Rachel Awtrey


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Posts tagged Decor
My Fall Decor Picks

Now that it finally feels like Fall around here in Birmingham Alabama, I’m finally bringing out the pumpkin decor, lighting my scented candles and making all of the spiced baked goods.

I’m decorating corners of my house to show off this fun Autumn season to all of the friends and guests I host! To be honest, I wasn’t super impressed with a lot of the options this year but I did find a few golden nuggets so I figured I’d share them with you!

Dorm Room Necessities

I so wish I had these suggestions when going into college! I had no idea what to buy so I just bought all of Target to be honest. There was so much unnecessaries and lots of things I wish I had instead. SO, I'm spilling all of my beans on what helped make my college dorm room "home" and what simplified the college lifestyle for me and my roommate.

Easter + Spring Decor You'll Love
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I'm all for Easter - the reason for the season, the fancy dresses and spring cocktails, the fresh blooms, the deviled eggs, the tulips. I love it all (minus the pollen). Thankfully, I've gotten a bit of a head start this year and with a little less than a month until Easter, I'm gathering my supplies to make it colorful and memorable.

Whether you're planning on making it a low-key Easter or hosting your whole family for an after-church brunch, these finds from some of my favorite stores will spruce up anything you're planning. All you have to do is click what you're eying and it will take you to the site to shop!

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Colorful Breakfast for Slow + Rushed Mornings

Early mornings are my thing. I love a good morning where you have time to wake up, eat what you want, prep yourself for the day before the chaos starts. This breakfast is for those type of mornings (plus, it's very colorful and great for energy + power).

What's plated?


"Leftover Scramble"
2 Eggs
Baked Chicken
Goat Cheese
Sriracha Sauce

Orange Juice



Cozy Christmas Decorating + Some of My Favorites

We went shopping for our Christmas tree, strung the lights and hung the ornaments while watching How The Grinch Stole Christmas tonight. Man, it's my favorite night of the year! More of this to come (stay tuned)! But, in the meantime, I wanted to fill you in on some of my recent favorites that made tonight so much more enjoyable!

1. Madewell's Sherpa Slippers

I wear these anytime I'm in our house because it's mostly hardwood floors and my feet start to hurt. These are comfy and keep me warm (and all the cold natured people said "amen"). It took me forever to find them online because the picture looks a little different online than I thought they did in person. But, I did find them! I just fold them down to make them more "slipper-like". If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw these details in my story the other day.


2. World Market Faux Fur Tree Skirt

Oh goodness. I love World Market. It is absolutely my favorite place to find anything big or small and trinket-y. They have the best Christmas decor of the season so when I saw this tree skirt I had to snag it! This tree skirt is burlap looking but has a little glimmer of stitching to make it shimmery under the tree lights. It's lined with faux fur so it gives a fab finish.

3. Our Favorite Hot Cocoa

Go to the grocery store and grab hot cocoa packets (with the mini marshmallows of course.) Heat up your favorite mug with half water + half milk until warm. Add the cocoa packet. That's how you make good hot cocoa. Add a candy cane to add a peppermint twist if you wanna. That's what we do!

Be Our Guest - Being the hostess with the mostest

My in-laws came into town last week and oh my goodness, we had a blast! I love them dearly and often refer to them as my "in-loves" but that doesn't mean that there's still not this urge to want to host them, and all of my guests, excellently. This means fresh and matching towels, clean sheets with an extra "fluff' to the pillows, their favorite snacks in the fridge or pantry and a warm scent welcoming them in after the long trip to Alabama.

Growing up, I always had an incredible family that also doubled as fantastic hosts and hostesses. My Mimi always has my favorite baked goods ready to go at any moment that we wanted a "splurge." And when I was younger, she always had the perfect accessories for the tea parties she knew I'd want to throw. My Grandma always made arrangements to have the most fun days planned and goes above and beyond to make sure that my Grandma-time is never forgotten.

As a little girl, I was on the other side of hosting, too. My mom asked would ask me to "make up the bed" and "set the table" and we can never forget the last minute "Turn on the porch lights! Light that candle! Pick up your shoes off of the floor!" to make sure that their arrival was everything they deserve and more.

This was never a stressful thing for me, however. Having and hosting guests was something I always looked forward to and luckily, it followed me into adulthood and this new precious place I happen to be living, Birmingham, Alabama.

The clean towels, fresh sheets, gifts, and snacks come naturally so I'm wanting to share all my tips and secrets with you!


1. Gift Basket

I love putting together a basket of all of their favorite things. If you don't know (or remember) what they love, I find it fun to add a few staples from your city so they'll have something to take back home to remember their visit. I use a basket from World Market that's easy to put together on your own - I normally include a soda or water, snacks, and a handwritten note. The gift basket is always a fun surprise when they see this sitting on the end of their bed.

2. Sign about Wifi

Guests are probably going to want to connect to your wifi so they're not draining their data (oh, the struggle). Having that info sitting on a bedside table is the perfect way to share the information if they forgot to ask!

3. Bathroom Accessories

It's easy to forget about sprucing up your bathroom. This was a fun excuse to splurge on my favorite towel set from World Market! I also make sure that there's a beautiful bar of soap, a yummy smelling candle, fresh eucalyptus in a jar/vase and any toiletries they may have forgotten (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, etc.).

By no means is hosting something where I feel like I have to "prove" myself. I feel that hosting is a way to welcome someone into your home and community and this inclusion has always been something on my heart. Hosting has always been something that I look forward, am never stressed out by and to be completely transparent, I believe we're supposed to do "what we can with what we have" and if that's hosting people well in my home with everything I have, sign me up!

What do you do to host people in your home? A home cooked meal? Plans for the weekend? I want to know! Share them in the comments, please, I'd love to read about them and add them to my "hosting routine"!

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