Atlanta Recap

I just returned from a long weekend away in Atlanta and cannot even tell you how badly I needed the break. While I did spend a lot of time antique shopping for a client at Scott Antique Market, I was able to spend quality time with fellow friends and bloggers that truly made this trip so memorable.  Just a little recap of images from my trip, some I have already shown on instagram, so bare with me.

Tiffany, who I spent some time with in NYC last year, picked me up from the airport and we bee lined straight to Bungalow Classic.  What a dream!  I wonder if they would mind if I moved right on in?!

We met up with Paula, from Two Ellie, that night and had the most amazing time having dinner at The Optimist. It was if we have known each other for years!  Paula is as warm and kind in person as she is on her blog.  Definitely a true life-long friend.

Love the ambience at The Optimist.  This is my kind of restaurant!

Not only was this a shopping weekend, it was a major foodie weekend.  Kicked off the trip with Savannah Beignets with bourbon praline pecans at The Optimist.  Who doesn't love piping hot dough with sugar?! Wish I was eating them right now.  So, amazing!

While we're on the subject of food and dessert for that matter, let me show you the chocolate soup from Sotto Sotto.  Yep, I could bathe in this stuff.  Warm, decadent chocolate with croutons and hazelnuts.  Honestly, where have you been all my life?  



My heart completely melted when Paula pulled out an envelope for me.  It was from her daughter Ellie.  The darling Ellie took the time to color a picture for me. Can you even believe it?  This is a gift I will always treasure and will find the perfect place to hang in my studio.  Thank you, Ellie, for the beautiful surprise.  I am in awe of your generous heart and talent.

Friday we were up early and headed over to Scott Antique Market.  I was in heaven and shopped til I dropped!  I knew it would be filled to the brim with amazing antiques, but I had NO idea how incredible it was.  Here are the fellow bloggers I had the honor of shopping with that day.  From left to right, Paula from Two Ellie, Donna from A Perfect Gray, Tiffany from Savor Home, and Sherry from Design Indulgence.  Love these ladies so much!  

I wasn't even at Scott's for 2 minutes and started handing over money.  I bought this painting for myself as a reminder of the great weekend.  Have already found the perfect spot for it in my kitchen.  Have I told you how much I love having art in a kitchen?  I have a long haul trucking company shipping the rest of the things to Seattle, so you'll have to wait and see the rest of my purchases then. Many items were bought for client's and wish I could personally keep every one of them.  I did show a few things in instagram, but that wasn't even half of it.

 Tiffany took me on a tour of Buckhead.  All I can say is, 'when can I move in'?  Gorgeous neighborhood with the most charming older homes.  This one really 'spoke' to me.

After our home tour, we stopped into Pieces and was so fun to see Lee's lovely store in person.  I purchased several great 'pieces' here for my own home.

Yep, we're back to food again, go figure.  No questions asked, the best breakfast can be found at Buttermilk Kitchen in Atlanta.  I am also craving this right now.  Buttery, flaky biscuit with the best fried chicken ever!  This trip was no detox diet by any means.

On my final full day, Tiffany and I decided to take a cake class at Sur la Table.  Seriously, the two of us need to go on a stand up comedy tour.  We laughed the entire time and loved every second of it.  We think we're funny anyway!  Trust me, we are. :)

In no time at all, it was back to the airport to head home.  See that brown paper package?  That's my new painting now displayed in my kitchen.  Deserved special carry on treatment.

Arrived back in Seattle to the most spectacular view of Mt. Rainier!  We got lucky with a clear sunny day and it hardly looked real.  Reminds me why I love living here this time of year.  Majestic beauty all around.


This trip was such a great reminder of why I need to get away for long weekends more often.  Thank you to Tiffany for hosting me and showing me around your incredible city.  You are such dear friend who I will treasure forever.  We are definitely kindred sprits and am so grateful and honored to have you as my friend. 

Marianne Simon