CTL Weekly 01.12

Last January, Nashville interior designer Rachel Halvorson returned from a trip to Paris and shared this picture and these words on Instagram:

“I know it’s hard to compare a city that is thousands of years old with all of the new construction going up in Nashville. Yes it’s true – everything in Paris is prettier but it’s really all of the imperfections that make it so utterly perfect. I looked around the cafes… none of the lights match, the hardware is all different finishes, the upholstery doesn’t coordinate, and it’s filled with beautiful people with messy hair and even some wrinkles. Can we live in smaller houses? Do we need all that cabinetry? Can a fancy dinner party just be a cheese plate surrounded by friends? Can we consume less and walk more? Can we be okay with scratches in the floor and red wine stains on our countertops? Does everything really need to be outdoor friendly? Can we let our houses show that life is being lived inside it, and let our faces show that we’ve laughed a lot? … that sounds pretty perfect to me.”

That post went a little bit viral and it really resonated with me too. Every now and then it pops into my head like it did this week so I looked it up and it landed just the same. This is the feeling I want to carry into 2024. 

Do Rachel’s thoughts resonate with you too?

Here’s more of what I saved to share with you this week.

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A Tudor, but make it light and bright and full of art, like this Alabama home.

Here’s another artist’s home – an Airbnb – that I shared a while back in the same Birmingham neighborhood. (There must be something beautiful in the water down in Birmingham.)

And finally, there is so much to love about this Homeworthy video tour of a home in La Jolla, CA. If you’ve got an hour to watch this winter weekend, I promise you’ll be inspired.


We have a family birthday dinner this weekend and I’m pulling out these check napkins from Pottery Barn, which are on clearance right now. I have them in navy, which appears to be sold out, but I’m loving the cinnamon color too.

We’ve also been making a lot of soup around here, which means a lot of chopping and dicing and I’ve been very grateful for this little tool that I picked up last year which makes getting veggies into pots so easy. I reach for it all the time.


Architect Gil Schafer has a new book coming out in February and his two previous books have been so beautiful that I pre-ordered this one with no hesitation.

Note: I’ve gathered up many of my favorite coffee table books on homes and living, including Gil’s previous books, here.


The story behind Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

25 behind-the-scenes photos from The Sound of Music. So interesting!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 

P.S. What give a house soul and some photos in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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