Wednesday
Jul172013

Happenings...

I feel like I am FINALLY getting a handle on things again. I have had some great decorating clients that have kept me quite busy over the past few months. This week I have two of my most time consuming ones 99% wrapped up. Would be 100% finished if the deliveries would just come already. I will take better pics once they are completely finished.

The first was more of a revamping. The owner had it done 7 years ago, but was ready for something lighter and younger feeling. The room gets really dark and all the dark brown was making it fall flat. What I did was add a new coffee table, had custom pillows and slipcovers made, added art, and re-accessorized with a few new things, but mostly used her current things in new ways. The whole room feels so different! I just love how reworking a few pieces really can change up a whole space. It also shows how buying well thought out pieces from the beginning and investing in a few good pieces really can carry you throughout life.

Now this job really did take over my life for a bit. Ha. It was a condo for newlyweds. My job was to make two decidedly different tastes become one. We used mostly all there current pieces with the addition of new living room furniture, bedding, bath accessories, etc. Really all the things they had yet to own. My job was to make it all feel cohesive. I must say this is much harder than one would think. It really makes me have to think outside of the box to make some pieces work and to make it all flow together well. This condo is a rental so we could only do so much and I wanted to ONLY invest in things that they can use in their next home. For this room in particular the chairs were the Mr's and I recovered them, the table was actually the landlords table and she said I could use it for this project, the art is a suzani the Mrs had and I had framed. This space is small and I wanted it to become a space for her to come have breakfast and do her morning prayer time. A sanctuary of sorts.

Now to get officially back to my blogging schedule next week! I've miseed this! Hope you all are well...

Thursday
Jul112013

For Sale

Long story short I have a client who purchased new sofas. She then decided she rather keep her old sofas and we had them slipcovered. So in the end I ended up with two lovely Rowe sofa's. I sold one and have one left. Let me know if you are interested! I am selling them at the same price I bought them for.

Tuesday
Jul092013

It's Growing!

After years and years of fighting our yard and how poorly done it was in the beginning I finally am seeing hope! We got rid of everything that was planted in the wrong spots and have been slowly but surely adding back in. I thought I would miss the big spruces that sat in front of the house, but I must say that I love how much it opened up the house. I planted hydrangeas in their place and hope to have them be more prominent next year.

In the back the climbing iceburg roses are doing quite nicely. My sweet papa and mama are building me a pergola for my birthday and I hope to have the roses cascade on top too. Back vinyl siding I will be rid of you yet!

We also have become quite fancy with our blow up pool. ha. It really is the best $30.00 we have spent. You can also see the new limelights are starting to fill in. They are just beginning to bloom now. Can't wait till next year when this will become a solid hydrangea wall.

The veggie beds are doing even better than I expected! They are becoming full and have produced a good deal. I also added zinnias for cutting and for pollinating. I just adore them.

This was the first tomato of the season. It's of the heirloom variety and tasted amazing. Even the kiddos who aren't too partial to tomatoes gobbled it up.

The lettuce is also supplying me with plenty of greens. I am not much of a salad person, but these are rather good. A simply drizzle of olive oil and balsamic is all they really need.

Although this has nothing to with my yard I wanted to share. The kiddos and I went to a nearby lake with one of my besties and her girls. We had the best time! It was a quick trip, but it re-energized me greatly. If you know me well I am not one to enjoy swimming all that much. I know enough to save a child, but that's about it. On this trip however I realized I needed to be "fun" so I climbed in. It was invigorating. Maybe I do enjoy the water more now that I am older. I love learning new things about myself. Even the Mr was proud when he saw my bravery.

Monday
Jul082013

On the Nightstand {good reads}

I love to read. It's an easy way for me to escape. A way for my mind to wander and for a bit lets me forget about the laundry that needs to be done and the work that needs to be accomplished. It almost gives me permission to be a tad lazy, because reading is good for us, right? These two are what I like to call easy reads. I finished them effortlessly and feel better for it. Shauna Niequist's book had me crying through the whole thing all the while laughing out loud which is hard for me to do. Her story, in which she shares, although hard is very common among women. I felt as if I was living these moments with her, but in reality I know its because I HAVE lived these moments before whether it was with myself or a friend. She even managed to spur my deep desire to cook again. Her book revolves around the truths of life and better yet the dinner table. She even shares recipes that are actually doable. We too have a dinner group that meets every week, we call it a small group in our church, but most of those days I leave it the Mr to grill something up or I make the exact same thing over and over. Maybe this week I will do something different! Amelia Lyons book was spot on. It's truly a story that spurs you forward toward a God given dream and purpose. How us women tend to want to do what's "right", but we may be getting it all wrong. How this can drive fear into us and a sense of falling. I know this feeling all too well. If you recall this past January I prayed through this with dedication and a need so deep it hurt. Prior to that I felt like I was in freefall. My simple life changed drastically when both KJ and Ellie went to school. This is simple for some, but for me it was earth shattering. I felt lost and wasn't sure what my role as a wife, mother, and woman of God was suppose to be in this new season of life. Needless to say I found quite a few things to keep me busy and maybe even a bit too busy. I am now finding the balance and the what is "right" for our life, but I no longer feel like I am falling. I am sure footed and moving forward. I constantly feel crazy and question it daily, but when God gave me an answer back in January I know it was the right one. All this to say Amelia's book Freefall to Fly embodies everything I felt, struggled with and feared. It was a good reminder on how far I have come and encouraged me to push forward to keep striving towards my God given purpose and to be okay with the change of every season. To not get caught up on the pretty that blogs, instagram, and magazines so easily impart, because somewhere out of frame is a mess that needs to be cleaned up and put back together.

All this to say I LOVE these books and they are a must read. To be honest I am sure I will be reading them both again before summer's end. Well, that will be when I get them back from lending them out.

Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist

Freefall to Fly by Rebekah Lyons

Wednesday
Jul032013

Good Decisions

I hope you all are having a great week! Monday was the second shooting of an insurance commercial that was done in the house. It really is so much fun. They needed a home the was nice, but not rich looking. Ha. Ours fit the bill. Anyhow, during one of the shots a touch of color was needed in the background so I quickly went outside and cut a bouquet from the garden. I can not tell you how excited I was to be able to do this. Must say creating a small cutting garden was such a good decision. Now I am thinking BIGGER! Who needs a yard anyway? Ha. I hope you all have a great 4th!!!