Come In and stay a while

Come In and stay a while

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Happy December

Hey friends. 
You know me, 
so you know one of the things I'd love
about being in a new house, would be to see how 
it looked all dressed up for Christmas. 
It's fun to see how all our old decorations look in a new space.
I added two things this year.
The first is this huge canvas I had Doug design for me:
love. love. love. love. love.
how it turned out
We made it personal by adding our established date:
 'this house believing since 1993.'
Twenty-five years.
Hard to believe.
Wait, I just said ‘we believe’.
Moving on...
The wreaths that we had outside on every window at our last house,
came inside.
The Christmas item I get asked most about.
Bought it for $10 at Costco yeeears ago.
It was sparkly and gold, I painted it white.

Monday, November 19, 2018


Just a quick simple post today to express my gratitude.
I love this little sign.
I made it in about 10 minutes at a church activity.
But it is one of my favorite fall/Thanksgiving decorations.
I love its simplicity. 
This banner was $3. 
I love what it does to this room.
Funny how life is full of little simple things that bring joy to 
the day to day. We just have to see them.
 Life is not perfect. We are all fighting battles.
Some obvious. Others not.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Our New Home

Where to start...
We moved.

From this:
To this:
You ask.
You might enjoy this post that recapped our last move.
In that post I said the struggles of a major cross-country move were not over.
In many ways they were just beginning.
As it turned out, they were more than just struggles.
As time went on, it became clear that the differences between the life we had left behind in Seattle and the life we were trying to carve out in South Carolina were just too different. 
Some things that were very important to us, were not available to us in our new surroundings.
After lots of consideration...and understand God's will for us...

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Master Bath Reveal

I could NOT believe it when I realized
 it has been nearly one year exactly 
since I have posted. For a couple of reasons.
One: it seems like forever 
and at the same time just yesterday 
since we moved to South Carolina.
Second: I realized I never blogged about the last room we redid,
Our master bath.
First: the before pics:
 It really is a spacious bathroom--lots of wall space for lots of--wallpaper.
It took us many tools and many hours to get that tub out that was secured remarkably well.
 Lots of brass--which I realize is coming back--but I had enough of it in the 80's.
And now:
 The new master bath--complete with my favorite item in the entire house.
A free standing tub. 
 A gray and white theme with pops of color--
reminders of my trip to Paris with my daughter.

 Did not redo the shower--the brass is still there if I ever change my mind (a hard no).
Just covered up for the time being.
 So grateful to have the huge projects done. 
Kuddos to Doug for all his work, for this project he even had to do some plumbing!
It's been nice to enjoy the house without something ripped up this past year.
Not sure what to do with myself  without a project--maybe I'll take a bath;)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Boys Room Reveal-Our South Carolina Home

When we moved to our new home here in South Carolina
we moved into a smaller house.
With our daughter at college and our son soon to be on his way too,
we decided to downsize.
(Well, inside anyway...our garage(s) and property are way more than we are used to!)
 So each of our sons left at home would have his own room.

Monday, January 23, 2017

My Steals from Decor Steals

  I found a great website called Decor Steals.
I've been selfish not sharing with you.
Their model is a 'deal of the day' type site.
They offer up one product a day and when it is gone, it's gone!
So, in reality the less people that know about it the better.
 But that wasn't nice of me...

Friday, December 16, 2016

South Carolina Home Exterior Dressed for Christmas

 Just a quick post to say Merry Christmas from South Carolina.
A wreath in every window is the way in the South and we were happy to oblige the trandition.
It's always been a favorite look of mine.
 The porch is a bit dressed for Christmas.
 I hope to do much more next year.
 It's such a beautiful porch and I feel like I'm not doing it justice yet.
But I'll get there.

I wish I could get a good picture at night so you can see the candle in every window.
I'm just not that good of a photographer.

Merry Christmas y'all!
May Christ's spirit fill your heart and fill your home.
I'll catch you on the flip side, in 2017 with more reveals of rooms we have redone
as we work to 'make this place our home.'
Peace and love.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

So the Master Bedroom is Blue

 I wanted my master bedroom to be a beautiful gray.
I bought 7, S-E-V-E-N, different shades of gray and painted them on the wall.
I would pick one I thought was perfect but when I started painting a bigger area it would turn purple...
or almost black...
or blue.
I gave up.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Boys Bathroom Reveal-Our South Carolina Home

 Happy Monday y'all! 
Today's reveal...I am so excited to share with you!
 We ended up totally revamping 2 of our 4 bathrooms.
 They took A LOT of work and as with most things in life...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Don't Hate Me...Kitchen Reveal

 Are you ready to hate me?
 I'm totally ready for Christmas.
 Decorating, shopping, wrapping...all of it...have been since November 30th.
It's ok, I'm a little disgusted too.