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P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home Tour with #AR529

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

Last week, my friend Hannah of Sundry Mumsy and I were invited to attend a bloggers luncheon at P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home at Moss Mountain Farm. The event was hosted by Allen and the folks at AR529, Arkansas’ direct-sold 529 college savings program. We began the day with a few words from Allen on the importance of education before touring the home and gardens, then enjoying an amazing lunch and hearing a panel discuss the importance of college savings for families.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

I’ve been to the Garden Home before, but I’m always so impressed with its beauty and charm. A few years ago, I wrote a cover story on Allen and learned the myriad ways that the Greek Revival style home is actually completely eco-friendly, as anyone who watched the process of building the house on his television show can attest.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

A 6,000-gallon tank under the front lawn collects rainwater from all over the gardens, which is then used to irrigate the sprawling lawn and beds. The metal roof uses a radiant heat system to heat the home’s hot water, floors and air. And the walls are filled with insulation made from Arkansas soybeans.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

The decor is, of course, jaw dropping. A lover of history, Allen has filled his home with antiques and any of the soft surfaces are reupholstered with organic fabric.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

The back porches are my favorite part though. The porch on the ground level, right off the kitchen/dining area, features comfortable furniture and a relaxed dining area for al fresco dinners, while the upstairs porch features twin beds and a copper bath tub.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

And of course, there are books everywhere, which is both the way to my heart and reinforcement that Allen is serious about education.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

Next up was a tour of the gardens, which are completely jaw dropping. As a champion of the farm-to-table movement and supporting small, local farmers, much of his gardens grow edible plants and are used in educational tours for everyone from gardeners who come to tour the property to groups of school children.

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

Our garden tour was cut short by rain, so we all headed to the barn to have lunch and learn about #AR529. Though I don’t have children of my own, I was really interested in hearing about this program – especially as someone who took out a lot (A LOT) of student loans and will work to pay them off for another 20-25 years. We also learned about #AR529’s Gift Plan, which is something I already knew about. My mom opened a gift plan account for my cousin’s baby when he was born, and with something as simple as a barcode that family members can print off the internet, we can all make contributions to Ethan’s college savings plan in lieu of gifts at Christmas and birthday parties (because seriously – how many two year olds need another toy, am I right???).

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home and #AR529 | Rosemary on the TV  #interiordesign #landscaping #gardens #chickens #mossmountainfarm

To learn more about AR529 and The Gift Plan, visit the websites below. Seriously – it’s never too early to start saving for college!

http://www.arkansas529.org

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And for more info and photos, check out Hannah’s post over at Sundry Mumsy!

 

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My Home Office : RHC LLC Headquarters

As many of you know, back in September I quit my job and started my own business – Rosemary Hallmark Creative, LLC – and I now freelance full time from my home office.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

Um, the only problem is that this (^) is my “home office”. It’s actually half of our guest bedroom and mostly just a pile of junk. Until Christmas, I was spending every day in an uncomfortable dining chair. I upgraded when my mom got me the white leather office chair as a Christmas gift.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

But I was still sitting in a pile of junk with my printer propped up on a pile of boxes under my feet. This was not an inspiring workplace, that’s for sure. So a few weeks ago, my friend Brittany and I borrowed my dad’s truck and made a day trip to IKEA in Dallas. Brittany was moving into a new apartment and needed to load up on furniture. I needed to get my office in shape, so I made the following purchases:

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

VITTSJO Shelving Unit for $59 // KNIPSA baskets for $14.99 each  // KASSETT magazine file, a two-pack for $4.99

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

And suddenly, I had an office! I feel so much more organized (because I am!). The VITTSJO shelf is deep enough to hold my printer, which is wireless, and I use the baskets to hold camera equipment and things like cards, envelopes, etc. On the top shelf, I have inexpensive ($2 each) file boxes from Michaels that hold things like receipts, CDs, cords, and other small items. And now that everything is cleaned up, there’s space for Lula’s bed and she hangs out at my feet all day long.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

And of course, my magazines. Finally, for the first time, all sorted, organized and labeled. The metal magazine/file holder we hung on the wall was a yard sale purchase I got for $5.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

With Aaron’s help, I finally got the bulletin board hung up on the wall. It’s been leaned on the desk since I bought it. And if you’re wondering about my gorgeous desk, it’s a vintage sewing desk that my best friend gave me when he was moving and couldn’t take it with him. So: free. The best kind of desk.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

I’m so much happier now with my cleaned up work space!

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

The guest bedroom is almost finished, now that my office space is set up. Back around Christmas, I added a Nate Berkus for Target lamp since we had guests coming for the week and, you know, they needed light.

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

And we replaced the closet doors in the fall! They used to look like this. The room still needs an area rug and some art here and there, and unfortunately…we still haven’t replaced this:

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

The world’s ugliest ceiling fan, which has haunted me since move-in day. But overall, I’d say it’s made quite a transformation from this:

My Home Office | Rosemary on the TV

 

 

Home Office Inspiration

Now that I’m working from home, I spend the majority of my days in my “home office” which is currently a vintage sewing desk in the guest bedroom. With a printer on the floor underneath it. And stacks of junk everywhere. I’ve taken over the floor, the bed, the entire room. So I’ve got to get organized. And as I prepare to head to Dallas for a shopping/bridesmaid extravaganza weekend, I’m pulling together some serious home office inspiration.

f9e58827103f72f5b65a14ffe04539beMy personal favorite. I think the baskets really warm up the space and make it feel more like home and less like an office. I also love the brass lamps and open shelving.

2b22c2488b24dda5ab0bf02e44bf6c82Pops of color and live plants are also good. I love the warehouse ceiling but that’s not really an option in my guest bedroom.

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I need a green chair. I just decided.

030864f51b6a863bdaf5d3efe3f43c03I adore Erin Gates’ office! The yellow lamps and ghost chair and white desks are way fab.

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This little office is actually the closest to my reality, since space is an issue and I’m typing this from a vintage desk. Maybe by next week I will have a fab home office to share with all of you!

Images: Basket office // Warehouse office // Green office // Erin Gates’ office // Velvet chair // Small office

 

 

 

 

Southern Living’s 2013 Idea House

 

 

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Have you seen the new Southern Living featuring their 2013 Idea House? I fell head over heels in love with last year’s idea house (Is it normal to fantasize about a farmhouse? No?), so I was excited to see what SL had in store for us this year. While the new house isn’t quite as drool-worthy as last year’s, it is still beautiful in my book. I particularly love the reclaimed wood beams, herringbone front door (!), porch swings and the bunkies! See more here.


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