Design Crush: Andrew Brown

I saw Andrew Brown on La Dolce Vita few weeks ago, and I kind of can’t stop thinking about him. His Birmingham cottage is my dream. It’s collected, cozy and is traditional with a modern twist. His home was originally featured in the July/August Veranda. I can’t wait to be featured in Veranda… dream big, right? I’m currently obsessing over amazing artwork and his home is the jackpot. The nude in his entry is incredible. The beauty of the space is that it’s feminine without being “girly” and masculine without being a “man cave” *sticks tongue out*. His home makes you want to ask about his travels because you know he got his African tribal mask on a trip to Zambia while visiting orphans for two days and then doing a photographic safari. What I’m trying to say with that run on sentence, is every piece in his home has a story. A reflection of his well-lived life. Take a look at this goodness.

Andrew Brown Entry
Andrew Brown Living
Andrew Brown on Sofa
images via Veranda
Are y’all as blown away as I am? Isn’t it scrumptious? I’ve always loved Birmingham, maybe he needs a roomie… I don’t take up much space. I won’t even bring any of my belongings, his are way better.

Noun: Friendationship


That blurred line of friend and something more. A lot of us 20-somethings have this person. But what does it mean? Are you emotionally inept? Are you delusional thinking this person wants to be with you when they really thing you’re just their friend? OR this there something there? Something inexplicable, you and that person know is there, but aren’t ready to act on it. Well, act. Time is too valuable to not know. Sh*t or get off the pot so to speak.

Call Said Friend Out. Face it. It’s not working this current situation you found put yourself in, and it needs to be addressed. You drive yourself crazy with the “what-ifs” and the “somedays.” Ya know what, some people don’t get a someday. Your life is now. Not tomorrow and not possibly with a person who isn’t brave enough to tell you’re “friends only” or “forever.” Call them out.

Come Clean. Do you want more? Or do you consider them just a friend? Either way, you must come out with it. It’s the correct and healthy thing to do for the both of you. This song and dance about “oh, we’re really just friends” and then making out every time you see one another. Unacceptable. You’re way too old for this business.

Assess What You Want: Do you want to be with them? Or is it just convenient because no one else is knocking-your-socks-off, currently? Totally normal. We all want someone to text all the time, send smiley-faces to, or eat pizza and have a binge-watching marathon of House of Cards. Duuuhhh, but you two are currently dysfunctional, weird, and confusing not only you but your entire world. Help me, help you.

Be Okay With Either All Result Options. One of my good gal-pals always says, “trust the process.” She usually says it in a completely facetious way, but it’s a must. Take some time to think through all the possible outcomes and be okay with all of them. Essential for your sanity. Friends. Couple. Not friends. Kind the only three ways it can turn out. It could take some time to process so we’ll hold.

Move On. Whether it be together, alone, or as friends you need to move on. Your heart and head will feel 1,000 times better knowing what will come of you and your friend. No more friendationship. It’s not even a real word. Unlike, bootylicious… which you are, so go on with your bootylicious self! Grow a pair. Talk to the person. You can do this.

Know people currently in a “friendationship?” Share this with them. They need to know the madness must end.

Dining Room Dilemma

Help. So moved back to Houston as you know, and I’m loovvvvinnnggg doing something totally different with the bachelorette pad, with a fellow bachelorette. Das right, I gotss a roomie. She’s the bees knees.  I think that’s why moving is fun for me. I hate the packing part and am actually pretty awful at it, but the unpacking; pure bliss. The thought of coming up with a new way to use my current pieces, repainting, hanging art, getting new! All of the things. People, I’m having a large dining room issue though. Lacquering my table, staining it a dark wood, or leaving it as is and using a great table cloth. I’m giving you examples, and I need you to weigh in heavily…
Black Lacquer Dining Table 1 - Perpetual Perfection
Pro: Fresh clean look with our bright chairs adding an amazing pop of color.
Con: Does this mean I have too much high-gloss furniture? Is there such a thing? You tell me.
Dark Stain
Dark Stained Wood Dining Table 1 - Perpetual Perfection
Dark Stained Wood Option 2 - Perpetual Perfection
Pro: Allows chairs to be the fun focal point of the space. Also adds a timeless elegance to the space.
Con: I’ve never stained a piece of furniture, and I get nerv about it. Or if I have an expert do it, will I like the end result?
Table Cloth
White Table Cloth Dining Table 1 - Perpetual Perfection
White Table Cloth Dining Table 2 - Perpetual Perfection
Pro: This is the current look we’re rocking. Meaning nothing would have to be done and no monies would be spent.
Con: Is it too frilly? I mean, I’m super-girly don’t get me wrong, but is it a man repellent? We’re trying to be girly yet inviting. Nah mean?
So which do you like? Do you see the problem? It could go any of the ways and be spectacular.
images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Life Lately

I stopped blogging over a year ago because I moved to Dallas for an amazing career opportunity; which really didn’t allow much time for blogging. Traveling 28 weekends out of the year with no extra day off leaves your brain to do the bare necessities of life: eating, sleeping, attempting to catch up on laundry, repack for the next trip. Rather, rinse, repeat.

When I got the opportunity of a lifetime to move back to Houston to Mia Bridal Couture, where my bridal career began… I couldn’t arrive fast enough. And then… ya know what? Hometown people began to tell me, they read my blog and missed it! Y’all, I was kind of blown away. I thought it was just my close friends who I guilted into reading or my absurdly supportive mom. But, people I didn’t even realize that liked me! One bride who came into the store, and bought her gown told her mom, “Yeah! Cat has the amazing blog and her apartment is so cute.” *Hair flip* I’ve missed blogging so much over the past year, and my Houston crew definitely inspired me to bring it back. For good…. I think! Yay!

Here’s what’s on my radar for the weekend:
My next day off, I will be here. Iris Apfel is truly my spirit animal.
Winnie and I always discuss extravagant trips we’re going to take together, when we go to Italy, we’re going to stay here. Called it.
Nicky Hilton’s wedding gown. You’ll die and go to bridal gown heaven. Trust me.
This Anthropologie romper though. Need.
Happy Friday!

Love For Liza #LoveForLiza

Want to make a difference this Christmas? My gal pal, Liza Haynie Heaton needs you. She’s in the fight of her life against Synovial Sarcoma. This type of cancer is a rare form of cancer targeting young adults. Liza is one of the most amazing women I know. Brilliant, funny, sweet as pie, and the strongest person I know.

Thank y’all so much for your love and support. #LoveForLiza
Happy Friday!