Friday, September 27, 2013

Franklin, TN

Hey y’all. I’m talking about the south today so I can say y’all, right? I always want to spell it “ya’ll” by the way – must be the northerner in me. ;)

Last weekend I took a quick trip to Nashville to meet up with the Haven team – we were regrouping after this year’s conference and doing a little planning for next year. After meeting for a long while we took a break and drove to Franklin, TN to eat and shop just a bit.

I fell in love with this smaller city because, well…it was super cute and the shopping was amazing. But it also very much reminded me of the area we live in too. Felt like home in a way.

I just had to share some of the places we stopped along Main Street. The stores are not cheap – by…a lot. ;) But there was SO much inspiration, it was worth it to just walk around and take it all in.

We started by eating at 55 South, and didn’t realize till the end of our meal that we actually sitting in a place called Cork and Crow. I think they must share a menu. The food was amazing but the decor was what I was mostly focused on. This wood wall was so cool:

wood slice art

The meat cleavers even add a little something. ;) I loved the look of the wood in combination with the really delicate glass chandeliers. Just stunning.

On the other side of the room was a bottle light fixture that I loved too:

wine bottle light fixture

Not a great picture, sorry. I noticed while there how beautiful the light is coming through those bottles – it truly glows in ambers and greens…really cool.

We walked around a bit and one of my favorite spots was a shop called The Iron Gate. As soon as we walked in I knew I would love it:

It was a mix of industrial and glam with a little bit of shabby chic thrown in. None of which are necessarily my style, but I loved every bit of it.

They had a lot of older pieces, like these massive old doors:

large old doors

They were perfect as they were – no paint needed on those!

This clock was just massive – probably five feet across? Maybe more?:

huge numeral clock

Loved the huge clock hands. :)

Like I said, they had some shabby chic decor and it was beautiful. I loved the touches of gray and purple on this bed:

shabby chic bed

And this one was just dreamy. Seriously, let’s not thinking about dogs or cats or kids getting it dirty for a second and just think about falling into that every day:

white bedding

Lovely, right?

I thought that large metal table next to it was awesome too:

old metal table

I thought it would look so cool on a big front porch. I can just see it.

The lighting in their was spectacular! Any one of these could have gone home with me:

If I a.) could have fit it on the plane and b.) had eleventy million dollars and c.) was cool enough to pull off that funky starburst one. None of which happened. ;)

Of course there was plenty that we would see and whisper to each other “Do you KNOW how easy this would be to make??” I’m sure the shop owners love people like us. :)

This nursery art was just adorable:

DIY nursery art

And…they were $44 each. Get a coupon for a canvas at the craft store and you could make this for less than $10 (if that). Just saying. If you wanted to. ;)

And I just loved this display of coral:

coral decor

It was just so delicate and beautiful – they had some HUGE pieces. That blue one on the shelf really struck me and we determined it looked as though it was painted. (Is blue coral a thing?) Makes me want to grab some chalk paint and have at it.

We had such a lovely time walking around and ohhing and ahhing at everything. Then, being the DIY/thrifty girls we are, we headed over to the antique shops. :) I found a little old copper pot that was in my post earlier this weekhydrangea fall mantel

It’s the one on the candlestick table by the chair – I lined it with some plastic and put a plant inside. LOVE it.

Later that night we took in downtown Nashville and it. was. crazy. We even had an Elvis sighting:

Elvis and me


I’ve been to Nashville a few times before and it was NOTHING like last Saturday night – so busy but fun!

So have you been to Franklin? We didn’t have time to visit many of the stores that I wanted to so I may have to check it out again sometime soon. It would make for a great girls weekend, that’s for sure.

Have a great weekend…y’all!


  1. The first time we drove through Franklin my husband and I asked each other, "Uh...did we just drive onto a movie set?" Haha. Would love to call that place home, along with a bunch of country music stars, which explains why everything is so expensive. :D

  2. Oh, I love Nasville! I have a dear friend who lives in Franklin. Such a beautiful place. I am a native floridian, so such a diffrence for me. Have a blrssed weekend :)

    Sherri Smith

  3. I love Franklin! We only live about an hour from there. Very neat place and so much to see... glad you guys had such a great time! Where'd you get your adorable black shirt you're wearing? I love it!!

    1. I love it too! I think it was from TJ Maxx, I'll check though!

  4. I thought the same thing when I saw the children's artwork! "Oh, easy DIY craft!" What a fun trip. Ah, the perks of a blogger :)

  5. Looks like a fun trip !! Also, I have a silly question for you...where did you get that shirt you are wearing? Very Cute !! Love your blog :) Amber A.

    1. Thank you! I think I got it from TJ Maxx but I will check! :)

  6. I think T Swift was in Nashville all last weekend so that's probably why it was crazy downtown. I live 1.5 hours NW of Nashville and my employer is out of Franklin (I work from home). I've never been downtown Franklin but I know that is where a lot of the country stars choose to live so no wonder it's all high prices. Glad you had a good time though!

    1. I went to her Nashville concert last weekend and downtown was crazy! -Amy

    2. Yep! She had concerts Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. I was there Thursday! It was the end of the US-leg of her "Red" tour. SO MUCH FUN!!!

  7. I love that white-on-white shabby chic style too. But just like you, but two dogs and a mechanic for a husband sleeping in that pristine white bedding? Um ... no. Someday when I run away from home I'll get to have it. Until then, dark brown sheets and dog hair colored carpet! LOL

  8. First time commenting. I live in Franklin. It is a great city. The schools are great and it's very family friendly. The downside, in my opinion, is that some people here are snobby. Not all but some. And it is expensive compared to rural Arkansas where I'm from. All in all, we love it. Small town feel with lots to do without going into Nashville. But only 20-30 minutes away from great shopping in Nashville also. -Amy

  9. We live in Franklin! So cool to see our town's name pop up! I work in Nashville and am completely in love with this whole area!!

  10. I had to do a double take when I saw your post title in my blog roll. I am in Nashville for the weekend and literally driving to Franklin right now! I love The Iron Gate too! So much eye candy. Glad you had fun down here in the south!

  11. I love downtown Franklin! I lived in Nashville for 4.5 years and just recently moved away to Greenville, SC. Next time you go, be sure to check out PD's {Premiere Discount}. They have amazing designer and high quality decor for a really affordable price. They don't even really have a sign outside and it looks like an abandoned warehouse but it's amazing! If you google it, the address does come up. :)

  12. Never been but looked like you had a blast Sarah! Love all the eye candy! Glad your shunned off the temptation!

  13. I am a native Tennesseean thats been exiled to California for the last 15 years! While I love living northern CA there's so much I miss about the south. I will never get used to our "golden" summers after the lush green summertime in the south. I've been to Franklin many times and always found it charming.
    Some coral is naturally blue, as well as red, pink, orange, purple, black and many other colors. I do wish that people realized that our coral reefs are endangered and removing corals from them further damages the reef. I like that Pottery Barn has some excellent faux corals.

  14. PS the white corals have been bleached!

  15. i live nearby and shop in franklin a lot. the iron gate is one of my faves. their long wall of candles is the best!
    i haven't been to cork and cow yet but i hear it is awesome.

  16. I live in Franklin and just LOVe it. Such a great place. Thought you should know the restaurant you went to is called cork and cow.

  17. Yes! I love that area too. I have some family that lives in Nashville and when I visit we hit Franklin and the surrounding areas for some "Junkin" as my sister-in-law calls it. We love checking out all the great shops and antiques. I just wish it wasn't a flight away because I would love to bring some bigger things home with me. I have to settle for little chachkies and doodads that will fit in my luggage. So glad you had a great time!

  18. I haven't been to Franklin, but one of my BFFs from high school lives there and owns a super cute store. I'm definitely going to check out one day!

  19. Just discovered your blog and love it!! :)
    Lovely the combination grey and viole on the bedt! <3

  20. I went to Franklin on a weekend shopping trip with my mom and sister a couple years ago. It's a very neat little town. If you ever go back, you must have lunch at Merridees - their pimento cheese sandwiches are wonderful!

  21. I LOVE Franklin! My hubby and I vacation there pretty often and want to move there someday. Do you like coffee? Try "The Frothy Monkey". Cutest little coffee joint. Rumor has it that Taylor Swift frequents the place.

  22. I actually live in Franklin! I live just a few minutes from downtown Franklin and spent Friday afternoon there with a friend. I drooled over many things in those shops, too, but was a good girl by keeping my wallet in my purse (except for lunch)! I have been a follower of your blog for some time and love it but never commented. Glad you visited this neck of the woods.

  23. Sarah, love the pic of you with Elvis...too cute! Happy Fall!

  24. I love Nashville. . . or Nash-Vegas as we used to call it when I lived there. So many great restaurants, characters and, of course, home decor stores!

  25. I grew up in Franklin, and my parents still live about 10 minutes from downtown. So, it's my HOME. Love, love, love it. And next time you MUST go to PD's. I saw somebody else mention it already, but I'm so sad y'all didn't make it there. It's like home decor heaven and pretty decent prices. Think Home Goods, or even cheaper sometimes. Glad you liked my home town!

  26. I feel a little star-struck! I live in Franklin and I love your blog! I have been following you for years! I am so glad you had a good time in my neck of the woods! ;)

  27. My husband and I had some time to kill on our way to MS so we stopped in Franklin and went thru an antique mall. So much to see and so little time. Would love to go back sometime and spend more time exploring the town.

  28. As another commenter mentioned, Taylor Swift was in performing Thursday/Friday/Saturday, so that is part of why downtown was so crazy. We live one town over from Franklin in Brentwood. I'm a Chicago native and absolutely love it here. I suppose there are some snobby people, but I've yet to live in a place where there aren't some. I love the Iron Gate, too . . . a lot of mentions of PD's above. It's hit or miss, but when it hits, it hits big. However, it's ALL knock-off "made in China" (or wherever) stuff. Not knocking it, just know that going in. Check your stuff good because they have a no-return policy. Regardless, there are tons of good little shops . . . and they are in nooks and crannies all over town! Come back and see us again soon!

  29. Hey welcome to our little neck of the woods. I'm a few miles east (and a world away) from Franklin, but our daughter swam in the Williamson County Swim League for years, so we spent a lot of time there.Great place to visit...most folks there are friendly and gracious. If you liked Franklin, you'd love Leipers' Fork - further off the beaten path, and even more esoteric and uhhh, "crunchy." But in a good way :-). Hope you had a great visit and a safe trip!


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