wise words vol 1


I’ve been dwelling on this one lately. Mar­riage can be hard work! There’s always a moment in the rough­ness though, when Jason man­ages to get me to crack a smile that turns into a laugh and reminds me again that it’s all worth it. He’s com­pletely worth it.


Why is it that I always find myself back to square one with this blog?

So much has hap­pened since I last left off… A baby(!), par­ties, lots and lots of house updates. Lately, my mind has been rac­ing with ideas, top­ics to share, and projects to put out in the world but here I am, stuck in limbo because I feel that the me of today is a whole dif­fer­ent per­son from the girl who started this blog almost three years ago. When I think of ALL that I would need to share to catch up to cur­rent life I just get so over­whelmed that I shelve the idea for another day.

Recently, I’ve been miss­ing blog­ging. Not so much the writ­ing posts, edit­ing pho­tos, think­ing of con­tent,… but the end result. I miss the live jour­nal. I miss how this blog would serve as a reminder to me of not just where we’re going, but where we’ve been… I get sad when I think we’re almost 4 months into Louie’s life and I’ve shared absolutely noth­ing about him.
From here out I’m going to try to share some­thing, even just a snip­pet a few times a week.

Because hey, I’ve got to start some­where and today I real­ized this can be it.


layer it up

I know it’s been a while… a very long while… and there’s so much to update about my life and this house, but for now, can we just agree to ignore my absence? Life gets full and busy… who knows when I’ll post again after this… but I promise you, I want to! I’m going to try my hard­est to keep up some sort of sched­ule for myself, even if just a monthly update.

Jason and I have been work­ing away at this home of ours over the past year, but we’ve def­i­nitely kicked our efforts into over drive these past few months. With the arrival of our tax refund I was allot­ted a bit of money to spend on art, acces­sories, and home decor items AT MY DISCRETION! (this doesn’t hap­pen often folks! every deci­sion is a joint deci­sion in our house, which is nice… but some­times it takes a few months or years for my sweet Jason to see MY visions.)

While perus­ing through Rugs USA yes­ter­day I noticed a St. Patrick’s Day sale. I’m a Rugs USA lover, our first expe­ri­ence with them was a lit­tle rough due to some ship­ping issues, but I’m so happy we gave them a sec­ond, third, and fourth shot. The qual­ity of the rugs we’ve cho­sen has been great and although one can usu­ally find a 50% off deal on the reg­u­lar, I usu­ally wait and pur­chase when they’ve upped the dis­count to 70, 75, and even 80%. Well, yes­ter­day (through mid­night tonight) was one of those 80% off days.

I’ve been want­ing a 5x8 rug to layer over our 9x12 sisal (also a Rugs USA pur­chase) in the liv­ing room for quite some­time and our style board has seen it’s fair share of options, but yes­ter­day I found quite a few that I liked. Here are my favorites:

new LR rug 1option 1 — Blue & Beige Graphic

new LR rug 3option 2 — Warm Traditional

new LR rug 2option 3 — Blue Suzani


While they all have their ben­e­fits I think I’d quickly tire of the overly graphic appeal of option 1. I love the sophis­ti­ca­tion and tra­di­tional ele­ments that option 2 adds to the space, but I ended up going with option 3, the Blue Suzani. As soon as I saw it on my style board I knew it would be per­fect. I love the way the pat­ten works with the stripes of our sofa. You know what’s an extra bonus? This evening, as I was search­ing though Joss & Main’s newest sales, I found the exact same rug! They’re only sell­ing the 6x9 ver­sion over there but it’s $50 more than what Rugs USA sells… oh that Rugs USA… I’m telling you.

What do you think? Did I make the right decision?

the young and the beautiful


I spot­ted this adorable lit­tle pick me up today over on i suwan­nee and it totally arrived at just the right time. It’s always best to brain break for cute­ness. (men­tal note to future self: allow your chil­dren to be this free)

While perus­ing for design good­ness I also found a give­away.  These Fur­bish lovelies, includ­ing the inserts, could be yours! Head on over to i suwan­nee to enter!


back to the kitchen tomorrow. :)

everybody’s workin’ on our kitchen: part 1

Because we have so much catch­ing up to do, I’m going to do this in 2 long posts with lots of pic­tures… here we go.

As a lit­tle refresher, the last (and only time) you saw our kitchen it looked like this with freshly painted countertops…


Our kitchen “demo­li­tion” started the week­end of Jason’s fan­tasy foot­ball league draft party back in Sep­tem­ber. Our friends were sick of get­ting sore necks try­ing to talk through those upper kitchen cab­i­net — well, that and then boys just wanted to destruct some­thing — so four of our sweet guy friends picked up some drills and screw­drivers and took down all the upper cab­i­nets that hang over the penin­sula in about 20 mins!





what a dif­fer­ence! It’s so much less claus­tro­pho­bic!  I felt like I could finally breath in there — it’s just so open now.


a cou­ple weeks after that I spent the week­end scrub­bing that kitchen grout clean. it’s absolutely dis­gust­ing how dirty it was, but wow so much better!


I made a paste of bleach and bak­ing soda, it was a tedious job, but those floors were sparkling!



on a dif­fer­ent week­end (prob­a­bly some­thing like a month later), our sweet friend Tommy came over and down came the arched valance over the cook­top + all the mold­ing. Jason and I pur­chased some paint for the kitchen cab­i­nets. I went for the two tone like I men­tioned in this post.

We decided to try out the Rus­toleoum Cab­i­net Trans­for­ma­tion kit. We tinted the uppers to Quilter’s White and the low­ers to Tudor. The whole process of paint­ing the kitchen cab­i­nets took about 2 weeks. I ordered the hard­ware that I spec­i­fied on my kitchen design board from Home Depot and with the help of a gift card, we were able to score all 46 pieces for $30! Not to shabby, right!?



The box says “no strip­ping, sand­ing, or prim­ing” but we sanded some of the really bad cab­i­nets first and I’m glad we did. Lot’s of water dam­age from years of neglect.



after that we removed all the cab­i­net doors, taped off the fridge, and then it was time to start painting!





Because we pur­chased brass hard­ware we were able to clean and reuse all of our brass hinges from our 70’s kitchen. A lit­tle Brasso, a wire brush, and a patient hus­band and they were like new.


then, some­where along the way Jason and I got our first expe­ri­ence with dry­wall mudding…




I think we did a pretty nice job for first timers.

After paint­ing the major­ity of the kitchen in Ben­jamin Moore’s Grant Beige as I spec­i­fied on my design board, we decided that the color just wasn’t dark enough for the room.  I don’t have any pic­tures of it, but the color was really lost in there, cast­ing an almost pur­ple hue. Really strange for such a pretty color, but also a les­son — ALWAYS paint sam­ples on the wall FIRST.  For­tu­nately, sec­ond try’s a charm and we got it right with the com­bi­na­tion of Ben­jamin Moore Green­briar Beige (matched to Glid­den) on the walls and Ben­jamin Moore Texas Leather (also matched to Glid­den) on the faux brick.

here’s a reminder of the first draft:

kitchen design board

and here’s the updated design board:

kitchen design board 2

I’m lov­ing Green­briar Beige! Such a warm color and I’d dream­ing of the day I get to see how it looks with the brass flush mount.

Here’s what it’s look­ing like freshly painted on our kitchen walls



the updates don’t end there… but I think this is a good place to stop for now. Come back tomor­row for part II!