DIY Stenciled Wall Hanging

Stenciled Wall Hanging

Since we are moving soon, I haven't really considered making any new decor or switching any of it up lately. But, with our anniversary coming up next month, I thought it would be fun to make a little something that would remind us of that special day. With some FolkArt Stencils & Paints, I made this cute stenciled wall hanging that's now hanging in our bedroom. At our wedding, we had a friend sing a song while we took communion. The song we chose for her to sing was 'Came to My Rescue' by Hillsong United. The chorus of the song says:: In my life, be lifted high In our world, be lifted high In our love, be lifted high We really loved that third line, 'In our live, be lifted … Read More

Why We Chose Quartz Countertops

Why We Chose Quartz Countertops

Now that our cabinetry is officially ordered, we've made final selections for all our countertops. And we've decided to go with all quartz countertops in our house. If you are unfamiliar with quartz, it's a man-made material, unlike granite that is a natural stone. It's what you'll hear in the design world called 'engineered stone.' There are several different brands of quartz, the most common and most well known being Caesarstone, Cambria and Silestone. We did a ton of research on all the different colors, patterns and design options among all the various materials and weighed factors like durability, maintenance and clean-ability. Here are just a few of the reasons we decided … Read More

When Things Don’t Go According to Plan

When Things Don't Go According to Plan

I am a planner by nature. I like to anticipate what's ahead and have a game plan in place. Whether it's planning for an event, a trip or daily activities, I'm the girl with the itinerary, schedules, confirmation #s and calendar all ready to go and prepared. Being spontaneous has a time and place, but in my mind, if there's a plan in place, there's no reason to stray from it. I alluded in my post earlier this week that we'll be lucky if we get to move into our house by the end of this year. This is not part of the original plan. To give you a little timeline recap, we bought our house back in December 2013. It took a couple months for permits to come in so work didn't start until … Read More

10 Simple Ways to Decorate for Fall

10 Simple Ways to Decorate for Fall

I think I've come to terms with the fact that fall is coming.  Here in Greenville we've started experiencing cooler weather and I have to admit, seeing all the fun fall projects coming through on Pinterest right now is getting me excited for a new season and a chance to switch up some decorations. Since we are hopefully moving soon {I use 'soon' lightly since we'll be lucky if we're in by the end of the year...more on that soon}, I don't want to buy a bunch of new decorations for our little rental that I won't use for our new home. So, I've been pinning and brainstorming some small ways to incorporate fall into our home without breaking the budget or that take too much time to … Read More

DIY Ring Toss Game {Tailgating Game}

DIY Ring Toss Game

September is here which means it's officially football season. Whether you care about the sport or have a favorite team, it's always fun to get together with your friends and family and tailgate before a game. Food tends to be the centerpiece and most important part of a successful tailgate, but you can't forget about the games. One of the easiest outdoor games to put together is a diy ring toss game. All you need are some glass bottles, curtain rings and a vintage crate. You can typically find old vintage bottles at flea markets or antique stores. I found mine at a large antique store in North Carolina called the Old Tobacco Barn. I was lucky enough to find several of the … Read More

Final Cabinetry Drawings

Kitchen Cabinetry

I finally crossed off another major design selection decision last week. I officially signed off on all of our cabinetry drawings. We went back and forth for a few weeks on some of the minor changes. But, the main reason it's taken so long is because we've been waiting for the upstairs bath to be completely framed out so they could get accurate measurements {the main bathroom wall couldn't be finished until the stairs/stairwell were finalized and built}. But, final measurements have been taken and everything has been finalized. Cabinets will hopefully be ordered this week but we probably won't be ready to install for another 5-6 weeks {at least we're ahead of the game and not … Read More

August in Review

Tidy List in Planner

I hate to say it, but I think summer is officially over. With the big Labor Day holiday this weekend and the cooler weather we've been having, I can feel fall creeping in. I'm sure gonna miss the lazy days of summer, but I have to say I've missed some of the routine that comes with the fall schedule. I've got some fun posts in store over the next few months, but until then, here's a little recap of all the fun posts and projects I shared with you this month. At the beginning of the month the ole blog got a face lift. I got a whole new look and re-organized things a bit to make it easier for you to find posts and topics that interest you. I'm still loving the new look and hope you are … Read More

Renovation Update:: Then & Now

New Stairs

So it's been a while since I've given you guys a picture update on the house progress. I've alluded to the fact that it's been a little slow. We had a change of project managers and our new project manager {who we love by the way} has had to spend some time getting up to speed and fix a few things that were done incorrectly on the interior. With all that, things have been a little slower than we anticipated. The exterior of the house though is mostly done. We have brick on the addition now and the beginnings of our carport. We're just waiting for our exterior doors to arrive before everything around door frames gets entirely bricked. Once doors are in and the final brick is put in … Read More

Free Printable:: Weekly 10 Minute Tidy Chore List

10 Minute Tidy Chore List

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SharpieClearview http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV I mentioned last week that one of the things I wanted to get better about doing was cleaning a little each day throughout the week to avoid spending hours on the weekend cleaning.  Our place is small so it doesn't take long, but I would prefer to do the not so fun chores in smaller chunks on weekdays and save our weekends for more fun activities. To try and help me stay on track, I created a little weekly 10 minute tidy chore list. There's nothing more that I love than crossing things off a … Read More

Rustic & Cozy Living Room {Vision Board}

LIVING ROOM MOOD BOARD

I mentioned in yesterday's post that we bought some dining chairs and counter stools for our kitchen and dining area. I showed you in my dining room vision board the style of chair I was thinking to pair with the table and our kitchen island. Lucky for me, Restoration Hardware was having a crazy good sale and I was able to score 6 chairs and 3 counter stools for a really great price. I'm still on the hunt for some upholstered chairs to use at each end of the table. But right now, my focus has shifted to the living room and couch shopping. The only couches I've ever owned were hand me downs and I ended up leaving what was left of them at my previous apartment here in Greenville for the … Read More

Around Here:: August Edition

August Edition- Furniture Shopping

I can't believe August is almost over. I know for some of you, the kiddos have gone back to school so it's back to early morning wake up calls and routine schedules. I'm not even in school but all this back to school talk gives me major anxiety. However I do miss getting fresh school supplies {aka: colorful Sharpie markers for doodling and freshly sharpened #2 pencils}. Even though summer is officially over with school back in session, hopefully you are still able to enjoy some summertime activities for just a little bit longer. We still have one more official family vacation coming up over labor day weekend where we're hoping to still enjoy some last minute summer fun. Here's what … Read More

5 Tips to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

5 Tips for Getting a Good Night's Sleep

When I was growing up I could fall asleep in a matter of seconds and could sleep through anything. In fact, there was a time when our smoke alarms were going off in our house and I didn't make a peep. Woke up the next morning and never knew a thing happened. As I've gotten older though, sleep doesn't come quite as easy. I have to be more intentional about my bedtime routine and do a few things to make sure I get a good night's sleep. Getting a good night's sleep can make a world of difference. My husband can attest. I don't do well if I don't sleep well or don't sleep enough. Let's just say he's seen the worst sides of me {aka grumpy mess} when I'm sleepy. So since getting a … Read More