I’m a self-professed less is more kind of gal when it comes to consumerism. My closet isn’t overflowing and the stream of Amazon packages are kept to a fair minimum. What does give me a swipe-of-the-plastic thrill is splurging on delicious foods and beautiful tabletop. I never feel guilty about collecting more cocktail napkins or glassware because they always fit (much more forgiving than, say, bikinis) and I’ll use them year after year.
If you live in Atlanta, you’ll know Melanie Turner’s interiors are synonymous with understated grandeur. Having brilliantly brought to life some of the city’s most revered residences, including her own Pink Castle, Turner’s work preserves the past while embracing modernity.
What a treat I have for you today, dear readers. We are joined by Charleston-based food stylist, recipe developer, and author of The Duke’s Mayonnaise Cookbook, Ashley Strickland Freeman. You’ve likely seen her work in Southern Living, Garden & Gun, and on the Food Network. Her simple, flavorful dishes ranging from properly Southern to internationally touted provide kitchen inspiration in spades. I was first introduced to Ashley’s culinary talents six years ago at my sister-in-law’s baby shower (they are lifelong friends) where a chance encounter with a tray of fruit tarts left me weak in the knees.
Well as the proverbial saying goes, “better late than never” no? My little lady turned three not too long ago and before we swapped her crib for a big girl bed, I figured we may as well have the nursery photographed to remember it fondly and document each source. If this piques your interest, read along for the inspiration behind the decorating and where to procure every last detail.