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  • Emily’s Wall-to-Wall Fireplace

    Hi! I had fun pulling together some design inspiration for Neighbor Gayle's daughter, Emily, this weekend and thought I'd share it here today in case anyone else is on the hunt for the same kind of inspiration. Emily and her hubby just moved in to their house up in Vestavia, AL last summer. They love their neighborhood...

    Lauren Liess Living Room | Wall to Wall Fireplace

    A Storm, A Song And A Son

    “They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” -Tom Bodett A winter storm blew through on Tuesday. Rain turned to ice mid-morning and our shrubs slowly leaned stiff into place with each freezing drop. By lunchtime,...

    Snow House

    Sliding Door Tip

    We mounted a little caster to the baseboard behind the left side of the sliding door yesterday. I pulled the door away from the wall in these first two photos so that you could see it: The caster helps push out the bottom of the door juuuust enough so that it won't bang against the wall behind it. It also helps...

    Galvanized Sliding Track Barn Hardware

    Library Pocket Door On Sliding Barn Door Hardware

    "My brain has too many tabs open." -Unknown Remember when I blogged about "having" to paint the wall (and ceiling) outside the room I'm working on right now? Well, now you know why it had to be done. :-) I had to paint the wall so that we could hang that big ol' 9-panel pocket door! It came from an antique...

    Sliding Library Door | 85 Dollar Galvanized Barn Hardware

    Stairwell Makeover

    “Every day is a hopeful canvas and every moment is a loaded brush." ― Layla Palmer She's a sturdy house, but the stairwell sighs from time to time...especially when it's cold and windy. Yesterday, I decided to take it as a hint. The "sighing", that is. I pulled out two pails of paint and got my climb on. More...

    Simply White Trim and Ceiling | Gray Owl Paint

    Adoption Photo Book

    She wasn't where she had been. She wasn't where she was going... but she was on her way. And on her way she no longer looked for the answers, but held close the two things she knew for sure: One, if a day carried strength in the morning, peace in the evening, and a little joy in between, it was a good one. ...

    Adoption Photo Book

    Weekend Wanderings

    “After all, I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string." -L.M. Montgomery No new design or adoption news, so I thought I'd...

    House Of Belonging Sign | Oh Darling Lets Be Adventurers

    Vintage Style Kids Room / Future Home Office

    "We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us." -Sir Winston Churchill ***** The construction is done in our little one's room, so I'll start caulking and painting today. I walked in there yesterday afternoon...just to sweep and dream for a bit. I think I swept more dreams than dust. ;-) It's...

    Vintage | Boys Bedroom | The Lettered Cottage

    Don’t Quit Your Day Dream

    "Don't quit your day dream." -Unknown I rediscovered some newspaper articles from my childhood this week and memories of my Mom digging up an extra "day job" rushed right across time and back into my head. ***** We moved out to the country on April Fools Day in 1983. My parents were in their late 20's, and my brother...

    Nailhead trim headboard | Parish | Montgomery Alabama

    How To Seal White Paint

    “A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” - C.S Lewis Kevin's a big book reader. He's got heaps of them around the house, and he carries his trusty Nook with him wherever he goes. I find it propped against my pillow every morning because he goes to...

    Custom Built In Storage and Bookcase | Kids Room | Home Office

    Built-In Storage And A Bookcase

    "Sometimes, you have to stop thinking so much and just go where your heart takes you." - A.C. Benson A cold snap knocked our power out in the middle of the night this week. The temperature in our bedroom dipped down into the 50's by the time our paper shades started to glow the next morning. Brrr! I'm a light sleeper,...

    Built in Bookcase and Storage

    DIY Cuff Bracelet Holder

    "Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters." - Margaret Peters Several years ago, my Mom and I rented a pedal boat from a vendor on Catalina Island. She, Kevin and I were there for an art festival I had been accepted into, but I sold all my paintings within the first few hours of the 2-day show, so...

    Bracelet Cuff Holder DIY

    Kids Room Inspiration

    We're waiting on an official invite from IBESR. That's the next step in our adoption process. Lifeline families adopting children from "our" orphanage are required to travel together in groups now, and the next group trip will *probably* take place in late January and/or early February. If we get our invite...

    Kids Room | Boys Bedroom | Holly Mathis Interiors

    Shutter Doors for Sweet P’s Room

    Lucy found us some more doors for Sweet P's room, so we made a trip up to her neck of the woods on Tuesday. And by "woods", I mean, this place: Lucy calls it her Hansel & Gretel house. :-D Every square foot was absolutely magical. So many fun little details to discover! Here's a...

    Old Doorknob | Red Door | Antique Hardware

    Joy To The World

    Well, it's almost time to ring in 2014, so I thought I'd end this blog year with a song all about Hope for the future: That video played at church right before our pastor shared a message about the meaning behind Joy To The World this past Sunday. Did you know it's a song about the return of Christ? "Joy to the...

    Centerpoint Fellowship Church | Prattville Alabama