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We enjoyed a family evening on Tybee Beach a couple of weeks ago and Erin Rollins from Erin Rene Photography did the most amazing job on capturing our family in preparation for Lillian’s arrival.Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography DQ2A5708 Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene Photography Maternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene PhotographyMaternity and Family Photos by Erin Rene PhotographySOURCES: Dress on Emily  |  Pearls (Gift from my sweet friend, Kathryn to pass down to Lillian)  |  Charm Bracelet (belonged to my Nana Lillian)  |  “Lillian” Vintage Pin (belonged to my Nana Lillian  |  Shortall on Rhett

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Categories: in the life of..., lillian


I’m so excited to show you the reveal of Lillian’s Nursery! We have been busy bees working on the final touches and I can’t thank everyone enough for their hard work! We transformed Rhett’s nursery into a colorful room for his little sister (see his nursery here)

I wanted to go with a unique color palette of Oranges, Pinks, Corals, Taupes and Golds. You know me, always wanting something a little different. (see inspiration post here).

I think the details came together so nicely – the focal point of the room being her custom wallpaper that I designed using Flamingos, Pineapples, Bamboo and Palm Trees! I wanted a colorful oasis that would translate well into her big girl room in a couple of years.

Special thanks to my amazing friend and interior designer Kathryn Myrick who helped me bring together the ideas successfully, my mom for helping me hang that beautiful wallpaper, Mary Catherine Folmar with Cotton + Quill for helping me bring the wallpaper to life, Lindsay at Cohen’s Retreat for the beautiful embroidery, my mother-in-law for the sconces passed down from Lillian’s aunt’s nursery, my amazing husband for entertaining my creativity and letting me run wild with her room and everyone who sent and made the most amazing gifts and treasures for her room!



I spotted this gorgeous bamboo shelf at the Atlanta mart earlier this year and it really inspired the entire room!LilliansNursery-23webLilliansNursery-28web


Of course, what southern little girl’s room would be complete without her monogram! I designed her custom monogram LJM and had it stitched on a few linens for the room.


We had to include a photo of my Grandmother, Lillian! This beautiful frame was a gift from my friend Paige (her fabulous blog here!)

LilliansNursery-39webI adore this vintage brass pineapple from Fig House Vintage!

Her bonnet and sunhat from The Beaufort Bonnet Company awaits her arrival! LilliansNursery-45webA few details from my childhood.


Custom Wallpaper available through Cotton + Quill. Email [email protected] to inquire within.
Coral Bamboo Shelf from Guild Master
Crib Bedding from Serena and Lily
Glider from Doodlefish
Metallic Cowhide Rug from Saddlemans
Orange/Pink Ikat Fabric from Greenhouse
Sunburst Mirror from Cohen’s Retreat
Crib – see original post here


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Categories: in the life of..., interiors, lillian


I’m always searching for practical fashion – my hunt for a stylish ‘croakie’ has officially ended as I discovered Veronica DeOre via one of my favorite bloggers, Sarah Tucker.

I introduce “Statement Eyewear Jewelry” – adorably styled and beautifully executed. Go from day to night as these beauties become statement necklaces.

Hand-crafted with care and designed by Heather Davis. I ordered this gem and am LOVING it!

Here are a few images of her pieces – hopefully you will enjoy, too!

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Categories: emily's favorite things, fashion

I’m super excited to announce my collaboration with the Fabric and Wallpaper House, Cotton + Quill! Over the years, I’ve really enjoyed pattern design and often dreamed of putting my designs on wallpaper and fabrics! My dream has come true with the help of Mary Catherine Folmar and I’m thrilled with the results. The collection will be available for purchase in the Shoppe as well as to the Trade (Interior Designers/Wholesale) directly through Cotton+Quill. If you are interested in trade, please inquire at [email protected] There will be a launch online soon in the Shoppe so you can purchase by the yard! The collection officially launched at High Point Market last month and it’s been receiving rave reviews! Check out how a few supporters have been using the fabrics!

Paige Minear’s Oh-So-Fabulous Laundry Room for the One Room Challenge
This also landed a wonderful feature on Country Living (click here)

The wonderfully curated shop for Waiting On Martha has just opened her brick and mortar store in Atlanta! EmilyMcCarthySpotCheetah

Introducing the entire collection – email for inquiries [email protected]


[ Designer Notes: I wanted to combine Banana Leaf, Bamboo and Stripes into the same pattern ]

[Designer Notes: I designed this pattern out of interlocking R’s for my son Rhett’s nursery 4 years ago. Inspired by our Irish heritage and celtic knows, it became his crib bedding and signature pattern for stationery and decor!]DecoPalm

[Designer Notes: I wanted to create a Coastal version of the popular Art Deco and Scallop patterns ]EmilyMcCarthySpotCheetah

[Designer Notes: It wouldn’t be my signature collection with Cheetah! I played around with color palettes and as you can see, the multi colored version is the most popular!]Flamingo

[Designer Notes: This pattern was designed for my daughter, Lillian’s nursery. I wanted to combine my favorite elements like flamingos, palms, pineapples and bamboo to create a tropical and colorful oasis for her room! Her nursery reveal is coming later this week so you can see the wallpaper install complete]GreekKey

[Designer Notes: I designed this Greek Key out of my initials/logo a couple of years ago – it has become the signature look for my branding and packaging.]


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  1. Paige Minear says

    I absolutely love each and every one of your designs and I love that they exist in our new laundry room!! Its a little EJM every time I walk in! xoxo

    May 23, 2015


Categories: interiors, partnerships, the shoppe

This cat finally came out of the bag this month and I’m so excited to share with you our journey with HGTV Magazine! (Click here to online feature) My talented friend Elizabeth Demos styles for lots of publications and she scouted our home to pitch to the editors. They immediately jumped on board and scheduled a photoshoot for last August.

Of course, I immediately begin working towards lots of project completions so the house would be in tip-top shape for the photoshoot. Their wonderful Editors, Photographers and entire team spent 2 days in our home and they couldn’t have been more pleasant to work with!

Pick up the May issue of HGTV before it’s gone to see the home tour of our home. We have put a lot of heart and soul into our home to combine our styles – kind of like marriage! Decorating is all about mixing styles, knowing when to pick your battles and compromising to make each of you feel at home. When you have very different styles like Patrick and myself, you just have to work through each room and figure out what elements will work for each personality. In the end, you get a really unique look for your home that isn’t cookie-cutter – but more eclectic like your family!

I also love to make really practical choices when it comes to fabrics and colors. Everything that is white is easily washable/bleach-able. Also, a lot of the fabrics (even window treatments) are outdoor fabrics so it’s easy to wipe clean from grubby little hands.

The local Savannah Morning News did a feature as well about the article – you can read more here.

Photographer: Kim Cornelison

Feature Author: Kathleen Renda

Editor: Jennifer Berno

Photo Stylist: Elizabeth Demos

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Categories: in the life of..., interiors

I’ve had this gem in the works since last November and I’m thrilled to finally launch the results and trust me – there is more to come! For now, I’ve picked the best of the best to launch online and if you’re available to stop by the Shoppe at Cohen’s Retreat in Savannah, you might find a few more goodies. It was my goal with this collection to offer my exclusive monogram designs embroidered on linens – cocktail and dinner napkins, guest towels, pillows, blankets, etc. I found some great sources for everything and hand-picked the colors available to fit the brand and customer base. After drawing my monograms and using them on paper and gift products up to this point, I had everything digitized to be able to offer embroidered items. I’m so excited to have this launched so that you can all enjoy these for summer entertaining!

Here’s a highlight – but be sure to visit the online Shoppe to design your own! Click here.


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Categories: entertaining, interiors, monograms, the shoppe