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Jane and I just returned from The Southern C Summit in Charleston, South Carolina! It was an inspiring 3 days of learning, networking and exploring beautiful Charleston. (My only regret is not digging my toes into the sand at Folly Beach.) We stayed right off King Street in a friend's carriage house. On our walk to the Summit we stopped by Bull Street Gourmet for yummy Lattés and breakfast treats to keep our energy up. We passed so many cute shops and restaurants, while we couln't browse them all, the ones we did stop by were so fantastic! The houses are so beautiful and all of the window boxes were in full bloom!

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 Ahhh Italy...what a fabulous and adventurous week we had visiting Parma and Vernazza and Lago Maggiore! The food, the colors, the clarity of the light, the architecture, the children playing soccer everywhere, and la dolce vita are all firmly planted in my mind's eye.

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Walking into Hope Bailey's’s Lookout Mountain home is like being in a different city or perhaps a design magazine. She and her husband Blythe took their 1930’s summer cottage back to the studs and reimagined it. The house is light, bright, airy and magical, much like her pottery. It makes you want to come inside, take off your shoes and stay awhile.

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Last week we visited the SPA (Sociedad Protectora de Animales) in San Miguel de Allende and presented them with a donation to go towards feeding the animals. Stray dogs are a big part of our family and we wanted to give back to the people who care for the ones still waiting for their forever home. We presented the SPA with a check for $2000, which covers one quarter of their yearly food budget!

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Meet Maggie Mielczarek, an artist, mom and business owner. She started her fabric/pillow/accessory business, Leland Gal, three years when all the pieces suddenly fell into place. She has a little shop in Leland, Michigan, open seasonally, where she sells her colorful designs. All of her fabrics are her own painted designs turned into patterns. Maggie uses her soundings in Michigan to inspire her patterns: Birch trees, canoes, sail boats and cherries. Her patterns are so fun and we can’t wait to see our lighting paired with Leland Gal. Step into her colorful world to see why we are inspired by Maggie and Leland Gal!

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South of Boston there is a tiny coastal town called Hingham, MA. In this town there is a little shop called Delicious Designs owned by Roberta Sobran. Her shop is filled with fabric, lighting, furniture and of course some Stray Dog Designs. Roberta is a talented designer who puts together tranquil, modern spaces with fun pops of color. She is also a photographer and you can see (and order) her beautiful photographs on her website. Check out the interview below to learn more about Roberta and find out why we are inspired by Delicious Designs.

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Kate Roebuck is the bomb. I knew this fact before I even met her. I became obsessed with her Oxford, MS house (and her collection of Hable Construction bags) when I spotted it in Anthology Magazine a few years ago. Then she moved to Chattanooga and now she is my neighbor. She has a great little bungalow that I love visiting because it is an outward expression of her fun and funky style. (And it is in no way childproofed, which is something I long for.) Kate is a talented artist and I am always inspired by her paintings, weavings and personal style. 

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Twenty years ago this woman waltzed into our lives. 

We weren’t sure what to make of her…and for those of you who know her…you know just what I mean.

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We are totally in love with these gorgeous linens and inspired by El Camino de Los Altos! We found these beautiful shawls and table cloths at our friend Anna’s store, Mixta, in San Miguel de Allende and were immediately enchanted. We were struck by the sophisticated color combinations married with the traditional weaving techniques from the Chiapas region of Mexico. All of these textiles are woven by hand on a back strap loom, seen below. 

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Our “inspired by” blog this week is about Guadalupe Alvarez, one of the top wedding planners in the world, based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She is one of our closest friends, having known her since we married twenty years ago. Loyal as a dog, pretty as a picture and one of the hardest workers we know…we have always been inspired by you, Guadalupe.
 
Do you have a dog?
Of course! I have a dog who comes from Lookout Mountain, Georgia. His name is Beto. I also have Canela and Roberta, both Mexican mutts, and Juanita Perez (she deserved a last name) a half German Shepherd, half coyote, and Milo, an old Labrador.
 
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