Thursday, July 25, 2013

self-professed pinning addict

Who's addicted to Pinterest?  

Raise your hand!

Yes, it can be a complete time guzzler, but Pinterest is also a one stop shop for almost anything you want or need to find.  Even things you never knew you'd want or need!  Pinterest gets the credit for everything. I used to catch myself saying, "Oh, I found that on Pinterest!" Now I try to remember to always say, "I found it THROUGH Pinterest."

Some of my favorite Pinterest Boards

When we were preparing for our move from Indiana, we knew that our things would be in storage until October because of the renters in our house.  We hated the idea of having to pay for storage {by the time we paid for storage for 8 months, we could buy new furniture} so we decided to sell most of our furniture.  We only kept our master bedroom set and a few other pieces that we really love.  The rest is in my parents 3 car garage which is busting at the seams.  

Kitchen Inspiration Board

Before we move back into our house, theres a couple of things we'd like to do.  Replace the carpet in the bedrooms and paint the walls.  I really want to paint the walls white, but I don't think Locke is too keen on that idea.  We may have to compromise on something else.  Maybe a very light grey?  I'm feeling like I want a bright and airy feel vs. warm and cozy.

I also want to paint our kitchen cabinets, but that's a project that may have to wait a little while longer.  I'm thinking mint green.  That's something else I may have to convince Locke of over the next 8 months! If not mint green, than I was thinking white on the top cabinets and maybe a charcoal grey on the bottom.   

I'm sure when he reads this he'll be shaking his head and looking over at me like I've gone crazy! 

Our Kitchen
Whatever we decide on doing, theres gonna be mint green somewhere! I love this kitchen cause it resembles our kitchen in with the black countertops.  I love the contrast between the light and dark and the modern stainless steel together with the rustic island.




We've always wanted barstools for the bar top but could never agree on something.  Or, if we liked one, the price was ridiculous.  One way to do something affordable would be to purchase inexpensive wooden round top stool and paint it a funky color like these.


What I really have my heart set on are stools like these though!


Our dining room is in need of some love too.  We sold the dining room table and chairs but still have the buffet table.  That'll probably be getting a makeover at some point.  Not sure yet what I want to do with it though.  Any suggestions?  I haven't tried Annie Sloan paints so I'll probably be using that.  

Our Dining Room

Whatever we end up doing for a dining room table, I know that I'd love to have mismatched chairs like these!


Maybe I'll use my Instagram photos to repurpose the canvas and make some new wall art like my friend Mandy at This Girls Life.


 So, what do you say?  Do you have a Pinterest board that you love to pin to most?  What do you think about my kitchen ideas?  Mint cabinets?  Am I crazy?  You tell me.

Monday, March 18, 2013

oh, to be back in our home

Now that we are back in Florida, all I can think of is being back in our house.  We returned from Indiana earlier than anticipated and the family renting our house will be there until October.  Yup, you read that right.  October.  Until then, my parents {they are amazing} are letting us stay with them.  We are only 15 minutes away from our house and have already driven by a handful of times.  Total creepers, maybe, but I don't care!

Less than a month ago, I read a post written by Ashley Ann over at Under the Sycamore.  If you have not read her blog before, I strongly encourage you to do so.  I always leave her blog smiling and extremely inspired and encouraged.  Ashley Ann's post, a home.  a refuge., opened with a quote by Emilie Barnes that read:

"A welcoming home is where real life happens.  It's where personalities are nurtured, where growth is stimulated, where people feel free not only to be themselves but also to develop their best selves.  That caring, nurturing quality - not the absence of noise or strife - is what makes a home a refuge."

Locke and I have always wanted our home to be one that friends and family could walk into and feel as if they were at home.  As if they could sit down on the couch with their feet up.  Where they could open up the fridge or pantry without asking first.  Where they feel as if they could sit back and relax without a worry in the world.  

I want those things first and foremost for our daughters.  I want to nurture their personalities.  I want them to be stimulated on a daily basis.  I want them to always feel like they can be themselves without fear of reproach.  I want them to have a home full of laughter.  I want our home to be a refuge for them.

 I want them to always know that they are loved.

Our role as parents is never over.  There is always something that we can do to be better for our children.  I know there are things that I need to work on to be a better mother to my little ones.  I need to work on having more patience.  I also need to work on just enjoying them and all the "little moments".  Are there really any little moments when our children are involved?!

I don't think so.

So, take the time to enjoy the big moments.  Before you know it, years will have passed and we will have missed out on so much.  Memories that we can never get back.  

Monday, March 11, 2013

back home

Hello from The Sunshine State!


Locke and I are so happy to be back home.  The feeling of being back in Florida is almost indescribable for us.

I've been having such a hard time figuring out how to start this post.  What to say.  All I want to do is tell you how thankful I am to have such a loving husband.  How thankful I am to have happy, healthy little girls.  How thankful I am to have such a caring family.

We will be living with my parents until the renters in our house move out in October.  I will be honest with you.  In those months, I don't know what you'll get from me.  There may not be many DIY posts.  You may see a little more into our daily lives.  Maybe I'll post every day of the week or maybe just one day.  I'll take it one day at a time for now.

To my old friends, thank you for sticking around!  To my new friends, bienvenidos!  Welcome!

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