Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner Shoot at McAlister-Leftwich House

We have been so honored to have worked with the Simplified team since before we even began renovations! We’ve hosted two of their holiday shoots and were over the moon when they wanted to shoot their 2019-2020 planner launch here. I have been a huge fan of Emily Ley since I met her at a conference about seven years ago. Since then, I have gotten to partner with her through The School of Styling and now with the McAlister-Leftwich House!

If you’ve been eyeing one of her beautiful planners, now is the time to grab one! The academic planners (August – July) are being released today!! If you’re like our team at McAlister-Leftwich and you operate on a yearly calendar, don’t fret. The yearly planners will be released this September (same beautiful covers).


Simplified Planner Shoot at McAlister-Leftwich House in North Carolina


Speaking of covers…let’s talk about them. We posted on Instagram stories last week and let y’all guess which of our team chose the following planners:



The majority of people thought that Katie chose the Pink Pineapples, I (Kaitlin) chose the Garden Party and Cheryl chose the Blue Pinstripe. Which wasn’t correct at all! Cheryl chose the Pink Pineapples, Katie chose the Garden Party and I chose the Blue Pinstripe. It was so fun (and funny!) to see how everyone voted. Like I mentioned, we are all on a yearly calendar, so we won’t be able to order ours until September, but it was still so much fun picking out our 2020 covers!! Which cover is your favorite?!


Simplified with Emily Ley at McAlister-Leftwich House


One of our favorite parts of this shoot was the massive paper flowers created by local Greensboro artist, A Wilder Flower. How amazing are they!?! They were even more beautiful in person, believe it or not. They had so much depth and color and looked lifelike while being larger than life. We love the way their Garden Party vision became a reality. It was so perfect!

We also are so passionate about working with such inspiring, wonderful women! (Read our past small business highlights here!) The entire Simplified Team put the same care and creativity into this shoot as they put into their products. We are fortunate to have one of their own, Whitney Hawkins, as a Triad resident! It’s so fun seeing her creative direction for each project they work on at McAlister-Leftwich House. Not only did we get to work with all of the genius’ behind Simplified, but some of our favorites including Ally & Bobby Photography, Teighla Norris of Tease + Blush Hair and Makeup, and Greenhouse Picker Sisters! We love when brand collaborations and projects come together so seamlessly. Here are a couple behind-the-scene photos!



Thank you, Emily & Team Simplified for doing your product launch shoot here! It was such a fun and beautiful day!


Photography by Ally & Bobby

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