May 15, 2018

Let There Be Light

Hi Friends!

There are lights on but nobody is home (yet)!
All the light fixtures are in. I have to say that I am mostly happy with my choices.

One thing I notice that happens is you think the fixtures are going to be the right size for the room. For the most part I got that right but the lantern on the front porch is smaller than I imagined.

I had a certain criteria for that particular light though. Guess what it was?

It had to be easy to change the bulb. I know that sounds dumb but I do not want to climb high and take apart a fixture every time a bulb is out. Also, there is only one bulb that is very easy to change. So essentially I got what I wanted.
I took these pictures last night as this crazy storm was moving in. Clouds swiftly moved in and the wind took branches off trees and swirled them around in the air. I love storms like that...when I am home, not driving.

I wish I had more to share about the house today. The house doors are kept locked now because the floors are finished.

This week the landscapers start the yard and that will brighten things up.

On the personal front I don't have a whole lot of news because all I can do is read books about what happens to us when we die. I can't get enough of it. I'm not ready to get into that subject here but I want to know where my Mom is. She can't possibly just be gone. We love each other too much! (that story HERE)
Speaking of moms I hope you all had a wonderful Mothers Day. Mine was great in the day time but once evenings come - I am a mess. It's like the "witching hour".

I hope to have more fun posts soon. I have finished a few pieces of furniture. Finally! These are pieces that have been sitting for months in my garage waiting to be done and they go in the new house.

Here's a quick peek at one of them...
A dining table (in my messy garage). You might be surprised at what I chose to do with it, I think.

I share more often on Instagram lately so if you would like to follow along there HERE is the link.

OK! I am going to a birthday lunch for a friend today so I better run.

Have a super fun week and thanks for dropping in!

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Mar 21, 2018

Feb 16, 2018

Let Your House Shine & a Glimpse at the 2nd Floor

As I drove through the neighborhood tonight I noticed some exterior lights that seem to come on automatically at dusk. Some people turned on their porch lights which I think makes a home look like friendly place.

Feb 11, 2018

10 Trends I am Taking Home in 2018

Let me show you some trends that I have seen around lately that I just have to bring home this year.
1- Light walls with high contrast floors and accents such as the black backing of the shelving area in the picture above.

Nov 22, 2017

Lightly Staging a Charming Ranch House

Thanksgiving is tomorrow...I can't even believe it. 

I am sad not to be spending the holiday with our families. But I have to admit that I am so excited to do all the cooking. I love making the whole traditional Thanksgiving dinner with Marc and the boys. It's back to the four of us and our own family traditions now that we are here in Virginia.

Nov 10, 2017

Choosing Light Fixtures

This week has been one of those that every day has been packed full. Now that it's Friday, I am glad we are done with it.

Nov 5, 2017

Feeling at Home

Sundays are my favorite. My boys and I (that includes my husband, Marc, and our twin boys) spend a lot of down time together on this day.

Nov 2, 2017

Living Down to Earth and Our Appliance Selection

My boys and I are the type of people that stay home on holidays and hit popular vacation spots off season just to avoid the crowd. Since Sunday was gloomy and rainy we found our opportunity to tour these Massey Street of Hope houses with a little less foot traffic to compete with (link).

Oct 28, 2017

My Kitchen Crush

Photo by Don Ziebell 
Browsing around the internet for kitchen inspiration can be overwhelming. There are so many beautiful kitchens that I can see myself loving to make dinner in.

Oct 23, 2017

Wood Floor Color Choice

My wood flooring appointment took maybe 10 minutes max. I had an idea what I was looking for....brown. Just brown.

Oct 22, 2017

Carytown Inspiration for Home & Life

Hello All!

I took my son to the city this morning, by his request. We live near Richmond, VA and one of our favorite streets to stroll here is Cary Street.

Oct 20, 2017

Tulip Hill Lot Walk

Hello blog friends!

The building process is moving right along. This week we picked our exterior colors (link) and did our lot walk with the builder.

Oct 12, 2017

Staging a Retail Space

Hello Friends!

You all know I have a shop space in Virginia. This is my happy place where I can fluff, stack and do things to stage furniture and accessories that normally wouldn't be displayed the same at home.

Oct 5, 2017

Lovely Vanilla Apartment Tour

Hello Lovely,
WELCOME to our apartment!

We are in the long process of building a home so while we are very patiently waiting we are living in a 1300 square foot apartment.

Sep 29, 2017

Colonial Architecture and Crowded Gardens

While I grew up in Utah and love the mountains and rustic aspect of the West, I have always been drawn to Southern or East Coast style when it comes to houses. I used to watch HGTV a lot when we built our first house in the the late 1990's and the cottage gardens were the most charming feature to these homes that I found myself falling in love with.

Sep 27, 2017

Finding Inspiration in Town & a Walk Down Memory Lane.

My family and I spent the weekend in Connecticut. We lived there for 10 years and we were craving a trip down memory lane. When our boys were a few months old we moved to Guilford, CT. Here are some pictures from around that town that influenced my decorating style in a big way.

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