if you've spoken 5 words to me, you've probably become aware of just how much i love nashville (maybe annoyingly so? no couldn't be...). i went to college at Vanderbilt and during those four years I feel head over heels for the music city. in fact, i think most people i went to school with did. my freshman hall was a combination of people from ALL over, but despite where we came from, we all called Nashville home in a matter of months. and believe me that is saying something. The best thing about Nashville (in my humble opinion) it its energy. Nashville feels alive. Its always growing, moving, changing. nashville welcomes you because there is something for everyone in Nashvegas (i mean with a name like that..)- music, country, outdoors, horses, shopping, coffee shops, restaurants... everyone! .. but I digress! Why is this important to you? (other then the fact that i just convinced you to take a trip to nashville?) WELL, apart from being a wonderful city, nashville has raised some amazing people. One of which is , Reese Witherspoon. Reese's zest for life is infectious! She is a role model of Southern loveliness and grace that people from all-over can admire. She has recently launched a new company: Draper james. the company pays homage to all things Southern. She describes it this way:
"i started this company to honor my Southern heritage and in particular my grandparents who were, and still are, the greatest influence in my life: my grandmother: Dorothea Draper, and my grandfather, William James Witherspoon. My grandparents taught me everything I know about gracious Southern living. From them I learned to dress and act like a lady, to take pride in my home, to reach out to help a neighbor, and to always invite everyone in for a visit"
Reese's message of Southern hospitality and gracious living really resonates with me. it is a great reminder of the woman i would like to be. Although I am young, I'm learning to take pride in my heritage. i love that I've had the opportunity to learn a "southern way of life" from my grandparents and parents. My mom & grandmothers, quintilla & Shirley, taught me the value of kind words to your neighbor, how to joyfully (and quickly) whip up an appetizer plate, and the utmost importance of sweet tea and dessert (specifically a good pie, yum). On the other hand, my dad constantly reminds me that a southern woman must also be strong and to stand for what she believes in; they should also be able to drive a stick shift (ehh..) and ride a horse. i'm slowly discovering that the South appreciates home and living in a way that is unique and special to the region. There is still a slow gracious rhythm to life here; which is so foreign in a world that is always moving at a lighting speed pace. i think a lot of my passion for home and design comes from being raised in the south. home and family are so important here. and the importance of home drives me to want to be a part of helping others create home.
I am a huge fan of Draper James not only because of the beautiful and unique products. But more importantly because of the ideas they represent. reese, herself, represents the best parts of being southern- grace, kindness, humility, laughter, paired with strength, boldness, intelligence..
click here to see (and shop!) more and scroll on to see some of my favorite draper james items used in my dream rooms:
b e d r o o m:
throw: Draper James // bed + mirror : Serena and Lilly // bedside table + garden stool: Wisteria // linens and settee: One Kings Lane // lamps: Visual Comfort // candle: diptyque
o f f i c e:
stationary, mint julep cup, pencils: Draper James // desk: William Sonoma Home // mirror + floor lamp: One King's Lane // chair: Wisteria
f o y e r:
MAGNOLIA BLOSSOM paper weight: dRAPER JAMES // CHEST: wISTERIA // LAMP: VISUAL COMFORT
and a few more just because... the tote is called "the vanderbilt" (whats not to love?)
as always, have a question or interested in a product featured here? shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org happy tuesday xo-
IMAGES OF LOGO AND FLOWERS BORROWED FROM draper james website: draperjames.com