I'm back from Memphis and somewhat recovered from the whirlwind of activity that included cleaning out all manner of cabinets and drawers, hanging out with some of my best friends, eating, shopping and visiting the zoo and museum. Whew.

I feel like we got a lot accomplished but, of course, there's tons more to do. My sister and I did manage to shop for some furniture for my parents' new home (some of their old furniture just won't fit - you know how that goes). We picked out the Brae sofa from Bernhardt . . .
That's my sister playing a blurry Vanna White . . . 

Not wild about the throw pillows, but those can be easily changed. I think the neutral fabric, nailheads and classic shape will work great for my parents. Dad liked it so much, he even bought the matching club chair and ottoman which will all go nicely with the blue leather club chair they already have.

We also scouted out some rug options for that main living room. I'm voting for something neutral with a hint of blue. They don't want to spend a ton of money, so handmade Persians are out of the question, but there are some good wool options online and in local stores including these . . .
My parents are fairly traditional so I'm thinking they'll pick something like the first or second option, but I'm loving the silk and wool ikat. Just my little opinion. 

And speaking of shopping, thanks to a Madewell gift card from my sister for my birthday (yes, I'm officially 40 now, whooppee), I got to do some for myself as well. Apparently, Memphis (well, technically Germantown just on the outskirts of town) now has a Madewell. Something Nashville still doesn't have (although we did just get an H&M so I guess I can let that slide a bit). Known for their denim, Madewell also has great dresses and accessories. However, I stuck with the classics - some white denim shorts and v-neck tee shirts . . . 
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I have to say all tees are not created equal . . . I bought two of these (gray and navy), and they are SO soft and comfortable. Their cut is also great - not too roomy with just the right v-cut (not too deep not too shallow). I wear tee shirts a lot in the summer, so I'm hoping these hold up.

I also made it home with some flowers to brighten my home . . .
These hydrangea are from my mom's backyard. 

And some pink peonies from the grocery store because I just can't resist them!

Of course, cleaning out my parents house meant I brought home boxes of memorabilia from my childhood. So now, I've got to go store those somewhere. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer days!


 
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