travel : charleston suggestions

charleston pastels

my husband and i are traveling to charleston soon for a wedding (and a much needed getaway) and i would love any travel suggestions. i am so excited to visit; i have never been somehow. any can’t miss restaurants or sights to see while we are there? we plan to explore the city and some of the islands nearby like folly and kiawah. we’re driving down, renting a beautiful townhouse, and planning to rent bikes.

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a few places we plan to go…

-husk – butcher and bee – angel oak tree – gin joint – the ordinary – sugar bakeshop –

xoxo madeline


five things

IMG_8002{spring tulip magnolia blooms in our yard}

the first hint of spring has arrived to nashville, and we could not be more ready. we have had friends and family (who are all moving to nashville!) staying with us till this week and had the best time trying new places. work has been busy with photographing projects and the install of my commercial project this month. march 8th was also my sweet nephew’s 1st birthday! happy spring.

IMG_7981{a warm night at pinewood social & bocce ball}

IMG_7959{photographing #12thsouthreno project}

IMG_7986{trying nashville hot chicken at hattie b’s}

IMG_7954{one of my commercial projects installing}


travel : seaside, fl

IMG_7751this weekend, josh and i travelled with the dogs to seaside, florida for a development conference. i tagged along to enjoy the sun and sand. seaside is a new urbanism community that was beautifully master planned in the 80’s and is the location of the filming for the truman show (love that movie!) growing up, my family visited the neighboring seagrove beach every year in august. in the offseason, seaside is shockingly quiet and calm. some evenings were chilly, but the weather was beautiful during the day. we ate great seafood, lots of snow cones, and walked for hours.


{seaside square’s quaint post office}


{their first time on the beach at sunset}


{lobster rolls at the shrimp shack}


{all houses are painted in pastel shades, like this tiny pale pink one}


{hot pink dream house}


{breakfast tacos and mimosas at cowgirl kitchen}


{sundog books at seaside square. we stayed at the bookstore owner’s rental home!}


{playtime at the beach}


{colorful walks through seaside side streets}


{pastel shutters}


{the best juice food truck}


{family walks with my guys}


{red tolix chairs at the artist’s colony}


{seaside chapel in the community}


bye seaside! we miss you already.


2015 in review

happy 2016! we are getting busy back into work over the past two weeks after a long holiday. 2015 was, in a word, transformative. 2014 was a tough personal year for me, so 2015 came as a surprise. i am two weeks late to the ‘2015 best nine’ game, but i thought i would share my highlights. sometimes it’s hard for me to absorb all that has happened, but i am so very thankful for everything.


  1. made the decision to freelance and left job in a large firm.
  2. started my own interior design business.
  3. my beautiful nephew august was born.
  4. travelled to d.c. for the cherry blossom festival with wonderful friends.
  5. finished my licensure exams and became ncidq certified.
  6. celebrated my husband josh’s 30th birthday with a staycation.
  7. travelled to our home in montana with siblings.
  8. we bought our house!
  9. had the opportunity to work on so many amazing projects with the best clients.

also, my husband started his own architecture and development business!

how was your year?

follow along this year on instagram.

week in review

sharing some scenes from my week and from thanksgiving visits

my week in review | madeline made{dining room ‘new’ salvaged table and our eames knockoffs}

my week in review | madeline made{sketching plan concepts for our house}

my week in review | madeline made{my favorite little guy, my nephew}

my week in review | madeline made{introducing my nephew to old friends}

my week in review | madeline made{ombre leaves from our yard}

my week in review | madeline made{installing this gorgeous shade at #12thsouthreno}

my week in review | madeline made{business development lunch at marche}


we bought a house!

we are homeowners officially! after five years here, my husband, josh and i finally bought the house we have been living in. this house has been very precious to me for my whole life, as it was my beloved grandparent’s home and the home my father grew up in. i grew up playing here in the creek and had many holidays around the table together with family. now, this house has become equally important to my husband, and he has fallen for it (the dogs also!) it is a special place.


{a view of the house in the spring}

i am so excited to share more here on the blog as we dream, plan, and renovate the property. as a designer and architect, we can’t help but have big plans on paper already. we look forward to sharing the process and making many (more) years of memories here. it seems like a fitting week to close and be thankful for all that we’ve been given!

follow along on instagram and my renovation pinterest board, if you’d like.

xoxo madeline

josh turns 30! staycation 2015

i love to travel – the further away the better. however in a pinch, it is also surprisingly fun to be a tourist in your own city. my husband and i rarely explore our own city, because we get bogged down in the day to day or we go to our favorites places instead of trying new places. this may was joshua’s 30th birthday – i can hardly believe it! back in june, i decided to surprise him with a staycation here in nashville. we have such a fun city – come visit (i highly recommend the nashville scooter tours)!

josh turns 30 | madeline made

{cork and cow – franklin}

josh turns 30 | madeline made

{strolling through east nashville}

josh turns 30 | madeline made

{dinner at the pharmacy}

josh turns 30 | madeline made

{cream soda phosphates}

josh turns 30 | madeline made

{german beer in the beer garden}

josh turns 30 | madeline made

{jenis nashville, of course}

josh turns 30 | madeline made

{enjoying the omni hotel}

josh turns 30 | madeline made

{new omni hotel lobby}

josh turns 30 | madeline made

{drinks at the fire}

josh turns 30 | madeline made

{omni rooftop pool overlooking skyline}

josh turns 30 | madeline made

{omni top floor views}

josh turns 30 | madeline made

{kitchen notes brunch}

josh turns 30 | madeline made

{nashville scooter tours – scooters named for country music legends}

josh turns 30 | madeline made

{las paletas popsicles – 12th south}

josh turns 30 | madeline made

{ended with nashville sounds game with our friends}

happy 30th to my favorite person!

xoxo madeline