Nautical Theme Kids Room


I’m helping my best friend put some finishing touches her son’s nautical-themed big boy bedroom right now, and gosh am I having fun scouring the internet for inspiration! Check out these photos I found: (Sources clockwise from top left: unknown,,, unknown, House Beautiful, unknown.) Man are there some creative, kids-at-heart out there in […]

DIY Magazine Holder


Remember that wooden orchard ladder we had propped against the wall in the reading room in our old house? And remember that black wire basket we used in my Mom’s guest bedroom makeover a while back? Well, my Mom gave me the basket at one point or another (we’re both chronic switcher-uppers, ha!), and there’s this little […]

Keith’s Living Room Makeover – Paint


The walls at Keith the Fireman‘s house are officially coated in a 50% darkened version of Benjamin Moore’s “Gray Owl” paint as of this week, and although Kevin and I weren’t able to attend the paint party because of a scheduling conflict- Keith and his family & friends were able to knock it out, lickety […]

Classic Children’s Books


If you were one of the many people who left a comment on my Cloudy With A Chance Of Master Class post- THANK YOU! Wow! What an awesome collection of wise words to have all together in one e-place! Below, are a just a (very) few of the friendly folks who made that conversation such […]

Two-Story Blue


My name is Layla Palmer and I love cottages. This is the story of the one that got away… One day, back in 2005, Kevin was doing some work out in the country. While he was out and about, he discovered a quaint rural neighborhood, chock full of colorful cottage-style homes of all shapes and […]

Southern Accents – Barn Wood and a Baby


I got to squeeze one of my besties yesterday: That there is Myra in the middle, and her newest addition, Cameron, on the right. Don’t they have the absolute sweetest eyes?! Their personalities are just the same- sweet, sweet, SWEET! Unfortunately it seems to only happen a couple of times a year, but I  always love […]

Cloudy With A Chance Of Master Class


Kevin and I drove down to my mom’s place this weekend, so we could spend time with her and my brother and my nephew…and the Gulf of Mexico… (Me and my nephew, at Navarre Beach, FL) We stared at it ’til our feet and ankles had disappeared waaay into the sand, and he told me […]

Wonderful Waiting Kids


We’re only just beginning our adoption journey, but we’ve met so many awesome folks along the way so far. A couple of weeks ago, I crossed e-paths with a woman named Annie, who created a website called Wonderful Waiting Kids. Annie and her husband adopted their daughter, Lizzie, through Lifeline‘s “special focus” China program in […]

How To Lighten (Or Darken) Paint

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We’re up to our eyeballs in primer today, but since we had a few questions about why we decided to lighten our Gray Owl paint by 50%, and what it meant to lighten paint, I wanted to publish a quick post about that here today. We decided to go with the 50% lightened version of […]

Gray Owl And Simply White

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Before we bought it, our house had been empty for about seven years, and like many foreclosures that were lacking a little love, we walked into a handful of projects that either needed to be finished, or needed to be fixed. One such fix was a leak underneath the toilet above the kitchen… But now […]

Beneath My Heart


Remember my fun friend Traci (a.k.a Sweet T) who blogs at Beneath My Heart? (Me, Traci and her son, Eli) Well, we’re going to be passing through her state next month, and I can’t wait to hug her neck and check out her new house! She and her hubby, Cy, always do such a great job of […]

Barrels, Beds And Books!

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Kevin and I worked on a pumpkin project the other day, and when it came time to photograph the finished products on our front porch, we immediately thought of our friend Evan. Why Evan? Because he has an amazing prop locker closet warehouse, complete with beautiful old barrels of course! Evan (a.k.a- Evan G. Cooper) is a […]

Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore


Happy April! I hope you had an awesome Easter weekend! Kevin played guitar at our church’s Pike Road location, and we had a really great lunch with his family yesterday afternoon. His mom sent us home with a whole tub of Watergate salad, so I will be enjoying more of that this week, too. #ICouldEatItEveryDay […]