Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Fixer Upper

Not to rush through life too much, but the best part of a three-day weekend is that today is already Tuesday! 

I really love my downtime on the weekends, and this past holiday weekend was no exception. Even if I was woken early on Saturday morning to a puky kid. With lots of rest, she was feeling like herself by bedtime. And at some point during the day, while she watched My Little Pony, my son and I headed over to the local library.

I picked up Mary Kay Andrews best seller, The Fixer Upper, among other books. And while I'm not quite done with it yet, I am thoroughly enjoying it. If you didn't read it back in 2009 when it first came out, you should definitely put it on your list for summer reading this year!

It's all about Dempsey Killebrew, a 20-something lobbyist whose life turns upside down due to a political scandal. She ends up in small town Georgia to fix up a dilapidated family home. Turns out she has an affinity for interior design and read shelter magazines while as a break from the rigors of law school. As an aside, does it seem like there are a lot of people involved in the law who also love decorating??

In honor of the book, a few images that inspired me. 


Dempsey's favorite designer is the Prince of Chintz, Mario Buatta. This Palm Beach bedroom might be my favorite of the many rooms he is known for.


A fun tote bag from Lyford Cay in the Bahamas where the scandalous part of the scandal occurred. 

W.G. Kirk on Flickr

Guthrie, where the family home is situated, isn't a real place that I could find on a map, but the book mentions that Griffin, GA, is nearby and that is a real place. It's ten times bigger than Guthrie but has lots of the small-town Southern charm I imagine Guthrie to have.

And a beautiful Southern home, also in Griffin, to imagine decorating.

Are you reading anything good? Summer books are my favorite!


  1. I love your illustrated book review! This is awesome. I wish I were allowed on the Internet long enough right now to read and say more. I love your work.

  2. I have to check this one out after I'm done with "Gone Girl" - I'm reading it because the movie starring Ben Affleck was shot close to our area.

  3. Very fun post. Love how you drew us into the book with your images. I must read it now! Have a great weekend ahead. xo Nancy

  4. It seems like a cute book. I need a few of these summer reads. Thanks for the idea!


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