Bayou to Bay and Beyond

Continuing on my little road trip last week, I left my friends in New Orleans and traveled to Fairhope, Alabama, which is on the eastern side of Mobile Bay.

My friend Becky and her husband have recently built and moved into their dream home which sits on 7 beautiful acres.

The gardens are still filling in....

Isn't this a gorgeous lap pool? We had breakfast out there and it was so peaceful. I visited at the perfect time because I could just begin to feel the heat and humidity. I wilt when it gets too hot.

Screened in porch off the living room overlooks the pool.

Living area, still looking for just the right area rug to pull all the colors together and a sunburst over the art over the fireplace. Becky's husband's daughter is an artist and her work can be found all around their home. All the walls and trim are painted the same color for an endless wall look.

Love this color in the dining room. We agreed that the chandelier needs to come up a wee bit. That sucker weighs a ton, so it might be a while! While I was there we were discussing linen double pinch pleated drapes - same in the living room which has 20ft ceilings.

We were playing too much and I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked. Travertine tile throughout the main floor, except kitchen and keeping room which have beautiful wood.

Here we are...don't you just love the fixture above the front door? I wish I had gotten a shot of the door...wood and iron...gorgeous.

We took a drive down the road and went to The Art Warehouse in Foley, AL, go here to their website.

Oil paintings of many different sizes are bought from all over Europe and the prices are very reasonable. There is a style that would fit into every decor from traditional to uber contemporary.

After you have chosen your art, go into the frame room and pick out a frame from one of the many styles. In a matter of minutes your oil will be popped into a frame of your choosing. I found many I would love to have taken home, but my car isn't big enough. I am going back with measurements and will have them shipped home.

We kept heading west to Pensacola and found "Duh"! So many great things to make your house a home!

copper pots...

gorgeous zinc table...

I spy a gorgeous chandelier...

Very old banker's chair which is actually comfortable...I tried it out!

The linens on this bed are actually Linen! So beautiful, very expensivo.

They have a great garden area...lots of pots to choose from and the plants to go in them.

If you find yourself on the Gulf Coast, I urge you to check these places out, you won't be disappointed!


  1. That is an amazing house! Have you helped her decorate the whole thing? Stunning!

  2. I like that store!!! your friend's house is beautiful.

    thanks for the comment. see you on twitter!!

  3. Loved your friends home and the shopping ...right up my ally. Wanted to thank you for the sweet note that you left in my garden. I love lantana I always plant some of those. I would love to see your garden. Don't let me miss it, when you post.

  4. me likie !!

    the house is fab.
    sure you want to raise the chandelier ?

    the shop is to die....the copper pots are great !

    xxx the other R

  5. Looks like such a fun trip, Renae! Your friend's home is lovely - the pool area is gorgeous!

  6. Ladies,

    Thanks for visiting and reading through all of my typos! All have been fixed....that's what happens when one posts at midnight!

    We thought the chandelier overpowers the table a bit and if it were raised a hair, it would help with the visual!

    I did not help her with all the decorating. She had an architect/designer but they are no longer working together. My friend is a fab decorator in her own right, we put our heads together and came up with a plan for the finishing touches! She comes and helps me know how we designers are with our own decor...cannot make a decision!

  7. Becky's home is wonderful!! Not a bad place to get away!! Travel safely.


  8. The new home is FAB--love the grounds. What a pool and porch!

  9. I love Fairhope! We were taking our kids to Point Clear one summer and drove into Fairhope late at night - what a charming town! Love your friend's house - it looks beautiful!

  10. Can I come with you on your next trip?
    You go to the most beautiful places!


  11. What a beautiful house! I think I'd pretty much live on that screened porch. Love it.


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