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2018 Holiday Gift Guide for the Home


  1. Army Green First Aid Box – a great accessory for practically any room, but one of my favorite places for it is in your bathroom!  I know that’s kind of a weird thing to say, but if you rest this box on the back of your toilet it can hold extra toilet paper or any other toiletries for you and your guests. Did I use the word “toilet” enough here?
  2. a) Ceramic & Teak Cellar with Spoon this tiny cellar will work in any kitchen  b) Teak Salt & Pepper Cellar  c) Teak Round Scoops these are about 1 Tablespoon in size scoops which are great for your salt cellar instead of everyone’s fingers! d) Gray Marble & Wood Cellar  e) Sono Wood Cutting Board these cutting boards vary from light to dark in color and are some of the most beautiful boards I’ve seen!
  3. Rimmed Cutting Boards come in rectangle or square and are big!  You want have any grapes or olives rolling off these boards.
  4. BOWL NO. “FOUR HUNDRED TWENTY TWO” falls in the extravagant gift category.  This bowl is huge (pretty sure you could fit a small dog in it) and an absolute statement piece!  If you’re looking for something to impress the in-laws…. *wink*wink*
  5. Oak Bed Tray – I have a confession.  Eating dinner in bed after I put the kids to bed is one of my FAVORITE things to do.  Like a legit full meal.  Have you ever done it?!  I tried it once because someone else mentioned that they did it as a couple, and I swear to you I try to do this at least once a week!  Try it before you knock it.  You’ll thank me.
  6. Black and Natural Stripe Vase
  7. Black Vase
  8. Serving Board with Dividers these boards are bigger than you imagine.  The large is 36″ and I played air guitar with it when I first opened it!  There is no better board for your party’s charcuterie than these.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!!!

Gambrel House,

Gambrel House – What’s Going On?

A couple of months ago I threw out the big news that Alex & I are opening a home & decor retail store.  In the past two months we have come a long way in building this business.  We’re getting closer to being ready to launch so I thought I’d take a moment to go into the who, what and why of Gambrel House.

First off, what does “Gambrel” mean?  I get this question more than anything when my friends ask me about the business.  Gambrel is a roof style that is usually a symmetrical two-sided roof with two slopes on each side. The upper slope is positioned at a shallow angle, while the lower slope is steep.  This is the roof type on my grandparent’s house that we bought and started renovating this time last year.

The house still isn’t painted yet, but just because I like to stare at this photoshopped rendering of what I want to do to the exterior I’m putting it here.  (Sidenote:  John & Sherry from Young House Love just painted their exterior last week and it reminded me how excited I’ll be when we can finally get our exterior phase completed.  Any suggestions for making a quick $10-$15k???)

My favorite gambrel house is this one below that I came across on Pinterest.  I always imagined getting a shaker roof when the time comes for a new roof.  To clarify, this will be many years from now since we have a practically new 30 year roof.  After seeing this house I could easily see myself wanting to go with a stunning metal roof.  I mean…I don’t have words for house beautiful that roof is.


Next I’ll address the why?  Why in the world am I opening a retail store? I didn’t dream of having a retail store growing up, but as of recent this dream was planted in my heart. The dream is having a beautiful store front and a conference room in the back to host my design clients.

The store would be filled with my favorite things that I’d fill my own home with and I could share my favorite things with all of my friends and local community.  I’m in Duluth, GA and the only home decor store is a beautiful brick and mortar that carries a lot of items that aren’t what I’d fill my own home with.  They are very successful and a lot of people love the products they carry, but if I walk into that store and don’t find anything I love enough to place in my own home, then I figure I’m not alone.

There’s another market for people who want a style that’s traditional and timeless feeling but with a modern lean.  My style always includes the old and the new.  The traditional and the modern.  I think by combining those things it produces a cozy home that looks and feels fresh.  I want to bring that aesthetic with high quality items, that are ethically sourced, and that will last at least a lifetime.  And of course the obvious is to help support our family financially.  That’s always a part of having a business, right?  Let’s not pretend it’s not a factor.

I hope you can feel my excitement! I worry that I can hide the excitement behind the fear that comes with taking risks.  This feels like absolute insanity sometimes and I can easily fall into a panic of “WHAT ARE WE THINKING?!  WE’RE SO DUMB!  WE’RE GOING TO GO BROKE! OH MY GOSH.  MY KIDS WILL NEVER GET BRACES. THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO PLAY SPORTS OR DANCE. THEY’RE GOING TO BE DEVASTATED WHEN WE GO BANKRUPT &  HAVE TO SELL OUR HOUSE.  WE’RE GOING TO FAIL. WE’RE GOING TO FAIL. OMG WE’RE GOING TO TOTALLY FAIL AND I’M GOING TO BE HUMILIATED.”

That sounds healthy, right?  What calms me down and snaps me out of that spiral is knowing that God is with us.  He planted this passion.  He is with us when we take risks.  He doesn’t label me a failure even if I experience a fail.  He knows my fear and when I hand it over to Him He carries it for me.  I get to rest in that.  He is for me. He’s not against me.  He’s given me these desires.  I can guarantee you that these desires aren’t from me.  Nothing about Emily Kirk Morrison knew that this desire existed.   Gambrel House is His to do whatever He wants to do with it — huge success or complete collapse.

When I see a store, I know God sees more than just a store. I don’t know what it is He sees yet, but I’m on step one — do the thing He put in me to do.  So I’m honored and thrilled to introduce to you soon GAMBREL HOUSE. Sign up to be on our e-mail list so you can be the first to know about our giveaways and for subscriber-only discounts!

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Am I really opening a store?!?!

Being vulnerable isn’t easy for most people. I’m pretty good about being “vulnerable” — you know, the kind of vulnerability that only talks about the things you’ve gotten through, not actual vulnerability that talks about the things you are currently in. I have to be transparent here. This post would never have happened had my husband not told me I need to share what’s going on. I’d rather wait until we did the scary thing and the scary thing was successful, THEN I could share with you all the goings on. That way if I fail, then I can just deal with it and move on and not face public failure.

Well, obviously I’m writing (+ publishing if you’re reading this!) this post with plans to bring my friends along the way of the new scary thing I’m doing.

Client Projects, Sugar Hill Kitchen,

Sugar Hill Kitchen Renovation

I’m excited to share my latest kitchen renovation I worked on with a wonderful client in Sugar Hill, GA. When I first met with her she said she wanted a “white kitchen”.  Can you believe I’ve never actually done a white kitchen?!  I didn’t even realize it until she said that’s what she wanted and I was excited to get started and deliver a kitchen she would be over the moon about.

Client Projects,

Sophisticated Master Bathroom Retreat

I’m currently in the planning stage for a big bathroom overhaul at my mom’s house.  She has lived in this house since the early 90’s and the bathroom is in desperate need of help.  There is currently a hot tub that hasn’t been used in over 20 years, an almond color shower insert, old linoleum floors, and all the fixtures you’d expect from a house built in the 80’s.

Here’s the first version of the mood board I came up with and I am a bit envious of this bathroom already. That large picture window is going to be stunning with a free standing tub in front of it and a large chandelier hanging from the vaulted ceiling!  I’ve also convinced her, very easily I might add, to get a mechanical roman shade so the window can be open as much as possible because the view to her backyard is like being in a treehouse!

The plan is to mix high end with low end and get a perfectly custom, fancy yet comfortable, master spa…I mean bath.