfect for concealing a flatscreen!

A bust. why not.

old vintage hardware,  and pillows.

And my personal favorite:

Obsessed with this antique mirrored coffee table!! Had to get it. Might need to test it out at my house for a while?? :)

The girl to the left is one of my best friends- Katie. I stay with her everytime I go to Atlanta and whenever she has days off from work I somehow convince her to follow along as my "assistant" for the day.

Apparently they were expecting us:

I texted Hoyt this picture and he responded with: Where are you? A homeless shelter??

Hmm.. the setting does look questionable. 

No, just shopping for my clients digging through junk outside of South Building. Apparently it was on the verge of raining so they were covering things up. All these factors making it impossible to find someone to take our picture, and even more impossible to convince Hoyt that I'm actually working, and Katie's actually helping.

 Another whirlwind trip that was fun and successful. But also exhausting. After traveling every single week over the past month I can't tell you how satisfying it was to finally press that beloved button on my GPS- 


And stay a while!

Hope you had a good weekend.

 (thanks "and friend" for helping me all day. love ya)

N.O. shopping excursion

Just got back from meeting my client in New Orleans for a quick shopping trip- it was fast and furious. And of course, fabulous!

We made our way down Magazine Street, hitting up every shop we could!

I'll just unload my iphone pictures and let them do the talking...

But first- to prove I was really there- 

Gotta love roaches the size of birds.

Love these painted floors...

The Leontine Linens showroom was so pretty and serene...

Shower curtains...

I'm not a huge monogram person but I think their designs are classic and beautiful. They would work in any home.

I love this one (and the color scheme):

I was also diggin' their coffee table in the middle of the showroom-

Then we went to Tara Shaw, which I was really excited about.

We saw this original antique and decided it was perfect for my client's living room- (the sideboard in background) 

Then we turned around and saw Tara Shaw's reproduction of the piece... 

Beautiful job! Looks exactly like the antique. Her reproductions are all through her line Tara Shaw Maison

Many beautiful antique stores...

with impressive employees...

One of my favorite stops of the trip... Julie Neill.

We got these two pretties...

So much character.

So much history.

So glad I went.

Last Minute Gifts!


Long cashmere gloves from Jcrew...

Cashmere long gloves

Bookends from Restoration...

Book ends

Moleskine anything... you can find these great litle journals at Barnes & Noble.

Moleskine journal

Games. Fun for all ages- Scrabble, Catch Phrase to name a few...

Scrabble Catch phrase

Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc- it's the perfect bronzer that can also be used for eyeshadow, etc. I love this product...

Laura mercier shimmer block
Faux Furry Throws- I buy these ALL the time for clients. Not only are they the SOFTEST things you've ever felt they also add texture and coziness to any room. (West Elm has some very similar) 

Fur throw

Some great coffee table books...
Victoria Hagan Suzanne book

Home within Bilhuber

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This is so random but it's one of those things that makes my life so much easier. My lazy spoon... It's the only one I use when I cook. It's kind of sad how much I love this wooden spoon.

Lazy spoon 

Cosmetic bags at Target- they come in bright, fun patterns and are the perfect size-

Contents cosmetic case

A good candle. Two of my favorites...

Archipelago candle black currant Frasier fir

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For all the people who are impossible to shop for because they "have everything"- donate to a charitable cause in honor of their name. 


Click here for some ideas.


OK- Off to go shopping!! 


(Queen of Last Minute Gifts)


Piggy went to Highpoint Market

I realized today as I was looking back through my blog that I have posted 4 times in the past month.!! I really have been slacking. I'm going to get back in the game- not only for you readers but for myself! I need the inspiration-- the less I blog/catch up on other blogs, the less inspired I get. I start to feel stagnant. I try not to blog during work hours (which is why you may get a blog post before you get a returned email or phone call-sorry!), but it's important to me to make time for this creative outlet. And I'm trying my best to find balance... if that even exists.?

Soooo.... we have some catching up to do. Let me back up to a few weeks ago... when this little piggy went to Highpoint Market! I had never been before and it was quite the trip. This post could last for days (my intention,perhaps?) so I'll start out with my a few highlights:



In the Oly Showroom I had to pick my chin up off the floor... several times.


Feast your eyes!










Moving along to some more rustic finds...





One of my favorite spots was the Hickory Chair showroom- After a day of seeing a lot of "trends" it was SO refreshing to see quality pieces that stand the test of time. 

And the people!! Everyone that works there is so friendly and great (Ron!)... I could have stayed and talked for hours. Not only that but I was lucky enough to be in the presence of some of the most talented designers in the industry. STARS, if you will. :)

Then I found myself smack dab in the middle of them for a picture..?


Left to right: Barry Dixon, me (in heaven), Melanie Benecki, Mariette Himes Gomez, and Suzanne Kasler.!! Seriously... I'd like to get in each of their heads for a day.- even an hour. 


Suzanne and me- after I gushed about her furniture line, her lighting line, and everything in between. She couldn't be more friendly and gave me some great advice.

Then I met Alexa Hampton at her book signing- she's so down to earth..and hilarious! 


That blurry ghost of a human being on the left? That would be me. Doesn't that always happen when you meet someone famous? You muster up the courage to even ask for a dumb photograph in the first place- This is it. Don't blink, don't blink. The picture turns out bad but you're not ABOUT to ask her again: "Oh, hi- Alexa? Can you stand up one more time so I take another picture with you? This one looks like my face is melting off-Thanks." 

Remember that post I did a while back about the creative couple in Atlanta, The Beneckis? Ran into them there too... 

And for the record- they are not only talented (and attractive), but they are so sweet. As well as the girls that work for them. And they all read nestegg- which is crazy- and awesome!!! (hey guys!) 

Eye candy hickory chair

Anyway, I loved the Hickory Chair Social Hour.. I would like to attend it monthly (minus) heavy market bags +(plus) cocktails. Ron Fiore?? Can you make it happen? :)


Much more to cover, but sleep comes first.



Mirror Shopping

After looking through my iPhone pictures I've realized something-

I do a lot of mirror shopping...

Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4

Photo 5 Photo Mirror8

Either that or I like to take pictures of myself. 

(No really, try to take a good picture of a mirror without yourself in it. And while you're at it- try rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time.! :) Eeek.. trainwreck.

When flea market finds aren't enough I like to kick it old new school and surf the web for the hottest mirrors on the market. Here are a few...

WM772_1  WM774_1 

Prod1613074 W3430-large 

Jacob mirror 

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2442826  Prod1671470 


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W3965-large  W3839-large

*And a special thanks to Liza from Style Blueprint for the lovely write up and nestegg mention in a new online magazine- Southern Flourish. Check it out! Her {super flattering} article is on pages 49-55. 


FIRST 6: iPhone pics via My So called life.

ROW 1: both from Ballard Designs

ROW 2: Levico from RHardware; Venetian from Wisteria

ROW 3:  Jacob Mirror from Clayton Gray Home

ROW 4: both from Crate and Barrel

ROW 5: from Made Goods; Rope Mirror from Jamie Young

ROW 6: Honeycomb from Pier One; Rope Mirror from RHardware

ROW 7: Crescent Wood Mirror from Aidan Gray 

ROW 8: Paris Mirror from Hickory Chair; from Currey & Co.

ROW 9: both from Wisteria

LAST LITTLE GUY: from Stray Dog Designs