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I’ve recently become very interested in small space living, and couldn’t be more excited that we have a diminutive dwelling to share with y’all today! Kelly and Andrew have packed every inch full of meaningful mementos and inspired finds, and I know you will love taking a peek inside their Birmingham carriage house home. Hugs to Jean Allsopp for sharing these lovely photos!

P.S. Ready for another tiny carriage house? Don’t miss Meg + Josh’s tour!

The couple: Kelly Kinnaird, 25, and Andrew Kinnaird, 25
Years married: One year and three weeks – we made it!
Where you live: Homewood, Alabama
Tell us a little bit about yourselves. Kelly is a graphic designer who recently launched a custom wedding invitation business. She loves dark nail polish, salty foods, and warm socks. Andrew works as a manager in telecommunications, making it possible for you to get cell phone signal at large venues. He loves dabbling in videography, fixing things, and kayaking after a good storm. We were both born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.

Tell us your love story in one sentence. We fell in love in college over four years of undeniable chemistry, late night Frosties, great music, love letters in Maine, and genuine conversation.
What is your favorite part of being married? We have such a wonderful, deep friendship that began long before we dated. Now that we are married, we love that we get to just hang out with each other every single day, deepening that friendship that brought us to love in the first place.
What has been the most surprising thing about marriage? To truly have a fulfilling, successful marriage, you must completely let go of yourself and your needs and serve your spouse daily. When you become selfless and intentional on a daily basis – not just every once and a while or when it is convenient – needs are met, hearts are filled, and the relationship thrives. It is a choice every day.

Do you rent or own? We are currently renting an adorable carriage house in Homewood, Alabama. It’s a quaint little area that looks straight out of a movie. We walk to the library, the park, coffee shops, stores, restaurants, and more. We are only minutes from downtown Birmingham, which makes it easy to pop downtown for a night out with friends or to visit the market on Saturday morning. We plan to rent here for a while longer while we save for our first house. We are not sure where we will end up in the next few years, but we currently love making Birmingham and our carriage house our home.
Tell us about the process of moving in together. I think we are still trying to figure out how to perfectly mesh our styles. Being a designer, my taste changes constantly, but usually hinges around an eclectic aesthetic with classic basics. Andrew is usually on board, but he believes comfort is most important, so we have to work through finding pieces that fill the house with comfort, but are still well-designed and aesthetically pleasing. We tend to like similar colors and are good at staying within a certain budget, so we always find a compromise.

What is your favorite memory from your wedding? I think we would both agree that the time between our ceremony and reception was our absolute favorite. We didn’t see each other before the ceremony, so directly following it was our first moment to really spend time together. That moment allowed us to fully absorb this idea of being husband and wife. It was incredibly intimate, and it felt as if our photographers weren’t even there. Every time I look at those first photographs of being husband and wife, it still feels as surreal as it did in that moment.
How do you remember your wedding in your home? We have a wall we dedicated to a handful of our favorite wedding photographs. The wall is on the stair landing between our first and second floor, so we pass by our favorite memories multiple times each day. We also have a few film shots scattered throughout our home.

What most makes your house feel like home? We feel very attached to our carriage house and sometimes wonder why we would ever leave. It is just so quaint and makes all gatherings feel intimate and personal, which in turn makes our four walls a home. I would also say our dog Reagan, who brings noise and unconditional love, our candles that bring warmth and light, and our plants that bring fresh air and color.
Where do you splurge and where do you save when decorating? We splurge on quality pieces we hope to pass down to our children, like our solid wooden dresser or antique sitting chairs. However, we buy those pieces secondhand to save a little, while also ensuring better quality. We seek out pieces at estate sales, thrift stores, and on Craigslist that we recover or finish to bring them up to date. For the trendier or more modern pieces, we are regulars at Target, Home Goods, and Ikea.

Which items from your wedding registry do you use the most often? We use most of the items on a weekly basis. I would have to say either our beloved silicone utensils (I don’t know how I lived without them), our cast iron skillets (yes, multiple – we are from the South, after all), or our gray quilt (by day, it is a throw for our bed, but by night, it is a giant blanket for living room hangouts).
Who cooks dinner? I gladly do! I love to cook. I have been slowly building my knowledge over the years and love the sense of satisfaction and community a good meal can provide. I look forward to the day where I have perfected enough homemade dishes to pass a recipe book on to my children.
What is your go-to weeknight meal? Weekend meal? We could live off of Mexican and Thai food. If we are looking for a quick weeknight meal, you can bet it will be a Mexican-inspired dish. Usually, it involves seasoned slow-cooked chicken, black beans, cheese, corn, avocados, roasted vegetables, and a homemade zesty Greek yogurt topping. On the weekend, you may catch us going to our favorite Thai restaurant to get our respective favorite dishes. The Thai restaurant is where our relationship began six years ago, so it holds a special place in our hearts (and our tummies!).
What’s your favorite place to find recipes? I love collecting old family recipes and tweaking them to our personal tastes. I also love coming across fresh, modern blogs such as Minimalist Baker, A Couple Cooks, and Half Baked Harvest, as well as the classics such as Martha Stewart and Southern Living.

How does your family handle finances? Do you use a set budget? We are self-proclaimed penny pinchers. We are known to only go out to eat if we split a meal or have a coupon, but we are okay with that! Andrew and I agree wholeheartedly on how we handle our finances – we set a strict budget, pay everything in cash (except basic online bills), and save aggressively. I personally handle our finances, but at the end of the month, we sit down together to look over our spending, savings, and financial goals. However, we do factor in some leisure money within that budget for the occasional concert, pair of shoes, or nail salon visit :)
Do you have a favorite date night idea to share? Our favorite date night involves a good movie marathon. We walk down to the library and check out a handful of movies. We then make a palette out of an air mattress and lots of blankets, and cuddle up for a night full of movies and popcorn.

What is one small way you love or serve your spouse? Andrew has a gift of loving people well. How I got so blessed that he chooses to selflessly love me every day is beyond me. He is eager to help, always putting my interests before his. I try to best serve him through taking care of all the business of the house. I work from home, so I try to clean regularly, pay the bills, grocery shop, and cook, so that when he comes home from work, we spend our time having genuine conversations and experiences rather than adding worries or chores onto his busy work day.
Do you have children? Our furbaby Reagan is just perfect for us now. We are recently married and want to spend the next few years soaking up new places and spaces. We love to travel and want to take advantage of that while we can. But, we feel very called to have our fair share of children (we are hoping for four!) and we look forward to that season when it arrives. We know the Lord’s plans are perfect and we can’t wait to see how He will shape our little family over the years.

Before getting married, I wish someone had told me… how incredibly rewarding it is. Yes, it is work. Yes, it is challenging. However, the reward is greater than anything I would have ever imagined. How it is possible to feel so fulfilled, loved, and cared for by another human is beyond me.
This year, our family is most excited about… enjoying the nest we have been building over the last year. We have finally finished up all the side projects within our house and are thankful to be able to spend the next year reaping the benefits of the home we have built together.

We’re so grateful to Kelly and Andrew for sharing their hearts and home with us! Be sure to follow along with them:
Deliver Paper Studio
Kelly’s instagram
Deliver’s instagram
Andrew’s instagram

P.S. We’d love to hear from you! Our hope is to feature REAL couples in the South – your inspiring friend, super talented cousin, or neighbor with the cutest house – the kind of person everyone would love to “e-meet.” If that sounds like you or someone you know, take a peek at our Southern Newlywed submission page and shoot us an email!

emily Written with love by Emily
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We were delighted to be invited by eBay to create collections and guides on their site! Lisa and I have been busy bees bringing Southern style to our portfolio, and we hope you’ll find something to inspire your wedding planning or newlywed life!

We’ll be adding to our portfolio as the weeks go by. If there are any topics you’d like to see us cover or goodies you’d like us to round up, feel free to leave a comment below!

Guides: Vintage handkerchiefs | Bridesmaid gifts | Groomsmen gifts | Vintage china | Bridal shower decorating | Vintage silver
Collections: Cake stands | Something blue | Gingham | Lace

Thanks to eBay for partnering with us on this campaign – and thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Anastasia Kristina reply

    oh i love this! i’ve been hunting through ebay looking for things for my wedding. i’m glad i have an ally in the ebay world now haha

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Amanda first popped onto my radar on instagram, where her bright and colorful life caught my eye. I figured there must be a bright and happy house and a bright and happy couple, as well, and I was right! Tyler and Amanda have created a very sweet newlywed nest in Fort Worth at the ripe old age of 25, and I think y’all will love taking a peek inside. Huge hugs to Heather Rowland (who just launched a new site!) for these colorful photos!

The couple: Amanda Lackey, 25, and Tyler Lackey, 24
Years married: 1 year 10 months
Where you live: Fort Worth, Texas
Tell us a little bit about yourselves. We’ve known each other as long as we can remember (yes, that includes the awkward pre-teen years), and we’ve walked through a lot of seasons together! Amanda is a lifestyle photographer, wardrobe stylist, and blogger. She loves community, giving back through acts of service, and saying yes even when that means figuring it out later. Tyler works with a commercial electric company by day, and he is a musician, songwriter and producer by night. We are first and foremost the best of friends, and we dream of traveling the world together.

Tell us your love story in one sentence. We were childhood friends turned high school sweethearts, and today we call one another husband and wife!
Do you rent or own? We live on the outskirts of downtown where we can walk to museums, parks, shopping and dining. Everything is accessible and we feel extremely blessed to live in such a beautiful place. As of now, we rent from Amanda’s parents who bought our condo as an investment, so we’ll more than likely live here until we feel our time here is complete.
Tell us about the process of moving in together. Luckily, we were always on the same page with visual aesthetics and our styles have always been compatible. We really enjoy all forms of art, so we brought together our two loves of music and art to make it a place we can call home.
Which room in your home is your favorite, and why? Last fall we had our entire home painted a bright, refreshing white and it was love at first sight! As much as Amanda loves her pink office, the living room is where we come at the end of each day to rest and enjoy one another.

What is your favorite part of being married? Going through life with a teammate by your side, and the comfort of knowing we’ll always end the day together.
What has been the most surprising thing about marriage? People tell you communication is key, but we never knew how true that really was until we were married. It’s a bit cliché, but communication is everything. When we don’t quite see eye to eye, we’ll talk it through until we really understand where each other is coming from. When we listen to one another, it makes our days together that much more fun!

Who cooks dinner? Tyler’s goal is to be the master chef of our kitchen, and I’m quite okay with it!
What is your go-to weeknight meal? Weekend meal? On weeknights we can usually make a pretty mean pasta in less than an hour. It fills us up, and it’s quick and easy. On the weekends we love exploring new places, but sushi is our go to.
How does your family handle finances? Tyler previously worked for a bank, which gave us an incentive to spend our money wisely. I prefer to have Tyler set the budget as he is better with saving. This way our budget stays on track, and each week we touch base to make sure we’re on the same page. We appreciate that we both bring different aspects to the table when it comes to budgeting.

What most makes your house feel like home? Although we both have pretty busy schedules, the past year has really taught us to enjoy the little things. Our favorites include a chubby cat named Olivia, an extensive collection of vinyl records, the smell of scented candles, and a couch that allows for the best naps of all time.
Where do you splurge and where do you save when decorating? We splurge on the essential pieces we know we’ll love forever. Pieces that are made with great quality, and can possibly even be passed down to next generations. I find conversational pieces and statement pieces all over: yard sales, shops found while traveling… HomeGoods and Target are always in the running for something fun and inexpensive.

What is your favorite memory from your wedding? Besides having all the people we love in one room, a memory that always makes us smile is when we shared a dance together after the reception with just us and the band in the room. We soaked it all in, and the memory of that moment was the perfect start to our beginning!
How do you remember your wedding in your home? I love having our wedding album on our coffee table so guests can view it at anytime. We also have photos of our wedding spread out in each room in subtle ways. It’s a small and sweet reminder of the beauty that day held.

Which items from your wedding registry do you use the most often? We registered for a steamer at Bed, Bath & Beyond, and although it wasn’t the most expensive thing on our registry, it’s 100% what we’ve used the most! I use it almost every time I do laundry, and we often have friends and family who ask to borrow it! It’s much easier than ironing and it makes your clothes look new and fresh!
What different decisions, if any, would you make for your registry if you knew then what you knew now? We would register for more vital pieces versus small pieces. Register for things you’d have a hard time buying for yourself! I was too afraid to register for anything too expensive, but people often like to go into gift giving together so they can always split the cost.

What’s your best tip for balancing your relationship and other life priorities? Communication, putting each other first, and knowing everything else falls second. Marriage comes first.
Do you have a favorite date night idea to share? We love going to the museum for new exhibits. If you’re on a budget, some museums are even free! You can never go wrong creating new adventures together and getting creative with date nights. It works well for us to switch who picks date night each week, that way, we both get to choose often and do something different each week.

What is one small way you love or serve your spouse? Tyler: I like being a helper when needed as it relates to her business. I love watching her in her profession. Amanda: I love keeping a clean home for Tyler, a place that always feels comfortable, inviting and warm.
Do you have children? We don’t have children yet, but if it’s in the Lord’s plan we are open to the idea in a few years. Right now we are loving the stage of life where we can travel and go on an adventure on a whim on any given day. With kids comes a lot of responsibility, and right now we’re really enjoying the stage of newlywed life.
Before getting married, I wish someone had told me… how many clothes girls actually DO have in their closets (Tyler). …that dreaming together provides one of the sweetest forms of romance (Amanda).

This year, our family is most excited about… our second annual Christmas together. Since we got married on a holiday (New Year’s Eve), there’s something special about holidays for us. We love the feeling of community and the traditions that come alive during the holidays. We are excited to continue another year of gift giving to our family and friends together, and look forward to creating new traditions as well as carrying on the ones started in our first year of marriage.
Is there anything else about your home or family life that you think our readers would be interested in? Six months into our marriage, Tyler’s dad was diagnosed with stage four melanoma cancer. Nobody prepared us for that during our engagement season, but it has taught us so much. Through our trials, we have learned to extend love and grace in all circumstances. The Lord will never give you something you can’t handle, and we are thankful to be on a team together. Through any season of life, prayer and communication are vital to our marriage, and at the end of the day, we just have to find a reason to laugh!

We’re so grateful to Amanda and Tyler for sharing their hearts and home with us! Be sure to follow along with them:
Amanda Marie Portraits
Amanda’s instagram
Tyler’s music

Friends, any favorite spots in their home? I think mine is those hot pink planters!!

P.S. We’d love to hear from you! Our hope is to feature REAL couples in the South – your inspiring friend, super talented cousin, or neighbor with the cutest house – the kind of person everyone would love to “e-meet.” If that sounds like you or someone you know, take a peek at our Southern Newlywed submission page and shoot us an email!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Mandy Volpe reply

    I love your style Amanda! Especially those golden animal wall sculptures.

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Friends! Our fingers have been flying for the last few days as we tweak and perfect V7 layout, and request final high-res images to dot the pages of some of our favorite sections! (Plenty of adorable dogs in bow ties included, I assure you.) Since we’re just about a month out from V7′s newsstand debut, this is your reminder to place your pre-order now, if you haven’t done so already!

We’ve received about 400 orders so far, and since our V7 postcards just arrived, that means we’re about to start handwriting 400 very special notes! Here’s hoping we get to write one to YOU! :) We also sent out a fun little cover guessing game to our newsletter subscribers yesterday – join in here!

In other news, we wanted to remind y’all about our real fun ongoing project with Southern Living, Married in the South!

We are accepting nominations and entries for our darling couple until October 15, so if you or someone you know fits the bill, don’t hesitate to send in an entry! You can do that and find much more info right here. We can’t wait to read all about y’all!!

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  1. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    Lara, Emily, Nicole, Kristin, Marissa, Lisa, and Morgan, I am so happy for you ladies as you wrap up V7 and send it to print! I am sure that it will be a beautiful reflection of the SW mission and will be full to the brim with heart :)

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