The Inn at Fontanel

by Koko on July 6, 2015

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With my new traveling work schedule (2-3 weeks on, a few days home, repeat), I wanted my first trip back to Tennessee to be a special one (especially because I am missing spending Q’s 30th birthday with him). I decided to take the boys (Q and Carl) on a little staycation. I had read about the Inn at Fontanel in a random issue of Southern Living (how Southern am I now?). The Inn was a Southern Living idea home, which basically means it was built by Southern Living to give homeowners ideas of how to design their own homes. The idea home was built in 2013 and originally was just for tours. After 8 months, they divided the home up into 6 rooms and turned it into a bed and breakfast.



Once I had read about it, I looked online and saw only fabulous reviews, so I thought we would give it a try. We rented the South Queen Bunkie for three days, which is a mini cottage next to the main house with two queen beds. It was SO charming and quiet! The room was dog friendly, so Carl got to enjoy our little vacation as well. The staff at the hotel were incredibly accommodating and helpful. They even called a cab for me this morning at 5AM and were outside waiting for me to come out. Each morning there is a private chef who cooks you breakfast at whatever time you wish (spoiled!) and there is a 5PM hot snack each night in the main house. There is a restaurant, winery and distillery all on site as well, so that made for a fun day! Seriously no need to ever leave the property.



We did venture out on the 4th of July to celebrate Q’s birthday. We went down to Franklin (about 20 minutes south of Nashville) for a fun dinner at a restaurant called Gray’s on Main. Oh my word, the food was soooo good. Farm to table, shareable plates, and some of the top rated cocktails in the nation. We were in heaven. And are now convinced we want to live in Franklin when we are older.



Stay: Inn at Fontanel, White’s Creek, Tennessee

Eat: Gray’s on Main, Franklin, Tenneseee

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by Koko on May 15, 2015 · 0 comments

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I love this city. I love being able to order my almond milk latte and not getting a blank stare. I love that there is a green juice place on every corner. I love the delicious and healthy food it has to offer. I even love this rain LA has been getting.


I loved being able to spend time with my mom and dad and their dogs and also seeing all my lovely girlfriends who I miss so much, yet feel like not a day has passed since I left. Which by the way was 3 years ago (what!?!).


This has been a great breather trip, taking me out of the stress that is moving/selling/buying a house. Lucky Q got to deal with that on his own for a few days. Back to good ole Georgia and my boys tomorrow for our last 2 weeks there! WOW.

More LA adventures to come as I am probably moving back for a bit for a job opportunity… more on that another day!

(this is my “thank god I finally got my nails done, I am in a happy place” look that I sent to my girlfriend in Columbus)




by Koko on May 13, 2015 · 0 comments

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(Necklace / Shirt / Jeans / Birks)

I came home for a quick reset before our big move. A few weeks ago, my mom and I were talking and I realized I hadn’t been back for over 3 months (I had a quick overnight before and after Japan, but nothing longer than a day) – what!? So I needed this.  It is the perfect break before the hecticness that is closing a house, selling a house and moving within the next 3 weeks.


I can’t say selling a house is easy because frankly it sucks. Every morning the house has to be spotless and ready for potential buyers. Half of our things are in the attic, the carport storage or hidden in some random closet. At any moment you could get a call and have to be out of the house in 5 minutes and stay out for an hour. It has been a lot.


So I was thrilled to hop on a plane this morning and say goodbye to Georgia for a few days. When I get home on Saturday, we are throwing a big BBQ at our home for some of Q’s classmates and friends. So I literally get off the plane, drive home and entertain, but it is the only day we can do it before we move. So is life.


Rest, relaxation, friends, and a few fun appointments like the dentist and orthodontist are what I have in store. And this pizza from Laurel Hardware which is the




by Koko on May 6, 2015 · 1 comment

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This weekend I took a 48-hour trip to New York with my mom for her dear friend’s wedding. It was a super quick trip, but so much fun. It was out in Long Island, so I saw a totally different side of NY.


Dress is Kate Spade (similar) / Necklace is Rocksbox (code Kokobff for first month free)


When I got home Sunday afternoon, Q put me straight to work on the house. We are in the final push before going to market and I swear what I thought were minor touches are taking a whole lot of time. I spent all of Sunday painting the mud room white and moving things into the attic and our garage storage unit.

Straight to work:


This is my last week of work with my sweet fourth graders. I feel like the luckiest teacher ever and am heartbroken that I won’t be following my kids on their paths. It wasn’t the easiest bunch of students, but I’ve grown to love them so much that this week has made me all sorts of emotional (they frequently ask, “Mrs. Bahler, what’s wrong?”

PS you know you’re a teacher when you wear a cardigan and Land’s End. The travesty! 


My new favorite travel and work shoes: Sabahs. My mom took me on this crazy ride around NYC to get to the Sabah store aka the maker’s house. Obsessed with them.


Miss you guys! Sorry it’s been a week since I posted, life happens!

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