Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Noelle Nashville - A Boutique Nashville Hotel







Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson 


Noelle Nashville, situated in the heart of downtown and surrounded by many of the amazing things that makes our city so special, is one of our city's top boutique hotels.  If you read my post about MAKEREADY, you have already gotten a glimpse into how special Noelle Nashville is.

Today I am sharing a bit more about their standard rooms and soon I will be sharing a glimpse into one of their gorgeous suites should you wish to stay in a suite instead.

Part of what makes Noelle Nashville so special is its very chic style and what you see from first entering the hotel (the inviting chic and urban lobby) you get an immediate feel for what the rooms will look like as well.

All of their standard rooms have king sized beds in them!  For those of you that travel often, you know that most rooms have double beds and if there are two beds in a standard room, they are almost ALWAYS a double bed.  I've personally never stayed at a hotel that offers two king sized beds in a standard room...have you?!  I do think this sets Noelle Nashville apart from some others.  Having a bit more space when you sleep, especially if you are sharing the room with friends, family, or another couple having a bit more space is so important!

Their rooms are so crisp and clean too!  It is minimally decorated, which I appreciate because it offers a sense of peace in my opinion.  The beds are super comfortable and the bathrooms are spacious and have all of the modern conveniences too!

I highly recommend that you consider Noelle Nashville when planning a staycation or when planning your next trip to Nashville.  I think you will be so pleased and truly enjoy your stay at the boutique property!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!  Stay tuned for more Nashville experiences...I hope you are taking note and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to comment below or send me a direct message!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

5TH & TAYLOR - NASHVILLE RESTAURANT REVIEW






















Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson 

Featured Restaurant: 5th and Taylor

I'll always remember the first time that we ate at 5th and Taylor...we were relatively new to Nashville and didn't know much about the Germantown area but we had a list of places that we wanted to try.  Peter and I ate there for dinner and I remember thinking how good it was...especially the sausage biscuits (a MUST HAVE if you eat there).

Since my first time, I have been there for many other occasions, the last occasion being a girls night out!  You can enjoy 5th and Taylor for any occasion and this time of year the patio is open, which makes for such a pleasant dining experience outside as well.

The space is warm and inviting with unique and interesting art throughout.  My most favorite thing about the decor at 5th and Taylor is the candlelight.  It makes you feel as if you are in your own home having an intimate dinner with those closest to you. They have the best fiddle leaf fig trees too!

During our recent visit,  Chef Daniel prepared several amazing dishes for us.  Of course we had to start with the sausage cheddar biscuits and as I said, these are a MUST.  I can promise you, try these one time and you will crave them every time.

After devouring the sausage cheddar biscuits, we enjoyed two different salads.  The first salad was an octopus salad with an avocado vinaigrette.  The Spanish octopus was served frisse, avocado, lemon supremes, and crispy sunchoke.  Think fresh, light, and delicious!  We really enjoyed this salad!

Next up...a beet salad!  I'm not a huge fan of beets but I've got to tell you, if I'm ever to eat beets, it will be this particular salad.  The beets are roasted and served with avocado, orange supreme, caramelized onions, olive oil, and micro greens.  Before the beets are strategically placed on the dish, they are tossed in a herb and citrus vinaigrette.  This salad takes beets to a whole new level!

Now onto the main dishes that we tried.  The first dish was wild caught halibut which was pan seared until crispy and lightly browned.  It was served with braised watercress and spinach with a calabrain chili.  It was light airy and satisfying.  The flavors were delicious!

The second main course that we tried as the Venison.  At first I was timid to try this as I had only eaten venison a time or two before but it looked so delicious so it was hard for me to resist.  I'm so glad I tried it!  The venison is free range from New Zealand and it was served atop of caramelized leeks, maitake mushrooms and hen of woods mushrooms.  It was finished with a black trumpet demi glaze and a huckleberry gastrique.  In other words...it was delicious and the various flavors made for a perfect combination.  Oh...and I can't forget, we were served some of the most delicious mashed potatoes I have ever eaten...also a MUST to any main course that you may order!

This is only a tiny peek into the variety of dishes that Chef Daniel and his team create!  I highly recommend that you put 5th and Taylor on our list of restaurants to try.  You won't be disappointed!  Make sure you call ahead and make a reservation!

And while you are there, plan to go to the Back Corner if you are looking to take your night from dinner to dancing!  The Back Corner is a really fun spot off the beaten path!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Our Home on Canvass - Kayla Weber Art






Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


ARTWORK BY: KAYLA WEBER ART

We've lived in many places over the years but it wasn't until the closing of our home 2 years ago this August that we felt like we were truly settled and "at home".  We wanted to find a home that would instill a desire to really dig our roots in...a home that we could foresee ourselves living in for a long time.

Our house hunt did not come easy...in fact, there were lots of ups and downs and I'm pretty sure a tear or two along the way.  The real estate market in Nashville and the surrounding areas has been tough because so many people want to live here.  After all, Nashville is one of the nations fastest growing cities.  At the time that we were in the market nearly two years ago, people were buying homes sight unseen and there were always multiple offers on the table.  It has been a Sellers market and unfortunately for Buyers, not a very easy market to navigate.

We had fallen head over heels for a different home and we made it through the entire process and then WHAM...the appraisal came back and and it was appraised for nearly $50K less than the asking price.  We tried our best to get the Owners to come down but they just wouldn't budge so we had to cease our contract and get right back into the market, having lost precious time looking at potential other homes.

The day after we ceased the contract on that home, our agent called us late afternoon on a Tuesday and told us that a house just hit the market in one of the neighborhoods that we were targeting and she said, "I really think you guys are going to LOVE this one"!  We met our agent at the home an hour later and she was right...we really fell in love with the home, more so than the home we had just ceased the contract on.  This was going to be our home...I just new it.  It was perfect and it was far more than we could have imagined.  It was nestled in a beautiful neighborhood with lots of young families within walking distance from school. 

We put in an offer the same night and prayed and prayed and prayed about it.  Having felt a little heartbroken and discouraged over the other home, we just felt like that happened to simply bring us to this home.  The other home was not meant to be and this one was.  I envisioned it all...our children playing outside, family holidays, friends, etc. I just knew that it would all work out.

Our offer was accepted...YAY and now comes all of the other steps.  We tried not to get our hopes up until the home was appraised because after all, that is where we were letdown previously so staying level headed is the best we could do.  Ha!  That was so hard to do because I lead with my heart and often times can't think rationally.  

Patience, prayer, and faith were all that we needed because everything went well, very few tiny bumps along the way, and this beautiful new home in the most perfect neighborhood was finally ours...CHEERS!!!  I get emotional just writing this because our experience was such a true testament to believing that all things happen for a reason and that God knows what is best for us.  This home was meant to be ours and before long we closed on our new home and moved in!!!

I share all of this with you because today's post is about the beautiful home artwork that Kayla Weber did of our home!  Kayla is such a talented artist and her work is absolutely stunning.  I knew I wanted a painting of our home...a way to honor new home and one way to symbolize digging our roots in.

Working with Kayla was a pleasure.  I took video of our home and sent pictures of all angels and she created a piece of art that showcases our home exactly as it is and in such a beautiful way.  This painting is truly one of my most prized "possessions" if you will.  It symbolized everything I hope for and dream of for my family.  It symbolizes the start of a beautiful book with some many life chapters.  This was a new beginning for us and this very special piece of art commemorates that.

If you are looking for a special piece of artwork for your home...you should check out Kayla's work.  A home painting is an incredibly special gift for your home, for your parents, for a friend, for a child who has bought their first home, etc.  It is personal and it will be something that you (or someone else if gifting it) will cherish for a lifetime.

Who would you gift this personalized painting to?!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Habitat for Humanity & Chico's Event Recap
























Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson & Chelsea Rochelle

OLIVE JACKET // SILVER JACKET // TOP // DENIM // SCARF

Last week was such a wonderful, inspiring, and heart felt week.  I partnered with Habitat for Humanity and Chico's FAS for the #HomeIsTheKey campaign.  It was such an honor to be on site with so many amazing people...those who have invested their time and resources for two lovely ladies, Amanda and Ashlee, (the new homeowners)!

It has ben a while since I have participated in a Habitat for Humanity build and after learning so much more last week and being onsite helping, it has renewed my desire to become more involved.  

Amanda and Ashlee are two very strong and committed women who are dedicated to providing the best life possible to their beautiful children.  Their new homes are a fresh start and I know they will enjoy settling and establishing roots.  Their children are just the sweetest and they seemed so happy as well...they are especially excited to decorate their new room!  As Amanda and Ashlee cut the ribbon for their new home, I'm pretty certain most everyone got teary eyed.  You can just tell how happy everyone is in these images.

I admire Habitat for Humanity even more after learning what all of their homeowners go through to get the keys to their new home.  Amanda and Ashlee started this process by submitting a 20 page application.  Once selected, they then go through a variety of courses and trainings as well as many hours of sweat equity volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.  Habitat homes are not gifted to these families, they do pay a mortgage but it is a mortgage that fits well within their budget.  Habitat for Humanity provided the resources and support so Amanda and Ashlee can be set up for success.

Chico's FAS was such an important partner with these builds.  The team from headquarters flew in and so many associates from Chico's, White House Black Market, and Soma Intimates participated in the final build days as well.  It was so inspiring to see so many women come together to add the final touches to Amanda and Ashlee's new homes.

The Property Brothers were also on site...they have been involved since the build kicked of on 4/2/18 and they have really gotten to know Amanda, Ashlee, and their families.  They built a bond so it was so special to see them help Amanda and Ashlee dedicate their homes and cut the ribbon!

What an amazing experience it was...one that will never forget!

If you want to get involved with this campaign you can donate at any Chico's, Soma Intimates, or White House Black market store.  Donations will be accepted through the end of May.  I encourage you to get involved too!  Every little bit makes a difference!

I'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire Habitat for Humanity & Chico's FAS teams for inviting me to join you for this campaign.  Thank you White House Black Market for providing my outfits as well as Soma Intimates for providing some new pieces as well.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!