Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dear internet,

This past week has been so hard. My aunt (my mom's sister) passed away. Her memorial service was yesterday. It was beautiful and fitting. I know she would have been thrilled to see so many people there to worship the Lord and celebrate her life.

I know she's in a better place, I know she must be so happy to be reunited with my Grammy, but it still hurts.

Not too long ago, my aunt shared this scripture on her Facebook:


"Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow." James 1:2-3

For those of you who know me IRL (in real life), thank you for the calls, emails, texts & prayers. It has helped so much.

Also, to my mom's friends, 

(most of whom I've never met but she tells me that you read my blog) 

-I wan't to tell you how grateful I am that she is surrounded by such wonderful people. You are a blessing to her... always there for her when she needs it the most.  Thank you for being diligent in reaching out to her during this time. I know your kind words have brought so much comfort and I truly can't thank you enough.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Yellow House

Remember a few months ago when I mentioned the re-model taking place next door?

Well it's finally finished! 

The owners and I have actually become pretty good friends and they were kind enough to let me snap a few photos! 

Because I love a good "before & after" ...lets take a look at what it looked like 6 months ago:


Pretty scary right?

Now the after:


Isn't it darling?

It doesn't even look like the same house!

The living room is full of charm. I especially love the crown molding, it's original to the house. 



Granite counter tops & stainless appliances, swoon!



I think this hall closet (probably meant for linens) would make a great pantry!




The master bedroom is my favorite. 

Someday I'll have french doors that lead to a back patio... and there will be potted flowers and a big herb garden where I will grow rosemary and basil and cilantro and tomatoes. Amen. 



Not pictured: the amazing walk-in (cave-like) shower.


Walk-in closet...oh how I love thee. 

Oh! and I had to take a picture of the house next door. It's pretty cute too!


Our street is so charming...I really love living here!

My house is on the other side (you can see it in the picture below). 

Isn't the yellow house just adorable?

Guess what? It's for sale!

Who wants to be my neighbor?!?


Monday, August 11, 2014

Mikayla's Dorm Tour!

Well Mikayla is officially a college student! -it seems like just yesterday we were celebrating her sweet 16! 

Last weekend was spent moving her into the dorms. It was an emotional day, my poor mother was on the verge of tears for most of it (Mikayla's the last child to go off to college). I had forgotten about how small the dorm rooms are. I don't know how I survived living in such a teeny tiny space! 

Anyway, Mikayla has the most adorable dorm room! I couldn't resist taking a few photos to share with you!







 
Isn't that wooden monogram just darling?

This is such an exciting time for her! I hope she savors every minute of it!

Now lets all say a little prayer that my mother recovers from her empty nest syndrome! 

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

making my house a home

My living room decor  has come a long way in the last year. To refresh your memory, check out this picture I took last summer:


This is the place where I spend most of my time. It's the first room you see when you walk into my home. I want it to be cozy but also bright and cheery.

I bought this dark couch before the dawn of Pinterest, before I knew that I was head over heels in love with blue color palettes and white accents. Unfortunately, the reality for most of us is that we have to start with what we have.

So this year (my first year in the doll house) I made a goal: not to buy anything I didn't absolutely love. I took my time and really lived in the space. I only purchased items that were authentic and meaningful to me.




One of the biggest challenges in decorating my home has been finding art for the walls.

I love having meaningful art in my home. My grandmother was a beautiful water colorist (you can see a glimpse of one of her paintings in the photo above). I treasure her paintings, they bring to mind so many childhood memories.

So finding art that not only complements my grandmother's paintings but also reflects my style has been a challenge.

I recently discovered Tiny Prints home decor collection. They have a beautiful selection of wall decor and prints.


I quickly fell in love with the 10 X 10 canvas art and decided to print a couple of pictures from my 4th of July weekend at Grand Lake.


You might recognize these photos from this blog post. That weekend was so much fun, so many family memories made!

I took the photo of the American flag banner at a marine gas station. It was early in the morning, hardly any boats on the lake. These banners were on almost every lake house we passed.


I took the picture of the buoy while we were tubing. It was taken right before my turn on the tube!

I love the colors in these prints! I'm a sucker for red, white and blue...but what I love most about them is that they evoke so many memories from that wonderful weekend.

Tiny Prints has such a wide variety of options for printing your favorite memories. I especially love their new metal prints.


What about you? Do you incorporate meaningful art into your home decor?

canvas art c/o Tiny Prints

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Summer Street Festival

A summer evening spent with two of my favorite people, 50 gourmet food trucks and live entertainment. It doesn't get much better than that. Yes, it was hot. And it was crowded. The lines were ridiculous. But it was so much fun. It's nights like these that make me feel alive. I forget about work. Forget my never ending to-do list and just live in the moment. Discover new food. New music. Observe urban life in its full glory. Well done Oklahoma City, well done.












Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Vintage Chandelier

When I moved into the doll house I wasn't crazy about the chandelier in the dining room and decided to replace it.



My mother had several of my late grandmother's vintage chandeliers and offered one of them to me.

I chose this one:



My grandparents had the most charming yellow house. It was such a special place, it was my mom's childhood home and it'd been in our family since it was built in 1923.

The chandelier hung in their dining room. My great, great Grandmother Welch bought it for my grandparents from Sears in 1974 -making it 40 years old this year!

We painted it dark oiled bronze and changed out the candle sleeves for these white ones.


You can't tell in the photo above but it's covered in tiny holes meant for hanging crystals. We searched all over my mother's house for the crystals but never found them...until last month.

I was going through the attic looking for the boxes containing my high school trinkets and there they were!

I brought them home, cleaned them up a bit and voila!


It looks stunning!


It was a small update with a big impact, my dining room feels much more put together.


And I can't help but think that my Grammy would be thrilled to know I have it. I miss her so much sometimes. It's comforting to look up at the crystals and know that I have a little piece of her in my home.

Do any of you incorporate family heirlooms into your decorating? Do you mix vintage pieces with modern items?

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Jane Austen Picnic

There's something to be said about lying atop a patchwork quilt under a giant tree in the middle of a vineyard.

Add to that: croissants, strawberry preserves, fresh lemonade, cheese, olives, grapes, Stratford peaches, strawberries and whipped cream...well it was heaven. 


Something right out of a Jane Austen novel.

The only thing missing was Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightly. 
















We sat there for hours talking about our favorite books and the characters that bring them to life.

We felt like British aristocrats from the early 1900's.

It was absolutely perfect.