Sep 2, 2017

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Hello Friends! Happy long weekend - the last weekend of Summer. It's rainy here and I have allergies so we are taking it super easy. That gives me a chance to update my blog page. I am sharing pictures of the shop where I sell my creations and I am also going to show you a sketch of our new house-to-be-built.
I have recently taken on more space at the shop. I love styling that place! I seriously do not have the energy or work space to keep up on the amount of furniture it takes to fill it but I am floating along.
While I show you these photos I want to tell you about last weekend. It was my 24 year wedding anniversary - for one, very exciting. My husband took my two boys and I up to Chincoteague VA where we saw wild horses! It was so gorgeous! I only have phone pictures but that was an amazing place.
One evening we took a trip up to Ocean City Maryland to see the beach and boardwalk. Guess what I saw there? A REAL shark!
I don't know those guys but my husband and I were barely putting our feet in the water when these fishermen came so close to us and pulled this beautiful creature out of the water. I didn't even scream! I was in aaawh! They let her go back, which I was so glad, but we didn't put our feet even close to the water after that.
My boys missed it, they were riding the rides and we soon joined them. I still love a good laugh on amusement park rides. I felt like I was 12 years old again.

Last weekend was just a last little hurrah before the kids go back to school on Tuesday. The other exciting thing is that we have a drawing of our new house that I can share.
This sketch is a glimpse of our new home. We chose a colonial style. For some reason my honey and I thought it was a good idea to get the kids involved. My "cottage" idea went out the door so fast! One of my boys said - "Why are you going to make us live in a grandma house?"....first world problems....
After a lot of back and forth with pricing and all - this is what we are going with - I am super excited. 
Anyway - back to my shop spaces. 
A few weeks ago my parents came out to visit. We all stayed in Williamsburg, VA. A beautiful place! Guess what I made my family do? We hit thrift shops and more thrift shops and loaded and unloaded my van. Yes, my poor parents thought they were going to come here and relax. Haha - I was finding cool stuff left and right.
My garage is full of projects to paint and fix but the good news is....I got my camera up and running. I feel better about posting photos I have taken with that than my phone. 
I am a little out of practice using my DSLR but you know I have never claimed to be any good at photography anyways. But here are a few more pictures and then you can run off and play.
OK...go have a fun Labor Day weekend and we can catch up again soon! Thanks for stopping by!

Aug 10, 2017

Fresh Linen Farmhouse Table

Heeeeey Friends! This is a quick post to show you my latest project. It's a seven foot farmhouse style table.
Lately I have been using the General Finishes brand of paint. OMG! It's amazing! So creamy and smooth. This table is done in the Linen color of their Milk Paint (link). One of the vendors at the shop sells it and I have fallen in love. It's not cheap but the prep work is low and it goes on so smooth.
I almost stained the top of this table in Ebony but at the last minute decided to keep the tones more warm and went with Minwax Dark Walnut instead. I also glazed the Linen paint color area with dark walnut. I have to say, I am trying other aging techniques like clear wax then dark wax or glazing formulas but I always go back to THIS technique.  I stand by my baby oil technique - after ten years! Really! I can go more into that in another post.
I included some wood chairs that came with a different table that I purchased a while ago. I painted them black and distressed them. Since the table is 7 feet long it needs more seating so I found two new linen covered cushion chairs to go on either end. I love the combination of colors and textures.

I wanted to share more photos here today but my camera is on the blink for a bit so here are some photos taken with my phone.
More to come soon! Have a super fun weekend! I get to spend this week with my parents in Williamsburg VA. Yay! Love that place - Love my family!

Until next time,

Jul 24, 2017

Two Story Family House Tour

Hello - Hope you are all enjoying this Summer weather. I can't stop sweating - my hair is a nightmare but all is well.
(Remember Mazi? She is very, very lazy!)

I started this post a couple of weeks ago and got super distracted every time I sat down to write. I can't remember now what I was going to tell you so I will just show you a pretty house. I am sharing another model house from Biringer Builders here in the Richmond, Virginia area. They have an amazing stylist and I adore all the fun details he/she brings in to show off their homes.
Fun colors and detailed moldings in this house are so pretty. Bold colors can look so amazing but when I try them for my own home I get sick of it so fast.
We are still milling over which floor plan we like best. Where do we want the master bedroom, fireplace, study - etc..
I like lots of natural light so I wonder if this type of kitchen would feel bright enough without a direct window. 
A lot of the new homes right now have huge kitchen islands with the sink in it so when you stand at the sink you look into the great room or family room but I am a little old school and still think I like my kitchen sink to look out a window. What are your thoughts on that?
I love all the windows in this family room and the mantel too.
Master bath?  Yes please!
We were looking at a house plan with the master bedroom on the main level but my kids think it looks like a grandma's house from the outside. Boy, once kids turn 14 the opinions never stop. My husband and I have to leave the apartment and have secret meetings at restaurants to talk about the house plans. That part is pretty fun.
The rustic ceiling looks so great for a study.
This house is gorgeous but it is so big and above our price range - not to mention that it's way, way, way above my ability to keep clean. It's just eye candy for us to get inspired from. There are some rooms missing from this tour but you can view the whole house at THIS LINK.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

Jul 10, 2017

A Year Later and a Pretty House

Hey!  Long time no connection to my blog what-so-ever! I know, I know - that is a lame thing to do as a blogger - taking a year off and all but to be honest - I wasn't having fun on a vacation or anything.
The story is long but I will say that my family and I are in a good place now. We had moved to Utah in 2015 to be near family, which was the great thing about being out West. But after living on the East Coast for 17 years - going "home" was very weird, to say the least. I didn't realize how much I had changed.
 With all the new changes it didn't help that my "little" boys were turning into men at the very same time we were trying to adjust to a completely different way of life. New jobs, new neighbors, new schools, more family, old friends, strange culture and a new POTUS. It was a lot to take on. I felt like a rug got pulled from beneath my feet and I could never stand back up again. I couldn't stop feeling awkward and a bit depressed let alone inspired to create, blog or decorate. Hence - I became silent on line.
Even though I realize that it takes a good year or two to feel at home no matter where you move to we gave it 18 months and just couldn't settle in.. Although it was so fun to get to know family better, especially my nieces and nephews, the quality time with my own parents seeemed less.

We took a trip back to VA last October while living in Utah still to see if we really did find that generally speaking - in our own view - people were more kind, courteous on the road, less judgmental and more pleasant to live among. It was true, we were not romanticizing Virginia. Living here near Richmond, VA fits our lifestyle better - we appreciate that it has more balanced political views along with diversity in cultures, age groups and educational backgrounds. We can just be ourselves here. Not that Utah is a bad place but it wasn't for us.
So my family and I knew after that trip last fall that it would be a goal of ours to watch for opportunities to come back East as soon as we could. Lo and behold my husbands previous job position came open. He had to reapply, interview - there was a lot of competition for that position. Once he knew he had it we were so happy, but sad to leave family again. We only had two weeks to get here and that meant giving notice to our current jobs and working up until we left. We gave the boys the option of finishing 8th grade in UT or going back to the middle school they had attended in 6th grade. We all agreed to go together and start living in the area we love. So we put everything we had in storage and headed back to VA with a few suitcases. We furnished a 1300 square foot apartment with a few new and used items. It was a bit crazy and rushed but we decided to bring all of our belongings here once we move to our new home.
As we have searched around for the right neighborhood we ended up chosing a pretty lot in the school district we love and where we have a few friends.There is a club house, pool, family activities and trails. A real community feel, not centered around church (as in UT) but centered around the families that live there.
I am showing pictures of a home that I adore by Biringer Builders in Richmond, VA. Ours might look similar but to be honest, we are in the very first steps of the building process. We are happy to have secured a lot on a street we think will be nice and now we get to customize a whole new home. I am a little intimidated, even though we have done this before, I can be happy with a lot of things. I am not that hard to please (I think). If I don't like something I change know me.
Building is going to take some time though. Expected move in is not until March-ish 2018 so we will be living in our apartment until then. Which is actually pretty enjoyable.
This is my first experience with apartment living - surprisingly, I love it! Low maintenance and our complex is pretty. I feel like I am on vacation since there is a lovely pool area and a nice club house and less to clean.
I have gotten some messages that my blog was not accessible to the public. I am so out of touch with Blogger updates and know I need to play around with my settings. I've been sharing a lap top with my boys but my new laptop will be here tomorrow. - maybe that will make a difference in how much time I spend in front of the screen.
Any who - lots of changes. Lots of exciting things happening. I am back at the Daisy selling my furniture and home accents. It feels like we never left (except that my little boys are now taller than me with facial hair and they are both super opinionated - real teens!).I don't know how to parent men but I am trying.

So as much as I want to say I will blog regularly, I don't know that but I intend on sharing the new home as it progresses.

I have missed you blog friends and hope you are all doing great. If you would like to keep in touch more than my random blog posts then you can join me on Facebook HERE.

Happiness to all of you and thanks for stopping back by!

Jun 7, 2016

Summer Picnic Time

One of the greatest things about being back in Northern Utah is the weather.  It's cool in the morning and evening so dining outside is beautiful.

Apr 16, 2016

Room with a View

After several weeks of shifting gears in my life I am finally getting around to posting an update. Although, there is not much in the way of decorating or refinishing furniture, I have ventured into working outside of the home and have had little energy or "craving" to take on any home improvement projects here at home.

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