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  • What Love Looks Like (Part Two)

    “The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.” ―Rick Warren *** Wow, y'all. Your comments on Monday's post (What Love Looks Like) were so powerful to read! Thank you so much for taking the time to contribute to that conversation. :-) There are still several...

    What Love Looks Like

    What Love Looks Like

    “Love to be real, it must cost. It must empty us of self.” ―Mother Teresa *** "You know that Love looks like something, right? " "It does", Pastor Tommy said at church last week. "Love is action...and it usually costs us something." And with that, my pen flew into high gear. I couldn't scribble...

    Sunset Cross Crucifixion

    Cottage Kitchen Update – Milk Painted Secretary

    Remember the secretary I painted and planned to use in the sunroom? Well, it's in the kitchen now. :-) I never really did end up using it as a full-time computer desk, so I thought I'd try it over here for a while. I can still pull a small stool up to it when I want to write out a thank you or hello card/need...

    Spoon Art

    Stairwell Decorating Update – Cottage Style Console

    Remember how the top of our stairwell looked when I started thinking about how we could personalize it back in January? And remember this inspiration drawing I Photoshopped together for my Stairwell Decorating Ideas post back in February? Well, not long after I posted that pic, I was able to partner with...

    Hydrangeas | Ikea Lantern | Rope Lamp from Land Of Nod

    The Palmers Turn 10

    "I love every part of you, every thought and word... the entire complex, fascinating bundle of all the things you are. I love all the seasons of you, the way you are now, the thought of how much more beautiful you'll be in the decades to come. I love you for being the answer to every question my heart could ask." -L....

    Kevin and Layla 10 Year Anniversary

    How To Faux Paint A Faux Stone Planter

    I'm in a plant-y mood lately, are you? I picked up this faux stone planter at Jo-Ann's Fabrics & Crafts last week when I saw that it was 70% off... (Snapped that pic before the kitchen faucet went back on- ha!) It wasn't quite the color I was looking for, but I really liked the shape & size (and price!) of...

    Faux Painted | Faux Stone | Planter | Tutorial

    Kitchen Update – Frosty Carrina Countertops

    I blogged about one side of our newly-painted green/gray/blue kitchen island last week... ...and I'm back today with a few shots of how she looks now- all topped in Caesarstone's Frosty Carrina! I love how it picks up on the old paint on the corbels...which we are not painting, by the way. (A few folks asked...

    Old Corbel | Tuxedo Cat | Heather Gray Kitchen Island

    Kitchen Update – Island Makeover

    Did I say Rosemary Gallery? I meant Heather Gray. ;-) Kevin wasn't 100% sure about painting the island such a deep green, so we went with a color that we both felt 100% about instead. (I'm a paint color junkie, so switching it up wasn't a big deal and I'll probably use my Rosemary Gallery on a piece of furniture...

    The Lettered Cottage Kitchen | Heather Gray Island | Gray Owl Walls | Simply White Cabinets and Trim | Cottage | Farmhouse

    Haiti Adoption – Knotts Family Gotcha Day!

    This was the sky in Alabama last Friday night...June 13th, 2014... ...the night Gary and Amanda flew back from Haiti with their twin boys... It was almost midnight by the time they landed in Birmingham, but we were all SO excited to be there to welcome them home! We waited...

    Haiti Adoption | Gotcha Day

    Sarah’s Fireplace Dilemma – Pick My Presto

    Do you know Sarah from Cozy. Cottage. Cute? She and I have been talking about her fireplace plans, and I thought I'd share an idea I came up with in Photoshop yesterday. First though, here's what she's workin' with: It's located in their basement, and this is a screenshot of the laminate flooring they've purchased...

    Pottery Barn Living Room Fireplace

    Living Room Update – Two Sofas It Is!

    Okay! Here is the final tally on the poll I posted the other day... ...and here's the inspiration photo I put together in Photoshop again: I'm happy to report Kevin's fully on board with the two sofa layout now, too! A few commenters mentioned that they thought we should pull the sofas in and away from...

    Living Dining Room Layout

    Living Room Update – Furniture Layout

    I looked back at the poll I posted last week... ...and the results inspired me to play around with a photo of our living room so that Kevin could get a better picture of what I am seeing in my mind. First though, here's how the room looked when we moved here in October of 2012: ...and here's a (zoomed-in)...

    Living Room | Idea 1

    23 Bungalow Court – House Tour

    The alley behind our house backs up to a cute little area called Bungalow Court. Just through that arbor, there are six adorable bungalows...three on the left, facing three on the right. I've always wanted to see the inside of the last one on the right, so I was pumped when I saw an "Open House" sign by...

    Bungalow House

    Kids Room Update

    Tomorrow's the big day, y'all. My 40th birthday...aaaaahhhhh! :-D I'll be robbing the cradle for a minute until Kevin turns 40 on June 28th. ;-) I was telling him last night, I don't think I've ever thought too much about what life might look like at 40. But here I am...living in the South...

    tuxedo cat | buffalo check throw | jenny lind bed from land of nod

    Decorating Around A Flat Screen TV

    I stumbled on to a really fun group on Pinterest and their work got me thinking about our fireplace. Kevin and I talk about where we're going to (eventually) put our TV a lot when we're sitting in our (still far from finished) living room. He would like for the screen to be out in the open... ...while I,...

    Muskoka Living | Room | Fireplace