Thursday, February 23, 2012


As a Tennessee alum a lot of my good girlfriends moved from Knoxville to Nashville after school. I however decided to go against the grain and move to Atlanta. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I hadn't moved here and had gone to Nashville instead. I know one thing, I wouldn't have met my darling husband so I guess I made the right decision. However, I do miss my college girls but luckily Nashville is a quick 3.5 hour drive.

Anyways, this past weekend I left for Nashville bright and early for a bridal shower that morning for one of my girlfriends. "Bagels with the Bride" to be exact, very cute! It was a great shower and my dear friend received lots of pretty things for her and her soon-to-be husband's new home. After the shower and a quick wardrobe change my friend and I headed to downtown Franklin for some antique and home shops. I've driven through this area but I've never actually walked around so I was super excited!

Me and the Bride out for dinner and drinks at Tavern in Nashville (my fav)!!!

When I told my husband that I was going into these stores his response was "won't things be marked up in a store?" Yes, I've trained him well, ha. In all actuality the prices were pretty reasonable but this could also be because things tend to be more marked up in Atlanta. I really didn't get anything that exciting, my friend got a pretty gold bar table for $99 though (wish I had a pic)! I did get some fun books that averaged about $7 a piece and are all dated from late 1800's to 1940's. Here are a few of my favorites:

Ok, this is Amy Vanderbilt's etiquette book. When I saw this I pretty much died on the spot for this book.
1- My name is Amy too!
2- I love old etiquette books
I mean who doesn't need to know things like proper attire for their yacht? Or how to arrange the living quarters for your staff members? My friends and I got the biggest quick out of her using the word "shant"... Ex: "You shant think I am silly about getting this excited over a book, there's a lot of useful knowledge in here."

I must say after flipping through it, I am going to make the assumption that Amy Vanderbilt was a wee bit pretentious. I might be wrong but that's just how I perceived her from the book. Either way, she sounds like a fun friend to have with all of wait staff and yachts, right?
p.s. Amy also thinks it's unnessesary to send Christmas cards, spending hours addressing hundreds of cards takes the spirit out of Christmas.

These 2 books are for hubster. He loves historical books about America, wars, etc. The other is an ethics book for young people. I consider Ry a very ethical person and I think he is probably convinced at his wise, old age of 30 that kids these days weren't brought up the way he/we were. It made me think of him...

These 2 books are larger than the others and pretty. The red one in the background has a really cool cover and is about all the different big city capitals the world at the time (1893). The other is from 1940's and called "A Treasury of Early American Homes." It has tons of pictures of gorgeous homes around the US like this one in Charleston, South Carolina.

Other than books I got some mercury glass candle holders and votives for $3-$5 a piece at a store. I am planning on getting some more in other shapes and sizes for my mantle. I am having a hard time decorating that space when there is a HUGE tv taking up 60 inches of the space and an ugly black speaker box underneath (ugh, sigh, boys).... I'm thinking of loosing the topiaries and doing large vases on each side full of cotton branches, what do you think?

Here's a final picture of a few of my good friends out in Nashville... aren't they all so pretty? They are all equally as lovely on the inside too! We had so much fun and I can't wait till my next trip there in Nashville for the one on the far right's bridal shower. Hubs will be in tow for this couples shower so it should be fun, maybe I'll even take him along to downtown Franklin :)

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