Small Town Squares : Monticello, FL

Our #smalltownsquares series continues with a trip to a tiny town in Florida. Monticello has a special place in my heart. In Georgia, it is where Shane’s family has a beautiful farm, a place where we’ve made so many wondering memories over the years.

In Florida however, it is nearly as magical. A small, almost forgotten town just 20 minutes East of Tallahassee, where I grew up, Monticello has some of the most beautiful bones of a small town square.

Monticello, FL / heirloomed

The Courthouse sends in teh center of town with roads weaving around it in all directions. The large Opera House is favorite of mine, filled with rows of seating and a grande stage packing the main room. You just wonder what kind of performances + occasions have taken place in this beautiful place over the years.

The town newspaper still operates out of a little brick building near the town square, otherwise lined with a small diner, real estate office and quite a few antique + second-hand shops (right up my alley). My oldest son enjoyed the Fried Shrimp on the menu at the diner, claiming them to be “his new favorite meal.”

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A boarded up jail is quite a sight to see, and the old school is currently under renovations. There are often folks parked near the square selling fresh fruits + vegetables from their roadside stands, and a bed + breakfast in a gorgeous old home.

The historic homes in Monticello are plenty. Many of them have seen much better days and need quite a bit of work, but from time to time I see a new one pop up and text it to my Mom in hopes she’ll take the risk. They are oh-so-charming and just filled with potential, especially as Tallahassee doesn’t have much in the way of historic properties remaining.

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This grande old home was one of my favorites, I didn’t see it listed for sale but gosh I’d love to walk around inside and bring this beauty back to life.

Love to know if you’ve visited Monticello before and what memories you have of this sweet Southern town. #HEIRLOOMED


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Fall Apple Picking.

It’s the time of year when our air gets crisp and the leaves start to turn. Growing up in Tallahassee we didn’t really have much in the way of a change of season so I really do appreciate the fall, even if it means colder weather is coming. I like to take this time to enjoy the weather outside and luckily living in south offers so many fun things to do. 

fall apple picking in north Georgia / fun family fall activities / heirloomed
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fall activities

I decided to make a special trip with my oldest son, just the two of us. We drove up to BJ Reece Apple Orchard, and boy did we have a great time. Apple picking season in Georgia starts the last week in August and lasts until the end of October so make sure to plan your trip during this time. 

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apple picking season

 After we finished our apple picking we headed to the main building to find some more goodies. They have so many varieties of apples, and a full section of fresh seasonal produce. But the best part is ALL the apple goods you can buy. They had everything from fresh apple hand-made pies, apple cider, bushels of apples, to apple chips, you name it - they’ve got it. My favorite treat ended up being, the apple cider sour cream donuts paired with a little styrofoam cup of hot apple cider. Fall is officially here and I couldn't be happier. 

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fresh apples

The BJ Reece Orchard has so many great varieties of Apples to choose from and they are best picked at certain dates. Here is a list from their website: 

  • Rome Beauty - September 15

  • Staymen Winesap - September 15

  • Cameo - October 1

  • Winecrisp - October 1

  • Shizuka - October 1

  • Candy Crisp - October 1

  • Braeburn - October 1

  • Gold Rush - October 15

  • Arkansas Black - October 15

  • Granny Smith - October 15

  • Pink Ladies - October 15

  • Yates - October 15

  • Fuji - October 15

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Not only did they have tons of apples to pick but they also have the cutest little petting zoo. We also got a chance to see a ton of fresh pumpkins and even passed a huge field of sunflowers too. We are so lucky to be so close to the North Georgia Mountains, there is so much to do in the great outdoors nearby us. We also visited Burt’s Pumpkin Patch while we were there, another huge farm operation that’s perfect for picking any kind of pumpkin or gourd you can imagine.

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Now that we had all of these fresh apples, I couldn't wait to start on some great fall recipes. I made an Apple Buttermilk Skillet for dessert- and let me tell you, it was delicious. Let me know what apple recipes you love to use in the fall and any other fall things you love doing with your family. Check out our video below to see more of our adventure!


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12 Days of Christmas Cookies.

December is finally here (and so is my Mom) so that officially means holiday music non-stop on my radio, visits to Santa, decorating every square inch of the house and of course, Christmas Cookies.

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I'm so thrilled to share a very special new hand-illustrated Holiday Tea Towel that you use have for the season. So, we're taking the first "12 days of Christmas" to celebrate 12 of our family's favorite classic Christmas cookie recipes.

Each cookie is featured on the tea towel and guess what? My mom is the one who illustrated it so it's all the more special to me. Not coincidentally she's the one that taught me to bake each of these cookies so this has truly been one of the most special, full-circle projects I've gotten the chance to work on to date.

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Stay tuned over the next two weeks or so as I share these classic recipes and a whole lot more about all the holiday traditions that I love. The nostalgia of the holiday season, from decor you use year after year, traditions that have been passed down and the recipes that just make the season what it is - it's what heirloomed is all about. And seeing the season through the eyes of my kiddos is all the more special.

I'd love for you to share some of your favorite decor, traditions + recipes too with hashtag #HEIRLOOMEDHOLIDAY all season.

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The Kids Table.

If you know me, you know that I'm a big believer in sitting down together at the table as a family to enjoy a meal. One of my favorite things about our home is the kids table.

We have a little table that is perfectly sized for our three little kiddos to all sit together and eat. The main breakfast table in our kitchen is perfect for family supper, but it's table + bench style so my littlest guy (how is he almost TWO?) is almost old enough to sit there on a daily basis and eat without us having to worry that he'll fall off the back side. Thus, the kids table lives on. 

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We have worked to make the kitchen, pantry and kids table super kid-friendly so our little guys can be independent and help right alongside us at meal time. We have little cups stacked in the pantry and a little step stool so they can grab a snack if they're hungry, and keep stacks of dishes accessible for them too to help set the table.

One of my favorite things to collect is vintage enamelware because I love how simple and utilitarian the designs are, and because they are so sturdy and tend to hold up really well over the years. For this reason I also just love using enamelware for everyday dishes for our family. Unlike a heavy porcelain plate or bowl, if one of us happens to drop a dish it's much safer and easier to clean up and we don't end up having to throw away a broken dish.

My friends at Falcon Enamelware, an iconic brand out of England, send over some of their gorgeous pieces for us to enjoy in the pigeon grey color. Now, I haven't met a piece of enamelware I didn't like, but this grey has completely won me over. Above all else, beautiful and functional dishes for your family means you don't have to use a bunch of mismatched plastic "kids wear" dishes or paper plates. Setting a meaningful table for the kids too certainly helps them to understand the importance of mealtime.

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My little helpers love to set their table and I know it makes mealtime feel so much more special when we are all gathered around together. Giving them real table linens can also help set a proper tone too, without being to stuffy or formal. 

The kids are always charged with saying our mealtime blessing before we eat and I love the simplicity of their prayers. It formally marks the beginning of the meal and they've inspired a really special new collection that I'll be sharing with you soon.

We've also been dining al fresco out on the patio recently with this gorgeous summer weather and that's one place we can all comfortably sit around the table together. It's certainly a different dynamic and a really casual atmosphere, and we usually have the music on the porch speakers. 

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falcon enamelware stacks of dishes perfect for the kids table / heirloomed
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Love to know some of your favorite meal time rituals and tips for family dinners. #HEIRLOOMED



heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com

Family Movie Night.

In keeping with the family traditions over here, we are not ones who generally do a movie night.

Neither Shane nor I are really huge movie people (I know, I know ...) but there are certainly some classics that I'd love for the kiddos to see and a Friday night is always the perfect time for this fun family tradition. 

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Where you used to have the process of getting in the car and going to Blockbuster to physically pick out whatever movie was left in-stock, our kids now have every movie ever made literally at their fingertips. 

I love popping up some popcorn and letting them pick out a little movie-sized pack of candy for a few snacks and all piling onto the couch together in our PJs for a little fun time together. With our age ranges (5, 3 + 1) sometimes the theatre can be a little challenging but they're just getting to the age now where I think it's about to get really, really good.

I also love the idea of bringing movie night outside for these summer months and figuring out a good projector system to rig up in the front yard, invite the neighbors over and all bring out our blankets. There is just something about seeing a movie outside "drive-in style" that feels so special and classic to me.

Happy weekend to you! Love to know what family traditions you love this time of year! #HEIRLOOMED


heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com