I have to admit that I had no intentions of writing this post today. In all honesty, over the past few weeks I have not been feeling it. I have not felt like sharing much about what is going on around our home. Don't get me wrong, I love this little blog and I love reading blogs. They offer inspiration, encouragement, and lots of ideas. However, writing and creating takes time and that is something that I seem not to have enough of lately.
Good Morning! Last week, I shared a few updates to our dining room. New paint, simplified decor, and a few new pieces helped to transform this space on very little money. The entire cost of the updates was around $150. One of my favorite projects is this poster wall art that I made using Picmonkey. This is such a simple project to make for your home.
A few weeks ago I started painting our dining room. We are slowly transitioning our home from beige to grey. We wanted a change from the darker color on the wall to something lighter. I have to say so far we love the color change. I searched for months and many paint samples later for the perfect grey for our home. I ended up selecting Smooth Stone from Glidden. I did sample Sherwin Williams, Valspar and Olympic and the colors varied in our home. Some of the samples were too blue, too purple, too brown. It was a long and tedious process.
Last weekend, Charles and I spent the day at the Raleigh Flea Market and the NC State Farmers Market. We enjoyed the beautiful weather while spending our time doing what we love. We decided that we would fix a big ol' Sunday dinner after church that was reminiscent of my childhood. We purchased new potatoes, green beans, fresh corn on the cob, tomatoes and cucumbers. Charles planned on grilling pork chops on the grill to go along with our fresh produce.
Wow! It is hard to believe it has been over a month since I last posted. I am sorry that there was such a long silence in between posts. Last month was busy. Charles is working long hours during the week. I was traveling with work. Plus we had some personal trips planned on the weekend. In one months time, I was in Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia (twice) and West Virginia. It was a lot and I was ready to have some time at home.
A few months ago, I caught a glimpse of this old farmhouse on Old Oak Construction's Instagram page. I immediately commented on the photo of this quaint home asking Ben if I could photograph the before and after of this renovation. Once again, Ben graciously agreed. I met Ben at the home site a few weeks ago to find out his plans for the Old Richardson Home Place. Ben shared that he has plans to use this home for his new office space and to bring this home back to it's former glory. Although, his plans are to use this house for his business, once the renovation is completed, Ben's plan will include making this house a hom
A few weeks ago I was contacted by Chairish asking me to participate in a style board challenge using a mid century modern piece. I will have to admit I was a little hesitant to accept this offer. Mid Century modern is not how I would describe my style at all. However, after some consideration I thought this would be a fun challenge to participate in. Challenge Accepted!!!!!
I will have to admit the few weeks leading up to the wedding started taking a toll on me. The wedding was approaching, plans were changing and the demands on my time were increasing at home and at work. I began to experience a variety of emotions...the "not so good" emotions. I soon realized that I was under a spiritual attack. For weeks, I had been pouring myself out in various ways. As I was giving more and more of my time to these things, I soon began to feel that my spiritual cup was empty.
Some people may say that oil and vinegar don't mix. In some cases that may be true. However, when it came to refinishing this antique vintage table that Charles and I purchased for the upcoming wedding, oil and vinegar was a great combination.
Happy Friday! After purchasing this set of old doors last July, we are one step closer to adding some character and charm to our home. Sometimes our projects move at a snail's pace. I am learning creating a home that you love is a slow, slow, slow process. However, I am learning patience along the way.
Happy Wednesday! I am popping in for a few minutes for a Why I Love It Wednesday feature. It has been sometime since I have shared one of these Wednesday features that I almost forgot how fun they are. I am thinking about adding a few glass cloches to my home decor. We have a sofa table that acts as a divider between our open living room and dining room. I have struggled with how to accessories the sofa table as long as we have had it. I want something decorative that won't obstruct the view and the site line into our kitchen. I am looking at glass options and I am considering a few cloches for our space.
I love finding inexpensive finds for our home. It is proof that you can have a beautiful home without spending a lot of money. I purchased these galvanized containers from Factory Direct Craft for $10 (excluding shipping). I hung these containers in my kitchen temporarily until I could find a permanent place for them in our home. After living with them for a few weeks, they began to grow on me. However, I felt like something was missing and the wall needed something more.
Happy Saturday! If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen the picture of the galvanized clock for our living room that I posted yesterday. I came across this clock originally when Jenny from Finishing Touch Decor By Jenny posted it on Instagram. She found the clock in Target's garden section. What??
I am all about easy projects these days. I want simple and quick and creating this DIY wooden bead vase filler fit that criteria. A few months ago, Charles and I were shopping in Pottery Barn when I noticed these beautiful beads wrapped around the top of a vase. I loved that these decorative beads added a touch of texture and color to an ordinary vase. What I didn't love was their price tag. The prices ranged from $24.50 to $34.50.
With everything that has been going on and all the changes, I didn’t invest a lot of time into my spring décor. I changed jobs. I changed our living room paint color while making a few more small changes around our home. Apparently, 2015 is the year of change for us. I shared earlier that the majority of my spring décor consisted of moss, robin eggs and nests. I will have to say that I have enjoyed those small touches of spring.
Here we are again at the start of another new week. This weekend has brought lots of sunshine which has put me in the mood to add a little spring decor around the house. I decided to keep my spring decor simple and inexpensive. If you are an avid blog follower like I am, you will begin to see the spring home tours popping up in blogland soon. I love seeing how fellow bloggers decorate their homes for the seasons. It is a great way to find inspiration and ideas for your home. However, for some, it is not always feasible change your decor with the changing of the seasons.
Happy Friday! I have thoroughly enjoyed having fresh flowers in our house over the past week. I purchased these tulips for the home that I photographed last week. These flowers have brought a little life to our home while adding a little touch of spring.
It seems as if we are all looking forward to the changing seasons. In a few more days we will bid farewell to Old Man Winter while we say "Hello" to Peter Cotton Tail. As spring approaches, we become excited about warmer weather and longer days. We will start to see new life beginning to break through hard soil after a cold and dormant winter. There will be new buds on the trees and flowers starting to bloom. The changing of seasons are exciting and we look forward to the change and something new.
Last week, I was privileged with the opportunity to photograph this beautiful home constructed by Old Oak Construction located in Wendell, NC. I came across Old Oak Construction a few weeks ago while scrolling through our Facebook news feed. After visiting their Facebook page, I learned more about the owner Ben and his passion for using salvaged and reclaimed items in his construction projects. I contacted Ben and asked if I could do a feature on his newly constructed home and he graciously accepted.
Happy Wednesday! This weeks Why I love It feature is thrift store books. Up until a last year, I never used books in my decor especially since I am not an avid book reader. However, over the past year thrift store books have become a common staple that I use in my home decor. Here are a few reasons why I love them.
I love typography signs. They have become very popular over the past few years and are fun way to add art to your home. More importantly, typography signs are a great way to express yourself in your home whether it is sharing a favorite quote or scripture. Other popular signs are favorite vacation spots or song lyrics. The possibilities are endless.
Two weeks ago we had a storm system that came through our area that left us with about ¼ inch of ice. We have experienced some of these storms in the past few years and they can be a nuisance. Fallen power lines, black ice and car wrecks are just a few of the things that can happen during one of these ice storms. Not to mention, the craziness that comes from running to the grocery store for milk and bread. HA!