Renovation Update:: Exterior Painted & Stained

New Tree

Did you guys think I fell off the face of the earth? Sorry for so much silence. I've been trying to work on being more intentional about my time and over the last few weeks that's equaled blog silence. Sorry about that! It's been a while since I've done an update on our renovation progress. Part of that is due to the lack of actual progress. There's a lot of reasons why but one of the factors has been weather. The exterior couldn't be stained or painted in cold or rainy weather, which is what it's been the last several weeks. But, before that and recently, we've had some good weather so some good painting has been accomplished. All the brick has been painted minus the front columns … Read More

Around Here:: January Edition

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It's officially a new year and for most, it's back to the daily grind of work and school. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed some much needed time off over the holidays. It's been really rainy and gray so while I did get some productive things done, I also allowed myself to be lazy and just relax. It's been a while since I've done an Around Here post so here's what we've been up to over the past month or so. Spending: time with family. We spent Thanksgiving in Hilton Head with my husband's family and did lots of bike riding, scavenger hunting, playing and eating. It was fun to all be together and spend some time at my favorite place, the beach! Looking: forward to reading … Read More

Word of the Year:: Intention

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I'm not one to make New Year's resolutions.  It may sound pessimistic, but I kind of feel like New Year's resolutions are just setting yourself up for failure. A few months later you've reverted back to your usual ways and your New Year's resolutions have long been forgotten. I don't think there's anything wrong with them at all. For some, working towards small, or big, specific goals is helpful. This year though I want to work towards something. Maybe not specific New Year's resolutions but focusing my heart and mind on an overarching idea or lifestyle for 2015. I've seen people come up with a 'word of the year' the last several years and always liked the idea, but never got around … Read More

Merry Christmas from Our Family to Yours

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I wish I could have sent each and every one of you a Christmas card this year. But, I did promise I would share with you the Christmas cards I sent this year. We took this photo back in January when we went to Colorado with my husband's family. Since we are all bundled up in the snow, I thought it made the perfect Christmas card photo. We will be leaving tomorrow to visit family so I wanted to go ahead and pop in and wish you a very Merry Christmas.  I hope each and every one of you have a sweet time of fellowship with your friends and family and a sweet time of remembering and reflecting on the birth of our wonderful Savior.  {Source} For unto us a Child is born, Unto us … Read More

Renovation Update:: Countertop Installation

Jack and Jill Bathroom Countertops

Last week we checked another thing off the list for our house, countertops! Several months back I shared with you guys that we went with quartz countertops and shared a few reasons why. We are so excited to finally see these beauties installed and couldn't be more pleased with how they turned out. We went with an LG quartz product called Viatera. For the powder room, kitchen, master bathroom and jack and jill bathroom we went with the Cirrus pattern. It has a similar look to Carrera Marble, but is much more durable, which we love. You can see a close up of what it looks like here. For the laundry room and upstairs guest baths we went with the Absolute Night pattern. We … Read More

Using & Styling Furniture in Different Ways

Using Furniture in Different Ways

Progress on the house has slowed down a bit. I think partly due to Thanksgiving and then Christmas coming up. It seems like holidays throw a wrench in the timeline and schedule. While I'm still not exactly sure when our move-in date will be, I'm trying to enjoy our little one bedroom duplex as much as I can in the meantime. Our place is tiny so there's not a ton of space to decorate and we have to utilize every square inch for storage and function. You may remember back in September when I shared about the new chair and side table I got to add some additional seating to our current living room from Sauder. These pieces have been serving us well over the last several months. … Read More

Renovation Update:: We Have Cabinets

Kitchen Cabinets

I'm finally getting into the Christmas spirit. Last night after work I went out and did a little Christmas shopping, and all the Christmas decor and Christmas music playing got me finally excited for this time of year. It also helps that our house now smells like Christmas thanks to a wonderfully winter wall diffuser. Since my last renovation update, all our cabinets were installed. They still have to come back and finish up a few things and install the rest of the hardware, but it looks so good! Here are a few pictures from each space with the new cabinetry. For our powder room I've always loved the idea of turning a dresser or piece of furniture into a vanity. I was a little … Read More

Stocking Stuffer Ideas & Coaster Giveaway

2014 Stocking Stuffers

Did anyone do any Black Friday shopping this past weekend? I had sworn off shopping on Black Friday for the past few years, but the hubs and I ventured out to look at flat screen tvs and did a little shopping at the outlets while we were in Hilton Head, SC with family. We didn't go until 9 or 10am or so and at least where we were, the crowds really weren't all that bad. And we actually scored a few good deals. Despite that, I actually prefer to do as much shopping online this time of year as possible. Sitting in my pajamas in front of the computer just sounds much more appealing to me. And today is the big online shopping day, Cyber Monday. If you are planning to scour the web for some … Read More

Southern Living Showhome Tour

Southern Living Showhome

I was hoping to start pulling out my Christmas decorations this past weekend and get a few things up, but it didn't happen. The mood just never struck. However, my Christmas cards did come in last week and I did get half of them stuffed and addressed. That's something, right? Since I've yet to get into the festive mood, I thought I would share some pictures I took a while back. Back in October we saw a sign in town that there was a Southern Living Showhome that was open for visitors. Even though we've pretty much picked out all the major design selections for our house, we still love to look at new houses to compare things and also get some decorating inspiration. I still have some … Read More

Around Here:: November Edition

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Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? These last few months have flown by and I can't believe we're already entering into holiday season. I feel like I'm the last person on earth {or at least the last blogger} who hasn't decked their halls for Christmas yet. I'm usually super excited to decorate for Christmas but this year, the excitement just isn't there as much as it has been in the past. Part of that is because I had envisioned and dreamed about decorating our new house for Christmas this year, but with our move-in date getting pushed further and further back, I guess my dreams just feel a little dashed. That's ok, because next year people watch out! This girl will be going … Read More

Renovation Update:: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a House

Powder Room Update

I couldn't help myself with the title. Since everywhere you go already has Christmas decorations, Christmas candy and Christmas music playing. Anyone else feel like they start promoting Christmas earlier and earlier each year? Anyways, I was finally able to pull together a renovation update for you guys. I wasn't able to give you guys an update the whole month of October {minus some sneak peeks in this post}, so a lot has certainly changed since the last update. All the drywall and trim has been installed and interior painting has begun. It's really starting to look like a house which is really exciting! Here's a current picture of our powder room. We decided to install some board … Read More

What Africa Taught Me

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I took a little break from blogging last week. After writing for 31 days straight, I just needed some time to re-gather my thoughts and find the inspiration again. One of the things I missed the most from blogging 31 days about building your dream home, was getting to share more personal insights, daily life and more 'real-time' {not scheduled} posts with you. While I love talking about designing a home and have mostly enjoyed the building process {not going to lie there are moments I have just wanted it to be over}, what I love more is sharing more personal things with you guys. As you may know, my husband and I recently traveled to Kenya for a medical mission trip through our … Read More