Wednesday, June 1, 2022


  Tales of The Traveling Tote

 Welcome to another adventure of the Tales of the Traveling Tote. This is where my fellow Traveling Tote friends and I share our latest travels, projects and our most current events. You will have an opportunity to visit other members at the end of this post and learn about our giveaway. 

Jim and I traveled to Atlanta to spend the Easter weekend with my sister and brother-in-law. It was so much fun shopping, enjoying walks in the gardens around my sister's home and discovering a secret garden in the middle of Buckhead. More on that after a few shopping photos with Miss Courtney. 

My sister and I love to visit Boxwoods in Buckhead, a favorite place to find seasonal decor and tabletop accessories from their two shops. The garden 
center is where you'll find lovely seasonal arrangements and potted plants, garden statuary and birdbaths. I once found a treasure here, a large lidded Quimper urn. 

We had time for a quick stop in Anthropologie, another favorite shop. I was delighted with their visual merchandising displays. I love finding creative ideas here, on a much smaller scale! 

I just love the moss and flower covered Peacock

The peacock also had blue and white ceramic chips along the neck

"Creative,"is what Miss Courtney was thinking

Next was a stop at Neiman's, where Miss Courtney was happy to relax and meet some of her friends.

A stroll through the St. Regis Atlanta on Paces Ferry Road was enchanting. It was spring and Easter weekend and a must see for lovely floral and Easter decorations.

Such sweetness!

Outside the St. Regis is our destination, The Garden Room. This is the secret garden I am so happy to share with you. I read about this restaurant before Covid, the hot new spot where it is almost impossible to get reservations. I had forgotten all about it, not really thinking it would reopen after Covid. Well, my sister said we were going! No reservations with only hopes of a bar seat, we got lucky! They had openings since it was late afternoon before the dinner hour. The sweet hostess lead us to a table where the four of us were seated. 

Chandliers and blooms

Romantic and chic, the perfect place for celebrations

This was like entering a fairy garden

Our cocktails were whimsical and delicious

We enjoyed small bites since it was more of a late lunch and a little early 
for dinner

Dessert was unlike anything I've ever tasted! A mix of flavors for melt in your mouth sweetness! After this I forgot to take photos of the other plates and coffee.


The guys, my brother in law and Jim seemed to enjoy the secret garden as much as my sister and I enjoyed this garden oasis. 

Miss Courtney was very happy she was included

If you are in the Atlanta area you might want to consider an evening out at The Garden Room. Reservations highly recommend. 

Early May Miss Courtney and I enjoyed lunch at an Italian restaurant in Birmingham with Jenna and Miss Coquille. Always fun to see Jenna and catch up. We missed Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet. June will be a happy lunch when we all get together, can't wait!


Now for a chance to win this lovely set of MacKenzie-Childs Parchment Check coasters. Just leave a comment with Patti at Pandora's Box.

As always, The Traveling Tote girls want to thank you for following along with our travel adventures.

I hope you will visit my Traveling Tote friends for more fun adventures.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Cherry Kay and Carrie and Hall @ Entertaining Women


Please join us for our next Tales of the Traveling Tote post and giveaway

September 1, 2022 

Thank you for your visit. I hope you will leave a comment, it's the only way I know you were here. 



  1. What a wonderful trip to Atlanta! I always love Anthropologie's displays. Their visual team must be the springboard for incredible talent. FInding the Quimper piece at Boxwoods must've been both surprising and exciting. No wonder you love to go back there! That bronze statue in the St Regis is amazing, love the movement of the dress and headpiece. And the Secret Garden....sumptuousness surroundings! From the chairs to the plantings to the food. What a nice treat to be able to get the table and enjoy it all. Happy June, Emily!

  2. Oh Emily, I loved my virtual trip to Atlanta! That moss peacock in Anthropologie is stunning! I loved seeing your tote visiting with MKC friends at Neimans, so many temptations there! The St. Regis looks elegant and the Easter displays are delightful. Of course your photos and description of the Garden Room restaurant are the highlight, wow, what a gorgeous place, I bet you felt a little like Alice in Wonderland! I was so happy we could meet for lunch, and I can't wait until we can reconvene with Ricki Jill~ Happy June sweet friend and have a wonderful summer!

  3. WOW - gorgeous photos. The Garden Room looks like a fabulous place to relax, drink and snack! I also love Anthropolgie's displays - they have an amazing and clever team of decorators. The peacock is amazing. I am so happy that you are able to get together with the other Alabama gals now and then (I am sure RJ misses this this year). Love seeing the group photos of the totes! Thanks for sharing these fun adventures you had (lucky you can visit your sister !!). Happy Travels this summer.

  4. Oh my goodness!! I was enthralled with the Secret Garden, Emily, and couldn’t help but ooh and ahhh over each picture! What a fabulous place to visit for the four of you.
    How fun to visit with Jenna, and I know you’re looking forward to seeing Ricki Jill before long. Happy Summer!

  5. Emily, it goes without saying that I would have loved tagging along with you and your sister. The garden shop looks fabulous, and of course NM is always a favorite with their MC collection. I hope you took a treasure or two home. Atlanta is a great city. I'd love to return some day. I'm thrilled you and Jenna get to meet on occasion. I know RJ is looking forward to when she can join in the fun. Enjoy your summer!

  6. Emily, such delightful photos. You certainly have traveled to some fun places. The Garden Room looks so beautiful. How special to be able to get in and dine and take in the beauty. Love the moss covered peacock, so beautiful and creative. Love that you get to meet up with the other Alabama gals. Sorry RJ couldn’t join.St Regis is so gorgeous and full of glam. Great photo of the guys. Thanks for taking us along.

  7. The next time I have an opportunity to come to Atlanta and Buck Head, the first thing I'm going to do is make a reservation at the St.Regis and the Secret Garden. The Garden is absolutely ethereal and beautiful. Thank you for taking us along with you on your journey. CherryKay

  8. Oh Emily, you have me wanting to book a flight to Atlanta. Thank you for sharing this in the hopes I will have the opportunity to visit Atlanta. Anthropologie is one of my favorite stores to view the creative displays. The peacock is amazing! Such delightful photos, and glad you Alabama girls will all be together in June. Great photos of the guys too. Have a wonderful summer!

  9. Hey Emily, I'm late again. I've had a bunch of company.
    You had quite the adventure in Atlanta! I love Boxwoods. It is always over all the years I've been so very nice. And your visit to Neimans, Anthro, St Regis, and The Garden Room experience was awesome. Your pictures tell a great story and fun time. I would love The Garden Room and will tuck that info away to remember.
    Glad you got to visit with Jenna too. Great post Emily.

  10. Oh Emily, isn't it fun to be out again? And such a beautiful place as the Secret Garden. Wow -- that's unbelievably fabulous. And what fun shopping, too -- it's been forever since I've been in Anthropologie and I so love it! All the better with family, too! And to top it off, fun with Jenna! It's all perfect to me!

  11. Aw....thanks, Sweetie! I miss y'all so much, too! We can get together soon!!! I absolutely love your post...I love all things flowers! I would've been very naughty in Boxwoods, I think. So many beautifully decorated places! I love spring. :D

  12. Looks like The Bag had a wonderful visit, so many pretty things to admire! I enjoyed all the photos, dear Emily.

  13. Thanks Emily, for taking us on another travel tote adventure. Your trip was perfect and I always love some elegance in every trip.

  14. Your photos in this post blew me away. The color, the flowers, the staircase and chandeliers are just exquisite. I enjoyed this post and was happy to be able to see your travels.

  15. I've either been sick or traveling - what a combination- during this summer, so somehow, I missed this post. But oh!!! How I love this garden in Atlanta. I certainly need to visit. I've shopped at boxwoods many times, but didn't know about the other things. You have a knack for finding the "hidden" gems everywhere you go.- thanks!




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