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Morgan will be 4 years old in November. She’s never had her picture made by a professional. Neither has the Raiger. Nor young John Martin for that matter. I’m glad I held out. Erika got a new camera several months ago and has had a few pointers from a pro. The results have been second to none. {For those of you who don’t read her blog… she posted a different picture yesterday}. For weeks I’ve been telling her I want pictures made in our bed. Is that weird? I don’t think so. It’s one of my most favorite spots in our house. If we’d allow it, all the kids would sleep there with us. Erika wasn’t sure she could capture it. The walls are dark and she wasn’t sure there was enough light… I’m not an expert but they look pretty good to me.

She and Chance were coming back through town to pick up the pups and said, “We’ll be there in about 15 minutes… if you still want me to take your pictures take a shower and get ready.” Well, needless to say, I went without a shower. One day she’ll realize you can’t call a mother of three and say “take a shower” because unless the munchkins are sleeping it’s merely impossible. This is what she captured upon her arrival…

I’ve not done a post on our bedroom so I’ll incorporate some info in this post and consider it the “bedroom remodel” post.

Our bedroom before {rather atrocious}:

And after {please ignore that my comforter is not in a duvet}:

I believe Erika is doing another post today on my bedroom but here are the facts in case you are wondering…

  • the walls are Java by Eddie Bauer Home for Lowe’s
  • the headboard is Pottery Barn {but Erika found it at Goodwill… score!}
  • the sheets are Vera Wang for Kohl’s
  • the pillows are by yours truly {the monogramming not the actual assembly}
  • the nightstands came from TJ Maxx
  • the lamps came from Hancocks Fabrics
  • the kleenex box came from Walmart
  • the drapery rods came from Lowes
  • the curtains came from JcPenney {Wendy Thermal-lined pinch pleated}

I think that’s it! And now I’m really bothered by the fact that I took these pictures {several months ago} before I realized that I had the wrong lamp shade on one of the lamps… they match now. Not that any of you probably noticed anyway!

Toodles poodles!

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  • The Wilsons
    September 23, 2008 at 5:35 am

    Those are great! Love the one of Morgan on the bed and the family pic!
    p.s. I wish I looked that good without a shower!

  • Paloma
    September 23, 2008 at 5:40 am

    What lovely pictures! I like that they radiate love and aren’t stuffy studio portraits.

    Your bedroom looks so pretty. I love the serene color palette. I can’t believe the head board came from Goodwill! I never find anything good. I love the bedskirt and the filigree embroidery on the pillows is beautiful.

  • Ashley
    September 23, 2008 at 5:45 am

    I saw the picture yesterday from Erika’s blog – oh my soul, I thought that was the neatest thing! (And not a bit weird to take photos in the bedroom =). I just think the pictures really capture what your family looks like, a typical moment, etc. So cool! You don’t need a professional!!

    PS I am all for avoiding a professional for any/our future kiddos. Hence my need to save for and buy this crazy camera I’ve been coveting for 2 yrs now!

  • Shannon, EJ and Gabe
    September 23, 2008 at 5:49 am

    Aww the pics came out great, I love the one of the three of you one the bed!!

  • Kellie Patton
    September 23, 2008 at 5:49 am

    I too, have not had any professional portraits done of any of my children (except for school pictures, if that counts – though I do dress them to the nines for those – just IN CASE they turn out excellent!!) Anyways, the shots are awesome, LOVE LOVE LOVE the one of Morgan and the black and white of Paige and JM!!! Your family is gorgeous – you too w/o a shower!!??

  • megan
    September 23, 2008 at 5:53 am

    beautiful family, beautiful photos, beautiful bedroom.
    all is lovely!

  • Household6
    September 23, 2008 at 6:06 am

    It’s beautiful! I love your room!! Gorgeous…

    Did you understand what I was talking about with the blog plagiarism the other day….didn’t want you to think I was crazy…I had that Laura Story video on my blog awhile back…just kidding around about the shout out…


  • Haydee
    September 23, 2008 at 6:10 am

    I love those pictures! I especially like the one your sister posted yesterday on her blog, and the rocking chair one..GORGEOUS!
    Your room is also gorgeous by the way. Your house continues to wow me.
    By the way congrats on the little man–absolutely perfect!

  • becky
    September 23, 2008 at 6:20 am

    you are right…i didn’t notice!! mommasis did a great job!! hopefully when i grow up,i’ll be a rock star shopper like yall with your mad finds!

  • pve design
    September 23, 2008 at 6:46 am

    Hate to see what you look like after a shower, cause you look pretty darn spiffy and simply gorgeous like your sissy.
    Love the family bed photo shoot!
    Do it again in 10 years…. you will need a bigger bed!

  • Katie
    September 23, 2008 at 6:50 am

    Wow! First time to your blog (found it through your sisters’ I just found as well) and I just wanted to tell you I’m TOTALLY wowed! My husband and I have hopes of getting a new home soon and I’m torn on my style. Well…you totally fixed that for me. I LOVE yours! Haha. Thanks for all the renovation posts. Everything is amazing. LOVE it! Can’t wait for more updates!

  • Shireen
    September 23, 2008 at 7:19 am


    ESPECIALLY in the bed! 🙂

  • Tara and Felix
    September 23, 2008 at 8:33 am

    I think those are fabulous pictures! I think I need to hire Erika to come to the ATL when Blair is born!!

  • Dianne
    September 23, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Beautiful pictures of the family. How lucky to have Erica and her camera always ready! Loved the bedroom too. Tell me about the drapes. Did you make them, are they linen?

  • Ashley
    September 23, 2008 at 9:03 am

    y’all sure are cute! maybe you and your children (and Justin)should model in your spare time! 🙂

  • brynalexandra
    September 23, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Absolutely beautiful!!! What an amazing bedroom to go to at night after a busy day with the kiddos. Thanks for posting the wall color!!

  • lauramatthews
    September 23, 2008 at 9:15 am

    BEAUTIFUL as always — even unshowered momma! I was actually thinking how much I LOVED that the lampshades were different!

  • The Gentrys
    September 23, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Love your blog! Your family is precious! I’ve been reading Erika’s blog for design tips for the last few months and saw the picture she took of your family and found your blog too. I too graduated from Auburn a few years ago and now work for the university while my husband is finishing his last few months of pharmacy school here. War Eagle! Just thought I would say hi!

  • lindsay
    September 23, 2008 at 10:07 am

    seriously beautiful… seriously.

  • The Nebrigs
    September 23, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Oh!! I love all the pictures!!! And the bedroom!! great job!!

  • beki
    September 23, 2008 at 11:42 am

    You have a gorgeous family! I think the photos turned out well. I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one who hasn’t had their kids pictures taken professionally – we haven’t been to a photo studio in over 3 years.

  • Laura
    September 23, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Love the pics…candid shots are always the best!

  • Amber
    September 23, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    I love the pictures! Your children are beautiful! I love the bedroom too.

  • Jennifer
    September 23, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    beautiful, original pictures — thank you for sharing! also love the bedskirt…did you make it??

  • Ford Family
    September 23, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Not a total blog stalker–we have a mutual friend in common..while on FB saw where you posted John Livingston a comment…I went to highschool with him…small world..but love the picture of your sweet little girl on the headboard–that should be publised in Southern Accents–it is beautiful!! 🙂 What a lovely family you have–God is good!!
    Shea Ford-Opelika, Al

  • simply seleta
    September 23, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    I can’t stand it, must leave a comment! I’ve tried to stay quiet lately, but have to say I LOVE THIS post. Nothing sweeter than sweet little children. I’m so glad you have a sister who can provide this kind of portrait for you. It’s precious.

    The headboard from Goodwill? Guess what???? I think it came from my house!!! Did you get it last summer?


    September 23, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    What a precious family you have! And I love the idea of the portrait in the bed….how clever!

    You bedroom redo is wonderful! Goodwill is my very favorite place to shop!!! I love hearing great thrift shop tales…..I have plenty of those myself!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful family with us…….lovely!

  • Jules
    September 24, 2008 at 9:06 am

    I love the pic of your daughter on top of the headboard – it could be in a magazine.

  • Leah
    September 24, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Very pretty! These pictures are great!!

  • Blair P. Dubak
    September 24, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Darby…what a lovely family portrait! And it’s all the more special that Erika took it. Hope I get to see you again soon (and meet those beautiful children of yours), it was such a treat to see Erika on her visit to Boston.

  • Abby Maddox
    September 24, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    No joke, I looked at that first picture and I thought “It’s the Jolie-Pitts, but even more beautiful.” I think Erica missed her calling. Oh wait, she’s an incredible decorator too…Can a person have two callings?

  • No.35style
    September 25, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    LOOOVE those pictures!

  • amy edge
    September 28, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    You rock! Vince and I just looked at all the renovation pictures. You are so talented, friend!

  • Buffie
    September 29, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    I need to know where you got the bedskirt!? It looks linen-y…maybe you made it? I am doing the same color for a bedskirt on our bed and would LOVE to buy it vs. make it; hope you can help! PLUS..the pics are great!!! Les, Dena and I are disappointed we didn’t get a drop in from you when you were in our neck of the woods recently!!!

  • Anonymous
    October 5, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Do you mind sharing where you bought the bedskirt? Thanks so much!

  • Martha
    November 22, 2008 at 10:21 am


    I found your blog somehow and I have to tell you that I’m *hooked*! What you’ve done to your house is simply AMAZING.

    I’m anxiously awaiting the bathroom reveal 🙂

    Great Job….and your children are yummy too!

    Kindest regards,
    Martha from Elizabeth Hill

  • Lauren
    January 17, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I purchased the same Wendy Thermal Pinch Pleat drapes from JcPenny. How did you hang your drapes? I can’t figure out how to do it so they look right! Thanks!

  • Surrounded By Boys
    April 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Just looking at this re-do and was also interested in the bedskirt. I love it! Where did you get it?

  • Bridgette
    September 6, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I too would love to know where you got the bed skirt and what color you got the curtains in. I have a similar wall color already on and those would look great!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Carol
    January 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Hey Darby,

    Such a lovely, tranquil room. Say, I know you did the monogramming on the pillows yourself, but could identify the pattern and where you bought the pillows?

    Thanks much!

  • Kelly@TearingUpHouses
    March 3, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Awww, love the picture of the little one on the headboard. Precious.


  • Kristie
    August 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Beautiful room. Impressive remodel job overall (the whole house!). Cannot believe you (or your sister) found a Pottery Barn headboard like that at Goodwill. I need to shop at your Goodwill. That is just crazy!

  • Meg
    February 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Beautiful family and bedroom. I am doing our bedroom and would love to know where you got the bed skirt. Love it – perfect!

  • Bobi Bobbitt
    March 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Hey Darby! What color are your curtains from JC Penny’s, I think I have found them online and they are on sale!!!! LOVE the color of yours but couldnt figure out what color it is, thanks for sharing where they came from!!! We have lived in our house for five years now and I have been wanting pinch pleated drapes for our master bedroom, THANKS!!! bobi

  • Bobi Bobbitt
    March 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    p.s would love to know where your bedskirt came from as well, looking for a “lineny” (is that a word?) one for our bed but need one that has a 27 inch drop, thanks!!!! (:

  • Kristin
    June 8, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! Could you tell me where you got your bedskirt? Did you make it? Stunning!

  • Patti
    July 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Would also love to know about your bedskirt!! Lovely!