Inspired by the Interior of Draper James Flagship Store

Reese Witherspoon has done it, y’all. In 2015, she launched a clothing line inspired by her Southern roots and personal style and it is perfection. I’ve been following her brand since the launch of her Dallas store last September and am equally smitten with the clothing and the interior of Draper James. First of all, they serve sweet tea to guests upon arrival – such a dream!

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The interior of Draper James was designed by Mark D. Sikes, a Los-Angeles based interior designer who shares his thoughts behind the project here. Together with Reese, he designed the space to feel like a classic Southern home.

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This is carried out with impeccable thought through the intentional use of patterns. The wallpaper and textiles only serve to complement Reese’s product line, not compete with it.

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They even found a way to decorate with metal gardening supplies which serve to make the space feel lived in instead of untouchable. Sikes designed the back of the store to feel like a mudroom, as seen to the lower left. The fabrics remind me of Carolina blue – I’d like to use it all over our home!

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In additional to the intentionality of using Southern-inspired design, Sikes also handpicked Southern artists to contribute work to the store. Where can I get my hands on this beautifully lettered sentiment by Chelsea Petaja? I may just have to create my own!

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I read in an article that Reese wanted the space to feel “comfortable, inviting, and inspiring”. As a result, Sikes made the interior of Draper James look like a beautifully designed home. I’d like to cozy up on that couch to sip a glass of sweet tea!

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Each and every detail of this store carries the grace and charm of the South. Draper James has inspired me to paint my front door blue, create a bold gallery wall, and look for ways to use beautiful textiles in our home.

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all photos by Leslee Mitchell

Most of all, I now have yet another reason to travel South to visit Nashville, Lexington, or Dallas for myself!

Have you had the pleasure of visiting a Draper James store? Share your experience below!

My New Favorite Song

Happy Tuesday, Friends! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been passionate about slowing down time and being present exactly where I’m at. My mom instilled this in me around middle school, illustrating it through songs like You’re Gonna Miss This. I’ve never been one to rush growing up. I distinctly remember feeling worried at the beginning of my senior year of high school that time would fly too quickly and I’d miss the experience. Thanks to the intentionality she instilled in me, I can still remember that year vividly, along with every year since.

When I first heard ‘Dear Life’ by High Valley last week, it resonated so much with this value of mine! Scroll down to read through the lyrics and then be sure to give it a listen. It’s quickly become my new favorite song!

via Leen Machine Calligraphy

Dear Life by High Valley

Dear Life, I hope you know
I’ve loved you every mile down this road
Had my share of hits and misses
Tryin’ to keep between the ditches
Dear Life, I hope you know

Dear Life, what’s your plan
Is where I’m suppose to be, right where I am
If it is, then I’m not leavin’
If it ain’t, then I’ll keep on dreamin’
Dear Life, what’s your plan

Now you’re flying by too fast
I’m about to make you last
I’m beggin’ on you please, just slow down
You’re scaring me to death
I’m tryin’ to catch my breath
Don’t wanna let you go
I’m hangin’ on for dear life
Oh oh dear life
Hangin’ on for dear life
Oh oh dear life

Dear Life, how’s it look
When you read the next few pages of my book
Am I with the ones I love
Down here or up above
Dear Life, how’s it look

I wanna leave my mark
Love til it breaks my heart
Live so loud that my forever
Echoes in the dark
I wanna leave my mark
Love til it breaks my heart
Live so loud that my forever
Echoes in the dark

Listen to the song here.

 

Lessons from Our First Month of Marriage

Good gracious, y’all! We’ve been married for one month today! I am continually in awe of God’s faithfulness as I look back upon the story He has written for us. To celebrate, today I am sharing ten lessons from our first month of marriage. This certainly is not an exhaustive list, but they are the first that came to mind. Enjoy!

lessons from our first month of marriage

Ruth Eileen Photography

Marriage is a daily opportunity to serve one another. Every day, there are a hundred ways for Dillon and I to serve each other. Whether it be through cleaning the kitchen (which he is doing right now as I type this) or making dinner so the other can relax, there are countless ways to show love through service.

God needs to be at the center of everything we do. Without God, we can easily become impatient, selfish, and short-sighted. By prayerfully putting God at the center, our eyes are opened to His grace. In that, we can pour His grace out onto one another.

Marriage is a gift to be stewarded well. I waited for Dillon for a long time. We each prayed for each other and lived in obedience to Christ as we waited to meet one another. In that, I often remember what a gift it is that God brought us together and that we have a holy responsibility to steward that gift well.  

We love our families deeply (and miss them so!). Family is deeply important to both of us. We have continued to make time for our sweet families over this past month. This has helped ease the transition of moving out quite a bit!

Sleeping next to Dillon is a lot easier than I anticipated.  I really expected to have a hard time sleeping next to somebody else, even if he’s my husband. Fortunately, I’ve slept pretty well almost every night!

Taking care of our home involves teamwork. Cleaning the kitchen, grocery shopping, laundry, sweeping the floors, budgeting, and more. I didn’t realize how much work it would be to have our own place! We are tag teaming it though, which helps quite a bit.

We need our own space – but not too much of it! From day 1, we’ve made it a point to each have our own time each day. It’s incredibly important to have quiet time to pour into hobbies and restful activities. I’m thankful we’ve honored this!

Forming a budget is challenging but unifying.  Thanks to Dave Ramsay and his Every Dollar tool, this has been made much simpler! We are using the envelope system and it’s been a great motivator so far.

There are no burned dinners in this house!  Long gone are the stereotypes of newlyweds eating burned dinners and spaghetti every night. I have taken great delight in planning out delicious healthy meals each week, and we’re huge fans! I’m excited to share some of my favorite recipes here soon in another recipe roundup.

Always make time for adventures. Enough said. I’m so excited for lifelong adventures shared together!

Married friends, what is one of the lessons you learned in your first month of marriage? Please share below!