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    Sophie's Shoppe Blog

    Decorating your home with the natural benefits of plant life.

    Decorating with Plants

    Spring is in the air! With the sunshine out and warmer days ahead, it's always a welcomed transition to open all the doors and windows and feel the excitement of life bloom from those cold, dark winter days. It was our last new moon that I began weeding and tilling the garden, to prepare growing food for the Spring+ Summer. ....Snap peas, kale, swiss chard, lemon balm, bok choy... just a few of my favorites to add to any dish. I find that working and being around plants evokes a sense of serenity and oneness with nature.

    It's that sense of feeling that also has my house beaming with plants and bringing a liveliness to my space. House plants are good for your health; they release oxygen into your home, control humidity and purify the air. On top of all the health benefits, botanics are one of the hottest interior trends at the moment. One of my longest living plant babies is a standard Sophie's botanical: the Victorian Leaf Bird's Nest Fern ($21). This spider-like plant unfurls from the center up and brings a blooming brightness to any space. Mine loves the bright, indirect light it receives from the morning hours, in my kitchen. Moist soil is a must for these, so they require a little more TLC and in turn exudes a lot of life. 



    Other fantastic, and far less needy plants, are succulents! Everyone is talking about how these guys are making a come back. Listen y'all, they never went out of style! These low-maintenance plants are perfect for any smaller space that needs a pop of life and color. Avoid buying soft succulents; the hardier specimen, such as Echeveria or Sempervivum, are going to be much easier to keep alive. Did you know that most people kill succlents by over-watering them? The truth is, the more you neglect it, the more it thrives! Only water succulents when the soil is dry. Always *soak* the soil when watering; do not use a spray bottle. Most succulents do well in full or partial sun, but they love 30%-50% shade in the mid-summer heat. Indoors, they prefer a bright window, but if you see stretching or discoloration, they need more Vitamin-D. (aka: sunshine)... It might sound like a lot, but they truly tend to take care of themselves! Check out our 5-votive candle holder ($68) with the succulent+moss combo. This one is perfect for a dining room table or kitchen island!

    Looking for a plant that doesn't require much light or water? Check out the stylist ZZ Plant (Short for Zamioculcas Zamifolia) This African species is virtually industructable! Add it into one of our cute, small palm leaf ($28) or seagrass baskets and toss it on your desktop or next to the couch. It tolerates low light and minimal water well. This is the ideal plant for your low-light office. We know everyone is on the hunt for a plant like this.



    My all time favorite house plant is my tropical, birds of paradise plant. Well, it's more like a tree. I bought it at about 3'5" tall and it now towers over me at 6' ft. This one has what I like to call "elephant ear" leaves and sits like roayality in a bright, south-facing window, to receive optimal light. It's the focal point of my living room and is often the host of conversations.

    You find that living with plants will teach you how to create bespoke beautiful botanics for your home or even your office. It's perfect for those in an urban city, where outdoor space is limited and pollution levels are high; or for those who prefer to bring nature into their suburban homes. Caring for plants is a therapeutic and stress-relieving activity. I find that living with plants makes us more harmonious and brings life and stimulates creativity within the interior of our homes. Happy plants, happy home~

    xx,
    Zeen

    Living In Color

    Living In Color

    Let's talk about COLOR. It's unavoidable; color is in every crease of this colossal world. Rarely does something hold so much power, but color can literally change your mood, make food appear more appetizing and homes more inviting. Groups come together over color, from sports teams to slightly more rowdy gangs. Children ask Santa for the jumbo Crayola box, women ogle over the array of nail polishes at salons and men drool over the bright and shiny finishes of sports cars. Colors makes us feel things and color helps us express ourselves.

    As an artist, color is the coolest thing. And I don't just mean the greens and blues of the color wheel...

    For me, the creative process begins and ends with color, and the best part...it's all at my fingertips! I have always loved working with my hands, crafting and whatnot, but it is especially magical to have a clean canvas and a world of color to mix and play with. Each color can be so inspiring if you let it.

    I absolutely love this quote box at the shoppe right now ($342). Something about it makes me feel so whimsical and important, which is a feeling we all should know every now and then!  Even the creamy brown color palate makes me feel good. It is clean and full of potential and reminds me of home. 


    Speaking of home -- my studio proudly BURSTS with color, and I am lucky enough to have plenty of windows so the natural light can illuminate all the good stuff going on within those four walls! For me, inspiration comes from everywhere, and usually when I am least expecting it, but my studio space definitely sparks the most within me. All those colorful paints, posters, plants, and pictures just buzz with energy and get me excited to work on new projects. With all these components going on though, it is super important to stay organized, especially if I'm trying to be productive in said space. I love the chaos of my inspiration wall, which is really just a collage of images that move me or pique my interest, but my paints have a stricter setup...


    I'm a sucker for containers, so obviously my tin container (which conveniently has enough compartments to store each slice of the color wheel) is my most-used piece in the studio. (Tin container w/ compartments $78). Being able to see all the colors while having them organized and separated is a huge perk to the creative process, let me tell ya! 

    Art ( and life ) are supposed to be fun! Ultimately it is about what works best for you.  If you're a cheetah print person, go for it!!! Mix and match those prints as they fit and if you prefer to chill out with the cool colors, that's totally cool too. 

    It's about YOU.

    -jen

    Getting your House Ready for Guests

    Getting your House Ready for Guests

    Although I am not hosting for the holidays this year, I love to find quick ways to spruce up spaces! We currently live in a tiny condo (we are building a house), so prepping for guests will not happen this year. I mean....I have no dining room or coffee table!
    EVERYTHING is in storage!
    That is another story, for another day! 
    Ways to spruce up spaces could be as simple as changing out your pillows on your couch, changing a dining room light, or switching up a mirror.
    Take advantage of the CYBER MONDAY sales too and you could walk away with a fantastic look and a fantastic deal! Our lighting+pillows+mirrors are 40% off right now! Wowza! Check out our great sale!!
    Mirrors.......
    Mirrors are easy to change out and can make all the difference. Guests will be using your powder room like crazy so that may be a fun place to change up your mirror!
    Some mirrors that we think have a very similar look to these inspirations pics.....
                
    Pillows......
    Check out some of these fun pillow combinations.....
    A touch of texture and color is always a nice way to change up the look in your living room or bedroom.
    Lighting......
    Changing out your lighting can make all the difference! 
    Lighting we are currently swooning over....
    That was just the tip of the iceberg on prepping for holiday guests.....Now you need to get out all the fun holiday decor and get your tree up!
    Have fun decorating!!
    -TD

    Chattanooga Events

    Chattanooga Events

    Chattanooga has been voted the “Best Town Ever” by Outdoor Magazine…twice. So when it seems like we’re boasting about this city we are lucky enough to call home, at least we can back it up, right?! As the fall approaches, we’re busy planning away the events at the shoppe. We’re also getting giddy about all the amazing outdoor events around the city!

    1.3 Sister’s Music Festival

    This riverfront event has been held in the scenic city for the past decade, the event brings top Bluegrass artist every year. Although coolers will not allowed, I'm planning a pre-party beforehand and feature a few of my favs….maybe a taco bar from Taco Mamacita! Our Chips + Dip Napkins are perfect for the occasion! Toss all the sauces + dips into our recycled glass bowls for a easy + clean set up!

    2.Wine Over Water

    Falling on the same weekend as 3 Sister’s, Wine Over Water is celebrating it’s twenty-third year. This event begins on Friday evening with a silent auction + wine tasting at the Chattanoogan Hotel. The following day, the event will take place on the historic Walnut Street Bridge. Check out the complete schedule here! After the event is over, I know i’m going to be picking out my favorite wines and wanting to grab a stemless wine glass + enjoy! Don't forget that wine + wrapped in a tea towel is the perfect hostess gift!

    3.Oktoberfest

    Known as Chattanooga’s oldest and largest Oktoberfest, this local event is held at the Chattanooga Market October 14 + October 15th. The event boasts local breweries and food vendors. Grab your favorite beer from the festival + fill up our recycled conical glass. 50 Places to Drink Beer + Elk Bottle Opener can be your go-to gift of the season for all the beer connoisseurs in your life.

    4.Boo in the Zoo

    This family-friendly event will have fun for you + your little ones! I’m taking my sweet niece + cannot wait to see her excitement! Get your house ready for Halloween with fun decor the kids will enjoy! Jack O’Lanterns + Black Cat Pillows + Metal Pumpkins

    5.Head of the Hooch

    This annual event is one of the largest regatta rowing competitions in the country. Held the first weekend of November every year, Head of the Hooch attracts thousands to the scenic city. Andrea Davis’ artwork shows the different views of the Tennessee River where the regatta is held.

    Happy fall y'all!

    -Laura Kate

     

    A little inspiration from Sophie's. Our fun Sophie's blog features everything from handpicked products that we love, places that we want to travel, unique gift ideas, food we want to cook, fun stuff that we want to do with the littes, easy ways to freshen our homes, favorite h'dors and cocktail concoctions, inspiring designers and makers, holiday decorating, and way way more. There is just too much that we want to chat about on the Sophie's blog. Our blog is everything that we want our shop to be! Fun and inspiring decor for your home that is handpicked to make your space shine. Everyone on our team gives a little to the blog to make it really fun and inspiring. 
    The Sophie's blog is about everything we are loving. We hope that you enjoy reading!! Come back to check out our latest chit-chat! 

    Tailgating 101

    Tailgating 101

    The most wonderful time of year is upon us (in my opinion at least)! Football season, oh how I love the loud cheers + constant competition + yummy treats. Whether you are an SEC fan  or a NFL fan (Titan Up!).....tailgating (or grovin' as we like to say in Oxford) should always be the start to your weekend's in the fall. Here are a few of our must have's to throw the best tailgate party this season!
    A fun basket to cart all of your goods to and from the game....
    (Easy stop...Whole Foods Chattanooga before the game for all the goodies)

    This runner is on it's way to the shoppe...we can't wait to use it! (Let us know if you want us to save you one!!)

    Swooning over this set-up...
    Serve it up…add a Bloody Mary Bar to your tailgate to begin the morning. I love feeling the bar up with all the fixings!
    horseradish + tabasco + bacon + lime are just a few of my favs.
    One of the best recipes is here! Oh so delicious!
    Instead of Sweet Tea or Coca-Cola in those mason jar...How about this take for the fresh Bloody Mary's...If you are from Chattanooga...stop at Imbibe before you head to the game)
    I am loving this take for your silverware (yes silverware is a must at Ole Miss!)
    Quick idea...Add these containers to our Wooden Handle Box to transport + display!
    Here is a great idea for condiments and salads too.....
     
    An easy + quick go to is a charcuterie board...build it on a custom board! Such a great gift idea too!
    Whether you’re cheering on the Vols or the Dawgs, these napkins are universal. Display your favorite dip (our current fav: warm charred brussels sprouts dip with ricotta and bacon...featured in the cookbook...DIPS + SPREADS) Using a bright R.Wood platter in your teams color to display...equals instant team spirit.
    We hope everyone is serving the perfect drinks + snacks + cheering on your favorite team...enjoy this season!
    Have a lovely day + Hotty Toddy!
    -LK
    A little inspiration from Sophie's. Our fun Sophie's blog features everything from handpicked products that we love, places that we want to travel, unique gift ideas, food we want to cook, fun stuff that we want to do with the littes, easy ways to freshen our homes, favorite h'dors and cocktail concoctions, inspiring designers and makers, holiday decorating, and way way more. There is just too much that we want to chat about on the Sophie's blog. Our blog is everything that we want our shop to be! Fun and inspiring decor for your home that is handpicked to make your space shine. Everyone on our team gives a little to the blog to make it really fun and inspiring. 
    The Sophie's blog is about everything we are loving. We hope that you enjoy reading!! Come back to check out our latest chit-chat!